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Natural Hair Journey: Turban How-To

July 2, 2013

Thanks to all the compliments I received on my Turban Tuesday, Part Deux post, and by popular demand, I present to you my Turban How-To. Here is a step-by-step guide to achieving the fun, sassy look.

Start off with an over-sized scarf. The one used for this turban is rectangular-shaped and measures 70 inches by 42 inches. Fold it in half long ways.


1. Take the scarf and, holding one end in each hand, drape it at the back of your head.


2. Bring your hands together such that you’re holding both ends at your forehead.

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Natural Hair Journey: Product Review — Natural Hair Box

June 27, 2013


Earlier this month, I was chosen as the winner of an Onyx Rose giveaway for the June Natural Hair Box. From the same vein as the CurlBox or CurlKit, the Natural Hair Box gives customers samples of six or so natural hair care products for $29.99 each month. It truly is a bargain when you consider that Shea Moisture products alone, for example, are sold for $10 a pop. And the cost to try new products can add up pretty quickly.

This month’s box included an herbal restorative tea rinse treatment from Hair Tease, a snickerdoodle scented body butter from Bake Shop Butters, Twirly Hair Gel from L.A.C.E. Natural, hair and skin moisturizer from Nahbila’s Essentials, Hair Foreplay Leave In from SDotBeauty and Okra Winfrey conditioner from Sudsatorium. All these products are valued at a total of $67.

Also, with the exception of the Hair Tease rinse, I tried each of these products twice on my freshly washed 4B coils (and freshly washed skin, in the case of the body butter).

: 4/5

PROS: I was very interested in trying this tea rinse out, as using tea in this manner was a new concept to me. Afterward, my scalp felt rejuvenated, and the aroma of the herbs was invigorating.
CONS: It’s a bit of a process to prepare, and is messy to apply. Also, the ingredients only list “a proprietary blend of herbs,” but I’d be interested to know what exactly is going in to my hair.


PROS: The scent is simply divine. Trust me, it will be a challenge not to scoop some of this creamy goodness into you mouth. And it left my body moisturized all day long, including those ash-prone areas like my ankles and knees.
CON: It was slightly difficult to spread.


PROS: The product smells really good.
CONS: The gel was has a liquid-like consistency, unlike any other gel I’ve tried. I’m guessing that had something to do with it not giving a solid hold on my two-strand twist-out, which seriously lacked definition.


PROS: This is my favorite item included in the box. It smells amazing, and I can detect an almost lemony zip with each spritz. It left my hair looking healthy and moisturized. I also enjoy the fact that it can also be used on your body. Just one spray of this product and you’re feeling brand new.
CON: The bottle isn’t bigger.


PROS: It has a nice consistency: not too runny, not too thick. And it got the job done without leaving my hair greasy and/or weighed down.
CON: The results were just lackluster. Nothing really stands out good or bad.


PROS: It’s vegan and organic. The scent was a pleasant surprise, considering the green slimy veggie okra is its main ingredient. Lastly, it takes top prize for most creative name.
CONS: This product didn’t have much slip. I had to use a lot of it to work through my hair. There weren’t any directions included, so I just trusted my instincts and left it on my hair for two to three minutes. In the end, my hair just felt dry and brittle, which was unexpected.

Overall, I’m very grateful that I received this Natural Hair Box for free. I definitely will consider giving it a try in the coming months. Part of its beauty is trying unfamiliar products, which was really exciting.

Natural Hair Journey: 1950s Scarf Style

June 17, 2013


I guess you can say I was channeling Rosie the Riveter or Lucille Ball of “I Love Lucy,” with this look, which I wore to happy hour with friends this past Friday (Upon entering, a rowdy group of guys called me Minnie Mouse, which I can kind of see now. LOL.). I’m starting to see the benefits of protective styling, including the use of fun scarfs and headwraps, as I’m noticing less breakage and more growth. Yay!

This look was rather easy to achieve. To start, I sectioned my bangs off and tucked my hair in a loose French roll (nothing fancy, just trying to keep my hair down). I then took a square scarf, folded it in half diagonally to form a triangle, tied it Aunt Jemima style in front, formed the ends in a bow, folded the remaining flap over the bow and tucked it under. Give it a whirl!

Natural Hair Journey: Turban Tuesday, Part Deux

May 28, 2013


Guys, I think I’ve found my niche! I really can’t get enough of the turban look. I wore this particular headwrap to a bonfire on Friday night. I’ve found that it comes in handy when my hair isn’t dry and I’m not quite ready to unravel my two-strand twists. Underneath the wrap, my hair is set in twists covered in my silk bonnet. You would have been none the wiser if I hadn’t said anything. See? Just one example of the myriad benefits of a nice turban.

Natural Hair Journey: Turban Tuesday

May 7, 2013


There are those days when my kinks and coils fall right into place and all is right with the world. Then there are those days when I have to beat them into submission, but inevitably relent because those strands put up too strong a fight. Today was one of those days. Running late for work and searching for some reprieve from the impending “bad hair day,” I dug through my basket of scarves and found this gem, wrapped it around my head, tied it in a bow, fluffed my coils and called it a day. I present to you my very own Turban Tuesday!

Natural Hair Journey: Stretching a Braided Style

March 26, 2013


Don’t fret if you get bored easily with protective styles like I sometimes do. I used this opportunity to experiment with my bangs, which I intentionally left unbraided, throughout the time I had this style in. As you’ll see, a few variations in the front helped keep me looking fresh.

Shout out to my pal, Corneka, who whipped my hair into this style in a matter of minutes. That girl good!



I set my bangs with flexi-rods. (P.S. This was my first time experimenting with them, and I’m intrigued. I think I’ll invest in some and try out a few new styles.)


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Natural Hair Journey: The Fortuitous Good Hair Day

March 5, 2013

Camera 1: Looking like the Cynthia doll from “Rugrats” on wash day.

Since going natural at the start of 2012, my hair journey has been marked by some rough days and some really awesome days. Days when I’m bored with my coils, tired of the process (it takes work) or receive backhanded compliments from let’s just call them “uninformed” people. But also days when just glancing in the mirror and seeing my mane in all its kinky glory can brighten my mood, or receiving kudos from a fellow naturalista is just the reassurance I need to keep up with my natural hair journey. And I realize that it’s just that — a journey. Surely there’ll be highs and there’ll definitely be lows.

After finding everything in the world to do besides detangle, wash and deep condition my hair last weekend, I finally got down to it, much later than I would have hoped for Sunday night. By the time I had done all that, I was tired and rushed through putting my hair in two-strand twists. When I woke up and got ready for work, I wasn’t expecting favorable results.

Then this happened.

Camera 2: Loving life because my twist out came out nicely.

Boom! “And the crowd goes wild, as if Holyfield has just won the fight!” (bonus points if you can name that reference in the comments section below) Moisture, volume, curl definition. Nothing out of the ordinary to the naked eye, but to me, a small victory for sure. Haha. You should know by now, I take my hair very seriously.

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Natural Hair Journey: Failed Bantu Knot Out

February 24, 2013


After washing and conditioning my hair, I applied my leave-in conditioner, coconut oil and tea tree oil mixture to my scalp, and shea butter mixture. Next, I parted my hair on the left side in the front and began to flat twist the hair in large sections (two twists to the left and three on the right), and two-strand twisted the back in chunky sections.

I then rolled the twists into bantu knots, wrapped my hair in my silk scarf and went to sleep.


In the morning, my hair was still a little damp so I blow dried on low heat and began to unravel the bantu knots. And I was NOT pleased with the results. My hair looked a frizzy mess. Not cute. At all. (My face says it all!)


Thankfully, there’s nothing a few bobby pins and Eco Styler olive oil gel can’t fix!

Lessons learned: Next time I’ll try doing a bantu knot out on completely dry hair, perhaps a two- or three-day-old twist out, so that the curl is better defined and far less frizzy.

As the saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Natural Hair Journey: Senegalese Twists

February 2, 2013


I wanted to try a protective style for the start of winter, so I went with the Senegalese twists. I love how versatile they are. My personal favorite look was the hair bow, but I had a great time trying new styles every week. I kept the twists in for two months, and they were relatively easy to maintain. Though I experienced some slight breakage around my edges upon taking them down, I definitely will try the Senegalese twists again. I miss them already!