I love stumbling upon a YouTuber that is just so fly! Because, listen, when you are looking for an amazing tutorial that just enhances your life, you got to tell your friends. So, you guys are my friends, and I want to tell you about Jordan McCrary, aka JuicesansdBerries.
I've been looking for and EASY Flat Twist Protective Style to rock during this hot weather. Jordan's video makes it SO easy to do this style while using Marley hair. This flat-twist style is super popular, probably because it's a DIY that's almost anyone can do.
So, you guys, go support Jordan. She makes really great videos and has lovely product reviews. Her blog, www.imjuicesandberries.com, it's easy to read and super cute! Take a look at her video, below, be inspired to rock this cute style.
AskpRoy, is a blogger and content creator who has some very dope hair!
I've been following her on Instagram, +askpRoy , for about two years. I followed her looking for someone who shaved their sides, like I did. And just as I decided to grow mine back, she grew hers back too! So, I love watching her create new looks with her shorter sides.
The video listed below shoes you a great way to rock a shaved sides look without cutting your hair AND how to rock a curly look without using heat. Killing two birds with one stone, that's my kinda style. Take a look below and be impressed.
Oh yeah, follow PRoy on her website
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Today's YouTube video is one that EVERY natural hair wearer should watch. I know I needed to watch it. Why? Because I fancy myself a kitchen beautician . . . I be trying to do my own hair without the help of a stylist. HOWEVER . . . I know I cannot color my hair on my own. I learned this the HARD WAY, when I tried to bleach my hair and it came out in pieces. GIRL! This was when I had a relaxer, but it was still bad.
So, that's why I chose this video from Jasmine Long, documenting her bleaching situation . . . GONE WRONG. I'm so happy she posted this video, because it's the real deal. Sometimes, we think we know everything about this natural hair life, but sometimes you need an expert. So check out her video, see where she went wrong, and watch the reaction.
Have you had a horrible DIY experience? Let us know in the comments section.
Oh yeah, she also updated her hair growth situation, click here.
Monica, or “Mo,” is the founder of Mo Knows Hair, a resource
dedicated to providing tips and tutorials for beautiful, healthy hair.
On this edition of YouTube Thursday, I'm sharing one of my favorite YouTubers. Most natural hair vloggers aren't real stylists - no shade. So when watching online tutorials, make sure you take it the info with a grain of salt. But Mo, of Mo Knows Hair, is a licensed cosmetologist. All the videos on her channel are quite precise and informative. I chose this video because it's an easy style that everyone can achieve.
Welcome back to YouTube Thursday! Every Thursday we share a YouTube tutorial to help you along your natural hair journey. Today I'm sharing a Nashville native, Ashley Michelle aka MochaCurlie 89. She just joined Youtube in early 2015, but she already has some amazing tutorials available for you!
I thought I'd share seven minute video on doing a twistout on blow-dryed hair. Personally, I love to do my twistouts on blow-dryed hair, it gives me more definition and more fluffy results. In this video, Ashley takes you through the steps of achieving this awesome look. And, she uses some products that I hadn't heard of: Soultanicals Knot Sauce and Knot Butter.
Take a look at Michelle's video below, tell me in the comments if you find something that helps!
Everyone's favorite Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae (@IssaRae), has teamed up with celebrity hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood (@lovingyourhair) to create the new YouTube Series Head Cases.
Issa Rae serves as Executive Producer while Felicia brings her styling talent and knowledge forward to help women find balance with their natural hair. The format includes education and service and when combined with Felicia's approach to her clients, it really brings to light how lifestyle and personal satisfaction are the foundation for wellness.
I stumbled across this wonderful pictorial while on FaceBook. This photo shows the most common curl patterns/hair types found in black hair. This is one of the BEST photos I've found to identify curl patterns.
Although some feel curl typing in the natural hair community is divisive - I don't agree. Knowing your curl pattern vs. envying and being jealous of other curl patterns is a WHOLE 'nother story. Knowing your curl pattern will help you find the best products and techniques to help retain length. Plus, we know that curly hair is more prone to tangles, split ends, and environmental damage that hinder hair growth. Those issues make many think black hair can't grow long. It's important to understand your curls. Online shops like CurlMart.com can help find products that work for your curl pattern.
Of course I have to give credit to the photographer and stylist responsible for helping these women grow long natural hair. Her name is Reniece a hair stylist out of Atlanta. She shares her techniques and personal hair journey on her YouTube channel, ReneiceHairTV. She doesn't have many video's on her channel, but what's listed will give you faith that your hair can grow LONG too. Check out the video below - you'll be so inspired!
Fall is officially here! When fall comes, I like to install a pretty protective style to get me through the holidays. When I saw this lovely lady rocking her amazing Havana Twists, I got me thinking about what style I'll rock this fall.
Want info on installing your own Havana Twists, click helow:
If you don't know, this is Shameless Maya, a photographer, actress, and blogger. She started a personal journey one year ago to be more, well, shameless! Basically, she wanted to get over her fears and promote herself, gifts, and her talents. Maya started uploading inspirational videos documenting her career and her life in New York. Through this journey she has become quite the YouTube sensation gaining 70,000 fans and more than 2million views.
When you watch Maya's videos you are instantly drawn in by her bubbly personality and, quite frankly, her lucious curls! Maya realized that her curls were catching alot of attention and decided to shave her head on the one year anniversary of her 'Shameless' journey.
Although many women, big chop/shave their head at the beginning of their
natural hair journey, not many would shave it again after reaching
armpit length. Maya attributed her decision to releasing her fear of what most women hold on to - that our hair is the most important thing about us. Think about it, we spend more time and money on our hair than most of our personal beauty products. In a video announcing her decision, Maya told viewers that she wanted to inspire women to live life more freely.
Wearing a t-shirt with her signature catch phrase, "Do YOU BOO!", Maya and her cousin, Jeigh, completed the task. As she bundled her hair in 18 ponytails, ready to donate to a non-profit organization, you can see the anxiety on Maya's face. Over the course of 45 minutes we see the locks of hair being clipped off and her hair taken down to peach fuzz level. The self-describes Shameless girl shed a tear as she saw her bald head for the first time. But immediately she fell in love with her new look. Could you imagine doing it?! Check the video, below, and watch Maya transform.
In October of last year, I decided to combine some of my locs to make them stronger as my hair continued to gain length. As I shared here, my locs were smaller than they should have been when I started them and combing them at the root was a good way to help them grow in to support the weight of my hair better. I was initially concerned with combining the loc from root to tip, but that has become secondary to me now. As long as they grow in healthy, an occasional trim will take care of locs that have trouble joining down to the tip.
Me an my falling spring curls at a demonstration I did at Hattie Cotton STEM Elementary in East Nashville.
Happy Holidays to my favorite people! I hope you had a wonderful mini-vacation for Thanksgiving and I know you are gearing up for a great Christmas season.
Anyone, I almost forgot to post my video of the November 2012 Curlbox opening. If you follow us on Facebook (click here if you don't) then you've seen the video. If not, I've posted the video below. Watch the video as I review some of the products available. Of course I'll be writing individual reviews of the stuff in the box, but the video is a quick intro to what was available.
If you're thinking of starting locs, the smartest thing you can do is take a picture of what you want your locs to look like when they are shoulder length with you. This will give a good stylist the blueprint for forming your locs. I was not so saavy at the time I started mine, so I did my best to describe them. When I said "small in size", my stylist at the time took me literally. Since then I've lost more locs than I care to remember simply because they were so thin.
Recently, a friend suggested that I combine some of my locs to make them stronger. I really didn't consider it until I was introduced to singer-songwriter Valerie June. Valerie's locs are beautiful and their strength cannot be denied. When I found out she combined some of her locs, I was all in! I started with two locs and over a three week period I had combined many of the locs in the front half of my head. It was such an amazing difference!
While my locs won't be as full as Valerie's, I finally found a good place for me. Combining my locs changed the overall look of my hair AND it may have been what I needed to find real relief from chronic dry hair! I can't believe I waited so long to give it a try.
Maintenance became much easier after I watched this video from loc star, Chescalocs. In this video, she shows how to smooth out frizzy locs and I love the trick for taming loose hair! My "new locs" will be completely formed before we know it!
Photo courtesy of KinkyHairAffair. Click the link to check out her review too!
YEAH! I finally received my October 2012 CurlBOX! For the last two months I was without a CurlBOX because my credit card was stolen and I had to go change my card info on all my subscription services. note to self: Keep a list of all services so when this happens again, you don't end up high and dry. Anyway, this October 2012 CurlBOX was all types of amazing! I can't wait to take down my Senegalese twists so that I can start trying these new products.
Instead of writing a long review of the box, I decided to do a video of the opening process. I intend to do a CurlBOX opening every month. Actually, the whole team receives the CurlBOX subscription so expect to see all of us giving you a review. Check it:
Let me say that I WILL meet Franchesca Leigh Ramsey in person. I will dig her brain and she will teach me the ways of YouTube success and natural hair greatness! She will be my social media guru! LOL
But really, this girl is great and she has created a video with other natural hair gurus (HeyFranHey, Taren916, and the UrbanBushBabes) about a product that will ABSOLUTELY make your hair grow. I can't believe I didn't think of this! Wow these ladies are going to be raking in the dough! Will you purchase their new product?
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.
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:
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.
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.
Y'all...it's hot. I mean, it's getting really really hot. I can't be the only natural girly whose hair feels like a thick ball of fire in the summer months. Although I am looking forward to my hair growing a little more this summer (or so I hope), I have got to get this hair together. I had to get my ends trimmed a few weeks ago after going too long without getting them done. It was just getting to a length that I really loved and then UGH! I had to get it cut. Let THIS be a reminder to everyone to not be so tired that you don't wrap your hair up at night. It's worth it. Anyway, I'm not loving my afro puff as much anymore and it's time to start getting creative. Natural hair is fly and I need to represent. So in an effort to keep it funky, I revisited my hairdo from when I was Janelle Monae at Shut Up and Sing in October.
It was so hard getting all of this hair to cooperate! I first had to try and blow dry the hair straight to stretch it out so I could pin it all back. I looked all over the place for extra bobby pins to keep the back up. I was at the Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival when thankfully I ran into Kiya from Lovely Bands who went out of her way to hook me up with even more bobby pins from her own head! You gotta love the natural hair community.
I've been looking for Youtube videos to help me find an easier way to create this look as well as some other styles to pull my hair up in this heat. Here are some that I am feeling right now:
What change ups in your hairstyle have you tried because of the heat?
About five years ago, I gave interlocking a try. My locs are smaller and instead of combining two locs to strengthen them as I had previously, I thought that the process of locking and weaving my hair would make it stronger as it continued to grow. My hair responded well over time as locs that were small became fuller and healthier. After a few months, I figured out why some people discourage the interlocking process. I noticed the ends of some locs began to get weak and break where the tool latched on to pull the loc through. I loved the results of the process, but was it worth loosing half an inch off the end of my locs? Definitely not. So I did what we all must do from time to time and adjusted the process for me.
I stopped having my hair interlocked as often. One of the advantages over palm-rolling is the interlocking lasts longer in general. Even though I didn't need to have my hair done as often, I still gave my ends a little more time to rest in between trips.
I put in some work. In between my trips to the salon, I would interlock my own hair sans the tool. Thanks to OrlandoLoctician for sharing Nick's Naps Interlocking Tutorial #1. I followed her technique as described and simply stopped when I needed the tool. I realized it didn't need to be perfectly neat each time I washed my hair. That's why I pay a professional stylist. This allowed me to encourage the locing process through interlocking without the constant pulling on the ends of my hair.
I spoke up. I talked to my stylist and let her know what was going on. She noticed it as well, but my willingness to share opened us up to a good compromise in preserving my ends while she worked.
Once again, I realized how unique we all are. While some locs are damaged by the interlocking process, I found a way to make it work for me. By working with my stylist and staying vigilant at home, my locs are growing in fuller and faster than expected.
If you've tried interlocking, what was your experience? Love it or hate it?