KNOTS!!!

Due to a uprising in my single strand knot count, I thought I'd re-post this. I've been using the smaller, rod rollers with great results. However, the tighter curls have created an environment for knots to thrive (my ends are rolling up on themselves). I'm going on a snipping mission tonight, and will probably bun for a bit.

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Many of you have asked me about single strand knots and how to avoid them. I wish there was an easy answer, but there really isn't :0(
The consensus is that single strand knots come with the natural hair territory. Ladies on LongHairCommunity call them 'fairy knots' because they're so impossibly small, that only a fairy could've tied them, lol.

For those of you that have no idea what I'm talking about, good for you!!! I unfortunately have been plagued by these little buggers since going natural. They're so strange and unfortunate...a single strand of your hair, actually ties a knot in itself!!! Ridiculous. And for me, the knots can sometimes appear 2-4 inches up the hair shaft, which means loss of length. I do search and destroys once a month or so to find the knots and cut them out- if I leave them be, hairs adjacent to them tangle and snap. This is a very annoying problem- one of which a resolution has yet to be found.

I've been lucky enough to REDUCE the knots, but not stop them in their tracks (I went from a head full to 10 or so per month).

These are a few tricks of the trade:

-No more wash and gos!!!- leaving my hair to dry and fully shrink, no matter the gel/cream styler, led to knot city! I never experienced more knots than when I was wash and go'ing.

-Seal ends (with shea butter or oil)- I prefer butter...but it's your call. Remember to use a water based moisturizer under that butter/oil!!!

-Stretch ends -straighter ends have a harder time coiling up on themselves, and thus a harder time forming 'fairy knots'. Obviously, I stretch my ends on rollers.

-Protect ends- Buns helped a bit, but the knots were still there.

-Protect your hair from high winds...I don't let my hair blow in the wind while driving down the highway, or even wisp about on windy days out doors. I'll end up with a mess of knots!

Hope this helps!!! Please feel free to share your experience with fairy knots and what if anything has worked for you!

Later Gators,
CurlyNikki

Preventing Single Strand Knots to Retain Length- Natural Hair Care


Q: Many of my strands have knots along the length, especially on the ends. Is this an inevitable part of being natural? Can I prevent them?

Nik: I wish there was an easy answer to your question but there really isn’t. The consensus is that single strand knots come with the natural hair territory. They’re also commonly referred to as ‘fairy knots’ because they’re so impossibly small, that only a fairy could’ve tied them! While some believe them to be a benign issue, they drive me nuts and I have no choice but to seek them out and snip them off.

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Preventing Fairy Knots- The Science of Single Strand Knots

 Photo of trichonodosis/single strand knot/fairy knot

Do you have single strand knots? They may feel like little beads along the hair shaft. They are annoying, and to remove them many women comb as much hair as they can towards the front of their head, grab a pair of scissors and begin clipping away any knots in view. First, let me state that I do not advocate trimming your own hair, especially with any pair of scissors. Dull scissors can fray the ends of the hair shaft, leaving them in the same condition they were in before the makeshift trim, if not worse.

Most importantly, there are some irregularities of the hair shaft that cause consistent knotting. This is most commonly seen in curlier hair types. Unfortunately, some women will experience knots along their hair shaft on a regular basis. These knots are not always at the end of the hair shaft; instead, single or multiple knots can be seen and felt along the length of the hair shaft. This phenomenon has been nicknamed single strand knots or “fairy knots,” but the technical term is trichonodosis.

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Protecting Your Ends- Natural Hair Care Tips


by Precious of PreciousHenshaw.com

The ends of your hair are the oldest part of your hair. They are also the most fragile. They've been through the most combing, detangling, manipulating, etc. It is vital to protect your ends to keep them from getting split or damaged, to avoid fairy knots and tiny tangles, and to retain length. Here are some great ways to protect the ends of your hair.

- Covering your hair at night: Wearing a satin scarf or bonnet can keep your hair from rubbing against your pillow, causing split ends and dryness. Having your hair braided or twisted underneath the scarf protects your ends even more.

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How to Detangle Long, Type 4c Natural Hair

Photo Courtesy of Craving Yellow


Many naturalistas start off their hair journeys by cutting off their relaxed strands. As they rock their TWAs with pride, many begin to crave length shortly after and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Natural hair bloggers, the web over, are proving coily hair can grow just as long as any other hair texture. 

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DON'T LET THESE EXPECTATIONS RUIN YOUR HAIR JOURNEY



Any journey will have pitfalls, and no matter how much pre-planning you do, the ideal scenario may not become your reality. It’s the nature of living on this earth and it’s a part of Murphy’s Law, but many who are considering going natural or accepting their curly, coily, and wavy hair may think it's a simple transition.

Discovering your favorite products and mastering certain styling techniques does not happen overnight. Anything new takes time to learn with the hopes of one day discovering those Holy Grail products and mastering various techniques. Despite all the knowledge, videos, books, and hair meet and greets you may attend prior to or at the beginning of your natural hair journey, you will have some hiccups and misconceptions on what you are doing and what will work for you. We've all done it.

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So Fine Natural Hair- Part 9

Dishing on Detangling
by Cassidy of NaturalSelectionblog.com

Fact: textured hair is prone to tangling.

Fact: detangling can be damaging.

Fact: it doesn't have to be.

Tangles come in all different forms from fairy knots to matting roots to wishbone snarls at the end of your strands to shed hairs caught mid strand to a pony tail elastic that has somehow ensnared itself in your coils. Each of these tangles is unique in its own way and requires a different way of dealing with it. But before we talk about different detangling methods for different tangle scenarios, let's start with basic assumptions about prepping fine hair for detangling.

Detangling 101

  • Start with a wet head. Hair doesn't have to be soaking wet, but it should at least be damp.
  • Scratch that, before your head is wet, make sure its deep conditioned. Dry hair is more prone to break. A recent deep conditioning is a great way to ensure that your hair is in tip-top condition.
  • Add some slip. I like to use creamy conditioners to help my detangling tool glide down my strands. Other options are oils and butters depending on your preference. Whatever you choose, be sure to have some sort of lubrication on your hair to help out the process.
  • Eyes on the prize. If you are busy, in a rush, or distracted, drop the comb and step away. Improper detangling can break your hair and cause irreversible damage. To prevent both of these tangle travesties, make sure you've got time, energy, and focus to dedicate to the process.
  • Bottom up not top down. Never detangle from the root to the tip. Make sure you go in the other direction from the tips of your hair towards your scalp. Going from root to tip will just cause more tangles at the bottom of your hair.
  • Work in sections. This will help you manage the process and keep your task organized.
  • Shed hairs be gone. The human head sheds on average 50-100 hairs each day. If you have curly coils, these little buggers are probably getting stuck in your coils rather than slipping out on their own. Detangling will help you get these hairs out and prevent tangles from reforming.
  • Timing is everything. Chances are you don't need to detangle once a day. Take sometime to figure out how often you really need to be detangling in your regular regimen. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly are all good choices!

Ok, now that we're done with the foundation of detangling, lets talk about the various detangling methods. I am a firm believer that each of these methods have their own time and place. The great thing about being the boss of your very own self is that you can mix and match these techniques as you see fit within your own routines and hair care regimens.

Finger Detangling

Perhaps the most gentle of all detangling methods. Your fingers are like nature's combs and the great part about using your own hands is that they are part of your own nervous system, meaning that unlike plastic, they can really feel out knots and use their dexterity to work through them. Finger detangling is great for focusing on major knots and working to break them up one strand at a time. Never ever ever do the thing where you stick two fingers into a section of hair and pry them open to pop open a knot at the tip of your hair. That popping sound is your hair breaking. Sad.

Finger detangling is also a great option to use before combing or brushing to get rid of any big snarls before really getting into the nitty gritty of the process.

Brushing

The most polarizing detangling method in curly hair-dom. While some curlies' hair starts to break at the mention of the word 'Tangle Teezer', others should be posed on the cover of a Harlequin romance novel with their modified Denman D3. The thing about brushing is that if it works for you, it WORKS. With all of those rows of teeth, after a thorough brushing there will be no tangles to be found on your head. The key with brushing is that you must, must BE GENTLE. Be delicate, be tender, be soft. You are not MarciaMarciaMarcia Brady and should not aimlessly brush your hair as if you were. If you hear snapping: stop. If you see short strands covering your sink: quit. If you notice split ends: call it a day.



Combing

Probably the safest bet in the detangling department. It's thorough, it's efficient, and unless you're not following the basics, it's gentle. Select a model with widely spaced teeth and a good grip for holding. A basic wide tooth comb will run you a couple bucks at a beauty supply store, but you can upgrade to jazzier versions such as a seamless comb, shower comb (hangs in the shower), or the Ouidad Double Detangler (with it's 2 rows of teeth) to name a few.



Ok, fine I get it. But what do YOU do, Cass??

Ouidad Double Detangler all the way baby. That thing is a workhorse (and probably as heavy as one too). The double spans of teeth slice and dice my detangling time in half, while the wide width of the spaces between the teeth ensure that I'm not doing damaging my fine strands while I pull the comb through my hair. I also like that it's pretty sizable so that I can work through large-ish sections of hair. I've noticed no breakage or splits with this comb and its more efficient than using just a single wide tooth comb. I detangle religiously once a week, and if I push this any longer, I will really be paying for it and cutting out locs that form at the end of my coils. Again, sad.

I am in the process of considering - just considering - using the Tangle Teezer once a month on my hair. I tried it for the first time just yesterday and I loved the smoothness I got, but I've read enough reviews about TT imposed breakage to know that frequent use of this tool could wreak havoc on my fine strands. I am considering using it because it really did a great job of pulling out my shed hairs and I liked the thoroughness of the tool.

The Moral of the Story

Detangling is a way of life for naturals and for fine haired naturals is can be a dangerous endeavor. Just make sure to listen to your hair and find a method that works for your your curl pattern and your porosity. Remember that fine hair is more fragile than most so treat it as such. Do not rip, pull, or tug. Break out the scissors if and only if you can't get a tangle out with any of the above methods (some tangles just won't budge). Get your combs and brushes through gently and with ease. If your tangles are unrelenting, think about using a different method or getting a trim.



CN Says;
Y'all know my fine self pitched the Denman, aka 'Shredder', and threw the Tangle Teezer out the window, despite my brief love affair. Both of these left me with horribly torn and split ends that would pop off if I looked at them wrong. I've also recently parted ways with my Denman Paddle Brush. I crave the smoothing action of these tools, but in the long run, they did more harm than good.

These days, I use the Ouidad Double Detangler on wash day (once a month), and my fingers the rest of the month (to detangle, smooth, and re-twist).
I oil my ends every night before donning my satin cap, and all is well :0)

4 Signs That it’s Time For a Trim!


by Toia B of luvtobnatural.com

I totally get why many shy away from trimming. Hair shrinkage coupled with the fear of scissor-happy stylists make some naturals run the other way. When you’ve worked hard to achieve and maintain some length, you’re not tryna hear nothin’ bout no trim!

While quite a few naturals shudder at the sound of a pair of shears, others have come to grips with the fact that trims are, in fact, necessary for overall hair health. Yes! While some may not need one as often as others, they’re good for you! The question comes up, though, “how will I know when I need one?”

Here are four things to look out for:

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How to Troubleshoot Your Natural Hair Growth Problem

IG @modelesque_nic 

by Aziza Glass of www.azizaglass.com via BlackNaps.org

I’m a scientist. With most problems I encounter, I tend to solve them as if they are an experiment. If I know that certain predictions should come to pass and do not, the problem is most likely located within my protocol or process. Fast forward to the moment I realized my hair just wasn’t growing the way it should. I decided to attempt to identify the culprit.

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Unique Shah Is Naturally Glam


Tell me about yourself!
My name is Shajee'ah. It's Arabic. I'm from Brooklyn, New York. I've spent most of my life in Atlanta, Georgia. I'm a single mother and entrepreneur. I own Exotic Handmade Nose Chains and Hapi Hair Care.

Always Have Split Ends? Learn How to Stop Them, Now.

image source IG @mindofkye_


Question

No matter how many times I cut my hair I always have split ends. How can I stop this?

4C Natural Hair Care Secrets


by Sabrina Perkins of SeirouslyNatural.com

Do you have healthy, type 4c natural hair?  I do and I thought it would be most helpful to write a post about the things I have done right over the years (to save you time, energy and money!). Below are my eight precious pearls of 4C wisdom.

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Nika is Naturally Glam!



My name is Nika. I’m from Monroe, Louisiana and I’m currently living in Shreveport, Louisiana.

How long have you been natural?
I started out natural until the age of 10 yrs old. I got my first relaxer at the age of 11 yrs. old. I choose to return back to my natural tresses on September 24, 2011. I didn’t like my relaxed hair because it was very thin. It never held a curl, and it would literally be stuck to my head from chemical burns. I didn’t want to go through that anymore so I chose to transition for 7 months from February 5, 2011 to September 24, 2011, and I did the big chop. I really enjoyed my short natural hair. It was so easy to manage. I just did wash n go’s. I am glad I have more length now because my twist outs last longer than it did when my hair was shorter. I’ve been natural for 2 years now, and I’m enjoying my natural hair journey.


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Nika Is Naturally Glam!

What motivated you to go natural? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? 
I started out natural until the age of 10 yrs old. I got my first relaxer at the age of 11 yrs. old. I choose to return back to my natural tresses on September 24, 2011. I didn't like my relaxed hair because it was very thin. It never held a curl, and it would literally be stuck to my head from chemical burns. I didn't want to go through that anymore so I chose to transition for 7 months from February 5, 2011 to September 24, 2011, and I did the big chop. I really enjoyed my short natural hair. It was so easy to manage. I just did wash n go's. I am glad I have more length now because my twist outs last longer than it did when my hair was shorter. I'm so glad I chose to go natural.

How would you describe your hair? 

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MarennaNicole is Naturall Glamorous!


Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? 
I'd say I was an in-betweener. My hair was breaking off from the relaxers and wasn't growing past my shoulders. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try out a new ‘do AND get my hair back to a healthy state. I decided to cut my hair into a short bob (a la Rihanna) and slowly let it grow out naturally while continuing to cut off the relaxed ends.

Had you always embraced your texture?
I never really thought about my texture growing up until I got to high school. My mother and grandmother both had naturally silky, fine hair so they kept my hair in braids or ponytails throughout elementary school. It wasn't until I got to high school that I realized that the other girls were getting perms and I wanted to try one too. I liked how easy it looked to maintain and the silky, straight look it created. My mom was really against me getting a perm and I should have listened. Mama ain't always right, but she was then!




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Tamar-Charmaine is Naturally Glamorous!

CN: How long have you been natural?
My last perm was 7 years ago this month, and I did my big chop 7 years ago this November. I've been a healthy hair natural for a year and 3 months meaning no heat styling and using only all natural hair products.

CN: What is your current regimen?
Currently I wash my hair once a week using Karen's Body Beautiful Ultimate Conditioning Shampoo. I then deep condition with Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks deep conditioner. I may co-wash in between washes using Karen's Body Beautiful Ultimate Hair Conditioner.

While my hair is still wet, I use Shea Moisture's Curl smoothie, mixed with Vatika oil or coconut oil and braid my hair in 12 big box braids. Then throughout the week, I spritz Organic Root Stimulator's Nature's Shine oil on my hair and put Shea Moisture's hair smoothie on my ends when I feel they are getting dry. I also only detangle once every 2 weeks ( I saw that my fine strands would break off with constant detangling) and I don't trim all of my hair I just trim those pesky fairy knots.

CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
I maintain length and moisture by not heat styling my hair, I also do alot of protective styling weather it be up dos or wigs. I recently found that wigs are a great alternative because I can wash my hair braid it and the next day if I am rushing, it will literally take me seconds to do my hair : ) Unfortunatley wigs can get hot so that's why I love updos too, not only are they elegant and/or funky, but they are great for a hot day! I also take multivitamins, walk a lot and try to eat fruits like melons, bananas, tomatoes and dark greens which are all said to stimulate growth.


CN: How do you protect your curls a night?
I put my hair in 4 big lose braids or a pineapple, and put a satin bonnet on. But now my hair is getting too long for a bonnet because I'm constantly having to stuff my braids in the bonnet... so, I'm thinking of buying a satin pillow.

CN: What would you tell a new natural or transitioning diva?
Be Patient! Natural hair can be frustrating especially since you're used to taking care of straight hair, however once you get the hang of it, everything becomes a routine and your hair will become easy peasy ( no pun intended lol). Also, do your research and find out what works for your hair and what doesn't... not everything works for everybody, some people can do wash and goes and experience hair growth while others experience tangling and breakage. Listen to your hair!



CN: What's the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The best thing about being naturally glamorous is freedom to be myself. It's always better to be yourself and stand out than to be something you're not and blend in. Glamour begins on the inside and shines so bright it shows on the outside.



CN: Anything else you want to add?
Thank you CurlyNikki for this opportunity. I've been hooked ever since google led me to you : ) ! To everyone who is thinking of going natural, Nike said it best "Just do it". Don't live a life of should of, would of, could of...live a life of purpose and no regrets! Check my blog www.belladolcelife.blogspot.com out. Its about life , love, inspiration and everything in between.

Operation Get Big, Stay Small...

Hola Chicas,

Just wanted to say... I'm GOOOOD... 'on one' if you will. Finger tips orange... no seeds no stems... relaxed... inspired even! And although I've developed a minor dependency, this particular vice shouldn't land me in jail or rehab.

I'm coming to you couch-side with a head full of the green stuff. I'm back on the wagon... for reals this time, and I'm EXCITED!

Look, somebody even told Chris and Bieber about my henna! Now here dey go--





(thanks Darren!)

Although I had plans to henna once a month since January, the Gia factor intervened and this is only my second or third treatment this year. The shame!

I've definitely noticed the changes, but really hadn't had a chance to think about it until discussions with a few LA curlies last weekend. My hair is so 2007-- it's more vulnerable to tangling, splits, fairy knots and breakage, it's light weight and flyaway, refuses to hold a set for more than a day or so (gotta love fine hair), shrinks at any hint of humidity, and is generally unruly. Oh, and the worse part... I doubt I could block views at the movie theater anymore.

from a photoshoot in LA... love the definition, but it's suppose to be twice as big!
I've been doing quite a bit of traveling lately, and that, plus Gia's shenanigans doesn't leave much time for hair care. I'll be staying put for the next month (then heading to NYC... hey NYC!) or so, and I WILL get in 4 henna treatments. It will happen. I'm going to transform my hair before your eyes... stay tuned :) Thinking I'll resume a bi-weekly hair routine for the time being, using CurlFormers to stretch my hair for chunky twists in between henna/conditioning treatments. I'm so sincere this time... re-upping my henna stock STAT!

While I'm here...

I should tell you that now that I'm in PA and settled (ugh), I'm back on my healthy diet and fitness regimen... well, kinda. I'm eating better but still haven't figured out my exercise routine just yet. Here's an idea of what I eat on a good day (when I'm on the wagon)-

Breakfast- Oatmeal (with a little maple syrup) with blueberries and Fage Yogurt OR Ham (or bacon, lol), Egg and Cheese on a Whole Wheat muffin and fruit

Snack- hummus and toasted pita

Lunch- turkey sandwich on wheat with avocado, tomato and lettuce with baked chips OR something of the frozen variety

Snack- fruit, more yogurt w/granola OR pretzels... whatever is on hand

Dinner- A salad (with spinach, arugula, feta, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinegarette), a baked potato (with all the fixings, lol), and a lean meat (baked salmon, tilapia, or boneless/skinless chicken thigh... I hate white meat!)
OR
a homemade fajita with either lean beef, chicken or shrimp. Love these! I buy a frozen pepper, onion mix or buy fresh... either way, that, plus avocado and fresh salsa... YUM!


So that's a good day, and though some would argue that not even that is 'on the wagon', it is for me! It's the lesser of two evils, given my craving for fried stuff with cheese and cakes, cookies and pies.

I've also re-incorporated a daily dose of Green Vibrance, every morning, in about 4 ounces of cranberry juice. Look it up... this stuff is AHHHMAZING and is the only supplement I'm taking. It has everything in it and gives me energy. No placebo, I swear! I'm also doing my best to get in 50oz water (which is just about half my body weight in ounces).

Finally, I've resumed my 3 mile walks but know that I need something more. Any suggestions?!

Operation GET BIG (HAIR), STAY SMALL is in full effect.

Later Gators,
Nik

My Grow-Out Challenge Routine



Hola Chicas!

Like Kim Coles, for me, the Grow-Out Challenge will encompass more than just hair. During this 6 month journey, I will challenge myself to:

(1) Compartmentalize my life and learn to be present
(2) Eat healthier, minimally processed foods, and resume my regular work out routine
(3) Achieve the BIGGEST hair I can- keeping more strands and retaining length

break, break down:

(1) The blog has grown to monumental proportions, and while I greatly enjoy keeping you dolls abreast on all things curly, sometimes I find myself a bit distracted from real life. That, plus my psychotherapy career, managing a household, and living with a man who is currently dissertating (sweet baby Jesus give me strength)... let's just say the plate is full. Did I mention we'll probably be relocating this year? Oh, and I still have to fulfill the renewal requirements for my therapy license. So yeah. Dayum.

I notice that even when I put the computer down and turn off my cell (which I HAVE to do or else I compulsively check it every 5 minutes), my mind is still on work. I can be out with Gene and Gia, or enjoying a stolen moment alone, and find myself stressing over that interview I haven't transcribed yet, or worried if Ms. X really was suicidal yesterday. I'm juggling a lot, but I know that there must be some schedule, some routine that I can develop that will allow me to be successful at what I do, while enjoying the present. Still figuring it out...

(2) For the first time in my life, I'm truly thankful for my petite stature... my chicken legs. Thankful that I was predisposed to lose that baby weight, which I think was mostly water. However, according to the results of my last 2 physicals, my cholesterol is a teeny bit high. What can I say? I love bacon... it's good for me.

While pregnant (out of fear of gaining excessively), I walked 3 miles daily, and ate rather healthy... save for the occasional strawberry pancakes. I gained 40 pounds, and now, at 5 months post-partum, have lost 42 pounds. YAY! Now that I'm back down and feeling like Nikki, many of my old habits have returned. When I say old habits, I don't mean habits from 2001. Long before I became preggers I had changed my lifestyle... eating whole grains, avoiding fried foods, sodas, sugary sweets, and drinking lots and lots of water. My problem is, I'll go hard and jump on the wagon for 2 weeks, only to fall off head first.

My weakness- - fried things with cheese. oh, and cakes, cookies, and pies.

When I was pregnant I felt guilty for eating fatty, sugary things and could convince myself to opt for something healthier but still filling. Now that it's just me, I find myself in line at Popeye's, Mayflower, and our local soul food establishment multiple times weekly. mmmm... fried okra. I eat a lot of fast food because I can't fry things myself out of fear of being popped by grease.

I'm also a fair weather exerciser- I only walk in the spring and fall because I hate the heat, hate the cold, and hate the treadmill.

All of that to say, during these 6 months, I'm off the stuff. Fried stuff... except for once a week. Other than that, it's the Trader Joe's freezer section for me. I'm eating oatmeal and fruit smoothies for breakfast, packing lunch, and cooking dinner. And starting today, I'm walking again :-)

(3) I'm still losing hair by the fist-fulls. The strands that have managed to hang on are dry and at times, crunchy. I'm trimming tomorrow and officially starting my GOC routine. My goal is not for longer hair (I'm comfortable at my current length), but for greater volume. A chin to shoulder length bob is my ideal length and frames my face well.

Every two weeks:
  • Detangle dry hair in sections with fingers first, following up with the Ouidad Double Detangler. Twist each section as I go to keep hair from re-tangling.
  • Wash in twists with Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo
  • Deep condition (in twists) with Myhoneychild Olive You, Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioner, or Curl Junkie Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment and my micro heat cap for 30 minutes
  • Rinse (hair still in twists) and air dry for 15-20 minutes
  • Divide bigger twists into smaller twists using KeraCare Leave-in or CURLS Milkshake. This step stretches my natural curl to prevent fairy knots.
  • Seal the ends with shea butter
  • Air dry over night
  • Free form curly bun (using a Goody Ouchless band) until Friday
  • On weekends, I'll dry Twist-n-Curl if I have plans (detangling with my fingers and the Ouidad Double Detangler, using CURLS Curl Souffle to set), wear it out for 2-3 days, and then bun again.
  • I'll repeat the bun/Twist-n-Curl routine twice before re-washing. My hair will be bunned 90% of the time.
Nightly:
  • When bunning- I will either (1) loosen the bun, apply shea to edges, and tie with a scarf, or (2) remove the bun, moisturize, re-bun, apply shea to my edges, and tie down with a scarf.
  • When wearing it out- pineapple and sleep on satin
Daily:
  • Drink at least 64 oz of water (I add a little cranberry juice)
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Take Rainbow Light Prenatal One, Slow Release Iron, Sublingual Liquid B Complex, and my birth control ;)
Monthly:
  • HENNA GLOSS

In the words of my late English teacher, this note is starting to get verbose, and I've had more than a few glasses of wine. I'll check in soon!

Later Gators,
Nik

Besides healthy hair, what else will you be working on during the #KimColesGOC?

Bianca Alexandra is Naturally Glam!



My name is Bianca Alexandra, born and raised in England and currently living in Puerto Rico. Curly Nikki was and has been one of my favorite "go to" websites that helped me learn as much as I could about transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. I’m pleased to say that one year later I am rocking my natural curls.

Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? 
I would say my natural hair journey started by accident. I’ve had long straightened hair all my life and was definitely addicted to the creamy crack, plus dying my hair every other color under the sun. I would still wash my hair and leave it curly when I wanted to, so I thought I had the best of both worlds. After I graduated from university I noticed my hair would no longer curl when I wet it, which is when I started to realize the major heat and chemical damage I had from the constant blow drying and flat ironing. I decided to lay off of the styling tools for a while, but still kept my hair blow-dried.

It wasn’t until I went through a period where I was under a lot of stress and my hair started to fall out, that I decided to cut it just above my shoulders. I guess the plan was to rock a new do until my hair got healthier to grow it out again. But a couple of months after the cut, I noticed the new growth was a lot thicker and healthier than the rest of my hair, so I decided I wanted to rock my natural hair. I planned on transitioning because having long hair was all I knew at that point, and I wasn’t prepared or in a rush to get a big chop. That plan soon went out the window, when I washed my hair a couple weeks later and was so excited by the two to three inches of natural hair that I grabbed my scissors and cut off all that was left of my relaxed and heat damaged ends ☺. So in a way I eased into the idea and then gave myself the big chop.



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Mikasha is Naturally Glam!


Tell me about yourself!
My name is Mikasha C Wade; I’m a Military Spouse, a mother of 2 boys. I just graduated with my BS in Christian Counseling hoping that one day I can open my own Counseling business in the area of Marriage, Family and Children counseling. I’m a singer and I write poetry. I dance been dancing all my life. My biggest dream is to be on Broad Way and also let me add in I love to cook I would love to have my own cooking show. LOL I’m all over the place. I just love to make people smile and feeding people through food and counseling seems to work. LOL

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