It’s time for another Ask Amber! Today we’ll be dishing about makeup dupes and products for short, natural hair. Let’s get to it!

Q: Do you know of any dupe for Clinique’s Black Honey? I love the shade, but it’s difficult to find where I live. Thanks! -Jaguayanflawer

Since you’re already looking for Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick, I don’t have to tell you how fab it is! Clinique Black Honey is one of those Hall of Fame beauty products (seriously, I remember this stuff from middle school!).This sheer, glossy lip color may look intimidating in the packaging, but the pretty, berry shade is incredibly wearable. I recently came across a great dupe for Black Honey at Walgreens! L’Oreal’s new Le Gloss, $6 comes in 16 gorgeous colors, and the shade Plum Rush is a great dupe for Black Honey! If it’s not already at your local drugstore or Wal-Mart/Target, it should be soon!



Q: I used to have a relaxer, but lost a lot of my hair when I became ill.  My hair has now thickened up but it is very short.  I need to wear my hair natural but don’t know what products to use for it to have a slight waviness or have plenty of moisture.  I do not want any chemical perms.  Thanks for any suggestions. -Gogokg2

First, I hope you’re feeling better. I under stand how difficult illness can be 🙂 As for your question, I think many women with natural hair can relate to trying to learn how to care for natural hair, especially if they’ve done a Big Chop and are sporting a close cropped style. For me, this was the easiest period, as I loved how low maintenance it was!

Dryness has been a big issue for me, whether I’m wearing my hair relaxed or natural. I’ve found that simple products have worked best to give me the most moisture. In those early days I’d spritz my hair with a half-and-half mixture of water and glycerine from my neighborhood beauty supply store, mixed together in a water bottle. Deep conditioning is also important. You can create your own combination of hair-healthy essential oils such as coconut, avocado, olive, jojoba, safflower or grapeseed oil. Aloe vera gel is also great for the hair. If you’re not too keen on creating your own concoction, just add essential oil to your favorite conditioner to make it more moisturizing. You can find these oils at your local grocery or health food store.

You didn’t describe your hair texture in your email, but you did mention giving your hair waviness, so I’m assuming your hair texture is more wavy in texture. As far as giving for hair some definition,  I’d recommend a styling lotion or cream. A friend of mine with wavy natural hair swears by Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner, $20, as do many other women. Not only is it moisturizing, but it gives great definition without crunch or build-up. I’ve also got some other products that I’ve tried and enjoyed, that are also natural haired fan favorites!



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