Monday, April 30, 2012

I'm a Slacker

When it comes to this blog I am. I've been away so long that the interface has changed :|
That isn't a good sign.

I'm in a bleeeh mood right now concerning my hair.
I feel as if I'm not retaining my length properly so it's stuck at a certain length.

These single strand knots won't go away (GRRRRRR!) and that is causing breakage.
I've cut quite a few out and then I discover more. They seem invincible and know that's not the case.

I don't know what it is that I could do differently when it comes to this problem. I have a feeling it has to do with the weather combined with the fact that I wear my hair out 90% of the time. Also I need to start twisting/braiding my hair at night.

That's whats happening with me right now.

On a more positive note

I may have found a new leave-in conditioner.

More on that later...

How have you guys been holding up with your hair?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Product Alert

So I've been out the loop when it comes to new natural hair products. While I was prancing along on CurlyNikki.. in a comment on this post, I saw someone mention Cantu having a curl cream.


I'm excited. I really want to try it. It's the Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream
(what's up with all these products and their long behind names?)

If you didn't know, I love the Cantu Leave In Conditioning Cream. It's been on my staple product list for years now and they finally have something geared towards us natural hair women. FINALLY!

If you want to run out and try it, it is available at Walmart I believe for under $7. 

Are you interested in trying this product? Have you tried it? 
Let me know!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Daily Fix of Hair

Sabriya Simon Photography

It's like cotton candy!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Daily Fix of Hair

Couple of weeks ago.
Twist out after having a good amount of twists in my head (that I wore for a week)
I used.....
Softee Indian Hemp to be exact.
Best twist out ever.


Hey Lovelies!
I totally forgot to tell you guys I was featured sometime back as the Hairlight of the Day 

face palm

You can check out the feature here

Be sure to follow Yemi's blog!

It's a good one guys :)

Candidly Speaking

I had the pleasure of getting this lovely young lady of the blog African Creature to speak CANDIDly with me
I hope you alll Enjoy =)

Tell us a little about yourself.
Well my name is Susy "African Creature" Oludele. I'm Nigerian (Yoruba to be exact). I'm a 21year old hairstylist based in Harlem. I do everything but hairstyling is my first job. I own a vintage website called and I just released an intro to my hair portfolio which is . I am a  down to earth person, funny and very nice.  

When & why did you decide to start blogging?
I decided to start blogging because i was actually bored lol! Then it started turning into a meaning. 

How has your blog affected you?
Wow well it all started with the name of my blog. I found my alter ego with my blog and I love it. African creature is a term used on how I grew up, rough child hood, people used to call my a lot of names and I used African Creature that was negative into something positive. People admire it and that inspires me to do more.

What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
I hope to change lives, inspire people to do more and so forth.

So let's talk about hair.. are you natural and if so why did you go natural?
Yes I'm natural. I've been natural my whole life until i went to high school and people started making fun of it and I begged my mom for a perm and she did it. I will never forget that burn and that creme crack box lol 2 months later I really wanted my hair back. So I did my big chop, 4 years later I have my pretty fro . 

4 words to describe your mane.
I think you mean name? Lol well my name is really cute. So I can say cute,  pretty, outgoing and very sweet. I dont know those things come to mind when seeing my name. My mom named me after my doctor but we could talk about that later lol. 
(I meant mane but it was all good) lol

Give us a lil bit about your hair regimen.
4 hours of exhaustion lol. I shampoo my hair with Kinky Curly products. I then use a cheap conditioner while its wet to detangle my hair (i use my hands) then i use a wide tooth comb to detangle it. I detangle by sections, then after i detangle each section then i wash out the cheap conditioner which is like 89 cents (v02). Then i apply the conditioner that i really want to use which is a queen Nefertiti brand that can found in harlem,ny. Wash it out , use the towel to drain the excess water. I  then put my moisturizer i want which is ( vitamin e oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil, olive oil and Kinky Curly Knot Today conditioner and a little water) . My hair is wet during this whole process. I start bantu knoting everything to finalize and bam!!

How has your natural hair been received in your line of work? 
Some look at me weird and others love it. Its something not everyone likes but i get a lot of love though.

5 things you're loving at the moment.
God, My Church, My Career, My boyfriend & My NW40 concealer by M.A.C

One of Susy's work (fake dreads)

Candidly speaking.. 
Live your life like its the last, don't let anyone tell you what to become in life. I always say "don't ever let anyone destine your own destiny". Do what makes you happy and make sure your ambition is as strong as your work. Hard work really pays off, I put God first and everything falls into place for me :) 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Daily Fix of Hair

Michelene Auguste
-I have no idea who shot these so if anyone knows, let me know so I can source it-

MIA.. but back

Hello lovelies!

I know I've been MIA but the Net in my house vanished one day & didn't come back til like now :|

Well I'm not entirely sure when it came back but I went out of town as well so that & that = no blog posts.

Bear with me, currently working on some things but when those are sorted I'll fill you all in :)

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Daily Fix of Hair - Mizz Knowles in Complex

Solange Knowles has been all over the blogosphere in the past couple of months and she is not slowing down.
Pics from her latest shoot for  Complex Magazine have been reblogged all over Tumblr and plastered on hair and fashion blogs. I mean why not? Homegirl has a mean behind style.

I adore Solange. One of my first posts on this blog was dedicated to Solange but I've shy'd away from putting on her my blog because she's on everyone else's.
Well, I couldn't hold it in because I am loving how she looks in this interview with Complex.
Peep the vid below

I couldn't stop staring at her hair (of course)
The tapered fro with what looked like a wash n go was amazing paired with the coral lip.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Bibliophile Files

Hello lovelies! 
Life at that moment has been.. so-so so (sorry for the use of so much so's ) updating the blog has been on the back burner for a bit.
In the midst of my so-so ness, I've been reading. Reading is my favorite hobby and I needed an escape.
I especially love Caribbean based literature and these two books were a wonderful addition to my collection.

The Other Side of Paradise by Staceyann Chin & The Same Earth by Kei Miller.

First of all I must say I loved these books. Both set in Jamaica, both telling tales of women who belong yet feel as if they don't belong. Two totally different tales, one a memoir, the other fiction told by a man but they still seem cut from the same cloth.

Staceyann Chin is a renowned performance poet in the LGBT community and a fellow naturalista. Born in Jamaica, Staceyann chronicles her childhood in the country &the hardships she faced growing up. The book also touches on the backlash she faced concerning her sexuality. 
I can't relate to the sexuality part but there were moments in the book that I could relate. It is a good read.. I finished the book in a matter of hours.  I did expect a bit more when it came to the parts about her and her sexuality. That part was addressed more so to the end and it felt a bit cut & paste to me but aside from that; great book. 
I purchased the Kindle edition (you don't need a Kindle for though. I sent mine to the Kindle app on my iPhone.) Just hit up Amazon for the e-book or actual hardcopy.

The Same Earth I bought after seeing suggested readings on Amazon. I went searching to buy a copy of For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Wasn't Enuff.
You're probably thinking "Errr are you going through some things Cinni?"
And the answer is no but I love the poems and I just felt that I needed to own a copy. Thanks to that yearning, I got introduced to this book. The author went to my uni as well! I was so proud :)
The setting moves from the rural areas of Jamaica to Manchester, England back to Jamaica with an array of colorful characters along the way. The story has a magical atmosphere to it as well which adds to the page turning goodness.

I recommend these books to all you ladies (& gents) out there!
So snag a copy of one or both, make some tea and settle in for a good read.

What good books have you read lately? Would you buy any of these?

Also if anyone is interested, I would love to start an online book club. So hit up in the comment section. Would love to hear from you guys :)