#PerfectBlend Indique Hair and Beautiful Textures Contest

If you have been considering a protective style in the form of a weave Indique hair and Beautiful textures are teaming up for the ultimate giveaway- luxury hair extensions from Indique and a chance to try Beautiful Textures texture management system.

Indique is the first luxury brand of extensions I’ve ever had installed and the quality is some of the best I’ve used. I’ve been swimming in the hair, colored it, straightened it and the curl pattern has remained intact with minimal shedding or tangles. Trust me when I say this hair is worth the investment.

Here’s a pic of me wearing 2 tubes of Pure Wavy.

Me rocking Indique Hair

Me rocking Indique Hair

Want the opportunity to try the brand? Well here’s your chance!

#PerfectBlend Giveaway Rules:
-Use one of the badges below to state why you would love the opportunity to try the brand.

-Mention
@lovinmytextures and @iloveindique and use the hashtag #Perfectblend

Sample caption/tweet: “I’m a naturalista who would love the chance to achieve the #Perfectblend with @lovinmytextures
@iloveindique”
#PerfectBlend Giveaway Includes ($600 value):
– 2 bundles of Indique Hair luxury extensions and complimentary install
– Beautiful Textures Texture Manageability System

Contest runs August 13th-18th and winners will be contacted via social media

I Protect My Hair

I Protect My Hair

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About Beautiful Textures
Enriched with soothing Aloe Vera, the strengthening power of Coconut, Olive, Soy and Argan Oils as well as softening Shea and Mango Butters, Beautiful Textures addresses the needs of consumers with kinky-coily, curly, wavy and frizzy hair patterns, providing solutions that will help them achieve versatile hairstyles. Beautiful Textures is comprised of 10 moisture-rich products (Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo, Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner, Curl Control Defining Pudding, Curl Definer Mousse, Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Crème, Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, Curly to Straight Flat Iron Silkener, Shine & Silken Growth Oil, Naturally Straight Texture Manageability TM System and Edges to Ends Silkener) that prevent breakage, define curls, smooth tresses and promote maximum growth. Available in stores now, each product retails for less than ten dollars. The Beautiful Textures product line is now available at Walmart, Walgreens, Sally’s Beauty Supply and local beauty supply stores.

About Indique Hair
With a winning combination of hair experts and stylists, and more than 25 years of industry experience, IndiqueHair International provides 100 percent virgin human hair that is natural and of the highest quality. With an impressive client base that consists of Lady Gaga, Lala Vasquez, Rihanna, Ciara, Jill Scott, Brandy and more,Indique Hair’s unique Indian virgin and natural human hair extensions are lustrous and tangle free. Indique Hair International is the only company that produces hair extensions at the source, with headquarters in India; IndiqueHair has free-standing boutiques in Brooklyn, Soho & Little Neck in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Boston. For more information visit Indique Hair

Style Item Of The Week- Kim Kimble Beauty


Acai Berry Brazilian Nut Serum

Acai Berry Brazilian Nut Serum

Silk elastic bands

Silk elastic bands

Kim Kimble has been on my radar for quite sometime; as the hair guru behind some of my favorite celebs looks I’m a huge fan of her work and the especially love the inside look of her life via WeTv’s L.A. Hair. Kimble is not only a highly sought out stylist she is always adding to her arsenal- striking the perfect balance between stylist and entrepreneur. Kim Kimble beauty offers a range of products with a focus on style and healthy hair. I recently had the opportunity to try Kimble’s silk hair ties and acai and berry serum; with the heat and humidity of summer in full swing Kimble’s hair ties are just what the doctor ordered for pulling back my tresses in the healthiest way possible. Because the ties are made with silk and are metal free- they are gentle on the hair and minimize the tangle and pulling that can often result from other bands. I am a naturalista currently wearing a weave with just a small leave out in the front; my natural hair is also color-treated so it’s incredibly important for me to keep my hair moisturized. The Acai Berry and Brazilian Nut serum provides equal parts shine along with moisture without heavy build up.

Interested in trying out the silk bands or serum? Ghetto Fashionista readers are eligible for a 10% discount their purchases. Visit http://701nyc.vpibrands.com/brand/kim-kimble/ and use code hair10 at checkout.

Want to know more about Kim Kimble? Visit her website 

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Lux Hair Wig Review

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Let me preface this post by saying I have never been a *wiggy*. I’ve been known to don a weave when I wanted to add length, change my color or just needed an opportunity to give my natural hair a break. However, wigs have never truly been part of my hair arsenal. I always wanted to try them and viewed wigs as perhaps the step-sister to the weaves I’ve always worn. When the opportunity came to try a wig I was excited at the prospect of experiencing something I’ve always been curious about. Enter Lux Hair a new collection created by Sherri Shepherd. The collection is affordable ranging in price from $69-89.00 and offers versatility in style and color options. I opted for style #1103- the lace from curl-intense medium in light to dark auburn. The wig is made of keralon and has the ability to withstand heat up to 325 degrees. I found it relatively easy to apply and only needed to trim a bit of the lace around the perimeter in order to create a natural hair line.

When I first told my husband about the wig his immediate response was “oh we don’t do those” but the moment he saw me wearing it the look in his eyes told me we had a winner.

Sherri Shepherd will be showcasing the collection on QVC on May 17th. For more details on the collection visit www.luxhair.com The collection is also available at Wigs.com, Beauty.com, WigWarehouse.com, WigSalon.com, TheHeadShopOnline.com, Style21.com, and MaxWigs.com.

I was so excited to try the wig when I first got it, I snapped a pic and posted it to Instagram:

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I took a few pics outside to the vibrancy of the color and the texture:

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Style Item of The Week- I.McCleod Shea Butter

I. McCleod Shea Butter
If there’s one thing I have learned since I have fully transitioned to rocking my natural hair, it’s that there is no such thing as too much moisture- hydration and the right blend of butter, oil, or whatever your preferences may be is essential in order to prevent breakage and keep your natural tresses happy.

About a week ago the owner of the salon that helped me transition- India McCleod launched a line of products that include a shea butter that is nothing short of decadent. My stylist, Mica used it for my latest twist out and not only is the fragrance amazing, my hair loved the shea butter combination.

If you are considering transitioning your hair or are already natural and are looking for great protective styling options, check out the ladies at I.McCleod.
Follow India on Instagram- @imccleod or my stylist Mica- @mom_e_Mica for all of your natural ( or relaxed!) hair needs.

Ouidad Hosts Google+ Hangout THIS Sunday #FRIZZ101

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Ouidad known as the “Queen of Curl” for her wildly popular range of products for curly girls of all types will be participating in her first Google+ hangout on this Sunday, March 23rd from 2:30-3:30 EST- an added plus? The hangout is being moderated by my boo Ty Alexander of Gorgeousingrey.com. you can submit questions in advance by using the hashtag #FRIZZ101 via Ouidad’s twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.

RSVP to the Google + Event: https://plus.google.com/b/115791409929036885941/events/cmri1dn6men40v2dmpnl4bdrsuk

Ouidads Google + Page- plus.google.com/+OuidadTheCurlExperts

Other beauty and style experts participating in the hangout include: Evelyn Lugo of EvCurlGurl.com, Renae Bluitt of In Her Shoes Blog.com, Andrea Kerbuski of Blonde Bedhead.com, Crystal Tate of StyleBlazer.com and Christina Patrice of Mane Objective.com

Follow Ouidad in social media:
Facebook: Ouidad
Instagram: @Ouidad
Twitter: @Ouidad
Google+: plus.google.com/+OuidadTheCurlEx

Debunking Natural Hair Myths

Natural hair has become the great divide in the black community. From high profile media personalities like Wendy Williams claiming natural hair is not sexy, to folks who wear relaxers saying that women with natural hair look unkempt it takes great confidence to be happily nappy.

I for one have tightly coiled natural hair that is currently colored in a shade of red that does not exist in nature. When I have my fro unleashed I inevitably get compliments and even found myself having a 30 minute conversation with a random woman when I was in Rite Aid picking up a script. Her name was Stephanie and she was eager to know exactly what I had done to my hair to achieve the look. Here’s the dirty little secret of natural hair-One size does not fit all when it comes to the perfect product. Sure there are products that are my go-to’s but the reality is on a particularly bad hair day, I’m likely to look like Frederick Douglas-for real.

The bottom line is you cannot be lazy with natural hair; You have to find products that work well for you and once you find a routine that works- stick to it.

Here are some top myths about natural hair according to two of my girls who’s curls are enviable, healthy and just plain gorgeous:

Sherrie Wood, @victorie82 on IG
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1. The biggest (myth) being that it is easier to maintain and is less expensive

2. It’s unprofessional

3. Men don’t like it and prefer straighter hair

4. It’s not versatile and you can only have a afro or braids

Trina Meggison, @iheartnaturals on IG

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1. Because natural hair has no chemicals in it, you don’t have to take care of it

2. Your hair grows faster if it’s natural. No, hair growth is based on your diet, how you care for your hair, and genetics

3. Naturals can heat train their hair. Any excessive heat will cause damage and/or alter your curl pattern. What you called trained may just be damaged or weakened strands

What’s the primary myth you want to debunk around natural hair?

Women Crush Wednesday- Lupita Nyong’o And Her Natural Hair

Lupita Nyong'o Golden Globes Red Carper

Lupita Nyong’o Golden Globes Red Carper

I have been obsessed with Lupita Nyong’o since I first spied the gorgeous actress slaying red carpets for her role in 12 Years A Slave. Though Nyong’o did not win for her portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years, her choice of a vibrant red Ralph Lauren gown for the Golden Globes cemented her as winner of fashions newest rising star.

Much attention has been given to the actresses gown for the evening however naturalistas everywhere were most definitely checking for her hair.

I was able to get the scoop on Nyongo’s gorgeous tresses, styled by celebrity stylist Larry Sims.

First he used Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Curls Curl-Licious Mist to freshen up her natural curls.

Smooth and shine go pro curls mist retails for 9.99

Smooth and shine go pro curls mist retails for 9.99

Then he used a rat tail comb to add a dramatic part to her hair. He polished off the look by applying Smooth ‘N Shine Go Pro Curls Butter Bouncin which added both hydration and made her coif easier to mold.

 

 

 

Smooth and Shine go pro curls retails for 12.99

Smooth and Shine go pro bouncin butter retails for 12.99

“Good” Hair

I have always had hair that presented a distinct challenge for my mother. You see she grew up in an era where the hot comb ruled and when I came along with my decidedly tough to manage tresses a relaxer became a part of my routine somewhere around the age of 9. I don’t hold this against my mother because let’s face it even I don’t like combing my hair and when I was newly natural I would beg my husband to help me comb it. The month of June marks my one year natural anniversary and I’m composing this post as I sit under the dryer at the salon getting a deep conditioner post-color. I think every woman of every nationality has at some point developed a love/ hate relationship with her hair and I certainly am not exempt from this phenomenon. However as I have matured and truly developed a love for my natural hair, my “bad” hair days are few and far between and I have learned that my kinky/wavy hair in its natural state is in fact good hair.

Here’s a glimpse into my good hair journey.

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The Highs and Lows of a Naturalista

This is the style that I was taking out and subsequently inspired this post!

It’s 8:45 AM on September 26th and – I am currently sitting here with tears in my eyes… not because of another sad love song, or anything quite that mushy- rather it’s because I am what our aunties and grandmothers have referred to as “tender-headed” and I am struggling to comb through two week old flat twists.   These are the moments when I clearly hear the call of the creamy crack… I have what most naturalista’s probably would consider enviable hair, but father God have his MERCY when I’m trying to comb through it!  This is the ugly side of natural hair that few people tell you about… the struggle to detangle, the inexplicable knots that form at the ends, the urge to run to straighter and dare I say, more manageable pastures.  But alas, I recognize that nothing worth having comes easily and I have learned to take the good with the bad when it comes to my hair.  After all, I spent my entire life with relaxed hair, and my natural tresses are going  to take some getting used to.  As with anything, the more I work at it, the better I will become so hopefully with each style transition the knots, and tears will be fewer.

 

Here are some tips for detangling your newly (or not so new) natural tresses:

 

Ends to Root! I realize this advice probably sounds illogical, because we have spent our entire lives coming our hair from root to ends, however when you are detangling,  it is important to comb from end to root. Otherwise, you may end up losing a lot of hair, as natural hair tends to knot on the ends.

 

Moisturize- I will often spray a leave in conditioner on when I am attempting to detangle my tresses, trust me when I tell you a little leave on can go a long way when you are combing out braids.  Sherrie Wood, Digital Brand Media VP for Luxe Glam Collective indicated: “ I saturate my hair with conditioner and finger detangle. If I have to use a comb it’s a wide tooth comb”.

 

Detangle in sections- I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to section your hair off when you are detangling.  Even when I’m taking my hair down from braids, or the up do’s that I have grown fond of, I take it out in sections and comb and detangle in small sections.   After each section is detangled, I twist it up; otherwise the already daunting task would be overwhelming.

 

The most important advice I have for my fellow naturalista’s is BE PATIENT… Natural hair can be beautiful but it does require a fair amount of trial and error and incredible patience especially when you are first transitioning.

 

 

 

Angela Simmons to Partner With Indique Hair

Angela Simmons famously rocked her 30 inch pure wavy Indique hair in a recent PETA ad and this week she revealed on twitter that she was developing a collection with the premium indian hair brand.

I am a HUGE fan of Indique and once I discovered a few years ago during a Fashion’s Night Out Event I have not worn ANY other hair.

 

The Indique/Simmons collaboration is slated to be revealed on June 21st.

 

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