Natural Hair: Merchandise

Hey Curlies,

I wanted to let you all know I am now taking orders for merchandise.  I have natural hair tote bags, mugs and length check t-shirts. Following are what is up for grabs!

Tote bag: $15
natural hair tote bag

natural hair bag

All t-shirts are $12 (Black), $15 (white)

 The length check shirt is very popular!

length check shirt

Mug: $8

I accept Paypal for all orders. 

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Naturally Fierce Feature on Global Couture

Hey Curlies,

Did you miss my feature on GlobalCouture? I love when I am featured on other natural hair blogs and websites. It's so fun. I will say the information in this feature is slightly old. Its just now being published but was sent almost a year ago.

Here's the feature:

Natural Hair: Soft Spiral Curls

Hey Curlies,

I decided to do another another perm rod set but this time I used a slightly different technique. Instead of simply rolling my hair the normal way, I placed the roller half way on the length of my hair, then wrapped the bottom half around the roller. I then rolled the roller up the the top portion of the piece as normal.

Does that make sense? Haha. I hope so. If not, read on.

Here are my results: 

If my first explanation didn't make sense, hopefully this will.

1. Create a small to medium sized section, depending on roller size
2. Detangle throughly and apply product
3. Hold/stretch out the section
4. Place the roller half way between the section creating an upper and lower half
5. Wrap the lower half of hair around the roller. Think the way you would wrap a support bandage on your wrist.
6. Roll the roller upward toward the root as normal

This technique gives the style more of a spiraled look.

Let me know how this works for you!

ClassyCurly Profile: Lauren

Name: Lauren Redditt
Social Media Names: Instagram: Vivalacurly Twitter: Vivalacurlyy
Hair Type: 3b, 3c, and 4a

How long have you been natural?:
I've been natural for 5 going on six years now. I was natural until 11 years old when I got my first relaxer. I transitioned from a texturizer for two years which began during my sophomore year in high school (2009). I big chopped August 2010. Now in college I'm fully natural.

Why did you go natural?:
I went natural because I honestly missed my curly hair. I was natural until the age of 11. As a little girl I always begged my mother to make my hair look like the little girls' hair on the perm boxes; she finally said yes after years of begging. Not even a year after getting my first relaxer I was tired of it and wanted my curls back. At the time there weren't many (if any) natural hair products out on the market. She suggested to me the Just For Me hair texturizer. We both thought that it would make my hair curly again based on the misleading image on the box but we both failed to do our research. I had this for about 2 years and got tired of that as well. In high I finally transitioned and did the big chop the month before my Senior year of high school (August 2010) and I wouldn't change it for the world!

A short regimen you can share:
My regimen changes often. My hair is either getting used to products or I'm trying new things. I usually cowash/wash on Sundays or whenever I feel that my hair is getting dry or tangled so about every 4 or 5 days. I currently cowash with either John Frieda full repair conditioner or Suave Naturals Shea butter conditioner and adding Aussie Moist 3 minute miracle conditioner. I finger detangle in 4 sections and rinse. I apply dollop of Shea Moisture's Curl and Shine Conditioner to each section, leave on for a few minutes and rinse only a little out then style. I usually twist or braid my hair overnight.

What are some of your favorite products?:
My favorite products right now are Shea Moisture's Curl enhancing smoothie, the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in conditioner (LOVE), Transitioning milk, Miss Jessie's Jelly Soft Curls, coconut oil, and Eco-styler gel.

What are some of your favorite styles?:
My favorite styles are a high bun, braidout, twistout, or blowout (with either wand curls or roller set). I like my hair straight however, I don't straighten it often.

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:
My least favorite thing about being natural is the amount of time it takes my hair to dry or detangling time :( My most favorite things about being natural are how versatile my hair is and having shrinkage.

What is one piece of advice that all women should have(pertaining to confidence)?:
Don't pay attention to negative/ignorant comments people may say about your hair. Be confident in every style you rock and own your hair, it's YOU!

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:
My all time favorite hair blogger is MahoganyCurls on YouTube. I just love her! I've been following her since she big chopped! I also enjoy watching HeyFranHey, NaturalNeiicey and many others all on YouTube.

Do you have any advice on going natural?:
I'd say do what's best for you. Only you know when the timing is right to big chop or transition. Enjoy the journey; embrace all of your setbacks and accomplishments because they also help shape your character. Going natural is a life aspect :)

Natural Hair: How to Maintain a Roller Set

Hey Curlies,

The roller set I did last week turned out fabulous and I lasted for three days.

By day four I wore a headband and no longer sported the curly bangs.

On Friday my job had a big awards dinner and I wanted to look nice. I ended up pulling my hair up into a puff.

And today my curls are still there but the style isn't so much...

This style was very convenient in that I hardly had to do anything for upkeep. I simply slipped on a bonnet and went to bed each night. In the morning I fluffed and gently pulled down the curls toward my face. That's it! I didn't use any additional products during the work week but did moisturize with water, Shea butter and coconut oil.

I'm not sure how I'm going to do my hair for this week but I'm tempted to do another roller set using a different technique. Tomorrow do have a work a few events but I am relieved of my office duties so I will take advantage of the day.

Be back tomorrow!

Natural Hair: Perm Rod Set Part 2

Hey Curlies,

Let me just start off by saying, sleeping in perm rods is nothing like sleeping in Curlformers. Those Curlformers are so uncomfortable and the rods were more than tolerable. I slept like a baby.

Anyway, below are the results of my perm rod set. It came out very, very cute! To see what products and rods I used, click here.

Before the curls were separated:

After separating:

perm rod set

Natural Hair: Perm Rod/Cold Wave Set Part 1

Hey Curlies,

My protective style from last week did me wonders and now its time to move on to my perm rod set! It was so convenient to simply wake up, take my scarf off and proceed with my day. This style also helped my hair stay moisturized and I didn't have to do anything extra all week.

natural hair protective style

Currently as I'm writing this post at 10:30 p.m.(as an ice storm is rolling by), I'm sitting under the dryer and praying my hair dries by the morning. I've been wanting to do a roller set for some time now but I didn't have access to a hooded dryer. Not to say you can't do a heatless set, but my hair just takes forever to dry. I finally took back my hair dryer from my mother and purchased more rods.

In the past I've done this type of set but my problem was perspective. I was hoping my hair would come out silky and almost straight-like and after each time that didn't happen, I said it was a "failed attempt." Now I am more skilled on what my hair can do and know I will most likely never get a silky set, maybe with my curlformers, and I should appreciate the style for what it is.

Let's get started:

perm rod set on natural hair

I washed my hair using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo and conditioned with TRESemme Naturals. The only products I used are the ones above: ApHogee Leave in Conditioner and Nubian Heritage's Honey & Black Seed Mousse. I used one and a half pack of the orange and almost two of the purple.

After taking down my protective style, this is how I looked. I almost didn't want to wash my hair.

I usually can't tell when my hair has grown, but these pictures are proof!

I honestly didn't use any special technique and I didn't worry  about trying to roll all the way to the scalp or creating perfect sections. As a matter of fact, I didn't even use comb to create sections. I detangled each piece with a wide-toothed comb, then followed by my Denman brush. I applied the leave in conditioner and then the mousse.

perm rod set on natural hair

I don't know WHY I bought these small rollers. My hair is too long for them so next time I'll explore other sizes.

Check out my results here.

Stay warm!

Natural Hair: Quick & Easy Braided Protective Style

Hey Curlies,

Hope you all are having a great week thus far. Once my braidout got a little tired, I wanted to find a quick and easy style I could wear all week. I came up with this very simple braided protective style. It literally took less than 10 minutes.

I began by moisturizing my hair using the liquid,oil,cream (LOC) method. I started with Obia Natural Haircare's Curl hydration Spray, then added a blend of essential oils, including coconut oil to my hair and scalp. I finished with L.A.C.E's Supreme Herbal Butter.

I created four braids. I simply crisscrossed the back two, then crisscrossed the front two across the top going toward the back.

Braided protective style

I'll be wearing this until at least Friday. 

Natural Hair: NYE Braidout

Hey Curlies,

I hope you all brought in the new year safe but with full of excitement for what the next 361 days (it's Jan 4) will bring! On a normal day I am usually excited about what the next 24 hours will bring but when the new year arrives that excitement jumps up even more.

For NYE I decided to wear a braidout. I haven't worn my hair out since Thanksgiving nor had I actually combed my hair since then. Yes... you read that right. The last three weeks I've washed my hair, I've been wearing wash n go buns or puffs which required no combing.

In return, I had so much shed hair when I finally did wash and detangle. Jeez! I should have taken pictures for ya'll because it was quite interesting and about a hand full of hair. But what should have I expected?

My hair needed some much TLC because I've been kind of neglecting it lately. For starters, I washed with Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil and then deep conditioned with Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque. In addition to the deep condition, I applied coconut oil to my scalp.

Again, detangling was hell! I used both a wide-toothed comb and my Denman brush to be sure to detangle thoroughly. From there it didn't take much to braid my hair into about eight sections. I braided with an oil mix and Shea Butter.

Being silly

The braids


End results