Tuesday, December 24, 2013

New Hair's Resolution

January 1 rolls around every year, and every year most of us make a list of things to change-- a list we usually forget about before the end of the new year's first quarter.

Well I am proud to report that I am making good on my promise to myself for 2013--I have put no heat in my hair!  That's right...no straightening, no blow drying; in fact, the only times I've used heat is to deep condition. *pats self on back*

With 2014 right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about next hair goals.  If you haven't pondered on ways to make your hair better next year, here are a few tips to help you figure it out:
  1. Think back over this year.  What has annoyed you the most about your hair?  Work on changing it next year!
  2. How do you usually wear your hair?  If you always do the same things, consider switching it up.  If you're a twist-out kind of girl, consider doing more wash-n-gos.
  3. Focus on health!  Most of us want our hair to look nice, but we're not always mindful of the health of our hair.  Make 2014 your year to learn more about products, ingredients, and the best techniques! 
  4. Start a new regimen.  Starting and sticking to a regimen is one of the toughest challenges of this natural hair life, but when you do, you notice a real difference in your hair.  If you haven't settled into a routine yet, 2014 might be your year!
  5. Help someone else.  There are plenty of naturals in need of advice.  If you've got your stuff together, offer some guidance!  You might consider writing for an up and coming natural hair site, like KayNatural. ;-)
  6. Don't resolve to do anything.  Some may not agree, but a New Year's Resolution isn't always necessary.  If you're happy with your hair and the processes you use to tame it, just keep doing you!  

Whatever you decide to do in 2014, WE SUPPORT YOU!  Tell us your New Hair's Resolution below for a chance to be featured on KayNatural.com!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Feed Your Face: Introducing Buff Her

Buff Her is a revolutionary line of skin exfolliants.  It comes in a variety of flavors, contains 100% natural ingredients- mostly dried fruits and veggies!  The exfolliants literally Buff away dead skin and dirt, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Pair Buff Her with your favorite facial cleanser for a truly refreshing experience.

Buff Her is the brain child of 3 beautiful black sisters, Regina, Cheryl, and Stephanie.  In a recent interview with Double Life Society they explained their product and how it came about.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Join Kay Natural!

E-mail Kay@KayNatural.com for info on how to join the team!

Hey!  We know it's been a minute, but we haven't been M.I.A without good reason!  Kay Natural is growing fast...and we have big things in store for 2014!! We need more people, LIKE YOU, to help us keep up!

We're looking for writers to focus on the following topics:

Natural Hair Products:  This includes product reviews and comparisons, personal product testimonials (good and bad), ingredient information, etc.

Hair Basics: This area is all about research and presenting facts.  In addition to sharing interesting stories and helpful hints, we want to educate!

Tutorials:  Are you always getting compliments on your hair?  Share your tips and tricks with the rest of us!

News/Events:  Share relevant news and natural hair events.

OP-ED:  Have an opinion?  SOUND OFF right here on Kay Natural!

Guestblog: If you already have a blog, but would also like to share your content on Kay Natural, let us know!  We'll share a post for a post.  Help us help you!

If anything suites your taste, e-mail us!  Tell us a bit about yourself and the area(s) you're interested in and we'll be in touch to set up a brief chat!

We don't have it all figured out!  If there's something you'd like to see that isn't listed above, share that with us as well...we want to hear from you!

Send all inquiries to Kay@KayNatural.com.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

EVENT: My Happy Nappy Experience (Chicago)

The Traveling Naturalistas and Natural Hair Nation Present: My Happy Nappy Experience! 

Join them in Chicago October 5th to celebrate being Naturally You! 
The event will feature guest speakers from the Natural community, panel discussions, demonstrations from licensed natural hair stylists (including a LIVE BIG CHOP for those willing to take the plunge), gift bags and plenty of SHOPPING for you Product Junkies (We know you're out there!)

RSVP and buy your tickets now!! 
($10 advance tickets @ www.travelingnaturalista.com)

Event page

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Texas Pastor Bans Weaves


Pastor A.J. Aamir bans weave 

A Texas Pastor is making headlines today after making a controversial decision to ban hair weaves from his church staff. A.J. Aamir of Resurrecting Faith in Waco, Texas told AmericaPreachers.com that he does not want members of his  leadership team wearing hair extensions and promoting false images.
“Our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I’m saying” said Pastor Aamir.
According to Pastor Aamir, while he can’t legally ban members of his staff and congregation from wearing weave, he does not approve of the choice of coiffure especially considering some of their limited incomes.
“Long hair don’t care. What kind of mess is that? I don’t want my members so focused on what’s on their heads and not IN their heads” the Pastor toldAmericaPreachers.com.
“I lead a church where our members are struggling financially. I mean really struggling. “Yet, a 26 year old mother in my church has a $300 weave on her head. NO. I will not be quiet about this.”
So far Pastor Aamir has been blasted by women who caught wind of his proposed weave ban and took offense to it. Some people have even wondered if Pastor Aamir would consider a ban on wigs and toupees.
 What do you think about the proposed weave ban at the Texas church?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wash N Go Wednesday: Wash N Gos Don't Work On Nappy Hair [VIDEO]

Glamfun represents for 4C naturals in this hilarious parody.  She lays out all of the issues she ran into when attempting a wash n go.

Do you wash and go?  Have you ever tried? What was your experience?

Friday, July 5, 2013

VIDEO: Janelle Monae Dance Apocalyptic

Janelle Monae abandons her signature pompadour and tailored suit in her Dance Apocalyptic video.

Do you like Janelle's new look?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wash N Go Wednesday: The Truth About the Wash & Go

This week, our Wash n Go series continues with a video from popular Youtuber, Whoissugar.  In this entertaining clip, Sug gives valuable info and advice for naturals about the wash n go.

Do you wash n go? Share your experience!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Curly Hair Chronicles: Why My "Dream" Hair Wasn't Worth Going Bald Over

curly hair

The Huffington Post recently started a new Style series: Curly Hair Chronicles.

In the first installment Black Voices Style and Beauty Editor, Julee Wilson, shares her natural hair journey.

Julee says:
The story of me and my hair is a complicated one. Growing up in predominately white neighborhoods and schools, I was constantly in pursuit of silky, shiny, blows-in-the-wind, "white girl" hair. Sad, I know.
Although my kinky coils were (and still are) beautiful, they didn't reflect the Pantene Pro-V locks that all my girlfriends flipped off their shoulders. I remember attaching towels, scarves and ribbons to my head while playing around the house, trying to mimic the hair I so desperately wanted. My parents definitely weren't fans of putting chemicals in my hair, but I convinced them with countless tales of not fitting in at school combined with buckets of tears about how my life would come to an untimely end if I didn't straighten my hair (Note: I'm a really good actress). Most likely in an attempt to shut me up and prove their point about the dangers of relaxers, my parents gave in. I was thrilled, but not for long.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer Castor Oil Challenge: My Products

This Summer I'm taking the Kinky Curly Coily Me Castor Oil Challenge.  In addition to using Jamaican Black Castor Oil straight, I'm using products manufactured with it during the challenge.

Here's what I'm trying:
Strong Roots Red Pimento Hair Growth Oil with Black Castor Oil
This product is supposed to stimulate hair growth and volume.  It is a pre-poo treatment for the scalp.

Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner
I will be using this as my protein treatment every 6 weeks during the challenge for strength.

Coconut Black Castor Oil Hair Food With Shea Butter
This is a daily moisturizer.  I will use it as necessary.

Check back for reviews on all of these products.

All of the above are Tropic Isle Living products.  I ordered them from JamaicanOils.com.
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