Big Chop #2. Why?

I Reached Two Milestones This Week. It’s a Celebration!!!

happybirthday2Tuesday 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.

As for the hair… If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I cut my hair on August 31. I will reveal the reasons for the cut in a Youtube video on Monday.

Have a great weekend! Take a shot for me. xoxo

Awesome Twist Out Tutorial- Part II: Untwisting

My First Great Twist Out

Fingers crossed, I attempted a twist out for a James Bond themed party. My goal was to resemble Naomie Harris in Skyfall. Did I achieve it? You be the judge!

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Get The Look

-Start with stretched hair (I started from an old Curlformers set)

-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

16 Months Post Big Chop

Check out my growth 16 months after the big chop. I will post a video with details later this week… stay tuned! xoxo

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Finger Detangling 101

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.

High Puff Tutorial via Coloured Beautiful

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?

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.

A        

armpit length (APL): refers to hair length

B

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

C

creamy crack: chemical relaxer or perm product                         

co-wash: to wash hair with conditioner instead of shampoo

D

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

N

naturalversary: the anniversary of the day one became natural

P

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

R

rod set: using perm rods to set curls      

S

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