Her Hair Story – Mysteek

1.Have you always been so confident and in love with your curls?
No actually I was not and that is the reason I wanted so badly to pressure my father to let me get a relaxer. After I cut my hair, the day after,  I was confused and not as thrilled as the night I cut it all of but after that day I have been and still am in love with my curls.
 What’s your hair story?
There was a woman at my job who is a deep, chocolate, fierce type 4 hair type. Her confidence was unexplainable. Not snooty but not meek and mild, not ghetto but very matter-of-fact. I just loved looking at her and I loved her hair…for “her, not for me” lol. As time went on my cousin Tara began bugging the crap outta me about my relaxed hair and how my daughter is looking at me, blah blah blah. I began to be more intrigued. Long story short Christmas night I had kinky twists (Link to Mysteek’s Big Chop ) in my hair and decided I will NOT be going into the New Year with those two textures. I began cutting my hair out the kinky twists. That night I felt new, weird, happy, confused, love, fear, African, proud, and liberation. The next morning was not the same story but my daughter brought it home when she said “I just want to look like you and that she thought I looked beautiful”(Link to Reaction to Big Chop). The relationship with my husband was rocky at first because I was very emotional. I felt him saying he didn’t like my hair was an attack of who I was as a person, not totally understanding that what he was saying was “I don’t like short hair and I don’t like afros”. He was not saying ‘I don’t like how God made you”. But that understanding took sometime and now we are fine.  In marriage they say “learn to choose your battles”. Well I give my husband my womb, my body, my mind, my soul, my dedication, my support but the battle over my hair I will choose to fight. It is the only thing I control.
2. What is your hair regime (how often do you shampoo, condition, deep condition and with what products)?
I think I may shampoo my hair once every 2-3 weeks. I am pre-dominately a co-wash kind of girl. I do this because it takes a while to get that moisture back in my hair. I am very much a DYI type of natural. I make my own Shea butter mix (Link to Mysteek’s Shea Butter Recipe), I make my own deep conditioners (Link to Mysteek’s Deep Conditioner ), my own leave-in (Shea moisture condish, aloe vera juice, water, jojoba oil combined in mist bottle. I also use eco styler gel, I like SheaMoistures curl line and I deep condition about every 2 weeks and my “go to” style is a wash n go.
3.What is your detangling process?
 I detangle in the shower with a cheap condish like Suave naturals or V05. Then I put an oil mixture on my hair and comb through for even distribution.
 4.Do you put anything in your hair for styling (leave-in conditioner, gel etc)?
Eco styler, SheaMoistures curl enhancement smoothie and my Shea butter mix
5.What is your nightly hair routine?
Depending on the style I will twist my hair every night, sleep in a satin pillowcase and satin bonnet. I have tried curl formers, sometimes slick my edges down into a pony tail so I can wear a fake fro pony in the AM, lol. 
6.What is the worst mistake you have made with your hair?
Trying to blow dry my own hair. Now have a small heat damaged patch in the back of  my hair.  

 7. Who is your hair idol?

My hair idol has to be a girl in my exercise group and fb group named Erica Williams. She has the hair texture I would not mind having and the hair color I wish I could dye my hair.

8. What makes you an around the way curl?
I have been following this site since day one for my journey. Back when the name was a Curls Best Friend, lol. These ladies were the FIRST to constantly come out the blue and congratulate me on my triumphs for the trials and tribulations. Never being afraid to chat with fans, treat them as friends, loving, down to earth, very educational in all hair types, talk about more than just hair, loving uplifting young girls about life and their worth, “real” and humble. I will ALWAYS follow Around the Way Curls! They are my stomping ground! I am honored to be one and apart of their movement. The encouragement helped me start my own fb group, fan page and now a meet up group. All named Sistahood of Natural Hair Divas.
9. Any words of wisdom that you would like to share with the masses about natural hair?
 If you are transitioning please take all advice with a grain of salt and just keep it in mind. Learn what works best for your hair. Don’t break your bank trying to get everything at once. Don’t EXPECT your hair to look one way and then when it does not you are discouraged and resentful of your own hair. Love it however it turns out. Don’t go for months with your hair braided in the beginning, waiting for your hair to grow out to the length you want it to be then when you have this big pile of hair that you have not learned in stages, have not found out what it likes, you don’t know how to comb it, then when you want to go back to a relaxer and say “its because you tried but it wasn’t working”. Protective style for a month, learn your hair for a month. That’s what I would suggest. Try a commercial product out for longer than 1 time. Most things in life take at least 2 weeks to get a proper feel of how it works. But if you just don’t like how it feels on your hair period then thats totally understandable, lol. Natural hair is something you have to want. Something you are determined to learn and work on. It’s like a relationship. You start off in love, it can get rough as times goes on, things change but you have to love it enough to want to keep it healthy and learn what it takes to keep you happy with it.
We have always loved your confidence, candor and warmth Mysteek. Keep up the awesome work you are doing with your family, health and hair!
Check out Mysteek’s Youtube HERE

New Styling Technique: Fluffy Waves For Natural Hair

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Rocking my favorite ATWC Bow… “Forever My Lady”
“Some Like It Hot” 
Yes. I used heat. (Cue screams, gasps and Shanti and Hey Fran Hey shaking their heads in dismay at me). But as stated in the video, I use heat on my hair sometimes and CAN’T NOBODY TELL ME NOTHIN. (Remember that post? lol ) Anyway, I take really good care of my hair and it’s the healthiest it has been in a while so I figure, I can. Now, I am not the girl that has splits ends, heat damage and dry hair constantly picking up the Chi. To those of you out there that are…. STOP IT!!! Wait till your hair has been nursed back to health and is good and ready. Keep in mind, I do diffuse with my blow dryer but I don’t count that because diffusing mixed with my leave-in and aloe vera gel is like giving myself a mini deep conditioner. I swear. And if Kim K doesn’t count botox as plastic surgery then I damn sure ain’t counting my diffuser as heat. #boom Anywhoo, peep the video tutorial below on how I did it.
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antoinette around the way curls, waves, bantu knot out, natural hair,
antoinette around the way curls, waves, bantu knot out, natural hair,
antoinette around the way curls, waves, bantu knot out, natural hair,
antoinette around the way curls, waves, bantu knot out, natural hair,
What chall think? Does a little heat go a long way?

Andy Griffith Like You Have Never Seen Him Before

In this world of fame, instagram, youtube, blogs and reality TV, we forget that the lives of those we idolize are real. Shit gets real. Let us all remember our blessings. A beautiful story told by Anthony Griffiths of strength, honesty, pain, loss and the harsh realities we ALL face in the “real world”.
It was the best of times and it was the worst of times…

New Bows Are In Stock!

These are limited edition hand made bows by Shanti and Antoinette.
The fabrics and prints were all specifically chosen to represent the many sides of the Around the Way Curl in traditional African Kente and Batik print.
Bows stay secure in hair by 70 ml Snap Clip. (Included)
Handle them with love and care.
New Limited Editions!
Forever My Lady
Pink Friday
Vodoo
Get Money
Young Blood
Bam Bam!
Old Favorites Restocked!
Red Red Wine
Flashing Lights
No Woman No Cry

Ouidad Curl Co-Wash and Mongongo Oil Review/ Meet-Up Recap

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Curls After using Ouidad’s Curl Co-Wash and 
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Ouidad’s Private NYC Meetup Hosted by the dope Myleik, Creator and CEO of Curlbox. The event was dope, very ‘high end-fifth ave’ with some around the way ish sprinkled in. The salon and it’s employees were extremely welcoming and helpful and while I love the feel, the culture and the tradition of the neighborhood hair salon it was nice to sip champagne while getting a scalp massage instead of being sold some Avon cosmetics and dads (Can’t knock the hustle tho!) But in all honestly, we should be able to have both. Below are some pictures…
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Me and Myleik who was killing it all night
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Chescaleigh, Hey Fran Hey and Me
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Me and Natasha. Curl Daze Reissued
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Natasha loving it. Champagne and pampering had her completely in her zone. 
Goody Bag!
 PRODUCT REVIEW 
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Curls after using Ouidad Curl Co Wash and Kinky Curly Knot Today
As you probably know, Shanti and I, DREAD, GET ANXIETY OVER and HATE trying new products. We found our regimen and straying from it stresses us out but in an attempt to give yall more reviews we’ve vowed to bite the bullet and shut the hell up about it. And this time around, I wasn’t mad.
 A  Ouidad Curl Co-Wash

This is a great product especially for  product junkies and fine haired curly girls looking for a light cleanser. I recommend that every shampoo be diluted but this one is the perfect blend of cleansing and conditioning properties so there is really no need. It is sulfate free and “is a concentrated blend of conditioners & oils plus a dose of a gentle, naturally-derived coconut cleanser for a truly unique experience that never dries or strips hair”.  After using it my hair was shiny, bouncy and my curls were very defined even after I picked them out. It comes in an ease to use pump bottle and is 16 ounces for 30 dollars which definitely more expensive than my diluting recipes but also more convenient and the bottle should last a long time. The only minor downside is that it doesn’t have as much slip as I would have liked so if your hair is thicker and more coarse than mine I would recommend (as the product does) washing your hair in sections. 

 A-  Mongongo Oil- Multi Use Hair Treatment

I run from anything that says oil on it but this treatment doesn’t way my hair down. Now only time will tell if the treatment has long lasting affects on my locks but the immediate ones were good. Ouidad writes, “This super-concentrated, multi-tasking serum is infused with Mongongo Oil, known as “hair food” in Zambia for its high vitamin E content and superb regenerating and antioxidant properties. With American Palm Seed Oil and Broccoli Seed Oil, the formula restructures hair as it deeply repairs damage to restore a healthy appearance to even the dullest locks. By forming a protective film over the hair fibers, hair is instantly more manageable and has a natural, healthy-looking luster. It coats hair to protect against UV rays and environmental aggressors to help defend against damage. Further, it protects hair from aggressive heat styling and helps speed up drying time”.

The treatment is in a spray bottle so when applied, it mists your hair making it much easier to distribute evenly and effectively. I used about 4-5 sprays and it did not weigh my hair down at all but did give it a nice shine. So, I’ll definitely use it on those days wear my hair looks thirsty and dry. Plus it SMELLS LIKE HEAVEN ON EARTH! I sprayed some on my body. SMH.  The only downside to it is that it’s expensive. A 2 ounce bottle is $36.00 and a 4 ounce bottle is $58.00. Ugh. But it is highly concentrated so we will see how long it lasts.

What product junkie out there is gonna cop some new ish? 

Mitt Romney Categorizes Obama Voters

Mr. Romney, 
Not ALL American’s on government assistance view themselves as victims.
Many of them DO take “personal responsibility and care for their lives” but are at a disadvantage and need some support  because people like you are driving their damn heels on their backs.
I am an American that believes not only every American but every human being on this damn planet is ‘entitled to health care, food and housing, you name it’ it would be inhumane to think otherwise. Do people abuse the system? Yes. But you can’t dismiss those in need. It’s almost as if you’re saying hungry families and children are freed loaders.
Lastly, how in the hell are you supposed to represent this country in its entirety if you dismiss the hell out of the needs of the ’47% of people that will vote for the president now matter what’?
I promise you one thing Mr Romney, you can count on this middle class girl to be ‘personally responsible’ and vote for Barrack come election day. 

Gotta Get That Old Thing Back

 THE GOOD OL’ DAYS
 Remember when you first went natural or your initial pursuit towards healthier hair? Remember the excitement and anticipation experienced when visiting your favorite hair blogger? For me it was Curly Nikki and MoptopMaven. I was obsessed. Remember the hours spent trying you first twist out, braid out or bantu knots?
For me, my beginnings with my hair are comparative to a new, young, horny relationship. I was doing it 3 times a week. Oh honey the many styles! I was switching it up daily, exploring new techniques, reading books and blogs about it. I would take it slow and gentle with my washing, buy the best deep conditioner and put in 3 hours for one deep conditioning session! I was telling everybody, everywhere, every chance I had about how wonderful it is to go natural. I was sharing all my intimate and personal hair tips. I was madly in love with my hair.
3 years later and now we aiiiight. I mean I do it when I have the time and when I do it, I stick to my routine. Quickie wash, rushed detangling and I am done. 30 mins tops. Deep conditioning?! I never have time for that. I am in a rut with my hair. I used to try new styles, be excited about my hair regime! The flame is gone. I got to get that old thing back!!!!
HOW DO I DO IT??!! HOW ARE YOU LADIES KEEPING THE FLAME BURNING IN YOUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH YOUR HAIR?
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