My hair is goooone.

I’m hoping that everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day! This post isn’t on the schedule (yes, yall…I have a schedule, crazy….) but I had to share it with you. Being a Black woman with natural hair isn’t easy. What should be easy, isn’t. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world because I love my natural texture.

Buuuut—I mad a horrible horrible HORRIBLE mistake in straightening it. For a week back in May I was rockin’ this:

I mean….I was fly. Trouble with wearing this cute wrap was that my natural hair would not come back! I spent 5 months working with half straight-half nappy hair. It was so difficult to work with that I pretty much wore wraps and scarves 90% of the time. And even while hair looks pretty decent here:

…..looks can be rather deceiving. So I decided to start over. Don’t be shocked. I mean, it really is a HUGE difference. And I can’t say I am in love with it but—it had to be done.

….ummm, so yeah. Can’t quite crack a smile yet because it is still growing on me. Took me 5 hours to convince myself that I didn’t look like a Black man named Tyrone. Of course I had to do a vid. The more I watch it the better I think it looks.

So what do you folx think? Be honest! And you don’t have to be “Anonymous” to tell me your thoughts. LOL! Seriously. And I have to work with this since I don’t dig weaves or wigs so *sigh*…..I’ll make it do what it do. I am one step closer to sportin’ beauty locs!

Hope you are all to a wonderful upcoming week!

Stay beautiful!

Let It Clump: HairPlay goodies!

Hola chiquitas. I want to share with you some products that actually work ooooon…

POW!! Hair like this! I have 4/B type hair which means I have tight tight tiiiiight curls (hell, or naps…hehe!). My hair tends to get dry and requires a ton of maintenance so it is a rarity when something besides a natural concoction actually works on the Mother fro here.

I had the opportunity to try two products from Hair Play.

Description: Set doesn’t discriminate against any hair texture. Natural, curly, straight, colored, frizzy your SET. Flexible and weightless as a setting lotion,and easy like a mousse. Use right after shampooing as a detangling leave-in conditioner, enjoy more control with your natural texture or blow dry silky smooth.

Ummm, so it actually works for the fro. I used it after no-pooing and conditioning my hair. I found that it was not sticky but pretty thin in texture. I distributed evenly on my hair and twisted my hair in 2-strand twists. I didn’t get any flakes and it wasn’t extra STIFF either. Who remembers “Pump It Up” spritz? That spray was like liquid metal, mayn. It definitely isn’t on that level. I was surprised that it actually slicked my hair down and stayed in tact. Yikes, I could have down without the parabens in the product since I’m a natural nut when it comes to my hair but other than that, for $19.50 Hair Play’s Set isn’t bad at all.

Don’t even ask me why that picture is extremely pixelated. Ha! After twisting my hair I dabbed a bit of serum in my palms, rubbed them together and applied SEAL alll over the twists. I loves this stuff! It gives me a great deal of shine without being too greasy. Ain’t nothin’ worse than layin’ your head on the car window to to later see a big grease spot. Ewww…doesn’t quite happen with Hair Play’s Seal so I can dig it. I think $22 is a bit steep for the tiny bottle but a little goes a long way.


I’m glad that Fritz Clay, the creator of Hair Play recognizes women have different hair textures. I swear, 90% of hair companies out there just don’t understand that. He says, “my salon discriminates against no one. We are the experts in straight hair, Asian hair, Black hairstyles as well as styles for Latina hair, no texture left out of coarse after all we’re Hair Play.”

Alriiiight! Check out these and more products by Hair Play at

The finished twisty look!

Stay beautiful!!

Let It Clump: Dr. Miracle’s, Miss. Jessies ‘an Essie

Yaaaay, it’s time for a Let It Clump post. We haven’t had one of these in awhile.
This series is where we stop talking about make-up to explore other areas of beauty and beyond. That’s anything! Nails, hair, fashion, jacked up love lives..anything! Any suggestions? Let me know at

Today we are going to rap on two haircare lines and we’ll have a few nail polish shots and just an overall good time in this edition of Let It Clump.

And yesss, I’ve provided a video for you folx who loooove to hear my annoying voice. I try to front like I hate makin’ videos….but really I love it! Heheheeee…

First up we have Dr. Miracle’s.

First of all, I can’t say that I’m a fan of their commercials. I think they are a tad bit offensive and a little over the top. And then of course it has that implication that a big fro-style hairdo is “toe up” but long curls (ahem, or weave) is acceptable. I beg to differ. I’ll save the ranting for my personal blog but if you can get past the commercials you will find some pretty decent products.

Dr. Miracle’s has everything from no-lye relaxers to dandruff serums and hair sprays. I dabbled around in the over 6 of their products and have good reports on all of them! My 8 minute video will tell you what I think. Click the link below to visit.

Mr. Miracle’s and Miss. Jessie’s video review

Next up is Miss Jessies Curly Pudding and if you haven’t watched about video yet I talk about this product as well.

I seriously think this is one of the most over-rated products I have ever purchased. Not to mention it is too expensive. I purchased the sample size for $7.00 which was enough to play around in but the product itself did absolutely nothing for me. BTW: a 16 oz jar is $38.00. *looks around* I don’t think so.

But it does smell good.

And that’s where the joy ended for me. I think that products like these are really for people with wavier textures. If anyone can find products that actually work for people thick and kinky…please let me know because I’m starting to think they don’t exist.

My friend Nicole asked me about Essie’s fingernail polishes. I’m actually new to this brand but I loooove the formula. It’s better than…..dare I say it….China Glaze. *gasp* Yes, I’m cheating on China Glaze with Essie and I’m lovin’ the affair.

Ohh, look at Alligator Purse.
A beautiful “fall” terracotta-like color

I am obsessed with this Pool Boy. It’s like
a muted magenta. I have it on my toes now.

A color both my Grandmother and I can
agree on. Spritzer is the business!

Bahama Mama in the light

Bahama Mama in the dark

So yesss, I’m all over Essie’s products now. I got these from Ulta for buy 2 get 1 free and even snagged that Spritzer for only $2 in the clearance bin.

So we’ve covered a lot. Tell me your thoughts on Dr. Miracle’s, Miss. Jessies and Essie. Any must haves? Any regretted buys? Let ya girl know!

Peace and prettiness.

…oh and check out’s newest channel: Blacklife.

And my column at

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Welcome Jaimie!

Say HI to Clumps of Mascara’s first ever guest editor, Jaimie!
Jaimie, darlin’….tell us a little about yourself.

I probably first got into makeup in 7th grade. My mom has been a part-time AVON representative since before I was born so I’ve always been into body care and moisturizing. I haven’t attended any professional
classes, but I read about it all the time since I got into it. So I’ve learned a lot over the years through tutorials, and mostly just trial and error on myself so I wouldn’t say newbie. I do know that the most expensive doesn’t always mean the best, but I do like my GOOD high end things. I will get a drugstore mascara though.

I’d like to show that light black girls can wear bright colors and DARK colors tastefully , because as much as people think we can wear everything, we can’t.

Jaimie decided to kick off her intro post with a review.
Check it:

Frédéric Fekkai Summer Hair
Zero-Humidity Frizz Control

So we all wish we could do the wash and go like *ahem* some certain peoples can and this product claims we can get one step closer. When I hear Zero-Humidity Frizz Control, it says to me, “Relax. You can wash your hair right before you run out the door running errands and still be fly. I won’t let the heat turn your hair into a big fluffy poof” So I gave it a shot.

Product: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Price: $22! Available at, any ulta store, and various other locations.

The Claim: “Conquer frizz all day with this weightless, alcohol-free mist. Spray-on antidote for frizz-prone hair that seals the cuticle to stay sleek. Helps protect hair from the effects of UV rays with Solarshield™ protection, an innovative sun protection technology developed by Frédéric Fekkai that helps combat the effects of UV rays on hair.” – Sephora

The Good: I love the smell. It reminds me of a Pina Colada, but not as sweet. It’s a light smell and perfect for hair, you smell it when you want to and it’s not there distracting you all day. It really does do what it claims. I tried it on myself, my sister, and a cousin. I have wavy hair and my sister has curly; it really does bring out the natural curl of your hair without exploding it into one huge mess. My cousin keeps her hair natural and unrelaxed and it works great for her too. I know in Georgia the humidity can really put a number on your ‘do, turning it from sleek to weak in about an hour. This product is perfect for those pool/lake/beach days when you just want to wash or rinse your hair and go and not worry about a halo surrounding your head. It leaves your hair feeling really soft and it really does keep the humidity at bay.

The Bad: I had a couple problems with my squirter getting jammed, but I think that just may be my bottle. I also wish that there were more product in it. It takes a while to fully saturate your hair depending on how much hair you have; I had to spray for a lil bit to make sure I had coated my hair properly

Overall: I’d have to say that if you were looking for a good spray to keep your waves under control on those summer days that this would be it. The price is a little high, but it does last you a while.

Don’t forget to enter the Bee Contest. You have until Friday!

Happy 3rd Nappiversary!

Happy Saturday, everyone!!! My nappiversary is on April 23 and in celebration I did a hair video. This makes my almost 3 years of having beautiful nappy hair! And while most people don’t undersand the big significance of this….my true nappturals understand! Check out zeee videoooooo.

And enjoy your Saturday!!! Nywele….I got the goodies! I am soooo in love!

Comb Breakin’ Memories

Beauty Review: Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo

It has been a crazy week for me so I haven’t had the time to do much updating with me packing to move to Florida so I figured I’d do a quick review on a hair product that I used recently. This is Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo with Sea Moss. This is the first shampoo I have used in my hair is very long time. I am a no-pooer and don’t shampoo my hair so I was a bit hesitate with what this product would do for me. But I am a natural-lite and since the products were all natural and lacking sulfates, I figured I would give it a shot.

The smell is niiiice and was very pleasing to me since I’m a big fan of Rosemary the essential oil and the spice. When we think of shampoos, we often think of getting nice lathers but this product didn’t do so and that was okay with me since lather often=sulfates. I massaged my scalp and gave my hair a good cleanse. I let it sit on my hair a bit to find that it was actually bringing out my natural curly cues.

Those little curly cues always disappear when my hair dries. After rinsed out the shampoo I was a bit saddened at how limp my hair felt. It was hard and unmanageable. Ugh, what happened?

So I don’t know about this one, ladies. This product didn’t make me want to convert to using shampoos again. So I’m sticking with the ACV rinses and conditioners. I’ve heard that ACV rinses work well for all hair types so click here to try the recipe for yourself. It does wonders!!

Oh….and Happy Black History Month. In fact here’s a fact:

In 1871, Jefferson Long of Georgia became the first Black to make an
official speech in the House of Representatives. He opposed leniency to former Confederates.

You can find more facts by the link to the right of the this post…Black Facts online.

Peace and Fists up and a fabulous weekend to all!

My Nappy Hair!

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*very long post about hair. make-up talk will resume soon*

Finally the requested hair post. Yaaaaay!!

More than make-up, I love my natural hair. I didn’t love my hair this much when I had a perm. Before I went natural, I felt like every other Black sista. Goin’ to the salon to get a touch-up, wraps, hours under the dryer, split-end frustrations! But I just adore my hair now. When my skin gets to breakin’ out, my knees start crackin’, and I get plagued with the flu from my kids, my hair still stands strong. She’s a soldier.

I transitioned from permed hair to natural through micros (bad idea!) for 4 months. On April 23, 2005 I was offically natural. I cut off my own hair with scissors in my dorm room and haven’t looked back to the lye since.

Here are some resources:

My YouTube Hair Vid-Pelo Negro (my #1 Site ever)-
Noooow, onto the pictures. I usually only wear my hair in 3 ways:




…..sometimes I’ll bust a scarf, fro-hawk, The Frederick Douglass, the afro puff or a funky hat. But those are rare since I’m teaching now and don’t have time to be all eccentric and strange. Miss those days. Here are some pics of those funky do’s.


[F.DOUGLASS—funny, I know, but I love it. It’s funky!]




Here are the products I’m hip to these days.

I’m not a die hard Carol’s Daugher fan. I mean, I do think the products are fab but since my Mom is an herbalist she can make similar items and for free. CD is a bit on the ‘spensive side. But since I’m not living near home, I’ve had to buy products. I will never ever ever put shampoo in my hair. The devil, I tell you. If I feel like my hair needs a good cleanse, I do an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse or whatev Moms can make for me.

“Can’t live without” products are:
Olive Oil
Rosemary/Jojoba blend
Aloe Vera
VO5 Conditioners

But here’s the sad truth…..I don’t spend much time doing my hair. I can go up to 2 months without washing or combing it. The only thing that takes time is the 2-strand twists. 4-6 hours. But those hours can last me for 2 months. It’s a dream.

Now color is a whoooole ‘notha story. I’ve done honey brown, orange/red, blond streak (ha, don’t ask), jet black and everything in between. I’ve never had a weave or worn a wig and probably never will….just not me. I’ve done extensions and usually give my hair a break with 2-strand extentions once a year. But micro=death. Straightening with heat has only happened once. Never again. I’ll probably loc this year since I love the low-maintenance fabulouslness of them.

I mean, really….that’s it!! Any questions about the naps, just ask!!

BB, NARS & Ochre Style

My internet service is the pits and this is the first time I’ve been able to access it since Friday so I guess I better update quickly before my connection suddenly disappears!

Most of you know that my ventures into foundations weren’t so hot. MAC’s StudioFix and StudioTech killed my face. Literally. Scroll the blog. I’ve got pictures to prove it. I stopped using those products but I still wanted some kind of coverage. Especially since I had post pimple marks on my face (lemme tell you….cocoa butter is amazing. It seriously lightens dark spots like that *snaps*) Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Moisturizer is simply fab! This is my first attempt with tinted moisturizers. Because my skin is naturally dry, I love how this product gives me some added moisture and a light coverage. It’s great for the winter months. I stiple it on my hand and then on my face and blend all over. It goes on beautifully and I don’t get that make-upy” look that I dread. When applied with the 187 brush, it is a dreeeam. At $43 a bottle, a little goes a long way which is a good thing for a broke beauty like myself. I’m a NW45 in MAC colors so I use the “Dark Tint” for the BB Moisturizer. Because it does leave me a bit shiny, I buff NYC’s loose translucent powder on top. I absolutely adore it. And so far…no break-outs so A+ to Bobbi Brown!

Another product that I adore is MAC’s Ochre Style from The Originals collection. What a beautiful muted gold! It looks beautiful when paired with Trax, Sketch and Handwritten. Because it is a bit sheer, I used UDPP and Bamboo paint for the color to really POP! See how simple it looks here.

But when I add a crease color…

I love it! Simple, neutral but…..nice.

And yesterday I went to check out the N Collection. Didn’t see anything that I liked. As I’ve mentioned, I think I’m pretty good in the neutral department. But I did go to Sephora and got NARS Crazed. I’ve been wanting it for a minute. This newbie has very little experience in the blush area so watching me learn how to do that will be fun!

And I’m also going to do a natural hair post.

Just because I realize there are a lot of us out there with beautiful natural hair. But dang, I can’t wait to get my locs like lovely Yummy and Divine Rae.

See my curly Q’s!

Yay! Ohhh….and per some blog sista suggestions, I’ve also dipped into some mineral make-up too. Stay tuned for reviews/pictures of that.

Peace and natural beauty.