Transitioning- Protective Styling

Hey Naturalista’s!!! Transitioning? Don’t know what to do with your hair? Want something new? That will be low manipulation? Nothing is working for you, ready to relax it? STOP RIGHT THERE IN YOUR TRACKS!! DONT DO IT!!! Why not put your hair away for a few weeks so you don’t have to bother it? Protective styling is your answer!!!! Protective styling is any hairstyle that helps protect the hair from over manipulation. Also Protective styles prevent your hair from extreme weather, both hot and cold, and it prevents the hair from drying out. When you protective style you are giving your hair a “break”. Many install a protective style so that they can go days, weeks, or a few months without having to do your hair!

My Instagram, and Facebook has been blowing up with many naturalistas tucking their tresses away for the winter. So why not try a protective style? You don’t have to worry about your hair… why not right. Here are a few protective styles that you can try on your hair. If you don’t want to try them yourself, you can always find a local salon that can do many of these styles.

1. Box Braids
Yes the old school box braids are back and in full effect. They are sooo super cute and easy to do as well.

Check out a tutorial here:

2. Senegalese Twists
I LOVE THIS LOOK… one day I am going to try these on myself 🙂 Check out a tutorial on how to do these here:

3. Havana/ Marley Twists
Now I know all of you have probably watched my Marley twist video LOL. I SOOO am doing my hair next week like this again so I hope you all don’t get tired of seeing them LOL! But here is my video on how to do the Marley twists.

4. Kinky Twists
The good old kinky twists 🙂 super cute Here is a video on how to achieve kinky twists:

5. Afro Puffy Twists
LOVE THESE! If my hair was shorter I would definitely get these in a bob kind of look!! SUPER CUTE!!!

6. Spring Twists
Now I first seen this style on a fellow instgrammers post. These are super cute too!!!

7. Nubian Twists

Before you install remember to:

1.Wash and deep condition the hair
2.Moisturize your hair
3. Detangle your hair
4. Oil your scalp

IMPORTANT!!!!!! Now… Just because your hair is in a protective style, don’t forget you still have to take care of your hair while its away 🙂

Daily: You must still remember to moisturize your hair. Daily and/or at night. You can use a water based leave in such as Oyin Handmade juices and berries to spritz your hair. Don’t oversaturate it because you don’t want your hair to frizz. Also remember to oil your scalp, with coconut oil or the oil of your choice.

At Night, sleep with a satin bonnet or if you hair can’t all fit in a bonnet, a satin scarf or a satin pillow. It is important!! You want to keep your protective style looking nice.

These styles can last probably up to 2 months. I wouldn’t suggest leaving them in for longer. Leaving protective styles in for a long time can cause damage. And we don’t want that!!

Will you be protective styling soon? What are your plans?

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Natural’s Spotlight: Sie Sie!!

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Meet Sie Sie!!!

1. Tell me about yourself

I’m Sie Sie! I am a 25 year old (Taurus) VA native, currently in Virginia Beach by way of Martinsville J I have no children but 3 nieces whom I adore. I love music, I love to cook and I love, LOVE!

2. Did you transition or big chop

I did the big chop. I had been contemplating it for a while. My hair was already cut short. I had my stylist cut the back down more and she hit me with “Let’s just shave it all off” My immediate reaction was not quite yet. But her, and my best friend encouraged me to do it and here I am. I would do it all over again!

3. How long have you been natural?

I’ve been completely natural for about 7 months. I attempted to do a texturizer in the beginning, only on a small area and was horrified when it came out bone straight! I decided that day I wouldn’t relax it ever again.

4. What is your biggest hair challenge? How did you overcome your challenge?

My biggest hair challenge was finding products that worked for MY hair. I was totally new to this and I felt the things I was trying were either too sticky or made my hair too hard & crunchy. I overcame my challenge with research, research and more RESEARCH! Asking other natural ladies their suggestions, looking up tips and trick from natural blogs and websites such as yours. I used that as a guide to know what to look for and what to stay away from. I learned that there are soooooo many different textures and variables when it comes to natural hair. Every product isn’t for everybody!

5. What is your hair regimen?

I wet, condition & detangle it every single morning! After rinsing, I finger comb through a Leave in conditioner and an olive oil treatment spray on my scalp and roots before styling. I also get a deep conditioner at least once or twice a month.

6. What is your favorite style?

My favorite style is wet and go! I love my coils and when they air dry they are very tight and soft! And I know it’s no good for my hair in the winter so I will soon be putting in a protective style soon.

7. What is your fashion style like?

I would say its “Retro Chic” I like to mix and match different feels, making it my own. I am a strong believer in individuality!

8. Where can we find you on line? What else would you like to add?

I’m online at twitter.com/imsiesie or Instagram– @ImSieSie. Thanks so much for your tips! I commend all my natural hair ladies on their journey! Rock out. Peace & Blessings J

Want to share your story? I would love to share your story!!!! Email me happilyevernatural@gmail.com

Product Review: Dr. Miracles Curl Care Strong Hold Gel + My Cousin’s Marley Twists

Hey Naturalistas. Here with a review. So I received the Dr. Miracles Strong Hold Gel and decided to give it a whirl. I’m A Eco Styler Type of girl. My cousin came over because she wanted me to do her Marley Twists, so I decided to try this gel on her :).

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Description:

Here’s a gel with a name that says exactly what it does. STRONG HOLD GEL – with protein and collagen for added strength, moisture and conditioning. Use this gel to get a strong hold on your curls…UP TO 12 Hours!

Ingredients:
Deionized Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Polysorbate – 20, VP/ VA copolymer, Honey, PVP, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Silk, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Biotin, Panthenol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Menthol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, d-Limonene, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal (Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde), Linalool

My Review:
Not bad, but I STILL LOVE ECO STLER! Not sure I if I would ever use it like I use my Eco Styler gel. Its a little sticky, other than that it gave my cousins twists good hold. I used it along with the ECO styler to create her Marley twists. But it does hold well so I give it a B+

My Cousins hair:

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Have you tried any of the products from the Dr. Miracle’s line? What are your thoughts?

The Art of Detangling

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Detangling your hair can be a drag!!! But it can be done and  done right.

Chances are many of us have gone through a lot of trial and error when it comes to detangling our hair.  Curly hair textures are actually more fragile and prone to damage when handled improperly.  That’s why we must be very careful when detangling our hair.

A few tips on detangling via essence.com

1.  Always be sure to detangle on wet or damp hair. Dry hair is more prone to breakage.

2.  Use your favorite detangler to ease through snarls. After applying your detangler, section your hair using banana or duckbill clips and comb through one section at a time.

3.  A wide-tooth comb is essential and will help you glide through tangles sans drama.

What are some of your top detangling secrets? What conditioner do you use for easy detangling?

Check out this article via naturallycurly.com on how to detangle:

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curly-hair-care-methods/kinky-beginners-guide/detangling-natural-hair

And this video by Naputral85! Helped me ALOT!!

http://youtu.be/e21IxOAT75A

Great INFO!!  Hey I want your input!!! What types of posts would you like to see? Email me at happilyevernatural@gmail.com 🙂

Marley Twist Tutorial

Hello Naturalista’s!!! Sorry I have been MIA, I was sick with some sort of stomach bug that had me in the BED!! Any hoo, IM BACK! And with my much awaited Marley/Havana twist tutorial. If you remember a few weeks back I posted about my Marley twist attempt and I FAILED!!! *bows head* BUT… I CONCURED and succeeded!!!!!!!!!!! YAYYYY!!!!

Details: The hair I used was called Equal Marley braid Hair, I got it from my local BSS for $5. Many have asked how I got it to look so soft, I researched and this brand was a softer of the Marley hair and more easy to manage

the hair I got

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I also used eco styler gel along with my Qhemet twist butter, and ElastaQP mango moisturizer to twist the hair.

So I ended up using 4 packs, because I doubled the hair. I explain it all in my YouTube video found here 🙂 http://youtu.be/ndMMfjUbmgw

THE TRICK!! Sooooo… I twist right over left … so thats going to the left lol so at the root I twisted the hair to the right and then proceeded to right over left. This always confuses me!!!!  If you twist the opposite way reverse 🙂 . I liked this way because It looks like your real hair. I got so many questions and ALOT of people thought it was mine! HEY NOW !!! LOL ANDDDD I was brave and did my cousins TOO!!! Hope I didn’t confuse y’all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Check out the pics of the different styles I have been rocking:

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Are you protective styling for the winter?