Natural hair straightened

 

Here are a few recent pictures of my natural hair straightened.  This year I’ve only had my hair straightened a few times. Over the last two years I’d put myself on a low to no heat challenge because I’d experienced heat damaged from using too much heat.

The natural hair challenges that I created for myself have really helped me learn what works for my hair. They also seem to really work for my hair to become healthier.

There is definitely quite a bit of growth from the last time my hair was straightened. The stylist was able to make it silky straight too.

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Checking in

 

Hey there!!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve made any posts. Thought I’d do a quick check-in.

All is well these days. I’ve had quite a trying year, being pulled in many different directions and didn’t have a lot of time to put into here. But hey, the year is almost over and things are smoothing out.

Though I have not been very active blogging, I have been keeping up with all things related to natural hair and all of the going ons in the community :-). Including being in on curlBOX and the NaturalBOX, trying various natural hair products and deciding on a newer set of staple products.

I have some ideas and plans in the works for this blog including a new look/layout. In the mean time I thought I’d touch base, say hi and share a few pictures that I’d taken showing a recent wash & go.

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wash & go

 

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wash & go showing natural curl pattern and shrinkage

Cya soon!!!

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Twisted Ponytail

Hi!

A few weeks ago Naptural85 posted a video on how to do a 2 Minute TWiSTeD Side Ponytail. I thought that it was a cute style that could be done easily and have been eager to try it.

A couple of days ago I saw the following picture posted on Facebook of another version of this style.415 Twisted Ponytail

With my hair being currently on day 3 of a twist out I thought I’d give it a try. Here’s my version of this easy go to style.

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I styled mine a bit different, making the twist in the front over instead of under or a loose french braid. I also made my ponytail a bit tighter. Though the next time I try this style I will make it looser because I like the free look of the model’s hair in the picture above.

Hair Accessories for your Natural Hair Styling

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Once in a while I like to add hair accessories to my natural hair styles. Adding pins, flowers, head bands or scarfs gives a different look to a style, adds a pop of color and can be fun to play around with. I like to find a good sale on accessories, then stock up on them :). I came across some hair accessories that are on sale and thought I’d pass along. Enjoy!

Checking in

Hi there!

I needed to take a moment to check in. 2011 is now behind us (HAPPY NEW YEAR) and it is onward & upward into 2012. I had so many experiences and milestones in 2011 and one that I’ve been most proud of is accomplishing the low to no heat & manipulation natural hair challenge that I put myself on. I learned so much about natural hair in general as well as my hair, its texture, what works for it and what doesn’t work. Continue Reading

Beija-flora Naturals: Hemp Butter Creme & Creme Brulee Review

At the end of July, I was the randomly selected winner of Natural Chica’s 2 year Celebration: Beija Flor Naturals Giveaway. I was so excited to have won Beija-flor Naturals Hemp Butter Creme and Creme Brulee products, I did a quick blog post  at the time of winning, here on Lori’sNaturalLocks. I could not wait to use them and share my experiences. Continue Reading

Naturally Inspiring – Angela Simmons

Earlier today Angela Simmons, Rev Run’s (of Run DMC) daughter, tweeted the following; “Just took my weave out.. Look how long my hair grew. It’s so thick !!”

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She has massive natural hair which looks thick, healthy and gorgeous! Whether she has grown it out intentionally or not, one of the keys that I believe in for achieving hair growth is low to no manipulation which she more than likely achieved by wearing protective styles in the form of weaves. Weather you are for or against wearing weaves there is one thing for certain, when done correctly, they serve as protective styling of your hair. I hope with all the twitter buzz and acclaim that she generated from this tweet leads her to #teamnatural. I believe that any celebrity/famous person who shows support of the natural hair community (and the natural hair movement) helps with garnering mainstream acceptance and aid in changing the negative stereotypes and views of natural hair.

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Wash & Go Natural Hair Style

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This is a recent wash & go natural hair style that I did. It is my staple hair style cause it’s fairly easy to do and lasts for days. In these pics my hair is completely dry, which usually takes a full day for it to to air dry. To achieve this naturally curly hair style I do the following;

This Wash & Go came out really curly and bouncy. I was able to get 3 days out of it.

Later!!!


Product Review: Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip

About a month ago I posted about Looking for a good hair cream, pomade or styler. I planned on trying AVEDA Light Elements Defining Whip 4.1 oz/125 ml for medium hold especially during the summer months. Defining Whip is a styler for all hair types that allows the creation of texture and medium hold. It is a light whipped wax that absorbs into hair well without buildup. I have since tried Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip and here is my review of it.

I stopped into the Aveda store inquired about this product and the sales associate thought that for what I was looking to do with my hair that the Defining whip would be a good choice. I was excited and could hardly wait to try it for my dry twist outs. A 4.1 oz., jar of the Defining Whip is $24.00. Honestly, this is quite pricey for my budget. But I’d read so many good things about it despite the price I was open to trying it, hopeful that I’d found my staple styler. The texture of the whip feels light weight, not too heavy or greasy. The smell is the strong distinct fragrance that Aveda products have, though it does not linger.

Here’s how I used it:

I let my hair air dry after washing and conditioning. Then denman brushed about twelve even sections, applying about a quarter size amount of the whip to each section (again I have very densely thick porous hair), then double strand twisted and rolled the ends with small flexi rods letting the twists set for a day.

My review:

As I was taking my hair down I was hoping to see some really defined curls that would be shiny, bouncy and tight. Once I had all the flexi rods removed and the twists separated, shaken and fluffed I was sad to see that my hair was limp, felt sticky, and with barely any curls defined. My hair was a little stiff, clumped together and nowhere near the curls I had expected. Maybe I used too much or maybe my hair just didn’t take to this product. I was quite disappointed because I had anticipated that this would be my go to styler. Just because this styler didn’t work for my hair texture and style does not necessarily mean that it won’t work for what you are trying to achieve with your hair. Luckily when I purchased the Defining Whip the sales associate mentioned that if it didn’t work out for me I could bring it back. So I headed back to the store and exchanged it for the Aveda Brilliant Anti-Humectant Pomade.

Have you heard all the rave about a product that you couldn’t wait to try though when you did it didn’t work the same for you?

Naturally Inspiring – Solange Knowles

This is a recent picture of Solonge Knowels at an event. She wears her hair natural. I think it’s beautiful.

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For black women, so much of our self-esteem, confidence and self-worth is wrapped around the state of our hair. A “bad” hair day can cross many events off of a social calendar. For so long society, media, pop culture and the work force has dictated what the standard of beauty for black women’s hair should be. The natural hair movement that is currently happening gains even more momentum with black celebrities joining. I find it quite encouraging to see popular, mainstream women be themselves naturally and do so with confidence, grace and a great sense of style while showing their God given beauty.

Who are some naturals that inspire you?