Insecurities Won’t Stop Me!

Hi everyone,

The last two weeks have been dedicated to type 2 and 3 hair. This week, it’s all about the “kinky Coily” hair type. “Kinky Coily”? What does it look like? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does your hair have volume?
  • Are your curls tight, defined and have an “S shape”?
  • Is it sometimes dry?
  • Does it break easily?

If you have answered yes to most of these questions, you’re probably reading the right post. Keep reading! 🙂

Lacking self-confidence to rock this mane? Check out these inspiring women and… well, be inspired.

1) Elle Varner

Elle Varner

Elle Varner

I don’t wanna be loved I just wanna be invisible, like a ghost in the living room…” Ghosts – Elle Varner

What a cute outfit, perfect for the summer days. This style is clearly not the one if you want to be invisible Elle.. LOL. Such a unique voice and a head full of gorgeous curls! She is a natural lady and has been wearing her curls since, forever. She loves her hair and is not afraid to wear it big. If you got it, flaunt it!

 

 

2) Lisa Price

Lisa Price

Yep, that’s her, the founder and CEO of Carol’s Daughter. Lisa Price is a true inspiration. She found the confidence in her to start her entrepreneurial journey, in her own home, and is now the owner of a very successful business.

 

3) Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

And the winner is Tracee Ellis Ross…This natural diva recently won the Shine Award for “Positive Presence” (Remember Joan from Girlfriends? Miss this show, me too). We love seeing black and confident women succeed, especially when they are naturals. Keep up the good work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Amel Larrieux

For the soul and jazz fans, this woman should not be a stranger to you. This singer/songwriter has been sporting her natural tresses for a while now. Her love for natural hair started at the age of 17, and since then she has not turned back. Result: Her long mane is to die for. Don’t you think?

Amel Larrieux

Amel Larrieux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t be scared to shine, these women aren’t and look what they have accomplished 😉

Angele Amponsah

Photo Source(s):elle-varner.tumblr.com
atlantablackstar.com
thejasminebrand.com

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8 Tips to Help You Embrace Your Curls

Hi naturals, transitioners and future naturals,

Do you ever feel down when it comes to your tresses or choosing hairstyles…?  Do you ask yourself “Do I look good with curly hair“? Or are your unsure about how to start your journey?

Gelila Bekele

Check out these few tips to enhance your confidence:
  • Start with the basics:  Know your hair T.E.X.T.U.R.E! Is it fine, medium or thick? Is it porous? Is it dense? “Type 3 hair” or curly hair can be fine, medium or thick. In general, this type of hair is porous, which means that it absorbs and retains moisture easily. Density refers to the amount of hair that you have on your head. If you want to know more about your hair and find what works best for you, ask your hairdresser for a hair consultation. If you don’t have one, check out the Salon’s page.
  • Wear styles that suits you and you feel comfortable with. After understanding your hair, I think it is one of the most important parts to feel self-assured about. The style you have seen on someone else will not automatically work for your hair texture or face shape. In this case find something in between, you can ask for advice from a good hairdresser OR check out vloggers with a similar hair type as yours, like MahoganyCurls who gives great tips by the way.
  • Work on your look & style: Experiment, just have fun! Try updos, braids, afros, accessories your tresses…In this way, you will find out what you like. You will also avoid getting bored. If you know you want or like natural hair but you can’t find time or feel lazy (laziness is a disease you know lol), to style it every day, try twists or braids for example. These styles will require less maintenance than styles like bantu knot outs, updos…
  • See where you want to be and what matters: Set goals that are achievable in a reasonable period of time. Take small steps at a time, growing hair takes time. Plan how you are going to achieve them, i.e. the regimen you will follow, products you will use, how many time per year you will trim your hair…
  • Stay focused: after planning, this step should come straight after. Remember perseverance is key! You will need patience, especially for the bad hair days. Thalia
  • Learn: keep learning, reading, join forums, keep asking vloggers questions to, bloggers, hairdressers… You can never learn too much, it will increase your confidence.
  • Think about positive things when you look at your mane: find 3 things you find beautiful about your curls and you will feel better about it.

Do you have any tips for sisters wishing to find the confidence to go natural? How did you feel about going natural when you first started your journey? Share your experience and tips with us.

 
Angele Amponsah

Photo Source(s):pinterest.com/missmodmod
pinterest.com/ishops1

Stand Out Speak Up

Your hair is able to speak volumes about who you are in a non-verbal fashion. Being a fan of rock music may mean to a fan shaving off all their hair, or dying it a plethora of colours, breaking away from “tradition”.

rock music hairstyles rock music hairstyles

Whereas if you are a fan of Indie or Folk music you may decide to grow your hair as long as possible, abstaining from scissors.

Indie Hirstyles

The correlation between both is that by parties would argue they are unique and special, but isn’t the desire to be unique and special all part of societies plan to create unity? Incidentally all those that share the same commonalities group together to make up echelons and or Diasporas of society. So in that respect how different is anybody really? Like sheep we all muster together to be seen and heard. And that is precisely why Angela Davis and others lived their life in an afro, because as black people we were not seen and seldom heard, it wasn’t about fashion or pop culture like it is today, (thank you very much Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and all the other hair drones) no it was about making aAngela Davis statement that caused attention/offense, whether intentionally or unintentionally-I couldn’t tell you.

 

When I say the name “Angela Davis” it would only be those that are interested in the political movements of African-Americans in the 1960’s that could recall who this lady is, and the part she played during this time. Born January 26, 1944, Davis big afro became synonymous with her political activities. Being that the “afro” was envisioned as the signature style, demonstrating that you were resisting the oppression in an oppressive time, opting out of using chemicals, and embracing your hair in its natural state. Just the use of an afro comb was necessary, nothing else. Showing to the world that a great deal of “black power” resided in the ability to be unconformable (having an afro) in an uncivil time.

The inherent racism in America in the 1960s caused a vacuum that black people were unwillingly sucked into and ideally gotten rid of. But there were a few who resisted and Davis was one.

Ester Selassie

Photo Source(s):punkskerhair.blogspot.co.uk
hairstyles-twin.blogspot.co.uk
s-anity.tumblr.com
blog.retrofitrepublic.com

The Twisted Halo Natural Hair Style

The Twisted Halo

The Twisted Halo Natural Hair stye

Feel like a Queen with these beautiful flat twists
Inspired by the Grecians it’s so easy to create.
Throw in some bold pieces, they suit this look
(hanging earrings and bright flower hair accessories).
You shouldn’t have to look any further than your hair draw to get going with this one

Products and Accessories Used

Eco Styler Styling Gel from Cosmetic Solutions

Jumbo Bobby Pins from NM Beauty

Vintage Crystal Blooms and Butterfly Hair Slides from Ebuni or Crystal Butterfly Hair Clip from Glitz4Girlz

Tutorial
HairTip: This hairstyle is much easier to do on stretched hair. Heat can be used but it’s not necessary, plait your hair a few hours or days before you intend to twist it up 😉

Photo Source:
kinkycurlycoilyme.com

Trial and Error

The beauty about those with natural hair, is that our hair is always different from our fellow Naturalistas. Hair typing is a good stepping stone to get a general idea of our curl patterns but, it is trial and error that will assist us when establishing new hairstyles and hair regimes.

Natural hair in the mirror

I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of times I’ve seen a video of a hairstyle that I would love to try, to find that when I have followed the method word-for-word, my hair just wants to be ‘stubborn’. It’s one thing having a bad hair day with chemically treated hair but, a natural bad hair day can be absolutely tragic, which is why we always need a few go-to hairstyles for emergencies.

Natural hair is so unique, that your bantu knot/twist out/braid out/everything out (lol) results will never look the same, no matter how many times we repeat it and it’s with this notion in mind that we use our own initiative to make it work for us. I know many women who have reverted back to hair straightening because they have had enough of their thicker hair texture but with patience, everything falls into place nicely.

Here’s a few tips to consider with your hair styling:-

1. Opt for hairstyles that do not pull or tighten your edges (that ponytail will still look cute if it is worn a little looser!).

2. There is something out there for all face shapes, hair types and personalities! If there is a hairstyle that suits your face, look for new ways of creating a new look.

3. Keep it interesting – watch videos of new ways of adapting your look.

And finally, a few tips in regard to adopting a regime of your own:-

1. Natural hair needs moisture as it tends to dry out very easily. Spritz a little water (mixed with an oil of choice – carrot, olive, castor etc) on to the hair alone before styling.

2. Protect your ends as much as possible. Moisturise your ends if they are being left out during the day and make sure they are tucked away before bedtime to avoid unnecessary breakage.

3. Don’t grease your scalp as this could block the hair follicles and slow down potential hair growth, instead opt for occasionally moisturising the hair.

4. Avoid leaving your hair uncovered when going to sleep and seek alternatives to protect the hair. Even if you braid the hair in two, it will form an element of protection.

5. Space your hair washing periods to about one and a half to two week periods and use chemical-free shampoos. Co-washing (washing the hair with conditioner) is also a good way to clean the hair without it losing too much moisture in the process.

Remember, never judge your results on those of your peers as our hair can be affected from a wide range of external factors 😉

Maria Kerr

Photo Source: finetexturedhair.blogspot.co.uk

Ooooh la la natural hairstyle

Ooooh La La!

Picture of natural hair style uo do

Simple, quick and easy hairstyle with a vibrant splash of colour!

Accessories Used

Orange flower hair pin from St8ment

Flexi Rods from Boots

Banana Clip at Glitz4Girlz

Products Used

Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Edge Control Hair Gel at Pak Cosmetics

Shea Moisture Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner Ebay

Tutorial

Why We Love Ms Keys!

One of the most successful female artists birthday is approaching, the fire lady Alicia Keys! Born on the 25th of January 1981, Ms Keys has achieved a great deal in the 32 years of her life. Since her first studio album-“Songs in A minor” was dropped in June 2001, she has been a fluent artist, who has churned out album after the album. This helped to staple her as an intricate cog in the machinery that is the music industry. Longevity in the music industry is something that very few do well that is (without compromising their musical integrity). Therefore when an artist does accomplish this, it should be relished.

 Alicia Keys

One of the ways that Ms Keys has interwoven herself in the musical tapestry was by transforming her hair with each different album. As her music took different directions, so did her hair. From cornrows, to kinky curls, straight to wavy, never disappointing us in the different transformations, giving us an insight into the musical journeys that she underwent and how her hair was symbolic in these periods of transition. Critics may argue that due to her mixed heritage, (mother being Caucasian), Keys isn’t exactly the “ideal type” as role models go for black women that wish to make a shift in their hair styles. Conversely the terminology of being black should be accredited to Keys because she refers to herself as a “black woman”. Seeing that in America they have set in place the “one drop rule”, in short if you have one drop of black blood within you, automatically you meet the classification of being “black” or “African American”.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

For that reason I would salute Keys, she has made a conscious effect to differentiate herself, stamping herself as “African American” and exuding this through her hair means she has done far more than let’s say an artist whose name begins with B and ends with an E. Or another whose name begins with M and ends with H. For all those that are a little stumped, I am talking about Beyoncé and Mariah. Beyoncé is a black woman, however she barely refers to herself as such, and for the most part she has a lace front weave, maybe it’s me but I don’t remember the last time I saw her hair in its entirety without the compliment of some peroxide or extensions.

 

Mariah is a more interesting case, because when she first appeared on the scene in 1990 and made a great splash in the water of female singers when the market was entrenched with mediocrity, in terms of actual vocal singers/song writers. Rumour has it that due to her ambiguous features, her record label manager tried to market her as being a “Latina” (Latin American), but as time passed on and she made an appearance on the “Oprah Winfrey” show it was discovered that indeed she was mixed with black and white. Albeit not ashamed of her background, there was much more of a psychological impact that this played in her childhood, in the interview she talks about feeling like a social pariah from her peers and not knowing how to treat her hair, which wasn’t overly straight or overly curly, taking on a hybrid of texture. Not diverting from my point but from this I better understand why she rarely makes reference to being black and this is reflected in her hair styles, seldom is it black or brunette. Always blond, matching her complexion, and let’s face it pretty predictable.

 Alicia Keys

This is where Keys differs, whether she wears a head wrap or has her hair straightened, there is always a sense of pride and an innate understanding of the plight of the black woman in America. Not taking for granted that our hair is one of the most versatile physical components of the human body, as long as you have the innovation, creativity and know how you can become a star in your own right. 

Ester Selassie

Photo source(s): 3chicspolitico.com
thegrio.com
soulculture.co.uk

The Curly Hair Pop Up Shop

Curly Hair Pop Up Shop Event

Saturday 26th January 2013
12.00pm – 3.00pm
The Albion
2-3 New Bridge Street, London, EC4 V6AA,

One day only sale! Free consultations! Reductions on Afrocenchix Products! Please book a consultation in advance by emailing:
januarysale@afrocenchix.com More Information 

Snapshot: The Wavy Hair Review

Hello ladies,

How is this New Year treating you, so far? Fine, I hope 🙂 . Have you taken any new resolutions that you WILL follow, this time. Yes, you know what I’m talking about… If  yes, good! Any “hair resolutions”? Excellent! This year, it’s all about treating our beautiful hair the way it should be. What it means is that we should now understand how our hair reacts to products, styling techniques, hairstyles, in order to proudly and fiercely wear it out. The more you know about your hair, the more confident you will be with it.

This week will be dedicated to the wavy hair type. Other hair types will be discussed later on, so keep following 😉

Wavy hair also known as “type 2 hair” is characterised by an “S” shape, it is usually shiny, lacks volume and can be a bit frizzy, but then again this group demonstrates a wide variety of “waves”. Porosity is also an essential aspect to take into consideration, it is the hair’s aptitude to absorb and retain water. By understanding this concept, you can get your hair to be healthier and more manageable. How? By choosing products adapted to your hair pattern.

Wavy hair

Wavy hair tends to be porous, therefore to keep it healthy, here are few tips:

  • Reduce the heat, your mane will thank you for it. If you still want to use the heat, use a diffuser, it will also help to enhance the waves
  • Use a conditioner after shampooing your hair, with a sulfate-free shampoo to avoid drying it out
  • Use a gel without alcohol to define your waves

Here are some Vloggers with wavy hair you can look at to get some tips on maintenance, styling, and products to use:

Elleraquel Youtube Channel

Ericabelle89 Youtube Channel

SunKissAlba Youtube Channel

Now, you can incorporate all this knowledge into your regimen and embrace your natural beauty. Knowing more about your hair and feeling good about it should improve your confidence. Wavy hair can sometimes get frizzy in contact with humidity, so knowing which products works for you will help you “control” your mane. Another important aspect is not to try and create the PERFECT hairstyle. It can damage your hair due to over manipulation and product build-up. And you know what… Who cares? Just let it be, wild, messy and free.

Angele Amponsah

Photo Source: pinterest.com/azzi

Nubian Beauty Event and Photography Exhibition

Nubian Beauty Event

Friday 25th January 2013
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Purely Natural
119 The Grove, London, E15 1EN

An evening to explore and celebrate the beauty that is you inside and out. On this special evening an amazing team of health and beauty experts will be on hand to show you how to achieve this seasons styles and answer your health and beauty questions. Plus a live performance! More information

New Year New Hair Goals

Soooo, Christmas is over, the New Year is here and we’re 5lbs heavier (don’t lie because I know you are!). So what’s next for us Naturalistas?! Setting goals that’s what! I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions, I’m referring to goals we can set and achieve in regards to our hair.

Over the years, many of us have probably lost touch with what we should do with our hair. We’ve probably fallen into the path of repetitive hair styling (the ponytails that have terrorised our hairline) or have a lack of enthusiasm when trying to maintain healthy hair.

For those who have just started ‘the journey’, setting hair goals will be a prime way to keep the motivation flowing and those who have become stuck at the same point for a while (e.g. stunted growth), goals can help develop new ways to rejuvenate the love for your hair that has been lost.

Goals are there to provide challenges for us and once accomplished, your sense of achievement will be overwhelming but worth it! From starting my natural hair journey with a hair length of one inch, I never would have thought that it would be collarbone-length in 15 months, (the same length that my hair was when I decided to cut it). My personal goal is to reach armpit-length by the end of the year and I have faith that with a little care and attention to how my hair is maintained, this is an achievable goal if I remain dedicated and I know all you Kinks will keep me on target.

Hair Length Chart

If you know you’re one of those people who can’t stick to long-term goals, start off small. Base your goal on a month or two, unless you know you are in it for the long haul.

Here’s a few goals to get your juices flowing:-

  1. Trim off all dead ends so you can start this year’s journey off fresh
  2. Phase out the need to use chemical induced products and opt for natural ones instead
  3. Grow your hair half an inch each month – stay motivated by documenting the growth with pictures & a journal

Remember, we must crawl before we walk but we will all get our desired look with a little patience 😉

By Maria Kerr

Tell me some of your hair goals?

Alicia Keys Up-do Hair Style Tutorial

Fancy Updo Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys Up-do Hair Style TutorialThis elegant easy up do will be sure to knock em dead for that special event!

Watch the similar tutorial now:
Hair Tip: To avoid using heat in your hair, Curlformers or Flexi Rods can be used instead of curling tongs

Photo Source:
NaturalPride Instagram

The Massive Fro

NaturalPrideLet it all hang out!
Big beautiful fro full of volume

Outfit & Accessories

Khaki tie front shirt from Fashion Union

Geek clear lens  oversized glasses at Punky Pins

HairTip: This style can be created after loosing out most hairstyles or after you have washed your hair and allowed it to dry. Light combing  to detangle and fluff up the hair is advised. Followed by tweaking to make it sit right is all it really needs. Depending on your hair length and texture will determine how it hangs. No matter what the length of your fro it will look fierce and cause heads to turn . Go for it!

Source for Photo:
pinterest.com/theswoonevent/