Recently I had the pleasure to interview Jade Mapp, a model who will be participating in the What Naural’s Love Hair Show that will be taking place August 17 in Brooklyn, NY. We discussed natural hair, locs and some of the high’s and lows that can come with both. To be honest, we could have talked for hours! Jade was engaging, thoughtful and quite encouraging. I hope you enjoy it! Read More “Natural Hair & Locs: An Interview With Model Jade Mapp”
Are you an aspiring model in need of professional photos or a hairstylist who needs photos of her outstanding hairdos? Then I got great news for you!
I am doing a photo shoot on Saturday October 19 at L’Atelier Raif in Brooklyn. All you need to be is photo shoot ready.
This means, you need to have your make up done and have your hair styled. Then you have a choice. You can wear your own clothes or you can also be immortalized in a shoot with designers clothes from L’atelier Raif.
This a pre-holiday deal. Here is what you get: 2 looks, 25 digital images and 1 large print. You can use the images for your social media to promote yourself. On instagram, facebook, snatchap, however you like.
Investment: $99 (Usual price $199)
To see my portfolio visit https://going-natural.com/photostudio/ and send a text.
Since it is inevitable for lively coils to intertwine, we need to know how to correctly untangle our hair strands. Detangling natural hair becomes an art that one needs to master for the sake of healthy strands. The art of detangling will allow you to untie knots without damaging or breaking hair strands. It will take some practice, and a little patience, but once you know how to do it, you’ll wonder what the fuss was all about.
Time and patience
Always take the time to untangle your hair. Don’t start doing it if you are in a hurry. Your kinks will only suffer from impatient and hasty pulling; the knots will get tighter and there is a likely chance that you’ll do damage to your hair. All this will only upset you and won’t contribute to your happiness or beauty. That’s reason enough to take your time.
Don’t try to comb your entire head at once unless you have some freshly cut naps of one inch or less. Forget about the commercials where you see women combing through their long, thick hair with one stroke; it just doesn’t work like that. Not for anyone. Always work in sections. If your hair is between two and four inches long, you can section and untangle at the same time. If your hair has passed four inches, it’s easier to create sections before you start to untangle.
Parting the hair
Here is an easy way to part your hair into sections. You need a rat-tail comb and either clips or scrunchies. If you are handy enough, you don’t need a comb. You can part with your fingers. If your hair is long enough you won’t need clips or scrunchies, you can twirl or twist each section and tuck it in its base to keep separated hair place. Remember, don’t comb or brush while sectioning, just use your fingers to separate the parts and strands from each other.
1. Put the tail of the comb in the middle of your front hairline and carefully start parting. The tail won’t go through at once. If it gets caught up in a couple of kinks, stop and separate the hair with your fingers before continuing to part. Carry on until your hair is divided in a left and a right part.
2 Gather one part and secure it with a scrunchie or separate it with clips from the other part.
3 Take the other loose part and divide it into 2 parts. Start with the rat-tail in the middle of your head and carefully pull in a straight line to the top of your ear. Again stop if the tail doesn’t go through at once and separate the hair with your hands.
4 Gather one part and secure with a scrunchie and then also secure the other part.
5 Now divide the first section into two parts the same way. Start in the middle of your head and continue to the top of the ear.
6 Now your hair is divided in four distinct sections. Part each of these sections again, into two,three or four parts until you have manageable palm-sized sections. You should be able to keep the part in one hand while brushing or untangling with the other. A head usually makes 10 to 12 sections but it depends on the length and thickness of the strands. If the hair is less dense, four to eight sections may also do.
Before you start to detangle with any tool, make sure your hair is completely moisturized with a conditioner or a detangler. You can use a spray bottle but you can also do this while you are in the shower. Once you are experienced in detangling, the hair doesn’t have to be completely wet, but your naps must always be flexible and supple to prevent breakage. I highly recommend the No More Knots. It comes in a spray bottle so not only does it help with moisturizng and untangling, it’s also easy to use. Use it together with the Silky Shea Butter and you have a perfect combination.
Keep a section of hair in one hand and let your hand rest on the scalp. This prevents hair from pulling. Start combing or brushing at the ends with your other hand and work your way to the scalp. Make gentle plucking movements and don’t try to pull through a snarl. Just stop, take the knot out by carefully separating strands with your hands and continue brushing or combing.
Untangle dry ends
If the ends of your hair feel a little dry, dip your comb or brush in the Silky Shea Hair Butter and start detangling the ends. Within no time, the brush should glide through and your ends will feel moisturized. If you have healthy ends they will curl up like in the picture below.
Now take a look at how it’s professionally done by Adenike from the Wooven Wool. Model is Lurie Daniel Favors from Afro State of Mind, Memories from a Nappy Headed Black Girl.
I started transitioning for the 2nd time in 2002 (the first time I failed). I went natural because I wanted to have versatility to be able to wear my hair curly or straight. I noticed when I didn’t get a relaxer for awhile, I started loving my new growth and thought it might be cool to see what my hair looks like grown out. I did my Big Chop in 2003. It’s like the best of both worlds.
My hair drew all kinds of attention, positive and negative. But for the first time I felt free, full of confidence, and was no longer susceptible to what society’s classification of beauty was. I finally had an identity.
When, why how did you go natural?
I started my natural in June 2011. The change had a lot to do with discovering who I really was on the inside. Uncovering the woman that I had subsided for so long. I grew out my roots from June – September, wore braids, went to get regular trims. Then one day I was schedued for a trim but I told my stylist, JUST CHOP IT ALL OFF! I NEVER looked back.
I started going natural many years ago, but returned to the perm, then finally officially became natural in 2008. I let the the perm grow out, did the big chop when i had atleast 2inches of natural hair (new growth).
“The best part about going natural is the excitement and anticipation of your new profound growth, styles that could be done, and the fact that it’s YOUR natural hair.”
When, why how did you go natural?
Well, after truly learning about the oppression that black women face and the pressure and hegemony to make us think that our natural hair isn’t beautiful and that we need to assimilate into something that we are not, made me want to break free from that “idea of beauty” and rock what God gave me.
I went natural for the 2nd time December 2010, I big chopped because it was a change of life for me.
What was the hardest part of your journey?
I must say I have no complaints I’m enjoying my hair
Tiara is a Receptionist who lives in Brooklyn. We met at an African Braiding salon where she got a beautiful hairstyle done. When she told me the reasons she went natural, I asked her to send in her story.
Tamara, Makeup Artist and Hair Blogger has been natural her entire life.
Describe your worse hairdo and your best hairdo and please include a picture if you can.
I flat ironed my hair for almost a decade. I had so much heat damage and breakage.
I went natural in August 2011. Well after finally watching good hair the movie sparked some interest. After that point I started just thinking “who am I trying to look like”, so now I’m loving Zenobia “Z”
My main purpose for going natural was originally to regain the healthy hair that I once had before I got a relaxer.
The hardest part, for me, about going natural was acceptance from loved ones-especially my hubby. I did my first BC in 2009, and truth be told, the look of shock and disappointment on my DH face and his comments really hurt me. Even though I liked it and received compliments from others, I felt unattractive after that and resorted to wearing twists/braids to encourage growth.
When I was transitioning, there were not a gang of products for “transitioners” like there are today, nor were there a lot of videos on transitioning 5 years ago (they were well on their way though). So the mark of demarcation, where the natural hair meets the relaxed hair was a nightmare! I decided to do the big chop, which left my hairstyles looking a bit awkward for a while, since I was in the learning stage.