Hello New Jersey naturals! I’m so excited to tell you about this event going down on Sunday, November 16th brought to you by my girl, natural hair care pro Simeko Watkins-Hartley of Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa & Boutique. Simeko’s latest endeavor, The Natural Hair Care Coach, will be a natural’s destination for styling help and we’re celebrating its launch at The Suite Spot in Montclair, NJ. The event will include LIVE demos, giveaways, hair trivia, musical entertainment and much more! I have the privilege of being a special guest host for the evening! Eeek! PLUS, my homie, MUA Melanie Brown of Kurls, Stilettos & Lipstick will be doing a live makeup demo and offering FREE eyebrow shaping to all VIP guests! This is going to be SO MUCH FUN! Space is limited and NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR so head here to get yours NOW! See you there! xoxo Toia B.
You may already recognize our “resident” hair care pro from our Ask the Pro series here on the blog. Or you may have seen her work around the web and in magazines. What you may not know is that this natural hair pro is just as fierce in fashion as she is in beautifying the manes of many. We met some years back through a mutual friend and discovered that we shared a passion for natural hair and hair care education. We’ve been supporting the endeavors of one another ever since. ♥ Say hello… Hey Blooming Naturals! My name is Simeko and I’m owner of Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa & Boutique located in Orange, NJ. I was born & raised in Harlem, NY but now I’m a Jersey Gal (although Harlem still runs through my veins). How long have you been wearing your hair in its natural state? I first learned to love and wear my hair natural back in 1994 when I started working at Khamit Kinks Salon in Brooklyn, NY. What’s one of the biggest things you’ve learned on this journey thus far? I would have to say that it’s loving and accepting what you’ve been blessed with as a unique individual… no one else has hair like yours! Your hair is like your fingerprint. Beautiful, healthy, natural hair comes in all textures, lengths and thickness. Briefly tell us about your hair care routine and some of your go-to styles. My routine is very simple… I keep my scalp/hair cleaned, moisturized and protected. And, anyone that knows me knows, every time you see me I have a different style (that’s one of the best things about being a natural hair care professional). However, my go-to protective style is a Crochet Weave. When I wear my hair…
Are like many naturals who’ve heard talk of hair porosity but have no idea what it all means and why you should even care? Hair care professional Simeko Watkins-Hartley gives gives you the break-down.
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Well, with the exception of a few minor last-minute details, my event plans are pretty much complete! Yes, I’m super nervous excited! 😀 I’m so looking forward to meeting my blog and social media followers, catching up with my friends who are coming out to support as well as connecting with some of my fellow bloggers and natural hair enthusiasts! It’s gonna be so much fun. Wait… what? You haven’t secured your spot yet?! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??!! Maybe this lil promo will light a fire in ya… Like what you see? Then go here to get your tickets today! Much love to my girl Esmee of Incredibly Wee for putting this promo together for a sista. ♥ See you Saturday ladies! xoxo Toia B.
This question comes to us from @curiouscoils (how appropriate!) on Instagram. Our resident natural hair care professional Simeko Watkins-Hartley answers… How do I soften my ends? Answer: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! Usually, when the ends tend to be harder or rougher than the rest of your hair, it may be due to lack of moisture. The ends are the oldest part of the hair and tend to hang out furthest away from the scalp, so they may dry out faster, leaving a hard, brittle feel. Here are some steps you can take to whip those ends back into shape: 1. When cleansing your hair, use a moisturizing shampoo and luke-warm or cool water to rinse Moisturizing shampoos are usually pH balanced and generally have ingredients that will lubricate the hair, making it soft. Cool water helps to seal the cuticles which aids in making the hair smoother and shinier. 2. Treat your hair to an Acid Rinse/Treatment These treatments usually help to balance the hair’s pH levels and soften the hair. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse and Coconut Milk treatments are two that can be used. 3. Use natural emollients to seal the ends when moisturizing the hair. Emollients generally describe ingredients that soften the skin/ hair and work by increasing its ability to retain water. Some examples of natural emollients are coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, castor Oil, and extra virgin olive oil. And yes… most, if not all, you can find right in your kitchen cabinet! If you have tried one or more of these steps and your ends are still rough and brittle… Don’t Panic…..Be Patient! Continue to nurture those ends and love them like they’ve never been loved before and in time, they will get better! Naturally Yours, Simeko Watkins-Hartley Owner & Creative Director of Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa…
Our resident natural hair care professional Simeko Watkins-Hartley answers… Do you have any advice on shedding? Remember the adage, “out with the old in with the new”?! Well, that pretty much sums up the process of shedding. Old hairs fall out so new hairs can come through. In technical terms, this process is the telogen stage in the hair growth cycle and lasts about 1 to 4 months. When should you be concerned about shedding and what can you do about it? Generally, hair sheds about 50 to 100 strands per day and anything in excess of this may potentially be a cause for concern. Excessive shedding can be the result of a number of things such as stress, hormonal imbalance, crash dieting, deficiency of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and protein, certain medications, anemia, thyroid disorders and the list can go on and on. In essence, when the body goes through internal changes (especially on the cellular level), this can be a cause for excessive shedding since the hair follicle is fed by the blood stream. If you find this to be the case for you, here are a few things you may want to consider: Stress Less I know, I know, easier said than done! However, reducing stress may reduce shedding so try to find little ways to help you relax like reading a good book, listening to your favorite tunes, or exercising. Eat Well-Balanced Meals Fruits, vegetables and proteins are the essential building blocks to healthy hair since they provide the necessary vitamins and nutrients your hair needs. Some of you may find eating healthy difficult. If this is the case, you should probably consider taking vitamin supplements. Vitamins such as A, D, Biotin, Iron and Folic Acid are absorbed by the hair and are great for helping to…
Get ready New Jersey and surrounding areas! Our resident hair care pro Simeko Watkins-Hartley (from the Ask the Pro series) brings you an action-packed event that you DO NOT want to miss- One World, Many NaturalsFanfare! Simeko brings her expertise to this educational and FUN affair filled with special guests, dope vendors and giveaways! Watch a hair and fashion show while enjoying lite bites from local eatery, Heritage Restaurant & Lounge. Natural hair enthusiasts Yardley Messeroux and Natasha Gaspard will be presented with the NHC Award for their contribution to the natural hair community with their amazing series Make Me a Naturalista! Malacia Anderson of LiLi’s Creations will be bringing along some of her beautiful Ankara pieces for you lovely ladies. It’s gonna be exciting! So what are you waiting for?? Go here to purchase your tickets today. See you on the 15th! xoxo Toia B.
Our resident natural hair care professional Simeko Watkins-Hartley answers… “My hair seems to be thinning, can you help?” Although hair loss is a normal process that we all will experience at some point in our lives, excessive hair loss, much like excessive hair shedding (see this post for more details) can be caused by a number of different factors and recommendations would depend on the underlying cause. However, keeping your scalp/hair clean and well-nourished with natural oils can be helpful start. Another very important factor is getting your daily intake of vitamins. To get a better idea of how vitamins can help with preventing hair loss, here’s a breakdown: Vitamin A– Aids in stimulating the follicle and making healthy sebum in the scalp Vitamin Bs– Aids in stimulating hair growth. Also may help to reduce stress which may cause hair loss Vitamin C– An anti-oxidant that helps to maintain healthy hair Vitamin D– Plays an important role in the hair growth cycle and can help reduce hair loss Vitamin E– Helps to improve scalp circulation Biotin– Helps to thicken the hair strand Folic Acid– Aids in cell renewal to grow hair Iron– Carries oxygen to the hair follicle which promotes growth Zinc– Helps with cell renewal which is necessary for hair growth If you are still experiencing excessive hair loss after taking vitamins for at least 90-120 days (this is generally the amount of time it takes for blood cell renewal), you may want to pay your doctor a visit to make sure there are no major issues internally. Naturally Yours, Simeko Watkins-Hartley Owner & Creative Director of Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa & Boutique Disclaimer: This information serves as a guide to inform, inspire and encourage women, like myself, to regain and maintain their healthiest hair possible. Do you take vitamins to aid in healthy hair growth? What…
Our resident natural hair care professional Simeko Watkins-Hartley answers… What is the best way to transition back to my natural hair? So, you’re thinking of or decided to go natural. What now? The hardest part of going natural is changing your mind-set. Most people believe that naturally tight curly hair is not good hair, not beautiful hair, and just takes too much time and energy to care for. Well, let me ask you this: what do you consider good hair and/or beautiful hair? Shouldn’t it be the natural texture of hair that God has blessed each and every one of us with, which is hair in its healthiest state? And yes, caring for natural hair may require more time and energy but doesn’t anything worth having require some kind of nurturing? What you put into your hair is what you will get out of it! With that said, there are three important requirements for a smooth transition: Moisture, Strengthening & Protection. If the following two steps are followed closely, they will provide you with everything you need to successfully transition from relaxed to natural with minimum breakage. Step 1 – Choose the right products Most, if not all, things that we put in and on our body (including our hair) should be beneficial to our health. Think about it, what is the general purpose of eating food? Is it not to supply our body with nutrients and energy to stay alive and healthy? Same goes for the products we use on our hair. These products should provide your hair with ingredients that will moisturize, strengthen, and nourish it. Maintaining a good balance between moisture and protein (hair strengthener) is essential for healthy hair, period. If any of the two are thrown off balance there will be breakage. Natural and chemically treated hair…