Damaging Hair Care Practices

As naturals our search for hair care knowledge usually fulfills a couple desires: 1. To achieve “healthy hair” 2. For our hair to grow Well, that’s not what we really mean is it? Our hair grows. It grows at varying rates monthly and throughout the year and its growth is based on our genetics, our overall health, nutrition, hormones, etc. But it does grow. What we are most interested in is the retention of length. If your hair breaks just as much as it grows then you’re not going to see the … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Use Olive Oil for Natural Hair

Treat your natural coils to these olive oil recipes for hair that looks and feels healthier. Dry curly hair is the WORST! But olive oil can be your best friend when it comes to preventing natural Type 4 hair from getting dry and crunchy? Whether it’s a pre-poo treatment or the secret ingredient in your whipped shea butter, olive oil could be your ticket to healthier looking and feeling hair. 1. Whipped Shea Butter A store bought or homemade whipped shea butter is a Type 4 curly’s best … [Read more...]

10 Ways To Prevent Split Ends

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...]

THIS IS WHY YOUR EDGES ARE BREAKING

Breaking edges is nothing new to curlies. Unfortunately, this is an affliction that many of us have experienced with relaxed hair, excessive straightening, and even with natural hair, so it’s a problem that needs attention. No one wants breakage, and experiencing this along your hairline can be hard to hide and even harder to not be self-conscious about. Many women are self-conscious of the thinning or breaking edges, but instead on fixing the problem they continue with the bad routines to hide … [Read more...]

Finger Detangling 101

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Finger detangling is a delicate and intricate procedure. If done properly, it is entirely possible to go without combs and have an exclusive finger combing routine. This is especially beneficial for women who have hair that easily breaks during the detangling process. It is also possible to incorporate finger combing as a first part to your detangling routine prior to combing in order to reduce breakage. Here are two very good videos that demonstrate the process of finger detangling on dry … [Read more...]

WHY EGGS & MAYO DON’T WORK AS A NATURAL PROTEIN TREATMENT

There are so many ingredients in our food, body, and hair products that we cannot readily comprehend or even pronounce. They sound complicated and seem scientific for day-to-day usage, and some women have chosen to avoid these long scientific words entirely by sticking to natural products and ingredients. That is certainly a viable route, but it is important to be knowledgeable about even these natural ingredients so that you can make informed decisions about what you're placing on your hair and … [Read more...]

Naturally Fierce Feature: Natasha

My name is Natasha but I am better known as Naturallytash aka the Queen of Hair Shadowing. I am originally from Staten Island, NYC but I now reside in Houston Texas. How long have you been natural? I went totally natural two and a half years ago. Prior to that I hadn't used a perm in 10 plus years but I destroyed my curl pattern by constantly dyeing and flat ironing my hair. What motivated you to go natural? My hair seemed as if it wasn't growing and I missed having my curls. I decided … [Read more...]

Reduce Breakage When Detangling

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One of the most crucial steps to follow and yet the most annoying, is detangling. Let’s be honest ladies, the only reason why “hair day” is an all-day thing, is because of the detangling process. It can be a very harsh process if it is not done properly. Breakage can kill your hair if you’re not careful. It can cause split ends, hair loss and even worse, no new hair growth! To know if your hair is suffering from breakage, run your fingers through your hair once. If you see 10 or more strands … [Read more...]

5 Easy Summer Protective Styles

Just in case you haven’t noticed, summer is right around the corner! Here are 5 easy protective styles you can try.  These styles are repeated over and over again but this is what makes them classic.  You can always add something different to your styles such as a hair piece or hair accessory.  Below you find styles that can cause less friction to your hair, very convenient and not to mention very chic. These are a few tutorials and pics from some of your favorite vloggers. 1. Pin Up … [Read more...]

Garlic for Hair Loss and Shedding!

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You may have heard of garlic for heart health and cholesterol, but have you heard of garlic for hair loss? If not, you may be missing out on a very safe, natural and effective solution for your shedding and hair loss worries.   Why does it work? Garlic contains allicin, a natural substance that can improve blood flow to the scalp, get rid of any bacteria or fungi living on the scalp and hair, and give life to damaged follicles. Many times, hair loss can be due to unknown bacteria or … [Read more...]

A New Plan to Help Hydrate Your Strands: Abandoning Shea Butter

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately….about hair butter. I’ve tried countless recipes all involving shea as my base, and I’ve been sorely disappointed with the results every time. That’s the problem I’m having. The solution? Here goes: I’ve been thinking of tossing out my shea butter and getting a butter made from an oil I know my hair loves instead! I researched a few things online and found that pretty much any oil you use in your hair can come in the form of a butter.. My hair happens to love … [Read more...]

Oil Rinsing: My Latest Obsession (& why it should be yours too!)

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Oil rinsing is something I learned about months ago, but never tried until recently. I have been really glad that I did and I just wanted to share the benefits with everyone right away! Oil rinsing has totally transformed my wash and go’s, from frizzy to fabulous. My hair retains moisture, even in nasty, dry, west Texas weather, and I get defined curls that last for DAYS. Ok, so onto the sharing. We’ll start with a brief explanation of the methodology, then move onto benefits and a couple of … [Read more...]

DON’T FRET!: 8 WAYS TO REDUCE BREAKAGE DURING DETANGLING

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As naturals we face different challenges with our hair, whether if it is the beginning stages (transition) or just pure frustration with not knowing what to do. KEEP CALM! DON’T FRET! This is not an uncommon issue at all. One thing we must do to maintain our hair in its most healthy state, is avoiding breakage during detangling. Personally, I must detangle before washing. If you do not, then you are setting yourself up for failure. These eight tips I will share with you can help tremendously and … [Read more...]

Curly Hair Tricks

"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...]

5 Simple Tweaks that Lead to Stronger, Longer Hair

(Fierce Feature: Cassandre) I have often been asked for one tip or trick that has been beneficial but I am never able to narrow it down to just one. I actually do not know any natural who has benefited from just one tweak to their routine. Here are five tweaks which helped me along, there is a sixth one which I took out from this list as I have emphasized quite a lot already – washing hair in braids. 1. Detangle BEFORE washing The worst mistake many people make especially after long … [Read more...]

Top Curly Hair Tips You Can’t Live Without

[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...]

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