Beauty Emergency: Reclaiming A Bad Hair Day

bad hair day

Let’s face it. Beauty emergencies happen. This month I’ll share how to address some of them head on so you can come out your most beautiful self….starting with THE BAD HAIR DAY

Tips for Reclaiming a Bad Hair Day

When your hair isn’t cooperating in it’s free flowing curly (or even straight) state there’s a few suggestions I have to share with you so that you can get out the door pretty fast:

  1. Make it an up-do. Buns and french rolls are pretty quick to do. All you need are a few bobby pins, a satin scrunchy, PuffCuff or a banana clip.
  2. Focus on the front. The hair that frames your face is the most important. Leave the back as is. You can twist or braid and pin the front back in a number of ways that make the style look much better.
  3. Add some moisture. Sometimes, all it takes to turn a drab hair day into a fab hair day is reviving those tresses with a little moisture.
  4. Add accessories. A stylish headband, flower or scarf can turn your bad hair day right around.
  5. Slick them edges! Do you sometimes feel like your hair would look SO much better if it weren’t so frizzy around the edges? Me too! Slick them down girl. Get your toothbrush out (not the one you brush with :-) ) and get to work

When you aren’t quite ready to wash your hair and have a bad hair day that’s not critical to you looking your cutest on that particular day, you can reclaim your style over night by converting it into a new style.

Converting a Wash ‘n Go into a Braid Out

I like wash and go’s. I like twist outs. I like braid outs. Sometimes, these styles can get real funky looking after a few days unless you are twisting/braiding/washing daily. But for one, who has time for all of that? And for two, that’s WAY to much manipulation when you are trying to grow your hair long. In my case, having fine hair causes an even more uphill battle because all the extra manipulation required to create a style can cause breakage if I’m not careful.

A while back I did a wash and go on my lovely (In my humble opinion :-) ) fine hair but it only lasted for 3 days. Boooo! The reason was because the products I chose to set my curls were too lightweight. Anywho, check out how I attacked this bad hair day by  converting my wash and go into a braid out:

How do you reclaim a bad hair day?

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Summer Protective Styling Series

Using protective styles to protect hair during the remainder of the summer.

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Summer comes and goes really quickly. As of the writing of this post, we are about midway through.

I’ve been embracing the wash and go for most of the entire month of July and while I love the look of the wash and go, I have some concerns that I’m leaving my hair out waaaay too much. Plus, when my hair is loose I tend to “play” in it. So, I decided this would be a great time (mid-summer) to return to what I know helps with retaining length…Protective Styling.

Many naturals say they can’t protective style. They don’t like to or they don’t really see the benefit. Protective styling is a personal choice but for my natural hair journey, I find it very helpful. The key to it being successful is finding protective styles you will stick with.

I’ve tried, twists, mini-twists, small twists, buns and french rolls. Each of these protective styles is great but I’ve found that I have issues with them and these issues cause them not to be very protective at all.

Twists

Twists get too fuzzy for my liking and the smaller the twist, the more tangling and “webbing” at the root I encounter. I also tend to take twists out too quickly (think 3 days!) It doesn’t matter if I spent hours twisting my hair. I just can’t seem to like them long enough to keep them in.

Buns

Buns are so cute and I love to “recover” an old twist out/braid out by styling it in a bun. Unfortunately, when rocking buns, they don’t last longer than a day. I need to restyle the bun on a daily basis and also find myself finger detangling more often to mold the bun in the way I want. Well, that’s not very protective!

Braids

protective styling with braids

Braids tend to give me the biggest bang for my protective styling buck, if you will. It not only takes a while to braid my hair, it takes twice the amount of time to unbraid them! Because of the time it takes to unbraid, I am more apt to leave them in longer. Braids also stay looking neat for much longer than twists.

So, I shared all of that to share that I’m kicking off this summer protective styling series with my hair in braids as a protective style! Check out the two videos below. They share my braiding process:

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In Review: Kinky Kashmere Natural Hair Products

I’ll get right to the point. I LOVE Kinky Kashmere Natural Hair Products!
 twist out using kinky kashmere

Now, before I get into all the goodness that’s called, “Kinky Kashmere” (side note: I love the name… Cashmere (with a k) for your hair!), I must admit that my first impressions weren’t very high….bland packaging and the smell seemed a bit faint to me. It wasn’t a bad smell. There just didn’t seem like there was enough of it. I had purchased these products at the It’s All About the Curls meetup back in April when I went to the ATL Hair Show. A few ladies mentioned that the products worked really well for twist outs and braid outs. They claimed that I would get off the chain curl definition.

With those kind of glowing recommendations, how could I resist? And they were right,

In the following two videos I share my official review of Kinky Kashmere Natural Hair Products, including how I use the All in One Conditioner. Check them out: