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  1. Coleene permalink
    March 19, 2010 10:07 am

    I found your site through Happy Girl Hair. I have 2 children both adopted from Ethiopia. My husband and I are not African……………..so I have been on a steep learning curve about African hair – esp since we adopted.
    with Kaleb it has been easy because my husband cuts his hair and he looks super hansome with his hair short and likes it that way. He is turning 5 next month so as he gets older that might change …………maybe he will want a big fro!!

    our daughter – Berhanesh – is 3 1/2 yrs old and as her hair grows I am having more fun. she loves having longer curls but hates hates hates it when I detangle it.
    I have learned to do cornrows, yarn extensions, box braids etc…………….but I love her hair au natural.
    When I saw the pictures of your hair I thought that looks just like my daughter’s hair!!!

    So I am very interested to know how you detangle your hair and how often??
    What is the recipe for “Cherry Lola” treatment???

    What products do you use on your hair and when/how often??

    any help you can offer would be so appreciated.

    thanks
    Coleene

    • March 19, 2010 11:20 am

      Hi Coleene!

      Glad you stopped by! Would love to see pix of your little ones’ hair sometime…but in the meantime, the answers to your quesitons:

      1. Cherry Lola = 2 parts yogurt (plain, full fat), 1/2 part liquid amino acids (the brand I use is Braggs, which you can get at a natural foods store or online…), 1/2 part baking soda. Whip it all together so it gets light and fluffy. Leave it on for 10- 20 minutes beneath a shower cap and rinse out by pouring water from a container over the head, rather than using a shower head. I was truly impressed by the results!!!

      2. I ONLY finger detangle. I find that using a comb or a brush method ruins my curl pattern, which honestly isn’t prone to tangling. I do this in the shower when I co-wash once a week or every other week making sure that my hair is coated with a conditioner that gives good slip and try to get out any big snarls.

      3. Products: I wash once a week with a Poo Bar from Chagrin Valley (Coconut Milk) and co-wash about every other day with an all natural shampoo. (Right now I’m using Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle—cheap and good slip!) Then I apply a leave-in throughout my hair (Kinky Curly or Darcy Botanicals or just leave the conditioner in from my co-wash…). I usually just do a wash n go, so if I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll use some styling gel like Kinky Curly Curling Custard or Eco Styler, shake and go! To refresh the next day, I spritz with a mix of water, aloe gel, veggie glycerin, and a touch of oils…. let me know if you have any questions! feel free to email me @ naturalhairselection@gmail.com!

      ~~C~~

  2. Trina permalink
    March 25, 2010 7:42 am

    Hi,

    I was looking on BGLH, and saw a link to your site, which I happen to love. I noticed that you mentioned the Bay Area, was going to have a Natural Hair Meet-up soon, like the one that occured in Chicago. Can you please, please, give me more information on this upcoming event. I would love to attend, to meet up with more of my natural sisters!
    Thanks……

  3. Dominique permalink
    April 28, 2010 3:59 am

    Hi Cassadie! You responded to the question I had on bglhonline.com. We do have the same type hair and curls. Mine are a tad smaller though. How long have you been growing your hair?

    It is rare I see someone else with my texture and slinky curls. My fro is smaller in size. Now I have a visual picture of when my fro gets longer how it will look, yayyy you!

    What do you use? I have find herbal essence no frizzeness today conditioner is so excellent. I don’t use a lot of product because I don’t need it.

    What are your difficulties? Now as other naturals I think I have found someone to answer my questions because the similar hair! Can you tell I am excited lol! Please excuse it but when you can relate to someone else, any journey seems that more easily traveled!

    • April 28, 2010 4:24 pm

      Hi Dominique!

      I’m glad that my response on BGLH connected us! I was like— springy hair with shrinkage? That’s totally me! I started transitioning in November of 2008 and BC’ed in November 2009. So the hair on my head is about 18 months of growth. When I pull a curl from the back, it reaches to a little beneath my collar bone.

      I agree, I didn’t know this texture was a rarity, but I’m glad to have found another person with the same curl pattern too! 🙂

      I rock a full CG regimen and use mostly all-natural conditioners, leave-ins, and moisturizers (with the exception of my Suave Naturals Coconut Condish which I use for co-washes). I don’t spend a lot of time with products to get my curls defined, because that’s just kinda what they do. If I do use a styler for an absolutely NO frizz look, I prefer KCCC or Blended Cuties Down and Out Styles (which is a cream-based product and super moisturizing). Favorite brands are Qhemen, Karen’s Body Beautiful, and Aubrey Organics.

      I guess my main difficulty is doing protective styles (twists and braids) A. because they take too long and B. because having a tight curl pattern like ours means that our hair is intrinsically more fragile, so I’m nervous about all the pulling and tugging. I also find that even if I DO manage a twist out or a braid out, my hair wants to slink right back up into its normal shape within a day, so there’s really no sense in spending so much time doing them.

      Lets keep in touch! Email me @ naturalhairselection@gmail.com
      Cheers!
      C

  4. May 27, 2010 7:43 am

    Hi,

    I saw you are from the DMV. A group of ladies from CurlyNikki are getting together June 5 from 2 PM – 4 PM. We will meet at Sankofa Cafe (2714 Georgia Avenue, NW, WDC) where Chris-Tia Donaldson, author of Thank God I’m Natural, will discuss hair care and her book. After, we hope to go shopping for hair goods and eating.

    • May 27, 2010 7:47 am

      Sorry, I thought you were in the DMV b/c you mentioned seeing President Obama.

  5. Curtissa Clay permalink
    May 31, 2010 3:29 pm

    Hi! My name is Curtissa. I saw that you are a member of the Naturally Beautiful and decided to check out your blog. I was surprised to see that another group of naturals got together in April. Is that group still active? My friend and I would love find out more about it.

    Thanks!

  6. June 19, 2010 8:46 am

    Hey girl it’s me CaliChik from Naturally Curly. I just wanted to let you know your blog is fly as hell and I re-added you to my blogroll. I had a mishap where my page got hacked and I lost a lot of posts and links. But anyway you are back on my list and I’d love to be placed on yours!

  7. La Shon permalink
    June 23, 2010 5:41 am

    Cassadie, I am trying to go natural and having a difficult time. I wore a relaxer for 25 years and have been wearing braids for 18 months. I have shoulder length hear with relaxer only on the ends now. My hair does not grow out of my head curly at all so I have been wetting it and braiding it at night, using some of the products mentioned on your site. I feel completely defeated in less than a week’s time. When my hair is wet, it is just wet; meaning it does not curl up. It is just large, and wet. From reading the site, it does not appear as though other women are having to braid at night, but I cannot be certain. And I am not feeling good about all the hair products being so close to my face – I am prone to breakouts. So, is this just a matter of being patient, and training the hair? Or am I going about this all wrong with the braiding at night? Or is it that some of us can’t go natural?

    Worn out in SF

  8. Ameerah permalink
    September 5, 2010 1:27 pm

    When are you having another bay area meetup, if any? I would like to attend!

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