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Author: Ranique John

HOW TO DO PROTECTIVE STYLES RIGHT

When you think of protective styles, I am sure a word or phrase instantly comes to your mind. For me, that phrase is ‘box braids.’ Yes, most times, I decide to do protective styling; it is indeed braided, and more recently, I do crochet styles as well. Essentially, protective styles are any way you style your hair that keeps your ends and hair protected (from the elements) for some time. I didn’t realize that there were wrong ways to do protective styles when I first returned naturally. How do we know if we are doing the protective style thing correctly? Over the years, there are specific criteria...

My Hair Growth & Retention Journey

Over the last three months, I have made a few simple changes to my hair care routine. Recently I noticed a dramatic difference in the moisture and length retention of my tresses, which I believe to be a direct result of the few changes I chose to implement. The changes and improvements have been noticeable so much so that compliments have spilled over from my husband to my mother (every time she sees me, she asks if that's my hair) to friends at church who have begun asking me what's my secret. Though I am currently on a mission to see how long my natural hair can...

Five Things I Have Learned Over The Past 5 Years About Natural Hair

About five (5) years ago, I decided to chop my relaxed hair off. I was almost a year without a relaxer, and I was just tired of dealing with two (2) texture honestly. My experiences since then have been nothing short of tumultuous, full of good days and bad days, ups and downs and sometimes downright confusing. However, as I mastered (or so I like to think even though I know I’m fooling myself) my hair and the care of it, I have learned a lot in the process. Here are some of the things I have learned over the years: NOT EVERYONE WILL APPRECIATE YOUR HAIR This one is...

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Love your coily kinks!

Well, here we go. This year, 2019 makes it four years since I returned to my natural hair. I have no idea why, but I started the journey with a very unrealistic view of what my hair was going to be like. In my mind, my hair was going to be like all the naturalistas I kept seeing on YouTube. Might I add, at the period in time where I was deciding to big chop and binge-watching YouTube videos to mentally prepare myself, the 4C hair community was grossly under-represented.  I knew I had long, thick natural hair before the creamy crack because I remembered all too well the...

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How to prepare your natural hair for a protective style

So you’ve been busy taking care of your natural hair (or not), and you figure it is time to give your hair a well-needed break. But where do you start? What do you need to do before you tuck your hair away for some days, weeks or maybe months? I am currently very busy with an almost 6-month-old, and back to work in full swing, while still having to take care of a household as a wife, so I have decided that later this month I will be getting a protective style for at least four (4) weeks. I find that these steps when used to prep my natural...

My Hair Growth Elixir Experiences

My name is Carsha and I’m from the beautiful island of Barbados. Today I’m going to talk about my crown of curls hair growth elixir. I use this on different hair types. My mom has straightened hair and I enjoy using it on her hair. I have a kinky 4a/b texture and it works well on mine as well. Last but by no means least I change my hair often, I mix this elixir in conjunction with my conditioner water for my curly texture weaves.  The aroma of this oil is divine and the bottle is aesthetically pleasing. The elixir consists of amazing ingredients such as lavender, sweet...

Two Strand Twist Out on a Tapered Cut

Every Naturalista has that one style that’s become their signature look. Today I’ll share with you how I achieve my twist out on a tapered cut using a few of my favorite products. Thankfully, this week is TLC week. What that means is that I take my hair through its tender loving care routine to ensure that I give it a really good treatment and wash. Since I’ve had a shorter cut, I don’t fully wash my hair every week. Instead, I usually wash my hair every 2-3 weeks with a co-wash in between to maintain balance. Plus, I tend to have dry scalp flare-ups from time to...

COPING WITH NATURAL HAIR AS A NEW MOM

Bringing home my baby all bundled up after a few days in the hospital was one of the best feelings ever until you’re all settled in and realize that you neglected your hair for the greater part of your pregnancy. In my case, I got box braids and kept them in way too long! Listen guys, the state my hair was in was unbelievable! My hair grew a lot (thanks to prenatal) and it appears to be thicker (I don’t know how possible this is, but it sure felt and still feels that way). Also, ALL MY EDGES FELL OUT! Post-partum shedding is real folks! So here are a...

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How to get your Mom to go and stay Natural

Inspirational quote: Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau Step 1: LOVE and EMBRACE Your Natural Hair I see this step as the most important one. You may not even recognize it but you Mom is looking at you, being inspired and encouraged by you. The saying is that actions speak louder than words. You don't have to drum in her mind all the benefits of being natural and the hazards of using chemicals in her hair. By loving your natural hair she is warmed to the thought of leaving the relaxed life behind to venture out into the natural world. Step 2: Be Patient with Her Recognize that...