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!

A photo posted by E. Louise (@shapelylouise) on

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!!! 🛍🛍🛍

A photo posted by Your Big Sister's Closet (@bigsiscloset) on

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💋

Stylish Inspiration: Inspired By Designer Tasha Von Of Vonray’s Scream Queens look

I guess the grandmother of this look is Ms Chanel, from Fox’s Scream Queens! I saw a #waybackwednesday post of Project Runway’s Tasha Henderson on her brand page Vonray Design. She captioned it ” When Von of Vonray made an outfit inspired by Scream Queens Chanel.

Stylish Inspiration: Inspired By Designer Tasha Von Of Vonray's Scream Queens look

I don’t watch Scream Queens on a regular. I’ve caught it a few times. However I am a fan of Project Runway. That’s how I was introduced to Tasha and her Vonray Designs. Even though Tasha is no longer on Project Runway I’m still a fan of hers. Of course I’m a supporter because she is plus sized and has natural hair! She represents the girl that’s never seen on TV, so I was super excited to see her on the show. As usual, I follow her on all her social media platforms. That’s how I saw this post from her look she did last year.

Instantly, when I saw this look I thought about my Simply Be fuzzy sweater, and this tube skirt from Rainbow shop. I paired it with a white button down, my black wedge booties from Ashlely Stewart, and a clutch I got from a family Secret Santa a few Christmases ago. The shades and earrings are both from Burlinton on one of my “shop for lunch” trips to the store by my job (what a temptation). Shopping is my coping strategy. So those “shop for lunch” trips are a great way to release the pressure of a busy morning.

Tasha’s hair is pulled up into a high bun. Which looks very cute, but I’m rocking my Mofaux. My Mofaux is my protective style of choice. Sides braided and two strand twits on top. I just rolled  and pinned the twists up high to add some height. I went with my favorite Red lippie from Chanel.

All of these items were already in my closet. That’s the true basis of this style, it’s a trendy look made of modern classics. The looped texture of the sweater makes it look more stylish than a regular sweater, it is just a sweater, but just a really cute one! Has a TV show ever inspired a look of yours? If so drop a comment and let’s  talk about it! Hope to hear from you soon! Until next time be blessed!

Stylish Inspiration: Inspired By Designer Tasha Von Of Vonray's Scream Queens look

Stylish Inspiration: Inspired By Designer Tasha Von Of Vonray's Scream Queens look

Stylish Inspiration: Inspired By Designer Tasha Von Of Vonray's Scream Queens look

Stylish Inspiration: Inspired By Designer Tasha Von Of Vonray's Scream Queens look

Stylish Inspiration: Inspired By Designer Tasha Von Of Vonray's Scream Queens look

 

 

Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself: I’m Not A Blogger, I’m A Resource

What’s good my good people? It’s been a minute since I’ve posted. It’s been 7 weeks, and in blog life that like 2 years lol. Allow my to reintroduce myself.

My name is Uhura. I am the founder of Mrsphatandnaptural, and I’m not a blogger. I’m a resource.

Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself
Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself

My hiatus started with me trying to find my way through mourning the loss of a good friend. I told myself I needed to take some time to deal with what I was feeling. The days rolled into weeks and here we are! During these weeks I had to reevaluate my direction and revisit my motivation for starting this platform.

Here’s my why: Originally the idea started out of my frustration in trying to find a dress for a friend’s wedding.I felt as if there were limited options for me. Most of the dresses weren’t flattering, and even fewer were fashionably up to date. Everything I found made me feel older, bigger, or out of fashion. I was so discouraged by the process that I ended up not going to the wedding. When I began my transition to natural hair, I struggled with finding the right products, routine, and regime to get my hair healthy and fit for public viewing. I knew I had to do something for other women struggling with these issues.

I'm Not A Blogger

I'm Not A Blogger image

I'm A Resource
I’m A Resource

 

It is God’s will I have a blog. My objective is first and foremost to honor my purpose and spread the word of God’s Love. Second is combination showcase and information platform for my Sisters. This has been such a blessing to me, I have virtually and physically meet so many people whom have enriched my life. My prayer is that I have done the same for someone else. I hope you love the ride as much as I do. Thank you for being with me.

Be Blessed