Protective Summer Hairstyles

Protective styles are an awesome way to be a lazy natural. While I try my best to stay on top of wash days,conditioning, and everything else that comes along with being a naturalista, it can be very time consuming. That being said, at the beginning of this summer I made a decision to wear my hair in protective styles all summer. I wanted to give my hair a break from heat styling, and give myself a break from having to twist my hair every night 🙄.  

In doing this, Pinterest has become my go to for cute hairstyles. Having my hair in braids for the past month has saved me so much time in both my morning and nightly routines. I actually get ready for work and have time to spare to sit and watch tv! Versus struggling to get my natural hair just right, and having to fly out the door to work. After taking down my first set of braids, I noticed my hair was a bit fuller. Not too much extra length just yet, but I’m sure it will come in time. It has also been a relief to not have a big afro in the heat! While it’s super cute, and I love my fro, I hate a sweaty scalp😷. I am planning to experiment a couple more times with braids, as well as a couple of molded ponytail styles!

What are you’re favorite protective styles? Let me know in the comments! 

Took 5 hours but I loved it!

Only took 4 hours!

Natural Hair Journey Update (2 Years)

I can’t believe I’ve made it 2 years without getting a perm! Within these past two years I have taken time to experiment with my hair. I’ve done everything from a pixie cut, a sew-in, braids, hair dye, and hair rinse. But nothing beats the fresh feeling of a wash-n-go. My hair has grown tremendously. I have reached the length I was at before my big chop. Not only that, my hair is much thicker and way healthier.

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For the past few months though, I have kept my hair flat ironed. In doing this, I created a matter of convince for myself, but at the same time lost some of my curl pattern..booo! It just got to the point where I was so tired of having to spend 30 plus minutes twisting my hair before bed each night. My two biggest enemies thus far have become heat styling tools and hair dye. So, naturals be aware of heat damage and color damage!

My wash routine now includes a few different products. I still find it hard to find what works for me, and then sticking to it. It seems like everybody has natural hair products now. I have been trying my hardest to not become a product junkie! So here’s what I’ve been using…

Shampoo: OGX Shea Soft & Smooth Shampoo: I love this brand and their different products. This shampoo leaves my hair feeling and smelling heavenly with every wash.

Conditioner: Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum Replenishing Conditioner: This conditioner leaves my hair soft and fluffy!

Moisturizer: Cantu Daily Conditioner This moisturizer does the trick without making hair too greasy or too limp.

Oil: Coconut Oil (Of Course!), Castor Oil

Remember ladies, LOVE your NATURAL HAIR, it’s what makes you, you! Let’s teach our little ones that hair enhancements are cool, but still love and take care of what God gave you!

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Let me know in the comments below your wash day routine, or the products you love!

My Natural Hair Journey

Natural hair is making a big comeback. Curly afros, braids, twists, twist outs, and bantu knots are nothing short of beautiful in my eyes.
I am currently in a transitioning stage for the third time. The other two times I decided to go natural, or stop perming my hair, I did not have the will power to stay natural. Both times before I eventually went back to the perm. But, this time is different. I am approaching my 7th month of being perm free and I couldn’t be happier. Not only is my hair much healthier, but I have so many options when deciding how to wear it.
Although natural hair is not embraced by everyone, I see it as a symbol of pride. The current popularity of naturalistas reminds me of the Black Is Beautiful Movement during the 1960’s. This movement promoted self worth within African Americans and they were encouraged to embrace their natural beauty.
Many debates have been sparked as to if it is suitable to wear natural hear in a corporate setting. Personally, I don’t think anyone or anything should hinder your natural beauty.
Always remember Black IS Beautiful.