Natural Hair: Big Curly Hair on Day 1-2

As a fellow natural, I think it’s safe to say that majority of us like big hair with lots of volume, right? No shade to the pixi cut gals, because I’ll rock a short cut in a minute, big head and all! Since I’m on a journey to long, thick, beautiful healthy hair, I love to wear my hair big. It goes with my head shape, lol. Sometimes, after wash day, when you unravel those fresh twists or braids, your hair is looking kinda flat. Even though you fluff the roots and separate until there’s no tomorrow, its still not big enough. As time progress and your twist out gets a little older, your hair gets a little bigger. Sometimes I can’t wait until day 3 or 4; I want this on day 1 or 2. So let’s try it! Here are a few tips that you can try to get these results!

Make sure you use a great styling product that yields great definition. My favorite product to use right now alone is the Cantu Curl Activator Cream. It has a thick consistency and I can use this on its own. I wait until my hair is about 75% dry, after I worked my leave-in conditioner in.

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Do medium size braids or twists. The smaller, the more definition. Make sure to twist or braid a little tighter than normal, but now to where it is difficult to unravel. Also, make sure the ends are saturated with product and that the ends are coiled to perfection!  Adding rods to the ends help too.

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Leave the twist/braid in for a day. You can skip this step, but if you’re not doing anything the next day, or you don’t have any events worth showing your amazing curls, don’t unravel them. I did my hair on Friday and on Saturday, I went to work with the twists in, not caring, because there’s only like 10 people in the building. Who ‘gon check me?

Unravel the twist and separate a couple times. When I took my twists down, the definition came through like BAM! This product had my hair moisturized to the Gawds! Not only that, the definition was real. Who knew this one product could do that alone? Normally, I have to cocktail stuff or use another product. After unraveling the twists, the definition was there and the curls were on point.

Separate your hair in 4 quadrants and grab your pick or a wide tooth comb. I used my wide tooth comb for a better grip. After sectioning, I started to comb out my curls, but making sure that I stop about an inch down. The key is to NOT comb the curls all the way out. By leaving the coiled ends in tact, this is help with keeping the ends in tact, plus less worries about breakage. Take your time on this part! There’s no rush. I ran the comb through my hair a couple times, still making sure I kept definition. Minimal frizz is okay, after all, day 3-4 hair has a little frizz.

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Big, voluminous hair!

 

 

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Bella Curls on 3a/3b Hair Review

I was visiting my family this past weekend and I somehow talked myself into washing my baby brother’s hair. When I was eleven years old, I started doing my own hair and my brothers hair. I learned to clip hair, wash, flat iron, braid, etc.

I went to Family Dollar to find some hair products because the natural hair products are expanding. I saw brands from SheaMoisture and Cantu and happen to see a brand that I haven’t heard of– Bella Curls. The packaging looked very interesting, and I saw coconut…I love coconut. Not to mention, this brand was on sale. You know I’m always looking for a bargain. While I was standing there, I looked for the brand in Instagram and saw reasonable reviews so I picked up the shampoo, leave-in and the defining cream.

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I wanted to use my brother Alex as a guinea pig to see how they work. When I loosed his braid out, his hair was so dry, and matted and full of that black/brown gel just building up on his head. He hasn’t washed his hair in two weeks and he always pile gel on top his head. He won’t embrace the frizz.

When I loosed the braid, his hair was…terrible. I ran it under water to activate the gel to slide out and separate into four sections. The pictures above shows his hair matted and tangled. Alex has a 3a to 3b hair type and is very long (almost waist length) and thick. After I wet his hair, I added the shampoo to his scalp to try to break up the build up.

Thoughts on the Coconut Milk Nourishing Shampoo

I love how this shampoo helps detangle! Talk about great slip. When I got to the matted pieces, I combed through his curls easily being careful not to pull out unnecessary hair. He did have a lot of dead hair, but after weeks of not washing or combing or detangling? That’s expected. This coconut milk nourishing shampoo lives up to their name. For it to be a shampoo, it is very nourishing while removing all the dirt and built up gel in his hair. It left that squeaky clean feeling, but it didn’t stop anything away. I definitely appreciate a shampoo that not only removes build up, but doesn’t strip the hair.

Thoughts on the leave-in Coconut Whipped Creme Leave-in Conditioner

This leave-in left a glowing shine to his hair. Even though his hair was not drying after rinsing the shampoo out, adding the leave-in gave super slip. Combing was not a problem. His curls looked alive and they popped.

Overall, I think these products worked major magic with his hair. One thing I noticed was how big these bottles are for such a great price with or without the sale. It left his hair smelling nice and refreshing and I’m definitely going to try this on my hair since my texture is different from his. After stalking their Instagram, I immediately realize they are underrated, not to mention there’s more products to try! This brand is definitely a diamond in the ruff and I’m on the hunt to try the rest!

I know we have our favorites and we stick to specific brands that may sound trendy, but try a new brand or one you never heard of. You may be surprised. Stay tuned for a review on my curl pattern.

 

Curls “Triple Threat” Blueberry Bliss Curl Collection Review

Before I cut my hair earlier this year, I had a serious issue with keeping my hair moisturized. My hair was so dry, like sandpaper. I realized I dried it out too much with the scorching blow dryer. Fast forward to today, I’m always finding products that will help me maintain moisture. Good moisturized hair relies not only on products but technique as well, so deep conditioning and proper hydration are a must.

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I’ve been a fan of the Curls Blueberry Bliss collection for a while and I tried the Twist and Shout cream and my hair responded very well. My twist were soft and juicy. When I saw Curls offering their new Triple Threat line with a generous discount code, I jumped. These products are all about moisture and growth!

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Aloe and Blueberry Juice Curl Moisturizer

There’s aloe leaf juice in here! Why am I excited? Because it adds shine and combats frizz is why! I added this after the hair milk to seal in all the moisture in a wash and go. When my curls dried there was so much shine, not to mention no frizz.

Blueberry and Coconut Hair Milk

This was my leave in conditioner. It has a nice thick consistency and it glides on my hair so easily leaving a great slip. It dissolves in my hair so no white residue was present when it dried. Detangling my hair was not a problem and my curls bounced and popped. I felt like this was the heart of the trio because my hair likes products that are creamy.

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Blueberry and Mint Tea Scalp Treatment 

This scalp treatment immediately caught my attention because I’ve been experiencing itchy scalp lately no matter how much I wash my hair. This oil has coconut oil, organic blueberry seed oil, corn mint, etc that relieves itching, dry scalp all while soothing the scalp. I put about 10-15 drops throughout my scalp and gave it a thorough massage. After 7 minutes, my scalp went from a tingling to soothing feeling, kind of like a menthol feeling. I felt the stimulation going and after a couple hours, the itch was gone!

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Day 3 hair stretched using the banding method

 

The fun thing about these products is that I used nothing else. I washed my hair with a sulfate free shampoo and proceeded to the trio. No leave in conditioner was needed and no other oils or moisturizers as well. These products developed so much moisture on its own, I’ve never seen anything like it. I cannot wait to try out more of this brand.

I encourage you to try them for yourself!