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My Bunny & Her Hair 🐰
We call her Bunny. Her name is Heather Olivia. She is almost 5 years old. I was a mother long before she came along. A mother to 3 boys which, at the time of her birth, made me feel unqualified for the job of raising a girl. The youngest girl in my family at the time was 18 years old so I did not have much experience with girls since there were so many males in my family. Over time, this irrational feeling of not measuring up went away and I am now confident in my mothering of a young African American female. There was only one issue I had a problem tackling - her hair! I didn’t know much about doing a girls hair and I couldn’t just take her to a barber like my boys. So, I started out by doing what I did to my hair when I started my natural hair care journey. I even used the same products and she still uses these products to this very day! I searched YouTube videos and learned so much from them. I practiced on her and now I think I’ve got it! Now, she loves when I do her hair and I’m more comfortable doing it. Today I had to do some finger coils on her hair and she absolutely loved it. I even let her pick out her headband! Here is the list of products used during her normal regimen and today: Mane‘n Tail - Deep Moisturizing Shampooand SheaMoisture - Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Rinse-Out Conditionerwere used for washing her hair. cantu - Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream and SheaMoisture - Coconut & Hibiscus, Kids Curling Butter Creamwere used on her hair as leave ins. Hot Six Oil, SheaMoisture - 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, ECOCO - Eco Style Olive Oil GelandMiss Jessie's - Pillow Soft Curlswere used to seal in moisture as well as for styling her amazingly curly 3C/4A hair.
CG Method-Friendly Curl Defining Gels for Summer
Summer is around the corner in the Southern Hemisphere. In Australia, the weather is already warming up and the sun is getting shinier by the day ☀️ With a humid climate on the way, you’ll want to protect your wavy, curly and coils hair with moisture. You’ll also need a curl defining gel that can withstand the conditions. Here are some examples of affordable curl defining gels that are Curly Girl Method friendly for your upcoming summer adventures: What is Curl Defining Gel? This type of product is designed to tame and define curls by trapping moisture in the hair and protecting it from frizz. This is all whilst enhancing your natural curly texture. Wavy Hair Textures: AA curl defining gel might be too heavy for waves. Try lighter styling products like creams or mousses. Try kms - Curlup Control Creme or MATRIX - Curl Please Super Defrizzer . Curly Hair Textures: Those of you with more defined and tighter curls can probably handle a curl defining gel. A gel like aussie - Instant Freeze Hair with Jojoba Oil & Sea Kelp Gel is great for humidity. You can also try BIOSILK - Rock Hard Gelee for another affordable option. Coily Hair Textures: Our coily CGM friends always rave about the cantu - Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream and ECOCO - Eco Style Olive Oil Gel for an affordable and long-lasting hold. Why are These Products Curly Girl Method Friendly? The curly girl method approves brands and products that don’t include harmful, drying and dirtying ingredients. These include sulphates, silicones, mineral oils, parabens, alcohols etc. You can use a site like www.isitcg.com to check your products ingredients! Pro Tips for Using Curl Defining Gel: 🖤 Most hair types will benefit from additional moisture during the warmer months. 🖤 When you get out the shower after washing your hair, wring some water out, take a blob of leave in conditioner, and squeeze it into your hair. 🖤 Scrunch from the ends up to the root. 🖤 Follow this up with a blob of curl defining gel, mousse or cream. Scrunch it into your hair to lock in the moisture and encourage a curly texture. 🖤 Towels can be damaging to curly hair so scrunch with an old t-shirt to dry off the hair some more.
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🎀“Baby Hairs”🎀 (3A curls)
So before I get into this topic I want to give credit to all of the amazing Black & Latina women creators on all social media platforms bc they truly hold all of the best beauty advice So to get into this, I’m Latina & white. My dad is Hispanic and my mom is white. I wasn’t around my dad much growing up (or his family) so my mom was the one guiding me through my hair journey. If u know where I’m going with this.. it was kinda disastrous bc she gave me white girl hair advice and not mixed/textured hair girl advice. But luckily youtube exists. Fast forward to today, I’m still learning about my hair and trying to maintain my hair the best I can. I recently started playing around with my baby hairs because honestly it is such a look. I definitely keep it pretty simple and reserved by just trying to slick back and decrease frizz but this has been such a game changer for me. I’m able to achieve a more refined look using this gel in generally but also on my baby hairs. 10/10 if you have curly hair try this out. Also I have a new found respect & appreciation for laying edges because it is so challenging 💆🏽♀️ ECOCO - Eco Style Argan Oil Gel Also plz don’t roast me if this isn’t the best im still new to it 🥵
🍍Sleek Buns & Ponytails 🍍
This is such a great product , super affordable, and really could be used on all hair types. I pretty use it anytime I need to make my casual ponytails or buns a little more sleek and clean. My little frizzies can make my updos sloppy and this helps hold my hair in place, especially around my face. I wish I would have been using this years ago 🥰 ECOCO - Eco Style Argan Oil Gel
Hair Journey ✨curly girl method✨
Curls - Lavish Curls Moisturizer I use this to refresh my hair the next day I wash it. SheaMoisture - Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo SheaMoisture - Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Protein Power Treatment SheaMoisture - Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Conditioner I use this hair mask once every two weeks. ECOCO - Ecostyler Professional Styling Gel with Olive Oil I LOVE THIS GEL 💕 I apply this gel after leave-in. SheaMoisture - Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Silicone Free Leave-In I apply leave-in conditioner when my hair is wet, then I detangle it with a wide tooth comb. After gel, I wrap my hair in a microfiber towel for an hour, then I dry it using a diffuser, around 10-15 mins.
My Current Favorite Curly Products
I will be showing in the picture slides the ones that I have at home with me at the moment but will let you down bellow more info about others products that I like. Hope you enjoy. I wanted to share some of my favorite products for my curly hair. Down bellow I will be sharing why I like each of these products and why you should try it if you haven’t. 1- Shampoos: All of these shampoos clean my scalp/ hair but doesn’t make my hair dry which is why I love all of them. SheaMoisture - Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo (current fave) LOVE beauty AND planet - Shea Butter and Sandalwood Purposeful Hydration Shampoo SheaMoisture - 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo 2- Conditioner: my always feel silky smooth, hydrated and easssy to detangle. SheaMoisture - Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner GARNIER - Whole Blends Replenishing Conditioner Legendary Olive (current fave) SheaMoisture - Superfruit Complex 10 in 1 Renewal System Conditioner aussie - Paraben-Free Miracle Curls Conditioner with Coconut & Jojoba Oil For Curly Hair (bomb) 3- Deep Conditioner/ Mask: Make my hair feel alive/nourish, super soft, moisturized and shiny. AFRO LOVE - Hair Souffle (my fave 4ever) SheaMoisture - Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque MIELLE - Rosemary Mint Strengthening Hair Masque aussie - 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner 4- Leave in: Not a leave in type of girl but these are two of my favs so far. They make my hair easy to brush through and give me a boost of moisture. Kinky-Curly - Knot Today, Natural Leave In / Detangler (bomb.com) GARNIER - Whole Blends Replenishing Leave-in Conditioner with Virgin-Pressed Olive Oil & Olive Leaf Extracts (also bomb) 5- Styler: I always alternate between these three depending on what I want. Fun fact: I love them equally. cantu - Shea Butter for Natural Hair Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream AFRO LOVE - Curling Puree SheaMoisture - Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie 6- Gel: I don’t really use gel for my wash n go’s but I do use them for a high/ low pony tail, buns and baby hairs. ECOCO - Eco Style Olive Oil Gel ECOCO - Eco Style Argan Oil Gel #CherieCreator #CheriePartner @cherie
Low Porosity Hair: No Gel vs Gel
What my Low Porosity hair (i think it is, at least) looks with no product right after a wash vs. with eco style gel right after a wash. Both are still wet.
What hair type am I?
I first thought I was 3C, but then I realized my hair had heat damage and resultantly, a looser curl. Then I grew out the damage and thought ok it’s 4A, but honestly I just don’t know. Any naturalistas out there want to chime in? When my hair dries it just gets frizzy and shrunken. This photo is right after a hair wash (still wet), styled with Eco Style gel. I hate to say it but no matter how many gels I try, Eco Style is the only one that takes away my frizz without feeling heavy. I have since embraced the frizz and hardly use gel at all in my daily routine, but am dying to try flaxseed gel like the one Naptural85 makes for herself. ECOCO - Eco Styler Krystal Styling Gel
How I fully transitioned and grew my 4b/c hair
My hair journey is something that means a lot to me. As a child I was always known to have hair so long it reached the middle of my back. Whether my hair was curly, straight, braided or in twists it generated a lot of talk. That’s why when I went natural and lost basically all the length that I somewhat had it was such a shocker. I was natural as a child before I began to get a relaxer at around 3rd grade. It was needed since my mom had just gotten over breast cancer for a second time and my long thick curls were too much for her to take care of. My hair still retained its length, even as I went into middle school but once I hit 9th grade I’d realized something. My length was gone. Now I will say SOOOO many hair mistakes were made when I began doing my own hair in high school. I put too much heat to it, I manipulated it too much, and I didn’t care about my strands enough. I honestly don’t know at what point I realized I wanted to go natural but at the end of my sophomore year I did. My mother who is a very traditional black woman when it comes to hair made it crystal clear there was no way in hell I was getting the big chop I wanted. Because of this I was forced to transition over. I vividly remember the first product I used as a natural being SheaMoisture - Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie this served a good purpose since my number one goal at the time was curl definition. I don’t mind that as much anymore because I have come to terms with the fact that my hair type is NOT loose curls. Since quarantine that goal has changed. My goal I’m March went from “how do I get my hair to curl” to “okay how do I retain length and keep my hair healthy” and I knew my answer. Braids. I’ll be the one to say I absolutely LOVE braids but I HATE getting them professionally done for so many reasons. The main one being when my scalp gets too dirty the braids gotta go. That is a problem when braids cost 100 and I’m over them in a month 🗿. This pushed me to doing my own braids minus the braiding hair. Every two-three weeks I take my braids out, condition my dry dirty hair, wash the conditioner out, wash my hair, deep condition, and prep my hair for braids. Sometimes I blow dry my hair before I braid it (because I want the length😗) and sometimes I just braid my coily hair as is. This has helped keep my hair healthy and grow it all quarantine. These are the products I’ve used: AFRiCAN PRIDE - Olive Miracle Anti-Breakage Leave-in Conditioner AFRiCAN PRIDE - Olive Miracle Anti-Breakage Growth Oil DOO GRO - Mega Thick Hair Oil ECOCO - Eco Style Argan Oil Gel ECOCO - Eco Style Professional Styling Gel Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil cantu - Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair aussie - Miracle Moist 3 Minute Miracle with Avocado for Dry Hair Repair Maui MOISTURE - Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask Aunt Jackie's - Don't Shrink Elongating Curling Gel
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MIZANI - Edge Control Taming Gel Had no flaking at all but not a very strong hold and didn’t really dry.INC. - Crystal Ball Roller Gloss very moisturizing, use it every morning!😊ECOCO - Eco Style Olive Oil Gel some flaking with the eco after a few ours but a good stick!
.INC.-Crystal Ball Roller Gloss
The Most Moisturizing Gel You’ll Ever Use-CHEAP!
I have wavy Type 2 hair and I cannot say enough good things about this product! I got this massive container for less than $7 and it holds my waves beautifully! No crunchy hair, just soft moisturized waves! This product is no secret to those with natural hair but I feel like those with softer curls or wavy hair don’t realize that these products are formulated for all hair types, are alcohol free, and do not dry out your hair or scalp! I highly recommend it even for those with straight hair who want a slicked back look occasionally, this stuff is great! ECOCO - Eco Style Olive Oil Gel
ECOCO-Eco Style Olive Oil Gel
My first time doing finger coils!
I tried finger coils for the first time! I’ve been wanting to try them for a while! Some came out really good and tight and the others were a little loose at the roots. So when I do them next time I’ll have to put a clip at the roots, blow dry them and see the results. But not bad for my first time. I listed the products I used and I also used hair foaming moose. I used a little bit of each product, I didn’t want to say my hair down. SheaMoisture - Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie ECOCO - Eco Style Olive Oil Gel SheaMoisture - Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle
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