My curls are so fluffy today!

My curls are so fluffy today!

Hey naturalista’s!

Last night I did a bantu knot, styled it with a very creamy styling product and my curls came out so fluffy and fun. I am loving them today.

What do you think? Share your thoughts and comments below!

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

How to achieve the BEST bantu knot out in 5 easy steps!

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Happy nap day, Naturals! 🙂 

So…I had a dilemma last Friday.

Last Friday I had a big wedding to attend that I was super excited about, right. Now, all last week I was in a wash and go mood. Like, every single day last week I was wearing wash and gos and two day old wash and gos, which I never do. Then Thursday night rolls around and it hits me…wait, I can’t wear a wash and go to a wedding!

I nearly panicked. Am I out of my mind? What am I gonna do to my hair in such little time?

We all know that, whether you are just starting to wear your natural hair heat free or are currently transitioning, the most popular go to style is the bantu knot out. A bantu knot out is a hairstyle created by sectioning the hair into Bantu Knots on damp, wet, or dry hair and then after it dries, the knots are taken out in order to achieve defined curly hair. 

Since this was a formal event, I knew I needed a style that had a little more definition as opposed to a more carefree look. I chose to go with going for a bantu knot out on completely dry, blown out hair, using very little styling product. I was so nervous beforehand, seeing that I have never tried to style my hair this way. But it actually came out pretty good! 

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Heres how I achieved my bantu knot out on dry hair:

1. Start out with freshly washed and blown out hair.

Before I wash my hair, I make sure to always pre poo. Since I am a certified 4a type natural, heavy oils and butters work WONDERS for my hair. I used Cantu Shea butter leave in conditioner and unrefined virgin coconut oil as my pre poo treatment, and let it sit on my hair for about 10 minutes, or until the product was completely saturated into my hair. This prevents breakage from happening during detangling, and helps your hair retain the moisture that tends to be lost when shampooing. I use trader joe’s tea tree tingle shampoo as my shampoo of choice, followed by Pantene Natural’s deep conditioner and deep conditioned my hair for 30 minutes under a plastic cap.

After the conditioner is rinsed out, I proceeded to section my hair into four sections and begin the blow drying process.

Quick Tip on blow drying: always use a concentration nozzle. The concentration nozzle helps control the heat that is coming from the blow dryer in order to dry your hair faster, and to stretch your hair more. 😉

2. Divide hair into four big sections.

Sectioning your hair is important if you want to achieve very defined curls. You can section your hair with hair ties ( recommended for shorter hair ), or hair clips. 

It’s recommended that you first divide the hair at the back of your head (as if you were going to put your hair into pigtails) then start at the bottom. You simply gather the bottom part of your hair, then take the rest of the hair and either keep it whole or split it into two even pieces, then clip or tie them up.

3. Begin to knot

Creating a bantu knot is very simple! For this style, I chose to do about 20 knots total on my head, five in each section that I separated on my head. Simply twist the hair in efforts create a long spiral, then wrap the spiral around itself to make a circle and secure with a bobby pin, or tuck the end of the hair into the knot so it won’t come apart. I used a thumb size amount of styling product for each knot before twisting ( not too much because you don’t want your texture to revert ). Repeat until you have the amount of knots desired for your style.

4. Wrap your hair and go to sleep!

I wrapped my hair with saran wrap to secure the moisture, and tied it up with a silk scarf. Off to bed and to unravel in the morning!

5. Remove the knots

In order to remove your knots and achieve your desired style, you are going to want to remove the bobby pins, and unscrew the Bantu Knots like your unscrewing a cap. You want to twist them in the opposite direction that you twisted to secure them, and once they are all removed, simply separate. Once they are all separated, your hair may look a little flat. You can use a pick to pick out the roots and achieve more of a full look for this style, and get your hair lookin’ FLY! 

Here are some close ups of the results: 

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😉 Im crazy, yall.

What do we think? What method do you use in order to achieve a bangin’ bantu knot out? Share your thoughts and comments below!

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

Notice the change in my curl pattern!

Heres a “curl pattern” before and after picture after removing my sew in.

Before

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After 

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Check out my co-worker photo bombing in the background! 

I am LOVING my curls today. What do you think, naturals? 

Share your comments and thoughts below!

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

Oldie but Goodie

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So yesterday was my wash day! I had all my products organized and layer out, lit my candle, turned on some Yonce’ ( Yes, I am still completely and UTTERLY obsessed with the new B ;)) and I was SUPER PUMP for the washing process.

Yes, I treat my wash days like date nights. Gotta show your hair a little TLC!

Now I had my conditioner and my essential oils ready for when I got out the shower, but I couldn’t seem to locate my shampoo. I began to look all over for a good ten minutes, all in my room and my bathroom and I could not find my shampoo! And I knew I still had some!

After a good 15 minutes of searching, I came to the realization that I had ran out of shampoo… Cue the violins.

I began to panic.

I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of going back out to the store to purchase any shampoo, so I decided to go into the kitchen, dig in the pantry and pull out the old “oldie but goodie”… Apple Cider Vinegar.

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Stuff has MAD BENEFITS! Lemme tell you naturals… This stuff is LEGIT. There are a ton of health benefits to it, which you can check out below; but for your hair, it can be used as a clarifying shampoo when mixed with water. Its known to revalitize your hair if your suffer from dullness, or dryness without stripping a ton of oils from your hair. You can pick it up at any local grocery store or health food store… and its MAD cheap. 

I chose to use this as a clarifier as I try to clarify my hair at least once a month, simply to get rid of excess product buildup that I may have. Clarifying your hair every month is super important, especially as a “natural” since you don’t want those products that you know and love to stop working for you because of the excess use.

Before I hop into the shower, I took out an applicator bottle and mixed the apple cider vinegar with one part vinegar and one part water. Once you mix the two, simply shake the applicator bottle a bit and you’re good to go. 

You can also use a standard old shampoo bottle or whichever tool you would like; the benefit of using the applicator bottle for ME in particular is began I currently have a partial sew in installed. Gotta get to those braids and roots. 😉

Once its applied, I began to simply rub the mix in and massage my scalp, just as I would with a standard shampoo/co- wash, and rinsed it out. Easy as 1, 2, 3. Super organic, gluten free and a great product to use on the regular, or if you’re having a day when you just don’t feel like using an actual shampoo/co- wash.

Just wanted to drop this as a REMINDER to remember the oldie but goodies! Sure, we love our Carols Daughter and Shea Moisture, but the grocery store/health food store products still work just as well. 😉

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You guys have been showing so much love on my page; Naturals, you ROCK! I cannot wait for my future with wordpress as a writer, as well as soon starting vlogs on YouTube of my journey.

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Ta Ta, for now!

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

 

Curly girls! I need your advice!

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Alright, Naturals.

I have had a partial sew in installed in this “Beautiful mane” of mine for about three weeks now. So far, its been great. Its long, flowy, I have been whipping my hair back and forth in peoples faces and switching, and so far its great. BUT. I do have one thing to say: I am getting tired of it. So tired of it, yall.

My scalp itches, it feels like I am wearing a hat, and quite frankly… I miss my kinks and coils. Frizziness, dryness, and all. 😦

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The dilemma I have is this: I wanted a weave for a trip I took to Florida. So, I got my weave. I did it, I got it, I loved it, I scratched my itch, and now I want it O-U-T. But naturals let me tell you… Yall KNOW weave is not cheap! Part of me really wants to get my return on investment.

So I come to you for advice! Waving my white flag!

What should I do? Should I keep it in for at LEAST another month, or should I kiss this hat goodbye?

Help a sistah’ out. Post your comments and share your thoughts below. Thanks guys!

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

What makes you “Beautifully mane”?

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What does it mean to be “Beautifully mane”?

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.

 

What are your thoughts? Comment below and share with me what being “Beautifully mane” means to you!