Love up in the Afro with cutlyAfrikana.

Heeyyah mane embracers, how’re y’all holding up? Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my what’s natural hair to you series featuring curly Afrikana.

Who is Curly Afrikana?

Curly Afrikana is a natural hair blogger. A confident naturalista who enjoys wearing her natural Afro and inspiring others to do the same . Aside from being a hair blogger I am a marketer by profession.

I would describe myself as a lazy natural but my main aim as a naturalista is to have healthy, thicker and longer hair so I am a length and volume kinda natural.
I have been on this natural hair journey since September 2018 after cutting off all my damaged hair. I had severe hair damage from relaxers and excessive use of heat.

When did it click that I have to start embracing natural hair?
To be honest after experiencing bad hair damage from heat and relaxers, I knew it was time for me start this journey. I wasn’t gonna spend my whole life chasing what wasn’t given to me naturally. I knew that straight hair wasn’t for me and it involved too much work to get my hair straight every single time.

That’s when I started this journey. Another reason that triggered the decision to go natural was my lovely daughter. My little girl has curly hair and I want her to look up to me. I want her to grow up loving her curls. How will I teach her to love and be comfortable in her own skin if I am doing the opposite? I don’t want her to go through the pressure to have straight hair or a certain type of hair. I don’t have a problem with straight hair though, it’s a free world and to each their own.

What’s your biggest hair achievements?

My greatest achievement of all was totally embracing my Afro and wearing it almost everyday. This is something I never thought I would do but look at me now. I love it and I am not about to stop.

How do you document your hair journey?
I have a YouTube channel and an Instagram account. I share the highs, the lows and everything in between my hair journey.

What I would tell naturals who are still at that uncomfortable length is Just embrace it! There is never a better time to wear your TWA than right now when its really short. You will grow into it trust me.

What is perfect hair to you?
Well, perfect hair to means healthy, happy hair. Also, perfect hair means confidence. Whenever I feel good and confident with my hair that’s perfect hair for me.

What’s your top 5 natural hair struggles?

  • Knowing when to trim my hair because the last time I did it I ended up regretting
  • Finding hair products in this side of the world where majority of the population have straight hair is hard but I have worked my way around that to ensure that I get natural hair products in time
  • Dealing with harsh weather conditions. You see in Europe the weather can be really dry and damaging to our natural hair. I have not found a solution for that though, this is a journey and soon I will know what to do
  • Time is another struggle. As a studying mum to a little girl, it is hard to find so much time to take care of my hair as much as I would love to. I have thick hair and that means spending more time on wash days. I have had to skip some steps just to get over with it.
  • Putting my hair in protective styles is a struggle for me. One I don’t have the time and 2 I love wearing out my Afro. Sometimes I have to choose between those 2.

What’s the best comment have you ever received about my hair?
Someone once told me they love how confident I look anytime I am wearing my Afro. That’s so true. There is something about natural hair that changes my attitude about situations.
Meanest comment? I have never gotten a mean comment about my hair.
Have I ever felt like chopping of my hair? Hell no! I am in this for a very very long time and even when it starts turning grey, I am gonna be that grandma with long grey hair.

Signing out remarks:

I think it is time we start teaching the younger generation of African women that curly hair is okay, kinky hair is okay and shrinkage is also okay. Natural hair is not hard to handle. That’s why on my social media accounts I always insist on wearing your short hair out as much as you can. You will learn a lot about your hair and grow into it. Do not expect your hair to perform miracles because it takes patience. Above all love yourself to know whats better for you.

Thank you for reading & sharing is caring.

Everything Tangles and how to properly detangle Type 4 Natural Hair.

Tangles! Tangles! Tangles! Let’s talk about causes of tangles and how to properly detangle even the worst tangles. Long time no post but here we are. Hello ManEmbracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it here for hair care tips. Let’s talk about tangles for a minute but first, is your hair always tangled? Here is why. Tangles and knots can be such a pain but can be minimized. How to minimize tangles. Keep your hair moisturized. Moisturize properly and regularly. Let go of damaged and split ends. Don’t keep your two strand twists for too long and re-twist when you notice your roots are getting fluffy after cleansing. Detangle properly  Consider low manipulation styles to wearing your hair out Wear low manipulation & protective styles on stretched hair. Pat your hair with an old t-shirt/ towel to absorb the water after cleansing or use a microfiber towel. Avoid vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel. Essential detangling tools. Spray bottle Hair clip or scrunchies Wide-tooth comb Micro-fiber towel Conditioner/ Detangler Detangling brush How to properly detangle/ ultimate detangling steps. Work with sections. First, section into smaller parts. Detangling smaller sections is easier and not as time consuming. Start with damp hair. Spray water on your hair until damp. Add a conditioner/ detangler with a good slip to smoothen the tangles. Start detangling from the ends to the roots with your fingers. Don’t snap off the tangles, slowly separate the strands from the tangle. Comb with a wide tooth comb from the ends to the roots of each section then run it through your entire length. You can also use a detangling brush to detangle. Twist / braid or clip the detangled section and repeat the same for all other sections. Detanglers & conditioners to check out / purchase. TGIN Quench 3-in-1 Co-Wash Conditioner and Detangler SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler Aunt Jackie’s Curls and Coils Knot On My Watch Instant Hair Detangling Kinky-Curly, Knot Today, Natural Leave in / Detangler Oyin Handmade Oh My Glide! Prestyling Detangler Taliah Waajid Curls, Waves & Naturals The Great Detangle Marini Naturals 3 IN 1 Leave-In Conditioner  Saru Organics Tea Tree And Peppermint Detangler SHETH NATURALS Detangling Instant Conditioner Share with the tribe your detangling tips and detangling products and tools that have worked for you.

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Natural hair Styles; 5 Easy to achieve styles.

I did a thing guys. Your girl is on a mission to try new styles and up her styling game. Hello Mane Embracers, I hope your hair is growing and skin glowing. Welcome to my blog and be sure to keep it for healthy hair care tips and tricks. Flat twist-out Afro I did another thing, installed flat twists as my low manipulation style for a week or so and the flat twist-out turned to an Afro. I love wearing my Afro or may be I love it because my styling game is 👎👎👎. Either way we all agree that afros are cute. Bun & bangs. First, I uploaded a tutorial on Facebook and Instagram, be sure to check out. It’s an easy to achieve style. Got no time to figure out how style your hair? Well, this style is for you. Bun & flat twist Same bun but flat twisted the bangs & the look gave me some ‘ hey there, praise and worship & good gal vibe.’ It’s an official look, easy to achieve style & a less than 5 minutes style. Low puff & twists. I live for high puffs but side puffs are okay too. I loved the look & the twists were, “hide my forehead thing.” Hello fellow gals with a big forehead & heart. Twists & tucked twists. Turned the low puff to chunky twists and pinned them. For a moment I thought I had locs but they don’t look like locs though. The IT style. How gorgeous is this style? I would love to know which of the styles is your favorite.

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