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Removing Lint From Loc’s

Few things look worse in locked hair than lint. What causes lint to build up in locs? It could be a particular product causes your hair to absorb lint like a sponge. Pillow fibers might cling to your locs at night. Your towel lint might be having a party in your hair. Whatever the cause, you want to get rid of it.

Commercial products that remove lint

A good clarifying shampoo might be all your hair needs to remove lint build-up, especially if you don’t have much to contend with. Here are a few products that get locked hair lint-free:

Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo ( from website)

This fast-acting clarifying shampoo deep-cleanses with just one application and rinses clean to leave hair shiny, bouncy and full. Herbal extracts deliver beneficial nutrients quickly and reduce drying time for fast and easy styling.

The Lemon Drop is made with an aloe base and is packed with essential oils geared toward soothing oily hair and scalp – lemongrass, lavender, cedarwood, and aloe. It can be used as a clarifier to get rid of product build-up. It can also be used for teen and mature locs.

Invigorates and refreshes the scalp with cooling Peppermint Oil
Deeply cleanses and removes product build-up and daily toxins, without stripping away essential moisture
Restores your hair to its original shiny, healthy state.
Has Rosemary Extract to deliver antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits to hair and scalp. Has Moisturizing Marine Extracts (Algae, Carrageenan, Spirulina and Seaweed) to provide hair and scalp with nourishing hydration
Helps to smooth, soften and boost shine.

Natural remedies to get rid of lint

Apple cider vinegar rinse – An apple cider vinegar rinse works as a natural hair cleanser by gently removing build-up. The rinse can produce a shine because apple cider vinegar naturally closes cuticle scales found on the hair shaft’s surface.

Create an apple cider vinegar rinse by combining:
* 1 cup distilled water
* 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

*Optional* add 5 drops of lavender, rosemary, lemon , sage or rose essential oil to the basic vinegar rinse recipe.

Pour the mixture over your hair as a final rinse after you shampoo. You might have to do an apple cider vinegar rinse a couple times before you see results.

Baking Soda – This is a powerful way to remove lint from your locs. Baking soda works as a clarifier, leaving your locs squeaky clean.

Make a baking soda clarifier by combining:
· 1 tablespoon baking soda
· 1 cup water
Pour the mixture over your hair, squeezing it into the hair and focusing on troublesome locs. Massage it into the hair for 1 to 2 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Bentonite Clay – No, it will not build up in your locs. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly. Bentonite clay pulls chemicals and metals out from our bodies, like a magnet. When applied to locs, bentonite clay pulls dirt, lint and product build-up from our hair. When you apply bentonite clay, be sure your locs are freshly shampooed.

Mix equal parts of the following in a non-metal bowl with a non-metal spoon: (If you use metal, you will activate or de-activate certain properties in the bentonite clay)
· Bentonite clay
· Apple cider vinegar
It is normal for the mixture to sizzle. If you think the mix is too thick for you, use a few drops of lukewarm water. The consistency will be creamy. Place the clay directly on your locs, and leave it there for about 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse your hair thoroughly. The lint will come to the surface and easily be removed.

Tweezers – Use tweezers to perform surgery on your locs. Carefully remove lint from wet locs with the tweezers. (Some prefer using a pin or a straightened paper clip). Make sure you actually have lint to begin with! If the stuff on your locs disappears when wet, you have build-up. If the fuzz remains, it’s lint. Go for the tweezers. Be careful you don’t thin your loc out. If it becomes too weak, you will have to cut or repair the loc(s).

How you can prevent lint from getting trapped in your locs
· Wear a scarf at night, when cleaning or doing other chores that might get your hair into close contact with cling-happy fabrics.

· Use dark-colored towels when drying your locs. Light colored towels can shed lint into your locs.

· Avoid products with petroleum in them, hair butters and creamy conditioners because these substances attract lint and other unwanted residue on your locs.

· Stay away from hats and scarves that shed, like angora or wool.

· Check your locs from time to time for lint. It is easier to remove lint off the surface of your locs, rather than having to remove embedded lint.
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Product Junkies- Clutch ya Wallets!!!!!!!!

Are there products out there you’ve wanted to try, but you cant bring yourself to pay the high price tag? Do you have “stuff” cluttering up your cabinet? Are you a product junkie, that will try anything-at least once? If so, you need to check out Lolas Green Hair – #1 spot for purchasing or selling gently used hair care products. This INGENIOUS online listing service is a one-stop shop to purchase new, nearly new and gently used hair care products, at a fraction of the cost. There is no haggling or bidding, and details such as shipping costs and how much of the product is left are clearly stated in the description. I saw a jar of Miss Jessie’s buttercreme for $4.50 ( 75% of a 2oz jar- THAT’S A DEAL!!!!!)

Here’s how it works

Sellers of new, nearly new, or gently used products register on the site, and then list the product, pictures, and the price. You will be notified of potential buyers via email, you then request payment, and ship product(s). Use the social media icons to Tweet, post to Facebook, and use other channels to spread the word about what you’re selling!

Buyers click on ad your interested in, complete the form to contact the seller, and submit payment through Paypal to complete purchase, then await your product(s) to arrive in the mail.

LolasGreenHair.com saves some green, and keeps our environment a bit greener to boot.”Go check it out, you may find some goodies you’ve wanting to try. Or maybe this is your opportunity to clear out that shelf of products that aren’t being used.

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Loc it up Thursday

Hairstyles are courtesy of

Twist & Curves
Distinctive Afrocentric Braids, Locs, Twists, & Natural Hair Designs
For The Man/Woman Who Dares to be Different!
Hartford, CT
860-523-4844

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I’ve been blogged-check out my feature

I’m excited to announce that I’m the featured natural on Curly Nu Growth’s Blog. today. Below is a sneak peak at the interview.

How long have you been natural/ transitioning?

I have been natural off and on for 15 years. I’ve rocked everything from a bald head to locs, to loose natural hair.

What or who inspired you to go natural?

I was going through a bad breakup with my ex. I had shoulder length relaxed hair and I had a waiting to exhale moment in the salon. Instead of getting a ”touch up” i opted for the jada pinkett cut ( natural) and dyed my hair honey blond. It was a hairstyle to me (at that time), people were amazed that I would cut my hair that short. I needed to be reborn, a new look, a new attitude, and a new ”me”. I must admit that when I originally got that cut, I felt a little sassy or spicy! I was so confident and my twa was CUTE!

What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
Research, and understand that you have styling options. You don’t have to big chop, and you’re not limited to the ”afro”. Natural is confidence, its sexy, its empowering!

What products are you currently using in your hair?

I use products from my product line (Au’Naturale by Mz. Sixx), water, and aloe vera gel. I’m very picky and snobby as to what I will allow to touch my hair. The only time I indulge in commercial products are when I’m conducting a product review for my blog. Otherwise, its my products or items available to me from my kitchen. Click Here to finish reading the article…
Thank you Curly Nu Growth for featuring me, I enjoyed doing the feature and I enjoy your blog.

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DMV Natural Hair Meetup- Recap

Last Saturday I co hosted and attended my 1st natural hair meetup with my sista Kee-Kee All Natural at Jaspers in Largo, MD. I had been wanting to attend a meetup for a while and when I saw her posting about the meetup she was working on- I contacted her and got on board! I wasn’t sure what to expect, what was suppose to happen, or what we would “talk” about for 3 hours, but I did know that I was extremely excited.!

When we initially advertivtised the meetup- the RSVP’s filled up in a few hours!!!! Alot of my Facebook and Twitter friends had their curls in a knot because all the RSVP’s were taken. We established a waiting list advertising that as space became available we would open up additional RSVP’s.



Days leading up to the event were stressful for me ( not really, but thats how I operate..lol..lol…). I really wanted all to have a GREAT time. Between working my full time job, family, and mixing products – THIS DIVA WAS TIRED.COM. The night before my daughter and I sorted the product samples from our sponsors and put together the gift bags.



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I arrived at out venue 2 hours early!!!! lol..lol. I wanted to ensure that we had all the requested accommodations and set everything up. Beleive it or not I have a fear of public speaking, so I needed a cocktail of some sort just to introduce myself. Shortly after I arrived- the sky fell wide open and it rained cats and dogs!!!!!!

The control freak that I’am, I created little booklets that would serve as an agenda along as a “keepsake”. We’ll you know the ONLY thing(s) we did on the agenda was the welcome and introduction..lol..lol.. ( my “strutruced agenda quickly went out the window). lol..lol..

Once we all ordered food and had a couple of cocktails- we chatted about everything from natural hair, to grand children to cupcakes, and mishaps on the metro ( kee-kee- I will never forget that story 🙂 Before I knew it, we were product swapping, drawing numbers for door prizes and give aways, and having some good “curl friends” conversations, sharing tips, and tricks, laughing up a storm!

I made some new friends, chatted up with some old friends, and over all had a GRAND TIME!!!!!! Much love to all that attended, and Kee-Kee thank you so much for allowing me to be part of such a magnificent event.

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Naturalistas & The 2011 Reggae Wine Festival


This pass Saturday I toured, tasted an assortment of fruit & speciality wines, and had a picnic at Maryland’s oldest winery, Berrywine Plantations/Linganore Winecellars at the 2011 Reggae Wine Festival. My social club-Majestic Divas (http://www.majesticdivas.org/ ) sponsored a bus. We picked up passengers in Greenbelt MD & Baltimore, MD. For the ride we enjoyed a continental breakfast and mimosa’s. It was truly a day of fellowship, fun, and relaxation. I highly recommend for your safety that anyone that attend the wine festival in the future, have a designated driver or ride one of the excursion motor coaches from a city near you. There is unlimited wine tasting and bottles of wine available for purchase. You can EASILY drink past your *limit*.

What a perfect way to spend a Saturday- listening and dancing to hot Caribbean sounds while enjoying friends and family under the sun. There were 2 great Reggae Bands (Image Band & Stryker Band) that provided us with live entertainment. The Image Band (from Washington, DC) was my favorite (http://www.imageband.com/).

They are one of the largest and best Soca and Reggae bands in the Caribbean community in the DC area. By the time Image Band took to the stage-everyone was in P-A-R-T-Y mode. The guys had taken off there shirts, ladies had their shoes off, and hips were winding everywhere!!!!! I ran into friends, co workers, and folks I’d met at the year previous at the wine festival. It was a very relaxing day, and I enjoyed having a “girls day” with my mini me. Mini Me ran into a few classmates, her 2nd grade teacher and her 6th grade teacher.

As we were sipping wine, munching on the delicious food from our picnic baskets, we came across a caucasian lady that was going from tent to tent with her chair asking to take pictures so that she could send them to her friends in Colorado ( and rub it in about how many friends she had made). She was a sweetie-she worked the entire section and EVERYONE took pictures with her!!!!! It was truly a testament that diversity is is amazing and WE CAN ALL GET ALONG!


I ran into a vendor selling natural hair and skin products. The body cream wash was DIVINE- her products can be found locally at Browns market (Forestville, MD) or online at: http://www.zuresh.com/ . In addition to hair and skin care products she also has jewelry and organic cosmetics. Those items can be purchased at http://www.zureshface.com/

There weren’t as many vendors this year as years past. One of my favorite vendors was the almond man, Jimmy. He has the best cinnamon roasted almonds ever. You get them hot out of the mixture. Jimmy also has pecan as well.

The art was beautiful. I’ve recently gotten “into” art and I’m looking to treat myself to an original painting in the near future. Below is a pic of one of my favorite pieces at the festival.


After chilling under my tent, sipping on the many flavors of red wine, white wine, sweet wine, and dry wine, and ate a few snacks-I decided to walk around and snap a few pictures of the naturals that was there. There were some BEAUTIFUL heads of natural hair of all textures, hues, and styles gracing the winery. I must admit I was very intimidated to walk up to strangers and ask them if I could snap a picture- I was shot down a few times, but most obliged. Fam, I’ve never seen so much beauty in one place!!!!! My daughter was amazed at how many ladies was rocking natural hair. This was her first experience being surround by so many naturalistas- I felt like I was one among a sea of queens.

You’ve not attended a wine festival until you attend a Linganore Reggae Wine Festival. This event is one of the BIGGEST of the summer (in addition to Wine in the Woods ( Columbia, MD), and the Caribbean Wine Festival-another festival held annually at Linganore) which drew +15,000 people of from all races, genders and cultures.



I hope to see ya’ll at the next festival October 15-16. I will be there celebrating my 40th birthday. For additional information on Linganore Wine Cellers Festival schedule Click Here