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Featured Natural (Sisterlocks): Batise

8 Jul

Batise has been natural for twelve years. She recently decided to make a change to her sisterlocks. Batise writes: Wanting to do something new and wild + blond highlights and shaved side=  funky new do : )

Thanks for sharing, Batise. If you would like to be featured, send your info and photos to naturalbyl@gmail.com.

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Faux French Braid Tutorial from AfrikanHairGod

23 Jun

AfrikanHairGod does a french braid tutorial on his kinky twists. This style could also work for locs or using your own hair.

If you have a tutorial you’d like to share, please send it to naturalbyl@gmail.com.

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Featured Natural (Locs): Tasha

25 May

Tasha of Naturaleza

It was October 2005. I had had enough of the relaxer and I needed a change. I transitioned with afro-kinky singles. About 6 months later I cut off the relaxer ends and wore my hair in cornrows and flat-twists.  Did wash n’ go but not many of those. The change came when I was finding it difficult to get to the salon to have my hair styled; and it was becoming quite frustrating. I had no idea that all this information existed in cyberspace; nor, do I believe I was truly mentally prepared for the change. So, I permed my hair again, a decision that I sorely regret but have had to let go to move on.


February 2010 was actually when I had my final perm. I felt so happy, it is indescribable. Could you imagine actually glowing through the whole thing? I had also planned in mind what transition styles I would have worn and when. I transitioned wearing my hair in afro-kinky twists, human hair micros and finally wool braids. In each style phase I accessorized to suit my outfit and the occasion. I made it work for me.

On Nov 2, 2011 I did my Big Chop and started my locs with two-strand twists. My hair was so short *Smile*. I tried not to let it get to me though but just looked forward to brighter days. I rocked it! LOL! I wore my big hoop earrings. I got more into make-up and accessories than ever before. I began doing me for…ME.

Now, seven months on and I love seeing my baby locs. I am not enjoying the fuzzy wuzzy periods, but when those feelings hit I look back at some of my old pics for inspiration. Or, go to some of my favourite blogs for encouragement.  It has been a process of hair change but also attitude and outlook change. I now do even more label reading, trying to purchase the best natural products for hair and skin as I can. I don’t always get 100% natural products, but I try.

Also, this time around, I am more confident going into this process. There is a certain doggedness I have about my decision to go natural. Of course, there were those who disagreed with this move, but I know it is for the better. I see it as a personal decision not something for everyone and everything to have a say. Know how I mean? But, I’ve gained more admirers and friends who support me through this journey so I’m blessed and thankful.

Not to mention, my life has taken on a whole new perspective in many ways, namely being a mum. And honestly, I want to be that maven she looks up to. When she looks at me, her mummy will have the same kind of hair she does, whether or not she decides to perm her hair or not, that will be her decision as an adult. But, I hope that my option will impact her positively.

From all the photos that I’ve seen, I have ideas on how I want to style my locs in the future: braid-outs, pin-ups with petals, curls and ponytails! Nice girlie stuff.

All in all, I don’t regret cutting my hair off and growing it the way I do now. There was always inside that desire, like something/someone yearning to be different and free of the burns, the breakage in the middle of my hair, the chemical relaxer. Yes, it was sleek and always tidy, never a strand out of place. But, time had come for change. It had not been an entirely easy path as I mentioned earlier. But, which journey that is worth taking is not met with kinks along the way?  :o)


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Sassy Side Bun (Loc Tutorial)

31 Mar

TheNaturallyou shares her tutorial for a sassy side bun. She does this style on short locs. Also, take a look at some of the other videos on her channel.

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Product Review: Carrot & Castor Conditioning Hair Oil

28 Mar

 This post is a part of Natural Hair CommUNITY Days

This is another item that I received from LaVida Given by Nature. If you didn’t see my review of Ginger Juice & Berries Hairdress, check it out HERE .

Carrot & Castor Conditioning Hair Oil (4oz. $19.43)

Description from the site:

Perfect for the dry winter months!  Carrot & Castor Conditioning Hair Oil keeps your hair moisturized between washings. Great when used moderately as a daily hair oil.
Carrot oil is rich in beta carotene, vitamins A (for a healthy scalp) and E (helping to stimulate hair growth) and provitamin A.  Castor Oil is a natural humectant that draws moisture out of the air bringing it directly to the hair shaft.  The hue of the oil comes from Carotene (deriving from the the carrot root extract) giving it it’s golden orange glow.

I used this oil in a few different ways. I used it immediately after applying my leave-in conditioner. I used it as a pre-poo. Mostly I used it as a daily hair oil. I loved it every way.

5 Things I Like:

  • Great ingredients including Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil,Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) Root Extract,  Cocos nucifera (Virgin Coconut) Oil, Ricinus communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Brassica oleracea italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Oryza sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Olea europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Prunus dulcis var. amara (Bitter Almond), Litsea cubeba (Litsea), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
  • It doesn’t weigh your hair down or leave it greasy
  • Works well for locs or loose hair
  • It smells great
  • Gives my hair a healthy sheen

I actually didn’t think that I liked castor oil before trying this. It felt too heavy. I’d never tried carrot oil. The combination worked wonders for me.  When I did my dry twist set, I used nothing on my hair besides the Ginger Juice & Berries and this oil for maintenance. It was so soft and had a nice healthy sheen. It’s also great for refreshing a wash and go. I spritzed with rosewater & glycerin and then topped it with a little of this oil. It’s great.

Stop by LaVida Given by Nature to get more information about this and her other products.

Reader Question: What Can I Do About Thinning Locs?

2 Mar
Yemi asks:
My locs [i am male] are down to the small of my back. I moisturize with Jamaican Mango& Lime most every night. I am careful not to sleep on them or let them get caught in seat belts, etc. but having problems with a few of the ends. About an inch from the end, the loc gets thin, held on by just a few strands of hair. How can I prevent this?
Please give any tips that you have in the comments section. Thank you.

La Sandra Shares Her 10 Year Journey with Locs

30 Jan

La Sandra writes:

When I decided to loc my hair, it initially stemmed from wanting to save time and money.  Even when I wore my hair straight, I always maintained it myself.  I just could not conceive of being caught up in spending hundreds of dollars of my hair (although I had many, many, friend who did).
I tossed and turned over the fact I was stepping into a realm I knew nothing about.  It’s hard doing so when you must initially rely on the advise of others, which may or may not work for you.  I also knew I would be opening myself up to all kinds of preconceived notions about people who wear locs (better not to go there).  Was I up for the task, or the challenge?
And since I’ve always been independent and strong willed, I decided there is nothing more reflective of my personality than to loc my hair and become more natural.  Particularly since I was nearing my mid-forties. 
My prior routine involved a no-lye perm once every six months.  My natural hair grows in straight from the roots, and then waves mixed with curls.  Rather than use a hot comb weekly (which I did when I was a teenager) the six month ritual of relaxing my hair worked just fine.  I simply warm combed it after each bi-monthly wash, and I was good to go.  But then, there were these rollers I would have to sleep in EVERY NIGHT.
Well, we did the famous “pony tail” thing for years and years.  People would asked, “Just how long IS your hair, since you never wear it down”?  It was too much work, and the pony tail could be dressed up or down.  But, there was room for potential breakage with always wearing it that way too, so the alternative of locing entered my mind in 2000.
Like many early loc lovers, I read everything I could get my hands on about locing (which isn’t much in the book store – hummm, idea?).  And I also tried a variety of products that online subscribers said were essential.  But this was suppose to be simple I thought, so I gradually pulled back from all that gunk!
My early years involved weekly washing, twisting, gel, oils, sprays, lemon juice, vinegar, scalp conditioners, loc creams and butters – OH MY!!!  And my scalp always
felt clogged up and itchy. 
As I continued down this natural journey I ran into an intersection in the road.  And the sign said FREEDOM.  I decided to venture down this road and learned, that LESS is MORE. So I do very little to disturb the natural order of my roots and hair.
 My Routine
Wash once per month – I use the 1st of the month as my trigger.  I wash my hair in the kitchen sink – it’s a double sided one that works great for going back and forth between rinses.  I prefer clear shampoos (any brand) that do not promote volume, nor for oily hair.  The moisturizing fragrant ones are my favorites.
During the wash, I am not gentle.  I scrub my scalp and hair vigorously.  It’s amazing how much you hair enjoys this and actually looks forward to being immersed and messaged completely. 
I alternate months of conditioning, since conditioning will deter the roots from locing as fast, as well as bulk up the ends of the loc.  However, I enjoy how it make my locs pliable.   But I also have to make sure I rinse as much of it out as I can.
I use a towel to air dry my hair for about 30 minutes or so.  Then I section it off in 6 loc strands for braiding.  I sit under the dryer (the old fashioned kind that has a soft cap with a string) while watching a  movie.
Once fully dry, I take each braid loose and examine the roots with my hands.  I no longer twist.  Twisting at this length weakens the root, due to the length and promotes possible breakage.
To tighten my locs (usually every other month) I take the end of my loc and pull it back and forth (like weaving) through the root.  Gets pretty tight and neat if I want.
I spray Olive oil root stimulator all over my scalp and hair, then message it in.  And the next day (once the hair has absorbed this) I may apply my mixture of Carrot Oil and Tea Tree Oil.
My locs are tied every night in a loc sock.  All I have to do is remove the sock and go.  This ritual is good for up to six weeks and has amazing results for hair growth.
Believe it or not, I’ve had to cut my locs a couple of times in the past.  Mostly because my hair was not forgiving of what I had done to it in the past and was resistant to locing.  It took one solid year for my hair to loc and not unravel at all when washed.
~ La Sandra

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Thanks for sharing your story, La Sandra!

Guest Blogger Ayanna~ Converting Locs to Loose Hair

26 Nov

I wanted a change after having locs for 5yrs. Before locs I had a perm. I did the whole transitioning, went straight into locs ..and never really played around with my loose natural hair.  Also I’m not sure if I did a little too much over twisting or because of the products that I used, but my locs started to break off from the middle (It was my 1st set of locs, and I didn’t do enough research). So I decided that it’s time to strengthen my hair and wear it loose for a bit.

Tools used:
Nail file
Spray Bottle
Giovanni Direct- Leave In Conditioner

It took me about 10 days to take them completely down.


  • I cut my loc in about half
  • Sprayed my locs with conditioner mixed with a little water
  • Used the nail file to pick out the locs once I got to a tough part I sprayed with conditoner/water mix and used my fingers to separate the hair


Know that your hair takes time and needs tender love and care, what may work for someone else may not work for you.  Also make sure you read labels of the products you’re using. And keep it simple 🙂

For more photos of Ayanna with loose hair and locs, check her FOTKI album.

Thanks for sharing Ayanna.

Protective Style: Kinky Twist Tutorial

12 Nov

Hairmania3000 shows how she does her kinky twists. She also shows the type of hair that she used for the style. Check out the video and the others on her channel.

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3 Styles for Yarn Braids or Locs

6 Nov

These three videos all come from Cjanaew. She did these styles with yarn braids, but they could also work for someone who has locs. Take a look.

If you have a style tutorial tha tyou would like to share, send it to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com