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    by Kanisha Parks of

    When it comes to Marley hair, all brands were certainly not created equal. Plus, every local beauty supply store doesn’t carry the same brands of hair. It isn’t wise to purchase just any brand of Marley hair because some brands are tough to work with and/or do not yield as sleek a result as other brands. It’s important to choose a brand of Marley hair that is soft, flexible, and therefore easy to use and remove. For your convenience, we’ve found a few brands that are promising: check out the results for yourself below!

    Read On!>>>
    1. Vanessa Marley Braid: $4.99 per pack

    2. Femi Collection: $4.99 per pack

     3. Janet Collection$4.95 per pack

    4. Cuban Twist$4.99 per pack

    What's your favorite brand and current technique of installing and rocking crochet braids?

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    Are-post for those confused about glycerin and humidity as spring approaches!

    by Susan Walker of Earthtone Naturals

    Changes in weather require modifications to your hair care regimen in order to keep you hair looking and feeling at its best. But how do you know what you should use and when? This article will serve as the foundation for what you need to understand in order to choose the correct products for your hair in any season. This requires a good understanding of humectants: how they work, their purpose and how they are relevant to hair.

    Read On!>>>
    What are humectants?
    Humectants are used in hair and skin care products to promote moisture retention. They have the ability to attract water from the atmosphere. Many different molecules have the ability to be effective humectants. How well they do this depends on how many water-loving sites they contain for hydrogen bonding with water molecules. The strength of this bonding between the humectants and water improves moisture retention by minimizing water loss due to evaporation. Because of their water-binding abilities humectants are ideal for dry, thirsty hair. Because the weather impacts the health and state of our hair, it’s important to understand how they should be used in various climates and how your hair care regimen should be modified from one climate extreme to the next.

    In Tonya McKays’ article the Effects of Relative Humidity on Hair and Humectants, she points out that the laws of thermodynamics have a daily influence on our hair. Thermodynamics is the study of energy. Energy exits in many forms such as heat, light, chemical energy and electrical energy. Everything in nature is always striving to reach a state of equilibrium or point of balance. Molecules that are highly concentrated in one area will typically move to an area where they are less concentrated until the concentration is equal for both areas. This is called diffusion. Diffusion occurs in substances that are solids, liquids or gases. You can demonstrate diffusion easily yourself. Fill a glass with water and add a few drops of ink or dye to the water carefully. The colour will sink to the bottom initially because it’s denser than the water. However over time, if left undisturbed, the ink at the bottom of the glass will spread upwards from where it’s more concentrated (at the bottom) to where it’s less concentrated (at the top). Eventually all of the water in the glass will be the same shade. This is the point where there are no more differences in the concentration of molecules. Why is this important? Because when it comes to hair, this same law of molecules trying to reach a state of equilibrium applies. And the molecules we’re most concerned with are water molecules.

    Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Dry hair (contains minimal water) exposed to a very humid environment will eventually become saturated with water molecules as water moves from an area of higher concentration (the humid air), to an area of lower concentration (the hair). Textured hair is more susceptible to this because it is more porous than straight hair. Once hair is exposed to high humidity environments the cortex can swell causing cuticle scales on the hair shaft to lift contributing to frizz.

    On the other hand, dry air typically contains little to no water vapor, or has a low relative humidity. Hair that is exposed to this type of air will tend to lose water and moisture to the atmosphere as water moves down its concentration gradient from more concentrated (the hair) to less concentrated (the air). The resulting hair is dry, brittle hair which can be prone to frizz, split ends and breaking. Are you still with me? I know its seems a little science-y and dry but it’s extremely important to understand this in order to understand why your hair behaves a certain way in particular climates, and what to do about it.
    Humectants can be a curly girl’s best friend or worst enemy. In some natural hair circles there is still some confusion about these molecules. Some are concerned that they make their hair hard; others are concerned about stickiness. Still others are not quite sure what to make of them and avoid them at all costs. So what is the real scoop? Well the answer is, “it depends”. On what exactly? Well a number of things of which the most important may be the climate.

    While the topic can be quite complicated it’s important to note that for the sake of hair care and the use of humectants, there are two main weather conditions:

    1. Low humidity
    2. High humidity

    Low humidity conditions are those such as cold, dry winter air. In this case, if you use products that contain a lot of humectants, there is not a lot of water in the air for the humectants to attract to the surface of your hair. What can occur is that the humectants in your products may prevent the evaporation of water from the hair into the air. However don’t look for ultra-moisturized hair from humectant use in this type of climate because it’s just not going to happen. In fact there is a chance that humectants may remove moisture from the cortex of the hair into the air. Remember diffusion? Moisture will move from areas of high concentration (in this case the hair) to areas of lower concentration - the air! This can result in dry, icky feeling hair. Not cool!

    With high humidity conditions such as warm or hot summer air, there can often be A LOT of moisture in the air. Some moisture is good; a lot of moisture – not so much. If your textured hair is dry, damaged and overly porous it can absorb a lot of water from the air. This can lead to swelling of the hair shaft, lifting of the cuticle, tangling and frizz. Combine this situation with a product that is high in humectants (especially glycerin) and you have a situation where a lot of water is attracted to the surface of the hair. This can lead to hair that always feels wet, takes forever to dry and is a sticky, tangled mess. In other words, cotton candy hair. Not hot at all!

    Complicating things MORE: Figuring out the humidity: Dew points

    So how can you assess the humidity in the air? This is a complicated topic that’s difficult to wrap your head around if you’re not a meteorologist or physicist. However, you don’t have to be either one to get a basic understanding of how to determine how your hair will behave on a particular day. Something we can use is called the dew point. The science-y definition of dew point is the temperature below which the water vapor in a volume of humid air at a constant barometric pressure will condense into liquid water. Huh???

    What you need to know is that the dew point is associated with relative humidity. The higher the dew point, the more moisture there is in the air. The lower the dew point, the less moisture in the air. To gauge how dew point makes you feel in general, dew points above 65 F (about 18 C) make it feel sticky and humid outside while dew points less than 65 F are more comfortable. The higher the dew point above 65 the stickier it will feel outside.

    With respect to hair, knowing the dew point can really help you in managing your hair and style and determine whether or not you’ll use humectants, and if so, how much. You can check the dew point of your location on various weather channels and online.

    Complicating things EVEN MORE: Types of humectants

    There are several different types of humectants found in skin and hair care products. For a pretty comprehensive list please refer to this article.

    A few examples include:
    • Glycerin
    • Propylene glycol
    • Honey
    • Agave nectar
    • Sodium PCA
    • Hydrolyzed silk protein
    • Fructose

    What’s interesting about humectants is that each one has a different ability to bind to water. I’ve searched for a credible comprehensive chart on the ability of humectants to bind water and I’ve found the one below from the Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology, Third Edition:

    What this chart shows is that glycerin, sodium PCA, sodium lactate and propylene glycol are humectants that have really strong water-binding capabilities while the other humectants have less. While not a complete list of humectants it shows the major ones available in hair and skin care products.
    With this understanding, how do we choose products and build a regimen for various climates? Next week’s post will address this in detail.

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     Yolanda Renee writes:

    We've seen a million different twist out tutorials so let's tackle a different technique, PERM RODS. Have you tried this style? Have you failed a few times? Don't feel bad, there is a lot of room for failure. But with this tutorial you should get a few tips to perfect your next perm rod set.

    Which size is right for you?

    Perm Rod Set Greatness

    How to Style Your Perm Rod Set

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    Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
    My name is Jessica Campbell. I’m twenty years old and I am from Detroit, Michigan. I am also a junior at Central Michigan University, studying Psychology and youth/ family studies. For most of my life I grew up in a Jamaican household with my grandmother and brother.

    How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
    I’ve been consciously natural for four years now. I took the step to really embrace my natural hair in 2010. My hair had been severely damaged from years of flat ironing and relaxing my hair. My hair was getting shorter and shorter as time went on, and that’s when I realized I was in need of a change and that I needed to give up my flat iron, the source of most of my hair problems. I also read up on hair forums about natural hair and soon after, began experimenting with natural hairstyles myself.

    Read On!>>>
    What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioneror a Big Chopper& why?
    I was more of a transitioner in a sense that I stopped getting my hair relaxed years earlier and grew my hair out. However, I was still constantly putting high amounts of heat on my hair every day, so my hair was pretty much fried. When I made the decision to go natural, I gradually over time as my hair would get longer, got frequent trims until the heat damaged hair was completely gone.

    How would you describe your hair?
    My hair pretty much has a mind of its own . Some days it behaves like I want it to and some days it does its own thing. In terms of hair texture I would describe my hair as being a mix of type four hair. On one section of my head I have type 4a hair and in another section it’s type 4b and 4c hair.

    What do you love most about your hair?
    What I love most about my hair is the versatility. One day I can rock my hair in a wash and go, then the next day I’m rocking two-strand twist or a braidout. There’s so many options I can do!

    What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
    The most memorable part of my hair journey is the beginning stage when I decided to go natural. I found it really difficult at times trying to figure out what hairstyle fit me the best, but after a while it got easier as I learned about the things my hair liked and disliked.

    What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’?
    My favorite transitioning hairstyles were braided fro-hawks and twistouts. Even now, I still can’t get enough of a good twistout. Lately, I’ve mostly been into wash n gos, crochet braids, and other protective styles to keep up with my busy college life.

    What have your experiences been as a ‘natural’? Any memorable reactions from family or others?
    I never really had any memorable reactions from family members about me wanting to go natural. They’ve always been supportive for the most part. The people I received the most criticisms from were people I went to school with. They could not fathom why a black girl with so called, “nappy hair” would want to be natural. Thankfully, I never let the ignorant opinions of others sway my decision of being natural. I just gave them something to talk about. Now that I look back all the people who talked about my hair back then, are natural today.

    What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
    When I first went natural I was kind of a product junkie. Over the years, I’ve calmed down my craze for having every new natural hair product that comes out. My motto is less is more, and to just keep it simple. My day to day hair regimen consist of spraying my hair with water for moisture, adding Cantu’s Shea Butter conditioning cream on top of that for added moisture, then following up with my oil mix of olive oil, argan oil, and melted shea butter as a sealant. For my wash days I do the same thing plus, I shampoo with Organix Nourishing Coconut shampoo and follow up with Cantu Shea Butter’s Deep Treatment conditioner, leave that on for about thirty minutes to an hour, and then rinse my hair. Most of the time I only shampoo once a month because it can be very drying to my 4 type hair. Instead, I would use Eden Bodyworks all natural cleansing co-wash weekly to get rid of any build-up I may have.

    What are some of your favorite natural hairwebsites, YouTuber’s, or blogs?
    My favorite natural website is They are really informative and helpful for anyone on a natural hair journey. I also look to YouTube for hair inspiration. Some of my favorite YouTubers are TheChicNatural, Prettydimples01, MyNaturalSistas, Nikkimae2003, Naptural85, and MsVaughnTv just to name a few.

    Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
    Have confidence in everything you do because if you do not believe in you, no one will. There will always be naysayers and critics that have something to say, but at the end of the day how you feel about yourself is what matters the most and all others are null and void.

    Where can people find you for more information?
    I actually just made a YouTube channel this year and my name on YouTube is HeseesEBONY J.
    Instagram: Heseesebony
    Twitter: Heseesebony

    Global Couture is trying to spread the word about embracing your natural hair. Love your HAIR, if it is wavy, curly, kinky or coily. Shop and Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Are you naturally fierce? Email us to share your hair journey at

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    If there is one thing all hair types can agree on, it is this: we crave shine. After all, lustrous hair is associated with healthy hair. Shiny hair is looked at in two parts: the Chroma-Band reveals the color within the hair shaft, and the Shine-Band reflect the light off of the hair's protective coating.

    Principal scientist Dianna Kenneally says "The physics of hair shine is the reflection of light not just off the cuticle, but through your cuticle... The light goes through the cuticle, absorbs the color of your hair, and comes back." 

    Shea & Honey Deep Conditioner
    These two ingredients are miracles when it comes to dry, damaged hair. While the shea acts as a moisturizing base, the honey will seal and coat the hair for more shine and luster than ever. Naturalology offers us a fairly easy and natural, scentful deep conditioning treat for our dull hair.

    You will need 1/4 cup raw shea butter, 2 tablespoons cold pressed Macadamia oil, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

    1. Using a disposable bowl, blend the ingredients into a smooth consistency.
    2. Apply the concoction on damp hair and cover it with a plastic cap.
    3. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
    4. Rinse out with cool water to close the cuticle and promote even more shine.

     Read On!>>>

    Beeswax, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil Pomade
    If you need a styler free of harsh, unnatural chemicals, this homemade pomade styler by The Hippy Homemaker is perfect. The heavy duty beeswax, shea butter, and jojoba oil mix make this pomade is an amazing moisturizer that will last for an updo during the entire work day. An added bonus is that it's a great DIY treat for the man in your life, too.

    You will need 4 tablespoons beeswax, 4 tablespoons shea butter, 4 tablespoons jojoba oil, 2 vitamin E pills

    1. Use a double boiler to melt the shea butter and beeswax. Allow them to sit on the heat for 20 minutes.
    2. Mix the jojoba oil with some arrowroot powder (skip the arrowroot ingredient if your hair needs that extra shine boost).
    3. Remove the shea and wax mix from heat and add your jojoba oil.
    4. With a hand mixer, blend the ingredients until they form into a pudding consistency.
    5. Scoop and place into a container-- preferably a small metal tin.

    Sea Salt Clarifier
    Sea salt is great for degreasing an oily scalp full of build-up. On One Good Thing By Jillee, this DIY hair detox makes her feel a little bit better about using so much hairspray lately, which causes build-up. And of course, it restores the shine back into the hair follicle. Remember, this is not intended for daily use; it can be drying to your scalp.

    You will need coarse sea salt and your favorite mild clarifying shampoo

    1. Mix 3 parts coarse sea salt with 2 parts your favorite clarifying shampoo.
    2. Wash hair with mixture, rinse with cool water to seal the cuticle.

    Egg, Yogurt, & Olive Oil Masque
    In preparation for the hotter weather (just putting that out there into the universe), The Doc N Diva gives us this super hydrating recipe to add strength and moisture to our parched manes. The yogurt in this recipe is meant to condition and cleanse, the olive oil is a natural moisturizer (adding silkiness and shine), and the egg will give our strands a protein boost.

    You will need 1 whole raw egg, fat-free yogurt, olive oil

    1. Add 2-3 teaspoons yogurt, the entire egg, and 2 teaspoons of olive oil to a bowl and mix well.
    2. Apply from root to tip to your hair and scalp.
    3. An hour later, rinse out well and clarify with a shampoo.

    Coconut, Rosemary & Mint Hair Oil Split End Mender
    Rosemary has high antioxidant levels and protect the scalp (or skin) from bacteria entering the follicle. Mint stimulates the senses as well as circulation, making it great for promoting hair growth. The coconut oil is used for one of its many benefits, shine. The great thing about this recipe is that one batch will go a long way. Little Green Dot shares a helpful recipe that can act as both a scalp stimulator for longer hair and a split end mender to hold you over till your next trim.

    You will need a sterile glass jar, cold-pressed unrefined coconut oil, fresh, dried rosemary, and fresh, dried mint

    1. Fill your sterile jar with the fully dried rosemary and mint.
    2. Fill the jar with coconut oil and tightly seal it. Let the ingredients marinate for a couple of weeks.
    3. Strain out the herbs and keep the oil.
    4. Massage onto your scalp and rinse out after 20 minutes, or rub the oil between your fingers and seal your ends.

    What are your favorite recipes (and ingredients) for shiny hair?

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  • 03/12/15--08:29: On The Couch With Theresa

  • When I was a little girl, someone very close to me, told me quite often that I was an ugly duckling.
    "You're an ugly duckling," they would say, "maybe someday you'll grow up and be a swan...don't worry about being pretty like your sisters. You're smart, and that's good too."
    My parents are both Puerto Rican. My father has afro textured hair, my mother has wavy, silky hair. Out of 4 children, three girls and a boy, I am the only one with afro textured hair.

    It was a point of shame my entire life.


    My mother used to take me to a barber when I was little. I was the only girl in the place. My sisters had long pretty braids or curly ponytails swinging as they walked.

    I had a tight fro.

    As I got older, my mother would take me uptown (we lived in Manhattan NYC), to the Dominican Salons. There the ladies would relax my hair and sit me under a dryer for about two hours (a long process), but I had straight hair. I felt kind of pretty like my sisters.

    I was terribly bullied in school. I was short, super skinny, either with an afro or pin straight hair. My nose was large, I wore pink glasses, shy, and I was a book worm. LOL. Not a good combination in an inner city public school setting.

    To put it mildly, my childhood was very painful.

    I faithfully relaxed my hair. As I got older, if I couldn't go to the salon, I would buy a box kit and do it myself. And I still never felt good about myself. Never liked looking at myself in the mirror.

    I moved to Pennsylvania and married. I married a Irishman. We live in Central PA, in a very small town. And wouldn't you know it, every single woman I know is caucasian. There is not one dark skinned, afro textured woman in my world. Not anywhere. It's been very hard for me.

    Back to the hair...

    So spending my entire 20's and early 30's relaxing and processing my hair I began to have severe breakage. My hair was dry, stringy, over processed, over short it was a terrible mess.

    And you know I was getting tired of it.

     Tired of trying to fit in with the people around me. My own children have straight, wavy or soft curls. And I was always determined to look like them. To fit in. Cried many a time in the mirror wishing I had "white hair."

    And I was getting tired of it.

    I started reading about hair on the internet. About self worth. About women....

    And I came across the CurlyNikki's website.

    It was a God send. I read every link you had. I was starving for the freedom to finally understand myself, and accept myself. You spoke about the BC, and the two year Natural Hair Challenge. I started crying. I knew that I was ready. I wanted to love the Woman looking back at me in the mirror, but never knew how.

    So Nikki, I Big Chopped. Took a pair of scissors and then clippers to my head and cut the relaxer off.

    It has not been easy. Far from it. Remember my telling you that I live in a straight hair world? I've had to learn to suck in the tears, and wear my TWA, my TWIST OUTS, and my WASH N GO'S with confidence! I found strength by following the Natural Hair Community on Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

    I'm still the only one I know who looks like me.
    And that's ok...

    Instagram : LATINAG5
    Facebook: Theresa Moran

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  • 03/12/15--08:35: She Always Waits for Me.

  • “You’re a liar. You said you would wear the blue one and you said you would wear your hair down. I’m beginning to think that you just tell me things to shut me up.”

    Read On!>>>
    I step in the front door, kiss my accuser on the cheek and bear hug her to change the subject. Darian doesn't hug me back. A punishment. She looks at me with feigned disapproval but her eyes dance. Her eyes always dance.

    “Fine. I knew we should have met at your place so you couldn’t trick me. Come. Help me pick out accessories.”

    Darian shuts her front door and drags me up the steps to her bedroom. Help me means watch me. We both know that I will not be much help and besides, Darian is a stylist – one of her many hustles – and she makes her own clothing, jewelry and handbags. Accessorizing is her thing. But she loves to include me. That's her thing too.

    We grew up together. Darian and Leah. Never one without the other. I was painfully shy and she was shamelessly expressive. We both wore our hearts on our sleeves but I layered up to cover mine while she craftily embellished hers to draw attention. She had a beautiful soul and she was my person.

    I don’t know what I would have done without her in middle school and especially high school. I was so awkward. Never knew what to say. Always doodling and daydreaming. I had other friends, but Darian was the glue between us. She always included me, dragged me here and there, showered me with love and loyalty. I thought things would ever change, but I should have known better.

    “Okay, so I’ll keep my jewelry simple since my hair is so extra big tonight and my shoes are an outfit all by themselves.” Darian stands in the full length mirror making faces at herself, wiggling up and down, snapping her fingers, feeling herself. I smile wistfully, already missing her.

    She catches my eye in the mirror. “Don’t you start! You’re going to make me cry too. We’re going to have fun tonight. We can cry later.”

    Her going away party. My Darian is moving all the way across the country. What will I do when she’s gone? She’s the only one who really sees me. She sees more in me than I see in myself.

    “What’s the matter, Leah?”

    Damn. Can she hear my thoughts too?

    “Nothing! Can we go? I’m getting sleepy.” I’m not going to make tonight about me. My pity party is already scheduled for the night she leaves.


    The morning after the party, Darian and I sit in her kitchen eating breakfast. Egg whites, turkey bacon, crepes and strawberries. Our ritual. The food tastes bittersweet.

    I can tell she has something on her mind. Her eyes are far away. Still dancing, but somewhere else.

    “OK. What’s on your mind?” I ask.

    She scrunches up her face. “I’m worried about you.”

    “Me? Why?”

    “You’re not happy. I’m not just talking about this move. I’m talking about in general. You hate your job. You’re not interesting in dating or going out or doing anything ever. Nothing excites you. You have to want it, Leah. You have to participate in life. You can’t just expect all the answers to fall into your lap.”

    “Right. Because that only works for you. Everything falls into your lap, Darian.”

    She holds my gaze, but with just a blink, I can tell I hurt her feelings. I wasn’t being fair. Darian puts life and energy into everything she does. She seems to have an endless supply of optimism that remains unshaken throughout life’s ups and downs.

    “I’m sorry.” I put my fork down and think for a minute. She waits for me to gather my thoughts. She always waits for me.

    “You have something I don’t. You see the good in everything, in everyone. Even in the shittiest situations, you manage to find some lesson. I’ve tried so many times to believe and every time, I’m disappointed. I know things don’t just fall into your lap but because you have this positive attitude all the time, things always seem to work out for you. I’m not made that way. I can't help it. I always see the bad in everything.”

    Suddenly, Darian gets up from her stool and lunges at me, hooking her arm around my throat and tackling me off my stool and to the ground. A blur of hair and silk scarves, she pins me down, takes both of my wrists and makes me slap myself with my own hands.

    “GET OFF OF ME!!!! WHAT THE HELL???” She’s small but feisty and she gets in more slaps than I care to admit.

    I finally kick her off of me and wiggle myself away. We sit on the floor huffing and puffing, glaring at each other.

    “You need to slap yourself for that bullshit. I’m tired of it, Leah. Feeling sorry for yourself. Building everyone else up and breaking yourself down over and over and over. What do you mean you tried You haven’t tried. You see the bad because you choose to, because you always have and you don’t want to really, seriously, completely commit to seeing things differently. I thought you would outgrow all of this. We are almost 30 years old! Are you going to be miserable for the rest of your life? If that’s what you want to do, fine. Keep doing the same shit. Keep thinking the same way. Keep looking for every excuse to give up on anything that could bring you some happiness.”

    Darian covers her eyes dramatically and shakes her head back and forth. “I can’t watch. I can’t do it. I’ll be in California and you can come see me when you decide to crawl out from under the covers and start living your life.”

    That's when I catch her eye and I see the truth before she can dance it away.

    “Wait, did you take this job to get away from me?” I don’t know how it didn’t occur to me before. She said she was moving to California because when she settles down to start a family, she wants to be back here on the East Coast. This is her time, she said. She has to do it now.

    It made sense, but underneath it all, I suspected she wanted to get away from me. I'm dead weight. She has so much energy and potential and still she always feels obligated to wait for me. I've been holding her back.

    She looks away. I wait for her to respond. She says nothing.

    Her silence answers my question. We begin to clean up the kitchen, going through the motions, but saying nothing. Within the hour, I am out of her house, in my car, on my way back home. Still no words.

    Sometimes you go into a conversation as one person and come out as another. I shed a layer of skin that day and I had a feeling that it was just the beginning.

    So....what do you think? Would you keep reading to see what happens next?

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  • 03/13/15--02:00: Ebony is Naturally Glam!

    Tell me a little about yourself:Hello, my name is Ebony. I am a 31 year old Army wife and mother of two. I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but thanks to the military, I have been traveling all over the world for the last 10 years.

    How long have you been natural?
    I went natural in 2010.

    Read On!>>>

    What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or Big Chop and why?
    I decided to stop relaxing when I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which made my hair shed and it became really thin and brittle, and relaxers just made it thinner. So I began transitioning, because I wasn’t comfortable with the big chop. I slowly cut off my relaxed ends between each protected style.

    How would you describe your hair?
    My hair is more 4c, a more coarse type. It’s very soft and easy to manage at times.

    What do you love most about your hair?
    I love the fact I don’t have to run from water anymore like I did with the creamy crack. I like that now it’s growing more and is thicker than its ever been.

    What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?
    Most memorable was when my husband came home from deployment for the first time and saw a little afro. It’s been a little bit easy and difficult. Easy because my protective styles holds better. Difficult, because detangling can be a pain.

    What are some of your favorite transitioning styles or current dos?
    I love box braids, tree braids, wigs, bantu knots, and crochet braids.

    What is your hair regimen (including favorite products)?
    I co- wash once a week with As I Am co-wash conditioner. I use vinegar to clean my scalp. I use As I Am shampoo. After washing I use my fingers to detangle, and apply a leave-in conditioner and jamaican black castor oil to moisture. I allow my hair to air dry. I wear my protective styles for 6 weeks. I deep condition between each protective style.

    What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, Youtube, or blogs?
    Before finding Global Couture blog, I would just do random searches on youtube and Google. I’m very happy I found this blog, because I’m learning a lot from these lovely naturals.

    Who is your hair crush?
    Tracee Ellis Ross and Corinna Bailey.


    Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
    I would just say love the skin you’re in, no matter what others think. It took me a long time to be comfortable with my natural look, and I’m still getting there, but I wouldn’t change my journey or turn back.

    Where can people find you for more information?
    Instagram: SewRisky
    Global Couture is trying to spread the word about embracing your natural hair. Love your HAIR, if it is wavy, curly, kinky or coily. Shop and Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Are you naturally fierce? Email us to share your hair journey at

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    Introduce yourself.
    My name is X'ene Sky and I currently live in Houston, Texas although I'll be relocating to Austin in May for Graduate School at UT Austin. I am a classically trained pianist, singer, composer as well as an organizer and activist. I enjoy working with children, reading, painting and yoga.

    How long have you been wearing your hair in its natural state?
    I have been wearing my hair natural my entire life (so 22 years). My mother and father both have dreads, and as a child my hair was not tampered with, but allowed to grow in its natural state.

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    How do you self-identify?
    I identify as a black American. I believe I am one facet of a diaspora of women and men that are not monolithic, but rather come in every shade, hue and size imaginable. I believe my style is one of liberation. Everything I do is radical, from the way I wear my hair, to the way I dress. I believe that my hair is a direct protest of the singular, damaging and Eurocentric beauty standards as well as the respectability politics that black women are so often asked to uphold.

    What (or who) influenced you?
    I am directly influenced by my mother. She has dreads down below her back, and has always been a direct model for a woman who lives fiercely and unapologetically. When I was teased by girls in high school who told me I'd be so "pretty" with "normal" hair, it was she who inspired me to love my unique beauty. I am also deeply influenced by David Hines of the reggae band Steel Pulse, Bob Marley and his son Damian Marley. Their commitment and understanding of dreadlocks as a lifestyle and not a trend inspires me daily.
    Dreads are not worn to be cute or on trend, but are apart of a lifestyle dedicated to revolution and liberation.
    What is the one thing people who live their lives differently than you could understand about your lifestyle?
    I think the one thing I would like to impart is that dreads are indeed a lifestyle. For many people who wear dreads, it is a direct and outward defiance of the status quo. Dreads are not worn to be cute or on trend, but are apart of a lifestyle dedicated to revolution and liberation. When asked how important are his dreadlocks in an interview, Bob Marley said "This is my identity man." An identity that for me and so many other people involves vegetarianism, spiritual exploration, meditation and a commitment to truth.

    Is the term "dreadlocks" offensive to you?
    The term dreadlocks is not offensive to me, because for me it holds no negative connotations. I was blessed to have been raised in a way where I was taught rasta ideals, but also allowed to dye and experiment with my hair and image. However, I do think it is important to distinguish from dreadlocks, which require a journey filled with time and growth, as opposed to a faux style which is usually done for aesthetics.

    What are your thoughts on someone with faux locs as a temporary style (i.e. Zendaya) representing your community?
    I believe Zendaya is beautiful, and that her statements on dreadlocks were filled with good intention. I do believe however, that as a woman with freeform dreads (meaning I have never twisted or undergone any process to form my hair) that she does not speak for me or the community I belong to. Zendaya's hair represents a style, and while her comments where thoughtful, they did not speak to the lifestyle behind the hair. Because wearing dreadlocks with the option to take them out is one experience, but navigating through years of a journey that extends far beyond hair is another. I have love for everyone who chooses to wear a dread inspired look, and I often find them beautiful and daring. I believe that it is important though to distinguish from a hairstyle as opposed to a lifestyle.

    What are your thoughts on the current new wave of the Natural Hair Movement?
    The current new wave of the natural hair movement is interesting to me. I remember vividly being teased for my hair in high school only to be met by those same girls years later who had now gone natural. I think that going natural is a beautiful and brave process that I commend anyone for undertaking. Unfortunately, I think this new natural hair movement is far too focused on a monolithic view of what it means to be natural. Far too often, natural is synonymous for curly, mixed hair. This is not only damaging, but unrealistic.

    What I would like to see in this movement is more of an embrace of women with dreads or fades or afros, hair that is not as "manageable" but is just as natural. Because not all black women have perfectly bouncy curls when they go natural, and perpetuating that image is dangerous.

    How can we keep up with you online?
    You can find me on Twitter @xenesky, IG: @xenesky and Snapchat at @xenesky.

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    Hola Chicas!
    For those of you that are new to CN, Fierce Friday is a way to celebrate our natural hair, displaying our dopest styles and best hair days... for inspiration and motivation. Wanna be featured? All you have to do is upload your favorite pics to Instagram with the tags #FierceFriday and #CurlyNikki. Be sure to share a brief description of the style, where you were headed, why you felt amazing, and thangs of that nature!
    Job well done Ms. Paris @parisroland thank you...we just LOVE our photoshoot make-up #mua !!! #teamnatural @ladysclarke18

    #Funners cause it's Friday!! #teamnatural_ #naturalhairdaily #kinkycurlycoily #KTsdivamom @ktsdivamom

    All i need is some mac lippie and my Fro#fiercefriday #showandtell #curlynikki #naturalhair @gen_gen91

    #pamgrier #70s flow @zion_aug

    Dressed and can't go anywhere.. Thanks Snow @curlswithlove 

    I got stopped in the mall today. A girl thought my hair was #crochetbraids fooled ya! But that's the look I was going for!! @naturalista86

    Thank you to my Crochet Queens who are riding for me @iam.nubian @hairbeenatural @crownedbyd @hairbytess_ bc y'all girl almost let her crown slide but unbothered life is the best life! HAPPY SATURDAY to all my Queens #crochetbraids #PROTECTIVESTYLES @kywill

    #Yolo #purple @gemtrendsetter

    Took my bun down and my hair had the perfect messy fro. I'm loving it so much, too bad its wash day. #naturalhair #messyfro @hello_curly

    Curls are poppin after I did my oil rinse #amazingnaturalhair #curlycurls #curlynikki @trinivixen1127

    Don't let the shrinkage fool you 

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    If I were forced to make a choice of only one hair and body care product to use for the rest of my life, shea butter would be it. Shea butter is a miracle ingredient, and if its uses were tallied up they’d number in the hundreds.

    While there hasn’t been a lot of research to back up many of the claims of shea butter benefits, there is no shortage of folk wisdom and testimonies singing its praises. And really, in a world of cosmetics laden with synthetic ingredients, finding a pure ingredient is a beautiful thing, especially when it happens to be so effective for so many women.

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    Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of African karite trees (Vitellaria paradoxa), a species that grows from Guinea and Senegal to Uganda and South Sudan. Shea butter has long been used for health and cooking in Africa and is also an ingredient in a number of confections, especially chocolate; but its latest role is as the new darling of the beauty world.

    According to the American Shea Butter Institute, the moisturizers in shea butter are the same ones that are produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands, making it one of the best matches for dry skin. After a nice warm bath, I like to apply shea butter to my skin while still damp to lock in the moisture.

    1. Make your hair happy
    Shea butter is used in many hair care products for its ability to seal in moisture, define the curl, condition the scalp, alleviate dandruff, and decrease frizz. The hair butters and creams that work the best in my hair contain shea butter, without a doubt. Try out my DIY shea butter recipe that I use to moisturize my hair.

    You'll Need...
    • 1 container raw shea butter
    • 1 cup pure coconut oil 
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
    • 1/4 cup castor oil
    2. Enhance your kiss
    Shea butter is said to protect and soothe the lips. Apply several times a day and smooch frequently to test its efficacy.

    3. Fade stretch marks
    As a mom of two, stretch marks are what I call my battle wounds. While a lot of people advised me to use cocoa butter to fade my stretch marks, I’ve found much better results by using shea butter. Its abundance of vitamins and healing agents really soothe and rejuvenate the skin.

    4. Repair cracked heels and troublesome cuticles
    If you are suffering from painful cracked heels, shea butter solves the problem. After my shower, I massage shea butter to my feet while still damp to lock in the moisture. For heels that are particularly bad, apply shea butter before bed and slip into cotton socks for the night.

    There are unlimited hair and body recipes with shea butter that you should try and I promise your hair and skin will thank you.  

    How do you use shea butter?

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    She'kia Renea says:

    Sometimes we short-haired naturals wanna fake it until we make it!  This super easy style was done on freshly washed & deep conditioned hair, using Marley braid hair.  Naturals with longer hair can try this style out too!

    Edge Tamer
    Rubber Bands/elastic band
    Marley Braid Hair


    1. Wash & deep condition hair
    2. Section off front of hair, apply edge tamer, gel, then secure with rubber band (elastic bands are better)
    3. Cornrow sides using Marley hair (optional)
    4. Part lower section of hair. Apply gel and edge tamer. Secure with band
    4. Repeat until you have four sections of hair in ponytails or puffs lol.
    5. Add your Marley hair to each section
    6. Style the Marley hair to your liking by securing with bobbi pins.

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    Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey.
    Hola, my name is Michelle and I am a newlywed living in Houston, Texas. I just graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. My father is Liberian and my mother is half Mexican and half Chinese, so I am multiracial and I am fluent in Spanish. I recently started a YouTube channel (NaturallyChea) where I will be spilling all of my hair secrets and tips, and try to inspire other naturally curly girls to embrace their manes.

    How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
    I’ve never permed my hair, but I did suffer from extreme heat damage from straightening my hair everyday during high school. I always loved my curly hair, but I didn’t know how to deal with it. As I mentioned above, my mother is not black so she didn’t really know how to care for or style my hair. I didn’t embrace my natural hair texture until I got to college. That’s where I learned how to manage and care for my hair properly by watching YouTube videos.

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    What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
    I was motivated to put away the flat iron once I noticed my hair started breaking off and thinning. I remember one moment when I went to the salon to get my hair cut and the stylist asked me if I wanted to keep it in layers. I told her I had never cut my hair in layers before, so she picked up a section on the back of my hair that was shorter than the rest. My hair was so fried it began creating its own layers from all the breakage I was experiencing. I told her to chop off all the damaged ends and make my hair even, making it my second Big Chop. After that day, I decided to wear my hair curly and would wear it in a bun the majority of the time and rocked a ponytail piece for over a year.

    How would you describe your hair?
    I would say that my hair is thick and long with a wavy curl pattern. It can be unruly at times and gets tangled pretty easily.

    What do you love most about your hair?
    I love the versatility of my hair! I’m always fascinated by all the different forms and patterns it can take if I brush it one way or style it another way. I also love the thickness of it and how healthy and long it has gotten.

    What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
    The most memorable part of my journey has been learning to control, manage, and properly care for my hair. It has not always been easy, especially dealing with the amount of hair and trying to fight against the terrible Houston humidity. I have enjoyed the process of learning what works best for my hair type. Like I mentioned above, YouTube has pretty much been my savior during my natural hair journey. I learned and grew so much from watching YouTube videos that I wanted to repay it back and share my knowledge with other struggling naturals in hopes that they could learn proper hair care as well.

    What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’?
    My favorite transitioning styles are pretty simple. I feel braids and buns work best when it comes to giving your hair a break. I would say that my favorite style is probably a flat twist out. Who doesn’t love a good, defined twist out?!? I’ve recently become addicted to the curling wand, but of course I always remember to use a heat protectant and try to minimize the usage to keep my hair healthy.

    What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
    I always remember how I would take off my fake ponytail right before the basketball games during high school so that it wouldn’t go flying off in the middle of the game! My teammates and I would always crack jokes in the locker room as I would take it off and put my hair in a bun or side ponytail for the games. My hair is now the same length as that ponytail I would wear! I would say the most memorable reaction I had was when I visiting home from college and my hair was straight and my own mother swore up and down that I had extensions in. She even ran her fingers through my head to make sure I didn’t have on a ‘peluca’ (wig) as she called it!

    What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
    I normally cowash my hair 2-3 times a week and shampoo once a week with sulfate free products because my head tends to sweat a lot when I work out. I love the shampoo and conditioner from L’Oreal’s EverCurl sulfate-free line. I also love the new JBCO line from Shea Moisture, the apple cider vinegar shampoo and leave-in conditioner have been working wonders on my hair! My go to product for twist outs is the Curl Enhancing Smoothie by Shea Moisture. I keep my hair braided or in a bun the majority of the time.

    What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
    I learned a lot from YouTubers AndreasChoice and SunKissAlba. I also enjoy watching LipsticknCurls and Naptural85 and of course has tons of natural hair inspiration and clothes for the stylish naturalista.

    Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
    Enjoy the process and have fun during your natural hair journey. There are tons of hairstyles that will keep you looking fly during your journey. Always remember that PATIENCE is the key because your hair won’t grow overnight. Switching up your styles will make you have a great experience in learning about what works best for your hair texture, and before you know it, you’ll have reached your hair goal. Learn, grow, and share the knowledge!

    Where can people find you for more information?
    You can follow my natural hair page on Instagram @naturallychea and make sure you subscribe to my new YouTube channel (NaturallyChea)

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    Cutting off all your hair can be the stuff nightmares are made of for most women. Despite that fact, more and more women are big chopping to join team natural.

    As they should be! Going natural can be the most exhilarating, and according to many women, the best decision one can make. A little preparation will help to make the journey to natural as smooth as possible. Read on for a few must-haves you'll need in your big chopper arsenal.

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    1. A truck load of products
    Hair products are NOT one size fits all.
    What works for one curly may leave another with terrible tangles. So in order to find what works best for your unique curls to create styles that match your personality you're going to have to experiment.
    The good news is that product experimentation is one of the most fun aspects of being a curly. Most naturals like it so much that they continue to experiment long after they've found what works for them. Plus the good news is that companies are constantly creating new products so there will always be a product to pique your curiosity and fuel your raging product junkyism.

    Having said that if you’re a curly on a budget there are plenty of low cost solutions that will still enable you to experiment; like using one product for multiple purposes (using your conditioner as a deep conditioner or leave- in) or creating some at home mixtures like flaxseed gel that won’t break the bank.

    2. Self confidence
    It's hard to go against the grain and choose to wear your hair in a style that, to this day, many consider unprofessional, unkempt and not fashionable.

    We of course know that natural hair is fabulous but until the rest of society catches up you’re going to need a thick skin. Your self-confidence should never be determined by other people because at the end of the day the only opinion that matters, when it comes to your appearance, is your own.

    3. A good pair of scissors
    This should probably go without saying but your everyday household scissors should never, ever come into contact with your curls because they are too dull. Don't even think about it!

    The dullness of the scissors will cause your hair to be crushed by the blades rather than cut cleanly which can cause split ends. Also since your hair will be so short you might not feel the need to trim for at least a year thus, it’s important that you start your journey with healthy ends.

    Do yourself a favor and invest in some good hair shears and never use them for anything other than cutting hair. (Also threaten anyone in your household with bodily harm if you catch them using your hair shears).

    4. Information
    There are 2 types of big choppers: the successful ones and the ones who inevitably end up going back to relaxing their hair.

    Usually the difference between the two is that the successful big choppers, who went on to grow out their natural hair, did their homework first. The learning curve for many is steep because a lot of us have not seen our natural hair since we were children, thus have no experience dealing with it.
    If you're reading this article then you're already on the path to success!

    5. Accessories
    Good accessories should be in any naturalista’s arsenal, but they are especially important for a newbie.
    When you're starting out it is inevitable that you will have one or two bad hair days. When those days roll around you may not have the luxury of waiting it out away from scrutinizing eyes.

    That’s where your accessories come in. Hats, scarves, clips and bows can all help to either hide your hair or be so fabulous as to act as distractions.

    Cute accessories can be particularly helpful in your TWA stage. When the novelty of short hair wears off and you're stuck with hair too short to really style, accessories can help you fall in love with your hair all over again.

    6. Desire to experiment
    No two curly heads are alike and our regimens are personalized for our curls with their unique personalities. There are so many methods and techniques out there from cowashing, to pre-pooing and heat stretching and they all have their pros and cons.

    When you’re starting out you owe it to your curls to find out what they like and the only way to do that is to experiment. It may be tough at the beginning constantly experimenting but when you do finally settle on your regimen it will be like the heavens have parted and curly haired angels have begun to sing.

    7. Big chop buddy or natural friends
    When you’re making a big life change it’s always nice to have someone in the same boat as you for support who gets it.

    Having a natural friend means you’ll always have someone around to swap products with, engage in a long-winded conversation about all things natural hair and help council you on those days when you're fed up (because they’ve been there).

    But if you don't have any natural haired ladies in your life then look no further than the online natural haired community. Natural hair forums bring together curlies from all around the world to talk about a subject we love so much: our hair!

    Message boards like CurlTalk and are full of curlies who will encourage you, help you with product recommendations and styling, and simply gossip about what’s new and hot in the natural haired world. It's a great way to meet curlies in your area by attending meetups.

    Are there any other things you think should be on a would-be naturalistas to-get list before she does her big chop?

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  • 03/17/15--05:59: Judith Is Naturally Glam!

  • Tell me about yourself!
    I’m a 33 year old wife and mother of two beautiful boys.  I’m an artist who works mainly in acrylics and charcoal doing large, abstract, expressive, paintings with an urban feel. I’m also passionate about health and natural living and I'm a little bit of a DIY freak.


    Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
    I have worn my hair natural for most of my life.  I got a really bad relaxer once in high school that caused a LOT of breakage and I’ve never chemically straightened it again.  I have colored my hair on many occasions, although not in the past several years.  I definitely Big Chopped, but not because of damage or anything.  My hair was waist length when straight and I decided I wanted to be a little funky and shave it all off.  I cried. Lol! But I had very short hair up until about 5 years ago when I started growing it out again.

    Had you always embraced your texture?
    I grew up in a predominately white area so my sister and I were some of the very few ‘ethnic’ folks in town.  As a kid I always wanted straight red hair and was very jealous of the girls who it seemed didn’t have to do a thing and their hair was “perfect.”  My mother (who is white) always told me my curls were beautiful and that the girls who made fun of my frizz were just jealous.  I didn’t truly begin to love my texture until I was in college and I’m absolutely in love with it now.

    How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them? 
    My family and friends were used to seeing me with my natural hair so it was no big shock or anything and my husband has always loved my natural hair.  There have been a few looks when I am conditioning with something I’ve made or adding some unique ingredients to my body products, but they’ve always been supportive.  I think the biggest shock to my family and friends was when I decided in college to shave it all off!

    Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
    My hair is very very fine and thin.  I’m not sure on porosity, but my hair takes products very well and is easy to saturate with water.  People assume I have a ton of hair, but I’ve figured out how to keep my hair moisturized without a lot of heavy products, so I get a lot of volume as it dries!

    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
    As I mentioned before, shaving off waist length hair was pretty crazy.  I’ve also worn it in a Mohawk, a Chelsea Girl, and every color of the rainbow.

    What’s your biggest hair related regret?
    My biggest regret is not embracing my hair’s unique beauty earlier and not focusing on the health of my hair sooner.

    What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
    I LOVE Shea Moisture products especially the Curl and Shine line, but as I said before, I’m a DIY freak.  I make my own conditioners, pre-poos, and deep conditioners.  I wet my hair just about everyday.  I WASH my hair once or twice a week depending on if I’ve used a lot of products or not.  I condition each time I wash and I deep condition once or twice a month.

    What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
    If I’m not going anywhere you can usually find me with my hair in two twists with my homemade oil blend keeping things smooth.  If I’m heading out somewhere, I love a big wash n go or a set of Mickey Mouse buns!  I LOVE Naptural85, but I get a lot of inspiration from HeyFranHey because our hair is similar.  As for hair advice, stories, and fashion, it’s CurlyNikki all the way.

    Who is your curl crush?
    Solange, HeyFranHey, Naptural85

    How do you maintain your hair at night?
    I put my smoothing oil on and twist into two big twists.  I know it’s “bad” or whatever, but I don’t wrap or cover it, and I don’t have a fancy pillowcase either. Cringe. I know!

    How do you maintain healthy length?
    Head massage and clipping off any length that is NOT healthy.  I’d rather cut a little than break a lot.

    What's the best thing about being natural?
    The best thing is that it’s embracing my whole natural self.  It sends a message to other women and girls (especially my gorgeous nieces) that we are each uniquely beautiful and all of our hair is “good.”

    Where can folks find you on the web?
    My facebook is:
    My Tumbler is:
    My twitter is: @JudithAdanma or @Goodjujulife
    My Instagram is:
    My website is:

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    by Kanisha Parks of

    Stretching natural hair has a variety of benefits: it prepares the hair for other styles, allows you to see your length, and can make for an easier detangling session. One of the quickest and most common ways to stretch hair is by simply blow drying all of your hair, but there are many ways to stretch your hair without resorting to this. Here are a few techniques that can be done on wet or dry hair to get your hair stretched out naturally and easily:
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    1. Buns:
    Simply divide your hair into two sections, twist your hair in on itself, and bun it up. Secure with a ponytail holder.
    2. Banding:
    To band your hair, section it off and wrap a ponytail holder around the first section. Continue to place ponytail holders down the hair shaft, spacing them out a bit in order to let the hair “breathe.” Doing this elongates your hair and will result in a bomb faux blowout!

    3. Pineapple:
    Flip your hair up into a high ponytail and secure with a clip or ponytail holder. Doing this stretches out the roots of your hair and is great to do overnight.
    4. Set, then separate:
    Install a style that will stretch your hair such as braids, twists, flexi rods, curlformers, or rollers in your hair. For braids/twists, the amount will depend on your length but typically, anywhere from 2-8 braids is sufficient. If you have tightly curled hair, braids will produce a better stretch than twists will. If you choose to install a roller of some sort and want maximum stretch, wrap your hair after taking them down and wear a scarf overnight.
    5. Blow dry your roots:
    Make sure to do this on a cool setting. Simply pull a section of hair taut and blow dry your roots, using the nozzle end on your blowdryer. This will provide instant stretch if you’re pressed for time. This is called the tension method.

    How do you stretch your hair?

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    Tell us a little about yourself and your hair journey.
    My name is Tameika Gregory from Greenville, NC. I am the owner of ReZilient Creations.  I've also been employed with Vidant Medical Center for 10 years. I am an East Carolina University Alumni with dual degrees in Health Information Management and Health Service Management. I am also a University of Phoenix Alumni with a Master's in Health Administration. I have three children; 2 girls and one boy. They are 11,10, and 8 months.  I also have a wonderful husband.

    How long have you been natural?
    I have been natural for 2.5 years and I'm never looking back to the creamy crack.

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    What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
    I was looking at how unhealthy my hair was with the relaxer. Seeing the thinning in my hair was the last straw. I wanted to be happy to look in the mirror and see my hair the way it was before my perm days. I was a big chopper. At first, I was afraid to cut my hair for what others may think of it, but was tired of the sew-ins and the headaches that came with it, and so I handed one of my sorors the scissors and told her to cut away.

    How would you describe your hair?
    I would say that my hair is maybe between 4b and 4c. It is very full and thick. It drinks up oils, water, and moisturizers, but I love that my hair has a mind of its own.

    What do you love most about your hair?
    I love how well my hair does with twistouts and braidouts. I also love how it is able to bounce back and how it's healthier than it’s ever been.

    What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
    The most memorable part of my journey would be from how far I have come. I started from short, spiky hair to having my hair go past my shoulders in a two year period. Looking back in previous pictures, I can really see the progress. It has been both a difficult and easy journey. Difficult because to this day, I still have difficulties trying to do flat twists or particular hair styles on my hair with no success, but easy because I can easily do a twistout and make it look like a 5 second job.

    What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’ ?
    My favorite styles would be the pompadour styles, flat twist updo’s, my twistouts and bantu knotouts. These are the styles you would most likely see me rock on a daily basis.

    What have your experiences been as a ‘natural’? Any memorable reactions from family or others?
    Some of my family members and friends were doubtful of me in the beginning and didn’t think I would be able to pull it off. They wanted me to slap the perm in my hair asap, but now they have seen the progress, how great it looks, and how healthy it is. They have complimented me so many times, some have even transitioned and/or become natural just from seeing my outcome. I haven’t received any negative comments since my beginning stage.

     What is your hair regimen ?
    My hair regimen is primarily water, oils, and moisturizer daily. Favorite products– ecostyler gel, Miss Jessie’s Leave-in conditioner, Cantu Moisturizer, castor oil, etc.

    What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
    Adeea Rogers, Natural Hair Daily, My Natural Sistas and Nikkimae2003 to name a few.

    Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
    With not only being natural but with other things or situations you may be trying to overcome or see progress, understand it takes time and patience. Never rush what will become beautiful with the time needed to accomplish the finish product.

    Where can people find you for more information?
    Instagram: Iam_R3Zilient
    Twitter: Iam_R3Zilient
    Facebook: Tameika ReZilient Gregory
    Youtube: IamReZilient

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    by Michelle of FineNaturalHairAndFaith

    One of the biggest challenges of having fine natural hair (or just fine hair in general) is styling it in a way that looks full and voluminous. Then, there may be concerns over maintaining one’s length.

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    When looking to achieve length and/or density, you have to look at each goal separately but also jointly. Fine hair needs to be cared for a little bit more meticulously than someone with thicker and/or more dense hair.

    Your density is what determines the fullness of your hair. It has less to do with the fineness of the individual strands. When it’s not understood that you can have a head full of individual fine hairs, you can be scoffed at for saying you have “thin hair.” Yet you can absolutely have thick (high density), fine hair.

    'Hair density is the amount of hair strands on the head. Generally, it is measured by counting the number of hair strands found in one square inch (2.5cm) of scalp. When a stylist tells you that you have thick hair, it is high density he/she is describing.

    Generally, the classifications of hair density are thin, medium, and thick, and are unrelated to the texture of the hair. The average head has approximately 2,200 strands of hair per square inch, and a total of approximately 100,000 hairs.'-hairfinder

    It would be just wrong to talk about the number of hairs on your head without saying a little something about shedding. Shedding is a normal process of releasing a hair follicle from the scalp once it’s reached the end of its life cycle. An average person sheds anywhere from 50-100 hairs per day.

    If you find that you are shedding above the norm and you have no diagnosed health issues, here’s a few things to take a look it:
    • The ingredients in your hair products (natural and chemical – you can be allergic to either)
    • Are you stressing your hair with tight hair styles?
    • Nutritional intake
    • Vitamin/Mineral Deficiencies or Over consumption
    Stress levels
    Assuming your shedding rate is normal, how do you then increase the density of your fine hair? That’s the bad news. You can’t. It’s genetic.

    The good news is that while you can not increase your hair’s density, you can increase the thickness of the individual strands (somewhat). Substances like protein and henna are key to bulking up fine strands. As a fellow fine haired natural, I apply protein treatments to my hair biweekly, full strength henna applications bimonthly and henna tea sprays multiple times per week (thanks to Curly Proverbz on Youtube).

    For someone without fine hair, that may seem like a bit much. Yet, if your hair IS fine, you will recognize that your strands will love the extra support :-)

    That brings me to the next area of maintenance. Length.

    Fine natural hair has challenges with maintaining length due to its fragility. I’ve written a number of posts on length retention which I will link below. There are multiple hair practices that can be adopted but when it comes to maintaining your length, what you do to maintain your fine hair’s “weight,” will help you to also maintain its length.

    How you handle your hair day to day will also determine how much length you retain. Here are the articles I referenced above:

    If length retention isn’t a big concern for you, and all you care about is density, follow the tips recommended to support your hair’s strength but then consider getting a haircut that will give you the appearance of even more volume. Naturally curly hair can look quite voluminous when shaped in a manner that includes layers. It just depends on what you are looking to achieve.

    Regardless of your length and density, giving your hair the love and support it needs consistently will eventually reflect the most beautiful head of hair you were destined to have. Long gone are the days of wanting somebody else’s head of hair. Let’s love what we were born with. Love + Nurturing = A Great Head of Hair ;-)

    How do you maintain your fine, natural hair?

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    by Yolanda Renee @etcblogmag

    Are you looking for a staple oil with a plethora of benefits? Then look no further, sweet almond oil is here to save the day. It's a carrier oil which is very similar to coconut oil; both are great sealants for deep moisture.

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    There are also tons of fatty acids in this oil which gives it the power to penetrate your strands and adds moisture beyond the surface. Spraying a spritz that contains the sweet almond oil is recommended. If you do want to use it directly on your scalp, do so the day before washing... almost like a pre-poo. Another option is to use it as a deep conditioner that you will rinse out after 15-30 minutes. That way you can get all the benefits, but during the wash and you'll rinse some of it away to eliminate over saturation. Rule of thumb, too much of a good thing can be very bad. Here's a quick recipe for your strands which includes sweet almond oil:

    After using sweet almond oil for awhile you will notice your hair is more shiny and frizz free. Being frizz free will eliminate breakage, which in turn allows you to retain length. Speaking of length, if you love using castor oil but hate the smell you can also use sweet almond oil to tone down the burnt scent. This combo will increase hair growth and eliminate hair loss at the same time. Even the use of almond oil alone is known to promote growth because of the protein content. Add a scalp massage to the mix and your scalp and strands will love you forever!

    Have split ends? You can add equal portions of sweet almond and olive oils to heal split ends. Who knew? Right. Try it out and you may be able to skip that trim next month! There are so many ways you can use sweet almond oil. The possibilities are endless; some people are against using oils as a heat protectant however, its known that if you use the oil on your hair while its wet or damp it can protect your hair from heat styling too.

    Finally, there are lots of vitamins and nutrients packed in sweet almond oil- vitamins A, B1, B6, E, magnesium and protein. So if you are ready to have healthy, shiny hair with no split ends...this is the oil for you!


    How do you use sweet almond oil in your routine?

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    “My face is too fat” and “My head is too big” are all things we hear from women who are hesitant to big chop or get a haircut. CurlyNikki is all about equipping women with educational tools that allow them to make educated choices and exercise their options, so when I saw Pure Estrogen’s DIY big chop crochet tutorial I was more than excited to share. Women have been faking length, texture, and locs for years so why not fake a big chop? Most of the DIY short-haired wigs on YouTube are with curly and wavy textures and now here’s one with afro-textured hair. Not quite sure or ready to big chop? Make your own wig!

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    This wig is perfect for transitioners! Depending on the length of your relaxed hair and the curl pattern of your natural texture, transitioning can become increasingly challenging to maintain as your hair grows. Pure Estrogen’s DIY big chop crochet braids tutorial is a great option for transitioners for multiple reasons:
    • Low price
    • Low manipulation
    • Try different cuts (e.g. tapered)
    • Experiment with color using hair chalk
    • Gives you more time to brush up on your hair care literature and YouTube videos
    • Rock a texture more similar to your curl pattern. Of course you will never be sure of your curl pattern until you sever the relaxed or heat damaged ends, but a 4a is far more similar to a 4c than a 3a.
    • Gives you an idea of how your hair will look if it is prone to major shrinkage. This is important because oftentimes the main reason people transition is to avoid the drastic shock of a shorter length. Everyone's hair grows differently; it either grows out or down and you never know until you make that cut.
    What you’ll need

    Pre-wig hair care tips

    1. Thoroughly cleanse your scalp with a gentle, clarifying shampoo, and follow up with a deep conditioning treatment, especially if you do not wash your hair weekly.
    2. Make sure your hair has completely dried before putting on the wig. You do not want to create an environment for fungus and other bacteria.
    3. Cornrow your hair with a rich moisturizer and/or butter to prevent brittleness that usually results in breakage.
    4. Remove the wig nightly or when at home to ensure that your scalp is able to breathe.
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