Wednesday, March 9, 2016

K.I.S.S. Naturals: Should I Transition into or "Big Chop" My Natural Hair?

Hi! :)

I hope you ladies and gents are doing well. This is the first OFFICIAL  post of K.I.S.S. Naturals!
AHHHHH!!!!! (milly rocks like a boss)

One of the things that I see on the internet involves this scenario:

"I'm deciding on going natural, but I don't know if I want to transition into natural hair or BC...What should I do?"

I'm going to stop you right there, beloved.

There are pros and cons to either methods to ultimately achieving natural hair (hair chemical (or lye)-free).

This guideline should make it easier on deciding what to do to achieve natural hair.

  • Big Chop (B.C.): Immediately removing relaxed/chemically treated hair, leaving untreated natural hair behind. 
    • Pros
      • Learning curve dealing with natural hair (easier to deal with)
      • Less breakage than transitioning into natural hair
      • Less products needed; can be a money saver
      • Low maintenance 
      • Standing out from a crowd
      • Challenges one to be fashionable in other ways; can't hide behind hair
    • Cons
      • Learning curve dealing with natural hair 
      • Can be a stark contrast to long hair
      • Standing out from a crowd
      • Dealing with criticism from outsiders

  • Transitioning: Gradually growing out relaxed/chemically treated hair, dealing with two different textures at the same time.
    • Pros
      • Thicker hair, makes for voluminous hairstyles
      • Avoiding the shock of having short hair
      • Not as steep of a learning curve when dealing with natural hair
        • You're able to figure out what works best with your hair while dealing with the two textures
    • Cons:
      • Dealing with two different textures (relaxed and natural hair)
      • Figuring out hairstyles that would blend the two different textures (Tip: bantu knots work!)
      • Hair is more prone to breakage! The point where your natural and relaxed hair (demarcation) meet is HIGHLY fragile!
Welp, that is all that I have... if you guys can think of any other pros and cons to big chopping/ transitioning let me know in the comments below! 

Awesome looking TWA!

Side Note:
I tried both methods, and ultimately big chopped. If you want to find out why, I posted a video about it. Check out the archives! Plus, I just celebrated my 7 year NAPTURAL anniversary! ^__^

Talk to you soon.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

SERIES: K.I.S.S. Naturals

Hey guys!

Are you guys great? I hope so! I know that you didn't ask, but I am doing well. LOL

This is just a heads up: I plan on starting a series of blogs dedicated to condensing natural haircare information. I am gearing this to anyone who may feel overwhelmed (especially anyone considering natural hair) or maybe is interested in adopting a few nuggets of wisdom (for my natural haired women-hey!). The series will be called K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Sweetheart) Naturals.

I plan on having a blog post every month dedicated to answering a question regarding natural hair and anything related. If you guys have any topics that you would like for me to discuss, let me know.

The goal again, is to make sure you're provided with easy-to-digest info that is helpful. Okay? Okay.
Honestly, I am actually excited to show you guys the following'm slightly giddy lol.

No..Honestly..K.I.S.S. A Natural. ;)


P.S. I also have an article featured on Audacity to be Yo(unique)'s website! I am pretty excited about it since this is my first article haha! Please click the link and let me know what you think :) Temptations Every Natural Encounters

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

My Natural Hair Product Faves!

Hola (Hello)!

I hope you guys are still doing well. Why the long break? Bear with me as I am currently juggling work among some other things (sorry for being slightly vague).

It has been quite a L O N G time however, I am coming to you all with a brand new blog post. I warn you, there will be a bit of information to absorb and process. I will try my best to condense this information for you.

I am not sure how interested you are in my opinion of hair products (This year will mark 7 years of my natural hair journey), styling tools, etc., but I will share them anyway! lol

For the newly naturals (are there anymore newly naturals??), or someone who is interested in trying new hair care lines here are some of my suggestions:

  • Hair Products
    • Shampoos
      • *Alba: Their shampoo doesn't contain ANY sulfates. It is also an organic product. To me, it is the only shampoo that doesn't leave my hair dry. And it smells..AHHHMAZING
    • Conditioners/Leave-In Conditioners
      • Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner (most wallet friendly!)
      • *Suave Naturals Conditioner
      • **Giovanni's Leave In Conditioner
    • Styling Creams/Butters/ Oils
      • ***My hair creme
      • ***Qhemet Biologics Alma Butter/Honey Balm (GET. YOUR. BLESSING!) 
      • *Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding (for the chocolate lovers!)
      • *Coconut Oil (It cures everything)
      • *Olive Oil (Very moisturizing)
    • Styling Gels
      • **Eco Styler
      • ***My home made gel
      • ***Ouidad humidity gel (HOLY GUACAMOLE THIS PRODUCT IS AMAZING)
    • Moisturizing Products/Sprays
    • Foams/Hair Mousse
  • Styling Tools
  • Tips: 
    • SAMPLES SAMPLES SAMPLES!!!!!! If you do not want to fully commit to a full sized product (self-proclaimed commitment-phobe here) start with a sample size. You don't waste money, and you can see if you like the product! 
    • If you bought a product and you HATE. IT. Try using the product in different ways! I would purchase a few items, until I found a way for it to work for my hair. Money does not grow on trees, okay? 
    • Search for coupons and shop around! An obivious tip, but I have saved money by shopping around for certain hair products. 
    • Experiment! Look at the YouTube gurus for guidence, then adjust for your hair needs. 

Note: Any product that is italicized and in bold, means that I HIGHLY recommend this product. No I am not being sponsored by these companies (I've paid with my own money). My blog is too indie for that. lol. 

* Mostly found in Target, Walmart, and a few drugstores like Walgreens, CVS, etc. 
**Can be found in select Target, Walmart and drugstores depending on your location
***Can be difficult to access or can be found at Sephora or Ulta. Can be moderate to expensive. I would suggest purchasing either online (possible coupons), the company's website, or a store locator.

This is only to be a guide. I hope that this is a good start for you guys. :)

Talk to you soon. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Natural Hair Misconceptions.

Let me set the record straight on natural hair b: 

•We all don't like [insert any neo-soul artist you can think of] only.

•We all don't lead a holistic lifestyle.

•Many aren't looking for their "Nubian kings". This is not Common's video "The Light" featuring Erykah Badu. STAHP IT! 

•We all don't burn incense in the evening.

•We all don't spend time arguing who has the most "natural" hair. We're "splitting hairs" at that point. Pun intended!

•Majority of us believe in good hygiene, including hair care. 

•Having natural hair takes effort. And time

•It doesn't feel like a Brillo pad. 

•Some feel strongly about shaving and not growing additional fros...Ok? 

•We're all not shoving natural hair lifestyle down other people's throats. 

•Men LOVE natural hair. LOVE.

The amazing MahoganyCurls. Check out her YouTube!

•We're not all on YouTube making hair tutorials. 

•We are not the official spokesperson for black hair.

•We don't all play an acoustic guitar.

•Some of us like wearing wigs and weaves! Why? Because it's fun! And convenient sometimes. :)

•Natural hair is VERSATILE VERSATILE VERSATILE!! OMG! From braids to twists, knots, straight, and back to curly again! Your hair COULD NEVAAAA! lol. 

I had to stan for a moment for natural hair. I'm back. 

Now simmer down with the ignorance and chill. Lol. 

Talk to you soon. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hair Typing.

Hello folks!

Hope you are having a good week. 
I wanted to discuss hair typing. 

Hair typing natural hair is a double edge sword in my eyes. 

The great part about hair typing is that it serves as a guide for newly naturals who are trying to figure out how to take care of their hair. The newly natural phase is a learning curve that can be overwhelming. Fortunately, hair typing can definitely aid one when it comes to product selection. What works for some may not work for others. It helps a newly natural narrow down product selection ultimately saving money in the long run. To me, if you are a natural newbie (TeenyWeenieAfro or not) check out the hair typing charts as a guide. There are also websites that suggest products that work with specific hair types which is awesome. 

The worst part about hair typing is that it can be divisive between black women. Hair typing which was supposed to help others turns into a "better hair" or "curly vs. nappy" hair debate. To me, those conversations takes us back to the era of the paper bag test, or the field vs. house negroes scenarios. It becomes a hierarchy of "who comes closer to having more Eurocentric hair?". The ones with more "wavy", "more controlled", and "less frizzy" curls are at the top: highly valued, desired and admired. The ones without those characteristics however...will be at the bottom. Not as valued, desired, or admired by the majority. 

For that reason alone I am not too keen on hair typing. What's typically used for good, ends up being destroyed by a majority, and makes the minority feel less than valued. 

If it works for you..continue to use it! Just...make sure it's being used as a guide. Nothing more. 

That is all (in Miranda Priestly's voice).

Talk to you soon! 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Straightened Hair!

Hey guys! I am back again with another hair post! So I recently wanted to try something new with my hair and one thing led to another...which led to me straightening my hair! Surprisingly, the process was simple and easy...just time consuming. What was even more surprising was that I kept the style for over a week. I would've kept it longer but I became bored with my hair. Here's what I do to achieve my straight hair. Now..results may vary depending on your grade of hair and how it reacts to moisture as well as environmental factors so proceed with caution!!

1. Wash Hair: Self Explanatory

2. Blow Dry Hair: Before I blew dried my hair, I applied Argan oil, John Freda Frizz-Ease 3 Days  Straight Semi Permanent Styling Spray (that was a mouthful lol), Ion Straightening Solutions Healing Jojoba Flat Iron Cream and Ion Straightening Solutions Straightener, respectively. I was taking NO chances with reversion of my hair. Lol

3. REST(OPTIONAL): Because blow drying natural hair can take a lot out of a person physically. 

4. Straighten hair: I  used the FHI straightener, a fine tooth comb and Argan oil. Separate the hair into enough sections so that way you straighten your hair effectively. Also when I straightened my hair I combed the section 1st, applied the oil, and used the comb straightener method.

5. Clip split/dead ends: As needed of course. I unfortunately, became scissor happy and ended up with shorter hair than I expected....Y'all pray for me.
My hair was "flickin" low key. The Argan oil helped to make my hair look and feel healthy. I also received compliments on my hair. Some people thought that I went to a salon, which made me feel even better with my DIY straightening technique. 

I had pictures...But they were accidentally deleted! And I was going to use stock photos to compensate for my deleted pictures but they all look WHACK so don't scold me. Lol

I found pictures of my straightened hair!

Talk to you soon. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015