Friday, June 29, 2012

Natural Hair Wigs, Weaves or Extensions: Would you try it?

We all have natural hair envy. In fact, many natural hair blogs have special features on their blog to highlight natural hair envy "I want her hair". Solange Knowles (Read: Hair Stories & Secrets: Yaya, Solange & Corinne) admits that from time to time she rocks an afro wig...and who wasn't blown away by Brandy's new hair at the Billboard awards (Read: Mad Hair Monday Model: Brandy at the Billboard Music Awards). Let's face, if you can't grow it buy it, right?

I know that the whole purpose behind 'going natural' is to embrace the natural you but let's face it. There are benefits to giving your hair a rest for awhile.

The benefits of wearing weaves, wigs or extensions: 

  • The hair is protected from UV rays and other environmental chemicals.
  • Less manipulation equals less breakage and damage. Length! Length! Length!
  • Versatility: allows you to change up your look from good girl to bad girl. 
  • Low maintenance. Less styling required equals more time to do the things you love. 
  • Since you're not washing and shampooing weekly, knotting and shedding is minimized. There is a danger of having excess build-up, lint and matting that can cause serious problems. Try to at least rinse the scalp every 2 weeks. 
Tips when wearing weaves, wigs or extensions:
  • Opt for a hair texture that is close to your curl pattern. Wearing straight hair can damage your curls due to styling with flat irons and curl irons. 
  • Expose as little hair as possible. The more hair that is protected the better. 
  • If the hair is too tight, for instance if your eyes are now squinted then the hair is too tight and may cause permanent damage. One of the main causes of hair loss in African American women are as a result of tightly sewn in weaves or braids. 
  • Try to keep the style in for as long as possible. The longer you keep the hair in the more length retention. A period of 3-4 weeks or longer is good. 
In doing some research, I found a site that has all the looks from Beyonce to Rihanna. Click Here.

Have you tried a natural hair wig, weave or extensions? What protective styles will you try this summer?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

VIDEO: Natural Hair Twists Updo & OOTD

Hello Kurlees! The above video is a short tutorial of my twists updo and outfit of the day look! Enjoy! 

Products used to achieve style: Kurlee Belle products. 

Outfit of the day
Caramel Blazer: Forever 21
Fitted pencil Black Dress: H&M
Peep toe leopard pumps: Nine West

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VIDEO: Terri's Summer Hair & Skin Care Regimen (Week 3)

Hey Kurlees! As promised, in the above video I have included some information about my skin care regimen, Week 3 of my summer hair care regimen and OOTD. 

I hope you enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: Celebrity & Fashion Blogger Sherice of SheSoMajor

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do and why you started blogging?

I am a semi-retired model, a journalist, a blogger, social media expert and a citizen of the world!  I make my voice count! I'm a full-time blogger, I've been in the 'industry' for three years now and I love it. I started blogging during a break from university. I was in New York City, and I just woke up and decided - 'I'm going to start a blog'. I didn't have a summer job at the time and thought it would be a great way to channel my creativity and have some fun!  I never thought it would've grown into the community that it has but is definitely an entertainment hotspot! 

How long have you been natural? If all of your life, what kept you from relaxing your hair?

I've been natural my entire life! I'm a very low maintenance person [well kinda lol] and the fact that I can hop in a shower and slap my hair in one is one of the biggest reasons for not relaxing my hair. It's very easy for me to maintain, it's inexpensive, and I was made for curls!  For me, being an island girl, relaxing my hair was NOT even an option. How am I going to enjoy the beautiful beaches if I'm worried about getting my hair wet?! 

Do you have a hair care regimen? If so, what is it and what products do you use?

I honestly don't have a hair care regimen. I wash with Dove shampoo and conditioner, towel dry and go! I switch products so often that it's soooo many! I feel like after using products for a certain amount of time my hair gets so accustomed to it that it doesn't 'work' anymore. As of late I've been loving the Dove shampoo & conditioner. I would use Mizani coconut soufflĂ© to moisturize, and I throw in Infusium leave-in-conditioner when my hair gets a bit tangled.  

What is your favorite low maintenance natural hair style. 

 When I'm really feeling good, I'd finger twist my hair. I wash and condition, spritz a little Infusium, then I would apply just a little Mizani coconut soufle and IC gel [to maintain frizz], part my hair into sections then twirl my hair around my fingers and that's it for the week! I don't have to touch it for about a week so it's soooo convienient.  Other times, when I'm not feeling so great, I would simply wash, towel dry and a high bun. It's my go to style! It's sophisticated, chic and makes me feel forever young!

What makes you love your hair?

My hair is an extension of my personality! It can't be tamed. It's big, it's bold and it's MAJAH! It's just who I am, which is probably why I love it so so much!  

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Twitter address: @shesomajor
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Kurlee Fashion Frenzy: Peplum Everything!

Hello Kurlees! Happy Monday! Yes, I am the annoying coworker who walks into work all cheerful on Monday morning and takes the time to say Good Morning to everyone!

Today, I decided to spice it up a little and introduce a new feature. If you are an avid reader of, then you are accustomed to seeing an interview each Monday or a Mad Hair Monday Model but today it's all about fashion!

If you follow fashion trends then you probably own or have seen the Peplum! This cute trend comes in the form of a blouse/shirt, skirt or dress. I love this trend because it disguises that little bulge of fat under the navel area so me just enough time to work off the extra pounds before bikini season (technically we are a week into bikini season..)

Beyonce and Lady Gaga are featured rocking one of my favorite colors. In your opinion, who wore it best?

I promised I wouldn't talk about Solange no mo...but we all admired how stunning she looked in this ultra chic neon yellow peplum gown!

Here are some pieces that I've considered adding to my peplum collection. Follow me on Instagram @terrinique to see which one or ones I chose.

Do you own a peplum piece?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Update: Terri's Summer Hair Care Regimen (Week 2)

Hello Kurlee's! It has been about a week since my initial Summer Hair Care Regimen post! So I wanted to update you guys on what I did differently with my regimen.

First of all, I am absolutely in love with my semi-mini twists. With this style  I know exactly what I'm surprises. I usually wear the back of my hair pinned up and the front out and drooping down. If I'm going for a more elegant look, I will let pieces hang down the sides as seen in the photo with the Duke Blue (had to give a shout out to my alma mater) Mullet Dress. If I'm going for a more classic look, I will pin up the sides as seen in the photo with the black pencil skirt and heels. The great thing about this style is it is very low maintenance. I style my hair once a week (on wash day) and to refresh the hair, I spray lightly with water and apply Kurlee Belle's Tropical Oils Blend to seal the ends.

Cocktail Reception- Elegant Look

Everyday Work Outfit- Classic Look

As mentioned in the initial post, every week I deep condition my hair to combat frizz and dryness from the summer heat. This week, instead of doing a deep treatment, I decided on a hot oil treatment using Kurlee Belle's Tropical Oils Blend. The essential oils blend was applied to dry hair after submerging the bottle in hot water (Check out a previous post that explains the difference between Deep Treatments & Oil Treatments). The oil was massaged into the scalp for about 2 to 5 minutes and applied generously to the ends. If you have dry scalp, dandruff, breakage or split ends, oil treatments really help to minimize the damage. After my hair was coated in the treatment, I applied a plastic cap. The treatment stayed on for about 3 hours of air dry time and 15 minutes of heated time. The reason behind this is that I was being lazy by lounging around the house. The usual time is 15 minutes of heat while sitting under a hooded dryer.

The oil treatment was rinsed out with cool water to seal in the nutrients followed by Kurlee Belle's Almond and Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo rinsed out with warm water. Then Kurlee Belle's Thirsty Kurls Leave-In Conditioner was applied for the detangling and sectioning process. In addition, to applying Kurlee Belle's A Kurlee Girl's Dream Kurl Defining Cream, I used raw shea butter. Since, I style my hair only once a week, shea butter helps to seal in the moisture and keep the hair soft and shiny. In addition to adding shea butter to this past week's regimen, I massaged my scalp with vitamin e oil daily. Vitamin E oil is used to increase scalp circulation and aids in hair growth. I particularly paid close attention to my sides and thinning spots, since these are the areas that received the most stress from when I wore sew-ins or braids.

Day 7 hair- Up close 

Tip: The less you manipulate your hair, the more it retains length. Protective styling is a great way to give your hair a rest and let it grow. It is also a way to eliminate having to do your hair each day. So you have more time to concentrate on being fly. 

Alot of subscribers have been asking what I use on my skin...look forward to a skin care regimen post soon..

Do you have a summer hair care regimen? 

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Deep Treatments & Oil Treatments

What's the difference between a deep conditioner and oil treatment?

Deep treatments help to smooth the cuticle, giving your hair a healthier appearance. Before using a deep treatment, you should always shampoo the hair to remove any dirt or build up. To be effective, deep treatments should be applied to the hair, particularly the ends the hair, and left on for a few minutes (15 to 20 minutes). The best deep treatments or conditioners are water based.

Each strand of hair has 3 layers: medulla, cortex, and cuticle. Deep conditioning affects the outer layer of the hair (cuticle). Think of the cuticle of your hair like you would the shingles on a roof. When shingles are in place on a roof, they overlap and lay down flat. The same is true of healthy hair. With damaged hair the cuticles stand up and away from the hair shaft giving your hair a dry frizzy look. Deep treatments help to smooth the cuticles by filling the gaps with nutrients that help the shingles to lay flat.

In addition to a deep treatment, a hot oil treatment can be done. Hot oil treatments are applied to dry hair before shampooing. Left to sit on the hair for a few minutes and rinsed out. Oil treatments are in the form of a liquid. Hot oil treatments minimize damage from styling by sealing in moisture and preventing frizz. Hot oil treatments soak into the hair.

When should I use a deep treatment or oil treatment?

If your hair is dry, frizzy, brittle or unmanageable, you need a deep treatment.

If you have dry scalp, dandruff, split ends, breakage, dry hair or seriously damaged hair a hot oil treatment should be used regularly.

Should I apply the treatment to wet or dry hair?

Deep treatments should be applied to damp hair.

Hot oil treatments should be applied to dry hair.

Should I shampoo my hair before or after?

There is no need to shampoo your hair after a deep treatment as you would like to retain moisture from the deep treatment. You may shampoo your hair after a hot oil treatment to rid your hair of excess oils.

Why use heat i.e. sit under a dryer?

Heat makes the hair shaft expand so that the treatment is absorbed. Example..when it's hot and humid your hair becomes frizzy because it is expanding to suck up the moisture out of the air.

Why should I rinse out my conditioner with cool water?

Cool water makes the hair shaft contract sealing in the nutrients from the deep or oil treatment.

What are the best hair oils?

Coconut oil, Castor oil, Avocado oil, Moringa oil, Argan oil, Vitamin E oil, Jojoba oil, Olive oil and Rosemary oil.

Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment is just what the doctor ordered for dry, damaged hair. Bring those tresses back to life with our smooth concoction of Banana, Avocado, Honey and Coconut. Banana is rich in potassium and hailed for its moisturizing properties. Avocado contains fatty acids that nourish, smooth and soften hair. Honey provides shine while conditioning to make hair soft and supple. Coconut hydrates, conditions and softens.

Kurlee Tropical Oils Blend is a lubricating blend of essential tropical oils that is formulated to restore dry, damaged hair. Castor Oil is an emollient that contains fatty acids and encourages hair growth. Coconut oil strengthens and deeply moisturizes. Jojoba oil moisturizes and softens. Avocado oil contains essential nutrients that promote hair growth and nourishment. Argan oil hydrates and strengthens for enhanced growth. Moringa Oil leaves hair feeling silky.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Mad Hair Monday Model: Barbie of Chichappenz!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do and why did you start blogging?

My name is Barbie and yes that is my given name. I work at a law firm as an administrative assistant. I started blogging in part because I have always been into fashion and wanted an outlet to express my sense of style and my love of fashion. The other reason I started a blog was because I went natural. I did the big chop (well in my case it was more like the big shave) and I wanted to chronicle my natural hair journey. I wanted to start a blog which could serve as an inspiration and a resource for women like me who are still in the early stages of their natural hair journey.

How long have you been natural? If all of your life, what kept you from relaxing your hair?

I have been natural since May of 2011. However, because I wore a low fade for the first six months of my journey it’s almost as if I have only been on my journey for a few months. Currently I am rocking a three inch teenie weenie afro (twa) affectionately named Lola.

Do you have a hair care regimen? If so, what is it and what products do you use? 

As my hair is growing I am constantly tweaking my hair regimen. Presently, I wash and coil my hair twice a week usually on Sunday and Thursday. I co-wash my hair with As I Am coconut co-wash cleanser. I use Ouidad’s moisture lock conditioner as my leave-in and then use Ampro Olive Oil gel to do my coils. If I feel my hair needs to be washed with a shampoo I will use Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration and then deep condition with Curl Junkie Deep Fix or Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Purification Masque. I am a complete product junkie so I am always trying new products but as of right now these are my favorite products.

What is your favorite low maintenance natural hair style?

Coils and coil-outs are my favorite low maintenance/high maintenance natural hair style. They are high maintenance because it takes me about two hours to do them. However, they are low maintenance because they last at least three or more days so it’s not as if I have to do them often. After I coil I just let it air dry. At night I use a silk or satin scarf and in the morning I spritz with a little water and separate the coils.

What makes you love your hair?

My natural hair has given me a deeper sense confidence in myself. She is a source of inspiration because had I not gone natural I wouldn’t have started my natural hair and style blog. She is kinky, coily, she is coarse fine, she is rebellious and she is beautiful. And she makes me feel beautiful.

Blog address:

Twitter address:@Chichappenz
Youtube page: iambarbiedee
Instagram id: Chichappenz

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ok Solange! I am not talking about your hair no mo!

Listen ya'll! Stop admiring and talking about Solange Knowles and her natural hair...because as she says she is not the poster child for natural hair or team natural. Hair is hair and she obviously doesn't care about it.....Well slap me in the face. The last time I saw Solange..She was the poster child for Carol's Daughter Transitioning Movement....which correct me if I am wrong is dedicated to women with natural hair??????? I wonder what the CEO over at Carol's Daughter had to say about Solange's comments since they have been using her along with Cassie for months as the spokesmodel's for their "HAIR" campaign.

So Solange, " I know Carol's Daughter is not your bread and butter but I am pretty sure they cut you a check every so often and would not appreciate you not wanting to talk about no damn hair no mo." #justsaying

DO NOT buy a product because a celebrity endorses it.....because although we in the natural hair community care about our hair and wear satin caps .....they don't really care as much as we do! My goodness...she doesn't even wear a satin cap! lol

Just to add insult to injury...Solange not wanting to talk about hair is like Wendy not wanting to talk about burgers...It's just not right. Your face is all over a hair care website but hair is not important to you?  #cray

I wonder if she even uses Carol's Daughter products.....

Solange Tweets: 

What do you think? Should we give Solange a pass since she was very emotional that day or NOT? I am just outraged that she doesn't wear a satin cap...LOL

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Terri's Summer Hair Care Regimen: MOISTURE! MOISTURE!

Day 6 of Mini Twists

Hello Kurlees! Recently, I've been getting a lot of comments and questions about my hair care regimen, so I thought I'd share. I have adopted a special hair care regimen for the summer because as seasons change so do the needs of our tresses. The summer heat can leave our hair dry and fried. To counteract its effects, it is important to keep the hair moisturized from root to tip. Here is a snap shot of what I did last week which is labelled Week 1. In the above photo, I am wearing mini twists which I have pinned up in the back for a classic updo look. Follow me on Instagram (@terrinique) to track my progress and see fun photos of the beautiful Bahamas and natural hair!

Week 1: 

I start the week off with a deep treatment.

Deep Treatment process: 
Spray hair with water
Run fingers through hair to detangle strands
Apply a generous amount of Kurlee Belle's Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment (Concentrate on ends and work way to root)
Massage scalp for 2 to 3 mins
Apply plastic cap
Sit under hooded dryer for 15 to 20 mins

Cleansing Process:
Rinse out Deep Treatment with cool water while massaging scalp (conditioners and treatments should always be rinsed out with cool water to retain nutrients and moisture)
Apply Kurlee Belle Almond and Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo
Rub into scalp and detangling strands with fingers
Rinse out shampoo with warm water (warm water helps remove dirt and build up)
Repeat rinse

Conditioning Process:
Apply Kurlee Belle Thirsty Kurls Leave-in Conditioner
Apply leave-in conditioner from root to tip making sure not to clog the scalp
Apply a generous amount and detangle the hair with fingers, denman brush or wide tooth comb
Apply a quarter size amount of Kurlee Belle Tropical Oils Blend to seal in moisture

Styling Process:
Section hair into four sections (2 in front and 2 in back) using butterfly clips
Detangle hair with Denman brush or Goody wide tooth comb
Apply Kurlee Belle's A Kurlee Girl's Dream Kurl Defining Cream to section
Style hair by creating mini twists

Drying Process:
Let hair air dry
Apply satin bonnet cap for short hair tying with a satin scarf and applying a bonnet works best to avoid bends in your twist. Another option would be to create bantu knots for a curly look. Bantu knots take long to dry so, you may need to sit up the dryer before knotting the hair.

After mini twists are dry.
Pin up twists in the back to create a mini twist undo

In addition to my hair care regimen, I am taking biotin capsules (one pill a day with meal). They are made by Nature Made (Liquid Softgel Biotin). Biotin aids in healthy hair, skin and nails.

Additional info: I dry my hair with a soft t-shirt that is 96% cotton, 4% spandex. This reduces friction and frizz.

Daily: Spray hair with bottle water for moisture and oil..Retwist front hair as necessary. The front of my hair is the only part that is not pinned up.

Please let me know if you have any questions. If you would like to join in my hair care regimen, please let me know! It's always fun when naturals do stuff together. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Mad Hair Monday Model: Lauren of LaCocoBella!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do and why you started blogging?

Hiii! I’m Lauren and I’m a natural hair blogger. I’m also a child of God and a full-time and freelance graphic designer. I just started blogging this past March. It’s actually a semi-crazy story how my blog came about, I had the idea to blog back in 2008 before it was the “thing” to do but girl, I was too lazy to commit to it. Sad I know lol. I even bought the domain, designed the graphics and everything for it, they just sat on my hard drive for years (while paying to keep the domain name lol).On another note, my mother passed away in 2009 and that shut me off from the world for about a year and a half. I suffered depression and the stress took a toll on my hair to the point where it started to fall out. Taking care of my hair just wasn’t a priority and over time it really set me back on my natural hair journey. By the strength and grace of God, I have overcome that phase of my life and am living again (and growing my hair back lol) :o) Fast forward to 2011, I began watching YouTube natural hair vloggers hardcore and following natural hair blogs and was like, dang, I could have BEEN doing this and sharing all the knowledge I gained over the years. I came across Alex from The Good Hair Blog on YouTube and she really inspired me to just take the plunge (she was also the first blogger to feature me on their site so she holds a special place in my heart lol). I also give major credit to my longtime neighbor and friend, Fleurzty of Texture Playground for encouraging me to just do it, what did I have to lose?! Then in March 2012 I finally launched La Coco Bella and it’s been history ever since lol. I know this is such a saturate niche but my main focus is to share what I’ve been doing to regain the health back to my hair and to grow it as long and HEALTHY as possible. It is also to keep me ACCOUNTABLE of taking care of my hair!! No more being lazy! Oh and of course I suffer from PJS (Product Junkie Syndrome) so I have lots of product reviews! So far, I have seen a huuuuge improvement in my hair :o) It’s amazing what a little effort can do.

How long have you been natural? If all of your life, what kept you from relaxing your hair?

I have been natural for over 7 years. I tried my best to transition for like, 4 months and then gave up and BC’d in 2005 (my sophomore year at Howard U! #shameless shout out lol).  I always wonder how long my hair would be if I really knew what I was doing the first few years of this journey. It’s SO much easier to be natural these days lol.

Do you have a hair care regimen? If so, what is it and what products do you use?

My regimen is a weekly process. Every weekend I will either do an ayurvedic powder treatment or wash with a shampoo bar. I really like Henna Sooq and Bobeam shampoo bars and Hesh Ayurvedic powders. I also do a steam, deep conditioning treatment and/or Greenhouse Effect treatment. My goal is to always do some type of moisturizing and/or strengthening treatment every week. Aubrey Organics White Camellia and Oyin Handmade’s Honey Hemp conditioners are my favs. Also for deep conditioning, I like to get creative with stuff in my kitchen lol I like to play with food :o) Honey, molasses, yogurt, egg, avocado, coconut milk are all amazing for treatments. I will also do a protein treatment once a month or so as well. The Cherry Lola Treatment is a great one. As far as styling, I wear a twist-out almost all the time and a wash-n-go when I want to change it up a bit. I always, always, always seal my ends! My fav product line is Oyin Handmade and Shea Radiance. I get a perfect twist-out with Oyin’s Whipped Pudding EVERY time and use their pomade to seal my ends because it is really thick but light. Shea Radiance’s Hair Butter literally makes my hair feel like butter. I religiously use coconut and Vatika oil when doing a pre-poo treatment or when untwisting my twist-outs to lubricate my hands. These oils are so versatile and cheap! I can’t live without these.

What is your favorite low maintenance natural hair style. 

My fav low maintenance style is an old twist-out lol (if that counts) meaning I don’t re-twist, just throw a scarf over my hair and then just re-fluff in the morning! :o) I guess I can consider a puff low-maintenance because I can just tie a scarf around the slicked back part and make it last over a week. I don’t wear puffs too often at the moment because I had some breakage around my edges and they don’t reach the head band so I end up having to use a lot of gel and tie my scarf super tight to make sure the edges are tamed lol. Once they grow back in all the way I will probably rock puffs more often.

What makes you love your hair?

I love my hair because it is how God designed me and we are perfect in His eyes. It feels so regal, I wear it like a crown. It’s unique to me and identifies me. I don’t know how I was natural my whole life! I love the feeling of being distinctive. It is also fun! You get to play with it, love it, nourish, grow it, lol it’s like a child haha. Natural hair makes women beautiful :o)

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Twitter: @LaCocoBellaBlog
Instagram id: @lacocobella

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hair Chalking: Will you try it?

There is a popular trend brewing in Hollywood right now....and it is called Hair Chalking. Tie-dye your tresses, change up the color each day or sport colorful streaks to match your outfit. Don't worry, the color is not permanent and rinses out when you shampoo. Visit your local art store to buy some soft chalk pastels and show your artistic side. WE DOUBLE DARE YOU

What do you think of the new trend? Would you try it. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

5 ways to keep your hair moisturized during the summer!

The summer isn't fully here, but the heat sure is. When it comes to natural hair, more heat means less moisture. So it is super important to protect your tresses from being fried. Overexposure to the sun can break down the protein in your hair, leaving it dry and brittle. Here are 5 helpful tips to help combat 90+ degree weather: 
  1. Lots of Leave- In Conditioner- leave in conditioners coat and protect the hair giving your hair a boost of nourishment and shine. Fine hair use lightweight conditioners. Thick hair use a creamy rich conditioner. Kurlee Belle's Thirsty Kurls Leave-In conditioner provides lots of slip for de tangling and contains a ton of nutrients for dry damaged hair. 
  2. Deep Treatments- Conditioning treatments add protein and nutrients to the hair. To retain moisture balance, aim to deep condition at least once a week or twice a week. Your hair will love the extra TLC and you may see some length retention. Kurlee Belle's Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment is a smooth concoction that strengthens, conditions and enhances growth.
  3. Oils- Oils help to lock in moisture by forming a protective layer over the hair shaft. After applying conditioner to wet hair, coat with oil to lock in moisture. Lightly spray the hair with water and apply oil each day. This will do wonders for your tresses. Pay close attention to the ends for length retention. Jojoba, coconut or extra virgin olive oil are my favourite picks. Kurlee Belle Tropical Oils Blend contains a special mix of essential oils to keep hair strong and moisturized. 
  4. Cool water- rinsing your hair with cool water closes up the hair cuticle and seals in moisture from conditioning products. You can shampoo with warm water to remove dirt and build up but always rinse out conditioner with cool water. Kurlee Belle's Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo contains the right balance of cleansing and mositurizing agents. 
  5. Wet hair before swimming- Dry hair absorbs everything. Ever wonder why your hair expands when it is humid out? It is because it is dry. Before jumping in the pool, completely wet your hair with water to avoid it soaking up unwanted chemicals like chlorine.
Extra tip: If you will  be spending extra time in the sun, invest in a straw hat. It works wonders in protecting your hair from UV rays. 

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

What would you like to see?

At Kurlee Belle, our main goal is to meet your needs. Without YOU, there would be no need for us to write. Your comments and feedback is very important to us. Please let us know what YOU like about Kurlee Belle and what you would like to see more of.

Hairstyle Tutorials?
Fashion- Outfits of the Day?
Natural Hair News? 
Natural Hair Issues?
Hair care tips?
Guest bloggers?
Natural hair photos?
More natural hair t-shirt desgins?
More t-shirt color or sizes?

What do you want to see from Kurlee Belle?

Monday, June 4, 2012

Mad Hair Monday: Vacation in the SUN!

Hello Kurlees! ! It's Monday again and I hope you guys had as much fun as I did over the weekend. Friday was Labour Day here in the Bahamas so we had a long weekend. For the holiday, I travelled to Long Island, Bahamas to partake in the Long Island Regatta. For those of you that are not familiar with island life, here is a little history on the Bahamas and a regatta: The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands and cays. If you've ever visited the Bahamas, you've probably visited Nassau which is one of the smaller Bahama Islands and the capitol (Nassau is the city, New Providence is the name of the Island). Regatta's are a series of boat races where sailers from all over the Bahamas compete. Bahamians love regattas because it's a time to enjoy our wonderful sun, sand and sea, drink lots of alcohol and eat great food. Basically, it is one big party!

This particular Regatta held on Long Island, Bahamas is the 2nd biggest regatta in the country. I had a wonderful time hanging on the beach, boating and relaxing in the sun. We stayed at a lovely cottage in Lochabar, Long Island that sat literally on the beach. We had camp fires, went jet skiing, diving for fish, tanning and just having a great time!

Most importantly, I learned something about vacationing with natural hair. The summer is here and I know many of you have caribbean vacations planned so here is a tip if tropical paradise is in your future.

My vacation to the island was not planned, therefore I didn't prep my hair for what was about to happen. Natural hair can be very high maintenance at times. If you're anything like me, I like to keep my natural hair tight even if it means twisting/styling every night. When you're on a vacation the last thing you want to worry about is doing your hair. My suggestion is to get a 'no fuss' style like a braided updo or mini twists. If you have unpredictable hair, a twist out will cause more harm than good when the humidity starts to kick in or your hair is attacked by salt water. I opted for mini twists, they worked like a charm for my day and night looks and fit well under my straw hat. On the first day, the humidity was out of control but my hair survived due to lots of moisture and bobby pins.

Vacation MUST haves:

Bobby pins
Straw hat- to protect hair from sun damage
Spray bottle-filled with bottled water (Aquafina is my choice- less frizz)
Curl cream- for moisture
Gel- for smoothing edges
Satin Bonnet
Oil- to seal in moisture

This is how it all started! 

A guide to Private Islands! 

The view from my room! 
Taking it all in! Look how wonderful God is. 

This is how it all started! Let the fun begin. 

Boating must haves: Water, towel, straw hat! 

Hats will fly must hold on!

Come aboard the party boat Terri! Exchanging passengers and beer mid ocean! 

Gone Bananas! 

Rupert's Legend! 

Ashley and I! The straw hat fits perfectly over my mini twists pin up style! 

Swimming in the Blue Hole with the girls! 

Travis aka Johnny Deep aboard the party boat! 

The crew! 

Jet ski-ing or something like it! Mini twist pinned up! 
Going back home via private plane! 

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Coiffure Project: A collection of portraits celebrating natural hair

The Coiffure Project which is a collection of portraits celebrating natural hair was created by photographer Glenford Nunez. The work came about after Nunez started snapping shots of one of his natural hair-ed staffers. Check out his work here and the article that was featured in the Huffington Post below! One word to describe this body of work: DOPE! 

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