Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Giveaway Time!



It's time for the first giveaway of 2016! I am a HUGE Oyin Handmade supporter, having met the husband and wife team at many hair shows. Not only are they good people with great spirits, but they also have awesome products that really work and are great for the whole family. Come on, have ever used a product that's great on your hair and your skin??


To show my continued support and love of the line, I will be giving away one (1) jar of Whipped Shea Pudding to one lucky winner.





Photo courtesy of Oyin Handmade







To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below about your winter hair frustrations. What are you having issues with - moisture, knots, styling? Also, join in the conversation on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/naturalandfab. People who comment  in both places will be entered into the giveaway twice.


I am also planning to throw in a bonus gift so you don't want to miss out on this opportunity! The giveaway will close on January 11!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Frustrated with Winter Hair

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The winter has finally come to Atlanta and whole new set of hair frustrations along with it. We curly girls love our natural hair the most in the summer. The humidity does wonders for styling and volume but the winter..the winter is a different story. The winter brings dry hair, tiny knots, hats and flat hair.

I think my hair underwent a serious transition after baby #2. My hair was ON POINT during my pregnancy thanks to those wonderful hormones but it seems like things are going a completely different direction a year later. Moisture seems to have left my head and the building.

Not to fret though; there are some simple tricks and tips to try that can help those of us with even the driest hair.


  1. Less shampooing, more co-washing. Reduce the number of times you shampoo during the winter and co-wash more. Your hair will thank you. 
  2. Protective styles are your friend. Twists, braids, wigs - all can be your best friend during the winter while you try to protect your strands. Make sure you keep your hair moisturized regardless which style its in. 
  3. Use more cream-based products. Oyin Handmade makes an awesome whipped shea butter that I use on my hair during the winter. The amount of moisture is awesome. 
  4. Keep your hairs out of your hair. As much as you love your strands, try not to disturb them too much. 
  5. Deep condition and use a steamer. Listen, moisture is key and deep conditioning with a steamer makes a HUGE difference. 
I hope these tips and tricks work for you. I know first-hand how frustrating it can be to manage your natural hair in the winter months.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

YouTube Tutorial: Crochet Braids

By now I'm sure all of you have seen the latest trending hairstyle, crochet braids. Listen, I used to rock some fierce crochet braids back in high school when they were simply kinky braids but this style today has gone to a new level. Now only is it versatile (which y'all know I love), its easy to do yourself and a great protective style.




If you've wanted to experiment with color, length and twists in general, this is a great way to see if it works for you. Even though my natural hair is full and long, I am willing to give these a try just to give me a break from doing my hair for awhile during the winter months.


Remember, just because your hair braided up, you want to make sure you shampoo, condition and properly moisturize your hair while in its braided state. Healthy hair is fabulous hair!

Monday, December 28, 2015

YouTube Tutorial: Flat Twists on Short Hair

My brother's girlfriend (Hi Chelsea!) is newly natural and is going through that TWA phase that we've all been through. Because she's never had natural hair, I've been showing her just how versatile a teeny weeny afro can be. This video is a perfect example of a fun and sassy style on hair her length. I love just how defined the hair is with flat twists.






The key to flat twists is well-detangled hair. You want to make sure you smooth out your hair shaft so that you don't have any fly-aways or random strands going crazy. I'm not a big fan of over styling your hair; meaning, I don't think you have to pull the hair apart very much or pick the roots too much. Sometimes giving your hair a day to "fall" results in some of the best styles ever.


With that all said, Chelsea, this post is for you!

Reviving the blog

Just me!


Well, hello there! Remember me? I used to run an awesome natural hair blog? Well, I'm back!


In my last post in August, I mentioned that I had some ideas about how I wanted to evolve this blog into a lifestyle blog. It was a good idea but I realized that I needed to keep this blog about its very essence - natural hair.


Although I've been natural for 6 years now, I don't think my natural hair journey is anywhere near the end. This journey is ongoing and I plan to keep documenting it as well as sharing tips and tips with my other fellow natural sisters (and brothers). As much as I love blogging, I will also get back into my videos so make sure you have subscribed to my natural hair YouTube channel here.


See you soon!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I'm back!

Hey there! Can you believe it's been almost exactly one year to the day of my last post? I really didn't mean to be away that long but my pregnancy and now being a mom of 2 forced me to put some things on the backseat for awhile. Nonetheless, I'm back and with lots of hair stories, tips and tricks to share. I'm even going to start doing some posts about my fitness journey, or as we mothers like to it, "the snapback". Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Natural Hair:Twisted Goddess Protective Hairstyle






Back to Basics

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend about natural hair care. After listening to her long list of questions about how do get my hair to grow faster, how do I get it thicker, what should do I do about styling. I asked her to stop and go back to basics.

I wish I could tell everyone that there is some magical mystery potion that you can use on your hair and poof! Fabulously styled, long natural hair every single day. Sadly this is not the case. Like relaxed hair, natural hair takes work but not a tremendous amount. Simplicity is key. I challenge all of you to go back to basics.

But what does this mean, Monique, you ask?
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It means go back to your very simple regimens that once worked for you. Do you have a shampoo that cleansed and clarified your hair without feeling stripped? Use it. Do you have a conditioner that provided crazy slip for detangling and nutrients for your hair? Use it! No leave-in conditioner? No problem! It's all about what works for YOU.

Products aren't the only factor that determine our hair length and density; genetics plays a huge role in this too. Some people are predisposed to thicker, longer hair whereas others will never see their hair grow past their ears. Nothing is wrong with this. NOTHING! Embrace your uniqueness and play it up.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Curly Twisted Pin-Up | Natural Hair Tutorial

This is an adorable and easy pin-up style to try. Perfect work or a night-out on the town.




Pregnancy Update

My pregnancy has caused me to take a bit of break from blogging but that doesn't mean I haven't been taking care of my hair. As a matter of fact, my hair is looking pretty fabulous these days, if I do say so myself. Thanks pregnancy hormones!

A few of you have inquired about how I'm doing and I appreciate your concern. I'm actually doing really well. We are halfway through this pregnancy and found out the gender of the baby yesterday. I want to shout it from the rooftops but we are keeping it a secret for a few months before spilling the beans. Of course our immediate family and close friends know but that's about it.

I suppose now its time to introduce "the bump".

FYI: I hate bathroom pictures

Other than regular pregnancy aches and pains, I feel great and everything looks good. Baby #2 is doing good and is right on schedule. I look forward to meeting this little person in December. I'll be back soon with some more hair updates but for now I'm caught up in baby bliss.