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I’ve Been Featured on Neno Natural!

Being featured is probably the natural hair blogger’s highest form of flattery!  So color me tickled, when Neno Natural decided to feature me.  😀 Neno Natural is no ordinary blog.  Much like The Natural Hair Blog Directory, Neno Natural is a natural hair resource.  Its Queen of Kinks, Curls, & Coils features page is a combination of features and a directory of bloggers by hair type AND location! Check out my feature here!

Wig Review: Freetress Bebe

After purchasing the Freetress Nia Girl half wig, I decided to give a full wig a try.  I wanted to get a wig that was similar in style to the crochet style I mostly wear, so I purchased the Freetress Equal Synthetic Lace Front Bebe wig from blackhairspray.com (which, fyi, is having a Fourth of July sale right now). DISCLAIMER: I purchased this wig myself.  Neither Freetress nor blackhairspray.com furnished this wig to me nor are they paying me for my opinion on this blog. The wig was decently priced (approx. $28), but I must say that my first impression was disappointment.  I purchased the wig in OP430, which is the same color featured on the model.  Well, not only was the color not like the model, the wig didn’t really take the shape of the wig on the model either. No  matter, I decided to make it work for me.  Bebe is a “lace front” wig.  And by lace front, they mean, there’s some lace.  I wasn’t really expecting the best lace front or …

Wig Review: Freetress Nia Girl

A while back, I needed a protective style for the work week, but I was running short on time and my hair wasn’t working with me.  For the first time in my life, I decided to purchase a wig.  I’ve never been a wig girl by any means–sure, here and there you might find me donning a blood red or platinum blonde wig for Halloween, but it certainly wasn’t a style I turned to for daily wear. Well, after purchasing the Freetress Synthethic Fullcap Drawstring Nia Girl wig, I may just hop aboard the wig train. DISCLAIMER: I purchased this wig myself.  Neither Freetress nor blackhairspray.com furnished this wig to me nor are they paying me for my opinion on this blog. If you couldn’t already tell, I love purchasing hair supplies/extensions (and now wigs) from blackhairspray.com and I purchased Nia there for $18.99 in colors 1B and TP1B/30 (at $18.99 how could I not get two?? lol).  This website is not sponsoring me in anyway, but  I have to say I love shopping there because they are …

Protective Style: Sensationnel Ponytail & Creme of Nature Perfect Edges Review

One of the main problems l face as a transitioner, is adequately blending textures.  Sometimes even wearing your hair in a simple ponytail can highlight just how different both textures are.  My husband thinks that I’m wearing a hair piece when I put my hair in a ponytail or bun because it literally looks like different hair (how embarrassing!) That’s when I decided that actually wearing a hair piece would look more natural.  Wearing a curly-textured ponytail can provide the adequate blending needed, while simultaneously providing protection for your ends (and it’s perfect for the everyday professional). I purchased this ponytail for $8.99 at blackhairspray.com.  It is best worn with an incredibly high bun–practically a top knot.  I tried wearing it towards to back of my crown and it didn’t look natural at all because of the location of the drawstring.  If you purchase this piece, just remember: the higher, the better. To achieve this sleek look,  I used Creme of Nature Perfect Edges with Argan Oil.     Quick product review I’ve never been a …

Do You Know Your Hair Porosity?

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 tell which curl pattern I have on my head until my relaxed ends are completely cut off.  Relaxed hair tends to be heavier than natural hair, therefore pulling (and distortion) may occur.  From what I can tell about my natural growth, it’s a mix ranging from type 3c through 4c.  But that’s a determination for another day. Meanwhile, I have medium-to-high density hair with mostly coarse strands (my edges/baby hairs are fine). What I don’t know …

You Put Body Lotion in Your Hair?

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 that penetrates really dry skin.  Why? I’ll tell you why. Because synthetic hair, much like afro-textured hair (but more so), is one thirsty fiber! As outlined in the crochet tutorial, when installing the bulk hair, you’ll need to split it into either 2 or 3 strands. But splitting the original strand will fray it.  Coating the original strand with some deep moisturizing lotion will limit the amount of fraying that happens once split.  Even better, it acts as …

1 Year Anniversary Post-Relaxer

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 see how my hair would do. I’m not going to do a length check or anything just yet because I don’t exactly have a base.  When I started this journey, I had a lot of hair (still do).  I didn’t have the same problem as a lot of naturals did with relaxers, such as thinning and/or no hair growth.  My hair was pretty thick and it reached my shoulder blades.  My problem, as I’ve mentioned …

#SalonFail

5 Things I Learned About Hair Salons After Going Natural

If you’re transitioning to natural hair, you may have noticed that trips to the salon don’t seem quite as fun as they used to.  In fact, you might think you’re going crazy and that your stylist no longer likes you.  Well let me be the first to let you know that you are in fact NOT going crazy. If you don’t live in a particularly urban and happenin’ city, hair salons that specialize in natural hair care are few and far between.  And the stylists employed there have a natural aversion to natural hair (pun intended). My latest encounters at hair salons have taught me a couple of things and have given me ample reason to learn how to do my hair myself:  1.  You and your natural hair are an affront to their institution When I moved to the current city in which I live, the first thing on my to-do list was to find a decent salon that could do my hair (okay–maybe not the first thing, but it was pretty high up on the …

Feeling the Shrinkage

By the time December 2013 rolled around ( 7 months post relaxer), I was really feeling the shrinkage.  When I began this journey, my hair was just past shoulder length, to about the top quarter of my shoulder blades.  I didn’t measure with a tape measure so I can’t give you the exact length in inches, though you can get idea from the picture below (yes, I realize that I’m leaning forward, so add about 1/2 an inch to the back). After my blowout was essentially null and void, my hair seemed to be bobbing just below my chin. I knew it was coming.  I’d read it, heard it, been warned, and yet…I just couldn’t get over how short it looked! Stretched out, it still went past my shoulders but it was not cute in it’s current state (sorry, I forgot to take a picture…probably too bewildered to remember). Anywho, wearing it down doesn’t seem to be much of an option, so I tried coming up with a style that not only hid the fact that …