Sunday, August 23, 2015

Natural Hair: Getting your Hair Back on Track

Hey Curlies,

I've been speaking to a few people as of lately who are just simply not happy with the state of their hair. It could be dry, have split ends, rough or a combination of the three.

It can also be frustrating when you have these issues and not sure where to begin to restore your hair to health. I have a few tips to getting your hair back on track.

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Getting your Natural Hair Back on Track


  • Give your hair a little TLC by deep conditioning your hair once a week for 30 minutes. You can do this while doing a few chores around the house or even while running errands (if you wear a hat). 

  • Choose one protective style per week. As you can tell, it is rare that I style my hair twice in one week. I'm usually really busy throughout the week and who wants to spend all of their free time doing their hair? Choose one protective style that will last the entire week and maintain it by moisturizing lightly.

  • Have you been sleeping without your wrap? If so, it probably time to befriend your headscarf again. Not only will it maintain your style throughout the week, it will also help your hair retain moisture and help prevent breakage.
  • If you hair is having trouble, it may be a sign the rest of your body is as well. Review the items you eat and drink every day. If they are full of sugar and lack nutrition, you may want to reconsider your eating habits which can greatly impact the state of your hair. This also includes increasing your water intake.

  • If shedding is a major issue, try using black tea rinses for temporary help. 

I hope this helps! Leave any questions or comments you have below.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Natural Hair: Throwback Thursday

Hey Curlies,

This week's natural hair throwback Thursday photo is from July 2012, my first trip to the Bahamas! My mini twists were so short back then. In this photo I was on a small boat with a group making our way back to shore. We'd just finished snorkeling!


natural hair throwback thursday


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Why So Many Natural Hair and Beauty Subscription Boxes?

Hey Curlies,

If you haven't noticed, there is an abundance of natural hair and beauty subscription boxes on the market. Hair and beauty companies have really tried their best make their brands available to the natural hair community because they know where the money is. I will only mention four boxes here, but while doing research, I found over seven marketed toward women of color. Interesting?

natural hair and beauty subscription kits

Through my time as a blogger, I've personally used two of these services. The first, Curlkit. Curlkit was the first box I was exposed to and was very convenient for me as a new natural looking for new products. I paid $20/month for a monthly kit which I utilized for about a year. After I ended my subscription due to having too many hair products, I began partnering with the company.

I've also tried the Onyx Box, a beauty kit for women of color. I was chosen to be a Onyx Girl beauty ambassador and prior to the partnership, I had not heard of the service.

I do know CurlBox is a service that's in high demand and the Essence Beauty Box is fairly new. 

What do you think of these subscription kits and which have you tried? If you'd tried several, what's truly the difference? Help a fellow curly girl out who may be reading this!



Monday, August 17, 2015

Quick Protective Style for Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

It's been so hot lately and I've been looking for a updo protective style to help keep myself cooler. This is probably one of the weirdest styles I've ever done. I had no rhyme or reason, I just began twisting and hoping for the best.

quick natural hair protective style

I washed my hair using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo and deep conditioned with Shea Moisture's SuperFruit Complex 10-n-1 Renewal System Hair Masque for about 30 minutes. While I did rinse out most of the conditioner, I did leave in about 15 percent for extra moisture.

I then used coconut oil and Shea Butter to style.

Here's this week's look:








What style are you wearing this week?


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Using the Curl Sponge on Short Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

I came across this fairly new hair product a few months ago and today, it has really taken off. Allow me to introduce the "Curl Sponge " a tool used to "create curls" in thick, afro-textured hair.

This tool used to be used mostly by men, but now women with short cuts are experimenting.

curl sponge for natural hair
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So how does it work exactly? Stylists and D.I.Yers use this tool by resting it on their hair and creating a circular motion with the Curl Sponge , which usually has small holes or waves sculpted in to the bottom.

Here's a video showing the process:



What do you all think about this tool? I think it's pretty cool and another great way for us to show off our hair's versatility.

You can purchase this tool at twistssponge.com.


Monday, August 10, 2015

How to Get Defined Curls on Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

A twist and curl will be my style for this week! I washed, conditioned, twisted and set my hair on flexi rods for a curly look. Here's how I got this look:

defined curls on natural hair

I wore my hair in the Marley bun for about four days but over time I remember why I don't like to use regular styling gel...it flakes! Over time, my hair (specifically around my edges) became full of white flakes. Ugh! It was definitely time to rewash my hair.

I washed with Shea Moisture's Jamacian Black Castor Oil Shampoo and conditioned with (the last of) my Mill Creek Botanicals Aloe Vera Conditioner. I then detangled and applied ApHogee's ProVitamin Leave-In Conditioner and pure Shea Butter. I twisted my hair into about 20 twists and set about two to three twists on orange and red flexi rods.

I did this entire process in about an two hours and began around 11 a.m. I left my rollers in the entire day and wore a hat.

After taking out the flexi rods

twist n curl on natural hair

curls on natural hair

The key to a great style is to throughly detangle. If you don't it will be hard to separate your curls, which will then turn into frizz. 


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Natural Hair: Low Marley Bun

Hey Curlies,

After I ran out of time to wash and style my hair the way I wanted, I decided to do a low Marley bun. This week I'm attending a journalism conference and I wanted a professional and low maintenance style.

I started off by washing and conditioning my hair. You may use whatever products you have on hand. After hopping of the shower, I applied ApHogee's Provitamin leave-in conditioner , then coconut oil generously.

From there I used my hands to smooth my hair back into a bun. I used Eco Styler gel (yes, I used real gel...I didn't have time to make my flax seed gel) and a brush to style. I did not detangle during the process as I didn't feel it was necessary.

I put a scarf on to ensure my hair was a flat as possible, then wrapped the Marley hair around my original bun.

marley bun on natural hair

low marley bun

natural hair styles for work


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Natural Hair #Throwback Thursday: October 2012

Hey Curlies,

Today's natural hair #ThrowbackThursday comes from October 2012. I remember this night specifically because I was getting dressed up to go to a party and did this twist out on wet hair.

natural hair throwback thursday

It's crazy how fast my hair has grown just over the past three years. Now I try to do wet twist outs to achieve a look similar to this "short" style and it doesn't work anymore.



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Faux Locs are in!

zendaya faux locs
Zendaya
Hey Curlies,

This faux locs trend is really in. While I could never picture myself with locs, I do think they are gorgeous! Several celebrities such as Ciara, Tasha Smith and others have been spotted sporting their faux locs.

I remember over five years ago when I first spotted someone with faux locs, I thought they were...interesting. I couldn't figure out the technique of how they were done. Today they are a huge hit and a good friend of mine even creates this style for women.

Feel free to admire these wonderful locs!

Ciara

Tasha smith faux locs
Tasha Smith

celebrity faux locs
Jhene Aiko
Would you ever wear faux locs?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Is Natural Hair Too Expensive?

Hey Curlies,
Natural Hair Too Expensive

You spend paycheck-after-paycheck budgeting how much you can spend on natural hair products and before you know it, you have a collection of half-opened creams, gels and butters. Is natural hair too expensive?

People ask me this question all of the time but I actually find it quite interesting and humorous because we forget how much control we truly have. This is how I look at my natural hair expenses, versus my expenses when I wore my hair relaxed.

Relaxed hair care: With a stylist

-$40 spent every two weeks on salon visits (wash/flat iron/touch up)
-$5-$10 spent every four to six weeks to trim ends
-$35-50 spent every three months on roller sets/updo styles for special occasions or to "mix things up"
Total: Over $100/month


Relaxed hair care: Do it yourself

-$10 spent every two weeks on a boxed relaxer purchased at drug store
-$15 spent every month on hair glossers, oil sheens, gels, etc.
-$30 for a one-time purchase of hair sheers, rollers, etc.
Total: Between $35-$60/month


Natural hair care: Do it yourself

-$20-$30 every month on hair products
-$30 for a one-time purchase of hair sheers, rollers, etc.
Total: $20-$60/ month

Natural hair care: With a stylist (for those who wear their hair curly)

-$40-$60 spent per salon visit (twist outs, updos, etc.)
-$5-$10 spent every three to four months for trims (not needed as often in curly state)
-$10 spent on upkeep-hair products
Total: Over $60/month

OK...OK, clearly all of these options can get quite expensive but you can see what usually makes or breaks the bank are salon visits and purchasing too many hair products. Product junkies are people who have a collection of hair products they've never used or haven't even opened. They must have the new hair items often. This can get expensive.

Since I go to the salon only once a year and have invested in hair sheers so I can trim my own hair, my hair expenses each month are little to nothing. I only buy hair products when something truly catches my attention, which has been maybe two-three times over the last eight months. I also make sure to use what I have before moving on.

Remember, you control your hair regimen and how much you spend. I am an avid believer that you don't need expensive or tons of products to have great hair. I at once did consider myself a product junkie because I was new to the community and wanted to know what worked for my hair, but over the years I've discovered my most favorite products are the simplest: Shea Butter, Coconut oil and drugstore brands.