10 Years Natural!!!!

10 Years Natural!!!!

 

TODAY is the day ten years ago that I began my journey as a loose natural, almost two of those years I have been a loc’d natural.

Ten years ago I found myself chasing  BEAUTY or what I felt beauty was, long luxurious hair that WASN’T mine.

On a weekly basis, I was going BROKE at the beauty supply buying the best of the best Brazilian Kinky Curly hair, making someone else rich.

And YES I did say WEEKLY if there was another brand out that was the rage at the time I had to have it, I was a MESS.

I felt beautiful as long as I was wearing someone else’s hair in my head.

As you see I had a crazy warped sense of myself,  I didn’t KNOW who I was and what beauty REALLY was.

The day I upgraded my phone was the day my thinking was UPGRADED.

I found myself during my downtime as an office manager at work watching natural hair videos every chance I got, the more I would watch them the more I saw the beauty in what was under this expensive hair I bought.

I finally got the courage to cut it all off, the funny thing was this wasn’t the first time I wanted to go natural but this was the first time I had the courage to do it and stick with it.

So, honey, I cut it, all those years of confusion, damaged hair, and self-esteem gone in the trash.

The next day I went to work fully confident and can you believe I received MORE compliments with my natural.

They were complimenting ME my HAIR my CURLS my TEXTURE, MINE.

I had finally realized the BEAUTY I was looking for all that time was there all along. She was a little lost and confused BUT she was there just needing to be DISCOVERED and UNLEASHED.

Well, I have been HER since APRIL FOOLS DAY 2007 but this day I wasn’t a fool I was FULLY aware of who I was and HAPPY about it.

 

What is your natural hair or loc’d anniversary date I would love to shout you out on that day and help you celebrate.

What’s your story?

I would you like to share your story, if so please email me at chakinakrystelle@gmail.com for a feature on your anniversary.

 

XOXO

Styling Locs: Curly vs Straight

Styling Locs: Curly vs Straight

Hello Passionistas!

It has been 20 months that I have been loc’d and I am still loving it!

It has been hard trying to find what products are the best for my hair and even harder  trying to learn to style it.

YouTube has been my hair bible for some time, it has definitely helped me with styling and caring for my lovely locs.

 Im coming to love curling and caring for my locs,  rolling  it makes it alot easier to style and gives me alot of texture and body.

Here are a few styles i have grown to love

My next thing is to learn to braid my locs which is hard to do on locd hair and I went to cosmetolgy school.

I decide for those who are learning over again like me some help for us beginner agains i will start a weekly series Locs 101 Care & Styling.

This series will be on video first one comes next week.

So send me any questions you may  have or styles you’d like to see.

XOXO,

My Favorite Charcoal Infused Products

My Favorite Charcoal Infused Products

Hello Passionistas!

Its been a while but boy do I have so many new products I have tried and would like to share with you.

Lately there has been a BIG talk about the benefits of charcoal based products and because i like to be in the know I HAD to try some for myself.

Now charcoal is used to cleanse, detoxify and re-energize skin. Its especially  wonderful for oily acne prone skin.

I am one of many who battle with extremely oily acne prone skin and i have found activated  charcoal deep cleans my skin without drying it out but gets rid of the excess oil.

Ive also found it deep cleans my hair and scalp and thats very important especially with loc wearers.

Here are a few products Ive included in my regimen.

  • Biore deep pore charcoal cleanser – Biore deep pore charcoal cleanser targets deep-down impurities to defend against daily buildup – like dirt, oil and make-up – for a truly deep clean. Naturally purifies and deep cleans. Draws out and traps 2x more dirt and impurities than a basic cleanser. Provides deeply cleaned, tingly-smooth skin. Contains natural charcoal.


  • Charcoal activated sponge-100% alkaline, it will help balance the pH of your skin while still gently exfoliating and cleansing. I use the pure Konjac sponge with my daily cleanser, instead of using a facial sponge.


  • Charcoal activated body scrub-Lather up and let Bamboo Charcoal help deep clean daily build up, dirt and debris. 


  • Charcoal activated shampoo try Shea Moisture’s African Water Mint and Ginger shampoo 

Detoxify and optimize scalp conditions for healthy, manageable hair with this gentle, Sulfate-free shampoo. Certified organic Shea Butter combines with exhilarating African Water Mint, Activated Charcoal, Ginger and Opuntia Extracts in a revitalizing formula that removes impurities and buildup while re-hydrating and soothing the hair and scalp.  

Anding these products to my daily regimen has really helped my skin, hair and body.

If you should try one of these charcoal activated products let me know how it worked out for you.

Lets share.

XOXO 

3 Things You Should Know Before Locking Your Hair

3 Things You Should Know Before Locking Your Hair

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Hello Passionistas!

If you wouldve asked me a couple years ago if  I would ever locked my hair, I would’ve said absolutely NOT!

I was so stuck on length, curl definition and products.

A stone cold product junkie with no real passion for the health of my hair.

And check this out,  this is the worst part I have a cosmetology license, so I KNOW hair.

What!!!

I know, I know.

Now when I decided to loc my hair, I made a conscious decision to put the health of my hair before the length.

There have been major mistakes I have made  along the way.

Here are my top 3 things you should know before loccking your hair……

1. Start with healthy hair.
I find some of us are looking for a way out  the rat race of curl definition this twist out that.
We forget to maintain  length your hair MUST be healthy.
I vowed to use products that are 100% natural.
Which lead me to Shea Moisture and Oyin Handmade products.
Check the previous post for my regimen.

2. Know ahead of time what method and what size locs you would like.
Beginning I wasnt quite sure but I knew I didn’t want them too large and I didn’t want to start with two strand twists.
So I researched YouTube and Instagram for inspiration and paid close attention to those with my same hair texture and curl pattern as myself.
Once i realized it would be convenient for me to loc using comb coils which  allowed me to have the illusion of locs.
I believe they attributed to my hair locking so quickly.
The size and partings will determine the size and how your locs lay in the future.
Make sure to do your research!

3. Know who will be starting your locs and be positive.

DONT tackle starting your locs if you KNOW you dont have the patience nor the time.
Now because I did major research and felt comfortable with doing comb coils, I was pretty confident I could take on the challenge.
Yes I have found even in my research and careful partings some of my locs are too small or too thin so i combined at least 16 of them to make 8 thicker locs.
If you have to pay a stylist to  start and maintain your locs, please do your research on their credentials, products they will use and the methods of locking.

Make sure you dont get in the chair and are surprised by the results.

A consultation is IMPORTANT and shouldnt be ignored.
Get pictures of their work know who you are giving your money and trust to.

I hope this helps those who are contemplating locs.

How did you start your hair, what method and why?
Let us know.

XOXO

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My Dry Hair Regimen

My Dry Hair Regimen

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Hey Passionistas!

I have come to my 8 month Lociversary.
YAY!
But I am still having issues with dry locs.
Dry hair has always been a battle for me even as a loose natural.
Im learning what I used as a loose natural doesnt always work as a loc’d natural.
So trail, error and lots of research has lead me to what I have found is currently working.
Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mufura Oil Intensive Hydration  shampoo and conditioner is  the answer to my dry hair delemia.
The shampoo smells great, I found it conditioning and cleansing to my scalp and hair.
The conditioner is literally the ONLY conditioner that has kept my hair moisturized even after application.
And although I dont usually use a cream or gel leave in conditioner the Dark and Lovely leave in was awesome. 
Its the consistency of aloe vera gel and it sort of looks like it too.
But melts in your hair with no build up.
When retwisting I opt for Ecostyler gel  in the aragon oil formula.
It doesnt cause any build up or dryness.

Now I have found that the trick with all products is not to over use.

The summer months mean hot blaring sun and dry wind.

What are the things you do to keep your locs moisturized and healthy?

XOXO

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My Trip to Walmart & Target

My Trip to Walmart & Target

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Hello Passionistas!

I wanted to do a quick post on my trip to Walmart and the things I’ve purchased.
Lately due to the change in weather I have been searching for a bronzed goddess spring summer glow.
So I started on my search at Walmart first.
Ive heard a lot about Hard Candy products so I decided to give them a try.
Their primer is wonderful!
My skin stayed matte pretty much all day.
The bronzers are great too!
And are EXTREMELY PIGMENTED, which is great you dont need much at all.
With a price point of $8.99 you get alot for your coin.
I also purchased some brushes, sorry I dont remember the brand but there working great.
But i still will be purchasing some more professional brushes very soon.
Does anyone know of any great brushes?
Im always on the lookout for a finishing spray that drys matte.
So i picked up Maybelline Master Fix  wear boosting setting spray from Target, and Im NOT quite convinced yet. I dont feel it worked the way I needed it to. It seemed to make my oily skin more oily.
So back to the drawing board.
The one thing i was so excited about was my NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie from my Target trip.
Its a wonderful all season neutral lippie.
My entire trip cost me maybe $60.
I will be taking a trip to Sephora, Ulta and my favorite thrift stores this week and I will be taking all you with me.
I will give you the details on when I will upload the video to my YouTube channel.
   Stay tuned.
What are some drug storage deals and steals you can’t live without?
Please share.

XOXO

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How I Detox my Locs

How I Detox my Locs

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Hello Passionistas!

I will officially be 7 months loc’d on the 15th.
Yay me!
Now one thing that Ive learned is to keep my scalp and locs clean.
Sometimes regular shampoo doesnt always get all the product residue and dirt from loc’d hair simply because the hair is locked and not loose.
Dirt and debris can be trapped in the hair.
So in order to keep my locs clean, free from debris and smelling fresh every 2 months I do a loc detox.
To detox your locs you will first need to fill your bathroom or kitchen sink with very warm water.
Not too hot you do not want to damage your beautiful natural locs.  Add a clarifying shampoo,  I use Dr Bronners Magic Soap in Tea Tree, Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and Curl and Shine shampoo.

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Using just a cap full of the Dr Bronners and Trader Joes shampoos directly under the water  We dont want to put it under the faucet causing any suds.
I then use my handy dandy step stool. Lol!
#SHORTPEOPLEPROBLEMS
I step up and dunk my hair in hanging out there for about 10 minutes.
Allowing the solution to penatrate each strand making sure you get your entire head.
You may have to move your head around swishing the water back and forth if your locs are longer the process is alot easier.
I try to soak for a total of 15-20 minutes.
If I feel I may need a more thorough cleaning I take a dime sized amount of the Dr Bronners and apply it directly to my hair scrubing my scalp, then letting the shampoo sit for 5 minutes.
Then draining the used solution from the sink.
Add warm water to the sink half full and swish your hair under the water til all shampoo is out.
You wil notice the water will rinse away all dirt turning the water all kinds of crazy colors.
Then follow it up with a moisturizing shampoo my FAVORITE  is of course Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus  Curl and Shine shampoo
Then you can moisturize as you normally would.
My choice of leave in conditioner is rose water.
Retwist and Go!
Try the detox and let me know how it works for you.
How do you  deep clean or detox your locs?
XOXO
Cha’Kina Krystelle
chakinakrystelle.net

XOXO
Cha’Kina Krystelle