Category Archives: Hook-Ups and Deals

Nail Fabulosity: 15% Discount Code

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If you recall, about a month or so ago, I re-blogged my girl Rece’s post on her new nail polish line, Nail Fabulosity. Well, we have been talking about doing a discount code ever since. So, when I saw her new thermal polish, Big PIMPkin, and realized it was officially fall, I thought, “Perfect timing!”

So, from now until  9/30/13 at 11:59 pm, get 15% off of all  Nail Fabulosity nail polishes at Nail Fabulosity.  Just enter coupon code HAIRSCAPADES at checkout (excludes S&H) to get 15% off of as many polishes as you’d like (1 for you, 1 for your sister, 1 for your bestie, 1 for your curlfriend, and so on and so on ;)!!)!!

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And don’t forget to check out Rece’s natural hair exploits over at A Hair Story!!

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EboniCurls Ebonnet 15% Discount Code

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It’s been a while since we’ve had a discount code around here!! So, why not bring it back with one of the most popular giveaway items that I’ve every shared, the EboniCurls Ebonnet!! (I know some of you have been eagerly awaiting this. ;)). From now until Mother’s Day (11:59 pm, 5/12/13), get 15% off of all EboniDreams Ebonnets at EboniCurls.com!!!! Wondering what’s so awesome about these bonnets? Then check out my review here: EboniCurls Ebonnets Review.

Just enter coupon code HAIRSCAPADES15 at checkout (excludes S&H) to get 15% off of as many bonnets as you’d like (1 for you, 1 for sis, 1 for your bestie, 1 for mom of course!!)!! Have at it!!

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For up-to-the-minute news on restocking dates, new designs and prints, Like EboniCurls on Facebook!!

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Fall In Love With Your Curls This Valentine’s Day!

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Jaded Tresses aka TheCurlWhisperer invites you to get your tresses Jaded this Valentine’s Day.

Special Promotion

Wednesday, February 13th – Friday, February 15th

Come in for a customized contour haircut/ trim and “spice up” your tresses with a KISS of highlights for $175.00. You will get 6 foils of a custom color designed especially for you by the TheCurlWhisperer AND receive a special gift valued at $22.00 (while supplies last). Just want a haircut/trim and style? Mention Hairscapades and get it done for $100 (value $155).

This offer is only valid February 13th, February 14th and February 15th for appointments booked with Tameeka McNeil-Johnson of Jaded Tresses and cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts! No exceptions!

To book your appointment, call: 347.202.1869.

Salon Santa Cruz
254 5th Ave 2nd floor
Wednesday – Friday
10:00 am – 6:30 pm

Look at that vibrant color!

Look at that vibrant color!

Hairscapades in Better Than Good Hair!

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2/2/13: Okay ladies! This is it!! I got a personal text from Nik asking me to get the word out! Please buy your copy (or two or three or four … I got 3) of Curly Nikki’s Better Than Good Hair BY 5 PM TODAY!!! In the publishing world, you have one week to make it in the top 20 and BTGH is so close!! So, if you can buy another copy AND/OR get family and friends to do so, TODAY IS THE DAY!!

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It’s here!!! It’s here!! Okay, my copy isn’t here. But Hairscapades follower Myeisha got her copy of Curly Nikki’s Better Than Good Hair yesterday and shared pictures of my Exercise and Natural Hair article on the Hairscapades Facebook page!!

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OH!!! And get this!!!! Though they don’t mention any of the contributors by name, Huffington Post had this to say:

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“We especially love the sections on how to maintain gorgeous hair while exercising (since that’s proving to present some major health risks) …”

That’s me!!! That’s me!!! LOL!!

Anywho, hopefully I’ll get my copy today! If you haven’t ordered yours, now is a great time to get it!! Because, you can get a $10 Shea Moisture coupon when you do the following:

  1. Buy a print copy of the book between January 29th and February 2nd on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com or at your local bookstore.
  2. Register at Shea Moisture Events Giveaway HERE.

How easy is that? And shoot, if you get the coupon, it’s like getting the book for free!! Buuuuut, you have to order and register fast as this offer is only good while supplies last!! (Full details of offer here.)

(Hmmm, I think I may need to pick up a couple more copies for the family myself! Given my PJ ways, you know that I want some Shea Moisture coupons ;).)

The Mane Event and a Haus of Swag Discount Code!

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On Saturday, I attended The Mane Event, a natural hair vendor affair at The Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ. I learned about this event from Gina and attended with her and her friend (and my new curlfriend AND comics/cartoon compatriot) Jacelyn. The Luna Stage is a cozy and quaint theatre on the border of Orange and West Orange, a stone’s throw away from where I used to live years ago! I had to park a couple of blocks away, because the space was packed with gorgeous naturalistas! The event ran from 2 pm – 6 pm and was followed with a staged reading of the play, Supernatural, which I did not attend.

When I arrived, guess who was one of the first people that I spotted?!

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It’s Scarlett of Wonder Curl!! She was in the house selling her line along with so many other enterprising ladies and gents (support small businesses!!). She bought the lovely, sweet as pie and HEE-larious Cadian (I love this lady) aka The Lone Natural along with her!!

Cutting up! Do you SEE the shoes?!?!

Cutting up! Do you SEE the shoes?!?!

Later, I saw some wonderful young ladies that I met at the CurlyNikki meet-up this summer and then I ran into the lovely and sweet Gaye aka Sweetdrk1 aka GGMadeIt aka Boog’s (as in CurlyNikki’s baby girl Gia) babysitter!! It was soooo nice meeting her in person as we’ve been Facebook friends for a bit! She is such a sweetie with a huge heart and GORGEOUS coils!! I loved her rod set and her color!!

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Sporting one of her “loverly” knit creations … of course:)!! Check out her Etsy shop!!

So yeah, the theatre was packed from end to end. There were vendors in the entrance, the hallways and two rooms and tons of naturalistas jockeying for space at the tables to check out all of the wares!! There were hair products, tons of jewelry, hair accessories, hand-knit goods, natural greeting cards, funky tees, handmade jams and a variety of other novelties!

Check out the view!

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Okay, so y’all know that I didn’t leave all of that empty-handed. BUT, I was good … no new hair products! Wooh-hooh!! PJ instincts quelled!! I didn’t even approach those tables too closely … once an addict, always an addict. *lol* However, I couldn’t resist picking up a few pretties!! Here’s my haul.

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The bow earrings were made while I waited. Total cost for all 3 pairs: $4! (TheUniquePieces.com)

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Adorned cap sleeve mock turtleneck: $8!! (TheUniquePieces.com)

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A HAUS OF SWAG DISCOUNT CODE

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So, I have to tell you, I spent a good 20 minutes talking to the CEO of Haus of Swag, Toni, on Saturday. First, let me say that the woman is fly! Her hair was GORG!! Immediately grabbed my attention and just about everyone else’s! I swear, I witnessed at least 10 ladies ask her how she styled it (fresh twist-out with Cantu Shea conditioner, if you must know. ;)). Well, we ended up talking about all kinds of things, including me telling her about Wonder Woman’s black twin sister, Nubia, Rebel flags, black empowerment, Barak’s re-election (we waiting for him to get it in now … no re-election to worry about) and her telling me about the Wisconsin senator who said that blacks don’t even celebrate Kwanzaa. Wha?!?! Yeah, I didn’t know about that one either!! Check it out here!

Anywho, I was able to pick up my tees at The Mane Event for the super low price of only $20 each. However, that was a special price for the affair! Well, I knew that some of you would probably be interested in these HAWT tees (don’t you just love the shapes?!?!). So, I contacted Toni via e-mail to see if I could get a discount code for my Hairscapades ladies! And, guess what?!?! Being the awesome lady that she is, Toni kindly obliged!! Soooooo …

From now until 12:00 am on 1/20/13, you can get 15% off of your total Haus of Swag order with
discount code: HAIRSCAPADES!!!**

How frickin’ awesome is that?!?! And, to find out when Haus of Swag is coming to an event near you, like their Facebook page, HausofSwag.com and/or join their e-mail list!!

**Free shipping in the US!!

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Lata Gatas!!

The Fellowship of the Jaded

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Yes!! We had another haircut party with Tameeka McNeil-Johnson aka Jaded Tresses. This time, it was at the house of Tiffany’s twin sister, Trina (not pictured). So, I’m a little delayed with this post because the pics I took with my iPhone were pretty crappy and I needed Tiffany to hook me up with quality pics from her good camera!! (No more being lazy and not taking out the real camera for me ;)).

Anywho, there was a gaggle of ladies, some there for services, others just to partake in the festivities, observe and learn.

Check out the view!

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And, on a side note, I brought the Cream and Coco Curls for Days Hair Pudding and the Mizani True Textures Leave-in and Jelly for styling. I wanted to see how they worked on a WnG. Tameeka played around with both products and got better definition and less frizz on the side done with … surprise, surprise … the lightweight and creamy C&C Hair Pudding!

But, get this, with everyone else, she used her own concoction of Eco Styler Crystal gel mixed with lots of water, coconut oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil!! And look at those results!! I’m definitely going to have to try that combo the next time I do a WnG … or maybe even a twist or braid out!!

Oh, and for those of you interested in my lovely baby doll tee as seen here:

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It was gifted to me by Connie at Curlisious.com this past summer and I am long overdue sharing it!! It comes in three colors (white, pink, and yellow) at $25 a pop!! Pretty HAWT, right?!?

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Okay, so I have an announcement for those of you that don’t follow Hairscapades or Jaded Tresses on Facebook (but you know, the links are right there. So … you know … I’m sayin’ ;)):

Tameeka McNeil-Johnson aka Jaded Tresses aka The Curl Whisperer has relocated!! She can now be found at:

Salon Santa Cruz
254 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

For prices and/or to schedule an appointment at the salon or a haircut party, contact her at:

347.202.1869  • 646.262.9157 tameeka.jadedtresses@gmail.com

And stay tuned, because a Jaded Tresses Giveaway announcement is coming very soon!!

Duh … duh … DUHHHHHH!!!!! 

CurlKit Reveal

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About a year or so ago, a few brilliant business minds came up with the idea to satisfy the curiosity and obsessions of natural hair Product Junkies (PJs) everywhere without breaking their wallet … and while still capitalizing upon the affliction ;). The likes of CurlKit and CurlBox were born!! These companies send subscribers a monthly supply of hair goodies (samples and some full size products) for around $20 a month so that PJs or newbies looking for their staple and/or holy grail products can sample to their hearts’ content. What makes it more exciting (or frustrating, depends on your perspective and if you get in or not ;)) is that the ability to subscribe is limited to certain periods and numbers of customers. I think this is because these businesses are new and growing and have to make certain that they can acquire enough products to satisfy the orders for their subscribers.

Anywho, back in September, I responded to CurlKit’s solicitation for a 31 Bloggers in 31 days feature and got selected (check out my post here)!! Well, imagine my surprise when I got tagged on Instagram and discovered that my Best Bun Practices for Length Retention article was featured in the December CurlKit magazine, CurlLife!!

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Anywho, just wanted to share that and this reveal of the December CurlKit that was taped by my IG friend!! You can get a little taste of what it’s like to get your very own CurlKit delivered to your doorstep!

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Okay, you know that I’m really sharing this because of the shout out!! LOL!! You are all my (virtual) friends in my head ;)!!

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Do you have a CurlKit and/or CurlBox subscription? If so, which one(s)? How do you like it/them? If you have both, how do they compare?

LuluandLoie on Etsy

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So, I’m checking out the pics in the feed on my Instagram home page and see this GORGEOUS woman in this AMAZING scarf. I actually didn’t see the pic that she posted, but one someone re-posted. So, I had to find her and the scarf! Turns out that this 8th Wonder of the World was created by the Etsy shop, LuluandLoie. So, I checked it out and … OH. EM. GEE. I am in LOVE ♥ ♥ ♥. Yeah. Something from this shop is gonna have to happen. And soon. Because these scarfs are $20 off right now (down to $85 from $105). As @NicoleMelton said … #ScarfJam is on!

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Wallis Fashion 30% off EVERYTHING Flash Event

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I forgot to tell you guys about the last big WallisFashion.com sale, so I had to tell you about this one! Through this Saturday, December 1st, EVERYTHING in the store is up to 30% off aaaaaaand it also looks like they are giving an additional 10% off your purchase with discount code: SALE 10 (don’t know if that runs through Saturday, but just google discount codes and try WALLIS10 too as that has worked for me several times!)!! Also, there’s FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $30!

If you don’t recall, this is the other reasonably priced online UK seller (Asos being the first ;)) from which I purchased that awesome leopard print skirt that I showed you guys here , here and here.

At the last big sale, I picked up this really cute peplum skirt and jacket … which fit, but will fit a lot better once I lose about 5 pounds (Operation “Get Right” is on Day 3 today; Ahhhhhhh here it go!!!).


Once I lose those 5 pounds, I’ll take it on a test drive and will share pics for sure!

Now, with this up to 30% off EVERYTHING sale, plus the additional 10% that you can get off all purchases with discount code: SALE 10, I’m eyeballing this black crepe waterfall jacket and black PU pencil skirt. I think these might be great holiday pieces that work well from day to evening too!

My only concerns? Will the waterfalls put a spotlight on my “ample” hips, which I’m aiming to camouflage and is that PU skirt LINED?!? I’m a sweater. This could be a reallllly bad look … and feel … if it isn’t. Hmmm, I guess I could always wear a slip though. PROBLEM SOLVED!! (Seriously, I just figured that out as I was writing this! LOL!!)

A quick note: Wallis has UK sizes with a conversion chart for the US. So, just make certain that you follow that! I’ve found that when I chose an honest US size (8 for skirts = 12 UK size and 6 for tops = 10 UK size) the clothes fit my 5’1″, currently … ughhhh … 143 pound, slightly pear-shaped, hourglass frame well.

Anywho, just wanted to share! Do you guys like when I share discounts and sales at the places that I like to shop? Hope so! Let me know one way or the other in the comments *hint hint* (If you didn’t figure it out, that’s my way of trying to get you guys to comment. It’s been quiet around here for weeks with the exception of that Ebonnet Giveway post!! *lol*)

ETA: Ummm … how about I ordered the PU skirt and forgot about it? It was at my door when I got home from work a few minutes ago!!! LMBO!!!

Perfect fit! I love it when a plan comes together!!

I should order it in the size 10 UK/6 US  too so that I have one for when I lose this weight! That’s what I did with the leopard print! ;) Yeah, about that losing weight … time to get changed and hit the basement for C25K Day 2!

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Speaking of the holidays, what are you planning to wear for dinners and events? Is it already hanging in your closet or are you still trying to figure it out?

Ebonnet Review, Giveaway and Black Friday Discount Code! *CLOSED*

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So, this is one of my suuuuper delinquent posts. See, what had happened was … back in August, Eboni of EboniCurls and I got to “chatting” on Facebook. I had come across her Ebonnets a few months earlier during some YouTube perusing. I think it was a review by Jess of MahoganyCurls that first piqued my interest. Then, I found this YouTube video by Eboni herself wherein she explained and demonstrated the difference between the inferior nylon satin bonnets that we find in the beauty supply stores and the premium charmeuse satin ones that she makes.

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After watching this video and realizing how deficient my 50 zillion Sally’s bonnets are, you know the PJ in me was hyperventilating!! But, when I visited Eboni’s shop to feed my habit, she was out of stock *womp womp*. So, being the AADD-suffering individual that I have become (Adult Attention Deficit Disorder for those of you who don’t know;)) , I forgot about the Ebonnets for a while. But, as luck would have it, I “ran” into Eboni on Facebook shortly thereafter. We began “chatting,” I knew her, she knew me, we were all giddy with excitement and, the next thing I know, Eboni was sending me an Ebonnet of my very own! Not only that, it was one of her newest designs and my very favorite print, LEOPARD!! YEA!!! Oh, and one more thing, we decided to collaborate on a giveaway!

Anywho, I got my bonnet immediately and planned on posting the giveaway in October. To tell you the truth, I don’t know what happened!! I had other giveaways going, I was tired, I was distracted, I was unfocused … AADD you know … and I completely let this one get by me despite the fact that I was wearing my bonnet regularly!

Then, serendipity stepped in!! Last week, CurlyNikki shared an article by NaturallyChelsea, The Real Satin Bonnet – Choosing the Right Scarf. This post does a great job of explaining the difference between a quality satin scarf and the inferior nylon satin scarves sold by beauty supply stores. The comments were even more enlightening as several ladies explained that satin is a weave technique  and a finish, not a type of fabric. Who knew?!?! (Well, a few people I guess. ;)) After seeing all of this, I knew that it was perfect timing to resurrect the Ebonnet review and the giveaway!! And, why not throw in a discount code to boot?!?!

So, here we go!!

EBONNET REVIEW

Okay, first Eboni sent me a EboniDreams Ebonnet AND a bonus scrunchie in lovely gift wrapping with a very sweet, personal and handwritten note. It was a pleasure just to receive the package!

Next are the actual EboniDreams bonnet and scrunchie. Wow! These things are so well-made. I was sent a charmeuse satin, double-lined bonnet in Golden Leopard Dreams and a scrunchie in Eco Leopard.

What is charmeuse satin you ask? Well, I’ll let Eboni explain it:

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Charmeuse is a luxury fabric made from silk with a satin finish. It has a floating appearance which drapes very well, especially for formal wear. The fabric is also extremely lightweight, and it has a glossy appearance and extremely soft texture. This fabric should be handled with care, since it is very fragile.

And why is satin superior to cotton?

Cotton may feel warm and cozy, but it is a highly absorbent material that draws moisture from our skin and hair as we sleep. We actually need the oils that are leached by cotton to keep our hair calm and our skin supple. In addition, the weave of a cotton pillowcase acts like an abrasive material, catching individual stands of hair and causing them to tangle and break. That same weave pressed against our faces at night causes our ever-less-elastic skin to crease. And like any other repeated action, those creases can eventually become permanent. A satin pillowcase, on the other hand, allows our face and head to move easily across its surface, avoiding the friction and damage caused by cotton.

So what makes Ebonnets so special?

Ebonnets are handmade with high quality Satin or double lined with Charmeuse Satin, which is made of extremely tightly bound satin threads that provides optimum retention of the hairs natural oils along with providing additional moisture on your hairs delicate strands. Charmeuse allows moisture to stay within the atmosphere of the bonnet which results in soft healthy hair!

Well, I’d have to agree. You can immediately SEE and FEEL the difference between this satin bonnet and your run-of-the-mill BSS variety one. The fabric is opaque, silky smooth and substantive. And, the double-lining is an added bonus! I don’t see any moisture/oils escaping through the Ebonnet to soil my pillowcase while I’m wearing this!

However, after learning that satin is a finish and not a fabric, I did have to ask Eboni:

What type of fabric do you use for your products?

All of my material is Charmeuse satin. Silk is natural and made from worms. I do not use silk. The Charmeuse satin that I use is man made of polyester fibers. … I’ve found that the higher the polyester count, the better it retains moisture. And I say that charmeuse satin acts like silk in what it does for our hair and that it is more durable than silk.

Makes sense to me and the proof is in the pudding! This bonnet is densely woven, silky smooth and durable. And, although I can be a night sweater (ewwww, I know :(), I didn’t find that this bonnet made me hot or sweaty, even though I wore it towards the end of August. So, though it seals in the moisture, it also seems to allow airflow so that my head can “breathe.”

Finally, the Ebonnet is massive and manages to accommodate my big, huge buns when I feel like leaving them in for bedtime. The rope drawstring enables one to “customize” the opening to fit different head sizes. The one thing is that I do have a pea-size head (who would have guessed with this eighthead, right?).  So, if I have my hair pulled back in a low bun, it tends to move around and slip forward and cover my fore … I mean eight … head. I guess this is because the drawstring closure doesn’t cling the same way as elastic.

So, to wrap this long review up, the Ebonnet is a keeper and the quality justifies the cost, IMO. Oh, and the satin scrunchie was a nice bonus! It has some serious elastic and is roomy too!

Now the moment that you’ve all been waiting for …

EBONNET GIVEAWAY*

Want your chance to win a Golden Leopard Dreams double-lined Ebonnet just like mine? Well, it couldn’t be more simple!! Just tell us how you do bedtime hair in the comments below! That’s it!!

The deadline for entry is Friday, November 30th.

And last, but not least …

EBONNET BLACK FRIDAY 20% DISCOUNT CODE

On black Friday, from 8 am to 2 pm and while supplies last, Eboni Curls’ EboniDreams Etsy shop will re-open and you can get 20% off all Zebra print items!!!!  Just enter coupon code BLACKZEBRA at checkout (excludes S&H and non-zebra print items).

For up-to-the-minute news on restocking dates, new designs and prints, Like EboniCurls on Facebook!!

Now how’s that for making up for my procrastination!!!

*No purchase necessary. A winner will be selected at random the week following the close of the giveaway. In accepting the prize, the winner acknowledges that Hairscapades.com may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws. Contest open to Continental U.S. residents only. One entry per person. Claiming of prizes requires an e-mail response to hairscapades@gmail.com from the winner within 5 days of being notified of winning. Failure to respond shall mean that the winner forfeits the prize and an alternate winner will be selected.