Whipped for Men – The Beard Gang Essentials

Image of beard butter

Often times I ponder my love for bearded men and wonder how they keep it luscious and gnarly … I came across a product called Whipped Body Goods awhile back and started using their body butters to keep my cocoa skin nice and smooth. As a sucker for lotions, oils, and smell good stuff I found their butter to work rather nicely.

With all the smell good, girly sensations, I came across their line for men. For all you beard lovin’ girls out there you should get your honey some “After Shave” and “Beard Butter” which comes in many scents such as almond, Frank & Myrrh, Kings, Sandalwood, wild lavender, vanilla, amber, and cognac (my fave!). Although I can’t review the effectiveness of the product, I have some guy friends who use Whipped Body Goods share their results:

“I like their products simply because it works better than any other equivalent products I’ve ever used” – Jon

 “It really does moisturize my dry hair. That stuff will have my whole face greasy though so I don’t use it every day” – Marcel (in other words if your beard is hella brittle it moisturizes but use sparingly)

Have any of you fellas tried Whipped for men? Thoughts? ….

p.s. possible Father’s day gift? I think so.

Shea Moisture Product Review – CVS Haul


I promised I’d do a quick review on my CVS Haul of the Shea Moisture products so here it goes.  About a month ago, there was a sale on Shea Moisture products at CVS for “buy one get one 50% off” and since a few of my friends have tried some of the products I couldn’t pass up on my chance to try for cheap.  I got a shampoo; Curl & Shine Shampoo and a moisturizer; Curl & style milk. Below you will find Shea Moisture’s claim and my results. Enjoy!

Curl & shine Shampoo

Claim: Gently cleanses, hydrates and detangles hair for bouncy and healthy curls. Ingredients; coconut oil, silk protein, and Neem Oil.

Results: This shampoo did the opposite of everything it said it would do. I felt like my hair was dehydrated because I had to lather three times just do get suds going.  The smell is enticing but if you have dry hair or just a lot of hair I don’t think this will do the trick in the moisture department.  I waited so long to do the review not just out of peer laziness but because I wanted to give this a couple washes – I had faith that it would deliver and it didn’t. Maybe it was better for you guys?

Style & Curl Milk

Claim:  Apply as a no-rinse protective and styling cream to damped, towel-dried or dy hair as needed. Detangles, conditions curl, while restoring body and shine. Ingredients; Coconut Oil, Silk Protein, and Neem Oil.

Results: We have a winner! I treated this product as both a conditioner and a styler to do my twist outs and two-strand twists. I used a small dollop for each twist I created mixed with natural refined shea butter of my own and sealed from root to tip. I sat under the dry for 20 minutes, woke up the next day and my results were satisfying.  I really like the smell that it left lingering on my hair for a few days and also the shine. I’m all about shine and fluffiness so I’d give this 4 afro puffs!


You can get these at your local CVS stores for around $11 but if you’re lucky you might catch a sale like me!

So what were your thoughts on shea moisture products?

Natural Selection Presents: “Fall Into the Natural” Brunch Affair

Attention all Bay Area naturals, check out this upcoming meetup hosted by Natural Selection,  Cassidy Blackwell, “Fall Into the Natural” Brunch Affair.  Happening September 23rd at Hibiscus Cafe in Oakland. Enjoy inspiration and empowerment from special guest Dr. Kari Williams.  I’ve met quite a few ladies at these events and thought I’d share with you guys an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals, learn something new, and of course win prizes and freebies! (and not too mention, who doesn’t love brunch?!) Check the details below for more information.

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2012

Time: 11 am

Location: Hibiscus Cafe, Oakland ca.

Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door

purchase here –> http://fallintonatural.brownpapertickets.com/

Your ticket to  “Fall Into Natural” includes one of the best #naturalhair event experiences you’ll ever have as well as:

–Live styling demonstrations for all styles of hair ranging from curls to coils to locs
–Presentation by world-renowned trichologist Dr. Kari Williams
–Panel discussion and Q&A featuring stylists and bloggers
–Delicious brunch buffet (included!)
–Shopping! Shopping! Shopping! YAY!
–Specialty cocktail (cash bar)
–Giveaways and goodie bags for all!

Fall Into Natural welcomes all stages, textures and ages of naturalistas and their friends, loved ones, and supporters.  And yes–kids are welcome to join!

Special thanks to Fall Into Natural Sponsors: Huetiful, EDEN Bodyworks and Strawllers for supporting this event.

Featured Vendors include:

Fatemeh’s Jewelry and Accessories
The Natural Splendor
La Femme d’Epaisseur Belle

Can’t wait! 🙂

Afro Chic’s Pick: Beautiful Textures (Review)

Greetings! Yes, I know I haven’t posted on here in awhile but when life happens you can’t run from it.  With that being said, I’d like to share with you guys a quick product review that has my hair feeling so GREAT!

I recently attending my second natural hair meetup in San Fran with “Beautiful Textures” which was a conversation on natural hair, maintenance, and more.  I was able to meet more people with natural hair and also picked up on this awesome freebie.  Beautiful Textures is a natural hair care line claiming to provide amazing manageability and styling versatility.  Whether your hair is curly, kinky, coily, or straight their product line works for everyone.  I had a chance to try two products on the line; Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisture Whipped Curl Creme.  Below you will find their claim and my results:

Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo

Beautiful Textures Claim- Benefits:

  • Detangle ~ Restore Shine and Body
  • Improve Manageability
  • Soften and stretch natural curl pattern
Let’s face it. Residue and build-up on scalp and hair looks unhealthy and stunts the natural growth of your hair. To help ensure your hair reaches its full growth potential, cleanse, detangle and hydrate daily. Tangle Taming Shampoo can be the first step to achieving softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, or simply silky hydrated hair with unforgettable body!
MY RESULT:  I will have to admit that after wear Senegalese twist after two months this did it’s job.  If you have the type of hair that is hard to detangle and breaks off easily I’d recommend this shampoo. I applied a generous amount to my hair and with two lathers I was able to comb through my hair from roots to tips without and breakage or hard pulling. The smell is lightly whipped so it doesn’t seem like you’re putting yogurt or ice cream on your hair.
Moisture Butter Whipped Curl CremeBeautiful Texures Claim- Benefits:

  • Soften and Nourish Curls ~ Silken Waves
  • Elongate Kinky Coils ~ Tame Frizzies

Dry, brittle, thirsty hair stunts natural growth. To help ensure locks reach their full growth potential, refresh and hydrate your mixed textured hair every day with Moisture Butter. Moisture Butter helps maximize the styling options of mixed textured hair by helping achieve softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, or simply silky-smooth hydrated hair.

MY RESULT: Okay, hands down! My twist-outs have been A-MAZING! I was a little iffy with the title being “curl creme” that my hair will shrivel up but the best result is to to this twist out when wet.  It’s been almost a week and my curl definition keeps getting better over time.  My styling options are usually limited when I used my usual product but the silky smooth texture really makes my hair manageable and versatile.

So the question is where can you get a hold of your own Beautiful Texture?  Sally Beauty Supply of course!  All of their products are under $7 ….can you believe it?  For more info and to view their whole line visit www.beautifultextures.com

Afro Chick’s Digest: Mahogany Roots Product Review

I’ve been rocking my senegalese twists for weeks now so my hair regimen has been low maintenance and I am loving it.  My mother let me try her new shampoo and conditioner from Mahogany Roots so I decided to do a review on it.  My scalp has been pretty itchy so when I saw the label “peppermint and tea tree” all I could think of was a cooling sensation that I desperately needed.

Mahogany Roots is an all natural hair and skin care line that using plant extracts and organic materials to produce products for all skin and hair types.  What’s special about them is their vegan line. They have products for vegans who don’t use any animal based ingredients, pretty cool.  What puts the icing on the cake is that the Mahogany Roots idea was created to support the Youth in Oakland, Ca. The founder is La Tronda Lumpkin, who is also  Director of Pivotal Point Youth Services, Inc. Pivotal Point provides employment training, vocational skills development and entrepreneurship to at-risk youth in Oakland and Alameda county.  By supporting Mahogany roots you are not only treating your hair but rather supporting the community and showing your social responsibility.

Here’s my results:

Peppermint & Tea Tree Shampoo

Product description: Designed to treat try scalp and dandruff while nourishing the hair. 

Ingredients:  Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Lavender Water, Chamomile Water, Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Hydrolyzed Wheat, Vitamin B5, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Rosehip Seed Oil,  Olive Oil, Black Willow Bark Extract, Sorbitol,  Witch Hazel, Phenoxyethanol, Soy Protein, Rosemary Oleoresin Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Pectin, Kelp Powder, Peru Balsam, Essential Oils.

It did exactly what I need to do; soothe my SCALP!!! I like that it doesn’t have an extreme peppermint smell so you can really get a whiff of the lavender and chamomile.

Peppermint & Tea Tree Conditioner

Ingredients: Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Lavender Water, Chamomile Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat, Castor Seed Oil, Vitamin B5, Rosehip Seed Oil, Black Willow Bark Extract, Kosher glycerin, Sorbitol,  Witch Hazel, Soy Protein, Rosemary Oleoresin Extract, Pectin, Kelp Powder, Peru Balsam, Phenoxyethanol, Peppermint & Tea Tree Essential Oils

It says to lather, rinse, and repeat on the bottle so I did just that. However, I am the type who likes to put lots of conditioner on my hair I was was very generous with my squeezes.  I let it set on my hair for about 5 minutes before I rinsed it out. Once again, the tea tree and peppermint really did soothe my scalp.

Overall, I’d recommend these two products. You guys give it try and tell me about your results! Look on for more product reviews once I take these braids down cause I miss my afro!

Natural or Knot Hair Mixer at J. Posh Design Studio

This past Friday I went to my first natural hair mixer EVER! I had no idea what to expect, but I knew that I wanted to be surrounded by women that looked like me, with hair like me, similarities, and simplistic beauty that I possess even if were just for a few hours. The natural hair mixer was put on by Sheree Murphy of Natural Habitat Beauty Boutique. Two meetup groups “Naturally Beautiful” and “SF Naturals” from meetup.com were in attendance at a Oakland location at J. Posh Design Studio.  There were drinks appetizers, vendors, and warm spirits.

I walked into live music, spoken word, and visual artists who shared their love for black beauty. Not only did I mix and mingle with the guests I was able to check out the cool vendors. Natural Girls United had a display of beautiful hand crafted ethnic Barbie dolls.  Willie D’s & Mrs. Louise Boutique displayed their plus size lingerie and there were also Nique Cosmetics and M.Williams Accessories.  I enjoyed the variety of the vendors and was given a lot of information in the goodie bag given to me at the door.

The icing on the cake for me was when I won one of the door prizes; A gift basket full of goodies by Naptural Roots . Check it out!

I wish had more pictures however I’ll update once I get a hold of the photographers at the event.  I can really say that for my first time attending a meet up event with a bunch of people with your similar interest is AWESOME!  I recommend anyone looking to find fun things or to build your network in your area to check out www.meetup.com … It’s really THAT simple to do what you love =)

Happy New Year: Reflection from the Afro Chic

Happy New Year! …a tad bit late but here’s why!

I would first like to thank everyone who has been an asset to my success in 2011. Without my support system I would not be where I am today.  I would also like to thank anyone that has ever read my blog, supported me as a writer, or has been a helping hand in my progression to becoming a better person.

The ending of 2011 has been a blessing in disguise for me.  For those of you who don’t know, I sprained ligaments in both of my wrists over the holiday season and since then I have been going through a healing process that doesn’t allow me to use my hands as much.  (I sneak the social media part cause its my life) The first few weeks have driven me crazy because…HELLO?! I use my hands for everything.  My hands are my money-maker; it allows me to write, to exercise, and do all the things that I love in my free time.  I’ve shed some tears and almost fell into a slump but with the help from my friends, family, and of course rehabilitation I am bouncing back! God has given me so many obstacles in my life that I feel that I am prepared with anything that comes my way, so a hand injury?! I got this!!

When something is instantly taken away from you it makes you reevaluate and question yourself and the people in your life. This past year I have been working on my own lifestyle change and I was able to achieve my weight loss goal.  I started in January around this time and by September I had lost 50 lbs and was able to maintain my weight loss until today.  Even with the minor speed bumps with my ankle problem and hand injury I am still able to keep up with my healthy lifestyle change.  I absolutely LOVE it and I will be sharing my story and tips with you soon.   My vision board still sits on my dining room table today with just a picture of a smiley face and it was when I walked by it today that I realized exactly what I want this year; Happiness!

As I continue to heal these money-makers, I just wanted to let you guys know that I didn’t fall off the face of the earth.  This is a new year and I will be taking Reesa Speaks on a new journey! I want to be able to share my progress with you as well as continue to bring you all the new dope things in Art, Fashion, Hair Care, and Entertainment.

Thanks again for everything and let’s have a GREAT new year =)

Afro Chic’s Youtube Style: Bantu Knot Twists

Hey folks! I’ve been quite the stranger to my hair these days and with my busy schedule I’ll be honest and say its hard to keep up with the latest products and show you guys at the same time.  Last week was a bad hair week so I decided to wash my hair and start all over with the old faithful two strand twist.  However, this time I took to youtube and found an awesome hair blogger who introduced Bantu knots to my usual routine.

It’s really simple and you create a nice bouncy curl that last all day.  Below is a picture of the before, after, and results.  If you would like a better visual check out the video below of Hair blogger “PRETTYDIMPLES01”.  She keeps it real and has all the cute innovate ways to style your hair.

I absolutely love the new bouncy look and I can’t wait to style it for Halloween.  Look out for a new post on using a roller set on twists!

Afro Chic’s Pick: Keracare Hair Product Review

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are kicking off your productive week and speaking of productive, I haven’t been so proactive on my natural hair care posts. Although my regimine has been the same all summer I tried a new shampoo and condition from the Keracare Hair Product line; Hydrating Detangling Shampoo and Dry & Itching Scalp Conditioner.  I received some very positive results so I’ve decided to share with y’all. Below are the product claims and then of course my spill.  If you have any feedback do share with us in the comment box below =)

Hydrating Detangling Shampoo

KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo is a beauty bath for hair that produces a rich lather as it lightly conditions and cleans hair. pH-balanced and excellent for relaxed, permed or color-treated hair. Contains natural botanical extracts. Decreases interfiber friction. Repairs trichorrhexis nodosa (damaged areas along the hairshaft) and fly-away split ends. sImproves cuticle alignment. Concentrated formula.

• Moisturizes hair as it conditions hair for a healthy-looking appearance and feel.

• Removes excess oils from hair and scalp without over- stripping hair.
• Helps minimize hair breakage.
• Seals hair cuticles as it repairs damaged hair.
• Superior detangling for easy wet and dry combing.
• Leaves hair soft and shiny.
• Economical to use.

My Claim:  Before washing my hair I had used a lot of gel based products on my hair for a couple of weeks so this shampoo was very succesful at cleaning my hair with only two small lathers.  I liked the smell of it, although it was not enough for me.  I loved to smell my hair for a couple of days so I was kind of disappointed.  Overall the shampoo made it very easy to detangle when it came to my conditioning process.

Dry & Itchy Scalp Conditioner

The technologically-advanced KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Moisturizing Conditioner is the first product of its kind to effectively combat a dry and itchy scalp. Actively relieves itching. Rehydrates and rebuilds fibers’ outer structure to help minimize hair breakage. Gentle enough for frequent use on relaxed, permed, color-treated or natural hair.


• Moisturizes, cools and soothes the scalp.
• Regular use helps prevent dryness, itching and flaking before it starts.
• Promotes healthy-looking scalp and pliable hair.
• Superior detangling for easy wet and dry combing.

My Claim: If you are like me and workout a lot the sweat always tends to kink up my hair and tangles it up when I wear my twists so I was very pleased with the results of this conditioner.  I applied a small amount to my hair and after 5 minutes I combed it through from the roots to the tip with ultimate ease.  Not to mention the cool feeling soothed my scalp, it felt amazing.  I think I gassed it up enough, you get my point. lol

Natural Hair Parade 2011 is the Labor of Love

Shout outs to fearless magazine, because I had no idea there was such thing as a Natural Hair Parade.  Supported and sponsored by recording artist Erykah Badu, The Natural Hair Parade and Festival 2011 will take place in Dallas Texas September 3rd.  Founded by natural hair pioneer and stylist, Isis Brantley, explains in a recent interview on PR web, “We chose September 3rd, because it is a labor of love. We are calling for sponsors, schools, churches,community organizations, bands, clubs, parents, and children of all ages to join us as we celebrate and share knowledge.”

If you are local, come out and support. For more details visit the event website here.