Posts Tagged natural hair

i Instagram, do you?

I love Instagram guys, Like I really do! lol. I love photography so the effects that Instagram offer really excite me, Check Out some of my favorite pics….

(Natural Hair & Bodi Glitz Pix)

        

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The Ultimate Naturalista Giveaway!

Bodi Glitz and Eclectic Star join forces to give the Ultimate Naturalista the ulmate gift!

The Prizes include…

Sprakle Hearts” by Bodi Glitz

                                                          “Queen of Hearts” by Eclectic Star

And of course a goodie bag of products, which includes…

  • Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
  • Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
  • Olive Oil Replenishing (3) Pak

HOW TO ENTER:

Like Bodi Glitz & Eclectic Star on Facebook!!

We will randomly select the winner on April 30, Good Luck!

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Sew-in to Wash n Go

I know I have been a little MIA with the hairstyle updates, but that’s because I have been rocking a sew-in for the last two weeks. I don’t have many pics of the do, but I was able to snap this one, right before I took it out on Friday.

 

Friday night life with some of my favorite chicas :).

(I tried a new product for my wash-n-go but I am going to try it a few more times before doing an official product review on it)

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*Earrings shown in this post can be found on my Etsy Shop BODI GLITZ*

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4 Reasons Why Your Natural Hair Isn’t Soft

via Clutch Magazine
 

When making the transition to natural, you may have notice that your hair feels like steel wool or your hair feels a bit rough. The ultimate goal for natural hair is to have soft, pliable strands that make it easier to style and handle on a daily basis.

If your natural hair isn’t soft as you would like it to be, here are a few reasons why your curls may feel hard:

You’re Not Moisturizing Correctly

Since coarse hair tends to be dry, it’s important to make sure your hair is moisturized. The best way to add moisture to your hair is using a spray bottle to spritz water into your curls.

Do not make the mistake of sealing products with moisturizing products. Moisturizing product is simply water or a product with water as the base ingredient. Sealing product is oil such as coconut oil. Putting a sealing product on an un-moisturized strand equals more dryness. You never want the strands to be dry on the inside and coated with a product on the outside.

Remember to always seal your ends.

Products Are Just Building Up

Some of us only use two products to keep our hair healthy. Some of us use a grocery list of products to maintain our curls. No matter how much products you use, you want to avoid having product buildup.

It is very easy to pile product on and on. When you go overboard, you can create a dirty, itchy scalp that is greasy, waxy, and heavy.

To remove product buildup, you can use clarifying rinses with apple cider vinegar, organic hair wash, or mud washes.

A Product Becomes Harmful, Not Helpful

Take a closer look at all the products you use. You want to be cautious of shampoos containing sulfate and products containing baking soda.

If you wash your hair and it feels extremely clean, it may be a sign that you have stripped your cuticles of natural oils. This can lead to breakage as well as more dryness. If your products are too harsh, do not use them. To restore your hair’s moisture, you should thoroughly condition your curls after washing it.

Your Hair Is Saying No to Moisture

When your hair can’t retain moisture, you may need a protein treatment or stay away from products that are too high in alkalinity like sulfate shampoos and baking soda. You can use porosity controller products as well.

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Overcoming The “Dryness”

Tomeka asks:

I want to start getting my hair back healthy and natural but I don’t know what to do, it’s very dry and my edges are breaking off. Any suggestions?

TC response:

We all hate the “dryness” that our hair has and what I’ve learned through my natural hair journey for me it was all about finding the right conditioner, moisturizer and sealant.

  • It took many trials and errors to find the right conditioner that KEPT my hair feeling soft…after it dried. Your conditioner plays an important role in keeping your hair from being dry because many of us wash our hair with shampoo ( I don’t) and you need a good conditioner to restore the moisture that the shampoo has stripped from your hair. Deep Conditioning is also a must when trying to regain the moisture in your hair, you should try to DC as least every two weeks if your suffering from dry hair, It’s also good to follow-up your conditioner rinse out with a good leave in conditioner. My conditioner recommendations are..
  • Herbel Essesnce Hello Hydration
  • Aussie Moist
  • Suave Coconut
  • Suave Shea Butter (new)
  •  After I got my conditioner down, I moved on to finding a good moisturizer. There are so many products out there that swear they will define your curls so good, you’ll wake up looking line Traci Ellis Ross! lol, but seriously I was not into buying all these miracle products. I took baby steps in finding a good moisturizer, I would buy one new product about every 3 weeks. I didn’t want to get pulled into being a product junkie. Rule number one with finding a good moisturizer is making sure the first ingredient is water, water is great for our hair, it loves it..I promise! Moisturizer’s that  I recommend are..
  • Water!
  • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
  • Shea Moisture Curling Milk
  • Organic Hair Mayo
  • Olive Oil Curling Pudding
  • Miss Jesse’s Curling Pudding
  •  Having a good conditioner and moisturizer becomes useless if you don’t have a good sealant to lock the moisture in. Sealant’s that I currently use..
  • Coconut oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Melted Shea Butter

additional tips..

  • Scalp massages with a warm oil, and taking vitamins such as Biotin can also  help with thinning edges.
  • Always remember to sleep on a satin pillowcase or in a satin bonnet to retain moisture.
  • try to stay away from products that contain alcohol, they tend to cause dryness.

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Just a Little Bit of YouTube’n.

Good Morning Dolls!

Last night I started my very own YouTube Channel. I am excited yet nervous about this new venture but I hope to help and inspire fellow curlies out there. I am always getting asked about particular styles that I wear, and sometimes my words just don’t explain it right, lol. So I decided a YT channel is the best way to connect with my readers and bring my words to life!

My first video is just a quick Intro of who I am and why I created the channel mixed with my Night Time Routine.  –>> Link.

My second video is my Twist Out Take Down. (the look in the photo above)  –> Link.

Don’t Forget to LIKE, COMMENT and SUB ! ^_^

 

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Braids Be Gone.

 

Saturday was the final day of the box braids, ii missed my hair…badly.

What I did…

  • removed the box braids
  • spritz hair with water
  • twisted using Olive Oil Curlying Pudding
  • sealed with coconut oil

(this was all done between the hours of 4:30am – 8:00am, -_-)

Jordynn had dance practice at 10:00 am so mommy had to pin the twist up so she didn’t look so rough while hanging with the dance moms. lol

Viola! The BEST twist out of my life right here folks! I was so geeked because my hair was hanging down and not up. Life changer I promise you.

I decided to switch up the pattern a little bit on Sunday. I braided my hair instead of twisting it..using the same products listed above, and Bam a very fluffy braidout!

 

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How To Handle Rude Natural Hair Comments

 

*I saw this article on  NaturallyCurly.com and found it very informative, check out the tips on how to handle the o so rude comments us natural chicas sometime face.*

 

As you embark on your journey, it is inevitable that you will encounter that one individual, or a few, who feel the need to tell you exactly what they think of your natural hair. When the comment is positive, it’s all good, but when misconceptions and rudeness are thrown at you, it may be hard for you to come up with the right words to say, as the attack may have taken you by surprise or you may just be a soft spoken individual.

So we here at NaturallyCurly have the perfect 4 step strategy that will stop those individuals in their tracks — without making you look bad!

1. Don’t Preach

Short of the online community, I know no one else who is even remotely interested in the deep racial and social history of natural hair. It just isn’t that important to most people. To you, this is a huge battle that you have overcome, and you may feel that you are forging the way for those who will come after you, but please, for the love of curls, keep all of this to yourself.

If someone tells you they wish you would go back to relaxers or inquires about when you plan to straighten your hair, do not use this as an opportunity to go Martin Luther on them and give them the “I have a dream” speech where you state that relaxers should be abolished. In a room full of people that know nothing about this issue, you are going to look silly fighting for a cause like hair.

2. Concisely Explain

This is by far the most important. For so long, people have come to expect seeing you with straight hair, and now it has changed. It stands to reason that some of them might be confused and will want to know why you aren’t going with the flow anymore. Explain that you did not have a falling out with your stylist, are not changing sexual orientation, religion or anything else drastic. Without going deeply, simply explain your reasoning and goals, be they that you want longer, stronger, healthier, bigger, curlier, or more dramatic hair.

3. Brush it Off

Do not, and I repeat DO NOT, get emotional. I truly believe that there are people in this world who say things to get reactions out of people. They live for the thrill of breaking others down and get truly excited if they can make you cry. So why give them the satisfaction? Even if they comment about your hair type and try to drum it into your head that straight hair is best, learn to display the art of not caring. After you have concisely explained your position, anything that your tormentor says afterward should be met with a blank, nonchalant stare, a shoulder shrug and a “Whatever.”

4. Keep it Moving

Now that you have explained yourself and managed to navigate your way around rude comments, you need to divert the attention away from you. Don’t leave yourself open for more probing and taunting. The longer the convo revolves around you, the more opportunities people will have to think of questions to ask and things to say. By slyly diverting the conversation away from yourself, you minimise the chances of being placed in more awkward situations. Also, it lets your tormentor know that you are through with the conversation.

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Protective Styling: Box Braids

YES!! I finally have the hair break ii needed! My newest protective style: Box Braids.

The  braids were installed last Friday afternoon..on my off day. I actually attempted to install these myself but after it took me about an hour just to do about 5 braids ii knew ii needed some help. (disclaimer: I’ve never braided with weave before). Luckly one of my friends came by and saved the day ^_^. Thank God for good friends right?

I used about 6 packs of Vivca Fox’s 100% Kanekalon Braiding Hair in a number 4  ($1.99 a pack at my local BSS)

I really love these braids, mainly because they give me a few extra minutes  to lay in my bed in the morning. ha! No, but seriously ii needed this hair break, being natural can become a little frustrating at times and that’s when I know it’s time for me to protective style!

I hope to wear these braids for a at least a month, but I might start missing my hair…so we’ll see 🙂

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From Twisted Updo To Twist Out

so monday night it was time to go back to what ii love. protective styling. ii placed about 10 chunky two strand twist all over my head, using water to moisturize and melted shea butter to seal. ii didn’t pin the twist up that night, ii just threw my bonnet on and went night night.

the next morning, ii grabbed my bobby pins and started pinning twist up. ii usually don’t have a vision when ii do updos ii kinda just play it by ear. sorry ii dnt have any pics of the back, its kinda hard to take a pic at that angle lol.

 ii wore the twisted updo for 2 days and today ii let her loose. this morning ii just untwisted my two strand twist and placed a flat two strand twist on the left side and a small pomp on the right side.

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