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With the best articles on caring for natural hair, Curly Nikki is your source for inspiration and advice. Find out about the latest styles and trends today!

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     by Kanisha of BlackNaps.org

    Curls are all the rage during the summer: big, bouncy curls, “Gone With the Wind Fabulous” curls, curls that go “boing,” and many more! It can be super fun manipulating your natural hair texture to create different looking curls. Plus, they’re versatile and can be attained on any hair type.

    We’ve got three very cute hairstyles for summer that won’t require any heat and can definitely be maintained throughout the week.

    Read On!>>>

    Before styling, make sure you thoroughly detangle your hair. This will help cut down on your styling time tremendously because your hair will already be prepped and ready to be styled before you officially get started. Also, take your time and make sure the hair is completely dry before taking it down and stepping out. You want to do everything possible to keep the humidity from ruining your hair in a matter of seconds!

    1. Heatless Curls on Flat Ironed Hair
    This style can also be achieved on hair that has been stretched without heat.


    2. Flexi Rod Set with Added Extensions
    Extensions are a great way to give you hair a nice change that won’t cause any damage but will add length and/or thickness and volume.

    3. Sexy Summer Spirals Created with Flexi Rods
    Yes, flexi rods are super versatile! This style is flawlessly flirty and could last you up to two weeks depending on maintenance and of course, Mother Nature!

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    Taneica of ShatterProofGlassDolls writes:
    With warm weather comes tons of spring/summer events. From graduation, to baby showers, to weddings, many of us are booked up until September at the earliest! I'd like to share with you one of my favorite updo hairstyles, with my FAVE hair accessory, the banana clip. The banana clip doesn't get as much love at it used to back in the day, because they simply don't make them as sturdy as they used to (though you can find sturdier ones online), and also, most people just think they're old fashion. The look that I'm gonna show you is super current, super chic, super fast, and super easy! Enjoy!

    Watch Now!>>>





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  • 06/18/15--06:19: Tips for Softer Summer Curls


  • Let's face it -- no one ever in the history of hair has gone on record raving about the having luxurious, parched tresses.

    Dry, crunchy, crispy hair isn't cute.

    I'm not talking about gel casts from styling products that you can easily scrunch out with a dab of oil or serum, I'm talking about inherently dry, dehydrated, borderline tumbleweed hair. With summer in full swing, soft hair is a must. Check out these 6 tips for super soft hair this summer:

    Read On!>>>
    1. Drink Water
    If you have chronically dry hair, your products may not always be to blame. Do you drink enough water? One of the keys to shiny, healthy, soft, and strong hair is drinking water. If your hair is dull, brittle, and prone to breakage, think about this -- how much water do you consume daily? Chances are, with the barrage of beverage options out there, you're not getting enough. Your hair shafts are comprised of about 25% water. Let's do some quick math here... If you're dehydrated (not drinking enough water), you increase your chances of hair breakage by oh... 25%? I don't know about you, but I can't take those chances. So drink up. Some sources say drink 64 ounces a day (approximately 4 "regular" sized bottles), while others say drink half, or double your body weight. My advice? Whatever you currently drink, double it every week or so until you reach an amount that is comfortable for you. Your hair, skin, and insides will thank you.

    2. Pre-Poo Power
    When naturally curly girls start cutting regimen corners, one of the first things to go is the pre-poo. Whether it be because the idea of walking around with an oily bun or shower cap over a beanie is unappealing, or simply because there's a shortage on time. But a pre-poo treatment is essential to soft hair. Pre-shampoo treatments prime the hair for cleansing by softening, strengthening, and making detangling easier. They also prevent cleansing products from robbing the hair of critical moisture. The best thing about pre-pooing? You can do it on your own terms. Coconut oil, argan oil blends, conditioners, and even your own DIY blends can be used to prep the hair for wash day. My new favorite combo? Click here to check i

    t out.

    3. Cowashing Isn't Everything
    Although we naturals love cowashing, every once in a while we need to break out the shampoo. One of my favorite reasons is summed up quite efficiently by Jc of The Natural Haven: "In the grand scheme of things, shampoo will remove more oil and dirt than conditioner, conditioner will remove more oil and dirt than using plain water." While cowashing is a great alternative to always using shampoo, it doesn't quite get all the buildup and eventually, your hair will not respond the same way to the cowash (due to buildup). Additionally, shampooing makes your conditioners work better. The general idea is that hair carries a slightly negative charge that is enhanced by use of a shampoo with a negative charge. Conditioner has a positive charge, and we all know that opposites attract. The ingredients in regular and deep conditioners are designed to stick to the hair, smooth the cuticle, and fill in chipped areas. This functionality and improved softness is enhanced with the use of shampoo.

    4. Be a Steam Queen
    Steaming is a great way to get super soft hair, regardless of texture or type.
    Steaming the hair gently lifts the cuticle and allows the warm water to penetrate the hair, hydrating it thoroughly. Hydrated hair is soft hair, and soft hair maintains a proper moisture balance provides optimal elasticity. Steam treatments can be done on wash days, mid-week, before, during, or after deep conditioning. They're convenient and easy to do. Depending on your budget, you can spring for a tabletop steamer like the ever popular Huetiful, or grab my personal favorite, the handheld Q-Redew. You can also get your steam on for free by letting your hair hang loose during your next shower, or spritzing it with water and covering with a plastic cap (or Target bag) and sitting under a dryer, or using a blow dryer attachment to put indirect heat on your head that will cause steam.

    5. Kick Deep Conditioning into Overdrive
    Do you deep condition every time you wash your hair? If you don't, you should. It's the single piece of advice that unites all naturals, regardless of regimen and hair type. Deep conditioning does a mane good, in terms of getting super soft, hydrated, strong, and moisturized hair.

    6. Layer Products Properly (and always use a leave-in)
    The first step in maintaining moisture and hydration is using a leave-in.
    LOC, LCO, LCB, LOB, ABCDEFGHIJK..... The acronyms that are meant to guide you in layering products are often more confusing than helpful. But the way you layer your products can mean the difference between soft, hydrated hair and a crispy mess.

    Generally speaking, the first step in maintaining moisture and hydration is using a leave-in. Whether it be extra conditioner (like Aussie Moist), or a product formulated specifically to be a leave-in, having a product that is a water-based mixture of fatty alcohols, emollients, and humectants is the first line of defense in maintaining soft hair during styling.

    After your leave-in should come a moisturizing product, like a hair lotion, or moisture butter blend (also water-based). This product will help lock in the hydration from your leave-in, and prime your hair for styling. If your hair responds well to pure oils and butter, sealing after this with an oil or butter of your choice is a great next step. After that, your hair is primed for whatever styling product you choose.

    How do you keep your curls soft for summer? 

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  • 06/18/15--08:56: Nikki Is Naturally Glam!

  • My name is Nikki.  I have a style blog and I have pretty awesome natural hair! This is the second time I've been natural. I have been natural for nearly 2 years. I'd been natural over 7 years before I relaxed in 2013. I hadn't been relaxed a whole year before I decided to chop it all off and start over.

    What was your journey like?
    I’m on my second journey as a naturalista—I big chopped both times and I think the difference between this time and the first is that I have more help! I’m not a DIY kinda gal, so all the YouTube videos and tutorials really weren’t for me. I’d try something and fail miserably and it was disheartening. That’s part of why I relaxed it after 7 years, but when I found a good stylist I felt comfortable and competent enough to start over. With my second chop, I wore braids and Havana twists for 3 months at a time until it got to a length I could work with.

    READ MORE>>



    Had you always embraced your texture?
    I always thought my texture was just thick because that’s all I’ve ever heard my entire life—relaxed or not. I just figured that’s what it was and that’s what it’ll be, so deal with it.

    How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? 
    No, no, no, no, no, no, and NO! LOL I’ve always had long and thick hair and for me to cut it all off to a TWA, I might as well had been dead to some people. Even as I grew it out, I’d get negative criticism from my family wanting me to straighten it. To this day, I still get asked why I don’t straighten my hair. It’s my hair on my head and I have to deal with it. Love it or hate it, it’s me and it’s not going to change unless I decide to do it. So, all anyone can do is live with it because it’s not going anywhere ☺

    Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
    My hair is super thick and probably highly porous

    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair? 
    The craziest thing I’ve ever done aside from the big chop was probably coloring it myself—it was supposed to be honey blonde, but it was so over processed that it looked orange. LOL. That lead to my first big chop.


    What’s your biggest hair related regret?
    My biggest hair related regret right now is relaxing after 7 years of being natural. I got frustrated and bored and instead of finding someone to give it some TLC, I took the easy way out. If I could do it all again, I’d stay the course and be stronger.

    What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
    My hair routine is simple. I think my hair responds very well to SheaMoisture products so that’s all I use really. I wash every 2-3 weeks at the with the Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo, condition with Raw Shea Butter restorative conditioner. I use the Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave-in conditioner and maybe a little coconut oil to twist and air dry. After a day or two, I’ll go back and use the Coconut & Hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie to add more moisture and make my twist out fluffier

    What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
    I don’t really have a favorite hairstyle, I just know twist outs work for me so that’s what I stick with. My hair and my personality really meld so when I get dressed in the morning my hair just goes with my outfit.

    Who is your curl crush?
    SOLANGE! I LOVE HER! Wig or no wig, she’s IT for me! And every other carefree curly black girl out there unapologetically being herself.

    How do you maintain your hair at night?
    I twist my hair every night, but as it gets older, I don’t twist it very tight. I twist enough to keep it together so it doesn’t unravel, but not so tight that it’s hard to unravel in the morning. I sleep in a satin bonnet and I also have a satin pillowcase for the edges that don’t get covered by the bonnet

    How do you maintain healthy length?
    I try to keep my hair moisturized with a big focus on my ends, but I’m not perfect and I get lazy and I forget sometimes. But, that’s all that I really do.

    What's the best thing about being natural?
    The best thing about being natural is the freedom I feel from letting my hair do whatever it wants!

    Where can folks find you on the web?
    I’m building my style blog www.lookfabulessblog.wordpress.com where I discuss wardrobe building and looking stylish on a budget and offer personal styling and shopping services; but I can always be found on twitter @NikkiFabulous and instagram: Nikki_Freakin_Fab


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     by GG of AllTheManyLayers


    Life is O V E R W H E L M I N G when you don't feel free to be yourself.

    When your imagination is suppressed, and your creative E N E R G Y becomes anxiety.

    Pretending to be U N B O T H E R E D, when inside you're crumbling.

    Feeling out of place and M I S U N D E R S T O O D,  not knowing how to find your path.

    In your heart you know who you are, but your mind throbs with D O U B T.

    Wondering if something is W R O N G with you because you feel so deeply,  T W I S T E D because you see from a different angle,  B R O K E N because you feel incomplete.

    S E A R C H I N G for the words that are just beyond your reach.

    Wanting to make P E A C E with who you are, express yourself without F E A R, and use your most natural instincts to make a  D I F F E R E N C E..

    But that voice inside keeps saying your possibilities are I M P O S S I B L E.

    Read On!>>>


    Life is C O N F U S I N G when you don't understand your fears and desires.

    When your G O A L S are based on other people's expectations.

    Becoming unhappy, unfulfilled, and U N F A M I L I A R with yourself.

    Knowing that  S E L F - D I S C O V E R Y is your key but afraid to open the door.

    Pretending to have it all T O G E T H E R, when you don't.

    Wanting to fall A P A R T, when you think you can't.

    Surviving without P U R P O S E, speaking without V O I C E.

    Knowing there is more, there's got to be M O R E.

    The light gets in and you feel H O P E.

    The walls close in and you feel T R A P P E D.


    When you're more S E N S I T I V E than you'd like to admit.

    Life carries on around you, and your pain keeps S W A L L O W I N G itself.

    Afraid of making a S O U N D, starting a W A V E, getting in the way.

    Your H E A R T, always distracting.  Your M I N D, always doubting.

    Unaware of your P O W E R, fighting against yourself.

    Choose the J O U R N E Y, not the R E S I S T A N C E.

    Choose the way you are, over the way they T H I N K you should be.

    Don't H I D E, don't P R E T E N D, don't C L O S E yourself.

    Instead of swallowing your feelings, S T U D Y them.

    Instead of apologizing, A R T I C U L A T E.

    Recognize your G I F T S and use them.

    Arm yourself with S E L F - A W A R E N E S S, and fill yourself with F A I T H.

    V A L U E yourself, B E yourself, L O V E yourself.

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    Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
    My name is Erica Julia Mansfield. I am Nigerian and Russian, and I live in Surrey.

    How long have you been natural?
    I've always been natural.  I didn’t appreciate the beauty of my curls until I was about 13. I wanted to chemically straighten my hair for ages, but I’m glad I didn’t.


    Read On!>>>
    What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
    I shaved half my hair in 2011, out of pure madness. I loved that style, but I wouldn’t do it again. Taking time out to get hair cuts at male barbers was quite awkward and nearly as tiring as dealing with a full head of hair.

    How would you describe your hair?
    It’s real conversation starter, full of life, and untamed!

    What do you love most about your hair?
    I love that I can wear it in the same style and it always looks different. There’s such a variety of things I can do with it.


    What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
    I most memorable part of my journey would probably the colour changes I’ve had. I’ve had green, pink and purple. I’m surprised that I still have hair left. It’s definitely not the easiest of hair types to deal with, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    What are some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’ ?
    I really love the simple hair styles. Having it in a messy bun is so easy to do, yet still looks tidy. I love to wear my hair down too.

    What have your experiences been as a ‘natural’? Any memorable reactions from family or others?
    Everyone loves my hair natural. They’re all shocked when I straighten it because I look like a different person. Everyone was shocked when I first shaved of the side of my hair because they loved the curls so much. The different hair colours got a lot of attention too.




    What is your hair regimen?
    I hardly ever use shampoo and I always use leave-in conditioner. It keeps my curls so defined. Usually, I use Aussie because it smells so good deep conditioner is really great for keeping my hair soft too. Once its washed, I comb it through and just leave it to dry. I use Morrocan Argan oil once its dried.

    What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
    I don’t look at websites because my hair doesn’t ever want to cooperate with other peoples advice. lol


    Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
    Embrace the beauty of your natural hair and get it cut frequently. This is one piece of advice that I need to start taking.

    Global Couture is trying to spread the word about embracing your natural hair. Love your HAIR, if it is wavy, curly, kinky or coily.
    Are you naturally fierce? Email us to share your hair journey at globalcouture@aol.com

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    Hola Chicas,

    I'm giving away 6 Conditioning Baskets(worth ~$90 each) this month (June 2015) to question askers and answerers!

    If you see a curly-in-need who has asked a question under a post, answer it! If you are a curly who has a question that needs an answer, ask it! Not under this post, on all the posts! 

    The first three baskets will go to the three curlies with the highest number of posts this month (6/1-6/30, comments from previous months don't count) and the next three will go to three randomly selected commenters.  Past winners are eligible!

    Which posts/articles count for the contest? All of them!  Good luck!

    *contest ends June 30, 2015 at 5pm EST*

    *Please only post comments that spark conversation and further discussion. Free products are EVERYTHING but this is really about strengthening our community and helping other naturals!*

    Later Gators,
    Nik

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    Summer is here! It’s time to stow away our sweaters and boots and bring out the sundresses and flip-flops. And for some, it’s time to pack up products containing glycerin, due to the heat and humidity. Here are some Glycerin-Free Hair Products that can help you this summer.

    Oyin Handmade Hair Dew
    A leave-in conditioner that is creamy, light weight, and great for refreshing curls. This leave-in conditioner is even moisturizing enough to use on the hair by itself! But as always, seal your hair to protect those curls.

    Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker

    Looking for a curl definer to use after wash and go’s? This product will leave your curls defined and soft. If you don’t like curl definers that leave your curls hard and crunchy, this would be a great product for you to try.

    Curl Junkie Curls in a Bottle
    This lightweight curl definer will not only keep your curls popping, but it's orange creamsicle scent will also take you back to memory lane of your childhood ice cream truck memories. This product will help eliminate frizz and it’s great for everyday use.

    Darcy's Botanicals Organic Coconut Butter Pomade
    Are your curls looking a little dull? This pomade is great for adding shine to hair. It’s a great product to keep your curls moisturized and healthy. It’s also a great option for curlies who prefer organic hair products.

    Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse
    This mousse is lightweight and will define your curls. It adds moisture and sheen to hair. If you have a tighter curl pattern, try applying a leave in conditioner before applying this mousse for more defined curls.

    As I Am Moisture Milk
    This product can be used to help hydrate dull hair and to help manage hair during the week, whether if  it’s to maintain frizz-free hair or detangled hair. Your curls will be soft and shiny.

    Eden BodyWorks All Natural Hair Balm
    EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Hair Balm will keep your hair soft and lock in moisture. The tropical scent is pleasant and perfect for summer.

    Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Knot Today is a leave-in conditioner that is great for detangling for all curl types. This leave-in conditioner has slip and will help your detangling session.

    SheaMoisture Curl & Style Milk
    The Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk is a great styling product for thick, curly hair. This product contains coconut and neem oil, which contributes to hydrating and shiny hair.

    MyHoneyChild Twist Out

    This cream is thick, hydrating, and will help create defined and fierce twist outs. Apply before styling and also applyon fingers while taking down twist outs.

    Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter

    The twisting butter will moisturize hair and help with defined twist outs. The smell is also yummy and will make you love it even more!

    Karen's Body Beautiful Hold It Hair Gel

    This gel has hold without the hard, crunch after effect. This is great if you want to maintain smooth edges, especially for updo styles and afro puffs.

    Jessicurl Spiralicious Styling Gel
    All about damage control or rather damage repair, this penetrating reconstructor claims to get your shiny strong hair back with noticeable health and improved strength. 


    CN Says:
    Hey hey!  So, for those of you wanting a bit more info about humidity, dew points and glycerin, check out these articles!

    Also, I recently revisited Kinky Curly's Knot Today (purchased from Target) and while I received amazing definition and moisture, my hair looked ashy and dry when it dried and my scalp was ridiculously itchy. It's a 'no' for me. I also tried Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai (purchased from Target at your request!) and I love the consistency, moisture and definition but it has ZERO hold.  #ThatIsAll

    What are your favorite glycerin free stylers?

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    Hola Chicas!
    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, etc.!
    When you catch your good days with endless selfies... @shesomeek

    When your client is so gorgeous that you want her to stay and have a legit photoshoot thank you @kywill


    6th day old twist out Thought I'll take one last selfie before doing my conditioner rinse tomorrow. Still super shiny! @sheamoisture4u always leaves my hair super soft and shiny. #buttercurls @butter_curls

    Happy Friday! I found a new green juice spot. Bout to go check it out *wiggles toes* @iriediva


    #washngo #naturalhairstyles #naturalshesdope #curlynatural #lgcurls #curlsbythepoun #curls #fiercefriday @gen_gen91


    #FierceFriday #curlynikki #marleytwists #marley #twists #AtlantaGA #Atlanta #GA #stonemountain @knitra1980



    Stay humble and always smile. @ _cebelamour_


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    by Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness

    As the weather gets warmer naturals are finally letting go of their protective styles and being free with their hair. Wash n’ gos, twist outs, braid outs, bantu knots outs – you name it, it’s out!

    And while we’ve done away with our winter hibernation styles and embraced the freedom of summer, there is a common issue that seems to come up time and time again.

    Another “F” word that for some is not the desired style. That word is FRIZZ.

    Read On!>>>
    Now for some of you frizzy hair may not bother you and you embrace it fully. I’m one of those naturals who loves to see what my style morphs into from one day to the next if I leave my hair alone. And towards the end of the wash week the curls that I worked hard to define are a little less so. And I’m okay with it. However if you want sleek, ultra defined curls all of the time then read on!

    There are a few reasons for frizz.

    One of them is that it’s just your hair texture. The wavier and curlier your hair is, the more likely it is to frizz. So type 4 hair is more likely to be frizzier than type 2 and 3 hair. Your hair texture and curl pattern is genetically determined so if you naturally have a hair type that frizzes, you’ll need to work harder to reduce it.

    The second reason: The science

    Hair’s chemical structure makes it susceptible to changes in the amount of hydrogen present in the air, which is directly linked to humidity.

    Most of the hair is made up of long keratin proteins and they can be chemically bonded together in two different ways. Molecules on neighboring keratin strands can form a disulfide bond in which two sulfur atoms are covalently bonded together. This type of bond is permanent and is responsible for the hair’s strength It isn’t affected by the amount of humidity in the air.

    But the other type of bonding between adjacent keratin proteins is a hydrogen bond, and it’s much weaker and temporary. Hydrogen bonds break and new ones form each time your hair gets wet and dries again. This is why the definition you get from a twist-out will pretty much stay that way until the style is disrupted by dampness.

    Hydrogen bonds occur when molecules on neighboring keratin strands each form a weak attraction with the same water molecule, bonding the two keratin proteins together. Humid hair has

    Humid air has more water vapour than dry hair and a given strand of hair can form much higher numbers of hydrogen bonds on a humid day. When a lot of bonds are formed between the keratin proteins in a strand of hair, it causes the hair to fold back on itself at the molecular level at a greater rate.

    Textured hair is more susceptible to water absorption from the atmosphere because it is naturally 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.

    The key to reducing frizz in any type of weather is to understand your hair type and texture, the environment you’re in, and the products you’ll want to use.

    What You Can Do
    There are two approaches you can take when your hair begins to puff up. You can embrace it or fight it. If you choose to counter frizziness there are a number of products you’ll want in your arsenal.

    Products to control frizz create a barrier to better control the movement of moisture and keep it where it needs to be—either on the outside or on the inside.

    Silicones

    Silicones are a family of polymers originating in mineral quartz or silica. The addition of various functional groups results in a variety of silicones with different properties. This information isn’t to discuss whether or not you should use silicones in your hair care regimen. It’s up to you to educate yourself about these ingredients and determine if they’re right for you. The point is that there may be a place for them in your regimen depending on your goals.

    The molecular structure of silicones gives them some desirable properties for textured hair care. There are various types of silicones and the properties vary depending on the type of silicone used in the formula. They spread evenly onto the surface of the hair and creates lightweight films. They can reduce friction and tangling, make the hair look glossy and shiny, soften, help with colour retention and enhance curl definition. Some types of silicones can help with damage repair and they’re great for protecting the delicate hair strands from heat damage.

    Silicones work by covering the hair in a water-proof coating which does a few things:

    1. It can help reduce the porosity of the hair which makes it less likely to absorb humidity

    2. It helps reduce moisture loss from the inside of the hair

    3. It lubricates the surface of the hair so it feels smoother and its easier to comb

    The benefits don’t sound so bad do they?

    So if you’re attempting to reduce frizz silicones may be an ingredient you want to try.

    It’s important to note that not all silicones are created equally and you’ll want to research and try various types and combination to determine what will best on your hair. Some silicones are heavy; others a light and flexible offering varying degrees of conditioning and detangling.

    Anti-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.

    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. If you use 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!

    So in order to minimize the entry of water into the hair, ANTI-HUMECTANTS should be used.

    According the Curl Chemist Tonya McKay, an ingredient classified as an anti-humectant does the following:

    1. It doesn’t attract water to itself

    2. It must REPEL water. It prevents water or moisture from getting into the hair from a humid environment

    3. It should coat, flatten and seal the cuticle layer

    Anti-humectants should be high up in the ingredient list of a frizz-fighting formula in order to do the job.

    In many products silicones are used to fulfill these requirements. Esters are another class of ingredients that do the trick. If you’re looking for more natural ingredients, look no further than good old beeswax. You can also use hydrogenated castor oil, olive oil and shea butter. Cheap and effective but not so much on the natural side is good old hair grease. Blue Magic, Dax, Royal Crown – the choice is yours! Yes, petroleum based products CAN be use if you’d like. They’re extremely effective at locking moisture into MOISTURIZED hair and repelling water from getting into the hair when you don’t want it to.

    Get Some Hold

    For your style to have staying power you’ll likely need to use a product with some hold. Polymers, especially film-forming polymers are excellent at doing this. Check out How to Get Ultra-Defined Curls That Last for a very in depth discussion of how these ingredients work and which ones are ideal for your hair type and texture.

    Minimize Humectant Use

    I love, love, love humectants. They make my hair super soft and ultra moisturized. However if I’m going for sleek and defined over super textured and funky I may need to minimize the use of them.

    There are several different types of humectants found in skin and hair care products.

    A few examples include:
    • Glycerin
    • Propylene glycol
    • Honey
    • Agave nectar
    • Sorbitol
    • Sodium PCA
    • Panthenol
    • 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.

    So in order to minimize frizz, choose products with humectants that don’t have strong water-binding capabilities and ensure the humectants are high on the ingredient list.

    The Frizz Forecast: Figuring Out the Humidity

    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.

    Keep in mind that you may implement most or all of these tips and still have some frizz to your hair. It’s okay! I’ve found it best to try to work with my hair instead of against it for the most part and let it do what is does!

    If this is the case,


    Do you fight the frizz? What do you do?

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     Photo Courtesy of Nelly


    Accepting your natural hair should be exciting, not stressful. With all of the societal pressures placed on women, women of color, women of color with textured hair, we do not need to add to those expectations. There is a thin line between defining your own beauty and trying to forge unrealistic expectations. Hair care advice is far less overwhelming when taken with a problem and solution approach. There are bigger things in life that warrant stress and your hair should not be one of them.

    Unfortunately, there is a misconception that natural hair requires more work than relaxed hair. Well, let’s give some context. Of course relaxed hair is easier to maintain if your upkeep only consisted of a shampoo, daily conditioner, a blow out, and flat iron. That is not a fair comparison if your relaxed hair was poorly maintained, which was the initial trigger for a lot of women to go natural. Going back to a relaxer is not as easy as you think, but I digress. There is nothing wrong with gaining more knowledge from and watching YouTube videos, but it is important to discern what you should incorporate into your regimen and what to file away. In an effort to help you regain your sanity, here are three reasons why your hair care journey has been frustrating.

    Read On!>>>
    Fabricating problems
    Yesterday you were satisfied with your progress and today you are picking through hair strands from your comb trying to decipher between breakage and shedding after read an article about hygral fatigue. Girl, this is not necessary. If you have never noticed an issue with elasticity and breakage before, then take that knowledge and move on to the next article. Remember when you self-diagnosed an ant bite for a swollen lymph node? You’re doing it again. Just relax. Also, remember that everyone’s hair is not going to look or feel the same. Coarse hair tends to feel rougher than fine hair so this is often mistaken for dryness. Looser textures usually have more shine, but that does not mean your kinks are not properly sealed.

    Over manipulation
    No one’s hair requires a pre-poo, shampoo, mud wash, co-wash, deep condition, hot oil treatment, protein treatment, rinse, leave-in conditioner, and a moisturizer sealed with an elixir/serum, pure oil, and butter. Stop the madness. This information is simply being shared so that you can explore your options. As long as your scalp and hair are regularly cleaned and moisturized, you are fine. Don’t want to re-twist every night? Well, you don’t have to. I loathe re-twisting my hair every night so I found a pineapple technique that works for me. Nothing seems to combat my single strand knots and I’m ok with that.

    Self-acceptance
    Most hair care frustration is rooted in appearance. We want to retain length and you can’t seem to master the same wash and go or twist out results as the YouTubers. If you want to explore the internet for inspiration and tips, then do so, but if you find yourself getting frustrated and hating your hair after trying five different techniques with five different products then it is ok to take a break and decide that style is not for you. For me it’s Bantu knots. I cannot master separating my Bantu knots without losing all definition so I have decided that it is not a style I will spend anymore time trying to achieve. From there it is on to the next one.

    Remember that this black hole of hair care content is full of recommendations and not requirements. Make this journey your own and be conscious of the potential to infringe unrealistic expectations on yourself. Relax girl. You look great.

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    Shekia Renea writes:

    I want to share a super easy way to style an old blowout!  I wasn't going for a super defined, bantu knot-out look, I just wanted to add some texture back into my stretched hair. The bantu knot-out came out nice BUT something about this just screamed UPDO!

    Materials Used
    -Eden Bodyworks All Natural Pudding Souffle
    -Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk
    -Design Essentials Edge Tamer

    Watch Now!>>>


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  • 06/23/15--07:48: Lisa Is Naturally Glam!

  • Tell me about yourself!
    My name is Lisa and I’m 43 years old. Yes 43! I’m married and have 2 sons. Also, I live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
    I transitioned out of my relaxer for 19 months. My goal was to transition for 24 months but as I got more and more new growth, seeing my natural hair texture I became very anxious and excited! I couldn’t hold back any longer so I did it! I ended up cutting about 3 ½ to 4 inches of straight relaxed ends. I was so thrilled after doing that.

    Had you always embraced your texture?
    To be honest, I never really knew my hair texture. I was about 13 years old when I first started relaxing my hair.

    READ MORE>>


    How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them? 
    My family wasn’t at all negative about me going natural except my grandmother. She still tells me to this day that I need to comb that stuff. I still love her though. I have inspired a lot of my friends and coworkers to go natural by the natural styles I wear. They always compliment my hairstyles when I come in to work. So since I’ve convinced others to take the natural journey, they absolutely love it and won’t go back to another relaxer again. How awesome is that?

    Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
    My hair strands are fine, but I have a lot of it! My hair is very dense but it’s pretty much well balanced when it comes to porosity. I don’t seem to have any challenges retaining moisture in my hair, it cooperates with me most of the time.

    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair? 
    When I was in college back in the day, I had gotten box braids and I loved them. After it was time for me to remove them, I’ve decided I’d take the short route or should I say the lazy route lol. I proceeded to apply the relaxer on top of the build-up that accumulated for a period of 3 months or so. Well to make it long story short I had to end up getting a very short tapered cut from the result of my hair matting up severely into one big dread! It was truly a nightmare I’ll never forget.

    What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
    I co-wash and deep condition my hair every two weeks. I mostly steam my hair in the winter months because our hair is naturally drier during that time. My go to styles are wash and go’s and twist-outs. My favorite hair products I must say are from the SheaMoisture line. All of their products are simply awesome! Especially because they’re 100% natural and organic and also it’s very affordable. I’m really feeling the Manuka Honey conditioner and hair masque right now! I also like Tresseme Naturals and Suave Naturals Coconut conditioner (I use both for my wash and go’s). My curls don’t like gel, and the only time I will use gel is when I’m rocking a puff or whenever I want to slick down my edges.

    Who is your curl crush?
    My curl crush is Kimmaytube. I instantly fell in love with her hair when I saw how long and beautiful it was! She was and still is my biggest hair inspiration today. I’ve learned so much from her when I was a newbie trying to learn about my hair.


    How do you maintain healthy length?
    I maintain healthy length by drinking lots and lots of water! I drink a liter and a half of water every day. I also eat plenty of green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli. I keep my hands out of my hair until I wash it. Low manipulation is key for my hair. I get my end trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks faithfully! That’s how I retain my length that I can actually see every time I get trimmed. I actually look forward to my trims.

    What's the best thing about being natural?
    The best thing about being natural is having versatility. My hair is like magic! It can look shrunken one day and look like it grew overnight the next!


    Where can folks find you on the web?
    I currently have a YouTube video up. It’s a product review on SheaMoisture Balancing conditioner. I’m planning on doing more videos and tutorials as I “grow” out my shell. I hope to be an aspiring hair model exposing myself in the natural hair world.

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    It can take months and years to build the perfect regimen. Until then, it is important to make an intentional effort to pay attention to your hair’s needs over time, especially on wash day. Oftentimes wash day is dreaded, especially if you live an active lifestyle. The focus of wash day should be cleansing and replenishing the hair and scalp, in which both steps can be thwarted if done improperly. Want to know why your hair is dry only hours after washing it? Here’s why.

    Read On!>>>

    Rubbing your hair
    Shampoo commercials and sensual movie scenes make disheveling your hair with shampoo and piling it atop your crown appealing, but it is actually detrimental to your strands. Tousling your hair not only induces tangles but also further lifts the hair’s cuticle. Shampoo expands the cuticle in order for it to effectively cleanse, so you want to stroke the hair downward to encourage the cuticle to lay flat. When scrubbing your scalp the hold the ends of the hair taut with one hand and massage the scalp with the other hand. Remember to be gentle, as hair is too elastic and prone to break when wet.

    Co-washing after clarifying
    Clarifying is a necessary and co-washing is optional. Clarifying is meant to thoroughly remove all product buildup, excess sebum, and debris from the outdoor elements. Co-washing is meant to refresh the hair with moisture while gently removing some buildup. Both are cleansing methods and should not be done subsequently. If you choose to clarify, then deep conditioning afterwards is important. If you want to co-wash, you do not have to follow up with a deep condition but you certainly can.

    Deep conditioning before cleansing
    Deep conditioners are to be used after cleansing, not before. Shampoos usually have a pH balance of 8, which is slightly alkaline, enabling the hair shaft to swell and raise the cuticle layers for thorough cleansing. Deep conditioners have a pH balance between 3.5-6 to close the cuticle and seal in moisture. Both have surfactants that function differently. Cleansers attract dirt and oil while conditioner leave a film containing moisturizing properties on the strands. If your cleanser is so harsh that your deep conditioner cannot restore the moisture, then change your cleanser, deep conditioner, or both.

    Not applying a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer
    It is essential to apply a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer after washing your hair. Although conditioners leave a film on the cuticle, it is not sufficient to maintain moisture. It is important to apply a moisturizer or leave-in conditioner while the hair is damp or wet to trap moisture in the strands. Moisture comes from water, so it is important that there is a trace of water on the hair before applying a moisturizer. Going directly from rinsing off a deep conditioner to applying a styler will certainly leave your hair dry, especially if the styler is not formulated as a 2-in-1 product.

    Not sealing
    This may not be applicable to everyone, but there have been many testimonies and scientific backing for sealing your hair with an oil or butter after applying a moisturizer. This method is commonly known as the LOC method and it creates an extra barrier will also help to reduce moisture depletion after wash day.


    How do you prevent moisture depletion on wash day?

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    Summer is in full swing! That means many of us are in some phase of protective styling- be it transitioning from one style to the next, thinking about whether or not to get braids this year, or itching to remove your current protective style. No matter which stage you’re in, there are certain feelings we all experience when it comes to styling to protect those curls.

    Excitement
    Goodie gumdrops - you’re getting new hair! People are going to look at you in awe. They’ll say “Wow! You look great! Did you change your hair?” and you will reply “Why, yes! It’s my new summer ‘do.” The sun will shine upon you and you shall glisten for approximately one month or until your style gets too fuzzy to wear outside.

    Fear
    Wait, fuzzy? The hair will get fuzzy? And what happens if you don’t like your new style when you get home, five hours, hundreds of dollars, and seven bags of hair later? Let’s not think that way. Everything will be perfect! Right? RIGHT.

    Anxiety
    OK, you know everything will be perfect. That’s settled. But now it’s just a waiting game. You’re not sure what to do with your hair for the days leading up to braiding or twisting because the only styles you are researching are protective ones. You do a protein treatment. You do a moisturizing treatment. You get your hair ready for braid jail - err, um protective summer camp. The days seem to drag and you start to wonder if you’ll even recognize yourself with new hair.

    Read On!>>>
    Regret
    As you continue to work on your hair, preparing for the new style, you fall in love with your curls again. Oh those lovely curls! They are popping these days! Even your wash and go looks flawless! And look how the curls on top of your head are ever so slightly different than the curls near the nape of your neck. Beautiful hair, how you will be missed!

    Then you start to wonder if you’re making the right decision to protective style. You won’t be able to reach up and touch those soft coils for several weeks. You’ll have a head covered in impostor hair. Curses! Curls need to breathe! They are made to be loved, caressed, and cherished! But they are also made to be cared for, and through the harsh summer sun, wind, and salt or chlorine-filled water, a protective style could be just the gift your tresses deserve.

    Anger
    Unless you scored a killer deal, your feelings are a bit hurt by the money and time you’re shelling out for this protective style. You have to sit still for hours, live through the slight pulling pain when your stylist braids near your temple, and then you have to pay. You shed a tear because all of that combined is a bit too much to handle all at once.

    Surprise
    That anger subsides immediately once you get a glance at your new ‘do. Good LAWD you look good! You flip the braids or twists to one side. Then the other. You pull them up on top of your head. The versatility is astounding. The change in appearance is spectacular. You’re ready to take on the world! Well, after some deep stretching, considering you’ve been stuck in a seated position for hours.

    Uncertainty
    You love your new hair, but what will everyone else think? What will your significant other/employer/cute grocery store bagger say when you step in with this updated style? Not that you care really. It’s your hair not theirs.

    OK, maybe you do care. It’s a big change! And, unless you want to throw all that time and money down the drain, it’s a change that’s going to stick around for awhile.

    Confidence
    Pretty soon you realize you had nothing to worry about. People think you’re gorge. You’re killin’ it these days. You can’t walk down the street without being hit on. In fact, you can’t walk down the street at all. You strut these days. There is a new air about you. Everything is beautiful, fresh, and new. Especially you with that hair. The possibilities are endless! Man it’s going to be a great summer!

    Embarrassment
    Just like Icarus, too much strutting has brought you a bit too close to the sun. All that extra on top of your head throws you off balance. You lift into standing splits in yoga class and almost topple to the ground. You successfully achieve an updo only to knock it clean over getting out of your car. Yeah, this hair is a bit different, and sometimes you look a fool just trying to hold it together. It gets in your way. You lay on it or someone else lays on it and you pull one of the weaker braids out. Or, worse, your a bit hard-handed pulling it up into a bun and you pull out a braid IN PUBLIC. You hide it in your purse and cover the open spot as best you can, vowing to be gentler. Just because it’s fake doesn’t mean you treat it like crap.

    You turn a new leaf. You remember: hey, your hair is in there! You take better care of your scalp and the braids themselves with oils and braid sprays. You wash your hair carefully, using soft fingers or a small brush to clean near the scalp, and paying attention to wash out all product and let your hair dry straight to avoid creases. You want this love to last, and now you and the new hair are finally getting along with each other.

    Confusion
    Now you look into the mirror and you’re used to what you see. Those braids or twists have become part of you. But wait. They’re not part of you. One day soon they’ll have to go. You look back at pictures trying to remember what your hair looks like IRL. Too many “Oh my gosh I LOVE your hair!” compliments followed by “I mean, not that I didn’t love it before, but WOW!” have got you thrown. You think on it for perhaps too long and begin to wonder who you even are anymore.

    Longing
    Truth be told, you kinda miss your curls. You suffer from a mild (perhaps extreme) case of hand-in-hair syndrome, and the inability to touch your soft tresses is driving you a bit batty. You look back at pictures of yourself pre-protective style and you hardly recognize you. Part of you wonders how much longer you can keep up with these braids or twists. Then you remember how much it took to implement them, and you vow to stick it out a bit longer. Plus, you’ve seem some serious growth over the last several weeks. Just think of all the new styles you’ll be able to test once you get your hands back into your own hair!

    Pride
    Why did you get a protective style in the first place? Because you DO love your hair. Because you realize that summertime means travel, extra time in outdoor elements like sun and wind, salt water and chlorine filled water, more sweat… so many things that can wreak havoc on your strands. Summer is the absolute perfect time to wrap your hair in synthetic protective hug, allowing it to stay safe and grow. After several weeks, because you’ve been so attentive in taking care of your hair while in a protective style, you gently take your braids or twists out to reveal happy curls. You cry tears of joy as you wash your hair and reminisce on good times from just a few weeks ago – BEFORE those impostor braids. You feel light, wild, and free.

    You hop online for style inspiration. You’re immediately drawn to braid and twist styles. Look at all the things you could have done when you had the extra length! You seriously contemplate doing it all over again to finish out the summer.

    Can you relate?! Share below!

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    by Chelsea Satine of BlackNaps.org

    Protective styling is probably one of the best things invented, not only does it get us through the harsh summer and winter months, it also gives us a new look when we run out of options and styles to do with our natural hair. However, although protective styling is great, do you think we use it as a crutch sometimes? I know I do! I can remember tons of times when I installed some braids or twists, because I simply didn’t have time or didn’t want to deal with my hair. Of course this does not seem like a problem to some, but in my opinion, it is. Here’s the problem, with using protective styling as an escape:

    Read On!>>>


    • When your hair is not as manageable as it usually is-and it sometimes isn’t- if you choose to resort to protective styling before taking care of your natural hair, this may lead to more breakage. Instead of protective styling, try deep conditioning!
    • You’ll probably start investing more in protective styling than your natural hair. Braids, weaves, or twists range anywhere from $80-$200 or more. Imagine if you invested that much in hair products or if you went to a hair salon to treat your natural hair. 
    • People tend to neglect their natural hair when they use protective styles (out of sight, out of mind), causing more damage. If you must use a protective style, make sure to maintain the moisture.
    Of course I am not suggesting that protective styling in any way is a negative thing, however using it as an escape when your natural hair isn’t in the best state, is.

    Before protective styling this summer ladies, make sure to check what state your hair is in and then determine is it absolutely necessary?  Perhaps all you need is a deep conditioning treatment!

    Before you think about investing in weave, invest in your own hair!


    Feel free to comment your opinions ladies.

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    No matter the hair type, all hair needs a balance of protein and moisture. The protein is called keratin and whenever that delicate balance is off kilter, we tend to see breakage. Just like anything in life, you can’t have too much of one without affecting the other and our hair needs protein and moisture to stay healthy and look great.  Keeping the moisture/protein balance in check requires attention, and many naturals are quick to add moisture, but rather hesitant to add protein. Protein treatments help to “patch” cracked, chipped or missing cuticle in damaged hair and “gaps” in porous hair. Protein, when used correctly, temporarily shores hair up against environmental and mechanical damage. (Shelli, Split End Prevention)

    Finding the right protein treatment depends on your hair’s needs and your hair maintenance so here are some great protein-enriched products to help your strands stay strong and healthy!

    Read On!>>>





    An oldie but truly a goody, Queen Helene Cholesterol Cream has been strengthening and conditioning naturals and relaxed heads for years! If you’ve got severely damaged tresses whether from chemicals or the elements, this cholesterol cream has the intensive power to penetrate and rejuvenate them.


    Here we have a powerful one-step treatment designed for in-between salon treatments. This product is highly recommended for the daring curlies who have color-treated or damaged hair. The protein temporarily repairs all the holes in the hair shaft that were caused by chemical or mechanical damage.





    This is a silk protein-enriched deep conditioner that’s gentle enough for daily use. It will strengthen your hair, fight against color fading, and give your tresses an unbelievable softness that’s hard to beat.


    Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner

    This product receives raves from those with relaxed and curly hair! This treatment will restore moisture and revitalize damaged strands.


    Full of milk protein, glycogen and sulfur-container amino acids, this powerhouse conditioner works hard at getting your hair softer and healthier looking. This is great for a monthly treatment and full of slip.  With glycoproteins to strengthen the hair fiber and repair damages from chemical treatments, your strands will be overjoyed by the softness and shine.

    Here we have a blend of protein, vitamin B, and minerals that will prevent breakage and promote healthy strands. Only a dime-size is needed with this high concentrated mix of natural oils.


    You want shine? You want bouncy hair? Then check out this intense hair treatment infused with hydrating botanicals, restoring proteins, and amino acids. This potent treatment will penetrate your hair shaft and revive your curls with a floral/tropical scent.

    Great for all hair types and specifically made to fill in the cracks of your hair shaft. Designed for monthly usage this hair treatment prevents further breakage on already damaged strands and give your tresses that much needed strength.

    A silky blend of aloe vera gel, hemp oil, honey, and hydrolyzed silk protein make up this light penetrating conditioner. Amazing slip for extreme moisturize with a creamy texture to work magic on your tresses.



    Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
    Powered with keratin protein, avocado oil, sweet almond oil and argan oil, this deep conditioning mask will increase your hair’s elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage and promote healthy and shiny hair. This is the product to give your chemically and heat-damaged hair some much needed TLC.

    TRESemme Split End Remember Conditioner
    If you want salon fresh hair then this split end conditioner will give it to you. It moisturizes, makes your tresses more manageable, and boasts of reducing your split ends up to 80% only after three uses! You get softer, smoother healthier looking hair.


    Everything is about a proper balance and this leave-in conditioner penetrates the hair shaft to infuse protein and strength where it’s needed. With multiple ceramide natural oils that create a protective barrier around each strand, your moisture and protein is held in place to give flexibility and smoothness. This is great heat protectant.



    Palmer's Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
    Here is a protein pack chocked full of coconut oil, coconut milk, and vitamin E. Your strands get intensive conditioning treatment that will restore and revitalize your damaged strands.



    Bee Mine Avocado Cream Balanced Conditioner
    We all need a proper balance in our lives and that includes our hair. The Bee Mine Avocado Cream Balanced Conditioner is all about balancing the moisture and protein in your strands in this light moisturizing cream that prevents split ends and will strengthen your hair from roots to ends.

    Mop Top Deep Conditioner
    This conditioner will restore your hair’s moisture and manageability. Made with rich conditioning botanicals and natural humectants, your tresses will be protected and soothed.

    Giovanni Smooth as Silk Xtreme
    Nothing but the good stuff in here! Soy protein, shea butter, and macadamia nut oil make a beautiful connection to detangle, rejuvenate, and moisturize your damaged and frayed hair and cuticle. You get body, manageability, and softness in this ultra xtreme infusion bottle.



    CN Says- 
    My favorite protein conditioners are Aubrey Organic's GPB, Curl Junkie's Curl Fix and Aphogee 2 Minute Reconstructor!  Remember, especially for the #FineHurr curlies like me, incorporating regular protein treatments and leave-ins (particularly ones with hydrolized protein) can really help with the summer humidity situation! 

    Ingredients for Homemade Protein Treatments-

    Protein and Split End Prevention-

    More Protein Treatments by Category-

    Protein for Natural Hair-

    Moisture and Protein- Finding the Right Balance-

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    Hola Chicas!

    Looking for treatments to add volume to your natural hair? Incorporate these easy, DIY masks below to achieve disrespectfully huge results! 

    Read On!>>>
    **Henna
    As a natural you have probably heard a lot about henna and its ability to thicken the hair. Many women have avoided trying henna because of the rumors of it being time consuming and messy. However there is a way to get the benefits of henna without all the added drama by doing a henna gloss. The gloss combines the benefits of henna whilst the conditioner and oils moisturize the hair to prevent dryness and aid in rinsing.

    DIY Henna Gloss

    • Add warm water to 100g of henna powder slowly whilst mixing until it forms a paste that is still thick in consistency
    • Set the paste aside in a warm place for 6 hours
    • Add a cup of conditioner to your paste and mix it thoroughly 
    • Apply it to sections of your hair from root to tip 
    • Cover with a shower cap and allow it to sit for as long as you wish
    • Rinse the gloss and style as usual
    **Castor Oil
    Castor oil has been raved about for a while in the natural hair community for its ability to help with the regrowth of hair. Women who once had bald spots and thin edges were able to fill in those areas in a matter of months. Also scalp massages have also been proven to stimulate the scalp follicles and cause hair to grow. Whilst your fine hair may not be due to breakage every strand counts and you will want to keep as many of them on your head as possible.

    DIY Hot Castor Oil Massage

    • Heat half a cup of castor oil
    • Transfer it to an applicator bottle
    • Apply the oil to your scalp
    • Massage your scalp with the pads of your fingers
    • Repeat every other day to see results
    **Gelatin
    Hair is made out of keratin which is a protein, and over time that protein can decrease due to damage to the hair.

    Gelatin contains a lot of keratin so it can be used to help to fill those gaps in the hair and coat it temporarily, giving it the appearance of being thicker.

    DIY Gelatin Hair Mask

    • Add 1-2 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin to 1 cup of warm water
    • Mix until it is fully dissolved
    • Apply the mix to freshly washed hair
    • Let it sit for 15 minutes
    • Rinse and style as usual
    **Avocado
    Avocados are one of the few fruits that contain oils that have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft. This helps to moisturize the hair from the inside out making it strong. The hope is that with continuous use your hair will become stronger, there will be less shedding and breakage and your hair will appear thicker overall.

    DIY Avocado Mask

    • Peel and mash one avocado
    • Smear it over freshly cleansed hair ensuring that it is evenly distributed
    • Wait 30 minutes
    • Rinse your hair and style it as usual
    OR try an avocado hot oil treatment
    • Heat a ½ cup of avocado oil 
    • Pour it over your hair 
    • Massage the scalp
    • Rinse the oils and cleanse the hair then style as usual

    What's your favorite mask to add volume to your natural hair?

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     @keliise
     
    by Naeeri of Your Africa is Showing

    When I originally started my natural journey, I had no idea how much I would learn about my hair. I've never been one of those girls who was good at sticking to a regimen, so I never even tried. I became a product junkie, buying every good product I researched, and just did my hair from day to day. Through much trial and error (and wasted time, hair, and money), I learned that my hair taught me what it needed, wanted, and very much created its own regimen!

    Read On!>>>

    What has my hair told me it likes?

    * Shampoo once a week, co-wash at least twice a week and more frequently in the summer.

    * Loves Henna!!! So now I Henna once a month.

    * Deep condition - Basically whenever I wash, I DC, so I never NEED to, I just do.

    * Finger detangle! - My hair has taught me if I keep a comb away, my hair will stay! =D I finger detangle my hair wet with lots of conditioner. Even with dry detangling I use my fingers so I can feel the tangles and separate them, instead of ripping through them. I use a comb sometimes, but very seldom.

    * Shea butter - My hair loves Shea butter, especially when it is in an Afro or going to be twisted, it keeps my hair highly moisturized, soft, and sets twist-outs beautifully.

    * Trim away Single Strand knots - I learned that I only get SSK's on my tighter, coarser textures, so I check them often for SSK's and snip! Snip! SNIP!

    * Protective Styling -My hair loves to be twisted! Flat twists are my fave right now until my hair grows a little more and I can wear more 2 strand twist styles.

    * Where's my Satin bonnet?! - Don't forget to protect your hair as you sleep, or even under hats.

    I guess that's the reggie my hair created for itself in a nutshell!


    Important Information for Growing your TWA

    When growing out your TWA, you will need a low manipulation, high care regimen in order to grow your hair to its fullest potential. Pay attention to what you use and how your hair responds to it, this will help you to learn what your hair likes and what kinds of products it likes as well. Remember that the ends are the oldest parts of your hair, so pay special attention to keeping your ends healthy, that way you retain all or most of your length; Breakage and needing to trim often will greatly slow your growing process. Make sure your hair stays moisturized and if you are protective styling, make sure it is a style that won't cause any damage to your hair/hairline.

    If you are a new natural, take some time to play with your hair and learn what it likes and needs, as all hair is different.

    Don't expect something that works for everyone to work for you, it may not, but you will find something that will :) Remember that just because your hair is short now, this little TWA will be your ends once your hair grows out so don't go crazy dying, frying or not taking care of your hair just because it's a TWA, trust me, you'll pay for it later (obviously speaking from experience =x).

    Good luck listening to it and creating your own TWA reggie!

    So what has your little TWA taught you?

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  • Tell me about yourself!
    I am a 38 year old mother of two handsome boys.

    Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like? 
    I did the big chop 3 years ago. I was tired of relaxing my hair.

    Had you always embraced your texture?
    I have always embraced my natural texture.

    How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural?
    My husband was happy for me when I decided to do the big chop and he supported me all the way. Other family members said I wouldn't last a month.

    Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
    My hair is think 3c textured hair.

    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
    The craziest thing I have done is dye my hair 3 colors in 3 days.

    What’s your biggest hair related regret?
    My biggest regret is not staying natural when I did the big chop 10 years ago.

    What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products!
    My current hair routine is washing on Sunday with SheaMoisture curl and shine products. I do a deep condition and detangle after washing. I wear a bonnet to bed to protect my hair. My routine is very simple.


    What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration? 
    My favorite hairstyle is the wash and go. I find hairstyle inspiration on YouTube.

    Who is your curl crush?
    Anyone whose hair is longer and healthier than mine pretty much.

    How do you maintain your hair at night?
    I just put my hair in 4 big wet twists and a bonnet.

    How do you maintain healthy length? 
    I only trim my ends once a year.


    What's the best thing about being natural?
    The best thing about being natural is seeing the progress over time and never having a bad hair day.

    Where can folks find you on the web?
    Folks can find me on Facebook at Kionde Brooks-Beard and on InstaGram at pisces_soul_sista77.


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