My Two Cents

An ongoing series of informational entries

First Blog 

February 26, 2017

Good evening visitors!

If you have any questions or suggestion topics for the blog page, submit them on the contact page please! I will be happy to post information or answer any questions you may have about my products, their uses, or just general topics concerning personal care and beauty. 

How To Use The Butters

March 23, 2017

Good Morning lovely people,

I am here today to bring you some much needed information about how to use my hair and body butters on the hair.  First, the texture of these butters are not like a "curl cream".  There is not a lotion-like feel to my butters, they are truly butters.  They are light and creamy, but when you rub them in your hands, they dissolve into an oil substance.  Now that we have gotten that understood, lets move forward.  I know most of you have heard of the LOC method or LCO method.  This method is basically a staple in moisturizing kinky/curly hair.  There are levels to it, and you cannot just spray some water on your natural hair, seal it with eco styler gel and call it a day.  If that is the way you moisturize your hair, I see why you are disappointed that it is dry.  The LOC method consists of using first a Liquid/Leave-in, an Oil to seal, and then a Curl Cream as a final step in the process.  Some people like the LCO which is the same thing, just in a different order.  The key is to always start off with water as your liquid and then follow up with a Leave-in conditioner before you move on to the next step.  This process ensures that your hair is not only moisturized, but STAYS moisturized for at least a few days.  NOW, here's my little mix up I created for myself that may work for you.  I replaced the O in the LOC and LCO methods with a B for Butters. Butters are basically heavier oils, or oils that are solid at room temperature like shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, etc.  So for me, its LBC ( Liquid/leave-in, Butter, Curl Cream) method or LCB (Liquid/leave-in, Curl Cream, Butter) method.  You part your hair into 4 sections after washing and deep conditioning it.  Use Butterfly clips to hold each section, and work on one section at a time.  Start off with spraying the section with water to soften it up if its dry.  If you just washed your hair, it should already be wet.  Then you apply your favorite leave-in conditioner that provides a lot of moisture and slip.  This makes it easier to detangle as you go and its an important step if you are using the LBC method because your next step is sealing in the moisture.  Next you would add my butters.  Do not over do it with the butters because a little goes a long way, just make sure every strand is coated.  Finally, after you have added the butter to your hair, add the curl cream or twist cream of your choice from the market.  The same applies to the LCB method, just again, in a different order.  Once you finish the last step, you can style your hair the way you choose and let it air dry.  If you are in a hurry to style, a hooded dryer can speed up the process, but I do not use heat on my hair often.  Once your hair is dry, you can take it down and it will be extremely moisturized!  This is only if you complete these steps accurately.  Skipping a step will defeat the purpose of the method.  Hope this helped guys! My next blog will be about how to use my Sugar Scrubs.  Have a great day!

How To Use The Sugar Scrubs 

March 5, 2017

Hello Everyone, 

Tonight's blog is about how to use sugar scrubs.  Most people look on my product page and think, "eeeh, I don't need a sugar scrub" or "what am I going to do with a sugar scrub?"  Well I am here to tell you about how you can benefit from using a sugar scrub.  Sugar is a natural exfoliate.  Inside the body we may have to monitor our intake, but outside of the body, sugar is perfectly safe to use to "scrub" our skin.  Mix it with the right ingredients and you will have your skin in paradise!  Our sugar scrubs consist of essential oils, herbs, antioxidants, and moisturizing oils that not only give your skin a smooth feel after rinsing, but can naturally get rid of bacteria and dirt in clogged pores.  We make sure our recipes combine the most effective natural ingredients for different uses with these scrubs.  Of course I started out using them on myself, and just take a look at my skin if you don't believe it.  Okay, so now that I have explained the benefits of them, here is how you use the scrubs.  You first wet whichever part of your body you will be applying the scrub.  Water always comes first, because it will make the scrub easier to rub in and it will actually stick to your skin instead of falling away as you apply.  Then you scoop out a generous amount of the scrub with a small spoon and apply it to the wet area.  The reason you do not use your hand is because if water comes in contact with the scrub in the jar, it will cause the sugar to harden.  You always want to make sure you keep from splashing water inside of your product to preserve the life and effectiveness of it. You want to keep the sugar scrub inside of the jar soft. Anyway, once you have applied the scrub and rubbed in it, you rinse it off.  Once you pat your body or face dry, your skin will feel smooth and soft.  Sugar scrubs offer a deep cleanse beyond soap.  Note, do not substitute sugar scrubs for washing.  This is something you can use either before you wash your body/face or after.  It can be before you clean or a follow up method afterwards.  That is really all there is to it. Hope this helped, and that concludes this blog of my two cents! 

How To Define Your Curl Pattern

March 8, 2017

Good evening people!

Today we are going to discuss what every natural wants to know: how to define your curl pattern.  Lets start by saying, everyone has a different type of curl.  No two natural heads are the same, so never compare your hair (no matter how similar) with someone else's.  Next, some of our curls are much tighter than others, which gives our hair a frizzy appearance.  However, those are still curls and coils, they just are not clumped together, which gives your hair the Afro look.  Not everyone will be able to achieve "super defined" curls, it really is exclusive to the individual. That does not mean that you cant have some kind of definition at all though! So, without further rambling, lets get into how.  

1. Hair Styles.  My hair is naturally kinky and curly mixed in together.  When its in the natural state with no meddling, it looks like the picture you see to the left.  BUT you guys, there are some tricks that I do to make my hair look like I have curls for days.  Chunky twist outs, chunky braid outs, bantu knots, twist and curl, braid and curl, etc... I could go on about all the hairstyles that make it possible to give you a curly look.  Now some of you may have tried these hairstyles and you're like "this doesn't work for my hair".  Before you just write it off, you may not be moisturizing your hair properly for these styles and letting it dry in an ample amount of time. This brings me to my next point.

2. Moisture.  The best way to see a curl pattern is to moisturize your hair REALLY well, and let it air dry moisturized or sit under a hooded dryer.  When your hair is hydrated, your curls pop!  Moisturize with the LBC or LCB method, twist it up into your favorite style, LET IT DRY, and then take it down and marvel at your results. 

3. Styling Gel.  This is the last thing you can try to define your curl pattern with.  We all know of the infamous Eco Styling Gel, but a lot of brands have styling gel of their own or "twist gel".  The texture of this product can give even the most stubborn curls and coils a good push.  The way you would use this is to lightly moisturize your hair (you don't want too much product build up), and then apply the gel and style.  I recommend just using water and a light leave-in if you are going to use a gel to define your curls.  A butter would be useful during the take-down of a style used with gel to add shine and moisture, but not together during the use of the gel.  

That is all of my two cents for today ladies and gentlemen!  

What Makes Jiri Naturals Special?

April 24, 2017

Jiri Naturals.  What about this product line makes it different from the rest?  I bet you wonder, why should I invest my money into another product line that may or may not work for my hair?  The answer to that is simple.  Jiri Naturals has truly all natural ingredients, and this line is not just for hair, but skin as well.  There is not one preservative, alcohol, or chemical ingredient that can damage your hair or skin.  The best part about Jiri Naturals is that if you don't particularly favor the products for your hair, they are INTERCHANGEABLE! Most products when they do not work for your hair, you end up throwing them away or giving them away.  I mean, you can't necessarily use a curl cream or shampoo on your skin can you?  However, with Jiri Naturals, we manufacture hair/body BUTTERS not curl creams.  Hair and Body butters are not to be used as curl creams are.  They are for maximizing moisture and adding moisture to your hair, and as for skin...purely moisturizing (see below for how to use the butters).  With the washes, its the same thing, interchangeable.  They can be used as shampoos or body washes because the ingredients are raw and beneficial for hair and skin.  The sugar scrubs are just an added essential for those who like to take extra care in their skin routine, and look for healthy ways to exfoliate and add moisture simultaneously. So have I answered your question? Jiri Naturals can be used in more ways than one, and not only are these products beneficial for both hair and skin, but they are 100% raw and extremely affordable.  This was done purposely because we know the struggle of needing quality products but not necessarily wanting to spend $30 dollars on one thing. Who says raw products cannot be affordable? We say, they can! This concludes tonight's blog of my two cents. For more information on the products, visit the "About" page. 

How to Use the Washes

May 10, 2017

Greetings to All!  I get a lot of questions about the washes, so lets dive right into it.  First, people want to know about the texture.  Jiri Naturals washes are not like other shampoos or body washes you buy out of the store.  The ingredient that makes most shampoos/body washes super thick and gooey is not present. These washes have a water-like consistency, but aren't composed of majority water if that makes sense. Do not think for a second that you are buying a watered down product, because its not water that makes the texture very liquid-like.  For example, the Coconut Mango Wash is primarily made up of coconut milk.  The main ingredient for the Aloe Vera wash is Aloe Vera Juice.  The Oat Wash is probably the thickest in consistency, because oat milk (extracted from raw oats) tends to be a bit less runny than coconut milk or aloe vera juice.  The point is, if you are wondering about the texture of the washes, the answer is is supposed to be that way.  The goal for these products is not to make them similar to other products on the market.  The goal is to make them different and for them to actually work.  I use raw ingredients in the manufacturing of my products because I believe in quality and actual results with hair and skin regimens.  Packing products with a bunch of useless ingredients won't give people what they are searching for.  Now there are more ingredients in these washes, like essential oils and herbs.  I listed the main ingredients above to provide an example of why the texture isn't thick.  If you are looking for a wash with a thick texture, these washes are not for you.  Now on to other news! What benefits do these washes provide for hair and skin? Where do I begin on that!  I use these washes in my hair regimen every wash day.  I do not buy shampoos from the store or any other brand anymore.  These washes have worked so well on my hair, and promoted so much growth that I feel like using another shampoo would be a betrayal to myself.  The washes foam up rather nicely and you can even feel a tingling sensation with Aloe Vera Wash.  After you wet your hair, you add the wash of your choice directly to your hair. Depending on how much hair you have, you may need to keep adding until you get those desired suds.  Lather and clean your scalp thoroughly with the tips of your fingers, and work your way down to the ends.  These washes will not strip you hair of moisture, but add moisture to your hair so its totally fine to use them on the ends.  After you have cleaned your entire head, rinse out the wash under luke warm water (I personally don't like to scald my head with hot water).  After you've washed your hair once or twice, you should be good to go.  These washes provide much needed nutrients and ingredients for the hair/skin that are essential to growth and healthiness.  They contain herbs like burdock root and ginger root, which are VERY beneficial for hair and skin.  So what is stopping you from purchasing your wash? Tutorials will begin to post on my personal page very soon, so be on the look out for that. I will show you all more of my personal hair regimen and journey as I continue on as a naturalista. Much love, and that is all for today!         

Why Knowing Hair Porosity is More Important than Texture

July 1, 2017

Greetings Audience!

Tonight I am going to shed some light on why knowing your hair's porosity is important and texture charting isn't.  First, lets discuss what porosity is.  Hair porosity is literally how POROUS your hair is, meaning your hair's ability to absorb moisture.  Low Porosity is when your hair cuticles lay flat and tight around the cortex, resisting moisture and conditioning oils.  High porosity is when your hair cuticles are raised and have gaps, which makes it easy to moisturize, but also easy for the moisture to escape later.  High porosity is usually caused by damage to your hair such as from heat, coloring or bleaching, or excessive manipulation and breakage.  Normal porosity is somewhere in the middle of low and high.  NOW, I know you all have heard that texture charting your hair (ex. 2C-4C) helps you in some kind of way right?  Actually it really serves no purpose.  The only thing texture charting does is TELL you how kinky, curly, or wavy your hair is on a scale, that's it.  It does not tell you how to moisturize your hair or what porosity you have.  Truthfully, just because your hair is tight and kinky does not mean you will have highly porous hair.  Just because its loose and curly doesn't mean it's low porosity either.  Hair porosity is dependent upon each individual person and how they have handled their hair over the years.  Knowing your hair porosity is the BEST way to know how to moisturize it.  Let's talk about some ways you will know.  First, if your hair porosity is low, it will be tricky trying to moisturize it.  Most people with low porosity hair are frustrated at their hair not being receptive of water and products right away.  Your hair may feel like straw under a shower for a while before it starts to let water in.  Heavy products do not work for low porosity hair because the hair cuticles lay flat, so those products will literally sit on top of the hair strands instead of penetrating them.  Light oils are ideal for low porosity, and it is BEST to moisturize when your hair is damp (when the cuticles have raised a little to let in air).  If you wait until your hair is dry, they will be flat again and it won't work.  Deep conditioning with heat ( a plastic baggy and/or sitting under a dryer for 10-15 minutes) is great for low porosity hair because it allows some opening in those hair strands which allows you to moisturize easier.  Using water based moisturizers is also essential and protein treatments are NOT necessary often.  Twice a year is usually fine.  I know it may sound bad having low porosity hair, but it's actually great. Why? Because once you DO moisturize your hair, it stays moisturized for days at a time.  You do not have to keep going back and adding product because what you've already added will be trapped in the hair strands.  Next is high porosity.  High porosity hair is easy to moisturize.  As soon as you get in the shower, your hair will soak up water like a sponge.  It also air dries faster because just as easily as you got that moisture, it will easily escape.  This is good because it's easy to moisturize the hair and bad because it's hard keeping it moisturize.  Some find themselves moisturizing daily to avoid dryness.  However, there is a fix for that.  The key to moisturizing highly porous hair is SEALING IN THE MOISTURE.  I know most of you are familiar with the LOC/LCO methods (Liquid/leave-in, Oil, Cream or Liquid/leave-in, cream, oil) I also have my method which is exactly like this except I replace the Oil in both with Butters that we manufacture.  You can read more about this below in one of the earlier blogs.  Anyway, these methods are very essential in keeping high porosity hair from losing so much moisture.  The key is to fill in those gaps, which is why DEEP CONDITIONING in general should NOT be skipped.  Protein treatments every few months is also beneficial for high porosity hair. The best method for moisturizing High porosity hair is the LCB (Liquid/leave-in, Cream, Butter).  You moisturize with water and then a good leave-in conditioner, add your curl cream or moisturizing cream, and then SEAL in the moisture with a heavy butter (which is the same as oil, just in solid form).  This will fill in those gaps you have in your strands and ensure that the moisture does not leave as quickly, giving you a few days to enjoy your moisturized hair.  All in all, without knowing your porosity, you really will be lost on how to take care of your hair.  Moisturizing essential, and without this, breakage and damage are sure to take place.  This will cause any growth you get to stunt and you will not feel like your hair is moving past a certain length.  I hope this has helped you, and if you need more tips on products that are good for low and high porosity hair, ask and i'll do a list on the page or just use GOOGLE.  Thank you all for reading and have a great night!