My TWA routine

Posted by Kyara | Posted in | Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Little update to tell you about my new routine since my Big Chop...

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-I will Deep Condition (over night) at least once a week (this week I tried AMLA powder - pics are coming),
-I'll try to comb only once a week (other than that, I'll finger comb),
-Pre-poo with honey,
-I will co-wash once or twice a week (since my hair is super short) and shampoo once a month,
-Moisturize with Kinky Curly Knot Today or Carol's daughter Black Vanilla leave-in conditioner,
-Seal with Shea butter or Monoï oil,
-Flat twist every night,
-Massage my scalp once a week.



Officially BC'd

Posted by Kyara | Posted on Sunday, May 10, 2009


Yesss! It's done!!!
I'm so happy. Almost like when I graduated!!! lol!

So here's the story: I got my last relaxer at the end of december or begining of january 2009. Not long after that, I decided that it would be my last relaxer and I began the transition. It lasted 4 months of protective styles, braids and impatience...
But let me tell you that it wasn't so easy to get that cut done...
The story begins last week. I wanted to schedule an appointement at NIWEL (it's Franck PROVOST for "ethnic" hair). I called them but they were full until the next saturday. I decided to wait until this date.

The week seemed to last for ages!!!
The day before the fateful date, I decided to go out with some friends and have fun. We went to a party and danced till dawn :)
The next day, I woke up at noon... I had missed my rendez-vous...
I was so determined to cut those relaxed ends that I tried to call my usual hairdresser to ask if they had a spot available for me. SURPRISE! They had one at 3!!!

I jumped under the shower and ran to the salon.
When I arrived, they asked me to wear their robe (you know, the sexy robe that never is your size!) and to wait until my hairdresser was free.
In the meantime, they offered me a lemon tea (it was welcome because I had to wait more than an hour before they took care of me!)

Then my usual hairdresser came and I told her that I wanted to cut it all off.
First reaction: she calls all the other haidressers to share opinions...
Second reaction: her eyes went out of their sockets "Whyyyy????? your hair was so beautiful!!"
Me: I just want to get rid of the damaged relaxed ends
Third reaction: "You sure??? Did you have time to think 'bout it?"
Fourth reaction: "I know lots of girls who decided to go natural and then went back to the relaxer because they couldn't manage their natural hair. I'm sure you'll change your mind too"
Me: "you bet??" ;)

The assistant came and told me "you're so right! when you have beautiful hair, you shouldn't relax it, it damages it!" then she added: "I'm natural too but I flat iron every morning".
Yessss another natural girl!! :)

A third hairdresser took care of my hair. When she was giving my afro a nice round shape, she told me that she used to be natural but her daugthers were like "you're not pretty with your afro, mummy" and she decided to go back to the creamy crack...

I guess every single black woman has a story about the relaxer and natural hair... But MY story has just begun and for the moment I couldn't be happier!!!

Stay tuned for other pics!!!


She rocked it both ways : Gelila Bekele

Posted by Kyara | Posted in , | Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009


I want to add a new feature to "Trendy Curly Hair": She rocked it both ways... The idea came to me when I saw the the pic of Oprah with her natural hair so I wanted to show people who rock straight and curly hair.

I'm sure that like Oprah, there are lots of natural chicks that keep straightening their hair and I woulld like to spotlight them!

The beautiful model I chose for the first "She rocked it both ways", as you can guess from the pic, is Gelila Bekele.
This picture shows her with a stunning natural hairstyle!!
This haristyle can be achieved by braiding the crown of your hair and twisting the strends in the back of the head.
To obtain the finished producted of the first picture, you just have to pin the twists up with bobby pins in an artistic way.
This wonderful ethiopian girl is 25 and has been working with ford models for several years now. She is said to be dating Tyler Perry (actor and movie maker).

Here is a picture of them having fun in the Opening Gala of Tyler Perry's new Motion Picture & Television Studio on October 4, 2008 in Atlanta (Getty images)

Gelila has beautiful curly hair but she sometimes straightens it for fashion shows

I must say that I prefer the curly style. She looks more natural and stands out of the crowd.
Which style do you like most?


Here is a video where Gelila is explaining her haircare routine (She uses Pantene daily renewal shampoo and conditioner):

Next one will be Oprah. If you have suggestions about other curlies who rock it both ways, please send them to me!

Stay tuned for the next "She rocked it both ways"!!!