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4 Reasons I Deep Condition to Get Back to Healthy Hair #HealthyHairMonth

Beautiful Textures and BET are celebrating July is Healthy Hair month which is the perfect time for me to get my hair back to it’s optimal state because my hair has changed and not for the better! Over the past year, my hair started doing something different. It was shedding, thinning and dare I say coming out. I wasn’t doing anything different, but I did have to sit back and see if my lifestyle changed – which can have a major effect on your hair.

I started wearing more protective styles hoping that it would take the strain off of my hair, but honestly I don’t think that it’s made a difference. It still shed and looked just as crazy when I took down the braids from my protective style. In addition to that, I had also stop breastfeeding my son, which also could have contributed to the slow change in my hair.

I have come to the conclusion that besides stress and other things, I was neglecting my hair and basically taking it for granted. All the things I did in the beginning of my natural hair journey, I somehow stopped doing and my hair started to let me know.

Deep Condition to the Rescue…

To get my hair back on track, I believe I needed to start from the foundation of healthy hair. I needed to start deep conditioning my hair again. I literally couldn’t tell you the last time I deep conditioned my hair. My hair was so dry and it was literally breaking off.

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4 Reasons You Should Deep Condition:

  1. Reverse damage from heat – Deep conditioning weekly will restore damage from curling, blow drying, etc.
  2. Treat dry hair – Frizzy, brittle hair is a sign of dry hair and will result in hair loss.
  3. Keep color from fading – Deep conditioning will help keep your color vibrant.
  4. Moisturized hair – When your hair is dry, it will be brittle and break off. A deep condition will allow your hair to retain moisture and subtle.

I washed my hair last week and tried Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner by Beautiful Textures. I left it on for about 20 minutes with a plastic bag and my results were wonderful. My hair was soft and manageable. My hair felt very moisturized, something that I’d hadn’t experienced in months. It immediately made me wish I had been doing this more often and I made a personal goal to start back doing weekly deep condition treatments.

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Afterwards, I twisted my hair with the Moisture Butter Whip Curl Crème. My hair was so soft the next day; I couldn’t keep my hands off of it. But honestly, I didn’t like my twist out. It wasn’t the product, it was the way I twisted it. My twist out always looks like a dry wet and go. I think that’s just the way the texture of my hair is. I ended up wearing my twist out as a short afro.

The next day, I added more Moisture Butter Whip Curl Crème to my hair and did two big twist going down the side of my hair. It’s quick, easy and the look goes with everything. I also used it on my daughter’s hair for church. I finger styled her hair with a cute puffball. I needed to stretch her hair and it worked perfect in addition to softening her hair.

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I plan to use the Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner once a week to nourish and condition my hair to get back on track and restore it’s moisture. In between those wash days, I will go back and forth between twist and braid styles to keep my ends protected from day to day pull and tears.

On the Road to Healthy Hair

I am looking forward to getting my hair back on track. I know what healthy hair looks like because I used to have a head full of it. I let the needs of day to day life get in the way of taking care of hair. I am glad that I was able to try a product that allowed me to see immediate results and I can also use on my daughters hair.

What are you doing to maintain your healthy hair? Make sure to visit Beautiful Textures on their social media channels for more creative ideas and to even share your own experiences on FB, Twitter & IG.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Strength of Nature. The opinions and text are all mine.

Natural Hair

[VIDEO] 2 Versions of My First Crochet Wig w/ Curlkalon Hair

I love the crochet craze just like the next young lady, but I wanted to do something different this time around.

I’ve saw so many videos on how to create a crochet wig and thought I’d like to try that for the days I just want the look but not the act of installing it.

I bought all the supplies:

I turned on Netflix and got to work. It took me 3.5 hours to complete (I watched at least 1 show and 2 movies).

** I did another wig last night and it look me 2.5 hours. So, I knocked off a hour!”

Check out my video and let me know which version you like better.

After I finished, the hair was initially too much for my head (in my opinion), so I cut it down to a shorter bob.  Honestly, I wish I would have left it bigger because that is more out of the box for me, something different. I still would have cut it down, I just think I cut it too much.

Which one is your favorite, the longer or shorter version? I’d love to know

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12 Marley Twist Styles in Under 4 Minutes

I’ve been wearing crochet for quite sometime now (and honestly going back to it in June), but I kept seeing these girls in beautiful Marley Twist. I want to give my crochet’s a break, but I also still wanted a cute protective style for my hair.

My good friend Bridget, owns her own hair salon and confidently told me she could twist my hair. After 9 bags and 5 hours later, my hair was tight (literally) and twisted. I was excited to introduce my Spring style to my friends. Everyone loved it and honestly I do it.

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Although, I have my hair braided twisted, I still like variety. I created a quick video of 12 styles (out of many) that I can do with my twist. On an average day, I wear the front up in a bun but when I am going out – I like to do it a tad bit different.

Bridget’s # 404.379.0161  (Austell/Marietta, GA) Tell her I sent you!

12 Marley Twist Styles in under 4 minutes!! Of course it didn’t take 4 minutes to make, but I hope that you liked a few of the styles and when/if you get your hair braided or twisted you would be open to trying a few different looks.

Which # was your favorite?

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[Atlanta Event] You’re Invited to Kinky Hair Unlocked

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April 24th is going to be a great night of hair and you’re invited!

It’s a one-of-a-kind hair care experience called Kinky Hair Unlocked that will bring together the most sought after celebrity natural hair stylist in the industry, some of the top bloggers and vloggers around, certified natural hair experts, and over 250 natural beauties from all across the country.

Event Highlights & Speakers 

With some of the top names in natural hair on board, including premiere sponsor Dark & Lovely Au NaturaleKinky Hair Unlocked will offer attendees a fun and informational evening packed with:

  • Meet & greets with some of the top bloggers & vlogglers around, including confirmed guests Jenell B. Stewart of Kinky Coily Me, Kriss Larson ofNaturalMe4c, Ijeoma Eboh of Klassy Kinks, natural hair advocate Joulezy, and more;
  • Styling lessons specifically for type 4 naturals by Felicia Leatherwood, the celebrity stylist behind the red-carpet looks of some of your favorite celebrities, including Teyonah Parris, Ava DuVernay and Jill Scott;
  • Educational workshops and insight about how to achieve healthier hair and retain length from certified experts Dr. Kari Williams and Erica Douglas a.k.a Sister Scientist;
  • Opportunities to shop dozens of natural hair care brands at the Tendrils & Curls pop-up store;
  • A special presentation from premiere sponsor Dark & Lovely Au Naturale;
  • Networking with other natural beauties;
  • Complimentary cocktails for VIP guests courtesy of Myx Fusion; and more.

“If attendees leave this event and say, ‘Wow, I learned a lot,’ then our mission is accomplished,” said event founder Susan.

Get Tickets at a Discount!

To redeem, simply enter the code ‘DIGITAL’ at kinkyhairunlocked.eventbrite.com and $10 will be taken off the price of general admission. The code is valid through April 10th.

Will I see you there?

Natural Hair

You’re Invited to the #BestHairYear Twitter Party Jan. 22nd @ 8pm

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So many of us are making great resolutions about business and our career, but what about our hair! That’s right, our hair!

Last year, my hair actually took a turn for the worse (in my opinion), and although I wasn’t doing anything to purposefully damage it, my hair changed.

The last few months of the year I was able to get my hair treated by a Basic Specialist for 90 days. That post is coming soon. I actually started to love my hair again, in addition to learning how to crochet too!

Crochets Braids became my go to hairstyle for 2014 and it looks like hundreds if not thousands, have followed too! For 2015, I want the Best Hair Year I could possibly have!

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I am so lucky to host a twitter party with Joyce of Mommy Talk Show on Jan. 22 at 8pm, as we talk – HAIR!! #BestHairYear

We will go over

  • Your favorite protective style
  • How to treat your hair in the winter
  • What’s your go-to hair style
  • What do you want to try different
  • What are your top hair care methods and so much more!

Prizes

  • Target GV
  • Aveda Products
  • Fro Butter Sample Set & More!

RSVP —> Here! <— RSVP

Natural Hair

7 Step Video: How to do Pre-Dipped Crochet Braids with Marley Hair

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If you are a naturalista, there is no way that you could not have heard about the Crochet Hair craze by now. Not everyone has it, but many are trying it.

If done correctly, crochet braids can/will look like your natural hair. It’s a great protective style that gives you a versatile look. One of my favorite looks is the crochet braids with Marley Hair. I’ve had it twice. The first time, my friend Yolanda installed them, then rolled the hair. I dipped.

The second time, I did everything. I took me allllllllllllllllll day to roll that hair and dip it! I am not exaggerating! So, I loved the look but knew it had to be an easier way.

Enter, pre-dipped marley hair! **The heavens opened up!*

I went to Youtube and watched a few videos and of course, I had to try it for myself.

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I was able to do the process and it turned out NICE! Here are the steps:

1. Get all the tools; Marley Hair (not all hair is created equal. NOIR natural hair holds the curl for a very long time), a crochet tool (.99 cent), perm rollers (beauty supply).

2. Brush out your Marley hair. It has a natural hair pattern, but brush it out so the hair will be smooth when you roll it.

3. Roll the hair on the rollers. Twist it as you roll.

4. Boil water, then dip the hair in the water for a few minutes.

5. Remove the hair from the pot and let it dry. Some people leave it in over night, other’s a few minutes before taking the hair off the rollers. It dries rather quickly. (I left mine over night, but after removing a few – the were dry.)

6. Braid your hair into whatever pattern you need to get the achieved look.

7. Install the hair with the tool and style as desired. Whalaa!!

I even made a video —>

Do you think you will try pre-dipped crochet hair? 

Natural Hair

Thanksgiving Hair : Crochet Braids with Freetress Bohemian Hair

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The holiday are coming up and I am traveling to Chicago for my 20 year high school reunion!! Whaddddd!! Yes, 20 years! Oh, and Thanksgiving! My reunion is on Black Friday too. I am NOT happy about that either – but I wasn’t on the planning committee so I can’t talk. 

I wanted a cute protective style for my travels. I thought about doing the Crochet with Marley hair, but I didn’t even have the time or patience to brush out, roll and dip that hair!

I wanted something that was cute & easy!

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Freetress Bohemian curl pattern was the selected choice. I have never tried this one before, but have had a few friends rock it with confidence. I remember seeing Brandy wear a similar style on the BET Hip Hop Awards as she sang on stage for the 20th Anniversary or the I Wanna Be Down Remix.

So, I tried it!

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 Brandy!!

 

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Me!! 

Honestly, what do you think?

Check out my video on how to install Crochet Braids too!

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My Hair Changed After Childbirth | BASiC Hair 90 Day Hair Growth Challenge

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My hair has changed. Not for the better, I hate to admit. It is now thinner and lifeless (to me). What happened? I had a baby and was disillusioned. What do I mean?

I did a big chop June 2012 because my hair was thin and didn’t appear healthy anymore. Well, 2 weeks later, I found out I was pregnant. As my hair started to grow back, it was thick, full and just well GORGEOUS! I was doing my protective styles, keeping my hands out of my hair and just treating it good. It grew past my shoulders and it was simply beautiful.

Well, it has changed. It’s now August 2014 and I noticed about 6 months ago my hair was different. It has less luster, felt lifeless and even looked thinner. I thought, “Am I doing anything different?” The only thing I could think of was that I was blow drying it more to do Bantu knots. That was only once a week so that couldn’t have had a major effect. Then it hit me. The hormones that makes a woman hair so gorgeous have now left my body and MY REAL HAIR HAS FINALLY SHOWED UP!

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Instead of taking care of my hair, I have been doing (my version) protective styles for the last few months. I have been going back and forth between quick weaves and crochets. I would leave them in for 3 to 4 weeks before I would remove them to wash/condition and start the process over again. I was never giving any REAL attention to my hair. I wanted to do a big chop again.

ENTER BASIC

The angels shined a light on me, because I was selected to participate in the BASIC HAIR 90 DAY GROWTH CHALLENGE. For 90 days, a stylist will take care of my hair. Yesssss! She will wash, style, baby, pamper, love on my hair for 90 days to grow it and get it back RIGHT! In between my visits, I have been given BASIC products to apply myself.

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I am extremely excited and so is my husband because he has recently been repeating the phrase around the house, “When are we going to see your real hair?” So the day I came home from my first BASIC appointment, he was all smiles. He even said, “You look younger, like we did when we first met.” I am still trying to see if that was a compliment.

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I invite you to follow my BASIC 90 Day Hair Growth Journey here on BernettaStyle.com. I will write about my updates and share pictures along the way. Although I look forward to how my hair will be in 90 days, I am going to enjoy the journey in seeing my hair actually transform.

What is BASiC?

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BASiC breaks down haircare into systems, each designed to take the guesswork out of getting healthy, strong, shiny hair that does what you want. With BASiC, our line of naturally derived treatments, cleansers, conditioners, moisturizers are designed to work with each other and universally, yielding optimal results no matter which type and texture. Naturally curly, straight, color treated, extension hair or relaxed hair types experience desired results with more enriched ingredients that are naturally derived with BASiC.

My Lovely Stylist is: Roz Smith,  404.725.1075 3941 Old Austell Rd. She works with relaxed & natural hair and just a joy to talk to. She walked me through the entire process and explained all of my products in detail.

Follow other ladies taking the BASiC 90 Day Grow Out Challenge via social media. https://www.facebook.com/BasicHair

 

Natural Hair

Design Essentials | It Works On Little Girls Too

At the Essence Festival this year, I was lucky enough to attend an event hosted by Design Essentials. Ledisi was the guest of honor along with a host of other celebs and entrepreneurs at this event. short At the Essence Festival, I had crochet braids in my hair. I left them in for a few more weeks, before I moved on to a short bob quick weave. After the quick weave, I had crochet braids twice so I hadn’t really had a chance to try my new products on a regular basis. The ones I did try – I do LOVE. Many times I get products and samples and do not feel a need to replace it when it’s gone. I can truly say after using Design Essentials constantly on my daughters hair and the leave-in conditioner on my hair, when I run out – I will buy these products. 10449969_10203380931477549_6106231284735058992_n[1] In between hairstyles, I personally used the Instant Moisturizer. I was surprised how soft and manageable my hair was after 60 seconds. If you don’t have time for a deep condition but want your hair to feel moisturizered, then this is a good product for that. You can condition your hair while you shower and then rinse. You will feel the difference. 10624985_10203756755512915_4752676201705173480_n[1] The other product I enjoy is the Leave In Avocado Conditioner. It smells so good, although smell is no indicator on how good a product is. It surely helps. I added this product to my water bottle, along with AMLA oil and spray it on my scalp every other day to keep my hair moisturizered in between styles. For my daughter, I also spray it on her hair before I style it. As you can see, her hair sucks up products!!!!!! Just sucks it up! Bailee's finishMy daughter’s hair, like many naturalistas – shrinks! Her hair is in the middle of her back when it’s flat ironed. On this particular day, she got it wet and this was the result of the air dry. In the image below, I used all three products to achieve her after style. 10636033_10203756754032878_3820482623093257463_n[1] Almond & Avocado Leave In– I can pour this directly into my hands and rub it in my hair or I use it coupled with water and oil in a spray bottle. I applied this to Bailee’s hair first (from the bottle), to loosen up her hair and get it more manageable. Honey– I love this stuff! It’s silk like GEL, but not sticky like it. You can actually use this to twist her hair too. For this style, I used it on her edges when I brushed her hair up into a ponytail. It doesn’t get hard or flake when it dries. It really has multiple uses. Twist & Set–  I sprayed this on Bailee’s hair and did the twist you see in her ponytail. The product is wet so you don’t need a lot. One or two pumps will saturate the hair enough. Then I rub it in and start to twist. I have used it on her hair for other twist outs, and when I take them out – they are very soft and defined. For this style, she wore a twisted bun. The prices on these products vary depending on where you purchase them. Take a look at the Design Essentials website to read about the products and how they will work on your hair. unnamed[1]

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All New Bronner Bros 2014 Hair Show #BBHappyHair

If you know anything about hair, you definitely know who the Bronner Brothers are? They are the cream of the crop when it comes to African American Hair Shows and for the last 67 years have hosted thousands of professionals, students and hair lovers that come from all over the world. People come to see new trends, take classes and what’s new in hair.

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I haven’t been to a Bronner Bros. hair show in about 5 years but was given a cool opportunity to attend the show this weekend and I’m excited about it. They even have 6 ways you could possibly win $500!! Click the picture above for more information.

Details: Georgia World Congress Center Aug 2 – Aug 5 (click)

Download the Bronner Bros. Show appShowSite_PhoneApp

The theme is #BBHappyHair, which means inward beauty expressed through the inside out.

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Here’s what new:

  • There are more educational classes (208 professional classes this year).
  • Main stage competition will now include; make up, all natural styles, barbering, hair schools, and fantasy.
  • New Pavilions dedicated to Natural hair, barbering, skin, make-up, nails, and fashion.

Follow Bronner Bros. (& me) on all their social media channels and follow along with the hashtag #BBHappyHair.

Also come back next week to read about my experience, remember it’s been a minute for me.

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Will I see you there? Have you ever been to a Bronner Bros hair show before? What was your experience?

Natural Hair

#WW : Short Boy Cut QW Protective Style

I haven’t done a Wordless Wednesday post in a very long time, but today I wanted to show my cute little boy cut!

For the last few weeks I have been wearing crochet braids (with Marley hair), but I all that hair was getting on my nerves. Although, I like the style-I had to roll it every few days and dip it in hot water to keep the curl pattern. I started off with the hair past my shoulders and every week, I cut it short and short until I have a crochet bob by the time I went to Essence.

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The day I returned from New Orleans, I took that stuff OUT!! I would do it again (Marley Hair), but not often because of the hot water. When I get a protective style, I want to get up and go.

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So, Monday I decided to go with my favorite go-to protective style, a QW (Quick Weave). I can always get the cutest short cut look without actually cutting my real hair. My hair stylist braids my hair underneath and adds the hair to a stocking cap. She then cuts and styles the hair to fit my face. I am able to remove it at night or whenever I want. Easy, cute, simple and stylish!!

So much for Wordless huh?

 

Natural Hair

Crochet Braids With Marley Hair #ProtectiveStyle

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Thanks to Tiffini, I saw the inspiration picture of Popit_4_Pumps on Instagram and immediately wanted this style. I have only had crochet braids once before, so I enlisted my natural hair guru bestie, Yolanda to help me out! She will try EVERYTHING on herself first before paying someone!! So she tried it and it turned out great. My response was,”I got next!”

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This style looks like Bantu Knots, which made me love it even more. It’s actually Crochet Braids with Marley Hair! I know right!! How did she do it? Let’s take a step by step look along with the video shall we…

  1. Braid your hair: My is braided going backward, with three connections in the front. The connections are just in case I want to wear a bang or switch sides.
  2. Brush out the hair pattern: Marley Hair has a wave pattern that you can brush out before rolling it.
  3. Twist & Roll: Twist your hair first all the way to the end, then roll it upward in a spiral motion.
  4. Dip in Hot Water: Boil the water, take your time and dip each one for 15-20 seconds.
  5. Let it Dry: You can take the rollers out in 15 minutes. It will still be wet, but it will hair dry. I left mine in overnight because I did my hair late at night.
  6. Cut & Shape: After you take the rollers out, separate with your fingers and then cut it to frame your face. Or leave it long, it’s totally up to you.

So? What do you think? I am interested to see how long this will last. Have you ever did crochet braids before?