Fierce Natural Hair: Long and Curly

*Warning. This post can cause some serious hair envy*

One of my initial goals when I stopped relaxing my hair was to get it grow longer than what it was when it was relaxed. Back then it would reach the tip of my ear and break off.  Now I’m happy to say that after 3 years of leaving the relaxer alone, my hair is the longest it’s ever been.  I definitely reached that goal but that’s not to say I don’t want to go longer!  That’s what today’s hair feature is all about.  It’s true that there isn’t a magic product or hair style that will make your hair grow any faster but that doesn’t mean we can’t wish there was, right?

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Fierce Hair: The Top Knot

While I’m loving the length I’m gaining with my hair, it’s not summer time friendly!  It’s just getting too hot to have my hair in my face all the time and I find myself tying it up a lot more often.  Regular ponytails are cool but sometimes you need something a little extra especially if an occasion calls for it.  One type of updo that’s grown on me in the past year or so is the top knot.  A step up from the ballerina bun, it’s just as put together while looking easy and fun!  Even those of us with natural hair or braids can pull it off, making it a perfect summer time style.

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Are you top knoting this summer?

Fierce Natural Hair: How to Do a Wash And Go

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You would think this hairstyle would be pretty simple but if your natural hair is getting longer it no longer is a 5 minute thing. Though many girls give up the Wash and Go when they start getting length, it still remains one of my favorite hairstyles and the one I wear the most often.  I’ve learned that my hair thrives when I leave it alone and let it do its thing!

My hair has a mixture of textures going on.  The back of my hair has really tight, cotton like curls.  They need the most moisturizing and take the longest to detangle.  The sides of my hair have slightly looser curls and tend to frizz the most.  The top and front of my hair have the loosest curls and can lose their pattern very easily if stretched too far.  Overall my hair is fine and has crazy shrinkage (it goes past my shoulders when blown out)

All right, onto the routine!

The Wash Part

  • Before stepping into the shower I divide my hair into four sections. Because my hair is longer and thicker, it makes it easy to wash.  I use ponytail holders to hold each section.  Twists unravel in the shower and braiding it dry gives me too much breakage.
  • I shampoo every other week with a co-wash in-between.  Currently I’m using Aussie Moist Shampoo.  For conditioner I use Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle with a little honey mixed in.  For co-washes I use Hello Hydration from Herbal Essence.
  • I detangle each section while it’s loaded up with conditioner and rinse well.
  • I use old T-shirts to blot dry to cut down on frizz

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The Go Part

  • I keep my hair in sections, applying each product in all sections before moving on to the next one.
  • The first one I use is Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Repair Cream.  I’ve been using this product since I decided to go natural.
  • Next is my styling cream.  My favorites are Shea Moisture’s Curling Cream and Cantu Shea Butter’s Deep Treatment Masque.
  • To seal in all that moisture I put into my hair, I use good old fashion Olive Oil. Anything heavier than this will weigh my hair down and make it way too greasy.  While my curls are nice and slick, I comb through each section.
  • Now my hair needs some shine and hold while it air dries.  The only product I use is Shea Moisture’s Curling Souflee.  I seriously cannot live without this stuff!
  • Give my hair a good shake and now I can go!

On wash days my hair has crazy shrinkage so in the evening I tie my hair up in mini ponytails and sleep with a satin bonnet.  In the morning all I need to do is put a little styling cream in and fluff it out.  Instant big hair! Using this routine, my Wash and Go can last up to a week.

 

Do you wash and go?  What products do you use?

Fierce Natural Hair: Short and Fierce

I remember when I chopped off the remaining relaxed ends of my hair back in August of 2011 it was the shortest my hair had ever been.  I couldn’t wait for it to get longer.  Now two years later I’m enjoying the length but there are some days when I wish my hair was short again!  I didn’t have to spend so much time in the shower washing and detangling it and it was a cinch to style – just fluff and go!  When sporting natural hair it’s easy to get hung up on length but a short style can be just as fierce.  It may be daunting at first, especially if you’re used to having long hair when it was relaxed but trust me, you rock that new hair.  Here are a few tips to get you through:

  • The right cut, especially when your hair starts growing out can make all the difference.  Give that hair some shape and you have an instant go-to style.
  • For a bolder look, get some color like a honey brown or a fiery red.
  • Accessories, accessories, accessories!  They make all the difference.  From big earrings to multi colored scarves, it’s an easy way to take your short hair to the next level.

And now onto the pretty pictures! :)

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Fierce Natural Hair: Get Twisted!

My hair seems to be in this stagnant, awkward stage and I admit that I’m getting just a tad bored when it comes to styling my hair.  I’ve tried twist outs, braid outs, etc. but in the end my hair just likes to be left alone.  So I’m looking at some alternatives that will let my hair chill out for awhile such as getting twists put in (with some serious assistance aka hair extensions).  Not only would it add versatility to my hair styles, it allows my real hair to be tucked away for awhile.  I think it would be a great way to celebrate the return of the warmer seasons, don’t you think?

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