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FEATURE FRIDAY: KESIA CLAYSIE

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1. Tell us about yourself.
 Hello Girls, I live in the Caribbean with my family and work part-time. For the longest time, could not get my relaxed hair to grow past my shoulders, was super thin and unhealthy so after some time, decided to return natural and will never looked back. Love it, my hair is longer and healthier than ever and am happy.image

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?
Have been natural now for 2 years 4 months. Decided to return natural because I simply did not know how to take care of my own hair, she would never grow and could never achieve a style I wanted without my stylist. After being inspired by my aunt, and with support from the rest of my family, decided to go for it.
3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?
 
Not at all, did not even consider going natural because did not know anything about my own natural hair. Always had my hair relaxed every 4 months so never really knew anything about my natural texture until I started to transition, did that for 4 months, got impatient so decided to BC on February 28, 2012.
4. How would you describe your hair?
She has personality and is alive!!! My texture is 4C, very kinky, coily, zigly zagly. Length is 11″ to 12″. In the back, is more tightly coiled and in the front, is looser coils. She loves water, Tresemme & Aussie Moist conditioners, creams, oils of any kind, prefers to be left alone 90% of the time in protective styles.
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5. What is your natural hair regimen?
Wash Days are very 2 to 3 weeks, finger-detangle with VO5 Conditioner & Oil, then do 15-20 large braids, wash with ACV mix and do a tea rinse, let her air dry for about 15 minutes, on to my protective style, 2 Strand Twists, apply my conditioner mix and oil to seal in moisture. Do treatments when needed.
6. What products can’t you live without?
Water is absolutely one of them, Tresemme, Aussie Moist or VO5 Conditioner, Olive & Coconut Oil, scrunchies and my satin cap!!! As long as I have the above am ok. As time goes on, am trying to simplify my hair regimen, once I find what works, I stick to that. Ooh, of course, my fingers, they are my combs 😀
7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?
The best thing I can say is consistency, try my best to always keep tresses moisturized, wear a satin cap when sleeping, every single night, do treatments every 2 to 3 months. I use zero heat and keep her in protective styles 3 weeks, then rest for 1 week. If my hair does not like a product, will not use again.
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8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?
I have learned to appreciate and love my natural hair, how to take care of her and see that natural hair is not only amazing but extremely versatile in every way. I am amazed at other Naturalistas, how they take such great care if their own tresses and support ones going through a hard time, sweet community 😀
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9. Is there any advice you would like to give to fellow textured ladies?
 Please keep rocking your lovely tresses, whenever you see a natural girl, smile and compliment her about her lovely hair, trust me, you will make her day. Love your hair, she is unique and your crown of glory so smile and wear your crown girls. Wear your hair the way you choose to, it is yours so have a blast dolls!
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10. Where can we find you?
 You can find me at my blog on WordPress at: http://islandkynks.wordpress.com/Feel free to come by and check it out. If you have any questions, please post a comment or send me an email to: zion_areli@yahoo.com. Thank you for reading ladies and many thanks to Jai Nicole for featuring me.

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Thank you Kesia!!!

Porosity and Natural Hair

Porosity

Scientifically, the definition of porous is having minute spaces or holes through which liquid or air may pass. Porosity, in terms of hair, is in short, used to describe your hair’s ability or inability to absorb water. Porosity ranges from low, normal, to high porosity, with normal porosity being the ideal condition you would like your hair to be in. Porosity plays a huge role in the health of your hair. Let’s start by breaking down the different ranges of porosity.

1. Low Porosity:What does it mean to have low porosity hair? This typically means that the cuticle of your hair lies flat, making your hair’s ability to absorb moisture a challenge. Hair with low porosity is typically more difficult to process than normal porosity or high porosity. When I use the word “process” I mean the hair is more resistant to chemically straightening, texturizing, or even hair color. When the hair is exposed to water or water based products, the water or products may just sit on top of the hair. This may leave your hair feeling very dry.

How to combat low porosity hair: When you deep condition your hair make sure you are sitting under the hair dryer for about 15-20 minutes. Your cuticles will be slightly lifted causing your hair to absorb and retain moisture. Also, you can put a plastic cap on your hair for a couple of hours or sleep with a plastic cap overnight under your satin scarf. This will help create a moist, humid environment for your hair which will help you absorb moisture into your hair. Using moisturizers rich in emollients such as shea butter and coconut oil will also be beneficial to your hair.

2. Normal Porosity:Hair with this type of porosity normally gets the proper moisture with the least maintenance. The cuticle layer is looser allowing just the right amount of moisture to enter your hair and helps prevent the moisture from escaping.

How to combat normal porosity hair:Consider yourself lucky!

3. High Porosity:High porosity hair is normally the result of damage from chemical processing or environmental damage. The cuticles of your hair are raised which causes too much moisture to enter your hair leaving your hair prone to frizziness, and it also allows moisture to leave your hair easily.

How to combat high porosity hair:Using a leave-in conditioner, a moisturizer, and a sealant is very important! Sealing your hair is very important, this helps keep the moisture in your hair. Also using anti-humectants products may help your hair retain moisture by sealing your cuticle layer! Sealing in your moisturizer and leave-in conditioner is the key for combating high porosity hair!

Hope you all can benefit from this information in some way! Have a nice day!

Color Damaged Curls

I am coming to you all today to VENT! I am so frustrated with my hair color! I loved it when I first done it, but my hair and texture are noticeably different now then it was before I colored my hair! Let me clarify, I didn’t just color my hair, I bleached my hair to achieve my hair color. I believe the bleach was the problem, not necessarily the coloring of my hair. I had colored my hair previously, but did not use bleach and I never experienced any problems. Now  let me start off by saying, my curl pattern has ALWAYS been looser in certain spots than others, especially in the front of my hair and the nape of my hair, but this just adds to my frustration. I can’t tell if my curls are damaged in the front or just being their naturally looser curly selves (lol). I made the mistake of cutting of a lot of my hair after I first went natural and straightened my hair, thinking I had acquired heat damage because my curls were looser in the front, only to find that they grew back the exact same way. So you can see the dilemma. I have never had a problem cutting my hair, but I really don’t want to if it is not truly damaged. My hair continued to grow and retain length after my color, although I have done several trims since then. I decided that instead of cutting off all my hair again., I will just allow the color to grow out and cut it out as it grows more towards the ends. It just seems like it is taking forever, and this will be my first act of patience with my hair as far as not grabbing the scissors. I used to be very scissor happy (evil laugh)! I am really trying to give my hair a chance with this color but LAWD! A word of advice, I personally feel there is nothing wrong with coloring your hair as long as it does not involve bleach! I will NEVER bleach my hair again! I will post some pics before and after color, please let me know what you think! If you have any advice, please leave it in the comments below! Trust me I would greatly appreciate it!

Before Bleach!

Before Bleach!

Before Bleach! Curls are still looser in the front!

Before Bleach! Curls are still looser in the front!

After Bleach!

After Bleach!

Feature Friday: Lizzie

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Hi everyone, this will be my first Feature Friday of many! I am very excited to provide a platform for fellow naturalistas of every texture to share their natural hair stories with everyone! The first Feature Friday is Lizzie from Lafayette, Louisiana, my BEST friend! Her hair is dope and she will tell you all about it! Hope you all enjoy!

1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Elizabeth, I go by Liz. I love the natural movement! In addition, I love new challenges, and I admire people who are passionate and purposeful in their lives.

2. How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

I have been natural since after high school. I didn’t really decide to go natural. My mother stopped putting perms, because she was sure that her hair was falling out because of it. For this reason, I stopped as well (8 yrs ago). However, I discovered the Chi iron and wore that out. I didn’t really wear my hair in its “natural state” until I started AmeriCorps (Community Service Program) 3 years ago. I started wearing it this way because I would sweat, and it was hard to maintain straight hair. Also in the program so many girls had textured hair and it was welcoming.

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Spring 2011 (Puff)

3. Have you always embraced your natural hair texture?

No, I thought for awhile that my hair was pretty, but it was something that needed to be “done” or straightened in order to be beautiful. That has changed however!

4. How would you describe your hair?

My hair is soft and very curly, a S pattern, it is thin looking when wet and when it’s fully dry, it is thick and bountiful.

5. What is your natural hair regimen?

My hair is colored, so I use sulfate free, color shampoos most of the time. I wash my hair once a week. I condition with regular conditioner for colored hair, and I condition with 3 minute Aussie Moist conditioner, which is warmed with Olive oil. After a while my hair is soaking wet, I apply color protecting serum. After, if I am wearing my hair stretched, I towel dry (I know frizz…but I am not wearing my hair out) and I braid it into 4 braids with just leave in conditioner and then do protective styles (several different buns…etc) for the week.

6. What products can’t you live without?

Curl Enhancing Smoothie

7. How do you retain length and maintain the health of your hair?

I wash my hair once a week, and I do not straighten my hair often.

8. What lessons have you learned during your natural hair journey?

That I love my hair just the way it is, and that when you know what to do, it is easier to manage than straight hair.

9. Is there any advice you would like to give to fellow textured ladies?

Yes, have fun with your hair.

10. Where can we find you?

I can only be reached here! So please hit up Jai if you’re interested in learning more, we should do a video together!

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