RelleyBelly Handmade Knit and Crochet Accessories

Kinky curly hair is naturally dry, especially in the colder months of the year. Protective hair styles are a great way to combat hair breakage caused by weather exposure (see previous post “Protective Styles for Puffy Hair”). But, protective styling will not help with regards to the breakage caused by fabric friction. Hair breakage caused by…

Meet Our October CurlFriend

1. What’s your name and where are you from? Hey, y’all! My name is Shavela (Sha-vee-la), and I’m from Dallas, TX. 2. How long have you been natural? Why did you decide to begin your natural hair journey? And did you Big Chop or Transition? I’ve been fully natural for 2 years and began transitioning…

Pouring From an Empty Cup

There are times when I feel completely drained, like my battery is nearing empty. It could feel at times that my many responsibilities consume all of my wake hours and my To-Do list is never ending. Yet, I keep going. I know I am not the only one with a mountain of obligations. Our stories may…

Fall 2017 Instagram Giveaway

✨🍂FALL GIVEAWAY 🍂🍁✨ It’s my favorite time of year 😩 Time for scarves and boots and fingerless gloves and 🗣SATIN-LINED ACCESSORIES!!! ✨💃🏾✨ ✨💜✨💜✨ To celebrate 🎉 I’m giving away custom satin-lined accessories to 2 winners 💕 The winners will each pick from the styles listed at http://www.RelleyBelly.Etsy.com, select a color and their size. ✨😍✨ Find…

Protective Styles for Puffy Hair

One of the most important keys to long healthy hair is to preserve the oldest parts of your hair shaft. The end of your hair shaft (farthest from the root) is the oldest and most fragile, so it is very important to protect it as your hair continues to grow. As much as I love…

2017 Natural Hair Journey Questions

A few weeks ago I was asked a couple of questions by Natural By GloryAma (IG @naturalbygloriama): 1. What would you say are three of the biggest mistakes you have made with your hair/lessons you have learned? 2. Do you believe everyone’s hair can grow or some people’s hair is bound to be shorter because…

The Puffy Girl’s Guide to Moisture

When my hair was in the TWA stage (Teeny Weeny Afro), I wore a wash-n-go most of the time and I had no problem keeping it moisturized. But, as my hair grew longer I noticed that it would become excessively dry and even break at times. This lack of moisture became an even bigger issue…

Wash Day with Puffy Hair

I know we all have seen those shampoo commercials where a woman is in the shower with a head full of soapy bubbles. She’s vigorously lathering up her hair, washing it without a care in the world. That is not the reality for a woman with kinky curly puffy hair. Detangling: My hair tangles very…

The Maintenance and Care of Puffy Hair

A Series My name is Cherrelle and I have puffy hair. If I had to give my hair a type I would say it is somewhere between 4b and 4c curls. I have been natural for about 5 years: I stopped perming my hair in July 2012 and decided to cut off my relaxed ends in…

CurlFest 2017

Afros upon Afros. Curls on Curls on Curls. And all the good vibes… That’s CurlFest 2017 in a nutshell. From the moment I woke up on Saturday morning I was super excited to attend for the first time. Despite all of the missed trains in Jersey and getting lost in the subway in Manhattan, me…

Mented Nude Lipstick

As a woman of color, it is not an easy task to find nude lipstick that actually compliments my skin tone. Most of my makeup shopping experiences end with me opting for yet another deep red because I couldn’t find the right shade. It seemed that the only nude lipsticks available were the ones that…