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Little Girl Curls: Lina Lina Bobina’s Curl Cocktail

Little Girl Curls: Lina Lina Bobina’s Curl Cocktail

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Q: “I follow you on Instagram, and Lina Bobina’s curl pattern looks a lot like both mine and my niece’s. I need to know what you put in her hair. Even if it’s kiddie stuff. My curls are so dry and frizzy…and my sister always puts my niece’s hair in braids, because her spirals are too overwhelming. So whatever you use on Bobina, we need to get into…asap!” – Jeanine

A: Hi Jeanine! Lina Lina Bobina has a ton of hair. A TON. I understand you and your sister being flummoxed. It took me ages to find the perfect hair cocktail to get us through wetting, washing, and detangling sans tears.

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The little girl…with the temper tantrum-inducing curls.

Lina’s hair is thick, with a fine curl and about four inches of shrinkage (a lot). Let’s cut to the chase. In her five years on Earth, I’ve tried everything…and the two product lines that prettify her curls most brilliantly are the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus collection (organic; paraben-free; made of gentle, soothing, kid-friendly botanicals…so fancy, and yet SOLD AT TARGET!!!), and the new CurlyKids Mixed Hair Care collection (also super-gentle, paraben-free, and shockingly inexpensive). I’ve found that these products are moisturizing enough to keep Lina’s ultra-dry hair hydrated for a good three days…but they’re also lightweight, non-sticky and don’t leave a residue. Hence, the bounciness. These are the three we keep in heavy rotation:

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STEP 1: We skip shampoo, and just use SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser, which geennntttly strips away product buildup, while leaving her curls moisturized and luscious. It’s loaded with silk proteins to strengthen and nourish her ringlets.

 

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STEP 2: The Co-Wash does a great job of getting rid of most of Lina’s tangles (as long as I apply it by running my fingers downwards through her hair, not roughing it up, shampoo-style, at the roots). But there’s always a few tangles left after I rinse. So, I spritz the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Extra-Moisturizing Detangling SPray from scalp to ends and use my fingers to gently separate her curls.

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STEP 3: Finally, I squeeze dry her hair with a towel, rub a dollop of CurlyKids Mixed Hair HairCare Gel Moisturizer between my hands, and run it throughout her hair. I don’t COAT her curls with it, just squeeze it in, lightly. I don’t want her to have Top Ramen spirals…you can’t get a good bounce if the strands are weighed down with product. Extra tip? On the second and third day, I spritz her curls with the Detangling Spray for extra moisture and frizz-fighting definition.

 

And there you have it, Jeanine! Lina Lina Bobina’s hair regimen. Hopefully this helps you and your niece. Send me a pic so I can see results!

xxoo,

Ms. Trilliams

 

 curlykids mixed hair haircare

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Bouncing & Behaving: Beautiful Textures Changes Le Game

Bouncing & Behaving: Beautiful Textures Changes Le Game

1993 was not a good look for me, in general.

1993 was not a good look for me, in general.

When I first went to college, my hair was a disaster.  I’d been getting relaxers since fifth grade, but there were no black hairdressers in Charlottesville, VA (shout out to UVA alums, wahoowaaa biiitch!). So I’d go months and months between touch-ups, give myself half-assed, horrible blowouts…and my hair looked like Mufasa’s. If only Beautiful Textures’ Texture Manageability System had existed then! If you haven’t heard about it, get into it. Formulated for naturals, transitioning girls, and relaxed chicks between touchups, the treatment helps elongate your natural curl pattern — but it’s not a relaxer or a keratin treatment. There are no chemicals, so your curls won’t be permanently altered or fried, just softened a bit, until you wash the treatment out with the included clarifying shampoo. It moisturizes, smooths, and de-puffs your curls, giving you the sleekest blowout ever — or a more manageable natural look.  And it’s only ten bucks.

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Honestly, it’s really just an intensely deep conditioner loaded with good-for-you moisturizers like coconut, aloe, shea butter, and mango butter. No shade, I couldn’t imagine how a non-chemical straightening system could give me uber-smooth, swingy strands (edges included) — but yesterday, I went to LW Salon in midtown Manhattan for my treatment, and promptly became a believer. Just look:

Before.

Before.

 

After. Have I ever lied to you?

After. Have I ever lied to you?

Do you see how straight my roots are? That was really my concern. Somehow, I can get the length of my hair pretty straight, but my roots always give away my natural status. The TMS did away with all that. I’m amazed. Get you some.

xo,

Tia

 

Shake Your Blondie! My Curl/Color Cocktail

Shake Your Blondie! My Curl/Color Cocktail

Tia Williams Blonde

Beach, please.

Heyyy. So, I just got back from Jamaica, and I IG-bombed several photos of me and my girlfriends frolicking on the beach. My email was instantly flooded with questions about my blondissima hair…and my curl cocktail! Yep, as you might have noticed, I went almost totally blonde during my SYB hiatus over the past year. I wrote all about it on xoJane (“I Went Black Girl Blonde and I’m Never, Ever Going Back.” Catchy headline, smh). But in a nutshell, I did it because I always felt blonde on the inside. Like, my chestnutty, meh, dark brown locks belonged on another broad altogether. My golden undertones always seemed to demand sunny streaks…and also, I am given to blonde-ish moments (like the time in seventh grade I stood in front of my class and gave a report on a South African visionary named Howie Mandella. Too soon?). But I knew I couldn’t do it until I was root-to-tip natural, so on the same day I got my last transition trim at Hair Rules Salon, I booked full-on blonde highlights. Aimee, my Color Whisperer, gave me multi-dimensional, seemingly randomly streaks of amber, honey, and ombre’d ends…and ladies? It felt so, so right. Like, the color was SPIRITUALLY FULFILLING.

Tia Williams Blonde

Two days after I first dipped my toes in the blonde waters. My bangs were so short!

So, I just wanted to quickly give you some blonde advice. Do not do it if you have a relaxer. Just don’t. If you do it and your shit falls out, know that I warned you. Two chemical processes layered on top of each other is a recipe for Michael Bay-type disaster. There’s bleach involved in the creation of this color — which is incredibly, incredibly damaging. As it is, I’m natural and my dry struggle is real. I condition constantly and almost never shampoo (too harsh, and pointless. Co-washing works. I shampoo, like, three times a month just to make sure I’m avoiding product buildup. I haven’t shampooed Lina Bobina’s hair since 2010). And now, as requested, here is my curl/color product cocktail:

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Every third day, I wash with Hair Rules Curly Quench Ultra Rich Conditioner. It’s really one of the only deep conditioners I’ve found that doesn’t leave curl-crushing buildup. It’s lighweight, but majorly moisturizing, and my hair feels squeaky-clean after I rinse. Basically, this is my shampoo and conditioner. It does everything but apply my concealer.

John Frieda Refreshing Colour GlossGolden hair can get brassy and/or fade between appointments — especially when you’re laying out in 95 degree temps. John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss enhances your shade like crazy (I use the Warm Blondes shade). All you have to do is saturate it from roots to ends after conditioning, leave on for three minutes, and then rinse. I do this treatment once a week, and it keeps my color super-vibrant, glossy, and sexy.

As I Am CocoShea SprayAnd here it is, the only styling product I use when I rock my curls. THE ONLY. Anything more and I look like a member of Full Force. As I Am CocoShea Spray is a moisturizing blend of Coconut Oil and Shea Butter that makes my curls look lush and shiny — plus, it protects hair against damaging UV rays (still a factor, in the winter) and other environmental weirdness. And it literally smells like cake. I’ve actually had people sniff me, wondering where the scent was coming from. I wish I could say that this bothered me.

There you have it! My entire hair product cocktail. And if you also feel like you’re supposed to be a different color, I urge you to experiment…healthfully. Or, fuck it, just get a weave.

xoxo,

Tia

 

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