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Win Tickets to the tgin Target Launch Party

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CHICAGO! We’re giving away a limited number of tickets to our Target launch party this Thursday downtown. All you have to do to is email tgintarget@gmail.com with your favorite product and why you would like to celebrate this milestone with us. All entries must be received by Tuesday night at 11:59 pm CST

Please RSVP to tgintarget@gmail.com before Tuesday, March 31st, so that we may include you in our final count to the restaurant.
 

tgin Products Now at Target – Use the HashTag #tgintarget and We'll Repost

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Hashtag Your Picturestgin products are now at select Target stores nationwide. For a complete lilst of Target stores now carrying tgin products, click here.
We want to thank everyone personally for your support. Your shelfies, tweets, and Facebook posts/shares have been critical in helping us to get this far.
We just want to remind you that when you see us on your next shopping trip snap a photo and use the hashtag #tgintarget. When we spot the photo, we’ll be sure to repost and share on our social media networks.
We’ve had a great run so far, but we still need your support.  We’re not out of the woods just yet.
 
 

How to Pineapple Curly Natural Hair Any Length

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The key to gorgeous second and third day curls that POP? The pineappling method. If you haven’t been using this method, give it a try. It may just change your life — and if not your life, at least your curls! (Reducing frizz, that is).

The pineapple method typically works best for shoulder length, to medium, to long hair. If you have very short hair, or hair as short as a TWA, then simply wrapping your hair at night works just as well.

All you will need is an oversized head scarf (preferable a silky texture so as not to snag your curls and cause unwanted breakage…) and depending on your hair length and texture, additional scrunchies and/or hair bands.

For short to medium length hair:

Gather your curls at the crown of your head. If you’re texture is looser, secure with a hair tie. If your curls are tight, skip the hair tie and use a loose scrunchie — you can also skip the scrunchie entirely to avoid a crease. Then wrap your hair with a scarf using the pineapple method. (See full tutorial below).

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For medium to long hair:

Just like with shorter curls, gather your hair at the top of your head. If your hair is very thick, try separating into 2-3 smaller sections using a hair tie before pineappling with a scarf. The scarf helps retain moisture and prevent breakage.

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What is your favorite way to wrap up your hair at night?

Dora Sobze is a PR associate, writer, and social media strategist by day — and freelance blogger by night. If you’re feeling crafty, hungry, stylish, or in need of natural hair tips, check out her blog latidoe.blogspot.com or  spinachblog.com for her latest spinach recipes. She’d love to chat with you on twitter @la_ti_doe 

Top 10 Foundations for Brown Skin

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5a63cf0a4b259110ed6beea9af92de0aLet’s face it, women of color haven’t always had many options when it comes to foundation. Lucky for us that is changing! We’ve tried many foundations for brown skin, and are bringing you the best of the best! Here is our list of the top foundations for brown skin!
1. Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation
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Bobbi Brown’s stick foundation is perfect for brown skin beauties! This foundation is both creamy and lightweight, and offers full seamless coverage perfect for the girl on the go.
Price: $40
Where to Buy: Sephora
2. MAC Studio Fix Fluid
 
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Mac was one of the first well known cosmetics companies to offer an extensive selection for women of color. Mac’s Studio Fix Fluid provides full but natural looking coverage and comes in many different shades of brown!
Price: $27
Where to buy: MAC
3. Nars
 
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Nars has every day women as well as makeup artist raving about their extensive options for darker skin tones! Women of color are sure to find the foundation that matches them perfectly! We are loving their radiant cream compact foundation.
Where to Buy: Sephora
Price: $38
4. Cover FX
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Cover Fx’s Total Cover Cream Foundation offers an all day radiant finish with medium to full, coverage you can build. This gorgeous foundation is great for any season!
Where to Buy:  Sephora
Price: $42
5. Cover Girl Queen Collection
 
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Where to Buy: Local convenient stores, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS
Price: $7.74
6. Fashion Fair 

It’s hard to choose just one product from fashion fair, they have so much to offer women of color! We have found a favorite though, we adore True Fix Foundation! Many women of color have different undertones, and uneven complexions. This foundation makes blending effortless, and lasts all day! True Fix also comes in 30 shades!
Where to Buy:  Macys
Price: $29
7. Black Opal 
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Black Opal is another long time favorite! Black Opal foundation stick provides full coverage, provides a velvet smooth finish, and is perfect for all skin types!
Where to Buy: Walmart
Price: $9.95
8. Iman 
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Iman has been offering beautiful cosmetics for women of color for years! We are loving their Luminous Foundation! The soft shimmer adds a beautiful natural glow to the skin, while providing a flawless finish!
Where to Buy: Target, Walmart
Price: $12.99
9. Urban Decay 
 
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Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup is another to look out for. This foundation offers a virtually invisible demi-matte finish. There are absolutely no parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances involved in the making of this product, and it is filled with tons of nourishing ingredients.
Where to Buy: Sephora
Price: $25
10. L’oreal True Match
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Never to be left out, L’oreal’s True Match Foundation is oil free, and offers all day wear! This incredibly blendable foundation is packed with vitamin A, with light to medium coverage. You will fall in love with this super affordable light weight foundation!
Where to Buy: Target, Walmart, CVS
Price: $10.95
Have you tried any of these gorgeous foundations?
Ashley Renee is a licensed esthetician, Mac makeup artist, natural hair enthusiast, writer and poet from Chicago, follow her on Instagram @Ashleyvsrenee!
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tgin Shelfie Contest – Win a $100 Target Gift Card this Weekend

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winWe’re kicking off this weekend with our first Thank God It’s Natural (tgin) Target shelfie contest. When you’re out shopping this weekend at your local Target, remember to:

1) Take a picture of the shelf (extra credit if you’re in the pic holding the products) and post it to Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter

2) Hashtag the photo #tgintarget 

3) Shout out your city!

Contest ends at 11:59 pm CST. Winner will be judged based on their creativity and originality! Video entries are also eligible.  Family members of tgin employees not eligible for entry. 

tgin products are now carried at select Target stores nationwide, Target.com, your local health and beauty supply store, Amazon.com, and www.tginstore.com. For a complete list of Target stores carrying tgin products, click here.

Here are just a few of some of our favorite entries from this weekend:

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@SumeetraReed review of the tgin Moist Collection

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tgin Product Review & Styling Demo {w/Video}

By Sumetra Reed

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Hey Beauties!
I had an opportunity to try several products from a line that I’ve heard great things about.  tgin Moist Collection.  The full tgin Moist Collection was developed by Harvard graduate Chris-Tia Donaldson, and comes complete with five five individual products making up a five-step health care regimen.  These products include tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate  Free Shampoo, tgin Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner, tgin Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer, tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask and tgin Twist & Define cream.  I was able to review 4 out of the 5 products from the tgin Moist Collection as well as the tgin Argan Replenishing Hair & Body Serum.
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I started by cleansing my hair with the tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo.  The shampoo is made up with a sulfate free formula which leases the hair clean and free of build up but more importantly, it does not strip the hair of its natural oils.  I saturated my hair with water and added a generous amount of the shampoo, massaging my scalp and hair to remove dirt, grime and build up.  It smells nice with a clean fragrance and lathers nicely.
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After rinsing my hair out, I conditioned my hair with the tgin Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner.  It’s full of argan oil, cupuacu butter and green tea.  It hydrates, smooths and repairs parched strands, promoting healthy hair growth.  Like the shampoo, it’s not heavy in scent but smells fresh.  It’s a thick rich consistency and while applying the product I was able to easily finger detangle along the way.
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Once my hair was thoroughly rinsed out, I applied the tgin Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer.  It’s infused with shea butted and vitamin E, providing moisture, makes the hair soft shiny and manageable.  I used this as my leave in conditioner but it can also be used as a setting cream.  It’s creamy consistency made it easy to apply and my hair immediately felt soft.
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Then it was time to set my hair with my rods.  I used the tgin Twist & Define Cream for hold to set my hair.  It contains coconut and vitamin E oils to add shine, long lasting definition, reducing frizz and fly aways.  I was amazed that I didn’t have to use much of the product at all.  I coated my hair with the cream as I went along and made sure to use my water bottle to keep the hair saturated while installing the rods.
 
arganI allowed my hair to set and dry over night and the next morning at take down, I used the tgin Argan Replenishing Hair & Body Serum to coat my hair as I separated the curls to add shine and reduce frizz.  It contains coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, peach kernel oil, jojoba oil. vitamin E and hibiscus flowers.  This serum smells amazing!!!
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For a step by step view of how I used the product, set and styled my hair, check out the video below.

5 Steps to Get the Perfect Perm Rod Curls on Natural Hair!

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Perm rod curls are cute, sexy, manageable, and perfect for any occasion! You ladies have been loving perm rod curls, and we have taken notice! If you are ready to get beautiful, effortless, long lasting curls, follow these easy steps!
1. Cleanse Hair 
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Shampoo and condition your hair with tgin’s Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo, and Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner. Make sure you hair is thoroughly cleaned. Rinse out your shampoo, then apply the conditioner. Once you hair is conditioned rinse, and dry your hair using a terry cloth towel, or teeshirt.
2. Detangle
UnknownDetangle your hair from ends to root using a denman brush or wide tooth comb. Be very gentle with your hair. Most detangling should be done while hair is being washed, but it is important to make sure your hair is completely detangled before moving on.
3. Stretch

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In order to get the best curls possible, you need to loosen your natural hair texture. Apply a small amount of tgin’s daily butter cream, and then follow up with our twist and define cream. Once the products are applied, begin twisting your hair as if you were doing a twist out. You can then either leave the twist in overnight, or sit under the dryer. We prefer leaving it in overnight to use the least amount of heat.
 
4. Brush out
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The next morning, or after your hair is primarily dry you want to take down the twist, and then gently brush your hair out. Be sure to start from the ends, and carefully brush your hair  until the curl pattern is loosened.
5.  Start Rolling 
sr1011_largeAs you are rolling your hair, apply a small amount of tgin’s Argan oil to each section. This will add sleekness, and shine. How you roll your hair, depends on the style you want to achieve. If you want smaller tighter curls, you will use smaller perm rods, and bigger perm rods for bigger curls. If you want very stretched, sleek curls, you will want to have your hair straighter than for big fluffy curls! Once you roll your hair you can either sit under a hooded dryer until your hair is completely dry, and the curls are set, which is usually an hour or two. Or, you can simply leave the rods in overnight.
We found so many great ideas of naturalista’s who tried various perm rod styles. Check out the styles below!
 
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Have you tried this style?
 
Don’t for get to check out these great articles for more great styles, tips, and tricks!

Ashley Renee is a licensed esthetician, Mac makeup artist, natural hair enthusiast, writer and poet from Chicago, follow her on Instagram @Ashleyvsrenee!
 
 

Thank God It’s Natural ‘Moist Collection’ NOW in Select Target Stores

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Natural hair and skin care company Thank God It’s Natural launches full natural hair product line, now available for purchase at select Target locations nationwide.
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March 2015—Chicago, IL— Premier resource for women with natural kinks, curls and waves, Thank God It’s Natural (tgin), is partnering with Target Corporation to stock nationwide Target shelves with the full line of the newest tgin Moist Collection.  In an effort to appease the growing demand for natural, safe styling products designed for women (and men) with curly and textured hair, tgin Moist collection will be added to the hair care aisles of 257 select Target locations nationwide this March 2015.
The full tgin Moist Collection was developed by Harvard graduate, Chris-Tia Donaldson, and comes complete with five individual products making up a five-step healthy hair care regimen:
Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo
tgin Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo—A luxurious lather of sulfate free formula leaving hair clean and free of buildup without stripping the hair shaft of natural oils. Infused with Pro Vitamin B5 for protection from breakage.
Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner
tgin Triple Moisture Replenishing Conditioner—Chocked full of argan oil, cupuacu butter and green tea, our conditioning formula hydrates, smoothes and repairs parched strands with every use, promoting healthy hair growth.
Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer
tgin Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer—Infused with shea butter and Vitamin E, giving dry strands the moisture they need and crave for soft, shiny, manageable hair. May also be used as a setting cream for twist-outs and/or curler sets. 
Honey Miracle Hair Mask
tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask—An instant make over for dry, damaged or colored treated hair. Raw honey creates softer, shinier tresses while jojoba and olive oils nourish and heal strands in need of repair.
Twist & Define Cream
tgin Twist & Define Cream—Enriched with decadent coconut and Vitamin E oils for smooth and shiny curly styling with long lasting definition, reducing frizzies and fly aways.

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The tgin Moist Collection is formulated specifically for thirsty and dry curls, kinks, and waves, adding an intense hydration boost to every stage of a healthy hair care regimen. Each product is made in small batches with unique blends of natural botanicals and butters working gently yet effectively to infuse dry hair with maximal moisture. The result is healthy hair that stays soft, moisturized, and easier to manage with every use. The entire tgin Moist Collection is free of parabens, sulfates, petrolatum, lanolin, artificial colors, and animal testing—and gentle enough for children.
“My team and I have put blood, sweat and tears into years of research and development. There are little words to express how excited and grateful I am to see what once just an idea evolve into a full product line that has solved my own hair care dilemma—and hopefully will benefit women, like me, who struggle to maintain a healthy head of natural curly hair due to a lack of knowledge and resources,” comments Chris-Tia, Amazon best-selling author, and CEO/Founder of Thank God It’s Natural (www.thankgodimnatural.com).
Since 2009, tgin has provided thousands of women internationally with resources to improve a healthy hair care regimen. As a follow up to Chris-Tia’s Amazon #1 best-selling book Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Natural Hair, the tgin blog (www.tginblog.com) was created and rapidly proceeded with a complete line of products made with natural and organic ingredients for ethnic hair and skin, including shampoos, conditioners, styling aids, handmade soaps, body creams and lip balms. Under Chris-Tia’s leadership, the company plans to expand into healthy snacks, cookbooks, supplements, and fitness apparel in the near future.
“Our recent partnership with Target is one of many steps we’re taking toward continued growth. Now, not only is tgin an affordable and effective hair care solution, but is also highly accessible for those who prefer to shop in store. We’ve been asked repeatedly by Target shoppers just when will our products be available at Target? We’ve always taken into account the needs and concerns of our customers and so, naturally, we listened,” says Chris-Tia.
Along with select Target locations, the tgin Moist Collection can be purchased online at www.tginstore.com, on Amazon.com, and at local health and beauty supply stores nationwide and abroad. Each product retails for $14.99 and can also be purchased as a set at a reduced cost. tgin ships internationally with free shipping on domestic orders over $50. For more info on tgin products, visit www.thankgodimnatural.com.
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About tgin
tgin (www.thankgodimnatural.com)is an all-natural hair and skin product line for individuals  looking to live healthier lifestyles. At tgin, we believe in the healing powers of nature. From organic African shea butter to sulfate-free shampoo, our goal is to become the premier resource for natural hair and skin care. Living well and maintaining healthy, natural, and quenched curls, kinks, and waves does not have to cost a fortune. Each of our products is made in small batches using the finest natural and organic ingredients. None of our products contain parabens and phthalates and none of our products have ever been tested on animals. As we strive to bring you to a superior beauty experience, we have made it our priority to protect this beautiful planet and to give back to our community whenever possible—not because it’s trendy, but because it’s the right thing to do!

tgin Now in Target Stores Nationwide

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silvr Target IGv2_2_done (2)On March 1st, the tgin Moist Collection for Natural Hair rolled out to select Target stores nationwide. We are in the process of updating our store locator with a list of stores, but it should be available for viewing by this Wednesday.  Note,  some lucky customers have been fortunate enough to find us on March 1st.  If you recently visited Target and didn’t see us, please be patient as it may take up to 2 weeks to  find us at YOUR store, but we promise we’re on the way!

Our customer service team is on standby  to answer all of your  tgin and Target questions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Again, we need your support in order to make this a success. Getting into Target is one thing. Staying there is another. To that end, we’re calling on all of our friends, family, fans, and followers to make a purchase before May 1, 2015. One thing. Anything. It all counts. If you’re on social media, be sure to snap a shelfie (a photo in front of the shelf), post what city you’re in, and tag it #tgintarget, so that we can repost and let others know where to find our products.
As we continue on this journey, you should feel free to watch the story unfold. We have chronicled all the blood, sweat and tears, on my blog under tgin + news.
Thank you again for your support, prayers, kind words. The journey has only just begun.
Stay natural,
Chris-Tia
#tgintarget

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