Benefits of Finger Detangling | Hair Advice

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By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the need to be gentle with your natural hair.  All of the curls, coils, and kinks, while beautiful, can often make for lots of knots and tangles.  This is especially true if you wear your hair out, in popular styles like twist outs and braid outs.  So as not to contribute to breakage, it is important that you take the time to detangle your hair.  There are many tools on the market that claim to detangle hair effortlessly.  However, did you know that you don’t have to run out to the store to buy a fancy brush or detangling device?  You already have the best tool available.  What’s even better is, you have ten of them!  What am I talking about?  Your hands, of course.  Specifically the fingers attached to your hands.  Keep reading to learn about the benefits of finger detangling, tips to make your detangling session a breeze, and exactly how I go about detangling my natural hair with my fingers. (more…)

Benefits of Steaming Hair | Hair Advice

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Years ago, covering your hair with a plastic cap and then sitting under a heated dryer was how you went about deep conditioning and hydrating your hair.  While this can still be done, there is another alternative: steaming.  Steaming your hair regularly is one way to protect your strands during the harsh winter months.  The products that you use can better penetrate your hair thanks to the warm air from the steam helping to open up the hair follicles. The warm air allows the hair follicles to open up and expand, and this in turn allows the hair to soak up the moisture from the steam as well as all of the good ingredients in your hair product.  Continue reading for benefits of steaming, tips for successful steaming, as well as alternatives to buying a steamer. (more…)

Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner | Product Review

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This is one of my holy grail items. This has been a staple in my hair care regimen for years, even during my relaxed hair days.

When it comes to deep conditioners, I like using products that are actually intended for deep conditioning. You know, products that say “To deep condition, sit under a warm dryer for 30 minutes”. To me, this clearly indicates the product is meant to be used as a deep conditioner.  I do have one issue with this product.  Read on to find out what that is! (more…)

Blog Income & Traffic Report – November 2014

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While this blog is mostly focused on hair (at the moment), I wanted to also start including posts dedicated to “how” my blog is doing (in terms of traffic and earnings).

I spend a lot of time reading about how others are getting traffic to their blogs and the various methods of monetization they are using. I know it’s far better to give than receive so, since I have received so many tips from others, I wanted to do my part and give back my experiences (the good and the not so good).

Every month, I will include an Income and Traffic report. I think there is a huge interest among other bloggers in learning about traffic and monetization strategies. However, I think the topic makes some people uncomfortable and that is why the discussion about it is, at times, nonexistent.

So, with that said, let’s jump into this month’s income and traffic report! (more…)

I Straightened My Hair | YouTube Natural Hair Video

In the 4 years I’ve been natural, I hadn’t attempted to straighten my hair with a flat iron.

 

Up until now, I had only used direct heat to do a blow out .

I would also use indirect heat to stretch my hair by roller setting.

 

I said I wanted to wait until year 5 to flat iron my hair but, what’s one more year!

Now, I didn’t actually do the straightening myself. The only stylist I used to go to when I was relaxed is who I contacted to flat iron my natural hair.

As you can see in the video, my hair is REALLY straight! Am I concerned about possible heat damage? Not really. I only say this because my curl pattern is naturally loose: meaning, I don’t have tightly coiled hair. Because of this, I don’t wear wash n go’s and I rarely wear twist-outs and braid-outs longer than 1 day. On a typical day, you’ll find me wearing my hair in a bun or two-strand twists.

So, for my hair to remain in a somewhat “straightened” stated wouldn’t bother me, given how I wear my hair stretched almost 100% of the time.

In my next video, I’ll show you how my hair reverted (or didn’t) back to its natural state.

What was your experience like when you straightened your natural hair?

 

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Tips for Protecting Hair During the Winter Months | Hair Advice

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Winters here in the DMV can be pretty brutal on my hair and skin. Not only are you dealing with the brutal cold and wintry weather outside but, you also have to battle the dry hair that results from being in heated environments. Hydration and protective styling are essential to maintaining my natural hair during the winter months.  It’s important to make sure that I take care of my hair from the inside as well.  Continue reading for some tips I follow to help protect my hair from the harsh weather conditions. (more…)

Straw Set on Natural Hair | YouTube Natural Hair Tutorial

It’s been a few years since I’ve done a straw set on my natural hair. Now that my hair is longer, I wanted to see how the style would look, in comparison to when I did it back in 2012.

In this YouTube video tutorial, I decided to use SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Mousse instead of my usual go-to setting lotion styler of choice.

Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out. It was nice to change it up a little bit, product-wise.  Using the mousse didn’t leave my hair crunchy but instead, gave me a soft hold.  If you’re looking for a stronger hold, you may want to consider using a 50/50 mix of setting lotion and water.  I say definitely try this out so you can compare the results on your own hair.  For me,  I like how my hair looks when the straw curls have more of a tighter hold, and gradually fall and fluff out the longer I keep the style in.

Have you done a straw set on your natural hair?  Tell me about your experiences in the comments below.

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Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream | Product Review

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During the winter months, I really like to use heavy, creamy products on my hair. This really helps me lock ensure the moisture I worked so hard to infuse into my hair has been locked and sealed in. One of my favorite products to use for this is Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream.  Want to know more about how I use the product?  Keep reading! (more…)

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