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     By Yolanda Renee of ETCBlogMag

    Faux Locs have been trending for awhile now. I think it's safe to say it's no longer a "trend"...it has become a protective style that a lot of naturalistas want and install often. For those that don't know what faux locs are, they are just that...fake locs. If you have the faux locs itch, you are probably stalking YouTube trying to find the best tutorial. Well look no further curlfriend...you found it. I finally did this style on my natural hair and of course I recorded the entire process. I have you covered on how to prep your hair, the best technique to have a lasting style, how to maintain your real hair & more.

    Read On!>>>
    PREPPING YOUR NATURAL HAIR
    It is very important that you have a very strict wash day before your install. Protective styling will halt your ability to properly hydrate your strands so it's better to start on hydrated hair. The day before I washed my hair, I did a protein treatment, and sealed in the moisture using the L.O.C. Method (leave in, oil, cream). The brand of choice to keep my hair healthy underneath is Crème of Nature. I used their Argan Oil from Morocco collection. Prior to moisturizing my hair I used the Aphogee trio to strengthen my strands. To prep my hair for the faux locs install I did two strand twists on freshly washed & moisturized hair. Of course it dried over night. And don't forget to oil your scalp. I used Crème of Nature's 100% Pure Argan Oil. 

    FAUX LOCS INSTALL
    The next day was "go time". The installation process is confusing to write out so I rather you watch the actual tutorial, below. However, I do want to touch on a few things. First, I chose to do two strand twists on my natural hair, install sloppy box braids, and then wrap them with kinky hair. In my opinion this is the best practice to:

    1 Protect your hair from damage. The two strand twists makes your strands stronger to handle the braiding hair.

    2 Installing the box braids first assists with longevity of the style. I did trial & error before finding the right technique for me. Trying it on loose hair made the locs very flimsy and they were not secure. I tried twists too and wrapped them with the kinky hair and again, they were unraveling before my eyes. They would last a week tops. So finally I did the box braids which was a hit. My locs are slightly stiff and heavy but I have piece of mind that they will not unravel and my hair is protected to the fullest. Yes it took time, but I rather take my time to keep my natural hair! Lol!

    BEDTIME & MOISTURIZING YOUR NEW GROWTH & SCALP
    This heading covers it all. I don't need to emphasize much. For bedtime I use my FLORBELLA BOUTIQUE SATIN BONNET to protect my hair. This is a trusted brand and she's a black woman that hand makes her products. I've showcased my bonnet in tons of tutorials and I always brag about how it fits my big fro perfectly. I've stressed so much that it will grow with your hair no matter how thick and long it gets. Well this is the perfect time to stress that again. All of my locs fit perfectly in this bonnet. I was actually blown away. A real satin bonnet is so beneficial in preserving this style. It will also keep your hair moisturized.

    A lot of people tend to think a protective style means you get a vacation from caring for your hair. NOPE. Adding moisture and sealing it is still important. Of course you are limited but you have to do what you can. I like to focus more on my scalp, roots and new growth. Spray water, rose water, a cocktail, etc on your scalp every few days (as needed) to freshen it up and add moisture. Add your favorite oil and do a quick scalp massage. The rose water will help keep it clean as well. It has a pleasant fragrance too! Mmmmm! You can even use a hand held steamer, www.qredew.com. That's all the maintenance you need; so you do get a mini vacay. Lol!

    I think I've covered the basics. I hope you found this post helpful. Keep scrolling to see the actual tutorial. There are TONS OF TIPS inside too! Feel free to share this with your curlfriends. Remember, support black businesses that can style your hair in faux locs but I want you to save money too. Get creative and try these yourself! XO


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    Hola Chicas!
    Fierce Friday is a way to celebrate our natural hair, displaying our dopest styles and best hair days... for inspiration and motivation. Wanna be featured? All you have to do is upload your favorite pics to Instagram with the tags #FierceFriday and #CurlyNikki. Be sure to share a brief description of the style, where you were headed, why you felt amazing, etc.!


    I kinda miss my blue frames! These were definitely show stoppers! Not to mention I was wearing @hautekinkyhair kinky curly I blew it out and flat ironed it. That hair was big and bold. One of the best protective styles!  @takeya_monique

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    Good hair day #curlyfro #curlynikki #smartbrowngirl #health_hair_journey @isamarafelicissimo


    Shine bright Naturalistas. #productjunkies #naturalhairproducts #indynaturals #naturalistasinnap #indy #curlbox #curlynikki @daricerene


    Hair of the Day! I'm pulling the Lazy Natural card out this week y'all! @luvmika87


    I miss my twists!! It's too hot for all that hair right now though lol. I'll redo them when it cools down a bit, or maybe just make them shorter for less hair. We shall see. #naturalhair #marleytwists #protectivestyle @keebrifrye


    Rained on & DC heat...perks of shrinkage my head wasn't hot lol #natural #myhaircrush #teamnatural_ #coils #curls #curl #kinky @naturallymani93


    Fresh face and a puff ! #naturalhair #naturalhairjourney #myhaircrush #curlbox #healthy_hair_journey #nhdaily @yol._


    I know I'm supposed to be protective styling all summer, but I'm loving my hair @sheamoisture Jamaican black Castor masque and @kyrasheamedleys to seal my hair has changed my life! #curlynikki #fiercefriday @kywill


    My fro doesn't fro no mo ever since I coloured it. Le sigh. Hoping some intense protein treatments can help me bounce back to life cause I live the colour sooooooo much @iriediva


    Last minute selfies at work!! We have the best lighting in our store! #mac #macgirl #nyc #myartistcommunity #myartistcommunitynyc2 #curlynikki @beautywithindaw



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     by Christian Byshe' of  www.chicandcoily.com

    My little girl is growing up in a household where mommy walks around the house with a lopsided kinky twa while simultaneously doing laundry, feeding the unwanted guinea pig, and furiously tapping away at her computer. Her view point of natural hair will be totally different because it is pretty much all she knows. She has never seen mommy perm her hair nor have I ever straightened her hair or complained about her kinks. Mommy has a different mindset towards curls and kinks and it’s one of acceptance and appreciation. So Kenzie is less likely to view her natural curls as a burden or as something that should be altered.



    Read On!>>>

     It is my hope that she will view her curls as simply another feature of her appearance, something she appreciates (like having a nice smile).

    I remember when I was in junior high, I constantly felt limited by my press and curl and later by my perm. There were so many things I couldn’t do.

    I had to avoid sweating too hard and if I got a press right before a holiday, that meant no playtime at all or else my style would be ruined and my mom would be LIVID.

    Even once I got a perm, I had to carefully avoid scratching for a full week before my touch up just so my scalp would still be intact after the dreaded application. I just didn’t feel free with my hair at all, there was always something I shouldn’t or couldn’t do.

    With my natural hair, there are pretty much no limits. Sweating just makes my curls pop more and I’m free to wash my hair or get my hair wet from swimming as often as I like. There are no dreaded trips to the salon for painful perm touch ups and my hair is always ready to go because all my curls need is a little bit of water and some gel to be on fleek.

    Deciding to go natural turned into something much bigger than a dose of hair freedom, it launched me on a journey of self acceptance. Shoot, it made me realize that self acceptance was indeed a journey and not a destination (like I previously assumed). When I big chopped, all I had was a face and no hair to shield me from the world.

    So I learned to be confident, to think confident and LIVE confidently.

    It really is a decision that you can make and I decided to love me because the alternative was too grim.

    The lesson my daughter will learn is that change is okay and that being different just makes living that much more fun. I think that by watching mommy try this and that hairstyle she might even develop a sense of fearlessness that could empower her to be a change maker later in life. By deciding to be a natural hair mommy I hope that Kenzie understands that loving yourself means loving the very core of who you are without any frills or glitter and for mommy it means feeling comfortable with a lop sided crunchy fro while flouncing through the house in mis-matched jammies.

    I want Kenzie to grow up seeing me embrace me.

    Christian Byshe' pronounced buhshay
    Instagram: Christian_byshe
    Twitter: Christian_byshe

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    Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
    My name is Clarissa. I’m from Aldan, Pennsylvania which is right outside of Philadelphia. I’m currently a graduate student at Moore College of Art and Design. “Class of 2016!!”

    How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
    I transitioned in 2008 and it was hard for me. There were not a lot of natural hair resources back in ‘08, but I transitioned with protective styles like sew-ins and braids. The summer of 2009 I cut off the rest of my permed hair. In the beginning of my journey, it was all about getting to know my hair. I had to go through a lot of products to understand what worked best with my hair.  This may sound sad, but I did not always embrace my texture. At first, I compared my hair to other naturalistas. I think this is something naturals need to learn to avoid. Once you embrace what you have, you can love what you have and enjoy your journey. Over the years I’ve learned to embrace my curls, it was a process, a journey.


    Read On!>>>

    What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
    Laila from YouTube channel Fusions of Culture motivated me to transition to being natural. Her curls were so breathtaking! I fell in love with her hair journey and wanted to embark on my own.

    How would you describe your hair?
    My hair is very thick and sometimes has a mind of its own. It’s big in volume which I love.

    What do you love most about your hair?
    I love that my hair is naturally thick. The bigger the better!! I also love that being natural means you have so many choices in hairstyle. Versatility is everything!

    What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
    The most memorable part of my journey was my first attempt at making a hair smoothie treatment with bananas, eggs and avocado was a fail! I did not have a blender at the time so I tried to mash the bananas as best as I could. It was horrible! LOL It took me two days to get all of the bits of the bananas out of my hair! The next time I did the treatment I used baby food bananas. I definitely learned my lesson.


    What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’?
    I love twist outs but I try my best not to do them so often anymore. I do not have a specific hairstyle because my style changes up so often! This past year I’ve done faux locs, crochet braids and even hair shadowing! I love the versatility of natural hair. A month ago, I decided to get my the front of my hair dyed purple and I love it ! I think bright hair colors are in right now.

    What have your experiences been as a ‘natural’? Any memorable reactions from family or others?
    When my father first saw my afro he said “When are you going to do something with your hair?” I replied, “It’s done. Why can’t I wear my hair like this?” That is when I knew I would have to face not only my friends but society that labels having an afro as having a “bad hair day”. That was about five years ago. Today, we can rock an afro more freely and get so much love and attention!



    What is your hair regimen ?
    My current winter routine: Shampoo once a month – Condition every other week – Protein treatment and hot oil treatment every other week
    My favorite products to use in the winter are : Shea butter and castor oil! They are thick but perfect to seal your ends with in the harsh winter weather.
    My favorite conditioner is Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Condition. It leaves my hair feeling so silky and soft. I always use this product in the summer for my wash and go.
    Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treatment- is my all time favorite shampoo

    What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, YouTuber’s, or blogs?
    My favorite Youtubers are Itsmyrayeraye, Fusions of Culture, Cassandre Beccai, and Naptural85.


    Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
    Never compare your hair type to someone else. Love your natural curl pattern and -embrace what God has given you!!
    -“If you love it, it will GROW” A lot of TLC and researching of products is the best thing to do throughout your journey.
    -Don’t over do it with PRODUCTS!-Build a regimen for your hair and stick to it. Have some stable products.
    -What works best for someone’s hair may not work best for yours- It's all about finding out what works best FOR YOU
    -WEAR YOUR CROWN-!!!!

    Where can people find you for more information?
    I have a Youtube Channel :Dear Claire and I’m on Instagram :@clatodd

    Global Couture is trying to spread the word about embracing your natural hair. Love your HAIR, if it is wavy, curly, kinky or coily.
    Are you naturally fierce? Email us to share your hair journey at globalcouture@aol.com

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    re-post with product updates!


    Hola Chicas!

    I'll keep this shawt.  

    Do you or a curly you know have--

    (1) fine, highly porous hair that dries quickly after washing?

    and/or

    (2) a curl pattern so fierce that it resists wet sets... like, due to a lack of weight or leverage, your roots maintain your natural texture while the rest of the length takes on the twist or braid-out pattern? #Awkward 

    I have a solution to help you achieve full, voluminous Twist-n-Curls with a more consistent texture.  No heat. Less time. Hella moisturized. 

    recent twist-n-curls using the same method

    The only way I'd been able to achieve consistent root-to-tip definition using twist and braid-outs was on dry or damp hair.  Previous routines involved heat (stretch blow drying) or ALL the time and my last nerve (waiting hours for a Curlformer set to dry in order to dry twist-out... later).  I had also tried damp sets-- allowing my wet, (leave-in) conditioner-laden hair to dry for a while (either air dry or in a t-shirt) before commencing the twist action. The problem is, product-y hair takes a long time to dry and it only helps to lock in my super strong curl pattern which doesn't bode well for the set.

    Anyway, y'all know the tricks. I've shared them all here.  

    My new routine still takes a bit of patience, but it's less time intensive and there's no need for a blowdryer.  Since I've been pre-pooing with coconut oil + a deep conditioner (with heat) before every wash day, I've found that after rinsing and detangling in the shower, my hair is super soft and moisturized before adding a leave-in conditioner.  Like, soft and moisturized enough to get out the shower and just let that ish dry.  Naked.  

    Here's what I do--

    1. Pre-poo w/ coconut oil + Trader Joe's Nourish Spa (they changed their formula! #WayMoreDoper) w/ heat for 30 minutes. Sometimes overnight if I get lazy and decide not to wash. 

    2. Hop in the shower. Rinse treatment thoroughly.  Apply a slippery conditioner in sections (Aussie Moist) 

    3. Allow to marinate and then finger detangle while rinsing under the shower head. 

    4. Wring excess water from hair, get out of the shower and tie on a t-shirt like this to soak up the drippies--


    5. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Remove and air dry for a while longer (30 minutes to an hour, or whatevs).  Since you haven't applied a leave-in conditioner or cream styler your hair will dry faster and less defined (my naked hair would be fully dry in 2.5 hours). 

    Peruse the internets. Do Mommy and/or Wifey things. Have a glass of Riesling. 

    6.  Separate into 4 sections (2 up front, 2 in the back) and apply a little oil to each section. Finger detangle if necessary and bask in the luxuriousness of soft, hydrated naked hair.

    7.  Start with the back, right section. Run through once with a wide tooth comb to break up any curl clumps and definition, especially at the roots. At this time, the section should look a bit like a shrunken blow-out.  The hair should be just barely damp to the touch. 

    8.  Apply a little Oyin's Hair Dew (or a moisturizing, leave-in that's not too wet but still has detangling agents like behentrimonium methosulfate) and create 2 or 3, two-strand twists.  My current fave is Living Proof's Curl Cream (in the brown bottle).  The curls hold for 4 days. 

    9. Repeat the above with the other 3 sections.  I end up with 12 chunky twists in total that are barely damp to the touch.  

    10.  Seal the ends with your favorite oil or serumand roll more than half the length on perm rods to get the 'bob effect', which I so crave.  

    If I didn't roll the ends... 

    The best part is, since your hair was barely damp when you set it, it only takes about an hour or two to dry.  If you needed to, a bonnet dryer could have you good to go and out the door in 30 minutes.  It takes me about 3-4 hours from 'pre-poo' to 'bomb'. 

    Finally, a combination of the pre-poo/deep treatment, applying a moisturizing cream to almost dry hair and sealing it in with a softening serum, leads to ridiculously hydrated, shiny hair that lasts for a few days.  At night, I pull down each side (left and right) into a low loose pony using a small claw clip and sleep on a satin pillow case. I apply more oil or serum throughout the week as needed.

    Hope this helps!

    Later Gators,
    Nik

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  • 07/07/15--06:15: Sarah Is Naturally Glam!

  • Tell me about yourself!
    Hi! I’m Sarah, a licensed psychologist and design enthusiast. As part of my plan to shift into a more creative career, I started Truly Blog, a blog that blends my background in psychology with my passion for fashion and interiors. I also started a fashion and interior consulting company, Truly, LLC. That’s where I use psychology to help people create the look and space they want to achieve.

    Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
    I’ve transitioned many times. At one point I was doing so much to my hair—everything from dying it, to relaxing it, to overheating it, that it started breaking off. That was all I needed to realize I have to start treating my hair a lot nicer. So I cut my hair and let it grow back with no chemicals in it.

    READ MORE>>


    Had you always embraced your texture? 
    Certainly not. I was born with what they called “big hair” and kids used to tease me about it. It sounds like no big deal now, but back then, it felt like the worst thing. I also noticed very early on that my hair was perceived differently in different settings. In one setting my hair was too big and couldn’t lay flat enough. In another setting I had “good hair” and it set me apart in a different way. Of course both settings only reinforced my desire for “flat, straight hair.” Needless to say I spent the early part of my childhood being somewhat ashamed of my hair and tying it up. Thankfully, that phase ended by the time I was a teenager. There was a cultural shift, and big, curly hair was being embraced again. Still, it was a  long time before I felt I needed a relaxer or something to tame my hair.

    How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?  
    I think I was the last to realize that my permed hair and my natural hair really don’t look that much different to the natural eye. When I decided to wear my hair “natural” or curly, even with a relaxer it essentially looked the same. But even though it didn’t look different, I felt different because I let go of the feeling that I have to have my hair chemically relaxed or straightened for it to look good.

    Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.) 
    My hair is thick, wavy/curly, and tends to be highly porous and dry. I really have to be cognizant of getting deep conditioners and keeping it trimmed to maintain the shine and bounce.


    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair? 
    Ha, there was a time I was obsessed with Faith Evans’ bright red hair, and I tried to achieve the same look by dying my hair multiple times. I even put in a long and very expensive red weave for dramatic effect. I’d have to say not a high point of my hair experience, and of course, it completed damaged my hair. I ended up chopping my hair off, the shortest it‘s ever been. It didn’t quiet feel like me, but it gave me the chance to start fresh with a new set of much healthier locks.

    What’s your biggest hair related regret? 
    That time I was obsessed with Faith Evan’s bright red hair and tried to achieve the same effect. Between getting a weave and dying my hair, the upkeep was insane, and something I definitely could not keep up with today given my full schedule including managing three children, a husband, and multiple jobs. I’ve become very low key with my hair care, and I think my 20’s something self would be very shocked.

    What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets! 
    My haircare routine is very low maintenance, maybe a little too low. I’ve recently dyed my hair and cut it which takes a little more effort to maintain. But generally my hair care is still pretty simple. I wash my hair every several days, but I wet it every day which I’m sure is probably not the best thing to do. I’ve been getting better at that though and opting to style without wetting it in the mornings. I wear it curly most of the time because my hair is too thick for me to straighten out on my own. I use Cantu products-- it’s the best. I use everything from the shampoo, to the leave-in conditioner, to the curl activator. It does a great job of defining my natural curls and it smells so good. I usually use shampoo, conditioners, and then the curl activator while it’s still very wet. I don’t use a towel, I let it air dry. Every so often I will curl my natural hair with curlers to give it a slightly more structure vintage vibe.

    What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration? 
    I’m really loving the straightened, textured look. That’s when it looks like the hair was blown out and curled, yet it’s not pin straight and there’s a lot of texture to it. It gives a real 60’s vibe, and I think it’s so chic.

    It’s so easy to find hair inspiration today. Social media is packed full of beautiful girls with natural hair, and I love seeing what “the kids” are doing with their hair these days.


    Who is your curl crush? 
    Oh my gosh I’ve seen so many great hair looks. I’m really loving @Lutavarese8. Her hair is so full, long, and thick—it’s just beautiful. I’d love to know how she achieves that look.

    How do you maintain your hair at night?
    I tend not to follow a strict hair care regimen. I may put some oils on my hair, and a night cap on it if I want it to look a particular way the next day. But most of the time I just tie it back.

    How do you maintain healthy length? 
    It’s really important for me to keep my hair conditioned regularly, and cut it at least every 6 months. I love the way my hair gets much curlier with every trim.

    What's the best thing about being natural? 
    The freedom to just be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against relaxers and texturizers, but when you feel you have to have them to be cute or pretty, it becomes very restricting and can hinder a more freer sense of style. I remember running a girls’ group and one African-American girl with a short, boy cut had a really hard time appreciating her hair. She just could not see how her hair was attractive amidst the flowing locks she saw presented all over the media. It was difficult to witness because I couldn’t help her love her hair. She had to do that. She had to find a way to appreciate her look, herself. Because when we learn to love our unique look, the beauty within just overflows.

    Where can folks find you on the web? 
    You can find me at http://trulyblog.com! Feel free to stop by. ☺

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    Like everything in life, balance is crucial to maintaining healthy hair. You may be using the most popular or expensive deep treatments with the aim of keeping your curls healthy, but if your regimen does not give your hair a balanced amount of protein, it will be all for nothing. Your hair will be at risk of high amounts of breakage.

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    Too much protein
    If you have been searching for a remedy for your dry or damaged hair, then you have likely come across recommendations for more protein. Protein can help, no doubt. But it is important not to overload the hair with proteins, because this can be extremely counterproductive.

    A protein overload can cause the hair to become harder, less elastic, and extremely fragile. Your hair will start to break off even with minimum handling, things like gently detangling your hair or doing an updo. If your hair has too many proteins, it will break with the simple contact with your clothes.

    Proteins can still be wonderful because they fill in the gaps in our cuticles, making our hair stronger. The molecules are big enough to sit on the surface of the hair strand and provide a degree of protection, making the hair appear fuller and more resistant. When there is too much of it, however, the hair becomes saturated with proteins and loses all of the elasticity that allows us to manipulate our hair without breaking.

    What to look for
    If you are experiencing a protein overload, your hair will feel brittle, dry and frizzy. Your curls will appear less bouncy and you will experience significant breakage with low manipulation of your hair.

    How to test
    Try to pull a single hair and notice how it breaks: a protein saturated hair will snap with ease and it won't be elastic.

    If your deep conditioner or styler proteins listed in the first five ingredients, make sure you are alternating your use of these products with products that have little to no proteins to avoid over saturating the hair.

    Note: If you are struggling to differentiate between naturally shed hair and breakage, look for a little white dot on one end of the hair: that is a hair that has completed its normal cycle and it is physiologically shedding. If you don't find a white dot, it is typically a broken hair.

    Here are examples of deep treatments that you can alternate between so that you are giving your hair balanced care.

    Protein Rich Deep Treatments
    -Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment
    -Aphogee Two Minute Reconstructor 
    -Curl Junkie Repair Me! Reconstructive Hair Treatment
    -SheaMoisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Hair & Scalp Weekly Therapy
    -Mop Top Deep Conditioner
    -Curly Hair Solutions Pure Silk Protein Deep Moisturizing Treatment

    Protein-Free Treatments
    -Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
    -Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment
    -As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner
    -SheaMoisture African Black Soap Purification Masque

    The bottom line is that you really have to be careful not to lose the natural balance that your hair has naturally by forcing it into only one kind of treatment. Keep in your cabinet a couple of treatments to rotate, making sure a couple of them are loaded with proteins and a couple of them are protein free.
    Even the protein sensitive need proteins

    If you are one of those women who has found that their hair is protein sensitive, it is possible that you may be overdoing it on the moisturizing front. In this case you may find that your curls are often frizzy and undefined.

    If you are in fact protein sensitive, then you have probably been avoiding proteins, but be careful! Your hair may be sensitive but you still need a degree of proteins in your haircare regimen. Typically protein sensitive people are more bothered by the proteins found in styling products like leave-ins, gels, curl creams, than they are by protein rich shampoos and conditioners. This is because the proteins found in shampoos and conditioners are washed out in the shower, while the ingredients of your styling products and leave-in conditioners stay in contact with your hair for much longer periods of time.

    The danger in avoiding all kind of proteins is that your hair will lose the outer layer (cortex), may become so elastic that it will be extremely fragile. Especially if you are used to doing long deep treatments, your hair will macerate in the moisture, losing all the structure that makes it resistant to breakage.

    What to look for
    If you are experiencing moisture overload your hair will feel extremely soft but frizzy, lacking structure, definition and volume.

    How to test
    Try to pull a single hair and notice how it breaks: moisture-overloaded hair will elongate a lot before breaking, feeling extremely elastic and soft.

    If you are protein sensitive, try to incorporating a product with protein in it into your routine once in a while. I would not suggest the Aphogee treatment if you are protein sensitive because it is a strong protein deep treatment, and strong protein treatments will have proteins (hydrolized keratin, hydrolized wheat proteins are commonly found) in their first 3-5 ingredients. The ingredients on the back of a product are listed in order of quantity, with the first being the one with the highest percentage in the formulation, typically this is water. For protein-sensitive people I would suggest using products that do not have proteins in the first 6-8 ingredients, like Briogeo Don't Despair Repair Mask.

    How to find proteins on your label
    Here is a list of protein ingredients as they will likely appear on your hair product labels:

    Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed casein

    Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed collagen

    Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed hair keratin

    Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed keratin

    Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein

    Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed silk

    Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy protein

    Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat protein

    Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl silk amino acids

    Cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen

    Cocoyl hydrolyzed keratin

    Hydrolyzed keratin

    Hydrolyzed oat flour

    Hydrolyzed silk

    Hydrolyzed silk protein

    Hydrolyzed soy protein

    Hydrolyzed wheat protein

    Keratin

    Potassium cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen

    TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen

    TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein

    Do you use protein treatments as part of your hair care routine?

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    There’s just something about a hot-oil treatment that is so soothing. I remember there was a time when hot-oil treatments were an absolute must for me! I actually looked forward to them and trust me when I tell you, these treatments did wonders for my hair; leaving it manageable and full of luster. For some reason, I can’t even remember the last time I had a hot oil-treatment. In the process of thinking about my next hair-style, I realized I had given up something vital to hair length retention  and strength. With that being said, tonight I’ll be revisiting the hot oil-treatment life and making sure to stay consistent.

    Check out the list of oils you can use for hot oil treatments and their benefits. You’ll find that some oils may work for you better than others or you may even have to mix some oils to find the perfect fit:

    Read On!>>>

    -Coconut oil:Coconut oil is one of my favorites oils, hands down! Not only does it promote healthy growth, it also softens and conditions hair.
    -Olive oil: Olive oil is a little on the heavy side and not one of my favorites, but it may work for you! It contains vitamin A, Vitamin E, and helps you retain moisture.
    -Avocado oil: Avocado oil is great especially if your hair is dry, since it is super lubricating and helps your hair retain much needed moisture. 
    Jojoba oil: My second favorite is jojoba oil. Jojoba oil in a way, reminds me of coconut oil. It doesn’t weigh down your hair, yet it leaves it soft and manageable
    -Almond oil: I have never tried almond oil, however, I will be trying it soon. It nourishes hair while conditioning and promoting growth.

    How to warm the oil: Avoid using the microwave (for anything honestly, especially your food). Instead bring a pot of water to boil, place the oil of your choice in a safe bowl or glass container, then place the container in the pot of hot water for about two minutes.

    What to do:
    -Make sure to test the oil on your wrist prior to applying it to your scalp.
    -Apply the oil to your scalp when safe and massage.
    -Cover head with shower cap, plastic cap, or plastic bag.
    -Allow oil to sit in your hair for thirty minutes or even overnight.

    Your hair will thank you!

    What's your favorite hot oil treatment?


    CN Says:
    I simply apply coconut oil to my dry hair (before I wash and condition my hair on wash day) put on a plastic baggie and then put on my thermal heat cap (microwavable) for like 15-30 minutes. Works like a charm :) 

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    Watch as DiscoveringNatural shows us how she achieves shiny, frizz-free flexirod sets on her 4b/4c natural hair!

    Watch Now!>>>



    what are your favorite products and techniques for bomb flexirod sets?

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    glam idol, Melodie 

    Are you in the market for a deep conditioner to turn your dry, frizzy, dull curls into ridiculously moisturized, shiny, soft awesomeness?  Well check out LHC Snoymoon's DIY treatment that combines ingredients you most likely already have in your arsenal.  This super slippery mix helps to lock in moisture and define your situation.  Enjoy!

    Read On!>>>
    Ingredients
    • 4 parts conditioner (any silicone free conditioner; I used Giovanni 50/50)
    • 1 part aloe vera gel 
    • 1 part honey (warmed 10 seconds) 
    • oil (optional)--I used coconut
    Directions
    The measurements that I used yielded more than enough for one use. I place the remainder in a clean airtight container. I used 1/2 c of conditioner, 2 TBSP each of honey and AVG, and 1 teaspon of coconut oil. You can either warm it all together or just the honey and add the remainder ingredients....I just warmed about 10 seconds...be careful not to warm for too long. Mix all ingredients together and place in freshly washed hair with excess water squeezed out. Leave in 30-60 minutes, rinse and style as usual. Can use with or without heat.

    What's your favorite DIY deep conditioner? 

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    Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
    My name is Tanaja Spiller, everyone calls me MJ. I currently live in Huntsville, Alabama. I am a graduate from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. My family lived in Anniston, Alabama for a couple of years and then Germany until I was 6. For the remainder of my childhood, I lived in Montgomery, Alabama.

    How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
    I have been natural all of my life. My mom never allowed me to get a perm after seeing what it did to my older sister’s hair. My mother easily managed my hair by keeping it braided. She was very creative with the different braided hairstyles she would give me! As I got older, my mom felt that I was outgrowing braids and she started to hot comb my hair. The first time I experienced the process, I was so upset and I just wanted my braids back. I went to school that morning with straight hair and by the time I came back home, a combination of the Alabama heat and my sweat had ravished my hair. I heard so many jokes and laughs, at my expense, that I went home and washed my hair (without my mom’s permission). I begged her to braid my hair. So at 14 years old, I wasn’t embracing my curls in the slightest bit.


    Read On!>>>

    How would you describe your hair?
    I’ve had a lot of different hair styles over the years, all natural, and all pretty manageable. I started off with the press out which lasted from the age of 14 to 22.


    I came to a point where I wanted change and lots of it, so I got my hair cut into a Mohawk. When I grew bored of the Mohawk, I decided to cut off all my hair. Through all of these styles my hair was very easy for me to manage because I educated myself on everything my hair needed and the best methods to keep it healthy. My hair’s curl pattern was very tight but my hair was not coarse. It has a silky texture that makes it easy to manipulate. When my hair was at a much longer length, I often used twist outs to stretch my hair.


    What do you love most about your hair?
    What I love most about my hair is the uniqueness of it. It has been easy for me to wear different hairstyles and manipulate my hair to do just what I need it to.

    What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
    The most memorable parts of my hair journey are the two times that I initially got my hair cut into new styles. Each time I was nervous with sweaty palms and anxious to see the finished product. At times, I would get funny looks from people and questions of why I would cut my hair into a Mohawk. It was a little hard to deal with at first, but I loved my hairstyle and I wouldn’t change that decision at all. As for the low cut, if I had a dollar for every time someone says to me, “You really have the right face for that.” or “Not everyone can pull that off, it looks nice on you” I WOULD BE RICH! Not to be boastful, but I hear that ALL the time. On top of that, this hair style is VERY low maintenance. So I can say that the adjustment to this part of my hair journey has been very easy.

    What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’?
    I never had to transition but when my hair was longer, I enjoyed doing Bantu Knot outs, two-strand twist outs, and flat twist outs. Now, I MUST have a brush and a durag to achieve my desired style, waves!



    What have your experiences been as a ‘natural’? Any memorable reactions from family or others?
    My experiences as a natural have been pretty amazing. I always get asked questions about my hair and I love to answer them. My most memorable moment would have to be my mother saying, “I put so much time into your hair and then you grew up and cut it all off.” Her saying this always makes me laugh because my mother REALLY loved my hair, probably more than I did. However, I know that she loves my short hair as well.

    What is your hair regimen?
    When my hair was longer, must have products were: My spray bottle, doo-grow mega thick grow leave in conditioner, Shea Moisture Thickening Growth Milk, Olive oil, Shea Butter. I would mostly cowash with an Organix conditioner of my choice and only use shampoo about once a month. After shampooing, I would deep condition with Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque.

    At the short length: SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Cantu Daily Oil Moisturizer, Cocoanut Oil, and Kemi Oil. I only wash with conditioner, HernalEssences curl conditioner. No shampoo. When needed, I apply the same deep conditioner to my hair and I just brush and wear my durag to achieve my waves.

    What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
    Sunshine Abuwi is my biggest inspiration on YouTube.

    Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
    Being a true natural in today’s society is becoming harder and harder thanks to the rules society tries to put on us. Those things will only be limitations to people that allow them to be. Stay true to who you are and never be transformed by this world. Let your light shine for itself and those that are meant to see you shine will. Your hair does not define you, you do.

    Where can people find you for more information?
    I can be found on Instagram at Mary_Jaine.

    Global Couture is trying to spread the word about embracing your natural hair. Love your HAIR, if it is wavy, curly, kinky or coily.
    Are you naturally fierce? Email us to share your hair journey at globalcouture@aol.com

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    Photo Courtesy of Ambrosia Malbrough


    With our curls, coils, and waves we have choices despite universal practices for all curlies like cleansing, conditioning, moisturizing, styling, and health reinforcement. Within each category you determine what works best for your hair by trial and error and I cannot stress that enough. Thinking you can just come out of the gate knowing what your hair likes might be unrealistic. Patience and a willingness to learn what your hair needs take time and practice through trying different products and techniques. Here are regimen categories with different product options that cater to your specific needs.

    Read On!>>>
    Cleansers

    Shampoo
    This is the most popular cleanser of hair. They are cleansing formulations usually with water as the primary ingredient, surfactants, and following that can vary with thickeners, conditioners, and preservatives. Shampoos tend to be quite harsh on curly hair and the main reason many curlies steer clear of them. The sulfates in them are lathering agents that can dry out and cause frizz, so many have opted for sulfate-free shampoos for effective cleansing without stripping the hair of its natural oils and creating frizz.

    Popular shampoos: SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo and Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo.

    Co-wash
    Short for “conditioner-wash”, this means skipping shampoo altogether and cleansing the hair and scalp with a conditioner and preferably a cleansing conditioner. It is gentler on curly hair by not stripping the hair of the natural oils is needs to be moisturized and non-frizzy. You can use a botanical conditioner or a cleansing conditioner specifically made for cleansing the hair. Some feel this is not really cleansing the hair but a great substitute when shampooing too often is not desired or if hair is not full of buildup.

    Popular co-washes: As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner and Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash.

    Clay
    Clay washing is becoming increasingly popular among curlies and for good reason, as it removes toxins while leaving hair clean and shiny. It is natural (dependent upon where you purchase your clay), inexpensive, and a winner if shampoos are too harsh and cleansing conditioners are not hardworking enough for your hair. These clays, which are born of the earth, have been used for centuries for ridding the body of toxins.

    Popular clays: Aztec Secrets: Indian Healing Bentonite Clay and Rhassoul Clay Hair and Facial Mask (Ghassoul) by Poppy Austin.

    Diluted castile soap
    Castile soap is a vegetable soap that is traditionally made from olive oil, water, and lye. It is eco-friendly, biodegradable, and can be used for more than just cleaning your hair. Now, this is great at cutting grease and buildup, but if it must be diluted to combat that lye.

    Popular castile soap: Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade and Organic Castile Liquid Soap and Natural Way Organics Ultra Mild Unscented Castile Soap.

    Conditioners

    Rinse-out conditioner

    Rinse out, daily, or regular conditioners are basic, lightweight conditioners used right after shampooing that only require 1- 5 min. of waiting time. These formulations do not pack the punch of deep conditioners. They are great for daily use and manageability of your textured strands. The ingredients are to be moderately absorbed.

    Popular rinse-out conditioners: DevaCurl One Condition and CURLS Coconut Sublime Conditioner.

    Deep conditioner
    These heavy-duty conditioners or masques are usually thicker and require a longer time on the hair for deep nourishment. They are often accompanied by heat to give a deeper treatment and can stay on the hair from 15- 30 min. although some curlies will allow them to stay on overnight. They penetrate the hair nourishing the hair’s cuticle and their effects on the hair last longer than a rinse-out conditioner. They should be used after every wash for a curly and no less than once a month.

    Popular deep conditioners: Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment and EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner.

    Leave–in conditioner
    Lighter than rinse-out conditioners, leave-in conditioners are watery and designed to be left in the hair so they are less likely to cause irritation to the scalp. They are designed to help keep hair manageable by keeping hair detangled and free from frizz and fly-aways. Some feel it is a necessary step in conditioning, but many curlies keep regular conditioners in their hair, especially if they are following the Curly Girl Method.

    Popular leave-in conditioners: Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Original and Oyin Handmade Hair Dew.

    Moisturizers

    Hair milk
    Hair milk can be confusing, because it is not something that most truly understand. What is it? Well, hair milk is much like a leave-in conditioner that is light enough for daily use to revitalize your curls. They can be detanglers and used with styling products. Their primary goal is not for styling but to provide light conditioning and to revive dry, frizzy, or rumpled curls.

    Popular hair milks: Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk and SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk.

    Hair butter
    A much heavier moisturizer than hair milk, these creamy consistency moisturizers are great for everyday use and for those with tightly-coiled hair. The term butter usually refers to one of the more popular butters like coconut, shea, or almond as a major component of the product. They are usually in jars with little to no water and are designed to seal hair after it has been moisturized. Also not a styling aid, they can be used in conjunction with a styler.

    Popular hair butters: OBIA Natural Hair Care Twist Whip Butter and Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter.

    Stylers

    Gel
    One of the more popular styling aids of curlies, gel can have light, medium, or hard hold and fight frizz better than most styling aids for curlies. Gels are quite popular in the summer months to fight off humidity and heat without weighing the hair down. Finding the right gel for your hair takes time and patience and because of that some curlies feel gels are not the way to go.

    Popular hair gels for curlies: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel and DevaCurl Light Defining Gel.

    Hair Serums
    Hair serums (sometimes called elixirs) are for combatting frizz and giving curly hair a smoother look and feel. Great for damaged and/or dry hair, hair serums help to smooth the hair follicle. They are often used in conjunction with conditioners and other stylers in a hair cocktail for optimal smoothness, shine, and softness.

    Popular hair serums: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Finishing Elixir and Oyin Handmade Shine and Define Styling Serum.

    Pure oils

    Many curlies are turning to the natural sources for styling their curls, especially for those much-loved DIY concoctions. From flaxseed oil to coconut oil, the ingredients are as creative as the curly. With an endless supply of YouTube videos sharing recipes and how-to steps, it is no wonder this option is become more popular by the year. What’s the most popular? Whatever you prefer! From smoothing flyaways to slicking down edges, pure oils are just as popular as pre-made products, so find your favorite and experiment.

    Note: You do not need more than one product from each category. Keep it simple!

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    Tell me about yourself!
    Hey, my name is Rosalba. I'm 27 years old and I've lived in New York for the past 10 years.

    Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
    I tried to transition but the process was discouraging, so I decided to chop it all.

    Had you always embraced your texture?
    To be honest, no. I have 3 different textures. The front side of my hair is not as curly as the back side. I'm thinking about cutting it again.

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    How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them? 
    Ha! They all had the same reaction; they were confused! Some people thought I was depressed. Others thought I wanted to change my style, but I did it too drastically. Many of the confronted me and this was my response, “I'm tired of the process and all the chemicals I have to put in my hair to make it straight." My aunt didn’t give me an option back then when she relaxed my hair. I'm going back to my roots.

    Describe your hair.
     My hair is thick and highly porous, but a little bit dry.

    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair? 
    When I was in high school I wanted my hair color lighter, so I went to the salon and the lady that took care of me every single weekend suggested I bleach it. So that's what we did. My hair was permed, bleached and colored in a matter of five hours. What a disaster! My hair was falling for months.

    What’s your biggest hair related regret?
    Perming my hair. I had beautiful long locks of brown hair.

    What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
    I wash my hair every three days. I only condition my hair once a week. My go-to style is a putting the right side of my hair up. That's pretty much it. I love Weightless Hydration coconut water conditioner, SheaMoisture and oils by Carol’s Daughter.


    What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
    My favorite hair style is placing bobby pins on one side of hair. My hair inspiration comes from what I'm wearing, my mood, and colors.

    Who is your curl crush?
    I have plenty! lol. All of them are on Instagram: Namedafterhat, Rock_yo_rizos, bwatuwant and frogirlginny

    How do you maintain your hair at night?
    I put it on a high pony tail. Some time I just sleep as it is. -_-

    How do you maintain healthy length?
    My mom is in charge of cutting my hair. She is great at it because she listen to my directions.

    What's the best thing about being natural?
    I love the whole Afro concept! It’s so freeing! My best friend and boyfriend once mentioned that this is “me” with this beautiful wild hair. I loved it. Being natural is so easy and it goes with any style. It makes me feel comfortable with who I am.

    Where can folks find you on the web?
    On Facebook: Rosie Rose D’ Leon On Instagram: Rosebelle.

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     by GG of AllTheManyLayers

    When you pray and ask for growth and then everything falls apart. Smile up at the heavens. Make peace with the process. Have faith.

    Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror and I don't feel beautiful. I look around at my life and it seems messy and ineffective. And yet I feel so brave. Proud of all the fears I've faced. This kind of beauty is different than what I've known before. It's not pretty. But it's more real and more meaningful than the surface beauty I once craved.


    Read On!>>>

    I suffered for a long time and I prayed for growth. Because the way I felt about myself was not sustainable. The doubt. The self-sabotage. The avoidance. In my pursuit of a 'cute' life, I made decisions from shallow places. I buried things that weren't dead and now they've come back to haunt me. But I prayed for this growth, so I welcome the haunting. Whatever it takes to get me to the other side.

    I knew that growth would involve some mess. But I thought I could make it pretty. Still worried about appearances and discomfort, I thought I wouldn't have to get dirty. So as I stand here, covered with dirt, I realize that the journey takes what it takes and I'm open. Aware of my preoccupations and redefining my beauty.

    Because even if the world as I once knew it falls apart, I know the meaning I seek is worth the sacrifice. I don't care how it looks. I won't be embarrassed about doing what it takes to live my best life. Or how long it takes me to learn things. Or how much I lose in the process.

    I want to be beautiful and not just strive to look like it. I want to feel beautiful, the kind that comes from awareness, gratitude and faith. I want to be brave and not just talk about it. And I want to feel brave, knowing that no matter what happens, there is abundance in every outcome.

    Today I'm reminding myself and hopefully you too, that things often have to fall apart to come together. And that authentic bravery is always beautiful, whether it gives us the results we want or not.

    **Get GG's new book, 'Quiet Powers'! **

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    Read any curly forum, group, or blog, and you will quickly be faced with questions like: Where can I get the most moisture? What products will yield the most moisture? What’s the secret ingredient for moisture?

    Having curly hair is a never-ending quest for hydration, and many naturals suffer from dry hair or brittle ends, which then lead to fragile hair and breakage. If you want to give your hair the best possible chance of retaining length and feeling its softest, then you need to keep your hair moisturized, with an emphasis on your ends.

    The Baggy Method
    The baggy method is a highly popular technique and a creative solution for locking in your moisture. Many curlies swear by this method on their journeys to longer hair.

    Many get this method confused with the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is designed to stimulate your scalp’s natural sebum using your own body heat. You simply add a natural oil and/or butter to dry or damp hair and cover with a plastic cap. I'd like to clarify that the baggy method and the greenhouse effect are not the same.

    This method is also different from a pre-poo because you do not follow up with washing your hair and this is done on clean hair. A pre-poo is combatting the effects of the cleansing with shampoo, which can be harsh on your strands. It doesn’t seem to matter if you use a moisturizer or a conditioner as long as it’s something your hair responds to very well.

    Two Options
    There are two ways to do the baggy method to retain moisture.

    1. ENDS - You can choose to only apply product to your ends
    2. ALL OVER - Apply product all over your hair

    The all-over method is usually done on freshly washed hair. You apply your favorite moisturizer or a dab of conditioner to your all of your hair.

    What You'll Need:
    -Your favorite moisturizer or conditioner
    -Ziploc sandwich bag, Saran wrap, a plastic bag, or a plastic shower cap
    -Hair tie

    If you are noticing split or dry, brittle ends then try baggying on your ends. Apply a moisturizer or a dab of conditioner and use saran wrap or a Ziploc sandwich bag secured with a ouchless hair tie on your bag. Either method can be used for three or four hours or overnight but not any longer as our hair needs to breathe. The baggy method is great for softer, moisturized hair but it doesn’t need to be done every day. Your hair must have time to dry out completely. It’s not healthy for hair to be constantly wet or damp over long periods of time. Most curlies and coilies will wear this overnight for maximum benefit.

    Do you baggy your hair? Which method do you prefer?

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    Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
    Hi! My name is Loana Novaes. I am 27 years old. I’m originally from Bahia, but I currently live in São Paulo, Brazil.

    How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
    I’ve been natural for six years. I have always embraced my hair, but for a long time I thought having straight hair would be easier for its daily care.



    Read On!>>>

    What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
    I was looking for my own identity, so I decided to start with the hair. I dared not make the big chop because I did not see myself with short hair. I transitioned into natural and slowly chopped off my ends to finally be 100% natural.

    How would you describe your hair?
    My hair is dry, but I constantly put oil in it. It has so much volume, thank God! Like many girls that are natural, I have different textures: some kinky, wavy and curly.

    What do you love most about your hair?
    What I love most is the versatility. I have 1001 possibilities in the same hair!
    “My hair is the expression of my soul”

    What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
    It was difficult because at the time I was frustrated with the two-textures because it was not lookinggood. I was ashamed and I could not socialize with other people. After much searching, I found an online community called Meninas Black Power (Black Power Girls) where many girls had the same hair problems. There I really learned to deal with the transition.

    What are some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’?
    My favorite hairstyles were buns, braids and high puffs.


    What have your experiences been as a ‘natural’? Any memorable reactions from family or others?
    Brazil is a country where almost half the population is black, but some people still shocked to see a natural hair free. Some people ask, “Hey, why don’t you straighten your hair?” or insult: “Your hair is ugly, looks like a tree!”, but I don’t care, because I love my hair and no one will take that away from me.


    What is your hair regimen?
    I only wash my hair twice a week with my fav shampoo and conditioner Seda*. During the co-wash. I use only my fingers to detangle. When I notice that it is very dry, I do a deep hydration with Pantene Flawless Curls Mask. Finally, I use the leave-in Seda* and the Extraordinary Oil, L’Oréal.

    What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, YouTuber’s, or blogs?
    My inspirations are meninasblackpower.blogspot.com.br, tarenguy.com, and samio.co.uk.

    Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
    If you are in transition be patient and do not give up, because the wait will be rewarding. Talk to your hair, say how much you love him and how much it smells good and shines. It seems crazy, but it amazes any bad hair day.

    Where can people find you for more information?
    IG: @afrog4l
    Email: loananovaes@gmail.com


    Global Couture is trying to spread the word about embracing your natural hair. Love your HAIR, if it is wavy, curly, kinky or coily.
    Are you naturally fierce? Email us to share your hair journey at globalcouture@aol.com

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    Hola Chicas!
    Fierce Friday is a way to celebrate our natural hair, displaying our dopest styles and best hair days... for inspiration and motivation. Wanna be featured? All you have to do is upload your favorite pics to Instagram with the tags #FierceFriday and #CurlyNikki. Be sure to share a brief description of the style, where you were headed, why you felt amazing, etc.!

    "Beauty is soul deep"-Me -@_cebelamour_


    Happy Saturday, everyone. I used just one product in my hair from Wash to Moisturizing to Styling. I'm in love!... who can guess what it is? HINT: It's a #SheaMoisture product! @discoveringnatural

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    When your hair isn't completely dry but you have somewhere to be so you just have to suck it up That definition is still poppin' tho @posh_syd


    Here's another look at my fabulous new hair! Blog post coming soon #redhead #hairstyle #curls @reachforcosmos




    Happy July Naturalistas (courtesy of @sefsun7). #productjunkies #naturalhairproducts #indynaturals #naturalistasinnap #indy #curlbox #curlynikki  @daricerene


    Hello July, I've been waiting for you #liveinlovewithyou @livenaturallylove




    Give the girls them sexy curls and quit playin' outchea!!!! That's how it posed to be!!! #myhaircrush #healthy_hair_journey #heynaturalhair #naturalhaircommunity #curlynikki @mrsdcstylist


    Throwback to Cali and our #devachan experience! #CurlsWithLove @curlswithlove


    It's official I'm rocking a Wash n Go the whole summer!  @amia_renee


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    Hola Chicas,

    I'm giving away 6 Conditioning Baskets(worth ~$90 each) this month (July 2015) to question askers and answerers!

    If you see a curly-in-need who has asked a question under a post, answer it! If you are a curly who has a question that needs an answer, ask it! Not under this post, on all the posts! 

    The first three baskets will go to the three curlies with the highest number of posts this month (7/1-7/31, comments from previous months don't count) and the next three will go to three randomly selected commenters.  Past winners are eligible!

    Which posts/articles count for the contest? All of them!  Good luck!

    *contest ends July 31, 2015 at 5pm EST*

    *Please only post comments that spark conversation and further discussion. Free products are EVERYTHING but this is really about strengthening our community and helping other naturals!*


    *US citizens only
     
    Later Gators,
    Nik

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    Every naturalista knows that not every product is created equally when it comes to styling. Some products help achieve a smoother style while some provide a stronger hold than others. Using the wrong products to achieve a specific style can lead to unexpected results.

    A product may have given you a stellar wash and go, but if you use it for your twist out you may be disappointed. Your technique may be on point, but if you didn't use a product with the right amount of hold or flexibility, your style might just fail you every time.
    Using the wrong products to achieve a specific style can lead to unexpected results.

    There are people who have a list memorized of what products work for their hair - if that’s you that’s great! That’s half the journey. If that’s not you and you are still discovering what works for your natural hair, this list could offer some assistance. Below are lists of products that have been reported to give excellent results to achieve different styles.


    Read On!>>>

    Photo Courtesy of Simply Cyn

    The Twist Out

    Jane Carter Natural Twist-Out Foam
    This vanilla and strawberry scented product has a consistency of setting lotion for roller sets, however it is designed in order to aid in defining curls. It leaves a soft hold, so if you are looking for a product that allows the hair to gain volume over time, you’ve found it. It allows you to detangle your hair before twisting as well.

    Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade
    If you are trying to get the most stretch out of your twist out, then this product is for you. It provides weight to the hair and a polished, shiny look. It is great to use in humid conditions, because it gives a strong hold, but be careful not to be too heavy handed with the product.

    Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter
    If you are looking for defined, bouncy curls then you have found your product. It has a thick consistency and a delicious smell. This product claims to hydrate your hair while providing shine and softness. The natural hair community swears by this product. If you happen to see it in stores, give it a try.

    Bee Hold Curly Butter
    This product claims to help tame the frizz while providing great definition. It is a smooth crème with a medium hold and no crunch. It has a great smell and leaves the hair feeling smooth.

    As I Am Twist Defining Cream
    This product is very thick and provides a medium hold. It provides bouncy hair while delivering excellent definition.


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    Roller Sets

    Lotta Body Setting Lotion
    This setting lotion will give your sets a firm hold while providing shine. Its strong hold helps to reduce the effects of humidity. Be careful when using this because it can leave your hair dry. When applying it use 1 part setting lotion and three parts water in a spray bottle.

    SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse
    This mouse hydrates and nourishes the hair. It gives the hair a soft hold to the style and is not the best thing to use when it comes to humid environments. As the days go by your set could become fluffier depending on the location.

    Jane Carter Wrap & Roll
    This setting lotion is silicone and paraben-free and is safe for color-treated hair. It is a fast drying mousse that does not leave the hair sticky and provides a soft, bouncy hold. The smell is not very strong so it is great for the fragrance sensitive naturals.

    Design Essentials Natural Twist & Setting Lotion
    This setting lotion has a pump for easy use. Often when using setting lotion the hands get messy, so having a pump is very helpful. It is fast drying and provides the hair with nourishment and shine.

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    Wash and Go


    Kinky-Curly Curling Custard
    This is a holy grail of the natural hair community when it comes to the wash and goes. This gel provides a firm hold without making the hair hard. It also won’t flake once it has dried. It offers great definition and shine to the hair.

    Entwine Couture Crème Jelle Styler
    This styler provides a no crunch hold and provides excellent definition. It is great for layering under water and clumping the curls together.

    Camille Rose Natural Curl Maker
    This hair gels comes with a pump that allows easy use. This product is great for defining curls and offers a no crunch hold. It moisturizes the hair and provides shine.

    Belnouve Avocado & Shea Hair Milk
    This is great product to help detangle the hair. It is great for defining and clumping the curls together before applying your gel or styler. It gives great slip, too.

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    Updos

    Eden BodyWorks Control Edge Glaze
    This edge control doesn’t flake and provides a firm hold to you edges or any style. Once it is paired with water it is easy to smooth into the hair. It’s great to smooth a style.

    Design Essential Honey& Shea Edge Tamer
    This edge control offers strength to the hair and provides a long-lasting hold. It has a bearable scent and is great for holding edges.

    Crème of Nature Perfect Edges
    This edge control doesn’t flake and gives a firm, lasting hold. The hair will not feel weighed down and the style will not feel dry after applying it.

    There you have it, products that will help keep your styles from failing. Which products have you used?

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