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





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