Kitchen Chemistry // Household Herbs for Lush Kinks & Curls

Photo Credit: The Homemaking Cottage Product after product on the shelves of our local beauty supply stores, natural markets, neighborhood grocers, and convenience stores make promising claims of increasing shine, stimulating growth, increasing manageability, curing scalp ailments, strengthening, and adding … Continue reading

Is Your Regimen Cold Weather Ready? // 10 Quick Tips for Maintaining Moisture

September is almost over (and so is the giveaway; only three days left!) and the evenings have gotten notably chilly. It’s time to switch out your products and amp up your moisturizing routine to avoid dry, brittle hair. I, for … Continue reading

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s the 13th and you forgot all about it, were too busy, or just plain procrastinated, right? It’s understandable and it happens, but 2KL has got your back for last minute romantic Valentine’s Day gifts! All the ideas below are … Continue reading

I CHEATED!!!

I confess. I peeked at my hair for the first time in over 2 months. Normally, I do my wash day routine and don’t even look in the mirror, which is usually fogged up anyway. Now that I think about it, I haven’t had my hair out all at once since starting this challenge. I digress. I took down my twisted halo style to install a different updo for the next week or two and I had a moment of weakness and ran to the mirror. O… M… G… It looked way bigger than I remembered (I took pictures, but they just don’t seem to do it justice, imo), even with shrinkage. I stretched a piece in the back to check length and discovered my hair had just passed BSL (right under the bra strap).

My hair seems to have rapidly caught up to where it would have been had I not been lazy about my genie locs. That being said, I really dig protective styling now. I’ve discovered some cute styles that are quick and simple (and y’all know I love quick and simple), PS-ing has shaved at least 30 min off the time it takes me to get ready to go out, my hair stays moisturized longer, and I have also shortened the actual washing process of my hair to under 2 hours simply by finger detangling with oil (and water pressure) and leaving my hair in plaits through the whole thing (even moisturizing and sealing). Oh but this will definitely continue beyond the challenge. I hereby resolve to wear my hair out only once in a blue moon and on special occasions.

I’m ecstatic!! But being up all day and night Friday, not going to bed until 8 or 9 AM and losing a day to not waking up until 5:26 PM Saturday has taken its toll on my internal clock. Just as everyone else was finishing up their day, I felt like mine had just started. I was ready for breakfast and “news” (internet buzz) while others ate dinner and had drinks. Here it is 4:04 AM and I’m just now getting sleepy. Here’s a quick pic of my hair wrapped up for bed. I’m bunning my hair (sans Marley hair, I’m proud to say) for the better part of winter.

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I wanted to take a pic with my hair exposed, but I’m too sleepy to have to tie my hair up all over again. Lazy, I know.

To make up for my laziness, I’ll throw in some fro shots from earlier today… or yesterday…? I need to go to bed. Clearly. Anyway, excuse the leftover product. It was still a little wet from re-moisturizing in the shower.


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DIY// Headwrap Experiment

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This experimental wrap was inspired by the way the old T-shirt I used to dry my hair in my Wash Day video looked. It’s different, but I think I like it.

Hair Survival Guide For the Bitter Cold

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The weather is steadily getting colder and Winter is approaching, which means the holidays are near. Between all the hustle and bustle of making groceries, gift shopping, parties, gift wrapping, traveling, cooking, and making room for incoming relatives, where does that leave your hair??

It’s no secret that the colder months, depending on where you live, can be brutal on the skin, leaving it dry, cracked, and itchy, but it can also be drying for your scalp. Here in Tennessee, the weather from mid October on has left our area a dry winter wonderland for the past 6 years or so (something I’m not used to, being that I’m from New Orleans, LA) so it has been imperative that my regimen change up along with the seasons.

Here’s a quick guide to help you cope:

1. Shampoo

If you shampoo once a week or more, this part is for you. If, however, you’re the type who shampoos biweekly, monthly, or not at all, skip to the next section. Of course, it’s important to keep your scalp clean, but cold weather tends to be extremely dry, stripping the moisture right out of your already chronically dry hair (thanks nature). Shampoo alone can strip your hair of natural oils so during the colder months, cut down shampooing to about every two weeks or as needed. Alternatively, you can co-wash or switch to ACV rinses to break up dirt on your scalp.

2. Deep Condition

In order to boost the moisture level of your hair, deep conditioning regularly is recommended to counteract the cold, dry air drawing the moisture out of your hair. Deep conditioning also helps to improve elasticity and strengthen the hair.

3. Moisturize

Moisturizing during cold weather is crucial. This is the time to consider using heavier moisturizers (thick creams and butters) and/or oils in order to lock in moisture. If you are going to use lighter moisturizers, you may have to moisturize more often, depending on how dry the weather is. Using humectants, products that draw moisture into the hair, is another good way to keep hair moisturize. The humectants will draw any moisture from the air into your hair.

4. Steam

Since your hair will be thirsting for moisture, take a shower without a shower cap to maximize the amount of steam getting to your hair. Alternatively, you can put on a shower cap and allow the extra body heat generated by the steamy shower to help moisturize your hair.

5. Clothing

Clothing brushing against the ends of our hair can cause breakage in any weather, but cold weather is bad enough all on its own without adding to the usual threats of breakage. Clothing items such as wool scarves, coats, and sweaters can brush against your hair and cause splits. If your hair is long enough to graze your shoulders, it would be beneficial to either wear your hair in a style that is off of your shoulders or put your hair up in a silk or satin scarf or bonnet and/or put a hat on. if you really can’t stand to put your hair up, opt for draping a silk or satin scarf around your neck or folding it into the collar of your coat instead of using a scarf of another material.

What do you do for your hair to combat the cold?