Curly Tee Towel Review

20160416_105409 I purchased the Curly Tee Towel because of the design. I wash my hair in the shower so before I start to style it I like to lotion up and put some clothes on. With regular towels it’s a challenge to keep them in place which I do all these. The Curly Tee Towel not only stays in place, it also provides other benefits according to their website.20160416_165340

Benefits:

– Reduces breakage and retains length
– Frizz free hair
– Absorbs water
– 100% cotton jersey
– Vegan & earth friendly
see more Curly Tee Towel benefits on the site.

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It comes in 2 sizes and the extra large is big enough for my locs. Before I purchased the Curly Tee Towel I was drying my hair with a microfiber towel which helps eliminate frizz itself so I didn’t notice a change in frizz but it was less than normal towels. 20160416_183701As far as water absorption, my microfiber towel was more absorbent but like normal towels the microfiber towel doesn’t stay in place when I get ready as the Curly Tee Towel does. However, since the Curly Tee Towel is less absorbent if you leave it hanging long the water kind of pooled at the bottom and started dripping down my back. I have locs so they are harder to dry anyway so people with other hair types probably do not experience this problem. Next time, I’ll tie it on top and see if I experience the same problem. So, it’s kind of give and take between a microfiber towel and the Curly Tee Towel but given the length of my hair and my need for something that stays in place, I think I’ll stick with the Curly Tee Towel unless someone comes out with a great microfiber design.

Video: Braid-Out Mid Wear Re-Braid

This video shows my technique for a braid-out mid-wear re-braid. I sometimes wear my braid-outs for up to four weeks. However, there are times when I want to give my braid-outs a “fresh” look. That is when I do a re-braid.

Also, I have a big surprise at the end of the video…our new Natural-ness Knit Satin lined hats.

Video: Kinky Pride w/ Curlformers on a Child’s Natural Hair

This video is long overdue, but here it is.  My daughter recently celebrated her 4th birthday and I wanted to come up with a cute style for this special occasion.  I decided to style her hair using Curlformers along with Kinky Pride’s Shea-Loe Butter and Twist and Loc gel, and the SNO Natural Herbal Hair & Scalp Therapy.  Here are the results (scroll down for video):

Even though I had 40 Curlformers to work with, it was not enough.  I decided to remedy the situation by styling the top of her hair into two pony tails and adding the Curlformers to the ends.

I borrowed this set of short and wide Curlformers from my sister Coco.  I ran into another problem, the Curlformers that I was using was designed for up to 9 inches of hair.  I quickly discovered that my daughter’s hair is way longer than that…

To solve that problem, I two stranded twisted the first few inches of hair (in some cases 3-4 inches) and added the Curlformers to the last 9 inches of her hair.

The Kinky Pride and SNO Naturals products gave my daughter’s hair a nice healthy sheen.  It’s hard to find products that do that because of her dry/cottony hair type.

Initially, I planned on untwisting the two strand twisted roots of her hair, but after removing the Curlformers, I decided not to.  I really liked the result.

All ready for her 4th birthday party!

Video Notes: This is my demonstration on using Curlformers on my 4-year-old daughter along with my review of Kinky Pride’s Shea-Loe Butter, Aloe Vera Lock & Twist Gel and SNO Herbal Hair & Scalp Therapy. These products were not purchased by me, but were sent to me after I contacted the co-owner and asked her if I could review her product. I fell in love with the Kinky Pride products after they were demonstrated on my hair at the Tennessee Natural Hair expo. You can see that video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iva8Wsy4NE

Kinky Pride products can be purchased here:http://snonatural.com/products/products.html

Be sure to check their site for a list of the product ingredients. I will also list the ingredients on our website: http://www.natural-ness.com

Music credits:

“The Natural Hair Song”, was written and performed by Anitra Jay (http://www.AnitraJay.com). You can download the song for free at: www.facebook.com/anitrajay

Instrumental “untitled” and created by Francis “mr. faia” Turner

Thanks Anitra & Francis for sharing your talents!

Huetiful Hair Steamer “Rountable” Notes

I was able to participate in the Huetiful Hair Steamer “Roundtable” Conference call with Huetiful President & Founder, Ken Burkeen and hair and beauty bloggers/journalists from all over.  I do not currently own a hair steamer, so I was very curious about the Huetiful Steamer and I basically wanted to know if the steamer was really “all that”.  Here are a few notes that I took, derived from some of the great questions asked by  the conference call participants:

 

  • One thing that stood out for me about the company in general is that the company is 100% black owned and the hair steamer comes with a 45 day money back guarantee.  Shipping is free for the steamer and you get 45 days to try the product.  If you do not like it or do not want it for any reason, you can return it, free of charge…this includes free return shipping.
  • The steamer is designed for the curly/wavy hair of women of all colors, thus the name “Huetiful”.  It also restores moisture 5xs better than deep conditioners alone.
  • I really like that the steamer reduces bacteria on the scalp, which helps stop itching.
  • The recommended usage for the steamer is about once a week to every other week
  • Ken made a point to note that the steamer should be used on thoroughly cleansed hair, using sulfate-free shampoo, meaning that all product build-up should be removed.  He emphasized that you should use “a lot” of shampoo for best results.  After using the steamer, you should rinse your hair with cold water to close your cuticles and seal in moisture.
  • A very interesting point made during the discussion was that hair needs both “moisture” and “hydration”.  When we talk about hair, we tend to say that out hair needs moisture, but moisture usually means “oil”.  Ken asked the question, “When your thirsty,what do you drink?” Most people would answer “water”.  When our hair is thirsty, it also needs water.
  • I asked about the use of the steamer on children and whether the steamer is safe to use on a small child.  Ken responded that the steamer can be used on any child who is able to sit for about 18 minutes without touching the steamer.  Basically the use of the steamer on a child depends on the child.
  • Another thing that stood out for me was Ken’s explanation on using a steamer vs. just using a dryer for deep conditions. A dryer just gives off heat, whereas with a steamer, your hair is benefiting from the deep conditioning, the mist and the heat.  The steamer basically creates a “warm ozone enriched mist”.

 

Well, those are the points that really stood out for me during the conference call.  I can now truly see the benefits of using a Huetiful Hair Steamer.  I would love to get my hands on one.  For more information on the Huetiful Hair Steamer, or to purchase a steamer, please visit their website: Be Huetiful!

Video: Rope Twists with Beads (3 Year Old)

Here is a how-to video of a style that I completed on my daughter several weeks ago.  A while ago, someone requested a video on how to do rope twists.  This video will either help or utterly confuse you 😉  (I pray for the former). Also included is my technique for adding beads (nothing fancy, just straight forward and simple).  Anyway, I am also including pictures of the style.  Enjoy and I hope this video helps!

Here is the completed look once again.  Each section of hair is about a square inch, creating fairly large twists.

To make the style somewhat unique…I guess it’s unique…I gently pushed one bead up toward her scalp.

In the video, I attempt to show the difference between “rope” or “sister” twists and regular two strand twists.  Rope twists are tighter and tend to last a lot longer.  They also show more length.  Regular two-strand twists tend to draw up and appear a lot shorter than they actually are.

In my experience, two-strand twists work well on long or short hair, while rope twists tend to work a lot better on long hair.

Here’s a close up view of a rope twist.  I love rope twists!

Video: Tangle Teezer on a 3-Year-Old

Here’s my second review of the Tangle Teezer. This time I am using it on my 3-year-old daughter. I know that some people have had issues with the Tangle Teezer (finer hair types use caution), but I am still in love with it. You’ll see that in this video, I am detangling my 3-year-old daughter’s hair after her hair was in a uncombed twist-out for almost a week. No matter how gentle, she would be in tears if I had attempted this with a wide tooth comb. Based on this alone, the Tangle Teezer is a winner!

Below are before and after pictures as well as the review video.

Before: my daughter is wearing a twist-out that she had been wearing for almost a week

After: here are her detangled puffs, after using the Tangle Teezer

Here are her detangled puffs once again.  It took about 10 minutes to detangle both puffs using a water/conditioner mix to moisten and coconut oil to protect her ends.

Tangle Teezer Review Video

Ingenious!

I finally had the opportunity to use my Tangle Teezer and I love it!!  It wasn’t love at first site, because the thing looks scary, but it was love after first use 🙂

Now I’ve been running around using it on my daughter’s hair (video coming soon)  and my son’s hair.  I decided to extend the Tangle Teezer Giveaway deadline (click link to enter) to give more people a chance to enter.  I’m just that excited!!  Anyway, here’s my video review:

Make Your Own Flower Hair Accessory

Here’s a quick video that I put together to show how to make your own flower hair accessory. This is quick and easy to do. All you need are artificial flowers, a glue gun, bobby pins, strong scissors (optional) and a little of your time.

Here is what the flowers look like after being attached to bobby pins.

Here is one of the finished flowers in my hair.

Accessorize Your Puff

Here’s a quick idea for those getting tired of their same old puffs 🙂  This is a series of pictures and instructions that I created for Naturally You magazine back in their Summer 2006 issue, when it was still in circulation – I miss them 🙁  Anyway, here are instructions on how to accessorize your puff:

Note: These pictures are also included in my archived “Making a Puff” video here: Making A Puff which also shows how to create a puff without putting too much strain on your hairline.

Setting Hair with Curlformers

I was watching a video by Nikkimae2003 on YouTube and thought her hair was adorable so I ordered me a set to use on my own hair. I wasn’t as happy with my results as I would like to be but it didn’t have anything to do with the Curlformers, I think it is just the setting lotion I used so I’ll have to shop around for a product that works better on natural hair. The Curlformers themselves were a lot easier to use than traditional rollers and left my hair super soft.

Check the video out below — Setting Hair with Curlformers, or at http://t.co/vUtKAnZ via YouTube.

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