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In “Get the Facts: Coconut Oil and Hair Care – Part 1,” I talked about the effects of coconut oil on hair, how to use extra virgin coconut oil to moisturize and seal hair and the effects of coconut oil on sensitive scalp.  Today, I’ll focus on buying products containing coconut oil.

How To Buy Products Containing Coconut Oil

It is always important to check product labels but if you wish to get the maximum moisturizing and strenghtening benefits from a coconut oil product, you must ensure that product claims at least makes sense.   For example, products made to moisturize must contain water or some water-like substance, so, if buying a moisturizer the first ingredient should be water or some water-like substance such as a hydrosol or aloe vera juice. To get the maximum benefit in hair care products, look for coconut oil listed high up on the ingredient label list. Coconut oil should most certainly be listed before any preservatives and fragrances.  The product will also be a more deeply moisturizing if coconut oil is listed before any silicones in the product.

Products Containing Coconut Oil


Curls Coconut Sublime Conditioner

Curls Coconut Sublime Conditioner is formulated for the driest, kinkiest and most unruly tresses. It does a great job on relaxed and natural hair. It contains some certified organic ingredients and is a must try for anyone with natural kinky, curly hair and/or dry hair. See this post for more on this product.    $16



Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo


Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo and Conditioner

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo and Conditioner are formulated to deliver a one-two moisture punch and work on dry, color treated relaxed or natural hair.  Follow with a leave in conditioner and style hair as usual. $4.99 each

Alba Botanica Leave In Conditioner (Fragrance Free)

Alba Botanica Leave In Conditioner (Fragrance Free)

Alba Botanica Leave In Conditioner contains coconut oil, herbal and botanical extracts to treat dry or damaged hair.  Just a bit of this product goes a long way to detangle hair and tame frizz.  $8.95


What are some of your favorite hair care products

formulated with coconut oil?

Let’s Connect!

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How many ‘miracle’ hair products have you seen in magazines or on television in the last year?  With each of these miracle products there is always one or two ingredients on which all the claims are based. While some of these ingredients have scientific proof and live up to their claims to miraculously transform hair, many more do not. Coconut oil has stood the test of time and has much scientific evidence to support claims to help one achieve healthy hair. Coconut oil is currently experiencing a bit of a revival, thanks in part to the natural hair movement among women of color.

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel of mature coconuts. It is composed of medium chain fatty acids that contain saturated and unsaturated fats and has a melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit.  Virgin coconut oil has a shelf life of about two years if stored in a cool, dry place. Some fatty acids found in coconut oil include: caprylic, capric, lauric, myristic, palmitic  linoleic, oleic, ferulic and stearic. Taken separately these fatty acids found naturally in coconut oil have a myriad of applications, including cosmetic and otherwise. However, we will look at coconut oil as whole rather then individual elements, and focus on virgin coconut oil.

How To Use Virgin Coconut Oil on Hair

Studies have shown coconut oil has an affinity for protein (hair is protein) and reduces protein lost for healthy and damaged hair. One study found that coconut oil penetrated the hair fiber when it was applied and left on the hair over night.

The experiment did not detect the amount of oil that penetrated the hair only that the oil was present in the hair fiber after a pre-shampoo over night treatment.

To Replicate at Home:

Coat hair completely with coconut oil and cover with a plastic cap and leave on hair overnight. Follow the next morning with shampoo, conditioner and styling as usual.

Coconut oil also acts a sealant on dry hair for short term immersions in water and has been shown to reduce hair swelling by as much as 48%. This means that coconut oil completely coats the hair fiber and prevents water from getting into the hair shaft, which can cause damage to the hair, especially during wet combing.

To Replicate at Home:

Apply coconut oil directly to hair as the final stage of styling to help lock in moisture and prevent frizzing. If swimming or being immersed in water, coat hair in coconut oil before entering water to prevent significant swelling of hair.

How To Buy Coconut Oil For Hair


When buying pure coconut oil to be used in hair, look for an organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil.  Some coconut oils are expelled through processes that contaminate the oil with chemicals and others that destroy some of the more valuable properties of the oil. Suggested product: Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. $9.99 http://www.traderjoes.com

It should also be noted that virgin coconut oil, due to its levels of saturated fat, is comedogenic and acnegenic. That is, coconut oil may cause the formation of blackheads, as well as cause or aggravate acneic skin. It might also prove irritating for people with sensitive skin. The best coconut oil option for sensitive skin is a fractionated coconut oil. Fractionated oil has some of the saturated fats removed. It is a lighter oil that is devoid of the coconut smell and stays in  liquid form at all temperatures. You may purchase pure fractionated coconut oil here.

In Part 2, which I will publish tomorrow,  I will focus on buying products containing coconut oil and make some suggestions of products to try.

When it comes to products and product claims, always get the facts, don’t rely on miracles.

Let’s Connect!

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Research Referenced:

India, M. (2003). Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. j, Cosmet. Sci, 54, 175

Ruetsch, S. B., Kamath, Y. K., & Rele, A. S. (2001). Secondary ion mass spectrometric investigation of penetration of coconut and mineral oils into human hair. J. Cosmet. Sci, 52, 169-184.

India, M. (2003). Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. j, Cosmet. Sci, 54, 183.

Mills Jr, O. H., & Kligman, A. M. (1982). Comedogenicity of sunscreens: experimental observations in rabbits. Archives of Dermatology, 118(6), 417.

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Ever since I did the big chop (cut off all my relaxed hair) it’s like I have hair care product tunnel vision. I’m only looking out for products to cleanse, condition, treat and style my kinky, dry curls. Whenever a brand pitches me a product my first question is “do you see my hair?” Sometimes they keep talking but sometimes they look at it and immediately get my point. nuAAT recently contacted me regarding their line of products for possible review consideration.  After reviewing their website I opted to try the Karité Special Collection because it is formulated  for “dry, damaged and broken” hair.

Before I talk results let me first say that nuNAAT has a comprehensive line of products for all hair types, including a relaxer. All products contain  some natural ingredients, such as shea butter, acai, aloe vera and more.  Click here for a complete list of natural ingredients used in their range of products. Though the products contain these ingredients they are not the main actives in the product formulation. In the case of the  Karité  Special collection, the ingredient in the forefront is shea butter. However, in the case of the hair mask, shea butter is listed after Parfum (fragrance), and while the fragrance is rather strong in these products,  it is rare to find a product with fragrance of more that two percent of the formulation, so I am assuming there is less than 2% of shea butter in the product. I think this applies to all the products in the line.


Now let’s talk efficacy. Each of the products in the line performed well.  Since I have to contend with  dry, kinky, curly hair and a dry scalp, I have all but eliminated regular full foam, sulfate shampoos, but I did give NuNAAT Karité Nourishing Shampoo a try. While wasn’t left with my hair feeling like I used a low poo cleansing conditioner my hair didn’t feel stripped.  I  mixed a bit of the shampoo and  Reconstructive Conditioner and used as a co-wash –my hair seemed to like that combination and at this point, what my hair likes, my hair gets.

My two favorite products from the line are Leave-in Detangler and the Hair Mask.  I use the hair mask with a plastic cap for anywhere from 5-15 minutes.  I found that I don’t get a better result if I keep it on longer.  If I put the mask on my hair and then detangle, my curls remain somewhat elongated after rinsing, which is a big deal. The Leave-in Detangler is safe for cock-tailing with the styling products I am currently using.  I have not had occasion to use the Anti-Frizz Thermo Active because I am committed to going heat free for the rest of the year.

Overall, I liked how the  Karité Special products performed.  For someone transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair, Karité  Special Collection is a good range of products to try because it has products that will work on both natural texture and relaxed ends. The Anti-Frizz Thermo Active is formulated to be used with heat, so, on those days when you want that blowout –you’re covered.

nuNAAT products range in price from  $4.99 to $24.99 and are available at Walgreens, Drugstore.com and Sally Beauty.

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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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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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Hey guys —

You’ve asked and now I’ve answered! I regularly get lots of questions on the blog, twitter, YouTube, and facebook about my hair care routine….so I finally sat down and did a little video for you guys..

Here’s my hair inspiration:

I will also share with you, pictures of my hair at various stages of “getting did”…LOL! Perhaps this will give you a better feel for my hair type, products, etc.

Please comment and let me know if this kind of video is helpful. I get lots of daily inquiries so i REALLY want to hear your thoughts in the comment section. Let me know what’s on your mind…c’mon guys!

xo Felicia

Basically, I call this picture: East Coast/ West Coast. — a nod to the old school east coast west coast rap battles. I say that because my crinkly roots and straight ends (from last relaxer touch up) create a rather interesting dynamic…one that I somehow manage to manage rather well.

Here’s my hair partially blow dried:

Here’s my hair one flat ironed…a luxury I indulge in about once every two weeks:

And here’s my step by step video on the products I use:

Remember, please leave me your thoughts. This post is a direct response to Y’ALL’s request…you know who “Y’ALL” are 🙂

Love you all!


I recently started going back to the gym and when I’m in the gym 4 to 5 times per week, I have to shampoo my hair at least twice per week.  I have chemically straightened, dry hair and scalp so twice a week shampoos are a real pain.  A few weeks ago I started using three Anthony Morrison products: the HYDRAclense sulfate free shampoo, HYDRAnourish daily conditioner, and HYDRAtame blow dry créme. The HYDRAcleanse sulfate-free shampoo has a great botanical aroma. The shampoo is pearlized and moisturizing and I only need one lather to get my hair clean. HYDRAnourish daily conditioner didn’t do much to soften or detangle my hair. However, this conditioner may work for someone with fine hair. The HYDRAtame blow dry créme was the hero of this trio. Besides smelling great, the blow dry créme has detangling power and once I apply it and blow out my hair, I immediately feel the difference. My hair is light and a bit straighter than usual after a blow dry with HYDRAtame blow dry créme.

Anthony Morrison’s line of products  are formulated to “recharge your hair with the unique combination of Hibiscus Protein and natural Floral Hydrasols of Jasmine, Orange Blossom and Ylang Ylang.” This explains why I recently found myself looking forward to my twice weekly shampoos and my once a week blow out. For a full list of Anthony Morrison products, please visit the product website. The collection is also available via ShopNBC


This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more: @ChristeneCarr on Twitter and  www.christenecarr.com

I have coarse textured hair that I have been chemically relaxing for about 20 years. A few years ago I gave up trying to get my hair silky smooth and straight. I have tried expensive and inexpensive flat irons combined with a myriad of styling products. In addition to at-home styling, I have also tried professional stylists…no luck. To date, I have been unable to achieve bone straight silky looking hair.

When I picked up the Remington Extra-Long Ceramic Straightener, I wasn’t expecting much. I figured it would perform like the other drugstore straighteners that I have tried in the past (believe me, I have tried several). I was blown away and surprised to discover that this $24.99 styling tool performed better than my current straightener, which costs over $100.00.

The Remington has 5 inch long floating plates, which is about 50% longer than any flat iron than I’ve used in the past. Parts of my hair are thicker than others and the 30 heat settings offered by the straightener allow me to find the right heat setting for all sections of my hair. There is even a setting for my recently purchased synthetic “London Girl” wig.

Before I straightened my hair I washed and conditioned. I also used a leave-in hair treatment and moisturizer (my hair is very dry.) While straightening, I sectioned my hair into thin wide portions and was able to finish the process quicker than I would with a traditional sized straightener. Other features include, anti-static technology that helps to reduce the static charges that cause flyaways and frizz. It also has a swivel cord, travel lock and for the jet-setters it has variable voltage capabilities…so you’re good to go wherever you land on the globe. The 60 minute auto shut-off feature is great for the absent minded (present company included). The tip of the straightener remains relatively cool, so, the amateur user will have an easier time working the tool. The Remington Extra-Long Ceramic Straightener helped me achieve results that were the closest I’ve ever been to bone straight silky hair.

Want to road test the Remington Extra-Long Ceramic Straightener for yourself? Try Target or Walmart.

Here is my before picture after blowdrying:

Here are two pictures after using Remington Extra-Long Ceramic Straightener:

I am starting a new column on ThisThatBeauty, lets call her “Fridays with Felicia“.

Do you know why I started ThisThatBeauty nearly two years ago? Well the stock response has always been that I had this intense urge to purge the style/beauty ramblings and insights taking up residence in my head. This response, while still holds true, is only half of the story. In addition to the need to purge the beauty babble that lives within, I started ThisThatBeauty to share and connect on a personal level. Sharing my passion for style/beauty has always been an integral part of writing for TTB. It was core to the TTB brand when MommaTTB and I were the only ones reading…and it remains core to TTB today as the site gets over 8,000 daily pageviews.

In keeping with the core philosophy that established the TTB brand, I am introducing “Fridays with Felicia“, a regularly occurring column that features rave worthy highlights from the previous week. Its sort of like a re-cap of my week..including note-worthy beauty discoveries, style observations, events, etc.

A mention in “Fridays with Felicia” is indeed an honor…it means the brands and products that make the cut are truly worth your attention. Certainly the rest of ThisThatBeauty will remain chock full of beauty goodness, but “Fridays with Felicia” will give you a week by week peek into my world. Its my little way of toting you around with me and filling you in on the latest and greatest of the prior week.

So without further back-story, I give you the inaugural post for “Fridays with Felicia” (The inaugural post of “Fridays with Felicia” will recap the last few weeks of ThisThatBeauty happenings and favs…upcoming posts for “Fridays with Felicia” will be current and include only the prior week)


After much research, hemming, and hawing, I finally took the plunge and switched to Phytospecific Phytorelaxer – an egg and soy based formula that does not contain lye. I highly recommend the complete relaxer system for individuals with textured hair in search of a more polished look without going uber straight. Phytospecific Phytorelaxer incorporates a unique blend of ingredients designed to gently relax hair’s texture: Egg extract is used to relax and release the tension in hair’s texture. Shitake Mushroom Salt is incorporated to boost the efficacy of the egg extract. Soybean extract is used to restructure the hair shaft. Lastly wheat proteins strengthen and repair the condition of the hair.

Since converting to Phytospecific Phytorelaxer I have been a happy camper. I was initially concerned about converting from one relaxer system to another…but my worries were all in vain! If you’re considering the switch, perhaps a visit to Phyto Universe will help address your concerns. Ask for Ron…he’s the Phytospecific Phytorelaxer specialist on staff. He is extremely knowledgeable and really knows hair!

If you haven’t tried DailyMakeover‘s kick a$$ makeover application, you’re really missing out on something great. I recently attended a DailyMakeover sponsored event at DEX New York and was made over…the end result was casual-chic, fresh, modern, and embodied Spring. <===This is my makeup makeover!

What I love most about DailyMakeover’s app is that it is easy breezy to navigate. I am thoroughly impressed with the ga-zillion options to choose from to design a new look. I went from short bangs, to choppy, to blunt….it was such fun to experiment with various degrees of “bangs”. I highly recommend DailyMakeover’s online makeover application for anyone considering a new hair do. Its also great for experimenting with trendy new shades of makeup before committing to the actual purchase. Not sure orange cheeks or dark lips are for you, give DailyMakeover a whirl first!

Click here for the complete deets on my makeover…and check out the makeovers for beauty blogging bellas Eileen (MissWhoEverYouAre), Dina (Eye4Style), and Kristin (FashionStyleBeauty).

Speaking of makeovers/ makeup…I recently published an article for LVCMag.com. If you’re wondering how to make a dark lip wearable, check out my piece. I feature Three Custom Color Specialist’s latest launch, Noir — a “a seductive almost-black shade with hints of burgundy and plum”. Here’s my LVCMag.com article.

Confession time: I’m not sure if its the impact of the recession or pure laziness but I have pretty much done away with salon manicures. If it’s not a “press perk” at an event, forget about it. For some strange reason I actually prefer to spend my time at home tending to my own nails vs. dealing with the hassle of going to a nail salon, fighting for parking (I live in Jersey), waiting to get a mani, waiting for the polish to dry, and messing up my polish while fiddling around with my iPhone. I now prefer the comfort of home over the aforementioned salon experience…which is why I’m all giddy to fill you in on the latest from Sally Hansen (who, by the way, was a real person….yep, Sally Hansen [God rest her soul] began her nail empire over 50 years ago with a single product — Hard As Nails).

I recently attended a press event for the launch of Sally Hansen’s latest innovations. Savvy Frugalistas, perk up! This bud’s for you!

Color Chrome Quick Pens offer the look of MINX without the $50+ price tag. These nifty little pens come in 8 different shades. So you’ve got your classic gold and silver, but you also have your choice of trend inspired shades like Green Chrome and Fuchsia Chrome. The fast dry formula and convenient pen-like applicator delivers a perfect mani in a flash! Get acquainted!

High Definition is not just for your foundation. At Sally Hansen, high def nails are all the rage! HD High Definition Nail Color is for the customer who craves color. The line is available in eight bold shades.

Another stroke of genius from the Sally Hansen camp is this — Complete Salon Manicure! Multitaskers, prepare for impact! This little gift from the lacquer Gods combines five steps in one: Base Coat, Strengthener, Growth Treatment, Color, Top Coat. Complete Salon Manicure totally takes your at home mani/pedi game to a whole new level!

Suddenly I’m feeling blue..no its not seasonal depression, its blue/black highlights. This bold move was inspired by Jeannie Mai of How Do I Look . After watching a recent episode I became obsessed with Jeannie’s rich black and purple locks.

While Jeannie’s highlights appear to be the result of lightening then added color, my highlights are clip in extensions. So I can alternate between purple, blue, and rich auburn as much as I like with out the commitment or maintenance of hair color.

Wella is getting in on the bold hair color trend. Colorist and beauty expert, Eva Scrivo has the recipe for the perfect match of natural color and dip-dyed tones. Eva created the bold tone palette for the Cynthia Rowley Fall ’10 runway, using Koleston Perfect Special Mix colors. They were such a hit, she has now started selling colored clip-in extensions customized at her salon.

Crazy hair color is not necessarily new. Ashley Olsen sported icy blue streaks in her blond hair last November. In Yohji Yamamoto’s autumn/winter 2010/11 show models rocked blue sprayed crowns and plaited turquoise streaks into long black locks. Katy Perry recently wore a vivid peacock blue glossy wig to the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Is this trend for you?

Are you in need of a miracle worker? philosophy, the personal care brand best known for cult favorites like hope in a jar and purity, recently launched miracle worker miraculous anti-aging retinoid pads — a cutting edge retinoid based product that multi-tasks to dramatically diminish the appearance of wrinkles and skin discoloration. in clinical trials conducted by philosopy, after one week of using miracle worker miraculous anti-aging retinoid pads, participants saw improved smoothness and clarity. After four weeks, participants saw visible improvement of discoloration and dullness. Those of you following my ongoing Hyperpigmentation Series might want to further investigate miracle worker miraculous anti-aging retinoid pads. The powerful combination of high-performance retinoid and antioxidant Vitamin C help increase cell turnover and promote even skin-tone. While attending a press event for miracle worker miraculous anti-aging retinoid pads I learned that philosophy will launch a companion product in June — a super charged anti-aging concentrate. Deets soon!

While recently attending the Essence Magazine/Johnson’s Beauty Luncheon, I met the lovely Tia Dantzler (Johnson’s Beauty Consultant and Celebrity Makeup Artist). Aren’t we cuteness?

Kristin Booker of FashionStyleBeauty was in the house, too.

The event included a Beauty lounge with mini manicures, massages and yummy passed beverages. At 12:30 there was a panel discussion and a scrumptious lunch:
Aly Walansky and Lianne Farbes (smile Lianne:)) also attended the luncheon:
During the luncheon, Mikki Taylor (Essence Beauty and Cover Director) moderated a panel discussion with:
Tia Dantzler, Johnson’s Beauty Consultant, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Sam Fine, Celebrity Makeup Artist & Author
Rosemarie Ingleton, M.D., P.C. Dermatologist (MY DERMATOLOGIST!!!)
Lisa Wu Hartwell, Real Housewives of Atlanta
A good time was had by all!


Need more beauty in your life? The current Bergdorf Goodman beauty book promises to stimulate uncontrollable drooling. You’ve been warned!

Until next Friday….

xo, Felicia

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Somewhere around 1989 I abandoned the pre-shampoo treatment concept. Bye-bye V05 Hot Oil Treatment. But like all things 80’s it’s baaaaack! And just like certain things from the 80’s that never really left (Egad, like your auntie who still wears heavily contoured blush)….if you google the term “pre-poo” (which is short for “pre-shampoo”), you will stumble upon numerous hair bloggers and vloggers singing the praises of the pre-poo. So clearly, pre-poo has been around for quite some time. I however, have not included the pre-shampoo step in my routine for many years.

After a little chat with my hair homie, Kitiya of MischoBeauty, I decided to revive the ol’ pre-poo. Kitiya recommended many different oils. I decided to save myself a few bucks and go with a blended cocktail of oils currently taking up space under my sink…Jojoba and Coconut. In a rather unscientific manner, I applied generous portions of both to dry hair, massaged from root to ends, and then covered with a hot towel and plastic cap for an hour.

After one hour, I rinsed my hair then followed up with shampoo (Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo) and conditioner (Pantene Time Renewal Conditioning Mask). From there I applied PhytoSpecific PhytoGrowth Serum to my scalp, Macadamia Hair Treatment Oil and Nourishing Treatment Cream to my hair, and styled as usual.

The end result was shiny and more manageable. My hair appeared healthier and had lots of body. The finish was sleek yet not weighed down. In a nut shell, my hair was PERFECT! See for yourself:

So yea, the pre-poo is my new BFF!

Not one to leave well enough alone, I decided to investigate current pre-poo’s on the market and share the deets with you:

PhytoSpecific Revitalizing Oil is a light yet rich pre-shampoo treatment that hydrates both hair and scalp. The key ingredients include:

  • Castor, Peanut, and Soybean oil to hydrate, nourish and fortify
  • Vitamin E to protect hair against external stress (Antioxidant alert)
  • Keratin Derivative to restructure and strengthen weak hair

PhytoSpecific Revitalizing Oil is recommended for hair that is dry due to chemical processes. It is also recommended for individuals with scalp irritation and/or flaky scalp.

In May Ojon will introduce its latest product, Restorative Pre-Cleansing Treatment. Featuring the brand’s signature Ojon oil, the treatment is designed to cater to dry, damaged hair types. The pre-poo contains a combination of ingredients rich in amino and essential fatty acids. Key ingredients include: passion fruit, babassu, macadamia, and crambe seed.

Do you pre-poo? If so, please share your recommendstions. I’d love to hear about the products YOU use. C’mon!…everyday I share with you…now share with me:)

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Hey ladies –

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The intoxicating aromatic blend of turkey, sage, and giblet stuffing is upon us. I’ll be whipping up Sweet Potato pies before I know it (Note to self: Call my big bro for the recipe!)

Immediately following Thanksgiving, the official Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, Kwanzaa, etc. shopping season begins! Fret not, pretty lady. ThisThatBeauty’s got you covered. Don’t dare go holiday shopping without taking ThisThatBeauty with you. Starting today, I will publish regular holiday gift guides designed to help you plan your holiday spend. Whether shopping for your best girls or your baby boo…if your budget is a Frugalista $10 or if you’re ballin’ outta control ===> ThisThatBeauty’s got you covered.

So without further ado —

ThisThatBeauty Approved Holiday Gift Guide: The Hair Diva

This guide is for the girly girl on your gift list who’s as serious as a heart attack about her coif. You know her, right? She’s the one who doesn’t mess around when it comes to her weekly blow out or roller set appointment. She religiously reads haircare blogs and nothing gets between her and her holy grail products. Yea, she’s a Hair Diva…and here’s ThisThatBeauty’s approved list of goodies for Miss Thing!

P173101_heroT3 Featherweight Tourmaline Ionic Dryer

The secret to flawless hair is T3’s tourmaline technology. The T3 Featherweight Dryer is top of the line, state of the art professional technology for hair. The T3 is made with genuine tourmaline-infused components. Its incredibly lightweight and delivers noticeably superior performance. Its soothing blast of ionic infrared heat dries your hair with 60% less drying time, leaving your hair feeling more vibrant, thicker, smoother, shinier and easier to style than ever before. The Hair Diva will thank you!

Tresemme Color Protection Shampoo and Conditioner

The Tresemme Color Protection line is great gift for your BFF who loves coloring her hair but struggles to maintain the color in between salon visits.vitamin-e-color-revitalize-conditioner

Tresemme’s color protection products block color treated hair from fading by going deep into the hair shaft and depositing a protective layer around the dye molecules. This helps to lock in the color from and protect it from running during shampoos.

Morrocan Oil

This stuff saves lives! Seriously! Well, it saves the life of one’s hair. On many occasions Moroccan Oil has revived my lack luster locks. Its particularly effective at restoring the sleek finish of my blow out after I’ve been caught in the rain.

SB-00664-2TMoroccan Oil is an alcohol-free weightless formula which contains a unique formula of Argan oil that strengthens brittle hair while promoting healing to the hair with no build up. Moroccan Oil can be used on all hair types. The formula softens thick unmanageable hair and restores shine and softness. It is instantly absorbed into the hair and eliminates frizz. Moroccan Oil also nourishes the scalp and can be used as an oil treatment.

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The LiQWd line blends scientific advancement and beauty. The exclusive Nano-Hydrasphere deliver y system optimizes nano technology to infuse hair’s cortex layer with essential moisture, vital nutrients, and intensive volumizers. LiQWd offers an extensive line of shampoos, conditioners, styling products, and intensive hair repair treatments. The hydrating conditioner works exceptionally well for dry, parched winter hair. ThisThatBeauty is particularly fond of the hydration line of products!

Remington Airwave

200-1This ones for the curly girl on your gift list who wants gorgeous beach waves in an instant. The unique airwave attachment twirls hair into gorgeous loose waves. This is a must try for your wavy haired BFF’s 🙂

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I cant wait to check out (HINT – would love a premiere invite:)) Chris Rock’s highly anticipated documentary, Good Hair. The movie explores the world of black haircare and the concept of “good hair”. The idea to do the film stemmed from a question posed to Chris Rock. His daughter, Lola, came to him in tears asking “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?”. Shocked and bewildered by his daughter’s question, Rock set out on a quest into the depths of black hair culture to understand the perception of “good hair”.

This comedic expose of black hair culture includes candid stories and observations from celebs like: Ice-T, Kerry Washington, Nia Long, Raven Symone, Paul Mooney, Maya Angelou, and Reverend Al Sharpton.

Good Hair starts Oct 9 in select cities and Oct 23 nationally

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Hey darlings – 

I recently learned of a cool new hair salon in NYC and I’m dying to dish the deats to my number ones (that’s y’all:))

Check out a few snippets from the official press release and let me know your thoughts on this new salon. Should Ms ThisThatBeauty book an investigative appointment and report back? Leave a comment!
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NEW YORK (July 9, 2009) – In New York City, the global epicenter of cultural and ethnic cross-pollination, there’s never been an A-list salon catering to the collective – yet  individual –  needs of a multi-textural world.  Introducing Hair Rules New York, the first salon where ALLtextures can co-exist under one, welcoming roof and receive unparalleled service from an elite team of stylists and colorists. 


Getting to the root of the problem


“From the first day of cosmetology school, stylists are taught to process hair without regard to natural texture,” explains A. Dickey, celebrity stylist and creative director of Hair Rules hair care and styling solutions for a multi-textural world, a brand he co-founded with his best friend and business partner, 1990’s supermodel, Kara Young.  “What that means to women with highly textured hair is that their hair is a problem that needs fixing.”


Generations of women with kinks, curls and waves have spent a lifetime battling their unrulybends into submission – in spite of the downsides (ie dry, brittle, thinning and lost hair, and a flaky, unsightly scalp).  In Dickey’s opinion, the hair industry has been slow to evolve its thinking about texture – evidenced by short-sighted products, a divided aisle, aggressive salon processes, inadequate technical training, and marketing campaigns that prey on women’s self-esteem – the result of which is not only damaged hair, but divisive notions of beauty about what’s socially, professionally and fashionably acceptable.


Although the majority of salons believe they cater to a broad clientele, most stylists would admit they’re not entirely comfortable working with the truest classification of naturally kinky hair.  And for salons that do specialize in highly textured hair, the landscape is even more fractured, with some trafficking in excessive heat, others in weaves and relaxers, and others still promoting only natural styles such as braids, locks and twists. 


It’s time for a new set of rules


“Hair Rules takes everything we know about the hair industry and heads it in the right direction,” says Dickey, who authored a straight-talk guidebook called Hair Rules the UltimateHair Care Guide for Women with Kinky, Curly and Wavy Hair (Random House), now in its third printing.  Adds co-founder Kara Young, “Much more than a product line or a salon, Hair Rules is a mindset – a new way for women who have always struggled with their natural texture to learn to embrace it – and truly love it.”


Hair Rules New York will offer the healthiest approach to hair care and styling based on clients’ natural texture.  This translates to nothing short of the best talent in the business, providing an exceptional level of service for all hair types.  At Hair Rules New York, no texture is viewed as problematic; services are available from the truest classification of kinky hair to “won’t hold a curl” straight and every texture in between. 


“Our goal is to undo years of despair and disappointment by helping our clients re-discover their natural texture, embrace the versatility it offers, and wear it however they choose – but via healthy, responsible methods,” says Dickey, stylist to Minnie Driver, Kelis, Estelle and First Lady Michelle Obama.


About Hair Rules New York


The 2,160 square foot loft space, located in Manhattan’s diverse Clinton (aka Hell’s Kitchen) neighborhood, features eight cutting stations, four color stations, four drying stations and a comfortable living room where clients can relax and unwind between appointments.  The space itself, at once industrial yet cozy and welcoming, is designed to evoke the concept of texture, with an eclectic melding of colors, textures, surfaces and fabrics.  “I liken it to a groovy, elegant, multi-textural vibe,” says Dickey.


Hair Rules New York also embraces a modern, green aesthetic by using responsibly harvested bamboo, a renewable natural resource, woven throughout.  Other eco-friendly elements include the use of wind power, non-toxic paint and zone lighting, to conserve energy.  Additionally, the salon has partnered with the non-profit organization, Matter of Trust, to recycle hair that’s been cut in the production of hair mats, used for cleaning up oil spills.

Hair Rules New York is located  at 828 Ninth Avenue (between 54th and 55th Streets).  To book an appointment, please call 212.315.2929 or email salon@hairrules.com.  For more information, please visit www.hairrules.com.

Celebrity hairstylist Johnny Wright lent his talents to 3-time NAACP award winning actress and BET.com red carpet host Terri J. Vaughn at the recent BET Awards in Los Angeles. The star graced the red carpet with a chic and sassy side swept look. To get the look at home, follow these tips from Johnny Wright:

Condition with Roots of Nature Reconstructing Treatment.“Terri has been working out a lot so I wanted to reinforce the shine of her hair with a deep conditioner. The shea butter and green tea in the Roots of Nature Reconstructing Deep Treatment provide the moisture and shine she was looking for,” advised Johnny Wright.

Style hair the day after shampooing and conditioning. Wright says, “Hair looks best the day after shampooing.  When preparing for a special occasion, always plan to shampoo your hair the day prior.”

For women with exceptionally dry hair, applying a small amount of Roots of Nature Strengthening Oil Moisturizer prior to styling will help seal the cuticle and provide a smooth sleek look.

For Terri’s red carpet look Johnny went for a funky yet chic look that would complement her asymmetrical cut. He flat ironed her hair in quarter inch sections from top to bottom. “The key to achieving Terri’s look is to have fun with it. When flat ironing, use the iron in random sections to add variety to the  texture,” commented Wright.

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