Archives for September 2012

Happy Friday!

Thank God it’s Friday.  Wish you a happy Day and a nice Weekend!


Marie Dean Natural Ingredient Spotlight: Shea Butter Nilotica

See what’s inside Marie Dean’s favorite natural ingredients.  Marie Dean uses high quality ingredients that are extremely nourishing for your hair and skin.  All of Marie Dean’s products are formulated and prepared by hand using organic ingredients that provide excellent conditioning to your hair and skin.

Shea Butter Nilotica is rich in Vitamins A, E, and F. Vitamins A and E help to soothe, hydrate, and balance your skin and hair.  Vitamin F contains essential fatty acids, and helps protect and revitalize damaged skin and hair.  Shea Butter Nilotica is an intense moisturizer for dry skin and hair, and is a wonderful ingredient for revitalizing dull or dry skin and hair.

Shea Butter Nilotica is almost odorless with a slight sweet nutty aroma.  It has a rich creamy texture and melts at skin temperature making it super absorbing.

Ways to use Shea Butter Nilotica:

  •   Hair and skin moisturizer
  •   Sealant for your ends
  •   Twist and Loc Butter
  •   Pre-shampoo Conditioner Treatment
  •   Conditioner


Questions & Answers: I think my hair sheds too much. What can I do to prevent hair loss?


Hair loss can be caused by many things. Heat damage from blow-dryers, curling irons, and flatirons, as well as coloring and extensions all result in breakage.  Stress and diet can be big factors as well.  You can take protein and vitamins (for hair growth, B and C) to keep your hair strong and healthy.


The average human head has an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 hairs on it.  Shedding  50 to100 strands each day is not significant. If you begin to lose 150 or more strands a day, then you should see a doctor.


Try these tips to keep your hair healthy and prevent it from falling out:

  1. Make sure you are getting vitamins B and C, iron (whole grains, dark green vegetables), and protein (poultry, eggs, beans) in your diet.
  2. Avoid using hot tools.
  3. Use hair creams, styling creams, shampoos and conditioners that contain vitamin B5 (Panthenol).  Panthenol helps prevent breakage by making wet hair easier to comb through.
    Moisturize your scalp and hair regularly with oil or moisturizing spray (example: apricot oil, rose water or herbal tea).
  4. Seal your ends with a good moisturizer (example: olive oil or shea butter nilotica).
  5. Deep Condition your hair weekly with a protein-rich conditioner.
  6. Use Herbal Tea rinses.  Seep your favorite tea (example: chamomile tea) and let cool.  After shampooing and conditioning, pour the tea over your hair as a final rinse.

Space Shuttle Endeavor takes to California Skies

I caught a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Endeavor as it flew over West Los Angeles today!  What an awesome sight to witness!



Where were you on September 11, 2001?

My birthday was the day before September 11.  I was pretty bummed about the overcast weather and that my sisters and I canceled our dinner plans.  I quickly got over it and knew we would get together over the weekend.

September 11 was a flawless weather day.  It was sunny, ideal climate — not too hot, just magnificent. The bluest skies you’ve ever seen emerged.  I love September days in New Jersey.  I arrived at work about 6:45am and started working on my editing projects.  Then about 8am or so, an assistant approached me and told me the horrific news.  Employees crammed into conference rooms on all eight floors and watched the replay of the planes striking the World Trade Center buildings.  All I could think of was getting back home and making sure my family and friends who worked near the WTC and at the Pentagon were safe.

Share your feelings.  Share your thoughts.  Share your story.

-Adriene Marie

Hair Tip: Skip shampoo and wash with conditioner

Turns out it’s better for your tresses if you use conditioner to wash your hair. Why?  Even though you’re rinsing product down the drain, conditioners are better at penetrating your strands and keeping hair healthy.

How to use conditioner to wash your hair

  1. Apply conditioner to wet hair and work the conditioner into hair, massaging vigorously.
  2. Apply more water to hair to help distribute conditioner.
  3. Use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to gently straighten hair and remove tangles.
  4. Leave conditioner in your hair for 5 minutes.
  5. Rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water and style.

NOTE:  Using conditioner to cleanse your hair performs best on curly, wavy, kinky, coily and extremely dry hair textures.

Be patient when transitioning from shampoo to using a conditioner wash
Most people are used to the bubbling lather when shampooing.  If you’re going to start skipping shampoo you may think your hair feels dirty until you get used to not having lather.  It will take some time to get use to not having bubbles and not feeling suds.  You may want to transition by alternating the conditioner wash with your regular shampoo for a few weeks and thus slowly weaning yourself off your shampoo as you get used to the feeling.



Marie Dean: Labor Day Weekend Sale!


Stock up on your favorite styling creams, moisturizers and conditioners!  Don’t miss it!

Take 20% OFF your total purchase on Marie Dean’s website and Etsy shop.

Use coupon code: LABORDAY2012 – Sale ends: September 3 at 11:59pm (PST)

Happy Labor Day!

Healthy hair or length?

I relaxed my hair for 20 years and had dreadful thin hair.  I decided to stop putting chemicals in my hair and become natural.  I worked really hard at getting my hair back to a healthy state.  I was in awe of my hair texture when I reached this goal.

My hair texture was extremely healthy – coily and thick.  My only concern was keeping my hair healthy.  I think the reason why many women have a hard time going natural is because we tend to get over-involved in the length of our hair and we lose focus on keeping our hair healthy, which is more important.

Long hair doesn’t make you look any better.  You may find it easier to style your hair when it’s longer but you also have to learn how to work with shorter hair and be patient.  If your hair grows long, cool.  If it doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world.  Healthy hair triumphs over long hair any day!