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I moved!

I have migrated my wordpress.com to a wordpress.org self hosted platform. If any of you would like to subscribe to my new…well not so new….blog, please head over to http://www.naturalsara.com and sign up via email. I will still be on wordpress.com periodically reading your articles, commenting, and liking your stuff as well.

Toodles!

Xoxo,

Sara

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FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions (Natural Hair)

Hello Curly Queens, 

I have been asked a number of questions and I figured it would be easiest to just answer all of them on the blog. Some of these are questions that people have asked me via email, instagram, Facebook, and in person. 

Q. I only wear weave and braids. I never wear my hair while I am transitioning. Is that okay?

A.  Weaves and braids are great for protective styling, however, it might not be a good idea to wear weaves and braids all the time. It is always good to give your edges a break from the stress of the braiding. Also, make sure that you are taking care of the hair underneath the braids and properly moisturizing. Don’t neglect the hair underneath. The most important thing is to make sure that your stylist isn’t braiding your hair too tight because that can result in hair loss. Wigs are a good alternative protective style, which can allow you to deep condition your hair all day underneath it and no one would even know. It is a win-win situation.

Q. How come every time I take down a dry twist out, my hair becomes frizzy in a matter of minutes?

A. I recommend doing a wet twist out versus a dry twist out during the humid months. The wet twist out will have less volume on the first day versus a dry twist out. Less volume = less frizz. I also recommend adding some eco styler gel along with whatever cream or oil that you are using for your twist outs. Another thing to add, is coating your fingertips in an oil of your choice when taking the twists down.  (Side note: I am just now mastering this method by doing trial and error.) For the longest time, I could not get my twist outs to come out right. The ways to maintain it at night are either pineappling your hair or for a fresh look, retwist at night. If your hair is still frizzy and you aren’t against silicones, then you could also try a defrizzing serum like frizz-ease. (Note: silicones can be washed out with either a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar rinse)

Q. Can a blowout ruin the texture of natural hair?

A. Any heat styling can risk possible heat damage if it is too frequent. My first recommendation is try heatless stretching like braiding, banding, bunning, or twist flex rods. My next recommendation is to use a heat protectant before doing the blow out, and do not use the highest heat setting.

Q. What are some products to restore heat damaged hair back to its natural state? Any information will be helpful.

A. There aren’t necessarily any magical products that can “restore” heat-damaged hair back to normal. It takes patience and TLC to your tresses. To recover from heat damage, I went through a heatless journey (I am on month eight now). Also, protein treatments every six weeks, which is how I was able to mask my heat damage because the protein filled the holes and gaps in the damaged cuticle caused by the constant heat. It would help my hair to curl a little more. Ultimately, I had to cut the straight pieces off. Deep conditioning the hair a lot is very important because heat damaged hair doesn’t hold moisture like healthy hair does. 

Q. What are some good clarifying shampoo suggestions?

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A. My absolute favorite is Ouidad Clarifying Cream Shampoo but that can run a bit on the pricier side ($18). I love it because of the slip and the shampoo alone makes my hair so soft. Cheaper suggestions ranging from $5-$13 include: Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle, Curlz brand clarifying shampoo, Suave Naturals daily clarifying shampoo, Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint purifying shampoo.

Q. Do you seal the water in your hair using oil/and or cream?

A. Try the L.O.C Method. L.O.C means liquid, oil, and cream. Some people swear that switching the order works for them better but I see no difference. I personally wet my hair with water, apply a leave in conditioner, apply coconut or almond oil, and apply Miss Jessie’s Multicultural Curls as my cream. In the summer time, I use Eco Styler gel because of the high humidity. 

Q. What is a good setting cream before applying rollers, twist flex rods, or curlformers?

A. My absolute favorite is Camille Rose Naturals Curliade Moisture Butter. My second favorite is TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer. If you need more of a hold then perhaps Lotta Body setting lotion will give you a harder, less oily curl. 

I hope that everyone was able to find these answers pretty helpful. If anyone has more questions, feel free to email me at naturalsara88@gmail.com

Smooches

Xoxo,

Sara

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Your Journey Is Not A Race With Others: Be True To Yourselves

My Rant: 

I feel the need to address the elephant in the room. I have noticed lately that there are some naturals that aren’t being so honest when it comes to interacting with their audiences on social media, and I think that it is crazy. Why lie and become a curly imposter? Why not just keep it real? The choice to be natural is supposed to your own journey and for your own person reasons, not just because everyone else is doing it. I have watched these people on these social networks sites blatantly lie about the prepping/styling method of their hair whether it was a twist out, bantu knot out, wash & go, etc.  We can tell that your twist out is not a wash & go boo.  No one will judge or think any less of you for telling the truthIn fact, with honesty, you may be helping out someone else who has a very similar hair texture/pattern as yours. I look at it as a win-win situation. Lying just creates drama, confusion, and questions.

 

There also have been people calling “texlaxing” natural when it isn’t. Texlaxing is kind of the same thing as relaxing. It contains the same chemicals to straighten the texture of the hair, however, with texlaxing; the relaxer is diluted with natural oils and conditioners. It is also applied differently. It is applied strand by strand and it is not allowed to stay on long enough to completely stretch out the hair. Chemicals do not equal natural. I’m not against people who texlax or relax but please don’t refer to any of that as natural.

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The length check thing is killing me. I highly doubt that you just BC’d to a TWA three months ago and you now have waist length hair.  No one’s hair grows that fast.  *Side eye* I may have been born at night but I wasn’t born last night.  Also, you see people get the “tilted head syndrome” on their before and after pictures, especially the after. Tilted head syndrome is when people tilt their head to make their hair appear longer than it really is just for sake of a picture. What do these people do when others actually KNOW them outside of social media? Healthy, long, beautiful tresses take patience.  Don’t worry it will grow. It may not be as fast as you like but it will grow. If it doesn’t grow, then maybe the hair is breaking off too much. There are a number of reasons why hair could be breaking off, which could include improper moisturization, or the way the hair is being detangled is too damaging.Length-Check

 

The product review fakers have got to stop. Real reviewers do not share plastic opinions. An exceptional review will have both negatives and positive opinions.  Every dang on thing that you review can’t be your staple or Holy Grail product. Reviews that are written by the superficial will be saturated with sugary sweet adjectives. As far as the fake YouTube reviews, it’s harder to tell when they are lying or not. For all we know, the person may not have actually “applied” the product on the hair and is showing us false results. There’s no telling what someone decided to cut the scene to the next morning.

Last but not least, weave. There’s nothing wrong with weave. It can be a great protective style when it is not damaging edges or done too tight. Unfortunately, there are imposters out there who are lying and saying that their kinky coily afro weave is their real hair.  Just because kinky/curly weaves look more real does not mean that you should lie or fool others into thinking that it is your hair.  Also, I have met many women who become so dependent on fake hair, that they literally refuse to wear their hair natural. They become used to the weave  look and have grown to prefer it over their own. I will never understand why people lie. I suppose that it is an insecurity issue but it just grinds my gears.

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I feel better now that I have gotten that off of my chest

Xoxo,

Sara

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“I’m Not Paying That Much Money For Those Products”

I hear this from the newbies all the time.  That and…”It costs too much money to be natural.”

It doesn’t have to. There are still good products out there for the naturals on a budget, teenagers who have allowances, or just a frugal individuals in general. When I started paying attention to the type of products that I was using in my natural hair, I was still in college so you know how that is(Ramen Noodles & chump change). Here are a list a good ol’ budget-friendly products, everything under $10. Most of this stuff (If not all) is at the drugstore or Target.

Shampoo & Conditioner Collections

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  • TRESemme Naturals
    Price: $4-$5 per bottle
  • Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration
    Price: $4-5 per bottle
  • Suave Professions Almond + Shea Butter
    Price: $2-$3 per bottle
  • Trader Joes’s Tea Tree Tingle
    Price: $4-$5 per bottle

Deep Conditioners
deep conditioners

  • Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle {My favorite}
    Price: $3-$4
  • Palmers Coconut Oil Protein Pack — Protein treatment (not reccomended for protein sensitive curlies)
    Price: $2-$3 for a single use pack
  • Giovanni Smooth As Silk
    Price: $7-$8
  • Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment
    Price: $8-$9

Leave Ins

leave-ins

  • Cantu Shea Butte Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream
    Price: $5-$6
  • Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-in Conditioner
    Price: $8-$9
  • Queen Helene Royal Curl Shaping Creme
    Price $5-$6

Stylers

stylers

  • Eco Styler Gel {My favorite}
    Price: $3-$5
  • Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Smooth‑N‑Hold Pudding
    Price: $5-$6
  • Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter
    Price: $4-$5

Great DIY deep treatments

Mayonnaise Hair Pre Poo
2 tbsp. Mayo
1 tbsp olive oil 
1 tbsp honey 

Directions:
Mix the ingredient together to form a thick paste.
Apply the mixture to dry hair
Put your hair in a shower cap and wait at least 30 to 60 minutes.  Less time if you use heat from a hooded dryer.
 Rinse your hair in a cool water and wash with a bit of shampoo. (Conditioner is optionial)
Detangle
Apply Leave In and Styling Products

DIY Mayonaisse



Avocado & Honey Protein Mask

1 avocado
1/2 cup raw honey 
2 tbs coconut oil
1 egg

Directions:
Put the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix very well

Apply the mixture to wet,  freshly shampooed hair.
 Put your hair in a shower cap and wait at least 30 to 60 minutes.  Less time if you use heat from a hooded dryer.
Rinse your hair in a cool water and wash with shampoo. May take a few washes to get all of the avacado out. (Conditioner is optionial)
Detangle
Apply Leave In and Styling Products

Avocado/Honey

I hope that all of these suggestions are helpful on saving money. You don’t have to have a million dollars to get started.

Xoxo,

Sara

 

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Super Short and Sweet Update: New Favorites for the Summer

Hey Curly girls,

So, I have new favorites when it comes to the shampoos and conditioners. The other products have NOT been written off my list. They are now products that I will use if I run out of what I have.

Shampoo: Ouidad Climate Control De-Frizzing Shampoo

Ouidad Shampoo

I got a chance to experience getting my hair done at an Ouidad certified salon as part of an hair modeling gig and I fell in love. This shampoo makes my hair smell so good and makes my hair soft. The consistency is very watery and does not lather very well so I was shocked at the results. It is also pretty moisturizing as well, almost like a co-wash.

Wen Clensing Shampoo

Co-Wash: Wen Lavender Conditioning Cleanser

Someone at work gave me a bottle of this and I almost jumped into her arms. I have wanted to try Wen so bad. It is a very pricey product but I can see myself purchasing some more when I run out. I love the lavender smell and it makes my hair super shiny. The best part is that you can also use a small amount as a leave-in too

TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask

TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask

Miracle is right. No one will have to worry about any dryness with this hair mask. My hair just drinks this right up. It is definitely a great addition to the deep conditioners. I am curious to check out more of the TGIN line. I wasn’t too impressed with the shampoo but it is sulfate free.

Xoxo,

Sara

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Going Through Hair Boredom?

Image Credit Via The Style Notorius

Hey Curl friends,

Long time, no talk. My freelance designing has picked up so I have had like 0 time to blog. Anyway, I’ve wanted to talk about what to do when you are bored with your hair. Here are 6 suggestions.

1. Curlformers. (Or the knocks offs on amazon.com)

CurlformersProduct Used: Camille Rose Naturals Curlaide Moisture Butter 

It is an easy fun way to have stretched out and beautiful heatless curls. It is a nice switch up from twist outs and wash & go’s. The first person to make me ever want to try these miraculous curling devices was a girl on YouTube named Mahogany Curls. She just makes everything look so easy. The only bad thing to mention is that they can be pretty uncomfortable when sleeping. If you are a stomach sleeper than you are probably fine. Oh, and make sure you wear a bonnet. It is easier to arrange them comfortably under there.

2. Protective Style

It’s getting hot and humid outside and these curls ain’t loyal (I had to say it. Lame. I know). Sometimes it is nice to get a break from doing your hair. I call it like a hair vacation. Literally, wake up and go hair. Try getting some box braids or some Senegalese twists. Havana twists look cute as well. If you can do them yourself then you are a lucky girl because I don’t know anyone who enjoys sitting in that chair for hours on end.

If you aren’t into the whole weave thing, I’ve seen some naturals get their own real tresses twisted too.

Protective StyleMilkmade flat twists with bun.  Products Used: Almond Oil & Eco Styler Gel for slick edges 

Other protective styles do require some maintenance but very little. For example, buns and chignons are popular protective styles. My personal favorite is the milkmaid flat twists with the bun in back (see image above)

Wigs? Maybe. I don’t own one but I have seen pretty cute ones on other girls. I’d imagine that it would be hot under that wig right now. On the plus side, it could be a discreet way to deep condition all day.

3. Color.  {Professional. Henna. Temporary Spray? Huh?)

HighlightsThis is the best shot of my old highlights.  I am thinking of going back for a touch up.

 

Summer is a good excuse to go lighter. Try an ombre, sombre, highlights, or full color. Just know that when/if you actually do decide to color, make sure that you go to someone who actually cares about your hair health and is very knowledgeable. I was able to beat the hair dryness and damage by doing a lot of egg, olive oil, and mayonnaise treatments.

Worried about damage? Then maybe henna is a better choice. Apparently they sell henna at Whole Foods and I am just now finding out. The brand at whole foods seems to be more highly pigmented (at least the red is) than the ones that I have seen.

Here is an even more temporary solution. I saw this awesome curly girl on Instagram with purple flat twists. She shared with everyone that it was temporary spray color in a can. I seriously thought she permanently dyed her hair that color. Although temp color can be messy, it is a cute and fun change for a party or at any event that is kind of funky.

4. Change Your Hair Shape.

I highly recommend getting an Ouidad cut. It’s like a Deva Cut only with different techniques like the ‘carve & slice.’ You can find a specific specialist in your area on Ouidad’s website. There are also reviews on the site as well. Plus hair seems to act so much better after it has been cut. It is like it cooperated better. The only downfall is that these cut are expensive so save up for the trip.

5. Straighten it. {Debatable}

I feel like I will get stoned for putting this one down. Before you pick up your shiniest stone to chuck at me, hear me out. There is nothing wrong with occasionally using heat once in a while. It shows the amazingness of our curly hair. It also shows the versatility too. Of course if you overdo it, heat damage is inevitable but I also don’t recommend overdoing anything. Please use a heat protection before and during heat use.

Note: It might be pointless to straighten hair in high humidity seasons, as it will just poof right back to curly texture.

To each their own.

  1.  Participate in a Growth Challenge.

Growth Challenges can be fun. In the long run, your hair benefits from it making it healthier. Take out your rulers, Jamaican castor oil, biotin/hair vitamins, and massage the scalp often. See how long your tresses can grow. Invite your curl friends to take the challenge with you, and take a lot of hair pictures.

I hope that these suggestions were able to help.

Xoxo,

Sara

P.S. I am thinking about starting a clothing line. I designed a shirt that will only be on the market for a limited time. I’m playing around with ideas. Check it out!

www.inktothepeople.com

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New Product Alert: Official Review – Miss Jessies Multi-Cultural Curls

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I haven’t seen an official review on this yet. I checked Google and YouTube and all I keep seeing is pillow soft curls and jelly soft curls reviews. Since Miss Jessies is offering free samples on their site, I ordered one (Oh, why not? It’s free).

Initially I was skeptical of the product because I did not understand how this product could be any different than pillow soft curls, jelly soft curls, or any other Miss Jessies stylers. I admit that I did give this product a side-eye at first. I don’t think it is a good idea to target race over hair type. I think that the name of this product probably should have been Multi-Textural Curls: For people who have more than one texture or non-cooperative curl areas. A lot of naturals that I know personally have automatically written off the product because they say, “Oh I can’t use that, I’m not biracial/mixed.”

Here is what the description says of the product directly from Missjessies.com

MULTICULTURAL CURLS™ IS EXCELLENT FOR MIXED HERITAGE & MULTI TEXTURED CURLS. GREAT FOR SOFT, LIGHT WEIGHT, AND WASH N GO STYLING. Where do you fit in? You are a beautiful mix of different ethnicities but cannot find styling products that work for your unique multi-textured curls. Some products are too heavy and leave your curls oily and weighed down. Other products are just too light. We know your story and share your frustration. Growing up as bi-racial babies, we were always searching for just the right product. Now, we celebrate our mixed race heritage and the curls that come with it. And you can too! Multicultural Curls™ gives your curls uniformity and manageability while at the same time fights frizz and adds just the right amount of super soft hold. Try it and you will love the beautiful curls that were styled with Multicultural Curls™ “The Best Darn Multicultural Styling Lotion”

INSTRUCTIONS FOR DAILY USE: Evenly distribute a capful or more to damp, freshly washed, conditioned and detangled hair. Spread a generous amount until you have good coverage. Make sure you scrunch the hair to encourage curl. To dry: either use a diffuser attachment to dry the hair or air dry and GO! To refresh curl dampen hair and apply a capful or more of Multicultural Curls™ and repeat steps above.

 

Here is my routine: (I tried to use all Miss Jessies products for an accurate review but there is one product that I used that wasn’t)

MJ = Miss Jessies

  • Shampooed with MJ Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo
  • Deep Conditioned with TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask – 1 hr.
  • Used Sweet Almond Oil as a moisturizer
  • Applied MJ Leave-in Condish as a sealer
  • Used MJ Multi-Cultural Curls as a styler

Multi-Cultural Curls has an off white color and does not have any special smells like MJ products usually have. It smells sort of clean. Also, the product is more like a lotion, versus a gel or cream. I applied it to my damp hair and waited for it to dry. I did not use a blow dryer.

I like this product and the way that the safflower oil in it responded to my hair. I have less frizz and much less of what I call my “struggle areas.” My struggle area is this patch in the back of my head. I think that the back of head has a tighter curl than the rest of my hair and is quick to act unruly/frizzy.  I also have more shrinkage in the back than I do the front. It also looks like I have a shoulder length; graduated bob haircut. Multicultural curls seems to tame that area. *Update- I got a Ouidad cut and fixed my hair shape*  It also helps out with shrinkage for me. I get those large spirally curls like Pillow Soft Curls does for me except with a better hold and no strong aroma. I don’t even have to add gel.  I usually always use Eco Styler gel for a stronger hold. My hair can get very frizzy very easily.

Do I think that this product is only for mixed girls? (What does that even mean?)

After using it, no. I think that this product benefits anyone that has more than one texture in their hair. I do, however, think that it will only benefit those girls that are in the 3a, 3b, 3c, and maybe even 4a family. It has a nice hold that is perfect without having crunchy hair. It has a stronger hold than pillow soft curls without weighing the hair down. It’s light enough to work with thinner strands but thick enough to tame the more coarse areas.

I can’t to find out if this is a great summertime product for humid weather.

 

My results: Nice definition but looking forward to 2nd day hair because I like more volume.

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Xoxo,

 

Sara

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Winter Hair Care vs. Summer Hair Care

summer-and-winterimage via serenity health

Have you noticed that when the seasons change, certain products in our natural hair care routine just don’t seem to work as good as they used to?  Don’t throw the product away! It may be a seasonal product. The environment has a lot to do with how our curly hair will act, especially if you live in the Midwest or East coast. The conditions can be harsh or more unpredictable for folks who live in these climates versus those who live in the warmer climates. Our hair already is a struggle to keep moisturized.

Key points to remember:

  • Summer = combat/balance out humidity
  • Winter  = replenish & moisturize
  • Fall & Spring = are in-between month so it is like a transition to prepare for the extreme months
  • Summer = expanded cuticle because of heat
  • Winter = tighter cuticle because of cold

In the winter months, the cooler and drier air can make the hardship even worse. One bit of advice that I can give is to avoid humectants. Humectants include honey, glycerin, panthenol, hydrolyzed wheat protein, and propylene glycol. What it does is help grab moisture from the air/ environment and enter our hair follicles. In the winter, it does the exact opposite making everything worse.

Here are some tips on preparing your hair for winter:

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  • More protective styles. It is important to protect those strands (and ends) from the elements. Protective styles include buns, braids, twists, ponytails, wigs, or weaves. There are probably more protective styles than this. I have seen so many people be creative.
  • Consider Pre-pooing if you haven’t been doing this already. Pre-poo means to moisturize before shampooing. Regular shampooing can strip your hair of its natural oils, which can make dryness a huge issue.
  • More deep conditioning or treatments. This one is pretty self-explanatory. I recommend using a really good one.
  • Switch your usual hair gel (if you use one) for moisturizing cream/smoothie/or butter instead. If you really like gel, then I suggest using a gel that contains oil in it like ECO Styler olive oil gel.
  • Clarify less often. Clarifying too much can have drying effects

In the summer months, there are more water activities, time spent outside, longer days, and travel. The humidity gets higher and there are more opportunities to sweat. It is time to break out those humectant products, shampoos, and conditioners. I like herbal essence hello hydration for a humectant shampoo. I also personally like the way glycerin and aloe works in my hair in the spring/summer months. Glycerin helps control frizz and aloe is a nice light oil sealer.

My most favorite part of my summer hair routine is air-drying. I blow dry/diffuse way less in the summer. I can walk out of the house with a sopping head (well maybe not sopping wet––I don’t care for the wet puppy look) and won’t have to worry about catching pneumonia. I also wash or rinse my hair more often. I get more build up and dirt more in the summer months. Sometimes a good rinsing will wash away that build up.

Here are some really great summer time tips:

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  • Check the weather channel for the temperature and humidity. If it is going to be 90 degrees with 100% humidity, you might want to consider pony tailing it. Also rain can make shrinkage and frizz even more apparent
  • Leave the heat alone (if you even use heat at all) Heat styling can be even more damaging in the warmer months because it becomes more difficult to achieve straighter hairstyles. The hair is more likely to frizz. You are also more likely to use the flat iron more frequently or turn the heat up higher. Sometime both. *Cringes*
  • Drink water. Staying hydrated not only affects your body and skin, this affects your hair as well.
  • If you plan on swimming a lot in chlorinated water, invest in a chelating shampoo and/or conditioner. This helps get all the chlorine of the hair. Here is a good list of shampoos 
  • Clarify more. Since your hair is expaned, your strand is more likely to absorb everything, even smells. Plus the use of gels may make hair flaky.

Share with me your Summer/Winter differences in your routine.

Xoxo

Sara

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Natural Hair Product Capitalism

I’m trying not to make this a rant so forgive me if it slowly turns into one.

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Have you all noticed that all these hair companies are now trying to cash in and cater to the natural hair community?  I feel a certain type of way about it. Where were you guys at when I really needed you? I needed products back in like 2003. I use to stroll up and down the hair aisle for hours reading labels and hunting for products. I used to settle on mousses, gels, curl activators, oh and Hawaiian silky. (Who used to use Hawaiian Silky?) Some examples of major hair companies that have started marketing to the naturals are Dr. Miracles, Dark & Lovely, Soft sheen-Carson, Motions, QP Elasta, and even Pro-style. I have not purchased any of those brands for natural hair care because I feel like they are just doing it for the money. Do they genuinely care about the well being of your curls?  Was there any real care or effort in creating these products? What if they are the same products for the relaxed ladies but just repackaged and put on the shelf for a higher price?

 

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I’m not mad at them. It is a great marketing scheme for zeroing in on a target audience. The companies noticed that a lot of black women are embracing their natural hair now and they want in. What they didn’t realize was that a lot naturals are starting to be more cautious and are doing their research thoroughly before using/buying a product. Naturals are not dumb. No one is going to pay $15 for your new deep conditioner full of parabens and sulfates that you claim will make my hair look like the lady’s on the bottle. It’s just not going to happen, unless you are a newbie.

Carol’s Daughter, Miss Jessie’s, Oyin Handmade, and Kinky-Curly are just a few examples of the leadering hair product companies that were established for those moving from relaxed to natural, heat damaged to natural, or just always natural. These companies are all independently owned. (I am not saying there aren’t other leaders; these are just the first few that come to mind.) When I first saw the advertisement for Miss Jessie’s products, I thought to myself, “finally a product for me.”

Going natural is a huge part of the $165 million dollar black hair care market, and the numbers are increasing everyday. The companies that had once focused primarily on creating perms are now searching and scrambling to capitalize on what they initially thought would be just a “fad.” I have even seen organic relaxers/texturizers on the shelf that says on the label “get the natural look.” Oh please! *rolls eyes* What the heck is a natural organic relaxer anyway? That sounds like a walking oxymoron. I don’t even understand how that works.

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On the other hand…

Looking at it from a positive light, we have seen so many chemical products on the shelves that now the time has come to see more natural products. Even if the companies just add one natural ingredient, the hair can benefit at least a little. Besides, not all natural women strictly just use all organic based products. Also, this could simply means that we (naturals) are being heard and not ignored anymore.  If it works for you and your curls are looking good, then that’s all that matters at the end of the day.

All in all, I looked at both sides and I am leaning more toward the  ”don’t trust these all of a sudden natural companies” side.  Perhaps my opinion is a little biased considering the fact that I have a love for the independently owned natural hair companies. I’ve never liked bandwagon or mainstream anything.

Drop a comment below on what you think about these bandwagon companies.

Xoxo,

Sara

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Help! I don’t understand my child’s hair.

Sorry about the wait. I really do post more often than this but it seems like the universe didn’t want me to write a blog post. I started writing this post last week but WordPress deleted my finished post when I tried to save it. I was livid.

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Photo Credit via uakron  & imnotthenanny

This post was inspired by two people. Within the past two weeks, I have had a few random people walk up to me and ask questions about my hair.

The first person was a Caucasian woman who stopped me at Walgreens. She told me that her daughter’s hair texture was just like mine and asked what did I put in it. She then proceeded to pull out her phone to show me a picture of her daughter. The first thing that I noticed was that her daughter’s hair was a drier frizzier version of my own hair texture. After asking the woman several questions, I recommended to her some moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, oils, and stylers. She typed in her phone everything that I recommended. I also convinced her to wash her daughter’s hair a lot less. (She was washing her hair every day. Yikes!)

The next person was a single father. He told me that he wanted his daughter’s hair to grow and have more defined curls like mine. I recommended ways to manage her hair and products to use as well. (All covered below)

Here are some beginners’ tips on how to take care of naturally curly hair.

  1. Never brush or comb DRY CURLY HAIR. Ouch! Ouch! In fact, do not use the brush at all unless you are gathering hair for ponytails. When combing hair, it is best to use a wide tooth comb on damp hair. If hair is extremely tangly, then I recommend only detangling when conditioning hair. The slipperiness of the conditioner will help the comb slide through a lot easier.
  2. Moisturize. Of course water is the one true moisturizer, but we need products to seal in the moisture. I recommend using the L.O.C. method to seal moisture. L.O.C. stands for leave in, oil, cream (styler). For oils suggestions, you can check out my post here for which one would be right for your child’s hair texture.  Here are some of the highest rated children’s hair care products.
    CurlmartThis site is called CurlMart. It is a great resource for buying products when you have no clue on where to begin.  This specific link will take you to the children’s hair care products.
  3. It’s probably not a good idea to wash naturally curly hair everyday. Curly hair tends to get dry very easily, especially in the wintertime. Dry hair breaks off and looks straw-like/frizzy. Plus washing the hair everyday gets rid of the sebum. The sebum is the oil created by the sebaceous gland that keeps the scalp moisturized.
  4. Nighttime care: To keep curls looking great the next day, I recommend pineappling the hair at night. Pineappling means to put your hair up in a very high ponytail secured with a loose scrunchie.  It protects the length of your hair, or the mound of curls as it stays on the top of your head. Also, invest in getting a satin bonnet or pillowcase for your child. Regular cotton pillowcases suck up moisture.
  5. For styling ideas, I recommend checking out this website called Bead, braids, and beyond. They have some really awesome hairstyle suggestions for little girls.
  6. Heat styling–I will never tell anyone not to put heat on their hair because then I would be a hypocrite. I’m only going to recommend limited heat and the use a really good heat protectant. I like tressame’s brand. For blow-drying advice, use the lowest setting and a diffuser attachment.
  7. Understand that curly hair is unpredictable. Sometimes your child’s hair may not look exactly like it did last yesterday.
  8. Do protective styles from time to time to protect the hair from the outside elements such as heat, wind, or cold temperatures. Protective styling can range from buns, to braids, to twists. It is a hairstyle where your hair is tucked away
  9. Deep condition often. Once a week or once every two weeks.
  10. Growth. You can help it grow by maintaining healthy hair. Healthy hair grows long, strong, and shiny.

I hope that these tips are helpful and useful.

Xoxo

-Sara