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Girl Behind the Curl…. Marie!!!

Girl Behind the Curl…. Marie!!!

Hey girlies!! Are you excited for the upcoming holiday!? I am, food + family + fun is soothing to the soul and there is SOOO much to be thankful for….SO much. Hopefully these times are reminders for us to think of the things we take forgranted :o)  Oh and don’t spend all your money at these ridiculous sales this Black Friday…and Saturday, Sunday and Monday for that matter lol You know how they’ve added all these other days to the mix now lol

Anywho, so guess who’s back?!!? My gorgeous girls behind the curls!! YES Its been awhile and I know you have missed them (I have!) and so the latest curly girl is someone who I randomly stumbled upon while I was browsing the web for advice on “pineappling” my hair at night (still haven’t found the 100% go-to method that works for me but I digress lol). So during my search I came across her blog called GoodLooknOutand I instantly fell in love with everything about it! The design, the content, the writing style…it’s just a GREAT blog! Very strategic and well thought out. Lots of attention to detail. Love it! One to definitely follow! ***SIDEBAR– I even slipped into groupie mode for a sec lol and emailed her right away to tell her how much I was in love haha luckily she didn’t think I was TOO crazy haha.  Oh and Turns out we are both from Southern Cali (about 30 mins apart). There’s just something about us Cali girls :o)

So flash forward, I HAD to feature this beauty and learn about her hair regimen and here she is!

Meet Marie!!

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Introduction :: Do share a little about yourself!   

Hi! I’m Marie Young and I’ve been natural going on three years now. I’m a stay-at-home mommy and blogger who loves doing just about everything the natural way!

In the beginning :: What inspired you to go embrace your natural-ness? OR If you’ve been  natural since forever, what inspired you to never get a perm? 

To be honest, I had my aha moment once I moved to DC and saw so many beautiful, educated, black queens (like me) walking around with all these cute natural styles. They were so beautiful! Coming from LA, living that ‘barbie world’ weave life, I was in culture shock. I just gravitated toward it, wanting to see what my natural would look like!

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Mane-tain :: What is your weekly/monthly regimen like? If you have color in your hair, how do you maintain its health?

I do a wash-n-go once a week and outside of that I do a lot of twists out’s. My twist out only lasts for two days max, so I’m always re-twisting my hair at night (a routine I really can’t stand). I also deep condition with a protein treatment at least twice a month.   When I detangle, I do it with a wide tooth comb, making sure I comb from the bottom to the top to prevent breakage. I trim my hair every 6-8 weeks, and being that I only like to trim my hair while it’s straight, I usually only straighten my hair 4-5 times per year.    Once every quarter I start to get bored and I will throw in a protective style to calm my nerves. My go-to style is box braids and marley twists.

Your uniqueness :: How would describe your hair and how do you like to wear/style your hair daily? i.e. wash-n-go’s, twists, straight, protective styles, etc.  

I would describe my hair as perfectly coiled! I didn’t realize that I even had a curl pattern until my mid twenties. I was so used to press-n-curls and weaves. Plus, my curl was so heat damaged it was crazy mess.   Now, I have these cute, small, tightly coiled ringlets after my wash-n-go that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Even though I love my wash-n-go’s I also love to rock a twist out because I can maintain it longer than my natural curls.

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Choosing favorites :: What are some fav products you can’t live without or would recommend? How do you use them?   

I cannot live without my Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream for when I wear my wash-n-go’s. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Patsy Girl Spritz Splash for daily hydration and my Mi-Me Fascin8ting Hair Elixir for shine, moisture and growth.

Drop some knowledge :: Do you have a marvelous hair practice/technique you’ve learned and wouldn’t mind sharing? OR is there something you’d like to learn more about?

I’ve learned to not believe the hype when it comes to how often you’re to trim your ends. I read one popular natural hair site (which I will not name) that recommended to trim your ends every 6-8 months if you don’t use heat in your hair. That was the worst thing I could have done for my hair. After I waited 6 months with no trims I had to cut off 2 inches of growth and that worked my nerves so badly. Keep up with your regular trims no matter what!

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Shameless plug :: Do you have a hustle you’d like to share while you have the floor?

As I am editor-in-chief over at GoodLooknOut, you KNOW I have to tell you all to stop on over and get in where you fit in. I love to share the GOOD NEWS with my readers so if you have something to share, you’re all more than welcome to share!   Lastly, I’m working on a new project with a group of marvelous women called Lessons From A Wildflower that I’d love for you to check out. It’s a compilation of raw and real journal entries, from your girlfriend on the other line. It’s like chicken soup for the twenty/thirty year old soul. A place where real women, discuss real life candidly – without an instagram filter.

K.I.T. :: How can we stay connected with you? 

Blog | Email | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tumblr | Pinterest    Talk with you all soon!

 

 

P.S. If you are interested in being featured as a Girl Behind the Curl, shoot me an email (lauren@lacocobella.com) or use the contact form to get in touch with me! :o)

Girl Behind the Curl….Tiffany!

Girl Behind the Curl….Tiffany!

Howdy!! I have another BEAUTIFUL Girl Behind The Curl to introduce you too. She’s another Instagram curlfriend of mine and I can not begin to say how beautiful she and her hair are! And can we talk about how flawless her skin is for a second?! Anywho, her curls are perfect and I love the color on the ends as you will see, she shares lots of her fav products which I really appreciate :o) She definitely dropped some knowledge at the end of her feature so be sure you read all the way down for some inspiration!

….Meet the gorgeous Miss Tiffy Nichole!

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Introduction : : Do share a little about yourself!

My name is Tiffany! During the week I am a Registered Nurse and full time Mommy.  I enjoy life and spending time with my family and friends.

In the beginning : : What inspired you to go embrace your natural-ness? OR If you’ve been natural since forever, what inspired you to never get a perm?

I have been natural for 5 plus years.  I really had no interest in going natural.  It kind of just happened.  Relaxers made my hair paper thin but I thought it was the thing to do.  By the time I started loving my roller set it was time for regular scheduled routine at the salon.  So the day I decided to color my hair was the last day of the creamy crack (lol). A year and a half ago I decided to do something big….I cut my shoulder length hair off.  I continued to make weekly visits to the salon for a wash, blow dry, flat iron, and hair cut/trim to maintain my short hair.   August 2012 was my last scheduled cut/trim and the last flat iron.  I wanted to enjoy summer vacation with my daughter and family without worrying about getting my hair wet.

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Mane-tain : : What is your weekly/monthly regimen like? If you have color in your hair, how do you maintain it’s health?

I wash and deep condition my hair at least once a week.  Depending on the week and because of my crazy hair obsession I may co-wash in between washes.  Prior to cutting off my straight ends (damaged by bleach) I used perm rods faithfully to achieve a curly fro.  It was my go to style as I tried to grow it out.  The two textures were definitely a deal breaker and it was time for a hair cut/trim (chop chop chop)!!!  That moment changed my natural hair experience.

Your uniqueness : : How would describe your hair and how do you like to wear/style your hair daily? i.e. wash-n-go’s, twists, straight, protective styles, etc.

My curly tresses are curly, tightly coiled.  If I had to guess my texture I would say I am a 3c/4a.  My favorite styles and absolute favorite are twist outs, coil out, and wash-n-go’s.

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Choosing favorites : : What are some fav products you can’t live without or would recommend to someone else? How do you use them?

My routine varies depending on the style and look I am going for.  I sprits my hair with a leave in conditioner water mix, apply my favorite oils (EVOL, Carol’s Daughter elixir or tui oil, and then re-twist with a cream or butter and gel.

Some of my favorite products are listed below.

Shampoo

  • SheScentit Jojoba hemp conditioning shampoo
  • Dr Bonner’s Peppermint Oil Soap

Conditioner/DC

  • Hyrdating Shealoe Creammy Conditioner (koils by nature)
  • Honey hemp conditioner (oyinhandmade)
  • Curl Junkie Smoothing Lotion leave-in
  • Moisturing Shealoe leave-in conditioner (koils by nature)
  • Camille Rose Naturals Renew Algae DC
  • Babassu Butter Love DC (brown butter beauty)

Oils, Butters, & For Styling

  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Tui Moisturizing Hair Oil
  • Jane Cater Nourish & Shine
  • Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream
  • Jane Carter Wrap & Roll (rods or roller sets)

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Drop some knowledge : : Do you have a marvelous hair practice/technique you’ve learned and wouldn’t mind sharing? OR is there something you’d like to learn more about?

My natural hair journey has taught me so much about myself and people.  My confidence speaks volumes and I love love love my tightly coily kinky textured hair.  I wish everyday was a good hair day but everyday is a new hair experience.  Over the past 8 months I have mastered my favorite styles.  They never look the same way twice.  Day one of natural hair journey had me in tears.  A lot of learning and trial and error but there was definitely joy and growth in the journey.

Through this process I have learned that racism and prejudice still exist.  Some people are just mean, make inappropriate comments, they laugh and stare.  As a young African American woman and mother I make a statement to the world and I love myself.  I am my daughter’s role model and everyday I hope she realizes she is beautiful, intelligent, and simply marvelous just the way she is.  I show her and together we live it!

K.I.T. : : How can we stay connected with you? i.e. website, e-mail, social media, etc.

 

 

P.S. If you are interested in being featured as a Girl Behind the Curl, shoot me an email (lauren@lacocobella.com) or use the contact form to get in touch with me! :o)

Girl Behind the Curl….Florence!!

Girl Behind the Curl….Florence!!

Hey ladies! I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday and a long weekend if you took off Friday :o)

I know I usually post Girls Behind the Curls on Thursdays but since it was the holiday I figured no one would really see it and it wouldn’t be fair to this AWESOME gal today….ya’ll ready for some serious hair envy?!

So this gem hit my inbox and I HAD to feature her, she comes from a bi-racial background and has the most beautiful curls! She is a great representation of curlies with two different textures and curl patterns going on. She has super big curls and a simple, easy to follow regimen! Her “hair beginnings” is very unique and you can definitely tell she is very in tune with her curls. She knows what she’s doing :o) Oh and did I mention she is GORGEOUS!

….meet Florence!

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Introduction : : Do share a little about yourself!

Hello beauties! My name is Florence Marie Williams. I am a 21 year old half Bajan and Half filipina attending Valdosta State Univeristy

In the beginning : : What inspired you to go embrace your natural-ness? OR If you’ve been natural since forever, what inspired you to never get a perm?

I’ve been natural most of my life,but there was a period in my adolescence when I thought straight hair was the bee’s knees. Honestly my hair was practically straight till I turned 12 or 13. I was know as my mother’s carbon copy with the long straight black hair. When it started to transition from straight to curly it really confused me and I had a hard time taking care of it. My mom didn’t know how to manage my hair. I can still remember screaming matches every morning trying to figure out what to do with it.  It was so much for my mom to handle that she threatened to cut it all off because she was so frustrated. Instead, at the age of 12 years old my mom took me to the salon and I got a perm. I loved having straight hair and the compliments, but it sadden me that after a week it was back to being curly. I felt like I was sold a dream that would never come true. So after battling it for three years, I decided to let go and embrace what I have instead of trying to conform. I am now 6 years strong. I am not big on the curl pattern  but more on hair texture. My hair is not baby fine but its not course either. I feel its right in the middle. I also have low porosity hair.

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Mane-tain : : What is your weekly/monthly regimen like? If you have color in your hair, how do you maintain it’s health?

I try to have my wash days on sundays, but as of now I find  myself washing my hair every four days, instead of the full week. I cleanse every other week and I co-wash in between. So I co-wash once week, cleanse the other week, and so on. Before I wash I finger detangle with coconut oil. I use the louana coconut oil. I comes in a huge tub and its cheap. Im a college student and its affordable. I part my hair in six sections and saturate my hair in the oil and gently get the tangles out and bantu knot all six sections. I usually leave it in overnight if I can but if not I try to keep in in for a hour. After that its wash time. I wash my hair with baking soda and clarify with apple cider vinegar. The baking soda is a gentle abrasive that gets all the product and dirt out of my hair and the ACV balances the PH in my hair and makes it a breeze to detangle.I condition with TRESemmé radiant volume conditioner. I use a paddle brush to make sure the tangles are out of my hair. I am not a fan of the wide tooth comb. After the shower my hair is still in those six sections, I start with the bottom section and spray my mixture of half water and half grapeseed oil, follow it with my leave in which is Shea Moisture African Black Balancing Conditioner, lastly I put in the cantu naturals coconut curl cream and seal with coconut oil, do that to all sections shake and go. Throughout the day I try not to touch my hair, and at night I pineapple. The next morning spray my hair with my grape seed and water mixture, and repeat that till wash day again.

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Your uniqueness : : How would describe your hair and how do you like to wear/style your hair daily? i.e. wash-n-go’s, twists, straight, protective styles, etc.

my hair is interesting to say the least my bottom section is a looser curl and I believe it grows the fastest. The middle section is curlier and thicker then my top section is like a curly sue type of curl. Its craziness. Its a very distinct difference. I used to perm rods and pin curls, twist outs and bantu knot outs on my hair but it made the separation of the patterns even more obvious,and it was also time consuming so I stopped and just stick to wash and goes. After day four I do high buns. They are perfect for me! I think they are super cute and easy and quick to do. I like to make them really big! I wear buns a lot especially since I’m a college student and really busy.

Choosing favorites : : What are some fav products you can’t live without or would recommend to someone else? How do you use them?

I can not stay away from coconut or grapeseed oil. Those are my ultimate products and i used them daily to refresh and seal my ends. styling products: a new love is cantu naturals coconut curling creme. I got it in a curlbox and was in love ever since it makes me curls pop and the smell is AH-mazing. I love the shea moisture line products my favorite products are the curl milk and the glaze not a fan of the curl smoothie which surprised me.

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Drop some knowledge : : Do you have a marvelous hair practice/technique you’ve learned and wouldn’t mind sharing? OR is there something you’d like to learn more about?

If you’re in the process of transition or trying to grow and retain length stay away from heat. My goal for my hair is healthy waist length curly hair. I have not straightened my hair in almost two years and I am seeing the benefits. If and when I do was a straightened look I will do a wet roller set overnight but for the time being I have not had the urge to do so. When I need a trim I dry trim my curls, its a long process but for me it works. I also stay away from salons because they get too scissor happy and I have left salons with 4 inches of hard work cut off. But the main thing I think all natural women need is patience and taking the time to enjoy your journey.

Shameless plug : : Do you have a hustle you’d like to share while you have the floor? i.e. business, project, etc.

I do I actually want to start a youtube channel my youtube :http://www.youtube.com/user/Theblendedbeauty

no videos yet but stop by and say Hi=)

K.I.T. : : How can we stay connected with you? i.e. website, e-mail, social media, etc.

everywhere!

 

 

P.S. If you are interested in being featured as a Girl Behind the Curl, shoot me an email (lauren@lacocobella.com) or use the contact form to get in touch with me! :o)

Girl Behind the Curl… Andrea Lewis!

Girl Behind the Curl… Andrea Lewis!

Hello!!! I know It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a Girl Behind the Curl but I’m back with another beautiful curly gal! I met this lovely lady through a mutual curlfriend, Shameless Maya. I featured Maya last year and also created her website. She then referred this week’s GBTC to me to create her website as well :o) Some of you may find her face quite familiar as she was one half of this wild duo and she has also starred in a popular TV show but today she is moving forward and doing a BUNCH of big things, including creating and starring in her own YouTube series that will show on Issa Rae’s (Awkward Black Girl) YT page! But most importantly hehe, lets talk about her HAIR!

….meet Andrea!!!

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Introduction : : Do share a little about yourself!

My name is Andrea Lewis, I’m from Toronto and I’m singer/actress and writer!

In the beginning : : What inspired you to go embrace your natural-ness? OR If you’ve been natural since forever, what inspired you to never get a perm?

I’ve always been natural. I never got a perm I think because no one ever really told me about perms when I was growing up lol. I know to some people that may sound crazy, but my mom never had one and I think you learn most about your hair from your mother and she was clueless to that stuff luckily. But over the years I’ve had to do some serious hair cuts aka “big chops” because of heat damage or color damage and that might as well have been a perm lol.

Mane-tain : : What is your weekly/monthly regimen like? If you have color in your hair, how do you maintain it’s health?

I wash my hair once a week with Mixed Chicks Sulfate Free shampoo. I co-wash a couple times a week though, more often in the summer. I’ve colored my hair for a long time and it’s been through a lot of phases but I’m actually working on growing my hair dye out of my hair now and being completely “natural”. I deep condition my hair once a week with mixed chicks deep conditioner and coconut oil and this really gives my hair the love it needs and keeps it healthy.

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Your uniqueness : : How would describe your hair and how do you like to wear/style your hair daily? i.e. wash-n-go’s, twists, straight, protective styles, etc.

I have a lot of very soft, fine hair. My hair is very easy to manipulate too which I love but sometimes I compare my hair to a feather because the strands are very fine and soft which can be a gift and curse! I usually wear my hair curly in a wash-n-go and in the winter months I’m more likely to straighten it but of lately I rarely have my hair straight.

Choosing favorites : : What are some fav products you can’t live without or would recommend to someone else? How do you use them?

Products I’d recommend are: Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner, it is amazing and will leave your hair feeling feeling soft and moisturized. I love Kinky Curly Leave-in conditioner and an absolute must have is organic coconut oil, coconut oil does wonders for your hair, don’t use too much if you have fine hair though because then it’ll get messy.

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Drop some knowledge : : Do you have a marvelous hair practice/technique you’ve learned and wouldn’t mind sharing? OR is there something you’d like to learn more about?

If there’s anything I’ve learned about hair is the art of having patience with it. I used to always wish my hair was longer, bigger, a different color, looser curl you name it! But now I’m more in love with my hair than I’ve been in years and that’s because I’ve learned to appreciate what I have and have patience in the process of my hair just being hair. Now my hair feels like it’s always growing and it’s always doing what I want. You’ve gotta have patience with your hair and just let it be. Also use coconut oil, it’s a savior for all! :)

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Shameless plug : : Do you have a hustle you’d like to share while you have the floor? i.e. business, project, etc.

My new web series “Black Actress” will be airing this September on Issa Rae’s (Awkward Black Girl) youtube channel so be on the look out!

K.I.T. : : How can we stay connected with you? i.e. website, e-mail, social media, etc.

 

Thanks for the interview Lauren! Power to the Curl! xo

 

P.S. If you are interested in being featured as a Girl Behind the Curl, shoot me an email (lauren@lacocobella.com) or use the contact form to get in touch with me! :o)

Girl Behind the Curl… Evelyn!

Girl Behind the Curl… Evelyn!

Hola chicas! I have a BEAUTIFUL curly girl to share with you today. She’s another Instagram curlfriend :o) I am in love with her hair and in love with cupcakes as much as her lol She also loves Oyin Handmade products (I have a few reviews on some of my fav products from them on the blog if you missed em!) which helps keep her hair super healthy and gorgeous. Oh and if you are looking for a new good book to read, SHE is your girl!! Hit her up!!

….meet Evelyn!!

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Introduction : : Do share a little about yourself!

Hello, I’m Evelyn. I’m a graduate student at UMD, where I’m working on getting a degree in library science. I’m a book nerd and love cupcakes a bit too much.

In the beginning : : What inspired you to go embrace your natural-ness? OR If you’ve been natural since forever, what inspired you to never get a perm?

During undergrad at UC Irvine, I stopped relaxing my hair. I don’t remember exactly what made me stop, but I bet Dr. Parham’s African American Psychology class was the catalyst. When I graduated, I decided to loc my hair up and I wore it that way for about eight years before cutting them off. Now my hair is free form. Before I knew what to do with my hair, I thought I might loc it back up out of frustration, but I don’t plan on doing that any time soon.

Mane-tain : : What is your weekly/monthly regimen like? If you have color in your hair, how do you maintain it’s health?

I generally co-wash my hair every two weeks, sooner when I have more time, and shampoo whenever there is too much product build up (sometimes that takes up to three months). I get my hair trimmed twice a year at a salon. I rarely add heat to my hair unless I’m doing a length check, or in a hurry for it to dry.

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Your uniqueness : : How would describe your hair and how do you like to wear/style your hair daily? i.e. wash-n-go’s, twists, straight, protective styles, etc.

My hair is a mixed bag. It’s at least three different textures and densities. There is even one section in the crown area that I initially thought was damaged, but after several trims it has stayed the same. When I do a twist-out (which I do most often), it doesn’t hold the definition as long. I try to baby that area.

Choosing favorites : : What are some fav products you can’t live without or would recommend to someone else? How do you use them?

For the most part, I only use Oyin Handmade products. I use their Honey Hemp Condintioner and Hair Dew religiously, and as a treat I’ll get some Juices & Berries. I call it my hair perfume. When it’s time for a deep condition I mix the Honey Hemp with coconut oil and honey and leave it on my hair for thirty minutes.

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Drop some knowledge : : Do you have a marvelous hair practice/technique you’ve learned and wouldn’t mind sharing? OR is there something you’d like to learn more about?

I’m not very creative when it comes to my hair, so I can’t share any fabulous hairstyles, but I will say that since my hair has gotten long enough to bun, it’s become my favorite protective style. I think my hair has benefited mostly by my patience with it and not overly manipulating it.

Shameless plug : : Do you have a hustle you’d like to share while you have the floor? i.e. business, project, etc.

I don’t have a hustle, but I do host an online book club on Twitter. If any readers would like to join, they are more than welcome.

K.I.T. : : How can we stay connected with you? i.e. website, e-mail, social media, etc.

Girl Behind the Curl….Tia!!!

Girl Behind the Curl….Tia!!!

Hey!! Coming atcha with another beautiful Girl Behind the Curl! She’s a PYT (pretty young thang lol) about to GRADUATE from high school!!!! CONGRATS LADY!!!!!! ((((Round of applause for her!!))) I know how excited she must be, cuz I know I was ready to get the heck up outta there when I graduated lol

So besides the fact that this GBTC is a smart young lady, she has amazing curls! Those of you who have been natural your whole life but have always worn your hair pressed, ya’ll can relate to her :o)

….meet Miss Tia!!!

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Introduction : : Do share a little about yourself!

Hi I’m Tia! I am a high school senior (can’t wait for college!) I love natural products and attempting to make my own hair and beauty products.

In the beginning : : What inspired you to go embrace your natural-ness? OR If you’ve been natural since forever, what inspired you to never get a perm?

Well, I never got a perm, but I always wore my hair flat ironed. The reason I never got a perm was because my mom would always tell me that I didn’t need one and whenever I went to the hair salon she was adamant about the stylist not giving me a perm. So I have her to thank for that :) The reason I decided to stop flat ironing my hair so frequently was because I felt so constricted; I couldn’t workout, go swimming, or take really steamy showers because I was afraid my hair would revert and have to spend another $50 getting my hair straightened.

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Mane-tain : : What is your weekly/monthly regimen like? If you have color in your hair, how do you maintain it’s health?

Every weekend I wash my hair in sections while in the shower. I then condition and attempt to detangle. After I rinse out the conditioner, I apply a leave in in sections, then usually twist those sections up for bed. *Sidenote I’ll admit I have a problem with detangling, I sometimes do a rushed job of combing my hair because there’s so much to do. So I try to look for (I am trying to make my own) products with great slip.

Your uniqueness : : How would describe your hair and how do you like to wear/style your hair daily? i.e. wash-n-go’s, twists, straight, protective styles, etc.

When I wash my hair it is very shiny, easy to comb through, and has a bit of length. However, as the week goes on my hair gets really dry and crunchy, so I am trying to work on that issue. The thing I love about my hair is that it is versatile; I can do protective styles, straight hair, twists, bantu knots, etc

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Choosing favorites : : What are some fav products you can’t live without or would recommend to someone else? How do you use them?

I love using olive oil on my hair: it provides great slip, seals moisture, and gives my hair shine.

Some products I recommend are:

  • Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars: Check out their website, I’m sure you will find a bar that is right for you
  • Oyin Whipped butter: I didn’t like it on my hair, but I did use it to slick down my edges. I sprayed my edges with water, then slide a little of the whipped butter on them.

Drop some knowledge : : Do you have a marvelous hair practice/technique you’ve learned and wouldn’t mind sharing? OR is there something you’d like to learn more about?

I need to learn a lot more about how to keep my hair moisturized and detangled, those are my biggest problems.

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Shameless plug : : Do you have a hustle you’d like to share while you have the floor? i.e. business, project, etc.

I have something up my sleeve, but it’s not ready yet. When it is, I will let everyone know.

K.I.T. : : How can we stay connected with you? i.e. website, e-mail, social media, etc.

Girl Behind the Curl…Christine!!

Girl Behind the Curl…Christine!!

Cheers to the freakin weekend!!

This weeks Girl Behind the Curl is yet another very special lady in my life ((I have lots of them hehe)) she’s another one of my neos and she’s my number! (Sweet Sixteens baby!!) She pledged in 2009 and I’ve been in love with her since hehe…in a sisterly way of course lol besides the fact that she’s smart, beautiful, amazing and has a singing voice of an angel, she has some amazing hair!! She has BIG, thick curls and a simple regimen. When I met her, her hair was down her back and she cut it into a cute, short asymmetrical bob about a year or so ago. I could go on and on about this girl but I will spare you for now…. meet my lovely number/neo/sister/love, Christine!

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Introduction : : Do share a little about yourself!

Hello, my name is Christine Singh and I am a graduate student at American University and Special Education/English teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools. I love my curls and I love trying new natural/organic products on my hair and skin.

In the beginning : : What inspired you to go embrace your natural-ness? OR If you’ve been natural since forever, what inspired you to never get a perm?

My inspiration to go short was my desire for drastic change. From birth to the summer of 2012, I had only ever trimmed my long hair. One summer day in June of 2012, I went to visit my family and my little brother told me that he was growing his hair to donate it to Locks of Love. I felt so inspired by his charity that I started thinking. I have super curly hair that dries out easily and that gets insanely frizzy. I hated it. And I was tired of feeling like I had to subscribe to a glamorized and celebrated Western view of beauty. After teaching for a year and seeing how resistant the young community was to their natural gifts of beauty, I decided that I needed to stop talking about self-acceptance and just BE about it. I wanted a bald-cut (yes, I wanted to go bald), but my stylist absolutely would NOT cut my hair as short as I wanted it. Even still, I shed a single tear at the first cut. But, ever since, I am in love with my hair and the versatility that it offers me. I can wear my hair to match my mood and overall personality. My stylist cut 10 inches off of my hair, which I donated to locksoflove.org.

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Mane-tain : : What is your weekly/monthly regimen like? If you have color in your hair, how do you maintain it’s health?

I wash my hair every 5 days. I use Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo in combination with the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I love these products for a wash-n-go’s and the smell is super yummy. I especially love that you can use the Curl Smoothie as a leave-in-conditioner. To help with frizz, I put a small amount of Moroccan oil in my hair and distribute evenly. The shine is amazing, the smell is awesome, and the texture is so soft. I deep condition my hair at least once a month by mixing 1 egg with mayonnaise and Olive Oil. I do this on a Saturday morning and I put a shampoo cap on as I walk around the house and clean up. I leave this in for twenty minutes before following up with my shampoo and conditioner.

Your uniqueness : : How would describe your hair and how do you like to wear/style your hair daily? i.e. wash-n-go’s, twists, straight, protective styles, etc.

My hair is super thick and curly, and it frizzes and dries out easily, especially when it’s cold out. My favorite style is the wash-n-go, but I occasionally enjoy practicing Bantu knots, and also doing twist outs.

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Choosing favorites : : What are some fav products you can’t live without or would recommend to someone else? How do you use them?

My favorite products are Moroccan Oil, Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo and Conditioner.

Drop some knowledge : : Do you have a marvelous hair practice/technique you’ve learned and wouldn’t mind sharing? OR is there something you’d like to learn more about?

To get my hair super curly and bouncy, I first wash with shampoo. Then I follow by gently towel drying my hair and then combing Conditioner through my strands with my fingers. I finish by adding a little Moroccan oil to my palms and massaging it into my hair. The whole process takes about 20 minutes, and I love the curl that it produces.

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Shameless plug : : Do you have a hustle you’d like to share while you have the floor? i.e. business, project, etc.

I am currently working alongside my sister to end homelessness through her non-profit Terps Against Homelessness. I am also a volunteer math/GED tutor with Project PLASE in Baltimore, MD. Knowledge is Power. If you know of anyone who needs afterschool tutoring, or if you are looking to get involved with giving back to the overall community, feel free to contact me and I will set you up with some volunteer opportunities!

K.I.T. : : How can we stay connected with you? i.e. website, e-mail, social media, etc.

You can stay connected with me through: twitter @__Singh, instagram @_singhchristine