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PRODUCT:  Cheris Hibiscus Moisturizing Shampoo Bar (Remedy Line), 4 oz.,  sale $3.50.

COMPANYBobeam Natural Hair Products by Laquita

APPLICATION:  My shampoo bar arrived quickly after ordering.  The owner, Laquita, also sent me a pretty yellow flower hair accessory (see pic above), as well as a sample of one of her hair teas (chamomile and calendula).  Thanks Laquita!!!  For those who do frequent summertime wash and gos, don’t sleep on the hair teas.   It’s  a great hair rinse and/or refresher.  I made the hair tea per the included instructions.  Once cooled, I added the tea to a spray bottle along with a tablespoon of almond oil.  I keep it refrigerated and it’s the perfect hair and scalp refresher for this hot, humid weather we’ve been experiencing lately.  My hair loves it!

RESULTS:  The Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus Moisturizing Shampoo Bar leaves my hair moisturized, shiny, and clean without feeling stripped or dried out.  The perfect shampoo bar for all hair types with yummy ingredients (cocoa butter, shea, honey, hibiscus powder, etc.) essential to healthy scalp and hair.


VERDICT:  My hair has been behaving so well, I definitely don’t want to be without this shampoo bar.  My hair is definitely more shiny and moisturized.  Please check out her Etsy store which carries shampoo bars to take care of all of your hair care needs (including locs), hair teas, hair accessories, etc.

Check out Laquita’s blog, Allnaptural Blogspot.  This very informative and busy lady also writes for Clutch Magazine and can be heard on Napturalite Radio.


Hair Routine Update


It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but wanted to give a little update on my routine.  My hair has endured health issues and unintentional neglect this past year and, surprisingly, continues to thrive.  I have established an even simpler routine that works.  My hair is 10-12 inches stretched, major shrinkage.


  1. Shampoo every 2 weeks.
  2. Deep condition weekly.
  3. Henna gloss monthly.
  4. Co-wash twice a week and apply shea + almond oil mix.  Depending on style, may use homemade flaxseed gel for styles requiring hold.


  1. SHAMPOO:  Healing Herbs by Rene Herbal Black Soap Shampoo & Body Wash, (4 oz, $5.95) or bentonite clay.  For the wash and go girls in the warmer climates, use this shampoo with the Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner, 4 oz. $6.95, for the most amazing wash and go ever.  ***Healing Herbs by Rene also has new products; Peppermint Ginger Lime Shampoo, Roots of Aloe Coconut Hair Polish, and Herbal Soaps
  2. CONDITIONER:  Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner, 25 oz., $5.99.
  3. STYLERS:  Homemade Flaxseed gel, Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel  (32 oz., $5.92), or shea butter + almond oil mix.
  4. DEEP CONDITIONER:  Lustrasilk Shea & Mango Cholesterol (20 oz., $2.79), henna + amla for monthly henna gloss.  Note:  Full henna gives me tangly hair and it turns my gray hair a yucky orange color.  I do the henna gloss for conditioning results only.  
  5. OILS:  Mustard, olive oil, and almond oils.  Please don’t sleep on mustard oil.  Replaced castor oil with mustard oil for the cold weather and my scalp and hair are loving it.  Purchased mustard, almond, and olive oil at an Indian food market.  Prices definitely cheaper. 

Links for products I’ve tried and would purchase again.  

  • Pure Shea Chai-Hemp Shampoo Bar, 3.5 oz, $3.00.  I bought this at a local downtown market (Eastern Market).  This shampoo bar smells so good.  Scalp feels clean and moisturized, hair soft, fluffy, not stripped.
  • Shea Essentials Hair Butter, (dry scalp and hair formula), 4 oz. $6.75.  Truly a multipurpose product and perfect for cold weather.  I use this for scalp massages, hot oil treatment, pomade, and sealant.  Ayieta (owner) also has a new Protein Rich Natural Hair Milk (6 oz., $8.00) with the ingredients we like to see in hair products.  I also purchase my shea butter, (8 oz., $6.00, free shipping)  from Shea Essentials.  This shea butter + almond oil is used for my hair and skin.
  • Oils:  Mustard, almond, and olive oils.  Don’t sleep on the mustard oil, though.  Mustard oil is rich in beta carotene, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 acids.  I purchased this at an Indian market, 8 oz., $3.99.  No itchy scalp or dry hair since using this oil.  I’ve even noticed a little hair thickening which is an added benefit.

I’ve been gone for a minute and can’t believe the new products, companies, and distributors we have for natural hair.  It’s definitely a good thing and the right time for them. Yay for us!!!


I love drinking green tea, as well as using it in my hair regimen.  One of my  favorite green teas is Yogi Super Antioxidant Green Tea, which has quite a few hair and scalp friendly herbs in it (lemongrass, green tea leaf, licorice root, jasmine green tea leaf, alfalfa leaf, burdock root, dandelion root, grapeseed extract, irish moss powder, amla fruit extract).   

I use green tea as a rinse or as a spritz.  The following recipes are really simple.

  1. Rinse:  I use green tea as a rinse after co-washes and shampooing.  Boil 2 green tea bags with 2 cups of water, and let cool.  Pour green tea through hair.  Leave in or rinse out after 20-30 minutes.
  2. Spritz:  Boil 1 tea bag in a cup of water.  Add about 2 oz. or 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel, let cool.  Transfer to spritz bottle, refrigerate after using.  If you want your spritz thinner, add more water.  Thicker? Add more aloe vera gel.  This usually lasts about a week and is a great refresher and moisturizer throughout the day.  Again, keep spritz refrigerated.

Yogi Super Antioxidant Green Tea can be found at Target or Whole Foods, and is available at most health food or vitamin stores.

Heads Up: Jason’s New Curl Defining Hair Care System

Just a heads up for new hair care products by Jason, including one for curls.   


New Curl Defining Hair Care System

Lavender & Rosemary Curl Defining Shampoo, 8.5 oz., $5.26 @ Vitacost.

Ingredients:   Aqua (purified water), sodium myreth sulfate, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, polyquaternium-7, cocamide MEA, panthenol (vit. B5), ricinoleamidopropyl ethyldimonium ethosulfate, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, salvia sclarea (sage) oil, hydrolyzed wheat gluten, cyclomethicone, dimethiconol, glycol stearate, potassium hydroxide, sodium benzoate, phenoxyethanol, sorbic acid, fragrance oil blend.

Lavender & Rosemary Curl Defining Conditioner, 6.7 oz., $5.26 @ Vitacost.

Ingredients:  Aqua (Purified Water), Isopropyl Myristate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Cetrimonium Chloride, Panthenol (Vit.B5), Wheat Amino Acids, Chamomilla Reecutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Sage) Oil, Glycolic Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Benzoic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance Oil Blend.

Lavender & Rosemary Curl Defining Creme, 5 oz., $5.86 @

Ingredients:  Aqua (purified water), Emulsifying wax, Behentrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Glycereth-2, Cocoate, Lavandula interdia leaf/flower/stem extact*, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare(wheat) germ oil, wheat amino acid, vegetablet glycerin, cerearyl alcohol, Citric acid, Hydroxypropyl guar, Phenoxyethanol, benzoate, Frangrance oil bend. *Certified Organic.

Personally, I haven’t tried any of the products yet, but the product reviews for this line are favorable on website.  You can also check out their other natural salon hair care lines here.

Product Review: Healing Herbs by Rene Black Soap Shampoo and Herbal Conditioner


PRODUCTS:  Purchased sample sizes of Black Soap Shampoo/Conditioner in 1 (2 oz., $2.50) and Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner (2 oz., $3.50).  Shipping was free.

COMPANYHealing Herbs Natural Care by Rene.  The following product descriptions directly from website:  Black Soap Shampoo/Conditioner in 1:  100% natural made fresh with black soap, herb tea, pure essential oils, no harsh chemicals.  Black soap, herb tea, essential oils.  Provides hair softness, skin softness, detangles, cleans, fresh feeling.  Sizes 4oz 5.95, 8oz $9.95, 16oz $14.95, 32oz $25.95. 

Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner:  This conditioner is natural & organic extra moisturizing herbal base conditioner.  Made to leave your hair extra soft & moisturized, healing and repairing hair with a delicious scent with a blend of lavender, herbs tea, orange, olive oil, avocado oil, wheatgerm, coconut oil, natural base conditioner.  Sizes 4oz $6.95, 8oz $13.95, 16oz $24.95.

I love multipurpose products.  The black soap shampoo/conditioner in 1 can also be used as a face and body wash.   Although I was able to get four uses out of each bottle, keep in mind my hair is fine.  Someone with a thicker texture may require more product. 

APPLICATION:   In the shower, I wet my hair.  The consistency of the shampoo is thin and I spilled a bit because it ran through my fingers.   I found it easier to apply to my scalp with the applicator tip of the bottle.  I  applied the shampoo to my scalp  first.  After massaging it in, I then proceeded to squeeze the lather from the shampoo into my hair to the ends and rinsed.




RESULTS:   After rinsing out shampoo, I actually didn’t need conditioner.  My hair felt smooth, was tangle free, and soft.  I then applied the Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner and left it in as I finished my shower, then rinsed.  The Black Soap Shampoo and Extra Moisturizing Herbal Conditioner combo literally gave me the perfect “wash and go” hair.  I didn’t have to do anything else.  My hair was so light and soft.  I noticed big volume with this, which is a plus for anyone with fine hair.  No fluffing required.  No leave-in required.   My hair dried super fast too.

VERDICT:   These products are keepers.  I will definitely be ordering both in full sizes.   I definitely have my eye on her Irie Herbal Hair gel.  Check out the Healing Herbs by Rene  web store.  She also sells other natural hair and body products such as shea butter, massage oils and lotions, herbal pillows, etc.  Mother’s Day is coming and her gift baskets will definitely be on my list.

Winter Hair Trim

I have no clue what the length of my hair is, but it is growing. I did a light press for a much needed trim.  I prefer pressing over a flat ironing because it straightens my ends.  My ends looked good, but I took off about an inch anyway.  I do at least two trims a year (winter, summer), but I think it’s time for a professional cut and shaping.  I use Motions Heat Seeker Protectant Spray and Beija-Flor Licorice Root Elixir for scalp and hair after pressing.  This oil made my hair silky smooth and is perfect for ends protection.  

This is my hair the next morning.  Reversion is quick for me which is why I don’t bother straightening.  Add the nightly hot flashes to the mix and the so called light press is over.  I’ll just braid the rest of the week, then wash on Sunday, if I can wait that long.  What I get is equivalent to a stretched braid out.

Add Hats, Headbands, Scarves to Winter Protective Styling Regimen

Baby, it’s getting cold outside and it’s time for a little extra protection for those protective styles.  For me, there is no such thing as a bad hair day in the winter.  I have too many hats for that.  Fly, stylish winter headgear/accessories can be found everywhere.   I love, love, love hats, especially rasta, slouchy hats because they’re roomy enough to cover all of my hair.   For one-of-a-kind, unique, handcrafted to your specification type of headgear/accessories, go to  In my search, I stumbled across the Uber Headband from Angel’s Purple Pantry.   The Uber Headband had me excited and drooling for more.   A visit to Angel’s Purple Pantry revealed awesome winter headgear/accessories such as hats, scarves, scarflettes, etc.  Some items wre unisex as well.   These accessories would make perfect Christmas gifts, especially for a kinky curly girl.    

Here are a few of my favorites:


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  1. Uber Headband (Wasabi)/Ear warmer w/detachable flower, $15.00.
  2. Uber Headband (Real Teal)/Ear warmer w/detachable flower, $15.00.
  3. Uber Headband (Heather Grey) w/detachable flower, $15.00.
  4. Handcrafted Cabled Ear Warmer (Oatmeal), $15.00.
  5. Uber Slouchy Beanie/Tam (Wasabi) w/Free UBER Headband w/detachable flower, $25.00.
  6. Uber Slouchy Beanie/Tam (Soft Heather) w/Free UBER Headband w/detachable flower, $25.00.
  7. Handcrafted Waffle Stitch Cloche/Bucket Hat (Cafe) w/detachable flower, $18.00
  8. Handcrafted Newsboy Hat (Light Plum), $16.75.
  9. Handcrafted Unisex Chunky Ribbed Scarf (Shaded Greys), $18.00.
  10. Versatile Uber Band/Scarflette/Cowl/Ear Warmer/Headband (Expresso Bean) w/Free Headband w/detachable flower, $25.00.

**Current promotion is buy any Uber Slouchy Tam/Beanie, Uber Versatile Band, or Uber Scarf, get a FREE Uber Headband w/Detachable Flower!!  Keep for yourself, or great for gift giving ($15 Value!).  

Turnaround Time is 5-7 Business Days for items to be mailed due to the holidays.  If you need your items sooner than the timeframe, please let seller know at checkout in the “Message to Seller” box.

Cowls or loop scarves are also popular right now, but you can also use a large scarf  (tie ends together) or a wrap to cover head and neck.  These were found at J.C.

My favorite hit-em-up winter headgear/accessories store at the moment is Burlington Coat Factory.  Their inventory is ridiculous as well as affordable.  Since winter headgear/accessories are also popular Christmas gifts, most big chain  stores (Sears, Kohl’s, Target, etc.) also have a large inventory.   Get extra protection for those kinks and coils.  Add hats, headbands and scarves to your winter protective styling regimen.