Clay as a Setting Powder?

in , , by FroBunni, Tuesday, May 31, 2016
FroBunni | Clay as setting powder

Memorial Day weekend is over and the start of summer has unofficially begun! It was pretty hot and humid in DC this weekend, and while I'm still figuring out how to keep a hairstyle in this weather, keeping my makeup fresh is actually easy. I'm pretty savvy when it comes to using natural ingredients in my makeup (hello cacao powder foundation and aloe vera gel mascara), so it's no surprise that I turned to clay to deal with handling a sweaty face in the summer.

If you have a problem with makeup melting away due to sweat in humid and hot weather, just apply clay as a setting powder. For lighter complexions, use white clay. Darker complexions, then red clay is your friend (don't worry, it's more brown than red). And for everyone in between, you can make various shades by mixing both white and red clay together. Clay is the best at absorbing oil and moisture, so even though you may feel like you sweat too much for this to work, trust me, it will!

Clay as a Setting Powder? (Infographic)

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Review: Naturally Fly

in , , , by FroBunni, Monday, May 16, 2016

A month ago, I was sent the Honey Punch and Midnight Mango Body Butter from Naturally Fly.  Since I've never used a body butter (I'm a lotion kind-of-girl), I wanted to try these products right away; I opened it and the smell hits you immediately...they smell absolutely delicious! But not in an overpowering, artificial way. They smell very natural. Like you're making a honey cinnamon bun or cutting open a mango. And they are whipped! That part actually surprised me because I thought they would be hard. You don't have to rub it between you hands to make it pliable, it's perfect right out of the jar.

Fun fact about me: I almost never read directions to products, which is why I started using this on my hair as a sealant. Despite the words "body butter," I figured it was a hair product. But lucky for me and my high porosity hair, especially my ends, it actually real helped to seal moisture in my hair leaving it soft and moisturized for - wait for it - three days! Yup, soft and moisturized hair with no breakage for three days. And for me that never happens. So, Naturally Fly Body Butter can most definitely but used on hair.

So after two weeks of using these butters for my hair, I decided to finally read the container, and that's when I saw it
A little love butter goes a long way, scoop a small amount, rub together in your hands until your body heat melts the love butter, gently apply to desired area. Smooth over freshly washed skin at least once daily, concentrating on your heels and extra dry areas. Keep your skin looking healthy, hydrated with a natural glow.
Well, damn! I've been using it wrong for that last two weeks. I thought, "no worries, this is perfect" since my eczema has recently started to flair again. If you've never had eczema, it's very bothersome, itchy, and annoying. When it flares, I start having little dry patches all over my skin that makes me really self-conscious. And nothing, and I mean nothing, really helps to keep it soothed, but...the Naturally Fly Body Butters did. Twice a day, I apply to the affected areas and they don't itch, and not only that, they look less noticeable because they're not dry. It's amazing!

I totally recommend Naturally Fly products, I have recommended them to family, friends, and coworkers, already. You will not be upset if you purchase this product, trust me!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

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A moisturizer or leave-in can either make or break the health of your hair. If your hair is low-porosity, a heavy product could weigh it down and make hair dry. If your hair is thick, a light moisturizer may not be enough moisture. Every curly should know their hair's porosity and density, and when you do, I have a list of products that can help you have beautiful, moisturized hair.

Lightweight/ Low Porosity: Light weight moisturizers, as they say, are able to lightly moisturize without weighing hair down. They generally don't have heavy butters or oils - like shea butter or castor oil - as a top ingredient. They are generally sprays, but can also be light creams. They're great for those with low porosity, fine, and low-density hair.

Everyday: Everyday moisturizers and leave-ins are good for almost everyone. They provide a bit more moisture than lightweight moisturizers, but less than creamier ones. With light application, they can also be used for heat-styled hair, as well. They're good for every hair type and texture.

Heat-Styled: While some women avoid using products on their hair when it's heat-styled or stretched, for others, going too long with moisturizing could damage hair or cause breakage. If you're the latter, for these moisturizers, a little goes a long way ensuring that hair stays moisturized with little reversion.

Creamy/ High Porosity: Creamy moisturizers and leave-ins are great for those with high porosity, thick, dry, and high density hair. They contain emollients like shea butter to soften hair, or aloe vera juice to help smooth the cuticle. Be careful, as this products can cause build-up if you use too much.

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Dealing with High Porosity Natural Hair

in , by FroBunni, Saturday, May 07, 2016

I don't really talk about porosity much when it comes to my hair. That's because it's never really been an issue. My hair has medium porosity making it fairly easy to moisturize...except my ends, which are highly porous mainly due to normal wear and tear on my hair, or cumulative damage. Regardless of how gentle you are, due to washing, conditioning, detangling, handling, and more, hair will become damaged in some way. While you can minimize that damage, it is virtually impossible to prevent it all together. This is fine for the most part unless you're trying to grow really long hair, then it can be rather difficult. The cumulative damage will mean that the ends of your hair are more delicate and fragile than the hair closer to the roots.

The cumulative damage on my ends has resulted in high porosity hair, and this has been one reason why my length retention has been poor. Wetting my hair more often has greatly helped. But I have been doing other things that have been quite beneficial.

For one, I have been spraying my hair with aloe vera juice before applying my moisturizers. The pH of aloe vera juice helps to balance the pH of my hair, sealing down the cuticles and sealing in more moisture. I have also been using a heavier sealant on my ends. I got my hands on Naturally Fly Honey Punch Body Butter (review coming soon), and due to the beeswax, it's perfect for really sealing in moisture into my ends. I also make sure to do more protein treatments more often, specifically twice a month, or every other week. This helps to repair some of the damage to my ends. And while it doesn't replace scissors, it does help my hair retain moisture a little better.

If you have high porosity hair, the above tips can really help keep it moisturized. Also remember to wash with shampoo. The heavier moisturizers and sealants can build-up on hair, and if they are not washed away regularly,  it will actually exacerbate your dry hair because adequate moisture can't penetrate the hair's cuticle. Also, skip the extensions when protective styling. Extensions can "steal" moisture from your own hair, and when it's already difficult to keep hair moisturized, it best to just use your own.

These changes to my regimen have really helped, at the very least, prevent split and damaged ends. I noticed a bit of growth, and hopefully the trend will continue. To hip length or bust!

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Detangling Natural Hair 101

in , by FroBunni, Wednesday, May 04, 2016

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