Posts tagged ‘wash and go’

Have to teach the youngings

For the Thanksgiving holiday I spent time with family in a beautiful cabin somewhere in New Jersey and when I say it was one of the best experiences, I mean it. It felt so good to be so close to home but so far at the same time. It was the perfect place to relax and the cabin was just beautiful. While on the little getaway,  I had to do some schooling!  The background info: My younger cousin D is 13 years old and she is pretty much at the stage where she has to deal with her hair on her own, and she has no idea how she is supposed to be taking care of her hair. Prior to this I had told her what to do and it oviously went in one ear and out the next. This was her hair when I recently saw her…


It was all knotted together into one big dread. The girls hair was locking y’all, and I was in awe. She is a swimmer; she swims almost 6 days a week, usually just brushing the hair up into a ponytail without detangling or combing it out. Thank goodness we got to the root of the issue. After encountering her newly dreaded hair, I knew I had to get to schooling..well unless she wanted dreads, but that wasn’t the case. So to get the locked hair detangled I wet it a bit and added some Shea Moisture’s Anti- Breakage Masque and basically combed out whenever and where ever I could. Once that was all done, I used the Shea Moisture’s Yucca and Baobab Thickening shampoo and the Restorative conditioner to detangle her hair. It did take some time but we got through the agony (she is super tender headed). I told her how she should be sectioning her hair and getting the product through her hair evenly, leaving her to try it out on her own for one of the sections that had to be detangled.


After washing, conditioning and detangling, we applied some of the Yucca and Baobab hair milk, and a bit of vatika oil to the hair and voila……..


Check out her shrinkage!!!!


Love your Kinks,


Brooklyn kind of Wash and Go

It was definitely feeling like a Brooklyn kind of day when I pulled out my stash to wash and define my TWA. Being that I attended the CurlBox x Karen’s Body Beautiful event I was sure to leave with some goodies. I received a Luscious Locks Hair Mask & Hold It Gel w/Argan Oil; I finally put them to the test.

For this particular wash I incorporated a couple of my other staples to get the job done.

My Vatika Oil and Shea Moisture Restorative conditioner

Check out how I put all of these products to the test…..

The results were not too bad. After applying the KBB Luscious Locks Hair Mask my hair resembled Jerry curls from all the moisture is retained. I still don’t feel I have mastered the application of gel as yet but once I do you will be the first to hear.

Love your Kinks,

Tressumé: Khadijah

Khadijah Jones

Location: Atlanta, Ga

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for 3 months.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I transitioned for a year and then did the big chop on my one year mark.

Why did you choose that route?
I chose this route because I was a tad bit insecure about how I would look. When I did the big chop I was beyond satisfied.

How long did you transition?
I transitioned for a year.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I experienced breakage with my last perm and decided to transition. I was inspired by a lot of natural haired beauties on youtube.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
Seeing other people who have transitioned to natural hair and how healthy their hair was after the process.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Two natural hair products I can’t live without is Taliah Waajid’s Curl Sealer and Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Mousse.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
Being that my hair is really short right now I’d prefer to wear a wash and go.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to get ready in the morning.

What do you dislike about it?
I can’t think of anything I dislike about my natural hair. I love everything about my curly fro!

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Don’t give up and look for inspiration on natural hair blogs as often as needed to keep you going! If you’re in the process of transitioning try to wear as many protective styles as possible so that you don’t damage your curl pattern.

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Tressumé: Jor-El (Mane Man)

New York, NY
How long have you been natural?
I’ve never been asked this question before! I guess I’ll have to say that I’ve been natural for about 3-4 years now. Back in Summer 2008 I got a texturizer and while I liked it for a few weeks, I immediately grew it out and returned to low cut Caesar cuts until Fall 2009. That’s when I started to grow my hair out.
What inspired you to have natural hair?
What has kept you motivated to remain natural? The best thing about this experience has been the growing sense of confidence I’ve felt since embracing my fro. Like women, I think its also difficult for guys who get pressures to look a certain way. I grew tired of having the same hair cut for years and years and just needed a change. I really enjoy the way my hair looks now and how it better reflects my character and personality.
What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Only two?! If I HAVE to decide, I’m going to say that I must have Tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner. It is the best drug store conditioner I have used to date. It has great slip and my hair loves that stuff! And for the second? I’d have to say that I always need a good gel or styling cream on hand for my go to wash and go. One of my favorites has to be Donna Marie’s Dream Curling Cream.
What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I really only rock wash and go’s to be honest. It’s easy to do, gives me the look I want and I’ve got it down to a science LOL.
What do you love about your natural hair?
To be honest, I love the texture and thickness of it. I have SO much hair!
What do you dislike about it?
Probably the same things! When I first starting growing out my hair, it was tough to adjust my mind to recognize and appreciate my texture and curl pattern, but now that I understand my hair, I’m a little obsessed with it. The thickness can be tough to deal with during detangling sessions but conditioners with good slip typically help me out with that.
What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
From my own experience and from what I’ve heard from women out there, it can be an emotional journey and social support is key to making any lasting change. Be courageous and challenge the status quo!
Feel free to stop by my blog, MANE MAN (, where I report on natural hair from a guy’s perspective. I do product reviews of hair and grooming products and host giveaways too! Check me out on Facebook and on Twitter @manemanblog.

Kinky Curly Wash ‘n Go

Today’s products….


If you have read my Curl Daze post, you know that I won the whole Kinky Curly product kit. So today I decided to try some of the products out. I chose the above Knot Today Detangler/Leave In and the Curling Custard.

To prep my hair I applied some water, Vatika Oil and the Wen Intensive Hair Treatment. After applying I twisted my hair adding some of my castor oil mixture. I then covered my hair with a shower cap and my satin bonnet leaving it overnight.


This morning I washed the contents of the Wen Intensive Hair Treatment out of my hair with the twists still in. The Kinky Curly Knot Today was applied twice, then I untwisted my hair and rinsed.

Once out of the shower I applied more Knot Today and combed through my hair in sections using the Curling Custard. I then ended with the results below…



How I felt about the results….the Knot today left my hair feeling clean and very moisturized, though it did leave my hair feeling a bit striped. The Curling Custard did define my hair and left my hair smelling like candy which I liked. The down side was it made my hair feel like I had candy in it, that was not fun at all.

I would definitely try the products again using less of the Curling Custard. I really feel I have not mastered my measuring skills when defining my curls with Gel like products. Better luck next time.

Love your Kinks,

Tressumé: Black Girls Run(Ashley Hicks & Toni Carey)

A few days ago I posted about a program called Black Girls Run. I discovered the program on the news one night and did my research. I was amazed by both how great program was as well as the natural hair of the founders Ashley and Toni.
I got the opportunity to interview the lovely ladies of Black Girls Run Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks. They share with me how they began their own natural hair journeys, information about Black Girls Run, as well as tips for the African American woman who wants to begin a healthier lifestyle.
If you have not heard about the amazing program, please take the time out to learn more from this interview and by visiting their site

Toni & Ashley


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Norfolk, VA & New York


How long have you been natural?
Ashley: I have been natural for 2 years

Toni: I have been natural for 1 year & 4 mos.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
Ashley: I transitioned

Toni: I transitioned for a short time then did the Big Chop.

Why did you choose that route?
Ashley: I had an appointment for a perm and my stylist cancelled on me the last minute. Being that I was a runner I decided to forget about the appointment and embrace my natural hair.

Toni: I was tired of the two different textures

How long did you transition?
Ashley: I transitioned for 9 months and cut it 2 years ago September

Toni: I transitioned for a short time.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
Ashley: Being cancelled on for a perm and the fact that my hair would be much healthier. Discovering my curls was also an inspiration.

Toni: I saw Ashley’s hair, how healthy it was and I decided to do my own transition.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
Ashley: I love my hair. It is easy also with working out, and I can wear it straight if I wanted to.
Toni: I want everything healthy with exercise, organic food and my hair. It has become a lifestyle.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Ashley: Giovanni’s Leave In because it feels amazing after a wash and keeps my hair moisturized.
Toni:</em> I use Giovanni’s 50/50 conditioner and Hair Rules Curly Whip and Kinky Curling Cream

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
Ashley: Wash and Go, I haven’t really mastered any twist out or braid out styles yet.

Toni: Being my hair is so thick a wash and go is my go to style.

What do you love about your natural hair?
Ashley: I love my texture and how soft my hair is and its volume. I always loved big hair.

Toni: It’s easier to manage while on the go, and I don’t have to make schedules around my hair.

What do you dislike about it?
Ashley: Detangling, because it takes me a really long time to detangle my hair.

Toni: I feel like my hair never gets enough water, so I would have to say battling the dryness of my hair.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Ashley: Have patience and enjoy the process.

Toni: Don’t have expectations for your hair. Take advice but understand that everbodys hair is different.

How do you typically prep your hair as a runner with natural hair?
Toni: I may add a headband and condition more making sure to wash my hair to prevent salt buildup.
Ashley: I usually don’t really do much different besides washing my hair more.

We also got into detail about some aspects of fitness. I thought of some things that many of you might want to know about fitness.

What do you think is the biggest misconception women of color have in regards to fitness?
Toni: Many women think you can’t workout and be cute. When you definitely can be cute while working out.

Ashley: The idea of consistency; fitness should become a lifestyle. You must put in the time and effort. It will take some time to get where you would like but you just have to wait it out.

How do you feel Black Girls Run will motivate women to improve their health and fitness?
Toni: Black Girls Run provides a support system as well as accountability. The women expect me to be there to support them.

Ashley: It helps to educate and give people the information they need about taking the next step in fitness. It is also a support system, as we have workshops and blog posts on how to get started for the beginner in fitness.

What are the minimum and maximum amount of days one should exercise?
Toni: I feel there is not maximum it is based on what your body can handle. You should always listen to your body. The minimum is 2 to 3 days.

Ashley: We use the Couch to 5k program, which is about 20 to 25 minutes of cross training for about 3 to 4 days a week.

What are some quick home exercises you can recommend to someone who is a beginner?
Ashley: Core exercises are great. They help you to work on your form, which is the base for when you’re running. A good core exercise is the plank.

Toni: Many people don’t think about this one much but jump roping is an awesome home exercise. You can spend 20 to 30 minutes doing this; it helps burn calories

Where would you like to see Black Girls Run 5 years from now?
Toni: I would like to see Black Girls Run out more in the community and helping people to understand what it means to be healthy and fit.

Ashley: 80% of the U.S. is obese or overweight and I would like to see Black Girls Run help to decrease that number.

I think this is a great opportunity for African American women to get together. It also helps them to motivate each other in getting and remaining fit. I would like to thank both Toni and Ashley for creating Black Girls Run, as well as taking the time to share their natural hair journeys.

Tressumé: Marisol(Mama Naturalista)

Marisol B. Correa (Mama Naturalista)
Washington, DC

Naturalista & Mama of 4!!!! Model, Singer, Dancer, Actress &Writer.
Blogger, Vlogger, Wife, Mom, US Army Vet & All Things Boxing!

How long have you been natural?

I have been 100% for almost 1 year!

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?

I transitioned.

Why did you choose that route?

I chose to transition because I didn’t know what my Natural Hair texture was! I wanted to get reacquainted with my curls and do plenty of research before choosing whether I wanted to continue transitioning or to do the Big Chop.

How long did you transition?

I transitioned for 6 months and then I did the Big Chop! During the transitioning process I used heat on my hair to blend the two textures. I didn’t know much about heat damage at the time so when I did my BC, I had MAJOR heat damage. I then did a 2nd Big Chop and cut my Natural hair which was about 6 inches at the time down to 1/2 inch!!!! 

What inspired you to have natural hair?

My children! I have 4 kids and they ALL have beautiful Natural Curls! 

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

My children & my Hubby! They have been my strongest support system! When you surround yourself with positive and supportive people whether it’s family or friends – It makes you feel that much more positive and supportive of yourself!  

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?

Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration Conditioner and Avocado Butter. 

HE – HH because of the slip it gives for my detangling sessions and     Avocado Butter because I love the way it makes my hair feel and it keeps my hair moisturized.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

I love to wear my hair in a PonyPuff and in a Wash & Go! I like other    styles as well but as a working mother of 4 kids, I like to go with the easiest and less time consuming styles! 

What do you love about your natural hair?

I LOVE the versatility and beauty of it! 

What do you dislike about it?

I don’t dislike anything about my hair!  If I had to dislike something, it would only be the amount of time it can take to do my hair. I wish I had more time. LOL!

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?

If it seems that you run into a dead end and say “I Can’t”, take a breather and reassure yourself that You Can! Ask for help. Ask a family member, consult with a Natural Hair Beautician, ask a friend, search websites, look at YouTube videos and most of all, DON’T QUIT!


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