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YOUR INVITED: Oyin Handmade Event

Whether you have natural hair, relaxed hair or locs, Oyin Handmade cordially invites you to spend the day with us on Saturday August 29, 2009. We’ll have hot music to vibe to, independent movies playing in the media section, hand massage and on the spot hair analysis! Yep, no matter your hair type, length, and regardless of your age or gender, we’ll hook you up with what your hair (and body!) needs. Plus, there are hot tee’s, handbags, independent Black music, art and literature.

Oyin Handmade is launching a few new products, including Honey Water! This moisturizing mist for the body is simply delish and leaves the skin feeling well nourished. It comes in four scents, Black Cedar Fig, Coco Mango, Rich Almond and Original Honey Scent. Also, there’s a brand new cleanser, black soap cleansing gel. This unscented gel is deep cleansing, hydrating and it’s packed with antioxidants. Want to glow from the inside? Here you go! Plus, we are officially launching the 32 oz. bottles of the infamous Honey Hemp Conditioner! It’s about time, right? I can wax off a bottle of conditioner in no time, so this is definitely a must for me! I say this all the time, but I really wish I found this condish when I was still relaxed! It’s so jam packed with healing ingredients, it may have helped save my hair. Ah well, I have it now!

Here are the details!
Who: You and The Oyin Gang
What: The Honey Water Launch Party
Where: 2103 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD
When: August 29, 2009 2-5pm (The store is open from 12-7)
Why: Because we love you and your hair!

For more information on the brand, check out http://www.oyinhandmade.com.

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Brands to Watch: Natural Hair Care Brands We Love

Now that summer is here, how about freshening up your hair care routine and give natural products a try? The following is a list of some of the sites that cater to healthy hair with the added bonus of natural ingredients.

Oyin Handmade

Website: http://www.oyinhandmade.com
Oyin is family-owned company, named after the Yoruba word for honey. Handmade hair and body products for women, men and children all made in small batches to ensure freshness. Free of petroleum, silicones, and fillers.
Product Pick: Juices and Berries – Nourishing Herbal Leave-In
Usage: Moisturizes, detangles and shine. Great refresher for those hot summer days.
Ingredients: Spring water, infused with herbs known to help stimulate the scalp and encourage hair growth; Vegetable Glycerine and nutritious essential oil blend.

Oyin Handmade is in BALTIMORE!!!!! our store is located at 2103 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218. we would love it if you stopped by – we are open every saturday from noon to 7pm. our shop will feature independently produced and alternative books, music, film, and art, as well as serving as the flagship store for oyin handmade hair and body care products.

Anita Grant

Website: anitagrant.com
All of Anita Grant’s Goodies are hand made to order, her natural ingredients are purchased directly from farming communities and/or partnerships with fair trade and organic suppliers throughout the world. The site features a beautiful array of natural products, although they are for hair, are truly mouth watering. If you have trouble deciding what to try, be sure to check out the yummy sample sizes.
Product Pick: Rhassoul Deep Condish
Usage: For Thick curly hair and locs. Detoxifies your scalp leaving hair light, soft and fluffy.
Ingredients: Rhassoul contains Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Silica, Magnesium and Sodium. Unrefined Black Cocoa Butter, natural Soya based Vitamin E, Honey and more.

Qhemet Biologics

Website: http://www.qhemetbiologics.com
Features products for men and women made with natural ingredients such as aloe vera, amla, castor oil, coconut oil, Egyptian wheat grass and more. Check out the site’s recommendation chart before ordering. The site is currently in the process of restocking it’s inventory, and will be re-stocked for an upcoming sale on July 3rd.
Product Pick: Tea Tree & Grapeseed Therapeutic Pomade
Usage: Natural healing, regenerative treatment for irritated and flaky scalp. Repairs damaged follicles.
Ingredients: 100% natural, mineral oil, lanolin and paraffin-free combination of cold pressed Grapeseed and pure Tea Tree oils.

Jane Carter Solution

Website: http://www.janecartersolution.com
Part of the Jane Carter Solution philosophy is that they believe that “hair is hair,” and that segmenting hair care by ethnicity does not encourage diversity, love and multicultural coexistence. Jane also hosts free live conference calls where she discuses her products and answers hair care questions. See the site for more details.
Product Pick: Scalp Renew
Usage: Pre shampoo scalp treatment that stimulates hair growth by cleansing and exfoliating the scalp.
Ingredients: Pure essential oils of Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree, Sweet Orange, Rosemary, Ylang-ylang, Bergamot, Vitamins A, D,&E.

Kinky Curly

Website: kinky-curly.com
Kinky Curly products are formulated to give moisture and hold without drying out hair. Features paraben, petroleum, mineral oil, silicone, free products.
Product Pick: Curling Custard
Usage: Moisturizes, curl definition, hold, shine. For wet, freshly washed hair. Recommends that thicker hair types use with leave-in conditioner.
Ingredients: Botanical infusion of water, Horsetail, Chamomile, Nettle and Marshmallow, Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Agave Nectar Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Pectin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate and natural fragrance. A little goes a long way.

Karen’s Body Beautiful

Website: http://www.karensbodybeautiful.com
Handmade hair, body and bath products that promote a healthy, holistic approach to beauty that are made from natural ingredients. Karen’s Body Beautiful also sells products for babies, men and the home. The site also features a virtual hair consultation.
Product Pick: Hair Milk
Usage: Moisturizes, detangles, defrizzes and defines curls. Can be used on wet and dry hair.
Ingredients: Purified water, Jojoba and Avocado Oils, Vegetable Wax, Vitamin E, Panthenol, Arnica and Calendula Flowers, Echinacea, Nettle and Horsetail Extracts, Vegetable Glycerin, Wheat Germ Oil, Fragrance Oil and Natural Enzymes.

I’ve seen via YouTube great twist and braid out results from Karen’s hair milk, and like most all products offered you can choose your own scent which is a plus.

ASHA’S Be Naturally Beautifully

Website: http://www.myashas.com/index.html
Natural bath and body products for women and men. Exotic plants and herbs made from natural, handmade products that will provide you with earth’s secrets to obtaining beautiful hair, luxurious skin and a healthier body.
Product Pick: Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo
Usage: Cleansing, conditioning for hair and scalp.
Ingredients: Infusion of Rosemary and Peppermint

Taliah Waajid

Website: http://www.naturalhair.org
Alcohol free moisture based products for twists, dreads, braids and natural hair. Products feature the S.T.E.P.S. system – System To Enhance Protect and Strengthen. The system is an all natural anti-bacterial system based on Bay Laurel. All colors and fragrances used are derived from dried fruit extracts or juices.
Product Pick: Stimulating Herbal Cleanser
Usage: Helps eliminate itchy scalp and other minor scalp irritations. Great low pre-poo also good for locked and braided styles.
Ingredients: Pure Distilled Water, Indian Hemp, Olive Oil, Wheat Germ, Yarrow Root, Sodium Laureate Sulfate, Rosemary, African Herbal Cleansing Complex Sea Salt, Sage, Silk Protein, Corn Oils, Corn Silk, Vitamin E, Fruit Bio-flavonoids, Bay Laurel, Cocomide (coconut bio-flavanoid)

Product Sites

http://www.honeyfig.com
http://www.naturallycurly.com
http://www.sistasplace.biz
http://www.afrokinks.com
http://www.treasuredlocks.com
http://www.beautifulmadame.com

**Article Courtesy of Clutch Magazine Online**

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what is a FRO HAWK????




The fro hawk is a hairstyle that allows a person to wear their hair in a Mohawk style without cutting or buzzing the sides of their hair off. Most fro hawks uses hair twists on the side, cornrows or just pinning up the sides.

Fro hawks for kinky hair is a nice look especially if you wear your hair in a naturally curly hairstyle. Some of the more popular sports figures and fashion models can be found wearing fro hawks in various lengths, textures and colors. The Mohawk has been a style mostly seen on punk rockers and the like but has transcended to all hair types and genres.

Some fro hawk photos for men and women give some great mohawk inspired looks for those who want to take a chance on this trendy hairstyle. If you are not ready for a true commitment you may prefer the faux mohawk which basically lets you wear your hair in its original form once you are done with your fro hawk fantasies.

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Receipe: Aloe Vera Moisturizer Mist

Here is the receipe of my favorite moisturizer

Water
2 ounces Pure Aloe Vera Juice
2 ounces Coconut Oil or EVOO
1- Vitamin E capsule
1-2 tsp Glycerin or honey Quat
1-2 tsp jojoba Oil
2-3 drops of Rosemary EO ( or any EO of your choice) **optional**

Mix together in a spray bottle- Mist daily or as needed

** You can alter the amounts until you until you get the results you like***

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How do you use coconut milk in your hair??

How do you use coconut milk in your hair??

1. Coconut milk soaks. This involves no other ingredient other than
coconut milk coming into contact with your hair. You douse your hair
in coconut using the whole can and leave on your hair for about an
hour. I have not done this because most people comment that it is so
drippy while your are waiting that hour..but they do say it makes
their hair feel nice!

2. Coconut milk+Conditioner mixtures. I do this very frequently,
about every other week to ensure that I do not have hair protein
overload. I mix coconut milk with my moisturizing deep conditioners
(not protein conditioners because coconut milk is a protein
remember!!). The conditioners that I have had great success with
coconut milk are Lustrasilk Sheabutter Cholesterol (in the bottle)
and Proclaim Aloe&Shea all of which you can find at your Sally’s
beauty supply. I mix coconut milk with these conditioners and add
other natural ingredients including coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and
castor oil. You can change your recipes based on what your hair
wants. The general recipe for the coconut milk+conditioner mixture is
as so:

1/4 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup conditioner
Mix all of these ingredients and let sit on your hair for about an
hour and rinse out! Strong fluffy hair for the rest of the week!

** Courtesy of Moni from Au_naturale@yahoogroups.com **