Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream- My curls Are Looking Gorgeous

I bought this product one month ago and decided to try it last night. After washing and conditioning my hair, I applied it on very wet hair and sealed it with carrot oil. Minutes after, I could see the difference in the hair pattern. I twisted my hair and unraveled the twist in the morning. Wonderful. My twist out has never been so defined before.

I love this product because the smell is not excessive, it delivers what is promises: curls defined.  Some people criticize it because it doesn’t moisturize the hair or elongate the curls. Come on people, it is not a moisturizing cream, just a curl defining one. the manufacturer never promised to elongate or moisturize your curls). Contrary to Kinky curly curling custard, it leaves no flakes in your hair and does not feel muddy. Plus, it makes your hair shine. So far, so good. 5 stars for JCS curl defining cream.

Enough talk, see for yourself. Below my twist out  picture:

Cheers to curly and juicy twist out!!!!!!!!

4- FAQs about Individual/Box Braids

Individual/Box braids‘ trend is coming back.  You probably want to put some on.  I hereby answer some questions you may have about braids.

1-      How much time does it take to complete individual/box braids?

It all depends on the size, the length of your braid.  In general, it takes from 6 to 8 hours to complete waist-length Hershey’s-chocolate-bite-size braids.  Mine actually took six (6) hours.

My Individual Braids- Waist Length

2-      For how long can someone keep her braids on?

It is recommended that you keep your hair in braids not for more than six (6) weeks.  But, I have seen people keeping them for longer.

3-      How to maintain your own hair while in braids?

Dry shampoo once per week and do a full shampoo then condition with a cap covering the braids every three to four weeks.  From my own experience, I would suggest that you dilute the shampoo.

Daily spritz with water and one or more of your favorite oils and seal with any hair butter/moisturizing cream or oil of your choice.

Bag your hair before going to bed so that your roots can keep the moisture and your braids their beauty.

4-      How does someone prepare her hair before braiding?

Drink plenty of water to keep your hair hydrated.  Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove all residues.  Apply moisturizing shampoo and deep conditioning treatment or a hot oil treatment.  Get your hair cut to remove all damaged or split ends.

If you have further questions, please send at afroalice@yahoo.com or post on our Facebook page Afro Alice.

References: www.dailyglow.com / www.safarihairbraiding.com

3-Natural Hair Care Basics

Contrary to what a lot of people believe, whether your hair is wavy, curly or kinky, your natural hair needs to be maintained to keep its health and great apperance,

Here are the basics to a proper natural care:

1- Shampoo (or poo)- your hair needs to be kept clean and that’s why it is important for you to wash them at least once per week. However, frequent washing can dry and weaken your hair. Some people do not use poo to wash their hair and go with a conditioner wash (co-wash). A mild conditioner can remove dirt and product build up in your hair as well. If your hair is oily, you might consider co-washing is not the best cleansing option for you.

2- Condition: it is recommendable to use it after a shampoo. It softens the hair, adds shine to it and helps you in the detangling process.

3-Deep condition: this is a must!!!!! I’m repeating! Deep conditioning your natural hair is a MUST! Sun, dust, cold, heat, coloring and other factors cause our hair to be damaged/brittle/lifeless. Deep conditioning your hair once per week brings your crown back to life. Deep conditioning your hair repairs it and keeps it healthy. It also enhances your hair texture and beauty.

4- Detangle: to keep your hair tangle-free and manageable, you need to detangle it. Never detangle your hair when it is dry and be sure to use a wide-tooth comb through it. Section your hair, finger detangle then use a comb to detangle after having sprayed your hair with water and oil mist. You can also detangle your hair with a Denman brush.

5- Trim: Natural hair should be trimmed every three to four months to prevent split ends.

6- Diet: Healthy hair grows with healthy diet. You need to eat properly if you want your natural hair to glow. Eating foods rich in vitamins (E, A, B5, Biotin, Iron) and minerals will improve your hair’s health.

After reading this post, you surely have a lot of questions? What products to use? How to style my hair? Stay tuned……..

Afro Alice. Please excuse any brevity. Posted with WordPress for BlackBerry.

Decision Made- What Comes Next????

Congratulations on your decision to become natural.  You probably want to either transition or chop off all your relaxed hair to get back to natural hair.  

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The first thing you need to know is your hair type.  Why?  Because, your hair has specific care and styling needs based on its texture. The three most known hair typing systems are the following:

1- Andre Walker’s system

2- L.O.I.S system

3- FIA system

For more information about them, please click on this link: http://www.naturalhaircommunity.com/hair-typing-systems

Once you’ve read about them all, you may use which ever you feel more comfortable with.  The most used and known one is the Andre Walker’s system.  This is the one I also used and according to it, I have Hair Type 4 a & 4 b- Kinky Hair.

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Don’t freak out if you realize your head has more than one hair type.  It happens to a lot of people.  Myself, I have two hair textures:  the hair around my temples is type 4A and the one in the middle of my head is type 4B.

Start enjoying your journey, very soon you will be able to choose products and styles that work particularly for your own hair.

Afroliciously yours,

Alice

#1- I Want to Become Natural and Then What????

How many people I know who would love to turn natural but hesitate just because they are concerned about how they will look, how other people will see them, how will they handle their nap and what products to use to keep them properly. The others, who got in the middle of the road already, just feel lost because they don’t know how to take care for their nap.
To the people concerned about how they will look- just remember how you looked when you had no perm yet. And if you are afraid a big chop will not fit you, then just transition until your natural hair reaches a certain length where you can rock them without being afraid of looking “weird”.
To the people concerned about how other people will see them- Natural Hair is the trend since some months and a lot of people are changing their traditional way to see it. Plus, what you like and what pleases you –as long as it doesn’t disturb others- is more important. But- reserve kept- some workplaces in Haiti still require female professionals to keep silky, straight hair- in this regard, the decision to keep your hair natural or relax it is all yours.
To those lost at the beginning or in the middle of the way- I get news for you.
First, don’t go natural only because it is the current trend or that girl next door rocks an afro and she looks gorgeous and I want to do the same. Give yourself valuable reasons to go natural. Because if you don’t, you will perm your hair at the very first occasion one difficulty pops up. And there will surely be bad hair days along the way.
I, myself, decided to keep my hair natural because I wanted to debunk the myth that natural black hair is not manageable / ugly/ unaesthetic, I wanted to make wonders with my own natural unaltered hair, I discovered natural hair was healthier (isn’t it the hair God gave us!), I can be more versatile, stylish and bold with natural hair and I like big hair.
Second, you made the decision to go natural, the next question is: Do you want to transition or big chop? Transitioning is defined by Naturally Curly Website FAQs as going from relaxed hair to natural hair either by gradually cutting perm off, or waiting to grow out permed hair until all hair is natural. Chopping (or big chop) is defined as cutting permed hair off all at once.
Then, which one is better? It all depends on you. If you are a VERY patient person, able to keep your hair in protective styles, manage properly the two textures and fear to chop your hair all in once, transitioning is the right option for you. If you are a very versatile person who manipulate your own hair a lot and cannot really manage two textures and who would like to try the big chopped look, go ahead and BIG CHOP.

As for me, big chop was the only solution,  I am not long-suffering and quiet enough to wait several months caring for two textures- I escaped that burden- and keeping my hair in low manipulation styles.

Time to make YOUR OWN choice.

Arrideverci

P.S: Please send me your comments and suggestions at afroalice@yahoo.com

Thank you