Sunday, November 24, 2013

Lookbook: Natural Hair & Winter Outfit

To keep warm this winter, wear sweaters containing animal fibers like wool, alpaca, or cashmere. Pair your sweaters with corduroy pants to lock in the heat. Style your hair in a protective hairstyle like twists or braids.

This winter outfit can be worn with an Havana Twist up do.

Fashion icon Adjoa from London with Havana Twists
Ladies, what is your favorite winter outfit to snuggle in?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Protective Hairstyles for Winter: Havana Twists, Marley Twists, Senegalese Twists

There are several protective hairstyles that you can consider wearing this winter. Hair extensions like Havana twists, Marley twists, and Senegalese twists can be a good option for a professional look that will compliment your work attire while keeping your hair protected. 

Here are some outfit ideas I have collected from two bloggers to help you out this cold season!

Ms. Naturally Mary – Havana Twists

Ms. Naturally Mary shows off out to wear Havana twists with professional outfits. These outfits will also work well with Marley twists and Senegalese twists.

Half up, Half Down, Hanging

Up Do Bun with Bangs

Off to Side Large Twists

Revele-toi – Senegalese Twists/Braids
Check out this hairstyle from Revele-toi’s fashion diary. This style can be done with Senegalese twists or braids.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Havana Twists Do Not Have To Be an Expensive Hairstyle

I am writing this post to refute the claim made by this naturallycurly article, that says Havana Twists are an expensive hairstyle. I was alarmed by the strong bias of this article which does not present all of the facts about Havana Twists.

As readers of myfairhair know, I have posted several articles on Havana Twists and how to use the hair extensions. The truth about Havana Twists is that they do not have to be an expensive hairstyle choice. Read on as I explain why.

Vlogger Ms. Naturally Mary with Havana Twists and a professional outfit

Havana Twists for the Frugal
Individual packs of Havana hair cost $12.99 plus shipping. I only use one pack of Havana hair to put in my twists. I have medium length, 4b hair. Some YouTube bloggers or hair forums will suggest purchasing 3 to 5 packs of hair to achieve the style. However, in my experience, one pack of hair when used correctly, can style all of my hair.

To save money, I suggest putting the Havana hair in yourself. Many women have done this successfully and have posted pictures and videos online.

Havana Hair Extensions Can Be An Expensive Style Choice if…
  • You buy multiple packs of hair (3 to 5)
  • You have a professional beautician style your twists
So there you have it, all of the facts about Havana Twists! Please keep in mind that I can only speak from personal experience. Always use discretion when purchasing products.

Take a peak at my other articles about Havana Twists for more information:

What has been your experience with Havana Twists?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lookbook: Professional Outfits to Fall For

Box Braids or twists extensions are great natural hairstyles that can be combined with a variety of Fall outfits. Check out the fall-inspired look below.

Who says you can not wear blue during Autumn? Try pairing pastel colors like the blue jacket above with neutral colors like brown. Add touches of gold for accessories.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

My Four Worst Hair Care Mistakes

There is the good, the bad, then the ugly side of finding the ideal hair care routine. Since I decided to learn more about how to take care of my natural hair in 2011, I have experimented, researched, and learned several important hair care lessons. Today I am going to share my top five worst natural hair care mistakes. Trust me, you do not want to repeat these! 
via lovenaturalsunshine
1. Putting Peanut Butter in my hair
It seemed like a good idea at the time, but the results were disastrous. Peanut Butter is naturally high in protein. At the time, my hair needed a good protein deep conditioner, so I opted to scoop out a spoonful of peanut butter and rub it throughout my hair.
Results: Bad hair day! I had to wash my hair thoroughly to get the peanut butter out of my hair. That stuff sure is sticky.
Solution: Use a Greek Yogurt Deep Conditioner. It is high in protein and gives natural hair lots of slip.
2. Putting Banana in my hair
Don’t get me wrong, bananas are a great source of potassium and they can impart vital nutrients and moisture to natural hair. I wanted to moisturize my hair, so I blended a banana and aloe vera gel together in my blender.
Results: The mixture was smooth and it spread easily into my hair. The problem was that when I washed it out, little bits of banana were left in my hair. Yikes! I had a hard time washing that out.
Solution: Use banana baby food instead of actual bananas, that way you get all the moisture without the food bits.
3. Using the wrong sleep cap
Your natural hair needs to be protected while you sleep. Until a few months ago, I used a scarf to wrap my hair at night. It always found a way to slip off of my head in the middle of the night.
Results: Breakage! My hair suffered lots of breakage on my edges where my hair would rub against my pillow case while I slept.
Solution: I now wear a do-rag and a scarf together. The do-rag stays nice-n-snug on my head during the night.
4. Using headbands to style my hair
Headbands use to be my main go to accessory for my up-do hairstyles. I placed them on my hair and voila! –instant hairstyle.
Results: Breakage on my hairline.
Solution: Stop using hairbands to style hair and research other hairstyle alternatives.
Ladies, what are your worst natural hair care mistakes?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wearing a Blazer with Natural Hair

Wear a blazer with a natural hairstyle and add a business casual look to your wardrobe. Black blazers are ideal for office settings, while a light brown blazer can be worn for a more business casual look. Pair blazers with jeans and heels for a chic outfit or opt for formal dress slacks for that professional edge.

Fashion blogger Marie of merelymarie talks about her thrifted blazer...

"I love this blazer! It’s super comfortable & feels very well cut." 
"I found it at the Salvation Army some time last year, and had it dry cleaned. It still had the original tags/spare button envelope on it. This was my look for the Natural Hair Expo."

About Marie's outfit

  • Blazer: Express Design Studio
  • Blouse: thrift store find 
  • Denim: Hudson 
  • Shoes: Hispanitas 
  • Watch: gift
  • Bracelets: Tiffany & Co., Claires 
  • Nails & Toesies: OPI, Tickle My France-y 
  • Hair: Wash & Go/Twist Out Combo

photos courtesy of merelymarie

How do you wear your blazer?