INHMD – International Natural Hair Meetup Day {Benton Harbor, Michigan}

IMG_2693On Saturday, May 21, 2016 I attended International Natural Hair Meetup Day (INHMD). Hosted by Serenity’s Hair (Dashuna Broyles) in Benton Harbor, Michigan. INHMD is an annual one-day event where women gather in over 50 cities, in 5 countries, spanning over 4 continents, all on the same day. This year’s event was presented by made beautiful-logo (the title sponsor).

INHMD purpose is to allow the opportunity for women across the country to meet in their own communities while networking, sharing, and meeting (virtually) other women across the country participating in meet-ups on the same day.

Sereniy HairjpgDashuna Broyles of Serenity’s Hair hosted the Michigan  location in Benton Harbor.  She did a wonderful job with this meet-up. The focus for this event included: length and moisture retention, heat-free and protective styling, and showcase hair products and styling tools to assist with your future styling needs.

INHMD CaresOne of the event highlight was INHMD Cares a philanthropic initiative that focused on Heart Health/Disease Awareness and Blessing Bags for the Homeless. Dashuna talked about the importance of heart health. Attendees also had the opportunity to either donate financial when purchasing ticket or bring travel size toiletries to be given to a local homeless shelter.

Doors opened at 5:00pm with an hour of mix and mingle, attendees also had the opportunity network with other naturals, shop with local vendors and have refreshments. The formal program began around 6:00pm with an icebreaker, more vendor shopping, the Panel Discussion included Josephine White, Betty Fudge-Fisher, Shanequa Kemp, and Mona Banks, a Live Music Performance featuring Yolanda Lavender. Every attendee received a Swag Bags and there were lots of fun raffles.

PS. Congrats Dashuna on your recent engagement!!

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Hey Hey!!

Textures & TeaI am super excited to present Textures & TeaSunday 31st 4:30pm this event is all about bringing together like-minded people for candid conversations about Hair & Beauty.

Join me for a fun-filled evening of networking, great conversation and giveaways at Grand Woods Lounge. You will receive a gift bag and Iced Tea…or a beverage/soft drink of your choice 🙂 

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How I maintained my Flat Ironed Type 4 Natural Hair

IMG_1351 (1)I don’t flat-iron my hair often, usually only once a year, mainly because I like the texture of my hair when it’s not straighten. A few benefits of flat-ironing is being able to see the ‘true length’ of your hair. Straightening your hair can also add versatility in your styling routine.

A few disadvantages of flat-ironing natural hair is that it may not revert back to your curls or kinky/coily hair as quickly. Also, it may be hard to maintain straighten hair during working-outs or when it rains. As a result, many naturals find that their flat ironed hair only lasts for a very short time. Here are a few ways I kept my type 4 hair straight for two weeks, now I could have kept it straight longer; however, I just wanted my kinky/coily hair back.

First Things First – Go To A Professional

Salon Visit

Yes! I suggest getting your hair done by a licensed professional. Many naturals are comfortable with doing there own hair; however, I believe it’s best in these circumstances. The concern with going to a professional is trust, especially with all the articles about salons and stylist sneaking relaxers in on clients shampoo. However, the results of having your hair flat-ironed by a professional will be a lot better.

Now if you are having a hard time finding a stylist you trust, or cannot afford to go to a salon. I suggest investing in a good professional flat iron, make sure it has heat control settings.

Preserving Your Flat-Ironed Hair

Some naturals like to wrap their to there hair; however, when I do this I found that my hair has no bounce it just lays flat. Personally, I do not enjoy when my hair just lays flat. To keep my hair straight with a added curls and no heat, I use flexirods and curlformers. I love how using these tools help keep my hair straight with some bounce, while adding loose waves for a full look.

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Flexirods Pictured Flexirods

Minimal Product Use

Kinky/coily type 4 hair requires lots and lots of moisture, I tend to use creams, butters, steam and oil. When my hair is straight using butters weighs it down and creams make it revert back to kinky/coils. In place of heavy products, I like to use light oils light oils such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. I lightly coat my hands with oil and apply to my hair daily. Doing this helps prevent dryness without weighing the hair down my hair.

Flexirods Pictured Flexirods_2

Another important factor to maintaining straight hair for an extended period of time is how you protect your hair when you sleep. Be sure to keep your hair protected while you sleep, use a satin/silk bonnet t or sleep on a satin/silk pillowcase.

Rain & Steam/Humidity

When my hair is in its natural state, I don’t worry about rain and humidity. The day I had my hair straightened it rain and rain. I kept a disposable shower cap in my bag and my umbrella to avoid the rain.  I usually don’t wear a shower cap; however, with straight hair is necessary.

Perserve With Ponytal

Working Out

Doing low intensity workouts will help minimize sweating be sure to use a sweatband during workouts. Sweatbands are a great way to keep your edges flat be sure your hair is completely dry before removing, if needed you can use handheld blow dryer on low cool-heat to make the process faster.

If you really want to get the most out of your flat-ironed, hair I suggest not to hang out at the pool or to the beach. If you do be sure to pin your hair up this will help extend the quality for your straighten hair.

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Additional Info and suggestion :

I suggest using a Dri Sweat Edge Women’s Headband or Save Your Do Black GymWrap while working out to make your hair last. I don’t suggest strengthening your hair in the middle of summer when it’s most humid outside also when it’s hot you may be prone to sweat.


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curlBOX Natural March 2016 | Unboxing & Review | Mielle Organics

IMG_0720If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you know how much I love getting curlBOX Natural. If you are new to my blog then you can learn more about curlBox by visiting: You can also check out my other subscription reviews including curlBox Body , curlBox Natural – Eden Body Works, and curlBox Natural – The Mane Choice.


curlbox_natural2It’s important to have a good regimen when you want ‘stuntworthy’ hair. This curlBOX Natural Volume XII delivers just that with a complete growth regimen from Mielle Organics. It was loaded with all-natural ingredients known to deliver including the vitamins needed to stimulate growth, cleansing and styling products to retain the length and strengthen hair. This box is so necessary to helping you reach those #HairGrowthGoals by building a regimen from Mielle Organics.

curlBOX Natural is a non-subscription hair beauty box ($40.00). 



The March 2016 box breakdown  

  • Healthy Hair Formula Vitamins ($18.99) 
  • Detangling Co-Wash ($13.99) 
  • Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk ($15.99) 
  • Mint Almond Oil ($13.99)





Mielle Organics Healthy Hair Formula Vitamins ($18.99)

Mielle Organics Healthy Hair Formula VitaminsVitamins are a critical factor in supporting hair growth internally. These pills include: Vitamin B1 & 2, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin, Biotin, Copper, Folic Acid, MSM, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, and Zinc. That promote healthier, stronger, longer, thicker hair. I have not tried the Vitamins yet due to currently taking a multivitamin. Once I have completed this dosage I’ll give these a try. *Photo Credit:

Mielle Organics Detangling Co-Wash ($13.99)

Mielle Organics Detangling Co-WashAs a natural in the 4C category, it’s imperative to find a good detangler. One that not only makes it easy to use but actually works. This is good stuff, it’s a little lighter than I’d prefer. I tend to like my cream cleanser to be super think. My other detangler is awesome; however, this detangling co-wash is good. I love the fact that this is created to be used during the wash process, and helps prevent knots and tangles. (4-Stars) *Photo Credit:

Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair Milk ($15.99)

Mielle Organics Moisturizing Avocado Hair MilkMy hair tends to be dry so I like to use a mix of creams and butters to lock in moisture. Avocado is known to add hydration and moisture to dry, thirsty hair and that’s just what this product did. I used the milk as a style refresher and my hair felt extremely hydrated and moisturized. (4-Stars) *Photo Credit:

Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil  ($13.99)

Mielle Organics Mint Almond OilI was skeptical of this oil only because I have a nut allergy. However, I tested on the back of my hand and didn’t break into hives. I really like this Mint Almond oil, it may be a little strong for some; however, I found the oil to be very refreshing. I used it with my scalp invigorator and my scalp felt so good, well stimulated and worked a sealant for my strands. My scalp never felt dry. (4-Stars) *Photo Credit:


I purchased the March 2016 curlBox Natural for $40 included shipping. According to the total value  is approximately $62.96.

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COVERGIRL® Queen Collection (Influenster Review)

NaturallyACT.comLet me tell you, when I found out I was getting the COVERGIRL® Queen Collection from Influenster, I was beyond excited! Getting the opportunity to try makeup for free, who could say no to that?

The box included three full side products from the COVERGIRL Queen Collection. COVERGIRL Queen False Lash Drama Mascara, COVERGIRL Queen Stay Luscious Lipstick and COVERGIRL Queen Natural Hue Liquid Makeup

COVERGIRL Queen False Lash Drama MascaraVery Black Q200 ($6.74)

Mascara_NaturallyACT.comDescription: Get the dramatic effect of false lashes without the drama of applying them. Queen Collection False Lash Drama Mascara features a transformative double-sided brush that brings even your smallest lashes to life.  Overview: ~Surprisingly dramatic false lash effect. ~ Innovative brush shape for volumizing and separating. Available in regular and waterproof formulas. ~Ophthalmologically tested.


Review: The Lash Drama Mascara is totally a winner!! My lashes look longer and thicker. I totally recommend this product for someone!! I’m really looking forward to trying more products of the Cover Girl Queen collection.


COVERGIRL Queen Stay Luscious LipstickJubilee Q730 ($7.99)

Lipstick_NaturallyACT.comDescription: Finally! A lipstick that lasts all day and doesn’t dry out your lips. Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick has a waterproof formula that locks in color and moisture for an unrivalled, all day effect. With a lip color palette this stunning you’ll want to try all 10 luscious shades!  Overview: ~Waterproof lipstick formula that locks in color. ~ Leaves lips moisturized all day. ~Comes in 10 long lasting shades.


Review: This color is everything just the right amount of bold!!! Super-soft lipstick that goes on smooth. My lips felt moisturize all day. The best part is it smells so good, like a fruity candy… Will definitely be trying the other colors!!!


COVERGIRL Queen Natural Hue Liquid Makeup Rich Mink Q75 ($7.74)

Makeup_NaturallyACT.comDescription: Makeup for dark skin, made to match you. Lightweight, oil-free, liquid formula with built-in moisturizers continuously hydrates skin for a soft, smooth, radiant finish. In 12 beautiful shades that match up to 97% of skin tones from Rich Sand to True Ebony.

Makeup_2_NaturallyACT.comReview: Smooth and Soft!! I really like this foundation, the liquid went on so smoothly. Although this shade was not a good match for me, it was just a little too dark…If I happened to get a tan this summer it will probably work well. Overall, the foundation left my skin looking flawless! I’ll be sure to get the correct shade next time


Note: Prices may vary. I’m really looking forward to trying more products of the Cover Girl Queen collection.

voxbox-blogimage-popup2**I tested and received these COVERGIRL products for free via Influenster, yet all opinions are my own. To find out how you can become an Influenster VoxBox and get free items visit


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“How To Interactive Workshop” Highlight Video

On March 19th I hosted a “How To Interactive Workshop” with over 16 women in attendance. The event was outstanding! The ladies learn how to use hair tool like Curlformers and my favorite the Q-Redew. Looking forward to the next event stay tuned!!

“Natural act has been a great inspiration to me. I love the product reviews, hair styles, and others sharing techniques.” ~Lonitta Best

Check out the highlight video below!!!

Special Thank You to my product Sponsors @ever_butter @moptophair & @ecoco_beauty Event Sponsors: Confident Living with Veverly Austin, ACTPhotoMedia. Giveaway Sponsors Rock Candy Earrings by Della Marie Levi & the fabulous Media Team who capture all the awesome footage Victorious Media Productions.


How To Workshop – March 19th


Join me this Saturday, March 19th for a hands on “How To” natural workshop... attendees can test natural hair products and get real hands on experience.

Learn some of the hottest styles for hair natural including  twist out, a quick up-do and get protective styling tips. Come with freshly washed and detangled hair. (Those who are uncomfortable with attending with your hair “undone”  feel free to come and learn).


  • Basic Styling Tools
  • Styling Products
  • How To workbook 
  • and More 

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Want to know what’s happening in the natural hair world this month? No need to look elsewhere. This is your guide to 10 natural hair events happening this month. So mark your calendars, here are the upcoming natural hair events the month of March. –

Naturally ACT interactive workshops  focuses on enabling and empowering women & girls of all hair textures to embrace and love their natural hair.  These workshops are designed to help ALL naturals including curly, wavy, coily, kinky,  loc’ed and transitioning naturals.

“My goal is for youTo understand you hair and learn ways to rock you curls, kinky coils, sew-in, wig etc. with confidants, it’s not just about natural hair is about healthy hair!!  – Aleka “Naturally ACT” 

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Influenster Cheers to You VoxBox Review

Influenster Cheers to You VoxBox Review


Its so much fun being an Influenster, who doesn’t like getting free items to review.


IMG_5815 copyI recived the Cheers to You! VoxBox, courtesy of Influenster i in January the products featured in this box included:

  • Dr. Teal’s Sleep Epsom Salt Lavender Soaking Solution
  • Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Way Better Snacks Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips
  • Hormel Taco Meats (Free Coupon)


Dr. Teal’s Sleep Epsom Salt Lavender Soaking Solution

This epsom salt smells totally amazing. I tend to it when I want to relax. I really enjoy the way this product feels and smells. At the end of a very busy work week the Dr. Teal’s Sleep Epsom Salt Lavender helps me unwind.

Sauve – Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Shampoo & Conditioner

IMG_7523I didn’t think I was going to like these product; however, I was pleasantly surprised. First, the scent is fantastic; reminds me of being near the ocean. The shampoo lathers very well and the conditioner has good ‘slip’ (the conditioner applies to the hair smoothly making the detangling process easier). With that said my hair is very very thick, very coarse, and needs lots of moisture. After using these products, my hair felt super soft; however, I prefer natural hair products that offer more moisture. I would recommend the shampoo and conditioner for anyone with less dense hair.

Way Better Snacks Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips

IMG_5821I didn’t care for the Sweet Chili flavor, all the spices were a little too strong for me.  However, I really like the ingredients: non-GMO corn, sunflower and/or safflower oil, sprouted seed, grain blend etc. Although I didn’t like this flavor; I would like the Sweet Potato flavor….




Hormel Taco Meats (Free Coupon)

I chose not to get this item because I prefer to not use pre-cooked meat. However if you do choose to try Hormel Taco Meats, I found some good recipes on Pinterest (Your welcome lol) 

*All items listed in this blog post where received in the Cheers to You VoxBox from Influenster for free for testing and reviewing, however ALL opinions are my own.

curlBOX Natural January 2016 Unboxing & Review | The Mane Choice

IMG_6448If you aren’t familiar, let me tell you about the movement that is curlBox, founded by Ms. Myleik Teele. curlBox is a game changer providing exclusive, affordable and effortless way to explore hair care products that are delivered monthly to your doorstep.  In addition to the curlBox brand that includes curlBOX Natural, cBdopedeal and curlBOX Body Myleik offers fantastic information via her top-notch podcast that offers entrepreneur and #BlackGirlMagic advice. Learn more about her by visiting 

curlBox Natural is a non-monthly subscription box that includes full and sometimes sample sized products designed for curly hair. To learn more about CB and get the list go to

Now to the good stuff… curlBOX natural Volume XI is all about #growthgoals with The Mane Choice Hair Solution, these products are all about getting longer hair, stronger nails, and healthier skin. Focusing on the inside and out. The Mane Choice offers vitamin supplements, a variety hair products and tools. Be sure to check out to see all they have to offer and to learn more about the founder Coutney Adelye.

curlBOX Natural is a non-subscription hair beauty box ($40.00) 

The January 2016 box breakdown The Mane Choice_NaturallyACT_Line
  • Manetabolism Plus Healthy Hair Growth & Retention Vitamin ($25.99) *Not pictured.
  • Multi-Vitamin Scalp Nourishing Growth Oil ($11.99)
  • Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Shampoo ($12.99)
  • Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Conditioner ($13.99)
  • Soft As Can Be 3-in-1 Co-Wash, Leave In, Detangler ($12.99)

The Mane Choice Manetabolism Plus Healthy Hair Growth & Retention Vitamin  ($25.99) 

new-mantabolism-plus_medium_782c2f46-1f11-4958-bee6-0aee6f812980_largeThese vitamins supplements support hair growth from the inside out. I actually have two bottles. Received one in this box and one from a natural hair event. I’m excited to see how my hair transforms.  *Photo Credit:

The Mane Choice Multi-Vitamin Scalp Nourishing Growth Oil ($11.99)

Growth OilI used this oil so quickly, it feels so good on my scalp. The oil is known to help hair growth by stimulating slow and or inactive hair follicles. The oil is lightweight; perfect for scalp treatments. I used daily with my scalp invigorator to help sooth and massage my scalp.  *Photo Credit:

The Mane Choice Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Shampoo ($12.99)

I really love this shampoo, it’s hands down one of the best detanglers I have used. My hair is prone to single strand knots and is easily tangled. This shampoo made my wash day so much for effective almost eliminating the big knots and tangles. After shampooing I was easy about to comb through my hair.  *Photo Credit:

ConditionerThe Mane Choice Easy On The Curls Detangling Hydration Conditioner ($13.99)

The conditioner is very hydrating the blend of Biotin and Vitamin E left my hair shining. I almost wanted to leave it in. Along with the shampoo I was able to comb through my hair with ease. I also like the pleasant smell it was not to strong.*Photo Credit:

Conditoner 2The Mane Choice Soft As Can Be 3-in-1 Co-Wash, Leave In, Detangler ($12.99)

I was a little sceptical of this product because it’s 3-in-1. Most products that claim to have multiple benefits don’t work that well for me. However, I have found this to be everything it claims to be. The 3-in-1 serves as a pre-cleanse detangler, a creamy co-wash, and a daily leave-in moisturizer. My hair not only felt amazing it was soft and easy to comb through. Tried it as a rinse-out and leave-in, the results were both great although I prefer to use it a s leave-in. *Photo Credit:


I purchased the January 2016 curlBox Natural for $40 included shipping. According to the total value of products range from $61.98  to $77.95.  (YES it’s worth it!!)

Easy On The Curls



Note: you can also order the: Easy On The CURLS & Soft As Can Be Trio (Shampoo & Conditioning Set ($35.99)

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