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My new low manipulation regimen: part 2

Hey everyone!

In my previous article, I talked about my two strand twist routine and some of the techniques that I use when washing my hair to prep for that style. In this article, I’m going to walk you through my new wash and go routine. I’m so excited about this because I really thought that this style was impossible to do on 4c hair without it being a complete disaster. With this style, I can finally enjoy my natural curl pattern and not worry about it being presentable.

So, let’s get right to it!

After washing and conditioning my hair, I take some plastic clips, and pin my hair out of the way, leaving the small section that I’m going to work with. At this point, my hair is completely drenched in water. This process works best when my hair is wet. I like to work from the back of my hair to the front, because it’s easier to keep track of what I’m doing. Since I have some conditioner left over in my hair, I’ll just go ahead and apply some jojoba oil and thoroughly finger detangle. Then I’ll grab a small piece of hair and smooth in a soft hold gel. My hair will get weighed down (which is what I want) and clump together. I need the clumping to happen, because that’s the shape it will keep for the whole week. If my hair isn’t sticking together, I’ll give it a very light finger coil to activate the curl and help my hair to band together. Once that section is done, I move on to the next section. This process takes a while, so I usually have some music going, or watch tv while I’m doing it. You want to take your time and be very gentle. When I’m all finished, I let my hair air-dry.

At night, I separate my hair into about 8 sections and just wrap each section into a mini loose bun, and pin it down. A lot of the natural hair videos that I’ve seen have girls with much longer hair, and they sleep with their hair in a bun at night and it preserves the style really well. Since my hair isn’t long enough to do one big bun, I decided to do a bunch of little ones and it works just as well. Not only does my hair retain the curl pattern, but it stretches the curls without changing the style.

So there you have it! this is the other half of my monthly routine. Both of these styles are easy. The two strand twists takes less time than my wash and go, but both of them allow me to keep my hands out of my hair to a large degree. Even with the wash and go night routine, I am not actually messing with my individual curls and see no breakage at all during this time.

I hope this helped you guys! Don’t forget to ‘like’, comment, and subscribe to Naturals United!

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My New Low Manipulation Regimen: Part 1

For the past couple of months, I started doing more protective styles and low manipulation styles. My hair behaves a lot better, retains moisture, and is overall easier to manage. I made a lot of changes not only in the products that I use and my technique in handling my hair. In general, I don’t need to moisturize my hair as often, I have a lot less build up on my hair from the reduced product use, and I’ve been enjoying my natural curl pattern a lot more. The two styles I’ve been doing the most are two strand twists and wash and go’s! That’s right, wash and go’s. I was definitely one of those naturals who swore against wash and go’s, but there has recently been a new movement for wash and go’s with 4c naturals and I decided to give it one more try. After a few tweaks, I finally figured out a way to not only wear this style, but have it last for several days.

So, I’m gonna break down the first part of my monthly routine so you can kinda see how this all comes together. In general, I mostly style my hair based on what it needs and how it feels. When my hair is dirty, I’ll shampoo with my Kinky Curly cleanser. I completely drench my hair with water, do some light finger detangling, then lather. Once shampooing is done, I apply some conditioner. I don’t have strong preferences for conditioners. I just need something with a lot of slip and no silicones. Next, I section my hair into about 8 large twists with the conditioner in my hair, and lightly rinse with cold water. This way, I can have a little bit of conditioner left over, it helps retain a little bit more moisture as my hair drys, and the cold water seals it all in. I wrap my hair in an old t-shirt for 20 minutes or so, and begin to style. For my two strand twists, I usually do medium sections and apply a water based leave-in. At the moment, I’m using Kinky Curly Knot today. When all of my twists are done, I apply some jojoba oil on the ends to seal them and give them a little twirl to activate a curl.

Usually, I’ll wear this style for up to a week, take the twists out for a day and wear my hair loose, then wash and repeat the routine.

I know two strand twists can seem kinda boring, but if done right, it can be a cute style and there’s a lot you can do to play it up: you can add a scarf, do some pin curls, whatever makes you feel confident that day.

If you want to read about my wash and go routine, stay tuned for part 2 of my new low manipulation regimen.

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Easy Peasy Lemon Sqeezy Make-up Tutorial

With all this talk about natural hair and skin, I figured it would only make sense to talk a little bit about make-up. I’m a big fan of looking bright, awake, alert, and ready to go. So, my make up routine is quite simple. I don’t wear make up every day, but when I do find myself in the mood for some beauty enhancement, this is essentially what I do: It’s super easy and takes me less than 5 minutes to complete, so let’s get started!

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Ok, so the first part of this routine is to even out your skin tone, and add a bit of color to the cheeks. I like to use the Fit Me powder foundation by Maybelline all over my face, very lightly and then I go in with a much lighter shade and apply that under my eyes and on my eyelids to lessen my dark circles. For more concentration of product use a sponge instead of a fluffy brush. Then, I go in and apply a bright pink blush to the apples of my cheek. My favorite blush is the Dream Mousse Blush by Maybelline. If you’re really in a hurry, you can call it a day and head out, but I like to brighten my eyes a little more.

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Next, add a shimmery eye shadow that compliments your skin tone in the inner corners of your eye (for my skin tone, I like to use gold, if you’re paler than me, try using a pearl tone, and if you have a much deeper complexion, silver or baby blue would work). Now, apply a matte off-white shadow on the bottle eyelids starting from the inner corner and blend it outwards so that it doesn’t reach all the way to the other corner, but is about half the way there. Last, but not least for the eyes, a little mascara.  Some brands have better product, while others have better brushes, so to get the best of both worlds, I like to apply 2 different mascaras. For this look, I used Wet n’ Wild waterproof and good ole’ Great Lash. You can never really go wrong with Great Lash 🙂

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Now, for the lips, I don’t usually apply a color to it, so I just moisturize them with my Shea Moisture Brightening and Toning cream and little bit of my home made body butter.

And there you have it! a guesstimated 3 minute make-up routine. Super easy, looks great on anyone, and it just enhances your natural beauty.

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Natural Hair New Year Resolution

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Alright everyone, it’s a half an hour before the new year. A lot of you might be thinking that this year is the year to go au naturale. You might be thinking, “can I do it? Will my curls look good? Can I pull this style off?”
Here’s what I have to say about that: No one can pull off your natural hair texture better than you because it’s what you’re born with. You are beautiful, your curls are beautiful no matter how tight, zig-zaggy, frizzy, tangled, matted, they are. Embrace your natural beauty. Being natural is about saying, “This is the hair I have and it’s perfect just the way it is”.
Too scared to make the big chop? Take baby steps and just cut out using heated styling tools or switch to all natural hair products. There’a nothing wrong with taking baby steps.
Already natural and wanting a big change? Shave your head! Who cares? Do what makes you happy and what makes you feel free and liberated. This natural hair/curly hair movement is more personal than a political statement, it’s more than being deviant, and it’s more than black power. This movement is about self acceptance, true love with one’s culture, and redefining beauty. Be strong, be confident, love yourself no matter what, and know your truth.

So, what’s your new years resolution?
Leave a comment below 🙂
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Stay calm and love your natural hair!
And most of all, have a happy new year!

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Do Men Think Natural Hair is Sexy?

I was checking out the latest on Afropunk and landed upon an interesting posting (click here to watch the video)

An article was written on the site explaining Wilkine Brutus’ opinion of natural hair on black women. He lives in South Korea and compares black women’s efforts to have straight hair to Asian women’s attempts to make their eyes appear larger–2 cultural groups who receive the pressure to achieve a more euronormative look.  Brutus would argue that natural hair on black women is “sexy, work-place professional, and internationally appealing”.

“Many black women want to know, not for the sake of validation, but just out of sheer curiosity: do black men like natural hair?

My Answer:Many of us, including men from other racial backgrounds, find natural hair on black women to be sexy, work-place professional, and internationally appealing. So appealing that old Korean women touch our (my) hair in the crowded subway without our permission. Quite frankly, physical authenticity is a valuable trait.And since I live in South Korea, I deemed it necessary to juxtapose the female insecurities between most east Asian women and Black women. Here are the five generalized statements below. And then watch the video following the statements, which has over 20,000 total views so far. In the video, I’ve articulated my position a bit further.”

Surly, we know that going natural is not just about pleasing others or appealing sexy to men (or women for that matter), but here is a man who loves women giving his valid opinion.

What do you guys think? is natural hair sexy? does it matter?

share your thoughts in our comment box below or on facebook. We’d love to hear what you guys have to say.

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