Jul 31, 2012

Natural Stylist Review: Tasha Shelton

Spoiler alert: I LOVE TASHA SHELTON!!!

Now that there are no more surprises, here is a review my most recent salon experience where I got my first ever extensions installed.
Salon JacquelineMichaels courtesy of Google Streetview
3922 Gallatin Pike, Nashville TN 37216
Salon JacquelineMichaels can be a bit hard to find on your first visit. I passed it at least 3 times. To be fair, I am HORRIBLE at directions and get lost everywhere. But during casual conversation I discovered that it's not just me. There isn't much parking, but since it's a smaller salon, I don't imagine the need for more than the 7 available spaces.

The stylist: The timing was great. My appointment was at 1:00. I showed up at 1:00. She was finishing another client. And by finishing I mean less than 10 minutes before she was done. I have waited MUCH longer.  Tasha was great. She was friendly, and professional and full of laughs! She understood that this was my first time with extensions and explained the process. She worked efficiently and didn't take breaks and extra time between twists. There was no excess time on personal phone calls, she didn't take a lunch OR a dinner break during my 8 hour installation. I needed more breaks than she did! She was SO attentive to my needs as a client. She even offered to turn the music down so that I can get some studying done. I mean... I was too busy engaging in friendly chatter, but it was still great that she offered. She's also very knowledgeable about natural hair care and you are likely to leave knowing more about your hair than you did when you walked in.

The atmosphere: The salon is small, but quaint and well kept, which makes all the difference. The owner of the salon works in the same space as well. There are two chairs and one shampoo station, but the room can easily allow five people to share the same space without becoming claustrophobic, and the natural light from the window added some space. The salon was simply decorated, which is just fine. I've been in smaller salons that are crowded with way too much decor. There was music and conversation with great women in a small space.

Of all the licensed and unlicensed people who were recommended to do my twists, Tasha was easily the most reasonably priced AND she's licensed. Most of her prices INCLUDE the hair. Can you say awesome? For more information, pictures and prices can be found here.

*Note: Tasha didn't make the connection that I was a writer for NIN until halfway through the service. So... I doubt that her awesomeness is anything but genuine, and not because she thought there was a good chance that I would write about my experience.

Jul 30, 2012

Toya's Hair Diary: Me and My Schizo Hair

It has hit as high as 110 degrees in Nashville this summer and my hair has been thirstier than the last batch of contestants on VH1's Flavor of Love.

Seriously this man had his pick of 25 different women for three seasons? Gotta love America.  Anyway, I digress. My hair has been parched! Am I the only one that feels like their hair is somewhat schizo?  A few weeks ago I went back to my styling regimen of Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Paul Mitchell's Clean Gel after the Lustrasilk Curl Pudding I used was giving me major flakes.  After going to EIGHT DIFFERENT STORES in Middle TN to find Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie, my hair sang when I went back to it!

That lasted for about a week. But then after that my hair started looking like it had shrunk almost two inches!  My curls shrunk and the moisture was zapped.  I even think the color has changed!  It doesn't know what it wants to be!  I have finally just had to pull it up and wait for fall.

I had to think about if I had changed anything and then I realized that it had been a while since I used a homemade recipe to deep condition my hair. For my hair, nothing works better.

I got my recipe from Naptural85's Youtube page. She's definitely one of my favorite Youtube Naturalistas.

I did this yesterday but substituted the mayo for yogurt. It works wonders! My hair isn't entirely back to normal but it's a start.  I will confess that I need to up my water intake too so I am sure that will help me get my curls back to being bouncy and shiny in no time. Although keeping natural hair healthy seems to be so laborious with all of the pre-pooing, deep conditioning, clarifying, detangling, shingling, and so on and so forth. It's worth it. It's part of you and everyone deserves to take care of themselves. So please remember, as I will definitely try to myself, take care of your hair in this heat. Unlike 911, it ain't no joke!

That's right. Two Flavor Flav references in one post. Yeeeeah boooooy!

Jul 26, 2012

HAIR LUST: Soulful Sisterlocks

I'm often enthralled at the wonderful world of SisterLocks. It's like a secret society for natural hair. SisterLocks are something like regular locs, a lot like braids, and said to be more versatile than a combo of the two. I'm not playing when I say it's a secret society - you can't even post techniques on the internet without being a certified SisterLocks consultant.

Anyway, look at these fly Sisterlocks. I love the color and the length. This girl is rocking it and this is some definite hair lust!

DIY: At Home Spa Treaments

I love finding cool visuals to share with you! Check out these easy DIY spa treatments. You can use organic products and save money. Try some of these recipes this weekend!

Jul 25, 2012

Discussion: Fountain of Youth(-ful Hair)

I remember way back yonder (like 2 whole years ago!) when I was 24 years old and a friend casually mentioned to me that I should start dressing "like an adult".... Oh. Hello adulthood.

But the same mentality that she had about clothes may or may not be present with hair. You know what I've noticed: the big increase in natural hair has women everywhere wearing styles from childhood. I've seen plenty of adult women with styles like this (baby hair included):
Lady of Rage
There was once a time when the only time you would see two afro puffs on the side involved a Halloween costume or throwback 70s house parties. But I have seen this on a regular day while women are going to the mall or running errands around town. And the battle of cute versus sexy is picking up steam.

I have also noticed the trend in wearing big fanciful bows in the front of the hair. I know this has been the new hotness in accessorizing hair, and bows aren't seen as accessories for little girls anymore. I tried it out for the first time this weekend. I couldn't help but feel like I revisited my childhood...where I also didn't like bows or flowers. I felt like a girly girl. The girliest of girls. Or worse... the girliest of women. See?

In my opinion, the balance of cute girl vs. attractive adult is off in the photo above. Now I'm logical, and I'm well aware that curls tend to beef up the feminine factor. Maybe it's a personal preference of how I choose to display my limited femininity. I can't decide if that's a good or bad thing. Maybe it's a bonus that naturally curly hair doesn't require its wearers to grow up. But sometimes I just think the styling and accessorizing gives out a little less of this:

and a little more of this:

What do you think? Are there some styles or accessories that take away from adult femininity, or is that a cross that curly girls must bear?

Jul 24, 2012

LINK LOVE: Taren916 shows us her 1 year hair growth

January 2012  - source
So, I was cruising the hair blogs and YouTubies and came across one of my faves, Taren916. Taren is a beautiful girl with a beautiful head of hair. What I like about Taren's page is that she isn't afraid to talk about 'real' hair issues. In previous videos she talked about yearning for her 'big curls' to come back, wearing wigs and weaves, and she even incorporates the male point of view. Oh yeah, she's quite the fashionista as well.

July 2012 - source
When she first started her YouTube channel she had a head full of lust-worthy curls. Then . . . she cut her hair - OFF! As one who yearns for the glory of the super fro, I couldn't imagine chopping my hair back down to TWA status. But she did it. Then decided to grow her hair back healthier than it was before. In true blogger format, she recorded the process and complied a video for her viewers.

 After one year, Taren's hair is more than amazing. If this doesn't inspire you to keep on your journey I don't know what will. Check it out:

 Follow Taren on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram (@Taren916), and Twitter.

Jul 23, 2012

Ashiya's Hair: My Hair Fail is Still A Winner

The beauty of a growing online natural hair community is the amount of inspiration available for any style needs. One of my favorite YouTube channels for style inspiration for my locs is "The Look For Less" with BrozneGoddess01. The creative energy she uses to express her personal style is admirable.  She's not afraid to explore, which has served as inspiration for me.

When I needed a formal style for an event, I thought of a look I saw on "The Look for Less" over a year ago.  The loc tutorial titled, "African Regal Princess", is especially attractive because of what she calls a "two-for" in which the intended style creates a second look. 

After braiding all locs, the braids are pinned into a style that resembles a crown.  Very regal indeed.

TIPS & Techniques: Traveling with your natural hair

Right now people are planning to make this an awesome and memorable summer. But if you have natural hair, you may be a little scared to take your baby on the road. If this is your first official travel season with your natural hair you are probably wondering how to condense your routine and make sure you bring the most important products on the road with you. So, I've decided to help you with this daunting task. Below I'll give you some tips for traveling with natural hair.

Let's talk about the products: No matter the airline, your bags may get lost, so make sure to get travel size versions of your favorite products. Your favorite product doesn't come in travel size, buy some sturdy plastic containers and transfer your favorite products to bottles like the ones above. Then, make sure to put those products in your carry-on bag. That way you don't have to worry about losing your products or having TSA throwing something expensive in the trash. It happened to me, and I almost had a heart attack.

Let's talk about style: When I travel, I tend to lean on a protective style to keep me looking fly for my trip's duration. However, a friend of mine was heading home to her father's 65th birthday party. She rocked two-strand twists while the she traveled, then the day of the party, she released her hair so that she could have wonderful stretched ringlets. So, that's a good way to keep your style fly  . . . while you fly.

Let's talk accessories: Any girl knows, it's a good deal to have lots of accessories on hand when your hair decides to go left (when you wanted it to go right). As much planning may go into your trip, sometimes we may not plan enough - sometimes the weather just doesn't cooperate. Having a supply of bobby pins, hair clips, scarves, and pretty pins is a great way to dress up your style. Just a couple of supplies will make it easy for your travel.

Let's talk water: If you are going on vacation this summer, most likely you will hit the beach. Even if you don't hit the beach you have to worry about washing your hair in unknown water. When swimming make sure to pre-wet your hair with leave-in conditioner before swimming and/or braid it before heading to the beach. Also check out UrbanBushBabes tips for swimming with natural hair.

If you have to wash your hair while at your destination - you may want to try co-washing instead of using shampoo. Co-washing will rinse the debris from your hair while leaving all the good stuff on your strands. Click here for my tips on dealing with hard water at your vacation destination.

I hope this guide helps you pack light for your vacation. Remember, vacation isn't the time to worry about your hair - it's a time to have fun. Take it easy, keep it light, and let your curls fly free. Happy vacationing!

Jul 19, 2012

CELEB STYLE: Alicia Keys chops her tresses


Pulled straight from her Facebook page, Alicia Keys just posted this picture of her new hair cut.  It's ultra-cute! I love when ladies get the feeling and cut their hair. It's a great way to start something new and encourage individual style.

So, what do you think of Alicia's new cut?

HAIR LUST: Short & Sexy

You guys know I find most of my hair lust pictures from a micro-blog site called Tumblr. Tumblr's a great place to find pictures and also a great place to check the temperature of men's reactions to women's style. When someone posted this picture, there was a huge reaction. Of course the girl is GORGEOUS! Look at those big brown eyes - just beautiful. However, many guys were loving her short hair - touting it as sexy! It's always great to see men react positively to our natural hair choices.

Jul 18, 2012

Discussion: All About Oils

Have you ever seen a container of hair products that listed all of the natural oils that it contained on the label and wondered exactly what the benefits of those ingredients were? How does rosemary oil benefit the hair? I have. I remember thinking: “Ooooh. This has argan oil. The new hotness! I want it!”
This thought was followed shortly by: “What the heck does ‘argan’ oil even do and why do I need it in my hair?"
Well, I’ve done some Googling reading and here is information on some oils that you may see on the market but don’t exactly know the benefits.
Lavender Oil – Besides the relaxing effects of the smell of lavender, this oil helps with oily hair. Lavender is also antifungal (destroys fungi) and antiseptic (prevents growth of microorganisms) so it can be added to a moisture spray to help between washes.
Rosemary Oil – Antiviral (destroys viruses), antifungal, and stimulates hair growth by promoting better circulation of blood and oxygen.
Peppermint Oil – Peppermint oil is an antioxidant. It also helps between washes and prevents viruses and parasites and bacteria from growing on the scalp. It’s cooling effect increases circulation which promotes growth. Also, did you twist too tightly? Peppermint oil has been known to relieve pain. Try it out.
Lemon Oil – Besides the fresh smell, lemon oil helps to cleanse the hair and its antiseptic properties and slight acidity is also good for reducing acne. Lemon oil also adds shine and combats dandruff.
Argan Oil – This oil has seen a recent boost in popularity. It contains Vitamin E, which promotes hair growth. It improves the elasticity of hair and that makes hair less prone to breaking and splitting. And as you know, the less hair breaks, the more length you retain. It also contains Omega 3 to prevent hair loss and Omega 9 to repair damage.
So there you have it. There are SO MANY oils out there that this post could go on  forever, but it won't. With the information in today's discussion, you have enough oils to add to a carrier oil (a carrier oil is just an oil that is used to mix and distribute other oils throughout the hair) or water bottle and end up with clean, shiny and dandruff free hair. You could also end up smelling like Mother Earth just gave you a bear hug, which is also awesome.


Have you tried any of these oils on your hair or skin? What’s your favorite? Is there any oil that you use, but don’t exactly know why? Let us know in the comments section.

Jul 17, 2012

EVENT: 1st Annual Naturals in the City Hair & Wellness Expo - Memphis

YES, YES, YES! Tennessee is becoming the HOT SPOT for all things natural hair related! During National Natural Hair Meet-up Day, all the Nashville naturals complained that we don't have a hair show/expo in our state. Now, I'm happy to say that Memphis is the first host of the Naturals in the City Hair & Wellness Expo presented by A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge.

On Saturday, July 28, from 10a - 7p, enjoy live entertainment, guest speakers, vendors, and live hair styling tutorials. The event promises to be a great one and tickets are going fast. Click the links below for tickets and info:

Jul 16, 2012

Link Love: Natural Street Styles from the Essence Music Festival

Do you recognize this natural beauty? This lovely lady is Nashville's own Ericka Alexander, co-owner of Lovely Bands!  Ericka as well as many other ladies were spotted by Essence Magazine looking naturally fabulous on the streets of New Orleans at this year's Essence Music Festival. For more style pics from the festival, check out the complete gallery here. Way to represent, Erica!

Jul 13, 2012

CELEB STYLE: Jill Scott back to her TWA

Oh lookie here! Last weekend at London Somerset House ‘Summer Series’ concert, Jill Scott rocked the stage with a new haircut.

For her last album, The Light of the Sun, the actress/singer surprised fans by getting a sleek short due complete with relaxer. Natural hair mavens were stunned but Jill kept it rocking. She showed that when you get down to it - - - it's just hair! You can go chemical free, you can cut it, you can fry it, dye it, or lay it to the side (a wig?), but in the end it's just hair.

So, I guess you can say that Jill is back to #TeamNatural? Jill Scott is just a beautiful woman and she can rock any hair style, so if she likes it, I love it. Maybe this will give YOU the courage to rock something different.

Jul 12, 2012

NATURAL PROFILE: Chelsea Loves Freedom and releases her locs

Initially, loc'ing my hair was supposed to be a transition style I would keep for a few years so I could allow my hair to recover from chemical processing. I still think of doing The Big Chop: Part II, but now that my hair is waist length, it's a little harder to let go of. When I saw my Spelman Sister and fellow yogi, Chelsea Jackson Tweet about unraveling her locs, I had to find out more.

How long did it take to comb out your locs? What process did you use?

I have calculated 67-80 hours. I know, crazy! It took between an hour to an hour and a half for each loc and I had 67 locs. I really did my research on the process. Believe it or not, I was inspired by a young lady I taught in the third grade who is now a teenager. She coached me over the phone. She is amazing! Thanks, Olivia!

Here are the steps I took:
  1. I soaked about three locs at a time in warm to hot water.
  2. I saturated the locs in conditioner and hair protein.
  3. I used a metal rat-tail comb to unravel each loc. The locs actually will unravel like a sweater.
  4. Since the process took a couple of weeks, I would double strand twist the loose hair and it blended into the hair that was still loc'ed.
I think it was helpful that my hair was never tightly loc'ed. I had very thick and chunky locs that were really free! 

What was the overall condition of your hair? Did you lose a lot of hair?

My hair was extremely healthy after the process. I had never experienced my natural hair that long and thick before in its loose state because I have had locs as long as I have had natural hair. It was really exciting! In terms of hair loss, I don't think I lost hair through the actual process, which is why it took so long. I did experience what seemed to be hair loss; however, I think it is important that we remember that locs hold on to dead hair. In actuality, I think the hair I saw was actually dead hair that coiled into the loc. 

We briefly discussed the patience involved in growing and releasing locs. What else did you experience during the process?

Can you say hallucinations? No, but really, it was a wild experience. Initially, when I realize that I could actually un-loc my hair, I was amazed and excited. The first couple of locs were so easy and then I encountered other ones they were not so easy. The process was definitely a metaphor for life and the challenges we face. I am in school working on my PhD and I often equate the experience to how I feel being in a five year doctoral program. First thought, "Wow, I can't believe I decided to do this." Next thought, "Wow, I'm really doing this." Followed by, "Am I crazy for doing this?" With an occasional, "I don't want to do this anymore, but I really don't want to give up." Finally, "Wow, I can't believe I did this! I didn't think I could, but I did.." And that was the most rewarding feeling I've experience in a while. Aside from, that, it gave me an opportunity to be alone and reflective. I was unable to talk on the phone while in the process, so I was able to practice silence and even meditate through each loc. Again, it was a wild ride, but I am so happy I stayed committed to it!

What products do you plan to use as your hair adjusts to the freedom?

I have been trying out different deep conditioners because I notice that dry hair isn't as detetrimental to locs as it is to loose natural hair because of breakage. I love Carol's Daughter Chocolate Smoothing shampoo, conditioner, and blow out cream. I have been playing around with different styles like blow outs, and roller sets. I even pressed my hair once! My favorite has to be my natural textured look with my natural kinks and curls. I love the Curls Unleashed "Set it Off Curl Boosting Jelly" for my wash and go's. I also have been keeping my hair moisturized with natural almond and coconut oils.

Any tips you would to pass along after your experience?

For Black women in particular, I think it is imperative that we love ourselves regardless of how we choose to wear our hair. Whether you wear it straight, curly, kinky, loc'ed, twisted, weaved, LOVE yourself first. Since the beginning of time the bodies of Black women have been policed and politicized by society and by each other. I loved my locs, I wore my hair loc'ed for 12 years of my life and I felt the need for a transition-that was my choice.

I have been faced with comments about my hair after combing my locs out mostly positive, some not so positive; however, the choice was mine to make. I don't feel any less "Black" when I choose to blow my hair out or straighten it. In that same breath, I don't feel any less beautiful when I rock a natural 'fro or my or my curly-coiled kinks.

I think the most beautiful thing about "our" hair is the versatility and freedom. I am so grateful to experience this freedom.

And that's just one reason to love Chelsea! 

Check out her blog at www.chelsealovesyoga.com 
Facebook at Chelsea Loves Yoga 
Twitter @chelseajaya

Jul 11, 2012

Discussion: the Unwritten rules on Black Hair

Another Wednesday, another discussion. First, watch episode #4 of 'the Unwritten rules'. This series chronicles the issues of Gracie, a black woman entering the corporate workforce. Episode 4 deals with hair in the workplace.

I thought it was hilarious. It's funny because it's true. The things that Gracie has The only thing I've noticed that has been untouched is the fact that it's not just people of other races who are unsure about how to address their curiosity about natural hair. It's especially awkward in the workplace when you have to maintain cordial communication with those around you.

My favorite parts were the successful dodge of the unwanted hair touching at 2:08, and the final discussion between Gracie and her manager about whether or not her "head wrap" violates the company's "no baseball cap policy".

While some suggest that hair has no effect on employment status, it's the small social interactions that make a difference in the workplace experience. Personally, I love answering questions about my hair... as long as it isn't insulting. I get psyched to know that someone admires my hair and wants to know more about it.

Does your hair factor into your work experience? Have you experienced any workplace situations similar to those in the video? Let us know in the comments below.

Jul 10, 2012

CELEB STYLE: Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae is one of those talents that you just get or you are left befuddled. She's an artist first and foremost and she record for individuals, not the masses. This separates her from being just an entertainer. One listen to her music and you can just tell this girl wants to paint a mental masterpiece with her music. In doing so, she stays in uniform when it comes to her looks.

After Monae came to the scene (signing with BAD BOY, yes BAD BOY, yes she's still on the Bad Boy label) people automatically noticed her undeniable beauty. Her looks remind me of a porcelain doll. It's in our nature to want to parade this type of beauty around. More make-up, more hair, more nudity, and more risque photo shoots.

But Monae, a consumate grown-up readily involved in her own artistic development stood her ground. From that point, around 2006, Monae was rarely seen without her uniform - some variation of a tuxedo, black & white saddle shoes, and her natural curls assembled in a pompadour. Of her tuxedo-ed look she states: "I bathe in it, I swim in it, and I could be buried in it. A tux is such a standard uniform, it’s so classy and it’s a lifestyle I enjoy. The tux keeps me balanced. I look at myself as a canvas. I don’t want to cloud myself with too many colors or I’ll go crazy. . . . (source)"

As a stylist, I adore a person who is absolute in their clothing preference, adding minor variations of trends (here and there), but never deviating from the the blueprint. As a natural hair maven, I love this thought in hair care. When going natural, many pull away from finding their staple look, touting they don't want to get BORED with their hair or else, "I'll go back to my perm." Someone like Janelle, shows me that you can keep up with the trend while not even being on trend. Oh yeah, her low manipulation hair-do lends to longer strands and healthier coils. 

And for those who think, Ms. Monae never takes her hair down, she recently tweeted a picture of herself preparing for bedtime. Yup, that's a lot of hair on her head. She's still too pretty for words, and too creative for the common ear. Take some tips from her professional life and add them to your hair/life routine. Sometimes being routine, may be the best for your growth,

Jul 9, 2012

HAIR LUST: Phylicia Rashad throwback photo

Phylicia Rashad is noted as one the best actresses of our time. Really, she just gets better with time! She's been in the industry for years. That's why I was happy to come across this fly picture from her days as an up-and-coming actress. Look at her glorious afro and those LASHES! So pretty! That fro is just lust-worthy!

Jul 6, 2012

ROOTS N' Rhythm: Erykah Badu feat. Common - Love of My Life

Can we agree between Erykah Badu and Solange Knowles, we have some great examples of natural hair and 'be yourself'-ness? This week I chose Erykah Badu for the Roots & Rhythm section because in this video (featuring Common) she's rocking the ultra-long box braids and she's singing one of my favorite songs.

She makes me want to do the mini box braids for my next style. I don't know if my arms could take it - LOL.

Anyway, enjoy this awesome video, 'Love of My Life' feat Common:

LINK LOVE: More studies show, healthy diet equals healthy hair

When you write a blog about hair, everyone tends to ask the same question: What can I take to make my hair grow faster? Here's my answer:

Science and technology have not come together to create the SUPER VITAMIN/SUPPLEMENT that will automatically make your hair grow faster and appear shinier, however, a good diet will make a world of difference. Most ladies who decided to go chemical free, also decided to change their diet. Maybe it's adding more water, taking a multi-vitamin, or going organic/vegan/vegetarian that starts the change.

Yahoo News posted a great article that spotlights different foods you can add to your diet to encourage healthy hair. Click the link to spot some changes you can make:

Jul 4, 2012

MELISSA'S HAIR: My trial and error with braids

100% Kanekalon synthetic hair, available at most beauty supply stores.
So, after I cut that inch off my hair, my hair and I weren't getting along. Truthfully, I was suffering a bit of shock. My hair looked good and even, but the length wasn't my cup of tea. Then . . . the heat came and it came with the thunder. I'm prone to sweating in my scalp, so as the they would end my 4b curly curls were super shrunken. Once again, that look, not my cup of tea.

 I started relying on blow-drying it to stretch it. The blow-drying was  making my hair too dry and Nashville's dry heat was not helping me keep in the moisture. If I keprt going at this rate, I'd have to cut another inch off by the end of summer - NO BUENO! It was time for me to give my hair a rest. So, you know my solution, BOX BRAIDS!

I started the process by washing, conditioning, and deep conditionion my hair. After that I used the blow-dryer to stretch it as straight as possible. This time around I was focused on making sure my braids were small, neat, and tight. My technique is much better, but I still had to focus on making sure I grabbed my hair and devoted time to the process.

I bought 13 packs of 100% Kanekalon hair - often called 'silky jumbo braid' or something like that. In Nashville, the hair usually costs about 1.99 per pack. Much cheaper than 100% Human Braiding Hair and much more durable for this type of hair style. I only ended up using 10 bags of hair, but it's always better to have more than to run out in the middle of the job.

Last time I installed box braids, it took me about 24 hours. The braids were bigger and I was just starting out. This time it took me three days! Why? Because I wanted to make sure I was neat and I knew I wanted to keep these braids in for more than 8 weeks. I also started the process different. 

When you get your hair braided at a shop, the braider usually starts in the back and works her way to the top. However, I started at the top and worked my way to the back. Why? After 12 hours of braiding, my arms are usually SUPER TIRED. I get lazy at the top and end up having braids that look furry. Starting at the top was my best bet. I like the outcome.

So, I ended going to work with some of my braids not completed. I disguised the undone parts by putting my hair in a ponytail. When I returned home Monday afternoon, I finished the job. I dipped the braids in hot boiling water to seal the ends and finish the look:

I love the look of long braids. This is my favorite protective style. It helps me retain length and protect my hair.

CLICK HERE to see what products I use to protect my edges, help my braids smell good, and my fave leave-in conditioner.

Hair Lust: Fro Liberation

Happy Independence Day! Today is the day we celebrate our nation's independence. There will be BBQ's, movie dates, and fireworks! You'll be around family and friends having fun. Why not let your Fro fly! Have confidence to let you natural hair flow in wind today.

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