Daily Archives: December 26, 2012

Bunning Challenge Week 6: Henna Time and a Braid-Out



Okay, super quick update. I wore a pretty standard boring bun all last week. But, around Thursday last week, I knew that there was no putting off a henna/indigo treatment anymore.


The roots were GLARING!! So, with a four day weekend ahead of me, I knew that I could get ‘er done! I’d already mixed and frozen a couple of boxes of henna a week ago. So, I just needed to decide which kind I wanted to use, thaw it and get to work.

I had mixed and frozen a box of Dulhan and Godrej Nupur and decided on the Nupur. I’d picked it up several months ago from my local Indian grocer, Patel Brothers, for about $4 based on the review of Marsha of Hairology. It is a BAQ henna, but has 9 other ayurvedic “herbs” added into the mix.


via Godrej Nupur 

Godrej Nupur brings to you the best quality Rajasthani Mehendi with 9 carefully chosen natural herbs. The ingredients are added in perfect proportions to give your hair the fabulous shiny & silky feel that you desire every single day.

Following are herbs used in Godrej Nupur Mehendi with their benefits.

Brahmi – Promotes hair growth.
Shikakai – Leaves hair clean & shining.
Aloe Vera – Maoisturises hair & makes it silky.
Methi – Conditions, nourishes & revitalises hair.
Bhringraj – Makes hair luxuriant.
Amla – Darkens hair colours, adds shine & luster.
Neem – Fights scalp infection & prevents dandruff.
Hibiscus – Rejuvenates hair making it shiny & silky.
Jatamansi – Prevents graying of hair.

Now, I was a little worried about the amla given my allergic reaction to it in the past and the excessive and prolonged shedding that I think was the result of it. However, because amla was low on the list and I knew to be on the alert for itching, I decided to give it a go on Sunday morning. And …


 … All went well!!! No itching to speak of and, post 4 hours of henna/heat … great grey coverage!!

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Of course, after this, I had to apply indigo to the crown of my hair and then deep condition. Now, after dealing with my hair all day (started at 11 am, finished around 7 pm), the styling session was SUPER quick. I applied a little Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose conditioner as my leave-in, placed my hair into 6 braids and sealed with my coconut oil body whip *lol*.


It was dry the next morning by the time we were getting ready for my family Christmas Eve dinner (actually, the above pic is of dry hair), so I was psyched. And, I released the braids to reveal a pretty nice braid-out!

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But, it was up in a bun before we went out the door. I know, I know! But, I had on a corduroy blazer, a wool coat and a scarf!! That’s a lot of friction and it’s exactly why I’m in the midst of this bun challenge! And no, it wasn’t even a fancy bun. It was a plain ol’, regular boring bun that wasn’t even that smooth around the edges. No pics.

Alright that’s it! Gotta go!! Hope that you all had wonderful Christmases!! Mine was nice, spent with my family on both sides, but pretty uneventful!



Okay Bunning Challenge ladies! Who is still doing this?!?! C’mon, give a quick shout and let us know if you are still hanging in there!





Do you recognize those two other faces?!? YES!! It’s Rece of A Hair Story and Marsha of Hairology!! This past Saturday, my buddies from the original NC.com CurlyNikki presents Kim Coles’ Grow Out Challenge (whew! That never gets any easier!!) and I got together, with our sisters and other fam in tow, for brunch in the city!! Marsha had come to the Northeast to visit family for the holidays and contacted us to hang out!! I was so excited to meet her in person!! The original GOC was … like …. 2 YEARS AGO!!

Rece and her sister suggested Rue 57, a nice little brunch spot in NYC, and we met there around noon. We had an AWESOME time!!! We ate, laughed, talked about hair, bantu knots, henna, puffs, twists, DIY natural tee shirts, wedding planning … or, should I say, the lack thereof 😉 … Rece’s mystery man, and hair again!! Everyone was soooooo sweet and down to earth. It was like family!! Okay, here are a few more pics!!

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All red’ ta go with my requisite bun and flower!


On the road again … we’re on the road again. Yes. Yes that is a scarf tied around my edges. Don’t front. You know that you do it too!! LOL!!


From left to right: Marsha, Shamar, Tresha, Keith (Marsha’s cousin), Rece, Shanna and Shana!


Marsha with her daughter Shamar (YES! That’s Marsha’s name with the syllables switched ;)) and her sister Tresha.


Tresha and the AWESOME shirt that she made herself!! The hair is not felt. It is THREAD … all hand-stitched!! Yeah, we all want to order one!!


Rece and her sister Shanna


My sister Shana and I … or, is it me?


Is this a handsome bunch or what?!?!

Seriously, everyone in this group, except for the youngest, is under 5’3″. I’m 5’1″ and I felt downright tall (with my 3″ heels ;)). We could not be mad if someone hollered out at us …. “SHOOOOWWWTIES!!” LOL!! Oh, and the other thing that tickled me pink was our names …. Shelli, Sherece (Rece’s full name), Shanna, Shana and Shamar (again … Marsha reversed).

I really hope that we all get to hang out again soon! If Marsha can’t make it up here … we’ll have to go visit her in Florida!! Sounds like a plan for a vacation this year to me!!