Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Feature Fridays...

Hey my lovelies,

When I first started blogging in 2009 or 2010 (I don't remember exactly when), I started something called Feature Friday.  This was simply a time to highlight and showcase a particular business, product, or fellow naturalista. According to past subscribers Feature Friday was always something to look forward to as they loved hearing about new products, small businesses and the like. Over the next few weeks I will begin to put a few things together so STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!

FEATURE FRIDAY IS BACK!!!!!!



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Flat Twist Updo Tutorial Vid


Check out my latest youtube video



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Giveaways soon to come so stay tuned

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tips & Tricks for protecting & maintaining natural hair


Afternoon #TeamNatural,


As always I'm looking for more ways to help my fellow natural hair chicas out. Yesterday I had a conversation w/ a few transitioning divas about the do's and dont's of natural hair care, and one thing that I simply cannot stress enough is that. 
natural hair does NOT = ZERO maintainance
Natural hair, just like relaxed hair requires care, attention and maintenance. So the following is a list of natural hair care tips from curlynikki.com




A big part of loving your natural hair is knowing how to care for it, so CurlyNikki.com has complied a list of ten natural beauty tips for happy and healthy hair.
(1) Binding wet hair into a tight pony is a curly hair care no-no, and can cause split ends. Instead, slick wet hair back with conditioner and a little oil or gel.
(2) Avocado butter is quite effective in stretching curly hair. When hair is twisted or braided with the butter, it will generally have much less shrinkage than without it.
(3) Twist on wet hair and allow ample time for hair to completely dry. Untwisting when your hair is damp will inevitably give you the frizzies.
(4) Deep condition regularly as hair behaves best when it's nice and moisturized. DC every week for softer, more manageable hair.
(5) Co-wash or shampoo with sulfate, silicone and alcohol FREE products. When it comes to all your product try to keep it all natural.
(6) Don't EVER skip your Hair Conditioner. Opt for all natural conditioners and not just the ones that say all natural but read the ingredients.
(7) NEVER towel dry your hair. This only causes frizzness especially if you’re using a terry cloth towel. Drip dry, t-shirt dry or use a microfiber towel.
(8) It is imperative that you cover your hair while you sleep with a satin scarf or bonnet or invest in a satin pillowcase. This will not pull at the hair or absorb the moisture in the hair.
(9) Grab a spray bottle, fill it half way with water and add three tablespoons of olive oil. Shake well and use daily to add moisture to the hair. Spray liberally.
(10) The human head sheds on average 50-100 hairs each day. Detangling will help you get these hairs out and prevent tangles from reforming.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

5 Home Remedies for Frizzy Hair

Hola Chicas,

In this summer heat and humidity I know many of us are fighting the never ending battle against frizzy hair. There's nothing worse than spending hours in the mirror to create the cutest hairstyle just to have it end up a frizzy MESS once your slapped in the face by all the humidity in the air.

Well, apparently the ladies of naturallycurly.com understand our pain and have constructed a list containing 5 products we can find AT  HOME to help us fight the Battle of the Frizz




1) carbonated or sparkling water
2) apple cider vinegar
3) beer
4) avocado & mayonnaise conditioner
5) coconut or olive oil




Click here for the full article and instructions on how to use these products



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Shea Moisture Giveaway!!!!

There's a new Shea Moisture giveaway from the good folks at Hairs a Thought on fb.


Enter for the chance to win:

African Black Soap deep cleansing shampoo
African Black Soap dandruff and dry scalp elixir
African Black Soap balancing conditioner



I've never tried the black soap products from Shea Moisture 
BUT 
I do love and trust their line so I say go for it!!!!

Click here for official contest rules

Contest ends midnight CST on August 13th

GOOD LUCK CHICAS!!!!!!!

Hair Stories: Gina-Marie

Hair Stories: Ladie Gina-Marie




How long have you been natural/transitioning?
About 7 years or so…

What/who influenced  you to start this journey?
I grew tried of perms and being burned, so I decided to Lock my hair. 


After 3 years I cut my Locs and just wore my hair in different styles… Natural, Press-n-Curl, and sometimes stylish wigs.


After viewing the elegance and healthiness of  Kira’s hair I was sold on staying all Natural.

Have you done a BC (big chop)?
Yes, back when I first went from perms to locking my hair…

Having natural hair for the past 7 years now what have you learned about your hair so far on this journey?
It is so much happier and healthier in its natural state.


I can 100% identify with that. How do you keep your hair happy & healthy? 
Weekly wash, oil and condition along with brushing to stimulate the scalp, with Palmer’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil line..  Sometimes I double twist, sometimes I braid it up and sometimes I single twist it, giving the appearance of it being locked

Have you faced any challenges with your hair?
My concern/challenge is my scalp being extremely dry and finding the right product to help with that.


What do you love most about your hair?
It is unfortunate that we were taught to believe that our naturally curly hair was not attractive , which is so to the contrary.  My hair is BEAUTIFUL natural,  and can be styled in so many ways.  Had I been taught this as a child or young adult I would have NEVER permed my hair or my daughters. 

What do you like the least?
At this stage in my natural journey I don’t have any dislikes. 

If you could use one word to describe your hair what would it be?
OUTSTANDING!




I know you're still searching for products that are just right for you but what are 3 hair care products you currently can’t live without?
I have 5: 
Palmer’s Extra Virgin Oil Formula Line
                Shampoo
                Conditioner
Gro Therapy
Hair Milk
Conditioning Spray Oil

What’s the best advice you could give aspiring naturalistas?
In your transitional journey and finding what works for your hair… DO NOT give up.. KEEP your head up, better days are ahead.

Anything else we should know about you?
I’m a STRONG woman & single Mother of 2 beautiful children, plus another young man counted as part of the family.   I’m energetic, full of laughs.  I LOVE JESUS with my whole being and love my place as a Worshipper.  I say what I mean and try extra hard to not say it mean. 
I 100% enjoy my ‘ME’ time.  I love bows and hand bands in my hair.  Finally I have a circle of FRIENDS that I wouldn’t trade for anything in this whole wide world.



Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hair Stories: Keziah (Kaze)

Hair Stories: Keziah aka Kaze



How long have you been natural/transitioning?
I have been natural for about six months now going into seven. I originally cut my hair to start fresh, I didn't plan on keeping my hair bald, but I understand the beauty of it and I'm enjoying this phase until I want to start something new.

What/who influenced  you to start this journey?
My hair was already short for 5 years plus! Maintaing short hair is extremely hard and expensive. After so much experimenting with my hair I damaged it. 

I was tired of continually weaving it I wanted a style that was HOT yet all mine! 

Honestly after being told numerous times that I look like one of my favorite artists Chrisette Michele, once she cut all of her hair off and looked beautiful, I figured I'd look just as good. Her reasoning of cutting all hers off matched my idea of a new style which would be all mine.


So I can see that you have already done a BC 
Yes! I mean it wasn't that much hair but the little bit of hair I had I worked with. I only had two people who encouraged my idea of cutting all my hair off! Everyone questioned and badgered my idea because they thought "I wouldn't look right"...."my hair is my glory"...."I won't be able to maintain it". Several discouraging reasonings as to why I shouldn't chop it off.

That had to have been tough for you. Despite what was said what have you learned about your hair so far on this journey?
I have learned that having hair isn't the only beauty! According to me and others I feel and look more sexy bald than with hair! I do not need hair in order to be beautiful case in point now. Being natural now is more becoming a trend than the typical weaves and perms!

I absolutely LOVE that answer. So what do you love most about your hair?
 I love the texture and colors of my hair. My texture is naturally curly but when it’s low it's silky smooth! The everchanging colors define my mood and attitude


And what do you like the least?
The only issue I have is that it’s growing back too fast.


What does your hair care regimen currently consist of?
Not too much thank God! I occasionally go through color phases where I color it different colors, but I wash my hair weekly and oil it every two days. Once it grows after two and a half weeks I usually go to the barbershop to get a ceasar and shapeup. If not I have alcohol free gel that I put in to keep it extra curly. I love my hair better when there is none!

What are 3 hair care products you can’t live without?
Olive oil lotion, olive oil alcohol free gel, and vanilla conditioner.

What’s the best advice you could give aspiring naturalistas?
100 % natural is the best way to be. Being natural with your hair compliments your "inner natural you". Starting fresh is amazing, mentally and physically. Being natural means more work, time, and care. It’s easy for many girls to get perms and throw a weave in their head, but maintaining natural hair is work and creativity. Creating natural hairstyles can be hard yet unique.



Anything else we should know about you?
I embrace my Bald beauty and despite what everyone thought and said to me I listenend to my own voice and the outcome came out better than what I expected and proved all my haters wrong. :)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

HELP ME I'M TRANSITIONING!!!!



Lately a good number of people have come to me and expressed interest in starting on this journey to natural hair. The most common question I hear is "What do I do with my hair???" So many chicas find it difficult and FRUSTRATING to transition and most do NOT want to chop it all off (totally understandable). I won't lie, transitioning from relaxed to natural hair can be a daunting and emotional process but trust me when I tell you that the end result is soooooooooo worth it.

So here are a few transitioning styles you can try:

Braids
keeping the hair braided, whether in cornrows or box braids, your own hair or added hair, promotes growth. Braids gives your hair a chance to rest from the stress of styling with combs, brushes and other styling aids for a significant period of time

Twists

similar to braids, twists are also considered a protective style and can promote hair growth, however they normally do not last as long as braids. Twists come in many forms: two strand, kinky, flat twists, Senegalese, corkscrews etc... and can be achieved with your own hair or with added hair

Braid Outs/Twist Outs/Bantu Knot Outs

Braid Outs and twist outs are simply when you braid/twist the hair (whether single braids/twists or conrows/flat twists) leave them in to set (preferably overnight) and loose them to create a curl pattern. Bantu knots are constructed differently but produce similar results. Bantu knots are made by taking sections of the hair and tightly wrapping it around itself until a "knot" is formed. Each of these styles helps to "disguise" the new growth (lol). As a transitioner it can be difficult to deal with two hair textures. Any of these styles helps the new growth to blend in a little better with the relaxed hair

Weaves & Wigs
now I am not personally a fan of weaves for transitioners but I do understand that this is a process and for some, a weave is the easiest option. Weaves and wigs have come a lonnnnnng way so there are plenty of options in regards to style, length, texture and color. Wearing wigs and weaves also gives your hair a rest from styling and can promote growth

With any of these styles it is important to get to know YOUR HAIR and what works for you!!! So have fun with it and whatever you do....WORK IT BOO!!!



Disclaimer: I do not own any of the photos used in this post. All photos were obtained via google.com

31 Days of Natural Beauty

Hey Chicas!!!!!!!!

 You know I LOVE a good giveaway so I am so happy to share with you all the latest giveaway from CurlyNikki

31 Days of Natural Beauty gives you 31 chances to win some awesome natural haircare products. Prizes are available EVERY DAY annnnnnnnnnnd each entry makes you eligible for the grand prize:

ATTENDING A MEET-UP w/ CURLYNIKKI in NYC!!!!!!!!!

So head on over to curlynikki.com and enter to win...Good luck chicas!!!


31 Days of natural Beauty - Presented by CurlyNikki