Category Archives: CHILDREN & TEENS

My Yarn Locs/Wraps Preparation!

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Finally getting to cutting✂✂ my yarn for my hair💁, going to get it started tonight since my schedule is pretty clear this week… I’m going for the yarn wraps/locs for my first time so wish me luck because that’s double the work of the regular yarn twists which is my favorite 😉😱 lol

*This length cut in half will be about 18-20 inches, I was gonna go shorter but maybe for my next set!

Items used for this process:
-large scissors
-yarn
-2 foldable chairs
-yellow measuring tape

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I’m super excited to try something new and put my hair in a protective style for awhile especially during the summer and being so active, these are going to be perfect!

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My Daughters Protective Style: MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT FLAT TWISTS!

spring_rainsWell spring/summer is here and most of us know what that weather can do to our hair, going from really hot and dry weather to humid and moist can only cause our hair to go from pretty to a hot tangled mess if not very careful. I honestly think that for those who are busy and on the go most of the time and can hardly find the time to do their hair should wear a protective style in the warmer weather especially because its already hot and not only do you wanna look good,protect your hair and get work done but you also want to enjoy the beautiful sunny days without taking up most of your night prepping or most of your day styling!  ….Right ladies?  Of course do not leave a protective style in no longer than 2-3 months and be sure to let your hair breath for a week in between styles, do a deep conditioning treatment and really love your hair during the “in between times”.

 

 

Ok so speaking of protective styling in the spring/summer, ive been trying new styles on my daughters hair but she mostly has been wearing pin & tuck or braided styles. That is until i decided to try flatwists on her hair and i have never done it before so i was very worried on how this was going to look lol but it turned out pretty well. 

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So as you can see they were pretty nice and neat too, I completed this style on freshly washed and heatless stretched hair. Only products that i applied to her hair was coconut oil after washing and applying leave in conditioner the night before and the next day when i styled her hair i applied coconut oil again;which promoted a lot of natural shine to her hair.

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 After flat twisting the front, my baby boy started becoming really fussy so i had to come up with something quick and simply to pin this girls head up and protect those ends at the same time because this weather just crazy and going from hot,cold to rain but hey that spring for you…. Above you will see that her hair is in two large flat twists with the ends tucked away, making sure no pins are to tight or easy to fall out either.

 This style lasted me about 1 week mon-sun then since she stays playing on the floor and likes to play crazy at school too, i had to take down and refresh weekly so she been rocking this style since mid may up until now but i already took it out and deep conditioned etc for the past couple weeks so it time for the next protective style and i think it will be some braids with beads since she haven’t been rocking that style for a long time and i will be posting pictures of that style too.

 

 

Summer Series & Article Spotlight: How to Protect Your Hair While Swimming + videos and pictures!

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Hey naturals! Summer is almost here…..and i am sure you  all are ready to hit up the ocean, pools,amusement parks and more to stay cool. Want to know some ways to protect your hair while swimming? I know i sure did when i first went natural, because i was worried about the chlorine etc. in the water and if it would damage my hair or not… But over the couple years I’ve been natural, I learned that there is always a way for our hair to manage in all situations.

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There is a pre-swim regimen and a post-swim regimen that coats and protects the hair to prevent dryness,damage and major frizz from chlorine and sea salt. Now for me i also love to use a swim cap along with these regimens because it prevents the water from having to much contact with the hair, however if you have longer hair this option is still possible but you will have to do a twisted or braided protective style and make sure that it is as flat as possible so that the cap will fit and there are other options as well besides wearing a cap. This is a great thing to know especially if you have children.  Below are directions on how to protect your hair while swimming, rather you are in a pool or at the beach this is going to do wonders for your wavy,curly,kinky natural hair!

PREPARATION (before swimming):

  • 1. SATURATE YOUR HAIR WITH TAP WATER-  Drench your hair with regular tap water by using spray bottle or in the shower because doing this before swimming will soak up less chlorine (or sea salt) than if you was to go swim with dry hair.

 

  • 2. APPLY A PENETRATING OIL –   Apply a ton of coconut oil all over your hair and scalp before going swimming, this will provide extra protection against chlorine or sea salt (For even more protection apply coconut oil the night before,twist and wrap hair up for the night then just wake up the next day,soak hair with water again and continue the rest of the steps below). You can also apply castor oil same as you would the coconut oil.

 

  • 3. COAT HAIR W/ CONDITIONER or SERUM(optional)– Then coat your hair with either regular conditioner,a cream leave in conditioner or a serum (this will create a barrier of protection between your hair strands and the chlorine).  Some people prefer to skip this step and just stick with just applying the coconut oil or their shea butter/coconut oil mix as a barrier and coat because they do not want conditioner to be all over their body or in their mouth tasting it while swimming [yuck].

 

  • 4. PROTECTIVE STYLE HAIR- After creating a barrier on your hair strands then its time to style your hair for the pool. It’s best to avoid leaving your hair loose as this may cause your hair to tangle or become matted which is more work for you after. So try quick styles like a high bun,pin &  tuck or 1-2 large braids/flat twists,  If you have even more time then put into as many single twists or braids as possible then pin up so you won’t have to worry about your hair hanging down making you hot  (If you have to wear your hair loose then you cannot skip adding the conditioner or a thick oil such as castor oil as explained in step 3 above to be safe).

 

  • 5. WEAR A SWIM CAP(optional)– You may also put on a swim cap if you like, this will create even more protection by making sure most of your hair will not have any contact with the water and remain dry. You may get edges wet so be prepared to pay lots of attention to that area after swimming for post hair care but at least it wasn’t your whole head and if the cap is not possible for you to do or you just not feeling it then you can always skip it altogether.

 

POST SWIM CARE (after swimming):

  • 6. SHAMPOO HAIR- Rinse thoroughly with water then shampoo,you wanna make sure that it’s a clarifying shampoo (especially if you used a shea butter/coconut oil mix as you barrier) to make sure there is no build up left behind. You also want to make sure that the shampoo you choose is 100% vegan,sulfate free and/or paraben free. There are tons of swimmer friendly shampoos out there that are perfect for natural hair of all types.  Here are a few great shampoos to choose from –>
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    ION Sulfate free Swimmers shampoo

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    EverSleek Reparative Sulfate-Free & Silicone Free Shampoo

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    Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying sulfate-free shampoo

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    Malibu Well Water Clarifying Shampoo, 100% vegan and free of sulfates, parabens and gluten.

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    Moroccan oil Color-safe Clarifying Shampoo Sulfate-free

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    Nothing But Clarifying Shampoo

  • 7. CONDITION- Condition your hair as usual, you may do a hot oil  or deep conditioning treatment if you feel its needed then moisturize & style as you desire (you need to put back as much moisture as possible, i recommend the L.O.C method after conditioning).

 

*****NOTE: Even if you have micros,box braids,kinky twists etc. already in your head you still want to follow steps 1-3 for prep and all steps for post swim to make sure your hair underneath is still getting the protection and treatment it needs)*****

 These links below are some of the best I’ve found and they should help too. Good luck and have fun this summer! 

CLICK LINKS TO READ THE FEATURED ARTICLES—>

http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/08/5-ways-to-protect-your-hair-while-swimming/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/salt-water-hair-damage_n_3683042.html 

PRE & POST SWIM VIDEOS–>

 

SWIMMING PROTECTIVE STYLE IDEAS–>

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WOULD YOU GIVE THIS A TRY? WHAT IS YOUR NATURAL HAIR SWIMMING ROUTINE/REGIMEN?
Please share your thoughts and/or advice on this subject below in the comments! Have a great summer…… 

EVENT ALERT! May 3rd (Charlotte, NC)- Crown & Glory Album Release Show ft. R&B/Soul singer-songwriter Anitra Jay

Looks like there is another hot event about to go down and this time it will be in Charlotte,NC! 

 Celebrate natural beauty as a whole at the…

Crown & Glory Album Release Show

Featuring a special Crown & Glory set by Anitra Jay and the poetic rhymes of Jay Ward

Saturday May 3, 2014 @ 7PM

@Crown Station Pub

CLICK HERE FOR PRICING AND MORE INFO ON THIS EVENT–>

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/crown-glory-album-release-show-tickets-10678255951

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“Crown & Glory” is a 5-Song album all about the beauty of natural hair.

About Anitra Jay

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Anitra Jay is a R&B/Soul singer-songwriter based in Charlotte, NC.  With roots in Jazz, Soul, and Gospel, the songstress showcases an energetic mix of head bopping grooves, spoken word, and musical story telling. Inspired by a range of artists from Bill Withers to Erykah Badu, her music brings a down-to-earth blend of neo-soul, poetry, and soul-catching melodies.  Anitra was recently nominated for Best Singer-songwriter of 2013 with the Charlotte Music Awards and is currently working on recording her third album, a concept project all about the beauty of Natural Hair.

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FOR MORE ABOUT ANITRA JAY PLEASE FOLLOW SOME OF HER  SOCIAL NETWORKS BELOW:

www.anitrajay.com/

anitrajaymusic.wordpress.com/

www.youtube.com/user/AnitraJay

https://www.facebook.com/AnitraJay

soundcloud.com/anitrajay

BOOKINGS HERE–> https://www.gigsalad.com/anitra_jay_charlotte

 

My Attempt at doing Crochet Twist’s on my daughters hair using the “SuperNatural Twist” method by Janette!

This is a late post on a hair style that I attempted few months back for the holidays. I wasn’t able to post due to me having computer issues, but I did take pics so that I can share this with you all. I always loved all the cool crochet styles and wanted to try them on myself at one point as well but since the holidays was coming and my daughter needed another protective style; I decided to go ahead and do a crochet style on her head. The questions was “so what style do I want to go with?” After researching online and finding so many cute crochet style ideas I ound it hard to make up my mind…. until I ran into this amazing channel by this woman who was not only passionate about what she does as a stylist but she had her own technique using the crochet method only this time it was with TWISTS! She call them “Supernatural Twist by Janette”. Yes I was amazed, it was quicker but mostly it was safer on the hair not puling on it or causing to much irritation to the scalp or hair. This style can also look even more natural if you add singles to the front and/or to the back hairline and the rest crochet style but either way I think its just a great style!  Below ill show you some pictures of my daughter Aaliyah’s hair and some insight on the style process, sorry I wasn’t able to make a video.

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Here are all of the products and tools that I used for this hairstyle. The hair was Afro Soul Bulk by Femi Collection color #2. I used the Lock & Twist Gel by Organic Root Stimulator on the synthetic hair  only as I applied to the hair because I feel that it made the twisting process smoother and it offered great hold without the flaking or sticky feel of most gels. The great thing about this hair  and the process used is that there was no need to dip hair in water for the curly ends! Unlike kinky twists hair, afro bulk offers a more natural bounce back like no other as long as you twists all the way to the ends this will give you that natural look!

 

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After a fresh wash,deep condition and a few hours of banding to stretch it a bit I began the braid down process using nothing but Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner on her hair and 100% Pure African Shea Butter on her scalp. I did not want a lot of product build up on her hair from the start so I kept it light as possible. The lady did suggest that it was best to braid her hair down with black yarn especially if the hair is a softer texture because this will give it more hold and last longer while protecting the hair even more but I decided to give it a try without the yarn this time since I didn’t really have that technique down yet.  As you can see it all worked out well and look at the shine! I always braids a little lighter on the ends leaving a little bit of hair out so she wont loose any hair.

 

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This is the end result! It took m about a week to get it done and that’s only because I had to stop so many time to attend to my infant, other mommy duties around the house etc. but i’m sure if it wasn’t for that I would of got done about 3 days tops. This style was so simple, I did not have to cut no hair in half at all and it only took 4 pks of hair. Since I didn’t get a chance to record the process it is hard to explain the process but I will post a video at the end that inspired me to do this style.

1. Taking each strand of hair without cutting It, folded it in half then put it on the crochet tool.

2. I took the crochet tool and put it under the braid, pulling only half of the hair to the other side making sure to keep the two parts separate.

3. As if I was twisting her own natural hair, I started twisting the hair making sure that I twisted all the way down to the ends. (this will give it a even more natural look)

4. Continuing this all over her head, I ended up putting more twists in the front than I had to for the rest of the head.

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The 3 photos above are photos of my daughter after wearing this style for 1 month, my plan was to take it out at 2 months but I only left it in 1 more week and took it out for a good wash etc. plus so that I can be safe, we all know how harsh protective styles can be to our natural hair over long periods of time. As you can see hey style is still really nice and fresh, I can honestly say that this was one of those styles that looked better the longer it was in! This style was most definitely a 5 star***** winner for me and not only will I  be doing this style again but I recommend it to be done on others as well especially children.

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THIS IS HOW SHE WORE HER HAIR UP AT NIGHT.

The name of the channel for the lady who inspired me to try this style is MissSuperNaturalMe and the link to her channel is https://www.youtube.com/user/MissSupernaturalMe and I just love her personality and passion for what she does. she gives great tips on crochet styles and much more so check her out! Below im going to post a few videos related to the Super Natural Twists By Janette!

 

 

Well luvs, I hope that you enjoyed this post as much as I did sharing it with you all!!.. Remember feel free to comment below with any questions, advice, or any feedback that you would like to share. *Take Care*

10 Curly Hair Halloween Costume Ideas | Curly Comic By NaturallyCurly.com

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HALLOWEEN IS ALMOST HERE! That time of the year where you can be anybody you wanna be in the world, but why not make it unique and you all in one while showing off those amazing curls and coils!

NaturallyCurly.com has a few idea right here featured in one of there curly comics—->

10 Curly Hair Halloween Costume Ideas | Curly Comic.

My first attempt at a flat twist protective style on my daughters hair!

Fall is here and it is time to do protective styles and lots and lots of deep conditioning! On that note, i been practicing many different styles most on my daughter Aaliyah’s hair she is 10 yrs old especially flat twists and guest what?…. i finally SUCCEEDED ! I tried forever to do this and i got it now (on somebody else hair that is), i still have to try again on my hair. take a look below at some pics of my daughter hair and tell me what you think!

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STARTED OFF SMALL FLAT TWISTS IN THE FRONT ON , THEY WE’RE PERFCTO! I DID THIS ON FRESHLY WASHED, BLOWN OUT HAIR (using tension method). I MOISTURIZED WITH MY SHEA BUTTER MIX (coconut oil,castor oil, and shea butter) and Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. LOOK AT THAT SHINE!

 

 

 

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THE REAL CHALLENGE WAS DOING THEM LARGER, BECAUSE I ALWAYS HAD A HARD TIME DOING LARGE BRAIDS AND TWIST BUT I WAS SURPRISED THEY CAME OUT JUST RIGHT!

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PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE ANY COMMENTS BELOW, TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK! 

My First Attempt at African Threading (a styling and heat-less hair stretching method).

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Here is my daughter Aaliyah with her hair fully stretched using the African threading method. It was a 3 day process but so work it! 

DAY 1:

20130712_192056_zpsf87d9c21  — I WASHED HER HAIR WITH   “Aunt Jackie’s Moisturizing & Softening Shampoo” . GOING BACK IN TO CO WASH WITH “tresemme naturals conditioner”. THEN I DETANGLED WHILE I DID A HOT OIL TREATMENT WITH COCONUT OIL AND HONEY.

 — THEN I MOISTURIZED USING MY LOC METHOD ON DAMP HAIR, USING LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER,COCONUT OIL, CREAM MOISTURIZER “shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie”, AND A PINCH OF MY SHEA BUTTER MIX.

20130716_180432_zps346ef28e  — AFTER WASHING,DETANGLING AND CONDITIONING I PUT EACH SECTION I WAS GOING TO THREAD INTO CLIPS. MAKING SURE HAIR STAYS DAMP I SPRITZ WITH SPRAY BOTTLE AND  DETANGLED AS NEEDED THEN I TOOK SOME WEAVE THREAD ( YES THE THREAD USED TO DO QUICK WEAVES ETC. BECAUSE ITS THICKER AND HOLDS BETTER) PUT A KNOT ON THE END AND STARTED TO WRAP THE SECTION STARTING AT THE TOP WRAPPING IT UNTIL THE THREAD IT TIGHT UP TOP BEFORE MOVING DOWN, AS I WAS WRAPPING THE SECTION OF HAIR I MADE SURE THE GAB WAS NOT TO FAR APART BECAUSE  THE CLOSER THE STRAIGHTER IT WILL BE (that was a challenge lol).

Capture— AFTER I WRAPPED EACH SECTION WITH THREAD I ALSO THREADED THE TOGETHER TO STRETCH DOWNWARD, SPRITZING WITH SPRAY BOTTLE ONE LAST TIME.

20130716_181011_zps74abbe13— ADDED PONYTAIL HOLDERS FOR SUPPORT (because she sleeps wild). THEN WRAPPED WITH SILK SCARF AND SHE HIT THE SACK.

DAY 2:

I LET HER WEAR THE STYLE FOR THE DAY SINCE WE HAD ALOT TO DO, THEN THAT EVENING I REMOVED ALL THREAD AND TOOK WIDETOOTH COMB TO CHECK PROCESS THEN PUT INTO SECTIONS, I REPEATED THE PROCESS BY ADDING COCONUT OIL ONLY TO THE DRY HAIR, AND THEN RE THREADED THE HAIR IN SECTIONS THE SAME AS BEFORE ,

DAY 3:

KEPT IT IN OVERNIGHT THEN REMOVED IN THE MORNING AND HERE IS THE RESULTS BELOW. ….

20130717_131635_zps6951424f FRESHLY COMBED OUT OF THREAD! IT WAS SO SHINY AND SOFT….

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PUFFED IT UP WITH MY HANDS GIVING IT SOME VOLUME,  THAT SHINE AND SOFTNESS WAS AMAZING AND SHE COULD STAY OUT HER HAIR!!

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SO MY OVERALL EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT AND I GIVE IT A 5 STAR RATING, ITS TIME CONSUMING ESPECIALLY WITH A 3 MONTH OLD BABY BUT IT WAS WORTH IT, ILL BE DOING IT AGAIN FOR SURE (when i have the time of coarse). JUST LOVING HOW VERSATILE NATURAL HAIR CAN BE, WHO SAY YOU NEED HEAT ALL THE TIME?? PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK AND ALSO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE IF YOU HAVE TRIED THIS BEFORE …..