For the past few years in the natural hair community all the rave has been about hair steamers. While most Naturalistas are used to the “cap and hooded dryer” method of deep conditioning, many are now using the steaming method of deep conditioning. Hair steamers emit steam to infuse and hydrate hair strands with water a.k.a moisture. The warm steam is supposed to lift the hair’s cuticle to allow moisture to penetrate the hair strands intensely and quickly. Applying a conditioner and/or essentials oils to the hair prior to steaming is said to enhance the steaming effects.
I received a Huetiful Hair Steamer for Christmas two years ago and have been using it faithfully every week (sometimes twice a week), so I feel compelled to share my experience, the good and the bad, with you all since I’ve been using it for two LONG years.
Hey TNC Fam! 🙂
There are a lot of ladies out there who have taken the plunge and made the decision to go natural. I’m sure you have a lot questions regarding the transitioning process, what to expect and how to handle the hair fiascos that will have you on the verge of smacking a relaxer in your hair (don’t worry…the hair fiascos are sure to come). I’d like to share with you some helpful tips that I learned throughout my transition that made the process a lot easier and enjoyable.
Whenever I feel the urge to tame my mane, give my curly fro’ a break and sport a fun and flirty hairstyle, I pull out my flexi rods. If you’re a curl-lover and you’re looking for long-lasting heatless, bouncy, beautiful curls, flexi rod sets are an awesome option. Flexi rod sets look amazing on relaxed, transitioning and natural hair. They create elongated corkscrew curls in various sizes and will definitely have the lady next to you tapping your shoulder, wanting to know how you achieved those beautiful curls. 🙂
Flexi rod sets were my go-to hairstyle during my transitioning phase. They did an awesome job of blending my two textures and were so easy to maintain. They are also a great low-manipulation hairstyle. Low-manipulation hairstyles are those that don’t require a lot of maintenance and are easy on the hair strands. That means there is minimal to no combing, brushing or tugging on the hair. As always, we want to keep the combing, brushing, styling etc. to a minimum to stay away from that ugly “B” word…BREAKAGE.
The “Funky Frohawk” is one of my favorite hairstyles. It’s such a quick, cute and easy style. It allows you to achieve the mohawk look without cutting or shaving the sides of your head. It also allows your inner Punk-Rock Chick to peek out and rear her “Funky” head. 🙂
I wanted to rock something a little different, so I transformed my curly afro into a “Funky Frohawk” in about 5 minutes. I used a soft bristle brush, a couple of hair pins, four side combs and a dab of Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue.
If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a huge fan of Shea Moisture products. A while back I tried and fell hard for their Purification Masque from their Organic Black Soap line of hair products. Let me just say that this is the best damn deep conditioner that I have ever used in my life! Yes! It’s that serious! So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of my love affair with this product.
So, let’s talk trimming. I touched on the importance of trimming your hair in a previous post. It had been about 6-7 months since my last trim…well it was more like a cut. I chopped off my relaxed ends in February of 2012 and my hair was very uneven and choppy. I needed a good, even cut to set the foundation for healthy and strong ends. I waited a few months after my big chop and my sister (…who’s pretty damn good with hair but doesn’t like to admit it 🙂) cut about an inch off in June of 2012. So, it had been a good while since my last trim/cut.
I get lots of questions about my wash n’ go/curly afro, so I wanted to give you the rundown on how I achieve this look. The wash n’ go is my go-to and all time favorite hairstyle. It’s simple, easy to maintain and makes my curls POP!
I start with freshly washed, conditioned and detangled hair. I then section my hair into four sections. I always work with my hair in sections; it’s a lot easier to handle.
My hair freshly washed and sectioned
Natural oils are a great addition to your hair care regimen and are essential for softer, stronger, luxurious shiny hair. There are so many awesome natural oils out there such as avocado oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil…and the list goes on.
What is a “natural oil” or what makes an oil “natural”? Natural oils are derived from plants and trees, and can be used in their pure form. Lots of natural oils are also unrefined. Manufacturers will use several different methods to extract natural oils from plants and trees, and an oil will be either refined or unrefined based on how the oil is extracted. Oils that are unrefined are left in their virgin state, a lot more robust, and much richer in their nutrient content. Many natural oils are edible and can be used for cooking, skin care and hair care. So, what are my favorite natural oils?
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)