Hairfinity Hype

Length. Length. Length. It’s one of the most coveted things in the natural hair community. There’s articles upon articles, and remedies upon remedies on “how to achieve long natural hair.” But the question is, do they really work? There is also the excitement over Biotin, which is a vitamin that has proven to be beneficial to promote hair health, and more importantly length. But, I’m sorry to say that Biotin is a pill of the past.

The natural hair community has moved on to hair vitamins that have been said to promote hair health, thickness, and length. Let’s see, there is Hairburst, formerly known as HairVits, and the oh so popular Hairfinity. Now Hairfinity is said to nourish your hair from the inside out. It’s the newest craze in not only the natural hair community, but the hair community in general. If you peruse their Instagram page, you’ll find women of all colors, textures, lengths, and backgrounds confessing their love for this product.

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Hairfinity not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. There are testimonies overflow on their website and their Instagram. But I think their greatest testimonies are in the celebrities and natural hair bloggers that have jumped on the bandwagon and proven its success. Just to name a few: Kendra & Kelsey Murrell (check out my article “Curly Qs: Natural Hair Bloggers & Gurus), Angela Simmons, Naturally Neiicey, Taren Guy, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Toya Carter Wright.

Now, with all this, how could one not fall into this trap and want to see what all the hype is about? Well, I fell, and I ended up on the Hairfinity journey. I started in January of this year, and I am currently on my sixth bottle. I started the Hairfinity journey with the hope of gaining length. So far, I’ve seen my hair increase in health, but also in thickness. My hair was already thick to begin with, but now it’s even thicker! I have also gotten way more compliments about my hair since taking the vitamins.

I’m hesitant to say that I have not received length because I have, but not as noticeable as I would have thought, or liked it to be. I also cannot say no because with my type 4 hair, shrinkage is real. But let this not discouraged you, I do believe Hairfinity does work. Patience is key. We all know natural hair can be a pain sometimes, but it doesn’t hurt to try new things.

Once I finish my seventh bottle, in celebration of not straightening my hair or using heat for seven months, I’ll straighten it to see how much growth I have gained. And then I will truly be able to see if I have gained the length I have been striving for.

So in conclusion:

  1. Hairfinity does work! But like anything else, it works different for different people
  2. Keep up with me and my Hairfinity journey! Follow me on Instagram: @MoneBrianna

So are you game to join the Hairfinity journey?

 

 

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How To: Curl Form Your Hair Using Curlformers

 

 

1. Wash & Condition Your Hair  

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– If you don’t use shampoo, just practice the no poo method and co wash only. The objective is to get the hair as clean as possible without any products because you’ll apply products later in the process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Detangle Your Hair

 

– Detangle your hair thoroughly to get all of the knots and tangles out that you can. The less knots and tangles in your hair, reduces hair breakage when you pull your hair through the curlformer later in the process.

 

 

3. Part Your Hair In Small Sections

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The kinkier your hair ( I have 4a – 4c hair) the smaller your sections should be. The curlier your hair, sections can be bigger but don’t make your sections too big because if they are too big they won’t pull through the curlformer very well. When you part your hair into sections, twist the root just a little bit so the curlformer stick that comes with the curlformers can latch on to the twisted root of your hair. After latching the hair and stick together, pull your hair through the curlformer and you should have have a head full of curlformers when complete.

 

4. Anti-Frizz & Anti Humidity Products

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Use product on your hair that you normally use, although I wouldn’t use some hair gels because it might flake up and make the curls hard and limp. I suggest using a product that reduces frizz and protects the hair against humidity so that your hair doesn’t puff up as soon as you step outside.

      

 

 

 

 

 

5. Allowing The Curl To Set

 

Allow your curlformers to dry thoroughly under a hair dryer. If you don’t want to dry your hair under a dryer, sleep with the curlformers in your hair although it might be very uncomfortable. Sleeping with curlformers in your head might make you want to abandon your hairstyle throughout the night in trade for a good night’s rest.

 

 

6. After The Curlformer Dries 

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In the morning, slowly remove the curlformers and you should have big curls in the morning.

 


 

Curlformers come in different sizes and can be found at Sally’s, Ebay, Amazon, etc…

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After trying out curlformers on myself, here are my results:

 

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– My hair became frizzy over time because initially I put no anti-frizz or humidity proof products in my hair and I didn’t let the Curlformers dry fully. Overall I like the results of the style, but it is time consuming.

 

If you decide to try Curlformers on your hair, share it with CurlyInCollege on Instagram under the hashtag #CurlyInCollege

And She Braids Too

High fashion powerhouse, Vogue, dropped an artful video featuring Lupita Nyong’o today, and just like every other time Queen Lupita does anything, the Internet went wild. This video didn’t feature Lupita performing a monologue or stunting on us with her fashion as usual, but it showed her engaging in one of her favorite hobbies: braiding hair. What can’t she do?!

In the short video titled “Braids,” Lupita tells us about how her aunt taught her to braid and twist, as she corn rows a friends hair on camera. All while looking fly, I might add. Her desire to learn the craft came from a disappointing visit to a braid shop in NYC while she was an undergraduate. Throughout the video she skillfully braids the hair of her six closest friends, and shares some of her views on braiding and hair with a subtle passion that is genuinely beautiful. In her eyes, braiding someone’s hair can be “intimate”. She saw it as her “side hustle” and a hobby that gave her the opportunity to connect with others. The short clip is a cute look into her life that adds to her enigmatic presence in pop culture, but also humanizes her, and makes her more relatable. As an African woman myself, it was great to see her doing something that so many women in my family do in their day to day lives. Hair braiding is a cultural symbol that is engrained in the community of black Americans and Africans throughout the Diaspora that has recently been co-opted by sources of high fashion media. As braids show up on runways and fashion spreads, they are becoming trendy, and people who are blind to elements of black culture have believed it to be a “new” hairstyle. In some ways this video helps take ownership back, all while embracing the art form of braiding and natural hair itself.

In cultures across the world, hair is a woman’s crowning glory. To me it’s a physical expression of oneself and identity. Natural hair, and the beauty of black women in general is often chastised and belittled in our society, and that’s one of the many reasons Lupita has been such a breath of fresh air. She is a different picture of “black womanhood”, and to many the physical manifestation of the black woman that is often forgotten in mainstream media. “Braids” is a simple but poignant embrace of the beauty of black hair, African culture, and Lupita herself. I loved it and I encourage you to watch it here!

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Natural Hair Stylist: First Visit Tips

There comes a point in every natural’s journey where they must visit a salon. Some people choose a salon that offers Dominican Blowouts, some choose all natural salons that cater specifically to naturals, and some will only enter a salon just to get their ends trimmed. Whatever the reason may be, knowing what you want when you walk into the salon is key.
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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.

CurlyinCollege Summer Reads

Daughter of a Librarian and “wannabe” intellectual that I am, there are always a myriad of books on my list to read during the summer. In my opinion, Summer time is the perfect season to kick back and expand your perspective by reading great books. Here is a peek into what’s on my Summer 2014 reading list.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah is a story of love, life, and cultural relations as it follows Nigerian blogger and academic, Ifemelu. Reviews on this book have been done to death in the blogosphere, so I wont give you any of that, but I will say that reading Americanah was an unforgettable experience for me. I actually read it last summer and recently started re-reading it for a reading circle. I had never read a book from the perspective of an African woman living my experience. I could connect with so many of the characters and see the scenes as if they were scenes from a movie illustrating the lives of me and so many woman I know, All in all, it’s a great read and I have been encouraging everyone I know to read it.

Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry

By no means am I vegan, but foodie, food justice advocate, and nutrition enthusiast are all things I call myself. All of those things in addition to being a proud Liberian American, made Chef Bryant Terry’s book, Afro Vegan right up my alley. Afro-Vegan is a recipe book that reads like an engaging non-fiction history book. It shares an infusion of vegan African, Caribbean, and Southern recipes that are vegan. Terry presents a great narrative about food in the history of the Diaspora, and I adore that he gives readers a dose of culture by providing a song and/or book recommendation for every recipe. My favorite part of the book thus far are the first two chapters, which are dedicated to recipes for making your own spices and sauces. Plus the recipes look so tasty that even non-vegans will enjoy them. I’m looking forward to testing out many of the recipes during cookouts and parties this summer.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amorusa

This summer I’m apart of the tribe of young women around the country who are reading Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amorusa’s new book, #GIRLBOSS. There’s been a lot of hype around #GIRLBOSS for months and I was very excited to pick it because I wanted some inspiring and empowering words post graduation. Although it can come of a little cheesy at times, its been one of my favorite reads of the year because Amorusa has had a fascinating experience finding her way in this world and she does a good jobat telling her story. The book tells the tale of how she came to start and sustain her online clothing store, Nasty Gal. Early on she states that this book isn’t meant to be a memoir or a self-help book, but it definitely comes off as such. And that’s not a bad thing. The format of #GIRLBOSS makes it an easy read that still offers substance to readers. All in all it’s fashionable, empowering, and inspiring and I have been enjoying reading it.

When To Apply A Protein Treatment

After countless sew-ins, u-part wigs, and hair color- one’s hair can become extremely damaged. Yes, these styles are looked upon as harmless Protective Styles, but are they really?  Continue reading When To Apply A Protein Treatment

Curly Qs: Natural Hair Bloggers & Gurus

Everywhere you turn another girl is natural, turning natural, attempting to be natural, etc. But being a naturalista isn’t just a fad, it’s a lifestyle. I, myself am natural, and I love my hair, but it took a long time to get to loving my “beautiful monster”. She (as in my hair) tends to do her own thing most days, but that’s what makes everyone’s hair different, and special, and quirky. The versatility in the natural community never ceases to amaze me. Here is a list of a few naturalistas I follow on social media on a daily. Now these naturalistas aren’t just well versed in hair, but also in beauty, fashion, and lifestyle. They have also helped me learn to love and appreciate my hair, as well as become the naturalista that I am today. Hopefully, they can help you too. Continue reading Curly Qs: Natural Hair Bloggers & Gurus

The Life of a Curly Graduate

Naturals go through many phases, especially when we decide to make the transition in college.  I decided to cut off all my relaxed ends during at the start of my Junior year of college. Needless to say, during undergrad I was often busy, stressed, and broke which aren’t exactly the best ingredients for getting to know your hair.  Although I could not dedicate a lot of time to taking care of my hair, I made my way and figured out the basics to take me through the next two years of college. Continue reading The Life of a Curly Graduate

Detangling Your Natural Hair: Fingers vs. Styling Tools

One of the most important steps, if not the most important step, to retaining length is detangling properly. If hair is not detangled properly, not only will hair not retain length, but hair will be left with untreated knots and tangles, making it very hard to manage. To find the right method of detangling for you, you have to assess your hair needs. Here are a few tips to help you along the way. Continue reading Detangling Your Natural Hair: Fingers vs. Styling Tools