win big!
whoot whoot! spring is here and so is wash n’ go season so we figured we’d celebrate by gifting some of our staple products.
Package Will Include:
Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in Conditioner
Aloe Vera Gel
Jojoba Oil
Eco Styler Gel
Giovanni’s Smooth as Silk Protein Treatment
 To Qualify:
-Like our new Around the Way Curls Facebook Page and follow us ontwitter
-Leave your facebook & twitter name & email address in the comments below 
-You must also be located in the US. Sorry, we just don’t have the money to ship overseas ☹ One day though!
That’s it! Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway is open until April 14th!

1/2 Up With A Pump

I did this style a while back and never got around to doing the tutorial. Sorry, about that and  thank you ATWC’s reader ‘Sara’ for reminding me ♥. I’ve gotten some mixed reviews but a lot of you said you liked it and I like it, so that’s all that matters.☺ I think this style is funky and  feminine with a touch of retro flavor.  It’s one of those styles that before you walk out of the house you have to look in the mirror, smile and say, “What everI’ma Do Me.”  

Speaking of, our old “I’ma do me” post, I’ve got a new one to add. I now use products with silicones at least once a week. I wash and co-wash pretty often so I don’t see the harm. My hair likes those products! And Can’t Nobody Tell Me Nothin!


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I’m so, I’m so, I’m so, I’m so, I’m so proud of YOU!


I am most certainly proud of launching my own production company, 1990 Lex Productions, and having freelanced with the likes of BBC, NPR and PBS. With my company I am currently producing a comedic webseries titled Downtown Girls, which is about four college aged girls scheming their way to make it in NYC. It is an 8 episode series that will begin shooting in April and will premiere in October. It has always been a dream of mine to create the work that I want to represent as well as expand the perception of women in the media, and I am in the process of fulfilling that dream. Also, I am beyond blessed for having the opportunity to work in India for a month at a boarding school for underprivileged children named Shanti Bhavan. It was the most humbling and fulfilling experience of my life and has given me great insight into my purpose in life, which is to make a fundamental difference in the well being of others. For four weeks I taught Grammar, Creative and Persuasive Writing, Computers and Acting, and in return received community, kinship and an undying commitment to humanity. An unequal exchange in my opinion- the latter being much greater. I am fulfilling my dream of making a difference in this world- one project, one person and one place at a time.


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Facing Reality About The Hair You Have

Antoinette and I receive a lot of emails and comments from disgruntled readers that go a little something like this,
  • My hair looks so curly and defined when its wet but when it dries it just gets all big like an afro. What products can I use to keep my curls?” 
  • “My hair is so dry, it just wont curl up. I don’t know what to do to make it nice and shiny” 
  • “I am just so frustrated with my hair, no matter what I do it shrinks up! What am I doing wrong? 
Hey, granted a lot of you may actually be dealing with hair that is in need of better product coupling, moisture retention etc. I can dig it. I can empathize BUT some of you are simply in denial about your hair! You have this image of what your hair should be and could be if you only got the right products and retained more moisture but you are completely in denial about the true nature, texture and capabilities of your own hair! I know because I use to be in denial.All up until 2 years ago I thought I had Chilli’s hair from TLC waiting to emerge if only I’d find the right products and techniques.
      What was I thinking??
I swore my hair was chronically dry (sure it was) but that once it was moisturized it would shine and glisten like hers. It would lay long like hers, and some how the curl pattern would “correct” itself so that my baby hair would lay it’s ass down on my forehead like it had some damn sense. I just knew I had Chilli’s hair but in my head my hair was “damaged” and “uncooperative”. Something just had to be wrong with my hair because it behaved and looked different from the way it was supposed to look in my head. Cray Cray (I know) but I am not lying. I know a lot of you are nodding your heads, imagining the hair of someone else that you keep superimposing on the hair you really have. Whose is it? Say the name out loud just so you can begin to see the madness.  Now stop it! Accept the hair on your head and love it forit is worthy. I can honestly say that through my process of learning my hair and understanding and accepting my curl pattern, I have come to really love my hair. I know what it can do and what it can’t do. I accept those realities with no resentment or sadness. The fact that my hair is not fine but coarse, will never have a glistening shine and that it will never have a Pocahontas look to is really freeing to me and my self esteem. My ish will always poof up and be unruly. I work it to my advantage now. I am proud of it.
So, I want you all to really examine the “issues” you are having with your hair.   Are you truly having moisture and curl definition issues or are you frustrated that your hair is not what you think it should be?

Caring for the Love Below


So summer is approaching upon us rather quickly. With summer comes pool parties, vacations and whether we like it or not swimsuits! Often times we are so preoccupied with how our bodies look in the bathing suits that we are surprised by the tarantula legs poking out of the crouch of our suits once we are finally in them! Don’t get caught in a hairy situation! The hair   below need not be ignored ladies!
I find that pubic hair maintance is very common with white women. My cousins on my mother’s side are white and I remember being shocked and curious when I realized that they completely shaved and at times designed their public hair regularly! Is it simply a taboo conversation amongst black women or are we all just froin’ it top to bottom?! 
Perhaps it is an uncommon ritual within the black community due to the aggravation and irritation that occurs after shaving or waxing in the form of itchy, painful and unsightly ingrown hairs. A  Ingrown hair is when a hair strand has been cut short and grows back under the skin. Afro textured hair is more prone to become ingrown due to the coiled nature in which it grows out of the follicle. It simply does not protrude straight out the skin but curls and gets trapped within the skin causing raised, irritated bumps.
Here are some tips to keeping the love below tamed and presentable in your summer swim suits
1. Begin by cleansing the area well with a gentle soap to ensure that all dirt is removed  2.   Follow by exfoliating the skin with a scrub or loofa to remove any excess dead skin and clogged pores. (The cleaner and clearer the skin the less potential for irritation and “extra” layer of skin that may become an entrapment for the hair.) 3.Soak in a bath or apply a damp warm towel to the area to soften the hair.  4.Determine your method of hair removal: razor blade, waxing, depilatories which chemically remove the hair (for example Nair)
Razor blade  make sure the blade is not dull, rusted or impacted with hair from previous use. Always apply a shaving cream (hypo- allergenic) before shaving. I recommend for additional softening of the area to apply your favorite conditioner and use that as your “shaving cream”. Works wonders. Use a single blade razor because multi bladed razors cut too close to the skin and can lead to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. When shaving  ALWAYS SHAVE IN THE DIRECTION THAT THE HAIR GROWS.
Waxing is another option. Although considered the most painful option many claim that it is the most effective because the hairs grow back more slowly and more finely than shaving and chemical treatments. The reason being is the hair is pulled directly out of the follicle in entirety rather than simply being cut. There are plenty of At Home Waxing kits  to choose from or you can go to a trusted salon to have the process done professionally.
Depilatories can be purchased at your local drugstore. By following the directions you can have a smooth bikini line in seconds. The chemicals in the cream dissolve the hair proteins which can then just be simply wiped away. The problem with depilatories are if not removed in the appropriate amount of time they can burn the skin as well as cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. 
5.After whichever process you use, make sure to cleanse once again with a gentle wash or witch hazel. 
6.If any ingrown hairs occur, do not pick at them with your fingernails. Use a sterilized tweezer and attempt to pull the ingrown hair from the skin. Disinfect afterwards.
Get your hair ready for the summer ladies from head to toe! 

You a Bad Girl and Your Friend Bad Too!

sHANNON AND andrea of those girls are wild !


We ♥ These girls and you should too. cHECK out our curly girl etiquette video with them below
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