Back to Basics: The A,B,C’s for maintaining your natural hair

Back to Basics: The A,B,C’s for maintaining your natural hair

There are simple basics to caring for natural hair. How does one define Natural Hair? Natural hair comes in the following forms:
 

Tight and Curly Hair
 
Straight, Wavy, Curly and Kinky (Excessively Curly).

Natural Hair without Chemicals
                        
Straight hair look
 
Natural hair is also free of chemical straighteners such as Curls, Relaxers (Lye-Sodium, No-Lye Calcium) and Texturizers . 

Since everyone has a different level of curliness in their hair strand; there are various looks that can be achieved through hairstyles and the use of various hair care products.

 
The products are instrumental in achieving the ultimate look and execution of the style that you the consumer are aiming to achieve. 

2-Strand Twist
 

 There are many hair care products out there, so how do you select which product works best on your unique defined curls. The key objective to understanding the basics about your hair will let you know the type of curl pattern that you are enhancing. 

An array of Natural Haircare Products
 

This blog post will show various hair care products, achieved looks, various curl patterns whether it be braided, twisted, curled or silkened (flat-ironed/ smoothed out).

  
The key basics for caring for your unique hair is:

  • Shampooing/ Co-Washing
  • Conditioning
  • Styling for wet and dry looks

With the Back to Basics series, we will continue to address key looks and styles discussing product knowledge and maintenance in achieving those looks.

 

Another Natural Hair Look-Twist out
 
Daily Tips:

  1. Proper maintenance of scalp and hair shaft
  2. Be mindful of wearing tight elastic bands around the hairline (this can cause physical damage to the hairline)
  3. See a professional cosmetologist at least once a month to maintain your style until your next visit 
  4. If your hair is color-treated, make sure that you are using proper products to address the needs of breakage, dryness and dullness/lack luster of the hair shaft
  5. Deep conditioners, Steam treatments, hot-oil treatments, co-washing and leave-treatments regularly at least every 2-weeks
  6. Get a good hair shaping , trim or haircut at least every 6-8 weeks to maintain a strengthened hair shaft.
  7. Invest in a hair maintenance system of products within a family brand of products. 
More Natural haircare products

Defining your daily routine 

   
In this blog post, my attempt is to engage my readers to share their daily routines for grooming and what is your routine as you get out of the door and face the day.The products:

  • The Olive Branch-Shower Gel by Lush FRESH Handmade Cosmetics-Evoke the blissful feeling of a Mediterranean morning. Beautifully perfumed with soft, Fair Trade olive oil, fresh mandarins and bergamot oil.
  • Sensodyne Extra Whitening Toothpaste
  • NEW-ORS-Smooth & Easy Edges with Olive Oil/Pequi Oil
  • Alcone Make-Off remover wipes
  • Clarins Paris-Teint Haute Tenue-SPF 15. Foundation 
  • Clarins Paris-Double Serum Clarins Paris-Double Serum
  • Black Radiance-Press Powder
  • Kevyn Aucoin- The Matte Lip Color- in the shade of Bloodroses
  • Lash Enhancer-Mascsra

For starters:

1. First, I shower with The Olive Branch-Shower Gel by Lush FRESH Handmade Cosmetics-Evokes the blissful feeling of a Mediterranean morning. Beautifully perfumed with soft, Fair Trade olive oil, fresh mandarins and bergamot oil which moisturize the skin.

2. Brush the teeth using the tooth paste of your choice , in my case I have sensitive teeth so I faithfully use Sensodyne Extra Whitening Tooth paste.

3. When I put on my face, I mix my foundation with the Clarins Beauty Serum to prep the face (set the makeup with the brand of setting powder Black Radiance.

4. Once my face is set, I use a press powder and apply the lipstick of my choice. 

5. Next, is my step is the hair. I wear Bantu Knots, so to broaden the look…I take down each knot and separate the hair in 3 parts to lock in the “twist out” affect. To frame the look, I use ORS-Smooth & Easy Edges with Olive Oil/Pequi Oil for smoothing smooth the edges and frame the look! Now I am ready to get dressed and on my way out the door. 

Bantu Knots before Twist Out   
 

Photography by Chicago Imaging Solutions
 

NEW: Crushed Pearl Massage – George the Salon Chicago

Are you thinking of a way to pamper your self?  The Citrus Crush Pearl Massage from George the Salon Chicago is your answer to rejuvenation.

  

 

George the Salon Chicago (945 N. Rush) is proud to unveil their Signature Citrus Crushed Pearl Massage ($190, Wednesday’s only) featuring crushed freshwater pearls and a blend of lime, mandarin, grapefruit and lemon oils, lotions and scrubs.

  Performed by seasoned massage therapist Maggie Klasa, this 90 minute treatment invites clients to experience the luxury of nutrient-dense products paired with the healing benefits of touch. The service also includes exfoliating the back, hands and feet to awaken the senses, stimulate the nervous system and calm the mind.

1. To begin, a fresh infused essential oil and lime blossom body scrub is applied to exfoliate tired, dead skin cells. This will speed up the skin renewal process, allowing new healthy cells to take their place.

2. Soft, hot towels and compressions are applied. “This is step is done to dilate the blood vessels and help with absorption of the essential oil application during the massage that comes next. And it will be heaven,” explains George the salon’s lead massage therapist Maggie Klasa.

3. The full body massage then starts and is customized to each client’s individual needs. Whether it’s for pain and tension relief, rejuvenation or relaxation purposes, the massage’s health benefits target a wide variety of concerns and can:

  • reduce stress and fatigue
  • relax and unwind sore muscles and the mind
  • increase circulation
  • normalize blood pressure
  • brighten mood
  • boost immune function
  • foster sound sleep

4. Massage work continues with a citrus fresh essential oil blend of orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, and spearmint

“It is a relaxing, calming blend that’s rich in powerful antioxidant d-limonene. It supports the immune system and overall health while bringing about a sense of well- being, creativity, and feelings of joy,” says Klasa.

5. Finally the luxurious crushed pearl body 
 cream is applied to the back, hands and feet. A beauty regimen worthy of the rich and famous, this moisturizer can only be described as a positively decadent way to replenish deep hydration all over your body. Formulated with nourishing oils and crushed freshwater pearls, this luscious moisturizer harnesses the power of real orchids. It’s all you need for silky soft, beautifully smooth skin.

 Make all things new! What a better way to do it by experiencing the Signature Citrus Crushed Pearl Massage. You will definitely be glad you did!

 

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at 900 North Michigan Shops

Get into the spirit of the Monkey with festivities and retailer promotions. 

Photo Courtesy Provided from website/2016
 

January 2016, Chicago, IL: 900 North Michigan Shops welcomes the Year of the Monkey with its first annual Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Chinese shoppers and tourists, along with our loyal shoppers, will enjoy traditional décor, live entertainment and authentic Sichuan cuisine. 

  
900 Shops will be transformed for the holiday with red lanterns, Chinese inspired floral arrangements and golden monkey décor hanging from the ceiling. Beginning at noon, shoppers will experience live music, a Chinese calligraphy station and a traditional lion dance performance. The lion dancers will stop at each shop and perform their ritual dance for good luck. 

  
Taste the cuisine of the Chinese New Year with special guest, Chef Tony Hu. Chef Tony formed Tony Gourmet Group that houses famous restaurants, including Lao Sze Chuan, Lao Beijing, Lao Shanghai, Lao You Ju Restaurant & Lounge, Lao Hunan, Lao Yunnan, Lao Ma la and more recently Lao 18. Chef Tony will be serving Lao Sze Chuan food and demonstrating how to prepare traditional Sichuan cuisine including his authentic dumplings. 

In the spirit of the Chinese tradition, shoppers will receive a lucky red envelope containing a special prize. Prizes include gift cards from 900 Shops, and gift cards and vouchers from select retailers. One lucky shopper will have the chance to win an $888 gift card to 900 Shops!

Also look for additional festivities and merchandise celebrating the Chinese New Year from various shops including Michael Kors, Karen Millen, The Goldsmith Ltd. and more. 

To view all Chinese New Year retailer promotions please visit Shop900.com.

I plan to be there! I hope to see you as well! 

Clarins New Skincare Duo 2016 and Spring Products

Clarins New Skincare Duo 2016 and Spring Products

Clarins brings you another innovative cosmetic product that you will really love.

  
  
Discover NEW Multi-Active with technology inspired by the latest scientific and plant advancements to visibly minimize fine lines and boost radiance.


DOUBLE INNOVATION
                          Technology that targets the first signs of skin-aging. Clarins’ new generation capsules deliver powerful teasel extract, valued for its antioxidant and revitalizing benefits. It protects from the harmful effects of a stressful lifestyle, promoting a youthful-looking face for longer.

DAYTIME INNOVATION: FINE LINES

  

  
Myrothamnus – The extract of this plant from South Africa, capable of surviving water stress*, helps absorb the harmful effects of daily stress. Fine lines appear visibly smoothed. Your skin appears more toned.

Available in: Cream for All skin types, Cream-Gel for Normal to combination skin, Cream For dry skin, and Cream SPF20 for $56

NIGHTTIME INNOVATION: FINE LINES

Organic California poppy – The extract of this flower that closes at night to regenerate itself, helps compensate for the harmful effects of late nights and interrupted sleep. The skin appears smoothed and more toned upon waking.

Available in: Cream for Normal to combination skin and Cream for Normal to dry skin for $56  

Clarins also has other spring launches including makeup, sun care/self-tanning and other skincare products. Stay tuned in upcoming posts. Thank you for choosing Clarins skincare products.

Meet Celestine McGee-Blogger and Industry Professional

Highlights of the Natural Hair Fest Chicago-2016

Chicago ‘s polar vortex did not deter natural hair enthusiasts in attending the event held at the timeless downtown Palmer House Hilton hotel. Between the hours of 10:00a.m-5:00p.m. hundreds of attendees comprised of professionals, students, consumers and vendors flocked in with the thirst to learn, embrace and acknowledge natural hair care!

 

LaWanda Madison-Star Educator
                                      The Natural hair fest agenda consisted of a day of shopping, education, networking, entertaining and more! 
Natural Hair Fest Summit Vendors
  
Deidre Evans-Keller Star Educator
 
 There were 4 key educators with over 90+ years of experience they provided the platform to share, discuss and demonstrate professional tips on the natural hair phenomenon!

Workshop topics and presenters:

  • I’M NATURAL! NOW WHAT?
  • HAIR LOCKING 101
  • CREATIVE LOC STYLING
  • HUSTLE 101: Start A Natural Hair Salon With Less Than $3,000

Malaika Tamu Cooper, National Educator 

Industry Beauty Veterans
 

BACK TO BASICS: The Beauty of Wearing Your Natural Hair

Celestine McGee, Chicago Natural Hair Care All Star

I was especially appreciative with the feedback received from my presentation, here were some of the comments from attendees.

1.Melinda Wauzina of Conceptual Beauty Salon-Chicago “I totally enjoyed your segment and loved the format and how you engaged the audience “.
  2.Session Attendee (name not given)-“Very informative session, really enjoyed it! My biggest take-away was about using products as a complete system and using one product line consistently for 21 days; then determine if the product is actually works for you …making sure that you are not mixing other brands.

3.Ernessa Tracy Moore-says”Phenomenal Speaker, Beauty Expert, Makeup Artist and Women of Purpose with a warm spirt. Thank you for your kindness “. 

Platform Artistry at It’s best
  • PROPER CARE FOR NATURAL HAIR
  • TRENDSETTING HAIR CUTTING TECHNIQUE FOR NATURAL HAIR 
  • A BURST OF COLOR FOR NATURAL HAIR

Lawanda Madison, Chicago Natural Hair Care All Star

  • LEARNING & KNOWING YOUR HAIR INSIDE OUT

Deirdre Keller , Chicago Natural Hair Care All Star 

The entertainment included but was not limited to: performances by Michael Jackson (Thomas Stone) and Whitney Houston (Sherie Yvette Withers- Banks) impersonators. They both were amazing. 

Some noted vendors and sponsors includes, but are not limited to: WePrint4Less.net as the Presenting Sponsor for the event. Without them this event would not be possible.Tropical Roots, Loc Nation, Dudley’s, Wahl, Chez Marie J Jewels, Heart of a Thousand Hills, Dragon Faiya Kreations, and Rose Garner of Lion’s Mane Botanicals just to name a few.

 

DIA Couture and Fashion
 
Shortly after the Natural Hair Fest Summit the Afro Fashion Show- Natural Roots of Africa showcased designs by local designers featuring fashions with Africa prints and the model showcased natural ethnic hairstyles inspiring the culture. It was considered as one of the “coldest fashion shows of the year”.
  
Mark your calendars for the July 16th & 17th for the next Natural Hair Fest Summit which will debut as a 2- day event. Plan to be there!

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