From Brown to Black

Bundles- JoRay Strandz

L’Oreal Preference Liquid Hair Color, Jet Black

L’Oreal 40 Cream Developer (Pink Bottle)

Silicon Mix Shampoo and Conditioner

*you can fund these products at Sally’s Beauty Supoly or any beauty supply store

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Bundle of Bundles 

Oh how we love the BUNDLES! Here are five places where you can get all your go to needs on bundles and wigs.

  
1.BIG CHOP HAIR: @bigchophair

BIG CHOP HAIR offers a range of extension products including bundles, clip-ins, partial wigs and closures.  Most of the items offered under BIG CHOP HAIR are of a natural texture, meaning curly.  The products span from all the hair types (Porosity, BKT & Other Strange Things ). There’s something for everyone whether curly or straight.  Also, with their products being real hair versus synthetic you  can be versatile and switch from look to look.

2.WowAfrican: @wowafrican

WowAfrican has bundles, closures- weaves and hair, lace fronts and partials  and clip-ins.  WowAfrican has a wide variety of virgin hair options ranging from Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian and European. They also offer hair accessories like clips for DIY clip-ins. WowAfrican also has straight, curly and coily options for all hair needs.  WowAfrican is also endorsed by YouTube vlogger and Instagram sensation Alyssa Forever (@foreverflawlyss).

  
3..HerGivenHair: @hergivenhair

HerGivenHair prides itself on offering extensions especially for those natural girls.  Clip-ins, bundles and closures are offered in all hair types/textures.  Along with hair, HerGivenHair also gives tutorials and hair inspiration on their website and social media pages for how to’s on wearing their product. HerGivenHair also offers blown out pieces for those girls who want a different kind of look or style.

4. City Republik: @citygirlcurlz

Along with wigs, both full and partial, City Republik also sells clothing.  City Republiks offerings aren’t as extensive as other sites.  However, the products they do sell for hair are quite beautiful.  The wigs sold are extremely full and voluptuous.  They give great body and life to whoever happens to wearing.  City Rebuplik also gives hair tutorials for their products and what other products work well.

5.Come Take A Puff: @cometakeapuff

Come Take A Puff speacilizes n custom units done by hand.  Wigs are the item of choice including lace fronts and bobs.  Items vary from short to long and curly to straight.  All items on Come Take A Puff are quality items made from quality hair.  They owner even wears them herself.  That’s how you know it’s good!

 

It’s Lit! 

Spring has arrived, and with it those lovely sun rays. It’s never easy when the heat comes around. Your hair can poof up with the humidity. It can curl up due to sweat, or it can simply dry up cause it’s too hot to hold the moisture in. Here are a few hacks to keep your hair in tact. 

Bantu Knot Up Do   

Bantu Knots are a quick and easy way to style your hair and they usually last for a good length of time. This protective style also works well with short or long hair and any type of cut. I have a short cut right now and the picture above shows me wearing the style. There’s no extra hair added. It’s all me. You simply brush up the back, hold it with whichever hold you use, and bantu knot the front. 

Braids/Cornrows  
Braids are the perfect way to beat the heat. Plus, there are a million different types of braids. My niece has the two long side cornrows. This has recently become a trendy style being worn by the Kardashians and renamed “boxer braids” 😂 but this post isn’t about appropriation. Don’t get me wrong I don’t have a problem with them wearing braids. I actually think they look really cute on them. I take issue with the fact that it wasn’t “cute” until the another culture started doing it. Anyway, there’s more than one opinion on the matter like there’s more than one type of braid. 

  

Here’s my very lovely Ms. Tatum making braids and twists look absolutely fabulous. 

Sew-In/Lace-Front  

Weaves and wigs are a perfect hack for summertime hair. You get a few good bundles and you’re all set. Sew-In methods like the Vixen Sew-In are perfect because they allow for versatility. Lace Front wigs have also made a fabulous comeback. Watch a couple tutorials on YouTube and you’ll see. The lace front game has definitely changed. 

Whatever style of method you choose to use I pray that the humidity doesn’t kill you and that your edges remain forever in place and laid to the gods. 

How Howard Changed Me 

So it’s safe to say I’ve come a long way from who I used to be. Where I’m from and where I am now are completely different. I’m sure you’re wondering what my life story has to do with hair, so I’ll tell you a story. 

  
Once upon a time, in the 757, there was a young girl- ME!  Anyway, all my life “I had to fight”-Color Purple, just playing I had natural hair. I never saw a perm. Although I did see that hot comb and all I had was sense enough to stay still and a prayer my grandmother had a steady hand. The sense took awhile to sink in. With that being said, I always wore my hair straight, well in braids and ponytails until I was like eleven or twelve. I had beautiful hair. It was thick, tight curled, 3C-4A hair and I was always curious about my curly hair. I remember staring in the mirror after getting it washed and playing in my curls wishing I could keep my hair like that. As I got older my curiosity grew. I always had the wash part down but I didn’t know how to maintain the go, so I ended up looking like Mufasa from Lion King. I was completely clueless. At my high school the only girls I really remember wearing natural hair were the mixed girls and while I have my fair share of non-African roots I’m still a black girl. There wasn’t a lot of natural hair inspiration. YouTube wasn’t popping with the tutorials like it is now or if it was I knew nothing about it. Natural hair just wasn’t prevelant. So I lived out 2008-2012 with my flowing, straight hair.   

  Fast forward to The Mecca, The Hilltop, The Real HU, Howard University. With an intro like that you know you’re bound to come up on some knowledge whether you’re trying to find it or not. My freshman year was a time of transition. I didn’t just have a natural hair inspiration I had a natural hair world. When you come to place that’s deep into it’s roots you learn to find your own roots, and that’s what I did, literally. I found my roots. I was researching natural hair, trying new protective styles, going to information sessions. There’s always a booth, table or something set up for hairstylists or companies. Miss Jessie’s always has a tent during homecoming. With such easy access to products and information I finally learned the “go” part. 

 

Whenever I go back home I always take a mental note of how things are very much the same as far as natural hair. There’s more now like my nieces and some of their friends but not a lot. I’ve noticed that the 757 has fallen into a stereotype. You know the one were there’s bad hair and if you’re black you automatically have it. So not true. There’s no representation. At Howard I see a variety of hair types and all are beautiful. I’ve seen the prettiest girls with the prettiest natural hair and guess what it’s that 4B hair. You know that hair that “isn’t quite good enough”. I just want my city to understand that it’s ok to be different. It’s ok to be the inspiration you see in others. Proctor and Gamble said it, “my black is beautiful”. My words of wisdom are that the best things are accidental and completely without precedent, so be that! 

  

Color Me … Uhh? 

So in 2015 and 2016 we’ve seen a lot being done with hair color. Gray, which looks so beautiful, green, pink, etc. All the colors pretty much look perfect when you’re glancing through pictures. 

  

But in reality color is still a CHEMICAL and it can be harsh on your hair without the proper care.  You have to be sure to take extra good care of your hair when you add color especially any type of color where you had to bleach your hair or add a developer (20,30 or 40 to lighten the color). Be sure to get a shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair and to continue with hair treatments-like those BKT’s we talked about. Keep your hair moisturized. Dry hair is bad enough on its  own but dry, colored hair has disaster and DAMAGE written all over it. Also, remember the golden rule don’t dye your hair again if it hasn’t been at least 2 weeks (1 if it’s a really bad color on you and you can’t wait another minute) 

  
Personally I don’t like to use box color it doesn’t really work for me. I go straight on down to Sally’s Beauty Supply and get the L’Oreal Excellence HiColor. This type of dye requires a developer and is permanent. My hair doesn’t take well to color so I’ve used a 40 developer. In this beautiful picture above is my lovely niece. She just got her hair dyed for the first time and it’s a box color. So box colors aren’t horrible and they probably work for most just not me. 

But box or permanent the same rules apply a and you have to maintain steady regimen to keep your hair healthy and intact.