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Jordynn gets curlformed !

thanks to my chica Danielle, Jor and ii were able to try out the infamous curlformers this weekend. ok my hair didn’t like them to much (sorry no pics)…now Jor’s hair on the other hand loved them, well the first day. ok let me explain.

ii tried the curl formers on my hair thursday night but because my hair is uber thick it was super hard to pull my hair through the rollers and of course my hair wasn’t dry when it was time for me to head to work on friday. but ii didn’t become anti-curl formers tho..ii decided to try them out on Jor’s hair friday night.  what ii did…

  • removed her mini twist
  • lightly spritz’d with water
  • detangled with shower comb and tangle teezer
  • applied olive oil curl pudding to each section for moisture
  • sealed with coconut oil

and volia!

saturday morning  when ii removed the curl formers we both were in love with the curls. they were so shiny and bouncy. she was whipping her hair back and forth, literally.

but after her ballet/tap practice it was nap time. so ii put on her satin bonnet and showed her the “cute way” to sleep so she wouldn’t flatten the curls in the back. ii thought we had a really good plan, lol.

but chiillleee when my baby girl got up those curls were history, as in a has been. *shrug* oh well they were great while they lasted. so sunday ii found myself putting ponytails in her hair, mini twist are going back in sometime this week.

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ii Big Chopped

**Curl Talk With…

 
 
 
 
And you are?  I am the naturalista. I am the girl next door… I am just BnNappy of the Chocolate Hair Affair 
 
How long have you been on your Natural Journey? I began my Journey in October 2010. I slowly transitioned using flex rods and bantu knot outs until I was able to build my courage up to actually do the big chop! I big chopped on May 20th, 2011. I am now 7 months completely natural, with a little over 1 year of natural growth. 
 
Why did you decide to go Natural? I wish that I had a wonderful story of broken off hair, bad edges, scalp sores from perms… but I don’t. I went natural just b/c I had never seen my natural texture ever. Here I am 27 years old, and I have never touched my natural hair, other than new growth right before a perm. I went natural b/c I couldn’t find a good reason not to. And since I’ve been natural, I still can’t find a reason not to be. 
 
What is your current regimen and what are your favorite products? My current regimen… as if I have one. LOL. I currently wash once a month with either Ms. Jessies super Sudsy shampoo or Aubrey organics. I deep condition with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration mixed with EVOO and honey. I cowash with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration. I am currently using KeraCare Natural Textures Leave in Conditioner and sealing with Castor Oil. I pineapple to preserve my styles, and I spritz with water every other day. 
 
I am currently wearing protective styles: Twist Outs, Braids outs, and I can see the growth spurt. I love my regimen and I love my hair. 
 
 
What is the best thing about being Natural? LOL!! Where to start… I can get my hair wet in the ocean, the shower, a thunderstorm.. and not panic about how to style my hair!!  I no longer have to run from the rain LOL! What would normally be a bad hair day, can easily be fixed with a cute puff, a wash n’ go, or a twist out.
 
Any words of encouragement for the newbies? Be You!! Learn You!! What YOU like… it’s nice to know what others are doing, but discover yourself first. There’s a lesson to be learned when you go on a quest to discover what works for you… It’s an amazing journey. Let confidence and natural beauty be your accessory. Even on a bad hair day… confidence can make a bad braid out look so amazingly beautiful. Some days, a product will work. Some days it won’t. Some days people will give you wonderful compliments, some days they wont. But you know what… Life goes on!! Go with it! 
 
 
 
 
 

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ii Big Chopped

*Curl Talk With…

And you are? Christi

How long have you been on your Natural Journey? I have been on my natural journey i guess you could say since last year that’s when I stopped getting perms and started transitioning and i officially went natural “big chopped” Oct. 19, 2011

 Why did you decide to go Natural? I decided to go natural because I knew I was never getting a perm again and I was at the point where I was tired of looking at those straight permed ends and curly roots. Also I felt like it was about time I have been really wanting to grow my hair longer and I felt if I let grow in it’s natural state without straightening it would be able to thrive.

 What is your current regimen and what are your favorite products? My current regimen (budget regimen) lol is basically wash and condition with Shea Moisture Raw Shea butter Restorative shampoo and conditioner. Then after that is what I feel like doing at the time, sometimes I leave the conditioner and let my hair dry sometimes I put kinky curly knot today on my hair after washing. I’ve realized my hair doesn’t like a lot of stuff on it so I keep it very simple.

What is the best thing about being Natural? The best thing about being natural is being able to experiment. I like trying to figure out what really works for my hair and what my hair likes. 

 Any words of encouragement for the newbies? Just go for it, when your ready of course. Your journey is that alone YOURS so embrace it love it and make it work for you. Just make sure its something you really want to do because once it’s done it’s done.  

 

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Fab.com: Bantu Knot Out

remember Michelle? check out her fab.com hairstyle below.

-“I tried a bantu knot out for the first time! I am in love with the results.
Yay!!”

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ii transitioned.

**Curl Talk With…

And you are?  My name is Leslie White.  I am a science educator/entrepreneur from NY now living in FL.  

 How long have you been on your Natural Journey? I have been natural almost 5 years. I went natural in Feb 2007. I transitioned for 10 months then big chopped.

 Why did you decide to go Natural? Relaxed hair was not working for me.  My hair was not growing (when I knew it had potential to be very long; from childhood) plus it was very frizzy no matter what I did…I am prone to sweating in my hair so keeping it looking decent was a chore.  The winter was my only safe season…sometimes.

 What is your current regimen and what are your favorite products?  

My favorite products
Of course my own products:
Morning Dew’s Mango Coconut Sunshine (leave in moisturizing treatment)
& the Morning Mint Mask (deep conditioner)
(they can be found at www.morningdewhair.com)
 
I looooove Lustrasilk’s Tea Tree Cholesterol (cheap…but it works)
Eco Styler Gel (clear kind)
I make a lot of my own products (scalp oil/sealing ends).  I will be selling that soon as well.
Shea butter and coconut  and peppermint oil are my friends

My regimen consists of:
Co-Washing 1-2 per week
Deep Condition w/ heat 1x month
Trim ends every 8 weeks (currently stretching…16 weeks)
Moisturize every other day (concentrating on the ends)
Wash with sulfate free shampoo 1-2x month
Use protective styling one week out of each month
Minimize brushing/combing
Using my sexy zebra print satin bonnet EVERY NIGHT

What is the best thing about being Natural? FREEDOM! I dont feel restricted about doing anything…working out, going out in the rain, sweat of any kind.  I like the versatility and the fact that I feel more confident with my natural hair more so than I ever did with a relaxer.  I love that my hair is super long and no one knows it because of the shrinkage…so its a shock factor when they see it fully blown out. 

 Any words of encouragement for the newbies?  Its YOUR journey.  You cannot ever compare your hair texture or growth to another fellow natural.  We all have different genetic patterns, so our hair will grow differently and look different.  Its all about you keeping your hair healthy. PROTECT your ends!!!  That is the key to growth.  Embrace you texture…your hair doesnt need to look curly to be “pretty”.  Find styles that are fit for your texture.  Get inspiration from other naturals, dont be afraid to try something new. But find whats best for you…everything doesnt work for everyone. Enjoy it! Natural hair is one of the best things that has ever happened to me!

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ii big chopped.

**Curl Talk Wiith…

 And you are? Catherine

 
How long have you been on your Natural Journey? Since May 2011

 
Why did you decide to go Natural? Too many chemicals for a long time is
not good. So i decided just to stop, and go natural.

 
What is your current regimen and what are your favorite products? Cantu Products


What is the best thing about being Natural? My hair is naturally curly
and I never knew my hair was curly until I went natural.

 
Any words of encouragement for the newbies? Continue to be natural
because if you think about all the chemicals that sink into your head,
it’s not good so being natural is better in the long run.

 

 

look at my grandma ^_^ ! when she told me she was going to go natural and big chop ii was beyond excited. her haiir was a little past SL when she decided to big chop. and over the last couple of months her haiir was been growing like a weed! ((yall see that ponytail??)) my grandma iis my heart and ii am so happy she decided to embrace your naturally curly hair!

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ii big chopped.

**Curl Talk With…

And you are? – LYNITA “NeeDa” GUEST

How long have you been on your Natural Journey? Since 2006 and loc’d since 2008 🙂

Why did you decide to go Natural? My hair was the only thing that I had full control over when I was in a bad relationship. When it was ending I cut off all my hair because my hair continued to break off from stress and relaxers were actually making it worse. Salon and the home kits LOL. I wanted long healthy hair with a look unique to me. So this, to me, was the right thing to do.

What is your current regimen and what are your favorite products? I wash my hair twice a month and twist it once a month. I have dry scalp so before I wash it, I saturate my scalp with SeaBreeze and then I do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to clear any build up in my locs. I use Head and Shoulders for shampoo and Mango and Lime cooling sensation for conditioner. I use Mango and Lime locking firm wax for difficult to lock hair since I have a soft texture. When I twist my hair, I twist the roots and palm roll the rest and use Fantasia Loquid Mousse for a longer hold. I use Doo Gro Anti Itch Growth Oil daily. And I use Olive Oil oil sheen and Olive Oil mousse when I style.

What is the best thing about being Natural? When it rains and all the other girls are running for shelter so they don’t melt, im not as concerned.

Any words of encouragement for the newbies? You don’t know until you try it. Rough stage is tough but it’s all worth it in the end. Do what’s best for you.

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drum roll please…

**Last week Temoura announced that there would be a new series coming to isthatyourhair.com called “Knowledge from A Natural.” I am beyond excited and extremely grateful to Temoura for extending the opportunity (thanks girl!).  She knows how much I looove to talk about hair especially natural hair! Before I “jump in” I figured you ladies would want to know a little bit about who I am….so here goes

My name is Danielle or Dani (I answer to both) . I’m a proud mommy of a wonderful 2 year old boy.  Im also a newlywed- my husband absolutely loves my hair, he even loved it when he had more than I did lol. I big chopped in August of 2010 after transitioning for only 6 weeks and I have loved every minute of my natural journey since

                                                                                  

                                                                                                        no hair dont care lol

 my son was 1 at the time and even he had more hair than I did, but I didnt care. I loved my hair at that length. It was soo easy to manage

This is my 3rd attempt to go natural. What makes this time different? During my previous attempts resources such as websites like this one, and the products that are now available to naturals were not prevalent. I wanted to see my hair in its natural state and to learn how to manage my hair without chemical alteration. This has been the best decision that I have made for my hair thus far.

Stay tuned for a post on my current regimen as well as which products have made the cut since I began this journey. Here are a few more pics of my hair over the last couple of months

                                                                                           8 months post big chop

                                                                                                   10 months

                                                     me and my son Kaleb-12 months post big chop (STEELER NATION!!!)

Hugs and Hearts,

Danie

 *welcome chica!, so excited about having you on board!…now lets talk HAIR!*  (p.s your welcome 🙂

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ii transitioned.

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 And you are?   Jocelyn Cash

 How long have you been on your Natural Journey? One year on October 1st!

 Why did you decide to go Natural? I noticed in between relaxers how fast my hair was growing so I decided not to get them anymore last October. I wanted to see what my natural looked liked and embrace it. For so many years I begged my mother to get a relaxer to have straight hair. Now I wish she never let me go down that road. I love my kinky coily curls.

 What is your current regimen and what are your favorite products?  Currently I am in between my own regimen and going to salon. For the first three months I went to the salon and got flexi rod sets. Then I wore sew in weaves for about seven months. Now I am learning how to style my hair doing twist out styles. I use Design Essentials shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer when I get my hair done at the salon which is about one to two times a month. When i do my hair at home i use Shea Moisture (moisture retention) Shampoo and conditioner as well as the curl enhancing smoothie for twist outs. I also use Garneir Fructis Curl Shaper Spritz to hold styles and enhance the curl. I also use Smooth n Shine Curl Activator Gel w/ Aloe Vera for edges and also to the hold the curl depending on the style. I plan on purchasing the entire Design Essentials New Natural line because the moisturizer does wonders for my natural hair and was great when my was relaxed to. 
 
What is the best thing about being Natural? I love the versatility! One day I can wear my hair in a coily fro, the next day I can flat iron it, the next I can have curls with a twist out, I can do corn styles with my own hair….the list goes on an on. I also feel like its liberating. I feel free and proud to sport the hair that God gave me.

 Any words of encouragement for the newbies?  I still consider myself some what of a newbie because it has only been on year. I am still learning new techniques and what products work best for my hair. My words of advice are be patient and make sure you give your hair alot of TLC so that it retains moisture – purchase a satin scarf, bonnet, pillow case etc. And lastly do no give up the fight! One day your hair will be where you want it to be….just give it some time…..and love.

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ii transitioned.

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And you are? Michelle

Why did you decide to go natural?  had my last relaxer in October of 2007. I was curious to know what my natural hair looked like because of what I knew was in my bloodline (Caucasian and Indian) and because of the pictures I had seen of my ancestors. I had planned on getting a relazer once I had an idea of what my hair looked like because again I was only curious. I never did a big chop. I only transitioned and got occasional trims. After I fully transitioned, I was in love with my hair!!! I began to notice that it was healthier and fuller. I loved the versatility of it. My curls were to die for!!!  I learned alot about myself along my journey. I was never a patient person and amazingly enough, the journey taught me to be patient and endure. Because honey there were many times I wanted to say “Child forget this. Give me a perm NOW!!” lol. It is a decision that I will never regret.

What is your current regimen and what are your favorite products?  Currently my hair is straight due to the many weddings I was in during the last couple of weeks of the summer. But my go to style was my wash n go. After washing and conditioning I used EVOO and EcoStyler Gel and I was out the door. I would change up my WnG routine often as I am a product junkie. Sometimes I used Garnier leave-in and EVOO or I would use the Hair Rules Curly Whip. But my favorite is the EVOO and Eco Styler on my edges. For days 3-4 I just spritz water and use Curls Lavish Curls Moisturizer. My other go to style is to twist my hair into an updo. It looks best with an old WnG or twistout.I also like to pin up about half of my hair on one side. Almost like a half mohawk. I have a lot of products that I like. My favorites have been Herbal Essences Totally Twisted shampoo, Suave Rosemary and Mint Conditioner, Jane Carter Conditioner, Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner, all Cantu Products, Garnier Leave-In Cream, Carol’s Daughter shampoos and moisturizers, Deva Care products, Hair Rules, the list goes on but these are the top ones that I really like.

What is the best thing about being Natural?  The best thing about being Natural as I said before is the versatility. I also love the low maintenance. It feels good to be able to get up and go. I also love how my hair feels now. My hair is super soft, full of body, and grows so fast. When I had a relaxer my hair was super thin and constantly breaking. I love not having chemicals in my hair. It’s helping me to try and live a more healthy lifestyle as well.

Any words of encouragement for the newbies?  For those who are new to this journey, this is only the beginning. If you are transitioning, don’t BREAK!! You can and will make it to the end. This journey is a life changing one and you will not regret it. Just hold on a little while longer. You will be thankful that you did!

*The picture of me with the short hair was the last time I had a perm, October 2007. The rest are after I fully transitioned*

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