Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Washing My Hair Less and Liking It

April 2011

If you've read my hair regimen under the My Regimen tab at the top of the page, then you'll notice that I say in it that I wash my hair every 1-2 weeks. This cold season so far though, I'm finding myself washing my hair less frequently. It's more like every 2-3 weeks pass before I wash it.

Why this longer period in between washes? There are two reasons:

1) Sheer Laziness
The longer my hair gets, the less bothered I wanna be with it and the less time I want to spend on it. My hair has been growing like a weed and with the added length, it's just a lot more of everything to do and more time. I wear up-do's that take 10 mins or less to create most of the time now that are protective yet grown-n-sexy and I go on about my business. I find myself not messing with my hair much outside of keeping it moisturized and tangle free.

2) It's Just Not Necessary
in this stage of my hair, at least. I'm finding that my hair doesn't need to be washed frequently and because washing highly textured hair, rather it's with shampoo or conditioner, is somewhat of a "traumatic" experience to our hair. My koily hair is more fragile than straight, wavy and looser curl textures so washing it less is making it less subject to protein loss and accelerated weathering.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

#teamdirtyhair



Who knew dirty hair could look kinda good? #teamdirtyhair Hahaha.

In this picture I hadn't washed my hair in almost a month. Yikes. While I don't think I will go this long between washes again, I can say that as my hair gets longer the longer my time in between washes becomes and me or my hair doesn't seem to mind it. As long as I keep it moisturized, stretched and manipulate/comb it minimally we are good to go. Shortly after taking this picture the dirty hair was washed. Much better now. :D

Monday, November 28, 2011

Did You Do Any Natural Hair Black Friday-Cyber Monday Shopping?






I was running low on my holy grail hair moisturizer, Bee Mine Deja's Hair Milk so I took advantage of their Black Friday sale they had. At Midnight, Friday morning, I was on the site to buy a 16 oz bottle of it for 30% off. As my hair gets longer, I'm blowing through the 8 oz bottle in record time so it saves me money to start buying the 16 oz bottle now.

I was glad for the discount. Some kind of way I got con'd into buying my younger sister the Bee-U-Ti-Ful Moisturizing Deep Conditioner before I checked outtoo. She's such a pimp, that one. Lol. 

What did you all get?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How Are Your Wearing Your Hair for Turkey Day?



July 2011: Twist Out (on damp hair)




Some may think this is silly but hey, it's the little things in life that get me excited, what can I say? So how are you all wearing your hair tomorrow? Out large and in charge? Basic bun? Twists? I'm bein nosy and wanna know.

I'm going to wear mine out in a flat twist bantu knot out like I did earlier this month again. That came out so nice and I have to look semi nice because you know folks be snapping pics and then tagging you on Facebook within hours of taking the pics. Smh. The world we live in, I tell ya.

 Let me start setting my hair for that right now. Click on the link above to see how I set my hair for this style. Tweek it how you like and give it a try if you like. I'm going to keep it covered in a nice scarf headwrap till closer to dinner time. It's gotta be fressssshhhhh.

Let me get off the computer and make myself productive in these next few hours. Sike. We already know that's not gonna happen right, right now. It's the thought that counts though. Lata kurlies!

KisForKinky Black Friday Natural Hair Guide



{ Image from KisForKinky.com }

Head over to KisForKinky's spot. She put together a fabulous natural hair Black Friday-Cyber Monday shopping guide! Go check it out if you've got Christmas shopping to do or want to get a little something for yourself at some great discounts. Happy Shopping.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving kurlies!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In Review:: Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream



This product was sent to me to review for EXUDE Magazine, where I'm the Sr Beauty Editor, and I figured why not review it on here too. I just tried it out for the first time recently with pretty good results. I remember for years on the hair boards, naturals swearing by this leave in (before being natural was popular). I should have a full review up in another week or so after I've used it more extensively to see if it really works well with my hair.

Be on the look out for the review. Next post up will be me sharing a new thing I add to my hair before applying my leave ins.

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Hair:: Flat Twist Bantu Knot Out












Hey kurlies. I had a FAB hair day when I tried this hairstyle out a couple weeks ago. I was inspired to do this style from one of Naptural85's videos (I can't find it! I would have shared the link to it.) and thought it was soooo cute. She did the vid a while ago and when I was deliberating what to do with my hair recently for my cousin's birthday dinner, this style came to mind. I'm glad I tried it. It came out great, I absolutely loved it.




 HOW I ACHIEVED THE LOOK



I did mine on old hair, meaning it wasn't freshly washed and had been stretched over time from me moisturizing and plaiting (4 big plaits) it every night before bed. I used the products pictured below to moisturize and set my hair. That gel is pretty good and is all natural. (Cincy naturals, I got it at E &D Beauty Supply Store on Kemper Rd by Tri-County Mall. I'm not usually keen on supporting Koreans in this way but the owners there are very nice (, they have some product knowledge) and give excellent customer service.)


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chiroco's Hair Products 101 Book Giveaway Winners



Sorry I made you all wait so long to see who won a copy of Hair Products 101 by Chicoro! So much was going on and then ya girl messed around and got sick but I am back in good health now and always thankful for a strong immune system. I think I was just doing so much and sometimes when we fall ill, it's our body's way of telling us to slow down.

Aaaaany-who....Each entrant was given a number in the order they commented and the winners were selected at random by Random.org. So the following ladies please email me your shipping address (by the end of this month or you forfeit your winnings and I'll redraw for another winner) so I can get your copies out to you:

TheOneAndOnly!

Afropean Queen!

Halicakes!

Congrats ladies and thank you to everyone who entered. I hope to do another one before the year is over so be on the lookout. It's a great book and I hope you will enjoy it as much I did. It is a permanent fixture in my natural hair care library.

Stay naturally fly and for all of you that enjoy reading what I have to say on this lil blog, I thank you. I do it for you and I do it for me too. :D Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Music That Can Mac: J*Davey's Queen of Wonderland

Happy Friday Kurlies! I'm finally back in full health! I never went to a doctor but I think I had the flu.

I feel like I haven done a music feature in ages. Probably because I haven't. This month has been bananas. So ready for a break/vacation. In anticipation of J*Davey's New Designer Drug album release next Tuesday, I chose to jam to Queen of Wonderland. This song, Jack is talking about, basically, how she's sprung over a man. Soooo many of us chickies can relate to this song! Enjoy and have a great weekend.
Queen of Wonderland Ft. Thundercat by ILLAV8R

Regular posts coming back soon and I know I said it before but I will announce the winners for the giveaway this weekend. Sorry for the delay!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Modeling Project



Get my neck warmer at my shop http://www.sofysticatedphunk.etsy.com/

Is coming soon! As an artist, I'm always giving myself projects to do and finding various ways to cultivate art. I have my 365 Photo Project going on and now I want to add a Modeling Project. I'm not interested in becoming a super model but I'd like to learn the art of it. Not sure when I will start it just yet because, as always, I've got a million things going on. Or maybe I should just start it now because if I don't I may always find an excuse. Lol.

This should be fun. I'll share some of them here but you will be able to follow the whole project on my Tumblr.

Toodles!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Brief Hiatus

I'm a little under the weather chickies and am nursing myself back to health: tea, overdosing on taking vitamin c and goin to bed early tonight. (Hope I'm ok in the morning to go to work, I've got so much stuff to do!) I'll be back soon with the giveaway winners and other updates. Until then, check out all my old posts and such; I've got 3 years worth of material on here for your reading pleasure.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy week. I'll talk to you all soon. :D

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Naprika's Wrap



I'm diggin this head wrap, gorgeous YouTuber, The Naprika is donning in this video. She shared that she puts her hair up like this for her yoga classes. Totally genius. You can look fly and still get your workout on. This can also be worn out for many other occasions or running errands too.

How I'd Replicate This Look

I'd put my hair in a Cinnabun and then wrap a cute scarf around the perimeter of my head. Totally simple.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My Hair:: Crochet Twists

I tried to do The Damn Salon style urban twists but crochet them in instead and wasn't successful. Lol. It just didn't look like how they do it but it still  turned out fab:


October 2011: Crochet Twists with Marley braiding hair


I loved it! I only got to rock this style for about 2 weeks because my scalp was not having it. I had an allergic reaction to this batch of hair and had to take them out. :( But I will definitely be revisiting them again.

Like typical crochet braids, on clean hair, all my hair was cornrowed straight back. Hair was then crocheted into the braids with a latch hook. Normally I would braid the extensions down some (and leave the rest out) but this time b/c this hair was a kinky texture, I was able to twist it down some. Instead of the usually curly hair I get for crochet braids, I used marley braiding hair. I like the marley hair better because the texture resembles my real hair texture. I played around with 2 different colors since I probably won't ever color my real hair.

I loved how it turned out. I got a lot of compliments and a lot of people really thought it was my hair and that I colored it. The Marley hair is also great because with crochet braids/twists, after a while, the parts will start to get fuzzy and it better blends with this kind of hair.

I gotta find a wig like this. Or find wefted marley hair and I'll make a wig like this myself!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kurly Inspiration: Stellah's Groove



Check out the beautiful Stellah's of Stellah's Groove vintage shop hair! Is this not sheer flyness?! I met her a month ago at my cousin's daughter's 1st birthday party. We got to talking about accessories, Etsy and hair and she was kind enough to let me snap a couple pictures of her fabulous hair to share on here with you all.

If vintage goodies are your Achilles heel, then you will love her shop. I'm totally diggin the Southwestern Sterling Silver Turqouise Leaf and Scroll Bracelet on there. Her shop includes all vintage shoes (there's some awesome cowboy boots up there starting at $45!), clothing and accessories. The shop has over 500 items for sell; see everything at http://www.stellahsgroove.etsy.com/

Be inspired, visit her shop (!) and stay naturally fly :D

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