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Treat Yourself to Fabulous Hair at the Angelo David Salon

If there’s one thing we don’t do enough of, it’s treating ourselves to more pampering. Sometimes dealing with life’s ups and downs can make you forget to take care of yourself. I’m not talking about the basics like food, shelter, I mean rewarding yourself. We’ve been a bit on autopilot over here and we’ve forgotten about treating ourselves. Luckily we know some amazing people, like the Angelo David Salon, who remind you that you deserve a little pampering. So at the tail end of NYFW, I was treated to an afternoon of fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon in midtown Manhattan.

Don’t get me wrong, my natural hair is fabulous and amazing in its natural state (see photos below) but sometimes I want a different look; sometimes I desperately need a hair trim; sometimes I’m tired of doing my own hair and having my arms get tired from the day long routine of washing and styling. Again, this is about getting pampered, so someone else handling the task is always a welcomed treat. So taking a break from our daily top knot or low ponytail, the result of my fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon is what you see above.

Once again, our girl Ivy (pictured below), a staple everyone must visit at the Angelo David Salon, hooked us up with a head full of lush flowing locks and we left the salon in peak fabulousness. We advise everyone looking for great hair results book themselves an appointment for their own day of fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon.

Not only do they create wonderful experiences, Salon Owner Angelo David Pisacreta, world-renowned hairstylist and thinning hair expert, is known for his high-quality, luxury solutions to thinning hair, including highly-customized human-hair extensions, additions, fillers, wigs, and a genius at hair color. Along with his team of exceptional beauty specialists, like Ivy, they will fulfill your every hair need, no matter what it is. The Madison Avenue salon recently opened its Couture Hair Boutique, to showcase the range of extensions, wigs, and additions available to make it easier for clients to choose an option that suits them and their lifestyle.

Could you use a little hair pampering right now? Are you ready to treat yourself fabulous hair at the Angelo David Salon?

Have Dehydrated Strands? Try Ogx Beauty’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Hair Care

I recently tried Ogx Beauty’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water  product range.  I have a head full of thick corkscrew curls.  As much as I love my kinky-curly locks, sometimes I like to wear my stands straight.  This gently coconut-scented line was perfect for prepping my hair for heat styling.  Best of all, at just $7.99 each, they are surprisingly affordable, and can be purchased at Ulta, Target and Wal-Mart.  

 

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First, I used the Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo to clarify my hair. It provides a weightless clean, residue-free rinse. My hair was extremely clean but did not feel stripped of its moisture.

Ogx Beauty’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo

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I followed with the Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Conditioner.  I really enjoyed this conditioner.  The consistency is very nice.  I love a conditioner that when applied, clings to my strands and make my curls pop.  The Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Conditioner allowed me to detangle my hair with ease.  It rinsed out with ease leaving my hair feeling clean and refreshed.

Ogx Beauty’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Conditioner

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Next, I sprayed a little Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Hydration Oil on my hair before blow-drying and flat ironing it to protect it from heat damage.  As a finishing touch, I spritzed my strands again with the Weightless Hydration Coconut Hydration Oil for an amazing shine.

Ogx Beauty’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Hydration Oil

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Overall, I really love the Ogx’s Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Product Line.  It left my hair beautifully hydrated–even on a tight budget.  I especially love this line for heat-styling as the shampoo and conditioner are great for clarifying and the hydration oil is perfect for heat-styling protection and a luxurious glossy finish.

Have you tried Ogx’s Beauty products?  What are your favorite OGX hair products?

Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C.: Inspired by Naturalistas, Refined by Dark and Lovely

I received complimentary samples of the fabulous trio of Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C.: the Super Quench Leave-In Spray, Soak It Up Oil Cocktail, and Lock It In Sealing Cream, and decided to give it a try. I have been rocking my natural hair for almost four years now and have been using the L.O.C (liquid/leave-in, oil, cream) method for over three years, and I love it. For those of you who are curious about my hair type…my hair is mostly 4b all over, except for the back, which is 4a, but the L.O.C method works for all curly hair textures, so whether you’re 4a or 4b, it will definitely work for you.
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When I received Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C., samples in the mail, I couldn’t wait to try them!! This trio left my hair soft and very well moisturized. For just $9.99 each, these products are a steal! A little definitely goes a LONG way! I have very thick, long hair, and I only needed a dime size of each product on each section of my hair. Thank you Dark and Lovely, you’ve made my hair styling experience so much easier with this impressive trio of hair products. The Dark and Lovely Au Naturale L.O.C. Collection has become my new staple, and it’s certain to be yours too.

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Natural Beauty, Natural Hair

My stunning niece has graciously shared photos and how-to instructions of how to achieve her gorgeous natural hairstyle. Using three hair products (one of which she mixed herself) – Shea Moisture’s Restorative Conditioner, DIY Shea Butter and Coconut Oil mix, and Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel – Shanice shares how she achieves her beautiful head of curls.

“First I wash, condition, and detangle my hair in four sections. Going by sections, I first use Shea Moisture’s Restorative Conditioner as my leave in. Then use a small amount of my DIY Shea Butter and Coconut Oil mix (made at home) to seal in moisture and then coat with the Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel (green gel).”

“Next up is twisting each section of my hair in two-strand flat twists. I unravel the two-strand twists when my hair is dry (usually the next morning) then I fluff and gently separate the curls to make it fuller.”

I hope to highlight more features of my beautiful niece on My Life on (and off) the Guest list in the future.

MOTIONS Haircare Launches NEW 3-Step Straight Finish System

Though it is a rare occurrence, I do get my naturally curly hair out of it’s usual bun and get it straightened every once in a while but since humidity is the enemy flat iron hair, I make sure to keep up with the products that will help me maintain my style longer no matter the elements. The latest innovation in achieving straight styles comes from MOTIONS Haircare.

The new, revolutionary 3-step Motions Straight Finish™ Heat Styled System provides women with natural curls, the option to straighten their much-loved curls, without losing them forever. With a blend of natural oils and Keratin Protein, the unique smoothing formula PREPS, PROTECTS and SEALS naturally curly hair, allowing for optimal straightening results. Now I’ve been trying to use it since I received it this past week but with a combination of an uncooperative mother nature and a hectic schedule, I haven’t been able to but will hopefully do so this weekend……back to more about the product.

STEP 1: STRAIGHT FINISH CLEANSER ($6.99)
• Gently cleanses, softens and conditions for manageable hair
• Helps with ease of detangling, while elongating curls
• Formula includes a blend of Shea Butter, Soy Bean Oil and Keratin Protein
• Structured Liquid formula provides optimal conditioning

STEP 2: STRAIGHT FINISH LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER ($6.99) 
• Adds a layer of moisturizers that help protect the hair
• Intensive leave-in formula that includes a blend of Argan Oil, Coconut Oil and Keratin Protein

STEP 3: STRAIGHT FINISH SEALER ($6.99)
• Seals the shaft, minimizing wiry ends and leaving a luminous shine
• Formula includes a blend of Argan Oil, Almond Oil and Keratin Protein

Motions® Straight Finish ™ Heat Styled System is available in mass-market retailers and drugstores nationwide such as Target and Walmart and www.drugstore.com now.

Dark and Lovely’s NEW Au Naturale Celebrates Curl Power

Singer/Songwriter Marsha Ambrosius (one-half of the soulful duo Floetry), Blogger Curly Nikki, and VH1 DJ Amanda Seales helped Dark and Lovely introduce the newest addition to their hair empire, Au Naturale, which celebrates the power of Curls.

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Check out some video of Marsha Ambrosius and Curly Nikki welcoming the events attendees

Curly and natural-haired girls enjoyed a night filled with curl consultations from the SoftSheen-Carson Style Squad at the curl stations (stocked with the complete Au Naturale line for guests to personally enjoy), sharing curly hair stories in the Curl Talk booth, taking fun photos at the photo station, delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails

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Models with curly hairstyles were on display and later walked the room allowing the events attendees to get a closer look at their very soft, curly hairstyles and the products used to create their looks (we are so in need of one of those Curl Power tees).

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Motions Naturally You | Maintain & Style Your Natural Hair

A few weeks ago I featured hair products exclusively for women who are transitioning from chemically treated hair to natural hair. Now I want to introduce you to a new collection of hair treatment and styling products for naturally textured hair – get and keep your curls lustrous with these products specifically formulated to target the needs of women with Wavy, Curly, Curly Kinky and Kinky Coiled hair.

The six piece collection includes:

Moisturizing Cleanser – a moisture-rich cleanser formulated with shea butter, coconut and avocado oils to nourish, soften and moisturize your hair with vital conditioners while it gently cleanses and restores shine, bounce and vitality.

Smoothing Conditioner – formulated with shea butter, and coconut and avocado oils, this rich yet lightweight conditioner softens and nourishes even the driest, most unmanageable curls and prevents breakage during detangling.

Radiating Gloss – a featherweight hair gloss made with natural ingredients, such as shea butter, coconut oil and avocado oil, that smooths and transforms dry hair delivering non-stop frizz control for a radiant shine without fly-aways.


Define My Curls Crème – a unique, luxuriously rich, lightweight crème-gel formulated with shea butter, coconut oil and avocado oil to defines curls, smoothes the cuticle and reduces frizz.

Hydrate My Curls Pudding – a light and fluffy styling pudding, with shea butter, coconut and avocado oils, designed to hydrate and lightly define curls, while reducing frizz. Hair feels soft and looks healthy without any trace of drying residue or heavy coating.

Deep Conditioning Masque – revitalize lackluster curls with this extraordinarily rich and intense conditioning treatment. Infused with shea butter, and coconut and avocado oils, this masque penetrates deep within the hair shaft’s surface to infuse long-lasting nourishment to each strand and reinvigorate natural hair.

All six products are available at mass retailers such as Duane Reade, Kmart, Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens.

Carol’s Daughter Introduces Transitioning 1-2-3 to Help You Go Natural

As a blogger, I’m always asked about beauty products I use and loved, many times about hair. Most of the hair questions are about transitioning the hair from being permed to wearing it in its natural state. Though the African American women are the majority who chemically treat their hair, they are definitely not the only ones who do. Because of more women going natural, there is a great need for products to help women achieve their end result while still having beautiful, healthy hair – something that’s been lacking until now. Carol’s Daughter has filled that void in creating their new line of Transitioning Hair Products.

Carol’s Daughter Transitioning 1-2-3 consists of three products that ease you from relaxed to natural hair while promoting a healthier scalp, 93% less shedding and softer hair. Whether you’re chopping it all off and starting over, growing it out but still straightening it, growing it out curly or using braids, weaves or extensions as you grow out your hair, these three products are a must to help with your journey


Purifying Low-Poo Cleanser – .Cleanse and detangle unmanageable hair as you hydrate and nourish each strand with this rich conditioning cleanser that contains coconut-derived detanglers, soy protein conditioners and Biotin to aid in hair growth.

Renewing Scalp Spray – a powerful spray that exfoliates to help heal your damaged scalp and follicles. Like the Low-Poo Cleanser, this also contains Biotin to aid in hair grow as well as sugarcane to exfoliate and vera fruit to help heal and rejuvenate the scalp.

Restoring Anti-Breakage Treatment – This amazing treatment product restores and conditions your hair at the point where your new growth meets the permed parts of your hair, called the Demarcation Points. Soften, heal and fight breakage with Olive Oil, Murumuru Seed Butter and Biotin containing essential treatment.

For help and tips from experts with your hair transitioning, sharing stories and ideas with other women who are transitioning, and support in your new hair journey, visit TransitioningMovement.com. a site dedicated to providing the resources that women need to embrace their natural hair. This definitive online source on how to transition was founded on the idea that every woman should celebrate her own unique beauty.