Progress

Greetings!! So at this time I’d like to give you all a little update on my journey. Again, this is my third attempt at going natural and it’s been since summer of 2010 that I had my last chemical treatment which was a texturizer. A few months into my journey I experienced disappointment as my curls just weren’t coming in like I wanted but at this point I’m starting to show improvement.

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Ta da!! This is the result of scaling back on heat styling and low manipulation maintenance and styling. At the start of my journey I flat ironed my hair…A LOT!! It took me a while to realize that this was causing a great deal of damage to my hair. So I put the iron down and moved forward with curly styles.

My favorite hairstyle would be my signature. I spoke on how I obtained these wonderful curls in a preivous post. It was great but I think it pulled my hair too tight (maybe that was my fault) and I believe this caused damage as well. So I had to let it go for a while and find something less harmful.

Earlier this year, I began practicing flat twist styling which seemed to work. Now I must admit my flat twist skills aren’t that great but it got the job done. I’ll discuss my technique in a future post. With this styling method along with fingered detangling, I began to see my curls become more and more visible.

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Here’s a better look at my progress. There are more few inches that I need to get rid of before I feel comfortable with wearing my natural curls. I’ll be getting two inches cut off this weekend and if I continue with a good trim each month I should be good to go early next year.

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I wanted to quickly show you a better view of my progress. Here you can really see the line of demarcation as my curls become more defined. In case you don’t know, the line of demarcation is where my curly hair and straight hair meet. Now that the line is more prominent, I have to take special care of this area making sure nothing breaks or snaps off.

At one point I wanted to give up and just do a big chop, but those who knew me knew I probably wouldn’t like my hair that short and encouraged me to keep going. I’m glad I listened and stuck with my journey. I have just a little bit more to go and like I said, I should be ready to wear my curls out in a few months. Well I’ll be sure to keep you all posted. See ya!!

Afro-Rican Problems

Hey people. So I was really hoping that this post would show off my excellent flat iron skills, but I was wrong. It ended up being a realization that the fight with humidity is mad real. But although I had some issues, trust and believe I know what I’m doing.

So my big concern right now during my transition is heat damage. At the beginning of my journey I was using a titanium flat iron with very little heat protectant. For months now I’ve been laying low on straightening my hair and instead using low manipulation styles to try and help my curls bounce back. Since I wanted to wear it straight, I went back to my ceramic flat iron and found a protectant during a product hunt at Target.

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There were several products to choose from but I ended up settling on the Jane Carter Solution Creamy Leave in Styling Smoother. This product was especially designed to protect natural and transitioning hair during heat styling which was perfect for me and I found it to be very moisturizing without weighing my hair down.

Since I was going to flat iron my hair I decided to begin the process by doing a hot oil treatment for added protection. After sitting under the dryer for a few minutes I followed up by washing my hair with Carol’s Daughter Monoi shampoo and conditioner.

After cleansing my hair I used a few pumps of the leave in moisturizer and coated my hair from root to tip. I then blow dried my hair in sections. Here’s a look at it after blow drying. It’s big, huh?

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I added another two pumps to my dried hair for more protection before flat ironing. Next I began to flat iron by parting it in horizontal sections from the back of my hair and working forward. When I was done I wrapped my hair and went to sleep.

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At the end of the day the humidity proved to be stronger and caused my hair to inflate a little. I mean it was ok but I know what my hair can do so I decided to do a small touch up. Since the moisturizer evaporated a little I added a small amount of protecting cream.

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As you can see the end result was great. I was completely satisfied with the way it turned out. My hair lasted for about a week and kept it smooth by wrapping it each night.

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Like I said before, my main concern at this point is protecting my hair when heat styling. During my next wash I checked to see if my curls bounced back and they did.

It looks as though I’ve found a product that works great for me. Although I found this great product, I’m going to continue to wear low manipulation styles until my hair is 100% natural.

Well that’s all for now guys. Make sure to follow the blog and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Twitter at @_curlyncurvy. See you next time!

LBD: Look 1

They always say, “you can never have too many pairs of jeans.” Well you know what else you can’t have too much of? A little black dress. It’s just as simple, always looks great and it can be just diverse as your favorite pair of jeans.

I’d like to start a special series within this blog dedicated to our beloved LBD’s. I noticed that I have plenty myself so I’d like to share the many ways that I wear them.

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I wore this little number from Forever21 a few weeks ago at a black & gold themed party. I like the long sleeves and if the lighting wasn’t so bad you could see the detail of the asymmetrical point in the front. I paired it with a gold link necklace and my favorite black and gold Coach watch. The looks was completed with black suede Jennifer Lopez heels that I purchased from Khol’s a few years ago.

Forever21 no longer has this dress available, but you can purchase a similar LBD here.

Well that’s the look for now. Deuces!!

It’s cold out there.

Hello there everyone!! I hope you all are bundling up and keeping warm. Do know that although it’s necessary to pile on the layers that doesn’t mean you can’t layer with style. If I’ve learned to do so, you can to. Here’s a recent example of my winter style.

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Now everyday basics are the key for any style and for the most part I collect mine from Old Navy. Their items are wearable at any size and are appropriate for any occasion. I recently purchased this v-neck, striped sweater dress in navy. Currently it is on clearance and they are offering and additional amount off clearance items. But you have to hurry because the offer and dress won’t last.

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I paired the dress with a basic pair of navy blue leggings that I purchased from Forever 21. I have several pairs of these leggings, that are offered in an assortment of colors, which I find convenient for my everyday style.

To complete the look, I zipped up these Unisa Toshio boots I got from DSW. These brown boots have been a complete lifesaver for me this winter. They’ve kept me warm and they go with everything, and yes I pair them with black ensembles, I’ll discuss that in another post. The stretch material is an added benefit for my wide calves as well.

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Now if you like you can add flair to this look with a wide belt around the waist or a simple necklace. I’m currently working on my accessories skills and when I get it together I’ll share some ideas with you.

So that’s it for now. I’ll see you next time. Deuces!!

My Signature.

Happy New Years!! Ok, I’m late but it’s the first post of the year and I felt it was fitting.

So I’d like to discuss the only signature I have, my hairstyle. These big beautiful curls were created just over a year ago. From the moment I presented them to the world everyone, including myself, loved them. They were fun and cute, they fit my style and most importantly, they protected my hair from excessive heat damage. So let me explain how I create them.

Now of course I gave to start with freshly washed, clean hair. I’ll let you know now before we move forward, I am a Carol’s Daughter nut! I’ve loved just about every product I purchased from them and it’s mostly because of the help they have provided with my unnecessarily long transitioning journey…

To wash my hair I choose to use their Monoi Shampoo and Conditioner. I then follow up with a deep conditioner by using the Monoi Hair Repairing Mask. After rinsing out the mask I follow up with the Black Vanilla Moisturizing Leave-in Conditioner for detangling, the Monoi Repairing Anti-Breakage Spray for protection and I also use the Synergi Thermal Mouse for volume from the local natural salon, Synergi Salon. I then comb through to detangle, let air dry until damp then I divide my hair into four sections and prepare for work.

To actually curl the hair, I use Hot Tools Professional Long Spongy Rod Rollers from Ulta and some Hair Balm from Carol’s Daughter for some soft control.

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I go through each section to firmly twist and wrap smaller sections around the rods.

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Here’s my end result.

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And of course my satin cap.

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In the morning I unravel each coil and end up with this.

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I then use two pumps of Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum which is also from Carol’s Daughter to fluff out the curls. See, I told you I love their products.

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Throughout the day my hair will begin to expand to a larger size but I love the full look.

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Then at night I’ll comb through the curls again for added fullness.

So there it is, my signature which can last up to three to four days. I really do love this style for me and I think I’ll look for new variations to play with. When I figure it all out, I’ll let you all know. Until next time, deuces!!

Transitioning…still

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Good evening everyone!!

So I think it’s time to dive into the subjects that I wish to cover and give an introduction to each one. A large part of this blog will be my hair which is currently a situation. Like many others, I’m transitioning my texture back to it’s natural state. However, my transitioning story is a bit different than others.

I was born with natural curly hair. Actually I wasn’t born with any hair, lol. No really the hair grows naturally curly but my mother grew up in a world where it was common practice to chemically straighten hair. So when she felt I was old enough she gave me a relaxer. I didn’t get many, maybe the most, 4 a year. But the older I got the more I wondered about my natural texture.

During my senior year of high school I made the decision to have my last relaxer for prom. My mom was ok with it so I went for it. Looking back, everything went as expected. With the help of regular trims and keeping up with my cleansing, my hair transitioned back to its natural curl. The only problem was that this was between 2001-2003 and back then not a lot of people were going natural. Therefore, I had no idea how to style it or what products to use. So come fall of 2005 I requested another relaxer.

I felt since I was flat ironing my hair for the most part, then having curls was pointless. I continued with the relaxer for a few more years but it became boring. After receiving a deep conditioning treatment that I wasn’t happy with, I decided no more relaxers. Again, I cleansed my hair and received regular trims. I saw results but still didn’t know how to style it. At this point it’s 2010 and the transitioning movement still isn’t as big as it would later be. So I had someone talk me into a texturizer…dun dun duuuunnnnn. Big mistake.

So the first one was ok. I still had a lot of curls but they were loose. But then I got another one, and this is where it all went bad. I think it was left on too long and basically relaxed my hair and I ended up with an uneven texture. So I knew that I had to start all over but this time I was lucky.

At this same time I became familiar with a new all natural salon named Synergi Salon. They were familiar with the transitioning process, had their own line of products and didn’t provide relaxers so I knew it was a step in the right direction. So again I began my transitioning journey for the third time. But it didn’t go so well.

Between the mishap with the texturizer and flat ironing my hair 2-3 times a week, my hair became very weak and damaged. I literally have 5 different textures that I’m dealing with. But I’ve found a way to deal with it and get back on track.

I’m conditioning more, I’m using less heat and I’m getting more trims. Let’s just say this is transitioning journey 3.2. I hope it goes well and I’ll definitely let you all know about my whole process.

Until next time, be safe and take care. Deuces!!