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Madam Walker Braidery S.E.L.F Image Awards

When: September 12, 2009 7:00 PM

Where:
Colony South Hotel
7401 Surratts Rd
Clinton, MD 20735
301 856 7500 or 301 856 3343

For more details, see the full listing:
http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Natural-Hair-Locs-Sisterlocks/calendar/10926133/

You can always get in touch with me through the “Contact Organizer” link on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Natural-Hair-Locs-Sisterlocks/suggestion/

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RECEIPE: Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Add shine, bounce and remove build-up from your hair with this simple apple cider vinegar rinse. Apple cider vinegar is a well-known health food and folk remedy. Acetic acid, the main ingredient, will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, glimmering strands. Apple cider vinegar hair rinse will also balance hair’s pH level, kill bacteria and is a great cure for dandruff. This rinse in not recommended for color-treated hair, as it might strip the color.

Basic Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Step 1
Make the rinse by mixing 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with one quart of distilled water. Put the mixture in a glass jar or plastic bottle and bring it into the shower or bath.

Step 2
Shampoo hair and rinse well. Apply the apple cider vinegar rinse to your hair. Leave in for a few seconds. Rinse using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine. Since vinegar is acidic, using the rinse daily is not advised. Try it once a week, at most. Pay attention to how your hair responds and adjust usage accordingly. Also, you don’t need to condition hair after the rinse.

Step 3
** Optional** add 5 drops of lavender, rosemary, lemon , sage or rose essential oil to the basic vinegar rinse recipe.

Step 4
If you notice a vinegar scent after you’re done rinsing, don’t fret. The smell will disappear after you towel dry your hair.

Tips & Warnings
Be careful to not get vinegar rinse in your eyes. It will burn.
Do not use on color-treated or processed hair. Acetic acid is a clarifier and can strip hair of color.

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Shealoe Hair Smoothie

RECEIPE: Shealoe Hair Smoothie recipe for loc’s, fro, twist-out care and maintenance

Ingredients:

4 Tbsp shealoe butter
2 Tbsp tea tree oil
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp jojoba
1 tsp vegatable glycerin
1 tsp 100% aloe vera gel
5 Vitamin E capsules
5 drops of peppermint Oil
10 drops of lavender Essential Oil (or oil of your choice)

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Receipe: CASHEA HAIR BUTTER

Cashea Hair Butter

Shea Butter
Castor Oil
** equal parts shea butter and castor oil)**
2oz jojoba oil
10 drops vanilla essential oil (optional)
10 drops sandalwood essential oil (optional)
Combine all ingredients, and stir well or whip with a hand mixer. Pour into sterilized jars and let sit until it solidifies. It will have the consistency of soft butter at 70 degrees. Melt a small amount in your hands and use on wet or dry hair to keep ends soft and free of splits. A little goes a very long way! Keep in a cool place or it will melt.

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Hair & Now: Mixed Chicks the Curly Revolution


ESSENCE.com: Celebrities like Halle Berry can’t get enough of your hair care line. Why do you think your products are so popular among both real women and celebrities?

KIM ETHEREDGE:
I think there has never been a product like Mixed Chicks. Our product not only represents bi-racial and multi-cultural individuals but represents and affects every person whether it be a major celebrity like Halle Berry or an everyday person with combination hair. Women for the most part have struggled for years to find a product for “their” hair that works and that they don’t have to spend a fortune on. No more shopping in the “normal” aisle and the “urban” aisle to mix and match products, now one line that fits the needs of them all. Now when you shop at the beauty supply you can find Mixed Chicks in the middle aisle where the worlds come together and you can look like a celebrity without the celebrity cost!

ESSENCE.com: Describe 3 hair care problems you have encountered and 3 solutions since using and creating Mixed Chicks?

ETHEREDGE:
Common curly hair care struggles would be frizz, dryness, oily hair and tangles. Many products contain alcohol and sometimes too much oil that can dry the hair out and leave the hair feeling hard or weighed down. We created our leave-in conditioner without alcohol so with just the right amounts of hydrolyzed wheat protein (strengthens hair and promotes healing), safflower oil (transforms dry porous hair into soft pliable hair), jojoba oil (defrizzes) and methoxycinnamate (sunscreen), you are able to run your fingers through your hair, your hair is moisturized and there is no frizz. Mixed Chicks deep conditioner contains behentrimonium (derived from coconut) chloride which conditions, softens is an antistatic and flyaway reducer and is a mom’s best friend when washing hair. It helps detangle and making the “hair washing” experience easy!

ESSENCE.com: Celebrities like Halle Berry can’t get enough of your hair care line. Why do you think your products are so popular among both real women and celebrities?

KIM ETHEREDGE: I think there has never been a product like Mixed Chicks. Our product not only represents bi-racial and multi-cultural individuals but represents and affects every person whether it be a major celebrity like Halle Berry or an everyday person with combination hair. Women for the most part have struggled for years to find a product for “their” hair that works and that they don’t have to spend a fortune on. No more shopping in the “normal” aisle and the “urban” aisle to mix and match products, now one line that fits the needs of them all. Now when you shop at the beauty supply you can find Mixed Chicks in the middle aisle where the worlds come together and you can look like a celebrity without the celebrity cost!

ESSENCE.com: Describe 3 hair care problems you have encountered and 3 solutions since using and creating Mixed Chicks?

ETHEREDGE: Common curly hair care struggles would be frizz, dryness, oily hair and tangles. Many products contain alcohol and sometimes too much oil that can dry the hair out and leave the hair feeling hard or weighed down. We created our leave-in conditioner without alcohol so with just the right amounts of hydrolyzed wheat protein (strengthens hair and promotes healing), safflower oil (transforms dry porous hair into soft pliable hair), jojoba oil (defrizzes) and methoxycinnamate (sunscreen), you are able to run your fingers through your hair, your hair is moisturized and there is no frizz. Mixed Chicks deep conditioner contains behentrimonium (derived from coconut) chloride which conditions, softens is an antistatic and flyaway reducer and is a mom’s best friend when washing hair. It helps detangle and making the “hair washing” experience easy!

ESSENCE.com: Celebrities like Halle Berry can’t get enough of your hair care line. Why do you think your products are so popular among both real women and celebrities?

KIM ETHEREDGE: I think there has never been a product like Mixed Chicks. Our product not only represents bi-racial and multi-cultural individuals but represents and affects every person whether it be a major celebrity like Halle Berry or an everyday person with combination hair. Women for the most part have struggled for years to find a product for “their” hair that works and that they don’t have to spend a fortune on. No more shopping in the “normal” aisle and the “urban” aisle to mix and match products, now one line that fits the needs of them all. Now when you shop at the beauty supply you can find Mixed Chicks in the middle aisle where the worlds come together and you can look like a celebrity without the celebrity cost!

ESSENCE.com: Describe 3 hair care problems you have encountered and 3 solutions since using and creating Mixed Chicks?

ETHEREDGE: Common curly hair care struggles would be frizz, dryness, oily hair and tangles. Many products contain alcohol and sometimes too much oil that can dry the hair out and leave the hair feeling hard or weighed down. We created our leave-in conditioner without alcohol so with just the right amounts of hydrolyzed wheat protein (strengthens hair and promotes healing), safflower oil (transforms dry porous hair into soft pliable hair), jojoba oil (defrizzes) and methoxycinnamate (sunscreen), you are able to run your fingers through your hair, your hair is moisturized and there is no frizz. Mixed Chicks deep conditioner contains behentrimonium (derived from coconut) chloride which conditions, softens is an antistatic and flyaway reducer and is a mom’s best friend when washing hair. It helps detangle and making the “hair washing” experience easy!

ESSENCE.com: What’s most difficult about styling and caring for naturally curly and course hair?

ETHEREDGE:
Most of us women struggle with caring for and styling natural hair because we want the look we desire and we want it immediately! Unfortunately we have to learn to style and train our hair. Mixed Chicks deep conditioner is such a great product for naturally curly and coarse hair. Our exclusive conditioning blend penetrates and reconstructs damaged areas, transforming style-stubborn-hair into resilient, easy to maintain tresses.

ESSENCE.com: What style and maintenance tips can you offer our readers?

ETHEREDGE:
Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner is a terrific product for working women, college students and women who want to look good and don’t have a lot of time in the mornings to style. Apply to completely wet hair and let air dry. After an hour at work or after two classes your hair will dry and feel like you spent the time to style. Curls will last for a day or two and for a refresh look, just fill a spray bottle with 1/3 of leave-in and the rest water and touch up hair the following day.

ESSENCE.com: What curly hairstyles for summer are you most looking forward to?

ETHEREDGE:
The whole symmetrical bob is in style, so I’m looking forward to seeing that cut styled with Mixed Chicks leave-in conditioner.

ESSENCE.com: What styling products can you not live without and why?

ETHEREDGE:
I can’t live without my leave-in conditioner. Whether I’m going out on the town, on vacation or simply going into the office the leave-in conditioner defines, controls and defines my curls with ease without the sticky, heavy and flaky hold many products provide.

To purchase Mixed Chicks products visit, Mixedchicks.net.

*** Courtesy of Essense Magazine***

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Nappy Hair Kitchen

Hair Moisturizers

Most of the ingredients in these recipes can be found in your refrigerator. Recipes with perishable ingredients may require refrigeration since they do not contain preservatives. These recipes are quick to make and will save you time and money. As with ANY recipe, you may have to play with the ingredients a little bit to suit you. These are hair moisturizing recipes that are simple, natural, and beneficial for ALL hair. These recipes will add moisture, sheen, and softness to your hair.

Lemon & Honey Rinse

2 Teaspoons Honey
1/4 Cup Lemon juice
4 Cups Warm water

Mix ingredients together. Wash as usual. Apply mixture thoroughly through hair. Do NOT rinse.

Honey Rinse

1 Teaspoon Honey
4 Cups Warm water

Mix the ingredients. Wash as usual. Apply mixture thoroughly through hair. Do NOT rinse.

Honey & Olive Oil Conditioner

1 Tablespoon Honey
1/2 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Cup warm water

Mix honey and olive oil well. Add to water and stir well. Distribute evenly all over the hair. Apply plastic cap for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well. Style as usual.

Mayo Conditioner

3 – 4 Tablespoons mayonnaise (real mayonnaise, NOT salad dressing)

With hair wet or dry, cover hair with mayonnaise. Apply plastic cap for 15-20 minutes. Rinse, then style as usual.

Note: Leaving a minimal amount in the hair will keep it soft and moisturized.

Hot Olive Oil Treatment

1 – 2 Teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Sandwich bag (with zip closure)

Put olive oil in the bag and zip it. Run hot water over the bag until desired temperature (DO NOT OVERHEAT!!!).Apply olive oil all over your hair. Apply plastic cap for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse, then style as usual.

Homemade Dandruff Treatment
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Water

Mix the ingredients and stir well. Apply to the scalp. Let sit for 5 – 7 minutes. Rinse well.

Note: You can put this mixtue in a plastic bottle and spray in onto the scalp for ease of use.

Homemade Citrus Hair Spray

1 Orange

2 Cups Water

Chop the orange and boil until 1/2 the original contents are gone. Strain, cool, and put into a spray bottle. Add more water if too sticky. Refrigerate after use.

Homemade Hair Gel

1 Teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 Cup warm water

Dissolve the gelatin in the warm water. Keep refrigerated and use as you would any hair gel. It’s that simple!

oz = ounce
tsp = teaspoon
tbs = tablespoon
c = cup

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My love affair with Carols Daughter Loc Butter




I’m continuing my love affair with Carols Daughter Loc Butter. It smell deliciously luscious,and its light, yet moisturizing. Check out my latest hair style with the help of my sister-friend LaDonna McLean. She created this up-do for me to show off my lovely head of loc’s..