Don’t Quit

By: John Greenleaf Whittier

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


Kinky TRESSES: Meet Dr Saran P King

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Welcome to another week of Kinky TRESSES curlies! This week, we chat with young Dr Saran P King who has been natural for as long as she can remember. She fully loves and embraces all aspects of her natural tresses and shares her regimen with us.

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Tell us a bit about yourself and the life of your hair.

I have been natural all of my childhood years and most of my adult life. It was not until I went off to University did I, out of curiosity, texturize my hair on two separate occasions lasting only a year both times.

My childhood natural days were not bad; I got my hair washed and plat on the weekends by my mom. As an adult, I did my hair myself but it was only after I graduated from University did I truly know how to care for my hair; through…

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2012 Recap: —–> Look out 2013

2012 was a great year for me and my hair, I gained a lot of knowledge, applied the skills and as a result I saw the progress in my life and the growth of my hair. I have a lot to be thankful for and I count my blessings daily. 2012 was also the year I stepped out of my hair box and experimented with a few new styles. I am very happy with my hair so far and I am looking forward to 2013 and what it has in store for me. Have a productive 2013!

Hair Tip: 10 ways to create a Bun

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Buns are great and can either be dressed up or down, with or without accessories depending on the occasion. They are styles that anyone can wear whether natural, transitioning or other. They are personally one of my favourite styles to wear and you do not need to use many tools or a lot of hair products to achieve these looks.

A simple bun suitable for any occasion, is my go-to hair style. This bun was achieved on freshly washed hair that was moisturizer. Two scrunchies were used to create this bun but you can also use hair ties.

The banana clip is great for creating a big bun even without a lot of hair length. Place the clip horizontally, put the hair around it in sections and secure with some hair pins. It will give the illusion of a big bun.

The side bun is a quick and funky style to rock to go to the movies or at the beach. Push hair into a ponytail to one side and form bun with hair pins.

Best on stretched hair the high bun is great for a more classy look. Want to see how I created this style, go to my youtube channel, link below

This twisted bun was created on an old twist out, leave a small section out in the front for more effect.

The puffy bun is great on old or well stretched hair. Create this bun on those lazy days before wash day

Create a beautiful bun with mini 2 strand twists. Tutorial on my youtube channel, link below

Change up that simple bun by creating it with a front middle part

Accessories are always a great way to spice up your bun. This bun was achieved with a side part and feathered headband

Hair combs are great alternatives for hair pins. Use a hair comb to achieve a more finished look for your bun

Hair Tip: Taking the datangles out of Natural Hair

Detangling Natural hair

The Importance of detangling

Many may think, as I did, that it is not really a big deal to detangle, or comb out as is said locally, your hair. There are different ways to detangle your hair, including using your fingers, a comb or a brush. The more research I did, the better I was able to understand the importance of detangling. Tangles cause knots and can lead to breakage or even hair loss. By detangling, you are minimizing the risk of hair strands forming knots, becoming weak and causing breakage. Since we lose on average 100 strands of hair every day as part of the normal hair cycle, it is necessary to remove these strands along with broken hair, dust, product build-up or debris – like animal fur – that may become trapped in, or on, your hair. These shed strands and debris weigh down and coat the hair, causing it to appear dull and lifeless. All the factors above will reduce the hairs’ ability to retain moisture and maximize its potential length. By simply detangling your hair on a regular basis can help your hair to retain length. The tool used and frequency of detangling is determined by individual preference and hair requirements.

Detangling Tools

When detangling your hair it is advised to start with your fingers. Finger detangling is the gentlest form of detangling. By using your fingers only, you can get rid of more than half of the shed hairs intertwined in your hair. It is best for removing those problem knots. It also makes it easier for you to use other detangling tools afterwards. After using your fingers, and if you so choose, detangling should be continued with a wide-toothed comb. The wide-toothed comb is another great detangling tool to get rid of the remaining shed and broken hairs and knots. It is always recommended that you start with a wide-toothed comb before proceeding to any other size comb, starting at the ends of the strands and working your way up gradually until the comb glides easily through the hair.

Brush detangling can be the most damaging to the hair strand if not used correctly. If possible, avoid using brushes altogether. It may be required, for instance, while preparing to flat iron your hair, add rollers or flexi rods, or if you want to get that slick down look. In such cases, be very careful. If there is a need for a brush, it is suggested that one with plastic bristles be used for detangling. This is what is referred to as a modified denim brush, a plastic-bristle brush where every other row is removed to make the spaces wider or use a soft bristle brush for slicking down those edges.

Detangling is required in order to reduce knots and tangles that could lead to breakage. The method you choose is entirely up to you. Whenever you decide to detangle your hair, be very gentle to prevent strands from uprooting or breaking off.

Remember NEVER detangle your hair bone dry, always add a hair product that has slip like an oil or your favourite conditioner that can coat the strands and minimize trauma. When possible detangle hair saturated with water and hair product on your wash day.

Watch tutorial below


Three heatless methods that can be used to create curls or waves for flat-ironed hair

Flat twists are great for creating beautiful waves while adding body to flat-ironed hair. They can be used as a protective style or as a way to preserve your flat ironed hair for longer periods. You can make them as large or as small as you want, the larger the twists the looser the curl.

Bantu knots, locally called pussy bobby, are bumps that are made in sections by wrapping a portion of hair around its self. They can be secured on their own by tucking them under or with hair pins as shown below. They can be made into different sizes to help stretch the hair. They can also be used as a protective style or to achieve curls. The size of the curls will depend on the size of the knots.

Flexi rods are spongy light weight hair tools used to create curls. They come in different sizes and lengths and, like the Bantu knots and flat twists, they too can be done in various sizes depending on the look you are trying to achieve. Big sections will give you big curls.

These styles can also be used on natural hair