Monthly Archives: September 2011

Seriously? Are they for real? These Type F videos are a trip!

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So, there’s been a lot of buzz on Twitter and Facebook about the hair care videos on Tyra Banks’ new website, typeF.com. If you have not heard of TypeF here’s a description from, Demand Media:

typeF.com gives women a fresh take on fashion and beauty and empowers them to discover their unique personal style. Inspired by Tyra’s mission to expand the definition of beauty, typeF.com provides a personalized site experience tailored to each woman’s individual body, skin and hair type, and connects a vibrant community built on the celebration of confidence and individuality.

 So what’s the big deal? Apparently, there’s been an outcry from the natural hair community on the health and quality of the stylist’s natural hair who is doing the tutorials as well as criticism of the advice she actually gives. One blogger, Luvvie of AwesomeyLuvvie.com goes on to say:

 I can’t take advice about haircare from someone who needs about 2 inches of trim. Her ends are more split than the Republican party and she’s tryna tell folks what to do….AND she’s a hairstylist??? What do her customers look like when they get out her chair? And this lady is telling folks to be running brushes through their afros. That explains why hers looks like the hay they were smoking in the middle of the barn. I mean you hear the sound of the brush running through her hair??? Ain’t that the same sound you get if you shuffle on carpet?

The website has since disabled most of the “ethnic” hair videos (as they call them), but there’s a whole slew of videos, that might make you go, “Hmmmm???” Like this one, with a hair stylist all “weaved-out” trying to teach us how to tame frizzy hair. Seriously?

Quick Ways to Tame Frizzy Hair — powered by http://www.typef.com

I’m not going to say anymore. I want to hear from you. What’s your take on this topic?  Do you think these videos represent what Tyra is trying to do?

Share your comments below or join the discussion on Facebook .

Product Review: Jamaican Mango & Lime Transitions Naturals Coiling Creme Pudding

Okay. I must start by saying that I am reluctant to do the this product review because when I first tried the product, I ABSOLUTELY HATED IT. (I probably lost a potential sponsor right there…) Anyway, how I found out about this product, was that I just happened to be browsing the hair product aisle at Target when low and behold a natural hair product for only $6.99 caught my eye. “$6.99!!! Are you kidding me?,” I thought to myself, as the euphoria of cheapness overwhelmed my body and mind. If the price doesn’t get you, the smell will because this product smells heavenly!

My first mistake using this product was that I did not read and comprehend the instructions. The front of the product says “curl definition”. I had an image in my mind of these gloriously defined coils. So, I slathered the product throughout my wet hair, attempting to do a wash and go style, and you know what happened? It dried into this humongous poof on top of my head. Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I love my afro, but this was not the look I was going for. In their defense, I probably should have taken heed to the directions where it says to section the hair and begin coiling, then let it set under the dryer or let air dry. (I’m assuming they mean you should use this product to do coil/comb twists or coil/finger twists and coil twistouts–which I might try.)

So, I decided to give Jamaican Mango & Lime Transition Naturals Coiling Creme Pudding another try. This time I thought, “maybe it will work on a two-strand twistout?” Um, no. Sorry honey, try again…It was quite possibly the ugliest twistout I have ever done. Poofy, no curl definition, nothing. However, even after all that, I still have one good thing to say about this product:

IT MAKES MY AFRO LOOK FABULOUS. It’s soft, coily and fluffy and it smells divine. Another thing I liked, was that the creme is not caky and goes on smooth. So, your hair is not all white with product and you don’t have to wait for it to dry. Just a disclaimer: Every one’s hair is different and you may get different results. It goes to show that reading is fundamental…lol. Use products as directed. Try this product out…it’s only $6.99.

Top Ways to Transition from the TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) to Longer Hair

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So you did it, “the big chop.” You were so proud of yourself for taking the big step. You rocked that sexy short cut with style and class. One day, you decide, “maybe I will try to grow my hair out.” Here’s where things start to become interesting. Your cute little fro doesn’t feel so cute anymore. It’s bushy and unkempt. It’s too long or too kinky to just put product in and wear a short curly fro and too short for elaborate styles. Listen, you don’t have to hid your hair under a wig until it grows out. Here are some of the top ways women deal with this difficult period.

1. Comb twists.
Let me start by saying that this is not a DIY hair style. You need either a good friend with some skills or about $50-$80 to go to the salon (though, I have done my own and they were just alright…I could still go out in public…lol). Comb twists are when you part the hair into small squares (or my personal favorite, diamonds). Then place a dab of twist gel on that section. Using the small end of a comb, twirl the comb until it forms a tight, coiled twist. Best results are achieved when you let the hair set under the dryer. This is a really neat and controlled style. It’s also a great way to start locs. In fact, that’s how I started mine back in the day when I had locs. This style can last about 3-4 weeks. Do not wash the hair, and tie it up with a scarf every night. Spray with a light oil mist or glosser for sheen as the hair starts to dry out.
2. Braids
These are cornrows after
my second “big chop”
My girl hooked me up.

At this transition stage, I prefer weave cornrows. Again, you are going to need about $50 or a hookup. Cornrows protect your hair from breakage and help to accelerate growth. Now, I’ll be honest, after about two weeks my scalp is itching so bad that I can’t take it anymore. You can wash your hair with the braids in or use herbal cleanser to refresh the scalp. Essential oil sprays work too, but realistically if your scalp is itching because it’s dirty you just need to clean it. I will say this again and again…DO NOT USE GREASE or OIL SHEEN. These products cause buildup and can make the itching worse. Box braids are also nice with weave (you can do them without weave depending on your level of comfort with short hair). I would advise stay away from micro-braids, especially once your hair gets longer. If you don’t take them out properly, they can cause breakage which is counterproductive to growing out your hair.

3. Sew-ins
If the thought of waiting a year before your hair finally grows out makes you cringe, then sew-ins are a great option. This is basically the same concept as the cornrows with similar benefits. With a sew-in, the hair is completely cornrowed and the weave tracks are sewn onto the cornrows It’s a great protective style. However, beware that if not done properly, sew-ins can also lead to pain and scalp damage from being sewn to tight. Breakage can also occur from keeping them in too long.
4. Acceptance.
Once you learn to accept your natural hair texture and length, you will find that there are a variety of non-weave styles that you can do. I personally embrace the afro. I wore them both shaped and unshaped when my hair was short and I still wear them now that my hair is longer. I’ve also been seeing women with finger twists which is similar to comb twist which are twisted with your fingers instead of a comb. Oh, and don’t forget, coloring the hair can also give you a funky, sexy look as well. I would suggest discussing your options with a stylist based on your unique texture.

What are some the styles you have tried during this period?