Archive | September, 2011

On The Go–With Black Hair

15 Sep

When I’m on the go, I don’t use any oils! Oils destroy the definition of your curls. If you want more definition to your curls, opt for water-based products like gels and curl creams. If you want an Afro style, use more oils.

Every morning when I’m jumping out of bed, feeding the dogs and getting dressed in a frenzy, I have one paralyzing thought, “WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY HAIR?!”. No matter how well I prep the night before, my hair ties come out or my twists were too loose and I’m left with a pile of undefined, dry curls. I give myself 10 minutes to do my hair in the morning. I oil, twist and wrap my hair at night time.

So with ten minutes this is what I do:

a) Individualize each strand with my hands, just separating them from each other to create the look of more hair and more curls. Often, our hair just gets lost!

b) Apply a TINSY bit of oil to the ENDS of my hair. Curls hang better when their heavy (so as your hair gets longer, you see more S curls). This softens the ends for the day ahead (windy weather, etc) and also makes sure it doesn’t have a dry look.

c) I apply a LITTLE bit of de-frizzing serum. The more you play with your hair, the more it will lose it’s definition. So, minimally touching my hair I will apply this to keep the texture of curls and make it look like I actually care about how I look at work. I’m not going to show up with a frizz ball! Would you?

d) To the roots of my hair and a bit of the top, I apply some aloe gel. This really softens and brings out natural curls like no tomorrow! If you had oils in the night before, it rejuvenates it all over again.

e) I then use my fingers to direct which way I want each strand of hair to go, and I tug on the bottoms (my nape) to length it. Then voila I leave!

If I’m having a REALLY bad hair (once a week), I will use my Marc Anthony Curly Cream and douse my hair in that with water for hopes of defined curls. If it’s REALLY DISASTROUS, (once a month) I will straighten it after applying a protective hair spray and castor oil. My hair will likely pouf up within an hour though!

I’m always on naturallycurly.com for inspiration from other beautiful black natural women and some of the hair styles amaze me! I love how everyone manages to make their ‘fros and twists look so great! The women are inspirational and it’s important that natural sisters inspire and motivate each other!

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Toronto Natural Hair Show

13 Sep

Sunday September 18th is the Toronto Natural Hair & Beauty Show featuring none other than KIM COLES!!!!!! Tickets are $20.00 at the door.

http://www.torontonaturals.ca/pb/wp_198d1def/wp_198d1def.html

Blue Hair Band

11 Sep

Love!!!!!!!!

My Mixed Up Deep Conditioner

11 Sep

I like to deep condition on the weekend when I have time off work and I use a mix of cheap regular drugstore products in my hair and keep it on for about 45 minutes before rinsing and then applying my regular JASON conditioner (and rinsing again). Washing your hair only with conditioner is optimal in keeping the natural oils in your hair, since ‘pooing will dry it out.

Here are the products I use.

NEXXUS Humectress Moisturizing Conditioner detangles and softens my hair. (It smells fab too). $10.00

PANTENE Damaged Hair Solution for Medium-Thick Hair is a deep conditioner always hydrates my hair and makes it silky after I finish washing. It’s cheap and works great. I add a teaspoon of castor oil and work it quite thickly through my dry hair. $5.99

 

 

How To Soften Your Hair

11 Sep

Black, natural hair (especially new growth) is kinky and hard. Combing it is painful and hard hair gets detangled and seemingly…angry. Black hair is not fine. It’s thick and can be rough if it is not softened.There are oils and products that I find help soften natural hair and give it sheen.

Morrocan oil – are all based on argan oil, a wonder ingredient derived from Morocco that is equal parts antioxidant, UV protector, vitamin-infuser and hair-strengthener. So your hair actually looks and feels healthier and silkier—but not greasier. This is a great oil for softening your hair.

Avocado Oil – You can prepare hair masks, shampoos and conditioners with avocado oil or as a hot oil treatment. It works well when blended with other oils, and is essential for hair growth and nourishment. It is extremely beneficial for women with dry hair and black hair. It also helps anti-aging in hair (and skin) and has plant sterolins that softens and moisturizes.

Leave-in conditioners – Sometimes you need a quick spray to soften hair before you head out of the house. Finding one that is good for softening your hair would help considerably. Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair is actually cream based and it’s main ingredient is glycerin which is good for attracting moisture (thus softer hair). I personally have never bought it but my aunt has this product (bought at the drugstore) and I’ve used it a few times and it softened and defined my curls into cute waves. And don’t forget the Kinky Curly leave in conditioner.

Also until your hair is very soft, it is a good idea to protect it using buns and twists inside and hats outside (especially in sunny or very cold weather). Soft hair is very desirable and you can use filtered or distilled water while washing your hair if your water is too hard. More on soft/hard water here:

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2143/whats-the-difference-between-hard-water-and-soft-water

 

 

 

Blue Lace

9 Sep

I love hair accessories (and bauble necklaces) and any unique way to jazz up my kinky curls!

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Hair Accessories

9 Sep

Accessories are like makeup, they enhance your outfit. Women love earrings and necklaces and funky bracelets and these can definitely finish an outfit. But how about finishing a hair-do?

Hair accessories like decorative hair pins, clips and bows can add a funky, classy or even a vintage touch to your hair and make your ‘fro unique. Earrings can also do the same, since they are worn so close to the ears. Pearls for a demure look add a touch of class and long, dangly ones lets the world know you’re fun and flirty.

Check out my next blog post for my lace flower hair pin. 🙂

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