Articles By Timi Komonibo

We all want our curly hair to look great every day. But even with the best products in our bags, we can still damage our curls with bad hair habits. Here are a few that are worth breaking!

 


Do you love cute and unique accessories? Are you on a budget? Before you shop from your favorite little Etsy boutique, consider the possibility that you could create your own hair accessories!

T-shirt Braid Headband

Cut a t-shirt (or fabric) into three strips. The wider the strips, the thicker the headband. Knot the three strips together on one end. Secure that end to provide tension on one side then start braiding the other strands together. Once you reach the end, knot it and cut off the excess. Then attach a piece of elastic to both sides.

Yarn headband

This is a way to make a thick and colorful headband. I started off with a thin wire headband I got from Hobby Lobby, but you can use any headband you have. You can use an color of yarn that you want. Glue the beginning of the yarn string to one end tip of the headband. Start winding yarn around the wire headband, making sure you're covering every part with yarn. The more the yarn overlaps, the thicker it becomes.

Mini Top Hat

A mini top hat can jazz up any outfit, and is also one of the cutest holiday hair accessories. It's simply made with a little construction paper and some sheets of felt (I used 4). You can embellish anyway that you want. No two hats are created the same. I can show you how to make a mini top hat better than I can tell you, so I made a quick tutorial. Here is a quick How-to video for a Mini Top Hat.

The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement is sweeping the nation. I'm sure I've caught the bug. I'm constantly making things. Now you don't have to spend tons of money on hair accessories to look fabulous. And because you did it yourself, it is sure to be as unique as you are.


Honey for your hair

Go natural for the health of your hair!

What do honey, avocado and olive oil have in common? Yes, they can be added to food to make it yummy but they're also the kinds of ingredients you can find in haircare products. You may already know which fruits are good for your hair. Now we can add essential oils and natural ingredients right from your kitchen, and we have a feast for your hair.

We know what we should feed our hair, but sometimes it's difficult to make these natural hair foods by yourself. As someone who has taken a stab at mixing and blending natural ingredients by myself, I can tell you it is often frustrating and expensive to create some of those blends. This is something I will leave to the professionals. DyeVerCity Salon, located in Georgia, has made it easier to get these healthy hair ingredients. I had the opportunity to interview DyeVerCity Salon's own Stacy Hill. She chatted with me about the upcoming DyeVerCity's Natural Line which features ingredients found in nature.

NaturallyCurly: What kind of ingredients do you use in your products?

Stacy Hill: The product lines we use contain natural ingredients... honey, olive oil, horsetail, shea butter, jojoba, rice bran oil, lavender, lemongrass and so much more. Everything the hair and body needs can be found in nature, so we use a lot of natural products that protect the hair.

NC: Are your products all-natural?

SH: We use both natural and organic products.

NC: How did you come up with the idea to put food into haircare products?

SH: We researched what nutritional value natural ingredients have for the hair, skin and body. That was enough to make me look a little deeper into the matter. Honey helps the hair to retain moisture, this is very important in type 4 hair. Olive oil is very important in forming a protective healing barrier. This is important to severely damaged hair of any type, especially those that are color clients.

NC: Did you have a certain hair-type audience in mind when you created these products?

SH: Our salon is rightfully called DyeVerCity Salon, because we service every hair type imaginable. We have anyone with hair in mind when selecting hair products.

NC: Where can we find your products? When can we except to see them in stores?

SH: I hope to start our line by winter of this year. Products will be available at DyeVerCity Salon, 706-922-8759.

Learn more about Stacy Hill in our Stylist Spotlight feature. And we'll keep you posted about her new line as the launch draws nearer.


natural hair show

NaturallyCurly intern Ariel, left, enjoyed meeting Dr. Cornwall, founder of Sisterlocs.

The Natural Bombshell Expo and Fashion Show presented by Lock Couture, was on April 9, 2011, in Round Rock, Texas. Luckily, this awesome event was right next door to our headquarters in Austin. Lock Couture invited hair stylists, natural hair educators and enthusiasts from all over to share their knowledge, skills, and products. We couldn’t miss out on this chance to meet with other hair, beauty, and health living educators, so of course we were in attendance!

Whenever people came up to our NaturallyCurly.com table, their first question was typically: What exactly is NaturallyCurly? Since I get this question all the time from my curious friends and family, I will break it down for all of you who are curious.

NaturallyCurly.com is a growing network of sites including CurlyNikki.com, the leading natural hair blog; CurlStylist.com, a professional community especially for stylists servicing their curly clientele; and CurlMart.com, a boutique e-commerce site.

At NaturallyCurly, we aim to be a resource to those seeking ways to nurture their curly or textured hair. For most of the event, we were upstairs tabling with other vendors. We got to meet so many beautiful natural men, women, and children. We love meeting and talking to curlies about hair and introducing them to new products. We had some gift prizes that included some Jane Carter Solutions, Miss Jessie’s, and much more. We made a ton of new friends and met some people who were already Naturallycurly and CurlyNikki fans. We talked people about the best products for keeping curl definition, about styles to try while transitioning, and even styling tips. We loved every minute of it!

This event made me appreciate how diverse curly and natural hair can be. One thing that I quickly noticed was that locs were definitely the style of choice when it came to the crowd. No two heads of locs looked the same. There were beautiful locs of all shapes and sizes, all colors and length, of all ages. I saw baby locs, sisterlocs, thick locs, and everything in between. Everyone with locs that I met had a beautiful natural hair journey to share. I was inspired by the innovation and care that going into growing locs.

I had the pleasure of watching a starter loc demonstration done by Ms. Ray of “Deep in the Roots” salon. She was starting the locs via three-strand twist. It was an approximately 3-hour process. As we looked on, Ms. Ray explained the process and gave out great tips on hair maintenance. She answered questions and even allowed us to closely inspect the work she was doing on her client. Ms. Ray was not the only loctician extraordinaire in the building. Dr. Joann Cornwell, the maker of Sisterlocs, visited our NaturallyCurly table and allowed me to ask her some questions about Sisterlocs. When I asked her how she came up with the idea of Sisterlocs she told me she wanted locs that were smaller and would allow for more styling. It took her 2 years of experimenting with different techniques before she perfected it. Dr. Cornwell said that many people told her idea to make smaller locs would not work. Dr. Cornwell’s waist length curly Sisterlocs are proof that they do work and do look fabulous!

Overall, this event was a great learning experience for me. Everywhere I turned, people were dropping wisdom on me. I have come to realize that sharing ideas and information with people is the easy to be inspired. Now, I am even more inspired to experiment more with my hair and with natural ingredients. I learned a lot this weekend. I hope those that visited our NaturallyCurly table learned as much from as we learned from them. Hair is constantly changing and there is always something new to learn. These events allow us to share our hair wisdom with each other. That experience is priceless.


avocado

Antioxidants are found in the powerhouse fruit avocado.

We know fruits are good for our health, but did you know that fruits can have healthy hair benefits as well? Fruits are full of nutrients and vitamins that are good for your hair. 

Dark-colored fruits like plums and dark berries have nutrients called bioflavonoids that also act as antioxidants. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit have Vitamin C and antioxidants. Many of these fruits have antioxidants that help increase circulation to the scalp, which encourages hair growth. 

Fruits like apples, apricots, peaches, bananas and watermelon are not only sweet, but are also hair-growth boosters. The secret ingredient in these fruits is the nutrient biotin. Biotin has been heralded as the natural growth steroids for hair and nails. Many people have used a biotin-fortified diet to combat hair loss. Studies suggests that biotin promotes hair growth and infuses strength and thickness into every strand. 

The powerhouse fruit for hair health is the avocado. Avocados are rich in vitamin A and antioxidants. The fruit is a natural moisturizer that helps hair growth. Avocados are great food for damaged hair. On top of this, the avocado is a natural sunscreen. Add this fruit to a deep conditioner to make hair stronger, shiny and healthy. Avocado's moisturizing essential fats make it an ideal fruit to use for hair repair. It leaves hair softer, more elastic and less prone to breakage. 

So the next time you're in the grocery store, pick up a fruit and give your hair a treat. There are so many hair-healthy fruits to choose from. 

Read more on avocado here.


Turbans and head wraps have been popping up on the fashion radar all over the place. They have been seen as signature pieces on fashion show runways and as bold accessories on the red carpet. I think it's safe to say that turbans are the hot hair trend of the season. This fashion headgear turns heads wherever it goes.

Turbans are the perfect accessory for any outfit. There are hundreds of ways to wear it. They can be as overstated or as understated as the wearer wants it to be. You can wear it like the celebrities do. You can channel your inner India.Arie with a silk turban like the one she wore to the 2011 Grammy Awards show.

You may opt to rock a bold African print turban like Solange Knowles. You can wear your turban into a fashionable little hat, in classic Elizabeth Taylor style. Men can choose to follow Johnny Depp's lead with a slouchy indie-style turban.

India.Arie

India.Arie at the 2011 Grammy Awards

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles with African print turban


The great thing about turbans is that you can create the look with something you already have in your closet. You remember how, in the cold of the winter, you invested in scarves in all kinds of prints and bold patterns? Now that it's springtime, you can simply change your scarf into a turban with a only a little wrapping and tucking!

View our 100% silk scarves!

Watch these videos and learn how to wrap a turban like a pro!


Timi before

Timi before


There has only been one other time in my life when I had short hair. When I was 6 or 7 years old, I had a bald fade. Don't ask me why, I honestly have no idea. The next time I had short hair again was June 20, 2009, when I did my big chop. I had just turned 20 and I was still trying to figure out who I was. I was still an occasionally awkward and shy college student.

As I sat in that barber chair, as the chunks of hair fell to the ground, I realized that I could no longer hide behind my hair. Gone were the days where I could hide beneath the swoop of my side bangs. My neck had no covering. My ears had no more canopy. My eyebrows had no protective neighbors. I was naked, with no hair to hide behind.

Without hair surrounding my face, I saw my face for the first time. I saw the bright eyes of an eager learner. The straight nose of a inquisitive explorer. The full mouth of an enthusiastic entertainer. The scars of a bashful do-gooder. I was seeing myself naked for the first time and I liked what I saw.

Timi after

Timi after

The months of napturality that followed my big chop were tumultuous. There were some really good days when my 'fro looked like a Black Power fist and seemed to scream "I am woman, hear me roar!" and there were days were people would look at my shrunken fro and say "you had such good hair. What a waste." I also struggled with acne early in my teenage years that left with with scars on my cheeks. Because I knew I had no hair to hide behind, I had to learn to love every inch of me.

Every morning, when I had doubts about my beauty, I learned to speak words of affirmation to myself. I would, and I still do this occasionally, look in the mirror and say to myself "I love myself, I love myself!" Now that I have been natural for almost two years, I wonder why I ever hid in the first place. Now that I have nothing to hide, I am more confident. Letting go of my hair was like removing a safety net. At first, I was nervous without it but then I learned I could make bolder steps on my own. I can share my smile, my scars, and my off-beat sense of style with the world and show them who I am. I hope I can inspire people to live boldly and richly. Why hide when you can shine?


hair oils

While there are a few downsides, there are lots of good things about using hair oils.

When was the last time you oiled your scalp? We habitually engage in dangerous hair practices that strip our hair of its essential oils and nutrients. Applying excessive shampoos, excessive hair washing and not applying enough conditioner are unhealthy practices for your scalp. Hair oils can moisturize the scalp and stimulate its pores to produce more healthy, natural oils. But keep in mind that however beneficial oiling the scalp may be for many people, it might not be right for everyone. Check out these pros and cons to help you decide if oiling your scalp is for you:



Let's start with some downsides of using oil:

  • Oil gathers the pollutants and dust in the air
  • Over-oiling can create greasy-looking hair
  • Heavy oils can weigh hair down



Here are many upsides to using hair oil:

  • Massaging oil into your hair stimulates blood circulation and relaxes your body
  • Oil gives hair extra shine
  • Oiling your scalp growth and add moisture
  • Oiling scalp can counteract dandruff and dry scalp
  • Oil conditions your hair and prevents it from being brittle and dull
  • Some oils like castor oil and coconut oil promote hair growth
  • Hot oil treatments lock in added moisture, increasing shine, body and bounce.



Many oils can be mixed to create blends for hair conditioning. Here are some oils that promote healthy hair:

  • Jojoba oil is good for dry hair. It helps soften hair and can be used to detangle hair before shampooing
  • Olive oil strengthens and nourishes hair
  • Coconut oil adds lubrication to the hair. It's useful for damaged hair due to it's ability to strengthen it
  • Rosemary herbal oil is useful for unwanted and flaky dandruff problems.

Remember a few things about hair oils. Not all hair oils are created equal. Try to avoid products with petroleum; they clog your pores and weigh your hair down. Use natural oils instead and only oil your scalp as needed.


Beyonce

Beyonce has been known to wear hair tinsel.

Looking to add a splash of color or some bold textures to your hair? Have you ever thought of putting tinsel in your hair? Or adding feather extensions? For Trashy Roots Salon & Spa, in Round Rock, Texas, these have been their most popular hair extension requests.

Kinds of hair extensions

Trashy Roots Salon & Spa offers punk color hair extensions that come in 35 different colors from pink to blue.

They also have a new hair bling called "hair tinsel". Yes, tinsel! It's not quite the same as the kind on a Christmas tree, but it's a similar idea. The hair tinsel look gives you thin strands of color in your hair. It is up to the client to decide how much tinsel they want in their hair. Either way, this is a fierce way to show off a little hair bling.

miley-cyrus

In this photo, teen sensation Miley Cyrus sports feather extensions.

Another edgy hair extension that they offer is the feather extension. Feather extensions are a hot trend in 2011. The clients have the option of different length feathers with different patterns. The best part about feather extensions is that you can treat it just like you would hair. You can still wash it and blow dry it.

The extensions cause no damage to the hair. When you are ready, you can return to the stylist to have the extensions removed.

If you're brave enough, give one of these crazy hair extensions a try! Your new look could be just an extension away!

Check them out!


Taylor Swift with a faux bob

Garcelle Beauvais wears a wispy bun with face-framing tendrils

Amy Adams wore a sleeked-back ponytail at the 2011 SAG awards

The key to fun and flirty hair is to make it look effortless. You can achieve this look with looser hairstyles and updos.

  1. Tossled Curls or Waves
    You can utilize your natural curls or create curls with a curling iron on low heat. If you have a very tight curls, you can loosen and tossle them with a wide tooth comb.
  2. Faux Bob
    This style creates a shorter, layered style without ever picking up a pair of scissors. This style works best on curly or curled hair. Start by pulling back your hair in a very loose ponytail. Tuck and roll the ponytail under, securing it with bobby pins under your faux bob. The front of your curls should fall around the chin level, given the appearance of a bob hairstyle. This is a great flirty look!
  3. Sumo Bun
    An oversized bun sitting on top of the head, in a loose and messy style gives a fun and playful look.
  4. Side Chignon
    A side chignon with low swept curls at the nape of the neck creates a romantic look. To achieve this look, use a round brush and a blow dryer to make the top of the hair straight and smooth. The end of the hair is curled and put in a low ponytail to the side.
  5. Wispy Bun
    This ballerina bun has a whimsical look, especially when done with curly or curled hair. Keeping the top of the hair loose, gather your hair in a ponytail. Then loosely twist the hair into a bun. To add a flirty feel, allow some loose tendrils of hair to frame the face.
  6. Half Up, Half Down
    This chic style can be worn with straight, loose curls, or springy curls. Take the top half of the hair and pull it back in a half up-do.
  7. French or Fishtail Braid
    The french braid is not just for when you were a little girl. It combines sophistication and femininity. To spice things up, you can french braid your bangs to form a head band. The fishtail braid is a plaiting style that is similar to the french braid, but instead of using three strands of hair it uses only two.
  8. Sleeked-Back Ponytail
    A perky ponytail can put some pep in your step. To add the look of hair wrapped around the base of the ponytail, pull a pencil-thick piece of hair from the bottom of the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic. Then secure it with bobby pins.


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