Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lil Better Butter has its own thread!!

I was skimming blogs and rings on Sunday morning when I noticed that Lil Better Butter was mentioned in a thread. I went to read it and was pleasantly surprised by how well it was praised. I want to say I know only one person who wrote on the thread all the others were regular ol' etsy customers. If you ever wanted to know what Lil Better Butter was like read unsolicited descriptions here on the Lil Better Butter thread on Our Natural Kids.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Monica featured on Charcoal Ink

I am happy to be the Natural of the Week over at Charcoal Ink.

Check me out!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Today's Hair-Twisted Side Curls

Flat Twists to the side two strand twist for the rest

Approximate time to complete: 2 hours 15 mins to twist hair, I made twists into bantu knots and went to sleep.

Products Used: Eco Styler Gel, AvoCoco Cream, Burdock Root Butter Cream

Tools Used: Rat-tail comb (for parting flat twists), clips (to hold sections), my hands, bantu knots

Reason for style: Originally it was supposed to be a mohawk, but it got late so I did just one side!

Lessons Learned:
Start styling your hair well before 10 pm if you have to wake up.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Beautiful Head of Hair on TV

I was watching Royal Pains this weekend as was struck by a beautiful head of hair. The glorious halo was a fluffy twist-out atop the head of child actor, Skia Jackson. The episode is titled "Big Whoop".

I loved that both her pretend mother and older sister wore straight styles and she did not. I assume a person of color was involved in the casting because it seems when they are not the family is too "match-y, match-y", loc'ed mom, dad and child. We all know that that happens about as often as a white family all being blond because they ALL bleach.

I googled the adorable Ms. Jackson and found her head shot featured the same glorious coif with the addition of an adorable headband.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Coach knows style!

We all know only a curly girl can rock puffs. The fine designers at Coach know to be a curly girl is to be stylish.

Check out the line of Poppy bags:

I think I love Poppy Pepper Chan!

She looks like she could be a KnapsGirl. ;)

My hair pet peeves

My hair pet peeves are a combination of annoying trends, myths and just things that bother me.

The obsession with length.
I preface this by saying that I have always had length, however, I think people take things to the extreme. I am short. I have accepted this fact, I do not go around in stilts daily, nor have I unhealthily or unnaturally attached devices to my legs to make myself appear taller. When I have short children, I won't teach them to hate their shortness or put kiddie stilts on them. I don't mind people who wear tall heels or boots but stilettos aren't for children. Would you teach your child to dislike any of their other god-given attributes? Will they tease children without stilettos at school?

Extreme weave hair color
There is a time and a place for everything. When your server has rainbow spikes as she brings your IHOP to the table, are you not convinced that work isn't the place for rainbow hair. Color is fine but unless there is theater involved there is a limit, c'mon son!

Willful Ignorance
Willful is the operative word in that statement. Ignorance is not a crime. We are all ignorant of something right now. If all your natural children have hair for days, your sister has stopped relaxing and grown a healthy halo and you continue to relax thin, dry, broken, damaged, edgeless hair and try to give them tips. If you insist that because their hair is not straight it doesn't look as good as yours. You are willfully ignorant. When all the facts point right and you scream left, you are willfully ignorant. How will you hair compare when your bald?

My hair making statements my mouth doesn't.
I have decided not to relax my hair. I did not start a revolution, nor do I plan to. I am not naive. I realize that assumptions will be made based on my appearance, but WOW could you speak to me first. I eat meat, wear artificial fibers, like people of all colors and think anyone with healthy hair looks good.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic Product Review

I received a complimentary bottle of Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic from the kind owner of Sage Naturalceuticals.

Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic
Size- 18 ounces
Scent: lemon/citrus

This product has a slimy feel which makes the pump a good thought. It is thinner than a gel but not at all watery.

I washed my hair in sections with a sulfate free shampoo detangled in the shower with a shower comb and outside the shower with a D8 Denman brush. I applied 3-4 pumps of the product to each section smoothed and combed it through with the Denman. I let it air dry and it looked like this:

The directions say apply to soaking wet hair I tried but I think some sections were just damp as a result some sections were poofy-er than others. :(

I am not a big curl definition fan because my curls aren't uniform. I think it did a good job. I had hold that wasn't crunchy or hard. My hair did not feel dry. I used far less product than I expected (good value). The next day I fashioned it into a curly fro-hawk with just water and ponytail holders. :)

I give it four out of five Knaps.

Our Natural Kids

Our Natural Kids Mission: To share ideas & resources while promoting healthy hair care and maintenance for children with kinky. curly, nappy or multi textured hair

I was featured on Our Natural Kids a wonderful site created by The SistahChick of YouTube fame and The Sistah Cafe blog. This wealth of information helps mothers and others take good are of their little natural charges hair. I commend her for forming such a needed group. Many of us have negative if not traumatic memories of our hair as children because our caregivers were not well versed in natural haircare.

I am honored that she has included me and also endorsed Lil Better Butter and AvoCoco Cream as healthy and child-friendly.

Pre-Bonner Brothers Mixer

The Gorgeous Atlanta naturals were at it again. A fabulous mixer was given the Friday before the Bonner Brothers hair show. I won a great prize. I will be visiting Urbanbella salon for free styling and receiving the entire Kinky-Curly line of products for free!!

Me and other Urbanbella winners

The song on the video is: The Beauty Within by Dead Prez

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Green for being green

We at Knaps are eco-friendly, environmentally conscious and CHEAP. We have instituted a jar reclamation program. Regular customers can exchange five empty jars with labels for one free jar of product. We assume that most of these transactions will be local, but if you want to mail them in we will happily accept them.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sage Naturalceuticals

Owner - Cindy Prim

On July 31, I attended an invitational blogger event at Sage Naturalceuticals. Sage Naturalceutical is a boutique that caters to natural hair. The owner, Cindy Prim, carries products that are all natural and designed for curly and kinky hair. She carries many lines that aren't widely available in stores. I loved the chance to smell and touch the entire AfroVeda, Komaza Care, Uncle Funky's Daughter, Darcy's Botanicals and Blended Beauty lines.

CurlyTop Lori

I was invited through CurlyTop Lori who also acted as a hair model that day. We were treated to a demonstration of four curl defining products: Donna Marie MiraCurl, Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic, Komaza Care Coconut Curl Pudding and Darcy's Botanicals Natural Coils Curling Jelly. All products and their accompanying lines are available at Sage.

Sage Naturalceuticals is a great place because the best way to save money is to buy products you like. At Sage, you have the chance to demo many products that can be pricey if they aren't ultimately what you like.

Sage gets five of five Knaps for easy accessibility(metro Atlanta) and the opportunity to try before you buy. Additionally, the products are paraben, sulfate and all other known yuckies free. :)

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