The Head wrap. A vintage styling protective smooth-out trick.

smoothHi my friends. It has been a minute since I have had a chance to put together a styling video for you all! Here is one from the vault, a little trick I like to call the Head Wrap. I learned this one in beauty school. It was used often as a protective way of keeping chemically relaxed hair straight and smooth without the use of heat.

In school,I got laughed at for wrapping my own white-girl hair. It was my first experience of ‘Hmmmmmm. I guess that our races are still divided by our lack of understanding of each other’s hair. I’m still working on trying to bridge that gap.

smoooothThe Head-wrap is a great trick to use if you are wearing your curly hair straight or want just a general smoothing. You can see by my before and after, my hair is naturally pretty rough. It refuses to be straight. But the Head wrap calms my wild hair into smooth and shiny waves.

Here is how it works……By brushing the hair tightly around the head with a boar bristle brush, you use the round smoothness of your head as a large roller for your hair. Scarf it and go to bed, and you will wake up with beautifully straight-ish hair that behaves and falls perfectly.

In order to make it work, you need a bit of practice, a good brush, and 2nd or 3rd day hair. ShamPHree hair will do this beautifully.


Pre-poo. Protecting your ends.

Hello and happy spring!

Screen Shot 2014-03-22 at 7.49.29 AMI recently participated in a skill-share class at Vain, where I chose a couple of tricks to share with my incredibly talented and inquisitive colleagues. The skills I shared were ponytail ombre/ how to get this kind of color,

How to do this braid, and how I am obsessed with the pre-poo.


What is pre-poo?

Conditioning hair before you shampoo/ShamPHree as an end-protecting measure.

Ever hear someone say “My hair just grows to a certain point and then stops?”

Ever tried to grow your hair out and it just doesn’t seem to want to grow past a certain point? Let’s call this the breaking point.

My hair has been at it’s personal breaking point for over a year now. It finally dawned on my that once my hair reaches collar-bone length, it wants to start splitting at the ends.

I have many female clients at Vain who are from India. Many of them were taught to condition their ends with oil before shampooing. This is contrary to what we are taught in our culture, right? I tried it out. My hair has grown 2 inches without needing a trim. That is an absolute first for me!

You can extend the breaking point of your hair by taking some extra end-protecting measures…..Here is how.

liquid goldGet you favorite hair oil or deep conditioning treatment ( NOT PROTEIN, PEOPLE!) Moisture. Like oils, butters, etc. I use Liquid Gold Hair Butter which is a mix of coconut oil and shea butter.

Before shampooing/ShamPHree-ing, flip your dry hair upside down and apply a pea and a half sized amount to your dry ends. Run your hands together tightly over your ends section by section to coat them. Just focus on the last 2 inches or so.

Now, go about your regular shampoo/ ShamPHree routine. Your ends will soak in the oil and protect against any stripping and drying that can happen from cleansing the hair. Use nice warm water to drive that goodness into your ends.

Pre-poo is a game-changer,




Protective hairstyles….How to wake up with happy hair.

happyhairThe further I get into my ShamPHree journey, the more I understand the importance of protection to healthy hair. Especially since I am growing out my hair.

While we sleep, our hair is at the whim of our restless dream induced thrashings. You may not believe it, but this is a lot of wear and tear! With protective overnight styles, we can both protect our hair, and encourage it to act right when we wake up in the morning!

Lately, I have been experimenting more with letting my hair be it’s wild curly self. Generally, it looks great the first day, but by the 2nd day it is a huge mess unless I re-wet and style it. This is where I learned the art of Pineapple-ing. And yes, It works. So well, in fact, that it inspired this post;)

These techniques are designed for all hair types. Let me show you my 4 favorite ways to protect my hair while I sleep.

How to wake up with happy hair

First one is a simple, loose braid. This is great for soft styles and waves. It is nice on finer hair because it protects it from overnight breakage, and leaves you with some movement and body. It can be used on medium to long hair. Just do a loose braid and secure the end with a tear-free elastic. You can do this one on wet or dry hair.

The second one is the Pineapple. This one is perfect for curly hair or all lengths. All it is is a very loose ponytail on top of the head with a scrunchy! Then, fan all the hair out around the scrunchy so it looks like the top of a pineapple and hit the hay. Wake up to relatively intact curls! This one is best done on dry hair.

Next one is my personal favorite, the high twisted bun. I use this one when my hair is damp and I want it to dry while I sleep without getting all crazy on me. I take all my hair on top of my head and loosely twist it into a bun and secure it with a scrunchy, not too tight. I wake up with surprisingly polished waves and body in my hair. This one is great for all lengths and textures.

The last one is a good old head scarf. This one is great for shorter curly and wavy hair textures and allows you to wear your hair curly for days on end without re-wetting or re-styling! I take a large square scarf and fold it in half diagonally. Then, I arrange my hair how I like it, and wrap the two long ends of the scarf gently around my head and tie them in the front. Then I flip the point of the triangle over the top of my hair and tie or tuck it in the front with the first tie. It makes a nice secure but not-too tight bonnet.

Try these methods out and I think you will find that it takes time out of your morning hair routine, and keeps your ends from breaking. What are your tricks for protective overnight styling?  Please share!


ShamPHree Summer Series 3- Curly Covergirl!



This week of HTHG’s #shamphree summer series goes to Greenly. She is a fantastic young woman who I have had the pleasure of watching grow up. She is my feisty midwive’s feistier daughter who is going to collage this year and will no doubt put her dent on this world.

I had the pleasure of shooting pictures of Greenly last time I was in NWA. She has amazing natural wild curls that she rocks ShamPHRee like her wild haired mama. I love Greenly’s look because she is as beautiful make-up and hairdo free as she is with polished curls and a painted face.

To get her polished vintage waves shown in the center of the bottom row of photos, we simply curled hair hair with a large barrel iron and brushed them into smooth waves, no products. Her ShamPHree hair took right to the taming, no problem. That is what I love about ShamPHree…..It can be wild or tame.

Great hair for all!  #shamphree #freeyourhair #hthg #naturallycurly

Are you naturally curly and do you have unanswered questions about how best to care for your curls? Be sure to check out Naturally Curly.


Natural curls and waves….. Free the hair beast.

curlsYou want to know what makes me really happy? Big, wild, free curls and untamed waves. Naturally curly hair that is left to its own devices and not shellacked with products. Wild, free, curly, bouncy, discheveled full-of-personality hair.

Curly hair is really special. I have curl envy. I had a brief dance with being a naturally curly girl for a couple of years before I had children. Now, my curls are mostly gone unless it is very humid, then I might see em again in the form of big wild wavy curls. Sometimes I have to pull out my Q-Redew just to get a little of that curl back. ( Have you heard of the Q-Redew? check out this review!)
Anyhow, when I see women with natural curls that are not tame but beastly, I thank her in my heart for letting the hair beast be free. By the way, Shamphree is a great method to use on naturally curly hair. Can I also introduce you to my favorite curl product ever?

I have a confession to make to all hair clients and future clients of mine. When you sit in my chair and tell me that you have curly hair but you wear it straight, I am going to try to convince you to let me cut it in a way that works with your curls so you can free the beast. If you are not interested or not ready to accept your hair texture and work with it, then may I suggest that you find yourself a different hairdresser. It hurts my heart too much. I love your curls.

In honor of your curls, these are some photos of curly hairstyles I love. Solange and her legendary afro can’t be beat. Duh. Vanessa Paradis and Kate Hudson rock em loose and free. An undercut with roots hairstyle on bleached shorter curls is perfectly edgy. Big and long curly bed-head is so very hot. But best of all, the curly shlob. 

The shlob (shaggy layered bob) is so amazingly great on curls. Here is an example of a shlob that I did last summer on mixed textured curls.Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 1.16.19 PM This haircut works on all kinds of curls, and on all face shapes which is why I have an entire DIY section dedicated to it. The layers in the back give nice height in the back, and the length in the front frames and elongates the face. trop

Here is Christina from Trop Rouge. She is one of my favorite NY fashion bloggers. Her hair is a perfect free beast of a shlob. She wins the award for my favorite free curls.

Please, curly friends. Rock your curls hard. And love them tenderly. And don’t forget to hashtag your natural hair photos #shamphree #freeyourhair #freethebeast. Let’s get some more energy in the natural hair movement!

Are you naturally curly and not sure how to take care of your hair? Here is the best guide to loving your natural hair out there ( Even straight haired girls can get alot out of reading this book!)
Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair

Are you naturally curly and do you have unanswered questions? Be sure to check out The Naturally Curly website, as well.



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