It seems like my hair grew so much faster with a relaxer but shrinkage will create that illusion. I’ve been transitioning for a year and have not used any heat for over 6 months. Hence, it’s hard to say exactly how many inches I’ve grown so far. At this point, I’m learning not to focus so much on length.
I’ve always had long hair and could never image myself with short hair. So, imagine my struggle of having to cut so many inches during this transition. The good news is I’m half way there, and I’m even more motivated now that I can see my real curl pattern!
Another bit of encouragement came through a conversation with another natural while shopping at the mall. She did the big chop about a year ago and shared stories about her trials and triumphs of going natural. I realized that I was making good progress and managed to keep my hair pretty healthy during this transitioning period.
I’m committed to this natural hair journey now more than ever. It started as a means to replenish my damaged tresses, but it’s not just about me. I’ve learned so much about natural hair, which makes taking care of my daughter’s hair easier and less stressful.
I might complain that Blake inherited my thick and unruly mane, but I really love the volume and natural length of our hair. For the first time in all my 36 years, I finally have some good hair products and resources to help bring out the true beauty of my hair.
When I was a kid, all my mother had was a jar of Dax, some TCB oil or Lottabody! Blake will be well equipped to go chemical-free with stronger healthier hair.
Curlkit’s Founder, Heather Cummings, Shares the Do’s and Don’ts of Transitioning in Winter
I just made the one year mark in transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. Honestly, it’s not an easy journey! At first, I just wanted to give my damaged tresses a break from all the chemicals. Then, as I learned more about caring for my natural hair, the more I fell in love with my curls and getting my hair back to a natural, healthier state.
My best hair days are typically the three days after a twist out or bantu knots. The rest of the week, I either resort to wearing a turban or calling my cousin (who’s also transitioning btw) for motivational support.
The colder it gets, the more challenging it is to keep my hair from becoming dry and brittle. I’ve been experimenting with different products and techniques but decided to get some expert advice to help me with transitioning during these cold winter months!
Heather Cummings is a natural hair expert and founder of Curlkit – a monthly hair product subscription service specifically for curly hair. She gave me some great tips and important points to consider.
“Keeping your ends protected and minimizing breakage are probably two of the most common objectives when transitioning and these objectives are made all the more important in Winter when hair is very susceptible to dryness, ” says Heather.
Heather shared these Do’s and Don’ts of Transitioning in Winter
My daughter Blake pretty much inherited my hair. Now, I truly empathize with my mother who had to rely on a jar of Dax and/or pressing comb to help tame my gigantic hair.
Every Saturday morning feels like a science experiment. I am constantly trying new products in hopes that it will make her hair more manageable and the process less stressful. She screams, she cries and even throws up sometimes. These panic attacks might also be hereditary because I was the same as a child.
Needless to say, I hopped, skipped and jumped at the opportunity to try Curlkit! Curlkit is an easy way to try out new products and find what’s best for your hair. Each month the box is delivered to your door with full size and sample size products. The subscription fee is $20 per month and not bad considering the cost of natural/organic hair products. The box came filled with goodies including a full size shampoo, curl hydration spray, styling custard and 8 trial size treatments, conditioners etc.
Because she has so much hair that comes with so much drama, I typically do double strand twists that last all week or an overnight twist out for more defined curls. Either way, it takes about 3 to 4 hours and not the best options if I’m pressed for time or simply exhausted.
So I decided to put Curlkit to the ultimate test and the results were amazing. I was able to achieve that cute curly fro (pic above) in under 2 hours with enough time to get everyone ready and out the door for an afternoon event. I absolutely love Curlkit and now that I’ve discovered all these great products, I’m thinking about going natural!
Here’s what I used to get the look:
STEP 1: Wash with Hante Textures Sulphate-Free Shampoo with Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil
I have never purchased or downloaded a single Beyonce track prior to the release of this self-entitled album. Yet, I consider myself a fan. I like her music, but I really love the visual expression of who she is as an artist. The fashion, the hair, the makeup and dancing.
You’re probably thinking that still doesn’t make me a fan. It’s ok. Beyonce gets it. She (and her genius marketing team) know that all fans weren’t created equal. I think that’s the real reason behind this visual album. With 14 songs and 17 videos, there’s something on this album for everybody.
While some of us are breaking down the lyrics to “Drunk in Love”, I’m just stuck on the incredible style she’s serving with the fashion makeup and these hot hairdos. How many of us will be inspired to try the wavy bob, finger waves or long platinum tresses?
I feel like there’s always an emotion attached to every extreme new hairdo. Whether you’re exploring your sensual, romantic side by going to greater lengths or breaking free from something or someone by chopping it all off. Then, there is always the chance that you’re a celebrity whose stylist promised that this new look would turn heads on the red carpet.
Recently, these celebrities have been making headlines with their drastic new dos…
BAYWATCH BABE PAM ANDERSON GOES SHORT FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER
I can’t remember seeing Pamela Anderson with anything but long, voluminous hair. Doesn’t she look smarter? The 46 year old actress is also an accomplished producer, author and activist, so I think it’s about time she ditched the blonde bombshell image.
Now that Fashion Week has ended and we’ve oohed and aahed over what we’ll be wearing next spring, it’s a perfect time to recap and look at the hairstyles that complimented the fashion. Besides, it’s not too early to start planning your spring beauty makeover!
Here are the top hairdos that dominated the runways (according to moi) and are fabulous for an everyday look…
We’re in the midst of another Black History Month and since we’re talking beauty, I thought it would be a nice twist to look at some trendsettng moments in Black History. It’s all about ‘good hair’ baby and when it comes to Black hair, the options are endless. Whether, it’s Pam Grier’s afro, Janet Jackson’s goddess braids, Beyonce’s blonde weaves or Rihanna’s mohawk, best believe each look has made a mark in cultural history.
Here’s a collage of the greatest or my most memorable Black hair-dos (think I’ve had them all except the Jheri).
New year and new look for Kelly Rowland and Meagan Good! Kelly went back to her short-do, which she sported in the beginning of her Destiny Child’s career, and Meagan, who has always done longer locks, seems to be going for an edgier, grown up look. Although they both made the change late last year, looks like they’re out of the experimental stages and settled with more defined asymmetrical cuts.
I think Kelly looks good short or long, but still on the fence about Meagan’s look. She is cute and youthful enough to work a short cut but not sure I like this particular style. What do you think? Who gets best new hair…Kelly or Meagan?
Sometimes we girls just need a change, and what better way to get it than with a new hair-do. A complete hair makeover can give you a mild dose of risk-taking, spontaneous rush and, at the same time, give your man the illusion of new eye-candy.
If you’re looking for a hair style to make you feel brand new, going short just might do the trick. Celebrities like Tia Mowry, Rihanna and Solange traded their lovely locks for a shorter, sweeter look, and NUBIA’s own life & style editor Cari just made the short list a week ago…
Cari, life & style editor