Get Perfect Curls with this Common Household….Appliance?

The folks over at Design Essentials are always coming up with innovative products and styles for natural hair, but I was really surprised to see this new style using VACUUM components to create perfect curls.

A vacuum! Yea, you heard me right! I don’t know about you, but when I heard that, I envisioned a Roomba scooting around on Lola. NOT a good look, but read on fearless readers—this actually sounds legit!

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Design Essentials® Master Stylist Deshonica Kerri came up with this styling technique that uses vacuum rings to set the hair.The final result is very similar to that of a rod set BUT by using these circular rings, it cuts the styling time by 50% because instead of using hundreds of rods, you can just use a few rings!!! How impressive is that!?

Wanna give it a whirl? Here’s how Design Essentials explains how to do it:

PREP

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The critical item needed for this style is rubber vacuum cleaner rings, found at any home goods store. If you want to dry hair using a hooded dryer or overnight, be sure to purchase enough rings to set the entire head. Deshonica calls this a “dry set,” meaning hair doesn’t have to be soaking wet to achieve. First, comb through hair to eliminate tangles. Dampen the hair with Design Essentials® Natural Twist & Set Setting Lotion. As you work through the hair, section off 2″ square partings to work with.

SET

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Take a 2″ square section of hair comb through to ensure hair is detangled. Take ring and put hair between the ring, laying ring against the scalp. Split the section of hair into 2 subsections. Begin at the root of the subsection of hair and begin wrapping the hair around the vacuum ring in a spiral.

Deshonica notes that the number of times you wrap the hair around the ring will mimic the tightness of the resulting curl-more times equals a tighter curl, while less times and more space between the wraps equals a looser, more stretched-out curl. With the second subsection, begin repeating the process on the opposite side of the vacuum ring.

To prevent flyaways and frizzy ends, seal off the end with end papers. Another tip is once the hair has been wrapped around the ring, allowing it to hang down will provide more volume at the base. Flipping the ring up to lay against the scalp will tighten the base for more smoothness.

FINISH

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Before unwinding the hair from the vacuum ring, Deshonica coats hands with a mixture of Design Essentials® Nutriment Rx Creme Hairdress and Herbal Complex 4 Hair and Scalp treatment for moisture and conditioning. Begin unwrapping hair from the ring and separating into smaller subsections for fullness. The more times you separate the section, the more full the style will be. You can polish the look with Design Essentials® Diamonds Hair Sheen and Form Hair Spray for hold. Finishing products listed above may be purchased online or at local area salons. To identify local area salons or to purchase products online, visit www.DesignEssentials.com.

For those of you that are more VIDEO inclined, check out this instructional vid:

NothingBut The Basics: Defined Curls (+ GIVEAWAY!)

Ah yes, we are back with WEEK THREE of NothingBut The Basics. Our topic this week is DEFINITION as in, how to get those frizz-free coily curls. Let me start with a few truths about definition:

  1. Some hair has a more defined natural curl pattern and others don’t!  That’s just how we were born, but there are styling tools and techniques that can create defined curls on any hair.
  2. Defined curls are NOT the be all end all.  In fact, the more on-trend look is to rock the frizz and undefined curls.

Now that we’ve got that straightened out, check out this video where I discuss the three techniques and products to achieve defined curls on all types of hair long, naturally defined curls to TWA’s!

Now you know what time it is!? That’s RIGHT! TRIVIA! This week’s trivia question is:

 

What color is the label on top of each jar of Nothing But Mold & Hold?

The answer can be found on the NothingBut website.  To enter fill out the form below with your information and the correct answer.  The winner, picked at random, will be announced next week!

the giveaway has closed.  thank you!  make sure to enter THIS week’s drawing!

 

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The Curl Clumping + Combing Conundrum

Yemi writes:

Hey Cassidy, I just watched your Wash and go vid and I’m curious: have your coils always clumped back up so easily after applying product? I didn’t comb my hair for a couple weeks and in that time my hair has clumped into teeny little pen spring coils which I have been defining in a wash and go. However, I’m worried about them being broken up when I finally detangle with a comb/brush. Is this something that becomes less of an issue when the coils have finally “set” i.e. not been broken up by combing for a while? Or is there a special technique I should be using to keep them clumped? I’ve been natural for eons but never knew my hair could do this until now so I’m at a loss for how to care for these coils! Thanks!

Why yes, yes indeed I do have this issue!  I have a naturally defined curl pattern made up of teeny weeny tiny coils made of zillions of fine strands.   IMG_9178 Part of the deal with keeping my fine coils healthy and happy is that I have to rid them of all the shed hairs on a regular basis.  A weekly detangling session with a wide tooth comb usually does the trick, but every so often I really like to get in there with a brush or a Tangle Teezer. combs-sheds The issue is, whenever I detangle my hair my signature coils disappear!  I am left with undefined puffs of natural hair, which is fine, but it’s far from my curl pattern. I have found that the key to retaining your curl pattern after you detangle is to apply another round of conditioner!  If I’m doing a serious detangling session (with a brush or Tangle Teezer) I’ll even do another deep conditioner.  The hydration from the conditioner will help my curls regain their definition.  Then I apply a stronger styling aid to keep them held (ie. a gel over a styling creme).

 

Check out this video where I explain how I use my favorite detangling tools on short and long hair!

Curl Clumping + Combing Conundrum

Yemi writes:

Hey Cassidy, I just watched your Wash and go vid and I’m curious: have your coils always clumped back up so easily after applying product? I didn’t comb my hair for a couple weeks and in that time my hair has clumped into teeny little pen spring coils which I have been defining in a wash and go. However, I’m worried about them being broken up when I finally detangle with a comb/brush. Is this something that becomes less of an issue when the coils have finally “set” i.e. not been broken up by combing for a while? Or is there a special technique I should be using to keep them clumped? I’ve been natural for eons but never knew my hair could do this until now so I’m at a loss for how to care for these coils! Thanks!

 

Why yes, yes indeed I do have this issue!  I have a naturally defined curl pattern made up of teeny weeny tiny coils made of zillions of fine strands.  

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Part of the deal with keeping my fine coils healthy and happy is that I have to rid them of all the shed hairs on a regular basis.  A weekly detangling session with a wide tooth comb usually does the trick, but every so often I really like to get in there with a brush or a Tangle Teezer.

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The issue is, whenever I detangle my hair my signature coils disappear!  I am left with undefined puffs of natural hair, which is fine, but it’s far from my curl pattern.

I have found that the key to retaining your curl pattern after you detangle is to apply another round of conditioner!  If I’m doing a serious detangling session (with a brush or Tangle Teezer) I’ll even do another deep conditioner.  The hydration from the conditioner will help my curls regain their definition.  Then I apply a stronger styling aid to keep them held (ie. a gel over a styling creme).

Check out this video where I explain how I use my favorite detangling tools on short and long hair!

Curl Confession #2: I love me those beachy waves

I’ve been digging the new Paul Mitchell CURL line since it’s release this past summer and like any good naturalista would do, I went for the Twirl Around, a heavy cream-gel that swirls itself around in a snazzy container, ignoring the other styling product in the bunch called Ultimate Wave. Ultimate Wave had the word “Beachy” on the bottle and thinking of the long, wavy hair I’ve been seeing all over the likes of Refinery29 and Elle I didn’t think that this product was for me and my coils.

Curiosity killed the cat prompting me to finally give the Ultimate Wave a whirl and turns out that I FREAKIN LOVE IT! Talk about a dark horse, but this product gives me the hold and the moisture that my curls love. I get super haute spirals from this stuff and each time I put it on, I gleefully think of how I’m rocking beachy coils.

Beachy Coils! La La La La La!

Check out my video of me showing off my beachy coils:

 

So there you have it, turns out my curl confession is just a lesson I learned long ago in my natural hair journey: sometimes you just gotta try out things that you might not think will work for you in order to find the gems. Leave a #curlconfession of your own on the Paul Mitchell Page!

Juicy Leave In Conditioner Review + GIVEAWAY! YAY!

If you know me and you know my Lola, you will know that I am not a big fan of shea butter typically. I even said as much when Padrica of Naturalista Cosmetics offered to send me the Juicy Leave In, which has shea butter at the top of the ingredients list, and I requested to review a different product. Her reply? “I’m going to send you the Juicy Leave In because it’s really unique and most who hate butters in their hair end up loving this product because it is that different!”

Well, turns out, it really IS that different. The product has a thick consistency, just like shea butter, but is enriched with oils and all-natural conditioners. Because this product was simply a leave in, I used a bit of gel on top to define my curls and give them some hold. Check out this video where I test and review the product so you can see the finished results.

The final verdict was that I really was loving the EXTREME softness and moisture provided by this product. Frankly, I was a bit shocked to like a shea-based product so much. Even more shocking was how nice my hair has been for days since! SO shocking that I had to film another follow up:

I’ve never hair my hair feel so soft without additional application of product! It’s really something else! I would really like to try this product on a two-strand twists or braids. I can see how this would have amazing results with those techniques!

I really want you guys to have the opportunity to try it out yourselves, so I’m giving away a JUICY SYSTEM GIFT SET to one lucky winner! All you have to do is enter your information in the fields below. One winner will be chosen at random next week, so make sure to enter!

Sonia’s Curls Score a 10.0!

At the Set It Free event in Minneapolis a couple weeks ago, one of the hair models had one of the most amazing set of curls I’ve ever seen in my life—I would even say they’re gold medal worthy!

For those naturalistas who are on a journey to LONG HAIR DON’T CARE she is totally a hair idol so I sat her down to chat with her so she could share with us all her routine and regimen.

Even if, like me, you’re not on a journey of growth you have to admit that she has totally crush worthy curls! I will say I was absolutely impressed that she only trims about once a year. Even though her hair appears to be in great condition, I am still a strong supporter of clipping ends to keep ‘em healthy every 8-12 weeks.

Even gorgeous in a pony puff!

4 Styles in 10 Minutes! WOW!

I just peeped this over on BGLH and had-had-HAD to repost. There are some natural hair styles that we aim to achieve that can take hours upon hours, sometimes even days and are well worth the effort.  But more often than not in today’s rat race of life, who in the world has hours and days to spend on their hair on a regular basis?!  Certainly not this gal.  Which is why I appreciate oh-so very much this video, in which Tamika from Natural Resources Salon demonstrates how to do four gorgeous and elegant styles in a matter of minutes.  That is an average of 2.5 minutes per style, folks!  Check it:

 

 

Looks like this was done on stretched at least a couple days old hair.  Make sure you stretch safely either using banding or do a light blow-dry (with heat protectant! always!)

 

A Braid Out Experiment: The Exploded Asym

You ever get all ready for bed and then all of a sudden you get this sudden flash of I WANT TO DO MY HAIR!  I dunno, maybe it’s just me where I have these moments of inspiration randomly pop up and because I never do my hair I have to answer to the urge.  Happened to me a couple nights ago.  Haven’t done a braid out since last July and in fact, I haven’t done anything to my hair since I started cutting last July.  So right before bed, I busted out my jar of Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter and got to braiding.

A few things I learned about this set of braids due to having an asymmetrical haircut:

    • This cut does not lend itself to even braids.  Because my hair is cut very angularly, each section cannot be braided evenly at the bottom: one piece is always longer than the other.  So at the bottom of the braids, I had to switch to twists in order to make them stick.

    • I could only braid one side and had to leave the back and sides free because of the length.  Because I could only braid a third of my hair, these braids took a third of the time!  I was particularly jazzed about this because before doing braids or twists on my entire head took about 90 minutes.  This set: in and out in 30.  Yes.

    • Having only one section of my head braided looked….stupid.  I would never wear this out of the house.  Except that I ended up having to because I worked out at 7am and just had to look kind of crazy during my class.  But if you’re doing cardio pilates at 7am, you are obviously a total G and you are judgement free.

Here’s a vid I did of the twist out:

During the video I came up with calling the style the EXPLODED ASYM! It really looks like an explosion of hair, there’s a lot of gesture and movement and force, really taking the cut up a notch. I dug it. Here’s a few shots of the final look:

Beauty Goodies Galore!

Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy!!! My April Birchbox arrived! It’s been six months and I am TOTALLY still digging my the awesome beauty delivery service! I turn into such a squeaky geek when the boxes arrive and rip open the packaging to dig into my beauty spoils. This time around, my Nana was in my presence when I opened the box and shared in on my utter delight…so I was inspired…to create a video showing ya the goods! Welp, I think you know where we’re going from here:

[Editor's Note: After filming this video, I got an email from Birchbox (to all of their customers I assume) apologizing for the fact that I may have received samples that were beyond their expiration date. Specifically, the Be Fine SPF 15 moisturizer. I checked and sure enough I had received one of the faulty samples. I'm no longer using it and glad I only roasted in the sun for a day (although I'm peeved I did a LOT of roasting that one day), but this perhaps explains the weird consistency of the product I was talking about in the video. I will say that I do appreciate A. that Birchbox sent out the emails just a day after the products arrived and B. gave me an extra 100 points to my account for the flub. How's that for customer servico!]

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