Scrunchie Power! My (not so) Secret Obsession

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Scrunchies have managed to creep their way back into mainstream fashion in the last few years. They were on the runway for Marc Jacobs three years ago, worn by Hilary Clinton last year (and scrutinized ) and who could forget their presence during the Olympics when all of the young female gymnasts sporting one to match their leotard attracted lots of public attention. Whether or not the scrunchy is on trend or not has not deterred my liking for them.

Here I am sporting my Goody brand scrunchies in my favorite go-to hairstyle: a bun and a high ponytail:

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Now let’s rewind to the early 90s…

I used to wear these back in the 90s when I was young gymnast and dancer. They were a go-to hair accessory to ensure my locks didn’t get in the way of my art form. I had them in loads of colors and they did a great job of keeping my hair tucked away while also not being too rough on my fragile and naturally dry brittle hair.
Interestingly enough, after researching a bit online, I discovered the scrunchy was originally invented in 1986 by a woman by the name of Rommy Revson. Rumor has it, she created the scrunchy for herself in order to have a hair tie that wouldn’t snag or pull on her fragile her. By sewing fabric around the elastic, the fabric would act as a barrier between the elastic as to not pull or snag in the hair. Cool stuff. makes sense as to why I’ve chosen to adopt the scrunchy into my hair care regimen.
I have accumulated a pretty solid collections of plain, but colorful scrunchies ranging from black to blue to yellow to green. They aren’t crazy or festive, just meant for their original, intended job. I wear the scrunchies when I pineapple my hair at night. But not only that, when I’m in a rush and have to go off to work or out with friends or family, I put one on my wrist in case of a hair emergency. I personally think they’re cute and practical. They can look chic and not overdone if worn a certain way.
My main reason for liking them? They are gentle on my hair and have YET to get tangled up in my curly hair!
I love my scrunchies and the look of them in my hair despite much public disdain for the look. In the end,  for me they’re practical and comfy. And I am a 90s kid after all, so I might as well embrace it! What is your take on scrunchies?

A New Oil for My Skin and Hair Regimen: Apricot Kernel Oil

This season I’m loving oil. Natural oils are a great way to help combat the cold, dry air here in the Northeast and tri-state area. One particular oil that has become a staple in my hair and skin regimen is Apricot Kernel oil. Strangely enough, I found it while browsing amazon.com while on the hunt for coconut oil to replenish my stock. Amazon.com has a great feature that suggests other products for you to look at and try based off of past purchases and past history of other customers. I clicked on an image of apricot kernel oil and decided to purchase because of vague information I knew of it off the top of my head, probably information I retained from a skin or hair forum I’m a member of. Coconut oil is also a staple, and so is olive oil, but I sometimes find both of these oils to be too heavy for every day use.

What I particularly love about apricot kernel oil is its lightness in both consistency and smell. It smells faintly of nut and goes on very lightly. I also love that is relatively inexpensive in comparison to other light oils such as jojoba oil. For 16 oz, I paid only around $7 (not including shipping) for the oil from amazon.com.  I don’t have to worry about being heavy handed and running low on it.

Here are some benefits of Apricot Kernel Oil I found and researched about*:

  1. It is a great source for Vitamin E! Super nourishing for both hair and skin.
  2. It is also rich in fatty acids and high in Vitamin A.
  3. It is also good for mature skin in that it promotes elasticity and suppleness.
  4. It has a longer shelf life than other oils, such as sunflower seed oil which tends to go bad fairly quickly.
  5. Its a very gentle and mild oil, so it benefits those of us with sensitive skin and even is safe enough for babies!

Apricot kernel oil is made by cold pressing and refined from dry kernels of an apricot. Also, the oil is readily found in many cosmetics. And, it is also edible in its pure form!

 

How I’ve added it to my regimen?

1.) My face:  After I’ve washed and used a toner, I place a dollop of apricot kernel oil and place it on a cotton round  and swipe it gently all over my face as a moisturizer. I use this only at night so far because I have combination/oily skin that is prone to oiliness.

2.) My Hair: After I’ve cowashed my hair in the shower, I coat my hair with my cantu shea butter leave-in and use a dime-sized amount of the apricot kernel oil and pat it throughout my hair. I then style with pink ecostyler or whatever styling product I choose for that day.

 

 

*Research information found on from healthguidance.org (http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/1807/1/Benefits-of-Apricot-Kernel-Oil.html)

(My) Curly/Kinky Hair tool necessities!

I put together a collage of hair tools I need to maintain my hair. These are hair tools I use on my hair on a weekly basis.

If a friend or colleague asked you what supplies they needed to “go natural”, what would you recommend?

Hair Growth: July 2011 vs July 2012

Its been ages since I’ve posted in here! Yet, I somehow navigated this here old blog once again and am eager to fulfill my desire to once and for all be the #naturalhair blogger I’ve always wanted to be! I figure what better way to come back to this blog than with a one year hair growth update?

I couldn’t help noticing the amount of growth I’ve had in the last year, despite trimming nearly 3″ of yucky split-ends.

Photo credit for the first photo goes to a lovely photographer, New Yorker and fellow college alum: Kadeema Buffy Kasim. Apologies for the inconsistency of the two photos, but you get the picture, yes?

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July 2011

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I’m quite excited for this continuation on my “natural hair journey”. I would like to continue updating this blog with product reviews and sharing my own personal experience with the natural hair community via this blog. I do however must warn, I am by no means a professional or have any expertise. This is merely a platform for me to express myself and enjoy this as a hobby. 🙂

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