Friday, August 29, 2014

On Friday, August 29, 2014 by Sabrina Perkins in , ,    No comments

I would like you to address the misconception that only Type 3′s have wearable Wash and Gos, and that if you want your type 4 hair to look slightly decent, you will need a half a jar of Eco Styler gel. 

There are too many misconceptions that are floating around and getting stuck in our natural hair, seeping into our scalps and becoming thoughts and perceptions. Too much? Maybe. 

But there is an injustice, so to speak, that is self-inflicted for the silliest things like, hair typing, restricting your ability to create any style that you desire. Too much again? Hardly! 

There are too many naturals out here believing the hype that they cannot achieve a particular style because of a number they associate their tresses to on a hair typing scale. An example would be a woman with 4C hair trying to do a Wash and Go. Some won’t even give it a chance, as they are convinced they do not have the right texture or the right coils to do a Wash and Go. 

Most of us already know that a true Wash and Go is more than just the act of washing and going. It doesn’t matter what side of the chart you fall on, you have to do something to your hair before the ‘go’ part. Here’s a true depiction of a wash and go: 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

On Thursday, August 28, 2014 by Sabrina Perkins   No comments

We all have a general idea and understanding of when it’s time to get rid of certain makeup. It’s sad to see it thrown away, sitting on top of the wastebasket, but you know it has to be done. Sometimes you can tell by the consistency, other times it’s more of a guessing game. We’ve broken it down for you in simple laymen’s terms to keep you from playing and losing that (sometimes dangerous) game. With the help from some top beauty experts, here is a simple breakdown on your makeup’s expiration date.
Liquid Foundation and Concealer Lifespan: 8-12 months.

“Being a liquid means that germs love to live there,” expert makeup artist Ashley Donovan tells us. You’ll be able to tell it’s time to toss when the solution becomes watery and begins to separate. She explains that applying foundation or concealer that is past its prime can lead to skin irritations or breakouts.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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As a result of Hurricane Katrina, I moved from the extremely humid climate of New Orleans to the dryness of Denver. Although my hands were full with relocating with my husband and small children, I decided to go natural. Hair was not priority at the time, and I regret that because my hair suffered.
When we moved in September 2005 I stopped perming and just knew it would be a breeze. Well, it was a nightmare! I started damaging my hair by wearing wigs, weaves, and braids with no concern for my own tresses. I know it seems strange to say my hair suffered when I stopped relaxing, but I took better care of my hair while it was relaxed. Later it dawned on me that the chemicals weren’t good for my hair. I realized that because my hair would never retain length past my shoulders.
In the late 90’s I began wearing long box braids for months at a time. I would only taking them out to have them put back in and I wouldn’t relax my hair during those stints. My hair would thrive and finally grow past my shoulders. It was my trick to grow my hair out, but it never clicked that I needed to steer clear of the chemicals. So when we moved to Denver I figured I would do the chemical-free approach all the time and my hair would be down to my butt in no time. Ah, who knew I needed to actually take care of my hair for that to happen.
Read the rest of my journey and my article over at Naturallycurly.com

Monday, August 25, 2014

On Monday, August 25, 2014 by Sabrina Perkins in , ,    No comments
Photo courtesy of Blackhairinformation.com

Most of us, if not all, at one time or another has tried to grow our hair long, and there’s nothing wrong with that. On one hand, short hair is sassy, sexy and flirty; maybe it’s even ‘in’, but on the other hand, there are still many women who want and love long hair. I get it, and I’m on that bandwagon too, even though I also really love big hair – but I digress. 

The hair care market is full of every kind of product known to woman to make growth happen. They all say they can make your hair grow longer at a quicker pace whether it’s a vitamin, through a technique,  or a specific product. It’s really up to you to determine if you want to try it, and which one to try. It’s up to me to make you aware of the good, the bad and the downright ugly, but before I do that, let’s talk a little bit about Biotin. 

What is Biotin? 
Biotin is a B complex vitamin found in egg yolk, liver, and yeast. It is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids and glucose. It helps your body convert food to energy and helps you to have healthy eyes, skin, nails and hair. According to the University of Maryland Medical center, a deficiency in Biotin can cause hair thinning and loss, as it is part of the vitamin B family. -

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

On Saturday, August 23, 2014 by Sabrina Perkins in , ,    1 comment
VIA GLOBALCOUTURE
My name is Nika. I’m from Monroe, Louisiana and I’m currently living in Shreveport, Louisiana.
How long have you been natural?
I started out natural until the age of 10 yrs old. I got my first relaxer at the age of 11 yrs. old. I choose to return back to my natural tresses on September 24, 2011. I didn’t like my relaxed hair because it was very thin. It never held a curl, and it would literally be stuck to my head from chemical burns. I didn’t want to go through that anymore so I chose to transition for 7 months from February 5, 2011 to September 24, 2011, and I did the big chop. I really enjoyed my short natural hair. It was so easy to manage. I just did wash n go’s. I am glad I have more length now because my twist outs last longer than it did when my hair was shorter. I’ve been natural for 2 years now, and I’m enjoying my natural hair journey.
How would you describe your hair?
My hair texture is fine yet coarse at the same time. I believe my hair falls in the 4A category. The front of my hair has a looser curl pattern, and the back of my hair has a tighter curl pattern. My hair is also low porosity, and it takes forever and a day to dry.
What is your hair regimen?
My hair regimen consists of me doing a hot oil/deep conditioning treatment every week on Sunday using Shea Moisture Black Soap Purification Masque mixed with Olive Oil, Peppermint oil, and Tea Tree Oil followed by a clarifying cowash using VO5 Kiwi Lime Clarifying Conditioner. After I cowash I use a leave in conditioner by Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture conditioner or Kinky Curly Leave in conditioner. I use Eco Styler argan oil gel to lay my edges down. I always flat twist or regular two strand twist. I don’t do wash n go’s often because my curls get really tangled, and I get fairy knots. I choose to twist my hair in order to keep my hair stretched. Shrinkage is real!
What does wash day look like for you?
I wash my hair every Sunday after church. The first thing I do is turn on my music so I can sing while I’m doing my hair. I lightly spray my dry hair with a mixture of water and olive oil until it’s damp, then I put on my hot oil/deep conditioning treatment. After all the oil and conditioner is applied to my hair I place a plastic cap over my head, and I sit under my hair dryer for 45 minutes. After I get from under the dryer I cowash my hair with VO5 Kiwi Lime clarifying conditioner, add my Giovanni as a leave in, gel on my edges, twist and air dry. I try to keep my regimen simple.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
My favorite go-to hairstyle is hands down the high bun. I just love doing high buns when I don’t have a lot of time. During the week, I’ll start out with a high puff, and towards the end of the week I’ll form the puff into a bun. I love it!
How do you combat shrinkage?
I’ve come to accept the shrinkage. It comes with the territory. I don’t mind it at all. I do twistouts most of the time in order to keep my hair stretched. Pineapples don’t work for my fine hair because the hair around the perimeter of my head will get real straight, and my hair never falls down right. It always look a hot mess, so I retwist at night, or I’ll do a low bun. I always cover my hair with my satin scarf.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
The crown of my head is my problem area. It’s always dry. I have to apply extra product to that area. I also have to apply gel to area because it’s always the frizziest area.
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
I love your blog and website Global Couture, I love Curly Nikki blog by Nikki, ConfessionsofaBlogvixen by West, Quest for the Perfect Curl by DenimPixie, Whosthatcurl blog by Lashawn Henighan, Around the way curls blog by Shanti and Antoinette, Her best hair blog by TiaShauntee, KinkyKurlysistas blog, and Natura Magazine blog, and I watch just about every Naturalista on Youtube, it’s hard to list them all.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?
The most memorable part has been just learning my hair and finding great products that moisturize it. I’ve learned that my hair definitely needs heat during a deep conditioning due to it being low porosity. My hair cuticles are tight, and the heat opens it up so the moisture can go into the hair strand. My hair does like light watery products like VO5 conditioner and Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner. My hair hatesShea butter or any butter because it weighs my hair down. Most thick products just sit on top of my hair. I have to use light products. My low porosity texture didn’t take when I tried to lift my jet black hair to a lighter color. It did not lift at all. Only my roots turned a bright orange color, and the rest of my hair was still black. It was a total disaster. So I just dyed it back black. This journey has been both easy and difficult, but I’ve learned to manage my hair better as the years go by. I’m in love with my hair.
Is there anything you would like to tell someone who is thinking about going natural?
My advice to other naturals is to love the hair that grows from your scalp. Natural hair is beautiful. If you are thinking about going natural I think you should go for it because going natural is the best decision I have ever made, and my scalp is healthier. My hair has grown longer than it has ever been, and it’s because I went natural. It’s an awesome feeling to be a natural. You can go from curly to straight and right back to curly. Natural hair is very versatile, and that’s what I love about it. Natural hair is definitely not boring because you can do so much with it. I say go for it and tune out all negative opinions around you.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
You can find me on my YouTube channel named PiecesofNika: http://www.youtube.com/user/MrsNikaR
Instagram: @PiecesofNika
Twitter: @PiecesofNika
Google+:@PiecesofNika
Thank you so much!!!!
~Nika~

Friday, August 22, 2014

On Friday, August 22, 2014 by Sabrina Perkins in , , ,    No comments
photo from naturallycurly.com

This question is harder than I thought, because I never actually thought about it. I’ve had my hair braided more times than I can count over the past 19 years, and as I trusted everyone who graced my scalp with their talented fingers, the thought of them actually being licensed for the right to braid was never discussed and never crossed my mind. 
There have been women styling hair without a license for years! It’s nothing new and as many women read this nodding in agreement while reflecting on their childhood (or yesterday) when someone braided, pressed, permed, or colored their hair at home. Some would say it’s a rite of passage while others would say it's risky because the price might be right, but the repercussions could be irreversible.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Sabrina Perkins in ,    No comments

It can happen to the best of us.  You start off knowing it takes time for natural, coily, or curly hair to have any ‘hang time’.  There are many products that promote creating curls but they also promote giving you longer curls, elongated tresses or fighting shrinkage.  It sounds good, heck, it sounds great but is there honestly a product that can elongate your curls to lengths we can only dream of without straightening our hair? 

I’m guilty of trying to elongate my hair too.  Every day I co-wash I pull all of my hair back into a low ponytail and clip with an ouchless barrette.  I wait until it’s about 60% dry (around 2 to 4 hours) and then shake it out so I have some hang time.  A bit much you might say?  Yea, it does appear so but as I know if I don’t do that the shrinkage would be unbelievable and I just don’t want to deal with hair to my ears by the end of the day.  Vanity prevails and at what risk am I doing to my hair because of it?

Obsession with curl or coil elongation is real and as I feel I am about to spring a product out on you like a late-nigh commercial I already know that product doesn’t exist.  There is no product that can magically make your curls elongate to the lengths chemicals or heat can do.  The real problem is heat and chemicals will destroy the coil so they don’t really do it either and even though I can stretch my coils out to past my shoulders when wet by the time its dry, it’s up to my ears.

This is a problem just shy of the defining curl problem that many curlies and coilies face.  They want their hair to show its true length but shrinkage is stronger than elongation, my dears.  No matter how hard I stretch my hair for almost half the day I still face shrinkage and my hair never goes past my shoulders unless I’m in the shower.  I’m obsessed, I admit it and when I first came across my little ‘trick’ I thought it was a great for every now and again but I find myself almost forced to wear it like this daily to appease the elongation monster I have within me.  
I know, I know…don’t fight nature, embrace it.  I spout this almost daily but when I looked at myself in the mirror a few days ago I realized I wasn’t practicing what I preach.  I was not embracing my lovely shrinkage and as the reality sunk in sadness began to grow.  How can I tell others to embrace their natural tresses if I’m not embracing my own?  I’m a hypocrite and it hurts but what hurts more is that even after years of being natural and knowing shrinkage is not a bad thing I’m still battling with it sometimes. 


SHRINKAGE IS A THING, ACCEPT IT - 

I love my coils. I love my hair and I love my naturalness but is my obsession with elongation going to harm my coils?  I don’t pull my hair back in a ponytail tightly and I only use an ouchless barrette so the damage I may be inflicting is minimal but that’s the outward damage.  
Is the internal damage of not accepting my spring back coils more damaging of my psyche?  I’m no psychologist and I’m on expert but I know not accepting my hair’s natural tendency to coil up is not a good thing.  It’s unaccepting of its beauty.  No, I’m not using heat but I’m still pulling and tugging on it to make it longer so I need to accept I am obsessing over elongation like so many others. 

‘Hang time’, tends to occur more often with the wavier textures.  I can accept that. What I cannot accept is hair to my ears, it seems, but I’m aware I’m not accepting it so that’s better than being clueless. I’ll work on my obsession while everyone else works on theirs and as we one day come together and embrace whatever body part we women down ourselves over I sure hope you understand we are all beautiful and just need to be reminded of it every now and again.  Goodness, it’s sometimes hard being a woman, but lord I wouldn’t want it any other way. 

Take care Naturals,
Sabrina

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Sabrina Perkins in , , ,    No comments
Tsk, tsk, tsk. Say it isn’t so! Relaxer companies or manufacturers want to find new ways to get our money? Am I shocked? Not really, or not at all, because I was sure this was coming. 

I wasn’t however sure about how and when and felt they would have just put a few pretty colors on some bottles, throw a few natural and organic words on them, and spoon-feed us their version of natural. 

Yes, I’m salty. I’m not a fan of these lines only because I’m a tad bit bitter with having chemicals monthly slathered onto my head and thinking they were safe, or the only way to go. 

I digress though, because they didn’t force me to use them and they sure as heck didn’t hold me hostage to them for decades either, so they do as most companies will do to regain their followers. They have adapted with the times, and have reformulated their marketing to incorporate the natural sistas. I guess I should be flattered.

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