Sunday, October 25, 2015

Twist Out Product Comparison

Kinky Curly (left pic) and Eco Styler Gel (right pic)
Hey Curly girls! Colder weather is approaching and so are protective hairstyles. I did two twist outs this week but used a different gel each time to compare. I only applied the gel after my usual conditioning routine which is Tresemme Conditioner and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (as a leave in). After my hair air dried for about 5 minutes, I applied my gel to each section of my hair before braiding it.

The twist out picture shows how I braided my hair. I always french twist the hair that is in the front because I find that this technique frames my face better. I also made sure to to section off the hair in the middle of the crown of my head so that it could cover my part. I did the same exact twist out twice and the results had a few interesting differences which the above picture shows.

The Kinky Curly Curling Custard Gel has been my gel-go-to for forever! It makes my hair soft, gives it a healthy shine, and nice shape. I also got a very nice botticelli curl effect. The Eco Styler Gel with Argan Oil did a fantastic job as well. It didn't give me as much length but it gave my twist outs a lot more hold which impressed me.

Kinky Curly showed off the length and body of my hair.

Eco Gel enhanced the effect of the twist out.

Have a great week everyone! If you have any requests or questions feel free to comment below!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

My Hair Straightening Routine

Hey curly girls! This post was requested by a follower on the Bobi Curls Facebook page. How I straighten my hair. I mentioned in a previous post that I don't straighten my hair often...maybe once or twice a year and I'm not exaggerating! My routine is very basic but I'm happy to share!

Step 1: I wash and condition my hair with the Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Conditioner. This gives your hair the smoothness and strength it will need before straightening. Apply it generously and rinse. 

Step 2: It is important to let your hair dry (air dry or use a T-shirt). You don't want to blow dry your hair immediately. You want to avoid using heat anymore than is necessary.  

Step 3: Separate your hair into sections and blow dry. I set the blow dryer on High and use my Con Air Ceramic Hair Brush Paddle while I'm blow drying. There are differing views on blow drying your curls. Some people think that you should keep the setting on Low so that your curls aren't exposed to too much heat at once. Others think that keeping your blow dryer on a Low heat setting is hard on your hair because the drying process takes a lot longer and you're still applying direct heat that your hair is not used to. Feel free to try out what works for you and I would love to hear your view on this! 

Step 4: I apply Organix Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco and Tresemme Heat Tamer Leave-in Spray to each section of my air before I straighten it. Make sure you are applying these products evenly. 

Step 5: Time to straighten! I use the same technique with my straightener that I use with my blow dryer. While I am applying the heat I am combing through my hair at the same time. Instead of using my Con Air Paddle I use my Evolve Detangling Comb. I use the HerStyler 1" Straightener. It's maybe two or three years old but it still work very well for me. There is no heat setting. It is nicely shaped so you can also use it to curl. 

That's all folks! 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Straight to Curly

I rarely straighten my hair for two reasons. 1. I love my natural hair more 2. It takes forever! Although, whenever I do straighten my hair I enjoy seeing my length and it's a fun change to have straight hair for a few days :-) I'm not going to go over my straightening routine because it's pretty basic but, I am going to go over what I do to reinvigorate my curls after they have been straight for a while. 

When you straighten your curls, you have to reverse your thinking a lot. Instead of focusing on keeping your hair hydrated so you won't have any frizz, you're thinking about avoiding ALL liquids so your curls don't begin to show. Your first wash after straight hair, make sure that you are using a conditioner that you are familiar with (this is not the time to experiment). Hydration should once again be your main focus. I used Tresemme and Shea Moisture's Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque. This made my hair feel like butter! It was silky and strong. After I rinsed my hair with cool water, I reapplied some of my conditioner to keep my hair feeling silky and moisturized and then I applied Shea Moisture's Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment to my ends. This has kept my hair from feeling dry.

Your curls need a lot of attention and spoiling after they've been straightened so be sure to give them that. My curls love Shea moisture products so I've been using these two great strengthening products and my favorite Curl Enhancing Smoothie. 

I hope this post is helpful.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Curl Confidence

Hey curlies! 
I've been thinking a lot about our confidence in our curls...In one of my earlier posts (How I Fell In Love With My Hair), I explained that my confidence really came from my mother deciding to go natural. Witnessing her "hair journey" inspired me to love my hair. 

Social media and movies impacted me so much when I was a kid. In almost every hair product commercial I watched those women tossing their glossy straight hair back and forth and all I could do was envy them. And who can forget the Princess Diaries movie?! At first, she had big curly hair that she didn't know how to take care of so it looked awful. Then, in her makeover scene they straightened it and all of a sudden she was considered beautiful, desirable, and worthy enough to be a princess. I would dream of one day having a make over like that. 

You sorta learn to ignore things like that. You have to. You rely on your support system! Whether it be a friend, member in your family, or even someone you follow on Instagram. Instead of envying something that you don't have, envy the confidence of those that DO have what you have. Envy people that aren't afraid to go outside even though they're having our sometimes stressful big hair days :-). Read their posts, watch their vlogs, read their blogs (hint, hint)! Let them inspire you! Trust me it helps!