Transitioning to natural hair. It is probably one of the most discussed topics in the natural hair community. Everyone has a story. So do I. So I want to quickly discuss 5 tips for transitioning to natural hair.
But first, really quick, my natural hair story.
I was natural for most of my childhood and teenage years. My parents always made sure that my siblings and I were proud of who we were, including our skin and hair. I wore a lot of canerowed (cornrowed) styles in school and when I was about 17, I wanted to do something different. I started relaxing my hair and experimenting with colour. After being totally done with the smell of relaxers, I decided in 2008 to transition to natural hair. I had no idea what to expect, or what I was doing. I also did a lot of research and experimentation into what products made my hair happy.
So here are 5 tips that I always tell people when they ask me about transitioning. These tips help me through my journey and I hope they help you too!
So, 90% of the time, I am wearing my hair in two-strand twists. I have been wearing this protective style for years. Once I ‘discovered’ that I could do this, it was on! And I love the twistout that I get. And I have been getting consistent results using this technique for years!
After washing my hair, I detangle and twist my hair at the same time. I only started doing this recently and it has cut down my twisting time significantly. Like, significantly…..it still takes me hours to complete the style, but not nearly as much time. I wash, detangle and twist every fortnight, and about 3 days before my next wash, I unravel the twists and wear it out. I have found that it is easiest way to protect my ends, and have a low manipulation style for an extended period.
The Twistout Results
I have created a step-by-step guide to how I create my twistouts.
Five Twistout Tips – Step by Step Guide
Do you know the secret to my twists to make them stay almost two weeks? I braid or plait the first inch or so of hair! So here are the rest of the steps that I take to achieve amazing results!
Make sure your hair is properly detangled. I finger detangle, then use a wide tooth comb
Well hydrated and moisturised hair helps make for a smooth twist. I create my twists on damp hair to cut down on breakage. I try not to manipulate dry hair to often. I also use the LCO method for prepping my hair i.e. I layer my leave-in conditioner, then a styling cream then an oil (in the form of a pomade).
Plait the first inch of hair then twist
Keep your fingers close to where the two strands meet instead of being lower down the length of hair.
Twist each individual strand before twisting the strands together.
And here’s the video! Enjoy! Let me know what you think and what are your favourite products to use for your twistouts.
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P.S. – I will do a separate post on my favourite products for doing my twistouts
P.P.S. – These are the products mentioned in the video
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So I am not the only one in my family that wears their hair in its natural state. As a matter of fact, I was the last one to the party. My mother always wore her hair in a short fro/buzz cut. So did my dad. So I never grew up in a house where there was any shame in wearing kinky hair. Not having “good” hair was NEVER a thing for us. All of it was good. We are proud. All three of my siblings have had or have locs. I have yet to try it out, but I have been thinking of it for a number of years, but I am satisfied with my loose natural…for now…
My brother, Konata, has had his locs for about 10 years now and decided to film himself getting his locs retwisted at his favourite natural hair salon in London, Morris Roots.
I know a lot or most of the focus in the natural hair movement is on women, but we can’t forget that there are a lot of guys out there too, making black hair more visible and acceptable to both ourselves and others.
Konata locs vlog
So check out this salon in Tooting Broadway, London, Morris Roots.
And check out my brother’s music, podcast and other projects at I Am Konata.
Let me know what you think?
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Happy New Year!!! I hope that you have been enjoying 2017 so far! I have been more mindful to enjoy life a little bit more in this new year. More self-care, appreciation of life, and to be more bold. With that, I want to take a look back at all the best beauty products that I loved in 2016. These were my must-haves and I constantly repurchased them and will continue to remain in heavy rotation.
Haul time! I bought some more items from ColourPop recently plus some refills of my favourite Oyin Handmade products and I wanted to share with you. It’s summer and I am on the lookout bold lips and long wearing ability. I actually filmed a video unboxing of what I got.
If you love video, check out the unboxing below:
Here are the pictures and swatches:
Haul: ColourPop Cosmetics
I picked up 3 eye shadows, 5 lip colours, including their recently released Matte X formula and 2 of their new eyebrow pencils. Lets see how these swatch on dark skin. Links to the products will also be included.