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20 Years of NaturallyCurly and a Spectacular Texture on the Runway Show

Now that NYFW the Shows is over, we can finally share the amazing shows and events we enjoyed. Funny enough, our first show had all to do with hair fashion than clothing (although we saw some pretty cool fashions). We always look forward to the start of fashion week. Not just for the incredible runway shows we anticipate attending but because NYFW debuts with the NaturallyCurly Texture on the Runway Show. The incredible hair show, presented by NaturallyCurly and Sally Beauty, is a celebration of the beauty of natural hair. This year’s runway show brands included Camille Rose Naturals, Cantu, Carol’s Daughter, Creme of Nature, Mielle Organics, SheaMoisture, and The Mane Choice.

Texture on the Runway 2018

This year’s Texture on the Runway show was also a celebration of NaturallyCurly’s 20th anniversary. Hosted by NaturallyCurly co-founder Michelle Breyer, and recording artist and breakout star of Love & Hip Hop Miami Amara La Negra, the seven top texture brands showcased their take on texture down the runway.

Camille Rose Naturals

Camille Rose at Texture on the Runway 2018

What better way to celebrate the launch of their Around the World collection than with a variety of multicultural models and hairstyles. Their hairstyles represented the beauty of the diverse regions of the Amazonian Rainforest, South Pacific and the Middle East. Camille rose Naturals was definitely oneof ourfavorite presentations.

Cantu

Cantu brought the vibrancy of New Orleans to the NaturallyCurly Texture on the Runway stage. Cantu’s presentation was to celebrate the textured hair movement and their dedicated and hardworking team.

Carol’s Daughter

For Carol’s Daughter, it was all about the bond between mother and child and one thing that connects a black woman and her daughter is hair. They recreated these special moments shared between, mother, and child by using models that are actually family, including Lisa Price and her daughter. We also got a chance to get to know the new Pracaxi Nectar Collection, a styling line made with natural Pracaxi Oil, the conditioning “miracle” nectar of Brazil.

Creme of Nature

Creme of Nature at Texture on the Runway 2018Creme of Nature at Texture on the Runway 2018

Creme of Nature highlighted how culture is redefining the future of universal style and texture…with a bold look at Afrofuturism. Their runway presentation celebrated the Afro-Punk Urban Queen” with cutting-edge hairstyles by celebrity hairstylist Pekela Riley. How fearless she is in her diverse expression of edgy street fashion, multicultural hairstyling and glow up beauty.  They also introduced their new Pure Honey collection. A range that targets dry, dehydrated hair to provide essential moisture, softness, and smoothness without weighing your hair down.

Mielle Organics

Mielle Organics at Texture on the Runway 2018Mielle Organics at Texture on the Runway 2018

Mielle Organics hit the runway with an edgy presentation that brought the brand to life. Hairstyles and looks were crafted and inspired by the woman warriors of Wakanda. The edgy hairstyles were styled using Mielle Organics’ Pomegranate and Honey collection. Honey is definitely a big haircare ingredient for natural hair and you can expect more brands to follow.

SheaMoisture

SheaMoisture at Texture on the Runway 2018

SheaMoisture showcased the beauty and versatility of textured hairstyles created with their award-winning legacy collection, Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Hair Care. The runway presentation featured stunning styles that demonstrate the many dimensions and beauty of textured hair.

The Mane Choice

The Mane Choice at Texture on the Runway

The Mane Choice celebrated the goddesses and their hair crowns. The colorful hairstyles celebrated all hair textures; and showed how the hair brand is continuing efforts in taking strides to empower and offer hair care solutions.


As previously stated, musician Amara La Negra (and her epic afro) performed for the natural hair beauties at the NaturallyCurly Presents Texture On The Runway show. 
Other sponsors included As I Am, ORS Curls Unleashed and Reshma Beauty, who’s US Launch event you may remember we attended. Their Multani Mitti-Fuller’s Earth Mask and bar soaps are amazing.

Photo Credit – Getty Images for NaturallyCurly

Good Hair Days: Latest launches From Colorproof and Macadamia Professional

It’s almost time for the changing of the season. We don’t know about you but we tend to change or rotate our hair and beauty products with the coming of the changing seasons. We take into account the change in weather, temperature, etc and how it affects our hair. So, of course, we’re doing our research on new hair products to protects our tresses while the season transitions from one weather pattern to the next. We are loving several of the hair care products from Colorproof and Macadamia Professional and we’re sure they will help us achieve some good hair days. Check out the following must haves like the ColorProof Pure Release Instant Detangle, ColorProof PowderFix Texturizing Powder Spray, ColorProof RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum, Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Leave-In Protein Treatment, and Macadamia Professional Thermal Protectant Spray.

Colorproof and Macadamia Professional hair care products

Whether you need help with detangling, moisturizing and hydrating your hair, or even just having to deal with the daily taming of your hair, the hair care products from Colorproof and Macadamia Professional have got you covered.

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ColorProof Pure Release Instant Detangle, $27.00

Instantly detangle, repair, nourish and reduce breakage like never before possible. This high performance, 100% vegan, leave-in spray keeps hair manageable and tangle-free while breakthrough technology extends the life of your color and protects hair from heat damage. It’s like wearing a sunhat for your hair! Releases tangles to prevent breakage Fortifies, repairs and restores softness and lubricity Significantly reduces drying time Minimizes static Advanced ColorLast System provides unsurpassed color and heat protection.

ColorProof PowderFix Texturizing Powder Spray, $25.00; www.colorproof.com

Designed exclusively for color-treated hair with a proprietary blend of revolutionary volumizing polymers and Pro-Vitamin B5 Panthenol to deliver optimum fullness and weightless body for unlimited styling potential. This superfine, silky powder is easily absorbed into the hair and scalp to provide all-day texture, volume and lift with maximum color and heat protection.

ColorProof RadicallySmooth Anti-Frizz Serum, $28.00

This next generation serum instantly smooths for long-lasting, frizz-free style with full spectrum UVA/UVB color and heat protection. Feather-light, heat-activated formula effortlessly tames and defies while reducing drying time. Features our proprietary smoothing blend of Camellia and Abyssinian Oils along with soy lipids and seaweed to seal hairs’ cuticle and provide intense surface smoothing with long-lasting shine.

Make sure to keep an eye out for ColorProof’s just launched FreshStart Soft Dry Shampoo, $25.00. This quick, no-wash solution instantly extends your stylewith its ultra-sheer formula that absorbs oil, sweat, residue and odor.

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Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Leave-In Protein Treatment, $22.00

Did you know if you are stressed out, your hair is most likely stressed out too. Replenish stressed-out, depleted hair strands with the essential vitamins and minerals found in this leave-in treatment. It protects hair against future breakage, delivers reinforcement to strengthen, replenish and protect your hair, leaving your hair soft and conditioned, never brittle or over-proteinized.

Macadamia Professional Thermal Protectant Spray, $19.95

This feather-light spray that guards your hair against the damaging effects of heat styling tools up to 450F. Not only does it smooths your hair by eradicating frizz and resists the effects of humidity, it also leaves your hair incredibly shiny.

What are your thoughts on the products from Colorproof and Macadamia Professional? Have you tried out their products? What are your favorite Colorproof and Macadamia Professional products? Let us know your thoughts.

Smooth as Silk: Keratin Lounge by Lasio Keratin Treatment

Having a full head of naturally curly, coily, and thick hair can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, your hair looks abundant and you can style it any way you please. On the other hand, or at least in our case, you end up with an extreme amount of frizz and flyaways and the cold harsh weather temperatures can strip every bit of moisture out of your hair. What’s a girl to do you may ask? The key is to find a solution that will not only leave your hair protected, and perfectly hydrated, but one that will also control your curls, and tame your frizz. That solution? A Keratin Lounge by Lasio Keratin treatment. Specifically the Mocha Silk Keratin Treatment, a water-based Keratin from the authority of all things Keratin, The Keratin Lounge by Lasio.

What makes this hair experience different from the rest? First of all, the staff at The Keratin Lounge by Lasio are beyond compare. Not just for their abundant talent of hair whispering, but their hospitality as well. As a customer, you are taken cared of from the moment you hit the entrance. So sit back with a glass or two of wine and enjoy the hair magic that is a Keratin Lounge by Lasio Keratin treatment. The particular keratin treatment we enjoyed is a spray-on keratin treatment (the only one on the market) is water-based as previously stated, needs zero processing time,  contains cacao oils and only 0.02% formaldehyde (well below OSHA’s formaldehyde acceptable levels), offers 90% curl reduction, and frizz reduction at 100%. Plus it lasts last up to 4 months. That’s approximately 120 days of freedom from frizz and curl control.

We had the amazing pleasure of treating our natural hair (yes it’s still natural, we still have our curly and coily hair – it’s just more controlled) to the Mocha Silk Keratin treatment at the hands of the amazing Certified Keratin Specialist and hairstylist, Ariannis Pepin. Check out our before and after photos of our Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment:

Keratin Treatment Steps:

  • Clarify hair 2-3 times (3rd wash leave clarifying shampoo in hair for 5 minutes)
  • Blow dry hair completely dry
  • Part hair three ways and spray entire hair section by section
  • Blow dry hair with keratin treatment completely dry
  • Part hair again in 3 sections
  • Starting from the bottom of the hair, flat iron sections no bigger than a 1-inch at 450 degrees
  • You have the option to wash right away or next morning.
 The after of our Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment consists of indulging our hair in their Hypersilk by Lasio aftercare line. The cold and drying wintry weather has been especially stressful on our hair and this entire treatment has been revitalizing for my hair. The Lasio Hypersilk is infused with the same keratin that is in the Lasio’s Keratin treatments:
Products that have sodium chloride that can strip the keratin, the Hypersilk line is sodium chloride free and all the products contain keratin. The treatment is heat activated, so a little heat on your and it will be straighter just without any frizz. It is recommended that you wash hair 2 times a week with Hypersilk to prolong your keratin treatment. If you’re thinking of coloring your hair, always do it before any keratin treatment as the color process can also strip the keratin. If you must color after the treatment, wait 2 weeks for single processing and root touch up or bleaching.
Good to do the treatment every 4 months to really start seeing a difference in your hair.

Thanks to the Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment we had, not only has our hair been frizz-free and revitalized, it feels incredibly silky, looks super shiny and of course wonderfully manageable. So if winter has done a number on your hair and you need a hair savior, check out a Keratin Lounge by Lasio keratin treatment. We think it will be a solution you’re looking for.

The Oscars Hair: Lupita Nyong’o’s Amasunzu Hairstyle by Vernon François

All queens must wear crowns and that is exactly how we can describe Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning Academy Awards hairstyle. To coordinate with her gold and black Custom Atelier Versace, celebrity hairstylist and textured hair whisperer, Vernon François created an elegant and regal Amasunzu inspired hairstyle. These elaborate hairstyles are traditionally worn by Rwandan men and single women noted for their crescent shapes. An Amasunzu hairstyle designates a wearer’s social status and Lupita’s Oscars red carpet hairstyle clearly displays her regality.

“Lupita’s look was inspired by images of Amasunzu hairstyles, which are traditional to Rwandan culture. We wanted something clean and sculpted to accent her dress and show off the neckline.” – Vernon François

To recreate Lupita’s look, Vernon washed her hair with the Pure~Fro Shampoo and Pure~Fro Conditioner which contains keratin to help the hair retain moisture. Vernon then prepped Lupita’s hair with the Mist~Nourishing Water, and Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Locs Spray to soothe and protect strands before blow-drying with a round brush. Next, Vernon smoothed her ends using a flatiron, leaving roots authentic. Using only his hands, Vernon molded her hair to create the clean, contoured structure and setting with hairspray. To complete the look, Vernon weaved a gold thread through her hair using a classic stitch technique for a touch of glamour & shine.

We loved how this hairstyle celebrated the texture of Lupita’s hair, as well as celebrating the traditional yet ostentatious  Rwandan hairstyle. The Vernon François products used on Lupita are available now. Retail costs for the Vernon François hair products are as follows: Mist~Nourishing Water -$18.00, Pure~Fro Shampoo -$26.00, Pure~Fro Conditioner – $28.00, and the Scalp Nourish~Ment Braids and Locs Spray – $24.00. All of the hair products are available on www.Sephora.com, select Sephora retailers, and on www.VernonFrancois.com.

What are your thoughts on Lupita Nyong’o’s stunning Academy Awards hairstyle? Are you ready to rock an Amasunzu inspired hairstyle?

Novex Mystic Black Baobab Seed Oil Hair Care Products

New Product Launch: Novex Mystic Black Brazilian Hair Care Collection

There’s one thing we’ve learned when it comes to our hair…..keep it properly hydrated. There’s nothing more dangerous to ethnic hair than dryness. It can cause all kinds of issues like breakage, split ends, frizz, etc, so we make sure to follow the rule. When it comes to our hair, we moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. We love hair care products made with the key oils like argan, coconut, baobab, jojoba, and the like. Today, we’re highlighting the Novex Mystic Black Brazilian Hair Care Collection, which is made with oil from the seed of the Baobab Tree.

Novex Mystic Black Baobab Seed Oil Hair Care Products

The Novex Mystic Black Collection was developed to empower women’s beauty by leaving the hair with the right level of moisture and ultimate shine it needs. The intense hydrating oil from the seed of the Baobab Tree, which originated in Africa, helps to prevent dryness and brittleness caused by heating tools, harsh weather conditions, and chemical treatments. Get ready for intense hydration, splits ends protection and frizz control. Baobab oil is a soothing and rich element that contains vitamin A, C, D, E, and omega 3, 6 and 9. When combined with Novex technology, it gives you the hydrated hair we’re all looking for.

Novex Mystic Black Baobab Seed Oil Hair Care Products

The products in the Novex Mystic Black Collection include:

Mystic Black Leave-In – a powerful detangler with Baobab Seed Oil enriched properties which makes the detangling process much smoother. With daily use, it gives your hair the extra shine it needs for styling and protection of your hair from dryness and split ends.

Mystic Black Shampoo – a sulfate free shampoo enriched with Baobab Seed Oil. Ideally, hair that suffers from dryness and brittleness. This cleanser enriched with Baobab Seed Oil stands out for its high moisturizing action, easy to absorb and shine enhancing nutrients.

Mystic Black Conditioner – a daily care conditioner that is also enriched with the powerful Baobab Seed Oil which provides a miraculous hydration, shine and frizz control for your hair.

Mystic Black Hair Mask – a deep hair mask that provides the most powerful hydration and magical shine for damaged and tangled hair. This new extreme treatment from Novex helps to prevent dryness and brittleness and repair split ends caused by heat tools, weather, and chemical treatments.

Novex Mystic Black Baobab Seed Oil Hair Care Products

Novex Mystic Black Baobab Oil – a natural frizz controller and shine enhancer. The oil can be added to the deep hair mask treatment to enhance even more the results or it can be applied in the hair length for shine and smoothness.

Novex Mystic Black Spray Detangler – a powerful detangler in spray infused with Baobab Seed Oil enriched properties which makes the detangling process much smoother. It will give your hair the extra shine it needs for styling and protection of your hair from dryness and split ends.

The Novex Novex Mystic Black products are without Parabens, Petrolatum, Silicones, and are Sulfate-free. Purchase the Novex Mystic Black Collection on www.novexhaircare.com.

 

Backstage Beauty: Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 Show

Fashion Week shows are not just about the fashion trends walking down the runway, we also anxiously await to see what makeup and hair trends will take center stage next season as well. This season, we journeyed with the Glamsquad beauty team as they did makeup, hair, and nails for a select few runway shows. First up was Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 Show where Kelli J. Bartlett created the fresh-faced beauty looks, Giovanni Vaccaro celebrated easy hairstyles, and Christina Quercia has nails looking super elegant in a barely-there hue.

GET THE LOOK: MAKEUP

For the Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 makeup, the team prepped the skin with a refreshing spray and Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum, followed by hydrating the lips with a nourishing lip balm. To add brightness, apply Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer concentrating the product under the eyes and on the center of the face. Next, neutralize the eyelid with the concealer by applying lightly with your finger. Add structure to the face by applying a cool-toned contour from the Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter Palette in the hollow of the brow bone and cheekbone. Curl the lashes and create definition by bumping L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara in the base without pulling through to the ends. Create a perfect ruby-stained lip by using a mixture of crushed plum and red velvet in the Bobbi Brown Lip Palette. Mix the lip colors on your hand, and then press on to the lip with your fingers for a natural look. Highlight the cheekbone with a glossy translucent highlight followed by applying Kevin Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow Blush to seal the look.

GET THE LOOK: HAIR – Natural Texture

Apply Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam to the roots of the hair and blowout towards the face using your hands
Next, spray Kerastase VIP Volume in Powder throughout the hair from mid-shaft to ends in order to create an airy, lived-in texture. Create a natural look by tucking some hair behind the ear with a few pieces left out around the face.
Finish with L’Oreal Elnett Hair Spray and Ouai Hair Oil if needed on the ends.

GET THE LOOK: HAIR – Braids

Create a strong center part all the way from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. Apply Ouai Hair Oil combined with French Girl Sea Spray from roots to ends. Brush the hair flat and tuck behind the ears on both sides securing with an elastic. Pull a 1-inch thick piece of hair out of the ponytail and wrap around the elastic. Create a three-strand braid on both sides, secure with an elastic and spray with L’Oreal Elnett Hair Spray.

GET THE LOOK: NAILS (not pictured)

File the nails into a natural round shape with soft edges. Next, hydrate the cuticle with oil followed by a quick hand massage using Essie ‘Many Many Mani’ lotion to soften. Apply one coat of Essie Base Coat, ‘First Base‘,  followed by two coats of Essie ‘Brides To Be’. Finish the look with Essie Topcoat, ‘Good To Go’ and quick dry drops.

What are your thoughts on the beauty looks from the Glamsquad at the JUST IN XX NYFW F/W 2018 Show?

GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win Hair Tools from Bed Head and PRO Beauty Tools

This season’s hair trends are all over the place, there are lots of waves, raked out big loose curls, multiple textures, updos, large low buns, etc. Basically it’s almost anything goes, which is wonderful news for celebrating how you want to wear your hair. Two of the biggest trends we’re seeing are waves and very loose, large curls and we will be giving two lucky My Life on and Off the Guest List readers the opportunity to enjoy these hair trends all season long. We’re giving away these hair tools – the PRO Beauty Tools 1 ¼” Professional Gold Curling Iron, or the Bed Head Wave Artist Tourmaline Ceramic Deep Waver, to keep your tresses looking fab for fall.

PRO Beauty Tools and Bed Head bridges the gap between Salon Professional and retail hair appliances by offering a line of high performance, top quality styling tools at retail friendly prices. These professional, yet affordable hair tools are the must-have beauty tools to create your hair, your way.

PRO Beauty Tools 1 ¼” Professional Gold Curling Iron

Create long-lasting bouncy curls and waves with PRO Beauty Tools Professional Gold 1 1/4″ Curling Iron.  The professional-performance of it’s gold barrel lock curls in place for up to 24 hours.  It’s gold barrel conducts high, even heat up to 430°F. It’s variable heat settings makes it great to use on all hair types, from fine to coarse. It boasts rapid heat recovery, a patented pulse technology that ensures optimum heat levels and consistent performance. It also features a cool tip, ergonomic handle design, a professional 8” swivel cord, and along with this 1 1/4″ barrel, it’s also available in a 1″ and 1 1/2″.

Bed Head Wave Artist Tourmaline Ceramic Deep Waver

Masterfully sculpt waves that everyone will notice with the Bed Head Wave Artist Tourmaline Ceramic Deep
Waver. It’s Deep Waver Plates gives hair distinctive, masterfully sculpted waves. It’s Tourmaline Ceramic Technology leaves your hair softer, with shinier waves without any frizz. It boasts a Rheostat Dial with multiple heat settings and a 30 second fast heat-up to 400⁰F. The Wave Artist also features instant heat recovery, a locking switch, and a tangle-free swivel cord.  You’ll be on your way to the perfect wavy hairstyle whether your hair is short, medium length, or long.

Both hair tools retail for $29.99 each, but as we stated above, we’re giving away one of each to two lucky readers. For a chance to win either the PRO Beauty Tools 1 ¼” Professional Gold Curling Iron, or the Bed Head Wave Artist Tourmaline Ceramic Deep Waver, enter via our Rafflecopter entry form below:

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Celebrating 45 Years of Dark and Lovely Hair Care for Women of Color

We recently helped celebrate a great milestone in African American beauty. This year, Dark and Lovely hair care celebrates 45 years of catering to the haircare and styling needs of women of color. The event highlighted Dark and Lovely’s rich heritage and impact the brand has made in the beauty and fashion in the African-American community from it’s creation in the 1970’s, to today.

To commemorate this milestone in haircare, brand ambassador, actress, and singer Demetria McKinney, welcomed the crowd with her latest single, as well as singing the brand’s praises.

 “To have 45 years of excellence, to have 45 years of beauty, to have 45 years of empowerment – that’s what Dark and Lovely is. “To be a brand ambassador for this brand has been an awesome, awesome journey!”

Photo Credit – Joe Chea

Although she couldn’t make the event, actress Teyonah Parris, the newest brand ambassador for Dark and Lovely hair care welcomed the crowd of attendees with a video message stating her excitement to be part of the hair care brand.

“I am thrilled to be able to help Dark and Lovely celebrate their 45th anniversary and I am so excited to be the newest brand ambassador. “I grew up using Dark and Lovely products and I’m so proud to be able to represent the brand as an ambassador. It is a privilege to celebrate this significant milestone during Black History Month.”

After Demetria’s wonderful performance, we journeyed through the influential African-American hairstyles of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s; from afros and finger waves to braids, and flowing layers, each highlighting an essential Dark and Lovely hair care product. Fun fact about the iconic brand – did you know Dark and Lovely was introduced as the first hair color product formulated specifically for African American women? The brand has, of course, expanded to a wide range of deep conditioning treatments, shampoos, fade-resistant hair colors, relaxers, styling products, and a full line of products specifically designed for naturally curly hair.

Making their debut at the event were two new collections: Dark and Lovely Color-Gloss Ultra Radiant Color Crème, a no-ammonia natural-looking hair color infused with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Pomegranate, that gives natural looking color, while delivering a glossy shine; the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Clumping Curl Clay Cleanser, and Clumping Curl Crème Gel, a care and styling duo formulated with Coconut Oil and Argan Oil, to help define naturally curly hair and reduce frizz.

The Dark and Lovely hair care event was capped off with the brand awarding five wonderful students with scholarships totaling $10,000 and assigned them to be mentored by L’Oréal USA senior-level executives as part of the Young Women with a Purpose Project, in partnership with The Tom Joyner Foundation. Scholarship winners include Ashani Scales of Delaware State University, Renea Young of Mississippi Valley State University, Hollye Weekes of Wiley College, Kimberly Burton, and Cherise McAdoo of Hampton University.

Photo Credit – Joe Chea

Are you excited for the latest Dark and Lovely hair care launches? What’s your favorite Dark and Lovely products? To learn more about these products, head to Dark and Lovely.