Wednesday, February 21, 2018

How to Calm Crazy Waves and Unruly Curls International Curl Expert Shares Tips

For those with naturally wavy, curly hair of all coils and textures it may seem like an endless battle to find ways to tame the mane. Some may turn to relaxers, weekly blowouts or extensions. Others just want to master their natural hair in whatever mood it seems to be in. To help girls get a handle on their curls we connected with Maya Smith, founder of The Doux salon and product line of the same name both specializing in making the absolute most of the natural hair you’re born with. When it comes to healthy sculptured, cool looking curls of all types, Maya’s two decades of experience with curls worldwide makes her a true expert. Here she offers tips on how to calm crazy waves and unruly curls.

#1: My naturally wavy hair is flat at the top and then waves start in the middle with tighter curls at the back. HELP!

Genetics determine curl pattern and density. It’s totally normal, in fact, quite common for several different textures to exist on the same head of hair. These inconsistencies can cause the hair to look uneven, and are most apparent once the hair has dried. I created The Doux’s Mousse Def, to help define waves and curls in the less curly areas, and to combat frizz in the areas that are tightly coiled. To balance the look of curly and wavy hair, we recommend using a combo of a mousse on the straighter areas, and then a balm like The Doux’s Bonita Afro Balm Texture Cream for added stretch and control in the tighter areas. The goal here is to keep hair shiny, touchable, and soft. If shrinkage or frizzing remains an issue, don’t underestimate the power of a great haircut. Awesome products combined with a professionally-shaped set of layers is my signature Rx for accentuating curls that vary in texture.

#2: I have curly hair and let it dry naturally. The second it rains, I get frizzy at the roots. I find myself revolving my hairstyle around the weather report. HELP!

Thirsty hair will try to “drink up” moisture in the air if it’s not adequately hydrated.
The key to eliminating frizz due to humidity exposure is to make sure that the hair is thoroughly conditioned before styling products are applied. This exact problem is what inspired me to create a solution in the form of a Fresh Rinse Moisturizing Conditioner, followed by The Light Shine Mist helps to hydrate and stabilize the cuticle, making it less prone to reversion. For added control at the roots, we apply a small amount of Bonita Afro Balm, which is our secret weapon for keeping curly hair from swelling in harsh weather conditions. These products can be found at select Target stores nationwide and at

 #3: I often wear my curly hair slicked back into a tight low bun or ponytail. Will this damage my hair? 

Style in moderation. Traction alopecia is a major epidemic among women with textured hair. This is typically the result of too much tension being applied to scalp for an extended period of time, and usually occurs due to hair styling such as braids, extensions, and tight ponytails. To avoid irreversible thinning of the hair, it’s important to avoid hairstyles that place constant pressure on hair, particularly in the temple and nape areas. Ponytails and “slicked” styles should be taken down at night, and tight accessories, such as headbands or scrunchies should be worn less frequently. 

#4: I wear my naturally kinky hair twisted and braided. How long could I leave this style in and how best to shampoo my hair while in this style?

I recommend shampooing once per week for hair with fine-to-medium density. I urge clients with high-density or extremely long hair, not to exceed more than 10 days without cleansing the hair and scalp. This helps eliminate bacterial growth that causes itching, flaking, and dandruff on the scalp. We use The Doux’s Sucka Free Moisturizing Shampoo to remove product build-up and dead skill cells, and Fresh Rinse Moisturizing Conditioner to soften, hydrate, and balance the hair’s pH. We’ve incorporated Shea Butter and Sea Silk to smooth the hair shaft and aid in moisture retention.

#5: What are some ingredients to avoid that many products for curly hair contain? Why is this damaging? 

Petroleum-based “grease,” as well as products that contain mineral oil may be old-school favorites, but are often the cause of dry hair. Heavy products that aren’t water soluble can coat the hair shaft, disrupting the hair’s natural ability to retain moisture. This dryness may go nearly undetected, because the hair is covered in product, however, the underlying dehydration causes hair to be brittle and stubborn. We recommend cream-based products that shampoo out easily, and allow the hair to “breathe.”

About Maya Smith:

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, according to NaturallyCurly, Maya is among the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya's unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. 

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in select Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

Monday, February 19, 2018

TrickleStar USB Motion Sensor Energy Saver Review

The TrickleStar USB Motion Sensor is the perfect energy saver for desktop users. Plug the USB into your computer and configure your timer. The timer can be set for 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 minutes. So, if you walk away from your computer and haven't used in your slotted time, the TrickleStar will automatically put your computer to sleep.

It's compatible with Mac and PC computers.

A red and blue flashing light will let you know when it's about to send a sleep command to your computer. If you want to stop the command just hit the move your mouse.

You can hit the quick activation button if you already know you'll be away from your computer for some time.

Easy set up.

The TrickleStar USB Motion Sensor will save you on energy by putting your computer to sleep when not in use.

Disclosure: I receive products in exchange for writing reviews. There may be affiliate links in this blog. I'll earn a commission if you buy something through these links. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine's Day Gifts

Happy Valentine's Day! Here's our gift guide with gifts for everyone on your list.


Eclair Naturals All Over Lotion & Scrubs

Treat your Valentine with Eclair Naturals' Himalayan Salt Scrub, Dead Sea Salt Scrub, and the All Over Lotion. She'll feel pampered with the nourishing ingredients of jojoba oil, almond oil and mineral-rich salts.  The scrubs exfoliate, getting rid of dead skin cells, leaving skin new and fresh. The lotion hydrates and dries quickly. Add all three to a basket with a bow for a nice gift presentation. 

Mohu Arc Antenna

Mohu makes these amazing TV antennas so you can cut the cord with your cable TV company and use Mohu. Just plug in the antenna to get free access to all of your local HDTV channels - the perfect gift for your TV-loving, cable-bill-hating Valentine. Use it indoors (you can even paint it to match your decor). Super easy to set up. If you need help cutting the cord, use Mohu's free service, Untangle to help guide you through the process.

Everything Grows with Love by Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst

Everything Grows with Love is filled with inspirational quotes, affirmations and sayings paired with beautiful graphics and illustrations. Great gift for Valentine's Day. Open each day with a new quote. 

Love Uncensored Postcards

Love Uncensored Postcards is a hilarious, sexy, naughty, romantic collection of 50 postcards you can tear out and give to your love. Mail, pin or slip one under the door. Perfect gift for Valentine's Day!

Gold Toe Socks

Grab a pair of Gold Toe's Luxury Socks in English Red with a pink ribbed pair, and then choose a bunch more for a bouquet of the most comfortable socks she'll ever wear.
They have awesome men's and kid's socks, too!

Pilot Pen G2 Limited in Red

Pilot's pens are quality-made with an affordable price. The G2 Premium Gel Roller write smooth without the bleed through, and it writes longer than the other gel pens. It's a beautiful pen for your Valentine. 

Pilot Frixion Colors Erasable Marker

Yeah, erasable markers! Perfect for writing, drawing, coloring - anything. The ink erases without damaging the paper or leaving a shadow. Wrap these up in a bow for a cute Valentine's Day gift.  

Retro Viewer

With the Retro Viewer you can get creative and unique with your gift. Upload your images to create your own reel. This is a custom, romantic gift you both can enjoy for years to come. 

What is your ideal Valentine's Day gift?