I flat ironed my hair last week because for me, I feel less guilt when I neglect my straight hair versus my kinks, lol. I was still working out and it’s been in the mid 80s this winter in Florida. My hair poofed up in minutes and my roots reverted quickly as well.
My hair was in a state so I decided to try out my new curling wand. It was $10 at Ulta and I had a $5 off coupon (woot woot!). It’s nothing fancy obviously. There’s no temperature control and the barrel is quite short. But it got the job done. I loved the big curls it gave me. It only lasted a day however, as humidity took over yet again. Here are some iphone pics of both styles. I am currently back in a braidout.
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I made it 3 weeks in my 2nd Autumn protective style. See posts here and here. I planned on going 4 weeks but I had to constantly cut strands of hair that came out of the twists and tangled with hair around it. I figured I better take them out before I lose too much hair. It took me 2 days to take them all out. I washed and conditioned with Original Moxie products that I’m currently testing. Stay tuned for a review. My hair is currently straightened and in a bun for the week because I don’t have the time to worry about it.
Pictured above is what my hair looked like after 3 weeks. I co-washed my twists often due to working out 4-5 times a week and sweating a whole lot. My roots were braided and they grew out about 1/2″ in that time (closer to 2/3″ in the back). I tried to snap some pics to show the growth. At the end of 3 weeks (Nov 18- Dec 6), the roots were looser at the back, compared to the crown. My typical growth rate is less than 1/2″ per month. I started taking Hairfinity on August 28 of this year. I am almost at the end of my 2nd bottle (I took 1 per day for the 1st bottle, now I’m up to 2 a day). My growth rate has definitely increased due to the vitamins and of course- healthy living. Click here to purchase Hairfinity vitamins.
See my previous Hairfinity update posts here:
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I finally got a length check shirt. I figured it’s a good way to track my Hairfinity results. I’m still in mini twists but I took one out to take this pic. As of December 2, 2013, I’m a little past line 6 on my shirt.
I’ll post an update about my growth in twists in 2 weeks. I’ll do monthly length checks in this shirt at the start of each month.
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Well, we’ve made it past Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Last up in the holiday shopping madness is Cyber Monday. I know I’ve already got my postman busy with 8 packages on the way. If you haven’t already check out my Black Friday article. Cyber Monday deals are listed for vendors who are having an event separate from the BF sale. Many other vendors have “Black Friday” sales that end tomorrow. Don’t miss out!!!
I’ll make any final updates to the original list of sales on natural hair care brands, by midnight tonight.
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I ventured out to the shops to see what deals I could find. I did get some cute faux leather hot shorts from Pacsun for only $4 and some stuff for the home at JCPenny. My niece was restless and we had to cut our trip short.
I currently have all my online shopping carts open as I negotiate what I want and what I can do without. If you haven’t already checked it out, I have an extensive list of Black Friday natural hair care deals here. Some sales end tonight but many go through Cyber Monday! Don’t miss out!!
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Save 15% on Hairfinity hair growth vitamins with coupon code: BlackFriday. Offer expires December 2, 2013.
I’m blogging from my phone, so I’ll add this to the master list when I get on a computer. Don’t forget to check that list for daily sales updates!
Edit- the Black Friday discount is actually 15% (not 10% as previously stated)! I just placed my order. Hurry before the deal runs out!
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Here’s a few things tools and products that from my observation, aren’t as popular in the natural hair community, as perhaps they could be…
I bought one of these on a whim. Combs were buy 1, get 1 and I grabbed an afro comb because it was essentially free. I had no idea it would work so well at detangling my hair. I see a lot of naturals using an afro comb or pick to lift or fluff the roots. I don’t ever use it for that purpose because in my opinion that can cause tangles and matting- It’s equivalent to combing from the roots to tips… I use my afro comb to detangle hair that is previously dried (after adding some moisture, of course). I don’t know if it’s the leverage in the comb, but it does a great job of gliding through my hair and my niece’s 4b hair. I definitely think afro combs and picks are underrated. Black men and women have used them for 6,000 years after all.
These were popular for a while but I don’t see many naturals using them these days. Banana clips are great for when your natural hair is at the awkward length of just being able to make it into a ponytail, but that ponytail looks like a handful or cotton balls. A banana clip will make a puff look fuller and a ponytail look longer. It’s also much easier to get all the hair in one versus a regular ponytail holder. You can get extra wide, higher quality ones at higher end beauty supply stores like Ulta. Unfortunately for me, even the wide banana clips no longer hold all this hair of mine when loose. I do still use them when I’m in mini braids or flat ironed.
Conditioner You Loved When Relaxed-
Although the texture of our hair changed, its basic properties are still the same. If you had fine hair when relaxed, your hair will remain fine, for example. If there was a product that you loved while relaxed, hold off on giving it the boot. Try it out on your natural hair. Maybe it will work just as well or possibly better. This was true for me and LeKair Cholesterol. I searched high and low for a good deep conditioner for my natural hair. In the end, I went back to what I used when relaxed.
Curling Irons and Curling Wands-
I am in no way suggesting that heat is underrated. But, if you’re going to reach for a heat tool, why not use a curling iron ir wand as opposed to a flat iron. Youtuber Meechie Monroe has a great tutorial here, using her curling wand on blown out natural hair. ItsMyRayeRaye also uses a curling wand often, although I’m not sure if she’s natural. Why not do a heatless blowout (take out that afro comb and pick out dry hair) then curl using a wand or iron (after adding a heat protectant of course). The final look is similar to a bantu knot out with the time or headache of sleeping on them.
Satin or Foam Rollers-
When I was a preteen, I loved these things. I desperately wanted bangs, but my mom wouldn’t let me cut my hair. Every night, I rolled the front of my hair. Every morning I took the foam roller out and left the hair as is to create a faux bang look. It looked more like a sausage link than bangs, but I loved it at the time, lol. I recently purchased a set of these. They are inexpensive and provided a nice curl on my natural hair. I won’t go as far as saying these are comfortable to sleep in, but they are far more comfortable than flexi rods, curlformers, and perm rods.
My bestie never once gave up scrunchies and I teased her for it. Look at my now, suggesting others bring them back. I probably wouldn’t wear one out in public, but a soft scrunchie is great for putting hair up in a high ponytail at night. It won’t leave any dents in your hair and a satin or silk one very gentle and not drying. Unlike many headbands, there is no metal piece to worry about. Best of all, when they lose the elastic, you can still use them and perhaps it’s even better because it won’t be so tight.
In my opinion, hair needs to be periodically cleansed in some way. Cowashing alone is not sufficient. Furthermore, if you use products with cones you have to use a sulfate shampoo regularly. I’ve read that silcones in hair products are most chemically similar to the caulk used to waterproof bathroom fixtures. Buildup will occur over time. If using natural products, it’s good to cleanse and clarify the hair with shampoo (sulfate or sulfate free) or a shampoo alternative like a clay cleanser or vinegar based cleanser. Shampoo, may be drying but the key is to find the right shampoo for your hair and to use it on a schedule that works for you.
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Here are more pics of my twists from my Autumn Protective Style post. I took these pics after a few days, so the twists did shrink a little. I didn’t plan on washing these, but I’ve been working out twice a day so I had to cowash. I’ll clarify my hair when I take them out. I’m also using eucalyptus oil for the cooling effect after a workout. I can barely lift my arms right now because I’m so sore so if I manage to get them into a ponytail, I’m lucky.
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Here’s a roundup of Black Friday (November 29, 2013) natural hair care vendor sales from around the web. Click on the vendor names to visit their respective websites.
- Afroveda- Sale starts November 28. 2013. Take 35% off of $40 or more with code itsBF.
- Alikay Naturals- Sale runs November 21- December 31, 2013. Take 15% off, no code needed.
- All Things O’ Natural- Sale runs November 28, 11:59PM EST – November 29, 2013, 12 Noon EST. Take 30% off, no code needed. Cyber Monday sale runs December 1 – December 2, 2013. Take 30% off.
- Aubrey Organics- TBD
- B.A.S.K. Beauty- Sale runs December 2 – December 4, 2013. Save 25% – 40% on select products.
- Bake Shop Butters- Sale runs November 24 – December 5, 2013. Take 20% off of $30 or more. Free shipping with $40 or more.
- Bee Mine-
November 28, 2013, 8 PM- 10 PM EST, take 40% off of $30. November 29, 2013, 30% off $30 or more with code BLK30.
- Belle Butters- Sale runs November 29, 2013, 12:00AM CST – 11:59PM CST. Use code BF13 for 15% off. Cyber Monday sale- December 2, 2013. Free shipping with code CM13, 12:00AM CST - 11:59PM CST.
- BlensBlend- see site for details.
- BoBeam Natural Hair Products-
Sale ends Midnight November 29, 2013, take 35% off, code will be posted on Friday.
- Brown Butter Beauty- 25% off full sized products.
- CC’s Naturals- Sales runs November 28, 2013, 9:00PM – November 29, 2013, 6:59AM. Use code BF40 for 40% off. From November 29, 2013, 7:00AM – December 2, 2013, 11:59PM, use code BF30 for 30% off.
- Camile Rose-
Starts November 29, 2013. Take 25% off with code CRNHOLIDAY.
- Coastal Scents- Sale ends December 2, 2013, 50% off everything.
- Curl Junkie-
Sale runs November 28, 5 PM- November 29, 2013 Midnight EST. Take 25% off $50 or more with THANKS2013.
- Curl Mart-
Gray Friday Sale November 22 – November 26, 2013, 11:59 PM CST. Take 25% off and $5 shipping + Free detangling comb with code GRAY25.
- Curlformers- Sale runs November 29 – December 2, 2013, take 20% off.
- Curls- Take 35% off with code ILOVECURLS. See site for more details.
- Curly Kinks-
Sale runs November 29, 2013 12:00 am – 11:59 pm EST. Take 25% off all full size products and 15% off all gift sets, excluding sample sets.
- Darcy’s Botanicals- 25% off full sized products.
- Donna Marie- November 22, 2013 Presale, use code DMPRESALE for 35% off.
- Hairfinity- Ends December 2, 2013. Take 15% off with code BlackFriday.
- Hairitage Hydration-
Sale November 29, 2013. Take 40% off with code BLACKFRIDAY7.
- Hairveda- 25% – 40% off select products [subject to updates]
- Happy Nappy Honey-
Sales runs November 22 – November 25, 2013. Take 30% off of $55 or more with code blackfriday.
- Hattache- (this is a natural BSS) Sale November 29, 2013. Take 25% off $30 or more. Use code THANKYOU.
- Hotcombs- Sale ends December 2, 2013. Take 15% off with code WINTER15.
- Hydroquench Systems- Take 50% off of $60 or more, free shipping on $50 or more with code HOLNOV1.
- Hydrotherma Naturals- Sale runs November 29 - December 3, 2013. Take 20% off with code thanks.
- Jane Carter Solutions-
Sale November 29, 2013 Noon to Midnight. Take 40% off.
- Jessicurl- Sale runs November 28, Midnight – December 2, 2013 Midnight. Take 30% off of 8oz products with code BFF.
- Karens Body Beautiful- 25% off $50 or more with code BLACKFRIDAY.
- Koils By Nature- Special edition box, $150 worth of items for $65 + $5 shipping. See site for more details.
- Komaza Care- November 29, 2013, take 25% off with code Friday.
- Kurlee Belle- Sale ends December 18, 2013. Take 15% off with code DDC15. BF Sale November 26- December 2, 2013, take 30% off with code bfcm30.
- Lia Naturals-
Sale runs November 29, 2013, 12 Noon – 2:00PM EST. Take 25% off with code BLACKFRIDAY.
- Milk and Honey Hair- Take 25% off with code BLK13.
- Miss Good Hair- Save up to 60% site-wide, products start at $4.99, free sample size of gel Cyber Monday.
- Miss Jessie’s- Sale runs November 10 – December 31, 2013. Take 40% off, plus free shipping.
- Mozeke Products-
Sale runs November 29, 2013, 8:00AM CST – 8:00PM CST. 50% off everything except samples and bulk sizes.
- My Honey Child- Sale November 19, 2013. Take 50% off 8 oz products. Use code MYHC.
- Natures Gate-
Sale ends November 30, 2013 Midnight EST. Take 30% off with code NGFT13.
- Nyenzo Natural Hair and Body Boutique- Sale is November 27 & November 29, 2013 Noon – 630 PM. BOGO 50% off select products IN STORE. Take 20% off online.
- Obia Natural Hair Care- Sale runs November 25 – November 28, 2013. Take 45% off with code BeatBlackFriday. Cyber Monday sale runs November 29 – December 2, 2013. Take 40% off with code OBIA2013.
- Original Moxie- Sale runs November 29 – December 2, 2013. Take 30% off of $30 or more, free 4 oz product with $60 or more, and free gift with any purchase. Coupon code to be posted on social media. Click for Original Moxie Facebook page. Use code OM3030BF
- Ouidad- Ends December 3, 2013. Take 20% off orders under $60 with code FFCURL20. Take 25% off $60 or more with code FFCURL25.
- Oyin Handmade- Sale runs November 29 – December 2, 2013, 20% off plus free shipping over $50.
- Q-Redew- (handheld steamer) $15 off.
- Qhemet Biologics- Sale starts December 2, 2013, 11am EST. Take 20% OFF + FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING on orders over $65 with code CM2013. While supplies last! *Order intake will be suspended at 11pm EST on 12/2 and will resume on 12/3. Website is currently closed but will reopen on 12/2 at 11am EST for the sale.
- SDOTBEAUTY- Sale runs November 29 – December 3, 2013. Take 15% off with code SAVE15 or use code BLACKFRIDAY13 for 25% off of $50.00 or more. $6.95 Flat Rate Shipping Available.
- Sage Naturalceuticals-
Sale runs November 29, 2013, 8PM to Midnight, take 25% off online with code BLACK13.
- Sally Beauty- Take 30% off $50 with code 555614.
- Shea Terra Organics-
Through November 29, 2013, take 30% off.
- Shescentit- Sale runs November 28 – December 2, 2013. Take 30% off with code GIVETHANKS.
- Silky Wraps- Sale runs November 25 – December 2, 2013. Up to 25% off, plus free shipping over $50.
- Soultanicals- Take 40% off with code BFSOUL40. [subject to edits]
- Tasti Kiss Essentials- [Big Cartel, Etsy] Sale runs November 28, 9:00PM PST – December 2, 2013 11:59 PM PST or until sold out. Take 30% off of $30 or more and free shipping on $40 or more with code TASTI2013.
- Uncle Funky’s Daughter-
Through December 1, 2013. BOGO 50% off on select products. No code.
- Ynobe Shop- Sale runs November 29, 2013 12 Midnight EST – December 2, 2013, 6:00AM EST. Use codes BLACKFRI13 or BLACKFRIDAY13 for free domestic shipping and 20% off all orders. Or save 30% when you spend $60 or more. Cyber Monday sale runs November 18, 12 Midnight EST – November 25, 2013, 6:00AM EST. Take $10 off $50 or more or save 15% off all orders. Use codes CYBER7 or CYBER2.
Please rely on vendors for most accurate and up to date sale details.
The list will be updated when I get more information. Stay tuned!
…Updated- November 22, 2013- 17 vendors added
…Updated November 23, 2013- 3 vendors added
…Updated November 25, 2013- 6 vendors added
…Updated November 27, 2013- 13 vendors added
…Updated November 28, 2013- 3 vendors added
…Updated December 2, 2013. Expired sales marked with
strike-through. Added a few Cyber Monday deals and more vendors.
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I posted about my plan to wear a wig for the rest of November and December. That didn’t exactly pan out. I put in loose (sorta loose) mini twists with braided roots. I’ll probably keep these in for 3-4 weeks. I wanted my hair out of the way and needed something that would be easy to deal with because I’m waking up at 430 am to workout…ugh! Here’s a preview of my twists- styled in a low bun for work.
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Sometimes I shocked by how quickly I tire of styling my hair…especially since I don’t do much to it. I decided to hide my hair until New Years Eve. Normally, I would put in mini braids, but I just don’t feel like dealing with taking them out and I just recently got my curl pattern back. You can read my post about my curl pattern change here. This is my hair now, after it was air-dried in 6 twists. As you can see, the curls are clumped better than in the previous post and this is dried/stretched hair.
I started putting in yarn twists, but I didn’t like the amount of tension it was putting on my roots. I ended up taking them out and opting for a wig instead. Right now the plan in to wear my Outre Tammy half wig through December. [EDIT- the article hadn't posted and I'd already changed my mind after 1 week.] The front of my hair is left out. About 1/2 an inch around the entire perimeter (minus the front that will be seen) is flat twisted- just in case I want to have leave-out for a ponytail or bun. The rest of my hair is in medium sized braids. I used a lot of rinse out conditioner when I braided, so I won’t need to moisturize and seal. I am wearing a thin plastic baggie (the type you put veggies in at the grocery store) to cover my hair, then putting my wig cap over that. The plastic baggie prevents damage from the wig cap and keeps my hair moisturized.
My wig has the comb in the top. I place bobby pins around the rest of the perimeter to keep it down. My leave out was air-dried then on a low temp (around setting 10 on BaByliss that goes up to 25). I then braided it to give it a similar texture to the wig. My edges reverted a little but I did use any additional heat. I’ve only worn the wig when I leave the house. Otherwise, all my braids are in a bun.
(Sidenote- my skin is hypersensitive and usually red but my webcam really picks that up and it’s so annoying! I look pink, lol)
But as mentioned in the edit above, it has been a week in the wig and I am over it. I’m starting a fitness bootcamp and I’d rather have a different style. I am resisting the urge to wear mini braids because I wear my hair out on New Year’s Eve and mini braids make that complicated because every year I wait to literally the very last minute to take them out. I think I might put in some loose strand twists but I can’t really wash them and my ends hate twists…I don’t know. What I do know is I am too fickle…
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