Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Why is going natural so expensive?



It's often said that to go natural is too expensive. You have to buy this product and  that product and so on and so on. But is it really expensive to rock the hair your born with? Do you REALLY need all those products?

Lets talk about this!

It's sad to say that going natural have only been 'cool' for the last few years. But it is true. When we were little girls the vast amount of information available to us now was not there then. Even if you don't admit it, we bought hair products that had a pretty permed hair girl on the front or stuff you saw your mom or sister used. NONE of us looked at the ingredients. And why would we? We did not understand anything but what the marketers said it will or won't do for our hair. 


 We trusted the hair dressers - who are mostly not highly educated - with the hair chemicals and products more than ourselves - who actually hold degrees. Whatever they said was law. But most of us who had perms have experienced hair breakage or growth to our shoulders then that's it. We were never really taught how to understand what we put in our hair and what it does. Well other than the hair dresser saying "buy this, it's good for your hair". 

To be totally honest, as a natural, your weekly/monthly hair care regimen should not break your pocket. All you need is a good cleanser, conditioner, leave in or moisturizer and an oil. That's It! My Shea moisture shampoo is natural and cost me no more than $10 and last me months, my conditioners are cheap (mostly herbal essences) which cost me around $6 for a huge bottle and my Shea Moisture smoothie is $10. Right there you see it's cheap. So does it cost a lot to be a natural? NO!

Ok, so you might say "but those are not the prices I see in the natural hair aisles". And I agree. Lots of hair products company shoot their prices up because going natural have become a new 'niche'. Seriously, there is no real reason why those products should be $30 and more a piece. When I look at the ingredients they are things I can get myself and a mixer. Why am I paying $30 a pop for something clearly not worth my money. And do I really need to?

Now don't get me wrong, I buy all sorts of products. I have tons of products at my house and my boyfriend's house. But that is my little product junkie habit. I don't HAVE to buy tons of products. I just want to. So there you have it. Going Natural does not have to be expensive unless you want it to. You don't need a lot. You can make your own spritz and Shea butter mixes if you like. To be honest I am yet to find a hair mist better than my aloe vera mix I have in my spray bottle. Being natural is fun. Don't let it seem complicated and don't buy a product because other people are using it. Find what work for you and stick with it. I suggest trying the Shea Moisture line. There is something for everyone and at a good price. 

Do you spend tons on hair products?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Love for Braid Outs on Natural Hair


While I love and appreciate my hair’s vibe in it shrunken state, I also like to play with my ‘real’ length. If you are a woman with natural curly/kinky hair, then you know shrinkage is a part of life. However we can combat shrinkage in many ways (twist-outs, braid-outs, blow-outs, etc). My go to combat method is braid outs. I love the fact that as the days go on the style looks bigger and better.

I braid my hair at night because if I go to bed. Without doing something I wake up with a shrunken fro. If I am going for that look then its fine.


The picture on the left is the first day of the braid-out and the second picture is the second day. I prefer the second day because it looked fuller and shows more length.



My Braid-Out Routine

How I did it:
  • After hair is cleaned I section my hair (2 in the front, one in the middle, and 2 to the back). I make sure to part the front of my hair how I the hair to fall.
  • Add oil of choice and then Moisturize with Shea Moisture Smoothie
  • Make 2 braids out of each section. I add a small amount of Organic Aloe Vera Gel to the section and then braid tightly.
  • When I have about an inch of hair left I do two strand twists to the end. This makes it curly and nice when they are unraveled. Repeat until head is done.
  • Put satin scarf on and head to bed.
  • Next day I put oil in my hands and begin unraveling the braids carefully.
  • Separate carefully to not cause frizz and you’re DONE!

How I maintain it:
  • At night I re-braid but larger this time around. If it feels dry then I spray spritz and moisturize with smoothie. If not I just braid and twist the end of my hair and put satin cap on.
  • Unravel and style in the morning.

Below are some pics

pic with braids. Yes I do look crazy. lol

3rd day day braid-out

4th day hair (in car waiting) lol

Another pic of 4th day braid-out

How do you stretch your hair?


Love Shelly
Glam Natural~

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