Winter Skincare Basics

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Seasons change, and so should your skincare regime. If your skin is anything like mine, you'll be going from oily or combination summertime skin to dry fall/winter skin. I highly recommend adjusting your skincare regime seasonally.

Here is my routine, but keep in mind that I live in Southern California (extremely dry climate that is sunny year round) and I have combination skin (oily skin in some areas of your face and dry skin in other areas).



  • Cleanse with Davita Naturals. I've used for about 5 years now. This all natural cleanser has gentle ingredients that loves on your skin while removing dirt and excess oil.
  • Tone with Neem Tumeric Facial Mist. Alaffia’s facial mist, with balancing turmeric, harmonizing yarrow and regenerative algae, tones and restores the skin's protective layers. Ideal for an uneven complexion and blemish prone skin.
  • Use a good eye cream like DERMA E to reduce depth of crows feet, deeply hydrate, firm and tone the delicate skin around your eyes.
  • Moisturize extensively at night.


  • Charcoal Mask - Activated charcoal minimizes the appearance of pores, giving skin a smooth, refined appearance, while salicylic acid stimulates exfoliation. Perfect for those concerned with clogged pores and oily skin.
  • Rose H20 Beautifying Tonic hydrates and corrects the appearance of you skins tone and texture though key vitamins and minerals.
  • Carrier oils like grapeseed oil (for oily skin) and sweet almond oil (for dry/aging skin).
  • Body butters (like NEK.AWA) at night after showering to lock in moisture and take the fight against dry skin to the next level.

Other Factors

  • Stay hydrated. Our bodies are 60% water, and the skin is the largest organ.
  • Use a humidifier if you are experiencing extreme dryness.
  • Exfoliate regularly to help moisturizers and lotions penetrate better. 
  • Stick to warm showers and baths. Hot water can dry out natural oils in the skin. 
  • Take care of your lips. Exfoliate and use a heavy body butter or lip balm at night. I like using NEK.AWA (great for the entire body).

Summer Selfie Game Strong

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Abidemi Komolafe

My timelines have been blessed by some of the best selfies ever since summer has been in full swing. Some of you have been taking full advantage of all the natural lighting the sun can provide and those deeper tans from beach and pool life. I just want to celebrate y'all and highlight my some of my favorites.

I must start with Abidemi Komolafe for obvious reasons! Sis is so freaking beautiful and she is definitely hair and selfie goals.

If you aren't already, go ahead and follow her on instagram.

Next up is Dae, this minimalist organic sister keeps blessing my timeline with her natural beauty and her full and free mane. I love her vibe and her selfies.

Check out Dae's instagram and youtube channel.

Can we talk about Keisha's salt and pepper beauty, I mean wow!

Her hair and skin are just gorgeous!

I high-key love all of Tyler's selfies, she just combed out her sisterlocks and her hair is still gorgeous, the fro is perfection on her.

I've been enjoying those summer sun rays myself, I've also made sure to use my favorite moisturizer with built in sunscreen daily and up my game with this natural spray-on sunscreen when I'm at the beach or by the pool. Wear sunscreen ladies!

Check out my instagram and Sisterlocked's facebook page for more summer photo fabulousness.

DIY Blonde Locs

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Vita, hair color queen, licensed cosmetologist and sisterlock trainee shares how she colors her beautiful blonde locs:

I have been sisterlocked since July 2015. My journey has been extremely fulfilling to say the least. I have gone through an array of different colors for my locks. Blue, purple, green, pink and the list goes on. The color that has stuck with me for the longest has been blonde. I'm asked all the time how did I achieve my blonde hair, here is my process:

In order to maintain the health of my hair I continue maintenance with Olaplex No. 3 and hot oil treatments. I Also moisturize daily with rose water.

Quick Tip: ALWAYS put oil on your locks for moisture while hair is wet to lock the oils in. Otherwise putting oil on dry hair negates the purpose. For more questions visit me on Instagram @beautyandkinks.

Bentonite Clay for Skin and Hair

Friday, April 06, 2018

Various people and cultures around the world refer to bentonite clay as "healing clay" and with good reason. Having both amazing internal and topical uses, bentonite clay has been used for centuries but has become super popular amongst wellness enthusiasts. Composed of ash made from volcanos, one of the largest known sources of bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming (hence the name).

Internally bentonite clay benefits your body by producing an "electrical charge" when combined with liquid and seeking out and binding with toxins, chemicals, impurities and 'heavy metals" in your body and is then able to draw them out of your body. So internally the benefits of bentonite clay can include:
  • providing minerals for the body (bentonite clay is known for being abundant in minerals like calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium)
  • speeding up recovery from vomiting and diarrhea
  • fighting pathogens responsible for disease, like E. coli and a virus that can cause staph infection. 
  • and helping with digestive disturbances like constipation, acid reflux, gas and bloating
To use internally: mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of bentonite clay throughly with water, drink immediately, and use as often as daily. You can also use as a homemade mouthwash to detox your teeth and gums.

Skin and Hair
Externally bentonite clay is the ultimate skin detox! It is able to bind to bacteria and toxins that live on the surface of the skin and within pores and it even extract these from the pores. This can help to reduce acnes, redness, and even fight allergic reactions from lotions or face washes. The clay serves as antibiotic treatment topically, which can calm skin infections. So not only do I use on my face and underarms but also on my inner thighs and butt before showering. It also pulls all the crap out of your scalp and hair leaving it shinny and noticeably softer!

For your skin and hair the uses of bentonite clay can include:
  • as a face mask by mixing bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar until you form a paste and applying topically to your face and body. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse away. This can be done weekly.
  • as a hair detox since bentonite clay pulls chemicals and metals out from our bodies like a magnet. When applied to locs, bentonite clay pulls dirt, lint and product build-up from our hair. When you apply bentonite clay, be sure your locs are freshly shampooed. Mix equal parts of the clay with apple cider vinegar (until consistency of yogurt) and 10 drops of essential oil (like Rosemary for hair growth) in a non-metal bowl with a non-metal spoon. (If you use metal, you will activate or deactivate certain properties in the bentonite clay). Apply to hair and leave for 20 minutes, it will magically lift lint to surface. Be sure to thoroughly rinse! Optional: Rinse with a cup of water with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar added. See my other favorite loc detoxes here.
  • as a skin softening and relaxing detox bath by adding about 1/4 cup of Bentonite Clay to a bathwater.
Bentonite clay benefits the body because it is able to produce a natural charge that is electrical when in contact with liquid — very similar to how earthing (touching your bare feet to the earth) works.

Important: Don't let healing clays come in to contact with anything metal, this will reduce the effectiveness. I opt to use class, plastic and wood when working with bentonite clay.

About Me

Corporate Chic. Natural Living Advocate. Freelance Writer. Speaker. Social Media Addict. Bookworm. Wanderer.

When I'm not working crazy hours for my corporate finance gig, I'm toiling away as an evening entrepreneur and making random hair and skin care products from scratch. I started in 2010 to chronicle my natural hair journey and it has grown into so much more.
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