Satin Pillowcases have been LIFESAVERS for me… truly. Those nights where you don’t feel like twisting your hair again, or your hair isn’t long enough for a pineapple yet? (hence, I said yet ;)) Satin pillowcases are GREAT investments! You can honestly get them anywhere; I got mine at a local beauty supply. #naturalhair #naturalista #naturalhairdaily
Article by: Kimberly Ephraim
Ms Kimberly Ephraim shares her secrets for super defined hair in Natural Soul Sista…and I’m sharing it with you! Kimberly has a gorgeous head of 1 year old natural hair and she has been a natural hair diva every step of the way!
10 TIPS FOR ULTRA DEFINED HAIR
1. Ensure your hair is properly de-tangled before twisting
2. Use a defining product – shea butter, gels, curl creme etc. Don’t be stingy with your defining product.(side note shea butter minimizes shrinkage where as gels and curl enhancing creme tend to cause it)
3. Be sure to get the product through your entire section not just on the out layer, comb it though with a wide tooth comb our your fingers, this will cause your hair strands to clump and curls to pop!
4. Twist in small sections, the smaller the section the less separating…
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Alright guys. *sigh*. I know I am a little late to join the natural hair train.
Its December 2013, everyone has already done their big chop and their hair has grown 16 inches within two year time spans and here I am, just now saying goodbye to my press and curl. I haven’t had a perm since I was a teenager so I have been natural for quite some time now… Yet I could not SURVIVE for the longest time without my press and curl.
Best believe every two weeks, I was up in that hot hair salon on a Saturday morning, when I should be doing something more productive, waiting for my hair stylist to squeeze me in for the day. Average time spent in a hair salon every two weeks? 6 hours. How many hours a month? 12. So that is how many hours a YEAR? 124 HOURS.
That’s crazy, right?
Imagine how much time I could’ve saved, while giving my hair a little more TLC? Cause honey, let me tell you, my hair does not like the hot comb. Neither does my scalp.
So on the record, publicly, I have made the conscious decision December 2nd 2013, to OFFICIALLY go natural. Today is the first day, I join the natural hair train. To let free rein to my kinks and coils, and let the natural side of me be free. And it feels great! This may sound silly but I feel so honest when I am natural. Like when you wear no makeup sometimes? Don’t you feel like you’re telling the truth? 😉
I have made it a point to stay committed to my natural hair journey, and share my experience weekly through blogging (and potential vlogging in the near future).
Now… Why do I want to do this? One day back in 2010, roaming the streets of New York, I was mesmerized by all of the different walks of life I would come encounter with. Literally, you walk five blocks, you’ve just traveled to five different countries. NYC is the epitome of a “melting pot.” I went to Theatre school in NY for a year and there, I gained more of an appreciation for natural beauty, and the true expression of self. When I got back to Detroit after I changed my major, I realized I wasn’t seeing as much… life. Not as much natural hair. Not as much expression. Why?
My vision is to share my experience and bring value to women who want to go natural not only to improve the health of their hair, but to work on loving themselves. My goal is not to give advice; simply share my experience. It’s more than a hair journey for me… It’s a spiritual journey. The idea came to me actually through scripture. Psalms 139:14 states “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” The New Living Translation says this “Thank for you making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it!”
That really hit home for me. Why do we always strive to be so “perfect”, whatever perfect may be? Whether it’s the “perfect” curl, kink, coil, or even length… we were already made to be complex. Not perfect. Wonderfully complex…That’s what beauty is.
Beauty in my eyes, can be seen as working on truly being at peace with yourself, in your natural state. In black culture especially, our hair is what makes us. Bad hair day? We won’t leave the HOUSE. Ive heard of women who won’t let their husbands see them without their weaves…THEIR HUSBANDS. As women, we tend to use our hair, perm or weave even as a crutch, as opposed to something of added value.
I really want to share my journey to strive to bring unity as black women and as women who aren’t afraid to let free reign to our kinks and coils, then throw in a weave next week but not because we feel we have to… because we want to and we are comfortable enough in our own skin to do so.
Bear with me, for I am not a natural hair expert. I’m just a 20 – something from Detroit that wants to share her bad experiences with wash and go’s and tendency to product overdose. 🙂 Sharing my story to relate to you guys as we go through this wild journey called life, embracing how “wonderfully complex” God has made us and lifting each other up at the same time. Realizing that we are lionesses… we are “Beautifully mane”.
Check out my pictures below! I’m a big fan of versatility. J And my natural hair sisters always remember, The Lord’s workmanship is marvelous. He made us “Wonderfully complex”. You are wonderfully and “Beautifully Mane”.
Topic ideas? Have a blog you want to share? Comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for the next blog in which I will go into a little depth on a controversial topic in the natural hair community… weave. “What a tangled web we… weave?”
“I was shy, but it came out in a big personality. My turning point was when I let my hair go naturally.” – Tracee Ellis Ross