The 9 Most Ineffective Ways To Moisturize Your Natural Hair

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You’ve heard it before, over and over again — moisture is everything when it comes to natural hair health. Still, many naturals struggle with keeping their curls, kinks and coils well-moisturized. Perhaps you’re guilty of one of our 9 ineffective moisturizing practices. Check it out; 1. Moisturizing dirty hair/hair that has product buildup The objective of moisturizing is to apply water-based product that penetrates the cuticle (outer layer) of the strand and infuse the cortex (inner layer) … [Read more...]


“What am I supposed to do about my hairline? It’s completely gone!”

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“What am I supposed to do about my hairline? It’s completely gone!” Have you ever had this thought over and over and over again? I know I have, especially after a long term style like Senegalese twists or a sew-in. My edges cry out for some lovin' and I cry with them...why? Well, why shouldn’t we cry together? My edges have been through a lot over the last 3 years of my hair journey: 1. Pre-year of being natural, I was just getting off the relaxer and did not even think about my edges, but … [Read more...]


The Length Retention Checklist: 20 Questions to Ask Yourself When Your Hair Progress Stalls

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  by Robin (pictured above) I believe that most women with natural hair have the ability to grow their hair to long lengths.  I grew my natural hair from shoulder length to waist length in three years. I’ve never had hair this long in the past. I don’t come from a family of women with long hair and I didn’t have long hair as a child. There are many different factors that can impact hair growth and retention. Throughout my hair journey, I’ve learned quite a bit through both … [Read more...]


10 Ways To Prevent Split Ends

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Split ends are an unsightly, annoying and unattractive hindrance that will get in the way of healthy hair growth. Prevent split ends from occurring in the first place with these 10 easy tips: Put The Brush Away 1. Some people were taught to believe that brushing the full length of your hair often is good for your hair when it’s actually one of the worst things that you can do. In fact, it’s better to avoid brushing your hair period or at least do so very infrequently. Hard Bristle Brushes … [Read more...]


5 Summer Hair Routine Tips

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Now that the dreadful cold weather is gone, it’s time for a routine update. With warmer temperatures, comes a quicker hair routine. You no longer have to deep condition for a day, but rather hours. Everything is just easier in the summer, isn’t it? Although the season has changed, that does not mean you have to change everything. In fact, try to change as little as possible. You’re simply just going to modify your routine. Things to Remember… Deep Condition less During the colder months, … [Read more...]


Curly Hair Tricks

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"Curly" tee from Global Couture. It can't hurt to get tips on how to take care of our tresses and keep them moisturized. It may be difficult to find good tips with all the info that is out on the web now but I'm here to help ya! I came across eHow.com and their curly hair section a few weeks ago and was greatly impressed with it. I'm currently doing the Curly Girl Method but I just wanted to share some curly hair tricks they listed that are good sound tips on keeping our mane healthy. "Curly … [Read more...]


10 Products that Stimulate Hair Growth

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When there are issues with getting your hair to grow, it’s important to rectify the situation both internally and externally. A number of factors contribute to reduced hair growth, from your scalp being too dirty or your pores being blocked from build-up. It is true that nothing but time can make your hair grow, but there may be ways to help stimulate hair growth. Check out these options to give your curls extra encouragement. 1. Peppermint Oil With a fresh aroma, this strongly … [Read more...]


Top Curly Hair Tips You Can’t Live Without

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[Image: Natural Icon] Curly hair does seem to have a mind of its own. But all it takes to love your waves, ringlets or kinky curls and make them look gorgeous is a few simple curly hair tips and tricks. None of them take much time or energy, but all of them promise that you’ll fall head over heels with your hair! Feed your curls Despite its larger than life presence, curly hair tends to be more fragile than other hair types and it’s definitely drier. Healthy fats like omega-3 help make hair … [Read more...]


HOW TO CONDITION HIGH POROSITY NATURAL HAIR

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Hair porosity does not get the same attention as hair length or curl pattern but it is essential to truly understand your texture. Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture, oils, or chemicals like color. Low, medium, and high are different degrees of porosity. Due to damaging habits such as mechanical manipulation and color treatment, many naturals suffer with high porosity hair. Why porosity matters Low Porosity – the hair cuticles are tight and very resistant to … [Read more...]


Why Deep Conditioning is Essential for Natural Hair

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For natural hair damage tends to come from normal weathering – washing, drying, combing, heat use etc. Colour treated natural hair and relaxed hair can suffer from more cuticle damage. Find out why this process is the key to the health and length of your hair: All hair is made up of the same material. Keratin. What makes hair different is the shape of the hair shaft coupled with the shape of the follicle below the scalp. Sebaceous glands below the scalp secrete an oily substance which … [Read more...]


The Importance of pH Balance in Beauty Products

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                                                 by Dawn Michelle of MinimalistBeauty I've used many many cosmetic products over the years. Being in the retail beauty business, I had the opportunity to try many more products for free and receive full size cosmetics as gratis. Regardless of what cosmetic company I was using, the best products overall were pH balanced and for health purposes organic and chemical free.Once you decide that you are no longer going to use chemical laden beauty … [Read more...]


4 Things You Should Consider Before You Color Your Natural Hair

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Taking your hair to the next level with color can be a really exciting experience.  Color can jazz up a boring puff, add dimension to locs and twistouts or really turn heads as a simple statement piece on TWAs.  While going darker, adding lowlights or coloring within your natural color range won’t cause you too many problems—the drastic color leaps upward (more than 3 shades beyond your natural color) can really take a toll on your hair.  Before you engage in any hair altering experience, first … [Read more...]


3 Ways To Style Your TWA

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I did not have a TWA stage since I transitioned without cutting my length off but if I could do it all over again, I think I would spend some time loving and nurturing my TWA. I wasn’t too crazy about the idea of having short hair and just wanted to get past that stage so I totally missed it, I didn’t even make an effort to enjoy it – *smacks self in head*. The internet is literally bursting with styles with women actually celebrating having short hair, and if you are struggling with your … [Read more...]


Best Hair Tools for Natural Hair

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by Shinestruck 1. Denman Brush Wether it’s a paddle brush, modified version or the regular version, this brush also serves as a great detangler on natural hair as well as a curl definer. 2. Wide Tooth Comb Wide Tooth Combs are great for detangling natural hair and they cut your detangling session in half. 3. Afro Pick Afro Picks are great for giving your hair that extra volume and life you would like. 4. Rat Tail Comb Rat Tail Combs are essential for various styles in … [Read more...]


Vinyl Gloves For Finger Detangling

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by PrincessLinzzGlobalcouture says: This is probably one of the smartest things I have read when it comes to detangling! My nails are always snagging my hair. I cant wait to try this!!Most of you are probably saying, vinyl gloves, WtFreak?! Yes! Vinyl gloves!I am big on finger detangling, and I loathe the use of combs and brushes (except for my Denman BeBop Massage Brush). When I would finger detangle my hair with my bare hands I noticed a lot of hair in my hands. I also observed that my hair … [Read more...]


4 Tools for Tangles in Natural hair

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Now, every natural girl, curly girl, kinky girl and coily girl HATES tangles. They are annoying, time-consuming (to remove carefully) and counterproductive to our hair growth goals. They can make washday a hellish nightmare, and a dreaded deed. Who wants that? I am not saying washday should be an orgasmic experience (as the old Herbal Essence commercials would have you believe) but they should at least not be something we hate and put off doing. It seems I have slowly moved away from tangles … [Read more...]