The Texture Discrimination Conversation

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Today, I watched a live Youtube event hosted by Naturallycurly.com and featuring Michelle Breyer – Co-founder & President of TextureMedia, Miko Branch – Co-CEO of Miss Jessie’s, and Imani Dawson – Creator of Tribe Called Curl.  The topic: Hair Typing–Does it Empower Us or Alienate Us? You can watch the recording here.  Below are my thoughts and experiences on the issue. I have been transitioning to natural hair since May 4, 2013, and this is a topic I have stumbled across several times in the last year when it comes to the natural hair community.  In fact, it’s a topic that has…

Do You Know Your Hair Porosity?

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In order to figure out how products will react in your hair, you need to know these four things about your hair: 1. Its type (curl pattern); 2. Its density (how tightly packed strands are on your scalp); 3. Its width (fine or thick/coarse stands of hair); and 4. It’s porosity (how easily each strand holds and absorbs water) Knowing these four things will help you identify the unique properties of your hair and will determine the kind of products your hair needs to maintain/restore health. I’m already resigned to the fact that I may not be able to accurately…

You Put Body Lotion in Your Hair?

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My apologies! I really hate it when people post a topic about a particular hairstyle and forget to mention how they maintained it for the next couple days or weeks. I mean, what’s the point if I can’t maintain it and it looks like a hot mess after day 1, right?  So for that I apologize and, without further adieu, here are the following products I used to maintain my crochet braids: 1. Vaseline Total Moisture Body Lotion What?!? Body lotion???? I know what you’re thinking and calm down. Yes, body lotion! Not just any body lotion, but the good stuff…

1 Year Anniversary Post-Relaxer

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HOLY CANNOLI! I totally did not realize that it has now technically been more than 1 year since my last relaxer (May 4, 2013).  Man, I’m a little sad that I forgot…oh well! Over it! I’m just excited that I lasted this long, because let me tell you, I didn’t think I would *pats self on back*. Goal number one: Make it a year without a relaxer. Check! Okay, okay enough with the silliness!  But seriously, that is the only goal I had. I know–that’s bad.  But I honestly didn’t know what to expect and I really just wanted to…

How I Take Down Crochet Braids

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Hello Naturels! It’s been 3 weeks since I installed my very first DIY crochet braids on April 20.  Let me tell ya–it wasn’t perfect. I’m actually pretty surprised it lasted more than 2 weeks as my attempt to cornrow my hair  was certainly…amateur lol.  Since the quality of the cornrows definitely determines how long the style will last, I wasn’t expecting great results.  However, since I normally only wear crochet braids for about a month, this attempt was a solid showing! From the image below, I probably could’ve squeezed another week out of the style if I so desired, since the…

DIY: Crochet Braids

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Hello Naturels! This is my first attempt at doing crochet braids on my own head! All in all–not a bad turn out (installed on April 20): I decided that I was going to start taking care of and styling my own hair (reasons articulated in a previous post). I already know all about the process of installing crochet braids–it’s a rather simple concept: 1. cornrow hair; 2. crochet bulk hair/braided hair through cornrows.  Simple right? Not if you don’t know so much as how to cornrow your own hair–which I didn’t.  So, my first step was surfing youtube to find…