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Mixed Chicks Sues Sally Beauty Supply

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

I may be a little late with this news but I recently saw the below article on Essence.com and thought I would share it.  This particular situation is popular among Korean owned beauty supply stores. My article on black owned beauty supply stores revealed that Sally’s is Korean owned even though some said the chain store isn’t. Check out the issue Mixed Chicks is having.

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mixed-chicks-475.jpg This just in: one of the most beloved haircare lines for naturally curly women and kids, Mixed Chicks, just filed suit against Sally Beauty Supply. The reason? Mixed Chicks is claiming that the mega beauty chain's new hair line, Mixed Silk, is infringing on the their trademark. They’re also alleging that Sally Beauty Supply is using the Mixed Chicks logo on its website to direct consumers to their infringing products…

Mixed Chicks Co-Founder Kim Etheredge has this to say: “We’ve worked hard to build the reputation of the Mixed Chicks product as one of high quality. We want our clients to know that the Mixed Silk products have no connection with our products, and Mixed Chicks has not endorsed or authorized them.” We’re fans of both Mixed Chicks and Sally Beauty Supply, and hope that they reach an agreement soon!

I Want Thickness

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

As well as length but right now my thin hair needs to fluff up.

However as I age, my hair does too, and I am desperately trying to figure out a way to reverse the thinning process.

I have experimented with many tricks including trimming on a full moon and making potions to promote thicker hair. Now I am applying Shea Moisture’s Thickening Moisture Mist in hopes of achieveing one of my hair goals.

I used the product for the first time last weekend. I wonder how long it will take to provide any type of volume. I wonder if it does work will I have to always use it for maintenance. I wonder if it will only give the illusion that my hair is thick but in realty it is still thin.  I wonder if I can really change the texture of my hair. Well… based on personal experience with perms, changing the texture of the hair is very possible.

So, over all, I guess I will just have to wait and see.

Uncle Funky’s Daughter

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

I recently discovered a natural hair care product called Uncle Funky’s Daughter. I am new to the company and have not had the opportunity to sample any of their items. Are you guys familiar with this line? Have you used it? If so, what do you think?

Most of Uncle Funky’s Daughter’s products boost to be free of Sulfate, Parabens, Petroleum, Silicones and are PETA friendly. I like that. I am a member of PETA.

The husband and wife co-founders’ merchandise include a selection of nine pieces. Some of them are:

RICH  & FUNKY - A Moisturizing Cleanser

CURLY MAGIC – The Curl Stimulator

The Denman with Fragrance

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Speaking of the Denman…  Did you guys know about Denman hair brushes that come in various fragrances? Well I just found out. Check out the variety of flavors below.

Apple Green Scent

Coconut Scent with wooden handle

Coconut Scent with plastic handle

Wild Dewberry Scent

Lemon Sherbert Scent

Orange Tango Scent

Strawberry Shortcake Scent

To purchase a brush from its UK company click HERE.

Peanut Oil

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

While shopping for cooking oils I noticed a bottle of Peanut oil on the shelve with a variety of other seed and nut oils. I’ve seen Peanut oil before – plenty of times – but on this particular day I took a moment to stare at the bottle a little longer and skim the label.

I then remembered I have been searching for a vegan protein source to use on my hair. I thought avocado treatments provided protein but they don’t.  Avocado is an excellent hair conditioner so if you are applying the fruit to your tresses please continue to do so. Back in the day I used to wash my hair with raw eggs which is an outstanding source of protein. But I really wanted to find a vegan homemade recipe that offered some sort of protein and on that day, in the market, Peanut oil registered as a possibility.

Peanut oil is often used for medicinal and culinary purposes. It is applied as a message oil, it sooths arthritis pain, (I told my Mom to use the oil for her arthritis and she said it helped), assists in healing scalp psoriasis plus people like to fry Turkey in Peanut oil among other foods.

I am going to make a batch of hair cream and shampoo featuring Peanut oil and post the recipes for you guys to check out. I am really excited to add this oil to my beauty regiment. I hope I found the key ingredient to help my hair grow ten inches by the end of the year.

Vitamins and Supplements

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

For a little over a month I have not taken my vitamins. I ran out of some but that is no excuse. Because I want to grow my hair, gain more energy, be healthy and look great, I decided to put together a brand new regiment.

I am experimenting on myself which means I am no expert. Combined with information from a doctor, stuff I read online and videos I watched on YouTube, I organized a daily routine that I think will work for me.

Daily, with a meal, I take one tablet each of the following vitamins and supplements:

  • Vitamin E 200 IU
  • Vitamin D 1000 IU
  • Super B-Complex
  • MSM
  • Folic Acid 800 mcg
  • Prenatal

About the Vitamins and Supplements:

Vitamin E – I have always liked this vitamin. It is good for the hair, skin and nails. It also possess antioxidants, slows down the process of aging, protects lungs, dissolves blood clots and helps with fertility.

Vitamin D – My bone density test results were low, and because I live in NYC and not sunny California anymore, I decided to take vitamin D  daily.  This vitamin is great for preventing many illnesses due to bone loss, it builds calcium and bone vitality that ultimately leads to healthy hair.

Super B-Complex – The Super B improves the fullness of hair, promotes scalp circulation, prevents premature graying (I’m too late) and hair loss and stimulates hair growth. How wonderful is that?

MSM  (MethylSulfonylMethane) – Everyone says MSM is beneficial to hair growth and strength due to its role in synthesizing components such as collagen and keratin. So I decided to try it.

Also, if you are just injured, the December issue of Woman’s World magazine says, “Taking 2 g. to 4 g. of this healing sulfur compound blocks pain signals, boosts blood flow to recently injured tissues and shuts down muscle spasms, cutting the pain of fresh injury 82% within six weeks. And for almost seven to ten women, it banishes pain entirely within three months.”  

Folic Acid – Who knew (well I didn’t) that this supplement promotes hair growth by renewing the cells that grow hair? Folic Acid is also helpful in conceiving twins.

Prenatal- Research says this supplement doesn’t really promote hair growth but the girls on YouTube says it does.

My doses are low and for now that is just fine. After three months I will evaluate everything, including my blood work, and take it from there.

Naturally Me

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

I am a vegan. I made a commitment to make this lifestyle change 10 years ago and it has not been easy but I have managed to keep the promise I made to myself despite not always being able to find something to eat in certain restaurants, being criticized by family and friends, not finding appropriate products and make-up to use and so on.

Actually, my search never ends. It is hard to live this lifestyle so when I find something I can use I get really excited. I am now hyped about a new line of merchandise called Naturally Me that is an all natural, vegan certified line of products for the hair, body, home and pets.

I received a sample of shampoo and leave-in conditioner to test. Also included in the sample pack was a multi-purpose body butter called “Smile” and a lip balm in “Mint Sweet-Orange” that won’t be available until 2011. I was told I am the first to test it. La-ti-da.

I’ll give everything a try and tell you my thoughts soon. But in the meantime check out the website at www.naturallyme.us.

Biotin – Does It Do The Body Good?

Friday, June 18th, 2010

I decided to stop taking Biotin supplements. I started taking them because EVERYONE said they promote hair growth – and they do - but there are also possible side effects that I just don’t want to risk experiencing.

Biotin is good for the hair, nails, skin, healthy sweat glands, nerve tissue and bone marrow. Biotin also helps with the transfer of carbon dioxide. In addition, Biotin is helpful in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. I took interest in this part of it.

Side effects are rare but they can happen and may result in dry scaly skin, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, depression, tongue inflammation, high cholesterol and reproductive toxicity – not good.

I was taking 7500 micrograms (mcg) daily which is WAAAY TOO MUCH. As an adult, 300 mcg (0.3mg) is recommended. I’ve been on Biotin for a little over a month so I think I’ll be okay if I stop now. You know - I did notice that my nails have improved. They look absolutely gorgeous.

So for a hair supplement, I am going to start to take Organic Hair and Nail Vitamins by Herbal Choice Mari. Ya’ll know I am in love with this brand. There is a wee bit of Biotin in it, 15 mcg per pill, which is much less then the adult recommended dose.

I’ll keep everyone posted on the outcome. Wish me luck. TO PURCHASE CLICK HERE.