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My New Found Hair Journey

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 I must say my hair and I have had a love hate relationship these past couple of years. I went from having a perm for five years to transitioning into being all natural. After letting my natural hair grow out I decided to do the BIG CHOP and cut off my relaxed ends. Protective styles such as braids and quick weaves really helped my hair growth. If you are looking for a new protective style or even a fresh new hair style I recommend YouTube and Pinterest. After being three years natural I must say my fro had never looked so big and healthy. Personally the Cantu products really have helped my hair with growth and moisture. I always had a big issue with my hair becoming dry after I do my wash and go’s, but Cantu’s daily moisturizer really gives my fro life.

Recently about two months ago I became bored with my hair and decided to cut my hair. A part of me was scared to cut it because I did not know how I would look with a short cut, but the other part of me was ready for a change. I finally swallowed my pride and went to the hair salon and got it cut. But my sisters if you are going to get your hair cut make sure that it looks good both straight and natural. After wearing my new cut straight for about two weeks it was time to wash my hair and bring my curls back. I absolutely loved my natural hair with my new cut but a big part of my started to miss my big fro.

 On June 1, 2014 I went to the barbershop and cut off all my hair and decided to start all over. This hair cut has got to be the best decision I have ever made in a long time. I have so much confidence in myself now because I am no longer looking at my outside beauty but I am more focused on the beauty inside of me. This is not only a hair journey but this is a journey of self-growth. Don’t worry I will keep you updated with my hair journey, until next time my natural hair sisters, love yourself and most importantly your hair!

 

Are You Using the Right Hair Care Products?

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Who said that being natural was easy? It is hard enough trying to find styles that fit you, but it is even harder trying to find the right products for your hair. As a natural hair sister, you have to be conscious of what you are putting in your hair and how much you are putting in your hair. Personally I have found YouTube as a helpful source for new products I could try on my hair. But first before purchasing your natural hair care products remember to read the back of the label to check for harmful ingredients that are not healthy for your natural hair. Here are the top 10 ingredients to avoid putting in your hair:

  1. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL
  2. MINERAL OIL & PETROLATUM
  3. POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (PEG)
  4. PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG)
  5. SODIUM LAURYL SUFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES)
  6. CHLORINE
  7. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (momoethnanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine)
  8.  FD & C Color PIGMENTS
  9. FRAGRANCE
  10. IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and DMDM HYDANTOIN

(Source: nappturality.com)

If you see any of the ingredients above in your products PUT IT DOWN! These products will do nothing but rip your hair from its natural state. Now I will give you some great products that will help you with your natural hair journey. But remember not all hair is alike so find what works for your hair; some will not work for all. Keep experimenting!

Pre- poos: A treatment applied prior to shampooing that consists of oils and/ or conditioners.

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  • Burt’s Bees Avocado Butter Pre- Shampoo Hair Treatment
  • Castor Oil
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
  • Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner

Shampoos: Every natural hair sister needs a good, effective shampoo. Shampoo as often as necessary, the more products used the more often your hair should be shampooed.

  • Giovanni Shampoo 50:50 Balanced Hydrating- Clarifying
  • SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo
  • SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • Kinky- Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo

 

Co-washes: Generally consists of using conditioner in place of shampoo.

  • As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleaning Conditioner
  • As I Am Cleaning Pudding
  • As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner
  • Hamadi Ginger Soymilk Hair Wash
  • Mizani True Textures Cleansing Cream Conditioning Curl Wash

Instant Conditioners: “Instantly” moisturizes the hair and makes it easier to manage

  • Aussie Moist Conditioner by Lush
  • Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curls and Waves Conditioner
  • SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
  • Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Conditioner
  • Miss Jessie’s Crème de la Crème Conditioner

Deep Conditioners: can yield many great results, such as moisturizing hair, which make it more manageable and restores nutrients such as protein.

  • Motions Deep Conditioning Mask
  • Pantene Curly Hair Series Deep Moisturizing Treatment
  • Jessicurl Deep Conditioner
  • Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner
  • Organic Roots Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise

Leave- in Conditioner: will provide your natural hair with moisture and nourishment it will need until your next wash day.  

  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave- in Conditioner Repair Cream
  • Kinky- Curly Knot Today
  • Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Leave- In Conditioner
  • SheaMoister Organic Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk
  • Mixed Chicks Leave- in Conditioner

Oils and Sealants: Sealing the hair especially the ends is a very important step in your hair regimen. For sealing to be effective use a water- based moisturizer and then seal with an oil.

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  • Argan oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Vatika Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil

Stylers: Results in a more controlled, sleeker, and more voluminous look.

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Kinky- Curly Curling Custard
  • Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Gel
  • Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing
  • As I Am Twist Defining Cream
  • Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer
  • Blended Beauty Happy Nappy
  • Curls Whipped Cream
  • Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue
  • Miss Jessie’s Stretch Silkening Cream

Whether you are transitioning or have been natural all your life this hair product list is a great start. Find a daily routine that fits you and your hair and keep a hair journal to document your beautiful hair journey. Until next time my natural hair sisters, love yourself and most importantly your hair!

 

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The Ingredients to My Fro.

Day in and day out I hear multiple conversations on the surface reasons as to why ladies are becoming natural. A few are: 

“I decided to grow my hair naturally because the chemicals made my hair fall out” 

“I wanted to try something healthier” 

“I’m trying a new look” 

However behind every afro there are reasons to why we have gone natural, I called these our ingredients to our fro. I’m only going to give three in this post. 

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Being Natural is in Style

Believe it or not, there are individuals that decide to participate in certain behaviors as a result of the mass population indulging in them as well. However, others may look as some as simply following trends.  

 

My Hair Has No Other Choice 

While some ladies love rocking their newly healthy hair please do not be fools. Some ladies have damaged hair for perms, weaves, and other hair experiments. Before the afrocentric look became extremely popular again, these young ladies were trying their best to find ways to make their damaged hair look decent. Now that females rocking low cuts are not only in style in addition to being sexy, these women are able to rock out and grow healthy hair. 

My Prerogative

Now to the lady that just wanted something different. She’s not doing it to fit in or to look more “black”. Most likely she’s been natural and now she’s “in style”.  Also, some women like the versatility of having a perm then going natural to give their hair a short break from the chemicals in a perm. 

**Disclaimer**

 Having natural hair does not always mean having healthy hair. Yes many use “natural products” however too many products at one time can stunt your hair’s growth. There are plenty of people with perms who have healthy hair. 

No matter what are your ingredients to your fro my beautiful sisters, make sure you rock them out to the fullest. I would love to hear the ingredients to your fro. 

Curls Unleashed: Product Recommendation

The Product:
The constant struggle of keeping one’s curly style curly is a reoccurring issue for many women. Like many other company’s Organic Root Stimulator has come out with a product to help refresh one’s curls. 
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The product Curl Refresher was created to rejuvenate curls. The product is meant to be placed on one’s hair after washing it. It does take a little while for the product to dry in your hair. However, it smells good so it won’t be painful wait. The one great thing about Curl Refresher is how soft your curls come out. It really makes your curls look and feel natural. 

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In addition to trying out products I check out the website. Curls Unleashed website provides product information, education on the type of hair you have and which products go with that texture of hair and lastly a look book. I found the look book interesting because it helps women find interesting styles to try on this natural hair journey. 

Company History

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My Recommendation:

Overall, I recommend this product for those who need to refresh their curls for a special occasion. This product did not compliment my hair to stay curly for longer than the day I placed the product on my hair. Like I always say, the same product may compliment someone else’s hair differently than mine. Please let me know how you like Curl Refresher. 

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~B.R.A.T (Black, Radical and Thorough) 

Confidence in Your Cut!

As females our hair can become our security blanket. No one matter tragic our life may be the one thing we always have is our hair. I know a few people who will not cut their hair past a certain length because the thought of their blanket being too short fears them. Even when our bodies get struck down by diseases there are hundreds of wigs we can choose from to allow us feel safe under our newly purchased security blanket. However, what happens when we decide it is time for us to cut past our comfort zone the very thing we have held onto to for years….our hair.

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I’ve had multiple people come to me and mention how brave I am to cut my hair. I believe one has to be mentally prepared for the cut because there are mental changes that happen. For instance, I had shoulder length hair which was very versatile. When I cut my hair I would lay in bed in the mornings and think about how I had to comb down my wrap. Then it would dawn on my that I had a low cut. Another time I found a hairstyle I liked and planned to do it once I got back home. Then it dawned on my again how I had a low cut. Cutting my hair messed me up mentally for a few months.

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I want to clear something up though. When I say cut I do not mean completely off like I have my hair. I simply mean cut past one’s comfort zone. So if your hair is to the middle of your back and you cut it into a bob cut-thats a new style which requires confidence to rock. I transitioned into my confidence. When I first cut my hair I would never go outside without earrings because I left I would look like a boy. However, last night I noticed how much I have grown by going out two days in a row without earrings and feeling beautiful.

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I do believe if I had cut my hair before I was ready to then my confidence with my cut would have been a long journey. Not only do you have to build confidence from within but exemplify your confidence to others. I had a member of my church tell me she was upset that I cut my hair and how she did not like my cut at first. However, after a few months she fell in love with the cut on me and does not want me to grow my hair back. (She is not the first person to tell me to not grow my hair back) Her comment simply results from the confident and the security in knowing how well my new hair cut complimented me.

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Overall, whenever YOU are ready to cut YOUR hair make sure you stand firm to your decision because you believe it is the best decision for you. Guess what?? If that cut does not compliment you, let your hair grow back (because it will) and cut it in a new style once its able to be cut again. No matter how your hair looks find the beauty within yourself and rock your hair to the fullest!!

~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)

Bad Weather: Great Hair

As most people know rain does not discriminate when it comes to ruining a hairstyle. Today I am here to shed some sunlight on my a quick do for my natural sisters and support to fellow natural sister who I admire.

 

The second quickest hairstyle after a ponytail is a bun. Some may believe making a bun is easy. Yet when your hair is thick and a little wild-then the bun becomes a morning project. So my friend, Huneyb Flyy created a Youtube video on how to create a Natural Hair High Bun.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLtRgY8fkRo

 

 

In her video she mentions the actual bun you use to wrap your hair around. There are a few ways to get that bun.

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1. They sell them in beauty supply stores

2. Use 2 old socks (more socks depending on how big you want your bun)

– Cut off the toes of the 1st sock

– Now continuously flip the sock in and out until it makes a little bun

– Take the 2nd sock and wrap it around the 1st sock

– Continue the 2nd step

– Lastly take a knee high the color of your hair (just in case the bun shows it will blend in with  your hair

– Wrap it around your socks the same way you did for your socks

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Tweet us pics @afromadu to show us how well Huneyb Flyy’s tutorial helped you out.

 

In order for us as a people to become united as a race we must support one another. Please support my friend Huneyb Flyy:

 

Website: huneybflyy.com

Twitter: @huneybflyy

Instagram: @huneyflyy

Youtube Channel: Huneybflyy1

 

 

~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)

 

 

 

 

Beauty of Braids

The process of becoming natural after having a perm can be extremely hard. The journey is long and tiresome at times. Many attempt, but only few survive. I’m here to help increase survivors during this transformation of weather.
There are plenty of sites which give advice for transitioning between perm to natural hair. One suggestion given is to use eggs, vinegar, and mayo to help grow out of a perm. According to a cosmetology teacher, the best way to grow out a perm is to get braids.
Types of braids:
-Box Braids
-Corn Rows
-Senegal Twists
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Styles while your braids are in:
-bun
-if you have micro braids with human hair you can wash and set your hair to have flowing curls
-up-dos
How to take out your braids:
When taking out your braids do not immediately comb out your hair. Have you ever noticed that nasty little circle of dirt that is between your hair and your new growth? If that isn’t combed out properly it can break off your hair.
Once all of your braids are taken out put conditioner on your hair (recommended brand: Cholesterol). Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes then begin to comb out your hair. Remember to always start combing at the bottom and work your way up. After you have combed out your entire head then proceed with rinsing it out, shampooing it, and conditioning it.
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Maintenance:
If you keep your braids in for 2-3 months (or longer) you must trim your ends after each time. Additionally, if you would like to use a leave in conditioner during this journey the best leave in is “placenta. Placenta (contains after birth) has natural nutrients which helps hair grow strong and healthy.
Keep an eye out:
1. If your hair begins to look matted together this is an indicator that your braids may be in too long.
2. Be extra gentle with micro braids because they can pull out your edges.
3.  Keep your hair moisturized while in braids-your hair still needs moisture.

 

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