EEEK! Less than a week away from our Frotective Challenge beginning on National Afro Day, July 4th. With the weekend coming up, we wanted to help you explore some options to get you on that path to BIG HAIR gloreh (mm-hey)! We have compiled some pretty frotastic info from some of our favorite kids natural blogs. We’re talkin’ premium-quality-deluxe-like tutorials for the layman mama (or daddy, we dont discriminate). Don’t be intimated by BIG HAIR!!! If we can do it, YOU can do it!! Well alrighty, lets get to it lawd!
Defined BIG HAIR aka “Free Hair” (our personal favorite:)
This is the process of defining your curls or coils using a gel type product. There are great “curl defining” products out there. Kinky Curly‘s Curling Custard, Queen Helene‘s Curl Shaping Cream, Taliah Waajid‘s Curly Curl Cream or Curl Definer come to mind. Some people achieve great results using more cost effective products such as Ecostyler gel from your local Sally’s or drug store. With any gel type product you will need a good leave in conditioner to keep your hair moisturized. The key to “defining” is either raking (with your fingers), shingling (smoothing with hands or comb), or clumping (with a Denman style brush). Check out these frotastic posts (and fabulous BBH’s:)
Defined Curls (Queen Helene’s Product Review) by yours truly:)
“Freedom To Rock Natural Hair” By Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care
“Defining Short Natural Coils & Curls” By Beads, Braids and Beyond.
The following are EXCELLENT tutorials w/different curl defining application techniques you can use with any curl defining product or gel:
Kinky-Curly Application Video:
Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream Video Application:
Also, see this awesome HowTo-shingle11 chart from www.missjessies.com. Note, with the heat and all, you can practically air dry that defined BIG HAIR outside if you start early am (I send BBH off with Daddy to the playground – but be careful they may get crazy and come up with stuff like “The Bubble Park” when left unattended, LOL!). If you must use a blow dryer (cuz we’re all parents on the go), use a diffuser on low cool air. Anywho, once that BBH is all defined, here are a few helpful posts to “keeps it curly” for the duration of the Frotective Challenge:
“Rockin’ BIG HAIR: Protecting the Poof Update” by yours truly:)
“Maintaining Free Hair” by Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care
Wash and Go BIG HAIR
Is the thought of defining kids natural hair wearing you out (cuz it is work)?!? You can always try a “wash-n-go”, meaning you wash and condition that BIG HAIR and go with whatcha got! This too can yield great BIG HAIR results. Peep these great wash-n-go posts (and purdy babies may I add):
“Wash-n-Go with Bee Mine Curly Butter” by Untrained Hair Mom
“Wash-n-Go” via Miss A’s Updated Natural Hair Care Routine by Bead, Braids and Beyond.
Check out this tutorial on maintaing a “Wash-n-Go” for days by FoxyMochaCleopatra
ARE YOU PUMPED YET?!?! Again, the key to defining curls or wash-n-go’s is a good leave-in, gel type product and technique for desired definition. See our Hair Guide for a list of great products. Also note products mentioned within each post. If you have a leave’in, conditioner and/or gel that is working for your BBH, use them Hon! It’s all about the technique not the products. Whelp, whose going with defined BIG HAIR or a “Wash-n-Go” for the Frotective Challenge?? Be sure to holla at us in the BBH Frotective Challenge FB Group and enter by this Saturday, June 30th. Instructions are posted to the Group under “Files”. Stay with us as we give you more BIG Hairspirations for this frotastic challenge. Count down to National Afro Daaaaaaaaaaaay! Until then…