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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One of THOSE Weeks…

I have come upon “one of those weeks.” It is one of those weeks where my hair doesn’t want to act right, and I in turn, am getting tired of it. In the last few days, I have had my hair in a bun, a twist out, a puff, and a wash-n-go. I never manipulate my hair this much, but it is just one of those weeks where nothing is working! This, my natural sista’s, is definitely a #naturalgirlproblem!

It has been at least three months since I have had a trim and my hair is feeling it! I have been taking the Mane Choice Vitamins for about three months and my hair has grown TREMENDOUSLY! I know that this rapid growth is contributing to my hair needing a major trim! However, I am LOVING the Mane Choice Vitamins and how they are promoting growth! So, I guess you could say this makes my #naturalgirlproblem alright.

Have any natural girl problem moments? Share them with me! Maybe your problem may help another fellow natural! Be on the look out for photos of my growth!

 

Natural at ANY Age

oldernaturalcollage-300x99Contrary to what people may think, natural hair is not specific to younger aged women. Any woman, at any age, can wear her natural curls and rock them. My love for the older, but stunning, natural woman stems from my mother. When my sisters and I decided to go natural, my mother, who is over 50, took the plunge as well. I was so inspired by her boldness and her willingness to do something as frightening as reverting back to her natural curls, after decades of having permed hair, that when she suggested I write this post, I knew I had to.

I have been following my mother’s natural hair journey ever since she made the “big” decision, and I have seen how hard it is for a woman her age to maintain her tresses. It has been so hard in fact, that she has decided to go back to a relaxer. I was originally upset about her decision to revert back to the “creamy crack,” but after much thought, I realized that it was something she had to do for her. Going natural is hard for any woman no matter how old, but going natural for an older woman may be just a little harder. Because women over the age of 50 are experiencing different changes in their body due to menopause and other things, their hair may not grow as fast as a younger woman’s would, or it may be thinner than what it was several years ago. However, these complications do not stop older women from being natural and happy. Even though I have heard my mother is no longer natural, I am extremely proud of her for sticking it out for 2 years.

Since my mother has went back to a relaxer, I have realized that there are no special tricks that will work for the maintenance of an older woman’s curls that wouldn’t work for a younger woman’s. It all comes down to taking the time and having the patience to find what works best for your hair. Once you do, being natural at any age becomes a lot easier.

So ladies, be on the lookout for those spicy salt and pepper fros, and remember, natural is made for everybody, no matter the age!

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!

Natural and on a Budget

If you are natural, I’m sure you can agree that natural hair products are not cheap. Usually, these products can range anywhere from $10-$40 and up. I don’t know about you, but spending $20-$40 on a hair product is a huge no, no for me; especially when that type of money can be used for something like gas. Even though I would love to consistently buy the Carol’s Daughters and the Miss Jessie’s products of the natural hair world, I know that there are products out there that work just as well and are half the price. Because I believe every naturalista should not have to break the bank buying quality products for their curls, I am more than happy to provide you curly divas with my top 10, under $10, amazing, but cheap, natural hair products.

 

  1. Taliah Waajid Clean-N-Curly Hydrating Shampoo- $8.37
  2. Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner – $4.98
  3. Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy: Ultra Shea Cleanse and Nourish Shampoo– $4.98
  4. Shea Butter Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo- $9.99
  5. Eden Body Works All Natural Curl Defining Creme- $8.47
  6. 4 Naturals Afro Stretch Curl Cream- $9.88
  7. Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream- $8.29
  8. Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack- $1.99
  9. Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner- $6.39
  10. Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi All Natural Deep Conditioner- $8.47

#Naturalgirlproblems Spotlight

This week’s #Naturalgirlproblems spotlight is on Chaniece! Here is her #Naturalgirlproblem comment:

“When your cute bantu knot out or twist out, puffs up due to humidity.”
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Chaniece,

I can totally relate to your natural girl problem. I HATE when I have a bangin’ twist out then, when I walk outside, my curls turn into a matted, poofed up mess. I love big hair, but not extremely noticeable poofy hair. Unfortunately, there is no way to combat this natural girl problem. The only thing we can do is embrace it!

Naturalista’s! We all have those pesky natural girl problems. So, why not share them! Post a comment underneath the natural girl problems logo, and don’t forget to include #Naturalgirlproblems. Your comment might just be featured right here on The Natural Hair Diary! Thanks for the comment Chaniece!

Be sure to check out Chaniece’s website here: http://hypnotic-glamour.net/