Happy 4th Birthday Scandalous Beauty!

It astounds me to write this post today. Four years ago, I wrote my first post titled: “1:The Initator”. I wanted a website that talked about all of the latest and greatest in beauty for Black Women. Funny, beauty blogs were few and far between back then. Only 4 years ago, beauty message boards reigned. I was known as ‘lilchocolatema’ on almost every website! Ah, the memories. Months later, I realized that not only were Black Women reading my blog, but every skin color and tone, and every sex! I was a complete hair nut, nursing my limp, brittle relaxed hair back to health. I swore by Keracare Essential Oils for the Hair, and Elasta QP Mango Butter. Yeah, my blog sucked back then.

Since then, Scandalous Beauty has grown so much more than I could have ever anticipated it to. My only real dream job was to become a beauty editor at a major magazine. But after meeting so many editors and assistant editors, and hearing what really happens behind the scenes, I decided to stick with my own route. Scandalous Beauty has presented me the opportunity to meet the people that I admire most: the make-up artists. The day I got my first Youtube comment from Billy B. I screamed the “OMG I just one a billion dollars and all of my troubles are gone!” shriek. And the day I got to hang out with him at the MAC Pro store, I literally stared into his eyes and said “Is it really you?” I was in shock. The man who’s work I studied and admired since I was 15 years old was having a civilized, humble, real conversation with me. Meeting Sam Fine, and still not understanding how he chisels the heck out of these women’s faces. Having my first seminar, teaching women about makeup. Purchasing my first laptop because my “hobby” became my part time job.  Starting my own message board with over 1,000 members.  Dreams really do come true.

So please, use my story as a testimony. Do anything and everything you are passionate about. Let your vision flow through your actions! You may have seen the Youtube video that I created this week called “Get What’s Yours in 2010“.  I’ve claimed a lot for Scandalous Beauty for 2010 and beyond.  I have full faith in what God has bestowed upon me, and will continue to give it my full effort.  Hopefully you’ll stick around to see what’s in our future!!! I love you ALL!!! Those who supported me, and those who criticized.  You’ve all helped me grow and I thank you endlessly for that!! Looking forward to much more amazement in the years to come!

Much Love,

EJB

Prepping for Hair Color..


I’m ready to color my natural locks. I’m just bored with what I have, but aren’t we all? I was cruising the Essence Hair Galleries for a new style. I love braids, wigs, hats, anything to re-invent myself. I love the hair color that I saw in the Locs and Twists section. I love the deep reddish brown in the back with the orangy blonde in the front. This is exactly the hair color that I want to go for! I’m going to my stylist, Veronica Scales of Hair on You so she can work her magic.

To prepare my hair, I think I’ll use Aveda Damage Remedy twice a week. I swear, this line has kept my hair virtually damage free since I started using it a few months back. You’ve heard me talk about it ever since, and I won’t stop. If you hair prone to breakage, split ends, dryness, etc, you must try this collection!!! I also want to try the Aveda Brilliant Collection, which I hear is amazing as well. As you know, I use Sap Moss like it’s my job.

I’ve recently been using 100% Glycerin and Aloe Vera Gel in my hair to keep the curls poppin‘ and moisturized. At night, and like to use Curls Milkshake for a bit of a moisture boost, and I seal it in with my Keracare Essential Oils or an oil cocktail that I created. Oh yes, and gotta keep Boundless Tresses on the scalp for that extra hair growth! I firmly believe this will be a winning combination!!! Wish me luck!!

The Relaxed Days…

Sometimes, I miss being relaxed. Rarely actually. I’m not one of those natural girls that preaches her nappturality or is spiritually attached to it. My hair was just weak and brittle during my bone-straight days, so I tried a different approach. Even with my natural hair, I’ll probably wear it blown out and flat-ironed. My hair began to flourish as I learned some tricks of my girls at the LHCF. I tried a few, and these are what helped bring my hair back to life! Here’s some new info and a compilation of previous posts.

Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo was my favorite hair cleanser. It seemed to wash my hair without stripping it, which I loved. I always felt like my hair was genuinely clean when using it, which I did once or twice a week.

Mmmmm. Mizani Moisturfuse Conditioner. I forgot how much I adore this stuff. I’m in love with My Keracare Humecto, and I adore this stuff as well. This is by far the creamiest conditioner that I have ever come in contact with. Just the feel of it on your hands reminds me of an uber expensive body cream. The second that it touches your hair, your can feel how moisturized your tresses instantly become. Yep, its a bit expensive. But it’s soooo well worth it. If you have any signs of dry hair, this is the first conditioner that I would recommend.

Now, If you want to put out a few more dollars, this Keracare Essential Oils for the Hair is the TRUTH. The moment you see and smell this stuff, you know that it is salon quality. The shine is unbelievable, and I can almost bet that no matter how damaged your hair might be, this will make it look like a million bucks. You will find nothing but sunflower seed, peanut, castor, coconut, jojoba, sesame, aloe vera, almond, and olive oil goodness in this bottle. This does contain to things that I have never heard of, propylparaben and BHA, as well as perfume. But, I don’t care! I use this stuff sparingly, because it is expensive. I still use my Surge Lotion Motion #9 when I’m feeling cheap. I highly recommend you order online at Irby’s.
They have outstanding prices! $9.99 for 4oz and $15.99 for 8 oz.

I also loved deep-conditioning my hair. Often times, I always used olive oil. This tried and true beauty trick is a winner! I’d drench my hair in oil, put on a shower cap, and handle my business. After a half-hour minimum, my hair was penetrated with moisture. Any brand will do, just go to the supermarket and pick up a bottle! Or, go ahead and mix some with your favorite conditioner for a custom made treatment.

I didn’t have relaxed hair when this came out, but I know both naturals and relaxed sistas that use it and have miraculous results!

Whoever says that your hair can’t grow fast is very wrong. I am so thrilled to have found Boundless Tressed Growth Serum!!! I bought this after reading tons of threads on my favorite discussion board, Long Hair Care Forum. I noticed a frantic thread titled “Naturallady…I need odorless MTG!!!!” For those of you that don’t know, MTG is an oil that helps your hair grow. It was origionally made for people, but marketed for horses. Let’s not forget it smells like bacon. Hmmm. Anyway, this odorless MTG reportedly made your hair grow quick, and didn’t have a smell! I had to buy it. It only took me a week and a half to see noticable results. That is insane! I have a full hairline again!!! I am soooooo happy! My hair is softer and less coarse! The best part…a bottle is only $12!!!! So if you want long, flowing, thick, healthy hair, check this out!!!

Make your hair grow NOW…Check out Boundless Tresses Here!!!

I really, really wanted to try this. Our friends at Phyto created the Phytospecific Phytorelaxer. It’s about time that someone realized they could make oodles of money for creating this! The site says “Phytospecific Phytorelaxer Index 2 is a gentle formula for straightening and smoothing normal, thick, and coarse hair. Egg and soy complex gently straighten even resistant hair and is very mild on the scalp. Does not contain Lye.” Phytorelaxer=WAY less damage. There is also the Index 1 relaxer for fine/delicate hair. I believe I read that Oprah uses this on her hair, don’t quote me though.

Until next time, Stay Scandalous!

The Relaxed Days…

Sometimes, I miss being relaxed. Rarely actually. I’m not one of those natural girls that preaches her nappturality or is spiritually attached to it. My hair was just weak and brittle during my bone-straight days, so I tried a different approach. Even with my natural hair, I’ll probably wear it blown out and flat-ironed. My hair began to flourish as I learned some tricks of my girls at the LHCF. I tried a few, and these are what helped bring my hair back to life! Here’s some new info and a compilation of previous posts.

Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo was my favorite hair cleanser. It seemed to wash my hair without stripping it, which I loved. I always felt like my hair was genuinely clean when using it, which I did once or twice a week.

Mmmmm. Mizani Moisturfuse Conditioner. I forgot how much I adore this stuff. I’m in love with My Keracare Humecto, and I adore this stuff as well. This is by far the creamiest conditioner that I have ever come in contact with. Just the feel of it on your hands reminds me of an uber expensive body cream. The second that it touches your hair, your can feel how moisturized your tresses instantly become. Yep, its a bit expensive. But it’s soooo well worth it. If you have any signs of dry hair, this is the first conditioner that I would recommend.

Now, If you want to put out a few more dollars, this Keracare Essential Oils for the Hair is the TRUTH. The moment you see and smell this stuff, you know that it is salon quality. The shine is unbelievable, and I can almost bet that no matter how damaged your hair might be, this will make it look like a million bucks. You will find nothing but sunflower seed, peanut, castor, coconut, jojoba, sesame, aloe vera, almond, and olive oil goodness in this bottle. This does contain to things that I have never heard of, propylparaben and BHA, as well as perfume. But, I don’t care! I use this stuff sparingly, because it is expensive. I still use my Surge Lotion Motion #9 when I’m feeling cheap. I highly recommend you order online at Irby’s.
They have outstanding prices! $9.99 for 4oz and $15.99 for 8 oz.

I also loved deep-conditioning my hair. Often times, I always used olive oil. This tried and true beauty trick is a winner! I’d drench my hair in oil, put on a shower cap, and handle my business. After a half-hour minimum, my hair was penetrated with moisture. Any brand will do, just go to the supermarket and pick up a bottle! Or, go ahead and mix some with your favorite conditioner for a custom made treatment.

I didn’t have relaxed hair when this came out, but I know both naturals and relaxed sistas that use it and have miraculous results!

Whoever says that your hair can’t grow fast is very wrong. I am so thrilled to have found Boundless Tressed Growth Serum!!! I bought this after reading tons of threads on my favorite discussion board, Long Hair Care Forum. I noticed a frantic thread titled “Naturallady…I need odorless MTG!!!!” For those of you that don’t know, MTG is an oil that helps your hair grow. It was origionally made for people, but marketed for horses. Let’s not forget it smells like bacon. Hmmm. Anyway, this odorless MTG reportedly made your hair grow quick, and didn’t have a smell! I had to buy it. It only took me a week and a half to see noticable results. That is insane! I have a full hairline again!!! I am soooooo happy! My hair is softer and less coarse! The best part…a bottle is only $12!!!! So if you want long, flowing, thick, healthy hair, check this out!!!

Make your hair grow NOW…Check out Boundless Tresses Here!!!

I really, really wanted to try this. Our friends at Phyto created the Phytospecific Phytorelaxer. It’s about time that someone realized they could make oodles of money for creating this! The site says “Phytospecific Phytorelaxer Index 2 is a gentle formula for straightening and smoothing normal, thick, and coarse hair. Egg and soy complex gently straighten even resistant hair and is very mild on the scalp. Does not contain Lye.” Phytorelaxer=WAY less damage. There is also the Index 1 relaxer for fine/delicate hair. I believe I read that Oprah uses this on her hair, don’t quote me though.

Until next time, Stay Scandalous!