:: RECAP :: 2014 Naturally Pretty High Texture Tea

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So I have to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to support me and Mimi J. as we celebrated our 4th annual Naturally Pretty event with a “High Texture Tea”! When Mimi J. and I started this event back in 2011, we wanted to create an interactive experience full of all things natural hair and beauty and an opportunity that would also give us a platform to give back to our charity of choice, the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women & Children. We have been so appreciative of the support over the last few years and this year was no different! Thank you to our title sponsor ( Beautiful Textures ), media sponsor (talkingtexture.com) and our gold sponsor ( CURLS ) for helping to make this event possible!

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Mae and Mimi J. having fun at the Beautiful Textures photo booth

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Some of our awesome volunteers helping to check-in guests at the event

Delicious tea was provided for all of our guests from Soren Tea! Their custom blends are a must-try!

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Thanks to Pretti Plates and Sift Desserts for amazing lite bites that looked as equally as amazing!

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We had some great vendors this year. Thanks to Beautiful Textures, CURLS, TGIN and Q-Redew for their participation this year!

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This year, we were honored to have designer, Natt Taylor, join us again as she featured a preview of her brand new collection, fiancé, which is coming next year!

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Models from the Natt Taylor “fiancé” showcase

We had so many lovely guests of all ages stop by! We all had a great time meeting and networking with one another.

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Taking “Usies” with Pamela Jenkins of Koils by Nature and Kiki of MahoganyKnots

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Fab blogger buddies: NaturallyKela , LexiWithTheCurls and GorgeousInGrey

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Some of our giveaway winners went home with mini prize packs from sponsor, Shea Moisture

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Acting up with our DJ/emcee for the event, the lovely and talented DJ Princess Cut

Last but not least, thanks to our awesome photography duo, Parker & Parker Photography, for capturing the event for us!

Thanks again to everyone who attended and participated! We hope to do this again next year!

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Yep! Me and my babylove : )

Sidenote: I did a finger coil-out for my style that day! I have a full YouTube tutorial HERE for you to check out if you’re interested in trying this look out for yourself!

Two-Strand Flat Twists/Twist-Outs – Why it’s my new go-to style!!

Most of you know that for the past few years, my go-to style has been the two-strand twist out, however, I think I may have found my new go-to style…two-strand flat twists (and the twist out from this style as well)!!

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The reason why I hadn’t tried this style much earlier was because I didn’t know how to two-strand flat twist. I started practicing at the beginning of this year, and I think I’m finally getting the hang of it..woohoo!!

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Here a couple reasons why this is my new favorite way of setting my hair

1. It’s easy for me to do on wet hair or dry hair that has been lightly stretched via blow-drying

2. I can do less two-strand flat twists compared to regular two-strand twists for an equally defined look

3. This is related to #2 in that it takes me WAY less time to do the fewer two-strand flat twists than my normal number of regular two-strand twists

4. I don’t have to separate my hair as much when I take the two-strand flat twists down, which means less frizz!

5. I have more definition from root to tip, which allows me to wear the style for a longer period of time

Is this one of your favorite go-to styles as well? I would love to hear your tips and tricks! 

Mae’s Current Natural Hair Care Regimen: January 2013

Hi guys!!!

SO i know that we’re already 13 days in, but I just have to wish you a Happy New Year since this is the FIRST post on NaturalChica.com in 2013!

2012 was an exciting year and I look forward to what’s in store for 2013! I hope all of you are still motivated and working hard towards the goals you have made for this year. Just remember that tiny steps in the right direction eventually lead to large accomplishments…so don’t be afraid to take that first step : )


Follow Me on Pinterest As my first post, I thought it would be fitting to share with you all my current regimen. I’ve been fully natural now for over 3 years (Big Chop: July 2009 – my how the time has flown) and my regimen is constantly changing as I find what techniques and products work best for my hair in each stage of it’s journey. Before I delve in, I will admit that I have MANY favorite products that I like to rotate between, but what matters most in my regimen is HOW I use the products and of course the styling techniques that go along with them. So here we go…

THE WASH DAY 

I’ll be honest…I used to DREAD when it came time to wash my hair. It wasn’t until I started looking at “wash day” as a time to take a break from my busy week that I really began to enjoy the process and truly learned what worked best for my hair.

Right now, I like washing my hair with shampoo bars. I’m currently using shampoo bars from a company called “Bobeam” (their Cocoa & Rhassoul Clay Bar smells AH-MAZING!) . I wash my hair in the shower, and start by letting the water run through my hair and then separating it into 4 sections with my fingers. I then secure the 4 sections with clamps. Taking the shampoo bar, I lather it near my scalp on the perimeter of the section. I then work the lather with my fingertips throughout the base of the section and then smooth my hair from the base to the ends between my palms. This helps to detangle my hair and I continue detangling with my fingers working from ends to the roots, all while under the running water. Having the water beat down on my hair while finger detangling really helps speed up the process! After detangling, I thoroughly rinse the section and then two -strand twist it. I then repeat this process with the rest of the 3 sections.

CONDITIONING aka SEALING IN THE MOISTURE

So this next step is CRUCIAL to how my hair behaves for the rest of the week, and that is the conditioning step. No matter the season, I’ve found that my hair needs a water-rich heavy cream to seal the moisture in my hair after the cleansing process. Most times I will treat my conditioning step as my styling step as well, and use a  moisture-rich product to directly twist or braid my hair after cleansing. I’ve found that this really cuts down on my total washing/styling time but is still good to my hair : ) The products I’ve been rotating between lately have been Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter, CURLS Curl Soufflé – Curl Cream  and OBI Natural Haircare Curl Moisture Cream. The reason why I default to twists or braids for styling is because I’ve found that they are the best for keeping my hair stretched for a week and really helps to prevent severe tangling throughout the course of the week. Although I loved wash n’ go’s when my hair was shorter, I’ve almost had to steer completely clear of them as my hair has gotten longer because my hair gets horribly tangled just over the course of a couple days! Now THAT makes wash day absolutely dreadful. I once spent over an hour trying to detangle my hair BEFORE washing because it was just…that…bad. I have now learned the errors of my ways and twists and braids it is for this head of mine!

However, there are times when my hair is really begging for more moisture, and that’s when I’ll do a steam conditioning treatment with my Huetiful steamer and a conditioner (2 of my faves: Karen’s Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask & Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner). What I do is use the conditioner to twist my hair (i’m very heavy-handed with applying the conditioner) and then sit under the steamer for around 30 minutes. I then rinse the conditioner out of my hair (while my hair is still in twists) and proceed with styling, which usually ends up being two-strand twists or braids.

MAINTENANCE

After twisting or braiding my hair, I typically let it dry overnight. The longer I let my hair dry before taking down my twists/braids, the more defined my twist-out/braid-out style is. There are times though when I do want a more “fluffy fro” look, and I’ll take down my hair while it’s slightly damp. The one thing I make sure to do in both cases though is to use a light oil/butter on my fingertips when taking down my twists/braids. My favorites right now are Earth’s Nectar Hair Care Monoi Hair Milk , CURLS Champagne & Caviar Curl Elixir and Koils by Nature Nourishing Hair & Body Butter. This helps to decrease frizz when separating my hair to create a more fuller, but defined look and also adds a nice sheen.

Now if I have a busy week ahead, I rarely twist or braid my hair back up when it’s time to go to bed. I do sleep on a satin pillowcase though to prevent breakage due to friction. Occasionally I will re-twist or re-braid my hair at night, and when I do so, it’s important for me to add more moisture back to my hair so there is actually some amount of moisture to seal in when I use my styling creams. Sometimes it will be as simple as dampening my hair with a spray bottle filled with water and oils (sweet almond, extra virgin olive oil) or using a light leave in conditioner or moisture milk (Current faves: OBI Curl Hydration Spray, Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk, Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia, Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Blossom Moisture Mist, CURLS Cashmere Curls Leave-In Conditioner and  Koils by Nature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave-In Conditioner ).

Now this is what works for me, but hopefully it can give you some ideas on where to start if you’re trying to work out your own hair care regimen this year, just remember to have patience and don’t be afraid to switch up your techniques and/or styling products!

As always, feel free to let me know if you have any questions about my current regimen, and I’ll try my best to respond to as many questions via the comment section below : ) 

Curves, Coils and Curls by Trichologist, Dr. Kari Williams

“Curves, Coils and Curls”

by Trichologist, Dr. Kari Williams

Black hair represents strength and resistance.  The coils in our hair spiral up towards the heavens…keeping us connected to our Creator.  The way our hair defies gravity reminds us of the power that we truly possess to defy opposition and the pressures of society. Although metaphorically our hair is powerful and the epitome of strength, its important that we understand that the physiological structure of Black hair actually makes it very fragile and highly susceptible to breakage and dryness.

The shape of your hair follicle determines the curl of your hair. The hair follicle is a tube inside the skin and gives form to the hair. A round, straight follicle produces a straight hair strand, an oval, slightly bent shaped follicle produces a straight or wavy hair strand and a flat, curved follicle produces a curly hair strand. The majority of Black women have flat, curved hair follicles. I like to use the analogy of pulling a ribbon through a pair of scissors to help women understand what’s happening to their hair strand as it is growing out of their hair follicle.  As you pull the ribbon through the scissors it begins to wind, twist and curl, just like our hair.

The naturally coiled structure of our hair strands makes it naturally dry. The scalp produces an oily substance called sebum, which is designed to lubricate and protect curly hair strands. The loops and bends in curly hair strands make for poor sebum and water transmission down the length of the hair causing the hair to be very dry.  The dryness of curly hair also makes it more fragile.  Additionally, because the hair strand is curved it tends to weave and loop around other hair strands causing the strands of hair to easily become knotted together. The knots make the hair more fragile and prone to breakage in the area where the knot is formed. Most of the grooming practices that Black women use in their hair are intended to combat the knotting of the hair and achieve hair that is easy to style and comb. The majority of these grooming practices include the application of heat. Unfortunately, heat can make curly hair increasingly dry and exacerbate the problems of dry hair and breakage that women experience.

So how do we combat excessive dryness of our strands and breakage?  I encourage women to adopt the practice of:

  • Deep conditioning the hair after every shampoo to replace protein and moisture in the hair strands
  • Moisturize the hair daily using a water-based product. Remember- water is the number one moisturizer
  • Lubricate the hair strands daily using an oil-based product. Make sure light oils are used as opposed to heavy pomades which are really heavy and can attract dirt and debris

Lastly, explore the many natural hair styling options that are available to make maintaining curly and coiled strands much easier. Black hair is very versatile and in spite of the fragility of the strand, it is still an excellent representation of the strength of the women who embrace its natural beauty.

For more information on Dr. Kari or to ask a question visit: www.drkariwilliams.com