Natural Hair: Flat Ironed Hair, Five Years Natural

Hey Curlies,

What five years of flat ironed natural hair looks like:

As mentioned before, I did get my hair straightened this weekend, along with a much needed trim. I decided after my first flat iron last year, I would visit the salon once a year to a trim and straighten. On Instagram I shared a sneak peek photo...

Straight hair at five years natural
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I walked into the salon with a very old bantu knot out I turned into a low puff.

After the wash and condition
Let me tell you, it felt so nice to have someone else scrub my scalp! She washed and conditioned my hair, to be honest I'm not truly sure what product line she used, but she is well trusted and I was simply enjoying the moment of relaxation.

She then blow dried my hair using the tension method and flat ironed small pieces. Overall the entire process took about two hours...not too bad!

Straight hair at five years natural

Straight hair at five years natural

I loved the way it turned out and I also realized, and the stylist confirmed it for me, I have very fine strands. While there are many strands, they are fine. My natural styles always appear thick because my curl pattern is very tight and densely packed together.

I think my hair grew  a few inches over the last 10 months, but I probably lost some of that during the trim, but I don't mind. I'll take healthy hair over length any day. My next trip to the salon probably won't be until fall 2016.

Natural Hair: Straight Hair is on the Way

Hey Curlies,

My bantu knot out has lasted about four days and I am thankful. I was going to wash and style my hair for this weekend but...

I am getting my hair straightened and trimmed this weekend!

My first flat iron in four years in 2014
It's been about a year since my last straighten and I've trimmed my hair a couple of times since my last professional visit, but I know it is time. I loved the results last year so I will be having the same stylist work on my hair this time.

If you are in the Indianapolis area and looking for a stylist who does a great job blowing out/straightening natural hair, her information is below:

Simply Uneek
4051 Millersville Road.
Indianapolis, IN 46205

To see more of my first visit to the hair salon, click here.

Be back tomorrow with results and giveaway information!

Natural Hair: How to get Perfect Bantu Knots Overnight

Hey Curlies,

How to get perfect bantu knots overnight:

Instead of washing my hair like I said I would in a previous post, I decided on a Bantu knot out to stretch my hair again (you'll see why in tomorrow's post). 

To style I used Anu Essentials Leave In Conditioner and Somaluxe Argan Oil (shown in previous post).

Bantu knots

I did the knots around 8 p.m., about 12 of them, and put a scarf on my edges and bonnet on the rest of my hair. In the morning I unraveled them using the oil again. If you're wondering, I twist the section of my hair into a two-strand twist, then create the Bantu knot from there. Everyone does their knots differently.

Morning results:

Bantu knot out

Bantu knot out

Don't forget to check out my special announcement tomorrow!

Natural Hair: Stretched Styles for Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

Check out my feature on It shows a lot of my stretched styles!

Hope you enjoy!

Natural Hair: Products I'm Loving Right Now

Hey Curlies,

I've discovered three new products, which my hair really likes. I always seem to stumble upon new products randomly and that's exactly how these happened.

 Mill Creek Botanicals Aloe Vera Conditioner

I found this conditioner at my local TJ Maxx and it's one the first hair products I'd purchased in a long time. I'd used the brand before when I came across their Biotin shampoo while at my very first natural hair meetup in Indianapolis. I used it all through my trip to the Bahamas and it protected me well from the salt water. Well since I'd never tried a conditioner, and at $4.99 I couldn't resist for an all-natural product. I'll have more of an update on this the more I use it.

Anu Essentials Leave In Conditioner

Now this is a new brand for me. I discovered it recently in my latest Onyx hair and beauty box. I've been using it as a moisturizer to create my puff after letting it steam up a bit in the shower.

Somaluxe Argan Oil

This brand, Lady Soma, has actually become one of my favorites over the last few years. I've used the facial moisturizer, facial mask and now their hair oil. I absolutely love the scent of this oil because it doesn't smell like any other I've used in the past. It smells like a lemon and orange. I've been using this to lock in moisture in my hair after using a creamy product or butter.

One of these products will be given away in my latest giveaway. I will be announcing which product will be the featured item later on this week with details on how to enter. My Trip to Selma and Vegas

Hey Curlies,

Wow, it has been quite a while and life has been treating me well. Before I get to my normal hair update, I wanted to do a recap of the past month's events.

Two weeks ago I went to Selma, Ala. in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" and honestly it was nothing short of remarkable. To see historic landmarks and have the sole of my shoes touch the Edmund Pettus Bridge was amazing!

This past week I went to Vegas with some of my line sisters.

Now on the the hair...

I have been wearing a lot of buns lately and easy protective styles.

This past Monday I washed my hair and twisted on wet hair using a creamy leave-in conditioner and a new oil I've been using (keep reading on to the next post).

Tonight I am going to wash my hair. Stayed tuned for the next style.

Up next: Products I'm loving!