May 3, 2016

Scarf-a-palooza!

They say the first step to recovery is admission. 
So (GULP) here goes.....
My name is 'Journey' and I'm addicted to scarves. 


Why scarves? 
Why not? Much like jewelry, shoes, and handbags, a scarf can take an outfit from 'not' to 'hot' in the flick of the wrist. They dress an outfit up or down. They keep you warm. And while it sounds bad, we all have those antisocial moments when we just don't want to talk. Pulling a scarf just above your mouth is a passive aggressive way of saying 'please keep it moving'. 
If you travel on business, you have probably seen someone use a scarf to shield themselves from the unwanted invasion of talkative busy-bodies and germs. Not familiar? This image is a great guide:


Try it!
In addition to being stylish, scarves are simply fun! One of my FAVORITE videos is a YouTube tutorial that shows you 25 different ways to wear a scarf in 4.5 minutes! Check it out!

Getting started!
Nowadays you can find scarves everywhere from Target to specialty arts and crafts shops such as Michael's, AC Moore, and JoAnn Fabrics to online boutiques across Etsy. One of my favorite places to purchase scarves is White House Black Market 

I have scarves for every occasion- warm weather, cold weather, or simply because!

Most recently, I'm in LOVE with the scarf my friend and his new bride or 'Pellam' brought me from Andrha Pradesh, India!


Fancy, huh?
Want to step your scarf game up? Add a broach or try wearing your scarf as a headwrap or waist piece! 


So there, I've admitted my 'problem'. 
Funny thing...after writing up all the pros of scarves, I've decided I'm not an addict at all. I'm an aficionado
The real pros!
While I like my 'beginner' level attempts to use my scarf as a headwrap, I have nothing on the real pros. Check out these beauties from the lucy44 blogsite! With any luck, I'll graduate to this level of the game any day now!

Your turn to share..
Are you a scarf aficionado? Share in the comments section below or head over to Facebook and share your pictures! Be sure to join the Journey2MyRoots group while you're there. 
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Til next time, be blessed my friends! 

April 3, 2016

Natural Hair Options for Covering Gray Hair

Regal, Distinguished, and Elegant!
Those are just a few words that comes to mind when I see women proudly rocking their naturally graying tresses. 

Since the days of Clark Gable, gray hair suggests a certain gravitas among men. The same is not said of women. When women go gray, society starts apologizing to her and explaining that she's entering a new 'season' in life. HUH????

Well call it 'season of life' or plain ole sassiness; whether 100% natural or helped along with color, these women prove that black is beautiful and gray can slay!
Source: Google Images

Gray hair runs in my family. It typically starts in our crown but by early 20s' genetics of gray hair strikes us all. However unlike the we women, when I see my gray hair, the words that come to mind are much less possible. Rather than regal, distinguished and elegant, my gray hair is wiry, untamed, and unattractive in my eyes.

Perhaps its' the fact that it grows in single strands/small patches here and there that I can't find it attractive. Heck, I'd love to have a single area/patch that grew and could be styled as the natural beauty in the picture below.
Source: Google Images

But such is not the case. Over the years, I've been able to manage my gray hairs with simply hair dyeing. While my own hair is a natural dark chestnut, I LOVE the reddish lift I get through dying. 

See me dye my hair using my ole reliable, L'Oreal Feria in this video tutorial. I've been using it for more years than I want to admit. 


While I thank God for the years, I'm tired of fighting these gray strands in my crown. Having lost my last bit of patience, I tried something new. 

I saw a product called Kiss, brush in gray color touch up in the beauty supply store recently. Since nothing else is working, I figured why not give it a whirl. 



See the results and learn the science of hair; specifically gray hair in this video tutorial. 


Please like, comment, and 
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Have you tried Kiss? Have you tried another brand? Leave  your comments in the comment section. I look forward to hearing your experiences.

Until we meet again. May God bless you and keep you my friends!

March 26, 2016

Redefining Natural Hair Success

Hello Journeyers! I hope all is well. I've been wanting to address this topic for a while so I'm pretty excited to finally get to it.

Before I start, I think this picture speaks a million words:


Some call it a fad, others a lifestyle but either way, I'm thrilled to see that wearing our own natural hair has become a more acceptable option in areas where it was once considered risque (school, corporate work environments, the military, etc). I was and remain thrilled to be part of a movement of curly-haired, African-American women who have decided to unyoke themselves from the ideology that looking white is the only way to look right. We're all God's creatures so while I see beauty in the tresses of blondes, ringlets of redheads, and bounce of brunette bobs; I also see and LOVE) my brown sisters and brothers wearing their crowns of kinks, coils, and curls with unapologetic pride.

That said, it seems that we've now reached a place where a lot of women feel they've only had a successful natural hair journey if they can wear one of these.




Don't even get me started on the second picture. It's cute but do you really need a picture to know this information? I think it was more helpful when it defined the acronyms sometimes thrown around by naturalistas (i.e. BSL- bra strap length). 

All this said, my frustration is borne out of what seems to be a mindset. Perhaps I'm wrong but it seems that all of this is a confirmation that whether relaxed or natural, we as a community still idolize a certain 'look'.


Having been natural a while now, I certainly understand the desire to know one's hair progress. I get it. 

What I do not believe and hate to inform you is that you can try all the products in the world and try every technique known to man, not everybody is going to have curls like the picture above or as I call them. The Miss Jessie's gals. Beyond the coils, it's the length that many have mentally designated as the sign of success. Well curlfriend, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. 

I'm not saying it's impossible, I'm saying it's idealistic. 



Why you ask? 
One of my natural hair faves, Kim Love of Luv Naturals explains it perfectly in this video. Summarily, hair growth is determined by many things including but not limited to age, diet, exercise, genetics, medications, hair practices, etc.


So the moral of the story: 
STOP defining your success based on the results of someone else's hair journey!!!


While I love to see beautiful hair of varying textures, color, styles, etc. I do not allow their pictures to discourage me or define my goals. What is great FOR THEM, may not be reality FOR ME.

So how SHOULD I define success? 
If your hair is shiny, thick, strong, and healthy- your journey has been successful. What more could you ask for?

'Til next time my friend....
May God bless and keep you!








March 25, 2016

The NEW Journey to My Roots...#thepursuitofhealthiness

Hi Journeyers!!! 
I hope all is well and that your journey is going well. 
Guess what! I've grown, and I'm not just talking about my hair!


First let me thank the many of you who have followed me and stuck with me through the ups and downs of Journey to My Roots and my love child, Quench Moisturizer by Journey to My Roots



If you've been around from the beginning, you may recall my 'promise' to keep Journey to My Roots it about all and only hair. I'd say unfortunately but rather I'm saying Glory to God. I'm going to have to ask your forgiveness because I can no longer keep that promise. As I said.....I've grown!

Over the last few years, my life has changed beyond measure! While I'd always known God, It was not until recently that I truly began to walk with Jesus. Since beginning that walk, EVERY aspect of my life  has changed. Has it been a cakewalk? No! But iron sharpens iron and my time with Jesus has made me a much better person! While I could keep this over-abundance of joy to myself, it's impossible. My cup truly runneth over with the love of God. I couldn't keep it to myself it I tried. It's for this reason that Journey to My Roots has become a new thing.

I could go on and on but I think this video explains everything. 


Now that you understand the change, you probably understand the recent posts on social, political, and other issues that impact our thoughts, our community, our world.

Here's a link to the my latest social commentary blog; 

http://journey2myroots.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-birth-of-foolishness-death-of-our.html

Please check it out and comment. The only rule to engagement is RESPECT. We can disagree without being disagreeable but fact is, it's time that our community address these hard issues head on. If you get to a stalemate, agree to disagree and keep it moving. 

NEW CHALLENGE! #thepursuitofhealthiness
All this said, the community cannot be healed absent the healing of the individuals. To that end, I've begun a new challenge/initiative called #thepursuitofhealthiness. 

As part of the #pursuitofhealthiness, I am going to make my best effort to eat better, exercise more, and live better. It pains me to post this picture but fact is, we can't change things that we're not honest about and quite honestly, I need to lose weight. 



Sure, there will be people who will laugh and leave hateful messages but again, go I found this in Google Images and thought it was a perfect response to this and many other issues on life; 



Lesson: Stop caring about the hateful words of people you don't know who's opinion doesn't matter. At the end of the day versus being angry, we should pray for people who have nothing better to do with their time and talents than sit online trying to diminish the life light of another human being. 

So what does it mean to join the #pursuitofhappiness?
Not much at all and it will vary by person. To pursue means to be in chase of. Daily let's try to be in chase of better health, kinder hearts, and more giving spirits. Personally, I'm going to start with diet and exercise. While there are countless trainers and tools available online, I feel better tipping my toe in the water before jumping in the pool. No pun intended but it's for this reason that versus traditional aerobics, I've started water aerobics. I LOVE swimming so this was a win-win and a no-brainer for me! As the summer/warmer months come around, I'll restart personal training. I go to NShape Fitness or Souled Owt Fitness

Keep in mind, exercise alone is not going to do it. Bob Harper, guru to the stars and host of of the Biggest Loser stated the following about body weight while on a recent episode of Oprah's 'So Where Are They Now': 
"It is about 80 percent your nutrition; it is 20 percent fitness."


With that in mind, I picked up two teas made by Argo the other day. They're healthy and they're DELICIOUS! Unfortunately, they're also about $3 each. 
While they're absolutely worth it, I decided to try my hand at a DIY or Do it Yourself recipe. See how in this video tutorial. 


So there you have it folks; all the cards are on the table. 
Journey to My Roots is headed in a new direction.
Will you stick with me? I trust God that you will. He told me you would and unlike man, he cannot lie. 
His word will never return void.

May God Bless and keep you my friends!
XOXO!

March 12, 2016

Vintage Updo...Sassy & Simple Style for Natural or Relaxed Hair!




If you know me, you know I love all things vintage! Be it Madam CJ Walker, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Billie Holiday, or Coretta Scott King, these women and the styles they wore scream class, culture, and distinction. While history tells some very ugly truths about this time, it paints that truth behind an enghanting picture, a picture that includes elegant updos, curls adorned with flowers, and jewelry as hairpieces.


When I first went natural, one of my FAVORITE Youtubers was Curly ChroniclesShe has some of the most gorgeous yet creative and simple vintage styles ever.

So given my love of vintage, I'm thrilled to share this video tutorial. 
Natural or relaxed, this simple updo is a great vintage style! Check it out then like, comment, reshare, and please SUBCRIBE, SUBCRIBE, SUBSCRIBE!



Please share your comments below and if you try this style, please share your pictures. I'd love to create an album and reshare them. You can reach me at journeytomyroots@gmail.com

Want more vintage looks. Click on the picture below to check out a throwback tutorial from Curly Chronicles.


She's grown her brand since the original days as Curly Chronicles. 
You can now find her as The Retro Natural @ http://theretronatural.blogspot.com
Definitely check her out. She's a real thinker. 
She's funny, intelligent, and beautiful beyond words. You'll learn a lot of science with her as well and you know I LOVE that. Say it with me, 'The more you know, the more you grow!'

Til next time, much love and God bless!

March 6, 2016

The Simply Straight Straightening Brush on Natural Hair- A Product Review



They're all the rage but do they work? Simply Straight is a ceramic straightening brush. Check out my product review and find out the following:

  • Does it work???????
  • How does it compare to flat ironing or using a hot comb?
  • How do I use it and what do I need to know before getting started?
I cover all that and more in this product review video.

Please like, comment, reshare, and most importantly




Thanks for checking it out! If you try or have tried the Simply Straight (or any other brand), please share your experience. I'd love to see your pictures too. Email them to me @ journeytomyroots@gmail.com

Thanks and God Bless!

January 29, 2016

DIY Hair Accessories

Is that a necklace; a necklace and hair pin; or an ornate hair accessory? Yes! It's whatever my heart fancies!

I don't know about you but I'm completely shocked by the cost of a simple headband or decorative hair comb these days. You can call me cheap. You can call me wise prudish. But if there's one thing you cannot call me it's wasteful! I simply refuse to pay exorbitant prices for flimsy flowers on cheap plastic bands!

That said, I do love a high-quality, beautifully-made, hair piece. 
Such is the specialty of BoutiqueDeBandeaux (BDB) on Etsy!
Click the picture below to check out her offerings.

 BoutiquedeBandeaux

BDB makes GORGEOUS hair couture especially designed with thick, curly, hair in mind. I love that many of her items are silk-lined- a must for us natural girls who know that cotton absorbs the moisture right out of your hair.

So while some boutiques, create ornate items that are worth paying for (i.e. Boutique Bandeaux), you too can make beautiful hair pieces. It's super simple and best of all....it's practically free!

Check out my latest video, DIY (Do it yourself) Hair Accessories to learn how to fashion your own hair pieces with a bit of creativity and ingenuity. I don't know about you but I have more pieces of jewelry than I'll ever wear and more flowers than I'll ever decorate with. Why not put them to good use? Learn how here:



In addition to the pictures on the video, you can head on over to my Facebook page to see even more ideas in my album, DIY Hair Accessories. Please be sure to 'like' my page. I truly appreciate your support.

Here's a couple of other ideas:
  • Have spare weave or Kankelon hair? Braid it and wrap it around your head as a headband.
  • Got tons of buttons you've collected over the years from the clothes you've bought? Use a glue gun and glue all different kinds to a thick ribbon and tie it around your head as a headband!
  • Be sure to check out Dollar Tree. They have tons of great clip on decorations such as these butterflies. Clip them to a stretchy headband and viola, you've got another cute hair piece!


So what do you think? Share in the comments and then come on over to the Journey to My Roots Group on Facebook to chat it up. See you there!

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I'd love to see what hair accessories this video inspires you to make. Email your pictures to me at journeytomyroots@gmail.com
I'd love to post them!

Thanks again Journeyers. God Bless!

November 30, 2015

Product Review: Softee Argan Oil Styling Gel

If you know me, you know I have been a looooooooooooooooong time fan of EcoStyler Olive Oil Styling Gel. 


Matter of fact, it's one of the items on my list of 'natural hair necessities'. What else is on the list? Check it out....


This list has come with time and test so while it's hard to get on the list, it's hard to get off as well. Nonetheless, I am willing to try new things. I'm a woman. It's our prerogative to change our minds. 


To that end, I recently tried Softee's Argan Oil Styling Gel. It was $1 at the Dollar Tree so I figured why not. So what's the verdict? Check out the product review below:


Have you tried this product? What did you think? Share in the comments and then come on over to the Journey to My Roots Group on Facebook to chat it up. See you there!

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November 11, 2015

Product Review: Suave Macadamia Oil and White Orchid Infusion


Suave Macadamia Oil and White Orchid
Natural Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner


If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for a  heavenly scent and a pretty bottle. Add the fact that these products were on sale for only $2 and surely you can understand why I just had to try Suave's NEW Natural Macadamia Oil and White Orchid Infused Shampoo and Conditioner. 

See my review in the video below. If you haven't, PLEASE subscribe, like, comment, and spread the word! THANKS!


So what's my verdict?
 You'll have to see the video but I'll remind you of something I say ALL of the time. The more you know, the healthier it will grow! Being able to read ingredient labels is of the utmost importance if you are to have a successful hair journey. My experience with this product only confirms that assertion.

Check out my blog on the mislabeling of 'natural' hair products by clicking the picture or link below:

 Reading Product Ingredient Labels

http://journey2myroots.blogspot.com/2012/01/mislabeling-of-pure-natural-and-organic.html

What about you?


Have you tried Suave's Macadamia Oil and White Orchid line before? What about their Rosemary and Mint  or Almond and Coconut line? What did you think? Share in the comments section below and then come on over to the Journey to My Roots Group on Facebook to chat it up even more. 

Much love curlfriends!




October 22, 2015

Andre Walker: Master Stylist, Healthy Hair Guru, and Natural Hair Icon

Master Stylist, Healthy Hair Guru, Natural Hair Icon
Andre Walker
Source: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-hair-type-4a/andre-walkers-natural-line-will-you-buy-it/
This weekend I had the opportunity to watch Oprah's 'Where Are They Now' on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network). If you've seen my videos 'Hair typing 101' (https://youtu.be/DmM4QrPTI1Q), you've heard me mention Andre Walker. If you haven't you may be asking yourself, who is Andre Walker and why should I care? 

The embodiment of a master stylist, Andre Walker is the man who has styled Oprah for 30+ years. We have Andre to thank for the following looks: 

Source: http://theamericanparlor.blogspot.com/2009_04_01_archive.html
 By her side for 30+ years, in last week's episode of 'Where Are They Now', Andre shares his favorite and not so favorite looks over the years as well as what he's up to now. 
 Missed it? No worries, you can catch it below:




Always one with an opinion, hear my thoughts in this short video:


What about you? What did you think of the interview? Have you had a chance to try Andre's new hair line? What did you think?


Source: Google Images

There's no denying that Mr. Walker has what the old folks used to call 'growing hands'. While she wears wigs to protect her hair from the damage that would be caused by daily blow drying and styling, Oprah Winfrey has a head full of GORGEOUS natural hair. 
Source: Google Images

Chris Rock was absolutely flabbergasted when he learned that Oprah has a head of long, thick, natural hair. He was so shocked, he had to check it out for himself. LOL! 


Filmed in 2009, Chris was on the show to discuss his award-winning documentary 'Good Hair'. If you haven't seen it, you absolutely must! Wigged, weaved, relaxed, or natural, it encourages us to have a healthy dialogue about 'hair' including the social norms for acceptable styles, the market for 'human hair', the increasing rift between Asian and Black-owned beauty supply stores, and so much more. 
Want to hear more about the challenges of being black opening a beauty supply store in the historically Asian dominated market? Check out Janice Frederick's story below! Click the picture to hyperlink to the article.

Fabulous Freddy founder Janice Frederick
Beyond Oprah's hair, I think Andre is due much respect for coining the lingo of hair typing. See my tutorial on hair typing below:

Hair Typing 101 Part 1


Hair Typing 101 Part II

Learn more about the 7 (yes, SEVEN!!!)
 time Emmy Award winner @ http://www.andrewalkerhair.com
While most often associated with Oprah, did you know that Andre has styled our current first lady, Michelle Obama as well as previous first lady Barbara Bush? Learn more about Andre, his new product line, and more http://www.andrewalkerhair.com

So what do you think? Share your thoughts and show some love and respect to legendary hair icon Andre Walker in the comments section below.

Afterwards come on over to Facebook and chime in as part of the group! 
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September 22, 2015

Messy Flat Twist Out Updo



Flat twist out not dry? Is it frizzy? NO WORRIES! It can be saved and even made sassy with this messy flat twist out updo. 


Let me know what you think and remember, if your hair is dry, slow-to-grow, thinning, or lackluster, 
order Quench by Journey to My Roots!



September 16, 2015

A High Bun, Natural Hair Style!



Be it Audrey Hepburn, Tika Sumpter, Beyonce, Janelle Monae, or Ashanti, high buns are a timeless classic that ladies of all ages, all hair types, and uniquely personal styles simply love!

Count me among the crowd. While I'd been wearing high buns, I was finding that the pony-tail holder or head-band used to have my hair looking great! Unfortunately, they were also leaving me with mega headaches due to the pull on my hair. No more! 


Finally! Get the look of a high bun without the pull of a head band or pony tail holder. Find out how in this super simple tutorial. Dressed up or down, the high bun will live on in infamy as a classic go-to to style!

Try it. I promise this tutorial makes it super simple!



Try it out and share your feedback in the comments. 




Come on over to Facebook and share your pics. I'll post them! 


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