All Things S-Z-A

All Things S-Z-A

“I wanna take all of my hair down and let you lay in it”. If you all are crazy SZA fans like I am you know those lyrics above are from her song “Pretty Little Birds”. Not only is she a great artist but her HAIR is everything. Her big curls fill the frame of her overall appearance. Her hair is a movement within itself. SZA’s creative style is a dream come true.  Her boldness and versatility inspires women with natural hair to take risk. Here are some of my personal favorite SZA looks.

THE HAIR

The curls and volume. Sis is working it. The Bigger the better as you can see!

SZA out her looking like a Fulani Princess. Rocking a traditional African braiding style.

The color pop! Her big and gorgeous orange hair is just breathe taking.

Now this photo and style is one of my personal favorites. The celestial styling look is giving me and others life. Also peep the traditional African face paint. She is taking us back to the motherland.

The AFRO!!!! The bold and bright fro is turning heads. Only SZA could pull this off. She really is a true Queen.

Here is SZA with shorter hair and she is still gorgeous. The definition of short and sweet.

She switches it up on us again with the bangs.  This is just natural glory.

Sis is taking us back to when we used to rock pigtails, keeping them loose and thick.

Is that blonde? Yes she can do it all. Peep the effortless volume of her curls.

Most of all, her  hair is beautiful and is part of her identity and personality. Since she considers herself a tomboy, her hair is were most of her femininity comes from. I love SZA and her hair because it is what makes her the amazing individual she is. She is bold, strong, inspiring, caring, talented and carefree. All of those characteristics is why she is one of my favorite artist and naturalist.

All photos can be found at SZA.

 

 

 

Graduation and Natural Hair

Graduation and Natural Hair

Hi Queens! Guess what? It is graduation season.  I’m back  with another blog post to help make your life with natural hair a little bit easier. This post is mainly for my ladies that will be graduating soon. On May 5th, 2018 I will be graduating from the University of Northern Iowa. With that being said my biggest question to myself is “How are you going to get your cap to fit on your head?”. I know a lot of my other college natural hair queens have the same question. Well today is your lucky day.

Graduation Day Slay!

Graduation is a time to be happy and celebrate four years of hard work and dedication. No one wants to wear a ponytail or a slick bun on this special day. Thanks to ESSENCE, here are some ways to slay your natural hair for graduation.

  1. Big curls and a side part is a style that allows your hair to frame your face. To achieve this style with your cap you will need a lot of bobbi pins!
  2. If you are looking to rock your locs how about adding curls or braids! This style will have you looking right.
  3. Adding a pop of color is a great way to  elevate your graduation look.
  4. Wearing weave is also an option. Try curling it or wearing it wavy. An easy style like that could never go wrong.
  5. A side braid is an easy way to keep your hair out of your face but also will allow your hair to be visible for pictures.

The Cap

Thank to Chizi Duru, ladies we can still wear our big fro’s on graduation day. You don’t have to use a lot of bobby pins to obtain this hack either.

Materials needed:

  • Graduation Caps
  • A headband
  • Tape

Step 1:

Get your  cap, a headband and some tape

Step 2:

Tape the headband to the mortarboard of your cap

Step 3:

Tuck the flaps away and tape them down

Step 4:

Then it should look like this

 

6 Pro-TECT-tive Stylez

Pro-TECT-tive Stylez

Okay! Being a natural haired girl one of my favorite things about being natural is the versatility of our hair. Being natural you can do so much with your hair. Out of all the hairstyle I can choose from my favorite are protective styles because they are cute but also helps with hair growth.  Here are some of my favorite protective styles for all my naturalistas out there.

Box Braids

Box braids protects your hair from heat and breakage for up to 3 months and you can style them many different ways. Just remember to oil your scalp on the regular.

Crochet Braids/styles

Crochet styles have your hair cornrowed underneath the style you have chosen. The cornrows protect your hair from being exposed, pulled on, and broken off. There are so many crochet style I can not even keep count.

SEW-IN

Sew ins are great for hair growth. Closures are even better and keep you from putting a lot of heat onto your natural hair.

Custom Wigs

Wig are the perfect look for a quick and cute style.

Twists

Two strand twist are the best.  Once you have added some time onto your natural hair journey you can start twisting and braid it!

The AFro

Moisturize your hair daily with this style. Pick it out and go! There’s nothing to it.

Why Do You Love Your Natural Hair?

I can remember when I first did my big chop and immediately hating my it. I was so frustrated with my hair  I didn’t even want to deal with it anymore. I mentioned some of the reason why in The Natural Head Aquarius. I also remember the first time I seen growth and started loving  my hair. I love how big it was. I loved the kinky curls. I loved how soft it was. I love the texture. I was finally happy with being a natural hair queen. This blog post will consist of personal testimonials from some of my favorite natural hair queens and kings. Here are some reasons why you should love your natural hair!

Tydel Jones Loves her Natural Hair because..

My natural hair saves me time. I’m so lazy when it comes to styling my hair. Being able to wake up, add maybe a product or two, and walk out the door is great.
It connects me with other black women; learning and sharing natural hair journeys, tips, etc. One word, LIBERATING, I feel like a new me rocking my natural hair. It motivates me to be fearless, proud of who I am, and reject racist beauty ideals.
My natural hair DOPE . I always get compliments, and asked what products I use.
It’s another way to show how my Black is Beautiful.

Mahlia Brown Loves her Natural Hair because..

It makes me ME.  It is a reminder of my culture and heritage. It can be and do ANYTHING.  Its is thick and full of life, like me. Lastly,  it reminds me that if I take good care of things, they thrive and shine.

Melody Majeed Loves her Natural Hair because..

I love natural hair because it sets me apart from others . I love it because I can style it to wear it fits me. It allows me to express my culture with my hair . I love it because of the different curl patterns, textures, and versatility.

Katia Alford Loves her Natural Hair because..

The way I can wear. It is versatile whether it is straight, curly or in an afro. They way my hair curls when it is wet. It gives me signs when it’s not healthy. All my natural hair products make it smell so good. And because it gives me identity to my culture and doesn’t have to appropriate the “norm”.

Niria White Loves her Natural Hair because..

I have endless options for styles, I feel proud when I wear it, it keeps the haters away, I be looking bomb, and it’s been a amazing journey.

Yakira Sanders Loves her Natural Hair because..

I love my natural hair because it makes me different. I love my natural hair because I can change it into multiple hair styles. I love my natural hair because I can go days, sometimes even weeks without washing it and still look good.  I love my natural hair because I inspire other girls to embrace their natural hair. I love my natural hair because it gives me confidence. When my hair is cute you can’t tell me ANYTHING.

Dejah Covington Loves her Natural Hair because..

It’s big,  bold, different, soft, and it makes me feel free!

sashay Caroll Loves her Natural Hair because..

 I love my natural hair because it goes against societal standards of beauty. Love my natural hair because it very versatile .I love my curls because they get a lot of positive attention and I get my pattern from my mother. I love my natural hair because it portrays my culture .

Anye Bell Loves her Natural Hair because..

It’s Healthy, Versatile, and always changing.  It helped me love myself more and  I feel powerful when I wear it out.

Deveione Campbell Loves His Natural Hair BECAUSE..

It is strong , healthy , curly, copied, and beautiful .

Montesha Carter Loves her Natural Hair because..

I love my natural hair because of curls.  It allows me to express myself with certain hairstyles I choose. My hair is a lot healthier than when I had a relaxer. It’s versatile, I can do many things with it. Being natural has boosted my confidence because I used to be scared to wear my real hair out.

Reginald Torian Iii Loves His Natural Hair BECAUSE.

In middle school my two choices were to cut all my hair off, or get dreads, and I wasn’t about to lose what made me, me. Even though locs are popular now, I still feel as though it makes me different. There’s no one else like me. This hair is not easy to keep up with. Even most that have dreads don’t have them as long as mine.  My hair fits my personality. Ask anybody and they’ll tell you that I don’t really fit the norm for my “archetype”. Certain hairstyles never fit me either. I’ve had a fro, I’ve had waves, and I never felt right about any of it. My dreads, however, are as much of my identity as my voice. It helps that girls love my hair. I don’t what it is, something about a guy with long hair that girls like.

Of course I get the other side too. Me having longer hair frustrates some girls. Trust me, I get it, I grew up in a female household. I’ve seen the trials and tribulations. I still get dirty looks from my cousins. But overall I receive a lot of love for my hair.  Most importantly, my hair is my confidence. One of the downsides of having a braid in my head since I could barely walk is that it creates some awkward hair situations that I would get clowned for. It’s not fun being an insecure kid. I found a way to turn that insecurity into something that gives me my biggest confidence boost. My weakness is now my strength. Something everyone should be trying to do with themselves. I’m happy for what I have on my head, which is not something I could have said 8 years ago.

Thank you!

Thanks to all of these beautiful people!

6 Natural Hair Blogs You Must Know

Natural Hair Blogs You Must Know

We all need some outside advice when it comes to learning about our natural hair. Before I decided to start my own blog I loved reading others natural hair blogs and I still do. These blogs  inspire you to learn more about your natural hair and what is the best way to go about managing it. Here are some but not all of my favorite natural hair blogs. Let me know what you all think!

 KinkyCurlyCoilyMe

Jenell Stewart is the founder and editor in chief of Kinky Curly Coily Me. Jenell decided to embrace her natural hair, by way of the big chop, on March 26, 2010. She created KinkyCurlyCoilyMe as a way to track her journey and share it with others. Within the first two years of blogging, Jenell transitioned her blog into a natural hair care website for women in need of hair education and support.

https://www.kinkycurlycoilyme.com/

NaturallyCurly

In September 1998, Two curly-haired women partnered to publicly address their personal frustrations with the lack of attention, products and services tackling concerns that are today considered some of the utmost important in beauty. Michelle Breyer and Gretchen Heber created a simple online discussion board. Their collective passion and vision fueled something much greater — a full-blown, far-reaching community platform offering qualified user-generated product and stylist reviews, helpful expert content, and direct digital access to known products as well as emerging brands.

https://www.naturallycurly.com/

CurlyNikki

CurlyNikki

CurlyNikki.com serves as an online “hair therapy session” for those struggling to embrace their naturally curly hair. It not only serves as an educational tool, but as a platform for each of you to share your experiences, frustrations, and triumphs of being Naturally Glamorous.

http://www.curlynikki.com/

ChicNaturalistas

ChicNaturalistas was created by two friends, Dayna and Brittany. This blog  was created to inspire women to embrace their natural hair in style. It is the perfect space to spotlight  confidence with natural hair and the for love of fashion, giving readers inspiration for how to style an entire look. CHICNaturalistas aim to promote the beauty of natural hair and fashion inspiration. CHICNaturalistas is “Where Fashion and Fros Collide”.

http://www.chicnaturalistas.com/

AfroBella

Afrobella

Trinidadian-born writer Patrice Grell Yursik  created Afrobella to fill a void and to celebrate the inner and outer beauty of women of all shades. Her award-winning blog shines a loving light on natural hair and the wonderfully wide range of gorgeous skin tones and sizes women come in.  Afrobella has been listed as one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, and has won more than ten online awards, including inclusion to the Black Weblog Awards Hall of Fame. Afrobella.com has had over 11 million page views in its existence.

http://www.afrobella.com/

Unruly

Unruly is a natural hair blog that show appreciations and celebrates the beauty of black hair. The purpose of unruly is  to celebrate and inspire the versatility and beauty of Black hair and women.  Unruly aim to be a supportive community, stirring productive dialogue within the female and Black communities at large.

https://un-ruly.com/

Please share your favorite natural hair bloggers!

Minor Natural Hair Care Tips

Everyone’s  natural hair journey is different but all share similar routines throughout the journey. Natural hair can be challenging at times especially if you do not know the do’s and don’t. Having the correct knowledge about natural hair care will make the process a little bit easier. Here are a few minor hair care tips.

Do’s

  • Eat right! Eating a well balanced diet will help with your body but also your hair. Fruits, vegetables, and protein will help your hair grow long and healthy.
  • You must keep your hair hydrated.
  • Keep your hair moisturized. Start with liquid such as water, then seal with oils and creme.
  • Keep the ends of your hair protected. You can wear styles like twist, buns, braids, etc.
  • Have a regular wash day routines. Buildup products can lead to dryness and breakage.

Don’ts

  • Apply a lot of heat to your hair. It can lead to split ends, dryness, breakage, and alteration of curl patterns.
  • Over comb or brush your hair. Brushing can rip and tear your hair apart. Try finger combing instead.
  • Go to bed without protecting your hair. Protect your hair with a silk bonnet or scarf. It will help prevent breakage.
  • Over manipulate your hair. Try to stay away from styles that require daily styling, combing, brushing, etc. You do not want to put t much stress on your hair.
  • Go without trimming your hair. Trim your hair on an as needed basis. Trimming help grow your hair. Trim hair grows healthier.

Black hair is the most fragile out of all hair types. This is why many women of color have hair growth issues. We must treat our hair differently than other hair types. You want to keep your hair balanced with protein and moisturizers.

Ways to Keep Your Hair Moisturized

  1. A true moisturizer will have water listed as one of the first two ingredients
  2. Adding thick natural oil like castor oil and avocado on top of your moisturizer will seal in the moisture
  3. Create a daily moisturizing spritz with distilled water, aloe vera juice,  your favorite natural oil and glycerin
  4. Moisturize  your afro at night with water and light conditioner and sleep in a plastic cap
  5. Try to keep your hands out of your hair. Touching your hair often will dry it out faster
  6. Give your hair a steam treatment. Steaming opens the cuticle and hydrates the hair.
  7. Last but not least cover your hair at night with a satin bonnet or scarf.

 

What is Natural Hair?

Some of you maybe wondering what is natural hair or black hair? Everyone has their own definition of natural hair. When some people think of natural hair they might think of an afro, but natural hair is so much more can be worn in many styles.

Well Define Natural Hair……

 Natural hair is hair that has not received damaging chemical straighteners such as relaxers or texturizers. In simple term being natural means you do not have any chemicals on or in your hair to alter its natural curl pattern. Natural hair comes in all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. Natural hair can range from loose curls to kinky coils. Most people of  African descent have hair textures that result in a curl pattern.

Different Textures of Hair…..

Type 1. Straight
Type 2. Wavy- Curly
Type 3. Curly- Kinkey
Type 4. Kinky- Coily

NATURAL HAIR IS A MOVEMENT…

Black natural hair can often be viewed as “nappy hair” that needs to be tamed. But black natural hair is a movement. Women are often discriminated against in the workplace for wearing their natural hair. This is why it is so important for women to embrace their natural hair and be confident when doing so. Natural  hair is beautiful and it is important for people to know that. The natural hair movement encourages women of an African background to celebrate and enjoy their hair.  You see more and more women embracing their natural hair everyday. Celebrities like Issa Rae, Erykah Badu, Tracee Ellis-Ross, Taraji P. Henson and Alicia Keys are all examples of women celebrating their love for natural hair.

Photo by: r29unbothered

 

The Natural Head Aquarius

Hi Natural Hair Queens! I know you all are wondering what is Naturally Natural. Well first let me introduce myself. My name is Melanie but you all can call me Mel for short. Here is a little about me. I am a senior at the University of Northern Iowa studying Marketing and Management Information Systems. Yes Iowa. IKR! Anyway, I am originally from St. Louis, Mo (The Lou) the home of imo’s pizza. I love watching youtube tutorials about natural hair and that is how I thought of this blog idea.

The Start of My Natural Hair Journey……

My natural hair journey started about 9 years ago during my 8th grade year of middle school. When I first went natural I started with the big chop. For those of you who don’t know what the big chop is I will explain it in a later blog post.  The decision to partake in the big chop was really a forced decision. Which means I really did not have a choice.

For most of my childhood I received relaxers. After awhile my hair started breaking off from getting relaxers and that resulted in the big chop. From the big chop I had no idea what to do with my hair. It was very kinky but soft and coily but short. Everyone around me had long, easy to manage hair. So I became the odd girl out of the bunch. The girl with short Afro. I absolutely hated my natural hair at that point in my life. I didn’t know how to embrace my natural look because I didn’t see many with the same look as me. Throughout the rest of my 8th grade year and high school I pretty much hid my natural hair with braids or weave.

My Love for Natural Hair……

My love for hair started about 4 years ago. It was my senior year of high school where I noticed natural hair was starting to be somewhat of a trend or the in thing to do. I found myself wanting to embrace my natural look more than I ever wanted to before. My hair has came a long way since the mini frizzy afro days. I still have a long way to go on this natural hair journey but I enjoy every moment of it.

Just Another Hair Blog?

I plan to to make this blog as interactive as possible. Not only do I want to share my natural hair journey with you all but I want you to share yours as well. I hope this blog can be a resource for all who want to learn about natural hair. I want for us to share stories of struggle but also success.  Throughout my different blog posts I will share tips and styles for women with kinky curly hair. I started this blog in hopes of building a community for us Natural Hair Girls!

With Peace and Love,

Mel