Friday, March 27, 2009

Going Green!

Hairnistas, how does your garden grow?

Your hair, nails, and skin are the outward manifestation of how healthy you are inside. As you all have come to know I am always on the look out to add to my overall "fabulous," so I was very excited when a fellow Hairnista turned me on to this great product: Emerald Greens Herbal Superfood. If you're like me and don't want to take a million supplements a day then this is for you. This powder is chock full of goodies like spirulina, echinacea, licorice root, chlorella, and gingko biloba (i love how that rolls off the tongue lol). Mix this with apple juice and you are well on your way to improved health and stronger, healthier hair. Increased hair growth is a side-effect I'm sure none of us will object to!

A one month's supply is only $35...I think this is definitely worth me trading in my Starbuck's habit. So come on ladies, let's GO GREEN!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

For The Little Hairnistas: Sofn'free n'pretty Gro Healthy Line

While I'm not a mommy I know that many of my fellow Hairnistas are, and as we all continue on our journey to fabulous hair we can't forget about our little Hairnistas-in-Training. Here's a great line for you Mommy Hairnistas to try: Sofn'free n'pretty GroHealthy Haircare line. The first thing about these products that I mineral oil or petroleum to clog their pretty little heads. It is full of goodies that I love: olive oil, shea butter, tea tree oil, honey, and vitamin E. All of these are great natural ingredients that I've recommended here at THC and I use on my own hair. I'm currently using the Temple and Nape Gro with Almond Butter daily to protect my edges from the wear and tear of my wigs and falls(I'm still a girl at heart so no jokes!) It leaves my edges insanely soft and moisturized. For those of us with "textured' hair (curls, coils, kinks, waves, etc) our edges can be a source of worry. They tend to be the area most prone to dryness and subsequent breakage. This product claims to help regrow breaking or thinning edges. Now while I don't have severe breakage, my right temple does appear to be slightly thinner than the left, so I will be watching during the stated 21 days it should take to see new growth. Another part of the line I'm trying is the Growth Oil with Olive Oil and Soybean Oil. It's nice and light and has been doing a great job of sealing my ends after shampooing and conditioning my hair. It has traces of garlic and rosemary and is a nice addition to your little one's product arsenal. It can be used on the scalp and on the ends of the hair. I've given some other parts of the line to some of my fave Hairnista Mommies and will be updating with their review soon. They will be trying the Olive Oil Growth Lotion, Thick and Healthy Olive Oil Cream, and the Shea Butter Damage Repair Treatment.

This line also comes with a very cute how-to guide called "The ABC's of Girls' Hair Care." It has a healthy hair tip to correspond with every letter of the alphabet. My favorite is for the letter "L." "Leave the curling and flat irons in the drawer. Putting heat on your daughter's hair too frequently will cause it to become damaged and weak." We could all take heed to this great advice. My only cons are my usual peeves with "ethnic" hair products...the smell. Don't get me wrong, they don't smell horrible or have that "medicine-y" smell, I just wish that more products geared toward people of color smelled more inviting. Overall I definitely recommend this line to all of our little Hairnistas-in-Training (and their brothers). Healthy haircare practices can never be started too early and this should get your little darling well on her way to turning heads like her fab mommy!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Welcome Back Katie!

So it seems like I'm not the only one that was getting tired of Katie's bob...she was too :) Katie showed off her new lengthy locks on the red carpet a few days ago and it is all over the Internet. I so love that hair extensions are mainstream news now! Don't get me wrong, there's nothing like a great haircut, but after a while you just want the "drama." And nothing quite matches the drama of really long hair extensions. I would be lying if I said I don't enjoy the conversation piece my hair becomes when I wear my 22" Indian hair (so extra but I can't help it lol). This is the Katie I miss, so until the new hair comes out (or off!) I will enjoy it while it lasts.

Hairnistas, if you're bored or need to rustle a few feathers, this is definitely the way to go!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ask Hairnista

Having a hair crisis? Need a product recommendation or just don't know where to start with revamping your hair? Are you getting extensions for the first time and want to know what to expect? Transitioning or newly natural? Post your questions here or email us at We will gladly answer all your questions so you can be on your way to having the amazing hair you've always wanted!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hairnista Hot Topic: Amber Rose

Everyone else is talking about it, and I must admit she is everywhere these we at THC have decided to weigh in on Kanye West's new lady love Amber Rose. You can pick apart her interesting background if you'd like, but here we focus on hair and I must say that it is kind of fabulous. Not many women can rock a bald head, and a platinum one at that. Who knows where this relationship will go, but I will enjoy the show the two of them put on where ever they go.

I will admit that I'm kind of nervous to see who's going to try to rock the blonde baldy the next time I go out. Hairnista's what's your take on her look?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Celeb Hairnista Spotlight : Nicole Richie

Celebrity Hairnista Nicole Richie was in all her boho-chic glory at the launch of her new accessory line House of Harlow. I am loving her long, flowing waves. When it's time to be "on," Nicole turns to her favorite extensions ( a Hairnista afer my own heart!) This look can be easily attained with clip ins or if you want a more pemanent look, strand-by-strand extensions. The headband she's wearing is a huge look for spring and next on my list to try. Congrats to the new mommy-to-be and this Hairnista will definitely be popping into Kitson to check out her baubles when I head to LA next month.

images courtesy of just jared

Monday, March 9, 2009

Attention Curly Hairnistas: Arm Yourselves!

If you know like I know, just any old comb and brush will not do when it's time for detangling or styling curly hair. Here are some of my favorite weapons of mass destruction:

K Cutter Comb
I use this comb to detangle and distribute conditioner when I'm doing my co-washes twice a week. I'm able to go root to tip with ease and the metal teeth don't catch or snag my hair at all. Shed hair begone!

Jilbere Shower Comb
This is another great comb for all you Curly Hairnistas. It slides through the thickest and curliest hair with ease. The wide teeth make sure none of your hair is caught and tangled.

Rattail Comb
Now this may raise some eyebrows with some of you so let me explain :) By no means do I use this comb down the length of my hair! That is a death wish for those of us with kinky, curly hair. When I was relaxed, I loved this comb to smooth my hair for roller sets. Now I use it if I'm wearing my hair in two-strand twists (under my wigs/half-wigs). I twist the two strands of hair and when I reach the ends, I use this comb to smooth the ends before I seal them with either coconut oil or shea butter. Doing this has helped immensely to get rid of the pesky little tangles/knots I was seeing on my ends. A total life and length-saver for me.

Denman D3 Styling Brush
This is the ultimate must have for me!! If I had to be stranded on a desert island and could only bring one styling tool, this would be it. It removes any shed hair I have, stimulates my scalp, allows me to to get my hair flat so I can smooth it into a ponytail/puff, and also gives my curls amazing definition if I'm doing a wash-n-go. And did I mention it brings world peace :) But seriously it is wonderful. I use it once a week when I do my super duper detangling. I try to keep my manipulation to a minimum so I only do this weekly, but there is no harm in using it as often as you like. Just watch your hair to see more or less manipulation is best for you.

Hairnistas keep in mind that all of these tools are meant to be used on soaking wet hair that is loaded with conditioner. My hair life changed when I finally found the right tools. So if you're lost, definitely give these a try. All can be found at your local beauty supply store and are under $10. They are must-haves for any Curly Hairnista's arsenal.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

You Know You're A PJ If...

you look under your bathroom sink and you have 7 different brands of conditioner and they are all over half full.

you're on a first name basis with your UPS man because you are constantly ordering the next "miracle" product.

all of your friends come shop for hair products at your house instead of the beauty supply store.

you buy a case of your favorite conditioner to have "just in case they stop making it."

you spend all of your tax refund on hair products.

Just a little something to make you smile this weekend :)

Hairnistas feel free to add to the list!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Want Waves?

Guys, we here at THC haven't forgotten about you.

Thanks to a couple of behind the scenes conversations with some of our male readers, we've decided to start posting info beneficial to them as well. While some of our favorite things like DC'ing, coconut oil, and shea butter are great for men and women, there are some tips just for men and we are going to start highlighting them here at The Hairnista Chronicles.

I have always been a sucker for a great head of hair on a man. I'm sure we can all remember the cute guy in high school with the "seasick waves" :) Well one of my male cousins turned me on to This site is dedicated to teaching men of color styling and product tips to attain the much coveted wave look. Some of the quick high points of the site are the product recommendations and a very detailed how-to guide. Men suffer from dry hair and various scalp issues just like we do, and this site is a great starting point for the man in your life to start his own haircare regimen. So guys if you want waves or ladies if you're looking for a little hair bonding time with your love, why not try out some of the tips together?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hairnista Splurge: Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak

If your regular hair routine is becoming well, "routine," then it may be time for a little pick me up. Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak (whew. try saying that really fast lol!) is just the treat your hair needs. I know we're all watching our wallets these days, but here's a little something special that won't break your bank. Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Pak is heaven in a jar. At $25.00 it's a little more than I usually spend on on hair products (this Hairnista usually invests in shoes), but after the results I've gotten I would gladly spend four times that amount on this great product. With a combination of oilve fruit oil, avocado oil, and lemon extract, the pak "provides intense conditioning, helping to repair severely weakened hair fibers by restoring its moisture content." I have very thick curly hair and usually when I apply conditioner it never weighs my hair down enough. Well as soon as I out the Pak on my hair it's as if it melted onto my head. I sat under the hair dryer for my standard 30 minutes and when I rinsed it out...WHOA! My hair was soft and curls were so defined. Even days later my hair hadn't lost it's softness. If you've been abusing your hair this winter, use this great product to get it ready for spring. It's okay Hairnistas, splurge a little!