Summer Protective Styling

Hello All My Darling Divas!

This is probably going to be the most informational blog post that I’ve done! Why? because I want to make sure that all my darlings have little to no hair issues this summer! Basically I’m creating the blog post that I wish I had for my past summers of hair epic failure! This post is filled with lots of info and inspirational pictures so that you can solve all your hair issues! The video below is just a bit of an intro and under it is where all the info and pics begin!



Before you put in your protective style
Ok so before you go forward with your protective styling, you want to make sure that you prep your hair for being away for awhile. So what I do is make sure my hair is COMPLETELY clean. Wash and deep condition your hair, that way its fully protected during its time of being up. Next thing you want to do is give your hair a nice trim. The whole idea of a protective hairstyle is to put your hair away so that it can take a break and grow. And so give your hair a nice little trim so that it can grow healthy and long while its in its a protective style. And the last tip is to make sure that your hair stays moisturized before and during its in it’s protective styling. That means if your installing your weave, braids or twist, make sure your using some type of pomade or daily moisturizer to twist or braid your hair during the installing process. And while your hair is in the protective style, don’t neglect your hair! Keep on giving it moisture and the much needed attention that it deserves. You don’t want your hair to become brittle and dry during this process. The point is to help your hair grow healthy and strong! Not put it in an even worse state
Braids

Box braids are a wonderful transitioning hair style and my personal fave! Whenever I want length, or get tired of doing my hair and want to put it up, I always go for Box Braids! Their versatile, can easily be put in different hairstyles, I just honestly love them so much! And with Patra Braids ( Solange Braids)  being really big this season, everyone really has been getting their hair in this braided style. Now this summer I have had the honor of experimenting with blonde box braids (now that my hair is blonde) and before I was really scared and really  not sure how I would look, but im glad I got it! So if you have colored hair like me, then go for it! You may end up loving it and starting a new trend! 

Twists

Now if you want to go for a different look, then the two strand twist is the answer to your problems, this look can be worn with extensions, or with your natural hair, and is a great no-weave alternative to a protective style. The lovely thing about two strand twist is that when you take it out, you have a wonderful curl pattern and curly fro! So its a two in one hairstyle. Now this hair style can be braided up on the sides, to give a funky unique style, like the pic in the middle. Or can be braided like the box-braids above. Either way to twist it up, you are sure to get a unique look that will look awesome during the summer! 





                                                           










Updo’s ( with your natural hair) 
Ok so if you wanna go for the option of keeping your hair out, and want to put it up, then you can always go for an updo. when I had my hair out before I put in my braids, I had it in an updo and its a great way to get your hair out your way, but still keep it in its fabulous poofy state. Now for this one I have my Updo, hair tutorial, and that blog post link is above the video below, for you to see pictures.
Weaves and Wigs
So the last protective styling option that I am going to suggest is a sew-in weave or a wig. Now I’m no weave  expert, but I will say that this is probably one of the best ways to change your look up completely! Wearing a weave or a wig gives you the freedom to wear your hair relaxed, curly, colored, short or long. You can also use weave to add volume to your natural hair, giving you a full look. Weave and wings gives you the option to completely change your look without actually changing your hair! That’s the beauty and wonderful side of weaves and wigs. Now your weave and wig can be ordered online, or custom made or brought in store. What I did when I got my first weave, was I searched for different hairstyles in the google search engine, and went for any pictures that were close to look that I wanted to go for.  Just get some hair-inspiration and use that as your guide! Below is some pictures of different weaves and wigs, so it can jump-start your hair ideas! 

Top 10 Things A Natural Gal Needs

Hello Darling Divas!!

I’ve decided to do something a little bit different and do my Top 10 essential things that a  Natural Gal Needs. Now I am in no way a professional or expert, but to me having these top 10 things will help your hair grow, keep it maintained, and help it look nice, The Video explains it all and below I have more info on each top 10 item. Enjoy!



Detangler Comb And Brush

Essential for safely removing any knots and tangles that your hair WILL make. Its ok for your hair to get all messy and tangled. Its apart of being a Natural Gal! Using either a detangler comb or denman brush will ensure that you get all those troublesome knots out without damaging the hair. Remember ONLY detangle hair when its WET or slighty DAMP. never ever ever EVER!! Detangle on dry hair. 
Shea Butter
Now this is actually an optional thing on the list because Shea Butter is not for every type of natural hair. As stated in the video, on softer, wavier types of hair, Shea Butter may weigh the hair down. But for us Kinkier, Coilier Natural Gals Shea Butter Is God’s Greatest Creation. It can be used raw, or mixed with oils. How ever you choose to use it, it does wonders for your hair. Now if your not all into mixing things, then try the yellow labeled Shea Moisture products. It contains Shea Butter in it and does wonders for your hair! 

Spray Bottle
Water is Essential for Hair growth! Just like plants need water to grow big and strong, so does your hair. I know that water may seem like the enemy because it may ruin your curls and all that. But a light mist before you go to bed and even before you take down your twist in the morning will really make a big difference. Keep you hair like you keep your body. Nice and healthy and Hydrated 
Deep Conditioner 
Ok so you remember when I said Shea Butter was God’s Greatest Creation? Make that the second because Deep Conditioner is definitely the best creation! It restores your split ends, breakage, and any other troublesome problems. Deep Conditioner comes in all types of treatments to ensure that it can solve any of your hair problems and fulfills all your hair needs! Deep Conditioner is something that will help aid your hair into growing healthy and strong.

Bobby Pins and Clips
Bobby pins and clips are great for two things: Styling and getting your hair out the way. Bobby Pins help create any type of style that you want your hair to go. It can help it go up, help it go sideways, puts it in a bun; anyway that your want to shape your hair, the bobby pin helps you! As fair as clips go, they can aid in sectioning your hair so that its easier to manage your hair when twisting, conditioning or whatever else you may do.
Hair Goodies
  
The best part of being natural is decorating it. With headbands, scarves, pins, bows I mean I could go on forever and ever and ever! Natural hair is Art so dress it up! Wear a turban, clip on a bow do something crazy and different. And Hair goodies like that make having natural hair so much more exciting and fun

Shower Cap
 The Shower Cap and plastic cap is great because it protects your hair in the shower and also holds everything in while your deep conditioning or Hot Oil Treating your hair. I describe more in detail about the shower cap but its definitely a beauty essential that never gets recognized but is sooo important! 
Satin Scarf or Bonnet
Let me tell you. Your hair goes though soo much when you sleep! Your pillow and wild sleeping is to blame for that but you cant help it. So protecting your hair while you sleep is very important. So Satin is the best way to go. Now if your still want to sleep all wild and crazy, then you can go for a Satin PillowCase. All of which can be purchased at your local beauty supply store.
Heat Protectant

Now if your a natural gal who likes to use heat, then Heat Protectant should be your best friend. From time to time I use heat, and when I do I always have Heat Protectant. Heat Never touches my hair without some type of protectant and yours shouldnt either! 
Rainy Day Hat 

Now as you can see, my rainy day hat is used not only for my fro but also for my braids. I should have actually called this the lifesaver, lazy day hat. All your hair problems are minimized with this hat, which is why  I def recommend that everyone has a go- to hat on those days where your hair isnt looking all that great. Now I dont just use this blue hat, I also use floppy hats, turbans, and pretty much anything else that can hide my hair on bad hair-days and rainy, gloomy days