Daily Archives: August 23, 2011

CANCELED: Hairscapades Natural Hair Meet-Up Announcements

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8/25 UPDATE: Regretfully, I am canceling the Meet-Up that was scheduled for 8/27 as the weather does not appear as if it wants to be at all accommodating.  I am sooooo bummed, but, in the interest of ensuring that everyone remains safe and sound, this event will be re-scheduled to a later date. Don’t want anyone on the roads during a hurricane trying to make a Meet-Up.  Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement and stay tuned for the new date, which will be announced in the next couple of weeks!  

Saturday, August 27th
2 – 5 pm

The Bohemian Caverns
2001 Eleventh Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20001

T#: (202) 299-0800

If you live on the East Coast and always wanted to attend a Natural Hair Meet-Up, come out and hang with us!! All kinky, coily, curly, transitioning, contemplating transitioning, big chopping and/or natural hair enthusiastst are welcome. Meet fellow or aspiring naturals, talk about products, techniques, styles and accessories. Also, bring your unwanted, never opened, partially used products, tools and/or accessories for the Product Swap Meet!! You’ll get rid of those “#FAILS,” in order to make room for that item (or two or ten) that you always wanted to try!! Last, but certainly not least, you’ll get to admire the rainbow array of wonderful kinks, curls and coils that will surely be on display!! So come out and make a new “curlfriend” … or two or ten!!!

And this just in:

SCARLETT, THE CREATOR OF WONDER CURL, will be in the house!!  Scarlett will be discussing what makes Wonder Curl unique and will provide a live demonstration of  her products.  There will also be a Q&A session. (Btw, the TnC pictured above was done with Wonder Curl Butter Than Love. ;))

In addition, I’ve secured a couple of door prizes for the PJs in almost all of us!  So bring a few business cards for the “raffles!”

Finally, I created an EVENT for this on the Hairscapades FB Fan page! Would you please “like” the page and indicate whether or not you are attending the meet-up? And, spread the word to your family and friends … repost … tweet … share … like … PLEASE!! *lol*


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My First Braid and Curl

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Day 3 Hair

by Krystal K. (GOC – First Wave)

So, after I went out and bought my first tripod yesterday, I proceeded to make a video, “My First Braid and Curl.” I got the idea from Kairox146. My hair is “baby fine,” so I have the hardest time getting and maintaining volume. I was somewhat satisfied with Day One hair, but Day Two hair is showing great potential and it’s only 11am :). I hope it’ll be puffed out more by the end of the day. I’ll see how many days I can get out of this. I would love to get any suggestions from the GOC crew on styles that I can do to keep my hair looking nice. I plan to try out a few more styles in the coming weeks and will send them your way.

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Shelli’s response:

First, that BnC looks too cute Krystal!  As to suggestions, I’d try bigger braids to create more volume and would advise you to go very light on product. Your waves/curls won’t be as defined, but less product and bigger sections could yield fluffier results on day one! Also, the cinnabun or a sock bun may be good protective styling options for a big, full bun! I could never get the hang of the sock bun, but many people have great results using them! 

So, what styling advice would you give a  fine-haired curly?

10% Threadmill Discount Until 8/31!!

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Don’t forget, the Threadmill coupon code for Hairscapades readers has been extended until August 31st!! So, for any order you place from now until then, you can still receive 10% off of your entire purchase (excludes S&H charges) when you enter coupon code: HAIRSCAPADES10.

 

Taming the Frizz Monster

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And now, here is the first tip in our GOC series, 30 Days of Tips & Trick (non-consecutive! *lol*)!!

August 2009

Tips and Tricks: Number One

A variety of factors can contribute to frizzy, dry hair. However, no matter the contributing reason(s), the appearance of “frizz” is caused by one thing. The cuticle layer of the hair strand is raised, rather than laying flat and closed like shingles on a good roof. A closed cuticle makes the hair look smooth and shiny. A raised cuticle makes it look frizzy and dry. There are a variety of things that one can do to help close these “shingles” on the hair strands. But, one of the easiest is as simple as the cool/cold water in your sink or shower.

Shampoos and warm water both raise the cuticle layer to aid in cleaning the hair of dirt and product build-up, which can get “jammed” between and under the cuticle layer. If you don’t do something to close the cuticle after you shampoo or use warm water, the result will be frizzy hair. Many conditioners are formulated to be pH balanced in order to aid in closing the “shingles.” However, if you rinse them with hot or warm water, you’re not allowing them to do their job. So, when completing your wash regimen with the rinse of your daily conditioner or DC, use water as cold as you can tolerate (start with lukewarm to slightly cool if you’re scared ;)) to shut down the cuticle layer. Not only will this reduce frizz and enhance shine, it will also do the following:

  • Reduce tangles and mechanical damage, because a raised cuticle layer causes friction between hair strands;
  • Protect the cortex of the hair (which aids in length retention);
  • Seal in moisture from the water and conditioner;
  • Give curls “spring” as sealing moisture into the cortex aids in elasticity;
  • Help “set” your curls.

*And here’s another tip: Try storing your leave-in conditioner and/or moisturizing spritz in the refrigerator as applying cold product to hair will also help close the cuticle.

April 2011

Do you rinse with cold water? If so, have you noticed enhanced shine, smoothness and “spring?”