My Favorite Black Owned Hair Companies

In no particular order, here is a list of my favorite Black owned hair companies. I wanted to compile a list of brands that I have had experience with (I actually use products from each of the brands mentioned) but I would love to know what other brands are worthy of being added. Please comment below with your favorites, as I’d love share and learn. I’m also on the hunt for affordable Black owned makeup brands. I will be updating this post– adding information and links– so be sure to bookmark and share this post for reference!

 

Camille Rose Naturals– This is a given. If you know me, you know my love for Camille Rose Naturals runs deep. I can’t pinpoint one particular product that I love the most because they really have so much quality in their catalog. From my staple, Almond Jai Twisting Butter to Curl Maker and every delicious butter, hair milk, and cleansing rinse in between- I love their products. I love supporting this company because they really are a great all around brand.

Curl Junkie– Some of my favorite products (and some of the first products I’ve used since going natural) are from Curl Junkie. The Curl Rehab deep conditioner from this brand is my staple moisturizing treatment, and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon. I was surprised to learn that Curl Junkie is Black owned, but super excited because I’ve already been supporting them for so long. Their products are legitamately wonderful and if you haven’t already, I definitely recommend trying them.

Mielle Organics– I am currently having a love affair with their Avocado hair milk. If you haven’t checked out my early reviews of Mielle Organics (the hair milk and a protein deep conditioner), please head over. They just released a kids line of products that I’m stalking  interested in trying, and I encourage you to try a few as well. The incentive is that their products– just as Camille Rose Naturals– are all natural!

Eden Bodyworks- I LOVE their Coco Shea Berry Curly Creme from their kids line! (I rave more about it in my healthy hair care for kids video.) I have a few of their products in my stash that I’ve been rotating in J’s wash regimen and I’ve liked everything we’ve tried so far. (Their Jojoba All Natural Deep Conditioner— a best seller– is on my wish list.) Best of all, they too boast natural ingredients. They smell delicious, they are affordable and easily accessible, and I love their backstory!

Kinky CurlyKnot Today. Come Clean. Kinky Curly Curling Custard. Lord, I love Kinky Curly Products. I can’t even begin to describe how great this brand is. And they are also easily accesible. Get you some!

As I Am – I’ve only tried ONE product from this brand, and I’m confident in saying that it is one of my favorite brands. This is a big deal for me. I love that the As I Am products are easily accesible, which makes it that much easier to make the transition in replacing products that you may grab from the drugstore. This brand too, boasts all natural ingredients.

Shea Moisture– Do I even need to explain why this brand made the list? Aside from the wonderful products that they produce, I love what Shea Moisture does for the community. I love the message they endorse, and I love what they represent. Have you heard of their “Break the walls” campaign yet? It is so inspiring, and it’s about damn time. I love them for this. I’ve been known to say that my hair has a “love-hate” relationship with their products, but I actually love them for my daughter’s hair. We all (everyone in my house) lives for the Manuka Honey Masque, and I don’t know what I would do without it!

 

Are you supporting Black owned brands? Share!!

 

Be sure to check out:

10 Black Owned Beauty and Cosmetic Companies according to Clutch magazine

34 Black Owned Companies in the Cosmetics Industry, Black Girl Long Hair

15 Black Owned Beauty Brands to get Familiar With by Refinery 29

How to Preserve a Wash and Go Overnight/ Stretch a Wash and Go (For short hair)

Hey loves! This is a pretty straight forward pictorial. This is my preferred method of stretching my wash and go and preserving it overnight, 1.) because it’s simple 2.) it eliminates the need to use heat to stretch my hair 3.) it’s less stress on my hair.

Depending on the products that I use, I’m usually able to do this 3-4 nights in a row (after rocking a day one wash and go) and as each day passes, my hair gets fuller and more voluminous. I love this hack!

Enjoy!

 

  1. Grab sections of your hair (the shorter your hair, the more sections you’ll need) and wrap a hair tie around them. I don’t part my hair because I don’t want to encourage straight lines forming. It’s not cute when you’re fluffing the next day. Just grab sections of hair and band it. Keep in mind, the tighter your hair band the more your hair will stretch, but you also risk creating bends in your hair. I usually wrap the hair tie around once for large parts of hair (on the sides) and twice for the top. (This is only because I usually end up with less hair there.)

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2. The next morning (or hours later), remove the hair bands.

Shake.

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Fluff.

 

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… and keep it movin’!

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Knowledge is power. Knowledge is beauty. Stay beautiful loves!

Lost in Motherhood and Embracing New Adventures

Facebook sent me a memory notification today. Seven years ago today I updated my Facebook status to let everyone know that I had just made it to Korea. I traveled there to spend– what I know now to be– an amazing year teaching English and traveling throughout parts of Asia including South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. It took me back to the old Jen, one that loved adventure, and everything that came with it. The memories. The sense of feeling liberated and accomplished. The beauty in exploring new things. The love. It took me back to when I had such a sense of freedom. These were without a doubt (after my adventures in motherhood) the best times of my life.

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Reading that post made me sad and inspired me, simultaneously. It awakened a part of me that I thought for sure had died when I became a more “responsible” adult with children to care for, and no time or money to do such things. Somehow life had shifted and while I was killing the game in the momming department, I was forsaking myself and losing myself day by day, moment by moment. Yet, I would look back on photos and videos, proud of how far I had ventured and accomplished, but realizing that I’d probably never reach that level of carefree happiness again.

I’d been so busy dreaming of reliving those years that I didn’t see the possibility of embracing these new dimensions of my life and bringing more of myself into my relationships with my family. Being a mother didn’t mean I couldn’t travel and explore, and introduce this world to my children.

I want to show my children a world of adventure. This is who I am. Beyond playgrounds, theme parks, and ice cream shops. I want to explore waterfalls and hidden gems. I want to travel and explore, and I want to make beautiful memories in places beyond our comfort zone. Why should this stop because I am a mother? Why do I need to call for help if I want a vacation? (Aside from mommy time, and a couples retreat, of course.) For so long I’ve been enslaving myself mentally because of other people’s perspective of traveling. Adhering to the norm or settling for agendas because my spouse doesn’t like this, or my kids aren’t old enough to appreciate that. “It costs money to do ___” or ” When will we get the time off to ___?” I’m tired of hearing that. I’m tired to giving people and circumstances power over my happiness. My goals. My adventures. My life. This ends today.

I had a revelation, and I’ve come to a turning point.

I’m starting with myself. I’m starting with where I am, and what I can do. I’ve come to the realization that I  haven’t been capitalizing off of my free time the way that I should. I’m not paralyzed by my circumstances, I’m blessed by them. I have this opportunity to create something beautiful. I have this chance to explore, spend quality time with my children, and embrace lasting, teachable, beautiful moments by combining all of the above. I have the time, and I’ll have to create the energy. Is it rough trying to “get up and go” with two small children? Hell yeah. But I will have to continue to pray for strength, patience, and growth. And woosah the hell out of my days. I’ll have to remind myself that even though I’m drained, exhausted, frustrated, and bent all out of shape– that I’d much rather expel these emotions for my children than an employer, any day of the week. And I’ll have to remind myself that when I’m getting these waves and feeling overwhelmed, that indeed it is time for adventure. To get the hell out.

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I’m delving into ideas and I can’t wait to get my palette wet. I am an adventurer. That’s who I am and that’s who I am proud to be. I can’t wait to explore beyond these walls with my children.

 

If you have any ideas for family vacations, traveling on a budget or free to low cost adventures, please share them below!

What I Learned From Post Partum Shedding

I started to notice how bad my hair fall was when my son turned 3 months. That’s textbook according to when post partum shedding usually begins, and it scared the hell out of me. I’m not talking about hair shedding during a detangling session. I mean hair is literally sitting on top of itself, waiting to be touched before it falls to the floor. I would run my fingers over (notice I said over, not through) my hair while washing, and I’d have hair covering them.

I remember having a breakdown one morning at 4am and making the decision to chop my hair off in an attempt to “heal” it. I had no idea what I was experiencing was normal; I figured I must have been doing something wrong. I must have been using the wrong products, or not deep conditioning enough (guilty). More importantly, I thought my hair shedding may have been a sign of a deeper internal problem or health crisis. My hair was thriving and blossoming during my pregnancy, why was it all of a sudden coming out in clumps?

I was scared. I was sad. I was embarrassed.

I researched and I found a lot of insightful, helpful information. I’ve taken away great advice about the do’s and don’t during this trying time (i.e., don’t over manipulate your hair, do deep condition, don’t stress, do continue to take your prenatal vitamins and eat healthy) and I’m waiting desperately for this stage to pass. I came across this article on Simone Digital and I swear I love this perspective. It lightened the mood for me, and it was at that moment that I put on my big girl pants and said “Ok, I’m ready to attack this.”

This is an unusual type of post being that I’m posting during an experience rather than after it, in hopes of giving advice. I’m still researching, hoping, praying, and freaking out every time I wash my hair. I find myself somewhere between happy that I’m taking better care of my hair and sad that I didn’t realize what was going on before hacking off my hair. Yes, it’s just hair. Yes, it grows back. But hell, I want it back NOW.

What I can say is that this twisted setback is teaching me to be patient with my hair and take better care of it. I’m on week 3 of weekly deep conditioning and focusing on moisture retention, and I’ve noticed that the amount of shedding has decreased a bit. I’ve learned that curl creams may be better alternatives to the thicker gels I’ve been using for my wash and go’s because they cause less friction. I’ve learned that deep conditioning with heat on a weekly basis is not optional. I’ve learned that I have to pay attention to what I do to my hair and what goes in it. And through it all, I’m learning to treat the hair on my hair ever so delicately because the goal is to keep it there!

 

What are your tips for length retention and healthy growth? Do share!

P.S. I can’t wait to get these healthy locks back!

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Swaddle Designs Review (and why I love muslin blankets)

Muslin blankets are loved because they are breathable, lightweight, and perfect for swaddling. Although we stopped swaddling shortly after we realized baby boy sweats easily (we now rely on a sleep sack; it’s such a game changer!) I still love my muslin blankets (read on to find out my top 7 reasons). Especially because living in South Florida, the last thing you want to do is use a heavy blanket for your baby.

I must say, muslin blankets are everything.

Swaddle Designs did not disappoint in the concept and design of their blankets. I love that these blankets come with a step-by-step swaddle pictorial sewn right on the tag! Its such a brilliant idea and I definitely needed the refresher. (We swaddled for the first two weeks or so.) Equally impressive is the interactive barcode that comes on the tag, which is perfect for access to free white noise and calming sounds and baby care videos, via the website that it links to.

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I am in love with the adorable designs of these blankets. Not only because they are gender neutral, but the black and white is great because you don’t have to worry about colors fading over time through use and washing. The material is 100% cotton, though I will say it feels a bit more abrasive than the brands I’ve previously used. Still light and airy, still comfortable, but not as soft. Also– please, please wash before use. I was so excited to use them for my little that I draped one over my shoulder right out of the box, and I was met with a few lint particles that triggered sneezing.  No big deal, just a reminder to always wash materials before using them!

I am so grateful that Swaddle Designs reached out to me for this review and gift away. These swaddle blankets are definitely a staple in my baby bag, and I can’t get over how cute they are! Lucky for you, we’ve teamed up to give a single blanket to one lucky mama. Comments below are automatically entered to win, and head over to my Instgram profile  for details on how to score an extra entry. The deadline is Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be announced in time for Mother’s Day! Good luck boos!

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Without further ado, here are my top 7 ways to use a muslin blanket:

1. swaddle wrap
2. nursing cover
3. car seat cover
4. photo prop, background for baby photos
5. burp cloth
6. blanket for draping (for shade or keeping baby warm)
7. Fold and roll it up to use it for propping. When J was a little older than baby is now (but still tiny) I used rolled up blankets to help position her in her baby gear (please always follow safety guidelines). One of my favorite mommy hacks is placing a rolled blanket under my breast for hands-free breastfeeding.  (I have to use hands because my boobs are huge!)

How do you use your baby blanket? Leave your mommy hacks below!

Natural deodorant: Primal Pit Paste Review

What’s all the stink about? Natural deodorants are a thing, and for more reasons than one. Yes, they are typically more expensive. But all natural ingredients means no toxins, parabens, or cancer causing ingredients are being put on your precious skin. For me, there is no debate that health conscious products are worth spending a little extra for. In my search for a natural deodorant, I came across some excellent reviews for a brand called Primal Pit Paste, and decided to purchase the sample pack of 6 trial size deos for $20. Shipping was free (directly via the company’s website) so I figured this was a deal I couldn’t pass up.

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I was satisfied, overall, with the performance of these deodorants… some of the fragrances more than others. They all smelled divine fresh out of the jar, especially the “Orange Creamsicle” “Jacked up Jasmine” and “Coconut Lime.” I found that once mixed with the body’s natural scent, however, some of the rogue fragrances (such as “Rough and Rogue”) faired better than others. More about that later.

I loved the idea of deodorant in a jar, and I’m obsessed with their bright, bold packaging. It looks so cool and retro. I did however, find fault in the application. Granted, I did purchase the sample pack so I’m not sure if the full size jars come with something you can use to apply them to your armpits. (There is also a stick version which allows you to apply them like typical deodorants, which I have yet to try.) I found myself having to awkwardly apply using my fingertips but trying to avoid getting it under my fingernails. Easier said than done.

The consistency of the pastes is thick, but smooth rather than gritty. This could be the reason why the skin in the pits of my arm started to darken; product buildup. Initially I freaked out and stopped using it because I was convinced that I was having some type of adverse reaction. When I realized it was the product building up  (my skin started to feel thick, coarse, and coated)   I began exfoliating my armpits and scrubbing a bit harder when I showered. This– along with using less product– helped minimize the discoloration.

So to keep it funky (pun intended), my honest opinion about this deodorant is simple: I like it. Did it keep me dry and smelling delicious all day? No. My tried and trusted Secret deodorant didn’t either (well, not smelling delicious 24/7 at least). None that I have come across have done so. With this product, I noticed that as the day wore on, the scent heightened as it mixed with my natural scent. It’s hard to explain what that means exactly. But I did find myself running for the shower by the end of the night a few times because the smell of body odor and lemongrass or lavender was too overwhelming!

I know there’s stigma that I need to get past, in thinking that a natural deodorant can’t perform the same way that a “regular” one can, and I am definitely trying to break that mindset. I’m not 100 percent certain that this is the deodorant I can use and feel confident about doing so. Despite how much I loved the fragrances and the all natural ingredients, I noticed I was still on  a quest to find something… lighter. Something that would combat odor and help keep sweating  to a minimum while not coating my pits. Something I would feel confident in wearing any season, any temperature, and any day. I’d love to use this deodorant in cooler months like Fall and Winter, when using heavier products wouldn’t necessarily be an issue, but I am still looking for something a bit lighter for the warmer months. Especially now that summer is a hop and a skip away. I can say that until I do, this natural deodorant has already replaced my chemical loaded one!

Have a natural deodorant you would recommend? Do share!

 

UPDATE: I am currently testing a “lighter” natural deodorant that also works wonderfully.  I’m also happy to report that the darkening of my armpits has completely diminished. They are actually in the best condition I’ve seen them since before even starting this experiment. I’ll be sharing details soon!

 

My First Week as a Mother of Two

I know that eventually some of these things will change, evolve, or dissipate completely. But I wanted to take a moment to honestly document what I was feeling in my first week after having my second child. A raw, unedited version of what I experienced in my first few days of being a mother of two. Here goes nothing.

Physical changes

I’m not talking about a “snap back” here. Frankly, getting down to a smaller version of myself is one of the last things on my mind right now. I’ve gone through this before and I know that the weight will come off, especially with the help of breastfeeding. I struggled with the physical toll that labor took on my body. Yes, I had a “quick” delivery. Yes I only did one to two rounds of pushing before baby came. But it’s important to remember one thing here. I STILL GAVE BIRTH. People tend to trivialize the amount of pain/work I went through to get to hard laboring at the hospital, AND the fact that I still pushed a baby out of my vagina, and I hate that. Nobody is handing out awards for the mother who endured the most or least amount of hours of labor. I still put in work, and the way my body feels is a testament of that. Nobody warned me about the after birth pains being five times worse after your first child. Well, none of my friends or family did. The nurse in labor and delivery gave me a heads up, and explained that round two onwards is worse because your uterus is more “elastic” after having a child so it has to work harder to get back to it’s normal size. I took this in, but figured if I could make it through contractions and labor, I was capable of a few stomach cramps after delivery. Oh. My. God. The pain is real. It felt like hard labor contractions, menstrual cramps, and a horrible stomach ache was overcoming my body simultaneously. Of course it worsened with every nursing session, which made the desire to do anything but curl up in bed and cry, very minimal. I was prepared for the aches and pains, sore and stiffness, abdominal cramps, and sore nipples from breastfeeding, but nobody warned that I would have to hand my body to the devil on a silver platter to be tortured. Recovering physically has been… rough to say the least.

Let’s be clear, I know I am blessed. I’m still mobile and I’m able to take care of myself and my littles, just not in the capacity and speed I’d like to. As I write this I am 9 days post partum and at times still moving at a tortoise’s speed. I rely on Nick for help with cooking and cleaning, but even that is difficult because I’m still up doing work more than I should. Not to mention he is going back to work next week. Maybe I’m being too hard on myself and overwhelmed by unrealistic expectations but I just wish I were me again. Its been so frustrating with being placed on bedrest at 31 weeks, that I’m ready to just get up and do the things I want and need to, without having to “take it easy” or being physically limited bc of body aches. I mean, if I were being waited on hand and foot it would probably make the resting phase more desirable, but because I’m doing so much already, I’d rather just have myself back so I can do it well. But I know the road to recovery isn’t always one without it’s bumps in the road.

Emotional changes

I expected to be all over the place emotionally. Feeling guilty for taking time away from J. Wanting time and space for bonding. Surprisingly the raw emotion I’m struggling with the most is frustration. In wanting help. In not wanting people in my space. In not being able to skip “this part” and go straight to play time at the park and little adventures. In getting little sleep, in being the last to eat, in having to decide between a hot shower and missing the first half of my “show” (Cookie didn’t win that battle). In just trying to find balance in making sure everyone is happy but feeling like a failure at doing so. It’s all just so damn… frustrating! I find solace in knowing that –as cliche as it sounds– this is a fleeting feeling. It is only temporary. I know that tomorrow will come and I’ll have bigger fish to fry and more reasons to stay positive and hold on to faith. I know that my hormonal and energy levels will have balanced, and I’ll find better ways to deal. And I’m comforted in knowing that if I don’t, I’ll always have fudgesicles. (I had to do it.)

Family changes
This has been the most rewarding part of the evolution. Watching J as a big sister makes me so happy. She can’t get enough of her baby brother. Not a cry goes unattended, not a moment goes by when she isn’t kissing him, asking to kiss him, or wanting to make sure he is okay. She tells him she loves him a hundred times a day. I feared for so long that I would fall short of knowing how to love another person as much as I love J. It sounds incredibly shallow when I write it out, but that is genuinely how I felt. How would I know how to “split” my love, time and affection? Everything changed when I saw my son’s face. It’s like our world just instantaneously shifted and I felt like I had loved him forever. Sharing or “splitting” the love I have hasn’t been a thought that has crossed my mind since. My heart is so full with these two in it, and I love them immensely. Since being home with the both of them, I’ve learned to appreciate them individually and together as my two babies.

At times I do feel like J got a crash course in being a big girl. I have to tell her, “no” and “I can’t right now baby” more times than I’d like to and honestly, its heartbreaking. Sometimes I just look at her playing by herself or reading quietly in her chair, and I want to cry. I don’t want her to feel lonely, or think that mommy doesn’t have time for her anymore. I don’t want her to resent the way our family has changed. But I remember how I would encourage her independent play when I was at home on bedrest, to prepare her for times like this. And though she loves being under mommy and daddy, she has really stepped up in terms of finding time to do things on her own as well. I try to take advantage of baby brother’s nap times to spend time with her– reading, talking, playing, watching movies, whatever she wants to do– just as I use her nap time to bond more with the baby or even get a little nap in myself. It’s not easy, I can’t even pretend that it is. But its rewarding.

My first week as a mother of two has been okay. Pits and peaks, highs and lows, but all the while humbling. I am so happy that I have a beautiful son that was born happy and healthy; he is such a precious baby and he is pure perfection. I’m so blessed to have a smart, free spirited, beautiful girl that calls me mommy. Together they are magic and they make me such a proud mother. When people ask me how I’m adjusting, I don’t really know what to say. I’ve only been here just over a week. It’s exciting. Frustrating. Perfect. Overwhelming. Loving. Scary. A blessing. Tiring. Sometimes it feels like a game of ping pong or a tag team wrestling match. Just as I think I’ve gotten a breather, it’s someone else’s turn to need mommy. I know it will most likely be an emotional roller coaster from here on out, and that’s okay. One thing that I keep telling myself is that, “its not the load that breaks you down, its how you carry it.” I’m praying that as I continue in this journey of motherhood, that I remember that and remain inspired by it. I pray that I continue on a healthy path towards being a better person for myself and my children. Lord knows I need the positivity and good energy to keep me close to my faith, sound judgement and patience, happiness and health and my sanity!

Signed,
A new mother of two

Sasha Obama Inspired Updo for Curly Hair (Pictorial)

I say that this is a Sasha Obama inspired style, but I have rocked this style many many times before. (See below)curly updo, natural hair styles, the little in jen that could blog

 

Usually done on wet hair, I wanted a bit more texture and volume to the look which is why I chose to do it on stretched hair for this pictorial. I hope you enjoy!

Disclaimer: This style was done on an old twist out. I realized while creating this post that I had product buildup which shows towards my scalp area. I promise you are not looking at dandruff!

 

Step 1: I started with an old twist out.

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Step 2: Part your hair straight down the middle and along the sides from ear to ear. As you can see here, I don’t aim for perfect parts. Separate these sections from the rest of your hair.

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Step 3: Apply a moisturizing product to the front sections of your hair, smoothing it through to the ends.

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Step 4: Apply a gel of your choice to the edges to your hair (optional) and brush your hair to smooth it for the twisting process.

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Step 5: Flat twist or braid your hair– close to your scalp– in a downward motion. Repeat this on the other side.

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Step 6: Apply moisturizer to the back section of your hair, smoothing it down to prevent frizz.

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Step 7: Secure your two front twists on top of the smoothed back section of hair. Don’t worry about perfect placement of your bobby pins, as they can be adjusted later.

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Step 8: Roll/twist the hair that was left out in an upward motion. Think of a horizontal french roll. You’ll want to stop in the middle and repeat on the other side in efforts to have the two pieces meet in the middle.

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Step 9: You are more than welcome to stop here. I like to roll the rest of the hair up “into” itself, tucking in an upward motion and pinning it in place.

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Step 10: You’ve just done a boss updo! Look at you being awesome.

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