Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Get Creative w/ Your Kynxx!

Styling your hair doesn't have to be complicated. With my busy schedule I rarely have time to do the intricate styles I've created in the past and try to style my hair in ways that will provide me with several styles in one style.  For instance, the photo above I braided 10 cornrows in the front of my hair.  I was able to get 4 different styles just by braiding the front and changing the way the back was styled.  It's all about being creative so one style can be worn multiple ways, while still keeping it super simple!!

Style One ~ Down n' Out

Style 2~ The Pin Up

 Hair at the end of the cornrows was moisturized and left to cascade down one side.
 Braids were pinned to one side.
Style 3~ The Pony
Style 4~Protective Tuck n' Pin

Braids draping over 4 large flat twists that are tucked and pinned at the nape.
 Products used: Aloe Vera Juice and River of Jordan Cocoa Butta~Hair & Body Butter and Aubrey Organics B5 Styling Gel.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Amazing Botanicals Honey Condish & Hibiscus Gel Review

I am so excited to announce I am now using Amazing Botanicals Black Soap Poo and Honey Condish on all Kynxx clientele.  As a stylist it can sometimes be a bit challenging finding quality products in salon sizes that are cost effective, allowing me to use the product on my hair and clients.  I was happy when the owners Shelly and Asha of Amazing Botanicals offered salon sizes to me after showing continuous support on Kynxx Facebook page.  In February of this year I wrote a product reveiw on Amazing Botanicals Black Soap Poo and Pumpkin Pomade  [CLICK HERE TO READ REVIEW]. This reveiw will be focusing on Amazing Botanicals Honey Condish and Hibiscus Gel.

One of the most important jobs I look for a conditioner to tackle on my hair is detangling.  For me, detangling properly directly effects my hairs ability to retain lengths.  Constantly having to comb my hair out, even using a wide toothed comb I loose hair.  I noticed that when I use a really good conditioner that moisturized and provides subperb detangling benefits less hair is loss when I do comb it.  AB's Honey Condish did that and then some.  I decided to make my review on clients instead of on my own hair.  I'm always showing deep conditoning treatments and products on my own hair and really wanted to show the results on hair textures different from mine. 

Honey Condish Ingredients:
Distilled water, Aloe Vera, Beheutrimonium, Cetaryl Alcohol (moisturizing), Marshmallow Root, Honey, Avocado Buter, Shea Butter, Cupuacu Butter, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Plantago Extract, Evena Oat Extract, Irish Moss, Potassium Sorbate (food grade preservative), Optiphen ND (paraben free preservative).

All these suds came from just ONE full pump of the Black Soap Poo!! The only sulfate free shampoo I've used that suds like this!
Very thick consistency...and to me the scent is light, sweet, and slightly floral.

Close up of hair of slightly coarse texture saturated with the conditioner. I was impressed by how easily I was able to untangle her hair.  Honey Condish may be used as a leave-in or deep conditioner under a hooded dryer or steamer.

I used the Hibiscus Gel on her braids....loved the shine and manageability it provided.

Finished style.

Hibiscus Gel Ingredients:
Water, Aloe Gel, Flaxseed, Hibiscus Tea Infusion, Optiphen, Black Castor, Safflower, Glycerin, Xantham Gum.

Tightly coiled Kynxx...

Finished look.

Needless to say I'm excited to be using a quality shampoo, conditioner, and hair gel on my own hair and on clients...stay tuned for my next review on Amazing Botanicals Go Green Liquid Pomade!



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Single Dutch Braid ~ Tutorial

Lately my ability to indulge in catering my Kynxx to all day conditioning treatments has come to a screeching halt.  To make sure I keep up with my own hair Ischedule appointments in my planner for my own hair care. I've also been styling my hair in ways that are both protective, quick, and easy to do.  My goal as the style will last me 4-5 before I start to feel like it needs to be redone. This is one of my favorites ( My go-to style) now and when I posted this photograph on Facebook and Black Girl With Long Hair I was asked to make a tutorial for it.  In the photo above my hair was styled on hair that had previously been twisted out moisturized with Aloe Vera juice and River of Jordan Cocoa Butter Blend.  Here it is...

Part hair from ear to ear

 Kinky Curling Custard didn't mix well with the conditioner.  Grab a small section of hair at the hair line center of forehead area and begin braiding back to the center part.

 Combs help keep the hair brushed to the side nice and smooth before going on to continue braiding the bottom section.  Brush bottom section to the side and begin braiding to the end of the hair.

Tuck and pin braid

Easy Breezy...took all of 7 minutes from start to finish and I'll wear it for about 4 days or so covering at night with a satin scarf. The braid doesn't look as full to me compared to doing the style on wet hair but it will do in a rush!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Vegetarian Flat Bread Pizza

 It's been awhile, I miss writing so much; with good cause though.  God grace is continuously blessing my life so with that out of the way...Time to EAT!!!   This took all of 15 minutes from start to finish and is a very healthy alternative to eating regular pizza.

1- CanTomato Paste
1-Can Salt Free Tomato Sauce
1/2 Cup Fresh Cut Spinach
McKormick  Fresh Picked Italian Herbs
1- Can Black Olives
Sea Salt
Whole Wheat Flat Bread
Grated Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1-Roma Tomato
 I didnt use all of these...only the paste and the small can of salt free sauce.  Still hoping to find canned tomatoes available in organic AND  salt free.

Mix tomato paste with tomato sauce adding 1tsp of Italian Herb Seasoning Blend and 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt.

 Pre- Heat oven at 400 degrees. Place Flat Bread on Aluminum Foil, layering with flat bread sauce, cheese, spinach, tomato, and black olives, lightly sprinkling Italian Herbs over the top.  Place flatbread in oven for 10-13 minutes until flat bread is browned and cheese is melted.

Slice and Serve!!
Bon Appétit