Families across the nation may just be winding down from their 4th of July activities but before they know it it’ll be time for backpacks and book covers. That's right school is coming back sooner than you think, and with early mornings comes a need for a routine that gets everyone up and out the door--on time! Lucky for you, we have hair style suggestions that are suitable for every stage in education--even dad can get in on this!
Our chemical-free crochet curls are the perfect choice for kids over 8. They require minimal manipulation and are difficult to pull out once installed so they'll be no awkward moments of hair falling out. Add a bow or cute headband to your child’s look so she can stand out on her first day of school.
As kids get older they crave a little more independence. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the beauty department. While tinted lip gloss and diy contour kits may give you pause, hair is a (mostly) harmless area to allow your child to express themselves with temporary hair color and accessories. Consider allowing them to try our Zoë bohemian crochet twists. They can pull them into fun styles and personalize them with beads or charms so that they can express their style in a healthy, age appropriate, (and most importantly non-permanent) way. Check out a young Willow Smith rocking hers with charms above.
College is the place where most young adults learn to be resourceful and (hopefully) independent. While most college students don't have jobs that can maintain an lifestyle that consist of weekly salon visits, our Shake, Fluff and Go! pre-curled and looped synthetic hair is low maintenance and easy to install while catching up on your favorite Netflix. This style can last up to 8 weeks with proper care and worn in so many different ways--you won't get bored.
Ombre cornrows created with our purple rain braid hair is a great way to make a statement.
If you’ve ever been lost down the beauty guru rabbit hole you’ve probably felt like your favorite YouTuber had something you didn’t and they did-countless hours of trial and error. Curls & Couture’s Courtney Danielle might be known for her signature twist out and awesome curl definition now but there was a time when all she had was questions and a rattail comb like the rest of us. Find out how this popular digital influencer acquired the skills to install her own protective styles, her secrets to slaying on #baecation, and what she loves about connecting with all of you below.
Where did you acquire the skills to do your own hair?
That was trial and error. What I started to do when I was transitioning is I got curly hair and I would teach myself how to do curly hair on weave before I fully went into natural. So by the time I was fully natural I had almost a year of practice doing twist-outs, braid-outs, flexi-rods, all of that. And then anything I wanted to learn I would watch on YouTube or I would ask professionals. Whenever I go to a stylist I’m asking them questions. “What are you doing?” “Why are you doing that?” “Why is this important?” “Why are you using this technique over that technique?”
How does it makes you feel now that YouTubers are learning from you?
I think it’s cool. It makes me happy. I love when people tell me “I learned how to do a flexi-rod set because of you!” I’m like “for real?” It gives me the confidence that I’m doing something right.
How do you take care of your hair when you’re traveling?
Protective styles. That is the number one thing to do because it’s easy as long as I have a protective style I’m good.
How do you deal with TSA limits on liquids in your carryon?
Usually I end up taking a combination of travel size and full time products depending on where I’m going. When I went to Bali I took a full size conditioner but I usually take only one full size product. Whatever styling product I can get hold and moisture with I bring. If I’m doing braids, faux-locks, or crochet I take travel size products.
What are some of your favorite travel-size products?
Girl+Hair. It’s what I travel with. That and Jane Carter they have a whole travel line. Oh and Devacurl, their super cream, It’s not travel size but it’s a small bottle and it won’t spill in your bag.
How do you use Girl+Hair?
I use it when I go away on vacation I like the ease of it. When you’re doing protective styles you have to really get in between each braid. For me, having that applicator bottle, having the ability to just get up and go and not worrying about diluting my shampoo or diluting conditioner enough so I won't get build up, things like that are important to me. It was really easy to use. I also like companies that start in the home. It’s not a big manufactured product. And I like that she has a science background. The people behind the brand are important to me too.
What made you want to work with Girl+Hair?
They reached out to me sometime last year when I had faux-locks. I liked what they stood for and the fact that they were solely dedicated to under care. There weren’t any brands that did that so that was interesting to me. I thought it was different.
Your boyfriend was featured in a video where he styled your hair. Do you guys share products? How does that work?
Girllll! In the beginning he used to take all my products. He was literally taking products as I was using them. Then I got the Jane Carter men's line and now we both love Jane Carter and I don't have to worry about him taking my stuff!
Do you think that’s a good way to bond in your relationship?
Oh my gosh yes! He loves it. He comes to me like “my curls are popping today!” I have to tell him “alright relax!” Beyond the hair he’s a videographer so he can relate to the creative aspect.
At last year’s Curlfest you wore really long cornrows what are you planning on rocking this year?
I want to do that style of like cornrows in the front with boxbraids in the back or to the side with the hair jewelry. I’m feening to do that! I love charms. I did a festival look for a video and I used them.
One last question. HOW did you create that halo braid?
Haha. I have a fake halo braid I made.
Yeah. I put my hair in a bun then I use chunky braiding hair and I secure it to the back of the bun and wrap it around. It takes me thirty minutes. If my hair is stretched it takes probably fifteen minutes.
*This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.
The number one question we hear from customers is how to keep their scalp clean while wearing synthetic hair extensions. Unlike human hair extensions, synthetic hair can become tangeled and unruly when it gets wet. However, over the years the fiber used to create synthetic hair has gotten a lot more sophisticated and can withstand a lot more than you think.
Unfortunately beauties, you can not wear any for of protective style for any long period of time without treating your scalp. Imagine if you did not drink any liquids for 3-5 months what would happen to you. Now imagine what your scalp is going through.
After launching Latched + Hooked we searched for solutions on the market that would help our consumers keep their scalps cleansed, nourished and help with restoring moisture. When Girl + Hair found us--it was like a match made in heaven.
This product line works! The cleansing shampoo is not a dry shampoo, you have to wash it out. We suggest that when washing out the cleanser that you direct the water on the scalp and not the hair itself. The hair will get damp but do not intentially try to wash the hair, but focus on getting the product out of the scalp. Of course we put it to the test before we decided to make it available to you, so check out our video below on how we use Girl + Hair to not only keep our scalp cleansed but to expand the time in which we can keep our style.
Since starting Latched and Hooked beauty, we've been on a crusade to spread the word about our intentions on creating a brand that's geared to designing chemically free, synthetic hair extensions for black women (and note we do not make any apologies for creating hair extensionas for a particular group of women).
Our CEO Tiffini Gatlin, reached out to lifestyle blogger and mom of 2, Mimi of Unlikely Martha after noticing her occassional mentions of wanting to create a different hairstyle for herself, but was undecided and defiantely wasn't considering protective styling.
Tiffini set out to not only change her mind about protective styling using the crochet method, but wanted to educate Mimi on how this low manipulation hair style would free up so much of her time in the mornings as well as reimagine her entire sleep routine.
Six weeks later, Mimi is not only still rocking her Zoe Bohemian crochet twists, but she's sharing her personal experience with our product and several ways she's been rocking her twists.
So, I love playing with color in my hair Well, I love playing with hair period. And while I keep my hair in protective styles, I look for new ways to have fun, while keeping my hair all nicely tucked away. Add to that, I LOVE supporting fellow female entrepreneurs who are pursuing their dreams! So when my boo and fellow blogger, Tiffini shared that she started her new hair company, I soooo wanted to give crochet braids a whirl! Latched and Hooked launches in a few weeks and I wanted to support and take a dip in crochet braids!