How to style your failed twist out

One of my greatest annoyance with my natural hair is the amount of time it takes to dry when I do any style on wet hair. Especially my twist outs and braid outs. They can honestly take more than 24 hours to dry.

So to style a failed twist out, I usually just roll and tuck the back of my hair upward, slide my hair to the side and just pin everything and just leave an afro at the top of my hair.

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How do you style your hair on bad hair days?

5 Ways to know your hair is damaged

4 c natural hairHey-llo!!

On my last my blog post which you can read HERE I wrote about how I damaged my natural hair and mentioned that I plan to FIX the damage!!

The first step to solving a problem is ACCEPTANCE!! DUH!! but prior to knowing that there is a problem, you first have to SPOT or NOTICE the problem, hence me writing this post.

Today I will be sharing some tips on how to know that your hair is damaged or getting there. This is how I knew, so I hope it helps you out.

  1. hair breakage: I realized my hair was damaged when I touched the ends of my hair one day and it literally just came off. I did not pull or twist it, I simply touched it and off it came.
  2. lack of moisture: I’ve been natural for a while, so I pretty much know how to keep my 4c hair moisturized. i realized there was a problem when I will follow my normal moisturizing routine and my hair will still stay dry and brittle.
  3. product build up: One clear evidence that my hair was damaged was when the products I will use would not penetrate into the hair, causing several products to just sit on the hair.
  4. thin edges: we all know this one too well. I’ve never really had thick edges, but I had edges. Nowadays, its gotten so thin that I can actually touch my scalp. Basically, I’m going bald!
  5. change in hair texture: I will describe my hair as kinky or type 4c. I noticed my hair was damaged when I saw loose curls at the ends of my hair, which are not typical for my hair type or texture.

These are the major things that I experienced that guided me into knowing that my hair was damaged. I’m sure it isn’t the same for everyone but I’m sure some may find this post useful. Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions if you have them or simply say HEY in the comment section.

If u stumble on this blog and you too have a blog, do let me know so I can check it out!

until next time

Braid out on dry natural hair

IMG_4260A couple a of days ago, I did a braid out on my type 4c or kinky curly natural hair. I did the braid out on dry unwashed hair. I used very little liquid products, just Aussie moist conditioner and some ecostyler gel. I wasn’t sure how my hair was going to turn out because I only use gel on we hair for the most part. Also the girl I copied the idea from on youtube has relaxed hair so, I was very unsure. But to my surprise my hair came out very nice and full. I received many compliments for it. IMG_4259IMG_4251

How do you do your braid outs?

Quit shaming people who wear make-up

I wrote this a while ago, but I think it is still relevant.makeup shaminggreetings, hope you are well…

In the past few weeks I’ve come across several  pictures circulating around the web of women who basically “transform” between their before make-up picture and after make-up picture. In all honesty, after a little application of any type of make-up, be it a little eye liner or a full face make-up, we all look different from when we started with no make-up at all….

Some men and women ( I say this shamefully- because I think women should understand the most) have decided that these women who may feel as though they have NO choice but to wear full face make-up are funny and something to make fun of.

It isn’t

Looking at these pictures, the women appear to have either really bad acne or are suffering from hyper pigmentation. Living in a society where there are an ABUNDANCE of skin-care products and routines floating around promoting clear skin, I ask, is it not normal that these women want to have even toned or clear skin too? And for them, their only way to achieve it is wearing excess makeup.

Unfortunately, people are mean and inconsiderate and have decided to shame them for not have flawless skin and wearing makeup. I see comments about how these women are deceiving men and I think to myself, this isn’t about men, its about self.

From my experience, I can honestly say I wear makeup to please myself. I know many women who do too. No one is out here applying their make up with thoughts of deceiving men or people. Makeup enhances our features, so it is really pleasing to look at yourself after applying even a bit of mascara and think yourself ” I am fine looking person”….

Anyways, my point is or was, not all of us are lucky to have blemish-free faces and that is okay. Accepting your face as is, is wonderful and beautiful and that’s what we all want. But wearing make-up because you want to cover blemishes is okay too and you are still beautiful. It’s not funny. Love yourself the way you need to. Be it with make up or not. It’s whatever brings you joy and gets you through the day.

stay true!

New Shea Moisture Commercial

So Shea moisture has joined the ad fails of 2017. I am beginning to think these ads trolling on black issues are being done on purpose for attention, and I will tell why.

I am not in the marketing world but I know FOR A FACT that before an ad is publicized it goes through many channels before a ‘go ahead’ is given. People work on ads for months if not years. No one just wakes up and publicize something for businesses, especially big ones like Shea moisture. So it is hard for me to believe that these companies didn’t know the consequences for publicizing these commercials.

Shea moisture is an all natural hair and beauty company. They specialize in natural hair products that are full of vitamins, good oils, and right nutrients for any hair issues someone may have. From dry hair, to damaged hair, they have products to cater to every natural hair person.

Shea moisture gained its success, yes, its success by catering to black women who have joined the natural hair movement in the last 10 years or so. Many black women decided and are still deciding to go natural because they are finally understanding that the hair that grow out of their scalp is also pretty. Black women, have single handedly helped Shea moisture grow to what it is today only to be tossed to the side. There isn’t a natural hair video favorites on YouTube that Shea moisture isn’t mentioned.

Then comes this commercial

I am ALL about inclusion, but inclusion SHOULD look like inclusion. This commercial literally tosses the black woman out and tells her, “there is no room for you here.” Which is problematic because black women have felt this way for a very long time. Left out, forgotten, someone who doesn’t deserve recognition, someone who is invisible.

I think it hurts more when it comes from people who you know KNOW BETTER. But for profit or whatever the reason, felt that they should erase that knowledge. Do I think it’s a good business move, by all means yes. Shea moisture being moved from the “ethnic” section to the “hair care” aisle will do WONDERS for their business and their pockets.

It is just heartbreaking that these women will pick money over their daughters, sisters and mothers.

Link to Shea moisture commercial ———> VIDEO

What do you think?

HOW TO: wash and go on 4c natural hair

Hi friends!

Long time! I know you’ve heard that a wash and go cannot be achieved on 4c natural hair or kinky textured hair, I’m here to tell you that, it is FAKE NEWS. img_4016

I start of really wet hair. img_4021I use these 2 products. A spray leave-in conditioner by Carols daughter and eco-styler gel. This was the first time I used this specific eco-styler but I have another one I usually use. This worked fine but i prefer my other gel.

After I apply my products, I hold it with the clips just so my hair stay in place. As you can see my sections are pretty large. If you want more definition, definitely make your sections smaller.

This was the finished product. Here it was about 30% dry. It puffed up more as it got more dry.img_4013

How to trim 4c natural hair

Hi friends

As you can see, I have changed the blog name. More on that later, but for now, I am sharing how I usually trim my hair.4c natural hair

I start of “hair scissors” or shears if you like. I used to use any scissors I found around the house but I learnt that ruins your hair. Another reason my hair isn’t thriving the way it should. More about that later.

But I usually wash my hair and then I moisturize it with leave-in conditioners, and my oil mix. I twist my hair then I clip the ends.4c natural hair

Above is a picture of a trimmed twist and un-trimmed one. Can you tell the difference? I two-strand twist my hair to trim because it is the easiest way for me to figure out the amount of hair that needs to be trimmed. 4c natural hair4c natural hair

How do you trim your hair? Do you do it yourself or do you only let a professional with scissors near your hair?