My Top Knots Be Growing…

Hi! I’m here to bring this lovely top knot that I’ve been rocking that is super simple to recreate. It gives the illusion of having a lot of hair, while not really having a lot of hair, haha!
All I needed to achieve this top knot was a stretchy band (I got mine at CVS) and some bobby pins (I always use a ton.)

20140415-202352.jpg

20140415-202402.jpg

It’s super easy. All I did was position the band at my hairline and slowly pull it back. When I got it to the halfway mark where I wanted my bun to start, I pinned it down with a few bobby pins on either side so that it would stay put. Then, I started pulling the sides in towards the bun until I got the height that I wanted up top. Then, I pulled the top that was left sticking up down. And that, my friends, was it!

Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

Guest Post! Feat. Paulah!

1535474_2202159053965_239250288_n

Hi everyone I hope you’re having an awesome week!
Today Paulah is here to share her some of her experiences and secrets to her beautiful hair.
I came across her instagram after seeing her gorgeous twist out reposted on one of the natural hair blogs I follow, and she was more than willing to tell us her story. Be inspired. Check it out!

1.  Introduce Yourself
Hi! My name is Paulah and I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan
but I’ll be moving to ATL soon to start grad school.

2. How long have to you been natural and what inspired you to do so?
I’ve been natural for 4 years. I was inspired to go natural by my best friends in college. I did a lot of research and saw how much healthier black hair looked without a relaxer and I knew that I had to at least try it.

3.  What is the biggest struggle you face being natural and how do you overcome it?
The biggest struggle I face with my natural hair is figuring out appropriate hairstyles for different occasions. My ‘fro is getting bigger every day, so it doesn’t usually make sense to wear it out when I’m going to work or any other time when I don’t want it to possibly be a distraction. Sometimes a puff doesn’t look right, or it doesn’t want to cooperate to make a bun. Just figuring out what to do with this mane on a daily basis can be really difficult. But I try new things and accept the bad hair days along with the good and it all works out in the end.

 tumblr_n3izrn4Awb1sm2n31o3_500 (1) 1185569_10151864541955396_1343521130_n2014-02-22 14.51.15

4. What is your signature hair style?
A twist-out on blow-dried hair is my favorite style, but lately I’ve been keeping away from the heat and braiding the roots and twisting the length to stretch my hair more.

tumblr_n35wl85LDL1sm2n31o1_500 2014-02-22 14.51.31

5. What is your natural hair regime over a months time?
I try to wash my hair once a week. I’ll pre-poo with coconut oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil, wash with As I Am Coconut Cowash, and deep condition with ORS Hair Mayo and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Sometime’s I’ll do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, protein treatment, or henna, depending on what my hair needs. Then I’ll do a twist out during the week, incorporating protective styles like a puff or bun. I also do the Greenhouse method 3 times a week, where I put coconut oil and rosemary oil on my scalp, put my hair in loose twists, cover it in a plastic cap, and tie my scarf around it and go to sleep. In the morning, my hair is really moisturized and it’s also supposed to increase the hair’s growth rate.

6. What is the greatest lesson you have learned over the course of your journey? What advice would you give others?
I’ve learned that I need to just accept my hair for who she is. It seems like when I’m feeling good about my hair and letting her do her thing, she grows faster and my twist outs look awesome. My advice to other naturals out there is to be patient and don’t feel like you need to know it all in order for your hair to grow. It’s been 4 years for me and I learn new things that my hair likes all the time. Just take it one step at a time.

7. Do you have an instagram or a blog where we can find you?
Definitely! My Instagram is @DownAzzJawn and my YouTube is youtube.com/downlikejawn. Thanks!

tumblr_n34s6fbJRi1sm2n31o1_5002014-02-25 14.41.18]

The Hair Is LAYED, Chile!

Hello lovely people! Happy Day after Easter! I’m here today to speak on my amazing hair! I’m so elated with my hair and I had to get on here and show you.
So I’ve been experimenting with the shape of my twist outs. The technique I basically have down, but as for the direction my twists go? That needed a little work. So I went to work and did a little test. I tried a new method I like to call ‘shingling.’
To begin, I did this on hair that had been washed two days prior and was in a huuuge top knot (details later.) I think it’s better to do this on hair that not freshly washed because new hair is just too…perfect.
So I split my hair into four sections, as I always do. To the back of my hair, I twisted it up as I regularly would. When I got the the front, I began layering the twists instead of doing them straight forward or straight back. I made the twists small, so I would say I had about 20 twists in my hair. (Oh, and they were flat twists. I don’t do regular twists.)
I left it in overnight, and took it out the next day.
The results?

20140415-190903.jpg

20140415-190914.jpg

20140415-190922.jpg

20140415-190938.jpg

20140415-190946.jpg

20140415-190953.jpg

20140415-190959.jpg

20140415-191010.jpg

20140415-191017.jpg

I am LOVING THIS HAIR. The definition, the shine, the body, AND not that much shrinkage (thank you flat twists!)?! Oh, praise be!

Until next time,
Mandisa❤️

As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner

Hello Lovely People,
Today I want to tell you about my first experience with a real cleansing conditioner! I couldn’t wait to get this. I first saw it on someones instagram with plenty of positive reviews. I purchased this my local Sally’s Beauty Supply Store one night with my mother who is definitely a product junkie. Shhh don’t tell her I called her that, she’s in denial. Lol anyways it was obviously meant for me to go because it was on sale for $5.99! Normally this product usually runs for about $8.00 which is great for a 16 ounce jar. Let me just tell you guys now that I don’t cowash often. I’m definitely in love with sudsy bubbling effect I get with shampooing. It just makes me feel like my hair is getting really clean. Still yet it suds aren’t necessarily necessary to remove build up an dirt from the scalp. And besides sometimes I don’t really  feel like going through my extensive wash day process. On those lasy days when my hair needs to be washed this is perfect!

 cowash

This product claims to:

  • Spreads easily throughout hair
  • Gently cleanses hair and scalp
  • Maintains moisture, adds more moisture and helps hair retain moisture until your next cleanse.
  • Makes detangling a breeze
  • Rinses easily from hair.
  • Helps promote a healthy environment for hair growth
  • Gentle enough for daily use. Safe for color-treated hair

Ingredients: 
Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cetyl Alcohol², Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol², PEG-40 Castor Oil, Stearlkonium chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil², Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¹, Phytosterols¹, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract¹, Quaternium-18, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone

My Thoughts:
I can honestly say that everything the products claims to do for your hair it does. Before getting in the shower to wash my hair with this I lightly detangled and separated my hair into four sections. I hardly even had to detangle because the co wash pretty much does it for you. My fingers and wide tooth comb were gliding through my hair like butter. The consistency reminds me of yogurt it distributes very easily. It smells just like coconuts but it’s really light which I like. You still might be wondering if it actually get’s my hair and scalp clean…. and the answer to your question is…Yes. I even checked my scalp afterwards for any traces of build up and there was none.  My hair felt clean but moisturized at the same time. In my opinion cowashing doesn’t compare to a nice lathering feeling shampoo but in comparison to a cleansing conditioner I’ve tried in the past, this is much better. Remember to follow up with your regular conditioner of choice 😉

Normally when I wash my hair from start to finish it takes almost 2 hours because I like to pre-poo, detangle, section my hair, shampoo, condition, then deep condition. It may be somewhat excessive but it works for me, except for those days when I just want a quick and easy job. In those cases I will be reaching for this. The only thing I dislike is that the cleanser is in a jar. -_-  I wish in was in a tube or had a pump. That would make life soooo much easier. Other than that this deserves 5 stars!

I hope this was helpful!
-Irene

Guest Post! Feat. Nicollette!

nico2

Hi Everyone!
Today divinelyrooted has the pleasure of featuring a fellow naturalista Nicollette! I’ve been following her instagram for a little while now because her hair is always looking bomb! Not even realizing that I recognized her from going to the same college! Tell me it’s not small world. I’m sure you will enjoy her tips and advice on her natural hair journey as much as I did! Without further adieu!

  1. Introduce Yourself
    Hey Naturalistas! My name is Nicollette, born and raised in the Boogie down Bronx, and officially became %100 natural April 4th 2014 yay me haha! I enjoy inspiring others to continue their natural hair journeys through my YouTube account and my Instagram (YT- modelesquenic; Instagram- modelesque_nic)
  1. How long have to you been natural and what inspired you to do so?
    I became natural just recently in April. My reason for becoming natural happened after my cousin and sister both suggested should. I was a major creamy crack addict and could never imagine being a naturalista. In April 2013, I decided it was time for me to stop getting relaxers and begin my natural journey. Being a natural has by far been one of the best and rewarding decisions I’ve ever made.
  1. What was the biggest problem you faced while transitioning? 
    I’d say detangling was a major issue for me because I usually wear my hair curly most times so after about 5 days in my hair will be knotting by the time wash days comes around. I dread wash days sometimes haha.                                                           nico
  1. What is your signature hair style?
    I think my curly frohawk is my sig! It’s easy, cute, and effortless!                                                                  nico1
  1. What is your natural hair regime over a months’ time?
    HMM, tricky! Lol .. My regime changes very often actually. I’m always watching naptural85 and mahoganycurls YT channels so I learn and observe from them. I’d say for wash days I stick to 3 shampoos and 1 conditioner if my hair is really dirty. Other than that I do 3 conditioners for regular wash days. Every time I do use shampoo I make sure my conditioner is always a deep condition. Once I even tried an overnight deep condition which made my hair extremely soft and manageable!
  1. What is the greatest lesson you have learned over the course of your journey? What advice would you give others? 
    I’d say my biggest lesson was to never join the relaxed hair era! If I could go back I’d stay true to my natural hair (Imagine my hair would be to my lower back by now ughh! Haha) So if you are still natural stay natural!! You have beautiful curls embrace them if not pass them to me haha!
  1. Do you have an instagram or a blog where we can find you? 
    Sure! My Instagram is @modelesque_nic, My Youtube channel can be found at https://www.youtube.com/modelesquenic, my pinterest www.pinterest.com/nfrancis2410, and my tumblr is www.modelesquenic.tumblr.com Thanks Guys ! xoxo

 

The Evolution of a Twist Out

Hi guys! The title is pretty self explanatory, but I feel like I should show you guys this amazing twist out I had going on this week. So on Tuesday, I did a flat twist and pinned my roots down so they wouldn’t bunch up.
On Wednesday and Thursday AND Friday, I wore them out. 🙂
It was very easy to maintain it over night. I simply pineappled, put my bonnet on, and went to bed. Perfect and low maintenance for this girl who is always on the go!
It got a lot bigger with a lot more volume, lol. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Until next time,
Mandisa ❤️

20140404-190948.jpg

20140404-190959.jpg

20140404-191010.jpg

20140404-191021.jpg

20140404-191035.jpg

20140404-191059.jpg

20140404-191111.jpg

20140404-191125.jpg

20140404-191135.jpg

20140404-191149.jpg

20140404-191204.jpg

20140404-191214.jpg

20140404-191224.jpg

Guest Post! Feat. Amma!

amma1 (1)

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
It’s been quite sometime since someone else has shown their face on our blog. I think our readers deserve a break from the usual and it’s always great to read about another persons personal journey. I find it interesting and extremely helpful, so here it is! Our guest today is Amma. I came across her blog Click Here! that I really enjoy reading a few months back. So without further adieu meet Amma! 🙂

 1. Introduce Yourself
Hello ! My name is Amma  aka Amma Mama online. I am 26, from Ghana and I live in Maryland. I am not a natural expert at all but I really like the way natural hair looks. I am definitely a natural hair enthusiast.

Inline image 1

2.  How long have to you been natural and what inspired you to do so? 
I have been natural for four years. What inspired me to go natural was looking at my old childhood pictures, particularly the one below. Years of constant relaxers thinned my naturally thick hair and I missed that thickness. I was also inspired by Mae aka Natural Chica {pictured with me below} and Sunshine Abuwi.  While I transitioned during the summer of 2009, I followed their natural hair journey via their blogs. I read their blog posts weekly just for natural hair inspiration and tips. I also discovered Black Girl Long Hair that summer and it also inspired me.

 

Inline image 1

Inline image 3
Last summer {2013} at The Naturalista Hair show {in Maryland } with Mae aka Natural Chica
3.  What is the biggest struggle you face being natural and how do you overcome it?
 The biggest struggles I face is dry hair, de-tangling and retaining length. I don’t think I have overcome any of this. However, I do try to eat healthy, workout and drink plenty of water because I know my inside effects my outside (including my hair). I also try to keep my hair moisturized by moisturizing it every other day or whenever it feels very dry. I  de-tangle while my hair is still wet or damp and use a de-tangalizer {Kinky-Curly Knot Today or SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler} along with a wide tooth comb in order to avoid breakage. I also try to do protective styles because I retain length more when I am not styling or combing my hair everyday.
 4.  What is your signature hair style?
My signature hairstyle is Celie Twists {pictured below}! I wear them to work, the gym, church, weddings, to run errands, and just about everywhere in life. It’s an all purpose hairstyle that has been very good to me even though I am tired of it
Inline image 1
Celie Twists on air-dried hair

 5. What is your natural hair regime over a months time?
Over a months time, I wash, co-wash and condition my hair as often as I need to. I used to wash and blow-dry my hair once a month. However, I sweat a lot at the gym and my hair and scalp need to be washed more often. So I wash and condition or  co-wash, condition, air-dry and put Celie Twists in. Sometimes I blow-dry my hair but it’s really pointless because it sweats out at the gym.

6  What is the greatest lesson you have learned over the course of your journey? What advice would you give others? 
The greatest lesson I have learned is that water is my hair’s friend. Other than washing my hair, I used to avoid using any water or water based products in my hair because it caused shrinkage. However, water really helps to loosen up my roots and it makes my hair easier to comb. There isn’t any product{s} that works on my roots the way that water does. I would advise others to find out what works best for their hair. You have to know what your hair likes and dislikes. It’s important to read and do research as well. Experiment and go through trial and error. Don’t be scared of your hair and have patience with it. Love it, be gentle with it and treat it with care. Just like a newborn baby..lol

7.  Do you have an instagram or a blog where we can find you? 
– My personal Instagram is @ammamama.
– My blog Instagram is @allthingsammamama.
– My blog  allthingsammamama.com is for all  the things I love/like including natural hair among many other things!

amma2 (2) amma3 (1) amma 5