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The Power Trio Profile

The Power Trio Profile

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Our NEW #Almond Marshmallow Trio is FINALLY Here! 

 

We revealed little sneak peeks of our newest collection back in December, and ever since, the buzz around Almond Marshmallow hasn’t stopped. It’s official arrival has been heavily anticipated, and now, the wait is finally over! The entire trio is now available for purchase! However, before trying it out, you may have questions about the new line, so we’re here to answer them for you!



 

What’s It Made Of?

As the name reveals, this trio is made with Sweet Almond Oil and Marshmallow Root Extract which are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that work together to seal in moisture, drive away damage, and improve split ends, leaving behind long-term benefits. All three products also contain Aloe Vera Leaf Extract!

 


What Does It Do?

Almond Marshmallow Split End Repair Masque

Deeply penetrates and conditions hair to repair current damage and prevent additional damage from occurring.


How Do I Use It? After shampooing, massage into the hair, working down the shaft to ends. Cover with cap. Leave on hair for 40 minutes. For deeper absorption inside the cuticle, add heat. Use weekly to strengthen hair, lessen breakage and experience fewer split ends.

 

 

 

 

Almond Marshmallow Therapy Leave In Conditioner

Infuses moisture and provides lasting protection; improves split ends,

How Do I Use It? Apply to freshly washed hair. Evenly distribute down hair shaft to ends.

 

 

 

Almond Marshmallow Hydration Serum

Protects against daily pollutants and heat damage. Smoothes out frayed hair and split ends and nourishes dry, brittle hair. It promotes shine, is silicone-free and lightweight!

How Do I Use It? Apply to wet or dry hair and set or style as desired. Repeat daily as needed.


 

 

How Much Does It Cost?

Each item in the trio retails for $8.99

Where Can I Purchase It?

At EDENBodyWorks.com of course! It will soon be available exclusively at Walmart stores as well.

Who Can Use It?

EVERYONE! We all experience split ends. This entire trio is safe for color-treated, chemically treated, and natural hair!


Now that you know a bit more about #AlmondMarshmallow, give it a try and tell us what you think! We can’t wait to hear your feedback.

March 07, 2018 — EDEN BodyWorks
5 Cold-Weather-Friendly Home Upgrades

5 Cold-Weather-Friendly Home Upgrades

Hello EDEN Family! 

 

It’s Penned by Keyaira of TheCLetter.com here, wondering why our attention doesn’t turn towards home until the arrival of Spring cleaning. As a Jersey girl, I’m used to the cold but with nearly the entire country experiencing a chill, many of us are spending more time bundled up than at bottomless brunches. Here are 5 Ways I’m making my apartment a little cozier this winter so that I can enjoy my time indoors.

 

  

1. Adding Some Shimmer

I love anything that sparkles, and lately, I have been on a glitter kick. I even invested in a sequined memo board for my kitchen. If you’re a little more subtle than yours truly, gold spray paint can upgrade almost anything in your living space. Crack a window, lay down some cardboard and go to town! Even small items, like this catch-all tray I keep in the hallway to avoid losing items like my keys or pins, can make a big difference in the way your home shines.

 

 

 

 

2. Switching Up My Essential Oils

We can become nose-blind even to our favorite smells, so sometimes it’s good to switch it up. This season I’m replacing my trusty peppermint oil with sweet orange. This oil instantly improves your mood and has the added benefit of smelling exactly like the goodies in EDEN's Citrus Fusion collection. Add some to your favorite diffuser and come home to a sweet smelling house after a long day, or do what I do and place some on an oil burner inside of a hall closet to freshen it up.

 

 

 

3. Repurposing Candle Jars

After years of struggling to hide bulky bags of cotton balls and boxy q-tip containers, Pinterest has saved me! I have no idea why such small items have such oversized and inconvenient packaging, but a simple tutorial taught me how to rectify that. After removing the wax from this adorable candle I was given as a birthday gift last year, I’m able to enjoy (and use) the jar it came in.

 

 

 

4. Stepping My Storage Game Up

Deep cleaning isn’t just for spring! Being trapped inside from the winter weather is the perfect excuse to go through your things and decide what’s for keeps. I took the most recent snowy weekend we had here to sift through all of my insurance and financial paperwork and toss what was unnecessary. The rest I relegated to pretty storage boxes. These are usually used for knickknacks but they’re great for paper as well. Invest in a few from your local Home Goods store for as low as five dollars.

 

 

 

5. Improving My Tea Service

I practically live at my favorite coffee shop, but as common decency prevents me from actually moving my things there, I’m also prepared to serve tea at home. This year, I got a little teapot that serves two to three people and adds the perfect pinch of glamour to a Sunday morning writing session. Not into tea? Fill it with warm almond milk and let your guests mix their own hot chocolate to their taste. I promise they’ll thank you for it.

 

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And that's the  list! Share what you think of these tips or tell us about some of your own in the comments below. 

 

Keep up with Keyaira on Instagram at @pennedbykeyaira and on TheCLetter.com.

 

See you back here next week!

 

January 24, 2018 — EDEN BodyWorks
Hair care with Bonnie + Faroukjames

Hair care with Bonnie + Faroukjames

Hey readers! My name is Bonnie and I'm the lucky mama to Faroukjames, whom you may know from Instagram. He's the one with the long and beautiful curls. Farouk is not my only child though, I have two others who are indeed not children any more, in fact they are parents themselves now!  

I became a mother at a very young age, having three unplanned children from my childhood sweetheart by the age of 19. Farouk was my only planned child and there is a fifteen year age gap between Lucas and Farouk ( my two youngest boys). 

People often assume I wanted another girl ( based upon Farouk's long curls) but that's not true, we wished for a boy. It was to be Farouk senior's first son, so excited were we on the day of the scan, hoping for the news of a boy. However, we were then shocked to only be told "Sorry, we cannot see the sex, only that this baby has heaps of hair!" 

photo by @tabzwilson

Luckily, I was prepared. My elder children are mixed (half Jamaican), so I already knew how to braid and care for afro-textured hair. Back in the nineties, having your natural out was not accepted in the U.K, and the internet was not nearly as accessible as it is today. I  had to go to the library to find a book on how to braid afro-textured hair. I painstakingly taught myself how to do it. My daughter would cry as I braided whilst my white father, not understanding the culture, would shout at me to stop. However, i soldiered on against the odds lol!

 Although I had some skills, I was a bit rusty when Farouk arrived. I initially would  do wash and goes only using organic coconut oil in his hair, but as his texture changed from straight to a more curly afro, it needed to be put into a  protective style overnight. This routine was essential to prevent meshing because his hair is perfect for locking - he could literally have dreads if it was left un-detangled for a week!

I also introduced Ghanaian shea butter to Farouk's hair along with our personal EDEN favorite, the JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner. I'm currently so busy, as I started back at university two years ago, but these products really help to keep Farouk's detangling time down to a minimum, leaving me more time to focus on my studies. 
Unfortunately, Farouk's school rules state that all long hair must be tied back, so his hair stays braided on the weekdays and is let free on the weekends when he does photo shoots and etcetera. However, this routine actually works out really well for him as it keeps his hair in great condition.
 I'm so glad that nowadays natural hair is being embraced. I know it's NOT just a fashion trend. The natural is here to stay, as it should be! People often approach me and rudely ask if Farouk likes his hair. I struggle to keep a polite response to that question... why should anyone have to change anything about

themselves to fit into other people's expectations? I love his hair, as does he. He is an inspiration to so many other boys who have or who are thinking about growing their hair out. We plan to continue showing love to his hair and inspiring others with it as well.

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To keep up with Bonnie and Farouk, follow them on Instagram at @faroukjames
November 15, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
Spreading the Love

Spreading the Love

In the media, amongst our timelines, and in many of the most popular YouTube channels, we see a number of natural haired ladies being represented these days, which is amazing! However, it’s much more often that we see looser (type 3 if you’re into categorizing) patterned hair textures than the tighter coils of our type 4 sisters and brothers.

 

There are plenty of beautiful type 4 hair bloggers and enthusiasts out there and we want to help share the love.

 

Check out Bubs Bee. She’s a fabulous beauty enthusiast with a head full of lovely hair. She has an array of helpful videos demonstrating how she cares for and styles her type 4 hair. 

@_bubsbee

 

 

There’s also LaToya Diana. She’s proudly a 4c natural dedicated to creating videos and blog content to help provide styling options for other girls with a similar hair texture.

 

@latoya_diana

 

 

Abigail, or Ab K, has a lot to share as well. In her very own words, she’s all about, “showing and sending out love to all my thick-haired, breaking combs, poppin hair bows and constantly losing hair pins and bobby pins in our mane type girls.”  On one of her Instagram posts she stated, “I don’t define my hair by a number, but whatever the thickest texture is… I’m there. Lately I haven’t seen a lot of love towards our hair texture. So this post is for us! Our thick hair is versatile, healthy and beautifully natural just like any other texture.” We couldn’t agree more!

 

@ab.k

Representation matters, which is why we wanted to shine light on these ladies who share quality tips, tricks and reviews for the other 4-something hair types out there looking for a little inspiration. It’s important to celebrate the beauty of all hair types and textures. As we see it, we are a family… with really dope and diverse hair, so let’s not forget to share the love.  

October 04, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
Five Fall Must Haves For Season Friendly Styling

Five Fall Must Haves For Season Friendly Styling

With the fall creeping upon us, it might be time to switch up your hair routine to season-friendly styles. Many of us will put the wash-n-go behind us and begin to rock twists (and twist outs) or opt for straight styles that won't be affected by summer's humidity. Goodbye poofy, frizzy hair!
Here are five fall must have products you’ll need to help you transition into the autumn season. Plus, they are on sale all week 9/20/17- 9/24/17! 

1. A Moisturizing Shampoo 

 

Use EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Moisturizing Shampoo to remove dirt and oil build up without stripping hair. Nourish your hair to its natural moisture balance.

This shampoo is excellent. Love it!!! — Cheryl B.  

2. A Deep Conditioner

@naturallychantal 

@naturallychantal using our conditioner for wash day
“Just applying it to my hair, I could see the difference it was making to my hair. It softened and moisturized it on application. “ —Andrea H.
Deep conditioners are a necessary step in normal hair care regimens. During a time where the air is cooler and dryer it is vital to make sure that hair receives the necessary nourishment it deserves. Whether you’re planning a fall color change, rocking more straightened styles, or looking to quench the thirst of dry tresses EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner is the best! You can use this product to restore the moisture to your hair from over processing, damage, or dryness this fall.

3. A Leave-in

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Our Coconut Shea line is ubiquitous with conditioning. As the fan fare will tell you about this light moisturizer,

“This is the stuff that makes... curls pop, pop, pop”

[ Thanks Tiffany for your review!] If you’re leaning on twist-out styles to get you through the season of fashion and football, use EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner daily, as needed, to revitalize your hair and keep curls soft. 

4. A Creme

The EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Pudding Soufflé is ah-mazing for styling curls. Don’t take our word for it. Hazel A will tell you:

“The pudding soufflé is a product that I can use for everyday styling since my hair absolutely loves it. It’s the right consistency where it doesn’t make my hair too oily nor is it too dry. I definitely recommend this product if you're looking for a product that provides average moisture and helps maintain frizz”

 

5. A Second Day Hair Refresher

@kekecameron giving moisture to her wash-n-go 

The citrus fusion line is new and popping on the scene this season. We’re recommending you add EDEN BodyWorks Citrus Fusion Refresher to your fall starting line-up because it will infuse life into your tresses. The mist is also gentle enough to use on your body for a light refreshing scent that you can layer with your favorite lotion or perfume.

If you're on our mailing list you have the discount code to get $5 off your purchase of 2 or more of these items so shop now! If not, join the mailing list  to be the first to know about our sale promotions and use this code to fall in love with these products.

Discount Code: Fall5

Offer valid 9/20/17- 9/24/17
September 20, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
To Straighten or Not to Straighten

To Straighten or Not to Straighten

The natural hair community is a beautiful space for learning about and celebrating the hair you were born with. However, within this space, there’s a history of debates on different viewpoints pertaining to hair care. With the weather about to change, some ladies are preparing to get their flat irons ready, which is a major no-no to other naturals. 

@glamtwinz334
 

Take Kelsey and Kendra Murrell for example, also known as Glamtwinz334 on YouTube. These ladies are known for switching up their texture from curly to straight and back multiple times throughout a year, and they do so fabulously. However, on social media and sometimes even in the comments of their videos they experience negativity towards their decision to heat style so frequently. They spoke on this in their latest “Glamtwinz Hair Journey” video. Other naturals sometimes try to police them, saying they aren’t truly natural or that they don’t really love their natural hair texture - all because they choose to heat style often. Meanwhile, the girls explain that they do it simply because they love the versatility.

 

@naptural85

 

On the other hand there are the natural ladies who almost never straighten their hair, ladies like  Whitney White, better known as Naptural85. She tends to opt for protective or stretched styles  when looking for versatility. Then there are also the ladies in between, who only flat iron their hair once or twice a year, ladies like Shaneice Crystal, also known as NaturalNeiicey.

 

@naturalneiicey

 

All of these ladies take great care of their hair, from routinely deep conditioning to getting trims when needed, to using heat protectant (if/when necessary). So why all the fuss?  We say, as long as you are happy and your hair is receiving the TLC it needs to be healthy, style it however you like whenever you like!

We want to know your thoughts. How do you feel about straightening natural hair? Is there such a thing as doing it too often? Tell us in the comments below.
See you back here next week!
September 06, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
Office Hours with Dr. Tolu Noah

Office Hours with Dr. Tolu Noah

This fall will be the beginning of my fifth year as a college professor, and it’s been an incredible journey thus far. I have the privilege of teaching the next generation of teachers, that is, undergraduate students who are preparing to become K-12 classroom teachers. My courses address topics such as curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, classroom management, technology integration, and the important role diversity plays in the classroom setting.
Prior to becoming a professor, I was a 5th and 6th grade teacher for nine years. When I made the transition from K-12 to higher education, I was initially apprehensive about whether or not it would be a good fit. Would I enjoy teaching college students as much as I enjoyed teaching kids? Thankfully, the answer has been a resounding, “Yes!” While it’s definitely different and there are things that I miss from my K-12 teaching days, I truly consider it a blessing to walk alongside my college students in their journey towards becoming K-12 teachers and to help them hone their craft.   
Teaching at any level is a major commitment, and when I became a professor, I wanted to ensure that I maintained a sense of balance by having a creative outlet– something outside of work that energizes me. Enter fashion blogging. I started my blog in 2013 (the same year that I began teaching at the university), and to keep the professor trend, I named it Office Hours. My initial goal was to document and share outfits that were appropriate for the workplace, but still cute, chic, modest, youthful, and budget-friendly. Over time, I’ve also included more weekend wear and casual outfits in my posts. Most of my inspiration for outfits comes while I’m shopping. I love just walking around the store, seeing what catches my eye, and playing around with different looks in the fitting room. I’m also influenced by other fashion bloggers on Instagram. Furthermore, a major part of the fun of blogging for me is finding different ways to style the same pieces. Versatility is essential as a budget-friendly fashion blogger!
While I never formally told my college students about my fashion blog, thanks to the wonders of the internet, several students discovered it and word spread from there. At first, I was concerned that my fashion blogging would be frowned upon or that it would negatively impact how my students viewed/responded to me as their professor, but my experience has been the exact opposite. Many of my students have told me that they think it’s cool, and one student even said that it was “inspiring” because it showed that you can teach and pursue other interests at the same time.
Most students who follow my blog do so via Instagram. In fact, one of the funniest moments was when I had just finished teaching my last lecture of the semester to one of my classes, and when I checked my phone afterwards, I saw that almost half of the class had “mass followed” me on Instagram at the same time. :) In a weird way, I think fashion blogging has enabled me to build a different type of connection and rapport with my students where they can see me not just as a professor, but as a multifaceted human being with varied interests. I’m really thankful to be able to pursue both my passion for teaching and my passion for fashion concurrently, and I look forward to what the future holds for Office Hours.
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To keep up with Dr. Tolu Noah, check out her blog at officehoursblog.tumblr.com/ and follow her on Instagram at @officehoursbyt.
See you back here next week!
August 16, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
Color Me Up

Color Me Up

You may have spotted the lovely art piece created by artist Brooklyn Dolly for our booth at CURLFEST 2017. Anyone who stopped by the EDEN BodyWorks booth had the opportunity to add a splash of color onto the “color me up” mural, and it was a hit!

Color Me Up by Brooklyn Dolly - Eden BodyWorks Color Me Up by Brooklyn Dolly - Eden BodyWorks

The image features three different women and their hair. One with a fabulous afro, another with Fulani-esque cornrows and the other with flowing waves. The ladies are adorned with flowers, leaves, butterflies and more, just waiting to be brought to life with vibrant color. We love this image because it reminds us of the diversity and natural beauty of the community who supports the EDEN family.

In fact, we love it so much that we’ve decided to provide a version of the image that you can download and print out right at home!

Download Brooklyn Dolly's original image

Color it, paint it, do whatever you’d like with it! And if you’re thinking coloring is just for the little ones, think again! Coloring intricate pictures has become a trend, but it’s actually been suggested by a number of psychologists as an alternative to meditation.

In other words, it’s calming, relaxing, and can help to enhance focus and concentration. So if you’re stressed out, bored, or even just looking for a way to get your creativity flowing, try it out and tell us what you think!

You can find more of Brooklyn Dolly’s work at brooklyndolly.com or by following her on Instagram @brooklyndolly

See you back here next week!

August 02, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
What You Need to Know About Our Cleansing Co-Wash

What You Need to Know About Our Cleansing Co-Wash

First things first. What exactly is a Co-Wash?  Believe it or not, this is still one of the most frequently asked questions we receive. So for anyone wondering just that,  co-wash is a conditioner that also cleanses your hair and is used in the place of shampoo. It is gentler than even most sulfate-free shampoos, and eliminates the traditional 2-step wash routine.
Simply cleanse with the co-wash, detangle, then rinse. You can then jump right into styling, but we always suggest deep conditioning as well. That’s one step that should remain a staple  in your routine.
Many curly girls opt for co-wash over shampoo because curls need to hold on to as much moisture as possible, and shampoos can be unnecessarily drying. Co-washes are also perfect for cleansing hair mid-week or between washes when product starts to build-up. It provides a way to remove residue while also conditioning the hair.
Now that you know what a co-wash is, here’s what you need to know about ours:
Key Ingredients: Water Aqua, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil. Aloe vera juice is a natural dandruff reducer and conditioner. It adds shine and smoothness and has healing properties that repair skin cells on the scalp. Coconut Oil contains fatty acids which aid in moisturizing the hair and scalp. Shea butter has inflammatory properties which also help to heal the scalp and protect the hair shaft.
It’s sulfate-free and paraben-free, and if you’re curious about the consistency, it’s thicker than your average shampoo, but not so thick that it doesn’t provide slip for easy detangling. Also, at 16oz, you don't have to worry about running out of product quickly, which is great news for us conditioner-lovers!
This is a great product to add to your summer wash routine!
Give it a try and let us know what you think!
July 19, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
Three Ways to Look Fabulous and Save Coins

Three Ways to Look Fabulous and Save Coins

By: Ashley of FabEllis.com

 

Beauties,

If there is one thing I am passionate about, it is encouraging women to look and feel fabulous.  Learning to feel fabulous on the inside was not something that happened for me overnight.  It came with the help of prayer, learning the importance of self-care and of course, dressing how I wanted to feel.  I have learned throughout the years that dressing fabulous can truly boost confidence and it does not have to include designer labels.  Dressing fabulous means wearing what makes you feel good and gives you the, “I can take on the world,” feeling.
Thrifted skirt for under $4.
My personal passion is showing women how to dress fabulous affordably.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may be familiar with my fashion steals.  For example, I purchased this brand-new Lane Bryant dress for only $10 and the original retail price was $110.   How do I do it?  It’s a combination of thrifting, couponing and of course, clearance shopping.  It’s totally easier than you think to start implementing a few small changes into your routine to make sure you’re getting the best deals.  Today I’m sharing three tips with you for looking fabulous while still saving coins.  If you start these today, I’m sure you will start getting the best prices on the things you love. 
Three Ways to Look Fabulous and Save Coins
  • Want high quality pieces in your wardrobe that will last for years?  Head to the thrift store!
Can you believe I have been thrifting for almost 15 years?  I remember being a little girl standing with my mom in the consignment store.  I was fascinated by the books, clothes and vintage items.  As I got older, I fell in love with magazines and it did not take me long to realize that I could recreate many of the looks I saw in fashion magazines right at the thrift store. 
If you have never been thrifting, you should start now!  You are missing out on not only high-quality items, but ways to truly save money.  The thrift store can be a great place to find high quality pieces, one of a kind items and even the latest trends.  Want to know a few easy pieces you can always thrift?  Try the following:
-Blazers
-Suits
-Skirts
-Dresses
-Jeans
They are typically easy to find, unique and affordable.  One way I tend to save even more while thrifting is by going on 50% off day.  For example, if you are in or near North Carolina, Carolina Value Village has 50% off the last Wednesday of every month.  Imagine being able to find a fabulous dress for only $2! 
Thrifted jacket for $2.25.
  • When you head into your favorite retail store, skip the front and head to the back.  Clearance is where it’s at!
The highest priced items in stores are typically in the front and discounted items are in the back.  If you want to save, head to the back to clearance.  There are two benefits to shopping clearance.  One, you can still find a lot of current trends on the clearance racks.  One thing I have found from working retail is that a lot of times, retailers move things to clearance simply to make room for newer items.  Also, if an item is simply not selling, they will move it to clearance.  Second, one key to always remember is to shop out of season.  You can find the best deals, for example, on winter pieces during the middle of summer.  I recently visited St. Augustine, Florida and of course, I had to go shopping while I was there.  I found a H&M winter jacket for only $7 on clearance.  I saved over $50 on the jacket!  You can’t beat it!
Poncho purchased for only $10.
  • Want to know you are always getting the best deals in store?  Download RetailMeNot and sign up for text messages for your favorite stores.
I have to be honest.  I am the crazy person that has rewards cards, apps on my phone and receives text messages from all of my favorite stores.  As crazy as it may seem, I get unbelievable deals on fabulous clothing.  I always recommend the RetailMeNot application because you can look up coupons for more than just clothing stores.  You can look up coupons for restaurants as well as see what shopping areas are near you.  Plus, it will pop up and alert you if there is a coupon for a store nearby.  It eliminates the need for a paper coupon completely!
Also, we live in an age now where everyone has unlimited text messages.  Sign up for those text messages for your favorite stores!  Many stores send special coupons to their customers that receive texts and you are often the first to know of in-store offers.  I recently received a coupon for Payless for $10 off a $25 purchase so I ended up getting super on-trend sandals for under $20. 
Purchased Lane Bryant dress for $10.
I truly hope these tips have been helpful and I can’t wait to see what deals you find!  Be sure to tweet me your finds.
Keep up with me at FabEllis.com and on Instagram and Twitter at @iamfabellis
Which coin saving tip did you find the most helpful?
June 07, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
The Perfect Braid-Out

The Perfect Braid-Out

By Dana Nicole
For me to have begun my natural hair journey in 2011, you’d think I’d have tried lots of products and styles, right? No! In my transitioning days I was the Bantu Knot queen, but since I big chopped, it’s been a long journey of wash-n-go’s and twist outs with an occasional rod set, haha!
I liked my routine but knew I wanted to try more.
EDEN BodyWorks has been my go-to brand since 2011. I’ve watched other widely-known naturals set their hair with EDEN BodyWorks Natural Curl Defining Creme alone (without a gel styler) and for years I told myself, that would never work on my thick head of hair! I was convinced it was impossible, until I did it.
For this soft, voluminous braid out, I used the following products:
  • Coconut Shea Cleansing CoWash
  • Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner
  • Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme
Starting with the CoWash, I take a generous amount to fully coat my strands and provide enough slip for easy finger-detangling. Since I am doing a braid out, I want to make sure my hair is as tangle-free and as smooth as possible, so I follow up with my wide-toothed comb and Denman brush for knot-free curl definition. After rinsing, I apply the Leave In conditioner. I absolutely LOVE this leave-in! It provides that buttery moisture feeling, while clumping my curls at the same time - it's like watching magic happen!
To make sure that all of my strands are coated, I apply the product to my ends first, then work my way up the shaft of my hair to finish. I use a generous amount since it is the first moisturizing product I am applying after rinsing. I want to make sure my hair is getting everything back into it that it needs.
Next, I seal with an oil mix to lock in all the moisture. I haven’t been able to get my hands on EDEN BodyWorks’ Natural Hair Oil yet, so I make do with a DIY mixture. You can combine a combination of your favorite moisturizing and sealing oils for the best results.
Now it's time to braid!
I start with my hair divided into 6 sections (3 on the left, and 3 on the right). Taking one section down, I separate it into smaller sections for the braids and apply a dime sized amount of Coconut Shea Natural Curling Cream to each small section. After applying the product, I go ahead and brush the section again with my Denman brush for even product distribution and then I start my braid. To avoid fluffy roots, I try to make sure my braids are as close to my scalp as possible, without making them too tight or painful. Half way down the small section, it’s likely for the hair to become tangled or strands not being as smooth anymore, so I just give the remaining portion of the section a quick stroke with my brush and then I continue braiding. I like my ends to be coily so once I see that there’s about ¾in of hair left to braid, I stop and coil the remainder of the section around my finger and move on to the next braid.
By the time I am done setting my hair, I have about 12-14 braids, and a pair of achy hands! My hair is super thick so one night’s worth of drying is not enough. It usually takes my hair one night and a whole day of air drying to fully dry. At night, I sleep on a satin pillowcase with my hair uncovered, or I will just wrap my silk scarf around my pillow and sleep with my hair uncovered. During the day, if I don’t have to work, I will just rock a baseball cap to let my braids breathe and continue air drying.
To make sure my braids are fully dry and avoid frizz when taking them down, I gently squeeze the braid to see if any loose moisture will be left on my fingers. If I’m all clear, I start taking them down. For this step, it’s super important that you use your fingertips and not your nails to avoid any snagging and pulling that could create more frizz and potentially ruin your style. Once all of my braids are taken down, I gently separate the strands for a more full look, and gently fluff my roots with my hair pick. I try to braid my hair with the parts that I intend on using for my final look to make styling much easier. Once I’ve achieved my desired look I just lay my edges and slay the day!
For my photos you can visit me on Instagram @thisisdananicole, or even subscribe to my Youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/XIXXMCMXCIII ) for videos on how I set and style my hair with EDEN BodyWorks! Share your thoughts in the comments below!
May 31, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks
Fusing Styles with Christina Patrice

Fusing Styles with Christina Patrice

By: Christina Patrice | The Mane Objective

 

I don't mean to cause any alarm here, but I just want to put you guys up on notice.
I've found a style that I just might love more than the wash & go.
Yes. We’re talkin’ less drying time, soft, touchable hair – and gorgeous results that had me thinkin' I was somebody.
Girl.
Lean in, because I'm about to give you the goods on this gorgeous style. As a matter of fact, sip on one of these citrus-infused cocktails so we can set the mood real proper like.

 *Find the recipe for these yummy cockatils at www.themaneobjective.com

 

In case you hadn't heard, Eden BodyWorks released a brand spankin' new set of products – the Citrus Fusion Collection as a part of their new Essentials line. Comprised of 2 hair, and 2 hair + body fusion products, this line contains everything you'll need to reinvigorate your hair and skin for spring and summer.

 

Here's the quick 411 on each product:
 
Smooth & Strengthen Conditioner for Hair
  • Dual purpose; can be used as a leave-in or rinse-out conditioner
  • Contains coconut oil, shea butter, acai, orange peel, lime, quinoa, and kelp to moisturize, nourish, strengthen and fight damage/signs of aging in hair
  • Consistency is super creamy, non-greasy, and has nice slip
  • Silicone-free
 
Hydrate & Soothe Butter for Hair + Body
  • Works as a lotion/moisturizer for hair and body
  • Contains coconut oil, aloe vera, avocado, castor, honey, and acai to moisturize, balance pH, and soften.
  • Consistency is creamy, not too heavy, and very smooth. Works easily through the hair and absorbs quickly into the skin.
  • Silicone free
 
Nourish & Style Mousse for Hair
  • Soft hold; works best for setting styles like braid outs, twist outs, and rods
  • Contains castor oil, honey, acai, orange, lime, quinoa, and kelp to moisturize, boost shine, strength, and nourish the hair
  • Consistency is that of a lightweight, non-stick, non-greasy foam
  • Silicone free
 
Invigorate & Maintain Refresher Spray for Hair + Body
  • Dual purpose; can be used as a hair primer/refresher and a skin moisturizer
  • Contains castor oil, acai, orange, lime, quinoa, kelp, and chia to moisturize, nourish, and boost shine
  • Lightweight, non-greasy liquid consistency; but you can feel the moisturizing ingredients at work
  • Silicone free
Now that we've got that out the way, here's what you came for. The hair!
 
Drumroll.... it's a braid & curl!
 
 
Yassssssss!
 
The braid and curl is a fusion of two very popular natural hair styles – the braidout, and the perm rod set. With this perfect fusion, you get the benefit of plump, stretched texture from the braidout, combined with the flawless, juicy curls you'd get with perm rods.
 
Executing this style fusion is super simple – trust me. If I can do it, I know you can ace it.
 
Here's how to cocktail Eden Bodyworks Citrus Fusion products for the perfect braid and curl:
 
You'll Need
  • Citrus Fusion Invigorate & Maintain Refresher Spray
  • Citrus Fusion Hydrate & Soothe Butter
  • Citrus Fusion Nourish & Style Mousse
  • Clips for sectioning
  • Wide tooth comb for parting
  • Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush
  • Perm rods (I used the blue ones)
If video tutorials are more your style, you can get the scoop right here:
 
But if reading is more your thing (and I can totally relate), I’ve got you covered with step-by-step instructions below.
 
Step 1
Start on dry stretched or un-stretched hair. Hair that is naked, or nearly naked is best. Wet hair will result in more shrinkage and longer drying time.
 
Step 2
Spray Refresh Invigorate & Maintain throughout the hair to gently hydrate and make your hair more pliable.
 
Step 3
Part your hair into 4 sections, twisting each of them out of the way.
 
Step 4
Take the first section down, and apply a small finger scoop of Hydrate & Soothe Butter throughout. Work it in by hand first, then reach for that BOMB Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush to gently remove tangles and smooth.
 
Section off your first 1 to 1 and 1/2-inch portion of hair – clipping or moving the rest out of the way.
 
Step 5
Apply 1 pump of Nourish & Style Mousse to the section you’re preparing to braid – work the mousse through and brush again. It's important that the hair be damp and moisturized, but not soaking wet. If your hair feels too wet, use less Nourish & Style Mousse on subsequent sections.
 
Step 6
Braid the section down, stopping about 2 inches from the end. Apply a dab of Hydrate & Soothe Butter to the end, and brush through for extra smoothness.
 
Step 7
Starting at the bottom of the perm rod, wrap the very ends of the hair around the rod. Roll the hair up toward the braid, once over the ends to secure them, and then up the rest of the way until you reach the portion of your hair that's braided. 
Secure the elastic band and top of the perm rod across the front of the braid so it doesn't roll down.
 
Step 8
Repeat steps 5-7 for each braid, and step 4 in each large section.
 
Step 9
Sit under hooded dryer for 30-45 minutes, or air dry for up to 2 hours. I highly recommend the hooded dryer to expedite the process, and help create definition.
Ensure braids and ends are completely dry before moving to step 10.
 
Step 10
Take down all the perm rods first - unlatching the top and then while holding the braid, rotate the rod around the hair counter-clockwise to minimize frizz and leave the curl intact.
 
Step 12
After all the rods are down, gently unbraid each braid.
 
Step 13
Shake, fluff, look fabulous, and sip your favorite citrus infused mocktail because girl, #youfly!
 
To preserve this style, re-braid in chunky sections, stopping where the curled ends are. Tuck all hair into a satin bonnet, and sleep tight!
 
In the morning, unbraid, shake, and fluff.

 

You can find the entire Citrus Fusion Collection at your local Sally Beauty Supply, or at EdenBodyWorks.com.

 

Thanks for tuning in! We'll see you back here next week! 

 

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Bio:

Christina Patrice the owner and creator of The Mane Objective, and is one of the last L.A. natives standing. By day, she’s a copywriter and CRM specialist. By night she’s a blogger, photographer, gym rat, sneakerhead, and culinary enthusiast. Keep up with her product junkie-ing, sneaker hunting, and kitchen shenanigans on Instagram and Snapchat - @maneobjective.

 

April 19, 2017 — EDEN BodyWorks