Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sheena's Big Chop!!!

Hi Beauties!
Ok, so I told you that a lot has happened since my last posts, so I have lots of random updates… First and most importantly, my roommate/cousin Sheena decided to go natural. Rather, her hair decided that it didn’t want to be processed anymore… she got fed up with her hair thinning and breaking off and decided to go au naturale. So here are the before and after pics… they were taken in June, and she is now in the process of starting dreadlocks BUT I just wanted to show yall the beginning of my beautiful cousin’s journey!

After (Beautiful!!!)

OMG a 1/2 MARATHON???!!!

OK Ladies,

I’m back. Much has happened, but too much to catch you all up on at once ;)

But I DO have an update for you... my wonderful roommates have convinced me to train for a half-marathon.. YEP I said it... A HALF MARATHON. That’s about 13.1 miles.

OK with all of that said and done... we started training the day after Thanksgiving. We ran 3 miles. Now let me tell all you Beauties, it was ROUGH. One of my roommates is SKINNY; the other has an athletic build. My best friend MoJo, as you all know, is a personal trainer. From the age of 8 years old until I was about 22 years old I was an athlete. Basketball, volleyball, and I was a member of Georgia Southern University's Track & Field team for a little over a year. But since then I have been packing on unnecessary pounds!!! So I think this .5 Marathon will help me lose some weight, and get healthy.

Sheena told me that I need to set a goal or two so this is what I have come up with:

DROP SOME LBs! (Obviously)
Loose some of these boobs!
A healthier lifestyle

So what about you?
Have you ever ran a race? (Marathon, .5 marathon, 5k, 10k ect.)

Help me out!!! Do you have any suggested goals I should set? If so...LET ME KNOW ;)

Love you guys!


Monday, September 19, 2011



I'VE been gone for a while.... natural causes, LOL but the Inside Outside Natural Beauties will be back VERY Very soon!!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Another Winner...

Ok Ladies, We decided to pick another winner since our first winner never claimed the prize. SO..... Anne is our new winner. Congratulations Anne, you have until Saturday at midnight to reply to our email. :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

WINNER WINNER WINNER...and the winner is...


CONGRATULATIONS!!! To claim your prize, send an email to (in the subject of the email please put Shea Moisture Winner). We will then give you further instructions to claim your prize. (sorry im not sure if this is your screen name, or email)

The Inside Outside Natural Beauties would like to thank EACH AND EVERY one of you BEAUTIFUL ladies for you entries. But most of all, we would like to thank you for your encouragement, constructive criticism, suggestions, and questions. This blog is about us, me and you. With out you, there would be no reason for this blog, and without your participation… well… It would be kinda boring LOL.

Have a great 4th Of July Beauties!



Friday, June 24, 2011

For a Beauty In Need This Morning

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Good Hair Day...

*Hi Beauties*

It’s been a week now that I've been covering my friend/co-worker's vacation, while still working my own shifts, might I add, and my hair is feeling the effects! For the first time this week I will get home before midnight, and every day this week I’ve had to be at work at 8am. Not only have I NOT washed my hair, I have not co-washed, conditioned, deep conditioned, or oil massaged my scalp. L My hair looks HORRIBLE y’all! So tonight, after I get my daily Wal-Mart fix (I’ll have to tell y’all about my addiction to Wal-Mart later) I will be going home to deep condition my hair and either do some twists, or a braid out.

My hair looks so horrible, that I refuse to upload the pictures that I took to show y’all, so instead, I decided to post some pictures of good hair days!

Send us some pictures of your good hair days, and how you styled it, and we will post it on Inside Outside Natural Beauty!

Both of these days were wash-n-go days. In the first pic of me and Whitney, I used Herbal Essences TT as a leave in, with Eco Styler gel, and the bottom picture is with Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Believe it or not, my hair color is the same in both of these pictures, I think the sun just makes the bottom one look brighter.

Me and my Beautiful friend Whitney!

It was a sunroof kinda day!

Have a good Friday Beauties!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summertime Summertime!!!

Good Morning Beauties!!!

We received a GREAT question yesterday as an entry to the Shea Moisture giveaway pertaining to summer and products. So great, in fact, that we decided to make it a blog post! Dont forget to enter the contest Here! Enjoy!☺

Q: What products if any should a natural avoid during the summer months?

A: Thanks for your question!

 Rather than giving you a list of products to avoid, lets look a the types of products and ingredients that that are helpful in the summer days. The key to the summer for a Natural Beauty is to keep your curls managed and out of the way. For the summer, we recommend shampooing less. Instead, co-wash (conditioner wash). Summer humidity can make your hair cuticle swell, causing it to look frizzy. Heavier conditioners work well in the summer. We both use Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Smooth-n-Hold Pudding (this can be found at Wal-Mart). Elle typically uses Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning repair cream in the summer, but is currently addicted to Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie! MoJo uses Aussie Deep 3 Minute Miracle Moisture Treatment. Although this is not a leave- in, MoJo likes the hold and control of this product when left on her hair.

Basically you want a product that is in a pudding or cream form. Serums and pomades are also great for control, and of course gels (Elle use the Eco Styler Gels, but less in the summer). Although many Naturals are against them, shampoos with silicones are good for smoothing down the hair cuticle as well.

Summer heat and UV rays from the sun can make your hair dry and brittle. Cover your hair, braid or twist it, or be sure to use leave-in conditioners to protect your hair from the sun. If you’re swimming, be sure to wash the chlorine out of your beautiful tresses as soon as possible.

One more piece of advice we have to offer is to consider avoiding products with intense fragrances. Sweet and fruity smells can attract mosquitoes, gnats, and bees, so if you’re going to be outside a lot, consider using products with softer smells.

Thanks for the comment and be sure to tell all your friends about Inside Outside Natural Beauty!

Monday, June 6, 2011


Have you every wanted to try products from the Shea Moisture hair care line? Well now you can do it for free! We are giving away a four product Shea Moisture Kit. The Winner has a choice of the Hair Repair & Transition Kit, or the Organic Curl & Shine Kit Coconut & Hibiscus kit.

The Hair Repair & Transition Kit
Restorative conditioner moisturizes and repairs dry, lifeless, over-processed and damaged hair. Strengthening elixir protects hair from regular use of heated styling aids without weighing the hair down. It provides incredible shine while repairing and moisturizing hair. Deep treatment masque deeply moisturizes and repairs hair, while providing a protective barrier from heat and styling aids. Consistent use of this product will ensure optimal results.
    • Repair chemically treated hair
    • Restore moisture and transition to natural, healthy hair
    • With organic raw shea butter, argan oil, sea kelp & avocado oil
    • No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance or color
    • No animal testing
    • No PABA, DEA, sulfates
Organic Curl & Shine Kit Coconut & Hibiscus Kit
For women who want to show-off the natural beauty of their hair and escape using chemically laden products but are unsure of how to make the transition and get the look they want. When it comes to styling, maintaining and managing curly hair, our unique collection repairs and moisturizes dry damaged hair, while defining and maintaining natural curls.
    • Curl & Shine Shampoo
      • Moisturizes and defines curls, while restoring body and shine
    • Curl & Style Milk
      • Detangles, conditions, while restoring body and shine
      • Note - this product does not provide hold. Best to use as a conditioning product
    • Hold & Shine Moisture Mist
      • Imparts a high-gloss shine, while providing hold and hydration to hair
    • Curl Enhancing Smoothie
      • All-natural hair dressing hydrates hair and imparts a shine and bounce to curls. It defines each curl without the crunch usually experienced when using regular gels. It provides a soft hold, while still maintaining the shape of your natural curl pattern
Key ingredients that curl, shine and moisturize hair:
    • Coconut oil: Hydrates and protects hair from heat and chemical damage
    • Silk protein: Reduces breakage, strengthens hair, adds smoothness and silkiness
    • Neem oil: An age-old ayurvedic oil that strengthens hair and provides brilliant shine
    • Sulfate free and color extending
    • No parabens, phthalates, paraffin, gluten, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, animal testing, PABA, synthetic color, DEA, or sulfates
(This is copied straight from the website)

How do I enter to win?
All you need to do to be entered into this contest is a) Follow this blog. This can be done by simply entering your email address in the top corner right sidebar titled FOLLOW US BY EMAIL. b) Comment on this post and tell us one thing you would like to see on IONB, or a question you may have (questions may also be emailed for anonymity to title your email: Shea Moisture Giveaway) c) comment and tell us what you like about this product line. If your new to Shea Moisture, tell us which ones your interested in trying.

This contest will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday June 30th

Good Luck Beauties!

Helpful Table for Healthy Hair

Hello again Beauties!

After I wrote everything about the food, I discovered this helpful chart on Grow Afro Hair Long. It has some great breakdowns of the vitamins you need, what they do, and where to find them in your foods. It also has a sample diet. Overall, its a great resource.

Vitamins & Foods That Promote Healthy Hair Growth

 Found Naturally in
Vitamin A* RDI 5,000 I.U/RDA 5,000 I.U.
Promotes normal growth, healthy teeth, nails, hair, bones, glands. Essential for night vision.
Fish liver oils, dairy products, liver, dark green/yellow vegetables, pumpkin.
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin)
* RDI 1.5 mg/RDA1.5mg
It is essential for healthy growth of hair, skin, muscles, brain and nervous system. Is useful in times of stress and have also been used to treat fatigue, irritability, and depression,
Green vegetables, corn , potatoes, oats, rice plums, raisins, nuts, yeast, ham.
Vitamin B-2(Riboflavin)
* RDI 1.7 mg/RDA1.7mg
Prevents dandruff and helps with the absorption of iron.
Liver, cheese, milk, eggs, avocados, green/yellow vegetables, grains, nuts.
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin)
* RDI 20mg/RDA 20mg
Produces blood flow to the follicle to produce hair growth.
Lean meats, liver, poultry, fish, cheese nuts, prunes, potatoes.
Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid)
* RDI 10mg/RDA 10mg
Produces hair growth and stimulation of new growth
 Beef, chicken, liver, eggs, salmon, clams, royal jelly, rice, avocados, grains, nuts.
Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalimin)
* RDI 6mg/RDA 6mg
Stimulates hair growth.
Beef, liver, egg yolks, crab, clams, sardines, salmon, oysters, herring.
itamin H (Biotin)
* RDI 0.3mg/RDA 300mcg
Thickens the hair strand
Biotineef liver, royal jelly, nuts, egg yolks, chicken, soybeans, sardines, yeast, milk.
Choline Bartrate
Keeps the hair root moist
eggs, soybeans, peanuts, liver
Folic Acid (Part of B-Complex)
* RDI 4mg/RDA 400mcg
Cell renewal to grow hair
Liver, grains, nuts, yeast, dates, oranges, green leafy vegetables, brown rice.

Minerals & Foods That Promote Healthy Hair Growth

 Found Naturally in
* RDI 2mg/RDA 2mg
Prolongs your original hair color
Liver, shellfish, nuts, dry beans, oats, raisins, broccoli, drinking water, garlic, avocados.
*RDI 150mcg/RDA 150mcg
Regulates the thyroid hormone for hair growth.
Shellfish, cod liver oil, milk, garlic, cheese, iodized salt, soy beans, mushrooms.
* RDI 18mg/RDA 18mg
Helps reduce balding-Hair falling from the root.
Liver, meats, eggs, nuts, grains, raisins, green vegetables, beets, soybeans.
* RDI 2mg/RDA+
Produces growth of the hair and nails.
Liver, green vegetables, beans, grains, egg yokes, nuts, seaweed, pineapple.
* RDI 70mcg/RDA+
Strengthens hair strands
Seafood, meat broccoli, onions, tomatoes, yeast, corn oil, brown rice, molasses.
* RDI 15mcg/RDA 15mg
Produces hair growth and maintains natural hair color
Shellfish, liver, poultry, nuts, egg yokes, lamb, green vegetables, seeds, soy beans.

Sample Hair Growth Diet--With B-complex & Minerals


Raisin bran cereal with milk or soy milk (Iron)
An apple & peach
Orange juice (vitamin C)
Dark meat turkey sandwich with tomatoes & spinach lettuce (copper, b-3-niacin)
(b-9-folicic acid)
Apple juice (vitamin C
Basmati rice pilaf (all B vitamins)
Spinach salad with multiple fruits, nuts, and berries (all B Vitamins)
Apple Juice (vitamin C)
Bran muffin (Iron)
scrambled eggs (choline bitartrate-lecithin)
Apple (vitamin C)
Orange juice (vitamin C)
Canned mackerel (patties) (Vitamin A)
Basmati rice (all B vitamins)
green beans(inositol)
whole grain dinner roll (B vitamins)
sweet potato pie
Spinach Salad (folic acid-b-9)
Chicken Taco Salad with olives, tomatoes, cheese, onions, mushrooms, (protein, biotin, vita E, vita A, manganese
cranberry juice (vitamin A)
Spinach salad with multiple fruits, nuts, and berries (all B Vitamins
Bran flakes cereal with milk or soy milk (iron)
a fruit bowl e.g., bananas
orange juice (potassium, B-1, inositol, Folic Acid, B-6, Vitamin C)
Beef liver & onions (choline bitartrate-lecithin)
Brown rice(biotin)
whole grain dinner roll (all b vitamins)
Spinach salad with multiple fruits, nuts, and berries (all B Vitamins)
Apple juice (vitamin C)
Homemade chicken soup (protein)
Spinach salad with multiple fruits, nuts, and berries (all B Vitamins)
Farina with dried fruit (iron, protein, calcium, and Iron
Orange juice (vitamin C)
Spaghetti with tomato sauce (manganese and Vita B-3)
Spinach salad with multiple fruits, nuts, and berries (all B Vitamins)
Teriyaki beef bowl-with Basmati rice (vitamin B vitamins)
Spinach salad with multiple fruits, nuts, and berries (all B Vitamins)
cranberry juice (vitamin C)
B Vitamin Snacks & Minerals
Sesame sticks
sunflower seeds
macadamia nuts
pumpkin seeds
corn nuts
Dried apricot fruit
Daily Food Substitutes
black strap molasses
lecithin granules
Foti root
Flax seed
sesame seeds
brewer's yeast
Salad Enhancements
dried fruit
dry roasted pea snacks
sunflower seeds
string beets
soy nuts
chic peas
black beans
sun dried tomatoes
bean sprouts
alfalfa sprouts
cottage cheese
Sugar alternatives
raw sugar
date sugar
maple syrup
brown sugar
whole grain breads
***White flour
White sugar
white rice
All have no vitamins and minerals
Counteracts Vitamins & Minerals
excessive alcohol
cigarette smoking
birth control pills
heavy medications

Healthy Hair from the INSIDE Out

When trying to grow strong, healthy, natural hair, there is only so much you can do on the Outside of your hair. Oils, creams and conditioners will make your hair look healthier and stronger, however if you find that the longer your hair grows the weaker it seems to get (a lot of breakage at the ends or the hair thinning towards the ends) then you may not be getting enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to maintain a healthy hair shaft. 

We can help!

1)     The simplest thing you can do to help your hair grow healthy is to add a multivitamin into your morning or nightly routine. Honestly, if you feel like your hair is lacking luster, your whole body is probably deficient in the vitamins and minerals it needs. Your multivitamin will have most of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to keep your hair strong. Most people ONLY need a multivitamin to see differences in hair. Your multivitamin should have:
a.       Vitamin A or beta carotene
b.      Vitamin B, specifically B12,  B6 and Biotin
c.       Vitamin D
d.      Zinc
e.      Iron
If you’re not a pill person, try finding your vitamins in liquid or gummy form (not kids vitamins… You are an adult), or you can try getting everything you need through your diet.

2)     Having a diet full of everything your body needs can be difficult but it would defiantly give you better results and a healthier overall lifestyle. The following is a list of foods you would need to supplement into your diet to help support healthier hair.
a.       Salmon: packed with protein, vitamin B12, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3’s will help add shine to your hair as well as keep your scalp moist and healthy. If you don’t eat meat or don’t like salmon (I don’t) try a couple table spoons flaxseed.
b.      Dark Green Vegetables: Spinach, broccoli, kelp, romaine lettuce and such provide iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C so that your hair will produce sebum. Sebum is the oil that naturally conditions your hair.  Without this your hair should feel dry and brittle.
c.       Beans!: You want to stick the legumes like kidney and lentils when picking your beans. These will provide you with protein for hair growth, iron, zinc and biotin for hair strength.
d.      Nuts: Brazil Nuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, almond, peanuts, …. Any kind of nut is going to be beneficial to your hair by providing it with protein and those omega-3’s
e.      Other Foods I would suggest: Poultry (Protein), eggs (biotin, B-12, and protein), whole grains (zinc, iron, and B vitamins), Oysters (zinc), low-fat dairy (protein and calcium) and carrots (vitamin A)
Now, I understand that this is a lot of food to try to add into your diet just for healthy hair. Honestly, a healthy diet for your entire body should resemble this anyway. They key is to have a balance of foods so that you get all the vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy.

3)      If you think you need a little extra to help your hair grow to its fullest potential, try taking a hair, skin and nails supplement. Elle and I take Spring Valley’s version which you can get from Wal-Mart.

      It has biotin, collagen and gelatin to help support the structure of your hair. One of the pluses about the Wal-Mart brand is that the ingredients are primarily plant based. Some of the other brands derive their ingredients from seafood and other meat sources which can be a problem for someone who is allergic to seafood (Sheena!).

Keep in mind that you will need 3-4 months of consistency with this supplement routine until your able to see noticeable results. Although this may seem like a long time, it is totally worth it. After three months of taking the hair, skin and nails supplements, I straightened my hair for the first time in a long time (I actually don’t remember when) and my hair was at least 2 inches longer than what I thought it would be.

Another VERY important thing you should take note of before you start your supplement routine, is that if you take too much of some of these vitamins and minerals, it will actually make your hair start to fall out. Specifically vitamin A and biotin. This is why I started by writing that most of you will only need a multivitamin to help you achieve healthier hair.

Take a hard look at your diet and consider what you really need. If you need help developing something specifically for your health and diet , you can always contact us at or simply comment on this post!

Love You All!


Sunday, June 5, 2011

WTH is a Spotlight Elle?

Hi Beauties

I realized that I’m always referencing a “spotlight”, and I haven’t actually explained what a spotlight is. You guys know that we try to encompass many topics with this blog. But because it is all about you, we also would like for you to see yourselves in what we do. So we came up with what we call a Spotlight. This is where you, the reader, are given the opportunity to contribute to our success, as well as support transitioners and fellow Natural Beauties.

If you feel as if you have something important to say, want to share your favorite quote, or just want to give your opinion on something, the Spotlight is for you. The last tab on this page, above the blog posts, is where the Spotlight form is located. Natural Hair, Health & Fitness, Charity, and Mind & Spirit are all areas that Spotlights covers. There is also a general area for any Beauty that feels they don’t fit into any distinct category. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Be Blessed!


Friday, May 27, 2011


Good Morning Beauties!
We have a wonderful milestone to reach here at Inside Outside Natural Beauty! MoJo and I will be doing our very first giveaway very very soon!!!

Are you excited???!!!???! Of course you are!

More details coming soon!!!

As always... Thanks for visiting.

Much Love


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Braid Out Success

Hi Beauties!!!

I talked about in my previous blog, wanting to do some twists in my hair. But after hour upon hour of trying, I just could not get them done to my satisfaction. So I decided to do a braid out instead. Now, if you know me at all, you know that I have never really been fond braid outs or twist outs, but I figured I would try one more time.
I have been all over the natural hair network looking for tips and ideas for a successful braid out and twist out. And guess what… it turned out great!!! So let me tell you how I did it!
I took my already stretched out hair (from the bun I wore in the previous post) and sectioned it into 7 sections. On each section, I used some Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment Cream, followed by tea tree oil and a tad bit of Olive Oil Smooth-N-Hold Pudding for a little bit of hold. I also dampened my hair with a tad bit of Shea Moisture hold & Shine Mist. I braided each section keeping in mind the way I wanted it to fall when I unbraided them. After I braided the braids all the way down, I twisted the ends so that they would curl up.  The braids looked like this:

After I was done, my hair was a little damp (like I wanted it), so I sat under the hair dryer (medium heat) for about 20 minutes. Then I put my scarf and trusty bonnet on, and went to bed. When I woke up, my hair looked like this:

Please excuse my just woke up, rough looking face :)
After getting dressed, putting on make up, and making myself presentable, I unbraided the braids. It turned out wonderfully! So the braid out will definitely go my list of favorite protective styles.

Love you guys!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Elle is BUNNING!!!

Hi Beauties


How’d I do it?

First, I washed my hair with Shea Moisture’s Moisture Retention Shampoo
Then, I detangled with Aussie Moist conditioner, followed by tea tree oil on my scalp and ends.
After that, I braided my hair into a about 6 braids. I put on my trusty bonnet, and went to bed.

This morning my hair was still damp in some places (but that was ok), so I took down the braids, and put some African Pride Olive Miracle Growth Oil on my ends. I did this because when I woke up my hair was no longer in my trusty bonnet (LOL) and my ends felt a little dry.

After this, I detangled once more, and pulled my hair back into a low pony tail. I then took my hair and two strand twisted it all the way to the end. I took my one huge twist and pinned the end a few inches above the pony tail.

This pony tail can be done high and low, or even off to the side. You can also take the twist and pin it to the side or below the pony tail rather than above it. I also sometimes flat twist my hair up front back into a pony tail.

I really like KinkyKurlyQueen’s protective twists... they are too cute, so I think I’m going to try them tonight.

WBU? What protective styles do yall like? Send pics to and we will post some pics of you!

Much Love!

Random, and a Thought For the Transitioner

Hi beauties...

Elle here. You know, I have lots of people come up to me and asked how do you get your hair to do that? My response is always that I stopped getting perms/ relaxers went natural, and I regularly condition my hair and blah blah blah. Well, most of these people will react by:  (a) Saying oh my hair does that, but its too much work or my cousins sister cousins has hair like that but hers is longer than yours, or (b) by saying my hair doesnt do that, are you mixed?

My classmates from high school do not know me as a Natural Beauty, so its even harder for them to understand whats going on on my head! This was my motivation to write this post... which may or may not become a rant.

SO... I want to start off by saying I absolutely hate to hear black women say that their hair does not look good natural.  In my opinion, we should seriously reconsider the standard by which we judge beauty. Popular culture would have us think that unless our hair is straight and silky smooth, it doesnt look good. Well I obviously disagree.

That being said, lots of people that say they have tried going natural didnt actually give it a chance. They stop getting perms, but they throw a weave or wig on it, or press it straight.

Which brings me to my next point...

Tips for the transitioner:

EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR HAIR- until you find the right products for your hair,  experiment with different styles and tools, and use different styling techniques, we dont really know what our hair has the potential to look like. Get to know your newly natural hair. Find out which products work for you, and which dont. For example: I know that my hair does not like Garnier Fructis products. It leaves a film on my hair that looks greasy and just plain horrible LOL (I love the smell tho).

Surround yourself with other naturals or transitioners- There is something about having a support system that is comforting ☺, so find other transitioners (they are everywhere, in every neighborhood hiding behind braids and protective styles) and work together! Exchange tips, ideas and styles. CurlyNikki has a cell phone app for her forums that connects you with curlies from all over the country, and it is AMAZING!!! The natural hair community can also be found on twitter and Facebook. Search #naturalhair on twitter and enjoy.

Be patient and persistent- its hard to get used to seeing your hair different from its normal state, so you have to create a new normal! It is particularly hard when your relaxed hair is halfway grown out. There are many tips and videos on YouTube for styling transitioning hair.
Do you guys have any more tips for the transitioner? We would LOVE to hear from you!
Email us at or simply comment below.

Love you gals!