Well this one goes out to my cousins, one trying to adjust to the natural state of their hair and the other all natural and loving it! The “Co-Wash” has been the best thing for me in the summer. Thanks to my cousin and her posting crazy comments from her e-mails it made me do a bit of research! I came across this article about co-washing and said “ummmm, I’m going to try that” and I did after I asked the other cousin how did she do it.
Try it for yourself and let me know if you love it or hate it!
* First, find a conditioner that works for your hair type.
* Get to know your ingredients. The long, hard-to-pronounce ingredients on the label can be overwhelming. But with familiarity, you can learn to spot which ingredients you want to keep and which you want to avoid. Ingredients like propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol and panthenol are common. Search online for ingredients lists. One such list can be found at http://sci-toys.com/ingredients/ingredients.html.
* Recommended: Purchase an extended shower head/hose. Handheld shower heads with variable sprays offer the best control for rinsing the hair and are often well worth the investment.
* Rinse the hair with warm water. Avoid water that is too hot (if it initially stings the back of your hand, it's too hot). Cleansing results from the action of water plus cleanser (shampoo and/or conditioner) and agitation (hand movements through the hair). Warm water will clean hair well while hot water can be damaging. While rinsing with water, gently comb your hair with your fingers.
* Apply your conditioner. This can be done in several ways. • Pour a line of conditioner into your hand (as opposed to pouring a dollop) and apply each line onto parted hair sections. Work the conditioner from the roots to the tips. Continue until all the hair is covered. • Squeeze your normal amount of conditioner into a large bowl, preferably plastic. With the shower head, add water to the bowl and mix the water and conditioner well with your hands. Bend your head over the bowl. With a cup or other small container, scoop up some of the mix and pour it onto your hair. You can then lean further over into the bowl and wash your hair with your hands directly over the bowl if you'd like. This allows for even coverage, but note that the conditioner will be more dilute. • Squeeze your normal amount of conditioner into a large clean spray bottle and mix with water. Shake well and spray liberally onto the hair. Again, this mixture will be more dilute than a direct application. This method is great for those who only have minutes to spare in the mornings. Make a large batch of diluted conditioner, spray your hair and rinse out after bathing. * Comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb with rounded-edge teeth. This step is optional, as there remains a debate as to whether combing while wet does more damage to hair than combing while dry. It has been said that combing while wet can stretch the hair past it's longest point, thereby causing breakage. However, many who wear their hair natural report that combing while the hair is fully conditioned is the best time for them, as the hair is soft and pliable, leading to less breakage. In either case, comb hair gently by grabbing one small section at a time. Comb from the TIPS first, ensuring there are no snags then work your way to the roots. It's ok if you cannot comb from root to tip in one stroke. The main idea is to ease tangles and distribute the conditioner evenly.
* Allow the conditioner to set on your hair for at least a few minutes if possible. Both steam from the shower and the conditioner itself will work on your hair during this time. Give yourself a nice salt or sugar scrub while your hair is being conditioned.
* Rinse your hair well, again with warm water. Ease your fingers through each section while the water flows through to remove any remaining conditioner.
* Optional: Apply your hair products at this step -- while your hair is dripping wet. Many naturals swear by this technique and believe the best absorption is gained at this time. At the least, your product(s) can be more evenly distributed throughout your hair while it is sopping wet.
* It's time to dry. Just as with the application, there are several ways to dry your hair. • Dry with a towel. Avoid rubbing your scalp and hair with a towel at all costs! Instead, simply dab and pat your hair dry, or grab sections and squeeze excess water into the towel. • Shake and go. Lay your towel across the back of your shoulders (lengthwise shoulder to shoulder). Grab the bottom corners of the towel and raise it up to your head, almost over your head. Think of Batman's cape raised up as he jumps off a tall building! With the towel raised, shake your head from side to side (ear to shoulder) and left to right (like saying no), shaking excess water into the towel. This is what I call the "no touch" method. Sometimes drying the hair directly with a towel can remove products you've just applied, even helping to separate your freshly-formed coils and spirals. You want your coils to group together to avoid the frizzies. This method is perfect for the warmer months when you possibly can afford to go longer periods with damp hair. • Blow dry, but with care. When blow drying, the use of a diffuser is best. A diffuser will spread the heat from your dryer more evenly and minimize potential heat damage. You can find diffusers at most beauty supply stores at a minimal cost. If you do not have a diffuser, use the low heat or cool setting and blow dry from at least six inches from the furthest part of your hair. Remember, you are not trying to get the hair bone dry -- just dry enough to style and go out. In summary, with the above methods you'll find shampooing your hair by co-washing is a great alternative to traditional shampooing which can strip your hair of much needed oils and moisture. With just a touch of practice, getting in and out of the shower with a clean head of hair will take less time than applying your makeup, and your hair will benefit greatly from it.
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Yep I read any and all things and Bossip is one that cracks me up when I get a chance to read. Today she posted “is Diddy-Dirty Money Back To Being Just Diddy Again????” From Diddy’s tweets we know he’s touring Europe but the ladies aren’t no where to be found or are they? Well according to Bossip they are there but no one seems to care. WHOMP WHOMP, sorry I always called y’all the back up singers!
I guess CONGRATS are in order for both twins Mowry twins! Rumor has it that Tamera Mowry is sporting a huge rock from Fox News correspondent Adam Housely. While Tia is enjoying her new baby bump and the excitement of having her hit show “The Game” return to TV on BET.
I found this soooooooo FUNNY! You have got to be the biggest dummy and in need of a class on how to rob a man’s house and be a drug addict if you are snorting ashes in the world. According to a report on FOX5 this morning and Perez Hilton five teens robbed a women’s house in December. While the police and the woman thought it were a bit strange someone would steal her DEAD father and two dogs ashes she went on with the report anyway. Well sometime last week they found the five teens, which now sits behind bars, thought the iron contained coke and snorted some.
Can we stay azz taken if they get put in gen pop…bahahahahahahahaha!
JUST SAY NO!
Cellblock C must have scared Lindsey Lohan STRAIGHT! Chica has been very very quiet since her release from rehab but to day she snapped a pic and tweeted “ JJ Japan! xo Lindsey” Well whatever here issue were I hope she is able to now keep them under lock and key and go her thing. I would hate to see such a talent go to waste
Okay my lovely e-mail followers and those that follow the page I'm BACK! It may not be an everyday thing but I promise I will do my recaps, by beauty tips, add a little fashion DOs and DON'Ts, and sprinkle a little gossip here and there. If you should here about something, want me to follow up on a posting, or don't hear from me just send me a little tap on twitter @blaquediamon or email me and I will jump on it, well maybe not jump but I will take time to check it out.
Changes will be changed in the "must" have sections soon! Give me a break guys I've been gone a while so there is a lot to catch up on.
All of my Kindle, Nook, Sony, and all other E-Reader users should check these books out! Okay okay and all my die hard book lovers that have yet to upgrade of just like the feel of a book in hand should check it out as well!
Okay I know I'm super late but gosh darn it I'm finally on board with the Twilight series. If you have not pick up these books you should!!!!! I'm currently reading Breaking Dawn and ooooh my it's good way better than the movies!
Okay I must admit that I have never seen a book trailer before but damn it here it is and it's FIYAH! I don't even need to talk about this book just watch the trailer.
OMG, it’s been forever since I have written a blog but off the heels of two, a movie and a book, I was forced to write a blog and maybe post it as a note on Facebook.
Sometimes I surprise people when I say I’ve read a certain book, saw a certain movie/play, or can recite a line from a poem, rap, or even a quote delivered in a speech that I have heard only once. Well I had that same look of surprise when the announcement came that a new movie, “For Color Girls” would be hitting theaters and I said I read the collection of poems in high school and I also saw the play (off Broadway of course because I was too young for that). And almost as a challenge these older women would question me about the play, ask how could I understand such depth at such a young age. Now you know it wasn’t in those exact words but nonetheless it was still implied in a manner that would belittle most people who hold a bit of intellect.
Anywoo, these poems I couldn’t recite to you but I can tell you the impact that the play had on me was of one that anyone in world could relate despite race and age. It is a story dedicated to BLACK women, but a story that crosses the boundary that is often set by color. It is coming of age, a story of the value of self worth, and story of encouragement. It is pretty much a story of what you would want it to be, a story that you can see friend, your sister, auntie, grandmother, cousin, mother, or even YOURSELF!
“For color girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf” by Ntozake Shange is one of the most creative pieces of work that has been bought to the big screen. The original work start with seven women represented by seven different colors; lady in brown, lady in red, lady, in blue, lady in purple, lady in yellow, lady in orange, and the lady in green. With each woman to represent a different city(I can’t recall the cities) but in the movie had made a few changes. Changes that were not bad; changes that have given the movie an update from the 70’s and bought light issues of our time.
For years I’ve been hearing that India. Arie would be working on a production that would bring this play back to Broadway but NOTHING! Then, I kept hearing that Tyler Perry was to bring it to life once again but on a big screen, YEAH RIGHT I know he is going to mess this up with a million changes! This is one movie that I will not be going to see, as I’m not a fan of his work. But then I saw the trailer, the cast of characters, and after seeing all the post and reviews my Facebook friends posted well I just had to go see what all the hype was and I’m glad I did. The changes were little, if fact they were so little you wouldn’t even notice it. The women were given names, and the men were given faces, instead of acknowledging the Vietnam War we are acknowledging the War on Iraq and pushing the envelope addressing HIV/AIDS, that’s just how little the changes were. Well with the exception the colors were flip around and some poems told by others that were not represented of the color for the play. Again, it’s a story that could be told from any women so who really cares if the colors were switched right? I don’t because it was still great and fit each situation and still had the same meaning! Each setting for each poem was delivered with such force, such gripping magnitude that you allowed you to feel the pain of each person as they delivered line after line and if that were not enough a full visual of what was going on in the mind of each women at each time was mesmerizing.
The Cast was awesome! I mean you can not go wrong with Kimberly Elise-lady in brown(Crystal), Anika Noni Rose-lady in yellow, Janet Jackson-lady in red(Jo). Kerry Washingtion-lady in blue, Thandie Newton-lady in orange (Tangie), Tessa Thompson-lady in purple(Nyla), Whoopi Goldberg-lady in white(mother of Nyla &Tangie), Phylicia Rashad, Macy Gray, Lorette Devine-lady in green, Macy Gray, Michael Ealy, Hill Harper, Khalil Kain, and the guy that played Michael Jackson’s father in that movie. For the most part I can not remember all the names as they appeared in the movie but I know most of them from other bodies of work and for those that I have left out it’s because I don’t remember their names at all but did a great job in their rolls. Macy Gray was only seen for maybe five minutes of the movie but you will never forget her voice, the look, or the words she spoke of what she use to be like as a women of and in the world world, and how now 6 blocks of Harlem is her universe! The lady in white, as I recall was not an original color in the book, but was just as important bring everything full circle. There is something about the character portrayed by Phylicia Rashad that embodied all of the women in one that I cannot put my finger on.
So all in all I give the movie two thumbs up. I give Tyler Perry two thumbs and a four star rating for his directing, production, and his ability to write the screenplay for this wonderful piece! It makes me want to purchase the book for my very own keepsake. It is a piece for all COLORED GIRLS!
I have not been excited about the world of gossip or what's new in the world of our celebs as of late but when Monica's reality show appeared on BET I gladly set my TIVO to record the show. I have always been a fan of Monica, not because she is in the same age range but because she has truly been herself through out the years and can actually SING! I don't think she is underrated just not what the younger crowd is use to since she has been around for a while.
Monica is working on a new album which should be release sometime in March; doing the show she introduce a few songs off the new cd "Still Standing" but it was song "Everything To Me" that blew my mind away from the moment I heard it.
Here's the new video not only is she dressed fabulous but the makeup and hair is always FIYAH!!!
The single is now available on iTunes get your copy today!
FABOLOUS Loso’s Way. One of the most underrated rappers in the game, Fabolous, has release his newest project Loso’s Way which was inspired by the movie Carlito’s Way. With the hit single “Throw It in the Bag” featuring The Dream be prepared to hear for the first time ever a few radio friendly along with a personal side of Fabolous. The Brooklynn born rapper will be sure to entertain you with a new look into his life and making his predecessor Jay-Z happy. Be sure to pick up the deluxe edition that will have the DVD “Loso’s Way” and behind the scenes footage.BTW: it doesn’t hurt that he is a cutie and wear stuff you just don’t understand….He kills the style game with the best of ‘em.
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And you know Nann….Trina aka the Baddest Bitch, aka the Diamond Princess. We all know and love Katrian Taylor…she hit the scene on Trik Daddy’s 1998 Nann Nigga and showed us she was not afraid to speak her mind and tell the world “You Know Nann Bitch that could…..” The Miami rapper shocked us with her rhymes and made everyone take notice and become a force to be reckoned with! The Baddest Bitch is set to release her newest album “Amazing” this September. Look forward to have her fellow MIA residents on the new album…Rick Ross, Pitbull, and the ATL’s very own Ludacris. Not only is Trina one of the best female rapper in the game she is a smart business women with projects under her belt and new artists she is developing, Pretty Money. Former Celebs of the month: Lauren London, Angel Lola Love, Danielle "Danni" Evans
I love celebrities, love music, love gossip but I am no where near the industry so the pictures and interviews posted are not mine. I did not snap them, was not in the same room with them, nor will I take credit for them….and believe me, you will know if I’m there. These are just my thoughts and opinions about things I have read on different sites, newspapers, magazines, and TV. Sometimes good, Sometimes bad, and Sometimes indifferent but they are my opinions, so feel free to leave comments on what’s posted…Have hawt info you want to share feel free to do so.
I must also say I'm a huge Jay-Z fan so if you have something negative to say skip it and go post on another site...around here we throw the DIAMONDS UP!