HAIR WIN: TWIST OUT

As a naturalista, we all know with wins also comes many L’s. I’m convinced I have more L’s than wins when styling my hair – so this section will be dedicated to broadcasting my hair wins, because when I’m feeling myself you guys should too, right?!!

This was twist-out I did a few weeks ago that came out BOMB!

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How I did it:

I did a bunch of mini 2-strand twists and I used the Camille Rose Almond Twisting Butter as my styling product (and water of course). I left the mini twists in for about 2 full days, and took them down on day 3. I put a little oil on my fingertips and kept separated the twists individually until the all were taken down. I also took my good ole’ handy pick and fluffed at my roots for additionally volume and WAHLA! That’s a bomb a$$ twist-out!

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FEED YOUR MANE IT NEEDS AND WATCH HOW IT’LL GROW

This is my personal visual representation of struggling hair versus healthy hair.

The pic on the left was taken in Dec. 2016. That was my silk press during my transitioning stage. The pic on the right was taken Nov. 2017, and was my first silk press since Dec. 2016. Even with color, you can tell how much fuller and healthy my hair looks.

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Okay, so now that you’re impressed and everything – what’s my secret to healthy colored hair? My #1 advice is you HAVE to feed your mane what it needs. Keeping your hair moisturized is always the first step. I mainly take use of water and oils in a spray bottle and I use it allllll the time. As soon as my hair feels dry, brittle, anything – I run to the spray bottle.

Also, protective styling. Wigs, braids of any sort, twists, anything low-manipulation where your hands aren’t constantly in your head is also a major key.

Take care of your hair, feed it what it needs, and sit back and watch how full and healthy it becomes. FACTS!

IS YOUR HAIR STILL “NATURAL” IF IT’S COLORED??? (plus deets on my hair color)

Lawd. I didn’t even know this was a real argument until recently. But like I said in previous posts, the natural hair community can be really *whispers* crazy af.

Bu since this is a real debate I welcome a little controversy and I love throwing in my 2 cents so… here it is.

YES. I think so. Why? Because it’s YOUR hair and I you do whatever the hell you want to it. This is our problem, we police silly things entirely too much. In my opinion, I’m not chemically straightening my hair but instead chemically adding life into it lol.

I have always loved my hair but I felt so dead and dull with black hair. I’m a vibrant person and I need some POP! So, I decided to color my hair last month.

Was I scared? Hell nah. More so excited as hell. Call me a rebel, fake natural, or whatever but I needed that pop. Everyone is also always buzzing about “hair porosity type” and I think mine is normal and my stylist did too. My hair took VERY WELL to the color. I felt presidential af after my hair appointment lol.

Here’s another pic of how it looked if ya’ll missed it in my previous post:

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Anywho, my appointment went really well and as you can see I was CLEARLY feeling myself. So far, I haven’t experienced any abnormal breakage or dryness, but then again I think I have good hair maintenance (I think you have to anyway if you want to color your hair). But I also noticed something else. My hair texture drastically changed for the BETTER. After I cut off the rest of my relaxed ends, my hair was super curly in the back and straight af in the front. I thought I had fucked something up or something because it was super weird. However, after my appointment, I noticed my entire head was now curling up the same way. I was like “MAMAAAAA I MADE IT!” Lol. Those inconsistent textures were annoying as hell.

But that was my 2 cents. My overall point is: even if you don’t consider women who color their hair “natural” – why do you even care that much? It’s HAIR. Let them live sis. It’s definitely a choice and you shouldn’t choose to judge someone for it. Ya’ll already give relaxed girls a hard enough time as it is, got them regretting life decisions nsht lol.

But I’m done. What are you guys opinions on this? Let’s hear it – comment below!

Xoxo, ~ NaturallyLisee

 

 

 

 

7 NATURAL HAIR RULES THAT I BROKE (and probably still do.. sshhhh)

If you’re a member of the natural hair community, you know that natural hair gurus can be EVIL! There’s all these rules on what you should and shouldn’t do to your hair and it can be stressful af if you’re just starting your natural hair journey. The good thing is, everyone’s hair is different and its best to do what works for you.

Here’s 5 natural hair rules that I broke (and continue to break) to this day. Don’t yell it out to the world though, I don’t want any fro sistas coming for me lol!

1. I DON’T USE COCONUT OIL.

Word on the street was coconut oil was the shiiitttt, so I’m like shit, I wana be the shitttttt so let me try it. I ended up looking like a piece of shit after using it because it did absolutely nothing to my hair. NAY-THING. I actually tried a bunch of different oils, but the only thing that truly moisturizes my scalp is a good ole jar of blue magic (yes, the grease your mama would pull out back in the day to get you school picture ready). Get chu someee.

2. I DON’T DRY MY HAIR WITH NOTHING FANCY.

On wash day, I use a regular towel. It actually may even be 100% cotton. Sue me.

3. I DON’T FINGER DETANGLE.

Kudos to people that can do this, but my hair is entirely too thick and crazy, it would just look back at me like “biiitch please.” I use a denman brush to detangle, and I love it! Works like a charm.

4. I DON’T HAVE A WASH DAY “RITUAL.”

Girls on Youtube be doing the absolute most with their “wash day routines.” It doesn’t take me hours to wash my hair. I hop in the shower, wash and condition, wash my body, get out, apply my leave-in, put it in twists or a puff and go about my day. That simple lol. I don’t wash my hair in “sections” either. Fawk. Dat.

5. I DON’T CONSISTENTLY CLIP MY ENDS.

Look. While transitioning and even now as a full natural, I’ve seen a professional natural hair stylist MAYBE twice and that’s when I decided to let them trim my ends. If I see something looking dead and ratchet af on my own I’ll cut it, but I could have dead ass ends and not even know it lol.

6. I EAT LIKE SHIT.

Fried chicken (and chicken in general) is like 95% of my diet, no lie. The other 5% of that is complete bullsh*t. Would my hair be longer if I ate healthier? Maybe, maybe not.. but I may never know.

7. I DON’T OWN A SATIN PILLOWCASE.

I have a bonnet, but I don’t always sleep with it on. I sleep like a grown ass man, so I have to choose my battles. Sleeping “cute” is rarely ever an option for me.

But like I mentioned before, do what works best for YOUR hair. That’s the beauty in black women, we’re not all built the same and our beauty takes on many forms. πŸ™‚

Comment below with any natural hair rules that you broke!

Xoxo, ~ NaturallyLisee

Easy transitioning styles

This post is for all my aspiring naturalistas who are about to give up on transitioning or think there’s no styles that can work with your relaxed ends. I’m here to tell you, hold on sis!

I feel like I’ve rambled on & on on how long I transitioned, so if you have any further questions on my journey – feel free to write me!

This post is for all my aspiring naturalistas who are about to give up on transitioning or think there’s no styles that can work with your relaxed ends. I’m here to tell you, hold on sis! There is and of course I have receipts.

1. Perm Rod Sets

I LOVED doing perm rod sets while I was transitioning. I love curls and these sets would have my hair soooo poppin. I can’t do them at the length my natural hair is at now, but when I get some inches back, I’ma get these sets back crackin’ again.

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2. Flexi Rod Sets

Another one of my favs were flexi rod sets. I didn’t do these as often as other styles because they are a complete bitch to sleep in! Ugh. Neck will be on all kinds of swole. But they’re cute as hell when done the right way.

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3. The Puff

Okay, I lied. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the puff. The easiest lazy b*tch style for naturalistas, but its also cute as hell. So I have to keep it real and let ya’ll know this puff wasn’t my real hair. I bought it from my local beauty supply store for like $12 bucks but it was so worth it. Nobody knew the difference and couldn’t nobody tell me I wasn’t PAWPIN.

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4. Crochet styles

Sew-in who? Crochet is my shizzzz. It’s super easy to do, low maintenance and cute as hell! I sat my ass on Youtube one day and figured out how to do a crochet style myself and it came out bomb (as pictured in the blue Cubs shirt).

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Also, wigs but I don’t have to go in-depth because ya’ll already knew that. πŸ˜‰

If you transitioned, what were your go-to styles? Comment below!

~ NaturallyLisee

 

 

Big chop vs. transitioning

I was actually terrified to do a big chop. I just kept thinking I would end up looking like this:

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No shade. There’s nothing wrong with having a mini-fro, but that just wasn’t the move for me. I personally, didn’t see the need to big chop right away. When I first realized that I was forreal, forreal going to start my natural hair journey, I was already a wig-a-holic at that point, so I just kept wigging it out and leaving my hair alone. Of course, I would wash and moisturize it regularly, but for the most part my hair would remain in Bow Wow cornrows, since that’s how I liked to wear my hair underneath my wigs.

I transitioned from December 2015 – March 2017. It was actually very easy for me because I utilized a variety of protective styles which included: wigs, box braids, senegalese twists, large twists, braid outs, fake buns/puffs, you name it. I also never used heat on my hair. I honestly couldn’t even tell you where my collection of flat irons are since I haven’t touched them in so long. During my transitioning period, I got my hair straightened and ends clipped once, and that was in January of 2017. That stylist actually slayed my hair, I still love how it looked.

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After I was protective styled out, I finally got to the point where I felt that a big chop was appropriate. I cut off the rest of my relaxed ends in March of 2017. I was super excited, however it took time to get used to my texture and find products that my hair liked (which I am still figuring out now).

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Dead ass how I looked after I big chopped. I still would find straight pieces daily that I would cut off. I would recommend seeing a stylist for a big chop versus doing it yourself LOL.

My advice would be, do what you think will work best for you. If you want to big chop right away and have a tiny fro like MJ, do you boo! There’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you want to give yourself time and utilize protective styling, I would say transitioning is a good route.

What option did you all take: big chopping or transitioning? Comment below!

Xoxo ~ NaturallyLisee

So, why go natural?

You know what. I ask myself this all the time. You’d think I’d have a definite answer if I created an entire blog dedicated to this stuff – right?!

You know what. I ask myself this all the time. You’d think I’d have a definite answer if I created an entire blog dedicated to this stuff – right?!

I can’t lie. I started off hating naturals. “Natural vs. Relaxed” was the modern day “East vs. West” coast beef during the Tupac era to me. I hated the attacks on grouping women as “better” or “worse” because of how they chose to wear their hair. And let me tell you, I used to be a RELAXED ADVOCATE! No one was going to get me to stray away from my creamy crack – no matter how many times you told me my hair was unhealthy.

But enough of the rambling. I believe my natural hair journey first began with my discovery of wigs. Wigs, huh? Girl, yaasssss wigs! I LOVE EM. I was in my first senior year of college (5th year right here, where y’all at, heyyyy), and one of my best friends introduced them to me after I got tired of flat ironing my relaxed hair every day. I mean, when you’re in college you don’t have time for all that. I’m trying to get up and goooo. And I’m also poor, so I can’t afford protective styling such as braids, sew-ins, etc. After hours of my friend reassuring me I wasn’t going to look like a granny, and my wig wouldn’t fall off during pivotal moments (LOL), I bought my first $20 wig and I was on my way hunty!

After purchasing my first wig, I got addicted and quick and kept buying more and more.

SN: If ya’ll want more info specifically pertaining to my wig interests, let me know, but I’m trying to stay on track, sooo….

It got to a point where I would forget to relax my damn hair because I always would have a wig on. Mind you, I had a pixie cut when I first began my natural hair journey so perms were almost inevitable. So my hair finally grew out to I want to say shoulder length and I was happy as f*ck. I’d had a pixie cut for 2-3 years at that point and I wanted my damn hair back.

A few months after that (May 2015), my best friend graduated college and moved away (tear) and she was the person that would slay my relaxers, so I was left looking dumbfounded as hell, because I’m like I don’t trust anyone to put a perm in my head. NOPE! I like having my edges. So, I kept wearing wigs. It was easy and convenient. I got my last perm in late 2015 and transitioned – meaning grew out my perm, until March 2017. In March 2017, I couldn’t take looking ratchet anymore and I was eager to be 100% natural so I chopped off the rest of my relaxed ends. As of June 2017, I colored my hair to a honey blonde.

So, to summarize all of that, I decided to go natural because I was a lazy broke ass college student who didn’t have the time, energy or money to continue to perm my hair so I didn’t. Now, don’t get me wrong, being natural is like 1000x MORE work, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I LOVE how my natural hair looks now, and I actually may fight my “friends” because they couldn’t possibly be my real friends for not telling me how ratchet I looked with relaxed hair. Looking that dusty, I could have started this journey forever ago.

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See ya’ll!!! They hated me!!!!

But anyways – this blog will take you through the good, the bad and the ugly (see you’re already getting a glimpse). I’m not a head ass “naturalista” by any means, but people ask me hair questions all the time so I said, “why don’t I just make a blog?” So here it is! Enjoy! Xoxo ~ NaturallyLisee