Length check (April & June)

I know, I know. This post is SO late. Let’s just say life came a calling but I promise I am going to do better ;).  I still took my measurements on time and kept record.

Left Side: Feb 2012 (4 inches)- April 2012 ( 5)- June 2012 (5 1/4)

Front: Feb 2012 (3 1/2 inches)- April 2012 (4 1/4)- June 2012 (5 1/4)

Right Side: Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)- April 2012 (4 1/2)- June 2012 (5)

Top Middle: Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)- April 2012 (5)- June 2012 (6)

Back: Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)- April 2012 (4 3/4)- June 2012 (5)

I’ve got some hanging going on in the June pic!! Of course it will be time for a length check in August so we shall see what it looks like then.

Talk to you really soon (I pinky promise),

Jiquay

National Natural Hair Meetup Day w/FCA Naturals

Founders of FCA Naturals April McKisick (L) and Samantha Horton (R)

Hello all! This past month I attended the National Natural Hair Meetup Day along with many naturals across the USA (yes I know this is late but when life happens what can you do).  We didn’t have a meetup in the city I lived so I attended a meetup in Memphis which is a reasonable distance to drive.

The meetup was hosted by the FCA Naturals at the Playhouse On The Square on Union Ave. Upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly faces and swag bags. The lobby area was filled with delicious appetizers and drinks which disappeared swiftly! Around the corner of the lobby was a hall filled with many vendors ready to help each natural with something of their preference.

In the main room there were a few vendors and natural hair salon representatives; this is also where the presentations took place. Each salon gave live demonstrations of their work and had Q&A sessions at the end. Also, there were presentations of makeup, numerology, and healthy nutrition. I was pleased that the FCA Naturals took the time to concentrate on providing information for the “whole” being and not just the hair.

Oh, last but not least they had fabulous giveaways and I had my eyes, heart, and soul set on that Karen’s Body Beautiful basket!!! I didn’t win it (boooo), but my niece won a black girls rock t-shirt and found the perfect stylist to do her big chop. It was a great event and I am very glad I chose to attend.

The lobby was packed.

There were plenty of live demos and great information.

Ms. Pearl Hair Deva Walker from Legacy Locks & Natural Styles

TaKeisha Berry-Brooks and the Lovely Ladies of A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge. They did an excellent job of making my niece comfortable during her big chop!

Etniq Cosmetics

I had to hit up the t-shirt vendors! I love me some natural hair tees!
I’m Loving  the founder Sonya of Natural Addictees for the deal she gave us.

I even got a great deal with the Natural Cuties Tees and well.

Lastly, the talented Ms. Arekah the Goddess Photography. Her photography is sick yall! Check her website out ASAP!

Well that’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed.

Peace

A True Georgia Peach!

Okay, so when I attended the WNHS I stayed at the Marriott-Gateway which was conveniently located next door to the Convention Center in which the hair show was held. Let me tell ya’ll, this hotel was the bomb.com! It was so nice!!!

When you arrive, you will be greeted by friendly doormen who will quickly assist you in unloading your luggage from your car, shuttle, or taxi. Next, if you drove yourself, valet will whisk your vehicle off to safe parking.

When you enter the lobby you will be greeted with a beautiful modern atmosphere that is both welcoming and exciting. It is a place that you are happy you chose to be. The front desk clerks are very polite and very personable. After checking in, the friendly bellhop will escort you to your room (don’t forget to tip).

Lobby Entrance View

The rooms were oh so comforting and inviting. The beds looked as if they were whispering, “come and rest for you have traveled far” (lol). They were as comfortable as they appeared. I slept like a baby the entire time I was there.

We stayed in a double room.

We arrived early that morning so after dropping off our luggage we went downstairs and ate at the in-hotel restaurant called Champions. We opted for the breakfast bar that was fully loaded and it came equipped with a chef to prepare fresh omelets in front of you. SN: breakfast, lunch, and dinner are hella expensive here so make sure you come fully prepared to splurge for every meal if you don’t have a car to travel and eat.

The oh-so delicious yet hella expensive breakfast bar.

After the hair show, we returned to the hotel and had lunch. The hotel’s lobby doubles as a bar and that bar has a full menu you can dine from as well so we chose to eat there for lunch. The crab bisque is Ahhmazeballs!

We went to our rooms to relax for awhile and later decided to go for a couple of drinks. This, ladies and gentlemen was when our night became very interesting. When we walked up to the bar and took our seats, we were greeted with a warm smile and a very charismatic personality. After asking what would we like, I requested a drink that my friend had at Champions earlier that tasted really delicious. She responded, “sweetie we don’t serve those drinks over here.” I replied, you don’t, “well what do you serve?” She responded, “we serve the goood stuff over here.” And that my friends, was the beginning of a great night. My friends and I are very picky about the taste of our cocktails or martinis. Some of us are more picky than others, hmph. However, with Ms. Deborah tending the bar, there wasn’t one complaint that night. She would simply ask what do you like? Then based off of your response, she fixed the perfect concoctions custom made to your unique tastes. Also when it comes to great conversation, we laughed and chatted about an array of topics. I’m telling you, this woman was so fun that when she attended to the needs of the other patrons, I think my friends and I slick became jealous and felt abandoned, lol. This hotel was wonderful and beautiful all on its on but the beautiful Georgia Peach behind the bar is what makes me excited about going back.

Ms. Deborah AKA “Georgia Peach”

Okay, so here were my OOTD’s while I was in the ATL!

I know, I know, you can’t see the shoes. They were simple 3 in heels the same darker blue color you see on my jewelry.

This outfit was so comfy. Perfect for product hunting!

Earthy goddess!

Thanks for reading ya’ll,

Lotus Blossom

What natural hair has taught me thus far.

This natural hair journey has been fun and quite trying at times. One minute I absolutely love it, and the next minute I’m asking myself who the hell told me to do this. I love researching new products, making my own concoctions in the kitchen, and flirting with new styles. However, at times I just wish I had someone who could do it all for me. I get lazy and don’t wash my hair for days at a time and then I am a militant soldier who has their routine down. I become inspired and in awe of all of my beautiful natural hair role models and the next moment I despise how damn perfectly coiffed their hair is all the time. Some days my hair is banging!! Yeah! Others, I’m scratching my head thinking, “wth, didn’t I just do this the same way yesterday using the same products?” Let’s not even mention the amount of money spent on keeping up my product habit. I often find myself watching youtube videos and thinking to myself, “how in the hell are these heifers hair always together?” Lastly, I miss my hair. A lot. I even caught myself walking up behind my friend whose hair is the same length mine was before I cut it, and placed my head up under the back of her hair just so I could remember what it felt like. Sigh, yeah I did that.

Nonetheless, I can truly say that I am very grateful and glad that I chose to go natural. I have been exposed to a whole new culture that I never knew existed. I have met many different people who have made the choice to be natural for very different reasons and yet they still connect and relate to one another. People whom I would have never met walk up to me and say, “excuse me, what do you use in your hair?” This sparks a 30 min conversation about products and the trials of being natural and sometimes lifelong connections are made. In my personal life I love helping people and this has become another outlet that allows me to continue that work.

Being an Aries, we are labeled as being the children of Caprice. That basically means we have a tendency to start things but have trouble finishing them because we are on to the next one. I have a lot of things I have completed in life but those very personal things I’d like to do for myself tend to fall in the incomplete category. I have only been natural, well it’ll be 7mths May 18th but I have persevered. Being natural, and this blog fall into the category of the personal things I wanted to do for myself and I’m still going. That says a lot because truthfully when it comes to myself, I would have stopped in a month, 2 months tops. I suppose you can say being natural taught me to take more time for myself. Lastly, being natural is teaching me patience because the Aries in me is like hurry the hell up! I say that to my hair a lot and I’ve found that she doesn’t like when I speak to her like that. That’s usually when she does whatever the hell she wants lol. Although I do have those few days that I question why I chose to do this, I am very glad that I did because it has taught me so much about myself and I can’t wait to learn more.

What has your natural hair journey taught you?

Jiquay

The World Natural Hair Show

Ok, let me begin by saying that those lines were freaking RI-DONK-ULOUS and I will be purchasing my tickets online from now on! That being said…I had so much fun at the WNHS! I had my girls with me and you know we went in on products! These are all mine but my girls bought just as many products as I did so yeah we kinda lost our minds at the show.

Ok, so we knew that Uncle Funky’s Daughter would be a vendor at the show so as soon as I walked in the door I made a beeline for their booth. The line was out the door and it seemed as if they were the most popular booth at the time. I already knew that I wanted the Curly Magic. One of the reasons most people attend the WNHS is to take advantage of the great deals on the products they either already love or want to try. HOWEVER, Uncle Funky’s Daughter was NOT one of the vendors that offered a great deal. They did have a bundle that you could get at a discount but the gel, umm no. No deals for you lady! I was highly disappointed at this because I was ready to leave with at least 2 0r 3 of the Curly Magics but no bueno! So I only purchased 1 for regular price and some Extra Butter moisturizer and walked away slick mad. Despite that little set back I caught some really great deals from the other vendors. Here’s what I got:

Uncle Funky’s Curly Magic and Extra Butter

B.A.S.K.’s Palm Tapioca

Camille Rose Naturals’  Aloe Whipped Gel, Curl Love Moisture Milk, and Jansyn’s Moisture Max Conditioner

Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Nectar in White Tea and Sweet Ambrosia in Creamy Cocoa Mango and Pomegranate Guava

Shea Radiance Moisturizing Hair Milk, Maximum Hair Defining Cream, and Ultra Rich Shea Buttercream.

African Pride’s Bouncy Curl Pudding and Leave-in Condish

I stopped by As I Am but they were all sold out so they gave me a coupon for 20% off and free shipping. I thought that was very cool of them. I also purchased 3 t-shirts and a bunch of jewelry.

Lastly, I love to go to the WNHS to hopefully run into my favorite youtubers and I did just that. More than I expected…here are the pics.

Mlle. CafeAuLait The very first natural hair youtuber I watched and my inspiration to go natural!

Side Note: I have no idea what is going on with my eyes in this pic, nor what that spot is but this was the only pic I had and I WANT to post it! That is all.

MakeupAnBeautyJunkie (She was so sweet and very gracious)

2nd from far right CurlyKimmyStar

I can honestly say that I had a very fun and satisfying trip. I can’t wait to do it again next year and I know exactly who to take with me…

I’ll post pics of the hotel we stayed in and the outfits I wore in the next post.

Talk to you soon,

Jiquay

Natural Girls Rock Anniversary Party!

As I stated in my last post, I attended the World Natural Hair Show in the ATL. this past weekend. Prior to Natural Girls Rock had their Anniversary Party the Friday before the hair show and I couldn’t wait to attend! My friends and I purchased the VIP tickets and had an excellent view!

The party took place at the Posh and Trendy Tongue and Groove lounge.

Many beautiful naturals came out to celebrate NGR’ s anniversary.

There were 2 bars and let me just say these bartenders were great at their jobs…no seriously.

The event was hosted by the lovely BeautifulBrwnBabyDol

(L)-AlchemysChild (M)-BeautifulBrwnBabyDol (R)-Me

The entertainment consisted of Delonda Harvey singing her popular song “Good Enough,” body art, and a fabulous fashion show!

NGR models

There were contests for Best TWA and Best Twist out styles. My friends and I participated…we didn’t win lol.

I bet you can tell who won? Lol

Bestie trying for best Twistout.

Even though we didn’t win, we did get complimentary NGR t-shirts and that was just fine with me since I had my eye on a particular shirt the entire time. I had a really great time and I met some wonderful naturals and fellow bloggers (shout out to April from the Cocoa Report and Yolanda from CurlyandLovely). I definitely will keep an eye out for their next event.

NGR Staff

L-Natural Girls Rock Founder Kelly J (R)-Me

Until next next time lovelies,

Lotus Blossom Out

Easter Haul!!!!

So every year Curl Junkie has a sale for Easter and I was totally ready!!! My birthday was March 22 so I made sure to ask people to just get me some products for the sale. Here’s what I got:

Curl Assurance Smoothing Lotion

Hibiscus and Banana Honey Butta Leave in Conditioner

Repair Me Reconstructive Hair Treatment (rebuy)

Curls in a Bottle Gel (rebuy)

Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner (rebuy)

It’s safe to say that my inner product junkie has gotten her fix for this week because I am going in on products at the World Natural Hair Show this month!

Hope to see ya there,

Jiquay

Karen’s Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

I have been waiting to get my hands on this deep conditioner! I have read numerous reviews and watched countless YouTube reviews on how moisturizing this mask was unto each individuals’ hair. Needless to say the product junkie in me began twitching to get her next fix. The day it arrived in the mail I immediately used it. Here are the ingredients…

Purified Water, Aloe Butter, Jojoba Oil, Agave, Vegetable Wax, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Vera Juice, Panthenol, Arnica, Calendula, Echinacea, Nettle & Horsetail Extracts, Carrot Seed Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Arnica, Shikakai & Amla Extracts, Vitamin E & Natural Enzymes.

The consistency is kind of thin.  I expected it to be thicker and creamier but it was light and somewhat watery.  It didn’t really have much of a scent in my opinion. I first used it and sat under my steamer for 20 mins. It didn’t feel soft before I rinsed and it didn’t feel soft after I rinsed… hmm. The next time I used it under a hooded dryer with a plastic cap for 15 mins. This time it felt softer and more moisturized but as soon as I rinsed, the softness left. Again… hmm. Lastly, was my tried and true method of the hooded dryer for ten minutes then overnight DC. Again, it felt soft until I rinsed. I added oils to it, the same results. My hair does not like this mask. Strangely, my hair was moisturized but not soft. Weird, I know.  Anywho, I didn’t like it as a rinse out.  It had absolutely no slip and I did not try it as a leave since it wasn’t recommended on the website. All my life I wanted to like this product! Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. I won’t be purchasing this again.

Ta-Ta for now,

Lotus Blossom

Ok, here is my attempt at my first product review… please bear with me.

Every since I began my natural journey I have been looking for a deep conditioner that would moisturize my hair and cause me to yell, “my hair is so soft.”  Nothing I’ve tried thus far has invoked this reaction until I tried Curl Junkie’s Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner. Here are the ingredients…

Distilled Water (infused with Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis Linn (Hibiscus) Petals), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Honey, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Panthenol, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Plantago Species (Plantain) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuacu) Seed Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, PEG -7 Olivate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, (Vegetable) Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA , Fragrance.
*Vegetable Derived

First of all, I LOVE the smell! It smells like bananas and deliciousness, Yummy!  It has a thick creamy consistency but slightly textured. My hair feels instantly soft when I apply it and it moisturizes my hair very well. I’ve used it under my steamer, my hooded dryer with a baggie, and as an overnight DC. Each time I get excellent results. My favorite way to DC is to sit under my hooded dryer with a plastic bag for ten minutes and then leaving it on overnight. When I rinse my hair the next day it is very soft and moisturized. It also works well as a leave in conditioner. It doesn’t weigh my hair down too much and I haven’t had any issues with it reacting with any of my gels. Lastly, I’ve used it as a rinse out. Although my hair felt very soft, it didn’t have much slip to me so I couldn’t detangle with it using it in this manner.

I’ve been slowly working on my holy grail list and I am pretty confident this will be in attendance!

Until next time my lovelies,

Lotus Blossom

Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix Moisturizing Conditioner

So this is totally late but here it is anyway. (February length check)

So, yeah I’m super behind I know. But I actually did the length check for February even though I didn’t post it. Oh, and this time I have pictures!!! Yayyy!! ( LOL, I’m in a super silly mood today) ;).  So without any further ado…

Left: Dec 2011 (2 3/4 inches) – Feb 2012 (4 inches)

Front: Dec 2011 (3 inches) – Feb 2012 (3 1/2 inches)

Right: Dec 2011 (3 inches) – Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)

Top: Dec 2011 (3 1/2 inches) – Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)

Back: Dec 2011 (2 3/4 inches) – Feb 2012 (4.25 inches)

Still loving the journey,

Lotus Blossom