Anonymous asked: I live in London and the weather is just cold,and im really struggling to find a protective style without using extensions? do you have any suggestions p.s i'm transitioning?
You can do low maintenance styles. It basically a style that you can do that will last for a week or two. Styles like 2-strand twists, 2 strand flat twists, buns, mini twist, mini braids (with your own hair). Braided/Twist ups dos… styles of that nature. The good thing about these styles is that you do them and you don’t have to touch your hair for a few weeks. The only con about them is that your hair (most importantly your ends) is still exposed. It’s not fully protected like if you do box braids/senegalese twist with extensions.
You can google Low Maintenance Hairstyles For Natural Hair and you’ll see an array of styles.
Hope this helps!
Anonymous asked: Does the length of your hair determine what type of conditioning treatments you use?I heard that yogurt is great but it cant get on your scalp because of the smell. I have less than a twa and I know my hair is super dry so I want to do anything
The length of your hair doesn’t determine what conditioner to use. You use whatever agrees with your hair. Whatever provides great moisture. It’s all about Trial & Error so try a few conditioners and see what works!
Anonymous asked: I haven't dealt with my natrual hair in over 10 yrs so my question is when you put product in your hair to moisturize your hair is it suppose to feel like a mask covering it? It feels super thick is that a good product? How does hydrated hair feel?
When you’re moisturizing your hair, it shouldn’t feel like a mask. The moisturizer should penetrate your hair making it feel hydrated. Think of moisturizing your hair the same as moisturizing your skin. When you apply your lotion on your skin after you’ve showered, your skin starts to feel super soft and hydrated. It doesn’t feel dry at all because you applied a good lotion that works well with your skin. It’s the same thing when it comes to your hair. You have to choose a moisturizer that works well with your hair and when you use it, it should have a positive response to your hair. Something that’s going to keep your hair feeling soft (not too soft where it starts to feel limp) and hydrated.
Now this is just my opinion. I’ve come to learn that just because a product is thick, it doesn’t always mean it’s moisturizing. For example, The Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie is thick, but it’s not moisturizing to my hair, where as Qhemet Bio’s Alma Heavy cream is a little milky and super moisturizing. Some products that are thin and milky can be just as moisturizing as some thick and creamy product. Again, it all depends on your texture and what it likes.
Hope this helps!!
Anonymous asked: Have less than a TWA now that I've B.C.'d and I know this might not be poltically correct to say but it kinda looks "peasy" lol how do I prevent that? Everytime I put product in it shribbles up.
Well, it’s probably your curl pattern. Not saying that your curl pattern is “peasy”, it’s just that when you apply product to your hair, it forms those little curls.
There’s nothing you can do. You just have to wait until you get a little bit more length.
Anonymous asked: Im newly natural I just bc'd and I wanted to know is it best to have a professional take care of your new natural hair or is it possible to do it at home. What are you suppose to do to keep your natural hair moisturized?
Congrats on going back natural! I would say do your own hair because 1. Some professionals don’t know how to care/ don’t cater to natural hair. Some would probably encourage to go back to relaxers just to make their lives easier. 2. It can get really expensive going to the salon once every week. That’s too much. Since you just big chopped, this is the perfect time to learn your hair. See what it likes/dislike and then when you get further along into your growth journey, you can go to the salon to get it trimmed or straightened. But to go to them to “care” for your hair I would say you can do that yourself. The money that you would pay them with, you can take that same money and go to Target/ BSS to get some products and do your own hair.
As for keeping your hair moisturized, you should lay off the sulfate shampoos (use a sulfate-free one…. check the ingredients on the back of the bottle) and start deep conditioning like crazy. Start deep conditioning and make sure you get a moisturizing moisturizer. Once you’re consistent with those two, you’ll notice a huge different.
I hope this helps!
Anonymous asked: How did you come to terms with the fact that you had to cut your hair? I know you get a lot of anons talking about length. I just cant wrap my head around having hair less than two inches long. And does BC help the natural hair grow better?
Ok. it wasn’t a big deal for me to BC because that was something that I was ready for/wanted to do. I was fed up with the relaxed ends and told myself “YOU’RE CUTTING THIS CRAP OFF TOMORROW!!!” i didn’t feel any type of way about the new length i was gonna have. I JUST DID IT. Now post BC, my hair was jaw length stretched but with shrinkage (when i did twist outs), it was a cute TWA. I didn’t rock my shrunken TWA because I was still trying to figure out what products worked for my hair and that was getting annoying. So instead of looking crazy in these streets I just wore braids for the first 4 months of being natural because it was the easy. So my shrunken TWA didn’t bother me because i hid in braids. I had to stop wear braids because I was using them as a crutch (trying to avoid dealing with my hair) and the only way I can get used to doing/ seeing my hair so short was to start rocking it. So I did and I loved it! I got comfortable with it and that’s why my length wasn’t problem for me.
I tell people that are transitioning all the time, you’ll know when you want to BC because after you do it, you won’t feel so self conscious about the length of your hair! You’ll love it, you’ll embrace it and you’ll enjoy your short length because it was something you were ready to do.
When it comes to big chopping, I wouldn’t say it help your natural hair to grow better. You can still grow your natural hair healthy with relaxed ends attached.
Anonymous asked: doesn't sitting under a hooded dry cause heat damage?
I would say no only because it’s indirect heat and less manipulation as opposed to blow dyers which is direct heat and a lot of manipulation if you use the comb attachment .
But for some people, they might say “HEAT is HEAT” and that hooded dryers are just as damaging as blow dryers.
Anonymous asked: hey i am transitioning & currently on my 1 year 8months post, im hoping to hit 2 year mark..but i want to dye my hair, the last time i dyed it was last year..would it be okay to dye it again or is it best to wait after i am fully natural ? Thanks :)
Me personally, I would wait until I big chop. that’s if your 2 years mark is right around the corner and you’re set to big chop. But if you’re planning on prolonging your transitioning (2 year or more) I would say go for it.
Just be careful during the dyeing process because you know how that goes.
Anonymous asked: is it weird to keep braids in for 5month lol?
5 months is a bit much! Your hair needs to breathe!!!
Anonymous asked: Is it bad to continuously use braids or twist to gain length? My hair is so short and I even hate to let it breathe inbetween weaves or braids because people will see it haha. Will that cause damage to my hair?
It’s not bad to use braids/twist/weaves to gain length, BUT you should take breaks in between. It’s a lot of tension when you do those style, so you need to give your hair a rest before it starts breaking and we don’t want that! So it’s best to take a 2wks/3wks break (the minimum) so your hair can re-cooperate.
Anonymous asked: Im transitioning and I am so uncomfortbale with the length of my hair. I know I have to big chop after I take the extentions I have in now out. Is it best to just keep my hair braided and keep weaves in to help it grow or just bc and leave it. Help.
Yes, there’s nothing wrong with braiding/weaving your hair up to gain some length. That’s exactly what I did until i was ready to big chop.
Just be careful not to add too much tension, especially with the weaves. You want to gain growth but avoid breakage.
r It’s only been 3 days of me having my hair straight and my hair is getting super frizzy. I swear, I’m not straightening my hair again until 2015/2016.