Claudine’s Go-to Hair Styles

I think we can all agree that one of the major problems with having natural hair is styling. Taking care of natural hair can be very hard and tedious; or maybe it’s just me. However, over time as you learn more about your hair, you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. some styles look better or are easier to maintain on certain textured hairs than others. So, we often cannot simply mimic styles that we see on others or online. I’m not saying it’s always impossible to get your hair to look a certain way but you may have to do a thing or two in addition to what the other person did, depending on your hair texture. Continue reading Claudine’s Go-to Hair Styles

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The Never Ending Roller-Coaster: My Natural Hair Journey

Where do I begin? Who possessed my mother into putting classic Alkaline and Ammonium Thioglycolate, also known as, perm onto my 3c/4b coily curls?

When I was younger, my hair was shaped into a Jackson 5 Afro but was always in two pigtails styled in twists or the good old fashioned hot comb straightened hair with grease sizzled edges. I used to be a dancer so my mother had to figure out a way to make my hair more manageable and easy to detangle.

When I was around the age of 6-7, my mother took me to a hair salon where they gave me my first perm and boy oh boy, did it burn. The pain of the perm made me want to shed more than a few tears. Prior to getting this perm, I would constantly scratch my scalp which will create scars on the scalp and extreme burning sensations. As I’m typing this blog, I’m sort of envisioning the pain I felt back then. Continue reading The Never Ending Roller-Coaster: My Natural Hair Journey

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Product Spotlight: EDEN BodyWorks

As a black girl going through the whirlwind of emotions when starting your natural hair journey, our first question we ask ourselves is, “What products should I try for my curls?” or “Will this product work for my texture?” We go from Cantu to Creme of Nature to Curls, Miss Jessie’s and many more to achieve those beautiful braid-outs and trendy twist outs but to complete this look we need the one essential product that every curly girl should have: a to-die-for edge control. Continue reading Product Spotlight: EDEN BodyWorks

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Curly Hair 101: How to Tell the Health of Your Natural Hair

As curly girls, we know the amount of time that goes into maintaining and growing our natural hair. But are we taking care of our coils as best as possible, or are we doing the bare minimum because we know how tedious #WashDay can be? Check out the four indicators of healthy natural hair, and I promise you’ll never skip a deep conditioning treatment again!

Continue reading Curly Hair 101: How to Tell the Health of Your Natural Hair

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Life After the Protective Style

If you have ever worn a protective style, wigs, Marley twists, box braids, etc., then you should know that bittersweet feeling of taking off the wig or taking out the twists or braids.

This is a bittersweet moment because hopefully you loved wearing your protective style and it made you feel different and you knew your hair was

protected and growing, and that’s the “sweet” part. The “bitter” part comes in when you realize you have to spends hours taking out your extensions and possibly have to go back to styling your hair every day.

Just because it is a bittersweet task, doesn’t mean you should never want to wear protective styles or you should leave your protective style in a ridiculously long time, it just means you have to be mentally prepared when you are getting ready to take out your braids or twists.

Why do you have to be mentally prepared, you ask? Because a lot of questions run through your head, just like they ran through mine when I took out my Marley twists this past Sunday.

Questions like:

Before and After

“What if I don’t look as pretty with my braids/twists out?”

“Am I still going to like my natural hair when I take them out?”
“What if my hair didn’t grow as much as I wanted it to?”
“Is it possible that I damaged my hair?”
“Should I get another protective style right away?”

And many, many, more, but these are just a few thoughts that ran through my mind. Here is where the mental preparedness comes in…you have to be able to combat those semi-negative questions with uplifting and positive answers like the ones listed below.

First question response: You have to know you look beautiful with or without your protective style.

Second question response: You should always love your natural hair, no matter the texture, length, etc. Your natural hair is amazing!

Third question response: You have to remember that your hair will grow. Don’t get too caught up in length where you start neglecting health. Healthy hair will grow no matter what.

Fourth question response: If you know that you moisturized and conditioned your scalp and hair while it was under your protective style, then you have nothing to worry about! You hair is not damaged at all.

Fifth question response: You shouldn’t get a protective style right away, especially not if you want to do it because you feel like you don’t look as good while wearing your natural hair. Give your hair a break and re-embrace your own hair!

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The Makings Of A Perfect Wash Day

Wash Day, we all have to do it but seriously does it have to consume our day?  We wash, finger detangle, rinse, condition, comb through, rinse, and finally apply product. Sound familiar?

Whether you pre-poo or dive right into washing your hair; or you have short hair or long hair. Wash day can literally take over your entire day, so clear your plans and get ready to spend some one-on-one time with your curls!  Most routines are pretty standard and easy but remain time consiming.  Here we want to talk about how to simplify your routine so you can get back to loving your natural hair.

First step-Shampoo: We want to start off with the right shampoo for your hair.  This can often be a struggle because there are so many great shampoos for natural hair.  Some shampoos have sulfates and some do not, it is all about your personal preference and what you want to put in your hair.  So to help in the process of picking shampoos here are a couple popular shampoos for curly natural hair:

  • Carol’s Daughter Monoi oil shampoo
  • Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo
  • Kinky Curly Come Clean shampoo

Often times after washing your hair, your hair seems a little dry so to get some moisture back into your hair lets add some conditioner.

Second step- Condition:  Conditioner should be a curly girl’s BEST friend.  You can never have too much conditioner! whether your are using it as a leave in, co-wash, or as a follow up to your shampoo; conditioner is a hair saver.  So enough about how great conditioner is – lets get to some facts…

Conditioner softens and smooths your hair to make it easier to comb and detangle while keeping those gorgeous strands intact and not allowing breakage which prevents or lessens damage.

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture! Moisture is what your hair needs to keep it healthy and that is exactly what conditioner does; keeps the strands and ends moisturized.

The best part of all, conditioner leaves your hair shinny and silky unlike clarifying shampoo.  Now through trial and error you can decide what conditioner works best for you but here are a couple favorites:

  • Jane Carter Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner
  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea butter restorative Conditioner
  • Aussie Moist Conditioner
  • TRESemme’ Naturals moisturizing conditioner

The fun part begins, adding product.  This is where even more trial and error comes into play (notice a theme? lol).  It’s time to add your leave-in.

Third step- Leave- in conditioner:   I know we just talked about how great conditioner was so what is the difference?  Conditioner is to add moisture into the hair after it has been stripped by the use of shampoo.  You also wash (most) conditioners out of your hair after using. Leave- in conditioner is a leave in, there is no rinsing involved.  Leave-in can also be used as a styling product.  With leave-in conditioner it is there to keep and lock in the moisture and to prevent the breakage from everyday styling.

There is no such thing as too much moisture so use all the leave- in you want!  Just to give some suggestions, here are some great leave- ins:

  • Kinky Curly Knot today
  • Cantu Shea butter leave-in conditioning cream
  • Camille Rose Curl Love Moisture milk
  • Miss Jessie’s Leave In Condish

A lot has been said about how amazing and wonderful conditioner is but now lets talk about the tools you need to detangle and get all kinks and knots out.

Essential tools:  All the talk has been about which products to use in your hair.  These tools will help your curls bounce and make it easier to style and protect your hair.  Here are some things that maybe useful to you on wash day:

  • Wide tooth comb
  • Denman brush
  • Diffuser
  • Satin pillowcase or cap

Want to know what products Solange uses and styles her hair? In this great interview with Garance Dore we learn about Solange’s hair care regimen.

The Curly Chronicles will continue. Stay tuned!

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