Embrace Natural Beauty

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I got my hair done Jan 6, 2018 from Abena Palmore who owns Embrace Natural Beauty. Her salon is located in Sola Salons.  However, its her own salon space, suite 31.  She located in White Plains, NY.  I had an appointment at 9AM, and I was sitting in the chair at exactly 9AM.

I got a nice trim and a flat iron.  Abena is very professional and is SO gentle!!  Never have I had my hair done by such gentle hands.  She’s very knowledgeable of natural hair.  She asked me questions on how I wash my hair and prepped my hair for the flat iron according to how I wash my hair, so I wouldn’t end up with heat damage.

I first sat in her consultation chair and we discussed any concerns I may have with my hair.  She then takes some “before” pictures.  After she takes the “before,” then you sit in the wash chair.  She proceeds to wash your hair and give it a good protein treatment since I was getting a flat iron.

She has a steamer, but I wasn’t able to use it because since I use Castille Soap to wash my hair.  She was concerned my cuticles would lift too much, and my hair would get damaged with the flat iron.  So she deep conditioned my hair with my own natural heat.

After she deep conditioned my hair, she rinsed it out, and added an all in on leave in, moisturizer, and heat protectant.  Then she proceeded to de-tangle my hair.  Once she de-tangled all my hair.  She proceeded to use the flat iron with the small teeth comb.

She’s super gentle and I didn’t feel like I was losing any excess hair at all.  After she blew dry all my hair she then proceeded to flat iron, after the flat iron she gave me a nice trim.  She didn’t cut off too much, only what was needed, and she only did two passes with my hair.  Once over the hair, and then again with the chaser method, which is when you take flat iron the hair with a brush or comb.  She also didn’t use a ridiculous amount of heat, only 390 degrees.  To see the final results of my hair.  Check out my Instagram page.

I highly recommend you take a trip to White Plains, NY to get your hair done. Great service, everything great, and its super easy to get there by the Metro North, if you don’t drive, and apparently there’s a parking lot to park in.  That way you don’t have to worry about parking.  I took the Metro North from The Bronx.  Super easy.

Now go! 😀

Battle of the Brushes

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In this post I’ll be doing some de-tangling brush comparisons. Today we’ll be comparing the Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush and the KareCo de-tangling brush.

Both the Felicia Leatherwood and KareCo brushes are great brushes. They both have teeth that spread apart, meaning that it’ll glide through your hair with ease. However, neither one of them comes without flaws. I’ve personally used both of these brushes several times.

KareCo
The KareCo brush is much more gentle on the hair due to the fact that its more like a paddle brush. So the bristles are semi soft, and not hard on the hair. Therefore, its gentle enough to use every wash day.

However, I find that the brush doesn’t de-tangle the crown portion of my hair like the Felicia Leatherwood brush does. I discovered while I was applying my styling cream that I still had some sections on the crown portion of my hair that were still “glued” together, meaning I couldn’t separate some portions in my crown area to apply the twisting cream. I think the reason for this is because since the KareCo brush is like a paddle brush. The bristles are short. Therefore, since they are short they don’t get in between all that thick hair on the crown portion of my head. Perhaps I have to try smaller sections.

Price: $11
Ease of use: Easy
De-tangling factor: Good
Roughness on hair: Gentle
Availability: Walmart or in Walmart stores

Felicia Leatherwood
The Felicia Leatherwood brush is a bit more harsh on the hair due to the fact that the bristles are long and hard, which makes this a brush I wouldn’t use every wash day since its a bit rough. But when I tell you that its a de-tangling power house. Its a de-tangling power house. Every time I use this brush. It gets every bit of shed hair out. I have no hair that’s “glued” together at the crown, and my hair is fully de-tangled.

Price: less then $20
Ease of use: Easy
De-tangling factor: Great
Roughness on hair: Somewhat harsh
Availability: online; maybe in a store if you hunt for it.

Bottom Line: Both brushes have their place in terms of de-tangling. I feel like if your hair is on the fine side then you should probably go with the KareCo brush since its softer and easier on the hair. But if your hair is on the thicker side then I would go with the Felicia Leatherwood brush.

If you choose to solely go with the FL brush then I would suggest using this brush no more then twice a month since it can be a little harsh on the hair. That’s what I do. I use the FL brush twice a month to make sure I don’t have excess shed hair, still lingering around my head, and I finger de-tangle the rest of the month.

If you feel like finger de-tangling is a joke for your hair, and you need an actual tool every wash session, and if you want the best of both worlds. Then try using the KareCo brush on the easier, less rough parts of your hair and the FL brush on the more difficult parts.

I must admit though. If someone told me that I had a choice between the FL brush and the KareCo. I would go with the FL brush. Because I know that at the end of the day. My hair would be thoroughly de-tangled.

Felicia Leatherwood

Kareco

Classy Hair

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I have an awesome styler from another small Black owned business called Classy Hair. Ms. K, as of date, currently sells her items on Etsy.  If you haven’t already, then you need to check out her styler, Classy Twisting Cream.  This product gives you a medium to strong hold, which is great for twist outs, braid outs, flexi-rod sets, and perm rod sets.

I was able to have my Curl Squad curls get to the 5th day using this product.  Its thick, creamy, goes on easy, and doesn’t dry out my hair.  Please give it a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

I give this styler:  5/5

5 stars:  excellent-would definitely repurchase
4 stars:  good stuff– would still repurchase
3 stars:  just okay-would repurchase if there was an AWESOME sale
2 stars:  eh– wouldn’t look for a sale or bother to repurchae
1 star:    hell no-wouldn’t even take it if it was free, and I love free

Consistency
Thick and creamy, not watery
Scent
Has a marshmallow type scent.  Definitely not overpowering.
Hold
Medium to strong
Cost
$12 for 8 ounces
Ingredients
Great ingredients.  Silicone free.  Junk free.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Juice infused with Organic Marshmallow Root, Castor Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Manuka Honey, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Lauric Acid, Beeswax, Caranuba Wax, Centrimonium Chloride, Cellulose Gum, Ginger Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citric Acid

Spirals, twirls, and curls

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If you want a change of style from the usual wash n go, twist out, or braid out.  Then I suggest you head over to My Curl Squad and pick you up some rollers.  My Curl Squad is a small Black owned business that creates this wonderful styling tool.  The owner has two, soon to be three sizes.  Husky, standard, and colossal.  I’ve used the husky and standard and they give the most prettiest curls ever.

Just to give you an example on the size of curls.  Husky is a medium size curl and standard is a small size curl.  I recommend purchasing two packs of each.  The reason for this is because since your hair is wrapped up in a spiral, and enclosed in the rubber holder, means that your hair doesn’t have access to a lot of air.  Therefore, you really can’t put a lot of hair inside.

This past weekend I ended up using nearly 60 of the husky pack and about ten of the standard size because I wanted smaller curls in the front.  If you want to speed up the drying time a bit then you can sit under a dryer.  Its perfectly safe.  I do it all the time. Let me know if you try them!

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