i-D Magazine's September 2009 issue features models Chanel, Sessilee, Jourdan and Arlenis titled Pretty Young Things, I can't wait to get my hands on this issue. I'm happy to see women of colour being more visible in the fashion industry. Below I've posted the promotional video and you can also visit i-D Magazine here for more info.
August 31, 2009
August 29, 2009
Nu Kynk Avocado Treatment*
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup Black Strap or 100% Natural Molasses
Peel the skin off the avocados and remove the seeds with your hands. The avocados should be soft to touch, if they are not ripe it will be difficult to use them for this recipe. Place avocados in a bowl and mash with a fork or blend with a hand held mixer for 2 to 3 minutes. Stop when a creamy paste and add in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, mix gently until combined. Add in the Black Strap Molasses and also gently combine.
Thoroughly cleanse hair of all product residue and dirt. Than add in the Nu Kynk Avocado Treatment. Message into roots and length of hair until completely saturated. Cover with a conditioning cap, it is optional to use heat. Let sit for 30 minutes to an hour and than rinse and set as usual.
* All measurements are approximate using baking measurement utensils
My hair was VERY easy to detangle with my wide tooth comb and stayed incredibly manageable and soft throughout the week, I love this recipe!
August 26, 2009
Shuantae1 has posted another one of her inspirational videos and I LUV IT!!! Education is power, let's educate ourselves and keep pushing the truth.
August 25, 2009
Recently, I've watched a few You Tube videos, read some articles and of course followed a few natural hair care companies and a complaint that is surfacing is many of the businesses we support and rely on to maintain our hair are taking advantage of our 'need' by raising prices unwarranted. Now, I can understand where some of these companies are coming from which will remain nameless, and I definitely understand where a sista is coming from when she has a choice between groceries or a styling product, which one would you choose?
Taking advantage of our desire for manageable hair boils down to a few aspects:
1. The natural hair movement is a revolution which means demand has increased.
2. Companies are concerned with profit. Some companies change formulations to make the product cheaper to produce and keep the price the same, others keep the formulation the same and raise the price and some companies do both.
I must admit that the prices of some products on the market are ridiculous and if bought are seen as a splurge. Obviously, the natural hair market doesn't have enough hair companies since if they did the competition would bring down the prices of many products we love. I do not need a bottle of $50.00 moisturizer or styling cream, being natural is natural. Why should anyone have to be broke to rock what God gave them? It simply doesn't connect for me. If you do splurge that's fine but thinking that your hair will be 'unmanageable ' without a certain product is not true. My hair is soft and manageable with shea butter and Kiss My Face Big Body Conditioner used as a leave-in. I understand that this combo may not work for you but focusing on simple products like coconut oil, jojoba oil, conditioners you can use for multi-purposes and of course water makes a huge difference, Keep It Simple Sista.
I do own some great products that are definitely a splurge for me but they get pulled out my closet once or twice every month, if that. I focus on my everyday products the rest of the time which are mostly locally accessible and affordable.
Below I've attached a few videos of some of my favourite You Tubers discussing this trend, have fun!
Against her good sense and her husband’s wishes, she applies for a high profile PR job to help save a struggling city hospital manned by none other than her former boyfriend, Dr. Clint Fairchild, the very one and same who dumped her and married long-silky haired bombshell, Kandi Treboe. Venus soon finds out the two women are vying for the same job. This time competition between she and her old nemesis turns into a battle Venus is determined to win by any means necessary.
With an unhappy hubby at home, a nanny who’s becoming mommy in her child’s eyes, while forming an uncomfortably close relationship with her husband, and a deviant at work sabotaging the hospital, Venus may have taken on much more than she can handle. (Source)
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August 24, 2009
Today is the one year anniversary of Nu Kynk. I started this blog because I felt a void in the blogs available that presented information about our hair and the loves of our lives, ie: beauty, fashion, art, health. I wanted to celebrate today as low key, nothing extravagant. I feel Nu Kynk has so much more to offer and hasn't reached its full potential as yet. I am reposting my first post as a throwback and if any of you have suggestions of topics you would love me to cover feel free to leave a comment or e mail me!
Why Go Natural
August 23, 2009
August 22, 2009
August 20, 2009
Dark Brown Sugar Scrub* (Combination/Oily Skin Types)
In a small plastic bowl mix:
1/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/8 cup Baking Soda
2 tsps Water
Mix the brown sugar and baking soda together until combined by simply folding the mixture a few times. Add water and mix gently until mixture is fully wet.
Add mixture to face after cleansing and scrub in circular motion for about 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse face with warm water until scrub is completely removed. Pat dry with a dampened cloth.
Sea Salt and Olive Oil Scrub* (All Skin Types)
In a small plastic bowl mix:
1 cup Sea Salt (fine)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 to 1 tbsp of Vitamin E Cream or your favourite lotion
Pour the extra virgin olive oil into the sea salt and mix gently using a spoon. When the oil is fully absorbed by the sea salt add the vitamin E cream or a lotion of your choosing. The lotion aides in adding moisture to the scrub and allows it to clump together more so than with the salt and oil alone.
Take mixture after cleansing and scoop a bit at a time out. Apply scrub to your entire body and use hands to rub in a circular motion, don't rub in one area too long. Scrub for about 5 minutes and rinse with warm water.
* All measurements are approximate using baking measurement utensils
The Dark Brown Sugar Scrub keeps black heads away and the Sea Salt and Olive Oil Scrub is great for helping minimize in grown hairs on the legs and riding your back of dead skin cells. The Dark Brown Sugar Scrub recipe will give you about 4 to 5 scrubs and the Sea Salt and Olive Oil Scrub will give you 1 to 2 scrubs, so I usually store the mixtures in a sealable container in the fridge. I use these scrubs about once a week year-round.
Aveda Dry Remedy Shampoo
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO& Treatment Masque
Performance: A high quality pomade that doesn't cut corners. It seals in moisture and assist in keeping the hair moisturized whether in very cold temperatures or high heat. I will also say that if you don't like gels give this pomade a try, dampen your hair with a little water and take some pomade , rub hands together to emulsify and apply to your hair, I don't think you will be disappointed. 2/2
Price: 16.00 USD for 4 oz, well worth it. I have no complaints. 2/2
Ingredients: Plant Thickener, Ayurvedic Amla (Sesamum Indicum Oil and Emblica Officinalis Extract), Pure Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Essential Oil Blend. 1/1
** The pomade has a subtle lemon scent and is not overpowering at all, if you are scent sensitive like myself, I would recommend this.
Qhemet Biologics Amla Oil Nourishing Pomade 5/5
August 19, 2009
Concerning the old formulation to the new formulation this was also a bit disappointing.
Old Ingredients: Certified Organic Floral Waters of Lavender, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Water, Infusion of Certified Organic Herbs of Horsetail, Rose Hips, Lemon, Red Raspberry, Thyme, Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Colza Oil), Glycerin, Stearalkonium Chloride, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20, Lavender Oil, Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Wheat Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Tocopherol, Rice Protein, Lecithin, Panthenol, Chamomile Oil, Caprylic Acid, Glycine, Guar, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid
Amazingly, I was unable to find the new formulation online. Though I will give some details as to the new ingredients. The first ingredient is aloe, and a few ingredients have been slightly tweaked but for the most part they are the same. The new formulation is thinner than the old. I hope since I wasn't able to find the new formulation online that this was a one off and they decided to change the packaging but keep the ingredients as it is. I can get use to the packaging change but the ingredients would be difficult. Conditioners are personally, not every one works and when you find one that is multi purpose, doesn't build up, and makes your hair incredible manageable you never want it to change. Kiss My Face please stick to your old formulations it's what got me hooked on your products.
August 12, 2009
Crips And Bloods - Made In America is a documentary film from Stacy Peralta, the director of Dogtown & Z Boys and Riding Giants. It is presented by Terrence Howard and narrated by Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker. This award winning film is featured by PBS' Independent Lens and was first featured at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and since than has garnered acclaim for its truthful depiction of the of gang members in South Central Los Angeles.
From the genesis of LA’s gang culture to the shocking, war-zone reality of daily life in the South L.A., the film chronicles the rise of the Crips and Bloods, tracing the origins of their bloody four-decades long feud. Contemporary and former gang members offer their street-level testimony that provides the film with a stark portrait of modern-day gang life: the turf wars and territorialism, the inter-gang hierarchy and family structure, the rules of behavior, the culture of guns, death and dishonor.
Throughout the film ex-gang members, gang intervention experts, writers, activists and academics analyze many of the issues that contribute to South LA’s malaise: the erosion of identity that fuels the self-perpetuating legacy of black self-hatred, the disappearance of the African-American father and an almost pervasive prison culture in which today one out of every four black men will be imprisoned at some point in his life.
Finally the gang members themselves articulate their enduring dream of a better life. They provide CRIPS AND BLOODS: MADE IN AMERICA with its ultimate statement: a message of hope and a cautionary tale of redemption aimed at saving the lives of a new generation of kids, not just in South LA but anywhere in the world that gang violence exists. (Source)
The people living and breathing everyday in these communities have been given the utensils of their own demise - drugs, alcohol, guns, poor quality food, hate, bitterness and hopelessness. These utensils have been nurtured over many decades and now it has been let loose. I would be bitter too, not because I am black but because I am a human being, and denying me my existence would kill something in me everyday. How can such wealth be amassed in this region and yet have such poverty, it is not only of the physical but the mind. We need to let the world know that this war is just as damaging as any other conflict seen in war torn regions of the world.
The only thing that has been guaranteed by the government is more prisons, less access to educational programs for inner city children and the demand on parents to continue to make 'ends meet' in an economy that has allowed pockets of failure to persist within our communities.
To learn more visit the offical website here. I have added a few parts of the documentary, tell me your thoughts by leaving a comment or an e mail.
Darren Anthony, Playwright
When 'Da Kink In My Hair first premiered in Toronto I was their watching an amazing story unfold that was raw and passionate. It resonated with me since it was a true depiction of the adversities black women face. Now Trey Anthony presents her brother's play Darren Anthony's Secrets Of A Black Boy which examines the struggles of Black men in an area of Toronto known for poverty, brutality and adversity, Regent Park, a housing project in Toronto. The play premiers to a wide audience Wednesday September 23rd and ends Saturday October 3rd at The Music Hall (147 Danforth Ave.) Visit http://www.secretsofablackboy.com/ for more info.