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The LHDC Kit

I’ve been trying to make an effort to support independent businesses instead of just using whatever big beauty company products are on the shelf. I came across Belle Bar Organic on instagram and followed them long enough to ascertain that their products were making women swoon with delight. Their comments are full of love, and their posts are always informative and empowering. One day they decided to revamp their company and I slid in just as they were going on hiatus to order the Long Hair Don’t Care kit that included everything I would need to pamper and revitalize my 4C fro.

This was their pre-reboot kit, so what you get now may be a little different. Five luxurious products, instructions, and tools. Like, how cute is that little wooden measuring spoon? And the thoughtful touch of including a muslin tea bag for the Green Tea hair rinse. Everything was made to order, so while I ordered this in May it didn’t arrive until late June. I was so excited when it got here! It was definitely worth the $139.00.

The labels are beautiful! I love the clean design with a block of color that highlights the name of the treatment. Plus the lovely line drawings on the side. It just feels so well thought out and cohesive. I felt beautified just owning this array of intelligent luxury.

So far I’ve used the Onion & Garlic hair oil (addicted, and yes there’s a faint odor.), the Hibiscus & Black Soap shampoo, and the Fenugreek hair mask. I use the Green Tea Length Strengthening Tea Rinse more than I should… it smells amazing, and since you store it in the fridge after brewing it keeps my head feeling cool and refreshed. It’s only been a few weeks, but I’m loving the ritual of mixing masks and brewing tea, and organically pampering my hair in a way that I never could before. I’ll probably post about that at the end of the summer when the products have had time to work.

I’m still working on my Javascript stuff (only a few more days and then bootcamp is over…I’m crying a little) but Belle Bar Organic just relaunched their website with old and new products, a cleaner and easy to navigate design, updated kits- and a faster shipping time. Stop by! Buy some stuff! They are worth it.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Wig Story

So I got my hair done in two strand twists in May and after two months I needed a change. I love my natural hair, but I’m doing an organic beauty regimen right now (will post about that later) and I just want my hair to rest. That is a thing.

So I decided to get a wig and ordered one that I thought I could deal with and instead of what I ordered I got something completely different. So different that it felt like a personal attack. Were they overworked at the warehouse and just plucked the wrong item? It’s a mystery.

Do these wigs look alike and I’m just missing something?

Except now I can’t return it because after my initial annoyance I put it on, then cut it. I’m going to try curling it, maybe dye it or something if it’s possible. But until I get it sorted, I still needed a new wig. Something I could wear in public.

I ended up buying my first lacefront wig. It’s a lob with blond mixed in that looks like my real hair if I went to an expensive hairdresser and dated men named Phillippe or Yotembe and shopped anywhere but the clearance rack. I bought middle/upper middle class woman hair.

She ready.

If you’ve never done a wig , you’ll need to braid down your hair and then put a stocking cap over it. The lacefront part is there so you can do stuff like pluck the hairline to make it look natural. You can also glue the lace down and camouflage it with makeup.

I’m not that good at doing the hairline thing, so I just left it alone.

While I’m getting used to my new lob , I just got my Long Hair Don’t Care ayurvedic hair treatment kit from Belle Bar Organic, which is why I couldn’t wait to take my twists out. I’ll be posting about it after using the products a little more. Their site is under construction right now, but you can follow them on instagram for updates and haircare advice.

Chock full of hair goodness…

Hope you’re having a good hair summer and loving yourself! If you’re interested in learning more about wigs and how they evolved to the ubiquitous accessory we love today check out this page .

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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in which we take stock of where we are and look forward to 2017 #bye2016

I am not one of those people that likes to party on NYE. I think the last time I went out was 12/31/2009, and luckily it turned out to be a party run by a high school friend. What are the odds? So tonight, like most years, I’ll be chilling at home thinking about everything I accomplished and thinking about all the stuff I want to do in the coming year. No resolutions this year, since I noticed that I forget them as soon as I make them and really, who cares? Life takes so many twists and turns that resolutions made in December look really silly come March or April. I’m just going to chip away at things that keep me from being, doing or going towards where I want to be.

I’m really proud to report that much progress has been made in 2016:

Work:

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I made progress as a blogging freelancer by working for Energems, HSI Professional, and Private Rx. In fact, I’ve been writing blog posts for the Private Rx blog for the last 6 months. I’m really proud of that. I got a Fashion Week job that ended up generating cash for me from September to November and it inspired me to update my Behance photography portfolio and start uploading stock images again. I also made money from my Society 6 store! And from depop and other online selling platforms. Not monumental groundbreaking sums, but enough to feel confident and competent.

Diet and health:

This year I started messing with a waist trainer, but it wasn’t until November that I made the necessary changes in my diet to lose weight and keep it off. My friend is big into the paleo thing, and while I was never a calorie counter and have willfully embraced carbs all my life, I thought it might be worth it to give up pasta and bread and start paying attention to my diet.

I made banana walnut bread a week before I decided, so now I have backslide slices ready in the freezer. Unfortunately the last time I ate one my whole metabolism seemed to slow to a crawl and it took a week of saying no to carbs to feel good again. I guess I’ll eat a slice for my birthday or something. I’m still a butter and bacon type of girl, as evidenced by my artichokes with lemon butter plate, and below that I was making German potato soup (it was so good), but I am starting to ease up and just use a dab of olive oil for sauteing and a dribble sesame oil for flavor.  I’m leaning on steaming veggies so that they retain more of their nutritional value as well. Not sure I’ll ever be a raw food person, I love hot soup way too much.

Beauty:

The paleo thing is on track with my other big life changing project: making my own beauty products. It’s been fun getting free samples and testing them out. I love having so much knowledge abut what’s good for my skin and hair. But at the end of the day, I’m not spending thousands of dollars on products. I can’t and won’t afford it. However, I still need lotion, and my skin needs exfoliating so I’ll just make everything at home. I’ve been reading up on different recipes, how herbs work, and aromatherapy and trying different things.

For the last two months I’ve been using my salt and coffee skin scrubs, whipping up body butter and slathering avocado on my hair. I use a green tea and yogurt mask that helps deflate the bags under my eyes, and I wax with a homemade sugar concoction. Today I made a hair pomade out of wax and oils. I have soooo many ideas for 2017! I’ll prob be making a business out of it as well, since baking cookies and stuff proved a little too fattening (I might try again with low carb treats, though).  I’ve already turned my baking cupboard into the beauty pantry.

Style and fashion:

I have made a slow return to shopping. After three years of getting free clothes, shoes, underwear, jewelry, perfume, hair and skincare, light bulbs, bedding, towels, and even toothpaste and flossing picks, I decided it’s time to start living life like a normal person. I’m still cheap, though- don’t get it twisted. And since I already have stuff that I like from brands like LL Bean, Desigual, and Cat Footwear, I’m really just re-calibrating my style and moving back towards things that I like because I like them, not because people are giving away free stuff. I am really into Century 21, especially since there’s a store in Downtown Brooklyn if I want to return or exchange anything. I got this coat and knee high Steve Madden boots, a fab Calvin Klein cocktail dress for work, and this awesome patchwork totebag (I snagged it on final sale at $20, and it’s reversible and comes with a little zippered pouch! Free is cool and I’m grateful for all the stuff I got (not as much as some, but more than enough), but there is nothing like catching a good old fashioned bargain.

Self:

After all is said and done, the best thing that I can do is to keep being myself. I can’t worry about what people think or want too much. It’s funny how, when I started blogging I looked like a little girl and now I’m fairly grown up. I’ve changed a lot,mostly for the better, but I’m aware that I’m kind of an asshole. I’ll never be a nice person, and I’m good with that. It’s just how it is. I don’t live in a nice world, so it wasn’t really something that I could afford to aspire to be. I have learned to live in the right now of things and right now I’m a woman that wants to be rich and self-sufficient. I’m a woman who wants to be presentable and comfortably dressed. I’m a woman who likes pretty things, but won’t go crazy chasing them. I’m a woman, plain and simple.

That should be good enough for people, and too bad if it isn’t.

Happy New Year!

xoxo, Faith/SEB

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall/Winter haircare with Agadir, Kiss and Pura D’or

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I have natural, nappy/kinky hair and when it gets cold I feel as if I have to take extra care with it. I got these Agadir products and love the pampering they’re giving my fluffy locks. The sustainably sourced Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner leave hair clean and soft, and I adore the scent of the Argan Oil Hair Treatment. I pour some in my palm, rub my hands together and then massage it into my hair and scalp for a soft lustrous head of curls.

I actually shed hair, so I love anything that strengthens my hair and keeps it from breaking off. I’ve been using the Pura D’or Hair Loss Prevention Therapy collection to alleviate my paranoia about losing hair. There’s the  shampoo and conditioner, then an Energizing Scalp Serum which both soothes your scalp and revitalizes hair follicles. You spray it on your scalp and massage it in. Don’t rinse it out! There’s also the Intense Moisturizing Masque, which comes with a little shower cap to keep all the good stuff in as you condition your hair.

I’m still using other things in rotation, but I’ve good results from Pura D’or products so far, so we’ll see how my hair survives winter hats and weather in the spring. I’ve been using the Agadir cushion base Detangle Wet brush and this Tigi Bedhead vent brush for blow drying my hair. I know heat styling is sort of bad, but it’s so much easier for me to work with my hair after it’s blown out a bit. For big hair volume, You might want to try the Joico Hair Shake, which is a liquid to powder texturizer spray that you can use while heat styling to bump up curl volume and hold.

Kiss sent over this amazing InstaWave, which has a curl dial at the base of the curling wand to catch long hair and keep it detangled for smooth curling. It catches the hair up and automatically twirls around the diamond-ceramic ionic barrel, which heats up 420 degrees. It’s safe for  hair extensions, so you can bump the curl in your lace front or weave with no problems.

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Back To School Oil Check: Argan Oil Hair Treatments from HSI Professional #haircare

Over the course of the last few years of blogging and testing out tons of haircare products, I figured out that argan oil is my jam. As per usual, I started getting curious about why argan oil has become such a staple, when I can distinctly remember a time not too long ago when no one had ever heard of it. So before we talk about HSI Professional Argan Oil haircare, we’ll take a slight detour to Morocco where the oil originates.

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The argan oil that we use in hair and skincare today starts out as the fruit of the Argan tree in Morocco. The argan nut contains the kernels and it’s the kernels that contain the oil. The flesh of the nut is either dried before kernels are extracted, or peeled away from kernels to be used as animal feed. Then the oil gets extracted from the kernels. Since the process can’t be mechanized, this is still done by hand right now in 2016. The oil used in cosmetics comes from unroasted kernels. Argan oil is also used in Moroccan cooking, but that comes from roasted kernels, since roasting enhances the nutty flavors.

The reason that people love using argan oil is that it’s good for your whole body. You can use it as a facial cleanser, moisturizer, cuticle oil and hair conditioner. You can mix it with various ingredients to create DIY beauty products, like the argan oil and apple cider vinegar pre-shampoo treatment I love making. The oil contains vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acids, as well as antioxidants. 100% argan oil is the ingredient you’re looking for on labels.

HSI Professional uses argan oil in it’s Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner to enrich and beautify all hair textures. The Smoothing Shampoo ($17) is sulfate free and enriched with an alphabet full of vitamins (A, B, C and D) and will leave hair feeling squeaky clean. The rich formulas is meant to help you extend the life of your color and salon treatments. The Smoothing Conditioner  ($18) detangles on contact, re-hydrates freshly washed hair and leaves hair silkily softened. Products like these use argan oil as an ingredient to infuse hair with shine and resilience.

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If you use argan oil for natural hair, you may be interested in HSI’s  Argan Oil Smoothing Hair Mask ($25). A creamy deep conditioning treatment, it restores moisture and fights down the frizz. The argan oil in the formula is key to repairing damage done to hair from heat treatments and coloring. It also contains hydrolized keratin and collagen amino acids for resilience and shine.The mask is great on all hair textures, but thirsty curls are always in need of a good moisturizing mask.

Argan oil’s healing properties come into play when used in HSI’s Heath Protectant Spray and Leave-in Hair Treatment. If you’re regularly using heat styling tools, your hair will probably end up looking fried if you don’t take precautions. HSI’s Argan Oil Heat Protectant ($14.99) protects your hair (or extensions) up to 450 degrees. Spray it on before heat styling to keep hair moisturized and  smooth. The Argan Oil Leave-In Treatment ($34.00)  combines organic argan oil and essential nutrients to create a lightweight, non-greasy leave in conditioner that can work with or instead of the heat protectant.  The treatment is for all hair textures, and leaves hair with a healthy shine.

While there are tons of miracle ingredients on the market, argan oil proves over and over again that it’s the best ingredient for hydrating dry hair and repairing hair that’s been damaged by chemicals and heat styling. It’s great for people with curly, kinky or textured hair which is always in need of nurturing and moisture. You can regularly massage scalp with argan oil to grow hair.  And while the popularity of the product means using more of the oil, the Argan forest is Morocco was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1998, so the production of the oil employs local labor and is also a sustainable business.

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

*This was a post sponsored by HSI Professional

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Back to School For Guys: Agadir Launches New Personal Grooming Collection #personalgrooming #men

Good news, guys! And I literally mean…guys. Agadir Argan Oil, the company that brings us amazing Argan Oil infused haircare, has created a line of grooming products just for the gentleman. Just in time for the back to school season, when you’re high school and college age men need a a care package.

“We wanted to offer something just for the men, a complete head-to-toe grooming experience” say co- founders, Jack and Paul Anthony Bogosian. “Something that would have an exotic, yet sincere aroma to those wanting a touch of power and luxury. The enticing blend of Oud Wood, Argan Oil, Panthenol, and Biotin leads to a sophisticated and incredible product line. We wanted to make sure we had a variety of items to offer our new clientele.”

Do tell!

2016-09-23-16-54-09The one item you definitely want is this massive bottle of Agadir Men Hair & Body Wash ($24). Smelling intoxicatingly like Oud Woood (it really does smell amazing.  opened the cap and wanted to marry it),  which is formulated to energize and hydrate so skin and hair don’t dry out. Also, he won’t have to mess around with additional scent, another time saver. Definitely a win when you’re crunched for time and have to shower, dress, eat and get to class. It’s also a big, 17 ounce plastic bottle shaped like a flask, which is fun. Give him this and leave him alone until he asks for a refill. 2016-09-23-16-55-54Agadir for Men’s Firm Hold Styling Gel ($20) and Fiber Texturizer ($24) are all the product you need for work and date prep. The styling gel is a non-alchohol formula meant to be non-drying to hair and scalp, but strong enough to hold even the thinnest hair (or thickest) in place. The texturizer contains both sunflower seed and argan oil to moisturize as it holds. Great for bed head looks.

2016-09-23-16-57-12If you’re going to have a beard, keep it groomed and shiny! Agadir Men has a great Beard Oil ($30) with argan and grapeseed oil, and scented with oud wood. The oil soothes the skin around and under your beard as well.

Looking good, smelling good and feeling good!

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Beauty: in which we dig into the hair products more seriously #haircare

So after going to the beach a few weeks ago, I found myself feeling fine with my body but I was now dissatisfied with my hair. I’ve been seeing other women with big, fluffy heads of natural hair and it made me remember that while I’ve tested a slew of products, I didn’t really do much to actually make my hair grow. Sometimes I braid it, but as far as length is concerned I haven’t put any effort into it. Now I’m like… hmmm.

So this month I decided to start really putting in some work.

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Pura D’or sent over some reinforcements. 100% Argan Oil for rehydration and nourishment of skin and hair, and the amazing 100% Rosehip Seed Oil. The Rosehip Seed Oil is used as a pre-shampoo scalp therapy. You massage it into your scalp and let it sit for 2 to 5 minutes. I figured the massage can only help by stimulating my hair follicles, and the Rosehip Seed Oil kicks in to handle flakage. Massaging and combing is basically removing the excess dead skin on your head and the oil kicks in to moisturize the skin the hair grows out of. This can only be a good thing long-term. 20160630_124457.jpg

We already talked about the Scalp Therapy shampoo and Healing Conditioner, the next step in my haircare regimen. Once I’ve cleansed and conditioned, I part my hair and do two strand twists and bantu knots. That gives me a chance to use up the Phyto Specific Moisturizing Styling Cream.  It’s formulated especially for hair like mine, but with so many products coming in it’s been shoved to the back of the hair product bin. Once I get all of the hair twisted up I spritz it with the IT Hair Care. I’ve started using the Curl Keeper H2O Water Bottle, too.  I’ve been using it to mist my hair when I let the twists out. Mist, run a little Curl Keeper frizz control gel on and I’ve got a cute, curly afro. There is no way that this much work won’t pay off in the long run.

Or by December.

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I’ve been using my Pro Beauty Tools hairdryer on the regular now. I figured, again, it can only help. And it means water trapped in my textured hair won’t just randomly roll down my back at the grocery store. And it makes sets my twists so that I end up with a curly fro. It’s a visual difference, and emphasizes how much my hair has grown since January. It makes me feel one step closer to my goal, which has to keep me going until the end of the year.

See you in 5 months.

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian