Havana Twist Product Details

Hey curly girls! 

So, I recently tried this Havana twist hairstyle on my best friend Spirit, and wanted to share the steps with you all to try at home. 

Step 1: I prepped the hair (which was freshly conditioned) with Shea Moisture for You “Intensive Hydration Hair Masque” with Cantu Beauty on the ends and scalp using the Tea Tree Jojoba “Scalp Oil”.

Step 2: I then, two strand twisted the hair using Dark and Lovely’s “Anti Breakage” for moisture.

Step 3: I used Eco Styler Gel and Jamaican Mango and Lime’s “Locking Firm Wax” to hold down the edges and bases of the twists.

The clamps were used to hold the twist down and smooth out the root to create a good transition between the teal hair and the braided hair. For this step, I used the Noir brand.

Overall, the prep took a little over five hours. The prepping actually took the longest amount of time, but was truly important for this protective style. Always make sure to give your hair a break while it stays moisturized and protected.

Stay tuned for more tips and tricks. 

~Kennedy~

Go-To Products: Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

Did you know that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) can be used for several treatments, including the following: natural hair loss, dandruff/itchy scalp relief, hair herbal rinse and much more!

ACV has the ability to detangle the hair, and help balance its #pH balance by removing the buildup caused by many styling products and inexpensive shampoos. 

Rinsing with ACV can also close the numerous cuticles on your hair shaft, which will result in a smoother, shinier and easier to manage hair. For the best results, mix 1/3 of a cup of ACV with 1-liter of water. Store in a spray bottle, and leave in the shower, using often to help replenish your natural hair. 

Hope this helps! 

~Kennedy~

 

“Deeper than Deep” Conditioner Treatment

1. Pick your favorite deep treatment (try Shea Moisture “deep treatment masque”) and a penetrating oil like grape seed, almond, coconut or olive oil. 

2. Mix the ingredients (treatment and oil/s) together with water (just like your body, your hair needs water). 

3. I’ve never been a big fan of honey, but add a little if you prefer. Honey is a natural humectant and is known for its moisture. 

4. Put on a shower cap and chill out for an hour or eight. I normally go to sleep or keep it in my hair for two + hours, and then spend at least 30 minutes under my hooded dryer for extra penetration. 

This “Deeper than Deep” treatment should probably be done once a month; however, I would recommend once a week…ESPECIALLY if you suffer from damage, dry hair and/or currently trying to get your hair back on track like the rest of the world! 

~Kennedy~

Hair Tip: Inversion Method

Here is an all-natural method for hair growth! Using a series of different poses, you will stimulate blood flow to the scalp; ultimately encouraging rapid hair growth.

Warm up some olive oil/castor oil mix and massage your scalp for four minutes.

While sitting, drop your head between your knees like you’re painting your toes, or dip your head in the sink as if you’re about to wash your hair. You can also pose like the girl in the photo above. Some people even do handstands.

While the blood is rushing to your head, you will massage your hair with the warm oil mix. Remember not to wash the oil out for about two hours.

Do this for seven days straight, and then STOP for three consecutive weeks. If you do it too often, your hair will not respond.

I’m going to try this out because…why not? If you decide to join me, tag me in your progress pics #CurlssForTheGirlss

~Kennedy~

(Photo via Elephant Journal)

CurlssfortheGirlss: Wintertime Hair Tip

1. Co-wash more, shampoo less – use shampoo ONLY when you need to clarify and get rid of product buildup. For example: If you wash your hair every week, transition into washing it every two weeks or simply co-wash and shampoo/clarify your hair once a month. “As I Am” has a coconut co-wash that I’d recommend. The product cleanses, but also conditions curly hair.

2. Overall, during the cold winter months it is important to keep as much moisture in your hair as possible. DEEP CONDITIONING – is EXTREMELY important, but make sure you find a deep conditioner without the glycerin ingredient, because those products tend to cause breakage. I don’t have a favorite deep conditioner, as I like to try different ones every month – switch it up on ‘em.

3. Use protective styles. You don’t want to do too much stylist, but you should try to protect your hair as much as possible, especially if you don’t have time to condition and co-wash as frequently as you’d like. Top knots and buns are my go-to hairstyles. However, braids and twist like baby boo’s in the above picture are good options too. Make sure it’s not too tight though, because we have to keep them edges.
Seal with oil. Most people don’t pay attention to this step, but it is a necessary game changer. After you slap on all that moisture, the best way to make it long-lasting is through the #LOC method. Leave-in condition, oil and cream.

4. Limit Head Gear. If you don’t absolutely need it, don’t wear it! Not only will it leave you edge-less, but wearing head gear, hats, etc. also have the tendency to suck the moisture right out of your hair – especially wool products. Limiting hat use will help prevent breakage overall. If you must wear something on your head, try a loose Erykah Badu style beanie, or put your silk scarf or bonnet on under your hat to protect your hair.

I have numerous posts on my favorite products and tips that you can check out here on the blog, or by visiting my Instagram page. Leave a comment if you need more suggestions regarding products and hair methods.

~Kennedy~

 

Product Review: Ouidad and Camille Rose

I stayed away from both of these for a while (mainly because of the price). For starters, I am not a fan of mousse, and I always assumed that’s what this Ouidad product was. Only to find out that it is one of the best leave in conditioner/styling primers ever. Please go buy this stuff, and love it now.

I absolutely love it. The Ouidad daily conditioner is able to smooth out those frizzy’s that pop up, after your hair dries following a wash. Once you put the style primer in, it literally prepares your hair for any product that you use – giving it a great detangled, moisturized base. FYI – I purchased mine at Ulta.

The Camille Rose Naturals revitalizing hair smoother is great as well. Because of the cold weather, you want to refrain from wetting your hair all the time. This hair smoother is my new go-to refresher. It’s perfect for the second, third day and so forth.

I smooth the product on my hair (curl by curl – It takes awhile to do, but the results lead to fluffy, smooth, moisturized hair.) I recommend letting your hair air dry, for the best results. FYI – I purchased this product at Target.

Both products definitely get a five star rating. Try them out, and tag me @CurlssForTheGirlss in your photos with the results.  

~Kennedy~

Curlss for the Girlss: Quick Tip

**IN THE ORDER OF USE**

  1. Pre-shampoo with two recently purchased oils from whole foods.
  2. Massage scalp and hair, and sit under heat cap for a good five minutes!
  3. Use the shampoo for hard water, and use the Argan Oil Conditioner directly after.
  4. Use the silicon mix for detangling. Make sure you have the proper comb. (You can mix the silicon with the Giovanni Hair Reconstructor or Deeper Moisture conditioner as an additional option)
  5. Use Knot Today and Cantu’s conditioning Repair Cream as your leave in conditioner.

Voila! Share your photos of your various hairstyles using the hashtag #curlssforthegirlss .

~Kennedy~

 

Product Review: Camille Rose Deep Conditioner

Camille Rose Naturals deep conditioner algae renew gets a thumbs up from me. I applied the very thick, deep conditioner all over my dampened hair. I let it sit for about 30min to an hour. Before I rinsed it out I massaged it in my hair. (It felt like it could be helpful for detangling, but I wasn’t in the mood for all of that) when I rinsed it out, my hair was soft and shiny! 

Check out my fresh photo below and let me know what you think. Also, I kind of want to try a new moisturizer – if you have any suggestions leave them in the comments.

~Kennedy~

 

Hair Tip: It’s All About the Brush

Many women do not realize it, but the tools you use to detangle your hair, are equally as important as the method. Personally, I try to stay away from using plastic combs or bristles/brushes on my hair! Not only do they tend to snag, but they also add to the breakage. 

Now, Denman and Wet brushes (pictured above) are worth the buy. You can purchase them online or at your local Sally’s or Ulta! Quidad also has a detangling comb that I would recommend. 

The most important thing to remember is that you do not want to ADD to already damaged hair. Little changes like these will help maintain the change you’re working so hard for! Trust me. 

~Kennedy~

 

 

Have you tried it?

Hey Curly Girls,  

#Ultrarun!! Products that recently caught my attention: 

  • “DevaCurl’s Detangling Spray”
  • “Macadamia’s Deep Treatment Masque”
  • “Joico K-Pak’s Deep Penetrating Reconstructor”

I wanted to check in and see if any of you have tried these products. I have the sample “Macadamia” and “Joico,” and will be sure to let you all know what I think. 

Comment below and tell me which products you often use in your hair. 

~Kennedy~