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Bun Boredom Pick-Me-Ups

I’m so sick and tired of hats and scarves.  I’m really missing my wash and gos too.  So far, we’ve racked up 40+ inches of snow in Detroit this winter.   I know I may be pushing it a bit, but I’m so ready for spring. This ponytail and bunning routine is beyond boring, so the least I could do is find some hair accessories to change things up a little.  Check ’em out.


Check out these cool hair accessories created using vintage buttons by Talisman Studios.  The buttons are made out of materials such as metal, plastic, ivory, horn, mother of pearl, etc.  I enjoyed reading the history of each button as well.  These hair accessories are definitely unique and one of a kind.   My kind of shop!

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  • Ashanti Leaf Doublet, $16.99 – This vintage brass African trade bead was created by the Baoule tribe of the Ivory Coast.  Available as singlet or doublet.
  • Ashanti Sun, $12.99 – This vintage brass African trade bead was created by the Baoule tribe of the Ivory Coast.  Available as singlet or doublet.
  • Turquoise Illusion, $10.99 – These vintage buttons are a mid century composite plastic, likely from the early 1960’s. With a base of robin’s egg blue, they are flecked with colors of cream, sienna and matte gold.
  • Hollywood Rhinestones, $16.99 – Invoke an era of glamour with this vintage rhinestone button nestled in your tresses. Manufactured in the 1930’s, this ornament measures 1 1/4 inches in diameter.
  • Nouveau Rhinestones, $22.99 – Manufactured in the 1920’s, this dome-shaped button measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter with a height of 5/8 inch at the height of it’s dome. A smattering of tiny, faceted iridescent stones creates a stunning fantasy effect. Aged bronze patina metalwork.


This Etsy store has you covered for whatever hair accessory you desire.  Check out Virtuous Creations’ hats, hair bands, scrunchies, and loc jewelry.  I’m really feeling the Cheetah print fleece hair band/scarf set.  Looks perfect for this Michigan winter weather.

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  • a.  Multi-Colored Acrylic Hair Band, $12.99 – If you rock DREADLOCK, SISTERLOCKS, BRAIDS, or any other natural hairstyle this piece is so perfect for stylishly pulling your hair off of your neck or back into a beautiful upsweep.
  • b.  Unisex Expandable  Hair Band, $13.99 – This piece is very versatile.  Gather it and wear it as a small hairband/headband or expand it for a different look.
  • c.  Fleece Cheetah Print Set, $16.99 – This beautiful fleece ear warmer and scarf set is perfect for keeping your ears and neck nice and toasty while also adding some flair and enhancement to your outfit.
  • d.  Turqouise Blue/Lime Green Plaid Hair Band, $8.99 – This fleece earwarmer is perfect for keeping your ears nice and toasty while also adding some flair and enhancement to your outfit.
  • e.  Fleece Pumpkin/Rust Set, $16.99 – This beautiful fleece ear warmer and scarf set is perfect for keeping your ears and neck nice and toasty while also adding some flair and enhancement to your outfit.


France Luxe has a very impressive inventory of every hair accessory imaginable (barettes, hair sticks, headbands, ponytail holders, scrunchies).  Can’t figure out why they’re still using metal clamps on some of their ponytail holders though, but you’ll definitely find plenty must haves. 

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Product Review: Donna Marie Lock & Twist Pudding


PRODUCT:  Donna Marie Lock & Twist Pudding, 8 oz., $10.00.

APPLICATION:  I conditoner washed with Suave Tropical Coconut and squeezed out excess water.   I used the Lock & Twist Pudding as a styler to create a bun I could wear for 2-3 days.  I emulsified the Lock & Twist Pudding between my hands, then applied to my hair from edges to ends.  It easily laid down and smoothed my 4a, fine hair into a bun.  

RESULTS:  I don’t wear locks or twists (except fat twists at bedtime), so I used this product as a styler.  This had to be the fastest bun I’ve ever created.  The Lock & Twist Pudding smoothed my hair very nicely (even my edges) and it has a nice hold.  I didn’t have to use much product to get the job done either.

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VERDICT:  This had to be the quickest bun I’ve ever created, but I noticed the bun portion of my hair was more moisturized than the rest of my hair the next day.  Next time I’ll try using the Donna Marie Ultimate Slip Detangler or Cocoa Hemp Buttercream as a leave-in underneath.  Overall, this product works great as a styler for me.  Non-drying, non-flaking, and smoothes the hair very well.  My hair is really loving this product line.

Lightweight Snoods and Headbands for Kinky-Curly Hair

I’m on the Bohemian routine at the moment (shout out to Jazzi who originated this popular routine).  This routine is  giving my hair a much needed break after my protein overload catastrophe last month.  Wash-n-gos with either a leave-in or spritz are all I’m doing at the moment. 

Since it’s Spring, lightweight scarves, snoods, and fabric hairbands/headbands help in giving my hair a break.  Since I love handmade hair accessories, Etsy is always my first destination.  Check out the following Etsy shops for your handmade snood/rasta/dreadlock hats and headbands.  They’re perfect for Spring.  


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  • a.  Funky Hippie Dreadlock Headband Hair Wrap, $10.00.  It’s fashionable as well as functional.  Especially great for dreadheads who find that hats are too hot and ponytail holders put too much pressure on the scalp. Great for the upcoming warm weather of spring!
  • b.  Unique Funky Square-Patterned Hippie Headband (Clearance), $10.00.  The square design gives it a hip geometric look and is perfect either as an accent or as the main event! Especially great for those with dreadlocks.  Made from Caron Simply Soft 100% acrylic yarn. This product is 100% vegan!
  • c. Funky Dreadlock Hat with Brim (Clearance), $24.00.   Have a wild mane of dreadlocks? This hat is for you! It is made of hand dyed 100% cotton, which will rub against your dreads, helping them to knot up super tight! 


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  • a.  Really Red Ball Cap, $15.00.  Hand crocheted red ball cap, with plenty of room to wear your hair pulled up under the cap. The open pattern keeps you cool.
  • b.  Navy Blue Baseball Cap, $15.00.  Hand crocheted in navy, this is a great sporty hat.  Roomy enough to put your hair up, the open pattern will keep you cool.
  • c.  Blue and Navy Cloche Hat, $6.00.  Crocheted by me.   Fits most.  Machine wash and dry.

Kinky-Curly Hair Homemade Spritz Alternative

The weather is getting warmer and if you’re like me, a homemade spritz is a quick fix to hair that needs a little extra moisture in the middle of the day.  I finally found an alternative that is comparable to my homemade spritz that is offline, easy to find, and cheap.  Ion Leave-In-Conditioner (anti-frizz solutions) Daily No Rinse Treatment is the next best thing to my homemade spritz.  This double duty leave-in is currently on sale at Sally Beauty Supply ($3.99) and is also a great detangler.  The back of my hair is tangle city and just spritzing the area with this leave-in detangles instantly and easily. 

There is a cone in this product (amodimethicone) and a paraben at the bottom of the ingredient list (methylparaben), but overall, Ion Leave-Conditioner is a good product.  So far, I haven’t had any problems with buildup or itching.  Please note that this product does not define kinks and curls, but does soften and detangle, leaving hair fluffy and tangle free.  Cool product for a chunky fro, twistout, or to soften braids or locs. 

Other notable Ion product: Ion Reconstructor Treatment, $1.99, 1 oz. pkg.  Perfect for those monthly deep conditioning/strengthening treatments.


Online Hair Products for Locs

I’ve always been facinated with locs and loc maintenance.  I’ll never forget an elderly woman I encountered while out shopping.  She had to be about 65 to 70 years old with salt-n-pepper locs.  Her locs were pinned up in a beautiful updo and there seemed to be a certain “regality” about her.  I couldn’t stop staring at her and, of course, I had to tell her how beautiful I thought her locs were. 

I’m curious as to what loc hair products (online, homemade, etc.) are utilized, maintenance regimen, spiritual significance (if any), trials, and tribulations for each individual.  I would love to have locs one day, but I know I’m not ready yet.  I can’t stand having my hair braided or twisted for more than 3-4 days at a time.  I love the touch and feel of my loose hair.  I do see myself starting locs some time in the near future though. 

In the upcoming months, I will be posting more info regarding locs (starting locs, types of locs, maintenance, etc.).  I also encourage any of my blog readers with locs to share with us the type of locs you have and what product(s) are working for you.  Chic Afrique Herbals and Handcrafted Naani Naturals are two online product lines with products specifically for locs.

Chic Afrique Herbals

The Chic Afrique Herbal Line are 100% Natural.

    Odara Hair Oil, $9.99 for 4 oz. Odara Hair Oil contains essential oils of petitgrain, lavender, mandarin orange, grapefruit, which leaves a refreshing clean citrusy fragrance, that lasts all day.

   Odara Hair Butter, $9.99 for 4 oz.  Odara consists of Shea nut butter blended with Olive oil, Lemon, Mandarin orange, Cedar wood and liberal amounts of Lavender, Sage, Rosemary, Nettle and Chamomile, fragranced with a citrus blend of Petitgrain and Grapefruit.

     Odara Conditioning Hair Food, $15.00 for 6 oz.  Odara hair food contains water, jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, vegetable emulsifying wax, steric acid, Xantham gum and
essential oils of Rosmary.

  Odara Loc Butter, $9.99 for 4 oz. It contains Lanolin, Shea Butter, Candelia Wax, Sunflower Oil, infused with Coltsfoot, Horsetails, Nettle, Lavender herb, Rosemary, Sage, and Elders flowers. The essential oils of Petit Grain, Lemon, Rosemary Sage, and Patchouli are aslo added.

Handcrafted Naani Naturals

Naani Lock’d Down Dreadlock Butter, $16.15 for 8 oz., $8.00 for 4 oz. Ingredients:  Herb Infused Olive Oil, Jojoba, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Illipe Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Essential Oil and/or Fragrance Oil Blend. Available in 6 aromatherapy blends.

Naani Lock’d Down Dreadlock Butter II, $9.25 for 4 oz., $18.00 for 8 oz.  No beeswax formula.  Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Herb Infused Olive Oil, Shea butter, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, Illipe Butter, Vitamin E, Essential Oil and/or Fragrance Oil Blend.

Aromatherapy Moisturizing Twist & Lock Design Crème, 8oz, $15.99.  Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Herbal Growth Formula (Jojoba, Shea, Olive, & Grapeseed oils, Organic Herbs-Burdock Root, Comfrey Root, Nettle Root, Calendula Blossoms, Chamomile Flowers, Salvia Apiana Leaf & Black Walnut Hull), Cyclomethicone, Keratin Amino Acids, Carbomer, TEA, Methyl/Propyl Paraben, Essential & Fragrance oils.  Dreadlocks:  Use stand-alone or in conjunction with Lock’d Down Dreadlocks Butter.  I prefer to combine 1 part Butter to 1 part Design Creme for initial twisting.  The  combination helps moisturize and soften coarse hair for easier styling, while imparting hold. 


How could I possibly write about loc’d hair products without featuring handmade loc jewelry?  These exquisitely crafted creations belong to Zayunu by Design shop on Etsy, as well as her website at Zayunu By Design.  Add a little bit of “regality” to your locs with any of these. 


I had to share this.  It’s funny that after almost 6 years of wearing my hair natural, I still get those looks of pity, disgust, or disbelief from family, friends, and strangers.  I’m at the point in my journey where I feel I don’t have to explain my reasonings for “my natural hair choice”.  Hell, then again, I could display those same looks of pity, disgust, or disbelief for “some of their hair choices”  (LOL), but I won’t.  Just do you, okay, cause I’m good.

Which is worse? Product Junkyism or Ingredient Junkyism?

My hair maintenance routine is working very well, so why is it I’m itching to try something new?  Bored, most likely.  I recently wasted money at Sally’s Beauty Supply for Silk Elements Revive & Restore Oil Moisturizing Lotion, Silk Elements Repair Masque, and Root Organic Stimulator Carrot Oil.  It took all of three days for the protein in those products to make my hair go from happy and obedient to guilty of disorderly conduct.  I had to go full out Bohemian (thanks JazziJenni81/HappyCurls) in order to get things back to normal.  For those unfamiliar with the Bohemian Routine, it’s basically a wash and go with conditioner and no styling aids are used (gels, pomades, mousse, etc.), only homemade spritz, moisturizer, or a leave-in.  

To cure my boredom, I visited From Nature With Love, Oils By Nature, and Essential Wholesale who have alphabetical lists of oils, butters, herbs, their benefits and uses, etc.  I found three ingredients I’d like to experiment with.  These ingredients were in products I’ve used previously and had good results (Aubrey’s White Camellia Conditioner, Redken All Soft Cream, Herbal Essence Gel w/Hibiscus (discontinued)).  

Camelina Seed Oil (Camelina Sativa) – Camellina seed oil has a high level of tocopherols (vitamins and antioxidants) and is similar to vitamin E oil.  Use this oil to seal in moisture and protect ends. 

Products with camelina oil as an ingredient:  Redken All Soft Cream, Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Hair Oil (Fine) and Curl Junkie Guava Curl Cream.

Camellia oil – Camellia seed oil is a multipurpose oil which smoothes, moisturizes, and adds shine to hair.  Also is beneficial to skin and has anti-aging properties (fine lines, dryness, scars, etc.),

Products with camellia oil as an ingredient:  Aubrey’s White Camellia Oil, Aubrey’s White Camellia Ultra-Smoothing Conditioner, Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Hair oil (Dry/Damaged).

Hibiscus Flower (Jaswand) – A natural hair detangler which can be purchased in powder form, as an extract, or as dried flower petals.  Also nourishes the scalp and used often in ayurvedic hair products such as shampoos, conditioners, and gels.

Products with hibiscus flower:  John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor, Curl Junkie Hibiscus Bliss Moisturizing Shampoo, Roots 100% Natural Hibiscus Gel or Powder, Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar.

Other ingredients I’d like to try:  Meadowfoam seed oil, sweet almond butter, babassu butter, watermelon seed oil, and seabuckthorn berry oil.

See what I mean.  I’ll tell you which is worse; neither one.  You’ll be broke either way you go.  I’ve gone from product junkyism to ingredient junkyism.  My advice for those with a routine that is working; leave it alone.  Your pocketbook will thank ya (lol). 


Handmade Hats+Natural Hair=Your Own Distinctive Style

Natural hair and hats always seem to compliment one another.  You can make a statement without having to utter one single word.  This past winter, I was introduced to handmade hats and have been hopelessly hooked ever since.  Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for?  Have a hat custom ordered to the style and color you desire.  Check each artist’s Etsy shop for individual shop profiles and information regarding custom orders.  

The following Etsy fiber artists are highly skilled and have created some of the most beautiful head and neck accessories I’ve seen to date.  Mature Natural would rock every one of ’em in a heartbeat!  

KNOTTY LOOP CREATIONS   These glossy pics look like they’re straight out of a high-profile fashion magazine.  I’ve discovered that Knotty Loop Creations owns a unique twist on “the hat set”; the scarflette is just as classy as the hat itself.  Either one can be easily worn alone or together.  How about that for versatility and getting your money’s worth?  Classy + Chic = Classy Chic.

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  1. Valentine, $45.00 – Fiery Red Hat and Scarf set.  Scarf is 55 inches long and done in a spiraling fashion.  Can be draped or wrapped.  Hat is one size fits all.
  2. Robin Neckwarmer Set, $40.00 – Hat and neck warmer set provides perfect mix of sass with class.  Set is designed with style in a wonderful light blue and cream yarn.
  3. Winters Warmth, $45.00 – The cap and neckwarmer are done in a mink brown and grey combo. They are crocheted with in an acrylic/wool blend.
  4. Retro-Active, $48.00  – This set is designed with a retro feel in wonderful chocolate and aqua combo.  Hat is great for anyone wearing locks as it expands a bit to fit.
  5. Camouflage Cap, $30.00 – This cap is hand crocheted in a super soft medium worsted yarn.  This medium weight hat is easy care in 100% acrylic.
  6. Honey Cocoa Neckwarmer, $15.00 – This neckwarmer is crocheted in a wonder nylon/acrylic/wool blend.  Mink brown & honey gold with simple wood buttons.

BUTTA.FLY WEARS (aka b.flywears) – Located in Anchorage, Alaska, I believe this sista knows a thing or two about keeping warm.  Can’t help but drool over the colorful designs and texture of Butta.Fly Wears’ neckwarmers.  They look so warm and toasty.  Got medium-to-long locs or a fluffy halo of hair?  She has hats that are definitely and fashionably roomy enough for those of us with big and long hair.  Also check out Butta.Fly Wears blog at butta.flywears.  Textured + Hipness= Textured Hipness.

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  1. Mandara-Fuschia, $35.00 – Crocheted skullcap with a big, beautiful flower accent on the side. The flower is not detachable.  Made with 100% acrylic yarn.
  2. Gold & Camo Crown, $30.00 – Crochet dread crown made with gold & camouflage acrylic.  The crown will hold medium to long locks.
  3. The Mean Green Scarf, $32.00 – A mix of celery, grannysmith, dark khaki, and brown yarns (wool-mohair blend).  Guaranteed to keep you warm.
  4. Alaskan Sunset Neckwarmer, $38.00.  This neckwarmer is made with 100% wool yarns. It will definitely keep your neck & ears toasty on those cold winter days.
  5. Technicolor Dream Cycles Crown, $30.00 – Dread crown is made with 100% acrylic yarns.  This crown will hold medium to long locks.
  6. Camouflage Neckwarmer, $38.00 – This neckwarmer is made with 100% wool yarns.  It will definitely keep your neck & ears toasty on those cold winter days.

RAIMBOW TREE – Raimbow Tree’s intricately felted flower designs and wool headbands are amazing.  I’ve never seen fine art on a headband……until now.  It would be impossible to have a “bad hair day” while wearing one of these.  Raimbow Tree also used some of the most beautiful, colorful yarns I’ve ever seen, hand-dyed and handspun courtesty of  Knitty Dirty Girl Etsy ShopFunky + Elegance = Funky Elegance.

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  1. Multicolored Crocheted Natural Fiber Dreadlock Headband, $39.00 -Crocheted free-hand from a number of gorgeous handspun and hand-dyed wool yarns, organic cotton, recycled sari silk, and banana fiber yarns.
  2. White Lotus Flower Felted Wool Headband, $34.00 – Beautiful olive green band.  The Lotus flower has two layers of fluffy white petals from wool and mohair with a vintage button. Headband features two long felted ties you tie up or let dangle down your back.
  3. Ginger Red Roses Felted Wood Headband, $28.00 – Band crocheted from silky wool/ mohair yarn.  Band is a light brown color with a creamy-orange border.  The flowers have been needle felted on.  It secures around your head with two long felted ties.
  4. Special Edition Red Poppy Felted Headband with Sparkle, $33.00 – Red Poppy is felted wool and mohair.  The band crocheted from dyed wool yarn.  The colors are different shades of rich reds, warm pinks and subtle coppers.
  5. Spice Scarflette Crocheted from Handspun/Hand-dyed Yarn, $48.00 –  Shades of mustard, cinnamon, curry, chili, ginger, and cumin all intertwined in this chunky, thin weight yarn.  A big wooden vintage button and some decorative crochet stitching in shades of mustard.
  6. Ultrawarm & Cozy Felted Wool Headband with Elegant Red Poppy, $40.00 – This headband is excellent for a chilly fall or winter day.   Crocheted from 100% wool yarn.  Dark olive band with red felted wool poppy.