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I’ve never been much of a hippie. Tree hugging has never been my thing. And as for being “green”… let’s just, say it was an afterthought – UNTIL – life has a way of swooping down and changing everything. I can, honestly, say that all attempts to be green or eco-conscious were lost on me until several pivotal things happened…

ThisThatBeauty in Montego Bay

1. I got adult acne around 21…and suddenly I cared about EVERYTHING I put on my skin.

2. I had a baby…and holy moly! If you’ve never cared about your carbon footprint and what you put in/on your body, NOW is the time.

So while these life events haven’t converted me into a full on hippie, I greatly respect the movement to be greener and more earth conscious. I like to think of myself as Eco Chic! And with Earth month in full swing, now seems like the perfect opportunity to bring together beauty, skincare and raise environmental awareness.

Complexion Collection

Which brings me to EcoTools…a beauty brand committed to helping you look and live beautifully.  The entire brand is based around their passion for helping you look good, while being good to Mother Earth. EcoTools believes that getting gorgeous and giving back can go hand-in-hand.
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I gotta tell you – this brand really speaks to me! Sure, I’m a little (a lot) vain. I wanna look pretty…I’ll admit that. And I love that EcoTools is here for my vanity….but also with a dose of “Felicia, you know you can do better. Let’s look cute AND be cute to the Earth.” Hey, I’m not above a reality check. No shame here!

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Just look at these brushes! Who knew “eco” could look this “chic”? Using an array of eco-conscious materials, EcoTools’ products are inspired by nature, and offer a wide range of beauty solutions. Currently I’m really into the brand’s newest launch: The Complexion Collection

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Given our current obsession with #FLAWLESS (I blame Beyonce), The Complexion Collection launch seems perfectly timed. Designed to help address the main skin concerns that make us feel less than #FLAWLESS, The Complexion Collection includes:

Mattifying Finish Brush: To softly reduce shine – Use with pressed or loose powder
Eye Perfecting Brush: For under eye coverage – Use with creams, moisturizers or concealers
Skin Perfecting Brush: For evening the skin tone – Use with BB/ CC creams or light weight foundation *MY FAVORITE*
Correcting Concealer Brush: For spot coverage of blemishes – Use with liquid or powder concealer

Overall, the collection helps blur the appearance of fine lines, conceal pesky pimples, cover unwanted under eye darkness and balance oily skin. Though available a la carte (starting at $4.99 – yes, only $4.99!), the Complexion Collection Bundle, at $24.99, is your best bet…saving you about 15%.  If you’re a brush newbie, investing in the Complexion Collection Bundle is a no-brainer, because:

– You need brushes
– These are affordable
– The set includes everything you need to get started
– The quality far exceeds the price tag

If you’re a brush vet (like moi), investing in the entire set makes since because the brush quality is really incredible. As a brush pro, you won’t be disappointed in how your makeup applies and how these brushes hold up wash after wash (very very little shedding). And if you’ve never tried eco-friendly brushes, the Complexion Collection Bundle is a great add to your repertoire.

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The Skin Perfecting Brush is my favorite!

But let’s say you have allll the brushes you need, but ThisThatBeauty’s reviews are soooo compelling that you feel COMPELLED to try at least one brush – I’d put my money on the Skin Perfecting Brush. In my humble opinion, it’s the hero of the collection. It applies cream foundation so that the finish is super natural and all you see is perfect skin. I use a buffing motion to really get an airbrushed result. And because “doing good” looks good on you, I’d be remised if I didn’t mention that EcoTools will make a $1.00 donation to Global Green USA for every Complexion Collection brush sold (up to $100,000). How beauty-full is that?

Find EcoTools at Walgreens and ecotools.com

Follow EcoTools on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest at @ecotools

Want to learn more –

Mark your calendar for my #EcoInspire Twitter Chat:

April 16, 2015 8-9PM EST


Ever the thrill-seeker, when traveling abroad, I embark on a hunt for new discoveries….an obscure scent, an innovative beauty tool, a skin-perfecting cream. You know, something extraordinary that I can’t find in New York City. And I have to tell you — In this digital age of unlimited information and far reaching access, it has become quite challenging to discover new, game-changing beauty.

During my recent trip to Paris I visited the LEONOR GREYL Institute. If you’re not familiar with LEONOR GREYL, it is a family owned range of hair care products made from 100% natural ingredients. The brand’s passion for healthy, nourished hair stems from of its founders, husband and wife team Leonor and Jean-Marie Greyl. They had a simple idea: Healthy, natural products = healthy, beautiful hair. Caroline Greyl, daughter of Leonor and Jean-Marie, proudly carries on the tradition of high-quality, environmentally-safe hair treatments using only the best natural ingredients.

As most of you now know, I’m a mommy-to-be, so I find myself more carefully reading labels these days. Quite naturally, I am drawn to products with as few chemicals as possible.

While in Paris I experienced a LEONOR GREYL hair treatment that was so incredible, and the results were so dramatic, that it has forever changed how I care for my hair. Obviously, if you live in Paris, you should check your calender and schedule an appointment ASAP. But if you’re in the states, like me, read on as I explain how to achieve LEONOR GREYL salon quality results at home.

To replicate my salon treatment you will need a few things:

Huile de Palme
LEONOR GREYL Huile de Palme


LEONOR GREYL Creme aux fleurs
LEONOR GREYL Creme Aux Fleurs


LEONOR GREYL Masque Quintessense
LEONOR GREYL Masque Quintessense


Huetiful Hair & Facial Steamer
Huetiful Hair & Facial Steamer


And for the most amazing hair of your life…no, seriously — most amazing hair ever…follow these steps:

STEP 1: Beautiful hair begins at the scalp. Apply LEONOR GREYL Huile de Palme to scalp and ends of hair. This beauty-enhancing oil begins the process of detangling, softening and protecting hair from root to ends. I cannot stress how crucial this step is. In order for hair to properly receive the application of treatment products, it must be well-prepped. LEONOR GREYL Huile de Palme’s restorative oil blend can be left on hair for up to 10 minutes, or overnight for more intense penetration. Once applied, massage throughout and brush through to ends if needed.

Leonor Greyl Institute Paris

STEP 2: Further layer the treatment and apply LEONOR GREYL Creme Aux Fleurs to the scalp. This washing cream is a MUST!…particularly for very dry, color-treated and/ or frizzy hair. You do not need to wet the hair just yet. Simply apply LEONOR GREYL Creme Aux Fleurs to scalp (after you’ve applied LEONOR GREYL Huile de Palme). Leave on for about ten minutes and gradually emulsify by adding water little by little.


DO NOT RINSE…just yet

STEP 3: Lastly, apply LEONOR GREYL Masque Quintessense to ends and massage away.

Leonor Greyl Institute Paris
Leonor Greyl Institute Paris

STEP 4: To seal the deal and truly reap the benefits of the abundance of good-for-you ingredients, sit under Huetiful Hair & Facial Steamer for roughly 30 minutes. Obviously, this is not the steamer used at LEONOR GREYL Institute, but for those of us not in Paris, Huetiful Hair & Facial Steamer is the perfect at-home alternative. After 30 minutes under Huetiful Hair & Facial Steamer, rinse hair thoroughly…emphasis on “thoroughly’. Spend more time rinsing than usual. Afterwards, style hair as desired.


Feeling like amillion bucks after my LEONOR GREYL hair treatment!!
Feeling like a million bucks after my LEONOR GREYL hair treatment!!

Immediately following my salon hair treatment, I noticed that my hair felt stronger, fuller, and more lush. My scalp felt clean, yet not stripped.

Here I am at lunch with Caroline Greyl...showing off my amazing results!
Here I am at lunch with Caroline Greyl…showing off my amazing results!

I was able to go over a week before my next wash. My hair never felt, heavy, weighed down, or greasy. And when I returned home & replicated the treatment process outlined above, I achieved the same results. SOLD!

I love the idea of an intense treatment prior to washing…and I especially love that I can achieve healthy, full, glamorous hair without having to over-wash….which can lead to dryness and breakage. Ever since returning from Paris, I have continued to treat/wash my hair in this fashion — and let me tell you: I can’t imagine going back to the old way of washing.

If your hair type is similar to mine (dry, coarse, prone to frizz), the above treatment recipe should work for you. If your hair type is not similar to mine, visit the LEONOR GREYL website and customize a treatment plan for your specific needs.

In the US, LEONOR GREYL products are available at LeonorGreyl-usa.com, Nordstrom, AmazonFolica, and these online retailers. To locate a salon near you that offers LEONOR GREYL treatments, click here.

Click here to read more about my Beauty Tour of Paris

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Chat soon!


New Hair Product Alert!! And this one is strictly for girls like me who are naturally curly but prefer straight styling (most of the time…I made exceptions in the summer). Motions is preparing to introduce  STRAIGHT FINISH – A Revolutionary Heat Styling System for Natural Hair Textures.


According to Motions’ research: One in four African American women with natural hair would like to straight style their hair, but only if their curl pattern would not be compromised.

You can’t see me, but I’m at my computer, nodding in agreement. While my hair generally has pretty good “snap back” to curly after I straighten it, I have lots of friends who haven’t been as lucky. This really is a chief complaint amongst black girls with naturally curly hair who decide to temporarily straighten. Motions® new 3-step system claims you’re able to go from curly to straight and then “snap back” to your natural curls without any curl loss. What they’re calling their “Bounce Back Formula”, is a prep and protection system that seals your hair so that it will return to its natural curly texture after one wash.


*Flat Iron pictured may be different from the one the winner receives.* 

Well color me intrigued!

And I bet you’re intrigued too….so of course I want to offer you an opportunity to win the Motions STRAIGHT FINISH system as well as  Proliss iso professional Tourmaline Ionic Straightener to help you achieve your desired style.

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Now I haven’t tried Motions STRAIGHT FINISH just yet, but I plan to soon….In a couple of week’s I’ll be attending a launch event and Rihanna concert to learn more about the line. …so full review coming soon!

Good luck!

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I bet most you you are a lot like me. You walk into Target, expecting to pick up paper towels, dish liquid, and the like — but somehow, miraculously, through the magic of Target, you exit with an armful of unintended items — you know: those floral print jeans you just had to have…or those glittery smoking shoes that look just like the one’s from brand X, but cost 80% less. Ahh, the magic of Target.

As a card carrying Beauty Girl, the haircare section at Target is a bit of a wonderland. I mean, it’s awesome all on its own, with rows and rows of the latest products and tools. But here’s where Target wins major cool points in my book — Multi-Ethnic Hair Care

Target now offers a vast selection of hair care products specifically geared to meet the needs of girls like me, with ethnic hair. The offerings (starting at $2.69) include both established and indie brands, so you can stock up on your favorites or discover something shiny & new. Go on, explore!!

Curls – a premium, ethnic hair care line – is specifically for biracial/multiracial women and girls with naturally curly hair. Curls products contain an exclusive blend of certified organic ingredients, natural oils and exotic extracts. Products in the collection are $17.99 each.

Camille Rose

Founded in 2010 by Janell Stephens, a mother of five and dedicated vegan, Camille Rose is committed to developing natural products that provide the ultimate path to health, wellness and beauty. The collection includes body and hair care products ranging from $14.99 – $22.00.

Shea Moisture

Founder Richelieu Dennis brought Shea Moisture from Sierra Leon to the streets of New York, selling raw shea butter products made by his family. Today, the collection includes a range of natural and organic personal care solutions including shampoos, conditioners, treatments and body products. Natural ingredients such as organic coconut, hibiscus, shea butter and yucca target hair needs, while lavender, lemongrass and sage soothe the body. Prices range from $9.09 – $11.99.


Created by one of the leading pharmaceutical company in Mexico, Grisi is dedicated to the development of natural health, beauty and hygiene products. The Manzanilla hair care collection contains natural chamomile flower extract which lightens the hair gradually and protects naturally. Prices range from $3.29 – $3.99.

Kinky Curly

Kinky Curly hair care products are specifically designed for curly hair. All products are formulated to add moisture, give hold without drying hair and offer protection from environmental elements. Prices range from $11.34 – $21.89.

Mixed Chicks

Mixed Chicks is a natural, cruelty-free and vegan hair care brand specially formulated for multi-textured hair, with products for women, men and children. Mixed Chicks Kids is specially formulated for a tear-free, natural product experience. The brand was created in 2004 by Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge and offers products that are effective for all ethnicities with multi-textured hair. Price ranges from $4.99 – $19.99.

Moco de Gorila

Moco de Gorila is a line of maximum-hold hair gels made in Mexico that leave no residue or flakes on the hair. It is available in three hold factors including “Punk” (yellow bottle), which has the strongest hold, “Rockero” (red bottle) which has a medium hold, and “Galan” (green bottle) which has the most flexible hold. Products range from $2.69 – $3.09.

The Jane Carter Solution

Natural-based products that work effectively for every hair type, The Jane Carter Solution product line was specifically designed for dry hair including curly, wavy, straight, relaxed, natural and color treated hair. The products feature ingredients derived from nature, such as natural butters and certified organic essential oils, and add vibrancy and shine to hair. Prices range from $9.99 – $19.99.

Tio Nacho

Tio Nacho is a complete line of products based on royal jelly, a natural ingredient that nourishes hair and helps keep it healthy and silky. Products in the collection are $7.39 each

I’m still trying to decide what I’ll get into for New Year’s Eve. But while I’m thinking about “festivities,” I’m also giving serious thought to what I’ll do with my hair. I have about three inches of very tightly coiled natural hair that is more often than not — in Afro Helmet status. A couple of weeks ago I gave myself a blowout (the first since my big chop several months ago) and I have been riding that bad boy into the ground!

For New Year’s Eve I want something a bit more pulled together and more sleek — like a Side Sweep Pompadour. Check out my video below for a step-by-step tutorial on this super easy, yet super chic ‘do. . .

This is my very first video and it was done in one take, so, please be kind. And Happy New Year !!

How are you styling your hair for New Year’s Eve?

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Ahh...inside the tents!

Fashion Week is upon. No. Seriously. It’s like this week. First it’s FNO (see our FNO rundown here) and then…BOOM, full on #NYFW. But before nonstop shows, breakneck speed note-taking on my iPad, impossible deadlines, and everything in between, I make time to properly prep and get my booty, I mean, beauty in shape for the rigorous week ahead.

Read on as I share my Fashion Week Beauty prep for skin & hair. . .


Facial: About a week or so before Fashion Week, I always make time for a really thorough facial. The week promises to be incredibly stressful so getting my oily, acne-prone skin into shape in advance is a wise move. I visited Mikki at Mario Badescu and let me tell you — Mikki gave me the business! She worked me over and it was awesome. I walked in looking a super congested, hormonally broken out wreck . . . and my skin now looks great. I love that Mikki was extremely thorough and committed to getting me all cleaned up. And let me tell you, she’s strong for a petite gal! Immediately post-facial my skin looked like I was wearing foundation — and clearly I was not. Yep, I’ll be seeing Mikki again in six weeks….a girl can get used to this!

Proper Skin Maintenance: While the aforementioned facial laid a solid foundation, proper skin care is key. I’m currently managing my adult acne prone skin with…

1) TRIA Skin Perfecting Blue Light. I use this blue light treatment device (the same technology used by dermatologists) to zap the bacteria deep within the skin…the acne causing bacteria that leads to painful breakouts [and naturally, at the most inopportune moments – like Fashion Week]. I treat with TRIA once per day for five minutes. And yes it really works. . . this is my second device, after losing the first one. I highly recommend this as preventative tool for acne-prone skin!

2) Mario Badescu Drying Mask. Like most Mario Badescu products, Drying Mask is one of those skin care saviors that I am never without in my beauty closet. I rely on it to help dry existing pimples and clarify problematic areas before pimples have the opportunity to emerge. While it’s safe to use all over, I generally apply to cheeks and chin (a little area I like to call the “muzzle”)…my most congested areas. And for nights when I do not use the Drying Mask, I balance things out by incorporating  Mario Badescu Healing Soothing Mask. It’s a yin & yang sort of thing.

3) The Body ShopTea Tree Pore Minimiser. You know how we always want what we don’t have?. . . curly girls want stick straight hair & straight girls want coily curls. Well-endowed bellas want a less ample bosom & chesty girls want to frolic in sundresses sans brassiere. . . the list goes on & on. I have notoriously oily skin (though, I’m often told it’s “glowy”) and all I ever want is perfectly matte skin. Luckily, The Body Shop understands my struggle. Incorporating the acne-fighting, natural antiseptic power of tea tree oil, The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser immediately softens the appearance of enlarged pores by absorbing and mattifying excess sebum. Unlike most primers that simply prime the skin for makeup application, The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser also helps to treat and improve congested skin.


Set Things Straight: For Fashion Week, I am all about straight hair. Given the zillion other things that I have to worry about, I really cannot be bothered with my temperamental, unpredictable, naturally curly hair — So I turn to Sultra The Diva Pressing Iron and Pressing Creme. I first came to know (and quickly love) Sultra back in 2009 when I was a contributor for The Makeup Girl. . . so when I heard that the brand had launched a pressing iron, especially designed to suit the needs of hair like mine. . .  well I wept a unicorn. With so many flat irons and stylers on the market, it’s tough to find one that is suitable for coily hair…one that gets hair straight and smooth, but also does not damage or compromise hair’s natural curl pattern. The Diva’s ThermaGuide™ Plate System, which allows hair to slide across plates without tugging or pulling, and advanced ceramic heater can beautifully style the kinkiest of coils. The grooved side of the plate sort of acts like a comb and helps to smooth the entire length of hair as the plates straighten. Pure genius! For relaxed hair, there is a “relaxed” heat setting and for natural hair, there is a “natural” heat setting. Personally, I like to use the “relaxed” setting for my natural hair. “Relaxed” is a lower temperature and I like to limit my hair’s heat exposure. The Pressing Créme is great because it aids the straightening process and gives my hair shine without feeling heavy.

For a little added sass (and you know how much I love to get sassy), I’ll add a few strips of pastel colored extensions for Fashion Week. I love non-committal ombre.  And lucky you — they’re currently on sale at Sephora for only $9.

(Ahem, it's a curling iron. . . remove your mind from the gutter!)

For a bit more texture (think: soft wayward waves) I like adding The Bombshell Cone Rod Curling Iron to the mix. While we’ve all seen clip-less curling irons, I can guarantee you’ve never seen a clip-less like this. The point of difference is the nubby tapered-barrel. . . it provides mega hold & creates loose, slightly tighter waves at the root and flowy, sexy, messy ringlets at the bottom. Between The Diva and The Bombshell, my hair is NYFW ready!

Stay tuned for my NYFW makeup musts — I’ll rundown the products that help me fake a good night’s sleep, the lipstick that makes my teeth look whither, the highlighter that gives my skin a candlelit glow, and more. Stay tuned! Xx

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I started out 2011 convinced that I was going to slowly transition out of my relaxed hair into a more natural state. Boy, was I wrong. During the course of the year I cycled through conditioners as I tried to find the one conditioner that would work for the roughly four different hair textures occupying my head. Let me break down the textures:

Texture 1 – Chemically relaxed with Organics Root Stimulator Relaxer
Texture 2 – Chemically relaxed with PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 1
Texture 3 – Chemically relaxed with PhytoSpecific PhytoRelaxer Index 2
Texture 4 – My natural hair, which is kinky and dry (mostly 4c and 4b in the back)

L’Oreal Mega Strength Fortifying Deep Treatment – I’ve never been disappointed with a L’Oreal product and this is no exception. I do have a love hate relationship with this particular conditioner. When my hair was mostly natural, it did an amazing job of detangling, when it was mostly relaxed the tangles went on for days. I’d recommend for thick naturally wavy or curly hair. Loreal Mega Strength Fortifying Deep Treatment is available at Sally Beauty and retails for under $11.

Proclaim Argan Oil Intense Hydrating Masque – I’m mad at this one because the labeling made it seem like Argan oil is a major ingredient in the formulation. Dimethicone is listed before argan oil, that suggests to me that the argan oil is less than 2% of this formulation. I’m guessing this because Dimethicone is generally 2% or less in conditioners. The Proclaim Intense Hydrating Masque did a great job of moisturized my hair but only a fair job of detangling. I’d recommend for a once or twice monthly use on relaxed or natural hair. Proclaim Intense Hydrating Masques is also available at Sally Beauty, it retails for about $7.50.

Ion Moisture Solutions Intense Moisture for Dry and Chemically Treated Hair – At first, this product confused me. It didn’t do a lot to detangle my hair, but once I managed to detangle it, dried and styled it, my hair had a really great shine and was very light and full of movement. I think this would be great for someone with lighter hair that doesn’t want the hair weighed down too much. Ion Moisture Solutions Intense Moisture for Dry and Chemically Treated Hair retails for under $9 and is available at Sally Beauty.


Pantene Relaxed and Natural – This conditioner is simple and straight to the point. No matter the state of my hair I can always go to Pantene for a quick three minute condition and detangle. Though I like this conditioner, I have to break up the routine and do a deep conditioner about once or twice per month. Pantene products are available at your drugstore, Walmart, Target and many other locations. Pantene Relaxed and Natural Conditioner retails for under $5.

Surya Brasil Intensive Restorative Mask – This conditioner is formulated to work on color treated hair, which means it is loaded with amazing conditioning ingredients like Babusu Butter, Cupuaçu butter and so many more! I used this product after I had already given up the natural hair quest and was dealing with textures 1 to 3. It did a great job of conditioning my hair but I had to use another product to detangle. This product is formulated for color treated hair but I think it would also works for tightly coiled, kinky, curly, natural hair. Surya Brasil Intensive
Restorative Mask retails for $9 and is available online

Sidenote: From my own observation, products formulated for color treated hair will always provide more conditioners and smoothing agents than other conditioners. If you have hair that is chemically straightened (or curled, gasp!) and it also has been permanently colored, the hair is weaker and more prone to breakage and dullness, therefore it needs more help to look its best.

Joico K-Pak Conditioner

Joico K-Pak Conditioner – Formulated with Keratin Silicone Complex, the Joico K-Pak has become one of my go to conditioners. When I first tried it, it reminded me a little of Pantene but it after repeated use, I realize it packs just a bit more conditioning punch than Pantene, especially on my natural hair. This is a good weekly conditioner. For those folks that work out, Joico K-Pak Conditioner is also good for the mid week no poo conditioning rinse. Joico K-Pak Conditioner retails for about $14.

Curls Coconut Sublime Conditioner – I had to save the best for last. This conditioner is amazing! It is formulated for the driest, kinkiest and most unruly tresses, which I clearly have. This conditioner does a fantastic job of not only conditioning and detangling the chemically process portions of my hair but also my natural hair. Made with certified organic ingredients, Curls Coconut Sublime Conditioner retails for $16 and is a must try if you have natural kinky, curly hair and/or if you are transitioning to natural hair.


I know the average person doesn’t have to contend with four different textures of hair on their head, but with this roundup I’m hoping to give you some options.

This post was written by  Christene Carr. Find her on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and  Blog

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If you regularly apply heat to hair (via blow dryer, styling irons, hot rollers, curling irons, etc), “protection” is a big deal. It’s the difference between smooth, healthy strands/ends and crunchy, fried, anything-but-cute hair. So how do you protect your hair during heat styling?

I try to limit heat styling to about once per week when I wash — but even once a week can be a bit taxing on my dry, coarse hair. To help minimize heat damage I use about a pump of Optimum Heat Protection Polisher on towel dried hair. What this does is preps hair for what’s to follow — twenty minutes of high heat blow-drying and 450 degrees of flat iron styling. What I like most about Optimum Heat Protection Polisher is that it provides instant protection from heat styling (with strand-strengthening Ceramide and Coconut Oil) and it polishes my hair without leaving a heavy, icky film. It also helps my hair fight humidity and stay straighter longer….a major plus because while my hair is naturally curly, I tend to mainly wear it straight.

Is heat protection part of your Healthy Hair routine? Please share.




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Now here’s a little known fact about me: I have pretty much given up on hair salons. *shock* *awe*

Oh, yes! I generally find salons to be a huge waste of time. . . and money. Why? Well — apparently, my hair is the most complex hair type in the world. It’s true! I sit in the chair and instantly, highly-skilled, trained professionals are rendered clueless. Now I have enjoyed a few good experiences here & there (Phyto Universe/NYC is awesome — Ask for Ron…De Ja Vous/NYC does amaze blowouts — ask for David, Eli, or Ricky), but for the most part, I shy away from salons and do my own hair at home.

I am regularly invited to partake in services offered  by celeb stylists, colorists, etc. . . I generally, respectfully decline — these things rarely end well for me. My hair proves to be too challenging for most. And frankly, I tire of sitting there having to walk “professional stylists” through the do’s and don’t’s of combing, brushing, blowing, curling, and styling my hair. It really is a bit much!

Enter Dana’s Loft, a quaint “look-away-and-you-might-miss-it” hair salon on Manhattan’s too-cool-for-school lower east side. Upon my arrival I was greeted by Dana. Yep, “the” Dana of “Dana’s Loft”. She was kind and welcoming. Before putting product to head, Dana asked lots of questions about my hair, styling products, hair care routine, hair goals, etc. Oh, hey now. . . that’s a rarity! Dana’s initial intake process immediately put me at ease. I really appreciate that she took the time to ask about the state of my hair and how I maintain it. It’s quite rare that stylists do this — Instead they tend to quizzically examine your hair, make you feel even more self conscious about your less than pristine ends, and then recommend a host of products to repair your ol’ tired-looking hair. It’s enough to make a girl cry. . . ask me how I know :/

Well there were no tears during my visit to Dana’s Loft — only cheers! And here’s another thing that I really enjoyed during my visit. . . Dana was the only person to handle my hair. Remember the good old days when your stylist handled your hair from start to finish? Well this still exists at Dana’s Loft. . . perhaps it was a slow day or perhaps it was my lucky day — not sure, but it made me feel really good to have my hair handled by just one person. I didn’t have to worry about two or three different people in the mix.

For my visit, I decided to live a little and try out extensions. I’m generally not that girl but every now and then you have to go for the gusto. Dana added a few layers of hair from Creme de la Creme Tami Roman collection (Caution: the website plays music. . . a small pet peeve of mine). I’m rather easy going when it comes to hair so I stressed wanting a very natural look. And Dana executed just that. I left feeling like my exact hair wishes were met. Dana was so sweet, so thoughtful, and above all – extremely knowledgeable. I left knowing that I’ll definitely return. If you’re in search of a super good hair salon experience, try Dana’s Loft.

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Oh, hair!

At times we experience much joy…other times, occasional pain. As a girl who literally takes her hair into her own hands (I mainly do it myself at home…go on, judge me!) I often experience the highs and lows of managing rather thick, coarse, non-chemically straightened hair. So when I stumble upon a product, tool or technique that works, I am inclined to share.

The share:

  • Towel dry
  • Part into sections of 6-10
  • Using a light leave-in conditioner, twist two sections of hair into two-stranded braids
  • Coil each section
  • Secure each section with a hair pin
  • Allow to air dry (which is what I do) or sit under a hooded dryer (I have NO time for this!)
  • Undo and style
  • VOILA!

Now, do you have a hair tip to share with me? PLEASE?!


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It’s brand spanking new and worthy of your attention (and possibly worthy of your $34, yes?!).

Sephora and the beauty experts of the beauty bible, Allure magazine, have collaborated to create the Beauty Editor Palette, a collection of five color coded eye, lip, and cheek kits suitable for life’s every makeup moment. Naturally I felt compelled to set up the old video camera and record a fifteen minute “First Impressions” video. Well, here you go:

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Want to be the face of Pantene’s 2012 print advertising campaign? Well don’t miss the upcoming casting call on July 1 and 2 at Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Sign-up begins at 10:00 A.M.





For complete information, visit Pantene


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