Naturally Curly Hair, Please Don’t Touch.

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I have been asked a lot of questions about my hair…
 
What products do you use?
What is your hair care routine?
How do you maintain your curls?
How do you reduce the frizziness?
What do you use to detangle your hair?
How long have you been going natural?
And I do not mind answering any of these questions!
First let me start off by saying, that my, and I do say MY DEFINITION of going natural is not using perm. We all use some type of chemicals in our hair to wash it, to condition it, and to maintain it. So to say I am chemical free, would be be an understatement or overstatement.
My Hair Type.
I have what you call Curly Kinky Hair.
My curls are like corkscrews but the texture is fine.

Celebrities with hair like mine:
Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett-Smith, & Tracee Ellis Ross
Our hair type requires a lot of moisture and we also need styling creams to maintain a healthy good-looking curl.

Why no perm?
Well I have always had a lot of hair, it was more thick than long. My mother used to struggle with my hair every morning until she discovered the hot comb. So then, when I was old enough to get a perm…you know the rest.
I will not lie, getting perm always made me feel better. I loved my hair straight. But as I got older, I realized the damage perm was doing to my hair. My hair would shed a lot and my edges were practically burning off with each application. Then I saw the movie…GOOD HAIR.
Seeing the chemicals in perm melt that soda can….changed my life.

The Beginning.

I did thee big chop or BC about 4 years ago. Those of you who don’t know what the big chop consists of, it is when you cut some, most, or all of your hair to have a fresh start with no perm. Unfortunately, my head is not made for extremely short hair, so I just cut it in a bob. I still had some perm in my hair but it was a great place to start. It actually took me like a year to completely grow the perm out of my hair.
Hair Routine
I wash my hair every couple of days. I have learned that washing my hair everyday dries my hair out and strips the minerals and nutrients in my hair. There is a such thing as over conditioning.

Products I use to maintain my curl.
I must admit, I have went through a million products. But the hair products that works best for my hair is Miss Jessie’s.

Styling your natural curl.
I have never done the two-strand twist myself on my own hair or anyone else’s hair, so I can’t really give you any instructions on that. All I can tell you is that it lasted a week and a half and my hair felt great. It wasn’t stiff yet, it was two loose. It didn’t even get frizzy. I loved that it helped me control those curls and gave my curls some definition.
Here is a great video that show you instructions on how to do a 2 Strand Twist.
The easiest curly style for me is the WET-n-GO.
For the wet-n-go, I always use some type of leave-in conditioner. It keeps your hair moisturized while you let you hair air dry. I love using Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Leave-in Conditioner.  It is a spray instead of a cream which is great because it doesn’t leave film on your hair and you can spray it on your hair throughout the day.
Curly Hair Tip from a Celebrity Curly Head.
I never thought of using a cotton t-shirt to dry my hair. It helps reduce the frizziness and roughness of your curls.
For more tips on using a cotton t-shirt to maintain your curls visit
(I love their site by the way)
So I hope this post has helped you on your natural hair journey.
Note: This post is solely based on my opinions and are based on products that have worked for my type of hair. We all have different types of hair as in texture, length and thickness.
So you have to use products, styles, and techniques that is best for your curl!
 Check out this post to see what natural hair type you are. Also check out my post on my infant daughter’s haircare routine!
Good Luck!
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  • curlshairs

    Naturally Curly Hairs are the best, there is no need to change it anymore.

    http://www.curls.biz/

  • http://www.herandnicole.com/ Rekita

    oh yes, i think it will work. especially the olive oil.

  • Angelica

    I’m wanting to try your tips on my daughter but she is only 3yrs old do u think they will work since she is half black n Mexican

  • Shruti Hassan

    Indian Hair Store
    Lovely Hair!!!
    i really need to try this product

  • Shana

    We have a Natural Indian Hair Oil that works great with curly hair. It’s called Darshana and was inspired by our travels to India. It helps smooth, moisturize, and condition hair of all types but is particularly helpful with dry, damaged, or curly hair. Its blend of natural oils contains antioxidants, omega 3-6-9, and vitamins which makes your hair healthier, smoother, and more manageable.

    You can check us out at and email us with any questions:

    http://www.DarshanaBeauty.com

    http://www.facebook.com/darshanabeauty

    Thank You!!

    Shana

  • http://stores.indianhairstore.com/StoreFront.bok Betty

    Her hair is so lovely. Its very cute and really wavy. Love to have a hair like that.

    Indian Hair Store

  • http://groyofro.com/ Marcelo

    fantastic post! congratulations on your move to go natural and I hope you never use relaxer again : ) I told my girlfriend that if she ever used it that I would instantly break up with her, because I can not stand that stuff! I do not understand why guys like it either…

  • kakers88

    Your hair is amazing, I’m super jealous. I’ve never seen my hair in it’s natural state since I was a little girl. From what I remember it was wavy but as I said I have no clue. I’ve been on the creamy crack for years. Then a 4 or 5 years ago I started texturing instead of relaxing. This month I’m actually going to try to go natural.
    Great products I love Organix Olive Oil, I use the lotion.

  • Veronica Smith

    Design Essentials in JCP and on sale sometimes?! Please think of me if you ever see it. I’m emailing you my tele # text me LOLBVS

  • http://www.herandnicole.com/ Rekita

    Well first you should at least cut out some perm. and the best thing you can do for going natural with any texture is use a a good moisturizer and have a good detangler shampoo. It does get frustrating if you are just starting b/c you want a perm so bad, but i have gotten used to not getting a perm.

  • http://www.herandnicole.com/ Rekita

    you are welcome Amber. and thanks for the compliment.

  • http://www.herandnicole.com/ Rekita

    you encouraged me! and thanks for the compliment! SISTA, SISTA, I got my own mind, lol!!!

  • http://shopaholicundercover.com/ Ariana

    Wow great post! My mom’s hair is just like yours I will send this post to her. :-) Also I have had some issues with my hair over the last year (mainly due to stress). It was past my shoulders and I had to cut it because it was damaged. I have been thinking of going natural with a style like yours but not sure it will look good on my current length. I am doing this for the reasons you mentioned and because I believe it will help my hair grown back to the length it was a year ago if not longer. Any tips on how to go natural? Is it best to have a professional stylist assist?

  • Amber S

    Very pleased to see this post Rekita, especially after emailing you, thanks for talking about your curls… it’s nice to see you reach out to your readers’ interests!! :]

    You have a lovely hair texture, not sure what mine exactly looks like, there are diff. textures throughout. From wavy curls to kinky curly ones like yours. Oh well!!

    xo,
    Amber

  • Amber S

    I am slightly addicted to flat ironing… I straighten my hair about once a week, which isn’t TOO bad because I don’t do touch ups in between… but I know heat affects my curls…

  • Sherelle

    I’m so glad you decided to do the natural hair care post! Your hair texture is so nice! I love Tia and Tamera’s website too! They’ve been my girls since Sister, Sister! lol

  • http://www.herandnicole.com/ Rekita

    It is cute but not easy for me to do on myself, I am uncoordinated lol.

  • http://www.herandnicole.com/ Rekita

    Yes I love Design Essentials They sometimes have it on sale at Jc Penney Salon so that when I get my products. I also rarely straighten my hair, only on special occasions like a military ball or something.

    Thanks for the tip about the t-shirt!

  • http://www.herandnicole.com/ Rekita

    Thanks Shanay!

  • http://www.herandnicole.com/ Rekita

    yeah I love Miss Jessie’s, the only thing is that they are sort of expensive. I use Design Essentials as well, especially when i am straightening my hair.

    lol and I too forget to do it, I forgot to do it the other day.

  • Leisure Mills

    Two strand twist is my go to style when im wearing my natural hair out. Its cute and easy to do. I also love the tia and tamera website. Lol

  • http://www.herandnicole.com/ Rekita

    thanks! i had to reduce the heat styling, my curls would lose it shape.

  • http://www.myuniquegirlz.blogspot.com/ Shanay

    I love this post. “Good hair” is also why I went natural too. I been natural for 22 months and loving it!!!

  • Veronica Smith

    Thanks for sharing b/c your curls are gorgeous. I’ve been natural for 8-9yrs. My curl pattern is a little tighter than your and I get MAJOR shrinkage. My absolute favorite products are out of a Canadian salon (Jazma) called Kerasoft. 2nd fav is Design Essentials. Your routine is so simple. If you I told you mine you and the other ladies that commented would faint. I rarely straighten my hair b/c my hair is so delicate (even though I have a ton of it) heat will change your curl pattern. The salon in Canada taught me the tshirt trick. Go to the dollar store and buy xl or bigger and cut the lower half and make a turban. I even dry my daughter’s hair with cotton.

  • Mionna Henderson

    This is a great post! I got excited when I saw this was the subject for today, because I’ve wondered what you were doing to your hair. I keep hearing about Miss Jessie’s but I’ve never tried any of the products. I’m definitely in the market for some type of stretching/lengthening creme. My hair stylist uses Design Essentials and it seems to do the job. I’ll def do more research. And I keep hearing about using a t-shirt, but I never remember to do it until I’m in the middle of washing….LOL. Thanks for the info!

  • Natasha Peter

    Great post! I have been looking for some great products for my hair. I stopped using relaxers about 6 years ago and never looked back. My hair is naturally curly like yours; however, my hair is very thick so it doesn’t hold any moisturizer or anything. Also, I have some serious shrinkage, so I usually wear my hair pulled back. I sometimes go to the hair salon and get my hair straightened, which lasts for about 2 weeks before the curl starts to push through.

    Right now, I’m trying to figure out what to do with my hair. I would love to find some great products I can use to have my curls stretch instead of shrinking. I have heard of Miss Jessie’s and Carol’s Daughter, but I haven’t had an opportunity to order some products as yet.

    Thanks for sharing! It’s made me want to get back on track and get my curls looking right. Your hair looks great!