FRODAY ATL: Self Love, Hair Tings & Good Vibes

This past month, was privileged enough to experience real magic. Whenever I talk natural hair or the accomplishments of my friends,  #BlackGirlMagic I feel truly empowered. There was a room of girls, with natural hair. Beauty was all around me coming from every directions, shining through all the cracks and spaces between the plants. It was #FroDayATL .

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There she is! Miss Frogirl, Niá! I see Dominique, Kii, Helen, Lydia, and Diamond in the back!

Froday was created by Niá Pettitt, aka @frogirlginny on Instagram, aka Niá the Light. She created #FroDay as a platform to encourage and inspire women to be their best selves and embrace the most natural and raw parts of them. It started out with hair — now Niá is on a quest to use her platform for something bigger, and that was clear when FroDayATL started. Sponsored by DevaCurl, Niá toured the U.S for this trip and made Atlanta a stop, it was meant to be!

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Diamond telling us a little about herself.

FroDayATL was hosted at Loca Luna– a premiere tapas restaurant and lounge in Atlanta. We all walked in, and there were gift bags by everyone’s seats with products from DevaCurl. These products are super expensive so I was grateful for the chance to try even 2 of them! In true Haitian fashion, I showed up late, but all was well because everyone was just settling in. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone because where is the fun in spoilers? The funny thing about all of this is that as we were looking around the room it was clear that some of us recognized each other from Instagram so it was funny to recognize and make introductions in person. We all stood up and said why we were there, our names and a quality we liked best about ourselves. I said that I liked my determination and drive. One girl in the room said that she liked something physical about herself the most– her eyebrows, but everyone else mentioned character traits. When Niá bought it to our attention, the room fell silent, and there were scattered chuckles. I think as young women growing up we are taught not to be vain, and this can hold us back from loving all parts of ourselves, what is inside and out.

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Helen, Chicoiya, Kayla Madonna, KD

And so, Niá challenged us to love and embrace all of it– the good, the bad, the ugly. To own our insecurities and work toward throwing them away, and to love our flaws. For me it was my skin– since stopping Proactiv +, a horrible acne drug, my face has been raging with acne. I haven’t felt confident, I hide from the camera, but most of all, I hide. But in that room, with all of us together, young women and grown, I didn’t have to hide. I made friends that I still am in contact with today, and my community of curl friends has grown immensely. We took pictures, and laughed, connected and we all shined together. It was an amazing end to the summer and the beginning of my senior year of University-I won’t too soon forget.

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The stunning and wise Geneva Diamond fluffing her mane!  xoxo

The girls and I — we connected. Over the simplest thing, hair, and it should always be that simple, that organic. Some of their spirits, I could feel them, and those ladies I am still connected with today. The event lasted all of 3 hours and I found myself eager to make plans and see these girls again, to be around them again, so we could all be in that feel-good energy that came so easily to us that day. These curl friends will last a long time.

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This gem’s name is Sterling and she is amazing. My definite soul sister- she had just big-chopped the week before!

Thank you to DevaCurl for sponsoring this wonderful event and a big thank you to Niá, who I call a friend. She thinks Cancers are crazy, but  she can’t get rid of me now! My Gemini sister, and friend, I hope to see you back in ATL soon, but until then– Happy FroDay everyone!! I challenge you guys to embrace you– all parts, the good, the bad, the ugly, your insecurities and strengths. All of you.

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We tried a million and one times to get this one right!! In the end I was rewarded for my efforts – with the full DevaCurl line!

Sending so much love and bright vibes your way. xoxo

Sincerely,

Subi

Event Recap: World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show With @CamilleRoseNaturals in Atlanta, GA

Not so long ago I was contacted with the opportunity to join the team of Camille Rose Naturals at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show . I love all natural hair and all things that encompass it; Camille Rose Naturals is an amazing brand so I knew it would be a great time!

Hey there,

I know it’s been a long time coming, but forgive me!! Let’s dive in. As seen on The Curly Hair Magazine, London.

Not so long ago I was contacted with the opportunity to join the team of Camille Rose Naturals at the World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show . I love all natural hair and all things that encompass it; Camille Rose Naturals is an amazing brand so I knew it would be a great time!

The World Natural Hair Healthy Lifestyle Event started out 20 years ago started out as an empowering, energizing annual celebration of natural hair. 2o years later it has developed into a weekend long outlet for fun, music, and natural hair for all. “This event has grown over the years from 25 exhibit booths and 200 attendees to 250 exhibit booths and over 30,000 attendees.” And from the looks of it, they don’t intend to stop! It now features a ton of brands that showcase their products for sale at prices as low as 40% off and workshops for hair treatment and product use and styling and to empower educate and celebrate natural hair for women, children and men alike! Major Sponsors include Mielle Organics and Camille Rose Naturals!

I attended the Show on Sunday the 23rd and arrived there to meet the Camille Rose team at 9 am sharp. All of the ladies working had amazing curl-popping hair, and I was in heaven. The show started at 11 but there was already a line and we could all feel the excitement. No one but vendors in the event at time meant no-lines and more samples so some of the ladies went out to shop, but I wanted to take it all in.

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Peep Janelle Stephens on the right with her and in her hair- promoting products, naturally!

Camille Rose Naturals  was started by Janelle Stephens- a mother and master mixologist who comes up with all the bomb products. She is a vegan, natural hair loving superwoman. She had such a kind spirit- and so humble too.

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Working hard, selling harder!

It was such a good feeling to be around people who loved natural hair and truly healthy products as much as I did! The great thing about events like these is that you can NETWORK! It’s all about whom you know, and if you come as you are, you will attract people who what to hear about you and what you’re passionate about. I met so many amazing women, all who loves natural hair, loves Camille Rose and most of all, who wanted to learn. I was able to speak about my passions and what made me spark, and people could tell.

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I had to snag some products of my own!
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I met this funny ray of sunshine too!

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Thank you so much to Camille Rose Naturals, and Janelle Stephens (of course) for this amazing experience. Also big thanks and hugs to my new Curl-Friend Julianne Jones, a.k.a Julzwithaz on YouTube, for photographing the event!

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Oh and by the way, yes. Yes we did sell out.

Sending all of you smiles and sunshine on this beautiful day to be alive.

Sincerely,

Subi

 

 

Drugstore Dream : Tresemme Keratin Smooth Review

Hi there everyone!

If you don’t know already, I am an Influenster, which means that I do product reviews for different things ranging from clothing brands, beauty products, and food. As I release reviews, the company matches me up with boxes for products that give me a new opportunity to try new products. All thoughts are my own.

This month, I got the opportunity to try the new Tresemmé Keratin Smooth shampoo and conditioner for free. This particular box was sponsored by Tresemmé, Kroger (a supermarket based in the south USA), and Influenster. Both the shampoo and conditioner were full-sized, and came in this fun box, I love how they always put wrapping paper around the products! Makes it feel like a gift! Here’s what the packaging looked like:

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 If you guys like what you hear about the products, I’ve inserted hyperlinks all though the post so you can buy it and try it for yourself!

So, the Keratin Smooth line is a 5 benefit in 1 system deal: anti frizz, perfectly detangles (according to the bottle), silky shine, soft feel, and tames fly aways. Now as a natural curly girl, you guys know I’m always looking for any product that makes wash day easier. Before I got on the natural product wave, I did use Tresmmé during wash days to shampoo, but had since eliminated it because the sulfate in it was drying out my hair. After that I stayed way clear of Tresemmé, but decided to give it another shot. Because the bottles say that they smooth hair and I had heard horror a few horror stories before of curly girls getting keratin protein treatments and coming out with straight hair, I was apprehensive, but these products proved me wrong.

IMG_0320Shampoo: The shampoo was definitely shocking. This was the first time I had used a shampoo that wasn’t from a natural brand and liked what I saw. My hair was loving the feeling of that keratin protein treatment, it was shiny after one wash and seemed like it had a healthy bounce to it. My hair seemed manageable.  You can find this shampoo at any drugstore, Kroger or Walmart for less than $5!

 

 

 

 

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Conditioner: Wow. I mean, just when I thought that the shampoo was a surprise, in comes the conditioner making magic! It definitely left my hair feeling soft and smooth, and the shine was clear to see. So remember when I said that it “perfectly detangles?” Guys, this claim was no joke. I mean, how is it that my hair retained curl-tension (coining thattt) and my fingers ran through my hair as easy as it did? The researchers at Tresemmé need to let me know how they did it, because YAS I am here for it! Honestly and truly, if you’re balling on a budget and just need something quick to do a co-wash head to a drugstore, Kroger or your nearest Walmart and pick up this conditioner, especially if it’s less than $5!!

 

Final Thoughts: I’m glad that Tresemmé came out with a shampoo and conditioner that allowed me to immediately see the results that it claims after the first wash and not a week or two later! HeeHee you guys know what I mean! A big big thank you again to Influenster for choosing me for this box, and I am really looking forward to the next review!

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After a good wash, my hair was super manageable for this bomb twist-out!

Make sure to like, comment, and subscribe to updates; let me know what you guys want to see, if there are products you want me to try first, or if you just want to say hello! Sending you good vibes and tons of sunshine in this cold weather  ✴︎

Sincerely,

Subi

Moisture Redefined: tgin Review

Hi there!

FTC: This post is not sponsored, but does contain affiliate links. All thoughts are my own.

With Winter upon us, or for those of us in the South USA, Summer/Spring, how do our tresses keep up with it all? The temperature is constantly changing, it’s hot, now it’s cold; it’s freezing one minute and too hot to wear pants in the next! What a miracle that our hair doesn’t just give up and fall off our heads! Thankfully, that crown we wear is strong enough for all of us. Even so, we all are made with that instinct to know when enough is enough, and that’s where tgin comes in.

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What does tgin even mean? tgin stands for “Thank God it’s NATURAL” a brand that lives up to it’s name and keeps customers running back to stores for more, their products are revered and loved all throughout the Natural Hair community.  They have been featured on many lists that include “Best Deep Conditioner” and the list goes on and on.

I first heard about tgin while perusing Youtube looking for a bomb twistout routine, and fell upon a video from NaturallyNeiicy. I decided to look further into the product and all I could find were good things, and decided I had to have it! Now, as a college student, and for all the students out there, times can get tough, and for a product junkie like myself, how can I keep up with all the hype?

One word: G I V E A W A Y!!!

Thanks to @frogirlginny and an amazing Holiday giveaway, I became the proud owner of three products from the tgin line. (follow her on all social media outlets, btw. she’s amazing!!) Natural ladies and gents, when in doubt to enter a contest of any kind, do not hesitate, just do! I’ve gotten pretty lucky so far! I’ll be sending good vibes your way through it all. I also got another product for Christmas so that will be featured in this review as well.

Honey Miracle Hair Mask – with Raw Honey + Olive oil

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First impressions: The packaging is pleasing to the eye, but not too crazy, so it caught my attention. Anything that says “Miracle” will have me doing a double take because I’m always on the lookout for the next great hair marvel. It smells amazing, the jojoba and honey in the mix truly influence the smell and I was instantly in heaven!

The product is THICK, and when you’re looking for a deep conditioner, trust and believe that consistency is key. My hair is very thick- in the 4b range along with some varying curl patterns, so I was really excited about it. I washed my hair as usual with the OGX Biotin & Collagen shampoo for clarity and bounce, and then followed with the same line of conditioner. My hair was then separated into sections and the fun began here! The directions say to “wash hair and then apply the product liberally to damp hair, raking the product through with a comb to ensure that it’s distributed evenly. ” Then either cover the hair with a plastic wrap and sit under the dryer for 15 minutes, or leave on a plastic cap and sit with product for 35 min – 1 hr. Sadly I don’t own a hooded dryer just yet, so I opted for the hour treatment instead and did some chores and studied for a bit. After 1 hour I washed it out, my hair was moist, the curls had defintion, my hair had a healthy shine, and it smelled so yummy- which is always important.

Price : $14.99

Twist & Define Cream – With Coconut oil + Vitamin E

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First Impressions- Again, consistency is key, and let me tell you this is just the right amount of oil and creme. It has a lot of slip, it smells like the hair mask, but different,  kinda like a good dessert. There are some elements in this product not found in the other which is good for variety. I like the amount of moisture that it clearly has, and I’m looking forward to the results.

After detangling, I skipped the leave-in step because it seemed like this product had more than enough moisture to go around, and I was right! As soon as it touched my hair my curls went lax, and then sprung to life! I wish this was an over exaggeration, but these are just facts! I was really excited to see the magic happen that quickly, which was satisfying. After applying the product in sections, I twisted the hair in order to keep it contained for the day, and the package does suggest to let the hair dry. After a day, my hair had a good feel to it, it felt almost as if I had applied a gel to it after the define cream.

Price: $14.99

Butter Cream Moisturizer – With Shea Butter + Vitamin E

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First Impressions- I’m not one who lies to repeat myself, but sheesh! The consistency of this product is what every curly girl wants. If you can think of a hair lotion packed with moisture, that holds firm, but smoothes on contact, this is the one. Of course it smells amazing, but the best part was how it loosened my hair.

Other than the three products that I used from the moisture line of tgin, I used my Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil for my scalp and to spritz around the hair. Remember how I said my twisted hair felt like gel had been applied to it? The Cream Moisturizer  loosened the twists on contact and pumped hydration and moisture into the hair and allowed untwisting to be easier and made the hair shine even more. I even applied some to the hair at the roots to liven it up!

Price: $14.99

Argan Replenishing Hair & Body Serum

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First Impressions: I really like the size of the bottle, it makes me comfortable to bring it when I travel or just to leave on the counter without cluttering space. The only thing I’m not thrilled about is the dripping effect- so the bottle does let off a bit of oil if you move it around or even just leave it on it’s side for too long.. which then changes my mind about bringing it to travel. I would have put a cone nozzle on the top instead of the standard lotion head.

This product was given to me as a gift by my lovely sister, not part of the giveaway that I won on Instagram. I use the serum when I want to give my hair some oil before a twist-out, I use it on my body right after I get out of the shower and my body is still a bit damp to lock in moisture. It smells really different, and I think that’s the hibiscus flower at the bottom of the bottle acting with the argan oil. I like that it’s lightweight and smells more natural than perfumed.

Price: 14.99

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I used the Argan oil serum in my hands to help loosen the hair and make it easier to untwist and combat frizz. The cream moisturizer was also used in order to add a bit more moisture.

 Final Words 

In all, I thoroughly enjoyed this product line ! It really locks in moisture, my hair retains length, and I feel like my hair is healthy and feels good to the touch, (literally it’s so soft) but not in a bad way that it’s dripping in product. My favorite products have to be the Tist and Define Cream and  You can find tgin products at Sally’s, Target, CVS, and online through their website!

Sending another big big thank you to  @frogirlginny for the chance to try these products and a big thank to tgin for making amazing products!

Let me know what else you guys want to see, product reviews, hair products, things of that nature. Or comment and let me know what you think! Peace, love and wishing you many days of flourishing hair!

Sincerely,

Subi

Product Review: L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay

When you get a free product in the mail to try you hope and hope for good results and to like it enough to add it into your life. Read more to see my thoughts on the new L’oréal Extraordinary Clay products I received complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes!!

Hello there!! I love trying new products and suggesting things for my friends to try to make them fall in love with products I like, so I became an Influenster. It’s an amazing site where you submit reviews of products and try to influence others to buy them. You receive the products free/complimentary to test and all you have to do is post about it! Click the link if you’d like to do the same and let me know what you think!

This time, Influenster gave me the opportunity to try a new product line from L’Oréal hair: Extraordinary Clay. Disclaimer: I got these products complimentary and all opinions are my own. 

As a natural haired girl, I was hesitant when Influenster sent me this product because it seemed pretty regular, just your average products. It says it’s for oily roots and dry ends to clarify and hydrate. Now, if anyone knows me, I loooove moisture, so for a product to say that targets oily anything, I’m on hyper-alert. As a natural haired girl, I know my hair carries oils that my hair needs to thrive, but if a product that isn’t designed to protect those oils is introduced to my hair, things will not go well! But these products were complimentary and I have tons of tricks up my sleeve to fix any hair problem, so I dove in!

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Step 1: This was the pre-poo (a familiar term for us naturals) of the new Extraordinary Clay line from L’oréal! I loved it because it cleansed the scalp and was super creamy. It says to keep it on for 5 minutes, and apply only to the roots, but I kept it on for about 15 minutes because I know my roots had product buildup this wash-day. It didn’t dry my roots at all! My hair felt really healthy, my curls were still poppin and all the dirt and grime from previously used products were washed away. This was my favorite step in the new product line for sure. If you’re looking for a product to clear your roots and have this in hand, go for it.
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Step 2: Shampoo. This is your average drugstore shampoo, there was nothing special about it at all. It reminded me why I stopped using any old product off of the shelf. I hated this shampoo for 3 reasons. 1. It stripped my hair of ALL oil and I could feel the difference immediately. Which is what the product is supposed to do, so technically I shouldn’t be mad. 2. The way my hair felt after I used this shampoo was just horrible. It felt like rubber, limp and lifeless. My hair had lost all of it’s elasticity and shine. 3. My curl pattern was lost completely. My hair at this point was in dire need of a deep conditioning treatment and I was so taken aback at the sudden change.

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Step 3: Conditioner. Well, at this point I was trying to save my hair so I packed that shampoo onto my hair like my life depended on it! It’s your regular conditioner, nothing special. It had tons of slip and got the job done, but I was waiting for that wow factor that conditioners get in order to make me love it.. That never happened, but my hair did feel a little better.

Side Note: I followed this routine with my Mielle Organics products to save the day!

Overall: After all of the steps were used, my hair felt clean, yes but at what cost? 3/10 do not recommend to any natural haired beauties out there. As a girl with 4b curls hydration is essential, and this product line, just wasn’t for me. The first step was the best step for all the reasons I stated but mostly because it was the most hydrating. If you plan on buying anything in this line, the first step, the clay hair mask is the one to go with! I apologize for the lack of a personal picture of my hair; next time I won’t forget! If you have any questions about the line, or have any questions for me, comment, send me an email or follow me on any of my social media platforms and contact me there. Thanks for reading guys! More product reviews to come for sure!

Sincerely,

Subi