Showing posts with label long hair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label long hair. Show all posts

Jul 14, 2015

HAIR LUST: Wavy Lady

Natural hair comes in every length, curl pattern, and color! It's like magical. I saw this photo on Pinterest and had to post. As much as I love a fro that reaches sky-high, I love long flowing waves. This hair is amazing too! 

What's your favorite hair style in natural hair? Let us know in the comments section. 

Jun 11, 2015

YOUTUBE Thursday: MochaCurlie89 shares twist-out tips

Ashley Michelle aka MochaCurlie89

Welcome back to YouTube Thursday! Every Thursday we share a YouTube tutorial to help you along your natural hair journey. Today I'm sharing a Nashville native, Ashley Michelle aka MochaCurlie 89. She just joined Youtube in early 2015, but she already has some amazing tutorials available for you! 

I thought I'd share seven minute video on doing a twistout on blow-dryed hair. Personally, I love to do my twistouts on blow-dryed hair, it gives me more definition and more fluffy results. In this video, Ashley takes you through the steps of achieving this awesome look. And, she uses some products that I hadn't heard of: Soultanicals Knot Sauce and Knot Butter. 

Take a look at Michelle's video below, tell me in the comments if you find something that helps!

May 19, 2015

HAIR LUST: Long and Terrific Twists

You know I'm a fan of braid extentions! So this lovely model's long twists are just my fancy. And long twists are a great protective style for the summer . . . shoot, for any season. These twists look pretty easy to install too! It's always good to have a nice style to give you a break from your hair.

Would you rock these long twists?

Jan 20, 2015

HAIRLUST: Big Bold Hair

What can be said about this model's hair that can be better than just looking at the photo? Her big bold hair is one to be sought after. I'm sure she has her hair difficulites, like most of us, but still her hair is just GORGEOUS! I love when kinkier textures can be shown in a longer lengths. Just beautiful!

Nov 11, 2014

HAIR LUST: Terrific Twist-out

Nothing makes me happier than a terrific twist-out. When you decide to wear your hair natural, mastering a twist-out is key. It's such a simple style but can be hard to get right. Finding that combo of the right products, the right way to part/separate your hair, and the right amount of time to wear your twists can be maddening. But when you get it right - the results are glorious.

Do you have some tips for finding the best twist-out? Leave your tips in the comments section!

Oct 14, 2014

HAIR LUST: Loads of LOVELY length

I think every girl, when she decides to 'go natural' they find the picture of the girl with the longest curly hair ever. Not saying you can't wish for this length as a hair goal, but you can get a bit frustrated when your hair doesn't grow quickly.

Now, I wish I knew this girl so I could hear her story. Her hair is just GORGEOUS. It looks so healthy and well taken care of. This is the product of dedication and PATIENCE. To all my long-hair sisters, what's your secret? How did you by-pass the awkward length stage? Give us some tips in the comment box.

Sep 4, 2014

HAIR LUST: A real wild child!

There's nothing like seeing a woman with a head full of wild curls! When I was on our Tumblr I saw this gorgeous girl and her gorgeous head of hair and I had to post her photos! I'm having major hair envy right now! Plus, this photo-shoot is EVERYTHING - check out more photos HERE.

May 2, 2014

NATURAL IN NASHVILLE: Farmer's Market Trio

About two weeks ago I was being a total Stalker McGee as I ate my lunch at the Farmer's Market. I saw these gorgeous ladies eating lunch and I had to snap their picture. This photo represents more than 20 years natural hair! As I approached them, they surprised me by saying they were complimenting MY HAIR! Naturals out here loving each other - I dig it!  

Take a look below each lady share a bit about their journey:

This is Ms. Verdell. She's been natural all her life switching between straight and curly styles.

This is Ms. DJ Hearin - she's been natural for EIGHT years and prefers to rock a short style
This is Brooke G, Ms. Verdell is her mom. She transition for one year and she's been natural for one year.

Shout-out to our readers! Don't be alarmed if we run up on you to take a photo of your gorgeous hair. We have to represent the Natural Hair movement in Nashville.

Mar 10, 2014

ASHIYA'S HAIR DIARY: Combining Lessons

For better or worse, I am attached to my locs.  Over the last year, I've gone back and forth about what to do with my hair because I can see some of the issues that longer locs suffer already starting to manifest.

2009.  My best loc season.
I've looked back at tons of pictures of myself to try and figure out where the change happened and I think I've narrowed it down.  My hair locs really began to change at the end of 2009 for a few different reasons I'm starting to realize.

Size and Length Matter.  When I started my locs, I wanted them to be manageable and easy to style so I asked for what I thought was a good size.  Until my locs were shoulder length, their size didn't seem to be an issue.  Not only did the weight of my locs become more of a factor, but the ability to pull them up easily started to work against me.  Because of the length, I wore buns and ponytails often.  If I had been more conscious, I would have wrapped my locs with a scarf more often than apply the stress of pulling them up or back.

Balance Techniques.  When I discovered interlocking, I completely abandoned palm rolling. Because my locs were already small and interlocking can be such a harsh process, I should have maintained a better balance between interlocking, palm rolling and free forming.  With the right regimen, I'm quite sure I could have given my hair more rest and lessened the effects of the interlocking process.

Honor Your Challenge.  It seemed so insignificant many nights, but I had a terrible habit of working late and crashing without covering my hair for the night.  Allowing that to slip for a consistent time period was really a challenge to my hair.  I've since found a simple solution.  After my last video conference of the day, I take the time for my hair ritual and wrap it for the evening.  That simple shift made a all the difference.

Shoulder length locs on me and he was just getting started.  2009.

There are times in life when we wish we could go back and do it all again.  Well, I've finally decided that I'm going back and doing my locs all over again.

I cried at the thought of cutting my locs, but when you have know fabulous stylists who educate like Amber, you find a way to achieve your goals in a way that is authentic and comfortable for you.  I'm happy that I don't have to make any dramatic changes to achieve my goal.

Stay tuned to my hair diary as Amber and I revive and regenerate my locs.  It is going to be a journey, so if you've ever considered starting locs, come along for the ride!

Mar 4, 2014


I just love finding photos of natural hair. Natural curls, coils, and kinks are just so fabulous - no two heads are alike. I don't know who this lady is, but I this photo shoot is great. So, be inspired!

Feb 18, 2014

HAIR LUST: Locs Manicured

I really love locs. I like free-form locs and I like manicured locs. I love locs because no matter the maitenance technique, every head of locs looks different. I loved this photo (found on tumblr via @loccrush) and had to post it for this week's Hair Lust post! If you've started your loc journey, follow Loccrush, she's surely an inspiration. Her locs are gorgeous!

Feb 17, 2014

Candice's Hair Diary: Return of the Mini Twists

Happy Monday!

Let me preface this by saying that these mini-twists were not my idea.  I was forced coerced nudged to revisit this style by Melissa. I had been considering the style prior to the suggestion, but I decided against it. My hair has gotten longer, and I thought that it would take entirely too long to install mini-twists.

The top right is the beginning. The top left is the finish line.
In short: I was wrong. It took nearly the same amount of time that it did the last time I did mini-twists. If I exclude the breaks I took during the install (to eat, talk on the phone, and choose movies on Netflix), I spent between 6.5-7 hours on my hair. BUT... I've had them in for 3 weeks. I still have about a week left before I take them out. I've curled them and I've washed them; even the wash and set process only took about 15-20 minutes. Hair in this protective style is very low maintenance, but even a protective style needs a little TLC to stay in tip top shape. I used water and aloe vera gel to moisturize. I followed that with coconut oil or shea butter to seal in the moisture.
Straightening my twists after curls was as easy as 1. wash, 2. condition, 3. pin
and set

My twists are definitely coming down this week. I've seen what can happen when you leave mini-twists in too long. I don't want to have to deal with the tangles and knots that come with twists that try to become locs. It's been a good ride so far. Also, my urge to cut my hair has been quenched. I've been wearing my twists either curled or slightly shrunken. I LOVE rocking shorter hair. Especially since I've been craving a cut and my face is slightly more "short hair compatible" lately.

Short hair and loving it. Results of a flexi-rod set on mini-twists

I've already said that I'd never do mini-twists again because 1.) They are so time consuming to install. 2.) My arms get tired. 3.) They are so time consuming. But truth be told, I spent 6.5 hours on my hair. Before it's done, I will have gotten a whole month of super low maintenance styling. I think that it's a fair trade. Actually I come out on top doing mini twists. So... yes. I wouldn't have done this style again without some urging from a friend. But I may do them again I might do them again before the length of my hair makes them a little less worth the time of the install. Plus... PLUS I got to rock hats during the winter. Big-haired naturals are all too familiar with the hat struggle. It seems small, but sometimes it's the little things that make it all worth while.

I'd say this is protective style is a win in the winter or summer. What's your favorite protective style?

Feb 13, 2014

DISCUSSION: 3 Phases of being a Natural

 I spent the weekend with one of my friends who is newly natural. It was kinda of nostalgic listening to her ask questions about every product under the sun. I remember how clueless I used to be when I first went natural. And I remember all the mistakes I made - but each mistake led me to learning more about my hair.

i thought it'd be fun to discuss the 3 phases of being natural. Hopefully our newly natural readers can have soe faith on this journey. Believe me it will be exciting.


For many of you, the Big Chop will usher you into this Natural Hair world. Whether you transitioned (grew you hair to a desirable length without adding chemical straighteners) or just took the razor to your scalp - you are here! I'm also including the BIG REVEAL/FIRST TIME USERS as some ladies have been natural for YEARS, but covered it up by wearing weaves or braids. Nevertheless, this is the first time you've had to take care of your hair and you may be clueless.
  • Your family thinks your crazy for cutting off "all that pretty hair".
  • You've chosen a natural hair maven to copy and she's you new hair idol.
  • You and You-Tube have become best friends finding techniques that may work for you
  • Oh SNAP, you became a product junky! Curl-definers, moisturizers, shine enhancers, you have them ALL!
  • Oh yeah, everything needs to be natural - no parabans or sulfates, or heat, not here!
  • Every natural hair girl you see you ask her about her regimine, making mental notes to try that process.
  • Some days you love your hair, some days you hate it, and some days you are TWO STEPS away from going back to the creamy crack! LOL!
  • You spend your lunch-break reading natural hair blogs like Natural in Nashville.

PHASE 2:  Two Years Natural, thinking about making this a life decision

By second year of your Natural Hair journey you've got the hang of some things, but you still have questions. By now you've got a bit of length and you are trying new styles. You may even have a go-to look that you know is guaranteed to look cute and get compliments.
  • You've visited a natural hair salon and she cut your precious strands too much claiming you needed a trim. You were MAD!
  • You may have tried color or henna to enhance your style
  • You've figured out that sometimes 'un-natural' products help. 
  • You've mixed some products in your kitchen, DIY is your deal!
  • Your friends come to you for natural hair advice
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil is your best friend - it's in that spray bottle, in you kitchen, and even mixed in you fave shampoo.
  • You don't mind giving away products to friends. Didn't work for you, might work for her.
  • You have your 'go-to' blogs, you-tubers, and products.
  • You still have bad hair days, but nothing that an elastic head-band can't fix.
  • You think about LOC'ing your hair - you experiment with braids and extensions.
  • Sometime, you still have hair envy - your curls just don't pop the way you want all the time.

PHASE 3:  Welcome to the comfort zone!

I'm not saying that it will take you three years to get comfortable being natural, I'm saying by year three, I guarantee you'll be comfortable.  By year three (and beyond) you've found the length that works for you and the products too. No longer the product junky you once were, you've become the guru for family and friends - you may even start a blog or a You-Tube channel.
  • Some of you friends or co-workers can't remember you with relaxed hair.
  • You've had your hair heat straightened and you weren't scared about it.
  • Sometimes you are a know-it-all about your texture
  • You are thinking about Re-Chopping your hair.
  • You are no longer attached to the elastic headband, although, you know exactly where to find one.
  • You wince at the sight of a lady with broken relaxed hair
  • #TeamNatural #NaturalNazi - you don't care as long as you hair looks good.
  • Your hair has converted strangers to start the journey
  • A good trim, you know who can do it and when it's necessary.
  • You family is finally happy with the way your hair looks.
I hope you enjoyed this list. Of course alot of this is meant to be funny but some of it is very true! I just want you newly naturals to know, IT GETS BETTER it just takes patience.

Readers, where are you in your natural journey? What have you experienced?

Feb 11, 2014

HAIR LUST: Island Locs

Loc AND location lust!  Take me there!

HAIR LUST: Valentine's Curls

Happy Valentine's week! I saw this this cute photo on Pintrest and thought it'd be the perfect way to capture the essence of Valentine's Day.  Be carefree, un-bothered, and happy no matter if you single or attached. Ok, but how much do we love her big hair!??

Jan 23, 2014

HAIR LUST: Style Mash-Up

Lovely locs, shaved sides.

Here's what I would imagine my locs would look like if I had Melissa's courage.  I just can't let go of 11 years of growth!

Jan 14, 2014

Hair Lust: This Cool Couple

I don't know if these two are friends or lovers but I do know that they are super cool and ultra fly! Nothing like having friends whom you can share your awesome style sensibilities. Loves it! 

Jan 9, 2014

HAIR LUST: Ledisi's Curly Crown

Ledisi's Curly Crown.

I absolutely adore everything about this look!  I am clearly a sucker for curls and this skirt?  Love!!

Nov 5, 2013

HAIR LUST: Afro Tuxedo Fabulous

With the holiday season upon us, some newly natural haired ladies may feel limited in their flair for dressing up during the holiday season. Girl, BOO! Don't let fear stop you from being FIERCE during this party season. Rock your fro (or a fro'd out wig) to that office party. You'll be the talk of the town and you'll feel fantastic! Let this photo inspire you!

Oct 22, 2013

HAIR LUST: Wild and Out

YES HUNNY!!! This stretched and curled blow-out is giving me all the LIFE! Life abundantly.

Just in time for Tennessee State University homecoming, make sure to take a look at our Hair Lust category for some style inspiration. This one will surely be a knock out!
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