Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Soap Box Special: Treatise on Natural Hair

Huh mmm *clears throat*. Below are my thoughts on natural hair. Glean from these thoughts what you like:
  1. Natural hair can be as simple or as complex as you'd like. I have had success with both a complex and simplified hair routine and I prefer simple.
  2. Natural hair is overrated. 
  3. I do not like twist outs. I don't see the point of learning to love our individual textures if we are going to make cookie cutter "textures" from twist outs. Same goes for braid outs, pin curls, and Bantu knots. 
  4. I do not believe in the natural hair community. The natural hair community overemphasizes the importance of healthy natural hair. This goes back to the first bullet point. 
  5. I am excited for people who learn to love their hair. Not because hair is important, but because it a step closer to overall self-love. If arms were hated on as much as natural hair was, I would be writing a blog about Arm Envy and sharing knowledge about arms. 
  6. I don't care about other peoples' hair. All I want is for other people to be happy with their own hair. When people are happy with themselves, they glow. I love seeing that and it makes me happy for them.Other than that, I could give two shits about what someone else is doing to their own head because its not my head. 
  7. I do not have hair idols. This relates to the previous bullet. I don't care enough about someone else's  hair to compare/compete with them. I just look to make my hair the best it can be and disseminate  any knowledge with others so they can make their own hair the best it can be ( or not, refer back to number 5). 
  8. I don't watch hair videos. I used to watch lots of hair videos to gain knowledge. I now prefer scholarly articles as they provide more information. 
  9. I don't follow many other hair blogs/channels/forums. This touches on points: 3,5,6,and 7. 
  10. My preferences consistently change.  As my hair grows, so does my style and preferences. I used to want to grow longer hair now I can't stand having hair on my shoulders and usually wear it in up dos and buns.This may change as well. 

Xoxo,

 Fro Envy






Thursday, 27 September 2012

How To: Fro Envy Leave-In Moisturizer


Today is my birthday and as promised, the long awaited Fro Envy Hair Mix Recipe. I use this mix as my all-in-one product. It is both leave-in, and styling product. I don't use any other product because this mixture does everything I need it to do.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup flax seeds (yields 4 cups of flax seed gel)
  • 1/4 cup of melted shea butter
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of almond oil 
  • 1/4 cup of castor oil
  • 2 cups of vegetable glycerin
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of emulsifying wax
  • 1/2 cup of cetearyl alcohol
  • 1/2 cup of cetyl alcohol 
  • 1/8 cup of Germaben II preservative 
  • 1cc citric acid

Directions: 

I already made a post detailing how to make hair lotion. The directions are the same and located here except in this post,  I give the exact recipe. 

  • Boil the flax seeds to make flax seed gel. If you are unfamiliar with how to make or use flax seed gel, refer to my previous post here. Allow gel to cool to room temperature.
Flax seed gel after cooled to room temperature

  • Melt the shea and coconut oil. 
Before

After

  • Once the coconut and shea butter are both cooled to room temperature, combine the almond oil and castor oil. 

  • After the oils are combined, melt the emulsifying wax, cetyl, and cetereal alcohol. The emulsyfying wax will keep the oils and water from separating, and the cetyl and cetereal alcohols are thickeners. They are non-drying so don't let the word "alcohol" scare you. 

  • Combine the water, vegetable glycerin, flaxseed gel, preservative, and blend.

  • Add the citric acid and test the pH. 

  • Finally, combine the oil mixture and the water mixture in a blender. 
Consistency shot
  • Below is roughly how much the recipe will yield: 

Where to Buy:
  • Shea butter:  beauty supply stores, the mall, Amazon, Ebay, etc. 
  • Coconut oil : Walmart, Kroger, GNC, Amazon, etc
  • Flax seeds: GNC, Walmart, Kroger, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, etc
  • Germaben II: LotionCrafter.com
  • Cetearyl Alcohol: Lotioncrafter.com
  • Ceteyl Alcohol: Lotioncrafter.com
  • Almond oil: Walmart, Kroger, GNC, Amazon, etc
  • Vegetable glycerin: Amazon, Lotioncrafter.com
  • Emulsifying wax: Lotioncrafter.com 

Final Words: Enjoy the recipe and if you choose to share with friends, all I ask is that you credit FroEnvy and the blog. 










Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Soap Box Special: Natural Hair Pet Peeves

       
I am laid back when hair is involved. Other parts of my life not so much, but when it comes to hair, I don't work myself into a frenzy. Unfortunately, there are things related to natural hair that I simply CANNOT STAND! These things get under my skin and make me want to pounce (much like the tiger to above). The following are not in any particular order because they all equally twist my tits:(

  1. Mixed Nuts. All of a sudden when  these annoying people get some length to their hair, they want to claim that they are mixed. They didn't mention anything when thet had 2, 4, or even 6 inches of hair. Funny now that they are mid- back length it comes up. Granted, sometimes this stuff just doesn't come up. All I'm saying is that it wasn't a big deal back then so don't make it a big deal now. 
  2. Not so Basic. Isn't it funny how those who do too much are frequently the most boisterous? People like this make natural hair seem high maintenance and difficult. In fact, natural hair is ridiculously simple. The biggest issue with natural hair in the past was that not many products were designed for our hair's needs and we were ignorant of better techniques. That time is over. So, no you don't need to pre- poo and deep condition  for umpteen hours. No you don't have to buy every single over- priced bottle of Carol's Daughter. And, for goodness sakes, don't  bore me with all things you "have" to do to make your hair manageable.
  3. Natural Nazis. Like much of what we do in life, hair is a choice. The best thing to come from this "Natural Hair Revolution" is that it opened up our options. Unfortunately, the worst was the resurgence of purists. I say resurgence because this idea is not new. Truth of the matter is that there will always be people with nothing better to do than being bothered by what you choose to do with your hair. 
  4. Goddesses of the Curl. These people went natural for the curls. They thought their hair would be curly and therefore "pretty" when they went natural. When talking about hair it's ," Curl definition this...Kinky Curly that..." The way I see it, if you have curls or not, it doesn't affect me because I don't and will never have your hair. 
  5. Oh you look like...No we don't look like Erykah Badu or Maci Gray. Solange is not our hair idol! Please do not compare us to any one. Is that supposed to be a compliment? Insinuating that we are not individuals, but instead clones of  (insert random Neo Soul artist). Please, our hair just grows like this. 
Just had to get that out! Feel free to comment on the things that annoy you about natural hair. 

Monday, 30 July 2012

Soap Box Special: Random Side Effects of Having an Enviable Fro


        As your guide to an enviable fro, it is my duty to inform you of the consequences of an awe-evoking globe. As part of my woolly- haired flock, don't say I didn't warn you. I have prepared a list, albeit mostly tongue-in-cheek:

  1. You WILL stand out in a crowd. If you crave attention every time you step out of the house, well this is perfect. I have yet to understand the mass appeal of an afro. Maybe it's because human beings like circles. I may have to do more research on Gestalt psychology to form a meaningful hypothesis on this. Until then, don't rob a bank because you will most likely be remembered. 
  2. You make new friends easily. Many people apparently want to be friends with someone with a fro. Use this to your advantage. Make connections and network! Instead of a foot in the door, you will have a fro in the door. Figuratively, I hope, because doors can do some major fro damage 
  3. People may assume that you are an extrovert. Big hair = big personality, right? If you are an extrovert (meaning you get energy from spending time with others), you are good to go. If you are introverted, like myself, be prepared to be called aloof when you are not as "out there" as your hair would suggest.
  4. You may contemplate opening a petting zoo. People will want to pet you! That request comes up so often that I have thought about charging people for touching (read petting) my fro. One of two things happen when you state a price: they don't touch your hair or you make some quick cash. Win win if you ask me! Sometimes, I wish more people took option two:P  
  5. You gain a couple inches. Even if you are already tall and might not need the extra inches, your hair will give the illusion of added height. If you're short and want to look taller, this side effect is definitely a perk.
  6. Hipsters will try to date you. I have to shoo hipsters away on a regular basis. They like novelty and retro. However; not really into cutoff shorts, ironic mustaches, and spending a majority of my time at Little Five Points.  
  7. Very hard to ride a motorcycle! Forget helmet head. Your biggest concern would be to get the darn helmet on in the first place. If you are fool hardy enough, I hope you're not claustrophobic, 
I'll add to this list as I think of more. Until then laugh a little!
Fro Envy 

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Quick Tip: Temporary Color for Natural Hair

     Today's post is about coloring natural hair...well, at least temporarily. As some of you know, hair chalking is a trend.
      I have never tried hair chalking myself but I have been wanting to experiment with temporary color. Always the contrarian, I used eye shadow as a substitute and found great results.
  The eye shadow is pigmented against dark hair and rinses easily.










You Will Need: 

  • Cream eyeshadow

 I use Maybelline's Color Tattoo cream eye shadows to color my hair. These cream eye shadows offer good pigmentation and color variety. 



Directions: 
  • Take a piece of hair and, using your fingers, wipe the cream eye shadow onto your hair. 

  • Style your hair and enjoy the fun colors.



Wednesday, 7 March 2012

How To: Fro Envy Hair Lotion


Long time! I've been working on a project and I wanted to dedicate my efforts towards perfecting it before the big reveal!

Well.....What is it!?

I LEARNED HOW TO MAKE HAIR LOTION!!!



What exactly is lotion?

Lotion is essentially an emulsion. An emulsion is a solution that is a mixture of water, oil, and an emulsifier. Emulsifiers keep water and oil mixed together. 

What is in lotion?

When you buy a lotion, all you are basically getting is water, a humectant, an oil, an emulsifier, and a preservative. 

That sounds so simple! How do I go about making my own lotion? 

I'm so glad you asked! I have been bursting at the seams waiting to share this information. Here is how:

How to Make Hair Lotion: 


You will need: 
  • Water
  • Vegetable Glycerin
  • Coconut oil (any oil of your choosing will do, but my hair really likes coconut oil)
  • Microwave/ stove top
  • Blender
  • Measuring cups
  • Containers to store your mixture
  • Fragrance oil (optional)
  • Citric acid (optional)

Directions: 

  • First gather all of your ingredients! Just like when you're cooking or baking, it is important to have all of your ingredients ready. You will need vegetable glycerin, water ( preferably distilled), coconut oil, a preservative, and citric acid. 

  • Start by melting your emulsifying wax. I used a microwave to melt my wax, but you can use a stove top. Just make sure the particles are completely melted. It should look like this.
Before

Before 

After


  • Wait until the melted emulsifying wax becomes room temperature and then mix it with your oil.
You guys know how much I love coconut oil!

  •  Once your oils are mixed and cooling, it is time to mix your liquid ingredients. The liquids are the water, vegetable glycerin, and the preservative.



*I chose to use a preservative called Germaben II. When using preservatives, you only need a small amount (about 2-3% of your total mixture) 

  • Once you mix your liquids, add them to the blender and then add your oils. When the emulsion and water mixes it makes a cool reaction!
Told you it was neat!!
  • Next, blend it all together until it makes a liquid consistency!




*Here is where I add some citric acid to lower the pH and my fragrance! These are both optional. Your lotion will turn out great even if you do not do this step:D

  • You're done! Place your lotion in your container! Your lotion will have a watery consistency, but as it cools, it will thicken! 
Kinda looks like milk



  • Allow lotion to cool and set and you're ready to enjoy. 




xoxo

Fro Envy

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Soap Box Special: Afro Hair Etiquette


Having a big, luscious fro comes with lots of adoration and admiration. Unfortunately, some people just don't know how to act around an enviable fro!The following are some ways that you, your friends, or strangers can enjoy an amazing fro without being annoying. Learn these rules and teach others.

Rules:

  1. Ask. Do.not.touch. without permission. Especially if you do not know the person. Also, even if you ask, don't expect the person to automatically give you the go-ahead. The person with an afro is still a human being with likes and dislikes. They may love people touching their hair or they may not like it at all. Save yourself the trouble and just ask. 
  2. Do not get too familiar. It's hair, not a visa to be friends. Don't assume that because you like someone's hair that they want to go do activities with you. I.e. smoke weed/go dancing/do laundry...
  3. Do not go overboard with the compliments.  Yes, the afro-wielder has an amazing fro! You want to tell him/her that their hair is mind blowing. I'm sure the person with the fluffy hair goodness would appreciate the compliment. In fact, who doesn't enjoy a heart felt compliment? However, do not follow them around telling them how great their hair is. This leads me to my next point...
  4. Do not be a creeper! I know, I know, as soon as your eyes locked onto their hair, you had to talk to them. The afro was practically magnetic. You were drawn to it. Now you feel like you have to be everywhere the afro is, smell it, touch it, take lots of pictures, bump into the person five times "accidentally", and stare. Boy, you know how to make someone feel comfortable! Don't do this! Enviable afro or not, no one likes a creeper.