Tomorrow is #WEARYOURHAIRCURLY Day!

NaturallyCurly has partnered up with Garnier to host the first ever National #WEARYOURHAIRCURLY day in an effort to encourage people of all textures to wear their natural curls, coils and waves.

I hit the streets of San Francisco spreading the word and getting people amped about wearing their natural curls.  I will admit that after a few years, I’m pretty darn good at spotting naturally curly hair in it’s straightened state, so I locked and loaded on a few people and made them get on board.  I also hollered at a bunch of Bay Area curly guys and gals:

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So after getting the curlies of San Francisco all riled up for tomorrow’s #WYHC, I was left with the insatiable urge to, um, wear my hair….straight?  I know.  It was super weird.  I hate having my hair straightened, but something just clicked in me and I. NEEDED. TO. HAVE. STRAIGHT. HAIR.

So I straightened it.

It was partially awful and mostly tragic with a sprinkling of devastation.

Within the hour my hair was back to curly.

So.

BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING.

Make sure to wear your hair curly tomorrow—no presses, no wigs, just full bountiful curls!  Oh and then you should take a photo of yourself, post it to Instagram and tag it #wearyourhaircurly— there’s some great prizes AND the more people that participate, the more $crill will be donated to the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.

Can’t wait to see those CURLS manana ladies (and gents!)

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Just Like EcoStyler Gel…but without that dang crunch. ( NEW EcoCustard Review)

Once upon a time there was a newbie natural named Cassidy who set out on a quest to find the perfect styler for her curls. Early on in her journey, she discovered EcoStyler, an inexpensive gel found at drugstores that could gave her bangin—and I mean BANGIN—curls.

However for all its greatness and glory in setting her curls, EcoStyler dried stiff. And we’re talking stiff to the point where she was super nervous that touching her curls might cause them to snap off like an icicle from a rooftop. Her cute curlies were as crunchy as the crumbs at the bottom of a bag of Doritos. Her hair was as cuddly as a cactus in a desert.

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It was a tough decision, but she decided to give up EcoStyler and set out for greener pastures of gel cremes and creme stylers that gave her those pillow soft, smooth and defined curls.

Fast forward three years and Cassidy comes across a new product by EcoStyler…an EcoCUSTARD. Intrigued, she tried it out and behold! All of the hold! None of the crunch! For serious! And with that, Cassidy and her new EcoCustard lived happily ever after.

The End.

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Ok, but FOR REALZ y’all—this stuff is great! I’ve been loving this product! It’s super easy to use: I just put it on right after rinsing out my conditioner, shake my head and go. With the gel I was always worried about which leave in I could use and how to seal it in without getting white flakies, but there is none of that with this one! I’ve always been a fan of a 3-in-1 product and this definitely falls into that category!

What I particularly love about this product is that naturalistas have been whipping up their own EcoStyler Custard for YEARS and the company listened and released their own. It always warms my heart when companies such as Ecoco pay attention to that which is UP!

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Find your own EcoStyler Custard at your local BSS and enjoy the definition without all the CRUNCH!

But why buy when I love to SHARE? And by share I do mean GIVEAWAY!

Leave a note in the comment with your experience with gels and why you want to get your paws on my extra jar of EcoCustard Olive Oil!

WIN a bag filled with my favorite beauty + wellness goodies!

A few weeks ago, I held a fundraiser for my triathlon to help me reach my goal of $2,900. Instead of hosting a bar party, I decided to ask my friends to get their fitness on with me at BURN, my favorite cardio + pilates + weights studio!

I’ve been an avid BURN’er for the past year or so because it’s an amazing–and I mean amazing– workout for the entire body. A lot of my friends groaned when they heard that their support would require them to sweat it out, but I enticed them with the lure of an awesome goodie bag…because you know that’s just how we do.

The fundraiser went awesomely and my friends LOVED the class. I know many of you couldn’t participate because you’re miles and miles away, but I saved ONE goodie bag for a lucky reader to win PLUS a special Stella&Dot goodie donated by the fabulous Karen Uyenco! All I ask is that you donate $5 to my fundraising cause and you’ll be entered to win! What’s in the goodie bag you ask? Well let me give you a little show’n'tell:

Special thanks to the goodie Bag Sponsors–all of whom were selected because they carry some of my fav-o-rite things!! Be sure to check out their websites for more of their goodness!

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: donate $5 to my Team In Training fundraising page! Remember that your donation not only enters you to win these awesome goodies, but also supports the efforts of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Win $40 to Urban Mosaics T-Shirt Shop!

I’m not a t-shirt person.  At all.  Items with logos and images and text must be incredibly awesome for me to even consider rocking them.

Imagine my delight when Urban Mosaics offered me up a couple of their shirts to try and I didn’t like them: I LOVED THEM!

First there was this number, which I selected because it’s a really distinctive design and very post-modern painterly-like.

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See I liked it so much I made three of me!?  And yes, maybe there is just a LITTLE bit of resemblance in there.

My second Urban Mosaics Shirt I’ve been rocking non-stop as my go-to layer for being active outside.  (And you may have also seen it in my True&Co Video from last week!) Black.  Gold. NATURAL.

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Both shirts are made from with a really nice organic cotton; you can really FEEL how high quality these shirts are!

So those are my two choices! But there are so many other cute options for you to choose from!  Like this one being rocked by Urban Mosaics Owner, Stacy Edey:

 

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Or this beautifully drawn “Hairendipity” tee!

 

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I’m giving a $40 Urban Mosaics Gift Certificate away to one lucky reader!  To win, visit the Urban Mosaics shop and let us know in the comments which design is your favorite!  Winner will be selected at random next Wednesday!

 

Natural Deodorant Review: Lafes + Full Set Giveaway!

As you know, I’m transitioning once again…this time to natural deodorant!  It was definitely off to a rocky and kinda stinky start, but things are definitely looking up here!  Enter: LAFES.  This all-natural brand based out of Austin, TX has not just one but TWO deodorants in their line.  I’ve put them both through the ringer over the past couple weeks.  What ringer you ask?  THE TRIATHLON TRAINING RINGER.  There is no better way to test out deodorants than swimming, biking and running my heart out.

Lafes all natural deodorants definitely scored many points because even after 30 mile bike rides and 4 mile runs, I was impressed to find that I was not at all a stinky girl!  Which means: THIS. STUFF. WORKS!  Once Lafes passed the tri-testing, I’ve been wearing it around on my day-to-day, out dancing and even to some fancy events with nary a worry!

There’s two varietals: a roll-on and a stick (but Lafe’s sells many, MANY more).  I preferred the roll-on because I found it to be much easier to apply, but this could be up  to personal preference.

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Aside from deodorant, I’ve also been trying out Lafes’ Earthly Delight all natural hair products.  These products have squeaky clean ingredient lists (meaning you can pronounce everything on the list) and leave my coils feeling uber nourished.
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Hair Product Tasting Notes

Shampoo: Has a subtle, but rich lather.  Rinses easily and clean, leaving hair moisturized and non-stripped.

Conditioner:  Thick and creamy with lots of slip.  I’ve been rocking it as a leave in as well!

Pomade: Lola doesn’t like oils and butters, so I’ve been loving this one as a skin moisturizer.

BONUS: They’ve also got a lip balm thats slick, soft, smooth and citrusy!

Check out this vid where I give the rundown too!

 

 

Giveaway!

Lafes loves the naturalistas and is sponsoring a giveaway of TWO full size sets of products to a couple lucky winners.  Head on over to the Lafe’s Facebook Page to enter!

 

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To learn more about Lafes and purchase products visit their website.

NothingBut The Basics: 2nd-3rd-4th-5th Day Hair! (+FINAL GIVEAWAY)

Sure it might be nice to get up in the morning and have the time to give yourself a fresh new style every day, but uh let’s be real: that’s just not happening.

Whether you wear a wash’n'go or twists, styling fresh is not only time consuming but also has the potential to be super damaging for your hair! The key then is to figure out how YOU, yes you, can rock 2nd Day hair.

Heck with the proper styling product and sleep routine, I’ve even gotten 9th day hair ! Here’s are my two keys for rocking 2nd (to 9th!) day hair:

1. Make sure you protect your hair when you’re sleeping. This doesn’t necessarily mean 3 hours of retwisting or rebraiding before bed, but use a satin sleep cap, scarf or pillow. Watch this video of my nighttime regimen to see how how I like sleep to preserve my curls!

2. When going for hair on the 2nd to 9th day, remember: THERE IS ALREADY STYLING PRODUCT IN YOUR HAIR. The key is that you need to reactivate it! How? With moisture! Check out this where I show ya how it’s done!

Pretty easy, huh?

Alright, now it’s time to get into our FINAL week of NothingBut Trivia. Here’s this week’s final question:

What are the top 3 reasons for breakage in natural hair, according to Nothing But’s resident expert Will Williams?

The answer can be found on NothingBut’s website.

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NothingBut The Basics: Defined Curls (+ GIVEAWAY!)

Ah yes, we are back with WEEK THREE of NothingBut The Basics. Our topic this week is DEFINITION as in, how to get those frizz-free coily curls. Let me start with a few truths about definition:

  1. Some hair has a more defined natural curl pattern and others don’t!  That’s just how we were born, but there are styling tools and techniques that can create defined curls on any hair.
  2. Defined curls are NOT the be all end all.  In fact, the more on-trend look is to rock the frizz and undefined curls.

Now that we’ve got that straightened out, check out this video where I discuss the three techniques and products to achieve defined curls on all types of hair long, naturally defined curls to TWA’s!

Now you know what time it is!? That’s RIGHT! TRIVIA! This week’s trivia question is:

 

What color is the label on top of each jar of Nothing But Mold & Hold?

The answer can be found on the NothingBut website.  To enter fill out the form below with your information and the correct answer.  The winner, picked at random, will be announced next week!

the giveaway has closed.  thank you!  make sure to enter THIS week’s drawing!

 

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NothingBut The Basics Week 2: MOISTURE + Giveaway!

We are back for our second week of NothingBut the Basics with a lesson on the never-ending quest for us naturals: MOISTURE.

Finding— and keeping— moisture is the ultimate goal for naturals.  Check out this week’s NothingBut The Basics video where I dish on the top three ways to hydrate our natural hair.  (And the first one I am very very serious about!)  The winner of last week’s trivia (selected at random) is ALSO announced in the video so make sure check it out to see if you won!

 

This week’s trivia question is:

What type of oil that is found in Nothing But Curl Sealer is a natural moisturizer for the hair?

The answer can be found on the NothingBut Website.  Enter your information and answer in the form below and stay tuned next week to see if you won a full set of NothingBut products!

 

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Four Weeks of Giveaways ($60 value) with NothingBut the BASICS!

Today I’m kicking off a new 4-week series called NothingBut the Basics, where I’ll be discussing, you guessed it, THE BASICS! For newbies and veterans alike, I thought it would be good to kick off the year with a refresher in natural haircare. AND with each installation I’ll be giving away a full set of NothingBut products to a lucky, trivia-answering winner. Sound like a plan? Great. Let’s get started.

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NothingBut CLEAN

A squeaky clean head of hair…ah…there’s nothing like it. Except that in today’s day and age with all of the sulfate-free and co-washing cleansers available on the market, the products that can get our hair as clean as it sometimes needs to be are often over looked.

Co-Washing Vs. Clarifying

Here’s the deal: depending on what products you’re using, co-washing can only get your hair so clean. It’s true that it’s one of the cleansing techniques that retains moisture the most, but relying on only this technique can sacrifice the health of your scalp, follicles and hair. Why? Two words: BUILD UP.

I don’t care if you’re using only juices and berries and the purest of oils , build up is inevitable. We sweat, we scratch and we live in smoggy cities, all of which contribute to build up on our hair (and bodies, but that’s why we wear clothes. Er, one of the reasons.) Watch out for build up if:

  • You use products with silicones and ONLY co-wash or use gentle cleansers
  • You work out frequently
  • You are a living, breathing human being.  It’s happened to me.  It will happen to you.

A couple weeks ago, I was co-washing my hair in between full clarifying washes and as I was rubbing my scalp my nails were digging up all this white GUNK.  It was SO gross and there was SO much.  THIS was build up an I knew just what to do!  I grabbed my NothingBut Clarifying Shampoo and it with a bit of massaging it into my scalp and rinsing, it was all gone.  You heard it here first—it works!

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Build up can cause scalp issues such as flaking and itching. It can also cause dryness in your hair. The key is to remove build up and start from a clean slate by using a clarifying shampoo.  Depending on your level of physical activity and the products that you use will dictate how often you should clarify your hair.  As an individual who works out and uses products with silicones, I clarify once a week.  You might need to do so less, but everyone should try to at least once a month.

If you’re reading blogs and forums and keep hearing people use the S-word (stripping), it’s not necessarily something to be afraid of!  The goal of these products IS to strip your hair of all unwanted nasties that may be lurking in there.  After you use a clarifying cleanser, you can surely put moisture back in by a conditioner and/or a deep conditioner; when you do, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your hair is soaking up ONLY the goodness.

Trivia Time

So you wanna win your own FULL SET of NothingBut products? Here’s this week’s trivia from NothingBut’s resident hair expert, Will Williams:

What are the six “NO” ingredients that NothingBut products list on the label that they avoid when making their products?
The answer can be found on Nothing But’s Website!

Fill out the form below to enter! Winner will be announced next week!

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Show the World Your CURLS!!! Here’s how…

Your hair rocks.  Do you know that!?  You should.  It’s beautiful.  Distinctive.  Haute.  And most importantly NATURAL!  Know what that means?  It’s time to show the world how fierce your hair is!

The good folks over at Paul Mitchell have a big dose of curly awesome in store for us coming up this November.  Using cutting-edge digital technology, your beautiful curls, coils and kinks will be lighting up some of the hottest locations in New York and LA.  To participate all you have to do is upload a picture and your own #curlconfession here or post it to Twitter or Instagram making sure to use the official #curlconfession hashtag.  11:59EST on 11/14.  If you can’t be there to see it in person, projections will be streamed live, starting at 5pm EST on 11/15 for the NYC spectacle, and 5pm PST for the sister event in LA.

Your curls on the big screen in NY & LA!!!  How freaking cool is that!?

I’m bummed that I’ll just have left LA so I won’t be able to see it, but if you’re in either spot, the location will be revealed on the Paul Mitchell Facebook Page, so you can swing thru and see it for yourself!

 

Make sure to submit those #curlconfessions here, because the best post of the week will win a free FULL SIZE set of the Paul Mitchell CURL products.  I’m a big big fan of this line, so enter to win your own!

 

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