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at last: the dry Bantu Knot-Out post.

hi all!

don’t get too excited; i’m still in the midst of my hiatus as i adjust to some stuff going on in my off-line life.  nothing bad at all; just different and time consuming.  so before we return to our regularly scheduled program, any posts that appear here will likely have to do with hair, since i still have like 5257485495 product reviews to do that i havent done yet, and since i still have to put up directions for the dry Bantu knot-out people have been asking me about.  i’ll be doing a video too, but for now, i just want to get up a (not so) quick written tutorial since i’ve been promising for so long.

so let’s get going! (c) Brian Fellow

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natural hair product review: JustNatural Organic Care

as you may or may not know, i am BEYOND product obsessed.. i waste spend sooo much time on youtube and google, just nosing around in what other naturals are putting in their hair, looking for products i’ve never heard of before.  i just want to try EVERYTHING, and if i cant try it, i want to be able to find somebody who has tried it and see how they liked it or loved it or hated it.

i’ve decided to make my obsession work for all the other obsessed out there and put some reviews of my own out there in the Internets.  my biggest problem right now, though, is that i can’t stop trying new stuff BEFORE i write reviews on stuff that i’ve already tried.  it’s like putting Bruhman from Martin in a room full of sammiches and telling him not to touch any of them.  you can’t do that!!  so i’ve put myself on punishment–no new stuff til i dish on the recently tried stuff.  first up:  JustNatural Organic Care products!

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NOT happy to be nappy.

 

this guy definitely doesn't look happy to be nappy.

GD of PostBourgie slid this to me in my gchat today and i knew it would be great blog fodder.  this is a young woman who is not at all pleased with the natural hair experience.

some quick thoughts:

-i think there’s a conversation to be had here about the way that natural hair product lines (particularly high priced ones) market their products.  how often do you see (this is an actual question im posing to you all) natural hair product lines featuring models with nappy/kinky/afro’d hair?  go look around the kinky-curly website real quick.  don’t worry, i’ll wait.  actually, i’ll save you some time; they all look like this:

actual pic from actual site

same is true for miss jessie’s, carol’s daughter, and we dont even have to mention mixed chicks, lol.  it seems that the message sent is that natural hair is only beautiful when it’s curly and bouncy.  are companies like these profiting from an idealistic standard of beauty that many can’t achieve, due to dna?  maybe this young lady just thought that using the products she used would make her look like the shiny curly heads in their ads?

-i’m certain that lots of people are going to label this woman self-hating.  is that a fair assessment?  everything just ain’t for everybody, right?  and it’s just hair, right?

i’m very curious and excited to hear what you all think.  let me go put my wet & wavy on a hanger & pull on up to the table.

(sad afro guy via)

being natural in kentucky

natural hair MEETUPS in ky?! NO WAY!

i’ve been meaning to write this entry since a few months after i moved back to kentucky from philly, but i guess it’s better that i didn’t do it so soon.  after being natural for two years and spending one of those years in louisville, ky, i’ve had a lot more time to really examine the experience.

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Brandy’s Hairline Sees Pictures of Naomi’s Edges, Stages Intervention

Pictured: Brandy and Rita in slightly happier times.

LOS ANGELES, CA–Sources inside singer Brandy Norwood’s camp are reporting that her hairline held an emergency intervention after seeing pictures of what remains of supermodel Naomi Campbell’s edges floating around the internet earlier today.

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i’m all for suing people and everything.

but come on, lady.  you know you in the wrong right here.

Woman Says JC Penny Refused Service Because She is Black

LOS ANGELES — A woman is suing a local beauty salon for what she claims is a blatant act of discrimination.

Brenda McElmore says she went to a JC Penny’s hair salon in Downey two months ago to get her hair dyed and was refused service.

“We don’t do African-American hair.” McElmore said she was told by a receptionist and a manager.  McElmore says she was then told to go elsewhere to get her hair done.

McElmore says she faced similar indignities when she was growing up.

“When we were going through town, going through Texas, we would have to ask, “Where is the Black part of town?” “I lived those things,” she added.

In a letter sent to McElmore by JC Penny, the company apologized for her experience, but said that the hairdressers at the salon did not have the proficiencies to perform the services she required, and that they would rather not attempt to do her hair if they cannot perform the service as required.

However, a witness for the plaintiff, who is being represented by Gloria Allred, said that licensed cosmetologists are trained to do hair of customers of every race.

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would you trust your fingerwaves, french rolls, & waterfall curls to this lady?

would you trust your fingerwaves, french rolls, & waterfall curls to this lady?

okay.  i mean i guess technically, she’s right.  they did refuse her service because of her ethnicity.  TECHNICALLY.  but they didnt turn her away b/c she’s black, they did it b/c they dont know how to do her hair.  what they shld have done was tell her flat out ‘we dont know how to do black folk’s hair, but if you want to let us try anyway, we will, but don’t bite our heads off if it comes out shitty/bald/etc.’ 

but come on now.  i dont buy for 2 seconds that line abt all hairdressers being trained to do all hair types.  or okay, i can buy that it’s part of their training.  but if after that training is over, you work in predominantly white or black salons, how sharp are your hair skills gon be on heads of different textures?  i can tell you off top, i am not takin my naps to somebody who hasnt had them at some point in his/her life.  i dunno if she’s had that wig plastered to her head for so long that she thinks it’s her natural texture or what, but really.  she shld know better.

plus she’s in freaking LA.  why she tryna get her hair done at JC Penny anyway?? aint no black hair spots in LA???

back from vacation! :: nexxus extreme moisture review

ni hao, suckerpunks!

sorry for the huge dry spell, but i was in my glorious birthstate for 11 days and i just got back recently. 

home was great!  i got to see my brand spankin new waaaay more adorable than you nephew!  he’s pretty much the best baby ever.  like seriously.  think of your favorite baby.  your own, if you have any.  gather up a good estimate of that baby’s cuteness, adorableness, and awesomeness.  got it?  k.  now roll it all up together and knead it around a bit.  grab a rolling pin, dust it with some flower, & roll it out, not too thin.  throw it in the oven for a bit, about an hour at 350 degrees.  when it’s golden brown & delicious looking, take it out, and then THROW IT ON THE GROUND AND STEP ON IT!!!!!!  that is your baby’s deliciousness compared to my little morsel of perfection.  id post a picture but with all the stalkers he’s gonna have once he grows teeth and becomes President of the Whole Fracking World, he needs this precious time to rest.  and grow teeth. 

so anyway, home was awesome.  i love Kentucky.  i’ll post more abt that later, and maybe some pictures if I can drum some up.

in the mean and inbetween, ive decided to start doing product reviews here.  this blog isnt about me, of course, but yo.  i have a problem.  i officially divorced myself from the white man’s creamy crack back in june (or july?) & since then i’ve been going absolutely nuts trying out every single hair product i read about trying to find out what works well for my hair.  i dont know what to do with this shit!  its naturally curly (which i didnt know until i was like 20 years old), and after 14 years of perming & dealing with straight (and luxurious and silky and delicious.. my shit was LAID lemme tell you!!!!!) hair, i am *so lost*.  so ive developed a new addiction, one so severe that my heroin habit is jealous of it.  i can’t stop buying hair shit.  i cant.  i just cant.  i dropped $50 yesterday at curlmart.com, and before that i had to fight myself not to go crazy in the hairstore downstairs.  yeah, did i mention that there is a hairstore IN THE DAMN BUILDING I WORK IN??!  i think this is what jesus felt like when loosifuh took him to the mountaintop.  except jesus was waaay better at saying ‘no.’ 

I WILL SLAP YOU!!

Satan: 'Jesus, come on, yo! Afrobella says that new Motions Marula hair balm is the bomb!' Jesus: 'I WILL SLAP YOU!!'

anyway.  i at least try to research products very well before i buy them, but sometimes i cant find many reviews on something ive seen, if any at all.  so, in the name of more product reviews for product slutbags like myself, im gonna start reviewing the goo gobs of stuff i have here.  it’ll also help me remember which things i’ve liked and which i’ve hated in case i forget one day.  cause i prolly will.

so.  first up:  Nexxus Phyto-Organics Extreme Moisture Theratin Shampoo & Humectin Conditioner.

while at home i was the mall, and while cuttin through JC Penny i passed a bunch of displays of hair stuff near their salon and of COURSE i broke my neck to see what it was, *especially* cause they were havin a buy one get one free sale on all of it (i’ll buy ANYTHING if its BOGO.  what’s that?  buy a dress made of halibut and penicillin?  well, i hate fish & im allergic to penicillin, but IF I GET ONE FREE….!!).  the small bottles of the nexxus extreme moisture stuff were 13.50, so i was like okay, i’ll get a shampoo & get the conditioner free on my way out.. that way if i dont like it, i wont have TOO much to have to get rid of.  i have the thirstiest hair on the planet, so the words ‘extreme moisture’ are like porn to me.  i was excited.  excited in a way i don’t care to discuss during daylight hours.

so i go through the mall, come back, and THE SALE IS OVER!  it was some doorbuster back-to-school shit, so it ended at 3 pm.  i was PISSED!  wasn’t no way i was gonna peel 26 bucks for two little bitty bottles of shampoo & conditioner that may not even work!  luckily tho the lady told me that they then had a two-fer sale:  two bottles, 1 liter each, of the shampoo AND conditioner for 20 bucks total.  i reasoned in my head that if it *does* work i will have gotten the Stoney Jackson of deals (note:  i like Stoney Jackson, so that’s a good thing.  call me, boo!), and if it doesnt work, i can prolly sell it on ebay or somethin.  the 1 liter bottles retailed at 30 a piece there, if i remember correctly (they’re for sale for 21 on the nexxus website now though).

i have to say that i didnt get the Stoney Jackson of deals… i got the MORRIS DAY of deals!!! (note:  i like Morris Day WAAAY more than Stoney Jackson, so this is VERY GOOD!  CALL ME BOO!!)!  i *love* them.  i was wary though, because both the shampoo and conditioner have mineral oil, and the ppl at nappturality were successful at making me terrified of mineral oil.  i really thought about it though, and im alright with it as long as the mineral oily product is put in my hair when wet, b/c the way i see it, and mind you this is just my theory, the problem with mineral oil is that it seals your hair, keeping moisture out of it.  but if it’s put in while wet, it’s also sealing moisture into it, right?  mineral oil hasn’t hurt my hair yet, so im good with it.  i just don’t use anything with mineral oil in it while its dry. 

so, if you’re not afraid of mineral oil, i definitely recommend these products.  the moisture is ridiculous.  and i finally discovered what ‘slip’ means.. i combed out my hair completely and without incident for the first time since ive stopped putting heat on my hair (which has only been abt a month).  and that is HUGE because normally, i can’t get comb nor finger through this stuff.  when i was in the country, a bug got caught in it and of course i automatically assume that it’ll never get out and proceeded to have the largest conniption of my entire life.  it’s a thicket up there.

one thing ive never really understood is the 4a, 3c, 24q hair type stuff.  truth is i’m still not sure.  like it kinda has some properties of 3-somethin, but 4-somethin as well.  i dunno.  i’ll post pics when i can think to, but its really thick.. not exactly coarse, but very *very* thirsty.. & the curls are really coily and springy (the shrinkage in the middle of my head is totally retarded.. around the edges, they stretch a little more, either due to straightening or just differing texture, im not sure yet).  & there are a few tiny pieces of perm that didnt get cut out for whatever reason.  i dont know if that will help anybody at all.  lol

anyway, these really lived up to the ‘extreme moisture’ lable they were given.. to give some contrast, i once tried some pantene bullshit for people with curly hair and HATED it.. after the first lather, i couldn’t feel a single curl in my hair.. the definition was just completely stripped and i had to put so much product in my hair to get it back again.  after that, i deemed herbal essences ‘hello hydration’ shampoo a godsend after i could still feel the curls in my head while washing.  but the nexxus shampoo was 10 times more moisturizing than that was.. i swear my hair felt even curlier and softer *instantly*.. and u know how shampoos with sulfates usually make your hair (or at least my hair) feel at least a little coarser as you lather?  i didnt get that feeling with this at all.. it felt like a really great co-wash that just happened to lather.  i could get a finger through it after the first rinse.  SHOCKING.  and the conditioner of course is just all that times 20.  and it smells nice, too!

this stuff was actually so moisturizing that i was worried that my curls would be dull and lifeless and just loaded down with whatever magic is in those bottles once it dried, but nope!  once i put my product in it, it does what it normally does (which isnt anything impressive in my estimation, but im still tryin to figure out exactly what to do with this stuff so that’s on me).  last night i pre-pood with olive oil for an hour after not washing or co-washing my hair for about 4 days, so there was a good bit of build-up.  i thought that surely id end up having to wash with shampoo in the morning, b/c without a strong cleanser in it, i saw no way that the conditioner would leave any life in it.  wrong again!  after using a fantasia leave-in, carol’s daughter hair milk, and fantasia IC gel with sparkle lites (wtf is a sparkle lite?!), the curls are more defined than they’ve been in quite awhile.  & there’s less frizz than ever.  that’s usually my biggest problem, but this morning i spritzed with water, shook my head & went on about my business, and now that its (nearly) dry, there’s little to no frizz.  amazering!

i’m trying to remember if there’s a cone in either of them, but i cant recall.. i dont think there is though.  i’ll post ingredients when i can think to.  i think its just the mineral oil that i forsee giving pause to any naturals who don’t want to use it in their hair.  i have zero problem with it though.

so in conclusion, i give the nexxus extreme moisture theratin shampoo & humectin conditioner 3.5 donkins on a 4 donkin scale; i docked half a donkin b/c of the mineral oil.  which again, i dont mind, but due to my conditioning after reading of its horrors, my soul would feel completely free to rejoice were it not in there.

 

remember the donkin, btw? i hereby dub him the official BmcP mascot!

yay donkin!  yay nexxus!!

*note – Stoney Jackson appears courtesy of mesdeuxcents.blogspot.com and an immense lack of anywhere better to be.