The Ultimate Natural Hair Bloggers' Holiday Gift Guide
Nov, 29, 2011
Natural Hair Bloggers' Holiday Gift Guide
CharyJay of 'CharyJay' on Her Holiday Style
“To make a style statement this holiday season, I’m wearing my hair in an up-do style that will showcase my curls as a crown on the top of my head. I’m choosing to wear that style to show my friends and family members that natural hair cannot only be fly, fresh and funky, but also elegant when the time calls for it!” -CharyJay of natural hair vlog CharyJay.
CharyJay's Picks: Natural Wonder Gift Set by Original Moxie
“You will not go wrong giving this gift set to naturals because it includes all natural staple products, such as sulfate-free shampoo, deep conditioner and styling aids. The gift set is presented in a reusable cosmetic tote bag and decoratively packaged so you won’t have to deal with the pain of gift wrapping!” ($68.00, available at OriginalMoxie.com)
CharyJay's Picks:Transitioning Grow Out Collection by Entwine Couture
“If you know someone who’s ready to go natural, give her the gift of assistance with this collection! With a moisturizer, styler and 100 percent Argan Oil, this includes everything she’ll need to keep dryness, breakage and frizz at bay during her natural hair journey.” ($46, available at EntwineCouture.com)
CharyJay's Picks: curlBox
“Known as the ‘Birchbox for hair,’ curlBox is a new and affordable way for your friendly product junky to experience new and popular product samples every month. Gift subscriptions are available for purchase for her and she can cancel any time, but once the products arrive, it’s highly unlikely she’ll want to.” ($25 per month, available at CurlBox.com)
Cipriana of 'Urban Bush Babes' on Her Holiday Style
“I will be rocking one of my crazy signature loose twist updo styles because not only do I want to protect my ends from the winter season this holiday but also from the massive amounts of food I will consume. Christmas decorations may look cute on a tree but decorating my hair with particles of food is one crazy style I would prefer to avoid.” -Cipriana of Urban Bush Babes.
Cipriana's Picks: ‘I love my Cotton Candy Hair’ Book
“‘I Love My Cotton Candy Hair’ is a motivating story about one little girl’s self-acceptance through a love letter to the curls and tangles on her head. When you purchase the book, you can opt to donate a second book to the elementary school or local library of your choice for an additional $5.00 charge.” ($18, available at Amazon.com)
Cipriana's Picks: Jewel Afrika Designs Earrings
“Add an extra spark to your self-confidence by wearing theses inspiring accessories with irresistible catch phrases. Worn as a pair but can be rocked individually, why not treat yourself and give one to a friend, two gifts for the price of one.” ($35, available at Jewelafrikadesigns.bigcartel.com)
Cipriana's Picks: Natural Hair Love Affair Hair Emergency Kit
“Disasters can happen at any time, but fear not, because this kit has you covered! The Natural Hair Love Affair Emergency Kit supplies everything for those natural hair disaster including ‘Hair Ingredients to Avoid’ pocket guide book and a “Hairffirmation” magnet to boost your mood on those bad hair days.” ($13, available at NaturalHairLoveAffair.com)
Nikisha of 'Urban Bush Babes' on Her Holiday Style
“This holiday season I will be rocking my hair in a protective style, a pompadour with a bun. I am choosing this look because it’s much sassier than a plain old bun.” -Nikisha of Urban Bush Babes.
Nikisha's Picks: Curls Like Us Curl Cloths
“Curls Like Us Curl Cloths are great for absorbing excess water from natural textured hair. They’re also ideal because they reduce frizz and drying time without damaging your strands, and they come in a set of two!” ($24, available at CurlMart.com)
Nikisha's Picks: Ouidad Double Detangler
“Detangling natural hair can be challenging. The Double Detangler by Ouidad is a great gift for all natural hair types because it’s designed to effectively comb through difficult knots without ripping or tugging.” ($24, available at Ouidad.com)
Nikisha's Picks: Wooden Ships Ear Warmers
“Ear warmers are perfect for naturals during the colder months because you can wear your hair in a wide range of styles and keep your ears warm at the same time. I love to wear Wooden Ships Ear Warmers while my hair is in a protective style or out.” ($28, available at UrbanOutfitters.com)
Leila Noelliste of 'Black Girl with Long Hair' on Her Holiday Style
“This season I will be rocking an updo with a pompadour and a bold red lip. The look is simple, easy to maintain and goes with almost everything I wear!’ -Leila of Black Girl with Long Hair.
Leila Noelliste of 'Black Girl with Long Hair' on Her Holiday Style
“This season I will be rocking an updo with a pompadour and a bold red lip. The look is simple, easy to maintain and goes with almost everything I wear!” -Leila of Black Girl With Long Hair.
Leila's Picks: Nakimuli Dookie Bracelets
“For naturals who love African prints, the Nakimuli Dookie Bracelets are the perfect modern take. They’re a great signature piece and enhance any outfit.” ($12 each, available at Nakimuli.bigcartel.com)
Leila's Picks: Curlformers
“Curlformers are simply brilliant. You can use them for Shirley Temple curls (they work great on ANY texture!) and they’re also an ideal way to smooth and straighten strands without heat.” (From $12-$40 depending on size, available at Curlformers.com)
Leila's Picks: Rachel Stewart Afro Pick Earrings
“Nothing captures natural hair swag quite like Rachel Stewart Jewelry. Designs are clean, simple and fly.” ($30, available at Rachelstewart.bigcartel.com)
Franchesca Ramsey of 'Chescalocs' on her Holiday Style
“This holiday season I plan on wearing lots of sparkly gold ribbon in my hair to show off my ‘locs’ as the best gift I’ve ever given myself.” -Franchesca of the natural hair vlog Chescalocs.
“The name pretty much says it all! The Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Kit contains essential natural hair product favorites: Curl & Shine Shampoo, Curl & Style Milk, Hold & Shine Moisture Mist, and Curl Enhancing Smoothie.” ($15, available at Walgreens.com)
Franchesca's Picks: Wall Prints by Andrea Pippens
“These fantastic illustrations, inspired by by West African barber shop signs, were created by one of my favorite designers, Andrea Pippens. At only $25 each, they’re the great gift pieces for an art collector, or just someone looking to dress up their office or bedroom.” ($25, available at Ilovemyhair.com)
Franchesca's Picks: Miranda Head Scarf
“This colorful African print scarf is one of my all-time favorite accessories, as it’s perfect for dressing up an otherwise boring outfit or for dealing with a bad hair day. It’s reversible, and its inside wire allows you to shape the scarf to wear in a variety of ways.” ($45, available at Boxingkitten.com)
Alex Smith of 'The Good Hair Blog' on Her Holiday Style
“I plan on rocking my hair BIG over the holidays. I’ve been hosting a protective style challenge on my blog for 3 months so I am ready to do something great with my hair. I may actually blow it out really huge and get Goapele inspired cornrows going up the sides for a new twist on holiday hair styling.” -Alex of The Good Hair Blog.
Alex's Picks: Mane Message Headbands
“Mane Message headbands are new found love of mine! These accessories are perfect for holding up the infamous afro puff. Mane Message headbands would make a great gift for any puff ball rockin’ diva and they also don’t cause those horrific “my puffball is too tight” headaches.” ($9-$12 each depending on size, available at Manemessage.com)
“This is a staple amongst many curly girls and is highly recommended for new naturals! It makes a great gift for someone looking for an awesome leave-in conditioner that provides moisture, slip and light hold for twists and braid out styles.” ($12, available at Target.com)
Alex's Picks:Bon Bon Vie’s 'Greatest Love of All' Tee
“This tee would be the perfect edition to any stylish curly girl’s wardrobe. I love this gift because it’s an ‘I love my hair’ statement piece.” ($18, available at WearBonBonVie.com)
Jenell Stewart of 'Kinky Curly Coily Me' on Her Holiday Style
“When it comes to making a style statement this holiday season, I’ll be wearing my kinky curly coily hair in a flat twist out! It’s big, flirty, super curly, and it’s a conversation starter!” -Jenell of Kinky Curly Coily Me.
Jenell's Picks: Huetiful Hair Steamer
The Huetiful Hair Steamer provides deep conditioning at it’s best! This steamer repairs dry, brittle and damaged hair with continued use." ($114, Behuetiful.com)
Jenell's Picks: Kinky Curly Curling Custard
“If your hair lacks curl definition like mine, fret not! The Kinky Curly Curling Custard helps to define tightly curled and kinky hair for wash-and-go curls that don’t frizz.” ($17, available at Target.com)
Jenell's Picks: Denman D31 Brush
“Kiss your detangling woes good bye! This brush glides through wet or dry kinky curly hair easily with no fuss, ripping, or breakage.” ($15, available at Sallybeautysupply.com)
Meechy Monroe of 'Meechy Monroe' on Her Holiday Style
“For the holidays I am planning on wearing my hair in a style that not only fits the festive time of year but also goes with my personal flair. A soft and pulled up type of style would be ideal so I’m planning to rock an elegant textured updo with soft curls hanging down to frame my face. A ton of hugs and kisses will be exchanged with family and friends so “no fuss, out of the way” hair is a must!" -Meechy of Meechy Monroe.
Meechy's Picks: Shea Moisture Repair and Transition Kit
“I am a huge fan of the Shea Moisture Line and this kit has it all for transitioners and natural women alike. Included is a shampoo, conditioner, oil elixir, and a deep conditioning treatment to help replenish moisture back into your hair.” ($15, available at Walgreens.com)
Meechy's Picks: Hair Therapy Wrap
“The Hair Therapy Wrap is simply amazing and allows you to deep condition while being mobile. I have washed dishes, completed loads of laundry, blogged, and walked my dog all while wearing this wrap to deep condition my strands.” ($22, Hairtherapywrap.com)
Meechy's Picks: Natural Hair Love Affair Calendar
“The Natural Hair Love Affair Calendar is such a cool and thoughtful gift for any new natural that may be looking to track her hair growth and overall personal journey in the new year. This 12-month calendar comes with more than 100 stickers, hair recipes, inspiring quotes and being under $20.00 you can’t beat that!” ($20, available at NaturalHairLoveAffair.com)
Imani A. Dawson of 'Tribe Called Curl' on Her Holiday Style
“The holidays are all about sharing good times with friends for me, so I prefer informal but sophisticated looks. I generally wear my hair two strand twisted in low buns and pinned styles that are hat and accessory friendly.” -Imani of Tribe Called Curl.
Imani's Picks: Karen’s Body Beautiful Keep It Soft Survival Kit
“Natural hair needs more moisture during the cold winter months, and the Karen’s Body Beautiful Keep It Soft Survival Kit keeps textured tresses soft and hydrated in even the harsh weather.” ($55, available at KarensBodyBeautiful.com)
Imani's Picks: Aquis Microfiber Hair Turban
“The effortlessly chic look of tousled natural hair can take tons of hard work without the right tools, but naturalistas can achieve hair bliss in less time with the Aquis Microfiber Hair Turban. Microfiber smooths strands, prevents frizz, and minimizes drying time while maximizing style.” ($16, available at Amazon.com)
Imani's Picks: 'The Science of Black Hair' Book
“The best gift for any naturalista is knowledge. ‘The Science of Black Hair’ by Audrey Davis-Sivosathy is the definitive text on understanding and caring for Black hair, relaxed or natural.” ($25, available at Amazon.com)
Angel Jordan of 'K is for Kinky' on Her Holiday Style
“I’m all about big braid-out hair for the holidays because I think it’s so festive and nothing seems to goes better with mistletoe and hot cider than large, fluffy hair. I get my biggest hair on my third day after a wash so I’m planning all of my wash days around holiday parties and Christmas day!” -Angel of K is for Kinky.
Angel's Picks: 'I Love My Hair' Book
“The earlier in life that we start to understand that there is no such thing as ‘good hair,’ the better we will be. Self-affirming, positive books like, ‘I Love My Hair!’ for the young and impressionable naturalistas in your life are not only educational but encourage self-acceptance and helps them grow into self-assured and confident adults.” ($7, available at Amazon.com)
“To avoid natural hair from drying out during the winter months, it’s essential that you seal in water after you wash and condition with a good styling cream that’s not too heavy for your hair type. This cream works well on both fine and coarse strands and leaves your hair soft and supple.” ($16, available at QhemetBiologics.com)
“A rich and creamy conditioner really makes a difference in the way curly hair feels after washing. I like this conditioner because it has honey as a humectant and oils that are proven to penetrate the hair shaft along with water so it gives the double benefit of providing slip when detangling and locking in moisture.” ($10, available at OyinHandmade.com)
Francheska of 'Hey Fran Hey' on Her Holiday Style
“You always want to end the year exactly how you want your new one to begin; Bright! So I’ll be celebrating this holiday season in electric colors, bold prints and big, loud natural hair to match!”- Francheska of Hey Fran Hey.
Francheska of 'Hey Fran Hey' on Her Holiday Style
“You always want to end the year exactly how you want your new one to begin—Bright! I’ll be celebrating this holiday season in electric colors, bold prints and big, loud natural hair to match!”- Francheska of Hey Fran Hey.
Francheska's Picks: Satin Pillowcases
“A crucial step for retaining moisture in natural hair is sleeping on a satin pillowcase. Cotton absorbs the moisture you’ve applied but satin allows your hair & skin to keep its natural oils. While you sleep, your strands will glide over the gently woven material, minimizing snagging, breakage and frizz.” ($30 for two, available at CurlMart.com)
Francheska's Picks: Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera
“Sealing is the most important step in my natural hair regimen. Most women give up on the method, struggling to find an oil or butter that isn’t too heavy or too thin for their specific needs. Pure Aloe Vera, however, is the perfect pH balanced and lightweight sealing solution for all hair types.” ($10, available at Amazon.com)
Francheska's Picks: 'Au Natural' T-Shirt
“Now that your hair is lush and healthy, what better way to celebrate than by wearing an uber cute natural beauty tee!? I spotted this one on Etsy and just had to have it!” ($24, available on Etsy.com/shop/2ndcoming)
Briana McCarthy of 'The Mane Source' on Her Holiday Style
“This holiday season I’m going to rock a big, chunky twist-out. For the past couple years I’ve worn my hair in a protective style for the holidays, but this year I’m letting my hair free!” -Briana of The Mane Source.
Briana's Picks: Barefruit Company Daily Moisturizing Spray
“The Barefruit Company Daily Moisturizing Spray will ensure that your mane stays moisturized and soft during the colder months when chilly temperatures can completely dry out natural hair.”($8, available at BareFruitCo.com)
Briana's Picks: Barefruit Company Hair Butter
“In addition to the Moisturizing Spray, I also highly recommend using the Barefruit Company Hair Butter with it! Together, these products help me seal my ends, lock in moisture and therefore retain length.”($12, available at BareFruitCo.com)
Briana's Picks: QuellyRue Designs Tote Bag
“This bag is both functional and stylish. The hand-sewn afro woman is bold and unique. This tote makes the perfect Christmas gift for your natural loved one!” ($36 each, available at Etsy.com/shop/QuellyRueDesigns)
Lexi Felder of 'Curls, Coils, & Kinks' on Her Holiday Style
“To make my style statement this holiday season, I plan on doing several variations of cute vintage updos. The winter is really my time to dress up, explore more long-term natural hairstyles, and express myself creatively.” -Lexi of Curls, Coils, & Kinks.
Lexi's Picks: Miss Jessie's Products
“Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme and Curly Pudding are must-haves and the perfect addition to a natural woman’s hair regimen. Mix the two for a supreme combination of moisture and hold.” ($58 and $38, available at MissJessies.com)
Lexi's Picks: Trendy Headbands
“Ladies love to accessorize in the winter with cute headbands & clips to glam up their hair. Whether crocheted or elastic, with flowers or feathers, headbands are a quick way to make a hairstyle go from drab to fab!” ($2-$7 each, available at Forever21.com)
Lexi's Picks: Target Gift Card
“If you are nervous about picking out particular products, a Target gift card would be the perfect present. The store carries all of the top natural hair brands like Shea Moisture, Miss Jessie’s, Jane Carter, & Kinky-Curly. You can’t go wrong!” (available at Target.com)
Taren Guy of 'Taren916' on Her Holiday Style
“I’m keeping my hair short and simple for this holiday season. With my new hair cut and highlights this go round, I’ll just dress up the look with a cute and sparkly hair accessory.”- Taren of the natural hair vlog, Taren916.
Taren's Picks: Conair Universal Fit Diffuser
“This would make a great gift for someone who wants extra volume and frizz free curls. It’s also nice for winter wash-and-go’s for fast drying so you don’t have to go in the cold with wet hair.” ($10, available at Rickysnyc.com)
Taren's Picks: The LocSoc
“This makes an excellent hair accessory and comes in so many different prints and colors. It’s great for protective styling, preserving curls at night, and makes a stylish headband.” ($12, available at SocLocSoc.com)
Taren's Picks: 'I Love My Hair' T-Shirt
“This is a fun T-Shirt to wear to represent how much you LOVE your hair! I get compliments every time wear mine.” ($30, available at Buttaflyunltd.com)
Mae Tapp of 'Natural Chica' on Her Holiday Style
“I’ll most likely experiment with several different styles during the holiday season from updos to my tried and true twist out afro. Diversity in styling is what I love most about wearing my natural hair!” -Mae of Natural Chica.
Mae's Picks: Oyin Handmade’s Snack Pack for Hair
“The term ‘Snack Pack’ is so fitting for this set of goodies because their yummy smell just might tempt you to nibble! This set is perfect for a traveler, since it contains 2 ounce containers of Honey Hemp Conditioner, Greg Juice Leave-in spray, Shine & Define Serum, Hair Dew Conditioner and a 1 ounce Mini Burnt Sugar Pomade. ($22, available at OyinHandmae.com)
Mae's Picks: Boutique De Bandeaux Headband
“For the woman who loves to ‘dress up’ her tresses, a handmade couture-inspired piece from the Boutique De Bandeaux line is a must! I particularly love this grey beaded bohemian headband design, with intricate details inspired by Native American Zuni jewelry.” ($29, available at Etsy.com/shops/BoutiqueDeBandeaux)
Mae's Picks: Pura Body Naturals Holiday Hair Gift Set
“This awesome gift set from Pura Body Naturals contains an assortment of products, including a natural hair butter, lotion, moisture milk, hair smoothie, oil and even a shampoo bar! Made with ingredients originating in the Amazon rainforest, these natural hair products are sure to be a treat to those strands.” ($40, available at PuraBodyNaturals.com)
Gabrielle Allen of 'Strawberricurls' on Her Holiday Style
“I plan on rocking my hair in stretched or blown out styles to show the length of my hair. It also provides warmth in the winter months. Blown out twist-outs, braid-outs, and stretched twisted outs are usually my styles of choice in the winter months.” -Gabrielle of Strawberricurls.
“This product is a great addition to any natural girl’s product stash. It’s an all natural pomade made with tons of oils that are great for your edges as opposed to using gel. This is my all time favorite pomade.” ($12, available at Oyinhandmade.com)
“This conditioner is shea butter based with tons of yummy oils that give incredible moisture and shine to the hair. It’s a great styler and rich moisturizer for winter months.” ($22, available at Artfire.com)
Uncle Funky’s Daughter’s Priceless Shirt
“This is a fun and quirky shirt created by the makers of the Uncle Funky’s Daughter product line. It’s a great addition to any natural girl’s closet.” ($25, available at UncleFunkysDaughter.com)