It’s daring but those who can pull off an undercut hairstyle for natural hair stand out from the crowd. Luyanda, our Beauty of the Week, is definitely one of those people. Add to this her effortless sense of style and you have a style icon in the making. If you like what you see and want to take a page out of her style book visit her clothing site RevoltClothing.net. Below we get the scoop on how she learned to love her curls.
1. Why did you go natural? How long have you been natural?
I decided to go natural because I wanted to see what it would be like to have a different textured hair or rather my original texture. From there it became more than just a change, I started to embrace my full pledged blackness. Being kind to my hair, my skin and body which in turn made me kind to my soul. It helped me become more conscious or rather “Woke” and that was an epic moment.
I actually do not remember how long I have been natural. I have always been someone who has short hair. So one day I would be bold, grow my hair out then relax it, then do it all over again. So I actually don’t remember the day of my big chop (so sad).
2. Can you summarize your current hair regimen?
I have my hair in different protective styles because I love to switch up my look. But when it is free I will wash it once a week with my husband’s shampoo and conditioner.
Every second Sunday of the the month I will do an apple cider vineger and water cleanse, deep condition my hair (using no heat, just a shower cap on my head for 30 min), rinse with cold water to lock in moisture, put my hair in a 2 strand twist, a braids or bantu knots depending on the curl pattern I want using Cantu curl cream infused with coconut oil.
Once a month I will do a hot oil treatment with whatever oils I have in the house at the time. I have not used heat on my hair in a very very long time.
3. What are your staple hair products? Which could you not live without and why?!
My staple hair product is coconut oil. I could not live without it because I use it on my hair, body, and my teeth if I want to do a whitening. I am queen of coconut oil. (They should endorse me really).
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4. As a influencer, do you find hairstylists in the industry know what they’re doing with your hair?
As an influencer I am always doing my own hair and styling. Looking at other models that constantly have to change their hair I would say that no hair stylists don’t know what they are doing when it comes to natural hair. Unless they specialize in it.
5. What are your hair goals for 2017?
I would like my hair to not get so dry at the ends where I can have it out in no protective style for more than a few days. I love my bantu knots but I also want to see my hair in its full length. I would also like to bring in more house hold products to my hair, more essential oils and see how that works. Definitely get more familiar with different styles I can do with my hair, I have to train my brain first lol.
6. Who is your celeb curl crush?
Loooorrdddd I have so many, but if I had to pick one I would say Cipriana Quann and TK Wonder, because they have the same curl pattern as me, and that length is insane. I love the way they style their hair as well.
7. For many naturals it’s a journey to fully understand their hair. It’s a process of trial and error. What was your “Curls Understood” moment (the moment you felt like, “I’ve got this!” or any essential advice you wish you had known at the beginning of your hair journey)?
My Curls Understood moment was when I realized that my hair will never be like “hers or his” to embrace my curl pattern, my length and my journey and no one else’s. Advice I wish I knew before: the items in your kitchen can do wonders for your hair.
Here are five vloggers you absolutely must follow on YouTube if you have naturally curly hair. If you’re not sure what your hair texture is, visit our texture description page to determine how we classify textures here at Curls Understood.
MahoganyCurls – Jessica is one of our favorite curlys. Her videos are so informative and very professional. Always fun to watch.
HeyFranHey – Say “hey” to Francheska of HeyFranHey! Known as much for her gorgeous mane as she is her healthy lifestyle. This channel covers everything from healthy living to a healthy hair regimen for curly gals.
Naptural85 – Whitney has become a staple on any natural YouTube’s video stream. Her natural journey began on YouTube 4 years ago and we haven’t stopped watching since.
NaturalNeiicey – Shaneice is a Toronto based blogger with glorious curls. She’s also a new mom so she shares her knowledge on kid’s curls too!
SunKissAlba – New Yorker Alba Garcia chronicles her natural journey as well as giving us great tidbits on her makeup and vegetarian diet. She also has a Spanish-spekaing channel!
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Black and Married with Kids posted a great article on how to teach your kids to love their natural hair. We love the message of the article. You can read it in its entirety here. I remember Nicole Ari Parker talking on Melissa Harris Perry’s weekend show on MSNBC last year.
She said when doing her daughter’s hair she spoke nothing but affirmatives… “you can do so much with your hair” and “it’s so beautiful”. That stuck with me as such great advice. How do you talk to your kids about their hair and why it may look different from their classmates of other races?
1Curb hair texture comparisons
Even when you’re talking with friends, your kids are listening. If you find yourself having conversations similar to the aforementioned one, put it to an end. You have more long-lasting influence than you may realize. Instead, praise your child and constantly tell him or her they are beautiful/handsome; and that their hair is amazing just like they are.
2Put those magazine subscriptions to good use.
It’s pretty easy these days to find awesome images of any hair texture. Just flip through your favorite magazines or browse the ‘net and you’re sure to come up with a multitude of gorgeousness. It’s important for your child to see such images and realize that his or her hair type is absolutely stunning. Combining this with your own high confidence levels will help to ensure your child exudes a healthy self confidence that will last a lifetime.
3Try to find dolls that possess your child’s hair texture
Particularly for little girls, dolls are some of their first friends. Kids tend to associate beauty with their doll friends, and if she doesn’t see herself in her dolls, she may grow to believe that she is not as beautiful as they are. Hair texture is very similar. When I was a kid, you’d be hard pressed to find any dolls that looked like me with my hair type.
But nowadays, the options have greatly increased. There are dolls of every ethnicity and every hair texture. Make sure your child sees a similar beauty between her dolls’ hair and her own. This will help translate into healthy levels of self-confidence as she grows up. (Read this article).
4Lead by Example
You are one of the biggest influences on your child. If you’re constantly talking about how much you hate your hair, or how much better someone else’s hair is than yours, your child will absorb and internalize all that negativity. Start by learning to love your own hair. Find cool ways to wear it so that you feel great about yourself. Speak positively about your hair and your overall beauty; your child will surely emulate you.
The fluffy twist out seems so easy when you know how but for those of us less seasoned on this journey to natural hair redemption the style can seem ever elusive. Questions like, “why doesn’t my hair have volume like Nikki Mae’s?” or “why isn’t my hair defined after 17 hours of twisting?!” plague our thoughts as we stand in front of the mirror staring disapprovingly at yet another failed attempt. Stay strong. Practice really does make perfect.
In the meantime, we suggest finding a safety style for days when hair failure is looming. Also stalk the creators of the tutorials below by 6 inspirational naturals. They’ve learned how to master the fluffy twist out for THEIR hair. Here’s some simple things we wish we’d known way back when:
1. As annoying as it is, thoroughly detangling each section of hair before twisting is key. Tangled twists do not a successful twist out make. 2. The thicker the twists the more volume the twist out will have. This is true for any density or texture. We also love thicker twists because it means less time twisting! Unfortunately, if your hair is on the shorter side it will be harder to stop thicker twists from unravelling. 3. Twist your hair when it’s wet (or even damp) to achieve a more curl-defined twist out. As the day/week goes on the hairstyle will be bigger and fluffier but hopefully you’ll maintain some definition. 4. Lastly, please let your hair dry fully before unravelling the twists. This will ensure the curls formed by the twists are set in place.
Also, check out the kid’s edition of the style by the adorable Riley!
I remember the Smooth n Shine product line from way back in the day. They were the go-to name brand for hair serums. It was all my friends and I spoke of we because we loved their serum. It made our relaxed strands super silky and soft. Today they have rebranded their line and now have various products that target the natural hair community. I stumbled upon their Smooth n Shine Curl Activator Gel while browsing the aisle at Walmart. I went to grab some Eco Styler Gel but I got distracted by the look and price of the Smooth n Shine Gel.
This gel comes in a 20oz container which holds way more than your average gel. Not only do they offer more but the price point is right on target at $2.57. What could be better than more bang for your buck!?. As naturalista’s we are always on the hunt for a great product at the right price point. So they nail it overall in regards to worth and value.
When it comes to ingredients here is what it’s working with Aqua (Water), VP/VA Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Oleth-20, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal.
As you can see there are some cones in this product but first up is water and aloe vera leaf extract. With everything you get some good and some bad.
The product says to use on damp hair when styling. I did use this product after washing my hir and applying my leave ins. For my style I opted for a two strand twist out. I like that it was a very weightless product and the consistency was smooth and nice to the touch. It was a struggle when apply because I truly felt as if I did not have enough product on my strands. If you are heavy handed then this may not be the product for you. One thing for sure is that you will see a small signs of product buildup.
My style held up nicely and did not feel stiff or hard when I took them out. I liked how shiny bouncy and defined my curls turned out. Overall I would give this product an 8 out of 10. Great price point, great shine, and great price point!
WHAT IT SAYS ON THE BOTTLE
Create any curl style. A unique blend of glycerin and Aloe Vera, Curl Activator Gel helps define and smooth curls while conditioning and softening dry, damaged hair. Added proteins help strengthen and repair extra dry hair.
Please leave your reviews below and be sure to state your hair type or add it to your profile. As we receive more reviews we’ll update “The Breakdown” summary.
Your hair is one of the first things that people see when they look at you and it can say a lot about your personality, style, and personal preferences. That’s why it’s important that you make sure your hair is clean, neat, and healthy.
Reader’s Digest listed 10 secrets to keeping your hair healthy, which includes taking omega-3 fatty acids, getting a regular trim, and regularly checking for excessive hair loss. Apart from those basic routines, you can also try these five alternatives to shampoo for curly hair. Here are some that actually work:
Two to three eggs (whites only) can help you bring back the moisture in your hair. Style journalist Raffy Marie Parker notes that enzymes in egg whites cause them to foam, making them the best choice if you want to remove stubborn dirt, oil, and impurities from your hair. It can also help strengthen your hair, promote growth, and fight dandruff. You can also use egg whites as a hair mask—just combine it with other nutrient-rich ingredients like coconut oil.
Mayonnaise has L-cysteine, which is an amino acid that can nourish your scalp and promote healthy hair growth. It also contains egg yolks, vinegar, and oil that can effectively moisturize your hair. If you ever have problems with hair lice, Style Craze suggests using mayonnaise as it suffocates and kills lice effectively. It also works wonders for curly hair, especially for those that are really frizzy and hard to manage. Regular use can give your hair enough moisture to prevent frizz.
This is because collagen can encourage the body to produce hair proteins, which will strengthen the skin around hair roots. Not only that, putting coffee grounds on your roots can help stimulate them for better growth and structure—it’s a good way to exfoliate your scalp, too.
When it comes to keeping your hair and your body healthy, natural ingredients are always the best choice. Although there are many bottled alternatives on the market, sometimes it pays to use what you already have – especially if you want to save money.
Other natural ingredients you can use include honey, for sun-damaged hair, avocado for frizzy hair, and beer for flat and dull hair. If you have an itchy scalp, you can use lemon juice. And if your hair suffered hair product damage, you can use yogurt.
Here are five bloggers you absolutely must follow if you have locs. If you’d like more details on hair textures, visit our texture description page to determine how we classify textures here at Curls Understood.
Chescalocs – Franchesca has become one of the best known faces for locs on the internet. She gorgeous locs that she’s been growing for 9 years. Check out her great tutorials.
GrizzleRocsLocs – Tameika has been documenting her journey on YouTube for just under a year but she already has a wealth of video tutorials on how to style your locs. Oh and we love her hair color!
Jungle Barbie – This trendy diva shows us how to achieve more edgier hairstyles with locs dispelling the myth that “Locs Can’t be Chic”.
Gypsy Emprez – This beauty from Trinidad and Tobago has great hair and make up tutorials. She brands her style as “Out of the Box, Classy and Sophisticated” and we couldn’t agree more.
Danielle Loxs – Danielle is has the most AMAZING locs. She’s been losing for 16+ years. Follow her no matter where you are in your journey for endless inspiration.
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We’d love to hear from our readers who their favorite Loc’d vloggers are. Name them in the comment’s section below.
The natural hair community is full of beautiful women showcasing their natural hair and all it can do. Us women have dominated the natural movement and many would be forgiven for thinking there weren’t men also doing their thing. But the truth is men for the most part have always been natural! That said Curls Understood thought it’d be interesting to get the male perspective from one of its chief representatives. Wolfgang Lisborg has some of the most gorgeous hair we’ve ever seen and he’s up on his natural hair care lingo. Read on as we discuss male natural hair care, dating and being natural in Europe as a child.
1. What is your hair routine? What are your staple hair products?
My hair routine at the moment is very simple. Instead of co-washing with Tresemme Climate Protection as consistently as I use to, I do are oil washes using either ORS Grapeseed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil or Cococare Moisturizing Coconut Oil. Before I exercise, if I haven’t already added oil to keep my hair moisturized, I’ll add a decent amount into my hair and make sure I rub thoroughly so that it reaches my scalp. Due to the benefits of coconut oil with it’s lauric and capric acid which are fatty acids along with Vitamin E. They penetrate my hair shafts going through the cuticle repairing it inside out keeping my hair from protein loss as it stays strong.
When showering I’ll add a sufficient amount of either oil and rub it through my hair as my hair gets wet. Using a vent, I brush my hair while the oil still sits on my hair. If by any chance my hair stinks or is dirty I’ll proceed to use the Tresemme Breakage Defense Shampoo and put a decent amount in my hair. After, brushing through my hair with oil in it I’ll just use some Tresemme Climate Protection to wash some of the oil out of my hair. Afterwards, I’ll add little bit more of either oil to work as a sealant keeping my hair moist preventing dryness due to the fatty acids they both include.
Lastly, I’ll put my hair in a bun, parted hair with two side buns, Native American banding style, or simply wear it out so it can keep its curl pattern because I’ve noticed that repeating some protective styles can in some ways stress your hair. And, no my hair isn’t extremely oily after all of this. Lol!
2. What are your staple hairstyles? Are you into all the protective styling?!
The primary one I love is the Asian bun (well I call it that!). It sits in the middle behind my head. Since my hair is a little over 3 years old now I part my hair with two side buns and this has been working well to keep my ends sealed well.
3. Do you still live in Denmark? If so, there a vibrant natural community there? Where do you buy your products?
Not anymore haven’t been there for 11 years I reside in Greensboro, North Carolina now. See it is somewhat vibrant here in Greensboro, ok maybe it is because I ran out of ORS Grapeseed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil and went to the Wal-Mart to buy it. Only to see that the “hair oil” aisle was literally going through a great depression, nothing remained but scraps. Lol! That’s not the only place I get products from there’s a beauty store that literally has the best products called Unique Beauty Supply Store off N Church St. I actually need to go there ASAP because I’m not sure if they sell my grapeseed oil there. Hopefully, I’ll get some after I do this interview.
4. Do you get a lot of attention in the streets of Denmark?
I did when I was a youngster, being the only “dark chocolate” kid around. Having a completely different hair texture from everyone else definitely brought question since everyone had sleek blonde hair or dark sleek hair. Now, in the States when I lived in Brockton, MA I got a very “accepting” attention since having hair gave you a sense of respect up there. Lastly, in Greensboro, NC it’s very “shun like” with a hint of “huh?”! Mainly, because I’m a complete contradiction being a “dark” guy with long natural hair, from Europe, and my name is Wolfgang! The struggle be real in these streets for a “dark chocolate” brother, lmboooo!
5. For many women, dating as a natural can be awkward… we have to educate our partners a lot of the time. I guess dating you would be easy! As a natural guy to you prefer to date natural women?
I don’t know how it could be awkward, you’re with someone whose “natural beauty” sticks out more than someone who tries too hard to change themselves. Hell yeah, first of all thank God! Literally, lol! Man, natural women to me are just the best type of women I’ve come across. I adore them so much. You see, natural hair to me is more then, “oh she has a bunch of hair!” Natural hair is something that expresses one’s love for their culture and is an extension of one’s character. Whenever I see natural woman, I see a woman who has accepted as well as appreciates themselves for who they are. Those are some of the biggest things that attract me to natural women.
I’m also attracted to women who embrace their natural beauty. Makeup and other things can enhance your looks, and don’t get me wrong I enjoy the ways they do, but I need to be able to embrace your natural beauty first. Coming from a strong West African (Liberian) background, culture is taken very seriously. So, when I come across a woman who not only embraces the unique traits of their natural hair but can also embrace their foundation (customs/ethnicity) that’ll always keep me intrigued.
Lastly, I love women with confidence! In the past embracing your kinky/curly hair was a major issue. Even in today’s time some still haven’t fully accepted natural women. But to be able to walk with confidence and appreciation for what you are and what you represent in a society that still neglects your unique natural beauty is powerful. That’s why I prefer natural women.
Here are five natural hair vloggers you absolutely must follow if the volume of your hair is pretty regular. If you’re not sure what your hair volume is, visit our volume description page to determine how we define hair volume here at Curls Understood.
Beauty By Lee – Lee’s videos are great for hair and beauty advice but we especially love how deasy are videos are to follow!
MeechyMonroe – If you haven’t heard of her channel you must have been sitting under a rock for last few years. Meechy Monroe’s channel is full of great hair style ideas and useful product reviews. We also love the cameos from her fellow hair guru and sister Ms. Vaughn.
MsVaughnTV – Vaughn was one of the first YouTubers Curls Understood founder, Sylvia followed when she first went natural. Her sense of style combined with her love for hair hair completely inspired Sylvia to keep going and she’ll inspire you too!
KimmayTube – Kim Love is a force to be reckoned with on YouTube. Though she hasn’t posted a video in some time, the wealth of videos she still has on her channel are worth following. We hope she comes back soon but if not we’ll continue to enjoy the knowledge she’s shared with us.
Toni Daley – Toni is a Canadian based natural so if you live north of the border, she’s an especially useful YouTuber to subscribe to. We picked her because we love her energy and she has the coolest earrings for sale on her site.
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We’d love to hear from our readers who their favorite vloggers with regular hair are. Name them in the comment’s section below.
I bought tester bottles of Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Wash because I’d heard so many great things about how this product gets your hair clean without leaving it feeling stripped. And that stripped feeling is the worst. It’s essentially a clay wash and has been around for a few years now. Yeah, I’m late to the party!
So I opted for the Left Coast Lemon and Cool Mint based on Terressentials guide (see below). I have Fine, Kinky hair of Medium length.
The company suggests that when using the product for the first time you should conduct a 5-7 day detox which entails using the product everyday to cleanse your hair. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Besides, I only bought the 2oz bottles so I didn’t have enough product. There are reviews on YouTube that cover the detox process and its benefits.
Instead I incorporated the mud wash into my regular routine and replaced my normal shampoo (Mizani) with this instead. I always wash my hair in twists focusing on my scalp but also making sure to gently wash my hair strands while they’re STILL IN TWISTS. With this being a clay-based wash I had to untwist each section and run it through my hair and then re-twist. I did keep the twists in when I washed the Terressentials wash out and had no problems getting it all out.
I tried the Cool Mint first but I prefer the Left Coast Lemon – it smells devine! This stuff totally works. As I was rubbing it through my hair my curl pattern came to life which is usually a sign that the build-up is being removed. My hair felt soft afterwards and not at all crispy once dry… That is always a problem for me when I use shampoos, even sulphate-free ones.
I have since bought the full sized bottle of the Left Coast Lemon and may add my a few drops of my regular shampoo into a cup with water and use that as a rinse for my scalp.
Leave your reviews below and be sure to mention your hair type!
WHAT IT SAYS ON THE BOTTLE
Try it for yourself to find out what everyone is talking about! Our revolutionary Pure Earth Hair Wash does an incredibly beautiful job of cleaning your hair without any chemical detergents, foam boosters, protein thickeners and coating agents, emulsifiers, preservatives or fragrance. Our Pure Earth Hair Wash is simple, pure and effective. Leaves nothing on your hair, so your hair will be clean, full, soft and shiny. Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never want to use anything else! Works well for thin or fine, normal or wavy hair, and sensitive or irritated scalps. Kids love our “mud,” too!
Terressentials offers the following recommendations on which product to use for specific hair types:
• For thick or wavy or coarse, or salt and pepper gray hair: Lavender Garden, Sultry Spice, Left Coast Lemon, Cool Mint
• For fine, straight or thin hair: Fragrance-free, Sultry Spice, Cool Mint
• For naturally curly, kinky, frizzy or very thick hair: Left Coast Lemon, Lavender Garden, Sultry Spice, Cool Mint
• For Dry Hair: Lavender Garden, Left Coast Lemon
• For Oily Hair: Fragrance-free, Cool Mint, Sultry Spice
• For chemically-treated hair: Lavender Garden, Left Coast Lemon or Sultry Spice
• For very damaged hair (hair that has had more than one chemical treatment): Left Coast Lemon or Lavender Garden
Please leave your reviews below and be sure to state your hair type or add it to your profile. As we receive more reviews we’ll update “The Breakdown” summary.