Friday, November 1, 2013

Rollerset on Natural Kinky Curly Hair

Hey Kinky Curlies!
 In September I tried a rollerset for the second time on my natural hair. It turned out a lot better this go round. To set my hair the only products used were Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I did not use any heat. A big tip for me was not setting my hair soaking wet. Most of the videos I see say to make sure the hair is really wet. Well I tried that the very first time I tried this style and I can remember my hair having too much slip. I could not get it to roll tight and it took forever to dry! When I took out the rollers this time I noticed that my hair was still not fully dry so I can only imagine how long it would took if I would have rolled on soaking wet hair. Here is a video showing how I set my hair and the results:

Although my curls were soft and bouncy there was not much hold. Next time I think I will incorporate some gel or setting foam. I will also make sure my hair is fully dry before removing the rollers. Third times a charm right?!? We shall see....


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Kinky Curlie Spotlight: Jacqueline

Meet Kinky Curlie Jacqueline!!

Last Relaxer: 12/27/2010
Transition: December 2010 to June 2012
Big chopped: 6/20/2012
Favorite products:  Tresemmé to detangle.  Condition and Stylers - Paul Mitchell “The Conditioner” and foaming pomade with either Eco Styler Gel or Design Essentials Curl Defining Crème Gel. 

About Me:
My hair has always been healthy.  I decided I no longer wanted to relax my hair for health/medication reasons and the effects they could have on relaxed hair.  I knew nothing about the natural community until the beginning of 2012.  I wore my hair flat ironed during my transition until May of 2012 when I began wearing twist outs.  My stylist taught me well, so between the two of us flat ironing my hair I never had any heat damage.  

What's the 1# thing you LOVE about being Natural?
The #1 thing I love about being natural is the ease and versatility of my hair.  It’s a freeing experience. 

What adive would you give other naturals?
My advice to other naturals would be that water is your friend, use it often.  I apply all products to dripping wet hair for the best results on a wash & go and damp hair for twist or braid outs.  Combining water and conditioner makes a great refresher.

Thank you Jacqueline for sharing your Natural Hair Journey with us! If anyone has any questions or comments for Jacqueline leave them below!


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Kinky Curlie Spotlight: Daphney

Meet Kinky Curlie Daphney!!

Hair Stats:
Last relaxer: August 2010.  
My Transition period lasted for about 8 months
I did my BC April of 2011.  

Favorite Products: I have about 3 shelves of products; I really need to figure out why I am such a product junkie lol.  Any who, my Go To usually consist of Grape Seed, Aussie Moist Conditioner for Co-Wash,  and Eden Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème for the summer.  For the winter I use Olive Oil Aussie Moist Conditioner for Co-Wash, and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.  

What made you "return to natural"?
I decided to begin my journey while doing my son hair.  I was finding ways to manage his hair with minimal pain for him.  I started researching and was flooded with information.  What sealed the deal was believe it or not the Chris Rock movie “Good Hair”, it was playing one night and I decided to tune in and even though quite funny it was informative.  I have not put a relaxer in my hair since and I don’t even miss it!  

What's the 1# thing you LOVE about being Natural?
I love the versatility my natural hair allows me to have.  I love that I can air dry my hair as opposed to sitting under a hot driver for 1 hour and 45 mins when I was relaxed.  

What advice would you give other naturals?
The advice I would give to any natural, its your hair, experiment with it, as long as you keep your 
tresses healthy, you can do anything with it.  

Thanks Daphney for sharing your natural hair journey with us!!

If anyone has any questions or comments for Daphney leave them below.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

My BIG CHOP experience!!

Wow I can't believe its been 4 years already! In August 2009 I was tired of my hair and had no time to sit hours at the salon for my next relaxer. I was in nursing school and I had no time to waste. One of my friends said why don't you just stop getting relaxers and wear you hair natural. I thought to myself "hmm well I have not had a relaxer in 8 months" maybe I would entertain her idea. Of course I had no idea of what "going natural" really meant. So I went home and got on YouTube and searched "Natural Hair" and I was shocked to see all the videos pop up. Once I clicked on the first one I was hooked. I spent hours upon hours looking at beautiful ladies on YT.  Rusticbeauty, coilscurlskinks, lexiwiththecurls, ladylibra1982, etc many more that I can mention.

I had pretty much made my decision that I was going to do the big chop!! So on August 27th 2009 I drove to the salon and told my hairstylist of 12+ years that I wanted to cut it ALL OFF!! She gave me a look that I will never forget. Everyone was looking at me look I had went crazy. (can you say all eyes on me) I was already nervous but I was trying to play cool since everyone was watching. As the hair fell to the ground I started thinking "OMG I am going to be bald, my mom is going to kill me, will I look like a boy, etc" endless thoughts were going through my head. I looked in the mirror and saw a picked out dry brittle Afro and was not thrilled to say the least. My sister said "it looks good" but I wasn't so sure. On the way home I could feel the breeze hitting my scalp. That's when it hit me "this is the shortest my hair has ever been, what would people think?" I immediately put on the big hoop earrings I had bought just for my big chop. I started to feel a little better.

When I got home my boyfriend was watching Sportscenter and quickly said "oh you did it!! It looks good, you look really nice with short hair." Then I felt even better. I decided to get in the shower and "re condition" with products made for natural hair. As soon as the water hit my fro I instantly felt good about my self and my decision. I got out with the conditioner still in my hair, looked in the mirror and saw something completely different than before. I saw ME! The real me no filter, no makeup, no long hair to hide behind... just me. Suddenly I didn't care about what others thought. So what if my hair is short, it will grow. So what if you don't like; I DO. So what if it doesn't look like the women on the TV and the  magazines, it looks like MY hair. So what?!?! Who knew that something so simple as cutting your hair could give you so much confidence. Now don't get me wrong I don't think at that time I was so liberated  to the point of crying and feeling so free and all that jazz. All I know is I felt good and as I progressed through my journey my hair become just that, my hair. Nothing more nothing less. It didn't define me, it didn't control me, it became just a part of me like it should have been in the beginning. I can wear it straight, braided up, curls, twists, and in its natural afro state. It doesn't matter! Here I am 4 years later and guess what it's still just hair...

So that pretty much sums up my big chop experience. If anyone has any questions let me know :)


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Defining your Curls for Kinky Curly Hair

Hey Kinky Curlies!! New video up on my YouTube page!!

This is a tutorial for naturals with curls who have more of an afro/kinky type of texture. In this video I did use KCCC but heavier gels like Eco styler work better with our texture.
Here are a few tips:
*Make sure your hair is fully detangled
*Use small sections
*Use the rake & smooth method
*Make sure every strand of hair is coated with product
*Do NOT touch your hair while it is drying.
*If you want more clumped curls use bigger sections and don't separate the curls as much as I did in the video.

Products Used:
Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk
Kinky Curly Curling Custard


Monday, August 5, 2013

Kinky Curlie Spotlight: Chayning

Meet Kinky Curlie Chayning!!

Hair Stats:
Last relaxer- June/2008.
Official "Buzz"-Sept./2009.
Favorite Products:
Shampoo-Aussie Moist
Conditioner- Aussie Moist & Suave Naturals
Stylers- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie & Design Essentials Defining Cream Gel.
Oil- **OLIVE** BABY!!
Tool- pink "Annie" rake comb :)

About Me:
Much unlike many of you, damaging relaxer was not the catalyst in my decision to return "natural". After years of wearing my hair pressed and "pony-ed", I'd successfully convinced my mother/licensed cosmetologist to chemically straighten and cut my dense, MBL locks. During that time, I wore my hair in the style of a bob; of varying lengths and shapes. My hair remained healthy and continued to flourish throughout my high school career.
     I hadn't begun to experience severe breakage until after I relocated to the southeast region for college. Soon after I settled in here, the hair in the crown of my head=SNAPPED. Though my hair continued to grow & exuded the appearance of optimum health, it had ultimately proven to be no match for the calcium-laden water of the south. OVERPROCESSED (self application) and suffocated, my hair shed and as a result; thinned. I relaxed my mane for the last time in June of 2008. I inadvertently transitioned from the date of my last relaxer to August of 2009. After taking out the microbraids that I'd worn for 8 months, (YES) I trimmed away the relaxed strands....I "buzzed" the following month. :)

 Sometime during my second year, I noticed minor breakage. After much research and experimentation [with distilled water], I purchased a water softener. It has performed wonderfully and I look forward to many years of healthy, lustrous hair. This has been a learning and at times an unpleasant experience but the triumphs have been well worth the intricacy.
What's the 1# thing you LOVE about being Natural?

What I love most about being natural is having BIG HAIR! Healthy, Confounding, EYE-CATCHING, NECK-BREAKING, EARTH-SHAKING DROOL-WORTHY-BIG-BLACK- H.A.I.R.!!!

** I've had 1 cut, 5 trims & random dusting
** My initial inspiration was Rustic Beauty & Saleemah  Cartwright
**My go-to FAVS are twist-outs & mini twists
** Hair goals-regrowth (no length goals)
What advice would you give to others Naturals?
If I had to advise other newly natural women, I would say:

Be WELL versed/ Do the research!
Implement a healthy hair plan that is specifically formulated for YOUR INDIVIDUAL hair needs.
Lose the ROUTINE! Listen to your hair and what it's saying to you at that moment. You will conserve a lot of product and limit your trials & errors. Don't rule out dept. store hair products. You'll be surprised at the findings and thankful for the savings!
 *****SO IMPORTANT*****
 *You don't need ANYONE'S consent, approval nor affirmation!!
 *You don't NEED kinky-haired camaraderie
 *You DON'T need a "natural hair support system"
 *You don't need a cheer section
Be self-assured and go BOLDLY.
Hair forums are wonderful and are sources of inspiration but they aren't a NECESSITY.
If I had a $ for every time I've read the proclamation "It's just hair!!", I could repay my student loans!
If it's "just" hair, let's act like it.
Wearing textured hair doesn't take courage......just takes you.
This thing isn't that serious....
It IS "just" hair, Ladies.
Every girl has the right to ENJOY HER HAIR!
Wouldn't you say so??
Peace n' ♡♥♡♥
Thanks so much Chayning for sharing your natural hair journey with us!! :-)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Natural Hair Tip Tuesday: Comb Hair When Wet!

Try not to comb your naturally curly/kinky hair when it is dry. Typically this is a bad idea. Dry combing will not only cause your hair to be frizzy, it could also lead to unnecessary breakage and/or split ends. Detangling or combing the hair when it is wet will minimize breakage. When the hair is wet it becomes more pliable allowing it to bend and move. This makes detangling and styling so much easier. So think twice before picking up that comb after your lovely kinks and curls are all set and dry!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Natural Hair Tip Tuesday: Avoid Sulfates

Natural Hair Tip of the Day: Use a sulfate free shampoo!!

Naturally curly or kinky hair tends to be dry so we need all the moisture we can get. Sulfates are detergents that produce lather. Sulfates remove dirt and product residue, but they also remove our natural oils. This is why most times; hair feels dry and brittle after shampooing. Read those labels Kinky Curlies. If you see any of the following then pick up a different product ;-)

Harsh Sulfates:

Sodium Laureth, Myreth, Lauryl Sulfate

Ammonium Lauryl and Laureth Sulfate

Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate

TEA Lauryl Sulfate


Sodium Alkylbenzene Sulfonate

Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate

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