Sunday, 27 May 2012

Week Nine: Shedding, Breakage & Length Retention

Hey Natural Beauties,

We would be fooling ourselves if we didn't admit that length retention and growth was not an integral part of our journey. We all want healthy hair and with healthy hair, comes growth. For inspiration, we have included a video of Kimmaytube's growth over her natural hair journey. She is truly a testament that afro-textured hair can grow long and beautiful.

It is evident that hair DOES grow, but some of us may get in the mindset that our hair is not growing. However, you should be happy to know that on average, our hair grows 1/4-1/2 inch every single month. What prevents us from seeing our growth is breakage. It is important to understand the difference between shedding and breakage because many people tend to confuse the two. On average, we can shed anywhere between 50-100 hairs a day. We should be concerned with breakage which usually takes the form of short hair strands without the white bulb on the end (this means it did not shed from the scalp)

You can find more information on shedding and breakage HERE and HERE!

You may want to check out this video as well!

Are any of you suffering from breakage? What are you doing to curb/stop it?

Also, we have chosen a winner for the Week 8 Giveaway.....The winner is G!! Congrats!!! Please email your mailing address to You have 72 hours to claim your prize.o

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Week Eight: Moisture & Sealing & Second Check-In

Hey Natural Beauties,

You may or may not have known that afro textured hair is inherently dry. IT IS! We can't help that. However, there are ways to moisturize your hair and lock that moisture in for lasting, soft, and moisturized hair. You can remember when you were a child and your mom greased your scalp. Contrary to her belief, she wasn't "moisturizing" your hair. The NUMBER ONE moisturizer is water and products with water as its first ingredients are the best moisturizers for your hair. We would all like to believe that oils such as castor oil moisturize our hair, but they actually seal in moisture. Learning about the steps to moisturized and sealed hair will lessen fairy knots, curb dryness,and give you that touchable, soft hair you've always wanted.

Youtuber IslandGurl3601 of It's a Nautural Hair Thing! is here to help us break it down for you!

Click HERE and HERE for more information on moisture and sealing!

How do you moisturize your hair? Let us know!

Can you believe it's Week Eight and we are all still going strong? Over the last few weeks we have discussed everything from ingredients to deep conditioning and treatments. We want to find out how your hair has been doing! Have you seen improvements in your hair whether it be strength, elasticity, shine, etc. Tell us about it!

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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Week Seven: Deep Conditioning and Treatments

Hey Natural Beauties,

Whether you deep condition or protein treat your hair before or after you shampoo, you must know that these steps are very important in restoring the moisture and elasticity to your hair after the constant wear-and-tear caused by the weather, your manipulation, and other factors. You should be ideally deep conditioning your hair once a week and applying a protein treatment every 4-6 weeks, but it really depends on your lifestyle/health of your hair. Remember you have to create YOUR own regimen and figure out what works best for you and your hair.

You can create your own deep conditioners using conditioners you may already own and beefing them up with honey and penetrating oils such as olive and coconut oil. If you are not a mixologist, you can purchase commercial products as well.

Here is Youtuber Naptural85 discussing how to make and apply her homemade deep conditioners.

Don't forget treatments using a Bentonite Clay, Henna, and other ayurvedic powders for cleansing and conditioning. Here is youtuber Br0nzqt discussing some of these powders.

We hope this was enlightening!

What Deep Conditioners/Treatments have you used or tried? Do you make your own? Have you tried any powders?

Thursday, 10 May 2012

New Product Lines? YOU CHOOSE!!

Hey Naturalistas,

Curls of Joy is hoping to pick up some new product lines in the near future, but we need your help. Our main goal is to cater to YOUR needs and provide the products YOU want.

Let us know which product line is your favorite right now or you'd like to try!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Week Six: Hair Ph Balance

Hey Natural Beauties,

Throughout this challenge we are all learning something new or reinforcing what we already know within the short span of 12 weeks.This week we will address the Ph balance of hair and its importance. If you want to make everyday a “good hair day” then keeping up with your hair’s Ph balance should hold a bit of significance. We not only have to know about its importance, but how to obtain it as well.

Youtube’s familiar face, Kimmaytube has provided us with a very informative video on this particular topic. Watch it here!

Youtuber MsVCharles also has discussed Ph Balance on her channel. We hope this video helps you to better understand how Ph works!

Learn about the Ph of your favorite  CONDITIONERS,SHAMPOOS, and LEAVE-INS/STYLERS!

Do you check the Ph Balance of your hair products? Are you concerned about hair Ph?

Thursday, 3 May 2012


Hey Naturalistas!!

Unfortunately, the previous winner did not claim her prize within the 72 hour window. As a result, a new winner has been chosen. The winner is Yolanda T. Yolanda, please send your mailing address to You have 72 hours to claim your prize.

Curls of Joy Team