101 Natural Hair Tips: Winter Hair Care Tips 31-40

Depending on where you live, the winter season can be a series of bone chilling cold days, mixed with blustering wintery storms, and freezing rain and snow! The harsh cold temps and freezing precipitation alone is enough to cause damage to your hair. The constant temperature changes from going in and out of the cold robs your hair of precious moisture. Add to that, the cold air is dryer and wearing hats to keep warm dries our hair out even more. It’s a wonder we aren’t completely bald by the time it warms up!

That being said keeping your hair healthy in the winter is no easy feat, but it is completely doable. Here are my top 10 Winter Hair Care tips to keep your hair healthy this winter:

31. Avoid Humectants. The nature of the humectants is to draw moisture from the air into the hair. That being said, the cold will freeze the water onto your hair causing it to break. This is the opposite of my normal routine. I love to add honey to my conditioners and I even have a “Honey Be Natural” hair care treatment.

32. Limit Wash and Go’s. Obviously if you live in a more tropical area you don’t have to worry as much, but just as the above, the water can freeze on your hair causing dryness and breakage.

33. Employ protective styling. Low manipulation styles limit the pulling, reducing the amount of hair loss, and decreasing the chances for breakage. For this reason many naturals use protective styling year round. Caution make sure your hair is clean and well moisturized, and don’t leave the style in too long.

 

34.  Keep your hair and scalp clean and free of build up. Now in my research I’ve seen all kinds of advice, limit washes, increase washes, use shampoo, don’t use shampoo, everyone has a different opinion! The bottom line is your hair and scalp need to be clean and free of debris and toxins the can cause dryness and breakage.

101 Natural Hair tips: Winter Hair Tips

35. Use the LOC or LCO method daily. This will go along way to saving that coveted moisture and decreasing the chance for hair loss.

36. Replace your oils with heavier butters. Now adding butters that seal is the key. And if you add butter you definitely need to use shampoo. Co washing most likely will not cleanse your hair well enough.

101 Natural Hair Tips: Winter Hair Tips

37. Try a Black Tea or Coffee rinse to reduce shedding. I use the method about once a month, it also helps to add shine to the hair.

38. Wear a satin lined hat, or what I do is put a silk or satin scarf under my hat. This limits the friction and pulling from the knit or wool, and protects the hair from loosing moisture to the material of the hat.

39. Deep condition. I might add this to every post. Deep conditioning is an important aspect of every healthy hair regimen.

101 natural hair tips : winter hair care

40. Eat a balanced diet and get exercise.  This is not easy in the winter. Hell it’s never easy but less so in the colder months. Cold weather and comfort food go hand in hand, and it’s just easier to go out and exercise when it’s warm. Make sure to get your water in. In the warmer months we tend to drink more water to cool off. So make sure you get your water in, and eat green veggies to feed are hair the nutrients it needs. Exercise increases your circulation and helps remove toxins in the body which feeds the hair.

if you’ve missed the first 3 post here are the links👇

We have Natural Hair Basics ( here) Natural Hair Care Basics ( here ) and Wash Day tips ( here).

Stay tuned we will be expanding more on some of these topics for future posts. What are some things you add are take away from your normal regimen in the colder months?

For more winter hair care tips check out “Don’t Fall Off”

101 Natural Hair Tips: Wash Day Hair Tips 21-30

First things first…confession time. As much as I love my hair, I am not a lover of the wash day tango! I’ve heard the argument.

101 Natural Hair Tips: Wash Day

” If you don’t love your washday, maybe you need to change your regemin”.

 

I think there may be some truth to that statement, but in my case I can’t agree. I’ve never liked washday, even when I was a kid. My hair has always been very thick and adding water is my kryptonite!  Unfortunately for me there is no way around it, to have hhealthy hair, you have to keep it cleansed. Since returning to natural I’ve found a few tips and tricks that help cut down on time and stress to my tresses. BT dubs, this is also post 3 in series of 10 billion on 101 Natural Hair Tips. For now check out our washday tips and I’ll link the other post ( Natural Hair Basics 1 and 2) at then end of the post.

 

21. Detangle Hair before washing.

I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but it’s the number one tip to reduce hair loss and cut down on wash time. Section the hair into as many sections as needed ( usually 4-6). Depending on how tangled my hair is I sometimes start with as many as eight and combine a few of them in larger chunky twists as I go along. Try added some conditioner and water to aide in the process. Use a clip to pin up the completed section.

 

Freshly washed 🙌🏽 proud of myself for getting wash day out the way this early 🙃

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22.Detangle using a wide tooth comb, detangling brush, or your fingers.

My fingers are my magic tool of choice. When using your fingers, you get to feel the hair as you are detagling. However I also love detangling combs and brushes. The wider the tooth the better. Make sure your comb or bush doesn’t have any missing or broken teeth. They could snag or pull on your hair and cause damage to your strands. I usually end up with 4 sections.

23. Start detangling from ends and work towards the root.

There is one very simple rule in place here. Don’t comb from the root to tip. By starting at the ends and working your way up the shaft it minimizes hair loss. The most effective technique that I have found is to add the conditioner, and finger detangle under running water.

24. Wash your hair in the sections

This simple step will avoid retangling your tresses. Apply the shampoo at the root and work towards the ends. Make sure to cleanse the scalp, by gently massaging the scalp with your finger tips. Then work the later down the twist to the ends. Avoid using a circular motion this can encourage tangles and clumping of the hair.

 

25. Use sulfate free shampoo, cowashs, or ACV rinses to cleanse your hair.

Now I’m not hear to agrue for or against either method. I’ve used all three and they all work. However, if you find that your normal products aren’t working you may need to do a clarifying shampoo. I do one every 2 or 3 months.

26. After shampooing spray hair with olive oil.

After shampooing but before conditioning, run some Olive oil through your hair. I find this helps with manageability and softness,especially between deep conditioning. Rinse all the shampoo out. Run some Olive oil through your hair. Work down the shaft, the rinse.

27. Apply conditioner with praying hands method.

I know it sound weird but just give it a try. It will decrease the opportunity for tangles, as well as coax the cuticle to lay flat. The cleaning process raises the cuticle, and now we need to make sure it starts the process of closing to lock in the moisture.

101 Natural Hair Tips: wash day

28. Deep condition with heat.

Adding heat helps to penetrate the hair shaft increasing the  effectivness of the product. If you don’t have a hooded dryer, use a plastic cap, or plastics bags and use your own body heat.

29. Be careful of protein overload.

Although protein is good for your hair, you don’t want to over do it. I’ve read if the label says “repair” wither its a DC or a leave in, it has protein in it. Too much protein will cause excessive drying and damage. It’s almost as bad as heat damage, which ironically protein prevents…but that’s for a future post.

30. Document The Process !

I can’t stress this enough. I can’t tell you how much impact this will have on increasing the amount of good hair days. It’s like cooking from a recipe verses cooking from memory. By keeping a simple hair journal of what products you used and how you used them, you’ll easily be able to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Now here’s to an easier washday! For more tips click the links below.

Natural hair basics 1-10

Natural hair basics 11-20

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101 Natural Hair Tips : Natural Hair Care Basics 1-10

101 Natural Hair Tips

This post is the first in a series where I am going to outline 101 Tips for Natural Hair! I’m going to start with the basics of natural hair care. You can ask 100 naturals what’s most important aspect of natural hair care and you’ll get 100 different answers. There really is no one size fits all approach, however there are some basic tips and rules that will make the process a little easier.

1. Know your hair porosity- for more on hair porosity click 👉🏽http://mrsphatandnaptural.com/hair-porosity-101/

 

2. Drink lots of water

3. Eat a vitamin rich diet /take HSN vitamins

Hair Porosity

4. Seal your ends and edges

5. Get a trim 2-4 times a year

6. Limit heat exposure

Best foods for natural hair

7. Dry your hair with. Tshirt

8. Use a wide tooth comb or finger detangle

101 Natural Hair Tips

9. Sleep on satin/silk such s scarf, bonnet or pillowcase

10. Use the L.O.C./L.C.O, baggy or greenhouse method to lock in moisture

Did I miss anything? Some of these were real game changers for my natural hair journey. I’d love to hear what are some of your basic hair tips,  maybe it will be in the next ten! Stay tuned!

Please feel free to comment and remember sharing is caring!

 

101 Natural Hair Tips

5 Ways To Speak Life Into Your New Year

5 ways to speak life into your new year

As we left 2016, I couldn’t help but notice all of the references, posts, and comments on how bad the year was for a lot of people. I even saw some uber talented individuals made an actual horror movie trailer of all the headlines. It was hilarious! However this only further proves my point that so many people are feeling dispaire. To use the words of our current FLOTUS ” We are feeling what not having hope feels like” . But please let me encourage you don’t get “Trumped Up”. There is always hope. As long as we are here among the living, it is our duty to make everyday the best day, and be grateful for the opportunity to do so.

I’m not saying we won’t have bad days. I’m just saying don’t stay in the dark places too long! As for me, I am claiming 2017 the year I live with purpose. I believe in my magic! Are you with me?

Here are five ways you can speak life into your new year!

1. Use Your Words Wisely 

 

You become what you say about yourself. So keep it positive. This is something we’ve all heard all our lives. You know, if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say it at all. Even in scripture ” For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”. So fill your heart with good words. Sometimes I print my favorite quotes and hang them in places where I can see them when I need encouragement. I have them in my car, around my house, and oh boy do I have them around my office at work. Lol that’s a whole other story 😁. I also keep my vision board posted by my mirror and  it is my screen saver on my phone. It reminds me to keep the good vibes.

2. Hold Your Thoughts Captive

Be intentional with your thoughts. I’ll be the first one to say, this is hard! But it’s so necessary. You can’t let the negative talk begin. When you feel the negatity taking over, redirect your thoughts. If you like music, this is a perfect time to create a playlist. Play those songs when you know you need a pick me up. If you have a favorite motivational speaker or podcast hit play and get it into your head. Again the quotes, and words of affirmation come in handy here as well. I once had a difficult coworker that I had to deal with everyday. Someone gave me a workplace prayer, which I hung on the wall right behind my monitor, so I read it all day everyday. It helped me to be mindful of my reactions to her aggressive behavior.  Without my reaction she had no fuel. Eventually she stopped her behavior with me and moved on to another coworker which got her fired.

3. Surround Yourself With Good People 

Even if the people around you don’t understand what you are trying to do, as long as the don’t try to project their  fears on you, they are good people. Sometimes people are so use to being negative, and gossiping, and talking bad about people that they don’t see anything wrong with it. Stay away from this! My dad use to say, if you bring a bone you’ll carry a bone. In other words the same person who’s talking negatively with you will do the same about you.

4. Believe You Are Great

Like Beyoncé said,” I’m feeling myself ” sometimes you just have to feel you own self! BT dubs have you seen Insecure AF on HBO,? I love the way Issa raps to herself in the mirror! Lol I’m not saying you have to break out your rhyme book, but you can stand in the mirror and tell yourself how beautiful, smart, and wonderful you are. I saw an old clip of Jay Z on Hot 97,  saying how his uncle told him he’d never sell a million records, and he didn’t believe him. He knew he’d sell a million records and that’s all that mattered.

5. Do Your Best

This one doesn’t take much explaining.Go the extra mile! Work at your best, and you’ll yeild the best results.

Just be dope!

On that note **drops mic**

5 ways to speak life into your new year

 

3 Tips For A Stress Free Holiday Look

Plus Sized Casual Christmas Look

Christmas time can be a  chaotic, busy time of year. With all the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, gift giving, and holiday parties, by the time the  holiday comes you can feel a bit burnt out. I know I’ve definately had those times. So thinking of what to wear, or buying yourself something may not be an option. So, leave the stress on the street and just keep it easy with your Christmas day look.

Here are 3 tips for a stress free casual Christmas look:

Tip #1 Keep It Casual

Get you a nice bright sweater ( I like thigh length)  and some shinny comfortable leggings and rock on!

Plus Sized Casual Christmas Look

Plus Sized Casual Christmas Look

Tip #2 Turn Up The Accessories

Because the look is so casual, you can add some spark with, belts, hats, capes, what ever you have that makes you feel a little turnt with out the trouble.

Plus Sized Casual Christmas Look

Plus Sized Casual Christmas Look

Tip #3 Be Comfortable

I can’t say this often enough, for me looking cute also means being confident. You can be cute, confident and comfortable!

Plus Sized Casual Christmas Look

So whether casual means sweater & leggings, jeans & tee shirt, or sweats & sneakers, make it look like you! Remember leave the stress on the street and keep it casual!

 

 

5 Quick Holiday Hair Styles for Natural Hair

Holiday Hair Styles For Natural Hair

 

5 Quick Holiday Hair Styles for Natural Hair

 

What if you only  had 25 minutes to get ready for your holiday party, and your hair wasn’t done? Under normal circumstances you would probably panic, but you don’t have to worry about that anymore.  As always I’ve got you covered! Here are 3 styles that will take no more than 10 minutes and 2 more that take about 20 minutes. I even threw in an expert level bonus style!

1- Three Braid Mohawk 10 minute style by Beauty Cutright

2- Two braid 10 minute style By The Chic Natural

3- Side Twist & Curl 10 minutes or less By KaydeeTV

4-Bantu Faux Hawk if you already have a twists out, braid out or wash n go, it will 20 minutes By Quiesha Jay

5- High Hump Faux Hawk by

Bonus – Expert level 3 braid style

12 Great Office Christmas Party Looks From Instagram

Tis the season for free food and sparkly dresses ! In other words the office Christmas party! Having trouble figuring out what to wear? No worries I’ve been eyeing my Instagram feed and here are 12 fabulous looks to inspire you. BTW if you aren’t following us on the gram why not?!

Go for the gold!

Cold Shoulder!

Phone full of selfies = a great weekend!! I'm well rested ready to push through the next 5 days!

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Add a little sparkle!

Get laced!

Wear the pants!

Steal your boyfriends tee!

'Tis the season to steal your boyfriend's t-shirts! 💕🎄🌟#boyfriendsclothes

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Be the lady in red!

I'm *CRAZY IN LOVE* with this dress and the lace detail y'all!!! 😱😱😱 This dress features a STUNNING sweetheart neckline with lace over top and a SEXY open back cut out. This dress is a MUST HAVE!!! ❤️❤️❤️ The Red Lace Peplum Dress is only $60 Canadian (about $46 American) and is available RIGHT NOW, in my store *AND* on my website!!! 💸💸💸 3126 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Canada www.yourbigsisterscloset.com The link to my website is in my profile! 😉 You can also see what this dress looks like from all angles in all the sizes on different size models on my website!!! 😘😘😘 Kaity (on the left and is about 5"3) is wearing the 1XL, Tess (in the middle, and is about 5"8) is wearing the 2XL, and Jewelz (on the right, and is about 5"6) is wearing the 3XL! 👑👑👑 This dress JUST came in, along with a BUNCH of NEW arrivals!!! 🙌🙌🙌 Happy shopping ladies!!! 🛍🛍🛍

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Wine to dine! Lol

Put your cape on!

Get your shine on!

Red hot for the holidays!

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Use your tulle!

 

All in all have fun! Don’t drink too much! And if you must dance on the table wear fabulous shoes!

Faux Fur In These Street : Plus Sized Leopard Faux Fur

Faux Fur In These Street

Faux Fur In These Street

Baby baby, it’s getting cold outside! I’m keeping warm in this Jessica London Faux Fur. It’s comfy and warm, and for me it’s the perfect length to cover everything and keep me nice and toasty under here. I wanted to channel my inner Parisian Phatty so I went with my black Fashion to Figure jeans ( my favorite this season) and a ruffle top from my closet. The fur puff purse is from Rainbow Shops, and my Nude pumps are Nine West, they have wide width which makes them a winner for me! To top it off I tied a red silk scarf in a bow on top 🙂 My Natural Hair doesn’t like the cold at all so, I try to keep her covered if I’m outside for any length of time.

Now since leopard is one of my favorite neutrals I’ve had this coat for a while. However I got you! Below I have link a few sites where I’ve found similar coats and of course they are all very reasonably priced between $100- $ 150.00.

Faux Fur In These Street

Faux Fur In These Street

Faux Fur In These Street

Faux Fur In These Street

Faux Fur In These Street

Faux Fur In These Street

Here are those links for you:

Evans 👈 Kohl’s 👈 Asos👈 Ashro👈

Stay warm loves! 💋

Hey Girl! Believe In Your Magic

Black girls are lit

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, we have to be careful to make time to keep ourselves spiritual strong.  Sometimes we women loose ourselves trying to meet all the needs of those around us. We serve our husbands, children, bosses, and communities and we forget or are just too tired to serve ourselves. I know for me, doing things for myself makes me feel a little guilty at times. But when the guilt starts to seep in, I just remember who I am.  I remember that I can do anything and everything I decide to do. My grandmother use to say ” you just have to set your mind to it”

You do know you are what dreams are made of right? You are magic! You have that thing that only you have that makes you special! That’s your magic! You can’t let fear, doubt, guilt, are anything else take your magic.

I love words of affirmation, so when I found this poem It reminded  me of the beauty I posses. Everyone should feel this way about themselves.

Black girls are lit

My Pledge of Allegiance to Me
Written by Letitia L. Hodge
There’s more to me than the human eye can see.
I’m a woman of purpose and destiny.
A perfect design, I’m special and unique.
I won’t be identified by the parts that make
up my physique.

Black girls are lit
My beauty is not defined by my skin or my hair
and my soul has more value than
the clothes that I wear.
I’m not a symbol of pleasure or sex appeal;
I have the natural ability to comfort
and the power to heal.
When God made me, He created a gem
because He fashioned me in the likeness of Him.
I refuse to do anything that will put God to shame.
I deserve to be treated with reverence
and called by my name.

Black girls are lit
I can’t be purchased or sold at any price
because I’ve already been bought and paid
for by the precious blood of Christ!
I praise You because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made.
(Psalm 139:14)

Black girls are lit

Ya feel me? Better yet do you feel yourself? Stay in your magic and Be blessed💋