Monday, May 21, 2012

Nappiology Meet Up Highlights

Imagine my surprise and joy when De Phillips Johnson CEO of Nappiology,Inc. and Nappiology meet-up group here in the Dallas/Ft Worth area contacted me offering me the opportunity to present at one of her monthly meet-up groups.  I felt fortunate and grateful that she thought of me.  For the past 2 years I posted my highlights at the Nappiology Expo's I attended, [click to see highlights from 2011] and [click here to see highlights from 2010] ...I can honestly say they get better each year and I'm so looking forward to Nappiology Expo 2012! To learn more about Nappiology [click here]

This was such a great experience for me.  It gave me the opportunity to let so many supporters get to know me outside of my  [Facebook Business Page]  which is where a vast majority of my supporters and clientele have come from.  These women are so kind, uplifting and full of excitement about learning to care for their hair and share with me and other women what they have learned as well.  I really wanted to express how much they have helped me grow both professionally and personally and how much I appreciate them.  This months meet-up was held at Betty Warmack Library in Grand Prairie, TX. Prior to the meet up starting I had chance to talk with a couple of clients I hadn't seen a quite awhile.  They both greeted me with hugs and one of them gave me a gift. I was pleasantly surprised when one Sister named Aledra handed me a little cellophane bag with something wrapped inside.  I opened it immediately!

I remembered her telling me sometime ago she makes jewelry as a hobby.  She made me this BEAUTIFUL jewelry because she said she knows how much I love earrings and that to her I give so much helping others along their natural hair journey's.  I was so touched.  I even rocked the bracelet right then and there...
Women of every shade of brown with kinky curly coils gathering together in a peaceful supportive setting is such a wonderful thing to be a part of...

  It was such a treat just speaking on what I love to anyhow.  It never feels like work when you do what you love!
I wanted to take the crowd through regimen building from start to finish and began first with sharing natural hair care options using oils and butters for do-it-yourself (DIY) hair care. I was so pleased to see women with paper and pens out ready to take notes and iPad tablets on laps, with plenty of questions.

I went through the what I call the 8 steps of regimen building, discussing  natural oils and butters after using water for moisture prior to applying an oil or butter to the hair.  I will go into detail in a future post.  I get asked so many questions on how to build a regimen I wanted to cover it in the most simplified way I could to make the journey towards having healthy natural hair not so overwhelming for some. I really wanted the guests to know the road to healthy hair is not solely in a product but in consistency of care we give our hair regardless what is used to a certain degree. Also, caring for our hair IS affordable, especially when replacing products with DIY hair care options.  We discussed scalp issues, what carrier oils are, what essential oils are and the benefits of adding them to oils and products we already have, to increase the benefits of using them.  I know many of us feel we have to categorize our hair into some "type" so I also touched on why I feel using the word texture instead is a more fitting.  I was so glad to see so many women in agreement.

We also had time for a styling tip segment.  I'd asked my good friend if she would allow me to do a demo on her hair and she agreed. I needed one more model and asked for a volunteer.  Their hair textures and lengths were completely different and I wanted to show how the same products depending on what technique is used can be used on any hair texture.

For more  photos of this event and other Nappiology events [click here].

Once we wrapped it up ( it went 1/2 overtime) De gave me a really cute Nappiology Tee!! I'll be rockin' it at  the next meet-up I attend for sure!

It was a wonderful day.  My son's were there and I was so glad they had the opportunity to see why I do what I do...because it brings so many women of color together, I love speaking about hair care, and most of all it just makes me happy.

Here are a few comments from guests who attended the workshop posted on Nappiology meet-up site:

Thank you Amber for your knowledge and loving spirit. You have educated, encouraged and inspired me. May God continue to bless you and all that you do. 
Also, thank you De for your hard work and dedication to women and their natural hair. ~Monique

Thank you Amber for your knowledge and time. I really enjoyed your workshop. Also thanks De for organizing this enlightening event! ~Amber

My daughters enjoyed themselves; it was awesome. ~ Charles

Thank you Amber I really enjoyed myself yesterday. I gained so much knowledge. Thank you De for organizing the event. I had a great time. ~Yolandia

Meet Up Doo...

The previous post shows my hair style pretty much I just untwisted the twists and re-pinned my updo with hair that was twisted out instead of keeping it in me it gave this style a much more bold look.

Fro-Fest is around the corner...It's a FREE event so make sure you some out to celebrate Juneteenth with Nappiology,Inc.

Miss Jessie's is the Title Sponsor of the 2012 Best Southwest Juneteenth, Nappiology Fro Fest  
Saturday, June 16, 2012
 Time: 1-6pm
Desoto Civic Center
 Bluebonnett Rooms
 211 E Pleasant Run Rd
 Desoto, Texas
VENDORS, WORKSHOPS, NATURAL HAIR showcase and sooo much more!
 VENDORS - catering to natural hair
Tranistion workshop by Denise Valentine - Niecy's Natural Hair Salon
Loc Styling 101 with Ms. Ray - Deep in the Roots Salon


Pre-Summer Updo!

It's that time of year again for sunshine, shorts, sundresses and sandals.  Spring just before Summer as well as Autumn are my favorite seasons of the year.  In preparation of the temperature rising heat I wanted to wear a style perfect for welcoming more fun in the Sun!

Styling How-To
I started out with stretched hair from 8 large twists I 'd previously set in my hair using purified water to moisturize organic mango butter to seal.  I used Kinky Curly curling custard at the start of each braid and added a little mango butter for the twists for additional shine.

 I sectioned off  a triangle in the front top section first.  This is NOT a centered sectioned part.  I want the end result not to look like a mow/fro-hawk but to be off centered in the front. I started the part on my left at the center of my brow and on my right at the end of my brow.  I made both part meet up by parting the left part straight back and the right diagonally going upwards to where the parts meet as shown above.

 I gathered the rest of my hair beginning with the left side parting diagonally again from  the top of the back of my ear continuing the part to my right ending at the center or bottom part of my ear.  I continued with those same diagonal parts
 Once I got to the 3rd part I had to start the parts  front of my ear where my hair line started.

The part separating the two sides is also diagonal.
 Starting at the front parting diagonally...
extending the part all the way behind to my right ear.

 I also extended the part separating the left from right up to the top of my head where the front part had been  previously sectioned off.  So, at this point I have the braids/twists I've done, the right and left sides are sectioned of and the front section is sectioned still.
 Once I completed the left side I still had the right side to complete.  These parts were all starting going upwards...
 I decided to curve the parts on my right downward swoop in stead of upwards swoop as the left side had been done...

 All I had left was the front section. I twisted it in about 6 large twists...
 Right side complete...
Left side complete....

Once all the hair has been braid/twisted, you can just get creative and part your hair anyway you like. I was not able to pin my hair and take snapshots at the same time so I'll show close ups. All I used were bobby pins to secure.

 So basically what I did for the top section was gather those twists and very loosely rolled them using one closed end bobby pin to secure it at the point of the triangle part.  

I gathered the back of the twists and like the top very loosely rolled the twists left securing it were needed with closed end bobby pins at the base.  

The final look...

 Styling Tip:  To give a fro-hawk style a more mature look off center the front section...adds elegance and makes this style more suitable for those who may feel the style is too youthful. I certainly did which is why I shied away from wearing it. To add volume to any protective updo and the appearance of longer thicker hair, twist the ends instead of braiding the hair all the way down.  You can also get more than one look from this style by twisting out the twists once they dry...I love it and I'm sure I'll revisit it again.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

DIY: Whipped Mango Butter!!

Mangifera indica

 My first time ever using Mango butter I was surprised at how quickly it absorbed without the greasy feeling Shea leaves on my skin.  Mango butter provided my skin with a natural shine and worked wonderfully on moisturizing my legs just after shaving. I even used some on my lips which not only protected them from the heat but left them with a nice glossy shine. I decided to try it on my hair and whipped up a batch for my family to use in place of Shea.  My son loves using Shea butter on his face but with his skin being so oily, I'm hoping the mango butter will be a better alternative.  Also for those who have nut allergies, mango butter is a great substitute as well.  Mango is a bit more costly then Shea but has plenty of great benefits when used on hair and skin.

Benefits of Mango Butter on Hair: 
~1 Cup of fresh mango provides 80% of your daily vitamin C intake and 25% of vitamin A.  Both are directly influence hair growth.
~Seals moisture into the hair
~Softens dry brittle hair

Benefits of Mango Butter on Skin:
~Heals sunburn
~Fights frost bite
~Heals peeling skin
~Heals muscle fatigue, aches, and tension
~Treats eczema and dermatitis
~May be used as a shaving cream
~Relieves insect bites
~Repairs cracked heels on feet
~Prevents stretch marks during pregnancy

I wanted to make a batched of whipped butter for my hair.  I have an upcoming workshop this Sunday and the style I'm going to wear calls for soft shiny twist out.  I decided to use it plain without adding any oils or essentials.  Although I have used products with mango butter in the ingredients but I just wanted to see how my hair responds to pure unscented organic mango butter.

I recently purchased a 2lb tub of organic mango butter and decided to whip the entire batch.  I 'll be using it to add to deep conditioning treatments, my entire family will use it for our bodies and I will be using it on my hair and for my clients.

How to make Whipped Unscented Organic Mango Butter

 This is a 2lb tub however you can use less to suit your needs. Since there will be nothing added to the butter the steps are the same no matter how much butter you use.
Melt butter into liquid. You can do this by setting some in a glass blow and placing the bowl into a larger one with hot water in it or by using  double boiler.  Never place any type of butter in a pot with direct heat.  I don't have a double boiler so I made a make shift version of one by placing my butters into a glass bowl and setting it on top of a large 4qt stock pot with  about 6 cups of boiling water in it, turning the heat to med high setting once the water came to a boil.  It took about 30 minutes for the full 2lb tub to melt. I loved the natural scent!

Once melted allow to cool to room temp.  I didn't want to wait since I used a double boiler and the butter was so hot I knew it would take a long time to melt.

 After 20 minutes of blending...
 After 35 minutes of blending...
 It was taking way to long to thicken so I placed the bowl in my freezer for about 10 minutes...
 After removing it from the freezer I blended for about 15 more minutes until the consistency was like cake frosting...

2lbs made just over 40oz of whipped mango butter.  I filled two 12 oz  recycled Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie jars one for my clients hair to seal in moisture and the other for my son's bathroom for the family to use. A little really goes a very long way so I imagine I will have it for awhile.    This left me with another16 ounces of mango butter I placed into a plastic bowl with a lid.  I didn't use dark tinted glass or plastic to store it in because there were no oils or fragrances added to the butter....I store the container in the back of my large walk-in bedroom closet where it is cool and dry staying dark most of the time.

 My hair saturated in Mango butter and Argan Oil...such a treat for my kynxx!

With the left over butter in the bowl I scraped it out with my fingers and applied it to my hair. I'd just taken some twists out and decided to use it as a pre-poo treatment along with 2tbsp of Argan oil.  I sprayed my hair til wet but not dripping then followed  up by saturating my hair with the butter and oil then placed a plastic conditioning cap on over my hair and slept in it over night..

In the morning I rinsed the butter and oil out and followed up with washing with pure black soap bar.  After I rinsed the black soap from my hair it was extremely soft, I didn't even follow up with conditioner and combing through it was a breeze!
 My hair air dried softer than it ever has since I've been heat free...I  put 8 large twists in my hair so I could stretch it for an upcoming protective style...stay tuned for the styling tutorial next...

By the next morning the mango butter set and thickened...

I love it! Natural goodness!