Wigs 101: A Beginners Guide

It’s very stressful trying to find a wig that will be the best fit for you and I know it can be frustrating choosing one for everyday wear, going out, and more. Before choosing my first wig, I definitely did some deep research on how to choose a wig that will last long, how to maintain the wigs that I have, where can I purchase a wig that will last a while, what colors compliment my skintone and more. I would like to share 3 tips on how I chose my wigs. Please take note that this isn’t an easy task and you should take your time during this process. Continue reading Wigs 101: A Beginners Guide

Curly Q of the Week: Kalea Lucas

Curly Q of the week presents Kalea Lucas, a business major at the University of Cincinnati. Lucas has been a naturally curly girl all of her life. Growing up with a mother who rocked her natural hair on a daily basis, she never saw fit to chemically relax or alter her daughter’s curl pattern. That is not to say it was easy growing up curly. Lucas remembers countless times of struggle when she would have to deal with the thicker and curlier pattern her mom was not used to handling. When asked what her favorite products to use were, Lucas says, “I really like Shea Moisture to maintain my curls. Their Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie is my favorite. I also like to use Jamaican castor oil on my scalp. When I do a wash-n-go, I use Shea Moisture’s Strengthen, Grow, and Restore Leave-In Conditioner.” Lucas mostly likes to style her hair in a twist out. In the colder, winter months though she says,”I try not to do a lot of wash-n-gos. I mostly leave my hair up in a bun.” Lucas’ piece of advice for all curly haired girls is, “I love my hair now but when I was younger I was so obsessed with perfecting it. I also wanted my curls to look a specific way, and when they didn’t I would get really upset. So, I would just say that no matter what your curl pattern is, or how you rock your hair, just love what you’ve got!”

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Starting From the Bottom: Transitioning to Natural Hair

Let’s rewind back to 2009. If you would have asked me if I would ever get a relaxer and big chop again after my first time going natural, I would have scoffed, rolled my eyes and replied with a simple, “never!” Here I am, 5 years later, natural for the second time: short hair, a good amount of products and confused by the follicles growing out of my scalp. Surely by now I should be used to this but I’m not. Last September I made the decision to relax my hair with the desire for something new and the need to start all over again. I loved it. My hair was straight and flowy as I twirled my signature flip in constantly with a hair straightener. I felt sassier than ever.  As the months went by, my relaxed strands became dull and my natural hair more prevalent. “Oh yeah,” I remember thinking, “my real hair!” After 10 short months of transitioning, my scissor happy hands found themselves snipping away at my color-damaged orange and brown strands 10 minutes before I had to leave for work. What on earth was I doing? If you were to ask me this question every time I did something with my hair I would probably tell you the same thing each time: I have absolutely no idea.”

Starting over is difficult. When I first started to cut my hair for the second time, I was terrified and immediately stopped after snipping off a small section. However, my desire to start over was overwhelming. My relaxed hair was nothing but a memory of all the hurt and difficulty I encountered in my sophomore year and since my junior year was only weeks ago, I told myself that it is only right that I start new with no attachments. So for the second time, I started over.

My second cut may not have been as drastic as my first cut back in 2009 but I am going through the same struggles that I once faced. Seeing myself as beautiful, working out which styles I can do with my hair (I may be African but my braiding skills are not the best) and playing with products and figuring out how to maintain moisturized strands. Coupled with my hectic life schedule and school load, returning to natural again is a lot more difficult than I initially imagined. But day by day, I am getting through it. I am becoming more accustomed to what my hair likes and what is a recipe for a disaster.  Remembering what I once did and finding out new tips and tricks have led me to a place where I am more comfortable with my hair.  I definitely won’t  be returning to my pastime favorite of playing with hair colors. My accumulated damage is what led me to start all over. Instead, I want nothing less than healthy, happy virgin hair that I can grow out to my goal length and more importantly, enjoy! However, hair is an accessory after all and I will still be experimenting with some natural dyes and treatments. I hope that you all can join me on this roller-coaster ride of ups and downs as I ride towards my hair goal of waist length. Stay tuned to my posts on CurlyinCollege  and follow me on my personal networks if you want to see more of me! I am a golden unicorn of magic so expect to see a lot of me!

XOXO-Ivie

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My Go To Protective Style

 

My favorite go to protective style is so simple: flat twist with bantu knots to make the ends curly. I included a picture below. I like this style because it can be worn anywhere and it’s easy to do. It takes less than an hour to do, and after a day of Chemistry and Calculus… you need the least time constricting hairstyle possible!

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Here are a few pictures of me wearing this style on my campus (AGGIE PRIDE!)

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Do any of you have your favorite protective style that you always go to? If so, share in the comment section below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crabtree & Evelyn Botanical Body Butter: Review

We all like to smell good right? Well if you have a little money to splurge, then here’s some body butter that will blow your mind! – and make your skin so soft and smooth! Now both of these body butters are the same and will have the same effect on your skin, but I’ll just describe the different smells and the price of course!

Now the price for these body butters (if you’ve ever shopped at Crabtree & Evelyn, then you know that C&E is a high end store and is very expensive) is a WHOPPING $16 each. I’ve had these body butters for about 4 years. I wouldn’t suggest buying this product if you don’t like scented lotion because this lotion is very strong scented. Also, I’d only wear it for special occasions because $16 lotion is too pricey for everyday use.


 

Mango Butter and Grapefruit Botanical Body Butter

This body butter smells like sugared candy all the way! Honestly, it’s smell is less potent than the next butter I’m going to describe. This lotion is perfect to wear in the summertime.


 

Illipe Butter, Lemongrass & Sugar Botanical Body Butter

 

This smell is intoxicating and honestly can drown you and make you nauseous if you put on too much. If you put on too much, you can get dizzy and just have real bad headaches.  With this lotion, I suggest you just dab a little on your wrist and call it a day- nothing extreme. I don’t know the perfect season to wear this lotion in, but if I had to choose, I’d choose summer.

Organix: Shampoo & Conditioner Review

So every time I pass the shampoo isle at Walmart, I see a long row of Organix products ranging from shampoo to oil spray. Usually Organix products costs anywhere from $8 – $13. Luckily on the day that I passed the shampoo isle, all of the Organix shampoos and conditioners (REGARDLESS OF SIZE) cost $5.83. I literally bought about $27 worth of shampoo and conditioner. I’m not a natural who purposely seeks out sulfate- free products or even products with sulfate in it. I’ve noticed that sulfates don’t really harm my hair, but just to be on the safe side I normally use sulfate- free products.

First I’ll start with reviewing shampoo, and then I’ll move to conditioner.


 

Photo Cred: Moriah Banks
Photo Cred: Moriah Banks

Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo

Smell: Let me first start by saying I like the smell of all the Organix products, but between both shampoos I bought, I like this one the least. It’s not that it’s an unpleasant smell, it’s just plain. Maybe I’m expecting the wrong scent from Sea Mineral Moisture, but to me this wasn’t cutting it.

Consistency/ Texture: The consistency/texture of  the shampoo is different than any other shampoo I’ve ever used. It’s very thick and does lather up rather nicely. Although to have enough shampoo, you may have to use more than a handful of shampoo and use about 2 handfuls.

After Using: After using this Sea Mineral Moisture, I noticed that my hair was dryer than normal. It wasn’t totally drained of moisture, but it felt as if all the oils was stripped from my hair.


Photo Cred: Moriah Banks
Photo Cred: Moriah Banks

Kukui Oil Shampoo

Smell: I love the smell of this shampoo. It’s refreshing and smells like a blend of Argan oil and Moroccan oil.

Consistency/Texture: The consistency/texture of this shampoo is just like the Sea Mineral Moisture shampoo – thick and lathers nicely. With this shampoo, you will still find yourself using more shampoo than you normally use.

After Using: My hair did not feel dry, it felt very moisturized. With this shampoo, I saw my natural hair pattern (4a-4c) immediately after rinsing the shampoo out of my hair.


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Coconut Milk Conditioner

Smell: The coconut smell is enticing. If you’ve ever used coconut oil, the smell that the oil gives off is comparable to the smell of this conditioner.

Consistency/ Texture: Very smooth and flowed right out of the bottle. This conditioner doesn’t have a greasy/slimy feeling.

After Using: Honestly my hair  felt the exact way it does after I use my normal conditioner. I didn’t notice a distinct difference.


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Awapuhi Ginger Conditioner

Smell: I’ve actually been using this conditioner a lot lately. Surprisingly, I’m almost out. It smells like a delicate smell, and is not overbearing. Ex) The scent is there just enough to be smelled, but if you walk into a room everyone will not ask you about that amazing smell in your hair.

Consistency/ Texture: The texture is thick and that’s what I love about it.

After Using: My hair feels so smooth after using this!!! I changed this to the conditioner that I’ll use from now on. This conditioner really has done miracles for my hair and makes shower detangling  so much easier.


(Keratin Oil Conditioner as shown in picture was not reviewed due to the fact that I haven’t used it yet. When I use it, I’ll review it.)

Have any of you Curlies In College used Organix products? if so, tell your experience in the comment section below!

A Love Song To Our Hair


So today I came across this dope music video while scrolling down my Facebook timeline. It’s called Natural Curly Hair by Benjy Cinco ft Rome D’Carlo. A Facebook friend from my fellowship program posted it because she is one of the natural haired beauties featured. Already winning points for the Bonita Applebum sample, Natural Curly Hair is a summery ode to natural hair and the beauty of black women. It provided good vibes and got me to thinking if there are any other cool songs that cerebrate our natural hair and beauty. After a little research I found a few songs that will give you hope when your naps just won’t do right and your jar of coconut oil isn’t enuf. Press play and enjoy : ).

I Dont Care (About My Frizzy Hair)- Shameless Maya & Friends

I Love My Hair- Sesame Street

Flawless-Beyonce

Beautiful Skin- Goodie M.O.B

Electric Lady- Janelle Monae

Natural- Arrested Development

The Makings of You- Terrace Martin ft. Overdoz & Kurrupt

Fallin’- Pac Div

As a bonus heres a link to a mixtape all about natural hair. What songs make you fall in love with your naps all over again?

Top 11 Naturals On Social Media

It always helps us naturals to see someone with similar hair to ours to encourage us to continue our natural hair journey or just for entertainment! Here are a few naturals on social media that you might enjoy taking a look at!


 

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MohoganyCurls 

 

This long-haired beauty has amazed us all throughout her natural hair journey. On her YouTube channel, she allows us to follow her journey from a fresh TWA to waist length hair. She is definitely inspiration to a lot of naturals whose main goal is to have have healthy long natural hair. She also gives us a peak into her personal life through her Instagram by showing us adorable pictures of her family. Both her username for Instagram and YouTube are MahoganyCurls.


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jouelzy

 

I first saw jouelzy while watching her video on YouTube – Realistic Expectations For 4C Hair. Ever since subscribing to her channel, she hasn’t left me disappointed. Her vibrant personality and uplifting voice is what I love about her videos. She’s never scared to try new hair styles. Both her username for Instagram and YouTube are jouelzy.


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saintrecords

 

Solange. Solange Knowles. Sol Angel. Just the unique name is enticing! Now this lovely natural made it clear in a few statements that she is not a natural hair spokeswoman, but who could resist her authentic style? No matter if you’re following her for fashion, music, or like the rest of us, in awe of her natural hair, follow this Saint Heron artist on Instagram under the username saintrecords.


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beautifulbrwnbabydol

This woman is all around phenomenal. Not only does she have a Ph.D, lost over 100 lbs, have an amazing fashion sense… but she’s natural! She inspires us to be fit physically, mentally, and emotionally. She practices what she preaches and shows us that healthy hair starts from within. Both her username s for Instagram and YouTube are beautifulbrwnbabydol.


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msaliciajames

 

She’s a singer, wife, mom, vlogger, and naturalista. Not only are her vocal skills amazing, her natural hair style tips are enlightening. Ever feel like you have no more options when it comes to your natural hair? She will help you get on track with your regimen and tell you tips on what made her hair grow healthy, strong, and long. Both her Instagram and YouTube usernames are msaliciajames.

 


 

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arilennox

 

After listening to, and downloading, her song Cascade and I Do, I had to see what more this artist had to offer. I pulled up her Instagram expecting to see “common things musicians post,” and was pleasantly shocked to see that she flaunts her natural hair with ease! Her carefree afro is breath taking and looks amazing at the beach and in the streets! Both her Instagram and YouTube username are arilennox.


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donedo

 

Hair Color Alert! Right now I have a screenshot in my phone of a picture I found of her on Pinterest because I loved her hair color that much. The day I saw her natural hair is the day before I dyed my hair. Her Instagram consist of selfies, professional photographs she’s taken, and different styles of braids. What can I say? – She’s got a lot going on in her life but it’s all under control. Her Instagram and YouTube usernames are donedo.

 


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neffyfrofro

 

London’s very own taught me one thing: All naturals have single strand knots. I encountered her YouTube channel during the time period of my life where I didn’t know if single strand knots were normal or if my hair was being attacked by them. Not only did her video reassure me that it was completely normal, but she introduced me to the Shea Butter train and I haven’t looked back since. Both her YouTube and Instagram are under the usernames neffyfrofro.

 

 


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pashtash

 

I don’t even have an entrance for this unique spirit. I automatically knew when I was making this list, that I COULDN’T  make a list without including pashtash. Her hair length is close to mine so I felt that I could relate to her hair journey. I love how in one selfie she’ll post a 4×6 photo full of a picked out afro, and in one picture she had a defined twist out. Her fashion is unpredictable, yet incredible, just like her hair. To see more of her, check out her Instagram at pashtash.


 

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andrealewis

 

Yes, we ALL know her as the girl from Degrassi, but that girl is no longer here. This woman is gorgeous and talented in everything that she does. She flaunts her natural hair and makes the funniest YouTube videos with her best friend. She always posts pictures of her natural hair, her love for natural hair, and products she uses on her hair. She shows us that even while being young with a busy life and very promising future, you can still take care of your natural hair. To see more of her, her username on Instagram is andrealewis


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mayasworld

Long hair don’t care… No, Seriously.. Long hair don’t care. Maya proved to us that going natural should not be about length when she randomly cut off all of her hair! When she cut off all of her hair, her short hair styles were simple yet eccentric and bold. She showed us colors we never imagined dying our hair and hasn’t slowed down! Besides her natural hair, she does PLENTY of makeup tutorials. Her recent tutorial was to the video Flawless by Beyonce. Looking at her pictures, we can definitely tell that she “Woke Up Like Dis.” See her flawless pictures on Instagram under the username mayasworld and on YouTube under the username shamelessmaya.

Hair Crush: Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress, comedian, online sensation, and my personal girl crush is this week’s hair crush, Ms. Tracee Ellis Ross. Tracee not only gets her curly q’s from her famous mother, Diana Ross, but she rocks and embraces her curls too. She’s a free spirit who didn’t let society define her. Her big personality is only complemented by her big hair, which makes her a powerhouse, and overall crush worthy. In an industry that “celebrates” straight hair, Tracee embraces her “different” hair. Her hair is now her trademark, it’s what she’s known for. What’s peanut butter without jelly, or Tracee Ellis Ross without her big hair.

Check Tracee’s video on her hair journey, and loving and accepting her own hair.