How to Cope with a Hair Tragedy – Ms. Devin’s Story

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Let’s all Greet our Gorgeous Guest, Ms. Devin, we thank you my dear for sharing your story with us:

Please introduce your lovely self, name and how long you have been Natural.
My name is Devin also know as HappyKinksForever.
I’ve been natural now for almost 6 years.
It will be 6 year at the end of October.
I have to state that going natural was quite difficult for me. 

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Describe your Natural Hair Tragedy, what happened, your first thoughts, etc.
2010 when I was going through my natural hair transition.
I pretty much did a flexi-rod set weekly. I didn’t know too much about natural remedies.
Miss Jessie’s products were very popular.
So that’s what I used.

Recovering in 2012

Recovering in 2012

After going through this, What was Your next step to Recovery? 
Later in the same year I discovered Henna, educated myself on mixology,
and started to create butter pomades for hair.
Also, keeping my hair in a protective style gave me my time to find out was my hair need.
In 2013, I was a full on Ayurveda Queen.
Henna, clay cleansers, natural oils, and butters where my “holy grails.”
I became great at doing two strand twist-outs.
Brahmi oil and Nupur henna, have rescued my hair from some extremely hard times. 

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What have you Personally Learned from this, To Do or Not To Do?
Throughout this journey, I’ve picked up some wonderful DIY hair products.
Learned to know what different oils/butters, work best for the different seasons.

This was back in January of this year. With my dog/baby Daisy.

My dog/baby Daisy.

Any Tips, Advice or Thoughts for us Naturals?
If you’re having some difficulty with your tresses,
Research, learn how to do a scalp analysis, get to know your hair.
What works for some may not work for you.
Your hair is a plant, speak to it, give it light, give it water, and it will love you for it.

 

!!!Thank you my Dear and your tresses are Lovely!!

 

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How to Cope with a Hair Tragedy – Ms. Ariane’s Story

Meet The Beautiful Ariane Williams

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Let’s all say Hello to our Beautiful Guest, thank you my dear for sharing your story with us:

Please introduce your lovely self, name and how long you have been Natural.
Ariane blogger at blacknaps.org, I have been natural for 10 years.

Describe your Natural Hair Tragedy, what happened, your first thoughts, etc.
When I first went natural I wore dreads for 4 years, so when I took my dreadlocks out,
I didn’t know how to protect my hair from breakage, as this was never a concern with my locs.
I use to sleep without bonnet and I didn’t have to worry about protective styling as
I already had the ultimate protective style.
So I ended up going to bed without twisting my hair or putting it into a ponytail and
the crown section of my hair ended up getting matted and breaking off really bad.

Bad Hair Time

Bad Hair Time

After going through this, What was Your next step to Recovery? 
 I thought it looked absolutely terrible so I ended up getting my haircut,
it felt like all my hard work went to waste.
However, it was the best thing that I did for my hair.
I ended up doing more protective styles with two strand twists to help prevent breakage and matting.

My Hair Saver Products

My Hair Recovery Products

What have you Personally Learned from this, To Do or Not To Do?
If my hair is not in a protective style at the very least,
I need to pineapple my hair before going to bed.

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Any Tips, Advice or Thoughts for us Naturals?
Don’t let any hair drama you go through discourage you!
It’s to be expected after all for many us natural hair is a whole new thing.
If you come across any issues, do some research to see what
you can do to reverse the problem and keep pushing.
Once you understand how to care for your natural hair,
it’s the most versatile and more importantly healthy choice.

!!!Thank you my Dear and your tresses are Gorgeous!!!

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Natural Hair Blog Feature – Ms. Maiya

!!!!!!!!!!!!WELCOME TO ISLANDKYNKS POST!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OCTOBER EXCLUSIVE FEATURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!!!Welcome our Lovely Naturalista whose tresses are Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

Here is her Natural Hair Story, do enjoy My Girls,

1) Please introduce your amazing self.

A:Hey! I’m Maiya but people call me Mai. I’m 22-years old. I live in New Haven, CT.

2) Did you Transition, Big Chop, Both or Natural from Birth?

A: I did the big chop September 12th 2014.

3) How long have you been natural?

A: It’ll be 3 years this month.

4) What made you return natural?

A: Growing up my mother took care of my hair until I turned 12. At that age, I started taking care of my hair and honestly, that was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made. I didn’t know the proper ways to care for my hair. Not that I was natural; my mother used to put perms in my hair as well. But around a certain time, my hair began to break off and I mean really bad. Between the ages of 13-15, I didn’t have that much hair since most of it was gone due to major breakage. Around the time I got to high school I had a majority of my hair back. I kept my hair short. In bobs and pixie cuts because I was obsessed with cutting my hair and I didn’t like hair on my head. I used a lot of heat too. Curling and straightening my hair caused breakage and split ends. I didn’t know what to do with my hair throughout most of my high school experience and it was frustrating. I experimented with highlights and coloring, different styles and cuts, braids, buns, etc. but nothing satisfied me. Two years after high school I decided I wanted to do the big chop. At the time a lot of women of color were stepping into the natural hair journey and my reasoning wasn’t because I wanted to do the same but because I truly wanted all of my hair back. Length, volume, thickness and all. So one day I told my mother about how I wanted to cut all of my hair off to start over. She didn’t take me seriously but my persistence proved otherwise. I asked my older sister to come with me to a barber shop up the street from my house. That day changed my life and me as a person. It was like having a fresh start. Like hitting a reset button. Now, 3 years into my natural hair journey with my hair a little past shoulder length plus mega volume and thickness, I’m more in love with my hair than I’ve ever been.

5) How hard or easy was your first year of being natural?

A: My first year being natural was the hardest only because the first stage is the awkward stage. I didn’t have length and major curls. My hair was wavy when I first started out. It was aggravating seeing beautiful women on social media with long hair and luscious curls. Mad at myself, because I’m impatient as impatient gets, I wanted my hair to be the same as soon as possible. Knowing that this process definitely doesn’t happen overnight I made my first year harder than it needed to be. I would have to say six months into my first year of being natural and seeing how much and how fast my hair has grown, I became happy with my results and I’m still happy with the way my hair is growing.

6) What helped you the most, to remain natural?

A: I think what helped me remain natural the most was just realizing that this is a goal I really wanted to stick with and seeing that people love my hair just as much as I do. I don’t stick with many plans or goals that I create so to see myself be so dedicated to growing my hair out has made myself and others happy. I get asked a lot of questions about my hair care, what products I use, how to wear certain styles and tips and tricks for maintaining and growing hair. It all makes me so happy because people see how serious I take my natural hair journey and I’m so glad all of my hard work shows.

7) Your 3 favorite products and why? 

A: My top 3 favorite products would have to be:

  1.  Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie: which defines curls reduces frizz and makes hair smooth giving it a soft, silky feel. 2.
  2. As I Am Coco Shea Whip: which enhances shine. It’s a great product for a twist outs and braid outs. It smells amazing and it’ll have your curls extremely defined. 3.
  3. Eco Styler Gel (yellow jar with red top): I cannot live without. It’s my finishing product for any hairstyle I decide to do. It’s non-flaking and has maximum hold, deep conditions, adds shine plus incredible body, shine and volume.

I have many other products that I adore but those three I cannot go on without LOL.

8) What do you love about your unique tresses?

A: I love my curl pattern. I have 3c/4a, 4b, and 4c curls. My pattern differs in different parts of my hair. I think it’s so cool.

9) What is your least favorite task when dealing with your natural hair?

A:MY LEAST FAVORITE TASK IS DETANGLING. I put that sentence in all caps because I seriously dislike it. It’s such a hassle especially when I have knots and crazy tangles in my hair. So annoying sometimes. Other times I don’t have that much of a problem with it. That definitely depends on how pumped I am to do my hair.

10) How do you inspire other girls to return natural?

A: I don’t intentionally mean to inspire others, you know? I’ve always been one to do my own thing and be in my own little world. So when people, women especially tell me that I inspire them to big chop or go natural it makes my heart warm because in a way people look up to me. Like my best friends for instance, they both went natural because I inspired them. Which I think is amazing and a major form of appreciation and support on both ends. My guy best friend Jonny, said it was too much work and cut all of his beautiful curls off LOL. I wonder how long and curly his hair would be today. My girl best friend Nicy big chopped twice because her first time didn’t really work out for her but now her hair is growing and at a good rate. I’m so proud of her. I hope everyone decides to try something new and find ways to love their hair and themselves.

         

 11) So far in your journey, what is your favorite hair style? 

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A: My favorite hairstyle is a twist out or a messy bun.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my fro but sometimes its cool to switch things up.

   

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😀This post shows us the importance of caring and loving our Own Individual Natural Tresses, Unique & Beautiful in Every Way 😀

Thank you My Loves for reading, many thank yous Gorgeous Maiya and you all have an amazing day