Tuesday marked 1 year since the birth of kinkycurlsLA.com, yay (see the first post here)!!! And… Wednesday marked my 2 year naturalversary (see 1 year naturalversary post here)! It’s a celebration, I want a cupcake.
This journey has been awesome and I’ve learned so much. Kinkycurlsla will continue to evolve and improve as I grow and figure out how to better serve you guys. I appreciate you all. Thank you for your support! Please feel comfortable enough to share your opinions, content requests, and ask questions.
Have a great weekend! Take a shot for me. xoxo
-Finger detangle hair by section (I created 6 sections) using a small amount of water (apply water using a spray bottle) followed by Cantu Shea Butter (avoid adding moisture at the root to minimize shrinkage)
-After detangling a section, add a little more Cantu Shea Butter making sure that all strands are coated (give your ends a little extra love)
-Two-strand twist the section and continue the process until each section is twisted
-Allow twists to COMPLETELY dry
-Once twists are dry, add a small amount of light oil (I used coconut oil) to your finger tips to avoid frizz while separating twists
-Separate the twists from the root, then separate the subsequent sections (one twist becomes 4 sections)
-Use a pic at the roots of your hair to create volume
*If you are not satisfied, continue to separated sections and pic until you achieve desired volume & look
finger detangling: the process of removing tangles and knots from hair using fingers in place of a comb and/or other tools.
I mentioned that I finger detangle in the post titled My Hair Regimen. By finger detangling we tend to lose less hair than detangling with tools. Below HeyFranHey provides a step by step break down of how to do it.
Let me know if you try it.
I gave you my current hair regimen in my last post. Realizing that some viewers may have no idea how to achieve the high puff, I thought it would be smart to give you guys a tutorial. Below is Coloured Beautiful’s video, I learned from it. My process is slightly different, so I will do my own tutorial soon. Enjoy!
So, you’re thinking about going natural? That means you’re researching and probably want to understand shit naturals say.
While researching, I had so many WTF moments. By research, I of course mean watching countless YouTube videos for days on end that teach you how to care for your natural texture. Sometimes I stopped 30 seconds into a video to open another window to find the meaning of some random term. It can be frustrating like a foreigner giving you directions in Japanese when you clearly only speak English. To help minimize your WTF moments i’ve compiled a list of basic terms. I will continue adding to the list. You can find it under the Curl Talk tab titled Terminology.
armpit length (APL): refers to hair length
baggy method: to cover hair with a plastic shower cap or bag while deep conditioning
big chop (BC): cutting off all the relaxed and/or chemically treated hair
bra strap length (BSL): refers to hair length
braid out: a style achieved by sectioning hair, braiding it and unbraiding it once it has dried
creamy crack: chemical relaxer or perm product
co-wash: to wash hair with conditioner instead of shampoo
deep condition: allowing conditioner to sit in hair for an extended period of time
dust: a minimal hair trim (cut ends look like dust on the floor)
E – M
extra virgin olive oil (EVOO): oil used to seal in moisture
hand in hair: a disease that causes one to constantly touch one’s hair
naturalversary: the anniversary of the day one became natural
pre-poo: to condition hair before shampooing to help maintain moisture through the shampooing process
product junkie: a person addicted to buying hair products
pineapple: a method of securing hair to preserve curls overnight. Hair is gathered in a loose high ponytail and the end result resembles a pineapple
rod set: using perm rods to set curls
seal: to secure moisture in hair by applying oil or butter after applying a water based moisturizer
second day hair: hair that looks good when you wake up the next morning and doesn’t need much if anything done to it
shea butter: conditioning cream used to moisturize hair
shoulder length (SL): refers to hair length
slip: refers to how slippery a product is. Often used to describe a conditioner or detangling product
straw set: using drinking straws to set curls
T – Z
teeny weeny afro (TWA): refers to hair length often after a big chop
transitioning: the time period between your last relaxer and becoming fully natural
twist out: a style achieved by sectioning it, two-stand twisting it and untwisting it once dried
waist length hair (WSL): refers to hair length
wash n go: co-washing hair and going