I wanted to show you this behind the scenes video of a photoshoot that I did recently for Earthtones Naturals. This video taken by one of the models on the shoot and shows the difference in using enough product versus not using enough product. When our model showed up, she had put some Curl Enhancing Gelly in her hair,...
I don’t know if it’s the images we see on television, magazines and movies, or if it’s our individual experiences with taking care of our hair, but many women of color resist embracing the texture of our hair. I was inspired to create Earthtones Naturals after I’d given birth to my eldest child. As a person who was adopted, I had no one who shared my DNA until I met my daughter. I looked at my daughter and thought, ‘She’s going to need to embrace her hair texture, so I need to embrace mine.’ I wanted to share with you three steps that I went through on my journey to embracing the texture of my hair.
- I accepted my hair. I looked at myself in the mirror and thought, “This is my hair. It’s not anybody else’s. I’m going to embrace my hair."
- I went to Youtube and I watched videos about other people’s experiences with their natural hair. I also noticed which products other people tried.
- I tried products and paid attention to which products worked best with my hair. This lead me to create Earthtones Naturals because there weren’t a lot of products that really worked with my hair.
I wanted to share my experience with you because I want to let you know that it’s a process to embrace your natural hair. If you don’t embrace your natural hair texture, that’s okay, but maybe natural hair isn’t for you.
I encourage you to go on Youtube and watch other people’s experiences. Those videos can be a source of encouragement to you. Then, come back to Earthtones Naturals and see if the products I created based on my type 4 hair will work for you.
And also, I’d like to remind everyone that if you’re natural hair isn’t working for you, it’s not your hair, it’s probably the product you’re using. If you want to see me explain a little bit about my experience starting Earthtones Naturals and embracing my hair, please check out the video below.
A lot of women wonder how to achieve the best Twist Outs. They want to know how to make their curls more defined, how to make them soft and how to make the hair shake with the wind. Well, I’m going to explain how to obtain the best twist out ever using my Curl Quench Hair Butter and Curl Define Curl Enhancing Gelly.
Step 1: Wash your hair and separate it into four sections.
Step 3: Take a small section of hair from the larger section.
Step 4: Comb through that section to ensure its detangled properly and spritz with water if necessary to ensure the hair is damp.
Step 5: Apply Curl Define Curl Enhancing Gelly to that section, smoothing the product through the hair ensuring proper coverage.
Step 6: Once the hair is covered with product, separate the small section into two pieces and begin twisting.
Step 7: When you get to the end of your hair, twirl it around with your finger for extra curl.
Step 8: Repeat.
Step 9: Allow the hair to dry completely. Sitting under a dryer is fine.
Step 10: Undo twists by untwisting from the END of the twist to avoid knots.
The key to achieving the best twist out:
- Make sure the product is applied from the root all the way to the ends.
- Make sure there is enough product on all the hair. If the product is white on your hair, you probably have a good amount of product applied.
To make your twist outs fuller, you can separate each twist additional times and use a pick to lift your hair at the scalp. This will give more fullness to your hair style.
To watch me go through my twist out process, watch this video:
Dr. Susan Walker, founder of Earthtones Naturals, explains what inspired her to create the natural haircare brand for black women.
If someone were to ask me what is the number one challenge with natural hair my answer would be maintaining appropriate moisture levels. This topic has been covered extensively but dry hair is the the number one complaint of many natural women I hear from and it warrants further discussion.