Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Product Review: CURLS



Hey everyone! It's been way too long since my last blog post and I apologize for that! Life's just been so busy with school, getting my permit, school, learning how to drive, school, getting ready for Thanksgiving and did I say SCHOOL?! I'm so glad that I'm no on Thanksgiving break!

Anyway, this post is gonna be a product review post on some CURLS products that were sent to me. It includes: Cocnut Sublime Conditioner, Quenched Curls Moisturizer, and Curl Gel-les'c (pronounced Curl Jealousy).

I'll start with the Conditioner. The Conditioner is pretty good. It worked great when I tried it, but it was hard to finger comb my hair, so I used a wide-toothed comb and then it worked fine. I rinsed my hair with cold water (I always rinse my hair with cold water after it's detangled) but I left some product in and then I applied the Moisturizer.
The moisturizer is pretty liquidy so I put some on my hand, separated my hair into four sections, then applied it all over. This moisturizer works very well! I have no frizz after I use this product!
Next, I scrunched my ends with the "gel".

These products are good and I love how each of them have such a nice fruity/candy-like smell to them! The only complaint I have is about the moisturizer and gel. After I used them a couple times, when I would wet my hair it would feel very squeaky and it was difficult to detangle my hair.

You can get the full Professional line of CURLS at www.curls.biz and you can get CURL Gel-les'c at Target.

By the way, they also have a twitter account, so follow them @frizzfreeCURLS  !!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Product Reveiw: Paul Mitchell The Conditioner

 
Hey everyone! Today I am finally reviewing the Paul Mitchell Conditioner! I've heard a lot about this product and my mom and I decided that we should try it.

My mom tried it first and hated it. She said that it made her hair feel hard and stringy. When I tried it the first thing I noticed was the color... Blue! This is definitely not a natural product! The smell was also very different to me. My mom described it as a "salon" product smell.
It worked pretty good though. I could finger comb my hair easy and it made my curls look nice. I don't like it as much as I like the Tresseme Conditioner, but it works.
The one thing I do love about it is that it comes in such a huge container! As you can see in the picture on the top left it is a lot bigger than all of the other products I've reviewed so far.

My mom and I bought it at a beauty store for $22.99 (we got the 33.8 fl. oz.).

The photos on the right are of what my hair looked like when I used The Conditioner.
My hair is still a little damp in these photos.

BTW: Sorry the photos didn't turn out too good:(... If you really want to see them I have them on my Twitter account (Natcurlygirlz) and on my Instagram (Bobicurls).
Thank you!!





Friday, September 7, 2012

Product review: Tresseme Conditioner

Hey, girls! I have been experimenting with some other products this week and I am very impressed with the results! I have heard a lot of people talk about Tresseme and say how it's their "Staple", they could never do their hair without it; etc. Well, finally, one day my mom decided to buy it and we have tried it out. She got the Tresseme Nourishing Moisture conditioner.



I LOVE this product it works great and the best thing about it is... no frizz! I'm serious! I think the way I applied this product helped me have less frizz. I also have started to finger comb my hair and that has reduced my frizz as well! I put it in as a leave-in as well as a conditioner, so I put the product on my hands, run my fingers through sections of my hair (when it's soaking wet, of course), and I don't rinse it out.  My first day hair was great and my second day hair (today) even better! For my hair type, I think this can last my curls up to 3-4 days.
The only thing I don't like about this conditioner is that it has some ingredients that I don't really like putting in my hair. It's silicone-free, but there are lots of different alcohol ingredients in it and Fragrance.

My Second Day Hair

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Curly Girlz and Hats: The Beret

When it comes to hats and us 3bs-4cs it can be difficult, stressful, and sometimes extremely annoying! Especially when our hair poofs and we put on a hat and end up looking like a mushroom!
So, I'm going to start doing a lot of hat posts with some helpful tips on how to wear all of your favorite hats.
Please feel free to leave a comment, Facebook or Tweet to request a post on a certain type of hat that you want to see.

This post is on the Beret hat...

The Beret




















I pinned the front of the Beret so that it could stay in place and then left the back just as it was.
I love the look of this hat! It's very simple and very pretty. I think the best way to wear your hair with this hat is to have it down or in a bun with little pieces of hair pulled out in the front to give it a messy look. While doing your bun be sure to pin it really close to your head, so that it doesn't poke out too much.
Have fun with it!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quickdo: Side Braid




This past Monday me and my family were invited over to our friends house and this is the hairstyle that I did.                                                               
I had just washed and combed out my hair and didn't know what I wanted to do with it... Do you ever have those days? When you have just done your hair and you look at it in the mirror and think "What in the world am I gonna do with you today?". Well, I was having one of those days! I didn't have a lot of time to get ready so I figured I would do a simple side braid.
To make it look more formal and unique I just loosened it up a lot and pulled out lots of strands of hair out of the braid. Then I tied a black ribbon at the end of the braid to give it an even more cool look.
This is a great quickdo! It's fast, simple, and it's great when you want to focus on accessories with your outfit.














Monday, July 16, 2012

Product Reveiw: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie



Here is another product review for you girls! This is the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie for Thick Curly Hair.
I absolutely LOVE this product! I put it in my hair after I have washed and combed through it and while it dries I almost immediately see a difference in my hair! It lessens your frizz and shapes every single curl! I put a little bit of Kinky-Curly Gel on my hair after the Smoothie just to give it extra hold. I love the way this product does not change the way my hair is, but helps it to keep its natural curl. It lasts days and you don't have to reapply it, which I love best about it!
It is white and very creamy, you don't have to put too much on your hair and it smells really good too!

It has no...
Parabens
Phthalates
Paraffin
Gluten
Proplyene Glycol
Mineral Oil
Synthetic Fragrance
Animal Testing
PABA
Synthetic Color
DEA
Animal Ingredients


I would recommend this to any 3b-4c. If your hair frizzes a lot try this out!
Really, really love this! Hope you like it too!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Curly Girl Hairstyle: Figure 8 Braid







This is very cool, very retro hairstyle.
It is basically a figure 8 braid teased at the beginning of the braid.












This braid looks a lot like the Fish Tail braid, but it is more horizontal than diagonal.

This braid does take practice to master especially to get the look you want.

As you can see I braided loosely at the top, which helps with the teasing, and gradually made the braid more tight at the bottom.




Here is a close up on the teased area of the braid
Basically, what I did was pull out tons of hair with my fingers and my wide toothed comb,
separated those curls to make them more frizzy and give the hairstyle more texture,
then I picked it with my comb.






 


This is what the braid looks like without being teased.
It is a very pretty braid and a definite head-turner.
I love this braid and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

If you do not know how to do this braid watch the video below:















Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My Mom's Four Year Hair Growth



This is a picture of my mom and above is a link to a post on her blog ( www.haitiangloria.com ) about her four year hair growth. This is a great post for you girls that are either contemplating about going natural or in the process of. 
She shows each stage of her hair growth and how her hair texture changed in each. Remember, when you go completely natural, as your hair grows it is still trying to find it's natural shape, so the textures will change sometimes. 

I love that my mom is a curly girl! 
It's also so cool how her hair completely reflects her personality: Funny, fun to be around, unafraid, and unpredictable!

Feel free to check out both links and follow her blogger website! You won't regret it!



Saturday, June 2, 2012

Picture Perfect Curls



Some days I like to give my hair a little break from the fragrances and sometimes sticky textures that come from most of the styling products that I use. But still, I want my hair to look nice, so this post is going to be about having picture perfect curls without putting any styling products or heat into your hair.





 The way I got this look was by just french braiding all of my hair and then the next day unbraiding it and separating it a bit.





It's a very pretty and fun texture for some simple hairstyles such as side ponytails, half up- half-down dos and quick updos.









To get this look you will need some flexible, rubber curlers. I used about 6-9 curlers so that the curls would be more big and give the illusion that I have short hair.



It only took me about ten minutes to put the curlers in my hair and I kept them in over night.

Botticelli curls are SO much fun and bouncy! This look is definitely one of my favorites!

Curly Haircut Tips and Video


For all of you curly girls who want to get your hair cut and styled I recommend that you watch this video before you make any decisions. It gives a lot of information and good advice on what to consider before you get your hair cut.

I have recently gotten the "long layers" haircut and I love it! It frames my face very well and it's a very pretty, feminine look. I recommend this haircut for all curly girls from 2a-3c.
I have never been to a hairdresser, my mom has always been the one to trim my hair and she gave me that haircut. She's very talented with cutting corkscrew curls and I definitely trust her with my hair, but that was the first time I had ever had my hair styled, so I was sure to explain to her exactly what I wanted.

Make sure that before you cut your hair you have a very good idea of what you want and if you must go to a hairdresser be sure to at least have a picture of someone that has almost your exact hair type (as said in the video) with the haircut you want and show it to your hair dresser.

Who Said Curly Hair Isn't Cool?!



 My friend Stacie finally taking her hair (2a) out of her messy bun and letting it free!


Want to show off some earrings or hair accessories?
This hairstyle is perfect for that!
A simple, yet formal, side ponytail.

Experiment with some cool hair accessories that show off your sense of style.

Floral clips, headbands, bows...etc


More than just hair...
it's an attitude!

- Curly Girl (The Handbook)
  
Before Kinky-Curly (picture on the left)
And after Kinky-Curly! 
(picture on the right)



  
By the way, is she cute or is she CUTE?!




Single braids never get old and always make heads turn, they are also a great way to show off your length.        














Express yourself!!











Friday, June 1, 2012

Product Review: Alba Coconut Conditioner


This Alba Hawaiian (coconut) conditioner is $11 and can be purchased at Target, Walgreens, or C.V.S. Pharmacy in the Natural Hair Products section.

The first few times I used this product it had no effect in my hair. It made my hair smell a little bit like coconut and I like that it's not too strong because most hair products I use give my hair more of  a vanilla or fruity smell, and the first day that smell takes over.
When you're washing your hair and massage it in it has an AMAZING fruity/tropical smell to it, but the only smell that lasts when you get out of the shower is the faint coconut smell.

I don't really care for this product, so I'm going to use it for at least a complete week and continue to see what I think about it.

Okay, so it has been a bit longer than a week and I can honestly say I wouldn't recommend this product to any curly girl in between 3a-4c. You girls with wavy hair would probably enjoy it because of it's amazing smell and how light the product is it would most likely be good for your hair.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Product Review: Shea Miosture Shampoo


I have been on a hunt for a good shampoo and I have found it! This Shea Moisture shampoo is exactly what I've been looking for! It cleans out the products in my hair very well and makes my hair feel SO SMOOTH!! Even my ends have a smooth feel to them! I LOVE this product and would recommend it to anyone! I have been using it for a little over two weeks now and my hair is loving it!
It has a super long name: Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo
For Thick, Curly Hair. The bottom reads that it gives you Moisture, Body and Shine!
It definetly gives me moisture, I have no problem with body because my hair can get pretty big, and for shine it's good as well.

Also, there are no Parabens, Phthalates, Paraffin, Gluten, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, Synthetic Fragrance, Animal Testing, PABA, Synthetic Color, DEA, and no animal ingredients...

I give this product two thumbs up! It is great and it can last you a long time, because you don't have to put too much in your hair. I hope this product review will help you curly girls who are looking for a shampoo too!

Price:

Target - $9.99


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Embrace The Frizz

I know you guys are going to think that this is really crazy, but I kinda like my frizz! It gives my hair texture and it's something that SO many people are trying to copy these days! People crimp their hair and then they comb it out to make a huge frizzy blob of hair..., but it's nothing close to what our hair does.






We have to stop getting mad at our hair for what it naturally does! When we go outside and it's really humid, we shouldn't go out thinking, "Oh my gosh! My hair is totally gonna poof and it's gonna look huge!"
No! We should think, "Oh well! If my hair poofs I'm gonna rock it!"

In these pics my hair is super frizzy and it poofed, usually I would quickly grab a hair holder (or hair tie... whatever you call it!) and then put all my hair in a bun; but that day I just kept my hair down and embraced the frizz!!

It's All About Texture!

TIP: Dry Your Hair with T-Shirts




           VS






Of course, the best way to dry your hair is to air dry it. However long and tedious that might sound, it's true! But, if you have a busy day and you don't have the time to air dry the next best solution is to dry your hair with a plain T-Shirt. It can be old or new, long sleeve or short sleeve, that doesn't really matter; but the point is that you want to resist the urge to just grab a towel to dry your hair because towels cause our hair to frizz and at the end of the day... we don't want that!
Using a T-shirt is easy you just scrunge your hair gently, the same way you would with a towel. After you're done you can just keep the T-shirt on your back and when your hair starts to drip scrunge it again with the T-shirt. You can even tie your hair up with the T-shirt like a turban if you need to get dressed or put on your make-up and you don't want your wet hair dripping over everything.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bangs? Or No Bangs?



Bangs? Or No Bangs? That is the question...

Bangs, I know are pretty popular with girls with fine, straight hair and ,naturally, some curly girls might want to try it on their hair type too. But we must remember that our curls won't look the same as it does on people with straight hair and it will definitely NOT shape the same. We have to be very careful and sure about what we want whenever we have a desire to cut our hair very short because short curly hair is very high maintenance.
I went down that road. I cut the front of my hair and formed a bang... Bad decision... Most of the time I wore it straight and that damaged the front of my hair, so for while it always frizzed up really badly. After a while I got over it and couldn't wait for it to grow back which took a while, but it still grew back. I am still taking care of that part of my hair today, it is much better and forming curls again, but I will definitely not cut may hair that short again! Especially in the front!

Personally, I DO think that it looks very nice on girls with Type 2 hair. As long as you make sure that you can wear it curly and not have to straighten so much I think it is cute. If you do straighten it use as little heat as possible.
On Type 3-4 I think it's just too much of a difference straight and it doesn't blend in well with the hair, but that's just my opinion.
Ultimately, it is your decision. Bangs are a lot of work, especially with curly hair, so you would have to be willing to be patient and not always be drawn to the flat iron.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Old Faithful: Kinky-Curly

Kinky-Curly hair products are my mom and my "old faithfuls". They work amazingly and whenever mom and I try something new and it doesn't work we always go back to Kinky-Curly. I'm going to give you guys a review of our two favorite products:

Kinky-Curly Curling Custard



This is the best gel EVER! I haven't read anything bad about this product and it is very highly recommended! It works perfectly and doesn't give your hair a rough, hard texture. It holds my mom's and my hair very well and whenever I have to go out and my hair is wet I make sure that I put this on my hair before I leave the house.
It's a very gooey texture which seem gross at first, but hey, it works! To apply it I simply separate my hair into two parts and put a good amount of it on my fingers and finger comb it through my hair.
It also gives your hair a nice vanilla smell too!


Kinky-Curly Knot Today


This product is a leave in/detangler and it is my absolute favorite! Ever since I started using this product I rarely get any knots in my hair! I could go over a week and it will still take me the same amount of time for me to comb through my hair. My hair is so used to this product that it now detangles naturally after I wash it and I don't need to put a lot of this product in my hair anymore.
I usually put on my hair twice. First, I put it on before I comb my hair, then I wash it out and when I come out of the shower I put a tiny bit on my hair before I put the gel on to keep it nice and smooth. I apply it the same way I do the gel by finger combing it through my hair.

Where and How Much:

Kinky-Curly.com

Curling Custard $29.99
Knot Today $12
(there is a $10 shipping fee)

Whole Foods

Curling Custard $17.99
Knot Today $12.99


Target

Curling Custard $16.99
Knot Today $11.99

Ingredients In Hair Products to stay Away From




Sodium Lauryl (SLS)  and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

These ingredients are used in car wash soaps, shampoos, and cleaners as a foaming agent.. It is very bad for hair because it dehydrates your scalp and if exposed to for a long time can cause irritation to the skin and inflammation.
It also irritates your eyes and skin.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) and Ammonium Laureth Sulfate 

Is also used a a foaming agent in body wash and shampoos. It can cause irritation to the eyes and skin.


Diethanolamine (DEA)

It is a wetting agent used in shampoos, soaps, hairspray, and sunscreen.
It can harm brains cells.

Any Alcohols

Alcohols make hair very dry and dryness can cause breakage. They can also change the way your hair's natural state. Some can cause headaches, dizziness, and  nausea such as Isopropyl alcohol

Fragrance 

Fragrance as an ingredient means chemicals, chemicals, chemicals!! Stay away from it1 Especially if it is one of the top ingredients. Fragrance can contain up to 4000 chemicals.

Mineral Oil and Petrolatum

These ingredients prevent your hair from allowing any moisture to come in. As you might have already known this is terrible for because curly hair NEEDS moisture in order to stay healthy and hydrated.

Polyethylene Glycol  & Propylene Glycol

The main ingredient in these thickening cleaners is anti-freeze. It is used in cleaners vehicle anti-freeze and as a moisturizer in Medicine, cosmetics, mouth wash, and tobacco. They are both toxic substances and  propylene glycol can cause breakage to hair.






How I Fell In Love With My Hair

I remember that when I was a kid I actually didn’t like my curly hair… at all… I hated it! I think the only time I actually enjoyed my hair was when it was wet and detangled, because I liked how it looked so long and Princess-like.
I hated how it got so big and frizzed all the time. I only wore my hair two ways: In a pony-tail or down. I didn’t use anything particular in my hair I just conditioned it and combed it (part of the reason why it was so out of control).

At the time my mom still had relaxed hair and she tried her best to encourage me to love the hair that God gave me. I must admit it was very hard being a curly girl and not knowing any other curly girls that I could talk to. Especially when all the girls at my school had long straight hair and were always playing with it, flicking it back and forth… I thought it was so cool how they would, in the middle of class, just start giving themselves a different hairstyle.
Example: If their hair was in a bun and they got tired of it they would take it out and braid their hair into two. Just like that. I thought that I didn’t have the freedom to do anything like that in my hair. Whenever I tried to braid my hair strands would just hang out and it never looked neat… like theirs did.


When I got older and went into my pre-teen years I tried to like my hair and wanted to try more hairstyles with it. The farthest I went was putting my hair half up-half down and doing pigtails… Boring! I needed help!

Finally one night I asked my mom, “Mom, why do you say I should keep my hair natural when you don’t?”

That was the night my mom cut all of her hair off! Yep, just like that!
It took a long time, but my mom definitely enjoyed the journey of “getting to know” her curls.
When my mom started noticing how her hair curled she wanted to start finding some, good, natural products for us both to use in our hair.
And then we found it… KINKY-CURLY!! The miracle for ALL curly girls!
When we started using Kinky-Curly hair products our curls were completely defined, hydrated, and healthy!! We still use Kinky-Curly and our curls love it!

When my mom’s hair got longer (I’d say finger length) she was enthralled! She would continually remark on how AMAZING her hair looked and say that she wished she had cut it a long time ago.
She started researching EVERYTHING about curly hair! How to keep it hydrated, what products to use, what products NOT to use, how to trim curly hair; etc…
Watching my mom with her hair made me start to kinda like my hair, but still I was not IN LOVE with it like mom was with hers.

It took me a long while until I actually started getting interested in using some more product in my hair, such as gel. When I listened to mom more and started learning more about curly hair and how to take care of it I started to get even more interested.

It was also very encouraging and helpful to have my mom as my curly girl “Go-To” person. She would answer all of my questions and introduce me to new products which would help my hair keep it’s form even more.
Then, soon after that my hair became healthier and it needed less product.

Now my hair is perfectly healthy, bouncy, voluminous and totally princess like!
My mom’s hair is SUPER COOL, very much defined and it is now shoulder length.

I am IN LOVE with my hair and I can’t imagine it any other way!

I guess you could say that the three main reasons I fell in love with my hair was
(1) that I had my mom with me to teach me and "coach" me how to love and take care of my hair.
(2) That I began to be interested in learning more about my hair, so it could look the best that it could be.
(3) I started to realize how God picked the perfect hair type for me. I can't imagine me with naturally straight hair. I know that I would curl it all the time and drool over every curly girl's hair!




3b 4ever <3

Friday, April 27, 2012

What's Your Hair Type?

Type 2: Wavy Hair



2a- This type of hair is very fine and stays flat on the head. Most people that have this type of hair get kinda annoyed because they cannot tell if their hair is straight or wavy and they don't know how to define the long, "S" shaped waves. So instead they just keep on straightening their hair until their hair is so damaged that its not even wavy anymore.
Yes, it is fine to straighten curly hair, but when it gets to the point that you don't even have your natural curls or waves it's time to take a break and give your hair the moisture that it needs to maintain it's healthy structure.
With this hair type it is best not to use too much product and to find a good shampoo to make your hair shine. Also, to reduce frizz, it is important to find a light styling product.

Celebrity in photo: Amanda Seyfried



2b- I have a friend that has 2b hair and she also LOVES wearing her hair straight instead of wavy because 2b hair frizzes a lot. When your hair has tendency to frizz what you need to do is give your hair more moisture because that's why the hair frizzes. It's looking for moisture in the air, so when it's humid or even when it rains our hair either poofs or frizzes. So, remember, moisturizing products and styling products will help to define the waves.

Celebrity in photo: Carrie Underwood



2c- This type of hair is a little bouncy. If your hair has this texture it is necessary to have a good hair shaping product to keep that bounciness and to define your curls even more. Again, keep your hair moisturized and find some good styling products to maintain the shape of your spirally waves.

Celebrity in photo: Taylor Swift

Type 3: Curly Hair



3a- This hair type is almost the same as 2c. It is just more thick, shiny, and even more bouncy. This hair is a lot of fun to look at because of how big and voluminous it can be. The same products go as 2c, but also find a good product that will help give your hair more volume. A hairspray would be good because it will also give your hair extra hold.

Celebrity in photo: Annalynne McCord



3b- This is where the gel and leave in conditioner come in. These corkscrew curls may seem hard to manage at first, but they are actually easier than you think. This is my hair type and I absolutely love it! All you need is a good shampoo, leave in conditioner/detangler, conditioner, and gel. That's the basics. When you get that down THEN you can start playing around with some styling products.
The shampoo is to clean your hair and give it a smooth feel.
Leave in conditioner/detangler is to detangle your hair before you comb it out.
Conditioner is to keep your hair and scalp healthy and hydrated.
And, of course, gel to help your hair be more defined and keep its form.

Celebrity in photo: Keri Russell



3c- This is where hair starts to get very thick and people start thinking that it's unmanageable, but it doesn't have to be! All you need are the right products and frizz control! This type of hair can get very poofy if the hair does not have enough moisture, so every time you comb and wash your hair you need to put in your products immediately while your hair is still soaking wet. Products to find are a good moisturizer, conditioner and  gel.

Celebrity in photo: Tracee Ellis Ross

Type 4: Kinky Hair



4a-This is where regular deep conditioning and daily moisturizing comes in. Remember that you can still define your curls, don't give up! The deep conditioning will help keep your hair stay healthy and the daily moisturizing will help your hair not frizz or poof too much. Also, you need a really good gel that will keep your hair defined and it will also help your hair not frizz.

Celebrity in photo: Solange Knowles



4b- The zig-zag curls. This hair type needs a good, preferably natural, shampoo that will give it a little bouncy look. Also deep conditioning is important to keep the hair and scalp happy. Gel ,of course, to help the hair keep its shape; but be careful not to get carried away with the gel and put too much in your hair because the last thing you need is product build up.

Celebrity in photo: Esperanza Spalding



4c- Last, but not least is 4c. The thickest, kinkiest hair type. When you have thick hair it is important not too put SO much product in your hair because that will cause product build up, and you don't want your hair to get clumpy or sticky. So, when you put conditioner, styling products, and especially gel in  your hair a good technique is to apply the products with just your fingertips to get in the places where your hair needs it the most. 
Products you'll need: Shampoo, leave in conditioner, Gel.

Celebrity in photo: Erykah Badu

Tip: Try to use mostly natural hair products

I'm a 3b. What's your hair type?