I’m on a 30 day mission to keep my hair twisted. I want low manipulation for growth, strength and low key maintenance. It’s really going well! I’m on day 18 of the challenge, and it’s going great! I have been doing twist outs on my twists, to give them a curly/wavy effect. I’ll be posting tutorials and documenting my process at Naturally Scandalous, my Natural Hair Blog. To see how I created this style, check me out over there! If you want to learn how to wash, moisturize and take care of natural hair, check me out on my Natural Hair Youtube Channel, NaturallyScandalous.
After I decided to boogie board in Virginia Beach last weekend, my hair needed some serious help. Who else would I call other than my loctician, Amira! I’ve been going to her from Day 1, and I’ve never let another person maintain my hair. She’s got 11 years experience, and all of her clients have been going to her for years as well.
In Baltimore, there are VERY few stylists that promote healthy hair, and this is why Amira is so successful. She uses all natural products, which is a major plus for me. Her technique is amazing, so my maintenance stays fresh for weeks and in all types of weather. I knew that she was great when she told me that well over 50% of her clientele come from PG County, DC, Philly, NYC and surrounding states. All I can do is rave over her, and I’m SO happy that she’s taking care of my hair!
Lucky for us, Amira is working full time as a loctician, so you don’t have to wait until Saturday (if you want.) Her services start at $55. Many of her clients go to her once a month (or less frequently than that.) For more information on Amira, check out her website at http://www.mantralocs.com, or email her at Amira@mantralocs.com. To receive $10 off of your first appointment, tell her I sent you!
Mizani products scream ethnic luxury. They are the preferred brand of stylists all over the world. During my relaxed days, I went through many bottles of Hydrafuse Conditioner. Heck, just last week I finished off my bottle of PuriPHying Shampoo for the excessive buildup in my hair. I’m very happy that Mizani sees that natural curls are here to stay, not just a trend. They have created the True Textures collection. You’ll be happy to find a sulfate-free shampoo, moisturizing masque, and various styling products.
The Perfect Curl ($18) lightweight creme gel is a product that’s worth a shot. Sadly, I had to bash many products that were made for curls, but were thick, super smelly and overpriced. This however, is not. Just section wet hair and finger comb through. My preferred method for my teeny curls was to apply to drenched hair, then shake hair like a wet dog. The curls would pop on their own, and then I could separate them as needed. Want more proof? I found the most awesome picture review of these products at Curls, Coils and Kinks! Makes me miss my fro, (although mine wasn’t as fabulous as hers!)
I was super excited to find an all natural mousse. Giovanni Natural Mousse Air-Turbo Charged to the rescue. Every time I use mousse to curl my locs, I feel as if I’m dumping a bottle of alcohol on each strand of hair. Excessive, I know. Well, this product didn’t work for my hair. Now that I have locs, I need something heavy duty for my hair to hold curl. I used this on slightly damp hair (which I usually do). I used small and medium rods, and kept them in overnight. Sadly, my curls only stayed tight for about 2 hours the next day. It might have something to do with the humidity, since this is the first time I’ve worn my hair curled in extreme heat. When I use the leftover Aphogee Mousse for Relaxed Hair, my hair lasts for a week. When I use Oyin Shine N’ Define on my hair, wet, my hair lasts for a week. Oh Giovanni, you let me down.
Natural hair gets dry all year around, of course. One of the most distressful emails I get from people, or read on blogs, etc. Is the cry to end dry hair! Yes, I understand. I’ve been there. That was one of the reasons why I almost relaxed my hair while I had a teeny weeny afro. It was the worst feeling ever. I made this video in early 2009, before I decided to loc my hair. It’s one of my favorite videos because it showed a luscious fro that I adored. I doubt I will stay loc’ed forever, and when the day comes, I’ll make a few changes to regimen. Here’s the video, with a list of products (and new recommendations) below it.
I definitely think it’s best to moisturize your hair in sections. I liked to make 4-6 small afro puff ponytails with bands, and mist it with water or moisturizing spray. After that, I would add the moisturizer of my choice, then seal with oil.
Here are the products mentioned in this video:
Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercream– It’s one of products that I had to use, even though I didn’t like the ingrediants. It’s overpriced, but it’s awesome. You can find it at Missjessies.com or certain Target stores. Again, I only bought it during the Christmas buy one, get one free sale. I no longer use this product, but I loved it when I had it!
Qhemet Biologics-Amla Heavy Cream-I really liked this, but it was thick and my hair sometimes felt greasy. I used the Miss Jessie’s more.
Castor Oil- Random from Walmart, no name brand. It was $4, found it in the vitamin section.
Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner-I found another bottle of this in my cabinet the other day! It’s still great stuff!
Glycerine and Water mix-You can vegtable glycerine at your supermarket and probably drugstore. I stopped using that later in the year and instead used Oyin Handmade Juices ‘N Berries. It’s great to use morning and night, keeps my hair feeling amazing and really refreshes my hair. I’ve got 3 bottles in the house.