Articles By Evelyn Ngugi

Video blogger Evelyn shows her routine as she prepares for a special event.

She uses Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner, Miss Jessie's Creme de la Curl Cleaning Cream and Kinky Curly Curling Custard.


How can you straighten your natural or transitioning hair without damaging it? Video blogger Evelyn straightens a section of her hair during a product review on Blended Beauty's straightening products. She also provides a routine that protected her hair from excess heat.


Evelyn, also known as Kinks and All, experiments with a co-washing regimen in these two videos. In Part 1, watch how she describes co-washing as it relates to her coily texture, and the frustrations that come with being a college kid with no time to co-wash. Part 2, she shows the result of her experiment in what she refers to as "The Summer of Co-Washing." What do you think of her coils after a few tries?


In this video, NaturallyCurly video blogger Evelyn shares how she takes care of her hair.

From the cleansing routine to the styling routine, Evelyn shows you her natural hair regimen and shows you what products she used. Here's how it goes:

1. Cleanse, condition, and detangle your hair in sections

2. Twist your hair sections so it stays detangled

3. Apply a special protein conditioner to help prevent breakage (leave in for 1 min)

4. Rinse it out (hair should feel silky)

5. Take shea butter and a drop of anti-frizz serum and smooth it over clean hair, separating out your twists

6. With your hair separated, rub castor oil on your scalp

You're done!


NaturallyCurly video blogger Evelyn uses Afroveda Pur Whipped Gelly to shingle her hair.

Vlogger Evelyn shows you how to shingle your hair. What exactly is "shingling?" Basically, it's a method of applying product to coily hair in layers, starting from the bottom and working your way up...much like you would apply shingles to your roof. It's a great technique to give your coils definition and love.

What she uses:

  • Spray Bottle
  • AfroVeda Pur Whipped Gelly 
  • Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper 

How to Shingle:

1. Wash, condition, and detangle your hair. Separate your hair into twists

2.  Spray your hair to get it damp

3. Undo the twists, and smooth curly hair solution over that section.

4. Rake the whipped gelly through the same section.

5. Repeat through the rest of your hair


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My 'fro has grown this year! The last photo is a blowout from this past summer. I haven’t done a blowout since, but I know my hair is even larger!


January 17, 2011 was my afro’s first birthday, folks! To celebrate, I made a video to explain why I went natural and why I make natural hair YouTube videos. I also feel it’s not enough to simply go natural. You've got to pay attention to your hair and learn something! Below is a list of things I learned my first year natural.

1. I need a “detangling my hair” playlist. Musiq Soulchild just seems to make the comb glide through my hair, and it seems like my coils like Bilal better than any conditioner.

2. Aloe vera does nothing to my hair that water can't as a spritz. But it is good to mix with leave-in conditioner and a bit of oil. When I want to stretch my hair just for the purpose of pinning it up, that mixture works great on twists. Mmm, fluffy.

3. I have relatively thin and fine hair, naturally. Thin, as in the number of hairs on my head is less than average and fine, as in the diameter or width of a strand of hair is smaller than average.

4. Because of #3, I CAN’T rock mini twists. It just can't be done.

5. Being natural taught me to love myself, so #4 doesn't phase me; I can move on to different protective styles.

6. Oyin handmade is one of the most amazing hair care companies out there. So is Kinky Curly.

7. I am extremely comfortable with my shrinkage and LOVE to wear regular afros or wash n' goes (the legit ones, like just washing and GOING, not 1 hour spent defining your curls). While I love my shrunken hair, it was easy to neglect it and not keep it properly detangled. That led to split ends, and ultimately cutting some hair again. I'm rocking stretched out hair now and re-twisting every night. Honestly, I resisted it. I didn't want to put in the work.

8. Strangers will go out of their way to compliment your hair. Especially people who realize the importance and beauty of what you did. A white woman with biracial kids complimented my twist out. A white chick with locs said she loved my hair. A black dude with a picked out 'fro wanted tips on how to wash it. These were all strangers on the city bus.

9. Coconut oil is God's gift to afro textured hair. I feel like it was made specifically for me or something. This stuff is the TRUTH.

10. Growing your edges back takes a really, really, REALLY long time.

The most important thing I discovered this past year is that I am never going back to permanently straightened hair. This is me. One year natural. Here's to the rest of my life!

WHAT DID YOU LEARN YOUR FIRST YEAR NATURAL?

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See how my two strand twists have grown?


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My natural hair loves henna. In the light it looks purple, burgundy, or maroon. Henna provides a very rich color on dark hair and also ups the shine and strength of my hair!


Check out my video celebration!


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NaturallyCurly.com vlogger Evelyn shows (in less than 5 minutes) how she applies henna! Besides being an excellent protein treatment to strengthen brittle hair, henna can also provide a subtle reddish brown tint to the hair.

You will need:

1. Bowl with a lid

2. Plastic spoon

3. Conditioner

4. Favorite henna hair dye

5. Hot water

Here's what you do:

1. In the bowl, mix henna, hot water, and conditioner

2. Mix until smooth. Cover the bowl with the lid and let it sit overnight. This is to allow the dye to release.

3. After shampooing, conditioning, and detangling the hair, smooth the henna dye onto the hair from root to tip.

4. Tip: to keep things neat, Evelyn keeps her hair in twists and unravels each twist to apply the dye. Do this to each twist.

5. Pile your hair on top of your head and cover with a shower cap. Wait 4 hours.

6. Rinse your head... TIP: Put your head under the faucet to avoid rinsing the henna over your body.

7. Finish by applying a moisturizing conditioner as you rinse off in the shower. Style as usual!

 

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Have you tried the Denman brush? Watch NC.com vlogger Evelyn try hers for the very first time.

Comments? Questions? Tips for Evelyn? Leave a comment below. Thanks for watching!



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