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 ( ) 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.