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Fly Natural Hair Daily: Cute Curly Cut

For all my curly sisters, this is an excellent way to put some sass back into your style. On top the curls are left long and defined. The sides are faded and tapered. This style could be adapted to kinky hair too with a twist-out or coil-out on top and the sides faded. This short style is classy and super low maintenance. Are you afraid of a cut? Would you rock this style?

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Get Pillow Soft Curls on Kinky Hair (and other types)

Ever wonder the secret to gorgeous curls? Are you tired of the plain old twistout or braidout? Does the curl fall out of your bantu knots as soon as you take them down? The other day a lady complimented me on my hair. She was like, “Wow, it looks so soft and shiny…Can I touch it?” Proudly, I said, “Sure!” Normally, I might hesitate  but I was feeling my curls. Here’s my technique using bantu knots to achieve an optimum curl.

1. Start with stretched or blown out hair. If you are strictly a no heat person, then working with an old twistout or banding technique will do fine. Stretching will give you more length and flexibility and dry faster.




2. Go one section at a time. Section hair into medium to large chunks, about 1-2 inches wide.

3. Smooth out kinks with oil and a wide-tooth comb. I used Eden Body Works Jojoba and Monoi Oil and coconut oil to smooth out my hair. Using the oil will prevent hair from becoming too hard or flaking. A dab of oil on each section will do.

4. Do not use gel. Use a good curly pudding. For this I used Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding. A dab or two will do. You don’t want too much because the product mixed with oil will be too gloppy.

5. MY SECRET: Two-strand twist the hair before bantu knotting…why? Makes kinky hair more curly, and lasts longer. Kinky hair is thick, so the more sections you make, the more curl you can add.

6. Allow bantu knots to set over night. Before taking down your hair, squeeze the knot to make sure the hair is completely dry. It is still feels damp, or if too much oil is coming out, your hair will be frizzy and have little curl. If you have time, wait another day…seriously. Or, sit under a hooded dry on a low setting to speed up drying time.

Day 1 Bed Time 

You should still have enough curl left in your hair to not have to do much to it. All I did for day one is make sure my curls where laying uniform and gently crunched them under my satin hair bonnet.

Day 2 Bed Time (and beyond)
By the end of day 2, my hair was pretty frizzy. So, I decided to retwist and re-bantu only using a moisturizing cream. I focused primarily on smoothing product on my ends, then smoothed down from root to end. At Day 3 you might consider spritzing with water to rehydrate your hair. You can repeat the day 1 routine with the curly pudding which I find gives more sheen than just using the moisturizing cream. However, if this is my day to day style, then I like using just the cream for less build up. I would not do this past a week due to product build up and the potential for overstyling abuse.

Hope you enjoyed this style. Let us know if you have tried or plan to try this style.

Naps on the Street: Nicole Ari Parker at Street Car Named Desire Opening Night [PHOTOS]

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 LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this woman! I’m always inspired by women who seem to do it all. Nicole Ari Parker is a actress (most noted for her role in the hit TV drama “Soul Food”), model, wife and entrepreneur. Now add to that list, star of the all-new production of Tennessee Williams’ Broadway classic, A Streetcar Named Desire. This multi-ethnic cast also stars two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Blair Underwood, two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega and actor Wood Harris who starred in “Above the Rim” and “Remember the Titans.” Nicole Ari Parker attended the opening night after party sporting a new curly cut and color. She looks absolutely fabulous with hubby, actor Boris Kodjoe on her arm…Tell us what you think of Nicole’s new look in the comment section below.

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