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DIY Milk and Honey Face Mask

We believe in pampering ourselves (what girl doesn’t??), but going to the spa every week simply isn’t in the budget so we’re digging out one of the BEST beauty treatments that you can create at home.

Let’s go to the land of milk and honey.

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What can milk and honey do for your skin?

For starters, both contain antimicrobial properties, which make them great cleansers sf acne fighters.

The lactic acid in milk is an alpha-hydroxy acid that naturally eats away dead skin cells. The gentle exfoliation works wonders for hyperpigmentation and skin blemishes.

Honey helps open the pores, helping clear away dirt and its rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals that attack the skin and cause premature aging. Because honey is antibacterial, it is very effective in the prevention and treatment of acne. Honey is a humectant, actually drawing moisture to the skin, which makes it an awesome product for both dry skin (for obvious reasons), but oily skin can also see less oil production as a result of the added moisture.

For best results, mix wild or medical-grade honey with whole milk or milk powder with just enough water to make a thin paste. Apply to your face with a cotton ball/pad or facial brush and allow to sit for up to 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and follow with your regular skin care routine.

If you want glowing skin, milk and honey are a great combination to use for all skin types.

To Your Beauty,

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When Protective Styling Isn’t Protective

Protective styling is probably the ONE thing in natural hair care that is included in every naturalista’s regimen. Regardless of curl type, length or texture we all enjoy tucking our hair away for a bit, don’t we?

However, even though you’re not styling your hair every day, you do have to maintain it while in a protective style, otherwise it’s not really protective. Are you guilty of these protective style no-nos?

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You don’t moisturize your hair underneath. What is the point of a protective style? To allow your natural hair to grow and flourish undisturbed, right? Well, hair that is unmoisturized (AKA dry) doesn’t grow, it breaks off. Ensure that your moisturizing and sealing your hair regularly.

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You don’t massage your scalp. Regular scalp massages are essential for a healthy scalp, and especially when rocking a protective style. It helps to increase blood flow to your scalp and strengthen your roots. Check out this blog post to read more.

You don’t oil your scalp. Who likes having a dry scalp?? Piggybacking off the massage tip, oiling your scalp helps combat dandruff and flaky scalp, adds a healthy sheen to your hair and promotes growth.

You don’t clean your scalp. Just because you’re not “properly” shampooing your hair while it’s in a protective style, that doesn’t mean you should skip cleaning your scalp. If you can reach your scalp, you should definitely keep it clean, especially if you rock your style for more than 4 weeks at a time.

Not sure where to start with product selection to maintain your hair? Check out this video to see Mo’s favorite products to clean and moisturize with protective styling.

You don’t take your style down soon enough. Okay, it’s easy to get caught up in not fiddling with your hair every day, but leaving your protective style in for too long can lead to tangled/locked hair, breakage, clogged follicles and product buildup.

The “best” amount of time to wear a protective style varies from person to person, BUT 8-10 weeks is pretty standard. Your hair will tell you what works and what doesn’t, just pay close attention.

To Your Beauty,

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Mo’s Natural Hair Regimen

“Girl, what do you use in your hair?”

In the natural hair community  this question gets asked a lot, we’re always on the lookout for a new product or regimen hack to help us have the best hair EVER. Most people that meet me are surprised to know that my hair is actually in some type of protective style about 80% of the time (a little odd for a “natural hair blogger”),  I know, but I gotta do what’s best for this hair that I have. The most anybody really gets to see it is in a YouTube video.

I favor protective styling because this hair…that I have….is special. “Mz. Jackson” is fine, dense, high porosity, type 4 and so coily that I usually detangle 3-4 times during my LOC and styling process. Even if I detangle and put her in sections to style, I have to detangle AGAIN when I’m actually ready to style.

Now you understand my struggle….

During an event recently I actually shared all of the steps in my natural hair regimen, this took me 8 years to get right, but I’m sure you don’t have that kind of time, so here goes:

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Prepoo – I prepoo for two reasons: to minimize hygral fatigue (my fine strands are more susceptible to breaking with expanding and contracting) and I use  penetrating oils to coat and nourish my hair before I actually shampoo.

Shampoo – I actually prefer shampoo more often than sulfate-free cleansers, also for two reasons: sulfates are cleansing agents, right? Since my hair is in protective styles most of the time I need to ensure that my scalp is completely clean in between styles. Also, I live in an hard water area, so having shampoo that removes some of that mineral coating is actually a good thing. A clarifying or chelating shampoo goes deeper to remove deposits from the hair.

Condition – True confession: Once upon a time I would skip conditioning after shampooing my hair. I know, you can’t believe it either. I stopped this YEARS ago, and the reason was learning that shampoo works by opening your hair cuticle (acidic/higher pH) and conditioner works by closing the cuticle (lower pH).

Deep Condition/Strengthen/Steam – This is like a spa treatment for Mz. Jackson. I am a FAITHFUL deep conditioner-er, and if I’m not pressed for time I pull out my Huetiful hair steamer and treat myself to 2 rounds of steam with my hair coated in my deep treatment/masque du jour, I’m a big fan of Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment and the Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque.

Leave-In/Detangle – I actually double up on leave-in/detanglers (you shouldn’t need to ask why at this point…), I ALWAYS spray Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In on my hair (it’s a staple in my protective style maintenance regimen as well).

Cream/Detangle – A cream leave-in/detangler gives me some additional slip so I can finger detangle without getting angry…LOL

Oil/Detangle – I experiment a lot and mix my own hair oils, I’m loving the coconut-avocadomarula blend right now. This gives me ANOTHER layer of slip without weighing my hair down and allows me to transition into my styling process. Depending on the style and the type of cream that I used I don’t apply any more product.

Style – After all that I’m glad to be able to leave my hair alone for at least 6 weeks…LOL

You’re probably heard naturalistas say, “This is what works for MY hair, your hair is different.” That’s 100% true. In order to arrive at the regimen that only makes sense to you and works for your hair, you’ll have to start doing something. Don’t be afraid to experiment, I promise you that you’ll learn so much about your hair in the process that it will all be worth it.

If you want to follow more than 6 months of my hair care you can sign up to get the 6-Month Protective Style Journey emails and videos that haven’t been shared on the blog. I started this in January 2015 but I’m still creating stuff so you should definitely sign up here or in the sidebar —>.

To Your Beauty,

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The REAL Story Behind BYOB…..

Listen up, I’ve got a story to tell….

A lot of people have asked how BYOB came to be, most recently was during the interview for this magazine feature. It dawned on me recently that I’ve never actually shared this story on the blog. I’ve told it to people that have asked and I know I’ve mentioned it on Periscope, but it hasn’t been formally told here.

Let’s fix that.

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Picture it, Sierra Vista, AZ, 2014….I’d been writing blog articles about natural hair for a few months, sharing the content with women that I met in the grocery store, Target, etc. In January I decided to host an event, which isn’t a stretch for me since  I’ve owned an event planning business for several years at the time. My intention was to use this event as a launch for The Confetti Collective, I was selling my favorite naturalista regimen builders: shea butter, black soap, JBCO, the regulars.

But I knew I wouldn’t be doing that forever; I wasn’t going to be tied to companies that had control over my profit potential. (as a business owner I understand WHY they do it, I just didn’t want to build my own business this way) Once I’d made the decision to turn the blog into a legitimate business I knew I needed a product to sell, and I wanted that product to be my creation.

So I got busy drafting ideas……

Considering I rep #teamnatural proudly, and I’m raising a mini-naturalista (you can check out her swag here), whatever I created had to be something that we could participate in/use together, it was and still is important to me that she see and know that she can do anything by watching me.

I remember sitting at my desk one Sunday afternoon, supposed to be doing homework (I was in graduate school at the time), and BYOB just popped into my head. I thought, “What?”

But it wouldn’t leave me…I started scribbling down potential (brand-appropriate) meanings, and “Be Your Own Beautiful” fell out of my mouth. Once I accepted that THIS WAS IT, I knew that I had to make THIS look unapologetically feminine, it had to be something that every woman could relate to, something that just oozed femaleness.

Classic. Red. Lip.

Regardless of the ultimate design, the message is so powerful that I knew I had to get it out there. What woman doesn’t want to feel beautiful??? These days this conversation of beauty comes up all the time, even when I actually sit down to watch one of my favorite TV shows, read all about it here.

I wanted so badly for this thing to come exclusively from me that I tried my hand at the design. I found something I liked and rolled with it.

After 3 print shops and 4 different shirt styles the dolman sleeve top was introduced to the world. Over the past two years the red lippie has evolved into animal print, glitter and I definitely wasn’t going to leave my sisters in arms out of the picture, the camo style was added to the shop.

So I know you’re wondering: what’s next.

Wellllll, I have been working on a few things, maybe a tweak here or there…who knows 🙂

To Taking Care of Business,

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