25 Nov

My Tips for a Fabulous Twist Out on Fine Layered Hair

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The twist out is a very common hairstyle for naturals. The beauty of natural hair is no two twist outs are the same.

I have a love-hate relationship with my hair. It’s pretty fine hair and the layers don’t help with my styling choices. Sometimes, my twist outs come out to my liking but most of the time they don’t. Sometimes I get a lot of definition but it looks limp. At other times, I get the fullness with little definition. I prefer fullness over definition but who says you can’t have a healthy serving of both?

In order to get my twist outs looking pretty full with some decent definition, I have to do a few things:

* Less twists for fuller hair
* Set my twists on soaking wet hair to encourage more definition
* Roll ends of my twists all the way to mid shift (vs. just rolling the ends)
* Embrace the massive shrinkage (and it IS massivee)
* Flat twist the two twists that frame the front of my face
* Allow hair to air dry 95%. Contrary to some, having my hair a little damp while styling causes very
little frizz concern. That little bit of moisture actually helps to give my fine hair some oomph.
I just have to make sure I unravel my twists with an oily/buttery products on my hands.

The products I used for this twist out (and forever changing):

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The process:

* On clean soaking wet hair, applied sample pack of Curls Unleashed (formerly ORS) Leave in
Conditioner ( I really like this! I will definitely have to buy it!)

* Worked Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie through each section just prior to twisting

* Layered a marble size amount of Aloe Vera Gel and finger detangled

* Twisted hair

* Sealed ends of hair with Jamaican Black Castor Oil (using this up and switching solely to apricot
castor oil because JBCO gives me the itchies) and set twists on perm rods

As I mentioned earlier, I remove the perm rods from my hair before it’s completely dry. Then, I coat my fingers with Jane Carter Nourish and Shine to untwist and fluff.

Voila, a pretty decent twist out:

twist out on fine hair

Side note: If I don’t get enough volume, I hold my head upside down and shake until I almost pass out. Not really.

Got any special tricks to give your twist outs a little more gusto?

brown beauty gal

18 Nov

5 Hair Products I Can Do Without

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hair products I can do without

You’ll find articles all over the net of women sharing their favorite hair products. In general, us women love to share the things that just make us sing..be it hair products or something else.

Conversely, we also share things that we can definitely pass on. Well, that’s what I’m about to do. Share! This here is a quickie post (sorta) to share the 5 hair products I can absolutely do without. They aren’t all bad. I just don’t find them necessary or beneficial.

Shea Butter

Shea Butter is a great sealant. Many naturals use it as the based for a whipped hair butter.  Me? I can’t stand the smell of shea butter. I find it very hard to scent shea butter with essential oils that I like because that nutty “earthen” scent tends to take over. I prefer Mango Butter which performs very much in the same manner with no scent.

Shampoo bars

I know a lot of naturals swear by their shampoo bars but I do not care for rubbing my hair on a bar of “soap.” I know it’s not soap in the traditional sense (since there’s no sulfates) but I just don’t like the rubbing action that takes place. I’ll save cleansing bars for my body.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

I never thought I’d see the day I’d put this product down but after some research, I discovered it was the culprit of my itchy scalp. I’m not sure why. I stopped massaging my scalp with JBCO and then only used it to seal my ends. The itches persisted. I’ve since replaced it with Apricot Castor Oil. Not only does it smell much more pleasant, it’s better for my scalp.

Hot Oil Treatments

I don’t find hot oil treatments beneficial to my hair whatsoever. It’s oily and messy. Oils help seal in moisture and provide the hair with slip for lubrication but I can do an oil rinse and get a similar benefit. I also don’t tend to struggle with dry hair so I omit hot oil treatments from my hair care regimen.

Hair Brushes

A hair brush isn’t actually a product…well yeah it is. It’s a “product” created by someone for the caring of the hair. OK it’s a tool but you get what I’m about to say LOL. Brushes wreak havoc on fine strands like mine so I have no need for them. I’ve used the Denman (very carefully) on occasion but I honestly don’t need that either. My 10 digits work just fine and guess what? They’re free!

Are there any hair products you can absolutely do without?

brown beauty gal

11 Nov

Is it Really Heat Damage?

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Straightening your hair regularly can cause heat damage. There’s no doubt about it. The use of flat irons and blow dryers can melt the cuticles of the hair causing what’s commonly known as heat damage.

For some time now, I’ve also seen the term “heat training” being used for hair that’s normally curly or kinky but is kept in a straight state or easily straightened due to the use of flat irons or blow dryers.

Regardless to if you call curly hair that no longer wants to curl heat damaged or heat trained, I’d like to pose the question, “Is it really heat damage?”

It’s easy to assume that a person has heat damage when they wear curly styles but some areas of the hair appear to be straighter than others. Let’s assume that it’s not a difference of hair types on one individual head. Let’s also assume that this person does not use heat to style or care for their hair.  Then, what do you call it?

natural hair

I submit to you that you can “train” your hair to be straight without using heat. Anything that breaks the protein bonds in the hair (even temporarily), can cause hair that normally curls to be straighter than it naturally grows from the scalp.

Now, I’m not talking about bone straight hair. I’m talking about hair that appears to be “heat damaged” or “heat trained” but no heat is used to straighten the hair. Here are some ways that hair can become “Straight trained.” (that is the new hair term of the day ladies and gentleman):

– Pulling it back in a ponytail consistently
– Slicking the edges of the hair down with gel consistently
– Braiding the hair to stretch it consistently

Notice each of these ways of “straight training” hair ends with “consistently?”  That’s because while it is possible to damage hair by flat ironing it just once, it is not possible to “straight train” the hair by just styling your hair in one of these ways just once.

How To Un-Straight Train Your Hair

I’ve been accused of having heat damaged hair. When in a twist out or braid out, ladies will notices hairs that appear visibly less curly than their neighboring hairs. They will then automatically conclude that I’ve damaged my hair with heat.

heat and straight hair

I can only laugh at the conclusions since I know my hair and how I care for it. I do not use heat on my hair (except during the deep conditioning process). Oh wait. I did flat iron it once in 4 years but the straight areas were there before and after that momentous event.

There’s also more than 1 texture of hair on my head. The sides and the nape area are darn near straight. It’s always been like that. The curls there are very loose as opposed to the hair in the crown area. When I wear my hair slicked back for an extended period of time or repetitively, it gets temporarily “straight trained.”

If you have hair that tends to get “straight trained” due to how you style it from time to time, what I’ve found helps to “revive” the curl is to do weekly protein and deep conditioning treatments. Do this until the curls come back the way they normally grow out of your head. In my case, some are curlier than others.

While heat training/heat damage is real, it’s not always the cause of straighter hairs on a predominantly curly head of hair. You may be experiencing this “straight training simply by how you style your hair daily.” If that’s the case, protein and moisture are your friend. Find the right type of protein for your locs and be sure to balance out that treatment with a deep conditioning/moisturizing session.

Do you never (or almost never) use heat on your hair but it appears to be “straight trained?”

brown beauty gal


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