Natural Hair Bootcamp

1 Apr 2012 Natural Hair Care

Are you newly natural, thinking about it or in the process of transitioning? Are you in need of a good regimen? Maybe you need tips for growth? Or just need some quick and easy protective styles that you can achieve yourself. Well, 3 Sisters Beauty Supply in Plano will be hosting a Natural Hair Bootcamp. There will be FOUR hair sessions from April 15 to May 6, $10 per session or $20 for the entire bootcamp. Register now…seating is limited!!

The link is www.3sistersnaturalhairbootcamp.eventbrite.com

Register NOW!!

Protective Style #1

21 Jan 2012 Natural Hair Care

Sooooo I finally got my first protective style…a wig O_o

I like it but then again I don’t. I feel like I have to have a hair accessory…hat, headband, scarf…something. I need some makeup too LOL ~sigh~

What do you think???

IT’S A NEW YEAR!

15 Jan 2012 Natural Hair Care

HAPPY NEW YEAR NATURALS!!! Just wanted to say I’M BACK!! It’s been another 3 months since I’ve updated my blog but things were kind of hectic towards the end of the year with work, school, being a mom and wife of course. Hopefully I’ll have more time to stay on top of all my endeavors this year. 

Well, my first post for the year is for YOU… as always. What exactly will be different? I want to know what YOU need! What kind of information are you lacking when it comes to your hair? What kinds of questions do you have? Is there something you can’t find on natural websites, YouTube, at meet-ups, etc? Do you need encouragement to do the big chop? Looking for a stylist? In search of a new ‘do? Having hair issues like breakage, dryness, etc? Well, here is your chance to tell me what kind of posts YOU need me to do.

Just leave a comment with your question, problem or concern and a post will be created with the information you need to continue with your healthy natural hair journey!

Last but not least,
1) Don’t forget to send an email to ntlyblessed@gmail.com with ‘Subscription’ as the subject if you would like to receive one weekly email informing you of the latest postings.
2) Remember to share your product reviews by commenting on the product review page.
3) Email your best natural hair photos to ntlyblessed@gmail.com to be posted on the curly girls page.
4) Check out my YouTube page for my favorite hair care videos from other naturalistas! www.youtube.com/NTLYBlessed 


Thanks for stopping by!

Much curly love, Kiarawww.youtube.com/NTLYBlessed


Winter Hair Care!!!

28 Oct 2011 Natural Hair Care

It has been almost EIGHT months since I have been on my blog!!! That is absolutely insane. I can’t even begin to tell you what I’ve been doing this whole time. I literally feel out of the natural hair world loop. I JUST started watching YouTube videos again on Wednesday smh. It’s been rough ya’ll lol. But I came back real quick just to say I miss everything natural hair…feeling distraught and kind of lost!

So with the current weather changes this post is dedicated to WINTER! And just so you know, I HATE WINTER! It is like the worst season EVER! Freezing cold and wind gusts, dry skin and hair, snow, ice, getting SICK…I can’t stand it. My hair is HORRIBLE right now. My ends are not and have not been happy with me for a lil minute now. Twist outs are defined at the roots down mid shaft and then…FUZZY! I’ve been trimming snipping little by little off every morning because I think my color is finally giving up on me. I haven’t taken care of my color like I should so the damage is noticeble. But good thing I found this video just now:

http://youtu.be/lS4X_c7I-8A

It’s  on  Winter Hair Protection: Prevent Dry Hair and Maintain Moisture. A good friend of mine just commented the other day on FB about her hair and moisture so this is for you Uno (love you!) ;)

My Hair Care Products

4 Apr 2011 Natural Hair Care

So yea, this is all my hair products I use! As you can see (kind of), it’s mostly Shea Moisture products. You can’t go wrong with this product line…all ORGANIC, no chemicals. So I will tell you what all is here and what/when I use it! At the end of April I will get the last of the things I need and all of this will last me probably 2-3 months!

(From left to right)

***REMEMBER to shake organic products before use because the ingredients tend to settle (even says so on the Shea Moisture products)
Shea Moisture Curl & Shine Shampoo…used for wash day, which is about every 2 weeks.

Shea Moisture Hold & Shine Moisture Mist…used for twisting mostly on damp hair, but can also be used on dry hair to refresh curls.

Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk…again, used for twisting on damp hair, and also for styling Kai’s damp hair in the morning (good moisturizer).

Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner…now being used as my leave-in AFTER washing/co-washing & applying oils.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie…used for moisturizer on damp hair (added after leave-in conditioner on wash/co-wash days).

Shea Moisture African Black Balancing Conditioner…I actually purchased this for my sister who has eczema. I used it once as my rinse out conditioner. Description from Shea Moisture website: After shampooing, work evenly through damp hair and scalp then rinse thoroughly. For deeper condiQoning, leave on hair for up to 15 minutes. May also be used as leave‐in conditioner; work a dime‐sized amount through hair, then style as desired.

Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque…used for my deep conditioning treatment. I normally leave it in for 45 minutes with a plastic processing cap under a winter cap, using my body heat instead of sitting under a dryer.

Raw Shea Butter…purchased online for an absurd amount of money. Will definitely just buy it from a store when I run out, which will be soon.

Eco Styler Gel w/ Olive Oil…I was using this for wash and go’s BUT I absolutely hate how it makes my hair crunchy. I hardly use it anymore except to slick down my sides for a  frohawk. I did hear that you can apply the SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie on top of dried eco styler gel and it will soften it up to look and feel more natural and not crunchy.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)…this is the glass bottle next to the giant gel container. I was using this by itself and was told to mix it with a carrier oil such as rosemary for hair shaft penetration. So that’s what I did this weekend and there was an IMMEDIATE difference in how soft my hair was! EVOO particles (I guess is the correct terminology) are too big to penetrate the hair, so mixing it with a carrier oil that has smaller particles is best.

Rosemary Oil, Jojoba & Peppermint…(front row, right) oils mixed together with evoo and applied immediately after wash/co-wash. 1 tablespoon of EVOO & Jojoba with 5 drops rosemary & peppermint.

Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream…used on wash days as a pre-poo and co-wash days as additional moisturizer before applying conditioner. I also used this last night when dry twisting my hair for bed. A LITTLE GOES  A LONG WAY! I applied on ends and then just worked through rest of hair in each section. Again, A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY…you don’t want to weigh your hair down.

Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner…used for wash and go’s and was my primary rinse out conditioner before I got the Shea Moisture products.

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner…used for overnight conditioning on wash days.

NOT PICTURED:
Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo…I have not used this yet, this was one of my buy one get one free products at Walgreens. I will be alternating this with SM Curl & Shine Shampoo.

TO PURCHASE:
I still need to purchase henna, avocado oil, coconut oil, castor oil & aloe vera juice.

HAPPY SHOPPING!!

Natural Hair & Rose Water

4 Apr 2011 Natural Hair Care

I know it’s been a MINUTE, but I have some new things to share with you! I posted before about your hair, it’s porosity and what that should mean to you. Along with reading about that test, I had also seen comments on other blogs about using rose water to refresh hair instead of plain water. So I decided to google search rose water and the following blog post came up first: www.blackhaircareblog.com/tag/rose-water-for-hair/

Apparently, rose water helps with the porosity of your hair…go figure! It is made by soaking rose petals in distilled water, which you can actually do yourself and would be cheaper than buying in store. If you happen to try it out as a second day refresher or something else, be sure to leave us a product review!!!

***REMEMBER: when buying oils, you want to make sure they are 100% PURE! You can read about oils for natural hair here: http://thankgodimnatural.wordpress.com/2010/09/16/ten-best-oils-for-natural-hair/

How I Cleanse & Moisturize

20 Mar 2011 Natural Hair Care

You all know I have been building my hair regimen for the past couple of weeks after years of not having one. So far, I pretty much have the wash/co-wash part down. And here’s what I do:

Week 1 (& sometimes 2): Co-Wash
1. Wet hair under kitchen sink, in shower or with spray bottle using warm water (warm water opens hair shaft).
2. Section hair into 4 sections, then divide those sections into 2 more (creating 8 sections of hair). Clip each unused section out of the way.
3. Apply a generous amount of conditioner to section, detangle with FINGERS first then wide tooth comb and twist. Continue until all sections are conditioned, detangled and twisted.
4. Sit under hooded dryer for 20 minutes with plastic cap, or put winter hat over plastic cap and let body heat do it’s job (which is what I do because I do not have a dryer).
5. Rinse with cool water (cold water seals the hair shaft).
***Last few co-washes I left the conditioner in overnight. Not really a deep condtion in my opinion because there were no extra moisturizing ingredients like avocado, banana (baby food), jojoba oil, etc.

Week 3: Wash
1. Wet hair under kitchen sink, in shower or with spray bottle using warm water (warm water opens hair shaft).
2. Section hair into 4 sections, then divide those sections into 2 more (creating 8 sections of hair). Twist each section BEFORE next steps.
3. Apply shampoo to SCALP only. Washing with shampoo is meant to rid your scalp of product build up. It is not necessary to wash your hair with shampoo. As you rinse the shampoo out it will run through your hair for a lite “cleanse.”
4. (Untwist) Rinse section with warm water and re-twist. Continue until all sections are done.
5. (Untwist) Apply a generous amount of conditioner to section, detangle with FINGERS first then wide tooth comb and re-twist again. Continue until all sections are conditioned, detangled and twisted. Leavin conditioner in for at least 5 minutes.
6. Rinse with cool water (cold water seals the hair shaft).

After washing and conditioning or co-washing, you need to moisturize! I apply evoo, leave-in conditioner, shea moisture’s curl enhancing smoothie, two-strand twist and then seal ends with shea butter. I finger comb then with wide tooth comb after each product application to make sure all strands are coated well. I have to let my hair air dry 50% before I put my satin cap on for bed and dry COMPLETELY before removing twists. Manipulating the hair while damp causes frizz!!

This seems like a really tedious process and it will be at first, but once you get the hang of it, and maybe create your own shortcuts, it will be second nature to you and must easier. I have stopped washing my hair in the shower because the majority (98%) of the time the water is hitting my body and not my hair. That’s such a waste. However, if you have a twa, the shower is perfectly fine because you will not have to work with sections, which takes time.

Happy Washing!

Hair Porosity

20 Mar 2011 Natural Hair Care

SO I was reading a blog post last week on curlynikki.com and a porosity test was mentioned. The commenter said something about performing the porosity test and her hair sank straight to the bottom of the water. But what does this really mean?? This was the first I had heard of needing to know the porosity of your hair, but it makes a lot of sense. This will determine what products you need to use to better care for your hair. If your hair is high porosity, it is damaged and loses moisture as quickly as it gains it. Low porosity hair does not easily lose moisture but it can be difficult to gain. I just did the water test and my hair is still floating, which means my hair is low porosity. The only product in my hair currently is a mix of water, evoo, leave-in & conditioner (what?? both?? I had already added the conditioner before I realized I had leave-in). I will try the test again after a wash and see if anything changes and update you on the results.

Here is the link to the blog post:
http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/02/so-fine-natural-hair-part-3.html

Subscriptions

15 Mar 2011 Natural Hair Care

Good news! I figured out how to add subscribers. I have to add everyone individually and you will receive emails everytime I post something. If you would rather only get bi-weekly emails (mentioned below), I won’t add you to my blog as a subscrber but just send out the emails myself. So when you email me, let me know which way you prefer!

Sooo unfortunately I picked a blog where you are not able to subscribe to receive emails when new posts are added, etc. I was just really excited, picked a blog site and got started without doing more research. I know people do not like to be bombarded with emails, but also there are some people who forget to check the blog for new posts.

What I would like to propose is that you receive emails every other Saturday so that you don’t miss anything I have posted. If you are interested in that, please email me at ntlyblessed@gmail.com with ‘subscription to’ and your preferred email address as the subject (for example: subscription to kiarajsmith@gmail.com). Again, this will be a bi-weekly email just as a reminder to visit the blog for new posts or other important info you may need.

I plan to put a fair amount of energy into the blog and do not want to waste my time if no one is really reading it. There are HUNDREDS of natural hair care sites, blogs, youtube channels, etc and I am very thankful for those that take the time to read mine. This has become a great outlet for me in times of stress and I love sharing what I learn with you!

As always, much curly love,
~Kiara~

New Inspirations

3 Mar 2011 Natural Hair Care

I just wanted to take the time to say THANK YOU to Jenell, author of the Kinky Curly Coily Me site and the  BlakIzBeautyful channel on YouTube. She has soooooo much  info that has helped me tremendously this past week or so. I now almost have a complete idea of my hair regimen I want to try, what to do for wash and cowash days, how to moisturize (what products to use), etc. I even found a cute new hairstyle I like, and for those of you who don’t know…I am style challenged!! The extent of my styles includes pulling my hair back with a headband, fro and frohawk. It’s very sad, please don’t laugh at me!

Now I am more equipped with hair care information than I have been in 5 years! Out of all the other naturalistas I subscribe to, I have gotten the most from  Nikkimae2003,  SumKindaWndrful and  kimmaytube. But I am most appreciative and thankful for Jenell for her videos because they are super easy to follow, and our hair is about the same length so I will have a more accurate idea of how styles would look on me and if they would actually work. Some of the chicas on YT have super long hair which causes their hair to fall different from mine (i.e. twist outs) and it’s frustrating when styles don’t work.

Sooo THANK YOU JENELL! You are a life saver and you have a new lifetime friend!

what I mean by 'fro'

 

'pulled back'

 

twist-out frohawk

 

Inspiration from Jenell!

 

Chunky-twist Pin-up (Jenell)

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