Welcome to another For the Love of Curls interview. This week we have the pleasure of interviewing YouTube vlogger, Pretty Dimples. Listen as she tells us how her mom not only influenced her to go natural but also to start making YouTube videos!

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Some topics we discussed:

How long have you been natural?

What made you decide to go natural?

Did you big chop or transition?

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

How did you feel about your hair growing up?

How did you get started making YouTube videos?

I know you love color. What tips do you give when it comes to color?

How has going natural helped you in profession as a stylist?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

What are your current goals for your channel?

Where can we connect with you online?

YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/PRETTYDIMPLES01








December brought the holiday edition of Curlkit, the curly girl friendly monthly subscription service. This special edition Curlkit was filled with three full-size products, a hair accessory, one  small-size sample and two sample packets.


December Curlkit Contents:

  • Curl Life mini magazine
  • Nice & Curly Curl Me Up Curly Pudding - full-size
  • Aunt Jackie's Knot on My Watch Instant Detangler - full-size
  • True Crazy Sexy Cool Curls Curling Souffle - full-size
  • Ily Moisturizer - small-size
  • III Sisters of Nature Curling Gelo - 2 sample packets
  • UR Curly Loose & Tight Curl Enhancer - 2 sample packets. 
  • Hair flower
This is my second month subscribing to Curlkit and in comparison November is my favorite of the two. I'm not as excited about this month because I am not as familiar with the brands but I do look forward to trying the products to see if any of them make my favorites list.

If you would like to try Curlkit for yourself you can receive 10% of the first month's subscription by clicking this address http://curlkitshop.refr.cc/TPSQKLF




Welcome to another For the Love of Curls interview. This week we have the pleasure of interviewing Rhonda Glover, organizer of the Fierce Natural Hair Meetup group in Los Angeles, CA. 

Listen as Rhonda shares her natural hair story and what got her interested in starting a natural hair Meetup group. 

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How long have you been natural? 

What made you decide to go natural?

Did you big chop or transition?

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

How did you feel about your hair growing up?

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

We know you have a busy job in entertainment what made you want to start a natural hair Meetup group?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

Where can we connect with you online?







Shelly, her sister and Lulu, the owner

I Love Lulu is a green hair spa in Los Angeles, CA which I had the pleasure of patronizing last Friday evening. I Love Lulu services all hair types with all natural hair treatments such as scalp massages, scalp exfoliation and detoxification, hair steaming, cuts and styling. They do offer color but not relaxers.

I made an appointment with a fellow curly girl not knowing what to expect as I have never been to a "hair spa". I knew I wanted a steam treatment which comes with all services but I was debating on a trim because I am not too keen on just letting anyone near my hair with shears.

When we arrived for our appointment we were greeted by Lulu herself along with her sister, Shelly who is the receptionist. After Lulu explained the services we both decided on the Spoiled organic oil treatment, a 5 minute massage and a trim. Once Lulu explained how she would do the trim I decided to trust her cutting skills and went ahead with the trim.

Neither of us added a finishing style because Tiffany touched up her original cut and did not need it. I was a little confused about how their finishing services worked so I just left with washed, steamed and treated hair which was fine as I am a wash n' go type of girl anyway.

From the greeting to the massage to the trim the I Love Lulu staff was nothing but pleasant. It is definitely a one-of-a kind experience that I would recommend to anyone. Even though it is a spa their prices are reasonable and they go out of their way to make you feel welcomed.

I Love Lulu is located at 733 S. La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036




Isa K. Alston, 4UsNaturals

This week's interviewee is Isa K. Alston, actress, model, blogger and YouTuber. Listen as she describes her hair journey, how she felt about her hair growth up and how she grew to LOVE her hair.

Some of the topics we discussed:

How long have you been natural? 

What made you decide to go natural?

Did you big chop or transition?

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

How did you feel about your hair growing up?

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you've gone natural? 

How did you get into health and fitness?

What got you interested in making Youtube videos?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

Where can we connect with you online?

YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/ForUsNaturals
Facebook - www.facebook.com/4UsNaturals
Blog - www.forusnaturals.com
Twitter - twitter.com/forusnaturals
Pinterest - pinterest.com/forusnaturals





The natural hair revolution is causing many to consider going natural but there is so much information out there and so much to learn many do not know where to begin. To make the natural transition easier I have posted a few tips below: 




  • Find a Curl Friend - a curl friend is someone who will go on the natural journey with you, someone who will give you a pep talk when you want to give up and most importantly someone who will share shipping costs when you want to order a new product.
  • Attend a Natural Hair Meetup - attending a natural hair meetup in your city using Meetup.com is a great way to meet other curlies and ask questions. You'll also get to see how other naturals are wearing and caring for their hair.
  • Prepare for the Unexpected - this may be the first time you have ever seen or cared for your natural hair so do not expect to master it all at once. As your hair grows it may change texture and curl pattern so be open to the change.
  • Don't compare - humans are visual so we like beautiful things but you will be sorely disappointed if you expect your hair to look like someone elses. I compare curlies to snowflakes because no two heads look the same so work to fall in love with your curls and not Taren916

Kim Isaacs aka CurlyKimmyStar


Listen as Kim Isaacs sits down with For the Love of Curls to tell us how she "accidently" went natural and how she became CurlyKimmyStar.


How long have you been natural? 

What made you decide to go natural?

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

How did you become CurlyKimmyStar?

As a product junky what drives you try a new product?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

Where can we connect with you online?




seal in moisture
Prevent dry hair
Water is your hair's best friend as water is the only true source of moisture. Curly hair for most curlies equals dry hair because it is harder for the hair's natural sebum to travel down the hair shaft of a curly so we must constantly moisturize our hair but since water very easily evaporates it is important to seal in the moisture once applied.

In order to seal in the moisture an oil or butter must be applied to the hair after water or a water-based product is applied, this is called sealing. Sealing can be done as follows:

  1. Start with wet hair.
  2. Apply a leave-in, moisturizer or creme.
  3. Apply a top coat of an oil or butter.

Anytime during the week my hair starts to feel dry I will spritz with water or apply a water-based product and repeat the above process.


Natural Essence
Rebecca Smith 


Welcome to another For the Love of Curls interview. This week we have the pleasure of interviewing vlogger and blogger Rebecca Smith aka Natural Essence. 


How long have you been natural? 

What made you decide to go natural?

Growing up did you know your hair was curly?

Did you have to transition out of heat damage or a perm?

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

What got you interested in writing and making videos about natural hair?

What’s behind the name Natural Essence?

As a product junky what drives you try a new product?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

Where can we connect with you online?

Facebook - www.facebook.com/NatuREALessence
Website - www.secretsofessence.com
YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/naturealessence
Twitter - twitter.com/naturealessence






photo collage
Brunch with Eden Hair Meetup


Los Angeles had the pleasure of being host to the final Brunch with Eden series sponsored by Eden Bodyworks.

Eden Bodyworks was celebrating the launch of their new Jojoba collection with a series of brunches all over the country and they finally made it to the West Coast on Nov 11, 2012! The final brunch was the largest of the series with over 200 curlies in attendance.

I personally was very happy I was able to attend as this was one of the best meet ups of the year. Eden Bodyworks hosted a very classy event with an opportunity to mix and mingle while enjoying good food, drinks, giveaways, swag bags and a lively hair and beauty discussion with a panel of special guests. 

Special guests included:

Patrice Grell Yursik,  Blogger Afrobella
Felicia Leatherwood, Loving Your Hair With Natural Care Workshops
Dr. Kari Williams, Owner Mahogany Hair Revolution
Cassidy Blackwell, Blogger Natural Selection Blog
Paul C. Brunson, TV Host, matchmaker and author


Eden Bodyworks says they plan to organize these events again in 2013 so hopefully more curlies across the county will have the chance to Brunch with Eden. Enjoy pictures from the event below.

Curlkit Unboxing

I am happy to say that I am a first time Curlkit subscriber. For those that are not familiar Curlkit is a beauty subscription service that for $20 a month sends out a box chocked full of beauty products for curly hair. They provide a good mix of full-size, sample-size and sample packets. 


If you are a PJ (product junkie) like me you are always on the look out for the next great product so this subscription service is a great way to try new products aka feed your inner PJ! Also, if you are newly natural you have an opportunity to try before you buy so you will not end up wasting money on products that do not work for your hair.


November Curlkit Contents:

  • Curl Life mini magazine
  • Annie wide tooth comb - Who doesn't need an extra comb
  • Amazing Botanicals Pumpkin Pomade - One of my new loves are pomades so excited to try this fall inspired product
  • Ampro Olive Oil Gel - Ecostyler Gel did not work for me so we will see how well this does
  • Oyin Juices & Berries hair tonic - I own the full-size product and I was not too impressed but then I tried it yesterday on my dry looking puff and it brought it back to life. Glad to now have a purse size-sample
  • As I Am Smoothing Gel - The As I Am Curly Jelly worked fabulous so I'm feeling positive about this
  • Alikay Naturals Creme Brulee Curling Custard - I like the Alikay Naturals Deep Conditioner so again looking forward to using this. Also included is a 15% off coupon using the code CK15 (valid Oct 30th - Nov 30th, 2012)
  • UR Curly Quinoa Conditioner - I have been wanting to try this line for a while but I am anal about using both the shampoo and conditioner from a line so now I'm "forced" to purchase the shampoo. Lol
  • Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner (packets) - I have not been impressed wtih Beauiful Textures so we will see, may be a giveaway
  • Lustrasilk Moisture Max Oil Moisturizing Lotion (packets) - The ingredients list mineral oil so I will not be using this

Are you a Curlkit subscriber? 
What are your thoughts on the November 2012 Curlkit?



Nik Scott, Vlogger LongHairDontCareLLC

Welcome to another For the Love of Curls interview. This time we have the pleasure of interviewing vlogger LongHairDontCareLLC, author and natural hair enthusiast, Nik Scott.




Some topics we covered:

How long have you been natural? 

What made you decide to go natural?

How long did you transition?

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

How has going natural changed you?

What made you go to YouTube to document your natural hair journey?

I was touched by your video encouraging those who would like to make a YouTube video do just do it. What inspired that video?

Since you have daughters do you think it’s important that they are natural?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

What was the motivation behind your book - "10 Easy Steps To Go Natural Without Cutting Your Hair Off!"

What are your current goals for your channel / blog? 

Where can we connect with you online?

Website - www.inikscott.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/lhdctv
YouTube - www.youtube.com/longhairdontcarellc
Twitter - www.twitter.com/inikscott




protective styling
Protective styling is designed to protect your hair from over manipulation and outside elements that can lead to breakage, thus less length retention. Common protective styles are braids, weaves, wigs and buns. Many long-haired naturals say that protective styling was the key to them reaching waist and hip lengths. 

Even though protective styling can be a good thing there is always a point when there is too much of a good thing. If it appears that your hair isn't growing, your edges are thinning or you have excessive breakage it is time to reexamine your protective styling. 

Unfortunately, some will put their hair away and not tend to it until it is time to restyle but this practice often leads to less hair, not more. It has to be remembered that textured hair needs moisture so it is important moisturize and seal your hair regularly. Along with moisture you also want to pay attention to the technique of your braider. There is absolutely no reason your braids should be tight or that you should have a headache after having your braided. If this is the case it is time to find a new braider.

Leaving your hair in a bun can be quick and easy, if it is done too tight or too often bunning can lead to thin hair along your edges and nape area. Because those areas of your hairline are very delicate, it is important to take extra care so that you do not have permanent hair loss. 

While protective styling can give your hair break from every day styling it is best to keep in styles for no longer than 6-8 weeks and to give your hair a rest in between styles.

What's your favorite protective style?



The Divine Hostess, Fifi Buchanan


Welcome to another For the Love of Curls interview. This time we have the pleasure of interviewing blogger, cook and fellow LA Curly Girl, Fifi Buchanan.


Some of the topics covered:

How long have you been natural? 

What made you decide to go natural?

Did you big chop or transition?

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

How has your healthy lifestyle helped you on your natural journey?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

Please share the details of your upcoming book.

Where can we connect with you online?

Twitter - @divinehostess
Facebook -www.facebook.com/DivineHostess
YouTube - www.youtube.com/user/thedivinehostess
Website - http://thedivinehostess.com/


hicks edges
Edge Control Gel
It seems every major hair company that sells products geared toward Black women has an edge control gel amongst their product line. From Carol's Daughter to Organic Root Stimulator. I've tried several - Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Edge Control, The Roots Naturelle Virgin Lacquer Pomade Gel, Vonte Styling Wax, Argan Oil Perfect Edges - Creme of Nature, Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste and Hicks Edges.

Of all the brands and formulations I have tried Hicks Edges is my favorite. I originally purchased Hicks Edges at the World Natural Hair Show in April after I watched a demonstration. It slicked edges down perfectly. Now my edges don't always want to cooperate so it is not as effortless as it seemed but Hicks Edges does the best of what I have tried. Hicks Edges retails for about $15 and can be ordered online  if your local BSS does not carry it.

My second favorite is Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste which I like because it gives my hair texture as well as hold. It's not good for super slick styles on my kinky curly hair but I can make it work. Curls Passion Fruit Control Paste retails for about $8 and can be found at Target.



What is your favorite edge control gel?


jane carter nourish and shine

Me and product swaps are now bff's. Products swaps at natural hair meetups allow you to trade natural hair products with other curlies because what doesn't work for one person may work for another.

At the LA Curly Girls' product swap I attended this past weekend I gave away three products and I was able to choose three new products. I received Jane Carter's Nourish and Shine, Curls' Cashmere Curl Jelly and Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream. 

So far I have been able to try the Nourish and Shine which is a whipped butter and oil mixture. I used it to seal in my hair's moisture and I'm quite happy. I must admit I'm biased when it comes to Jane Carter products but she makes quality products.


Have you participated in a product swap in your area?


sulphur oil challenge
On your mark, get set, go!

I'm not much of one to stick to a routine but I figured there is nothing like a good challenge to get things moving in the right direction and MzBeautifulBarnes' Sulfur Oil Growth Challenge seemed like a good place to start. By applying the oil a majority of nights MzBeautifulBarnes was able to get 2 inches of growth in two months! Now the average growth is about a 1/2 a month so her growth rate was definitely accelerated.


The ingredients you will need:

6-8 oz of an oil of your choice (Olive, castor, grapeseed, etc)
1 teaspoon Sublimed Sulfur (available at Walmart)
5 drops Rosemary essential oil (or essential oil of choice)
5 drops Peppermint essential oil (or essential oil of choice)
1 plastic bottle with nozzle 
Aloe vera gel (optional)
1 measuring tape to measure your hair each month


The Sulphur Oil Challenge will start Monday, Nov 5th and run through Saturday, Jan 5th, 2013. Leave your  name in the comments below if you want to participate.


Who's in??



Attorney and natural hair lover, Merissa Grayson


Welcome to another For the Love of Curls interview. This time we have the pleasure of interviewing attorney and fellow LA Curly Girl, Merissa Grayson. Listen below.


The topics we covered:

How long have you been natural?

What made you decide to go natural?

Did you big chop or transition?

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

Do you think it’s important for your daughter to be natural? 

Many are concerned about looking presentable as a natural at work, as an attorney was this ever a concern for you?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

What's your current hair regime?

Tell us about your law practice.

Where can we connect with you online?

Twitter - @anaturallawyer
Facebook - Merissa.Grayson 
Website - www.yourfamilyslawyers.com
Blog - www.justsouknow.info





If you're new to the natural hair community you have likely come across a plethora of terms that you've never heard before. Each community has its own terminology and the natural hair community isn't any different. CurlyNikki has put together a handy guide that I have posted below.

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2nd day hair- Hair that looks good (at least decent) when you wake up the next morning...you don't have to do much before walking out of the house. Some are lucky enough to get 3rd and 4th day hair!

3abc/4a/4b/4c- A hair type classification system developed by Oprah's hairstylist, Andre Walker.

ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar (used to seal cuticle...final rinse) A hair type classification system.

APL- Refers to length-- arm pit length.

BAA-Big a** afro

Baggy - After you moisturize your hair at night, you put a shopping bag, plastic cap, shower cap on overnight.

BC - Big Chop - cutting off all your chemically treated hair

BNC- Braid-n-Curl, simply plait or braid the hair and roll the ends on rods or flexis.

BSL- Refers to length-- bra strap length.

BSS- Beauty Supply Store

CBL- Refers to length-- collar bone length.

Co-Wash- Using conditioner to wash the hair in place of shampoo

Cones- Are 'silicones', or ingredients found in hair care products that are not water soluble (i.e. you need shampoo to remove). Failure to wash out cones may lead to build-up, which may result in dry hair and breakage (due to suffocation of the strands).

CG- Refers to the "Curly Girl" method explained in the book by Lorraine Massey. It is a philosophy for curls that involves, no or low shampoo, cone avoidance, and conditioner washing...among other things. These are just a few of the basic tenants.

DT or DC- Is a deep treatment or conditioner. A DT is when you leave a moisturizing (or protein based, depending on your needs) conditioner on your hair for an extended period of time, along with a heat source to aid in penetration.

Dusting- Dusting your hair is a trim of 1/4 and inch or less. This method is also referred to as dusting because even though your hair is being trimmed evenly, it is so little hair, that it just looks like dust on the floor.

EO- Essential Oil

EVCO- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (used in conditioning treatments)

EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used in conditioning treatments)

HG- Holy Grail (Products that are tried and true)

HIH- Hand in Hair. Its a disease that causes you to always be manipulating your tresses.

MBL- Refers to length-- mid back length.

Nappyversary/Nattyversary - The anniversary of the day you became a natural

No-poo- It's just that- no shampoo. Ladies who follow this routine are CG'ers and don't use cones or other heavy/oily products that may need shampoo to remove. Instead of pooing, many ladies conditioner wash, or use conditioner in place of shampoo to cleanse the scalp.

Pineappleing- a type of sleeping technique that curlies with long hair use to
preserve/protect curls overnight so that they have great 2nd day hair. You gather all of your hair in a high, but loose pony tail at the top of your head and go to sleep on a satin pillowcase. In the morning you take it down and shake it out gently and all of your curls will have been preserved.

PJ- Product Junky or someone that buys any all hair care products in sight...forever on a mission to find the next best thing.

Plopping- A quick dry method. You use a t-shirt or a curl friendly material (terry cloth towel, paper towel) to dry your hair instead of rubbing a towel on your hair to dry it. It drastically decreases drying times.

Pre-pooing- A treatment applied prior to shampooing. It usually consists of oils and/or conditioners applied the night before the shampoo or immediately prior, with a heat source to help penetrate. This is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during the drying shampoo process.

Sealing- Is essentially sealing moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. For sealing to be effective, you must first use a water-based moisturizer (a conditioner or cream that has water as its first ingredient), and then seal with a butter or oil. The molecules in most butters/oils are too large to pass into the hair, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in the rich goodness of the moisturizer. Reversing those 2 steps will lead to dry hair. Sealing has saved my hair.

Search and Destroy (S&Ds)-
 I go on S&Ds once a month. I find good lighting, usually in the bathroom, and examine my ends...whenever I see a split, a crooked end or a single strand knot, I snip it out. I only use hair scissors for this task (purchase from Sally's or Walmart)m this is key. Buy a decent pair of hair scissors and ONLY USE THEM FOR HAIR TRIMS. Dull scissors will do more damage. Every now and then (when my hair is excessively tangly), I'll do a Micro Trim, which is snipping off the last 1/4 of an inch of my ends...I do this while my hair is in twists for ease.

Slip- Used to describe how slippery a product is (usually a conditioner or detangler) the more slip it has, the more effectively it will coat the hair to aid in detangling.

SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in the harsher shampoos- the main reason that CG'ers avoid poo).

TNC- Twist-n-Curl. This is my signature style. I twist the hair and roll the ends.

Transitioning - This is the period of time since one's last relaxer.

TWA- Teeny Weeny Afro

Twist Out - Two strand twist the hair, allow to dry either by air drying or sitting under a dryer, take the twists apart, and style.

Wash and Go- Simply co-wash your hair, add a styler (gel, cream) and GO You leave the hair to air dry or dry with a diffuser. Although this style is cute and easy, my ends couldn't handle it. This is also seen as WnG, and W&G.




Anything missed?





The latest Interview with a Curly series features YouTube Vlogger, Nureka D. Her videos and commentary were so entertaining that I just had to subscribe. Listen to her enthusiastic interview below.


How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

Did you big chop or transition?

What was your families’ / friend’s reaction to you going natural?

What have you discovered about yourself and your hair since you’ve gone natural? Anything surprise you?

How has going natural changed you?

What made you go to YouTube to document your natural hair journey?

As a self-proclaimed product junky what drives you decide a new product?

I discovered your page because someone posted a link to one of your Curlkit unboxing videos. Tell my audience about Curlkit and why you love them so? 

Since you have daughters do you think it’s important that they are natural?

What would you say to someone that is considering going natural?

What are your hair goals for the next 6 months to year?

What are your current goals for your channel / blog? Anything coming up you can tell us about?

Where can we connect with you online?



She can be found online at:

YouTube - NurekaD
Twitter - NaturallyNu502
Blog - Naturally Nu








This YouTube Tuesday MahoganyCurls provides a complete review of all the EcoStyler gels. The gels come in color-treated or sport (blue), anti-itch (pink), protein (brown), krystal (clear), olive oil (green), argan (light yellow) and firm hold (yellow). 



The variety of EcoStyler gels was news to me as I was only familiar with a couple. Hopefully this review will help make your choice easier the next time you're at your local BSS (aka beauty supply store).




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