Monday, March 21, 2011

Tanika Ray's Hair.... Revealed?

If you're a fan of VH1 reality shows, by now you've seen the premier episode of Beverly Hills Fabulous. A typical "Beauty Shop"-type show, the standout event was when Tanika Ray came in to get a straight weave installed by Elgin Charles, the shop owner. *record scratch* A cry went up all over the Internet. "What?! I thought Tanika's hair was real??!!"

If a Google search has brought you to my site, you were mostly likely searching for "Tanika Ray's Hair". My blog post from 3 years ago has become the #1 search result on Tanika's fiery mane. Even though the episode clearly shows her real hair being braided down to install a weave, I took to Twitter to get to the bottom of this "scandalous" situation.

 And to my extreme delight, Tanika not only retweeted me, she read my blog and replied to me!

She actually spent a good portion of the evening replying to people who had questions about her hair.

So there you have it. Will this satisfy all of the doubters? Who knows. But Tanika has been and continues to be a natural hair idol of mine and maybe she can inspire you too.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Peajai's Plus-Size Fashion Picks: The Greatest Scarf Ever Made

The Unisex Circle Scarf,

I know my pick is controversial given the American Apparel's alleged "nice hair" hiring policies and discrimination against plus-size customers. But this is the greatest scarf ever made. How can you not love an item of clothing that can be worn 13 different ways? This is my only purchase from American Apparel to date, but it is exactly what I have been looking for in winter head gear.

I have this scarf in black and I wear it in the doubled scarf with hood style. It is made of a soft, stretchy material with no tags or seams. The material is thin, but once doubled it has kept my neck, ears and head warm even in this frigid 10 degree weather! There was plenty of room to accommodate my big head and my curly fros, pin-backs and buns. This scarf is cut so big, that even I could wear it as a shawl or a top (a mini though? I don't think so.)

If your disdain for American Apparel's sketchy policies cannot be overcome, try one of the many attractive options on Etsy.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My First Semi-Successful Braidout

Braidouts were my staple style through my transition. But ever since my big chop, I had not been able to achieve the tight crimps like I used to (twistouts have also been a DISASTUH, but that's another story). I began to feel like my hair was meant for wash-n-go's almost exclusively, but I need more styles that will lessen tangles and breakage. Thanks to tips from the lovely ladies at HappyCurls, today I had my first semi-successful braidout on my natural hair!

Last night, I shampooed with Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Shampoo, conditioned & detangled with a blend of conditioners including TJ Nourish Spa Conditioner, Moisture Maniac & Pantene Relaxed and Natural conditioner and rinsed thoroughly. While still in the shower, I applied castor oil and SheaMoisture Shea Butter Leave-in and rinsed again (rinsing oily/buttery products really helps them to adhere to my hair).

While my hair was still dripping wet, I started braiding. No parts other than my main side part and no further detangling. The biggest mistake I was making before was detangling while braiding. I didn't realize I needed my curl pattern to help form the crimps. I added more Shea Butter leave-in as needed. I had a spray bottle with water handy but my hair stayed wet without any additional spritzing. I ended up with about 25 small to medium braids. I sat under the dryer for a few minutes and went to sleep. In the morning, I could tell they were still a bit damp but I took them down anyway. I ended up with loose crimps but I still had nice definition even in my frizzy crown hair. I fluffed at the roots and was very pleased with the results.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

And the Winner of the Sarenzo Beads Giveaway is...

Congratulations #10, EmpressRi! I will try to contact you via email to get your address. Thank you to everyone who entered and special thanks to Sarah of Sarenzo Beads for the beautiful hair tie!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sarenzo Beads Giveaway!

Yay! My first giveaway! One of my new Twitter friends, the lovely Ms. Sarah Elliott of Sarenzo Beads, is offering Naturally Junky readers a chance to win one of her gorgeous hair ties.
Sarenzo Beads features necklaces, hair ties, hair clips, headbands, earrings, bracelets, sunglasses and beenies. Through the month of January, she is offering free shipping on all orders over $25 using the coupon code "Happy Holiday". She is also donating 100% of the proceeds of this Haiti keychain to Haiti relief.

This brown & white giraffe hair tie is perfect for pulling back loose natural hair and locs. To enter to win this hair tie, simply leave a comment on this post! Comments will be open until January 27. The winner will be chosen at random. Be sure to sign-in or leave email address when commenting. I will notify the winner when the contest is over.

Click here for more information on donating to Haiti relief funds.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Reformulation Domination: The Smooth N Shine Curl Activator Gel Edition

How do you express anguish? When I discovered yet another of my staple store-bought products has been reformulated, all I wanted to do was wall slide like Awesomely Luvvie. How dare they do this to me again!

In troubled times like these, be wary of new packaging. I actually admired the new packaging in the store, but it did not dawn on me to check the ingredients until I was about to put this in my hair. Funny how the aloe vera plant is now very prominent on the front of the jar but there is less of it in the ingredients. There is a possibility that this ingredient change may go unnoticed in my hair, but the increase in the chemical soup makes that seem unlikely.

Old Ingredients: Water , Glycerin , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Hyaluronic Acid , Panthenol , Oleth-20 , Carbomer , Triethanolamine , Benzophenone-4 , Disodium EDTA , DMDM Hydantoin , Fragrance , Ext. Violet 2

New Ingredients: Water , Glycerin , Propylene Glycol , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch , Carbomer , Oleth-20 , Aminomethyl Propanol , Methylparaben , Phenoxyethanol , DMDM Hydantoin , Disodium EDTA , Benzophenone-4 , Fragrance , Ext. Violet 2

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Moisture Maniac Conditioner

TIGI Bed Head Moisture Maniac Conditioner has surpassed all others to become my favorite conditioner. It is the only conditioner that I can use a co-wash, conditioning conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner. In fact, it is the only store bought rinse-out conditioner that I can leave in my hair, period. All other store-bought conditioners harden into a dry, flaky mess if left in my hair.

Whether I leave it in or rinse it out, I use this conditioner every time I wash my hair. It layers quite nicely with other conditioners, oils and butters when I do deep conditioning treatments. I can also use this conditioner to make an intensely moisturizing homeade spritz (equal parts distilled water, vegetable glycerin, and Moisture Maniac). Part of the effectiveness of Moisture Maniac is the Behentrimonium Methosulfate, which I have started seeking out as a highly desirable conditioning ingredient.

The 750 ml bottle of Moisture Maniac is regularly $22 but they are currently on sale at Ulta for $9.99! I just stocked up on 6 bottles today. (Don't judge is a really good deal!)

Aqua (Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Acetamide MEA, Cetrimonium Bromide, Stearyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), DMDM Hydantoin, PPG 2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Silk Amino Acids, Orange 4 (CI 15510)