Monday, December 29, 2008

Getting ready for the new year!

Part of my plans for the new year include getting a sew-in weave to help me during my transition. Since I know there may be other ladies out there wanting to do the same, I'll be including my experiences with that on here as well.

The main reason for this post is to get ready for the new year! I have a lot of goals that I want to accomplish and things I want to improve about my blog. I'll be comprising my list of things for the new year and posting some time tomorrow.

Thanks to those who have subscribed by email or through blogger! I truly appreciate those who take the time out to visit and/or comment. It means a lot and I hope that I'm helping someone out there.

Talk to you guys tomorrow. Keep your eye out on the Announcement Section for detail on my first giveaway!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Wash Day

Yes, I finally washed my hair after two weeks :O( I've got to get better with this. I detangled on Christmas day, on dry hair, and didn't suffer much hair breakage/loss. I've decided that I will start detangling my hair in smaller sections while dry before I detangle again in the shower. My hair did sooooo good today with that method. The amount of hair in my comb was a few strands here and there....which I expect when I don't wash and detangle regularly.

I was told by a few to never detangle on dry hair...but I must say it works for me so this is what I'm going to do from now on. My hair is air drying as I type and so soft to the touch. I'm still going strong on my challenge and I'm totally loving being heat-free! The key was finding the right way to air dry without ending up with a frizzy head of hair. Now that I have that down...I'm home free.

I haven't tested out too many transitioning styles right now...too lazy I suppose. Bunning is working for me right now and it's simple and easy. I find that bantu knots and braidouts lead my hair into a tangled web of mess and I just don't like the knots that I incur. So, I'll be trying to find some easier ways of doing these styles without tearing out all my hair.

Here's some pics of what my hair looked like while air drying! Stay Browne, Stay Lovely!

This is a side view with my hair down!
The front while drying!

This is the back, I had it up in a hair clip.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas Everyone!

We're wishing everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday! Enjoy and I shall return tomorrow with some exciting news!

Luv Ya!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Check This Out! Great Transitioning Tips Video!!!

This is a great video I found on youtube from a member named DPrincess28. She had some really great tips and I believe that she's also a member of LHCF. Check out the other video's she has on youtube also! Enjoy...

Disclaimer: I was not asked to post this video. I have done this to provide some information that I found helpful to me therefore I thought it would help others!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I'm taller than your average diva....

So I've been told at least. I'm ranging about 5'9" and I've always been taller than other females. I'm cool with it actually. I've never played basketball, lawd knows I got sick to death about that question. I guess folks figure you can play just because you got a few inches on ya.... not true. I play pretty well but let's just say I would have made the team if I would have followed through with practice. The fact was, I gave it my all but I would get maybe a minute tops in the game and damn near at the end??? What can I do if we're already winning at the end while folks are going to the snack stands preparing to watch the guys play next???

Anyways, wow- I've totally gone off topic. Today I wanted to add a little fashion discussion to the blog and the main thing I have trouble finding is JEANS THAT FIT. I mean really fit without that bulge in the back and look like high waters when your trying to be cute in heels. When your tall, it's almost impossible to find stuff that fits and is affordable.

The line I'm now interested in trying is PZI. They have had some pretty rave reviews and a lot of women with curves love them. They also have a selection where you can buy by the inseam!! I love it.

So if your a curvy diva, this might be a good line for you to check out if you haven't. For those of you that have, get on over there because they have a wonderful selection of jeans that are on sale. You can't beat that!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Regimen For Sunday!!

Quick Update For My Sunday Process 12/7/2008

1. Parted hair into 4 sections, clipping off each section.

2. Wet hair and shampooed with Nexxus Aloe Rid, then CON, then DC'ed with V05.

*Although it's not the best conditioner for me to DC with--I also had to detangle and this is one of the best for me to detangle with.

3. Detangled each section (horrible for me) and proceeded to rinse out conditioner afterwards.

4. Applied Aphogee Pro-Vitamin Leave-In on each section.

5. Applied Fantasia Polisher Gel to front of hair, pulled it back and place into a clip.

6. Tied my hair down with a silk scarf and removed the clip about 2 hours after my front had dried some.

7. Moisturized and sealed, before I went to bed, with Wave Noveau+Coconut Oil.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Transitioning Update!

Hello all! I just wanted to give a quick update about my transitioning status and give a tip or two to those who may be experiencing the same trials as me. First off, I brought some Fantasia Polishing Hair Gel to help me with the frizzies I have after I air dry. Surprisingly it worked!! This will definitely be one of my staples.

Yesterday was wash day and believe me I was past due...way past due. I did a clarifying wash to get the buildup out of my hair and detangled with conditioner and I lost wayyyyyy too much hair. I'm not for sure if it was because I hadn't combed my hair in days or if I'm still having a problem with my hair coming out. I started a BC around May and I'm thinking that it may be the culprit. I'm not totally sure so I will be scheduling some appointments today to see what's going on with that.

Good news is that my hair is totally detangled and I've decided to use low manipulation for the remainder of my transition. I'm bunning to reduce tangles and wearing a hair clip so that I don't constantly have to wear a ponytail. I'm not using anymore heat because I don't want to take any chances with messing up my natural curl pattern. Seriously, why go through all of this if I'm just gonna flat iron my kinks away only to find out I've damaged them too much???

Yesterday's process was very simple. I washed and detangled first. I've started to incorporate Aphogee products back into my regimen as it seems my hair is craving protein. I used Aphogee Pro-Vitamin Leave-In and pulled my hair back into a ponytail. I applied a small amount of the Fantasia Polisher Gel lightly dabbed on the front section and tied a scarf around my head. Once the front was pretty dry, I removed the scarf and let my hair hang but used my hair clip to keep it together vs. using a ponytail holder. This worked much better for me. My hair dried flat and I minimized a lot of the poofiness that I usually have. I will definitely be doing this for the rest of my transition.

If anyone else has some great tips on transitioning...please leave a comment or send me a message. I have a quick and convenient email form at the bottom of my blog so feel free to use it.

Stay Browne, Stay Lovely

Friday, December 5, 2008

Eyebrow Threading Videos!

Click here to see another one I liked!

Eyebrow Threading!

OMG!!! This is something that I have to try at the beginning of the new year. I'm so excited that I can barely wait. I usually get my eyebrows done by my hairstylist with a razor. She's excellent so I trust her to do the right thing (LOL).

I haven't had them done in a while (SMH) so since I went to Atlanta for Thanksgiving I was going to get them done at my favorite place in the mall...and yes you can bet I can't remember the name right now*sigh* but when I think of it I will definitely get back with you. I want to say the name is Color Me Beautiful?? Anyhow, the store is located at the main entrance of the mall and on the left side in case anyone is going to Southlake soon. It's small but the staff is VERY professional and I can't stress that enough. It's a friendly environment and they are very personable. They do the facial waxes and eyelashes also.
So if threading isn't something you want to try, give them some business!

I've been researching the whole threading deal for about 2 days now (a long time huh?) and I've watched some videos on youtube about it and found some interesting ones that may help some to learn how to do it at home. I picked two videos to post for additional info on threading in case anyone else is interested!

Disclaimer: The shop I mentioned in this post does not know anything about my blog nor did anyone ask me for advertisement. I like going there and thought if anyone else in the ATL area would like to would be a good idea! Videos will be in the Eye Candy Section.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Swimming in debt?

Lawd knows I am :O(...buit there's a easy way to fix your it off!! I'm going to put up a poll later to get some idea about people's ideal debt. Funny thing is>>>I'm in school for Accounting/Finance!!!>>>but it's so easy for me to help others get their money right but so hard for me to get my own???

That's such a confusing thing for me these days*sigh*but one of goals for the new year is to get the debt under control. I am working extra hard to curb any extra spending. This seems to be where all my extra money is disappearing. Eating out, buying little things I don't need, and spending in snack machines.

Does anyone out there have debt problems? (yes this includes student loans!!!)

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Hello B&L's!!! I'm back to my regularly scheduled posts and believe me I've been soooo tied up! Sorry for that guys! I went out of town for the holidays and had sooo many things to do for the trip.

Okay, my hair is getting more and more difficult to deal with. However, I've been researching over on LHCF and Nappturality and gotten some great tips on how to detangle my hair without tearing out over half my head. The best way to detangle that new growth is to slather it down with conditioner while you're in the shower. Proceed to detangle and rinse out the conditioner. I will definitely make sure that I have my sections plaited off from each other (before I rinse) once I've detangled!

B&L's first give-a-way is right around the corner. There are a few more hours available to cast your vote on what you would like to see as prizes on here. I'll do different items randomly but the poll is for the major contests I'll feature on here. Stay tuned for details about the give-a-ways and contests!

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday! I was in Atlanta...yeahh!!!! I loved it and everyone had a great time. I've decided to go ahead and put up that feel good Christmas music and hopefully everyone will enjoy. If you don't choose to listen to the music please press the stop button on the player!!! I put this up for those who enjoy to listen to music while they're browsing.

Special thanks to all of those who visit my blog and comment regularly! I appreciate it soooo much. I try to do the same and it means a lot when someone takes the time to read what you have to say. Take care everyone and I'll be posting some important stuff tomorrow so stay tuned!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Transitioning anyone???

I've thought long and hard these past few weeks about the state of my hair. I've joined another hair board and I've been researching and writing etc....everyday, every night about different hair articles. I must say, I have been living in a true fantasy the past few weeks. It's taken me some time and soul searching to come to the realization that I want to try transitioning again. I mean, really stick with it this time. I thought that relaxing my hair was going to satisfy my need for change in my life...but no, it hasn't.

So before I made this decision, again, this time I took the time out to write down and think about why I want to transition to natural hair. Here are some things that I jotted down:

Why do I want to transition?

I want to transition because I'm tired of trying to make my hair do what it doesn't want to do.....straighten. It seems as though my hair doesn't want to do it anymore...if that makes sense! I see soooooo many women that I admire with long beautiful hair that relax and their hair is as healthy as can be. One problem, it's their hair...not mines. No one's hair is exactly the same and that is what can be so confusing at times.

It's like saying to yourself, why does her hair grow faster or ect...what can I do to make my hair do that. This is a prime example of why I started my hair journey---to get hair like "hers." Only problem is my hair is a different texture and products just don't work the same. With that being said, I want to get to know MY HAIR. I want to wear a cute puff, see my cute natural waves, and wear gorgeous twist outs with my natural hair.

Becoming natural is something I've always feared. I mean seriously, what could I do without my straight hair? Come to find out you can do everything you do now with your natural hair also.... you must take care either way. I used to car what people think, now I'm looking to find myself and I want to start with my natural hair. It's me and I want a new beginning. I want to free of breaking my hairs bonds.

So, if there is anyone reading this and wants or is transitioning to natural hair....let's do this together. It's going to be hard but it's worth it in the end. I'll be looking to my K.I.S.S. Sista Bossay for help and I know she's good for it!

I'll have some more on joining my transitioning challenge later today!!!

Stay Browne, Stay Lovely!!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Do you reply/respond to your readers?

I mean, do you really? Are you an active reader? Seriously, in this whole blog community on blogspot I find new blogs everyday that I want to follow b/c they're interesting for the most part. What I don't like is when I leave a comment asking questions and the people never give me a reply??? I understand that folks are busy but dang...I'm interested and the best way to keep me and others is to be an active author!

Anywho, thanks to all blogger that answer my questions, no matter how silly...thanks for taking the time out to help me!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Building your Regimen-Steps 5&6

Step 5

We're gonna hop right into step 5 ladies or gentlemen! This will begin to be the actual formation of your regimen and as I said in earlier steps, if you find a hair twin try to see if her regimen will also work with you. Before you begin, you must do an assessment of your hair. Protein and moisture are the two main types of product categories. In step 3, you would have chosen some moisturizing products and protein based products also. To understand balancing protein and moisture, please read The Fine Art of Protein and Moisture.

Okay, now that you've read that continue with your assessment. Is your hair shedding too much? Are you suffering from too much breakage? All the questions you need to ask will be answered in that article above so I STRESS to you...PLEASE READ BEFORE CONTINUING!!!

Step 6

Now that you've successfully done your assessment, you can begin to write down a simple and basic regimen. Don't attempt to do 4 co-washes and clarifying like crazy just because you get overly excited! It takes some time and tweaking to get to the regimen that will push you along the way to get to your desired length. The most important thing right now is getting HEALTHY HAIR. It makes no sense to have long hair with split ends that will eventually lead to you cutting off more in the future from the damage than if you had a simple trim before. All things come in due time.

As I mentioned in earlier steps, you can click on the Regimen tab on the menu bar and follow along with the steps as I post them. It takes time to develop a regimen that you feel will work for you and I want everyone who's starting out to take their time, read, and research what you need instead of diving in head first.

Ask yourself these questions:

Do I want to transition from relaxed to natural or vice versa?

Does my hair lack moisture or protein? If so, what needs to be the focus so that I can balance the two?

Have I researched any items that I don't understand?

Have I asked questions that will help me better prepare myself to develop my regimen?

These are just a few of the questions to ask yourself before you begin. I'm new to the hair game myself and starting off can be overwhelming because you want to have your hair look like "insert name's" and it takes time to get there. Any questions please feel free to ask and follow along with My Regimen as I build it with the steps. I have some more important tips coming later today with some articles that will definitely help you out.

Until then, Stay Browne-Stay Lovely!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Building Your Regimen- Steps 3 & 4

Step 3

Now that you've taken the time to write down your goals and current hair status. You need to write a list of products down that you want to try and make it simple. As I mentioned in earlier steps, finding a hair twin is a great idea. Although all the products your twin may not work for you, at least you have a good base to begin from.

Step 3 seems to be the most important step. I went totally overboard trying to try/buy everything that I saw others trying but if you're just starting out, this is NOT the way to go. You need several basic items to begin your regimen.

You should have one of each:

Moisturizing Shampoo
Clarifying Shampoo
Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
Protein Based Deep Conditioner
Protein Treatment
Leave-In Conditioner
Water Based Moisturizer
Natural Oils
Essential Oils
Heat Protectant

Step 4

This ties in directly with step 3. Along with great products you also need great tools. Once again, don't go out and buy something just because "insert name" said it was good. Do your research! Whatever you want to get will be there tomorrow!!! Don't rush yourself, take your time and keep it simple when purchasing.


Wide toothed seamless comb

Medium toothed seamless comb

A boar or soft bristle brush

Detangling brush (optional)

Hair pins/clips

Rollers (soft or regular)

Satin Scarf, Bonnet, and or Satin Pillowcases

Plastic Shower Caps

A pair of shears

A ceramic flat iron

A hooded dryer

A handheld dryer

Again you can visit the link I listed above to see some examples and more details over at Associated Content.

Stay tuned for more steps to complete you regimen! As I'm blogging this I will be participating by listing my regimen along with the steps also! If anyone notices anything I left out, please leave me a message and I'll list it ASAP.

Stay Browne, Stay Lovely!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ears Free Head Wrap

Okay ladies, so I've stumbled upon this great idea online and looks like I might want to try this. I have a description from the website below and you can click the link if you're interested in ordering. I love the idea that this keeps my ears free especially at night! I hate having sore ears when I get up in the morning. IT's only $10+S&H which isn't bad. I will be ordering next Friday so I'll keep you guys up to date on that!



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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Starting Off

Beginning a new regimen can be pretty tough. One piece of solid advice I can offer that's going to be 100% correct is:

Find what YOUR hair loves b/c everything may not work for you that's working for someone else!

Okay, so that was a long point and quite true. We always see other women with this gorgeous hair and we want it. No matter what it takes, we want to get our hair exactly like hers. Uhhhh, problem is that her regimen May or MAY NOT work for you.

You have got to take the time to research, record results, and have patience. If your hair is NL, don't set your goal to be WL within 6 months and then stress yourself out about it. (That's just a suggestion.) Keep your goals realistic and as you progress you will be able to see your results. I got some great advice from Bossay when I first joined KISS and she gave me some wonderful tips when I was starting out. So I'm here to share them with you!

Steps 1 & 2 for building your hair regimen:

1. Buy a notebook to record your results, product pros/cons, and anything you research.

This is ESSENTIAL to do because how do you know if your doing anything right? When I began I didn't right down anything so I got lost pretty quickly with all the information that I was trying to soak up. Plus, I just dived in with no sense of direction. My point is, don't get lost in the dream of having "HER" hair. As I mentioned above, patience is the key component of holding your hair journey together. Don't shatter it with overly high standards, no research, and the wrong products.

2. Don't develop Product Junkieism.

I started off as on and this is soooooo not good for your hair. It really serves no purpose to go out and buy every single product that you see someone else is using. While reading Hairlicious,Inc. I caught an important article from our dear Sunshyne and she was basically asking how did you build your regimen. A key part in beginning hers was following a hair twin (someone with similar texture/type of hair as you) and biting off pieces here and there tweaking them as she went along in her hair journey. Click on the link above to read the post!

As you can see, Sunshyne's hair game is on lock and very beautiful indeed. I'll be posting the steps in increments this week so that we can start this off slow!

Stay Browne, Stay Lovely

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Oooooooohhh, Honey Child

Thanks to Ashley over at K.I.S.S. I have tried the honey once again and I'm currently pre-pooing as we speak. Honey seems to be quite popular to use with conditioners at the moment. Honey is a humectant that can be added with your favorite conditioner. It's suppose to help make your hair sleek and smoother. I just started using this so I will see how it goes. If you decide to try, remember not to expect "SUPER" results after the first time. Give your hair time to adjust and take everything slow. Often we expect our hair to look like "insert hair idol's name here" and we've only been doing the regimen for a week. Will update you ladies later with some after pictures.

Stay Browne, Stay Lovely

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I'm so....

lazy about doing this product haul..I hate going through stuff just to see what I have, what i don't need, what's sucks, what's great, what I don't have..blah, blah, blah.

Well, I guess I'll get on it tonight seeing as how the holidays are coming and I can't keep looking like I'mma bag lady. I do indeed look a mess. I'm off to buy a wig today to get me through the holidays!! I used to wear them back in the day for fashion but I think that I will get my hair braided down and chill with all the combing for a week. I'll still wash and moisturize my locks and keep that scalp clean so no worries there.

I'm going to the hair store on my lunch break and hopefully get some pics of what my final wig is!

Stay Browne, Stay Lovely

Oh yeah, is anybody else getting weird vibes from McCan't supporters still??

Monday, November 3, 2008

Healthy Textures vs. Healthy Textures??

Hello B&L's!! I'm back to my normal schedule for posting...I'm trying to get the newly revamped blog up and running again! I have so many spots to get info in!

Anywho, so I got a email on October 31st, assuming that many of you did also stating the new location of the site and also the blog. I took a few minutes on Saturday night to check out the new HT and I must say that it is impressive. The format is very easy to navigate, easy on the eyes, and it just looks great! Sad part, she's charging $9.99 per month, 24.99 per quarter, or 99.99 per year (two months free with yearly fee). :O( Sorry, I won't be joining but it was nice to see the progress that she's made, so congrats to Marcherie.

Now, the reason for this post is that a new Healthy textures has been formed in place of the other one on the ning social network. Click on the link to take a closer look at what I'm about to tell you. Apparently someone has formed this group near the same time the network was taken offline. Now, I'm an avid stan for all the free networks, which are listed under My Social Circle on my sidebar ;O), but I must say that I can not support whomever made this site. Yes, I know I've put out a message which may lead to more traffic but I'm just here to state my opinion!

And I will not join nor support this site (the fake HT) because it's misleading and it's taking away from someone else's brand. I did not really care for the atmosphere at the original HT but hey, it lead me to the great sites that I'm a member of now. So, to anyone reading this now and in the future...please beware that this link is the new Healthy Textures Although I think it's absolutely ridiculous to pay that much per month for a site, please choose the correct site for yourself. I can't stand by and let women who want to seriously improve their lovely locks, choose a place to join simply because they were mislead.

As I said, I am an avid fan of the free sites, free blogs, and the LCHF...the difference is -- they all created their own brand instead of using someone else's ideas. I find it tasteless and rude. Be creative and start your own network. Don't mislead ladies to join your site! Marcherie worked hard for hers and so can anyone else.

Remember to donate to the free sites so that we can help keep them free!!

Take care Ladies and as always HHG!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Changing Gears!

Hey B&L's! So glad to back to my normal schedule...somewhat but I am going to be changing up my blog-mosphere a little. I'm looking to shake things up and make this a worthwhile venture.

LOL...not trying to charge for anything!! We've heard enough of the $9.99 a month blues. Anywho, I'm going to be doing contests, give-a-ways, quotes of the day, interviews, and more! All this while still blogging about my passion for longer healthier hair!

So think- product reviews, freebies, interviews, HAIR CARE, + more??? and all for FREE???

You know what to do...stick around and get the word out about Browne & Lovely!

I have a mission and once I'm set .... I'm set!

Take care Ladies..will be posting later today!

♥Stay Browne, Stay Lovely♥

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Quick hair update!

Well, sorry I haven't posted in past couple of days...drama filled weekend!! First our car shut off in the middle of traffic...then no one would help hubby push until our Pastor and her husband and another elderly gentleman stopped to help us>>>turns out the car was out of fluids???. So yeah, we've gotta get that leak fixed ASAP...then my baby boy (4, will turn 5 on Halloween! so he's not really little) broke his arm today*sigh*I just feel so bad for's hurting and you fellow mommies know how that is! I feel my children's pain!!

Okay, now back to the topic...I pre-pooed with garlic oil....and boy did it STANK...yes..STANK. I hated it. I then washed with my V05 Moisture Milks (Passion Fruit) and did a deep condition with Silk Elements Mega Cholesterol w/ 3 tblsp of honey (thanks to Ashley from KISS for the honey tip!). I DC'ed for at least 2 or 3 hours (got lazy) but my hair was wonderfully soft!! I also did a brief steam treatment within those hours of DC'ing. I used Aphogee Pro-Vitamin as my leave in and Nexxus Heat Protectant since I blow dryed. I moisturized and sealed with Wave Noveaou (sp?, thanks Sunshyne & Melyssah for the great tips) and EVCO.

I've decided that I will alternate my heat whenever I do major washes. If I decide to flat iron, I must air dry. If I decide to blow-dry I won't flat iron. That helps for me since my hair is poofy when I just leave it without any type of heat or style.

Till next time.....

Stay Browne, Stay Lovely


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hey, you got some money??

Disclaimer: None of the sites listed asked me or paid me to mention them in this post. Just want to make that clear for anyone who reads and thinks that I am "hatin" (i can't stand that word) and trying to promote for profit. I'm not, this is merely my opinion and since this is my blog...I will state it freely as you can state yours also!

Well, that seems to be the hot topic to dish about at the moment about a certain hair board. I'm not here to cause trouble (actually I am) but I just want to take a moment to examine the situation. It seems that one of our most popular hair networks (Healthy Textures) will now be moving and the enrollment fee is $9.99 per month (yes, per month) or discounted at $99.99 for the entire year.

*sigh*I'm not here to knock anybody's be totally honest, Healthy Textures was the first hair network I joined. I will be upfront...I didn't really feel as though I fit in there. I never had the admin on my friend list nor felt comfortable enough to ask too many questions. Anywhoo, I still got a GREAT load of info from other ladies and everyone on my friend list was uber friendly.

Back on the topic, I congratulate her for stepping her site up and getting that paper...but the real question is....Is this a reasonable price? Answer: Hellz no, it's not reasonable.

Long Hair Care Forum charges $6.50 for the year (which I plan on joining tomorrow) and have a wealth of info that will definitely get you started. For me to pay 10 bucks per month is sheer foolishness.

10 bucks for the year (reasonable, would definitely do it)
per month (me+10 bucks per month= me being a fool)

I am a loyal member of a few other sites (I will list below) and they are totally free! Not to mention all the blogs I'm currently following....*sigh* what people do to pull a profit. But good luck with that, I'm staying where I am!

Now, those of you that are K.I.S.S members, remember to donate (much better than a ridiculously imposed fee) and help keep it free. Traycee is a wonderful person and has done great things with K.I.S.S. so let's do our part and donate what we can!

I'm also a member of The Coarse Hair Diaries and another up and coming site....Hairlista' fellow blogger Sunshyne! Let's support these sites and keep them up and running. They are warm, friendly, and giving sistas so whatever you're looking for you can find it over there.


HHG to all!

Stay Browne, Stay Lovely!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Golden Mart Beauty Supply--ONLINE!!!

Alright B & L's, I've definitely stumbled upon a great site...Golden Mart Beauty Supply. While scoping out over on HT, I ran upon this in a post (sorry, I clicked outta the page and can't remember but credit to a HT Poster!!!) and decided to check it out. It like an online BSS just like the popular local shops!

There are sooooo many products to choose from...half-weaves/wigs, ponytails, products, and more! There is a wide selection of popular products (see pictures below) and hair accessories. Since I haven't actually purchased from this site yet, I will not go on record to say how the shipping/customer service is(kind of makes no sense huh??) but I will be in the near future for a hair challenge I've developed for myself. From what I saw on HT, she made a great purchase and didn't have any complaints. I'll definitely head back over there to see who posted the name of this site.

I thought this would be a great site for those of you like me, who can't find products that we want to try in our areas. More than likely it is on this site, if not...I shall keep looking till I find it!
Golden Mart Beauty Supply

Just click on the links underneath the brand name of the products (on their site) to see what they offer for each line! These are just a few of the popular lines I know people are using or looking for.

Elasta QPDesigner Touch Dr. Miracle's

Stay Browne...Stay Lovely!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Air Drying...The Puffiness Factor

Would you like to convert to the healthier option of air drying vs. using direct heat? I'm sure we all do but some of us have that dreadful poof factor that occurs every time we try to air dry our hair! Since I had this same problem occur several times I have a few tips that may help those of you that are in the same situation as me.

1. Use a pomade on your hair before drying. This usually works for me but it also weighs down my hair if I use to much and the key is hiding my ends!

2. Air Dry using a protective style....such as bantu knots, roller sets, or braid/twist outs.

3. You can use anti frizz products and rinse you hair with cold water.

These are just a few tips to help you get through! Remember the key to doing this successfully is doing something with your ends! That always works for me and I have the puffiest hair when I air dry without a regimen! Hope this helps someone out there and if you have any suggestions please leave them in the comment may help someone out yourself, including me!!

Happy Hair Growing!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Shopping on my B-Day!!

Hellooooo B&L's!!! Well many don't know but today is my B-Day (hooray for another year!!!) and I got a wonderful surprise from my mother! I got my Shea Cashmere Body Lotion and Shower Cream plus a cute little stuffed sheep to stand guard for me ;O). So in honor of my special day I decided to do a braidout or twist out today. Now I am currently in the process of washing, conditioning, etc..right now but as I sit with the shower cap I wanted to do a quick post.

I went and did a little shopping to get me a leave in conditioner. Shouts out to all the wonderful KISS Sistas that gave me sooooo much helpful feedback. I ended up buying Aphogee Pro-Vitamin Leave in Conditioner and Neutrogena Silk-Touch Leave-In. I love Aphogee products and I just began using the NTM products and they work good thus far so I just wanted to give this stuff a shot. Oh yeah, got me some Scuncci headbands also. Check them out at Walgreen's...I got 6 assorted bands for $3.29!!

I'll post some pics of the hair later but for now enjoy the product pics and information tid-bits! HHG!


Product Info

ApHOGEE Pro-Vitamin Leave-In Conditioner is a deep penetrating, leave-in conditioner that fortifies limp, lifeless hair creating superior body.

Panthenol and Mucopolysaccharides combine to penetrate the cortex to strengthen and increase fullness. All hair types will support hair styles better. Low pH (5.5) seals the cuticle to detangle and enhance color and highlights. With Pro-Vitamin Leave-In Conditioner perms will spring to life. Essential for those using styling tools or dryers. May be used daily, before styling or setting.

Product Benefits:

Adds Body and Texture
Stops Frizz and Seals in Moisture
Protects Color and Curls
Alcohol Free

Wash hair with Aphogee Shampoo and towel dry. Spray or pour 1/4 to 3/4 ounce of Pro-Vitamin leave-in Conditioner onto hair depending on length and thickness. Comb thoroughly. Hair should be evenly damp, but not over wet. Blow dry on low heat setting or air dry naturally. Style as usual.


Water, Polyquaternium-11, Amodimethicone, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium collagen Amino Acids, Cocoyl Sarcosine, wheat Germ Fatty Acids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Arachidonic Acid, Sorbitol, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, tocopherol, Sulfur, Tallowtrimonium Chloride, Citrci Acid, Polysorbate-80, Nonoxynol-10, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dimethicone, Copoylol, Acetamide MEA, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Fragrance, Quaternium-15, Methylparaben.

NTM Silk Touch Leave-In Cream


  • Professional Developed to treat extra dry or over-processed hair Softens, smoothes and conditions hair for exceptional manageability

  • This silky leave-in cream melts effortlessly into strands, moisturizing while diminishing flyaways and frizz with lasting humidity protection

  • Hair stays naturally soft and touchable all day - no flaking, heaviness, or stickiness

  • The advanced formula helps improve hair quality with every use

  • Contains UV filters

  • Three naturally derived extracts penetrate to help moisturize each layer of the hair strand

  • Olive penetrate to the center

  • Meadowfoam seed helps moisturize the middle

  • Sweet almond wraps the surface

  • Made in USA

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Shea Cashmere by Bath & Body Works

OMG!!! I just went to Bath & Body Works and this stuff is soooooo guuuuddd!!! I love the smell, it feels great against my skin, and since I absolutely love TrueBlue Spa Products...this is the right stuff. I happened to run up on this while on my lunch break and yes..I'm getting some on Friday (payday for some of us!). It has a smooth vanilla smell (so if you hate vanilla, this may not be for you)and creamy to the touch. There's a product description for the body lotion and some pics listed below. They have several different products so go on over the Bath and Body Works to see all descriptions! Go and try some first cause you might just find some of their other products (I have a good one stashed below!!) that appeal to your senses also!

Wrap yourself in cashmere. This ultra-moisturizing body lotion is infused with soothing cashmere extract and rich shea butter to leave skin supremely silky. The perfect everyday luxury, it absorbs quickly to nourish head to toe, leaving skin addictively soft and lightly fragranced with a creamy vanilla scent that's both fresh and comforting.

Revolutionary spa formula combines rich, moisturizing African shea butter with luxurious cashmere extract to envelop skin in supreme silky softness
Absorbs instantly to nourish skin and deeply hydrate with no after-feel
Creamy vanilla fragrance evokes warm, soft, luxurious comfort
Not tested on animals

This is another one I tested while there!! This one smells great too! (for all of you that haven't tried this yet!)

Black Amethyst