Nearly Hair
“Nothing, is what it appears to be, when it's only with your eyes you see.”
― N'Zuri Za Austin


Who says you can’t teach an old track new tricks?

About a year ago I purchased hair from my store that I wore as a weave a couple times. I will be the first to say that I did not take care of the hair like I should have because I am just a lazy person. Suffice to say, my hoarding ways did not let me part from the tracks nor the frontal. So what does anyone do when they need a new hairstyle fast with no money? They make a wig. Yes issa wig!

Several people have asked me in the past to show how I make my wigs, so what better way to show the world than to make a video?

Think's you’ll need:

Any patterned bundles of tracked hair. 3 Bundles of Malaysian hair found here
Lace frontal
Curved Needle
Thread
Band
Wig cap
White eyeliner/chalk



Do you have any bundles of hair laying around that you're ready to transform to a wig?

How to make a Lace Frontal from start to finish: Nearly Perfect Hair

Saturday, September 23, 2017



Who says you can’t teach an old track new tricks?

About a year ago I purchased hair from my store that I wore as a weave a couple times. I will be the first to say that I did not take care of the hair like I should have because I am just a lazy person. Suffice to say, my hoarding ways did not let me part from the tracks nor the frontal. So what does anyone do when they need a new hairstyle fast with no money? They make a wig. Yes issa wig!

Several people have asked me in the past to show how I make my wigs, so what better way to show the world than to make a video?

Think's you’ll need:

Any patterned bundles of tracked hair. 3 Bundles of Malaysian hair found here
Lace frontal
Curved Needle
Thread
Band
Wig cap
White eyeliner/chalk



Do you have any bundles of hair laying around that you're ready to transform to a wig?


Imagine being in a line up with your fellow curly-girl friends who are auditioning for a Tresemme commercial. They mysterious voice tells you turn left, and then right, in order to have an accurate profile of your hair. That same voice then requests that you step forward and list all the things you do to your hair, in order to weed out the best answers for the commercial. He asks you, “Do you put conditioner on before your oil or after?” What do you say? Do you give the same response your loc’ed friend gives? How do you know what’s the right answer?

That’s just it! There isn’t a “right answer” when it comes to hair, however there are some DO’s and Don’t’s that you may want to follow in order to optimize the health of your hair.

Do…

Make sure you deep condition at least twice a month. Each day out hair loses vast amounts o moisture because of the reaction it has with the air. Deep conditioning at least once a week, or once every other week at minimum helps to restore our hair’ elasticity and strength.

Don’t…

Overly saturate your hair in conditioner everyday. Depending on the make up of your hair, over saturation can break the protein bonds that your hair holds and can lead to broken hair structures. Protein in our hair produces keratin which aids in hair growth and strength. Overdoing it in the conditioning department is a no go!

Do…

Be sure to clarify your hair at least once a week. I may get some backlash for this, but before you send in the troops, let’s take in the facts. If your hair isn’t in a protective style, chances are you are applying products like moisturizers or gels to style your hair. Overtime those products promote product buildup. For my avid co-washers, this may not seem like a problem, but trust me, down the road your hair will lose its shine and will become limp. Clarifying your hair gives your hair a fresh stat. That doesn’t mean you have to use harsh chemicals, but try switching over to a clarifying conditioner, or a sulfate-free shampoo to ensure you are rinsing away those products from your strands.


Don’t…

Overly use products that contain sulfates. Though it may be hard to find products that don’t have sulfates when you want a good shampoo, it is possible! Look for products that contain sodium cocoyl isethionate or cocamidopropyl betaine, which are less harsh on your strands.

Do...

Know your hair’s porosity. Knowing your hair’s porosity is one of the major players in the world of hair. There are sites like http://www.porosity411.com/, where you can learn more about porosity and take tests to figure out where you fall. Being aware of your hair’s porosity allows you to create a regimen that works for you. Certain products that we use doesn’t always react the same in low porosity hair as it would in high porosity hair. Having this knowledge may even permit you to reduce some of your regimen steps!

Don’t...

Assume your hair regimen will be the same as a fellow person’s. Yea, you and ‘becky with the good hair’ may have the same porosity levels, but that doesn’t guarantee that her regimen will mirror yours. You may have a different reaction to her Deva Curl Low Poo because you may have a protein sensitivity or even a sensitivity to other ingredients.


So now that you’ve just gained some knowledge, picture yourself back in that line up and it’s your turn to speak. You’re not nervous anymore because you know that your healthy hair regimen is perfect just for you!

Do's and Dont's for Healthy Natural Hair: Nearly Perfect Strands

Wednesday, September 20, 2017



Imagine being in a line up with your fellow curly-girl friends who are auditioning for a Tresemme commercial. They mysterious voice tells you turn left, and then right, in order to have an accurate profile of your hair. That same voice then requests that you step forward and list all the things you do to your hair, in order to weed out the best answers for the commercial. He asks you, “Do you put conditioner on before your oil or after?” What do you say? Do you give the same response your loc’ed friend gives? How do you know what’s the right answer?

That’s just it! There isn’t a “right answer” when it comes to hair, however there are some DO’s and Don’t’s that you may want to follow in order to optimize the health of your hair.

Do…

Make sure you deep condition at least twice a month. Each day out hair loses vast amounts o moisture because of the reaction it has with the air. Deep conditioning at least once a week, or once every other week at minimum helps to restore our hair’ elasticity and strength.

Don’t…

Overly saturate your hair in conditioner everyday. Depending on the make up of your hair, over saturation can break the protein bonds that your hair holds and can lead to broken hair structures. Protein in our hair produces keratin which aids in hair growth and strength. Overdoing it in the conditioning department is a no go!

Do…

Be sure to clarify your hair at least once a week. I may get some backlash for this, but before you send in the troops, let’s take in the facts. If your hair isn’t in a protective style, chances are you are applying products like moisturizers or gels to style your hair. Overtime those products promote product buildup. For my avid co-washers, this may not seem like a problem, but trust me, down the road your hair will lose its shine and will become limp. Clarifying your hair gives your hair a fresh stat. That doesn’t mean you have to use harsh chemicals, but try switching over to a clarifying conditioner, or a sulfate-free shampoo to ensure you are rinsing away those products from your strands.


Don’t…

Overly use products that contain sulfates. Though it may be hard to find products that don’t have sulfates when you want a good shampoo, it is possible! Look for products that contain sodium cocoyl isethionate or cocamidopropyl betaine, which are less harsh on your strands.

Do...

Know your hair’s porosity. Knowing your hair’s porosity is one of the major players in the world of hair. There are sites like http://www.porosity411.com/, where you can learn more about porosity and take tests to figure out where you fall. Being aware of your hair’s porosity allows you to create a regimen that works for you. Certain products that we use doesn’t always react the same in low porosity hair as it would in high porosity hair. Having this knowledge may even permit you to reduce some of your regimen steps!

Don’t...

Assume your hair regimen will be the same as a fellow person’s. Yea, you and ‘becky with the good hair’ may have the same porosity levels, but that doesn’t guarantee that her regimen will mirror yours. You may have a different reaction to her Deva Curl Low Poo because you may have a protein sensitivity or even a sensitivity to other ingredients.


So now that you’ve just gained some knowledge, picture yourself back in that line up and it’s your turn to speak. You’re not nervous anymore because you know that your healthy hair regimen is perfect just for you!

If my review last week on Ms. Ficklin's book on Her 20 Somethings wasn't enough, please check out my mini skit below!


Her 20 Somethings Short Skit

Thursday, September 14, 2017


If my review last week on Ms. Ficklin's book on Her 20 Somethings wasn't enough, please check out my mini skit below!



I’m usually not on anyone’s bandwagon because my coins are too precious to me, but hunny….this bandwagon was one worth trying to hop. If you haven’t seen the news already via Facebook, Instagram or Youtube… then I’ll tell you now. Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty dropped a makeup line on Friday not just on her website but in the Sephora stores.

I will say that dropping the line in Sephora was the smartest move Miss Ri Ri could have possibly done because her sales will surely surpass the 10 million dollar deal she made to Launch the Brand. Though this is great news for Sephora to increase traffic, it’s AWFUL news for my pockets.

Here’s the timeline:
6:40pm – On the phone with my friend talking about my plans for the night

6:45pm- I open the email from Sephora stating that the Fenty Line live at Sephora

6:47pm- I tell my friend the infamous line “I’ll call you back.”

7:10pm- In my car

7:30pm- In the Sephora Stores and the Fenty Display


While I was in Sephora, I couldn’t help but gasp at the Fenty Display for its attractive feel. Surprisingly, the store wasn’t packed and I was able to receive assistance fairly quickly.

My initial plan was to stop in the store and get a sample of some of the products in her line but of course the plan did not work out that way. While I was mesmerized at the display I realized that my girl Robyn has 40 shades of foundation for all undertones. Yes, 40 shades! I am shooketh.

Not only that, but Rihanna also took it upon herself to drop a FULL BLOWN line of highlighters, blotting papers, concealers/match stix and the list goes on.

This being the absolute first personal beauty line she has ever done, it really amazes me with it’s thoughtfully planned product lineups.

As I stated previously my intentions were to save all my pennies in the store but I walked out with the foundation in full size. I was tempting to purchase the highly acclaimed highlighters but I did have self-control in that area.

Nonetheless, I am super pleased with the foundation! As you all know I am a ridiculously oily girl. And though the foundation doesn’t claim to be mattifying all day, it did have great lasting power and kept me matte longer than some of the other foundations I have tried. The ultimate best part is that it’s only $34.

Before you give the side eye, let me recap on some of the foundations and makeup lines that have recently released.

Kim Kardashian West Palettes priced at $52

DiorSkin Forever Foundation Priced at $50


And now Rihanna gives....

Fenty Beauty Foundation priced at $34

Don’t you dare complain!

To see how the pro long wear filter Fenty Beauty foundation in the color 400 held up watch my video below!


What will you be getting from the Fenty Beauty Line?

Rihanna Fenty Foundation for Oily Skin!: Nearly Perfect Skin

Monday, September 11, 2017


I’m usually not on anyone’s bandwagon because my coins are too precious to me, but hunny….this bandwagon was one worth trying to hop. If you haven’t seen the news already via Facebook, Instagram or Youtube… then I’ll tell you now. Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty dropped a makeup line on Friday not just on her website but in the Sephora stores.

I will say that dropping the line in Sephora was the smartest move Miss Ri Ri could have possibly done because her sales will surely surpass the 10 million dollar deal she made to Launch the Brand. Though this is great news for Sephora to increase traffic, it’s AWFUL news for my pockets.

Here’s the timeline:
6:40pm – On the phone with my friend talking about my plans for the night

6:45pm- I open the email from Sephora stating that the Fenty Line live at Sephora

6:47pm- I tell my friend the infamous line “I’ll call you back.”

7:10pm- In my car

7:30pm- In the Sephora Stores and the Fenty Display


While I was in Sephora, I couldn’t help but gasp at the Fenty Display for its attractive feel. Surprisingly, the store wasn’t packed and I was able to receive assistance fairly quickly.

My initial plan was to stop in the store and get a sample of some of the products in her line but of course the plan did not work out that way. While I was mesmerized at the display I realized that my girl Robyn has 40 shades of foundation for all undertones. Yes, 40 shades! I am shooketh.

Not only that, but Rihanna also took it upon herself to drop a FULL BLOWN line of highlighters, blotting papers, concealers/match stix and the list goes on.

This being the absolute first personal beauty line she has ever done, it really amazes me with it’s thoughtfully planned product lineups.

As I stated previously my intentions were to save all my pennies in the store but I walked out with the foundation in full size. I was tempting to purchase the highly acclaimed highlighters but I did have self-control in that area.

Nonetheless, I am super pleased with the foundation! As you all know I am a ridiculously oily girl. And though the foundation doesn’t claim to be mattifying all day, it did have great lasting power and kept me matte longer than some of the other foundations I have tried. The ultimate best part is that it’s only $34.

Before you give the side eye, let me recap on some of the foundations and makeup lines that have recently released.

Kim Kardashian West Palettes priced at $52

DiorSkin Forever Foundation Priced at $50


And now Rihanna gives....

Fenty Beauty Foundation priced at $34

Don’t you dare complain!

To see how the pro long wear filter Fenty Beauty foundation in the color 400 held up watch my video below!


What will you be getting from the Fenty Beauty Line?

Truth be told, when that clock struck 12am on June 1st 2012 I thought I was entering into the wonder years. I really believed that life couldn’t get ANY better being 21 and that it would be the best decade of my life. Little did I know that I was entering into some strange type of twilight zone, where bills had to get paid on time and responsibilities were really a ‘thing’.

Your 20’s are supposed to be your prime. It’s the decade where most people find love and heck, even make it! It’s supposed to be filled with laughter and prosperity, but how is it that most of us young women, or even young men, end up in the total opposite spectrum? Because adulting is beyond hard! No course in high school or undergraduate schooling could possibly prepare you for what was to come.

It’s a funny thing to actually expect that someone is going to hand us the BeyoncĂ© life on a gold platter but we all dream it.
"What do you do when you feel like you’re living a decade from hell while in your 20’s?"
Gather your resources and act fast. If there was anything I learned from my earlier 20 years is to take advantage of any and all opportunities. Most of my early 20’s were spent in the What if realm.

What if I can’t do my job right?

What if I move and can’t find a new network?


What I never considered were my absolutes like…


I absolutely have the ability to create a new network as I did it before

I absolutely can start my own career if I have proper guidance and drive


Most times we as millennials miss golden opportunities because we are fearful. I believe that we are fearful of actually succeeding because we won’t know what to do with ourselves.


Photo credit: Create HER stock

The Golden Rule for Your 20’s?

Currently, I am in my mid 20’s and I am still struggling, but thanks to Zakiyrah Ficklin’s Her 20 Somethings guide, I have managed to
1. Gather great resources 
2. Act fast on the resources

As aforementioned most of our defeats are due to the shortcomings of our ability to take action. This book has become an ultimate catalyst to a fresh start in my journey to surviving my 20’s.

Out of the 20 tips Zakirah provides in her book the Golden Rule that I took away from the book was:

It’s okay to ask for help


As a millennial we really do have that “I can do it all by myself attitude” because we want to prove to the naysayers that we are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge we need to exceed. Though it may be true for some, most of us honestly don’t have everything we need. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for a loan or even solid advice to get your feet wet as you emerge into your success.


What I love most about Ficklin’s resource is its interactive pages. Usually when I read a book it’s just simply reading but this resources has thought provoking questions that allow introspection and deep rooted reflection to help me truly understand where I fit into this equation.



I would love to share even more wealth from this book but truth is, it would be such an ineffective experience and disservice to yourselves if you don’t check it out for yourself. Ficklin allowed me to take a journey alongside Monica, the main character, and learn from her mistakes and successes.

If you are a struggling millennial woman like myself or even just want invaluable advice I urge you to check out Her 20 Somethings. There is a large amount of suggestions that serves as a navigation tool that I am itching to share but just won’t make much sense without having read the book. It’s a great resource to keep by your side when you are in need of motivation and a reason to take action!

Update: Watch the Promo ad I created for 'Her 20 Somethings' book in my recent post here

What’s something you’ve struggled with while in your 20’s? Leave me a comment below.

The Most Valuable Secret to Adulting: Surviving Your 20's

Friday, September 8, 2017


Truth be told, when that clock struck 12am on June 1st 2012 I thought I was entering into the wonder years. I really believed that life couldn’t get ANY better being 21 and that it would be the best decade of my life. Little did I know that I was entering into some strange type of twilight zone, where bills had to get paid on time and responsibilities were really a ‘thing’.

Your 20’s are supposed to be your prime. It’s the decade where most people find love and heck, even make it! It’s supposed to be filled with laughter and prosperity, but how is it that most of us young women, or even young men, end up in the total opposite spectrum? Because adulting is beyond hard! No course in high school or undergraduate schooling could possibly prepare you for what was to come.

It’s a funny thing to actually expect that someone is going to hand us the BeyoncĂ© life on a gold platter but we all dream it.
"What do you do when you feel like you’re living a decade from hell while in your 20’s?"
Gather your resources and act fast. If there was anything I learned from my earlier 20 years is to take advantage of any and all opportunities. Most of my early 20’s were spent in the What if realm.

What if I can’t do my job right?

What if I move and can’t find a new network?


What I never considered were my absolutes like…


I absolutely have the ability to create a new network as I did it before

I absolutely can start my own career if I have proper guidance and drive


Most times we as millennials miss golden opportunities because we are fearful. I believe that we are fearful of actually succeeding because we won’t know what to do with ourselves.


Photo credit: Create HER stock

The Golden Rule for Your 20’s?

Currently, I am in my mid 20’s and I am still struggling, but thanks to Zakiyrah Ficklin’s Her 20 Somethings guide, I have managed to
1. Gather great resources 
2. Act fast on the resources

As aforementioned most of our defeats are due to the shortcomings of our ability to take action. This book has become an ultimate catalyst to a fresh start in my journey to surviving my 20’s.

Out of the 20 tips Zakirah provides in her book the Golden Rule that I took away from the book was:

It’s okay to ask for help


As a millennial we really do have that “I can do it all by myself attitude” because we want to prove to the naysayers that we are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge we need to exceed. Though it may be true for some, most of us honestly don’t have everything we need. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for a loan or even solid advice to get your feet wet as you emerge into your success.


What I love most about Ficklin’s resource is its interactive pages. Usually when I read a book it’s just simply reading but this resources has thought provoking questions that allow introspection and deep rooted reflection to help me truly understand where I fit into this equation.



I would love to share even more wealth from this book but truth is, it would be such an ineffective experience and disservice to yourselves if you don’t check it out for yourself. Ficklin allowed me to take a journey alongside Monica, the main character, and learn from her mistakes and successes.

If you are a struggling millennial woman like myself or even just want invaluable advice I urge you to check out Her 20 Somethings. There is a large amount of suggestions that serves as a navigation tool that I am itching to share but just won’t make much sense without having read the book. It’s a great resource to keep by your side when you are in need of motivation and a reason to take action!

Update: Watch the Promo ad I created for 'Her 20 Somethings' book in my recent post here

What’s something you’ve struggled with while in your 20’s? Leave me a comment below.

If Instagram stalking had an award, I am most certain I would place at LEAST 3rd and nothing less. This week on my daily stalk I stumbled upon Nikisha. Not only is her hair fly, but her style is beyond amazing. I'll let you learn more about this beautiful queen for yourself below!


Meet Nikisha....

My name is Nikisha Oliver known as kinkykurls_ on Instagram and YouTube. I'm a military wife and a mother of 2 daughters. I'm from a small town in South Carolina. I'm really passionate about natural hair and fashion. Actually I'm kind of obsessed I love everything about natural hair and fashion. I love how achieving a bomb twist out and getting all dressed up in a cute outfit makes a woman feel so confident.


When and why did you decide to get rid of the creamy crack if you did? 
I decided to return back to natural in 2014 reason being I was simply tired of sitting in hair salons for over 5 hours for a style that only last for 2 weeks. Before returning back to natural I wore my hair in braids and slick back pony tails so it was really no reason to relax my hair. I transitioned for 7 months and BIG CHOP February 7 2015 best decision I ever made.


It is true that we are not our hair, or anyone else's, but do you have any natural hair crushes? It's very true that we are not our hair. I can definitely say that my hair is my crown and that I'm proud to be able to rock my natural hair with confidence. Of course I have natural hair crushes they are none other than the beautiful Erika Badu and Free from 106 and park.

What are your inspirations in life and inspiration for your hair? 
My goal is to inspire my daughters and women to embrace their natural hair and personal style with confidence. My hair goals are to reach mid back Healthy hair.


When you are going through your daily regimen what products do you reach for first and why? 


My daily hair regimen is to spritz my hair with water and a light leave-in conditioner. I reach for anything that leaves my hair moisturized throughout the day.

What is your go to style in the winter and the summer?

My go to style is definitely a high puff in the summer and braids in the colder months.


What is the most important thing you have learned on your natural hair journey?

The most important thing I've learned is to keep my hair moisturized and to never get my hair bleach again "lol"

What does it feel like owning your own business/blog with many other people owning larger business companies/blogs? Is it intimidating?

It's an amazing feeling running my own blog so that I can talk about and share pictures of the things that I'm passionate about. It's many GIRL BOSSES out here with amazing blogs with huge a following. It doesn't intimidate me it motivates to go hard because I know one day I will get there.


What has been one of your biggest obstacles so far in your career and how did you face it?

My biggest obstacle since starting my blogging career has been to keep pushing myself no matter if I get 2 views on YouTube or a couple likes on Instagram.

What keeps you motivated (pertaining to balancing your life and your company/blog)?

I stay motivated by having talks with myself and listening to motivational videos on YouTube.

How would you describe your signature style and has it helped influence your designs?

I would say my style is very girlie. I would say yeah it influences my design and style of choice.


What was your support system like after you made your decision to go natural?

My support system was youtube, hubby and me telling myself everyday 'girl this natural hair looks good on you.' Lol


Where do you see your blog in the next five years?


I see my movement being a big name in the natural hair community in the near future.


Where can we find you on the net?


You can find your girl over on Instagram @kinkykurls_ and Youtube kinkykurls_

Any advice for your fellow natural hair folks?

My advice for any girl /women is that you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you believe in yourself and God.

Tales From The Kinks: Nikisha Edition

Friday, September 1, 2017

If Instagram stalking had an award, I am most certain I would place at LEAST 3rd and nothing less. This week on my daily stalk I stumbled upon Nikisha. Not only is her hair fly, but her style is beyond amazing. I'll let you learn more about this beautiful queen for yourself below!


Meet Nikisha....

My name is Nikisha Oliver known as kinkykurls_ on Instagram and YouTube. I'm a military wife and a mother of 2 daughters. I'm from a small town in South Carolina. I'm really passionate about natural hair and fashion. Actually I'm kind of obsessed I love everything about natural hair and fashion. I love how achieving a bomb twist out and getting all dressed up in a cute outfit makes a woman feel so confident.


When and why did you decide to get rid of the creamy crack if you did? 
I decided to return back to natural in 2014 reason being I was simply tired of sitting in hair salons for over 5 hours for a style that only last for 2 weeks. Before returning back to natural I wore my hair in braids and slick back pony tails so it was really no reason to relax my hair. I transitioned for 7 months and BIG CHOP February 7 2015 best decision I ever made.


It is true that we are not our hair, or anyone else's, but do you have any natural hair crushes? It's very true that we are not our hair. I can definitely say that my hair is my crown and that I'm proud to be able to rock my natural hair with confidence. Of course I have natural hair crushes they are none other than the beautiful Erika Badu and Free from 106 and park.

What are your inspirations in life and inspiration for your hair? 
My goal is to inspire my daughters and women to embrace their natural hair and personal style with confidence. My hair goals are to reach mid back Healthy hair.


When you are going through your daily regimen what products do you reach for first and why? 


My daily hair regimen is to spritz my hair with water and a light leave-in conditioner. I reach for anything that leaves my hair moisturized throughout the day.

What is your go to style in the winter and the summer?

My go to style is definitely a high puff in the summer and braids in the colder months.


What is the most important thing you have learned on your natural hair journey?

The most important thing I've learned is to keep my hair moisturized and to never get my hair bleach again "lol"

What does it feel like owning your own business/blog with many other people owning larger business companies/blogs? Is it intimidating?

It's an amazing feeling running my own blog so that I can talk about and share pictures of the things that I'm passionate about. It's many GIRL BOSSES out here with amazing blogs with huge a following. It doesn't intimidate me it motivates to go hard because I know one day I will get there.


What has been one of your biggest obstacles so far in your career and how did you face it?

My biggest obstacle since starting my blogging career has been to keep pushing myself no matter if I get 2 views on YouTube or a couple likes on Instagram.

What keeps you motivated (pertaining to balancing your life and your company/blog)?

I stay motivated by having talks with myself and listening to motivational videos on YouTube.

How would you describe your signature style and has it helped influence your designs?

I would say my style is very girlie. I would say yeah it influences my design and style of choice.


What was your support system like after you made your decision to go natural?

My support system was youtube, hubby and me telling myself everyday 'girl this natural hair looks good on you.' Lol


Where do you see your blog in the next five years?


I see my movement being a big name in the natural hair community in the near future.


Where can we find you on the net?


You can find your girl over on Instagram @kinkykurls_ and Youtube kinkykurls_

Any advice for your fellow natural hair folks?

My advice for any girl /women is that you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you believe in yourself and God.
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