Empower others and encourage their hair journey

Today I’m not going to give tips or new information I just want to talk to you all about accepting and loving yourself and your hair. It is important to others, and with women with natural hair that is a must! I don’t mean to sound preachy, but women should not tear each other down, but offer them their support. Okay so I have to admit I love Facebook, and here is why they have pages that have all kinds of hair style ideas. I absolutely adore the idea, however some women post captions along with their picture like twist envy, or fro envy or other remarks that imply you should covet their hair for whatever the reason. Well I respectfully disagree! I know it is all in good fun, but we don’t want to say one hair texture or type is better than the other. The whole point, or so I thought of going natural is to accept you as a whole person; to start loving yourself from the inside out. To know that you and your hair are beautiful, and that God has made no mistakes. So, let’s tear down all the false beliefs that a thin, coarse, wavy, or curly hair type is better than another. If you have course hair your beautiful if you have thin hair its beautiful if you have curly wavy or curly hair know that God made you in his own image, and you are who you are on purpose.

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PROTECTIVE HAIR STYLES

Hello, everyone so let’s talk protective hair styles. Lately I have been wearing twist. Usually I don’t like putting my hair up or in a prolonged style. Part of the reason I have always had natural hair, because I love versatility. However, my hair needed a break previous to my twist I was wearing wash and goes every day! I used conditioner ,and detangled with my fingers for the most part, but the constant manipulation rendered my hair for a much needed vacation. So, I went to work on my hair I two strand twisted my hair and bandtu knotted my hair for an extra personality. However, you can do more than just twist for a protective style. Women wear their hair pinned up to save their ends from constant UV exposure. Some other styles are braids or coils or even added hair for prolonged twist and braids. If you notice that you have been wearing your hair out or styling your hair every morning it may be time to give your hair a vacation from styling. I know, I know, you had ideas for this upcoming week, but trust me your hair will thank you. Remember be curly, be happy, be you, and you will never fail.

No shampoo no problem

Hello, everyone today I will be giving a few tips on how to cleanse without shampoo. I know, I know, the thought of no shampoo may sound gross, but it’s not really. I don’t shampoo often, and I manage to keep my scalp very clean. Lately I have been doing a lot of wash and goes; I use this to my advantage. I take the same amount of conditioner I would need to condition my hair while showering, and I massage my scalp. I scrub my scalp, as if I were using shampoo. This loosens the product build up from my scalp, and while the water from the shower hits my hair it rinse out the build up from the week or day. This method can be used as often as believed necessary, there are no worries conditioner will never dry your hair out. Why not kill two birds with one stone? Shampoo can be very harsh on curly hair , so if you’re going to use shampoo often, make sure it does not have sulfate in your product.It will dry your hair out! It will literally strip your hair from its nutrients. Other ways to combat unclean hair and scalp without shampoo, is to wash your hair with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar,has a very strong scent, but it gets the job done. I fill half of the cup with vinegar the other with water. Once the cup is full I shake it up and proceed to pour it on to my scalp and massage my head to loosen the dirt and product build up from my hair. However, I just can’t take my hair smelling like vinegar,so I always have a very fruity or sweet-smelling conditioner.I can’t stand the smell, and it doesn’t scream hey there sexy either ,you want to smell lady like ,not like you been cooking pork all day. I digress, I have heard about individuals cleaning their hair with lemon or orange juice they claim that the citrus acid breaks down the buildup on your scalp go figure. I myself have never tried orange or lemon juice for cleansing. One thing I can say is that witch hazel works as well if you are wearing a protective style such as individuals, or twist witch hazel allows you to wipe your scalp down and cleanse it from unwanted product or waste. If you are not wearing a protective style ,and still wary about not washing your hair with shampoo often, attempt to go a week without shampoo co-wash and use other methods of cleansing your hair, and build your way up from there. Remember, be curly, be happy, be you, and you will never fail.

transitioning? looking to learn how to manage natural hair?

Hi, so I would like to share with you guys some new hair info. So we all may have heard about the new “no heat hair movement” if not it is a new hair collection that is providing weave, that is our natural hair texture. It is said to behave and react to products just as our own hair does. However, they do have products that they recommend with the hair. This new hair collection, maybe the help you were looking for. W either it was because you were natural hair curious, and wanted to take it out for a spin. Or were looking for a way to still rock your curls while having your hair in a protective style “no heat hair collection might be what you have been waiting for. For years we have had hair lines that provide hair that do not look and feel natural, now we have a hair collection that allows us to be true to ourselves, while we give our hair the break it needs. Also, this is perfect for individuals who are transitioning and can’t wait on their perms to grow out, but just can’t wait for long big full curls. There is no need to wait; you can experience the look you want. However, a lot of individuals are going natural, because they want to accept themselves as who they are, and everything that that entails. I think that’s beautiful, I don’t just think that no heat hair collection is good for the look. I also think we can use this as an opportunity to experience different textures. We would be able to relate to what our friends or loved ones are going through, and to have a better since of acceptance and understanding especially if you want to be a hair stylist. Remember, be happy, be curly, be you and you will never fail.

Detangling curly hair

Hello all, we have talked about detangling before, but today we’re going to go into more detail. So, first things first, a wide tooth comb is a must! A paddle brush, or a brush with spaced out bristles is best. Now please, remember to start combing from the bottom, and work your way up. By detangling from the bottom, you avoid the additional knots you would get from starting at the root. I do not detangle dry hair, unless I’m going for a fro, or blow-out look. With that being said, I detangle, as I said before, under water. Adding conditioner to your hair, and letting it sit for one to two minutes, should cut down on your detangling time, and effort. As I said on my last post, conditioner cuts down on hair shedding when detangling. It is best to detangle section by section, instead of attempting to take on your entire head of hair, all at once. Trying to take on all of your hair all at once can cause frustration, and add additional work to the task at hand. If you want an alternative to conditioner, there are detangling sprays that you can purchase that act as an agent to aid in detangling your hair. Although, I don’t use those currently, I have used them in the past, and they sufficed. If you don’t want to detangle in the shower, you need to invest in a water bottle. If you have a water bottle, you can still spritz your hair, with water which will do the trick. If you’re going to do both brushing and combing, I suggest brushing first. I’m not sure if it matters to others, but I always found it easier to get through tangles, when I brush my hair first before combing it. Remember to comb and brush your hair gently. Take your time and comb softly. You should not have to snatch through your hair, and should not hear the comb working its way through your hair! It’s best if you’re calm and have the time to give your hair adequate treatment. Once your finish detangling you can start working on your new look! Remember to love your curls and love yourself. Chat with you guys again next time.

“Is your hair dry?” “Are you having trouble detangling?”

Hello everyone, we’re talking conditioner today! If you were going through, and checking off the questions of today’s post title, and nodding your head yes, it is definitely time to whip out the nearest conditioner and go to work on your hair! We all know the signs, your hair starts to feel crunchy, you touch it and cringe, it has lost its shine, detangling is an absolute nightmare. Yes your hair is in need of some T.L.C, and fast! So, what should you look for in your conditioner? Well that depends on you, however, when conditioning, you want to think about what is being used in your product. Ask yourself, is this something that I’m willing to leave on my hair, for any length of time? Do these products have any nutritional value for my hair and scalp? Your hair is an extension of yourself, it is a part of you, it needs the same things you do. Well, not all of them, but a great deal of them! Protein is one of the number one ingredients you want to look for when conditioning. Vitamins are also helpful, such as vitamin E. Think moisture! As I said before, I have been using olive conditioner, however going organic is a great alternative to store brought products. That way you know exactly what you’re putting on to your hair. I personally have been known to use mayonnaise, as a conditioner, especially when I’m running low on products, that is! You can always go into the kitchen, and find something’s you can add into a conditioner you’re already using, or create your own creation (within reason). Please don’t just go whip up any old thing. Think about it, ask yourself is this something you need, is this going to do my hair any justice? So I’m researching more and more, about different food ingredients, that may be good to add to my conditioner. So, what caught my eye recently, is yogurt. Yes ladies, not just for eating, it’s much more. Due to yogurt containing some protein, it has sufficed for a good conditioner, go figure. I always knew that protein and moisture were good for your hair, I have added mayonnaise, cracked an occasional egg or two, but this for me is new! Avocados, also serve as a great ingredient for a conditioner. Avocados have protein, potassium, and various vitamins to moisturize your hair. So, now that we are with more information we can get to it. Remember conditioning is a key element to healthy hair. Condition often, and that means as much as needed. You can condition overnight, condition for a wash and go, condition in a baggy, whatever! You need to work conditioning into your schedule, please do! Start from your scalp, and work your way down, remember the ends are where your hair needs it the most. Be kinky, be curly, be you, and you will never fail, confidence is key!

“Wash and Go,” or is There More?

Let’s talk about the wash and go method–we all have heard of the term “wash and go.” In spite of the name, there is much more to it than just washing our hair, and walking out of the door. I love my curls, always have, but there is no way I would wash my hair and walk out of the door. If I was to do so, it would be a disaster! When I do a wash and go, it is rarely with shampoo. Instead of using shampoo I use conditioner. The reason behind it is that my hair after shampooing requires a lot of moisture. The bare minimal of moisture for me, is letting my conditioner set for at least a half an hour. Even after conditioning, I would at least have to add oil to my hair. The oils I use are Keratin, Aragon, or Coconut.

I know that because of the term “wash and go”, you would automatically assume that’s what you would do. No, no, no! You just cannot wash your hair daily. I know that it’s the summer time. Natural hair is the go to style for spring and summer. However, over shampooing your hair can make your hair dry and brittle, and let’s not forget about the toll it takes on your poor scalp. So what can you do to combat this? The answer to this dilemma is to co-wash, co-wash and then co-wash again! A co-wash is when you put a hair conditioner in your hair while you are in the shower, or even out of the shower, for just a few minutes, after massaging it into your scalp for extra cleansing. I do not wash my hair with shampoo often–I try to use it once a month at a minimum if at all possible. In between those breaks, I use apple cider vinegar to cleanse as well as co-wash my hair.

Let’s get right down to it. When I do a wash and go, the majority of the process is done in the shower. I never recommend detangling curly hair while it is dry. I detangle my hair when it is subemerged under warm water. My detangling is done under water so that I have less shedding. Once my hair is wet I apply conditioner. My current conditioner is an olive cholesterol super shine and moisturizer. Olive Cholesterol is actually a deep conditioner for damaged hair, but it works just fine for my wash and go’s. At the end of my shower which is about five to ten minutes, I begin to rinse out the conditioner, usually detangling with my fingers, and occasionally with a paddle brush, depending on how tangled my hair is. I do recommend that you limit the amount of combing and brushing of your hair to a minimum. By minimum, I mean that you are not detangling with a comb or brush daily. You should always limit the number of times you comb or brush your hair to reduce hair loss, and split ends. While detangling, I make sure that I am positioning my hair the way I want to wear it for the day.

While in the shower, I may fluff my hair, but, once I’m out, let me tell you, I’m out. If there is no water running over my hair, I do my best not to disturb the curl-pattern. I know that may sound silly, but my hair is pretty soft, so if I toy with my hair, it may frizz. I do not wrap my hair in a towel, that would be disastrous, and defeat the styling I did while in the shower. I spray a light oil on the full of my hair. There are some other products that I may use such as Organix hair yogurt, or Dark and Lovely anti-shrinkage curl defining cream. However, for the most part, my wash and goes are kept simple, and the final touch is moisturizing with light oil. No two heads of hair are the same–with that being said, I have checked out other blogs, and I have seen some different approaches to the wash and go method. If you’re looking to read up on some other articles on the wash and go method, there is plenty to learn HERE.

Afro Frenzy

Hello, my name is Kristyn. This blog will be geared towards natural hair care products and styles. I have always had natural hair; it is all that I have ever known. However, there has been an abundance of people deciding to go natural, so much so that there is a lot more information, about how to care for natural hair.

I call it the Afro frenzy, I absolutely love it. When I was coming of age I did my own investigations on styles. I went through my Afro stage in middle school detangling, as you may know can be an absolute pain. I wore my hair hot combed, long, in bobs, any style you name, I probably have worn.
Let’s share in the wealth of knowledge of our hair.

I want this to be a place you can come for information and encouragement to continue on in your hair journey, no matter your stage. I will be sharing my own personal experiences, as well as those of others. I will also be providing information on different products that may spark your interest. Come by my blog and become a part of the Afro frenzy!

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