7 Natural "Fall Ready" Hair Tutorials

Who else runs out of ideas for Natural Hair styles?

It’s officially fall! Like FALL, fall. Like forty degrees, fall. My body can’t deal but maybe my hair can. I try to tuck mine in as much as possible during the cooler months and sometimes struggle to find new styles. Below are a few fun an simple ideas for styling you natural hair when it’s cool outside.

One of my favorite protective styles for fall/winter? Two simple twists or braids.

One of my favorite protective styles for fall/winter? Two simple twists or braids.

The two braids down the side of your head style is a classic and will never be out of style. This tutorial shows an easy way to achieve the style with added hair.

Here are FIVE quick and easy styles that will protect your strands and keep you cute!

If you have longer hair and want to try some trendier styles, check these out!

This styles is a bit more formal and perfect for a night out or an event. Mixing curls with braids or twists is also a trend!

This is a style that I’ve been wearing lately and it’s super easy to do and always gets tons of compliments,

If you’re a skilled flat twister, this style is gorgeous and is a great low manipulation, protective style.

If you’re, looking for something a little more long term, why not try faux locs. They’re a gorgeous style and there are so many options to install them at home!

What are you doing with your natural hair this fall? Let me know!

Your Twist Out Sucks, Here's Why

It's been almost seven years and I think I've got this twist out down.

Okay, so your twist out doesn't suck. I would never say or think that. You're amazing and beautiful and wonderful. But maybe your twist out just isn't giving you life or acting right. I went through the same issue until I started experimenting and came up with this fail proof, step by step, twist out system. If you're struggling like I was, I hope this helps!

This is the easiest sep by step guide for success!

This is the easiest sep by step guide for success!

First things first, It's not about the products. I'll tell you what I used but it's not the main factor in twist out success. This is all about the technique. The #flickadawrist if you will.

Products Used

G Naturals Mango Mend Leave In | Soultanicals Can't Believe It's Not Butta | WonderCurl Get Slick Hair Smoothie

1. I start on Freshly washed and moisturized hair. My hair holds a curl better and looks much nicer when it's clean.

2. I like my twist outs with definition AND volume. If you want more definition, twist your hair while wet. If your prefer volume, style on dry hair. I try to style my hair that's about 85% dry and fairly stretched. This prevents tangles and gives me the shape that I love. I get the big hair look without sacrificing the curls I love.

3. Now I prefer flat twists over regular, two strand twists because I love the curl that they give. That being said, there's an art to flat twisting your hair. Parts and sections should be neat but not perfect. I try not to take from other sections while I'm twisting and twist smaller sections for tighter curls.

4. When you take down your twists, there is no need to add extra product or oil. It doesn't reduce frizz, it's just more product. I simply make sure my twists are dry, take them down gently and fluff! Easy peasy!

Hopefully this helps you all on your journey to the perfect twist out!

 

 

Foundation for a Bomb AF Wash and Go

"They" don't want type 4 hair to do a wash and go so we gonna do a wash and go.

The wash and go out in full effect

The wash and go out in full effect

Once upon a time not long ago I was afraid of wash and gos. I was afraid of the shrinkage, the detangling time, the inevitable weird looks I would get because Tracee Ellis Ross I am not.

Fast forward to summer 2017 and I'm pretty sure this the only thing I want to do with my curls until September. Seriously it's so EASY. That being said, healthy hair is the foundstion for a successful wash and go. What is healthy hair?

Believe it or not type 4 Hair can do a wash and go!

Believe it or not type 4 Hair can do a wash and go!

Healthy Hair is Moisturized

Have you ever neglected your hair and stopped moisturizing? It's okay: It's happened to the best of us. The aftermath is horrendous. The breakage. The fallout. The dryness. It's terrible. Ever tried to do wash and go on dry hair. Double trouble. Dry hair will leave you more prone to tangles and your curls will not be on point.

Healthy Hair Has Healthy Ends

Trim Ya Ends! This is every natural girl's struggle: keep those dead ends and flaunt that length or cut it and be patient enough for the healthy hair to flourish. Just cut it.Almost every style will look bad with janky ends: wash and gos, twist outs, and perm rod sets will expose that a** and your dusty ends.

Healthy Hair is NOT Heat Damaged

If I was shady (I mean I am but even my petty knows SOME bounds) I would screenshot and post all of the heat damaged wash and gos that I see stuntin' on the gram, at the mall, and on YouTube. I'm not the natural hair police so do what you do BUT I often wonder if these people knew how bomb their style would be after a good heat rehab. I have endured heat damage before and when I attempted a wash and go I had the most crispity, crunchity, dead to the bed, and limp and lifeless curls. Moral of the story: transition out of that damage with some cute rod sets and THEN try your hand at a wash and go.

Honestly my hair is the healthiest that it has been  since I returned natural and that is why my wash and go styles have been flourishing.

So You Have A Bald Spot, Now What?

You may not be your hair, but it's pretty damn important.

A few days ago I was doing my normal detangling routine in front of the mirror when (cue the horror music) I discovered a small, but noticeable to me, bald spot. I had a quick moment of OMFG, what do I do, CLEARLY I'm dying, and then I took a few deep breaths and followed these steps.

What do you do when you find a baldspot in your otherwise healthy head of hair?

What do you do when you find a baldspot in your otherwise healthy head of hair?

Don't Freak Out | I know, I know, I freaked out a little teeny tiny bit. But then I stopped. Honestly, there's no reason to have a full meltdown until you know exactly what the issue is.

Get To the Doctor | We (I'm looking at you skin fo) often ignore what our bodies are trying to tell us when symptoms such as hair loss occur. Quite often this is an outward expression of minor problems such as a vitamin deficiency; however, there is a chance that there is a more serious underlying issue. Going to your primary care physician and getting your bloodwork done can rule all of that out.  

The vanity planet shampoo brush and Remi Restorative treatment are helping me get back on track.

The vanity planet shampoo brush and Remi Restorative treatment are helping me get back on track.

Care for Your Scalp | Now that you Know what's wrong, you can start taking care of your scalp. I was sent the life changing (no exaggeration here, it's actually life changing) Groove Scalp Massager by Vanity Planet and I have been using it on wash day and in between wash days. Not only does it feel great, it also encourages blood flow to the scalp which helps hair growth. I have already seen hair starting to grow back in a short period of time.

Use Healthy Hair Products | In addition to using the scalp massager, I am also using Vanity Planet's Moisturizing and Restorative Hair Treatment. It's great for my scalp and hair because it is nothing but healthy oils for my dry and frizzy natural hair. I massage this product in with my Scalp Massager and let it sit for about 15 minutes before continuing with my normal routine. The oils help nourish my scalp and protect my hair from the harshness of shampoos.

I'm confident that in the next few months that my little bald spot will be flourishing again.

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Black Owned Business Spotlight | Caribbean Secrets Curly Creme Conditioner

Because we should not only celebrate, but also patronize, black owned businesses.

I always marvel at young black entrepreneurs: the sheer determination it takes to start your own business simply astounds me. Furthermore, as an aspiring entrepreneur who also happens to be black, one can face a multitude of obstacles. Which is why I was absolutely delighted when I was contacted by Pierre of Caribbean Secrets to try out their Curly Creme Conditioner.

Caribbean Secrets was started by Calvin (also known as Pierre) about three years ago while attending Howard University. Calvin saw that so many young black men and women were skin and hair obsessed and saw the need for an awesome product that we could use to care for hair and skin needs.

The Caribbean Secrets Curly Creme Conditioner was created specifically for natural hair and I have to say it is amazing. The first impression that I had was the wonderful but not over powering smell. You guys know that I'm not a fan of strong or artificial scents and this product has neither of those attributes. The texture of the conditioner is thick and creamy which my hair immediately soaked up. I used this product as a co washing product and a regular conditioner after shampooing and in each capacity my hair loved it. Because of the creamy texture of this product I thought that it would cause extreme build up and greasiness but it did not. After using it as my co wash several times my hair was soft and light and did not have a bunch of gunk coming out of it after my shampoo the next. I thoroughly enjoy using this product and it comes highly recommended on my list. My only con is that the product does not have a ton of slip which I like for my conditioners to have so I can detangle.

To purchase this product check them out on amazon!

Ingredients:

Water

Raw Whole Flaxseed

Organic Coconut Oil

Shea Butter

Avocado Butter

Olive Oil 

Cranberry Seed Oil

Haitian Castor Oil

Organic Coconut Milk

Coconut Cream

Emulsifying Wax

DL-Pathenol (Provitamin B5)

Potassium Sorbate

Fragrance

 

Why My Natural Hair IS A Political Statement

I never considered my natural hair a political statement, until it was one.

After cutting off relaxed my hair in 2011 strange things started to happen. People started to ask me if I was fighting the power. Black men started calling me sista. People thought I was earthy. It was weird. I mean I love me some Erykah Badu (not that recent Twitter ridiculousness that she decided to bless us with last week) but I'm not that girl. Correction, I am that girl and I tuck it in because most people ain't ready. But still, I was a little confused as to why people were assuming that my hairstyle was some sort of revolt against society.

Around the same time, friends and acquaintances of the caucasian persuasion started to give me hair advice. They would see a happy, curly, whirly chica on TV and say "Oh you should wear your hair like that!" and I would have to explain to them that while I am happy my hair is neither whirly or curly so that would be a NO. They would try to hide their disappointment  and we would quickly change the subject.

These interactions sparked an interesting conversation within myself about what my natural hair meant to me AND to others. I started to realize that my hairstyle choices have an affect to those around me.  While I don't want to over emphasize the "importance" of my presence, I realize that it is crazy to see a black woman embracing her beauty and walking in confidence. So many black children have been conditioned to apologize for their looks: "Oh don't worry about this, my hair appointment is tomorrow" or "I can't go, my hair isn't done". Seeing so many black people enjoying and embracing their God given beauty is fairly new. When my (well meaning) white friends felt entitled to tell me how I should wear MY hair (that's a different conversation), they were unknowingly telling me that I was making them uncomfortable. They were quietly screaming, "Hey! Come back over to something we understand!" Which is crazy to me because "it's just hair".

Long story short, when I went natural it was not some political statement. My intent was never to join a revolution. But I did.

Natural Hair | Finding Confidence After the Big Chop

You finally took the leap and cut your hair.... But you've lost your confidence. Now What?

First of all, Congratulations! Whether you went straight for the big chop or were a long term transition, going completely natural can be tough. All of a sudden you have this new hair that you may have never seen before and it might not look like what you imagined. What's a new naturalists to do? Here are some tips for feeling confident with your new natural hair.

Finding Confidence After the Big Chop

Finding Confidence After the Big Chop

 

1. Accessories are a must. An easy way to amp up your natural hair look is to dress it up with fun, colorful, and bold accessories. This tip is especially great for those with short hair. A pair of long dangly earrings or a bold statement necklace add a gorgeous feminine touch to your new look.

2. Experiment With Bold Makeup. If you have a new short look this is the perfect time to play with makeup. Because your face is now str the forefront of your style you can really play with colors or techniques that you've never tried before. Try playing up your eyes or a bold red lip which makes every look glamorous.

3. Protective Style until you are more comfortable. If all else fails try some different styles until you feel more comfortable with your natural hair. Short haircuts can be intimidating and lack variety until they grow out. Protective styling is a great option for those who aren't completely comfortable with their natural hair. Braids and Twists are an awesome low maintenance style for those with little time to worry about styling everyday. If you are looking for a sleeker look, wigs and weaves are a great choice. If you are looking to protective style for a longer period of time, be sure to care for your hair while in the style.

How did you style your big chop?

Kisses,

Joelle

 

Five Minute Coils for Your Natural Hair

Can I just be real for a minute? This natural hair thing can be a real bitch. Like seriously. I've been in this game for almost 4 years and I still don't have everything figured out. What I struggle most with is figuring out ways to do my hair in an efficient manner. 

Wash and gos take forever to dry, twist outs take overnight to set, and don't even get me started on flexi rods. This is my current struggle. All I want to do do is wash/refresh and go!

Enter in the brush method. Guys, I'm so upset that I didn't discover the sooner. Watch the video to see how it works!

New Year New Beginnings?

Ankara Print Headwrap and H&M Blazer

I never thought that the Civil Rights Movement would have a sequel. I never thought I would see the police assault peaceful protesters with tear gas. I never thought they would declare war on us.

Express Skirt, Sam and Libby Shoes

I always knew that there were a different set of rules for those who did not fit into the "norm". You can be black but don't be too black. You can be gay but turn down the flamboyance. You can be a feminist but maybe don't talk about the wage gap at dinner parties. We make people uncomfortable by our presence alone. And so we put our heads down and work hard and cling to the hope that if we follow these rules that everything will be okay. Because that's what was promised.

Jeweled shoulder detail

But what we do when the tacit agreement is broken? The injustice is so clear and yet there are still who choose to be blind to it. It's enough to make you want to shake somebody.

On a happier note, hair stuff...


Until Next Time...

Kisses,

Joelle

Mini Twists | The Ultimate Protective Style

Causal Look with Mini Twists

Winter is upon us and I think I'm in love... with my hair! I went natural in November 2011 so in a sense it's our anniversary. Despite living in my natural beauty for three years, I think I'm just now getting the importance of winter hair care. I love to wear my hair out so protective styling is difficult for me but I think I may have found the perfect solution: Mini Twists!

Mini Twists are definitely not new in the natural hair community- many naturals attribute their journey to waist length hair to the style- but sometimes it's nice to revisit the simplicity of the tried and true. I plan on leaving my hair in this twists for about three weeks and I'm really excited to see some healthy hair growth and length retention.

Tips for a Successful Mini Twist Installation

1. Section Your Hair. This will keep you from going insane! I started my hair in about 8 to 10 sections that I put in large twists. I then broke each twist down in sections. I continued this method until I was ready to break each twist into it's own section of mini twists.

2. Style on dry hair. I can only imagine that installing mini twists on wet/ damp hair would be a nightmare complete with the dreaded "product hand" and long hours spent with heavy arms. I styled my mini twists on dry hair and then washed my hair with the twists in. Because of this my hair was pre- stretched making twisting easier.

3. Don't be afraid to style. Just because your hair is up doesn't mean you can't have fun! I set my twists in a gorgeous rod set and I plan to explore more styling options. Your hair should never be boring and times when you are protective styling are no exception.

Want to see how I'm keeping my twists fresh and stylish while I sleep? check out my video on youtube!

So tell me, what's your favorite protective style?

Thanks for reading! Until Next Time...

Kisses,

Joelle