World Natural Hair Show Weekend

As you all know, I’ve been natural for two years now (natural means that I don’t use relaxers to chemically straighten my hair and I embrace my natural curl)!

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I’ve followed a few natural hair girls on Instagram & YouTube (Melissa Chanel, My Natural Sistas & Mahogany Curls  just to name a few)  to watch tutorials and find out which products work best on my hair.

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I’ve heard several people talk about attending natural hair shows, so this past September, I attended on in Savannah, GA. You can read all about my experience in this blog post. On Sunday, I’ll be attending the one in Atlanta, GA. I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Since I’ll be gone all day, my usual Sunday post will go live on Monday instead. I’ll bring you all of the exclusives. I can’t wait to share this new experience with you!

Have any of you ever been to a hair show before? What was your experience?

 

 

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Mixed Chick Hair Dictionary

Mixed Chick Hair Dictionary?   What is this you ask? Well, having curly hair puts you in a category all by yourself. Since becoming natural, I’ve had to learn several new terms myself. If you are raising “mixed chicks” or children of other ethnicities with curly hair, there are  a few terms you ought to become familiar with. Here’s my cheat sheet for you:

Co-washing: The use of conditioners to wash in lieu of shampoos. Shampoos can be drying, while conditioners moisturize. Shampoos also don’t do a great job of detangling.

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A Curly Girl’s Guide to Conditioners: My 5 Favorites

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Why conditioners and not shampoos you ask? Well, my fellow curly girls know that conditioners run out before shampoos because they are a staple. The right conditioner gives your curls life.

February 2016 was my 2 year anniversary of being natural AKA nappiversary. I think my natural journey has helped me understand the needs of curly hair,  hence the name of a previous post The Mixed Chick Hair Whisperer. You think I’m over exaggerating? If curly hair was a person, she’d be assertive, outspoken, fashionable and unpredictable.

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Curly hair has a mind of it’s own. Good products, like conditioner can tame the beast.

As I’ve mentioned before, I have the coarsest, tightest, thickest texture of my girls. Melody has tight, springy curls and Daphne has loose wavy curls. Thankfully if a product doesn’t work for me, usually it works on one of them.

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Mixed Chick Hair Whisperer Part 2: Conditioning Your Curls

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Before you jump into Mixed Chick Hair Whisperer Part II,  have you read Part I? If not, click here.

The one thing I’ve learned about curly hair is that it needs moisture. If curly hair was a superhero, then conditioner would be the sidekick. Finding a conditioner that works for your curls sometimes feels like finding a needle in a haystack. (For you non-southerners, southerners use lots of metaphors)

I’m giving you a list of some great conditioners. Ready???

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Mixed Chick Hair Whisperer

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Now that I’m natural, I have a newfound confidence that I can’t explain. It’s kind of exciting that my hair enters the room before I do and incites conversations. Now that I have conquered the curls on my head, I have become the curly girl, with curly haired baby girls. I like to think of myself as the mixed chick hair whisperer. 

It has been trial and error figuring out what works in my hair, and so it made the journey with my girls a tad easier. Melody has the texture of white hair, but the maintenance of black hair. Since I’m a product junkie, I don’t feel so bad when a product from my Onyx box or Birchbox doesn’t work in my hair. I try it in her hair, and if it doesn’t work, then my friends get lucky when I pass products on to them. Right now my staples for her are Kinky Curly Knot Today Detangler and NuNaat Garlic Leave in conditioner. Her hair gets frizzy by the end of the day at PreK, so I like to use Cantu for Kids Curling Custard or Curly Kids Gel Moisturizer for some extra hold when I pull her hair up into a ponytail or just a simple wash and go. Here are a few tips to help when styling a biracial child’s hair:

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The Curly Hair Journey/Struggle

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When I first cut my hair, I was really self-conscious. I had 2 inches of relaxed hair yet and I was tired of struggling with the two textures. After feeling empowered by YouTube videos and natural hair blogs, I did the big chop the weekend after my birthday. I was in utter shock and felt like my whole face was exposed-then I realized that perhaps I have been hiding behind my hair. Maybe that’s why India Arie wrote the song, I Am Not My Hair.

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I received shocked looks from many people, but several compliments from others. As my hair has grown, I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with it. Today I’m on the love end of the spectrum. For those of you with straight hair, let me explain. Curly hair has a mind of its own. For example, sometimes when I try to part my hair, the curls are coiled so tightly that they close the part. Or, I try a new hair product and my hair looks half afro-ish and the other side has defined curls. The struggle is definitely real! As I learn more about what my hair loves, I’m also feeling more confident about experimenting. I’ve been scouring Pinterest for different TWA (teeny weeny afro) cuts for quite some time now, and I found one that I love! Short in the back and on the sides, so now styling takes half the time!

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