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Currently: Obsessed With Wigs

Hello Lovely,

This is going to sound weird, but within the past three months I have become obsesses with wigs! I made three wigs earlier this year (not the best job but also not bad for a rookie). I really enjoyed the process but I just couldn't figure out how to attach the closure. After everything, there's really only one wig that came out pretty good and I wear it fairly often. So what do I see in wigs you ask?

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I do not have the time to constantly fix my hair. Even with protective styles, I get tired of it after only one week. I'm really non-commital with hairstyles, so wigs seemed like the perfect answer! I think it's really cool to completely transform your look by simply throwing on a wig. The best part is there's no commitment. At the end of the day, I can take it off and go about my business. And underneath my wigs, my hair is usually in a braided/twisted style so that if anyone were to snatch my wig (I've watched waaaaaaay too much reality TV), at least my hair would still be cute underneath. I know there are so many rules and regulations to wear a wig properly, but when have I ever been the kind of gal to follow rules?

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I know that I'm never going to be the one to always have my nails done, or my face, "beat".

I Made My First Wig!

Hello Lovely,

I HAVE NEVER BEEN THE PERSON TO WEAR WIGS! I always grew up with the belief that if you want it, earn it. That applied to my finances and my hair. It was only when I began working after college that I began to experiment with extensions. I first got into it when I bought coloured extensions, and hot glued the tracks to the comb clips so that I can slip them in and out. I'm very non-commital with hairstyles, hence why I don't have locs. When my hair was permed, I liked using the coloured extensions and soon matching extensions that I used to add length and thickness to my hair. I went from have 14" hair to about 18".

Since then I've worn extensions with braids but stayed away from sew-ins, glued in tracks, and whole wigs in general because I found they were too tight. One of my best friends has a wig collection and it's always fun seeing her instagram posts wearing the various wigs, so one day a light bulb went off in my head and I wondered how hard it would be to make one of my own. Although I knew wigs could be costly depending on the type of hair, to be honest I don't know Jack Squat about weave. But that didn't stop me from having a ball wig shopping with one of my bestie's! I've made two wigs so far and I've had so much fun making them. I definitely have room for improvement so I'm going to try again with my last wig. I'm making these wigs to wear whenever I'm having a bad hair day or if I don't feel like fixing my hair. So on my mission to that I decided to experiment with my hair and I really like the results so far!

Don't forget to follow me on Youtube as I will slowly start putting out videos on that platform. I'm thinking about making a video every two weeks. What do you guys think? Do you like following my adventures? Share your reactions to my first two wigs in the comment section below! I love hearing from you.

5 Tips for a Smooth Transition to Luscious, Natural Hair

Today we're wrapping up our 3 day mini series on natural hair as provided by Curls Understood. I hope you learned a little something about showing your tresses some much needed TLC and understanding. If you're new to the natural process, this is the perfect tip for you on how best, to navigate your journey.

WHERE TO BEGIN…

Congratulations! You made the right decision to pursue this journey to hair freedom. But where do you start? Natural hair – defined here as free from chemical straightening – is the most versatile hair on the planet. You can style it a myriad of ways whilst helping it stay in its healthiest, truest form. Now this won’t be easy. Especially if you’ve never even seen your hair’s true texture but the rewards far out way the trials and we’re here to help!

Below are five things we think you should determine ASAP to help your natural hair journey be a little smoother (also check out our Glossary):

1 Understand your hair’s attributes and what that means for you

Your first mission, should you choose to accept it, will be determining your hair’s attributes (TextureVolumeLength, Porosity, Width). Just looking at your hair won’t cut it. To really know what you’re working with you’ll need to experiment with your hair for at least 3 months.

That means styling your hair wet then another time dry to see what it prefers. Experimenting with different products (give each one at least 3 months). Establishing a hair care regimen etc. Also examine your hair when it’s wet and free from product. That’ll give you better insight into what your true texture(s) is.

Those early in their natural hair journey may find it especially useful to seek guidance from naturals with hair attributes similar to theirs. It can save a lot of time, and dollar, dollar bills, avoiding hair products and hairstyles that just weren't made for their tresses. For each of the Textures listed on this site, we suggest 5 naturals to follow on YouTube. What better way to learn then from other’s mistakes and successes?

 

2 Establish a regular hair care regimen that works for your lifestyle

There is no one regimen that works for everyone. Let’s just put it out there. But in the beginning it’s helpful to get some guidance on where to start.

We suggest buying a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner from the same product line. They’re made to work together so while you’re still in the discovery phase, take advantage of a cohesive system. You can branch out later. Next find a deep conditioner, water-based moisturiser and a natural oil (to seal that moisture in).

Start by washing your hair at least once a week. The conditioner detangles and restores moisture after your shampoo has stripped your hair clean. Use your leave-in conditioner whenever you feel your hair needs moisture or even to style. Leave-in conditioners are usually water-based so it could double up as your water-based moisturiser.

Deep condition at least every other week in the Summer and every week in the Winter – again you can adjust this routine once you learn what your hair needs. Natural oils seal in moisture. So you can either spritz your hair with water or said water-based moisturiser as needed then lightly coat your hair with an oil to lock that moisture/water in. Butters and gels are optional styling products but note the more you use them the more often you’ll probably have to wash your hair.

With time you’ll adjust this basic routine to suit your schedule and hair care needs. Some women wash every 3 weeks. Others deep condition once a month. It really is an individual preference! The key is to pay attention and observe what your hair likes. Does it feel rough, dry, fragile? Is it limp or breaking? If so, it’s time to read up on what the issue is a change your routine accordingly. :)

 

3 Find protective styles that you actually like

Think of a protective style as a vacation for your hair. When in protective style mode your hair is free from the everyday manipulation you subject your hair to. While some manipulation is necessary (washing and detangling) other types of manipulation just wear your hair down over time.

We at Curls Understood™ understand that you want to look your best. Just learn the tricks to keep styling manipulation to a minimum. Enter protective styles – defined as a hairstyle that protects the ends of your hair from breaking by limiting its exposure to harsh elements like the weather. The ends of your hair are the oldest and most susceptible to damage. Protecting your ends = retained length.

Some better known protective styles are two-strand twists, braid extensions or cornrows. But up-dos, wigs and weaves also work. Those with thinner/finer hair may prefer the up-dos vs. the two strand twists. Those with shorter hair may want to try wigs.

Protective styles are most effective when worn for many days, or even weeks, at a time. Visit our Hairstyles section for ideas.

 

4 Exercise, water and vitamins – three words to live by

Your overall health contributes to the health of your hair… naturally! So making sure your body is getting the right nutrients and exercise is key to growing healthy hair.

Exercise helps to promote blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles. With regular exercise, at least 3 times a week, hair follicles are nourished by oxygen-rich blood flow. This ultimately increases hair growth. Yay to that!

Water is the ultimate moisturiser. It gives your hair its elasticity thus preventing it from snapping/breaking. Aim to drink 8-10 cups of water a day. It’ll keep your hair and scalp hydrated.

As much as we like to think we eat and drink the right things our diets are not always going to contain the perfect balance of nutrients. Vitamins fill in the gaps. There are a multitude of vitamins to choose from, each with their own unique benefits. For now pick a multi-vitamin like Hairfinity. As you become more well-versed in your hair you can pick a combination that addresses your specific needs.

Your hair is a direct reflection of what you do and put in your body. Take care of yourself and your hair will thrive.

 

5 Invest in quality tools

An artist is only as good as her tools. Invest in quality and you’ll be reaping the benefits. We suggest spending a little more on the following tools:

• Shears/Scissors – cut your hair with cheap or blunt scissors and it’ll leave jagged ends which ultimately lead to split ends. Remember that your hair’s ends are older and more fragile. Quality scissors leave ends clean and sharp.
• Wide tooth comb – better quality combs are made of better quality materials and last longer. While some people also use brushes when detangling, the wide tooth comb is a staple and worth investing in.
• Bobby pins – if you buy cheap dollar store bobby pins, you’ll pay for it in the long run. Cheaper pins tend to peel leaving sharp surfaces that snag your hair. Quality pins stay smooth and last longer which means their kinder to your hair.
• Silk scarf – a night wrap or scarf is every black girl’s best friend. While investing in real silk may sound like a luxury, over time real silk will stand the test of multiple washes and thus remain smooth and, well, silky.

And remember if you must use heat to  straighten or style invest in a ceramic flat iron. It’s a little kinder to your curls.

 

I hope you found this mini series to be helpful whether you're new on your journey or seasoned. Share this information with someone you think needs to know this and always take good care of your hair! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

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XoX,

Olivia

What's Your Texture and Why You Should Care

I have declared this week Natural Hair Education Week!

OK, so let’s get something straight (pun intended!). We know that many of you (like me) are adverse to hair typing. That infamous four point scale had our sexy curls come in last place and who doesn't want to be a winner? Hair typing gets especially tricky when you factor in the many states and styles our hair can achieve. When it’s wet it curls, when it’s humid it frizzes and when it grows it hangs. Yep, you read that right. Hang tough.

Below I have provided a guide for how Curls Understood™ groups hair textures. Their intention is to make it easier for you to find education and products best suited for you. So please don’t send me or them hate mail if you don’t see exactly your hair texture listed. 

COILY

Coilys stand up! Now sit back down because your hair texture was probably the hardest to categorize! You have attributes that mimic your Kinky sistas and behavior that borrows from the Curly crew. Your texture has visible coils and curls from a short distance, but a fierce Angela Davis ‘fro is achievable. Think corkscrews and kinks… sounds like a naughty toy, but you get the picture. Your coils are approximately ¼” to ½” in diameter and you hair strands tend to be fine. Your hair is awesome at absorbing moisture, hence the ability to pretty easily retain length assuming you’re ever so nice to your Coils.

CURLY

Do girls with curls have more fun? You tell us. Your springy, S shaped ringlets bounce around like they sure do! Your curls are roughly ½” – 1″ wide and easily revert back to their original shape after being stretched. Your hair absorbs water easily and therefore takes some time to dry. So in the winter months it’s important your hair fully dries before leaving out. When your hair is wet your curls are exaggerated but you may need some product to keep those curls defined once your hair drys. You retain length easily assuming you “follow the rules”. Curly girls shouldn’t be afraid of frizz, it can give you volume if your hair’s on the thinner side and who doesn’t like volume?

KINKY

Your hair texture’s name says it all, you sexy minx you. Your tightly coiled hair is densely packed together giving the illusion that you don’t have a curl pattern, but look closely and you’ll see tiny gorgeous coils. When wet your curl pattern becomes more visible but your hair can shrink up to 75%. Shrinkage just means more styling versatility. You can go from short to long hair overnight! Either way, your Kinks are up for for anything. Your hair strands tend to be very fine therefore more vulnerable to damage. Sealing in moisture is key. Just remember to spritz with warm water first to encourage your cuticles to open up.

This is definitely what my hair looks like!

This is definitely what my hair looks like!

WAVY

When we think of Wavy hair we think tousled locks that look like you’ve just got back from the beach. Your texture has a less defined S shape that seems to get straighter towards the ends – especially the longer your hair gets. Your curls don’t bounce as much your curly textured sistas but your hair is very resilient to styling and manipulation. That doesn’t mean you should over do it. Your hair texture cringes at the sight of a brush. Your hair strands are generally on the thicker side and have a natural sheen though they are oh so prone to frizz. No biggie. That’s nothing a little product can’t fix.

This is the hair texture of my dreams!

This is the hair texture of my dreams!

LOCS

We’re sure most of you here know what Locs are but humor us for a second. The “locking” process involves twisting/rolling/coiling/braiding your hair and allowing the individual strands to grow without unravelling or combing them. Those unfamiliar with locs may assume that you don’t need to do much to take care of them but unless you’re going for the freeform Bob Marley look, loc maintenance takes a lot of work! Whether you’re in the starter phase or have bonafide rooted locs, we love the elegance ladies who loc radiate. You put to bed the myth that locs are “Dreadful”.

STRAIGHT NATURAL

It does exactly what it says on the bottle, ladies…Straight Naturals don’t have chemically or permanently straightened hair. You choose to keep your natural coils, curls, kinks and waves straight by getting regular blow outs. Why? Reasons vary, but some include preferred styling and maintenance options. Many of you find it more convenient to care for your hair when it’s straight. Now let’s get something straight (we did it again ;). Straight naturals don’t loathe their curly/natural hair. Blow outs are just a styling option. Just like locs are a styling option. The only thing straight naturals hate is humidity!

TRANSITIONER

Chin up Buttercup, transitioning ain’t all that bad. You’ve conquered the hardest part of your journey – making the decision to go natural. Now all that’s left is to transition from the old relaxed straight hair to the new fabulous curls. There may be days when you want to call your old hairstylist and schedule a relaxer STAT, but why buckle when you’ve come this far? When the toll of negotiating between your two textures becomes too much, Transitioners can always wear braid extensions for a mini hair vacation. Just keep your eye on the prize and remember to stay inspired!

I hope this cleared up a lot for you. Feel free to ask me any questions.

XoX,

Olivia

 

Let it Fro, Let it Fro

Hi Friends!

I guess you could say that I'm in a good mood today. Why? For no real reason, really. If I had to attribute it to anything it would probably be that my fro is free to roam the planet again! Okay that sounded weird. Let me be a little more clear. For the last two weeks, I rocked yarn braids. I did them myself (my first time ever braiding my own hair, much less braiding it with something).

It was a weird experience. And I think it took me a total of 8 hours to do it myself. I felt so miserable with each strand I interlocked, feeling as if I would never make it to the end. They weren't perfect, but they looked decent.

But recently they started to look bad. Like hair coming out the braid, new growth on fleek, kind of bad. So last night, after 2 hours, I took all of the braids out.

                                   Now watch me whip...

                                   Now watch me whip...

Now I'm rocking my fro, and I guess it's giving me an increased sense of self-confidence. I'm also wearing a handmade African print maxi dress, which has me feeling extra royal!  I did a length check last night and my hair at the top, now stretches to my jawline! (Which I also just realised this morning, that I don't have much of. Like seriously, my face goes straight into my neck; not much separation or definition going on there).

                                         Selfie at work!

                                         Selfie at work!

Don't mind the fluffiness of the puff. My hair was moisturised using the LOC method this morning around 7 am and is totally dry now! I've always been cursed with dry hair. Nothing I do seems to work. If you guys have any suggestions, I'd totally appreciate that!

Leave your suggestions in the comment section below and have an awesome day!

XoX,

Olivia

DIY Coconut Milk Leave In Spray On Conditioner

Hi Friends!

I'm back again with another crazy easy DIY product that you can make yourself for your health! That kinda rhymed didn't it? Let's just nod and agree that it did!

I think I've mentioned before that I suffer from majorly dry hair.  You know, once or twice. I've tried a lot of things to retain moisture, and so far nothing is a permanent fixture in my life. It's the main reason why I'm never dyeing my hair EVER AGAIN! And you can quote me on that. You can also quote me as having said that I am woman and reserve the right the change my mind as I see fit. But as for now, no more hair dyes! No more bleaching! My hair will be black, strong and long! I declare it!

Now that my mini random Baptist moment is over (I'm not even Baptist), let me let you in on a little secret. Last week I made a deep conditioning treatment for protein sensitive hair just to see if I have protein sensitive hair. Because my last experiment with that didn't end well at all! I made videos of both of these experiments but I just can't find the time to edit and post them. So just use that colourful imagination of yours and picture it. Dry brittle hair desperate for soul quenching nourishment. And then, by a miracle, I discovered something that worked amazingly well in my hair! The beautiful combination of banana, aloe vera juice (which after two-three weeks, I finally found for $12) and coconut milk. My hair never felt softer. So now, being the inner scientist I am, I'm separating the ingredients to find out which one has the magical healing powers or if it only works in that combination. the first one I started with is the coconut milk. Coconut milk is packed with loads of proteins and vitamins which makes it an excellent beauty product. It adds strength and elasticity to weak, brittle and damaged hair, and promotes longer hair by helping reduce everyday damage. I got this recipe from indianbeautyspot.com. I simply reused an old empty spray bottle and got to work!

 

Coconut Milk Leave in Conditioner Spray

This homemade all natural leave in conditioner will not only keep your hair soft, shiny and moisturised but will also treat any hair problems naturally.

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk

  • 1 cup distilled water

  • 1tsp of vitamin E oil (optional)

  • Few drops of lavender oil or any other essential oil

  • 1 tbsp Aloe vera juice

Mix it all in a spray bottle and mist only on the ends of your hair. If you have natural hair, beware that while this will immediately soften your hair, it will harden after 8+ hours. This is normal, because it will return to a nourished softness with the natural moisture your hair produces. It may be a sign of protein sensitivity.You probably won't need to use this more than once per week (twice at the most). You should notice a subtle growth in your hair as well over prolonged use.

Update: December 22, 2015

After getting my first blowout since going natural, my hair is not shoulder blade length and probably less than 6 inches away from bra-strap length! This is amazing because my hair went from being roughly in the middle space between my ear and shoulder to shoulder blade length in about 6 months!

I hope you enjoy using it!

XoX,

Olivia