Frizzcurls427--Updates and Advice!

The beautiful and ultra fly Frizzcurls427 is back with reggie updates and advice on growing long and strong! She's one of my real life girlfriends...love you chica!



CN: How has your routine changed since your previous interview?
FC: Well, I've tweeked a few things :) I shampoo/deep condition bi-weekly instead of weekly...No special reason. I just start to "listen" to my hair more now as opposed to just doing something to be doing it. Things are more simple now. I have incorporated Jamila Henna into my routine which I have found to be amazing for my hair. Love it! I have been hennaing once a month or once every 3 weeks.
Every once in a while (every 3 months or so) I will straighten my hair which entails shampooing with a non-sulfate shampoo (sometimes if I used a product with alot of cones I will use Suave daily clarifying and prior to henna I use this to make sure my hair is clean and clear of product residue), deep conditioning with a protein reconstructing conditioner followed by a moisturizing deep conditioner. I always, always apply IC Fantasia straightening balm/heat protectant prior to flat ironing and get awesome results!
January 27th will mark my 3rd year of being natural!! I have come a long way since then as I now use less products and don't experiment any more. I wear twist-outs for the most part and buns. Sometimes I will do a wash n go but not often as my hair is too thick to work with if I wanted to pull it up into a bun. Since my hair has gotten much longer now I also do everything in four sections whether it's shampooing, conditioning, co-washing etc. It is so much easier to detangle this way. I do less manipulation to my hair now which makes it so much easier on me as I am not always in the mood to do my hair especially not every day. So I keep the twist-out in for the whole week and if it starts to look a lil "rough" then I bun it and add a hat for extra flair if I feel like doing so. I also use my Jilbere shower comb and denman for detangling if my fingers don't seem to be getting the job done which is usually rare. Oh yeah...Devacurl Set it Free is a wonderful frizz buster/twistout refresher!

CN: What are you current favorite products?
FC: I love Jamila Henna! I have done 3 treatments with this brand and I really noticed a huge difference from the previous henna I had used in the past. I think it really brings out the true beauty of my hair and for some reason I find that my products work better if that makes sense?? I think I get the true benefit from the products I use as long as they are of good quality.
As far as conditioners I still stick to my Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose and I mix it with Olive Oil Replenishing pak, honey and olive oil. Adding honey and olive oil have been a mainstay as far as my deep conditioning treatments. I don't know what it is about Jane Carter Leave in Conditioner but my hair loves it. I usually use this when I do twists on wet hair. It just does what it says it's supposed to do :) I also keep sticking to my Paul Mitchell The Conditioner as a leave in when I am doing a quick wash n go or the first day of bunning when I apply to wet hair and follow up with my Fantasia IC clear gel. Herbal Essences Totally Twisted is my main co-washing conditioner and I tried using it along with the JC leave in for twists and sealed with shea butter and got great results! Love coconut oil to moisturize and add shine but I truly think that henna has brought the shine out in my hair! Tis all for now ;)

CN: Any tips for transitioners?
FC: I didn't transition when I finally went natural in January of '06. I just bc'd but I did try to transition once, and I had quite a bit of new growth but I caved in to the creamy crack! lol...I didn't have much inspiration then but now there is so much information out here that you must stay motivated. Patience is key and think beyond what your new growth looks like because even though it is beautiful during your transition it will be even more beautiful when you cut those relaxed ends off and just let your hair be free. Stay looking at the fotki albums of natural sistas who document their progression and sometimes include albums dedicated to other inspiring naturals...Stay visiting sites like Curlynikki.com which contain tons of helpful information. Youtube has alot of vids of slideshows of women wearing their natural hair in all textures with confidence, beauty and style as well as how-tos on how to detangle, deep condition, henna etc. I think what truly discourages a lot of people from going natural is the distorted self-image they have of themselves as far as what the texture of their hair will be...It's cool if some want to just try wearing their hair natural as a trend or just to switch things up...To each his/her own, but if you truly want to appreciate your kinks, coils and curls and be an inspiration to others then you must understand that beauty is multi-faceted not one-dimensional.

CN: What is your night time routine?
FC: If I am wearing a twist-out, I either wear a satin cap, sleep on a satin pillow case, or put my hair in a high ponytail. I don't like to manipulate it much by applying oils and butters so if I feel the need to moisturize I gently smooth some coconut oil or shea butter on my ends. The high ponytail really works for me even when I am trying to preserve a wash n go. If my hair is in a bun I take it down and wrap my hair into a pony tail with a satin scrunchie and follow with a satin scarf for extra protection after moisturizing my ends with either coconut oil or shea butter.

CN: Your favorite natural hair compliment to date
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FC: I love and appreciate all genuine compliments that people give me especially random people on the street but one that really stood out was a compliment I received from a white woman in the mall who stopped me and said " Your hair is so beautiful. It really compliments you well." Surprisingly a lot of brothas will compliment my hair as well which I really love because it shows that there are black men out there who love and appreciate women who wear their hair natural instead of the common straight or relaxed styles :)
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belle said...

Beautiful lady with beautiful hair! : )

Anonymous said...

Wow.... your hair is gorgeous!!! It is also amazing to see how much growth you've had - what an inspiration!!! Thanks for sharing...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. I go natural every year and give up because even though my hair is growing, it doesn't look like it because of shrikage. My hair grows out, not down! You have given me inspiration! Doesn't matter how it grows...it is growing. I just need more patience!

Namun said...

Awesome hair. Love the cute cut. Thanks for sharing.

Queen said...

LOOKING GOOd babes!!! As always....... Bet you can't guess who this is...hahaha

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! The growth and simple reggie is AMAZING.

Do she have a FOTKI?

Skibies said...

Very Pretty!

Frizzcurls said...

Thank you for all the wonderful compliments ladies!! :) Glad to be of inspiration because we all need it no matter whether we are already natural or transitioning ;)

Frizzcurls said...

Queen! Thanks a bunch honey! haHA! Of course I know who you are! lol with your hilarious self!!

Frizzcurls said...

Thanks again for acknowledging me NikNik! Love ya back :) Smooches

Maria said...

Frizzcurls, OMG I remember when you did the BC! Your hair looks beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love your hair! Are those all twist-outs in the photos? Is the last photo a wash-n-go?

Frizzcurls said...

Heeey Maria! Thanks and likewise :)

Anon1001- Actually those are all wash n gos but to be more accurate. I'll describe what I did for all of the looks because the process really determines the outcome:

1st pic: I applied kinky curly with a denman brush and just let it air dry.
2nd pic: I used this method where I deep condition my hair in twists (10-12 fat ones) and then when I rinse my hair out I try not to disrupt the curl pattern that the twists have created by gently smoothing product throughout my hair and then I let it airdry.

3rd pic: same method as the 2nd pic but smaller twists

The last pic: I think I wore my hair in a bun and let it down at the end of the day and when it dried this was the outcome or it may have just been a wash n go... Hope that helps :)

Anonymous said...

Her hair is so beautiful. I have a new curly hair Idol. Are thoes twist outs or wash & go's.

Beverly said...

Love Love Love!

babygirl84 said...

Beautiful girl with beautiful hair! I don't even know where I saw one of your pics when you first b'cd but I have it saved to my computer for inspiration!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful head of healthy hair! I absolutely LOVE the shape of your hair!!

Spiffy said...

I love her hair! So gorgeous!

However, am I the only one who has noticed how FLAWLESS miss thang's skin is? These are digital photos and I see not one mark!

Ummm...can you share your skin care regimen too? Lol

Miss Foufie said...

Thank you for the interview. I love your hair. I am always looking for new inspiration. You just remind me of how versatile natural hair is....

FrouLaLa said...

Loves the hair! What flat iron do you use when you straighten? I also use IC heat protectant. Its fabs!

AliciaMJ said...

I am really interested in the process you did when you deep conditioned in twists. Did you rinse while you hair was is twist and then gently take them down? Or did you take them down and then rinse gently, trying not to disrupt the curl pattern. A pictorial or more detailed instructions would be great if possible!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the filling the details. Just to make sure I'm understanding this correctly: you condition and rinse with the twists in, right? Then take them out?

I'm a little scared of the denman. My hair is super fine. I imagine the denman tearing it out!

AliciaMJ said...

I am really interested in the process you did where you deep conditioned in twists. Did you untwist your hair before or after you rinse? Also how many twists did you put in when you did smaller twists? How long did this style last? Did you use duckbill clips at the roots? I have hair very similar to yours and I just recently started experimenting with twists. A more detailed description or pictorial would be great if you or CurlyNikki have the time. THANK YOU for this post!!!

Anonymous said...

I am really interested in the process you did where you deep conditioned in twists. Did you untwist your hair before or after you rinse? Also how many twists did you put in when you did smaller twists? How long did this style last? Did you use duckbill clips at the roots? I have hair very similar to yours and I just recently started experimenting with twists. A more detailed description or pictorial would be great if you or CurlyNikki have the time. THANK YOU for this post!!!

Frizzcurls427 said...

Wow! Thanks to you all for the wonderful compliments! I truly appreciate it and I promise I will answer everyone's questions as thoroughly as possible some time later this evening as I have to run to pick up my daughter right now and I want to be sure to answer your questions as thoroughly as possible and not just give you rushed incomplete answers. So check back this evening pretty please :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, your hair is gorgeous and I love the shape, the curls, everything.

BlondeByDesire

Anonymous said...

I really LOVE your hair! I think I have a new hair idol! I have the same questions as some of the other ladies with the twist out...did you take them down before or after the rinse. Thanks for the inspiration Nikki and Frizzycurls! I can't wait for my hair to grow some more!!

Beads, Braids, & Beyond! said...

Just gorgeous!! Love her hair.

Frizzcurls said...

Okay, ladies! I'm going to do my best! Here it goes:

Anon927: My fotki is http://public.fotki.com/Musiclova

Spiffy, girl, let me tell you...I have been to hell and back as far as my skin goes because I have had my bouts with acne so I won't tell you that I just wash my face with water and go and it's been that way forever! Eh Eh! Not me! But I do have a pretty simple and easy skin reggie so here tis: Every night I use the Oil Cleansing Method with extra-virgin olive oil and castor oil. I basically massage my face with the mix of the two oils to cleanse and then take a hot soaking wet washcloth and hold it on my face to let the steam work and gently wipe the oil away. I repeat this twice if I wore make-up that day. Nikki will post my thorough explanation of this method tomorrow so be sure to check it out :) After I remove the oil I don't do anything else usually but sometimes I may use a gentle cleanser afterwards and moisturize with my aloe vera gel/tea tree oil combo which is about a 1/2 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with two drops of tea tree essential oil. This is my natural moisturizer/acne gel ;)

Every morning I cleanse with either Alba Botanica pineapple enzyme facial cleanser or Desert Essence Thorougly Clean Facial Wash with Tea Tree oil and Awapuhi (both can be purchased at a natural health food store like Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe and Walgreens, Walmart and Target sell Alba products)

After cleansing in the shower, I apply a pea size amount of Oil of Olay all day moisture lotion SPF 15 for sensitive skin to my face and neck.

Then if I choose to wear makeup/foundation I apply my Prescriptives mineral foundation which is very light and gives medium to full coverage after applying a concealer under my eyes and on blemishes...So honey yes I do have some imperfections going on but I don't have to use alot of concealer or foundation. I just use a small amount to even out my complexion. Some people say I don't need it but I have to realize that myself ;) Most of the time I use a mineral powder by Prescriptives which is extremely light but it gives a nice smooth finish and helps prevent that oily look.

Every Sunday night or bi-weekly if I can find the time I apply a mask made from a small amount of Bentonite Clay (purchased from Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe) and 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil mixed with distilled/filtered water. This is an excellent facial mask for me as it never fails just as my oil cleansing method. It draws the impurities from your skin and leaves it so soft and clean and shrinks your pores. I love it!

That's pretty much it as far as my skin regimine is concerned :) I try to drink lots of water but could do better to be honest. I don't eat red meat and stay eating chicken, fish, turkey, and veggies. I don't eat fast food at all. Chik Fil A every now and then but not often. I don't drink alot of sodas but I love juice i.e. cranberry, apple, and Simply lemonade and I can't go without my green tea! My diet works for me but I wouldn't say it is perfect. So I hope this was all helpful to you. Told ya I was going to try to be thorough! lol

Izzy said...

gorgeeeeouss!i even saved a few pics to my hair inspo folder - i hope frizzcurls doesn't mind! her hair is just too beautiful.

Frizzcurls said...

Froulala, I use an FHI flat iron...Can't remember the brand but it is red and black :/ I love this flat iron...I used it when I was relaxed as well and it still gives great results!

AliciaMJ, and Anon227 and 234 here is how I do my deep condition with twists:

I shampoo and make sure my hair is detangled before applying my deep conditioner mix. After my hair is clean I put my hair in four sections (two in the front and two in the back) parting my hair first straight down the middle of my head and then part from ear to ear...Then after taking smaller sections of hair I take my conditioner and smooth and squeeze it in my hair gently combing with my fingers or my jilbere comb followed by the denman from the ends to the roots after dividing my hair in smaller section...As I apply conditioner I twist the section I am working on in 12 twists(6 on each side) if they are bigger and for small twists I estimate that there are between 15-20 twists not sure the exact amount. I sleep in the twists usually and in the morning when I get in the shower I let the water run through my hair and gently untwist it as I am rinsing section by section. I run my hands down my hair shaft gently so to not disrupt the curl pattern and after I am all rinsed I apply my products which is usually PM the Conditioner followed by ECO clear gel or aloe vera gel...The Eco provides more hold than the aloe vera so if I want this style to last me I use ECO. I smooth the products through my hair by taking each section I am working on in the palm of my product filled hands and glide my hands in a downward motion to the ends. I don't touch it and just let it airdry. This style will usually last me 3-4 days or more...On the 4th day I may opt to wear it in a puff but usually I will just co-wash and bun it after that 3rd day of wearing it out. Hope that was helpful:). Thanks again for you're feedback and questions...

Margaret said...

FrizzCurls,
Your hair is soooo Gorgeous. It has surely grown since your last interview. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to answer questions.
Margaret

Anonymous said...

Your hair is BEAUTIFUL. I've been natural for one year and love it but have had some recent frustration with my hair. I've mainly been doing wash and goes and feel my ends have suffered. That could be a combination of things ie...product choice and how I style my wash and go. I will definately be trying this method. I've had trouble finding a protective style for winter. My hair is in a millon twists right now...not overly excited about it...I'm a lover of big hair..and the twists are just too flat for me.

Thank you sooo much for your post and detailed explanation.

karama said...

Wow! Thanks for the pics AND the explanations. They're a great help!

satin doll said...

your hair is absolutely beautiful!!!!!! Thanks for answering the questions! I'm about to add you on fotki asap!

Jad928 said...

I am so going to try that method this weekend. I love bentonite clay as a mask also. I mask about 3 - 4 times per week. Keeps skin relatively clear.

Frizzcurls said...

You're very welcome ladies!

Anon133: I've heard many say that washngos cause their ends to suffer and also get those dreadful single strand knots :/ I think that's why twisting or 'stretching' the hair in some way be it braids,twists or even better rolling the ends via the "twist n curl" helps keep those ends moisturized and tangle free...Just be sure to do just that. Moisturize those ends! The more moist your strands are the less they will tangle up on themselves causing them to knot. Hmmm, this makes me want to do a pictorial on this method if that will be even better...Let me talk to Nikki about that...It may take me a minute so be patient with me as I haven't done it before and I want it to be easy to follow :)

Anon133 (Shelly) said...

A pictorial would be GREAT! Thanks for the advice and words of encouragement.

What do you use to seal/moisturize your ends? I've heard some say they use castor oil...any thoughts on that?

Shelly

Anonymous said...

frizzcurls, you have really shown that true beauty goes so far beyond the surface! It's amazing how graciously you have answered all of these questions and how open and honest you are in sharing everything. You could have very well decided to keep your skin and hair reggie secret. Thank you for being a blessing!

Frizzcurls said...

Anon133(Shelly)- Hi :) I use either coconut oil, or shea butter...I also use Qhemet Biologics Heavy Cream which is castor oil based...I think castor oil would be great depending on what your hair likes...I have heard some say it is too heavy for them which is why anytime I have used it I use a very small amount just as I do with the Qhemet...I use it mixed with coconut oil as a pre-conditioner base so to speak...I just apply the oil mix to damp freshly shampooed hair and then apply my deep conditioner...Very moisturizing...Don't do this all of the time just when I feel like it:) Try the castor oil and see if it works for you. If not alone you could try it with another light oil of your choice...Experimentation does wonders ;)

Anon1020: Wow, what a huge compliment :) Thank you so much. I just know what it is like to feel lost and uninformed about things and it is depressing to have skin problems. It makes us feel less confident and unattractive. So if I get a compliment on my skin, hair or whatever it is I don't mind sharing at all and I always make it a point to say that this is what works for ME but try it for yourself and see if you will yield the same or similar results because I understand that everything doesn't work for everybody. But it is rewarding to me when others come back and say that it worked for them and they seem so happy and relieved! I would even go so far as to suggest something different for those who have the opposite reaction if they want me to...I love all things holistic regarding beauty and health! I have read alot of books and done my own research on the net so it brings me great joy to share what I have learned and inspire others to try a method that just might work for them :)

missmoni4x4 said...

I agree w/ Anon. It takes a certain kind of woman to achieve something desired by others, and then turn around & (thoroughly) explain to them how they can achieve it also. Frizzcurls- when I finished reading your update above, all I thought was thank you. Just starting out, I have been experimenting w/ diff products that received excellent reviews (thinking they might do something magical for me) but didn't work, & really stripped my hair trying to get them all out. When I read your comment about not experimenting any more & "listening" to your hair, it really put me at ease about trusting my current products, until they actually fail me. Your other comments are on point as well! How different the "natural world" would be if Curlynikki had a blog dedicated to people (seeing) how pretty her hair is instead of teaching everybody the TNC, encouraging & posting photos! It's like having that pair of shoes that everybody wants & never telling anyone where you got them. I think that says a lot about both of you!

Anonymous said...

thank you so much - I'm going to check out your skin regimen as well - It is something I am doing battle with as well. Now that my hair is short, I can't hide the blemishes behind my long hair anymore! You are just a beautiful lady and appreciate the advice you have given here - Corygentri

Anonymous said...

hi,
I wanted to ask you what heat protectant did you use in your hair when you flat ironed it? It is gorgeous! and at what temp. do you use your flat iron and did you get your curls to come back after you straightened?
thanks again

Frizzcurls said...

Aaaw, MissMoni4x4 :) Thank you so much! What a wonderful compliment! I don't mind sharing information at all. Matter of fact I enjoy it! Everybody wants to look and feel good so with that understanding and the fact that I am humbled by compliments and questions regarding skin/hair advice I am obliged to share my experience and knowledge with you all :)

Anon1044: Thank you :)

Anon839: I use the ICFantasia straightening balm/heat protectant (in the pink bottle). And thank you for the hair compliment :-)The temperature is usually between 370-380 degrees. My curls always come back and are ironically very defined! I just make sure that I don't re-apply any heat to my hair after that first day of styling...Of course the temperature makes a difference as well because you still don't want to use an iron that is too hot...Hope that helps :)

Frizzcurls said...

Anon1020: I know I replied to you b4 but it didn't go through :/ I wanted to make sure I acknowledged your wonderful compliment to me! I truly appreciate it:)

Anonymous said...

hi again, you answered my question on what you flat iron with. I was "anon839" and don't know if I will be that number again. thank you so much for answering a comment by lil' ole me. :) You have such a fanbase and it is really kind of you to answer so many comments. your hair is also an inspiration for me to continue with natural hair.
i used sabino moisture block a lot for the past 2 months and did have great results but it made my hair dull and dry since it blocks out moisture. I think now I might have some heat damage to my new growth. I have to see in the next weeks. have you ever had heat damage and if so, what did you use to bring back the life in your hair? thank you again.

curlyq145 said...

frizzcurls, LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair!! I was looking at your ponytail and I noticed that it looks like mine just from washing and conditioning it. Do you know what your curl type(s) is? Pls don't let me forget your beautiful skin!!!! OMG to the 10th power!!! It's GORGEOUS!!! I recently tried the OCM and love it! I'm still experimenting on the portions but overall I like it. I think I put too much Castor oil b/c it left my skin kinda dry and itchy.

quiqui81 said...

Your hair is gorgeous!!! You mentioned that you use Jamila Henna...do you use the regular hair henna or the Jamila '09 (I guess it's the one that has a little bit more color in it)
Is your natural hair color very dark? I like the color of your hair, and want to find out exactly which henna product you use! Thanks!

Sabrina R said...

Your hair is so beautiful!!!!

Anonymous said...

Your hair is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing. All the stories I read is a great inspiration to me. :)

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