Our Faves From CurlFest

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to attend CurlFest created by the truly talented CurlygirlCollective. Nonetheless, the vibes and attendees looked like they had an amazing time. We stalked and gawked and wanted to share some of our favorite looks!



The get right crew of the CurlyGirlCollective


The Twist


The asymmetrical shape


That radiant smile and halo of curls


Swag on a million


The Color

10487300_658285830919737_2660642198886662012_nThe feathers and prints


The Freckles and Frost


The Love

Did you Make it To NY’s CurlFest? How Was It?

Hair Story : Tae’lor Roots


1.Have you always been so confident and in love with your curls? What’s your hair story? 

I wouldn’t say I was always confident with my curls. I never really paid much attention to my natural hair because I would always have my hair straightened. I was natural up until I was 14 and I only wanted a perm because I wanted to wear a roller-set. I never realized that “perm” basically meant “permanent” and I would not easily be able to go back to my press and curl. I kept getting my hair relaxed regularly for four years until I was fed up with constantly getting burned and finally, I decided to ditch the lye.

2.How long has it taken for you to “master” the care of your hair? Who/what helped you gain mastery?

It did not take long to master taking care of my hair because when I first big chopped, I did my hair every week with a different product (I bought some and borrowed some) until I found something that worked for me. Now that my hair is longer, I just try new hairstyles and products as a way to keep me occupied when I am bored. YouTube became such a huge help, it was only necessary to make my very own for girls who are now going through the same process I went through 3 years ago.

3.What is your de-tangling process? 

I usually wet my hair and divide it into 6 sections. I’ve been working with Organix conditioners lately because I love the thickness of it and all of the flavors smell amazing. I squirt about a quarter-sized drop in my hand for each section and then I comb through with a wide toothed comb starting at the ends and working my way up to the roots. I also comb through with a smaller comb as I style my hair to assure that all of the tangles are out.

4. How do you achieve your daily hairstyle (try to be detailed being as though others are gaining inspiration and DIRECTION from your instruction.

My go to hairstyle is my twist out.  I usually just co-wash and detangle my hair. After that, I divide my hair into two sections while it’s still wet and rub coconut oil through both sides. Next I part my hair into smaller sections depending on how big or small I want my crinkles to be. I use a leave in conditioner (lately it’s been Hair Mayonnaise) and I run it through that smaller section as I twist my hair down to the end. I do not take the twists out until it has completely air-dried and then I just put my hair in a pineapple when it is time to go to sleep.

5.Now that you are relaxer free, how do you perceive others that still have relaxed hair?

I have a lot of women in my family and all of them have relaxers. I constantly tell them all that they would be so satisfied with their hair if they just let their curls flourish but of course they do not listen. I don’t perceive anyone differently just because of how they choose to wear their hair but one thing that does grind my gears is when I hear “it isn’t for everyone.” If it is growing out of your scalp, how much more “for you” could it possibly get?

6.How did/do battle the internal voice that may speak words of doubt about the beauty and worthiness of your natural beauty?

Usually on the days that I begin to second-guess my “natural beauty,” I go to YouTube or a natural hair blog to find a new hairstyle I may want to try. This inspires me and keeps the natural journey new.

7. What hair product can’t you live without?

I CANNOT go without my coconut oil…EVER! I use it at some point no matter what I may do to my hair.

8. Any words of wisdom that you would like to share with the masses about natural hair?

If you are transitioning and begin to doubt your journey, find some inspiration and realize all of the potential your beautiful curls have. No one else can rock it like you!






Obsessed much? Follow Tae’lor Roots on Instagram at @Queen_taelor


Keep Cool Summer Braid and Twist Updos (With Tutorials)

It’s officially getting hot in NYC. I’m already throwing my hair up in a top knot daily and it’s getting old quick. Here are some alternative styles that will keep you cute and cool. These braids are pictured and done on straight hair but with the right amount of length and stretching, and depending on your hair’s texture and curl pattern there’s no reason why these styles shouldn’t translate well on our curls. Keep in mind that some will look better than others. Try them out. Save yourself from simple summer top knot syndrome.

1. The French Tuck



2. The Head Band


3. The Snake 


4. The Surprise


5. The Infinity Braid


6. The Side Swipe


7. The Bohemian Crown


Tutorial Here 

8. The Milk Maid 


9. The Tuck and Roll


10. The Twisted Vine.


Tag us on instagram with your new do.

Keep cool and Carry On Ladies. Which one will you try? 

An Around The Way Giveaway: Philadelphia PrintWorks Crop Top


Around The Way Curls is excited to offer this “Philadelphia Printworks” crop top giveaway. 

“Silence will not save you” – Vandana Siva

About the Shirt

Vandana Shiva (Hindi: वंदना शिवा: born 5 November 1952) is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author.

Dr. Vandana Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Intellectual property rights,biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, genetic engineering are among the fields where Shiva has contributed intellectually and through activist campaigns. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering.

About The Brand:
“Philadelphia Printworks started out 3 years ago as the idealistic brain child of two enthusiastic friends. At that time we were mainly interested in bringing awareness to issues that affected our community on a local, national and global level. Since then, we’ve also realized the importance of creating our own narrative and documenting our own history. We realized that the space on shirts usually reserved for branding could be much better used for this purpose.  
Our mission has also evolved over the years.  What began as solely information sharing has evolved into encouraging a culture of activism.  We try to do that through community building, partnerships, collaborations and, of course, fashion.”
To Purchase Your Own Shirt Go to www.philadelphiaprintworks.com
Follow @philaprint on Instagram and twitter
To Qualify for the giveaway: Go to Around The Way Curl’s and Philadelphia Printwork’s FB page and “like” them both. Make sure to leave a comment on the giveaway post ON FB with your name. Winner will be announced on June 14th via FB!

Love4Coils June Column for 4abc Hair


It’s that time again! If you are unaware of our monthly column, we have a monthly Q&A with our lovely columnist Jamillia, enthusiast of 4abc hair types as well as the founder of Love4coils. Antoinette and I are fully aware of our disconnect with our 4abc hair types and we wanted to make sure that all of our readers were being considered and given all the information they need to be confident and informed about their hair. The beautiful Jamillia has stepped up to the plate and has agreed to answer all things 4abc monthly. Here are this month’s hair inquiries.



Hi Ladies,

 I have been natural for years and wore my hair in micro braids. Years  of wearing braids combined with poor hair care practices led to breakage (around my edges), split ends, dry brittle hair and stunted hair growth. 
   I’ve had breakage  around my hairline before because of braids but it always grew back. However, this time the breakage was really bad and my hair was now thinning.  It really freaked me out.  So I decided  to stop with the braids and start on a healthy hair care journey.
I use wigs for protective styling. However, I only wear them when am out and take them off when at home. My hair is cornrowed under the wigs and I moisturize and seal daily. I wash my hair, deep condition and do a hot oil treatment weekly. 
It’s been six months and my hair is stronger, thicker and  healthier. After  doing a mini chop ( cut of 4 inches)  in April I have very little breakage and minimal shedding. However, my hair around my temples seems not to be growing that much. It’s growing but I think after six months it should be longer than it is.
It’s still short maybe one or two inches. I apply Jamaican Black Castor oil twice a day around my edges. My edges are thicker and no longer thin and transparent. I can’t see my scalp any more. However, I  still feel a bit disheartened as I think I should have more growth. 
Also I had a bald patch in the middle of my head but the hair has grown back – fast. 
Maybe I need to be more patient but any thoughts/advice on what I can do to promote healthy edges would be greatly appreciated. 
I hope this makes sense. Thank you for your time. 
I look forward to hearing from you.
Hey Victoria,
Great job for turning your hair journey around for the better! It is always inspiring to hear those stories of triumph and it sounds like you are making great progress. Our hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month. Following this, if your hair is growing at the rate of 1/4 inch every 30-31 days, then it would take close to 4 months to see one inch of growth. Based on what you said, you have between one or two inches at the front which suggests that your hair is right on schedule. Keep practicing the methods you mentioned. They are clearly promoting retention. Stay patient and encouraged!
Hope This Helps,
tumblr_n54px8gZ6R1sqr4e5o7_1280 2) Hey Jamillia,  I’m having a hair crisis. I have 4c hair and I don’t know what to do with it. When I try to do a twist-out, the style only lasts for a day. Any time I try to manipulate my hair, it is so dry that hair is just falling off. I’ve tried deep conditioning and hot oil treatments, but  I’m a sophomore in college and I simply can’t afford these fancy hair products. What is an inexpensive way to take care of my 4c hair?
4C natural hair is naturally dry due to its tightly coiled structure. Our scalps produce oil (sebum) that travels down each strand of hair. That oil wants to follow the path of least resistance, so each curve in the strand makes its more difficult for it to reach the bottom. As a result, because 4C naturals have numerous coils on each strand we tend to experience chronic dryness, and yes, breakage. A daily routine of moisturizing and sealing your hair should help. All deep conditioners are not created equal so make sure you research the ingredients to ensure they are in fact moisturizing elements and not causing dryness. I can dig the college girl struggle. There is no need to break your pockets to achieve good deep conditioning, or effective hair care in general. Utilize the web to find DIY recipes that only require basic items available in your supermarket. 
Water is free and it is the best moisturizer in existence. A spray bottle is 1 dollar. Household oils like coconut, olive or castor oil can all be purchased for under ten dollars. Daily Moisture + Sealant = Better Preserved Hair. Better preserved hair will be less likely to feel dry and break easily, but 4C hair is the most fragile, so the more manipulation you put it through, the more it will have a tendency to break. 
YouTube is your friend. Go to Jouelzy’s channel watch her video on “Realistic Expectations for 4CJouelzy’s Natural Hair”.  
The content touches the very topic of keeping styles for multiple days. Our hair craves moisture, so trying to keep a twistout and have it maintain that “day one hair” look for 5 days is asking for undue stress, girl! If you are fond of the twistout look, you can still achieve it by lightly moisturizing with a spray bottle of water, sealing with an oil and retwisting your hair into bigger twists at night. When you take them down the next morning, you will retain some definition without completely drying out your hair. 
Hope this helps!

 If you have pressing hair questions that you would like Jamillia to answer please email her at Love4coils@gmail.com. We will feature your questions next month!



I remember the first time I got high at fourteen. I laughed until the sound disappeared. I rolled on the concrete. I never wanted to come down. Until one day,  it became too scary and friends became sinister. My heart raced and anxiety would crash on me wave after wave. I eventually stopped smoking.

I remember my first taste of alcohol. I was 21 years old. I had no worries, no guilty conscience. Back then, the future moved towards me slowly. It didn’t loom over me and chase me the way it does now. I drank until my confidence spilled over onto the dance floor, into my conversations, guiding my teetering gait down sidewalks, stairs, lawns and beaches with family, friends, lovers and strangers into wee hours of the night for months which turned into years. Until one day, I woke up. My head ached, my sad, puppy dog eyes looked back at me defeated and red. My face appeared swollen and wrinkled all at once. I eventually stopped drinking.

I remember the first time I fell in love. I was 18, 22 and yesterday. I remember the low, sweet baritone voice on the phone in my ear. I remember holding hands and feeling them be squeezed 3 times. I squeezed back 4. I remember the night my heart beat became one with another’s and I cried. God soothed us to sleep with the morning song of 2 birds. I remember the frustration and anger as a lover’s dream turned into a living nightmare of wanting what I couldn’t have and denying others of what I couldn’t give. I remember falling asleep with dread and waking to loneliness, loss and denial.

I hope I never stop attempting to love.

There comes a time in life when we must all face our attachment to things and people that make us “feel good”. We must seek out real satisfaction, longevity and fulfillment. We must balance the gifts that God has given us to enjoy which bring us release and reward such as food, drink, celebration, recognition, money and relationships with the taunt grip  of restraint and temperance.  When you find your life fueled only by these sensual, temporary pleasures we all eventually run empty and stop.

My prayer to all that have demons (and we all do)  is to come to that defining moment when you can’t do anything else but better.

Joise Maran Miracle Workers

A couple months ago Shanti and I were lucky to be gifted some Josie Maran products. All of you know we are not huge fans of trying new things but we have to admit that some of the gifted items surprised us in a big way and have made their way into our daily beauty regimens. Please note, this isn’t a paid review, it’s a real review.

The Conscious of the Company

 Josie Maran was started by a former model who after working with some of the most world renown makeup artists, grew weary of the toxic chemicals in the makeup that they used on her. She began to question; does luxury require not having a conscience? After traveling to the South of France, she was introduced to Pure Argan Oil by some of the women there and was amazed by their youthful appearance. After that, it was a wrap. She started Josie Maran Cosmetics in 2007 with Pure Argan Oil as the signature product.

Josie Maran uses pure, Fair Trade Argan Oil, grown and harvested responsibly by co-ops of Moroccan women who earn a living wage. We partner with earth-loving, women-empowering organizations, use eco-friendly packaging, and we never stop striving to improve our products and our impact on the world.

The Staple: Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil

This oil is the ish! I am already on my second bottle. This will be in my beauty regimen for as long as I live. This product is an organic, chemical free, saving grace, known as the ‘liquid gold of Morocco’. Argan Oil is loaded with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, so it has amazing healing, conditioning and repairing properties—for skin, hair, feet, nails, your baby’s bottom.

This product is light weight which allows it penetrate easily, while being extremely powerful without coating the skin with greasy residue. I apply it on my face every morning and night after cleansing. It, along with my vitamin C serum has helped fade my dark spots, calmed my redness, and soothed my crows feet while keeping my skin well hydrated and acne free. I’m really serious y’all. I was so self conscious about my skin that I wouldn’t leave the house without a full face of foundation and now I have traded in my foundation for a light cc cream. And I don’t even wear that unless I have a show or audition.  My boo thang even commented on the change in my skin over the past couple of months.

Shanti also using this on her skin as her hair. She recently mentioned it in her Post Big Chop Update. 

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The prices range from $96.00 for a large luxury size bottle. $48.00 for a medium sized bottle. Keep in mind you only need to use a couple droplets, 2-3 each application so the bottles will last quite a long time. I had been using my first bottle for 3 months and had over half my bottle left until I spilled the remaining oil in my gym bag. SMH. Anyway, I went out and bought another that day. I’m dedicated.

BUT, if the price is off putting or cause for concern I would suggest purchasing the small travel size bottle for $16.00 and test it out. The oil also comes in a ‘light’ formula for those weary of using too much oil. They are available at Josie Maran’s online shop or at sephora. Keep in mind it’s vegan, cruelty and paraben free and completely organic.

The Beach in a Bottle: Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist

I wasn’t even going to try this product. The name alone had me skeptical. I thought to myself, “That was nice of them to give me but nah! Have they seen my hair? I am never going to achieve those beach wave curls donned by the Sports Illustrated and Victora Secret models without a curling wand and some hair spray. Nope. Maybe, I’ll give this to my blonde hair blue eyed girlfriend at work.” I couldn’t have been more wrong ladies.

After speaking with Shanti, she told me that she tried it and liked it but thought the benefits would show better on someone with longer hair. I then tried it and loved it. It contains Himalayan Pink Sea Salt which adds just enough roughness to the hair to create body without causing it to be dry and brittle. Have you ever gone to the beach and after getting in the water your curls were poppin? That’s pretty much what this does. It’s the beach in a bottle.

I will warn you though, too much of this product (similar to any other) will cause your hair to feel brittle and sticky. You also, because of the salt component, want to be sure your hair is moisturized before adding the product. With that said, I would recommend this product for hair that has some length, is less coarse and easily achieves a lot of movement.

I apply my leave-in conditioner to wet hair and then spray 5-8 sprays of the hair mist to my hair. I then style with my diffuser as usual. I’ll do a video soon of my new regimen to show you exactly how I achieve the look.




This hair mist costs $22.00 and lasted me about 3 months. It is cruelty and parben free, made with natural ingredients, vegan and contains no synthetic fragrance.

The Bomb: Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter


This butter is whipped is extremely hydrating despite it being light and fluffy which makes it extremely easy to spread across your body, insuring that a little goes a long way. It’s ingredients include antioxidant packed argan oil and 10 plant oils. This is the stuff you take out when you want your body to feel soft, smooth, and irresistible. It’s a natural added allure. This butter will definitely have your back and your front ; )

Cost: $35.00

It’s  also vegan, cruelty and paraben free and completely organic.

All in all, Josie Maran’s products are amazing.

We highly recommend them to everyone around the way. OH! AND you can find them at Sephora, so if you don’t believe us, go on in and get yourself a sample. A video on the Bohemian Waves Mist is coming soon!

Her Hair Story : Renee Jeremiah


1.Have you always been so confident and in love with your curls? What’s your hairstory?

I stopped relaxing my hair two years ago (around February 17th). I needed a perm really badly around the time and I thought about how much I hated going to the hair salon, the smell of relaxer and the whole experience. So I figured, “What’s the point? There’s nothing wrong with my hair” (referring to my natural hair). I didn’t see the logical point in spending time and money on something that I didn’t need to do. So, I just stopped getting relaxers and let my natural hair grow in. For about a year I got senegalese twists for about a year afterwards- I took monthlong breaks in between each installation. I was happy with my choice, and so were all of my friends and siblings. They were all very supportive. My mother, on the other hand, was less than thrilled, but there’s no stopping me once I’m onto something. I love my hair and I’ve never looked back. I don’t really feel like I ever had any really negative connotations connected to my natural hair. I always liked that it was thick and long as a child. I permed it pretty late, in the 10th grade, mostly because I wanted to have straight hair like everyone else. LAME. However you style your hair is fine, but I don’t think decisions should be made because of or be affected by societal expectations/standards: if you’re going to change something about your appearance it should be for your own preference/happiness. I made the decision to stop relaxing my hair for me and not anyone else. I find life is easier if you go with what you’re attracted to.

How long has it taken for you to “master” the care of your hair? Who/what helped you gain mastery?

Oh man, it’s been a long road. I had no idea what I was doing at first. I watched approximately 293248293498 YouTube videos in the beginning. Naptural85 saved my hair,I swear. Curly Nikki was a godsend for me in the early days. I bought at least 3 or 4 of the products on her holy grail lists and I still use TJ’s Nature Spa conditioner to this day. I was lucky enough to meet Nikki at an event in NYC last spring and she is just as sweet and suuuper pretty in person. My friends were also really helpful with giving me conditioner suggestions and hair tips (water is your friend now, Hello Hydration condish is the bomb diggity, etc). After about 8 months (I wanted to transition for 24 months but clearly that didn’t happen) I called a friend and asked her to help me cut my straight ends off. I hadn’t BC’d before then because I had this fear of having short hair. A new semester was starting and there was no way I could go to school with the tangled, matted mess that was my transitioning hair. I LOVED it right away. I cowashed right after cutting it and applied (wayy too much of) KC Curling Custard. I thought I was so cute with my baby fro. In my opinion, I’m a 4B curlie. The first  products I bought were Kinky Curly Knot Today, Shea Moisture’s Curl Souffle, KC Come Clean and Aussie Moist. Luckily, I haven’t really had any problems with products my hair likes. Today, I like to think I’m not too bad with taking care of my hair. I generally rely on twist outs and protective styles the most, but I definitely won’t turn down a roller set or a big, baaad blowout.I do wash and go’s. but mainly when I’m really busy and can’t be bothered with anything else (hey there, finals week).

2. What is your cleansing hair regimen (how often do you shampoo, condition, deep condition and with what products)?

I try really really hard to deep condition my hair at least once a week and I do a protein treatment once a month. I pre-poo with coconut oil or olive oil (or a cheapie conditioner mixed with an oil)for about an hour (or more , depending on how busy/lazy I am on wash day). Then I apply KC Come Clean and shampoo the roots of my hair and let the runoff do the rest. I love that stuff, it’s really potent and 1 bottle lasts me about 6 months. My hair is pretty thick, so I’m happy about that. After that, I usually deep condition with a homemade mask. I use one base organic item (like an avocado or a banana usually) and then I add olive and coconut oils as well as some TJ’s Nature Spa conditioner. I use a Ninja Bullet blender (amazing and only $50) to blend it to yogurt like consistency and apply to my hair and pop a trusty plastic bag on top for an hour (or 2. Or 4.)After rinsing,I apply my leave in (KC Knot Today) and seal with an oil (right now it’s avocado oil but sometimes I use sweet almond oil or jojoba). Then I apply my styler (I like ecostyler clear gel or anything from SM)and style as usual. I wash every 2 weeks or so and I cowash once a week or more often if I’ve worked out a lot. I like to cowash with Suave Humectants, Tresemme Flawless Curls or Aussie Moist. In a pinch I’ll use a VO5 Moisture Milks Conditioner.

3.What is your de-tangling process?

Pre-pooing is so important. I can’t skip it otherwise detangling will take at least 40min. I pre-poo with oil and some conditioner with LOTS of slip. I finger detangle for the most part, but then I go through my entire head with a very big wide tooth comb(the kind that only has 6 or 7 teeth)and comb through while my hair is still saturated to be sure that all tangles are gone. I do this in small sections and then twist after detangling each so they won’t mix and mingle,so to speak. While my hair is still soaking wet, I wrap it in a cotton t shirt to absorb the excess water for about 10 minutes, after which I start to style my hair.

4. How do you achieve your daily hair style (try to be detailed being as though others are gaining inspiration and DIRECTION from your

I usually do your standard twist out on damp hair. While twisting, I’m always sure to coil the ends around my finger a few times in order for all of the ends to be uniform. My twists are usually small and I use EcoStyler Argan Oil gel. The twists are almost always small to medium sized. When unraveling, I use any oil on hand to unravel starting at the ends and working my way up to the root. I separate the strands where they naturally fall. I usually retwist about every 3 nights. As mair hair gets bigger, sometimes I pull it up into a high puff using a black silk ribbon with bobby pins to tuck in the ends of the ribbon.I also use thigh highs or pantyhose (black) to create puffs without so much tension. To smooth down the front and the sides, I spray my hair lightly with water and apply gel, using my hand to the smooth down the gel as I brush my hair down with a soft boar bristle brush.

5.Now that you are relaxer free, how do you perceive others that still have relaxed hair?

I think everyone should do what makes them happy. I don’t think anyone has to right to tell anyone else how they should live their lives and what their truth is, and for me, that extends to what grows out of your scalp and how you decide to style/not style it. I think issues arise from one person trying to push their truth on another. Women with relaxed hair can be just as pretty and sure of themselves as the next person and the same goes for women with natural hair. If you really and truly believe in your own inner beauty, it’ll show regardless of what’s on your head or your body. Do you.

6. What hair product can’t you live without?

Definitely coconut oil.

7. Any words of wisdom that you would like to share with the masses about natural hair?

Everyone’s natural hair is beautiful. Hair is hair, but the most telling part of this process for me was the more concrete sense of self I developed. It was a lot easier to let go of things and people and philosophies that weren’t true to me. Beauty is ever evolving and changing. It isn’t the same everywhere and it all depends on perspective. Natural hair (at least for me) is an outward expression of peace with one’s inner beauty.




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