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Thursday, October 14, 2010

DOUBLE STRAND TWIST

I did double strand twists in my hair using Cantu Leave in conditioner. I had about 10 of them because I was being lazy and didn't want really skinny twists anyways! I wasnt a fan of the result so tonight I am going o do really big twist and do bandu knots with them because I do not want to wash my hair again so soon. Here are the results and also how I made my twists work for me today with a style!
 DOUBLE STRAND TWISTS
 PUT ROLLERS IN TO MAKE THEM CURL
 WASNT A BIG FAN OF THE OUTCOME :-/
 SO I DID A SIDE UP-DO
 SIDE-VIEW
BACK VIEW! I PUT A FLOWER IN MY HAIR WHERE THE TWISTS STOP BUT I FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH IT! SORRY! BUT IT MAKES A GREAT DIFFERENCE!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

YOU NEED YOUR OILS (Prepoo)

One thing that our natural hair is soooooooo thirsty for is OIL!!!! Sometimes curly hair can get very dry especially because we often co-wash a lot to keep our hair looking fresh! I have started to give my hair an oil treatment once a week, usually when I do my weekly deep conditioning!!! If you have dry hair, here is something that you can do to moisturize your hair, and you WILL see a difference immediately; you will see more dramatic results to your hair after a few weeks!!!! 

*Section your hair
*Put oil in your hair for each section
*Put your hair in a bun and put a plastic shower cap on; leave on for 20 minutes, more if desired!
*Afterwards, it is good to use a shampoo that has sulfate because it takes away the extra oil that's not needed
*Either deep condition your hair or you can even use hair mayo (hair mayo makes it much softer)
*Rinse out the remainder of oil and deep conditioner or hair mayo
*Put in YOUR favorite leave-in conditioner

ENJOY

Friday, October 8, 2010

NATURAL CELEBRITY INSPIRATIONS

 *ROLLER SET IS ALWAYS AN ELEGANT LOOK*
A ROLLER SET CAN MAKE ANY CASUAL OR AFTER 5 ATTIRE LOOK GREAT! 
 *NICE SLEEK BRAID*
SUCH A CLEAN LOOK THAT REALLY ENHANCES HER NATURAL BEATUY!
 *JUST BECAUSE YOUR NATURAL DONT MEAN YOU CANT SWITCH IT UP!!!* ***THATS OUR ADVANTAGE***
 *NICE SIDE DO*
SPICE IT UP WITH SOMETHING FUNKY AND NEW! GREAT THING ABOUT BEING NATURAL IS EXPERIMENTING!
 *THE FRO WILL NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE :-)*
THIS IS DEFINITELY A SIGNATURE LOOK FOR THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY THAT WILL NEVER GO AWAY! 
*BIG AND BEAUTIFUL*
THIS IS OF COURSE MY STYLE OF COURSE!!!! BIG IS ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL, AND SHE EVEN SPICED IT UP WITH A NICE BRAID IN THE FRONT TO MAKE IT DIFFERENT!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

WHAT DO I USE???

So many people keep asking me what do I use in my hair! Here is a list of different things I use and why I use the product!

Tresemme Naturals Shampoo and Conditioner- Silicone free shampoo and conditioner
Cantu Leave in Conditioner- Softens my hair 
Cantu Growth Treatment- It expains itself lol
Toque Agico Emergency Deep Treatment- Weekly deep treatment to strengthen my hair ( see in my pic from protective style)
Argan Oil- Moisturize my scalp
Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel- Style and shine
Generic Silk Drops (from Sallys)- Give my hair shine 

 *I BROUGHT THESE PRODUCTS MYSELF*




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                         ALEXA
 
Do you love your natural hair?
YES! I absolutely love it. I think going natural was one of the smartest decisions I ever made. I feel so free and liberated now. My hair actually surprised me, I had no idea it could be so full lol. I LOVE big hair now and do anything and everything I can to make it as big as possible. I'm never putting another relaxer on my hair. 

Favorite Hairstyles. 
I really like braid outs. They look best a few days after the initial take down. I used to be fond of twist outs but i'm slowly but surely distancing myself from them. I think the style people see me with most are puffs. That's corny, i know lol, but i just like them. I think the puff is a little underrated. There are so many things that can be done with a puff, plenty of puff variations out there. I've decided recently though, that I'll be doing protective styling starting from next week until the end of winter. We'll see how that goes... lol   

                                                                                             BRAID OUT

Products I use. 
That's a hard question lol. I'm a bit of a PJ (product junkie). A lot of people say they went natural to spend less money. I spend WAY more money now than I ever did relaxed, but I am well aware that it's completely unnecessary. The basics really do work the best I just always find myself wanting to try something "different", so as a result I have an abundance of products that i switch between, but there are certain products that I always go back to so I'll talk about those. My absolute can't live without product is Jane Carter's Solution Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner. I've been natural for 1 year and 5 months and I've tried SO many conditioners in that time and nothing has topped that. For wash and go's for the most part I use Carol's Daughter Hair Milk. I've heard a lot of bad reviews about it but it works for me =/. Another product that I must have on deck at all times is Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey. It's great, it has the consistency of hair grease without all the bad stuff traditional hair grease has in it. For things like puffs or anything else that requires slicking my hair down I use IC Fantasia Olive Oil Gel. I recently tried Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In a few months ago and I really like it, it's played a major part in keeping my ends moisturized so i think I'll definitely be using that for a while. Last but not least in my staple products is Jojoba Oil. I use it as a sealant, i put it in my hair while it's soaking wet to seal in moisture. When it comes to products and my hair I've come to the realization that creams and oils work, butters DON'T. 

What Made you become natural?
I basically went natural, to put it simply, because I realized that my hair didn't HAVE to be straight. I also noticed that my hair was at a stand still, it seemed to not be growing past shoulder length, my initial reasons for going natural weren't to grow my hair but once i started on my journey I knew I had the potential to grow my hair very long. My current natural hair goal is to grow it to arm pit length by the end of the year, but my long term goal it to grow it waist length (stretched of course lol).





 
                                                                                                                                                    



                                                                                                                 CARLA

I decided to go natural in college because it was the most cost effective thing to do!
As it it turns out, "going natural" became somewhat of a movement between my friends and the women of the UCF community..
I got my last perm January 2008.
All I really use when I wear my hair out is plain 'ol conditioner.. Not leave-in, but the same stuff you're supposed to rinse out after shampooing.. I find it to be the perfect consistency for my thin on the outsides/thick on the inside curly hair..lol I too stretch out my hair, but I don't use the diffuser attachment. [although I probably should] I part my hair the way I want it to dry & separate/twist it up into three buns. Then I just blow it mostly dry & then take out the buns.
  


A really great up-do is the whole "pin the back up & let some bangs fall to the side" thing.. Since my hair isn't too long yet, I cheat & use a banana clip. I put the banana clip in [while leaving some hair out in the front] & roll the back-end of the mane up into a french roll. Bobby pins are my best friends and the banana clip really helps hold the style. & I just style the front with a hump & some bangs. 


I don't get wear my hair out very often because I'm in the military, so 5 days out of the week, it needs to be pretty much slicked back. I hate using gel and hairspray, but I find that to be the only fuzz-proof method [because I have to take off/put on my hat several times a day]. 
Products: Pantene ProV Relaxed and Natural conditioner, Ampro gel, Dove hairspray
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Protective Hairstyle

One thing that I am starting to do in order to keep my hair healthy and from breaking is doing protective hairstyles! When doing a protective hairstyle you want to make sure that your ends are covered and not exposed! The protective hairstyle choice for this post is Dual-Twist Bun.


Now there is 2 different ways to style this hairstyle!

WHAT YOU NEED!

*6 bobby pins (style 1)
*2 pony tail holders Ouchless
*YOUR favorite DEEP CONDITIONER (this is my favorite Deep Conditioner, Looks Yummy huh lol)
*Cute Hair Clip(s) of your choice (style 1)

-Wash and condition your hair as you would usually do but make sure to keep in a good leave in conditioner
-Part your hair down the middle, having an even amount of hair on each side
-Put one side up to stay out the way of styling the first side
-Twist the first side of your hair (either flat twist or double strand) i prefer flat!

-IF DOING STYLE 1
-Pin the twist at the end and repeat styling on the opposite side
-Put the two twists in a pony tail holder then put your pony tail into a bun of your choice (messy, chic, braided)-Clip your ends under with the style clips of your choice




















-IF DOING STYLE 2
-After twisting first side, twist around into a bun and pin in your ends, do the same on the other side
-Can add clips for styling
-Make sure your ends are covered




 Accessorize your look with make-up and Earrings :-)  










Friday, October 1, 2010

JUST A COUPLE HAIRSTYLES FROM THIS WEEKEND

                                     *Wash *Diffuse *Moisturize 
WASHED, THEN CONDITIONED AND DIFFUSED! ALL THAT IS NEEDED FOR THIS HAIRSTYLE IS 3 BOBBY PINS!!! DRESS YOUR HAIR AS YOU USUALLY WOULD, THE PART TOWARDS WHICHEVER SIDE ISS YOUR PREFERENCE, THEN ON THE SIDE WITH THE LEAST AMOUNT OF HAIR, DO A TWIST UNTIL THE CENTER OF HAIR AND THEN PIN THE TWIST!




THIS IS THE SIDE PIN UP
*4 BOBBY PINS
*2 PONY TAIL HOLDERS
*GEL OF YOUR CHOICE

-PART YOUR HAIR AT A CERTAIN SIDE OF YOUR HAIR AND SECTION SOME OF YOU HAIR FOR A TWIST
-PUT THE REMAINING HAIR IN A PONY TAIL HOLDER TO KEEP AWAY THEN MAKE YOUR TWIST WITH THE SECTIONED HAIR
-PIN YOUR TWIST
-PUT YOUR REMAINING HAIR INTO A HIGH PONYTAIL THEN THE BUN OF YOUR CHOICE (SLEEK,MESSY,BRAIDED,ETC.)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

STRETCH THOSE CURLS

A lot of times, people dont like to wear their hair out when its natural because it does not look full or big! I use to also be one of those girls!!! One thing that I learned from a fellow natural woman is stretching you hair because it gives the volume that is desired! Stretching is not bad for your hair but make sure when stretching you do not pull straight from the ends; stretch more from about an inch away from the end so that your hair does not break! Use the diffuser which is the big wide circular attachment for your blow dryer and scrunch your hair. Afterward, use the flat nozzle to stretch your hair and loosen your curls! One great thing about the nozzle is that it reduces frizz because you are not letting the air dry your hair, you are controlling the process of your curl turn out! As you see on the left, thats how my curls are regularly, but when i diffuse my hair and stretch my curls, I receive the results on the right! Enjoy :-)



Wednesday, September 29, 2010

~LOVING MY NATURAL~ ~MY JOURNEY~

Hey my name is Brittany Brijae! My natural journey... OH WOW!!! Where to begin?

I got my first perm at 7 years old and got one until I was 12. At that age, that was probably the best decision for my mother because I was a very active person and was on many sports teams.  Around 13 I started to go natural again for about a year using the "grow out" method which I hated, so then slapped a perm right back in which was a waste because after that perm, I wanted to go natural again. I then stopped getting relaxers for good!!!! One thing that I did wrong was I died my hair red, black, blonde highlights, bleach, YOU NAME IT!!! Even though I was "natural," the chemicals from the colors damaged my hair because I was a young girl not knowing how to manage it! 



Then it was time to go to college. It was the weekend before I started classes and I was just frustrated when trying to style my dry, brittle hair! I then took one chunk of hair and cut it off!!! I then knew I had to cut the rest so i did the BIG CHOP!!!! I loved it, the most manageable ever!!!! That was Friday August 24th 2007!!!!


 
I am 3 years in now!!!! I love being natural, but haven't really shown it! I slap my hair in a pony tail or bun or just crazy and its time for that to change! It is finally time to experience the "LOVING MY NATURAL" journey!!!!