Thursday, April 6, 2017

Summer time hair care and protection



Spring time is here and Summer is around the corner. As the weather gets hotter and as we spend more time outside. We must take extra care when being outside in the sun for long periods. The same way we wear shades for eye protection and sunscreen for skin protection, we need products for hair protection.

Summer is a great time to rock a fabulous head wrap or stylist hat. Invest in 1 or 2 stylish hats to protect your hair from long term exposure to the sun. Visit your local fabric store and make your own head wraps. Beautiful African Headwraps


OMEGA 369 OIL BLEND
Walnut oil (inflammation, fights fungus)
Flaxseed oil (scalp balancer, inflammation)
Sunflower seed oil (stimulant, strength, sun protection)
Mix one ounce of each oil together. 
Store in a dark color glass bottle.
Measure out 1 tablespoon.
Massage oil onto scalp for ten minutes.
Smooth oil completely over each hair strand.
Every other day, 3 times per week.



The key to a successful oil blend is using high quality oils. If you use cheaply made oils you will not reap the awesome benefits, your hair will just be lubricated and glossy. You want your oils to act as nourishment for the scalp and help to heal and protect your hair. Purchase cold pressed, unrefined oils. Coconut oil adds strength to the hair strands, prevents bacteria build up and is anti fungal. Sunflower see oil gives you sun protection. EVOO clears the overproduction of DHT on the scalp. Massage this blend onto your scalp for ten minutes then smooth oil over each hair strand. Do this every other day for awesome benefits. Sunflower oil needs to be used within 3 months of opening, so do not let your blend go rancid.

3 ounces unrefined sunflower seed oil
2 ounces cold pressed coconut oil
2 ounces EVOO 
Apply 1 to 2 tablespoons onto scalp/hair every other day



Give your hair a healthy dose of vitamin D, by relaxing in the sun for ten to 20 minutes. The sun enables the body to produce vitamin D and this stimulates hair growth.  Melanin thrives from the sun. Be smart wear a sunscreen and do not sit in it to long. Find a comfortable warm place to sun bathe. Black people we run from the sun and this is a problem because the sun gives us power beyond what we truly understand. Do your own research on the sun rays and black people. The research will intrigue you. 

SUN PUFFING IT!
Put your hair to the highest point on your head. You can do a top knot or even better a high PUFF!  Finish off your shampoo spa day by allowing your hair to air dry under the warm sun. Grab you some sun tea, ice cream cone or a good book. Then sun puff it for ten to 20 minutes.  

I sun puff it around noon for 20 minutes daily. I sun puff not just for hair growth, but because I work from home and do not get out a lot.  Surprisingly lots of women are low on vitamin D.  The sun protects us from diabetes, cancer, depression and much more. If your energy is low, ask your doctor to check your vitamin D levels. Remember start off low and work up towards spending more time in the sun. This is how I do it, decide what is right for you. Remember that some medications you take will tell you to not be in the sun for long periods. Ten to 20 minutes is not considered a long period, just my opinion. You get more than that on a day at the beach. 

MORE INFORMATION ON HEALTHY SUN EXPOSURE

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Your hair and Aloe Vera



Aloe Vera is an awesome natural ingredient for your hair
Create your own moisture and style spritz
1/2 cup aloe vera+1/2 cup filtered water
Store in a spray bottle in the fridge
Use when very cold
Moisture & Seal spritz


Benefits of Aloe Vera to your hair

Increased hair growth
Less Frizz
More shine
Awesome detangler
Scalp healing


If you find that your hair responds well to aloe vera, then shop for products which have a good amount of aloe in them. Here is a list to help you out. 


TOP ALOE VERA BASE PRODUCTS

(these are products which contain aloe vera in the top ingredients)


Jessie Curl DC treatment

Aubrey Organics GPB protein balancing conditioner
Oyin Honey Hemp
Mielle Babassu oil Conditioner
TGIN triple moisture replenished conditioner
TGIN Honey Mask


PURCHASE 100% PURE ALOE VERA HERE


Top Protein free or low protein hair conditioners



Some people feel their hair is protein sensitive. Therefore they try to afford protein in their hair care products. If you use a hard protein treatment on your hair such as the aphogee 2 step treatment. Then you should watch the amount of protein in your other hair products. Doing so will keep you from creating a build up of protein on your hair. 

Think you have protein overload?
No problem!
Good deep cleansing shampoos: Shea Moisture Black soap shampoo, Jane Carter hydrating shampoo, DIY black soap shampoo, DIY Mud Wash


TOP PROTEIN FREE CONDITIONERS

Camille Rose Algae Renew Mango DC
Camille rose Moroccan Pear Condish custard







Products which give you moisture for days


How well your hair holds moisture depends on two factors.
1. Health of your hair cuticles
2. The quality of  the product used


In order to lock in moisture your hair must first be moisturized. This means the hair must be wet or the product you use must have water listed first on the bottle. Oils or butters used over dry hair will not moisturize it. The oils and butter will only lubricate and soften the hair. For some people it dries it out even faster. To be sure you have moisturized your hair the best always use a water based product. 

A successful hair care regimen will keep your hair moisturized for 3 days before it requires more product. At the beginning of your hair journey you might find that you need to apply a moisturizer/leave in product everyday. But after 3 years of being natural on a good hair care regimen your hair should retain moisture for 3 or more days. If this is not your case, then re-evaluate your hair care regimen and the moisturizers you use.  

If you do not have a good hair care regimen, start the CoilyQueens Regimen today. Your hair will thank you. 

Here are 3 moisturizer products, which gives you moisture for days. FOR DAYS!!!!!

1. Camille Rose Curliade
 This is a rich cream water based product. It will give you good twist definition and fullness. This blend of ingredients allows your hair to stay hydrated for days. This means that you use less product so you get more bang for your bucks. Can find it at Target, CVS and most beauty supply stores. You can always order it from amazon link below.  

2. ORi  Essentials  moisturizing leave in conditioner
 This is a rich moisturizing lotion. No parabens,  This product is very thick, white and does not cause build up. Great definition and helps with tangles. This is a glycerin water based moisturizer. It will give you hydration for days. 

3. As I am Double buttercream
Great definition for your twist outs or wash and goes. It is a light cream product. It works well with other products. Locks moisture into your hair for up to a week.  Amazon link below. 

 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Black Owned Beauty Supply Charlotte, NC



It is extremely important that as we love on our black hair, we show love by spending our dollars with another black owned business. All over the USA we have sisters and some brothers creating awesome products for our hair. We must support those who put our hair and beauty needs first. Why settle for being second or an afterthought?




Unfortunately we have seen an increase in black women being attacked and disrespected while spending their dollars with others. We must not accept this disrespect. We created this journey. So we must decide that if you disrespect one of us you disrespect all of us. Keep the money circulating withing the black community, so we can create more jobs for our own people.



Once you get in the store, then be sure to purchase black owned produts


Below you will see a list of black owned beauty supply stores in the Charlotte, NC area. I ask each black woman reading this to create a list for your city and share it with your friends and relatives on social media.


Are you not tired of putting other kids through college while your child comes out drowned in student loan debt? Are you not tired of the poor service and disrespect? Does it not bother you that they label us a thief so quickly? We cannot change how others see us. But we can control who we give our money to. Start today!

EC Beauty Supply
1237 W. Tyvola Rd Charlotte 28217
(704)525-0749
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Beauty Brands
5335 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy Ste 100Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 845-3001
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PBS Professional Beauty Supply
3039 South BlvdCharlotte, NC 28209
(704) 672-0929

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Iman Professional Beauty Supply
201 W Arrowood RdCharlotte, NC 28217
(704) 523-7830
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Desires Beauty Supply
2925 E W T Harris Blvd Ste BCharlotte, NC 28213
(704) 509-1867
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Posh Life Beauty
8925 J M Keynes Dr At Boardwalk, Ste #Charlotte, NC 28262
(213) 973-7674
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Beauty Alliance Store
8318 Pineville Matthews RdCharlotte, NC 28226
(704) 752-0876
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3rd Phaze Body Oils Inc
3300 N.Graham St.Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 344-1138
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Carolina Beauty
3301 Freedom Dr Ste 500Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 399-5300
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Hair Zone Beauty Supply
5618 Albemarle RdCharlotte, NC 28212
(704) 535-7776
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Iman Beauty Supply
101 EASTWAY DRIVE
28213 Charlotte
North Carolina
(704) 596-5867
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If you know of a black owned beauty supply store located in Charlotte, NC and it is not listed please leave the name of it in the comments.

Now create your list for your city and share it!

YES WE CAN SUPPORT EACH OTHER!

Your hair conditioning plan



Your hair care products should consist of moisturizing and strengthening ingredients.  

A hair conditioning plan is greatly recommended for those who desire to grow their hair to bra strap length and beyond. 

Growing your hair beyond mid back length requires using protein treatments correctly and consistently. Protein is what gives your hair strands extra reinforcement to not snap or break so easily. 

More information about protein treatments HERE 

Here are 2 examples of  hair conditioning plans for different hair lifestyles. 

Understand that your hair conditioning plan greatly depends on the current condition of your hair and your hair lifestyle


NATURAL QUEEN ZURI


Her hair stats:
  • Curl type 4
  • Mid back length
  • Fully natural for 3 years
  • Her hair stays moisturized for at least 3 or more days.
  • Flat irons her hair about 3 times per year
  • Follows the CoilyQueens Hair care Method


Zuri's Hair Conditioning Plan:
She will need a regular high quality protein treatment once per month. A good moisturizing regimen must be combined with the strong protein.  Three reasons why she needs a strong protein treatment. 


1. Her hair is long and she wants to retain it.
2. She desires to grow her hair to waist length.
3. She  heat straightens her hair.


How her plan looks on paper and recommended products




EXPLANATION OF HER PLAN
Because a hard protein treatment is recommended, the conditioners Zuri uses are low on protein.  She will concentrate on using moisturizing conditioners. The deep conditioner, regular conditioner and leave in conditioners chosen for her are either protein free or low in proteins. She is getting plenty or protein from the aphogee 2 step treatment. The TGIN triple (no protein) moisture conditioner,  helps to restore her moisture after she uses the aphogee protein treatment. She will baggy for 3 nights when she uses the aphogee 2 step once per month. The As I am hydration elation is her low protein weekly quick conditioner. She will hot oil treat her hair twice a month. The hot oil is done after deep conditioning. This will help combat her use of harsh heat. 

She will rotate these products. Aphogee 2 step once per month. The TGIN triple moisture conditioner, once per week. The As I am hydration elation once per week. Leave in daily or as needed. Hot oil treatment every other week and after heat straightening. 



NATURAL QUEEN ANYELINA


Anyelina's hair stats:


  • Thick hair
  • Curl type 4ab
  • Natural 3 years
  • No heat
  • Wants to grow her hair to its fullest potential.
  • Uses the CoilyQueens Method

EXPLANATION OF HER PLAN
A mild protein treatment is recommended to help keep her hair consistently strong. This will enable her to retain most of her growth each month. She does not heat straighten, so a hard protein treatment is not needed. She will use the protein reconstructor once every two weeks. She conditions once a week with a moisturizing DC then conditions with a protein DC once per week. The Mielle is a good protein conditioner while the hydration elation is a mild protein but deeply moisturizing DC. She is deep conditioning twice a week to keep her very thick hair easy to manage and style. If she continues this conditioning plan along with the CoilyQueens Regimen she will be able to grow and retain hair down her back. 


ANYELINA'S WRITTEN PLAN


Do you have a hair conditioning plan?


Need help creating one?

Get your hair conditioning plan HERE.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Building your hair care regimen



READ PART ONE TO BUILDING YOUR REGIMEN HERE

The basic products you need in your regimen 

1. Cleanser
     a.  Shampoo (non sulfate)
     b.  Conditioning cleanser (formulated for cleansing)
     c.  Clay washes (make your own or purchase ready made)

2. Conditioners 
     d.  Cream rinses or rinse out conditioners
     e.  Deep Conditioners (moisturizing/protein)
     f.   Deep Conditioner moisturizing (non protein)

READ MORE ABOUT DIFFERENT TYPES OF CONDITIONERS HERE

3. Leave in conditioner
     g.  Moisturizers (water based)
     h.  Liquid leave ins
     i.   Lotion/cream leave in conditioner
     j.   Pomades/butters (contain no water)

4. A good quality singular oil
    k.   EVOO
    l.    Cold pressed avocado oil
    m.  Cold pressed coconut oil
    n.   Jojoba oil
    o.   Grape seed oil


To start your regimen you only need one product out of each category, in the beginning. Once you get started with your first 4 products, then you want to build on those products. 

BUILDING YOUR PRODUCT STASH

The CoilyQueens Regimen recommends having, 3 of each recommended product. This means 3 cleansers, 3 conditioners, 3 leave in conditioners and 3 different types of oils you love. You do not  want, to depend on one brand of cleanser or conditioner. To often your favorite conditioner will stop working as well as it did in the beginning. Sometimes companies change formulas. You can also develop an allergy towards a product that was okay in the beginning. So if you have more than one cleanser and conditioner, that works for you. You do not have to worry about being caught without having a product that works.



Before you shop remember these tips. 
1. Only use non sulfate shampoos
2. Get in the habit of reading the ingredients before you buy.
3. Starting out purchase the same brand of cleansers and conditioners. 
4. Shop with companies who stand behind their brands. Keep your receipt so you can return it, if after one use it does not meet your liking. 
5. If you are on a budget, save most of your money, for a good quality leave in conditioner. The leave in conditioner/moisturizer is your most important product. READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE
6. Spend your money on good quality oils, from the health food store, grocery store. Be sure they are unrefined or cold pressed. 

Product recommendations for each category 

1a--- shampoo suggestions:
Shea Moisture curl and shine shampoo
Design Essentials avocado shampoo
KBB conditioning cleanser
Cream of nature non sulfate shampoo
Shea Moisture restorative shampoo
Jane Carter's shampoo

1b---Conditioning cleansers
Camille rose conditioning cleanser
Eden BodyWorks conditioning cleanser
As I am conditioning cleanser
Shea Moisture conditioning cleanser


1c---Clay washes
Create your own bentonite treatment DIY HERE


2d---Cream rinses or rinse out or regular conditoner
TGIN triple moisture replenishing condish
Shea Moisture 10-IN-1 Renewal conditioner
Shea Moisture restorative conditioner
Oyin Honey Hemp


2e---Deep conditioners (protein)
Mielle Organic babassu mint DC
Shea Moisture manuka honey intensive masque
Alikay naturals DC
Shea Moisture Blk soap purification masque
ORS replenishing conditioner
ORS hair mayo


2f---Deep conditioners moisturizing (non protein)
TGIN Honey miracle hair mask
Camille Rose Algae renew DC
Camille Rose Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard
Eden Bodyworks all natural DC
As I am hydration elation
Jessicurl DC Citrus and Lavender 
Aubrey Organics moisturizing  conditioner honeysuckle rose


3g---Moisturizers (water based)
Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothie
Camille Rose Curliade
As I am double buttercream
Taliah Waajid curling curly cream
Elasta Olive Oil & Mango Moisturizer
4Naturals Afro stretch cream
Cantu Shea Butter leave in
Jane Carter curl cream

3h---Liquid leave ins
Alikay natural lemongrass leave in
Qhemet Biologics alma & olive heavy cream

3i---Lotion/Creamy leave ins
KBB sweet ambrosia leave in
Shea Moisture hibiscus style milk
Cantu curl activator
Ori Essentials Moisturizing leave in conditioner


3j---Pomades and butters
Cantu hair pomade
Qhemet Biologics hydrate twist butter
Aveda Pomade Anti Humectante 


Following these suggestions will help you build a good portion of your product regimen. Remember that a successful hair journey  covers 3 areas: Techniques, mindset and products. This article has helped you cover the products part of your hair regimen. 

Now work on your techniques and mindset about your hair. 




Friday, March 3, 2017

Apple cider vinegar for your hair



Organic apple cider vinegar, aka ACV, is an excellent health and beauty aide. Be sure to purchase organic. ACV is a very important item to always keep in stock.  

1. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium. Potassium is great for preventing hair loss.

2.  It is anti bacteria and anti fungal.It prevents fungus from taking residence on your scalp.  It contains acetic acid, which kills off fungus and bacteria. Scalp fungus is a top cause of hair loss. You may or may not have symptoms. Read more about fungus HERE. 

3.  The low PH of ACV causes the hair cuticle to lay flatter. This enables the hair to retain moisture for longer periods.  When the hair cuticle lays flat your hair will have more vibrancy and shine. 

4. Because ACV makes the hair cuticle lay flatter, you will notice that detangling is a lot easier. You should also notice a reduction in single strand knots. 


5.  When the ACV hits the scalp it stimulate better blood circulation. This increases your hair growth. 

HOW TO BENEFIT FROM ACV

Organic ACV rinse
Mix 1/4 cup of organic ACV with 2 cups of filtered water. This creates a final rinse to use on your hair. On shampoo day after you rinse out your deep conditioner, pour this rinse over your hair.  Use it all and let it sit on hair 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse out with cool water. With soaking wet hair, apply your leave in conditioner.  



Upgrade your shampoo
Add one tablespoon to 1/4 cup of your shampoo. The ACV lowers the PH of the shampoo and helps the shampoo to work better. With this combination you will notice an immediate difference in the vibrancy of your hair and less tangles. 

Anti bacterial growth braid spray
1 tablespoon of organic ACV
7 ounces of water
1 tsp tea tree oil
1 tsp of lavender oil
Use as a braid spray, to keep bacteria from accumulating on your scalp when wearing braids. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New Moon Phase best days to trim for growth (March-April)




Lots of ladies are growing longer hair by trimming their hair during high energy days of the month. Is it time for your trim? If so, try New Moon Phase trimming. You have to trim anyway to maintain healthy ends. 

What is New Moon Phase trimming?
Hair is partly made of hydrogen and oxygen. As the new moon grows into a full moon it draws fluids upward. We use that energy to increase hair growth. The energy is potent during specific times of the month. You will find that different sources vary in the best days to trim each month. I've had great success choosing my days over several years. I have used this to increase my hair growth and I've had many others tell me, my dates work for them. You have to decide for yourself. 


How do I choose my dates?
Based on the lunar calendar, how the moon aligns and most importantly by Christian discernment. 

But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of this world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27

When I consider your heavens, the works of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained. Psalm 8:3

Please understand:
As a Christian, we acknowledge that all power comes from God All Mighty. We are not worshiping the sun or moon. We are using its power. The same as we need the sun to survive in our body here on this earth. We are not chanting nor casting spells. We are using all sources God has created for us. Same as the farmer knows when to plant and when to pluck up. 

To God be all the Glory!!!


March dates:
2
3
6
7
29
30



April dates:

2
3

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Conditioning Afro Coily Hair



Shampoo removes, bacteria, dirt and product build up from the hair. Shampoos also remove your natural sebum coating. Therefore you should always follow every shampoo with some type of conditioner to help re-balance your hair.

Conditioners replace moisture removed during cleansing.  Conditioners also add strength, softness, shine  and elasticity to the hair. 


TYPES OF CONDITIONERS:


Product recommendations

Regular conditioning (aka rinse out conditioners or creme rinses)
These are products formulated to apply to the hair and leave on for 2 to 10 minutes, then rinse off. No heat is needed for this type of conditioning. How long you keep the conditioner own will vary per the product. These conditioners are not formulated to be left on the hair, unless the bottle specifies such. It is very important not to use a rinse out conditioner as a leave in. 

Who should use regular conditoner? 

  •  Those with healthy hair 
  •  No problems with breakage or moisture
  •  Those who shampoo  frequently
  •  Those who are short on time


Deep conditioning
Usually a moisturizing conditioner you leave on the hair, cover with a plastic cap for 10 to 20 minutes. This will vary depending on the deep conditioner brand you use. Deep conditioners come in the forms of masques or creams. 

When to deep conditon

  •  Extra dry hair
  •  Hair that is breaking
  •  Before heat straightening


Hair treatments
These come in the form of a liquid, cream or lotion. They will address a specific hair need. Treatments usually add strength to the hair in the form of proteins. Some of them can be used alone while others need to be followed up with a moisturizing conditioning treatment

When to do a treatment

  • When you have scalp issues
  • To add strength to the hair
  • Before or after any type of chemical treatment
  • Dehydrated hair



Leave in conditioning 
The leave in conditioner is your most important hair product. Afro curly hair requires continuous conditioning. A leave in comes in the form of liquid, cream or lotion. Creamy leave ins are the most moisturizing and the most popular. These are conditioners formulated with ingredients that can be elft on the hair. A leave in conditioner and a moisturizer provide the same function. A good leave in conditioner will also be a great style product for your hair. So it gives you moisture and hold for your style all day. 

When to use a leave in conditioner or moisturizer

  • After each shampoo session
  • Twice a week for healthy hair
  • Daily for damaged or dehydrated hair





Friday, February 24, 2017

When is it time to trim your hair and how?



Have you been natural for awhile but you are not sure when to trim your hair? 

Here are a few reasons to trim your hair:


  • When you manipulate it you feel popping and snapping
  • When your hair does not style well.
  • Check the hair which falls on the sink. Do you see short hairs the size of eyelashes? Those are split ends time to trim. 
  • Your hair tangles excessively
  • When you twist your hair you see frayed ends
  • The ends of your hair are extremely see through




Although you can mend a split end temporarily with certain products, it is best to trim that split end off. Hair can split anywhere on the strand. But the most common type of split happens between mid strand and the ends. Once your hair starts to split it will continue to split all the way up the hair shaft. Always cut your splits immediately. 

How to trim your hair:



Seek a professional stylist


  • Especially if this is your first cut since going natural
  • Make an appointment with a professional who can work with natural coily hair.
  • It is not necessary to straighten Afro hair, in order to trim it.
  • A minimally skilled stylist should be able to trim your hair in its natural state.
  • No blow dryers or straighteners needed, unless you want to. Be clear with the stylist your desires, before she begins to cut.

Trim it yourself

  1. Detangle hair well
  2. Separate hair into 2' by 2' sections
  3. Two strand twist those sections
  4. Twist as close to the end as you can
  5. Using cutting shears, trim off the frayed ends


HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU TRIM?

If you did not start your natural journey from a big chop, then you want to start with a professional trim. You want to start from clean, healthy ends. How much you will need to get cut will depend on the health of your hair. Get this trim with a cosmetologist. She will examine your ends and tell you how much she recommends to cut.



Once you have your first professional cut. Mark your calendar for every 4th month. This will equal 3 trims a year. Remove at least .25 inch each trim. Trim off more if necessary. Following this schedule and a healthy hair regimen, will enable you to maintain healthy full beautiful ends. When your ends look good, your hair styles well. You also retain more length. So you will reach your length goals faster. 
HOW THE ENDS OF YOUR TWISTS SHOULD LOOK
NO FRIZZ AND A UNIFORMED COIL

HOW TO KEEP FROM HAVING TO CUT A LOT EACH TRIM


  1. Never brush your hair, it weakens your ends.
  2. Fingercomb or use a seamless comb
  3. Limit your use of flat irons and all heat straightening.
  4. Keep your ends from rubbing on your clothing or seats.
  5. Moisturize and oil your hair on a regular basis. 


Read all about New Moon Phase trimming and get the dates for March and April HERE

SEAMLESS COMBS


Thursday, February 23, 2017

No frizz twist outs on natural hair




Here are two awesome products that give great definition and hold for your type 4 hair.

Especially 4C hair!

In the order of awesomeness!
ORDER HERE!

1. Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream
Good ingredients
Controls FRIZZ very well
Great hold and definition
No crunch, white balls, or flakes
Last long, cause a little goes a long way


2. Camille Rose Curlmaker
Awesome for wash and goes
Controls FRIZZ well
Good definition for twist outs
Not crunchy and no flakes

FIND CAMILLE ROSE AT THE BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE, CVS OR TARGET


TRY ONE THESE TODAY, IF YOU ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A STYLE PRODUCT TO COMBAT FRIZZ.

Tip to combat frizz
Seal your hold product in, with a anti humectant. Anti humectants keep moisture from entering your hair cuticles so quickly. Your hair will hold its pattern longer and not puff up as quick.


Remember our Afro hair is not always frizzing up. When moisture enters our hair it curls up and that is natural.  While this natural occurrence, can work against most style choices, shrinkage is not evil.  We have been conditioned to think, it is something awful our hair does.  But it is truly a natural thing.  


How to create better twist outs



The twist out is probably the most popular style for naturals.  No matter your curl pattern, the hunt for the perfect twist out is always on. Some people get lucky the first time they create their twist out. But for most naturals it takes several attempts in order to get a desired twist out style. To perfect it takes even longer. But it does not have to be all trial and error. Here are some very helpful tips to help your achieve your best twist out. 

12 TIPS FOR BETTER TWIST OUTS


1.  Healthy hair styles the best. Work on the health of your hair first before trying to perfect your twist out. This is very important for new naturals. Trying to create great looking styles on hair that does not retain moisture well, can be very deflating to your natural hair joy. 

Need a good regimen to whip your hair into better shape? 
Start today on the Coily Queens Regimen

2. Find a great style product. You want a product to give you hold and moisture, without flaking. Start with a style cream. Here are some winners: As I am double butter cream, SM curl enhancing smoothie, Camille Rose Curlaide, Camille Rose Almond Jai butter, Jane Carter's curling curl cream.

3. For better hold combine a style cream with a gel. Be aware of products conflicting with one another and causing white balls. Mix your two products on the back of your hand, to test and see if they ball up and clump. If it does so, on the back of your hand then that combination is not a good one. Try another combo. Good gels for natural hair especially 4C hair: Kinky curly curling custard, Eco olive oil gel, Miss Jessie's Curly Custard.

4. During cold weather, seal your twist out with coconut oil. It will help your hair hold its shape longer. 


5. Instead of single two strand twists, create small to medium flat twists. You get way more volume per flat twist, than you will with the same size section of a regular two strand twist. Your first night sections should be 2 inches by 3 inch sections, flat twisted. 

6. For a fuller look, end your twists with a bantu knot or use a flexi rod. This gives your twist out more flavor and fullness. 

7. Flat twists also give you more stretch, this gives you more hang time.  

8. Gain more hang time, by not using a water based product after the third day of  your twist out. You will need  moisture for day one and two, but if you have healthy hair your should be able to retwist with a non water based product. Here are some suggestions: As I am double butter cream (has water but it still gives you stretch), Regular shea butter.

9. On day one of your twist out, after you have set your hair, seal your hair with a cold water rinse. This will give you great definition. You can also seal with half aloe vera juice and half filtered water. Put mixture in fridge and let it get really cold. The cold and aloe vera helps to flatten the hair cuticle. The gives you more definition and hold. 

10. For more stretch, reduce your product use in half. Less product equals less shrinkage. 

11. Allow your hair to air dry in large braids at least 75%, then create your two strand twists. This will give you way more hang time. 

12. Afro hair is like memory foam. The more you shape it into a style the better it will form that shape. So do not try a style once or twice then become frustrated. Continue to do that style over and over for a few weeks. Each time your hair will twist better and better. You will also find you can create the style faster.