HI FRAN.. What's you opinion on the KNOT TODAY and CURLING CUSTARD?
Both are awesome! Knot Today is one of my fav conditioners. Incredible ingredients, slip and scent. The only reason I don’t use it too often is cause the price is a little high. The Custard is awesome if you like a tight, gel-like hold and super neat curls. I prefer messy, voluminous hair so not using it is more of a style thing for me. You’re good to go with that product line.
I just read an article in "women's health mag" where Pink said upon waking up she does an hour of cardio, then an hour of P90X or yoga, then a half-hour of warm-up [during show rehearsal] six days a week. Let me never ever complain about an hour long workout *hides in shame* xoxo Aurélie
Damn! An hour of P90x was more than enough for me! Her body is so incredible, though, so I know she puts in some serious work. Now you have me wanting to try that to see if I can hang…lol
Fran, I must sincerely thank you for the knowledge you choose to share with us. By far, your aloe vera juice tip is the best thing I've EVER discovered for my curls. As you advised, I drench soaking wet hair in pure aloe juice after cleansing & then on to styling. Before I used this technique, my curls stayed nice for 2 days and 3 was really pushing it! Now I get 5 days of shiny, moisturized curl with little to no frizz, AND less initial shrinkage. Again, thank you.
I’m so happy to hear that! And on the days your hair feels limp or dryer than usual, try using the aloe on top of your leave-in/moisturizer for an extra boost (only if your products are all natural). Thanks for letting me know <3 Keep me posted!
Hello! I love your blog and I find it very helpful. I recently decided to try your idea for sealing hair with aloe vera juice. I have it in twists right now but it looks really nice. Anyway I just wanted to know does heat have to be used in order to deep condition?
Not at all! Your hair being wet is what will help the deep conditioner penetrate best. I actually prefer steam over direct heat, so something as simple as adding deep conditioner to your hair while you shower (for at least 15 min) will get the job done.
do you use pure aloe vera alone or mix it? I've never heard of using pure alo vera maybe I should start looking into it :] where can I buy it?
There are tons of ways to include it into your regimen. Youtube is a great source for figuring out ways to add it. I use it as a sealant on top of my leave-ins/moisturizers. I order mine from iherb.com or amazon.com. The Aubrey Organics brand is my fav!
“Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else.”—Mencius
What are three natural hair products you think everyone needs/should have?
That is super hard to answer cause there are way too many different hair textures! The most I can suggest is pure aloe vera as a sealant, cause it’s super light and won’t weigh anyone down. I also think every natural should have a huetiful steamer, for that extra extra deep conditioning boost (since moisture is something we all need, regardless of texture). And satin pillowcases to sleep on, to help retain that moisture! As far as products, though? It would have to be based on texture, desired style, current hair health, porosity and length.
Hey Fran..hey lol. Do you feel the same about wigs as you do weaves? Because I really want continue to be able to have straight hair while still giving my hair a break. And also do you think a wig would weird my boyfriend out too much?
Hey! I don’t think weaves are bad. I just disagreed with the young girl who referred to them as the best form of protective styling. Wigs are even better cause you have more control of what’s going on with your hair underneath. As long as you stay on top of your moisture levels, you should be good to go. I don’t know your boyfriend so I can’t answer that last question! lol. Talk to him about it and see what he says.
hey fran i want my split ends cut , but i don't know anybody who knows how to cut natural hair , i don't want to straighten my hair i've been about 2months natural , so proud that im not using heat and all natural products , so do you know anywhere in philly or pittsburgh that does natural hair
I’m so happy to hear that! I remember when you first hit me up, telling me you wanted to start being healthier <3 I only like to recommend salons i’ve actually been to or that people I know have tried. I don’t have any salons in Philly or Pitt that come to mind so hopefully someone reading this will give you some good suggestions. Keep me posted!
Are you thinking of going natural? There is a casting call for a documentary television program for MTV, and they are interested in finding someone ready to get the “big chop” and transition to natural hair. If you appear to be between the ages of 15 -28 and would like us to document your transition to natural hair, email us firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your story. Please include your name, location, phone number and recent photos of yourself.
Email correction. All of those interested should contact email@example.com. All of you hitting me up thinking of doing the big chop, take advantage of this dope opportunity!
Check this out…I was reading through my Vogue today and I saw this advertisement. I know you get questions about hair dying and the packaging for this particular dye reads, “With naturally derived ingredients, approved and certified according to Natural & Organic standards.”
When I Googled the name I saw a few youtube reviews pop-up also…Just spreading the word cause it has no ammonia, resorcinol or parabens.
I noticed one of your followers asked you a question about wearing weaves and your response was you neglect your hair in a weave. Which I find to be totally untrue. I wore weave( and still do at times) and my hair is super healthy. If you have a stylist that can do properly install a weave your hair will be fine. I definitely don't think your hair is neglected. When i wear weaves I wash, condition and moisturize as usual.I feel it the best protective,style.
I also made sure to say that it was my opinion. You’re completely entitled to your own, love! I don’t believe a weave is “the best” protective style for a natural, at all. Not better than well moisturized twists or braids that allow you to cater to your strands directly. And while you can wash, moisturize and condition your hair while in a weave, I disagree that it contributes to hair health. We can just agree to disagree, though. I appreciate your input!
Here are a few of my fav all natural brands and their sales:
Bee Mine Products: http://beemineproducts.com/ 15% off at checkout using code bee1528. My favs are the Curly Butter (nice hold for super defined twists, sleeker styles and daily moisture) and the Deep Conditioner. All natural and an amazeballs coconut scent.
Oyin Handmade Products: http://oyinhandmade.com/shop/ All products are 20% off at checkout. I love their thick Burnt Sugar Pomade to seal my ends, the Frank Juice as a curl refresher/spritz, the Shine & Define as a light daily moisturizer (perfect for the fine haired naturals) and all of their lip balms! All natural products that are made to order so you always get a fresh batch!
Shea Moisture’s Holiday Shop located on 41st & 6th Ave (Bryant Park) will be giving out free bars of soap with every purchase. You can also grab 3 products for $20!
Aubrey Organics: http://www.aubrey-organics.com/ Free shipping on all products. They’re also selling lip balms for $.99 as well as all of their travel size items. You can also buy a conditioner and get a shampoo for 90% off. All natural and amazing. My absolute fav brand. The White Camellia conditioner (and the GPB for deep conditioning) has my love. Read their mission statement while on their site and you’ll understand why I heart them.
Karen’s Body Beautiful: http://karensbodybeautiful.com/ The discount is for 30% off for purchases over $25! My favs are the Luscious Locks Hair Mask for deep conditioning, Creamylicious for twists and her Butter Love for daily moisturizing (and sealing ends!) during colder temps. Whatever product you decide on, make sure you get the egyptian musk scent. Drool worthy!
Belle Butters: http://bellebutters.bigcartel.com/ If you love that homemade feel but are too lazy to do it yourself, hit up Belle Butters for hand whipped natural butters. She can even do custom orders if you’re feeling creative. 15% off purchases of $35+! My favs are the Unyevu for my hair and the Shea for my body. But you can flip them and use them on your skin AND hair. All natural products got it like that.
P.S. I don’t see any Cyber Monday sales on the Anita Grant site: https://anitagrant.com/ but her pricing is always incredibly reasonable plus free shipping worldwide! Make sure to check out her fresh all natural butters, oils and clays. A great site to keep bookmarked.