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?