REPOST : Another transition style: Bantu knots-out

Posted by Kyara | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2009


I recently got some issues with formatting so I’m reposting older entries…
I just wanted to show you the results of my bantu knots-out. It wasn't very easy to sleep on it but I'm glad I tried! I liked the results because the curls looked natural and bouncy.
I slept on the bantu knots with a satin headwrap. The next morning, I took them down beginning with the back, separated each of them, put a little bit of coconut oil and finger combed.

This pic was taken right after I took them down:

The next pic shows the back of my head. Some of the knots weren't completely dry... as you can see there are looser curls in the back.

This is a closer pic:

This is the finished product... There was a lot of humidity here so the curls were looser after a while.

If you have questions about the way I achieved this style, you can ask you question in the comments below or send me an email. I'll do my best to answer.
I also tried the curly fro, so stay tuned for the technique and results!!!

My bantu knots

Posted by Kyara | Posted in | Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2009


I tried bantu knots today and I just wanted to show you how it looks :
I like it! It's very cute, but I am not sure that I will rock it outside of the house...
To do this style, I used Kinky Curly Knot Today (to detangle) and I seal with coconut oil.
it is very easy, you just have to twist the hair on itself and then tuck it under...

I will soon show you the bantu knots-out, so stay tuned! :)


Kyara's transition update

Posted by Kyara | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009


Yay!! 3 months transitioning!!!

Hi girls,

I just wanted to give you a little update on my transtition. It's becoming more and more difficult to style my hair...
This days I just try to slick it with a brush and gel (IC Fantasia) on wet hair (I know that's bad...) but I have no choice! ':(

These photos were taken this week-end:

(click on the pic to enlarge)

Please let me know how it went during your transition (if you did one...)!!
I'll be trying new transition styles during the next week.

Have a good day!


Kyara tries flexi rods

Posted by Kyara | Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2009


As I recently told you, I'm transitioning right now.
One of the transition styles I tried is roller setting with flexi rods.

Here is how I proceeded:

  1. Shampooed with Carol's daughter black vanilla herbal shampoo
  2. Conditioned with Carol's daughter Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie
  3. Put my leave-in conditioner healthy sexy hair Soy-Tri-Wheat
  4. Detangled on wet hair
  5. Set with flexi rods
  6. Let it dry over night

I thought my hair would be more voluminous but I liked the style. My hair was very curly and bouncy. I was able to keep this style for 1 week.

Have you tried it? Let me know how it worked for you!!

I will soon post the detailed "How to" with pics, so stay tuned!


Kyara's style of the day: Marroon Style

Posted by Kyara | Posted in | Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009


Kyara's style of the day: Sweet Sport

Posted by Kyara | Posted in | Posted on Sunday, April 05, 2009


Sweet Sport
Sweet Sport by Kyara Natural featuring Roxy t-shirts

Kyara's nightmare!

Posted by Kyara | Posted in | Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009


This video featured on is stating that a huge number of african american women are losing their hair because of chemicals, braids (too tight), heat...
Check it out and tell me what you think!


UPDATE -- Natural hair glossary

Posted by Kyara | Posted in | Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009


Hi Girls I wanted to share what I've learned during my researches on natural hair. I might have forgotten lots of information, I will keep updating this glossary. Hope this will help some of you.

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ACV: Apple Cider Vinegar (In french: Vinaigre de Pomme). It can be used to clarify hair (to get rid of buil-up)

AMLA Powder: AMLA is an Indian Gooseberry. It is known to be antibacterial and rich in vitamin C. It can be used to deep condition the hair
BAA: Big Ass Afro

Banding technique: Technique consisting in putting bands on your hair to elongate the strands. It is used to fight against shrinkage.

Bantu Knots: Hair style consisting in twisting the hair on itself.

BC: Big Chop. The big cut you do to get rid of relaxed and damaged ends.

Bentonite clay: It's a clay used to deep condition. It has detoxifying properties.

BKT: Brazilian Keratin Treatment. A treatment used to loosen your natural curls for between 4 and 6 months. It contains chemicals and is quite expensive.

Carmel treatment: Natural Treatment said to make your hair more manageable

CG: Curly Girl. Book and technique from Lorraine Massey. Describes how to take care of naturally curly hair.

DC: deep condition. Apply a nourishing cream on your hair for enough time to enjoy the benefits.

EVOO: Extra virgin olive oil

JKT: Japanese Keratin treatment

LFW: Lace Front Wigs.

LHCF: long hair care forum (forum talking about long and natural curly hair).

Lisa Akbari's Curly Fro technique: technique to have curls and volume for natural hair.

Low-poo: use of a less aggressive shampoo and less often.

NC: naturallycurly. Website with information about curly hair

No-poo: stop the use of shampoo

Pre-poo: apply product to the hair in order to prepare it for the shampoo

S&D: Search and destroy method. Search the damaged ends and trim them one after the other.

Saran wrap treatment: technique to straighten your hair without heat

Shingling: Styling technique

TWA: Teeny Weeny Afro

Wash&Go: pretty self-explanatory...

Kyara's haircare tips

Posted by Kyara | Posted in | Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009


  1. Use a wide tooth comb. It is very important! Any other comb will pull your hair out if you have kinky hair. Finger combing is a technique which is also very effective
  2. Seal your hair to keep it hydrated. What I do is that I apply a creamy moisturizer and then I seal it with coconut or almond oil.
  3. Avoid heat. Styling irons will fragilize your strends and prevent you from acquiring lenght
  4. Know your hair type and texture: dry or oily, kinky, curly or coily, fine or thick. Your routine should really be adapted to your hair type.
  5. Let it breathe!! for your hair to grow, your scalp should be clean so adapt your routine (shampoo, co-wash, sealing... to your hair type in order for your scalp to be always clean.
  6. Deep condition on a weekly basis. With DC, the strends stay moisturized and healthy.
  7. Avoid chemicals. Relaxers, colors, texturizers, curlies... all these techniques fragilize your hair so at least ask advice from a professional before considering putting one of these chemicals on your hair.
Hope this helped!
Please comment and tell us what are YOUR tips!