As I Am Twist Defining Cream: Product Review

Since becoming natural, I have accumulated so many different hair products that I have become a glorified product junkie. Instead of throwing things away, I hoard products in the hope of one day, being able to use them again. As naturals, when our hair grows and gets longer, the texture can change. Because of this, I move from product, to product, to product.

Recently, I decided to try As I Am Twist Defining Cream. I absolutely love this product. It gave me an amazing twist-out with beautiful definition. I was a little skeptical about this product because I have tried it before when I first went natural. However, because my hair is constantly changing, it worked wonders. This product not only gave me a bomb twist-out, it also hydrated my curls and kept them hydrated throughout the day. I am all for a product that keeps my hair smooth, soft, and well hydrated.

If you haven’t tried this product yet, check it out! You won’t be disappointed.

Also, as promised, photos of my growth!my growth

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The SECRET to Embracing the Natural You

In the midst of the transitioning, the big chop, and all the other natural hair craziness, we can get lost and forget the most important thing about being natural… the enjoyment and fulfillment it brings. When we, as black women, make the decision to get out of our comfort zones, step away from what the world deems “beautiful,” and go natural, we are embracing a part of ourselves that has been hidden, and has finally been found and reestablished; we are taking back what has been lost and ultimately finding ourselves, once again; we are embracing the naturalness within. To me, being natural is not just about letting go of a relaxer. It is about stepping out of the box and doing something that truly represents your inner beauty. Being natural is about having an inner confidence that resonates on the outside. It is about taking that natural beauty and making it your own. It is about doing something that ultimately defines you

When going natural, we can oftentimes forget that we did it not for the world, not for our friends or family, but for US. We can easily let the world persuade us that naturalness is unattractive or abnormal, and as a result, we forget about us and focus on what the world is saying; thus, abandoning our naturalness. I can admit that becoming natural isn’t an easy decision to make. However, when one makes the decision to become natural, they have to make it with assurance in knowing that being natural is the way they want to go. Once that decision is made, embracing the natural YOU should be an everyday occurrence and not a once in a while thing.

For me, being natural is empowering. I love knowing that I was strong enough to make a change despite what society may deem beautiful. Since becoming natural, I have never felt the need to return to being relaxed. I may have my natural hair bad days where my curls don’t do what I want them to, but I deal with it and remember why I decided to become natural in the first place. Every day I wake up in the morning, undo my twist-out or braid-out, and look in the mirror at my fro, and I smile. Being natural for me has been an amazing experience and I will never look back. I love my natural beauty and I love the statement it makes. So, whether you have boisterous curls, kinky coils, long dreads, a TWA, or a huge fro, EMBRACE IT and love you, for you. Natural is beautiful; never forget that.

 

And that, my natural gals, is the  SECRET to embracing the natural YOU.

Maintaining Your Curls

In the hot months, our curls can easily lose moisture and begin to break off. The best way to avoid this and protect our tresses is by hiding the ends of our hair. Up my sleeve, I have four simple, but cute, protective styles that will give your hair that much needed break. Check them out!

1. Decorative Scarf

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Leaving most of the hair in twists or braids, and just a little bit of the hair out in the front, tie the twisted/braided hair down with a nice scarf, and leave a little hair out in the front to add a little funkiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Mini Twists

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Mini twists are my favorite protective style, and are one of the best ways to hide and protect your ends for a long period of time. They are so versatile and extremely cute! Here, I have the back pinned up and the front out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Tuck and Roll

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With the hair in small or medium twists, tuck and roll the back of the hair to create a cute pinned up style, with the front of the hair in a slight pompadour. This style allows for double protection. It hides the ends of the hair, first, with the mini twists, then with the tuck and roll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Faux Bun

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The faux bun is such a fun and easy style. To do it, put your hair in a ponytail, grab some Marley or regular braiding hair, place that hair in its on ponytail holder, then wrap that ponytail holder and the hair around your tresses until you create the perfect bun! This style is cute and it hides the ends of your curls, giving them the break they deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it! Four easy, DIY protective styles that will hide those ends and keep your hair healthy!

Mane Choice Vitamin: Six Week Update

It’s been six weeks since I’ve been taking the Mane Choice Vitamins. In my last update, I was raving about the vitamins; and, I still am. I am pleasantly surprised, and extremely pleased, with the amount of growth I have seen since I first started taking them. Currently, I have yarn twists in that I’ve had in for about a month now. Since I’ve had these in, I have maybe about an inch of new growth. My hair has never grown that fast any other time I’ve had a protective style in. I believe, I owe most of this growth to the vitamins. I am planning to take these twists out in a few days and am excited to see what my curls look like! The only con I’ve experienced while taking the vitamins is a break-out on my cheeks and forehead. Fortunately, the break-out has cleared up, and hopefully it won’t happen again. Despite this, I plan to continue to take the vitamins!

 

Have you been taking the Mane Choice Vitamin or something similar? Tell me about your experience! Pics coming soon of my new growth! Stay tuned for that and more, all right here on The Natural Hair Diary!

Discovering Your Hair Texture

After the big chop, it is easy to become uncertain about your hair texture. Every natural is different, we all don’t have the same hair texture and it is highly unlikely that after relaxing our hair for many years, and reverting back to natural, that we will have the exact same hair texture we had when we were younger. So, after the “big chop” it is imperative that, we as naturals, discover our hair texture or our curl pattern. There three main different types of curl patterns: the wavy, curly, and coily pattern.

The wavy curl pattern has more of a looser curl, while the curly pattern has more of a spiral curl, and the coily hair texture has more of a tight curl that is in more of a kinky, z-pattern. When I big chopped, I was disappointed to discover that I didn’t have the loose, spiral curl pattern. Instead, I have the kinky, tight curl pattern. Within this curl pattern there are three sub types: Type 4A, type 4B, and type 4C. Naturals with type 4A hair have a very tight, visible curl, unlike naturalistas with type 4B and 4C hair textures. With the type 4B hair texture, it is hard to find a defined curl pattern. Instead of having a very defined curl pattern, type 4B hair tends to situate itself in more of a Z-pattern; meaning, it zig-zags instead of curls. Type 4C hair is somewhat like type 4B hair in that it doesn’t have an extremely defined curl pattern, but unlike 4B hair, 4C hair does appear to have more of a coiling to it instead of a defined curl pattern.

Once I became natural, it took time for me to discover what my hair texture was. Initially, before doing the big chop I wanted so badly for my hair to be very, recognizably, curly. Well, that is definitely not the case. After doing much research, I came to the conclusion that my hair is mix of 4B and 4C. When I have product on my hair, it has very tight, defined curls. However, without product, my hair is somewhat curless, and extremely coily. Before natural, we seem to have an idea of what we want hair to look like, but after becoming natural, we realize that our hair texture is completely different from what we wanted or believed it would be. But, that’s why we have products to give our hair that extra natural “umph,” that sometimes it needs. As naturals, there is a variety of curl patterns. That’s the amazing thing about natural hair!

You know what my hair texture is, now I want to know yours! Comment below with your hair type! 

Keep an eye for my next post, “So you know your hair texture… now how do work with it?” 

Growth and the Mane Choice Vitamin

 

The one thing every natural wants…. GROWTH. I went natural because I wanted curly hair. But, while going through my natural journey, and cutting off ALL of my hair, I realized that there was one thing I wanted much more than curly hair, and that was long, curly hair. When I cut off all my relaxed ends and went natural, my hair grew back within a year. Now that am three years natural, my hair is longer than what it was before I cut it. I use to wonder what was making my hair grow so fast. I realized that doing all the right things that my hair loves allows my hair to grow and to grow healthy. I know sometimes, like other naturals, I go through a phase where I think my hair is not growing. However, I’ve come to realize that is not true. Our hair is always growing; however, some people’s average speed of hair growth is quicker than others. So, when you look on YouTube or other social media sites, and you see other naturals with extremely long hair, don’t think that your hair cannot reach that same length. One day it will, but it may not reach it as fast as others.

There are several people out there who have secrets and routines that they believe grow their hair very fast. However, the fact of the matter is, our hair is going to grow at the rate it chooses. I have to admit, I sometimes get a little bummed out when I still don’t get the length I want. But, I know it will come. One of the things I decided to do to give my hair a little help with growth, besides the usual maintenance techniques, is try out the Mane Choice vitamin pills. Per my hair dresser Brandy at Huetiful Salon, I was told that this vitamin contains all natural ingredients and will not only treat the hair, but also the body.

I just ordered a month’s supply of the vitamins two days ago, so they should be here by next week; hopefully. I am excited to start taking them and see if they will give my curls a little help with growth! Stay on the lookout for a review, coming to you soon, right here on The Natural Hair Diary. 

#Naturalgirlproblems

Have you ever had to twist or braid your hair every night, and if you didn’t, you would wake up in the morning with your fro stuck to your head and more frizz than curls? This has happened to all naturals at some point, I’m sure. I mean sometimes, we are just too tired to twist or braid our hair up at night. But, if we don’t and it is messed up in the morning, we can always trust the puff to make our hair look halfway decent!

I’ve shared one of my #naturalgirlproblems with you, now you share yours with me! Comment below with #naturalgirlproblems and your  comment just might be featured on The Natural Hair Diary!