Curlynikki Controversy: Natural Hair and Race

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Let me just say that everyone, no matter race or gender, is welcomed on Hair A.D.D.  I, also believe, that women of color experience more backlash and negativity pertaining to our hair than any other race. I believe that women and men of any race can share their journey, but recognize, that people of color experience much harsher criticism than other races when it comes to standards of beauty. Curlynikki was never racially exclusive, or exclusive to women with only certain curl patterns or a certain texture of hair, which in my opinion, means it is a space for anyone to share their journey. Many women and men have their own stories to share dealing with self image issues and self confidence that can stem from looking different than the ideal standard of beauty. I do understand the argument of “sharing our space” with different races, but in my opinion, as long as other races can respect “our spaces” without trying to falsely internalize our struggles, they are welcome to participate. Curlynikki’s site was created “to serve as an online hair therapy session for those struggling to embrace their naturally curly hair….as a platform for each of you too share your experiences, frustrations, and triumphs of being naturally glamorous,” (About Me page on curlynikki), she never claimed that her brand or website was exclusively for women of color, but of course it was very natural to make that assumption. I definitely feel like women of color need a space specifically for them, but it doesn’t hurt to allow others to participate and to learn, as long as they recognize why that particular space was created and respect it. Either way, I believe we can have an intelligent conversation about this matter! Please feel free to leave your opinions respectfully below in the comments section. Let’s have this conversation!

MY TOP 5 TIPS FOR LENGTH RETENTION

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Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderful day! I just wanted to give my two cents today on my top five ways to retain length. This is strictly my opinion and what has been working for me, but I’m sure everyone can benefit from most of these tips provided.

1. MOISTURE, MOISTURE, MOISTURE: I believe the most important step you can implement in your routine is keeping your hair strands hydrated. I have already talked about hydrating from the inside out in a previous post, but let me remind you, drinking water and plenty of fluids is very important! What you put inside of your body will very well show in your outer appearance. Also, spritzing your hair with a water based conditioner or simply water every night or when it becomes dry can have a major impact on the health of your hair. Hair tends to break when it is dry and brittle, so keeping your strands from becoming this way can ultimately help you retain length.

2. DEEP CONDITIONING: Finding a deep conditioner that works for you is very important to the health of your hair. I deep condition my hair once a week.  A good deep conditioner will provide moisture for your hair. It will also help your hair take on the stress and manipulation you put your hair through in between your wash sessions.

3. SATIN SCARF OR PILLOW: Cotton pillowcases rob the moisture in your hair. Satin scarves and pillowcases enable you to retain the moisture you worked so hard to get and it also protects your ends! So make sure you invest in a satin pillowcase if you are not keen to sleeping with a scarf on your head at night.

4. GETTING TRIMS REGULARLY: I regularly (maybe too regularly) trim my ends. I tend to go overboard, but I digress. Dusting (trimming an eighth of an inch) your ends regularly will help keep split ends at bay. Your hair cannot thrive with split ends creeping slowly up your hair shaft! Get rid of them! It’s nothing worse than a girl holding on to scraggly, see through ends for the sake of some “length”. As your can probably tell this is a pet peeve of mine. Ladies, trim about every eight weeks or when you deem necessary, just please don’t walk around with scraggly ends you will have to get rid of them at some point in order for you to retain length in the future!

5. MINIMIZE YOUR USE OF HEAT: I straighten my hair maybe twice a year and probably won’t do it again for another couple of years. I say this for two reasons, first of all, it doesn’t last long enough and secondly, it only takes one time for you to acquire heat damage no matter how careful you are. Everytime I have straightened my hair I have acquired some sort of heat damage and I’m back at square one nursing my hair back to health. And to make matters worse, my hair may have remained straight for a day or two, so that’s months of work for a day of straight hair. The trade off is not worth it for me. So if possible, use heat sparingly and when you do make sure your use some sort of heat protectant!

Hope these tips are helpful!! Have a good one:)

Importance of a “Cheapie” Conditioner!

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First question you may ask is, what is a cheapie conditioner? Well, simply, a cheapie conditioner is a conditioner you use for everything, from co- washing to deep conditioning, or even a leave in when you have ran out of styling products. You may use it to gently cleanse your hair or you may mix it with your favorite oil and use your new concoction to deep condition. Whatever the use, you need a whole bunch of conditioner. That’s the beauty of a good, cheap conditioner.  You can be as heavy handed as you need to be and you will never have to worry about it breaking your pockets. My favorite “cheapie” conditioners are Suave Naturals and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration! I bought two bottles of Suave Naturals for $3. I will get plenty use out of those bottles of conditioner. I will use it to detangle, co-wash, deep condition, and a leave in! If you haven’t found a good cheapie conditioner please do so a.s.a.p! It is life changing! And if you are on the hunt to find a good one, try Suave Naturals or Herbal Essence and let me know what you think! Conditioner is the ONE thing you never want to run out of!

Feature Friday: Sharlene

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1. Tell me about yourself.

My name is Sharlene and I am from Louisiana.

2.How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

I was a slow transitioner. I grew my hair out for 2 1/2 years wearing protective styles such as braids, weaves, and braidouts. I chose to grow my hair out instead of doing the big chop solely because I wasn’t brave enough to do so. During my transition stage I experimented a lot with my hair because I had to learn how to work the 2 textures helped me start to discover what works best for my hair.

3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

I can truly say I grew to love my texture. When I started my journey going back natural, very few were doing so there was a lot of trial and error with my hair but that made me appreciate the journey so much more but I definitely had those “WTF mornings” with my hair. Once I learned how to treat my hair properly and learned what works best for my hair; I began to appreciate it a lot more and experiment with different products and styles I am still learning.

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4. How would you describe your hair?

My hair is SUPER THICK, with every curl pattern imaginable.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

I cowash weekly, shampoo when needed (ex. if I have a lot of buildup from working out), deep conditioning twice a month or more depending on what my hair needs because sometimes my hair is super dry. During the week my hair is almost always in some type of braid (French braid or goddess braid) or bun for work. Braids are just so low maintenance and an easy style, which also cuts down on my time when getting ready in the morning. I use the Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner and Hello Hydration interchangeably when I co wash. The leave-in Kinky Curly Knot Today: Leave-In/Detangler is my Holy Grail. I absolutely love how it makes my hair feel and it makes it so much easier to detangle. When I deep condition I use the Shea Moisture Deep Conditioning Masque and I’ll perform my hot oil treatements with Olive oil to add moisture when my hair needs a little more TLC. My favorite oils to use are coconut oil and jojoba oil. I use the jojoba oil more on m when my ends and the coconut oil when I do my scalp massages or just to refresh my hair from an old style. And lastly, for my braid and twist outs I use either Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioner. I love how both of these products give my hair definition and leave my hair nourished.

6. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I maintain a healthy length by keeping my hair in some type of protective style (French braid, goddess braid, bun, etc.) during the week and keeping my hair moisturized when wearing a style where my hair is out such as a twist out or braid out. I am a big advocate on little to no heat on my hair because I have had severe  heat damage from excessive straightening in the past. I aim to straighten my hair no more than twice a year and during that time I get a trim if needed.

 

 

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7. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

The best things about being curly are being able to wear my hair any way I please and the styles are still cute. I don’t have to worry about slicking down my edges or worrying about having the perfect bun. Curly hair is so versatile; it gives us all curly girls a way to express our personality and style through our hair.

8. Is there any advice you would like to give to other fellow curly girls?

Be patient, I know that’s said once to many but it’s very true. Embrace your hair at every stage and be creative.

 

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9. Where can we find you?

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/Sharleneyvonne

Instagram: Sharleneyvonner

Blog: http://www.sharleneyvonne.blogspot.com

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Product Review: Aphogee Curlific!

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I know I told you in a previous post that I was very excited that Aphogee decided to jump on the bandwagon and began creating products specifically for curly haired girls! When my hair was relaxed, I used Aphogee’s original hair care line and I found it worked really well in my relaxed hair, especially the leave in conditioner. I was really hoping and wishing they delivered on this natural hair care line, because many of you product junkies know that it didn’t work well for some lines who transitioned from relaxed hair care lines to natural hair care lines. Well let me tell you something, Aphogee did not disappoint. So far I have tried the Aphogee Curlific Texture Treatment and the Aphogee Curlific Moisutre Rich Leave-In and I am loving them! Let me start with the leave-in conditioner:

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  • Product Promises: Curlific! products are pH optimized for maximum results and contain our exclusive PropHyatmine Complex, utilizing proteins for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. Curlific! is serious care for textured hair.
  • Uses: Snarls and tangles are a challenge on any head, but textured hair can be the toughest! The oval shape of curly strands can “interlock” like no other  and are also more prone to dryness. Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In solves both problems. Easy to use on wet or dry hair , it enhances the look and feel of your hair and helps eliminate the styling challenge!
  • How to Use: After showering and blotting hair dry, spray Curlific! Moisture Rich Leave-In directly onto hair the hair, taking care to avoid the eyes. Work through hair evenly and proceed to style as usual. Between shampoos, spray a small amount  into palm and work through hair before styling to detangle and to protect against heat.

Soooo, after I shampooed and finger detangled with conditioner, I rinsed the conditioner out and dryed my hair with a cotton t-shirt. Then, I applied this Moisture Rich Leave-In conditioner. My hair seemed to melt in my hands, It was so soft and manageable. It felt like silk. I feel like Aphogee really researched curly hair and chose ingredients that was necessary to protect our curls and make them more manageable. My hair was shiny and tangle free for days! And my styling process was a breeze. I would recommend this product to every curly girl, no matter your hair type! I love this leave-in conditioner just as much as I loved the original Protein Rich Leave-In conditioner by Aphogee!

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  • Product Promises: Curlific! products are pH optimized for maximum results and contain our exclusive PropHyatmine Complex, utilizing proteins for strength, emollients for shine and humectants for softness. Curlific! is serious care for textured hair.
  • Uses: Wavy, Curly or Coiled hair types are more susceptible to damage than straight hair, due to the structure and styling resistance. Weekly use of Curlific! Texture Treatment maintains beautiful hair, regardless of the environment or styling regimen. A MUST FOR COLOR TREATED CURLS!
  • How to Use: Shampoo with Curlific Textured Hair Wash. After rinsing with warm water, work a liberal amount of Curlific! Texture Treatment through your thirsty locks. Leave on a minte and then rinse, finishing with cool water.

Once again, I shampooed my hair then applied this Texture Treatment. I left it on for about three minutes, then rinsed with cool water. This was definitely a treat for my hair I did not detangle before hand,  so I was pleasantly surprised when I rinsed my hair and my tangles melted away. My hair was soft, defined and I did not have to do much finger tangling afterwards. I can’t say that I have noticed a huge difference in my curls over a long period of time because I’ve only been using this product, once a week for three weeks. I can say that everytime I do use it, my hair feels healthier and it is easier to manage. My hair is color treated,so I’m hoping this product keeps my colored treated tresses healthy. I cannot wait to grow this color out, but I digress! To all my fellow curly, kinky, wavy, or coily haired naturalistas, I would definitely give Aphogee Curlific! line a try. You won’t be disappointed. Please share your experiences with Aphogee Curlific! in the comments below! I will be giving  the shampoo and curling cream a try soon, so stay tuned!

For a live review + demo please visit my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiOHo60xcAk&list=UUcy24C6D0PTKsiu9uJLYx4

 

FEATURE FRIDAY: ADRIENNE

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1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Adrienne. I love being active and anything athletically competitive and I LOVE movies, particularly RomCom & Action! I’m not the best at styling my hair but I try, that’s what counts right?!? Also, I’m blessed to be married to my love and new hubby! @malc04

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

It’s been about 4 years. I noticed my hair was unhealthy, my ends were terrible. I wanted my hair to grow so I figured I had to change something.

3. Have you always embraced your natural texture?

Not always, I sort of went back and forward with it when I was younger. I love my hair now, straight or curly.

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4. How would you describe your hair?

Long & thick, curl pattern is 3b.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

I typically wear my hair straight. I go to my hair dresser often because I feel more comfortable letting a professional style it rather than flat ironing it myself and potientially damaging it. When I wear my hair curly, I always use Curl Enhancing Smoothie right after washing it and apply mousse to the ends to enhance my curls.

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6. What products can’t you live without?

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum, Curl Enhancing Smoothie, & mousse

7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I very rarely flat iron (usually twice a month), and when I do, my hair dresser usually does it. I use heat protectant, and I don’t color or highlight.

8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

I can live without a relaxer and it’s not nearly as hard to maintain as I thought it would be.

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to to other fellow curly girls?

It’s all about what you want, try out different methods and products (by word of mouth) to find what works best for your hair and what you prefer.

10. Where can we find you? Fb, instagram, twitter, etc..

Twitter: @AMoneySmooth

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Feature Friday: Lizzie

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Hi everyone, this will be my first Feature Friday of many! I am very excited to provide a platform for fellow naturalistas of every texture to share their natural hair stories with everyone! The first Feature Friday is Lizzie from Lafayette, Louisiana, my BEST friend! Her hair is dope and she will tell you all about it! Hope you all enjoy!

1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Elizabeth, I go by Liz. I love the natural movement! In addition, I love new challenges, and I admire people who are passionate and purposeful in their lives.

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

I have been natural since after high school. I didn’t really decide to go natural. My mother stopped putting perms, because she was sure that her hair was falling out because of it. For this reason, I stopped as well (8 yrs ago). However, I discovered the Chi iron and wore that out. I didn’t really wear my hair in its “natural state” until I started AmeriCorps (Community Service Program) 3 years ago. I started wearing it this way because I would sweat, and it was hard to maintain straight hair. Also in the program so many girls had textured hair and it was welcoming.

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3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

No, I thought for awhile that my hair was pretty, but it was something that needed to be “done” or straightened in order to be beautiful. That has changed however!

4. How would you describe your hair?

My hair is soft and very curly, a S pattern, it is thin looking when wet and when it’s fully dry, it is thick and bountiful.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

My hair is colored, so I use sulfate free, color shampoos most of the time. I wash my hair once a week. I condition with regular conditioner for colored hair, and I condition with 3 minute Aussie Moist conditioner, which is warmed with Olive oil. After a while my hair is soaking wet, I apply color protecting serum. After, if I am wearing my hair stretched, I towel dry (I know frizz…but I am not wearing my hair out) and I braid it into 4 braids with just leave in conditioner and then do protective styles (several different buns…etc) for the week.

6. What products can’t you live without?

Curl Enhancing Smoothie

7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I wash my hair once a week, and I do not straighten my hair often.

8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

That I love my hair just the way it is, and that when you know what to do, it is easier to manage than straight hair.

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to fellow textured ladies?

Yes, have fun with your hair.

10. Where can we find you?

I can only be reached here! So please hit up Jai if you’re interested in learning more, we should do a video together!

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