Category Archives: SUMMER SERIES

Style Talk: Auburn yarn twists!

So as you already may or may not know from a few posts back, I was prepping for my yarn twists back in June/July but things got put on hold due to me packing and moving into a new home… So therefore I actually didn’t get to complete my style until after the 4th of July Holiday #SadFace 😦 ….. and I have not had internet or access to post about it until now so here is your update… 

The Yarn I used, I made sure my hair was well moisturized with leave in conditioner before applying the twists.

Here is my half finished look at a Zumba glow party class and before the 4th of July.

***Here is my completed style➡➡

I was going to go for the whole yarn loc/wraps look but that just took way to much time that i did NOT have so i just stuck with the yarn twists and i LOVED IT!!! Instead of doing an ombre of brown and cream, I just used the auburn/brown yarn mostly with a few pops here and there of the cream because i was just to scared of the loud color lol (maybe next time).

 Here are a few more photos while i was wearing this style–>

I am currently rocking rocking a curly wig but only when on the go since most of the time I’ve been home due to being sickly, My hair has been worn freely. I think i may do some more yarn twists one more time this year but longer and new colors,especially since the weather is starting to cool-down. I am reaching my 5 year anniversary so i do have some plans for my hair moving forward after many ups and downs during my journey i do feel like im embarking into a new journey with my hair,body and even spiritually as well… so stay tuned because i will keep you posted!

***COMMENT below if you liked this post,any questions, share you story or photos if you’ve had yarn twists/locs I’d love to hear about it!


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Summer Series: How To Use Humectant Based Products To Retain Moisture For Your Natural Hair!

ceba2ad3de9700b20846d3b8a9cb6d99 Summer is officially here and its time to prevent & protect the hot and dry weather from sucking out the moisture from our natural curly-coily hair!  Most of us natural just can’t get around changing our regimens due to the season changes and we do our best to make sure that whatever we do that we are comfortable and our hair is cute and most of all manageable during all year round! I would get more worried about my hair in the summer since i just couldn’t seem to keep a style long and/or avoiding my hair to lose shape and swell while i was out….Which is why last summer i started doing some research on how to retain moisture for all dry weather conditions but especially for that hot and humid weather and how the ingredients in my products can help me achieve this goal. As i was researching i found out that the answer was in Humectants! Using products with humectants can help your hair retain moisture while you are outdoors.  Below i’m sharing with you what I’ve learned along the way and hopefully you can benefit from it yourself! 

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What Are Humectants?

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Humectants are frequently used in hair & beauty products because of their ability to attract moisture from the air and into the hair shaft and this all applies to the skin too (eg. glycerin,aloe vera,honey,agave,). Its pure science really and understanding can help you use it to your advantage within your regimen especially if you have dry skin or dry to damaged hair. Now understand that if there is too much moisture such as on a humid or rainy days then the humectants will attract too much water to the hair from the wet environment causing your hair to swell and may result in becoming big and frizzy because its just sucking up all that good old moisture in the air. High Porosity hair is more at risk for this problem than low or non-porous hair, which is why knowing your hair porosity levels is very important and i will make a post about this very soon that will let you know how to do a diy test to find out more about it. Humectants can come in great use for all dry weather conditions. **Although with hair during the colder months and in extreme low humidity conditions, humectants may draw water out of the  hair shaft causing possible damage or breakage so you may want to use caution and either avoid humectants all together during these conditions (which is best) or just use in moderation** I know its hard to determine the day to day weather as mother nature can change her mind at anytime, but do your best to pay attention to weather and go by that.

Also here is some very informative links explaining more in depth about humectants and the weather→

  1. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-1.html
  2. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-2.html
  3. http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-ultimate-guide-to-humectants-and-hair/
  4. http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/01/proteins-humectants-and-conesoh-my.html

DEW POINTS ARE THE KEY:Humectants

What is a Dew Point? →

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Determining the dew points is very important to decide if your going to use humectants or not and this means it is mostly based on the degrees and not on how hot or cold it is. Below is a quick breakdown for dew point ranges and humectant uses that i found on http://www.naturallycurly.com/ and it helped me alot to understand dew points much better.

 

Dry Dew Point: 15-30 degrees (-1 C)

  • Typically these are the winter months.
  • Avoid humectants if possible.
  • Use leave in conditioners.
  • Use light hold products.
  • Use plenty of emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Mid-Range Dew Point: 30-40 degrees (-1 to 4 C)

  • In  between seasons, this will require trial and error to see what your hair likes.
  • Some curls tolerate humectants in this range, some don’t.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Best Dew Point for Curls: 40-60 degrees (4 to 16 C)

  • You will enjoy the best curls at this dew point.
  • Keep your hair moisturized.
  • Humectants can be used.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

High Dew Point: 60 (16C ) +

  • May skip a leave in conditioner.
  • Hard hold products like gels. You will want to control your hair.
  • May want to avoid humectants.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Also watch these informative videos on dew points below→

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You can find Humectants in hair products such as:

  • Natural Butters
  • Conditioning Treatments
  • Pomades
  • Most gels
  • Most Leave-In Conditioners

HERE IS PICTURES OF A FEW PRODUCT EXAMPLES–> 

eco-styler-gel  Aubrey-Organics-Conditioner-Honeysuckle-Rose-749985051118215953816 humectant_honey glycerine-humectant   I bet your wondering  just how you are going to identify these humectants, well all you have to do is look at your ingredients listings on the back of your products! there you will find most of the common humectants such ass glycerin,Honey,glucose,panthenol and many more which are all listed below. The big words can be a little over whelming but if you save this list or right it down then you shouldnt have a problem when the time comes to take a look at a new product or a product you already had.

A LIST OF HUMECTANTS:2010-raw-materials

  • Butylene Glycol
  • 1,2,6 hexanetriol
  • Dipropylene glycol
  • Glycerin
  • Hexylene Glycol
  • Panthenol
  • Phytantriol — enhances moisture-retention, increases absorption of vitamins, panthenol, and amino acids into hair shaft, imparts gloss
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium PCA
  • Sorbitol
  • Triethylene glycol
  • Polyglyceryl sorbitol
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Polydextrose
  • Potassium PCA
  • Urea
  • Hydrogenated Honey
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Inositol
  • Hexanediol beeswax
  • Hexanetriol Beeswax
  • Hydrolyzed Elastin
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Hydrolyzed Silk
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Erythritol
  • Capryl glycol
  • Isoceteth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Isolaureth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Laneth-(5-50)
  • Laureth-(1-30)
  • Steareth-(4-20)
  • Trideceth-(5-50)

(found list of humectants here-> http://tinyurl.com/IdentifyHumectants): For more on common humectants used in hair products CLICK HEREhttp://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/humectants-used-in-hair-care-products/

****I HOPE THAT THIS POST WAS AS HELPFUL FOR YOU AS ALL THE INFO I FOUND WAS FOR ME WHEN I WAS DOING MY RESEARCH! FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR FEEDBACK IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!****

 

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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.

 

 

ARTICLE SPOTLIGHT: 7 Things That Deplete Moisture From Natural Hair by Black Girl with Long Hair

7 Things That Deplete Moisture From Natural Hair | Black Girl with Long Hair.

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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……