Wrapped By A.C.T. Official Launch

Super excited to announce the official launch of #WrappedByACT.

Learn how to style your new head-wrap for every day of the week and shop the NEW #WrappedByACT Collection. Enjoy Music, light bites, and giveaways! Also featuring how to get the right twist-out with Kayon Crosby of Nourish Your Curls Boutique.

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Wrapped by A.C.T. is the expression of Naturally A.C.T. through fabrics and headdresses. The head-wrap line empowers those who choose to adorn themselves with a sense of pride and provides an outlet for creativity. With a limited edition approach, each head-wrap will be released in no more than 15 of design in stock. A unique option you’ll find is the satin lining to protect the hair from friction. Accommodations have been made for long and short haired folks by providing 3 length options to include children as well. Wrapped by A.C.T., cloth crowns for King’s and queens

How I maintained my Flat Ironed Type 4 Natural Hair

IMG_1351 (1)I don’t flat-iron my hair often, usually only once a year, mainly because I like the texture of my hair when it’s not straighten. A few benefits of flat-ironing is being able to see the ‘true length’ of your hair. Straightening your hair can also add versatility in your styling routine.

A few disadvantages of flat-ironing natural hair is that it may not revert back to your curls or kinky/coily hair as quickly. Also, it may be hard to maintain straighten hair during working-outs or when it rains. As a result, many naturals find that their flat ironed hair only lasts for a very short time. Here are a few ways I kept my type 4 hair straight for two weeks, now I could have kept it straight longer; however, I just wanted my kinky/coily hair back.

First Things First – Go To A Professional

Salon Visit

Yes! I suggest getting your hair done by a licensed professional. Many naturals are comfortable with doing there own hair; however, I believe it’s best in these circumstances. The concern with going to a professional is trust, especially with all the articles about salons and stylist sneaking relaxers in on clients shampoo. However, the results of having your hair flat-ironed by a professional will be a lot better.

Now if you are having a hard time finding a stylist you trust, or cannot afford to go to a salon. I suggest investing in a good professional flat iron, make sure it has heat control settings.

Preserving Your Flat-Ironed Hair

Some naturals like to wrap their to there hair; however, when I do this I found that my hair has no bounce it just lays flat. Personally, I do not enjoy when my hair just lays flat. To keep my hair straight with a added curls and no heat, I use flexirods and curlformers. I love how using these tools help keep my hair straight with some bounce, while adding loose waves for a full look.

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Flexirods Pictured Flexirods

Minimal Product Use

Kinky/coily type 4 hair requires lots and lots of moisture, I tend to use creams, butters, steam and oil. When my hair is straight using butters weighs it down and creams make it revert back to kinky/coils. In place of heavy products, I like to use light oils light oils such as grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. I lightly coat my hands with oil and apply to my hair daily. Doing this helps prevent dryness without weighing the hair down my hair.

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Another important factor to maintaining straight hair for an extended period of time is how you protect your hair when you sleep. Be sure to keep your hair protected while you sleep, use a satin/silk bonnet t or sleep on a satin/silk pillowcase.

Rain & Steam/Humidity

When my hair is in its natural state, I don’t worry about rain and humidity. The day I had my hair straightened it rain and rain. I kept a disposable shower cap in my bag and my umbrella to avoid the rain.  I usually don’t wear a shower cap; however, with straight hair is necessary.

Perserve With Ponytal

Working Out

Doing low intensity workouts will help minimize sweating be sure to use a sweatband during workouts. Sweatbands are a great way to keep your edges flat be sure your hair is completely dry before removing, if needed you can use handheld blow dryer on low cool-heat to make the process faster.

If you really want to get the most out of your flat-ironed, hair I suggest not to hang out at the pool or to the beach. If you do be sure to pin your hair up this will help extend the quality for your straighten hair.

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Additional Info and suggestion :

I suggest using a Dri Sweat Edge Women’s Headband or Save Your Do Black GymWrap while working out to make your hair last. I don’t suggest strengthening your hair in the middle of summer when it’s most humid outside also when it’s hot you may be prone to sweat.


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Retaining & Maintaining length tips for Natural 4C Hair

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I often get questions on how I maintain length and care for my hair. When I hear the same question more than twice it’s a good time to blog about it 😀 Let me start out by saying this it’s not always go to be easy yet you CAN grow your 4c/kinky Hair. There is no magic potion to growing your natural hair long; there is no magic oil or product to buy however I’ll say it again you CAN GROW LONG HAIR.

PATIENCE

Patience is the main way to really learn your hair, everyone will have different experiences and it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take time to really learn how to take care of your hair and from my perspective hair changes constantly. Having a positive attitude even when the results are not great or what you expect is key.

One of my personal rules is to not style, wash and especially detangling when frustrated or tired. For some this may mean missing out on going to a movie for hanging out with friends so that you can really take the time to care for your hair. Your attitude and approach matters patience is a mindset. You thought process and feelings prior to any attempting hair care matters. Take it slow and pay attention to how your hair is responding to products, styling tools and the style itself.

LEARN TO LOVE YOUR HAIR

It took almost 4 years to really love my hair; for years after I went natural I felt ugly and hated that my hair didn’t look like my friend or my favorite YouTube natural. I had to stop hating my hair (myself) and start loving what my hair could and would do. I literally started treating my hair like silk, using products that work best for my hair, minimizing styling tools and the use of heat including the blow dryer and over stretching my hair.

That was the best thinking I could have done when I started loving my hair my attitude and perspective changed. The icing on the cake was people started giving me random complements.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE ~ TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

What you eat affects many things from your emotions, to your hair, to your skin and so on. A healthy lifestyle is a must if you want your hair to grow healthy and maintain any length. Thus if your diet, exercise and sleeping habits are poor your hair and the way you feel will be affected.

Don’t wait until you start experiencing scalp issues or hair loss. Quick fixes don’t offer long term results. True healing and restoration takes time real results has everything to do with what you eat and how active you are. Think about when you don’t feel good, I mean really don’t feel good…. after sitting for a long period of time or after you ate a horribly unbalanced meal.

I want to be honest exercising does not always initially feel good yet in my experience its better than getting up after sitting for a long period of time with stiff legs. The end result of a good run is a feeling of accomplishment and once your body looks the way you want it’s all worth the work. This is also true for you hair the process is not always easy but when your twist out is ‘everything’ or your fro is so big people think its fake it’s totally work the work.

LEAVE YOUR HAIR ALONE

One of the best lessons I have learned is to style my hair the walk away. This was difficult for me at first because I almost always think I can make the style better if I just do one (ten) more things yet I end up not liking the final result as much after messing with it too much. Believe it or not 4C hair is fragile, over manipulation causes breakage resulting in not getting that length you want.

Retaining length is difficult if it’s constantly being, pulled, tugged, separated, yanked or even over exposed to the harsh weather. Pay attention to what you’re doing, this will help you see how well your hair is responding to techniques and styles, ask yourself: Am I using too much product? Do I constantly find myself touching/playing in my hair? Leave your hair alone as much as you can and watch it flourish.

MOISTURIZE

Most people don’t understand the value of water not just on your hair this includes in your body yes drink water. Now when I say water this does not mean washing your hair to often (although it is very important to keep a clean scrap) simply misting your hair daily to keep it moisturize. You can do this a few differ ways, with a spray or using a hair steamer.

I tend to alternate using my spray bottle containing part water part Aloe Vera Juice and my Q-Redrew hand held steamer to prevent dryness. Dry hair becomes brittle and breaks, it is virtually impossible to retain length with broken hair. Build into your regular regime misting and/or steaming your hair especially the ends to maintain moisture. After I steam or mist my hair I like to use a oil mix of 1oz castor oil, 1 oz jojoba oil, ½ oz grapeseed oil, ½ oz olive oil to seal in the moister.

Deep conditioning with heat weekly or at least biweekly is a great way to moisturizing your hair. While using your favorite deep conditioner a steam or simply sit under the dryer.

MAINTAIN A CLEAN SCALP ESPECIALLY WHILE WEARING PROTECTIVE STYLES   

One of the ways I do maintain a clean scalp while wear braids it to:

  • Get a cup or bowl with warm water and a little oil of your choice.
  • Sections hair,
  • Using an old t-shirt, dip it in the oil water & oil mix (be light with the water) and wipe your scalp just your scalp clean.
  • I sometimes use blow dryer on cool to dry my scalp before moving on to the next section.

Doing this allows me to maintain my protective without messing up that fresh look.

All of those are my truths and I think it is safe to say that most naturals would agree regardless of hair texture. Retaining and maintaining long healthy hair begins with your mindset and ends with hair care. Start to focus on the simple things, love, health, peace…. You will get the results you desire… In life & in your hair!!!

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Disclaimer: All suggestions, techniques and advice given are for informational purposes only and should be used at your discretion and best judgment. I highly recommend conducting strand tests when trying or using new products, hair appliances and any product. I am not responsible or liable for adverse or undesirable affects including hair loss, hair breakage or other hair/scalp/skin/body damage as a direct or indirect result of the suggestions, tips, techniques and/or advice given.

I am not representing, being paid by, or endorsing any of the product brands in this email, blog, video, document and so on. I purchased everything with my own money – UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. There are links to products that might be helpful based on the content of this email, blog, video, document and so on.

NaturallyACT.com | Aleka C. Thrash is not responsible for hair damage and or loss as a result of reading this email, blog, video, document and so on. Please use all suggested techniques and or products at your own risk.



 

Natural straighten hair and working out!!!!

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I don’t wear my hair straight vary often but when I do I want it to last as long as possible. This is not as easy to do when working out so I did some research on ways to maintain straighten hair while working out.

Us an Anti-Frizz styling product

Some anti-frizz styling products aid in keeping your end smooths, a light hold helps to maintain your style while you exercise. Try using Jessicurl Confident Coils Styling Solution.

Wrap Your Hair

Wraping your hair while your working will help your style last longer. Using products like Dri Sweat or Save Your Do can help take the extra moister (sweat) from your scalp during your working out. You can also wrap your hair and rock a turban for added style.

Let Your Hair Dry

Be sure your scalp is dry before taking your wrap down. Use the cool option on your blow dryer to keep your hair from frizzing; this will also keep your hair from mildewing and becoming smelling.

High Ponytail

If you’re not feelin the idea of going to the gym with your hair wrap try a high and tight ponytail. Be sure to use a little edge control and wear cute scarf just around your hair line to keep your from frizzing up. Try SheaMoisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

Extend Your Style

After your workout and your scalp is dry, braid your hair back in two or more braid (cornrow) and put perm rods at the ends. You can also do this at night and remove them after your morning workout.

Maintain A Clean Scalp

When you feel your scalp getting itchy and dirty and aren’t ready for wash day… Part your hair in sections, get a cup or bowl in warm water and a little oil of your choice. Dip an old t-shirt dip it in water & oil (be light with the water) and wipe your scalp just your scalp clean. Use your blow dryer on cool to dry your scalp before moving on to the next section.

Hope this helps leave a comment below! 😀