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This was a very interesting video from YouTube celebrity EfikZara
She basically just takes a moment to rant and explain that she has become frustrated by the strictness and rules that many women in the natural hair community try to enforce upon others.
And it’s true, some sistas do behave as if it should be against the law or against someone’s religion to use certain products.
The other day I even heard a woman say that some naturals use the term “protective styling” as an excuse to wear "fake hair".
I thought that was ridiculous:
Because it was as if This woman was saying that other grown women actually needed an excuse to wear a product that they buy with their own money.
That was messed up and super judgmental.
And although we are BlackHairOMG don't encourage the use of chemical relaxers because of health problems that it could bring. I want you to check her video out and tell me below if you agree with her sentiments.
I do understand EfikZara’s frustration with having so many outside voices telling other people what they should do with their own hair.
So look: As with any movement or group of people moving in the same direction you will always have your extremist.
People who think that everyone else should do things EXACTLY as they do.
Hopefully, sistas like EfikZara won't allow others to discourage them and knock them off their square.
And honestly, I hope more YouTube natural hair vloggers begin to speak out about a lot of the double standards that there are in the natural hair community, especially against darker skin women, type 4 hair and short hair.
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If I've told you once, I've told you a million times. GET TO STRETCHING (Martin voice, lol). You see, this is a MUST DO for the long and lovely locs that just don't stop. Fact is...
If there's ONE THING in common with sistas who have loooooong type 4 hair, it's that they wear their hair in stretch styles. You betta believe it....
Apart from other critical regimen techniques like constantly moisturizing their hair, using the right products, keeping protein balance, and avoiding damaging chemicals, most women with long kinky hair that OWNS every room they walk into, wear their hair in stretched styles... Often.
It's so important.... Why?
If you've just done TBC (the big chop) or you have short hair, there's FAR less chance for your lusciousness to form tangles and knots.
See, for short hair it's difficult for your strands to completely loop around themselves.
It's like someone with super short legs and small feet, they don't to worry as much about tripping over their own feet like the tall, long-legged geek with big feet. (raising my hand, I'm that tall geek, lol)
OK, regardless of that possibly failed analogy... Look...
Fact is, as your hair grows, the ends become more susceptible to tangles because that's the nature of kinky hair. The tight coils, curls and kinks like to curl back into themselves, that's the cause of our oh-so-famous "shrinkage".
[See this post with 21 photos showing HOW REAL THE SHRINKAGE IS.]
Don't trip though, shrinkage is a great or bad as you decide to view it. I personally think the shrinkage is MAGICAL. But that's me...
And hey, shrinkage is a great way to observe if your hair strands are healthy or not, but can pose a big problem when your goal is to grow your kinky hair really long.
As your kinky hair strands start "gettin' into the mix" and curling back into the others, they can easily form the dreaded (no pun intended) single strand knots or multi-strand knots and set your length retention way back.
Apart from the severe cuticle damage they cause, they can either break off at the knot or tangle up with other strands and form giant knots. Girrrrrrrl...
This can quickly lead to a lot of breakage (a lot of crying) and make it seem like your hair is not growing when it really is.
Let's be real.... There are many ways to form tangles with long kinky hair, but for the most part, they're almost guaranteed to happen every time you try to comb or brush unstretched hair, especially when it's not wet or drenched in highly-moisturizing products, it's obvious that trying to comb through full kinky hair is going to cause some problems.
A very effective way to avoid all of this is to wear your hair in stretched styles. See, kinky hair loses moisture quickly and has stronger carotene bonds than straight hair.
So when it dries it tends to shrink up and become really stiff. Stretching your hair is a safe and easy way to avoid tangles and knots so you can retain length.
With stretched hair your strands won't loop back into itself and form knots, also it's a lot easier to comb and detangle without causing more tangles.
There are a lot of stretching techniques and styles available, believe it or not most of them are not anything new and have been used all over the world for centuries.
Bantu knots are really popular in the fashion, movie and the music industry because they are SLAAAAAYAGE personified honey!
They're a great way to differentiate yourself and add an edge to your style. A bantu knot out creates a more curly wavy pattern that's fun and springy.
Even still, there are many other stretching techniques like threading buns and wraps, they each have unique benefits and limitations so it's best to try them to see which one works best for you.
For Lovelies with highly dense hair, you probably have noticed that none of these methods are as effective at stretching your hair. Well...
The proper use of heat can help greatly in safely stretching your hair, but everyone is different and unique. The way someone with straight hair uses heat is completely different from how someone with kinky hair would use it.
For kinky type 4 hair the heat should be kept to a minimum and should be used less frequently, for example, no more than once a month. I hope this article was able to help you understand why stretching her hair is so important for length retention LOVES!
Whether it’s a job interview, date, meeting, or party, one way to leave behind an unforgettable impression is through your fragrance. A situation I found myself in a few weeks back will put this into perspective, here’s what happened.
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The long-awaited day had finally arrived when myself and two very special friends would meet for dinner. We had not seen each other in close to six months and had finally found a date that suited us all despite our busy schedules.
I was the first to arrive at the restaurant that evening and minutes later the ladies followed. The very minute we saw each other we filled the restaurant with laughter, screams and excitement, as we embraced each other with a group hug and kisses.
One friend in particular caught me off guard as I leaned in for a hug, she wore her hair as she usually does in a tightly defined twist out, but this time unlike others her hair smelled somewhat magical. I had never experienced anything like it! If you could bottle the smell of an ocean view whilst laying down on a tropical beach sipping on a mango mojito, then that was exactly it!
The evening continued with laughter, a few more hair sniffing sessions, and as usual in-depth discussions about the future.
But I’m sure what you’re more interested in knowing, is whether or not I found out the name of the mystery product that left behind such a lasting impression. You bet I did! It was called Shea Decadence Mango Sorbet (Shine & Define Styling Balm)
Sound familiar? Well, if you’ve been on the blog long enough you’ll know I already use and love the Shea Decadence Mango Lassi Conditioning Hair Milk, which has the same scent. But the secret according to my friend is to pair the milk and styling balm together for the full fragrant experience, something I had yet to do.
I don’t know about you but I’m pretty big on fragrances and love that they have the power to change your mood and even the mood of those around you. Having a great body fragrance is one thing, but try amazing smelling hair too, it’ll change your life and have heads turning, trust me!
If that isn’t enough I recently learned that huge fragrance brands such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Viktor & Rolf, Byredo, Valentino, Thierry Mugler etc, have also caught onto the wonder of hair perfumes, and have their very own hair perfume ranges.
I just picked up a bottle of the Chanel Chance Eau Vive hair perfume after smelling it last week, and can’t wait to use this alongside my Shea Decadence duo. Next on my list is the Sachajuan Hair Perfume which has some amazing reviews.
In my time within the natural hair kids space, I’ve received tons and tons of questions. Surprisingly enough, a lot of those questions involve how to properly take care of an African American baby’s hair.
The reason why getting these questions is so surprising is because from the moment your child is a newborn to around four or five months of age, taking care of an African American child’s hair should be EASY breezy!
And I'll show you how to make it easy and give your child a headstart towards healthy, gorgeous, growing hair!
IMHO, parents of beautiful Black babies put waaaaay too much pressure on themselves to start their child’s natural hair journey off right.
Nowadays you’re swamped with so much information regarding natural hair; it’s hard to know when and where to begin. The reality is, whether your child is born with a full head of hair or a few random strands – in the beginning – you really don’t have to do too much to it at all.
Babies have very sensitive scalps and their skulls are soft and still developing. Pulling or tugging on the hair and using heavy products just isn’t a good idea. You’ll have plenty of time for that; and you’ll be wishing for the days when a little baby shampoo and a drop of oil were all you needed to set your child up for maximum hair growth. (Because that is really all you need.)
Here are a few more do’s and don’ts regarding African American baby hair care.
Don’t use the same products that you use on your hair on your baby’s. Most products that are formulated for adults have chemicals in them that are way too harsh for a baby’s head of hair. Using adult products (even certain mild ones) on your baby’s hair can cause your baby’s scalp to become irritated and could even cause rashes and excessive dryness.
Do use a mild sulfate free baby shampoo on your baby’s hair. Cara B. is a great line baby and child haircare line that’s formulated with African American babies in mind.
Do keep your baby’s hair and scalp clean, but don’t over wash. Given that newborns and infants have sensitive skin, you’ll only need to bathe them a couple (no more than a few) times per week. As far as their hair is concerned, you’ll probably only need to wash it once per week. Over-washing can cause dryness which isn’t good if you want your baby’s hair to grow.
Do be gentle. As I mentioned before, your baby’s hair and scalp are still super soft and sensitive. Use shampoos sparingly and lather it in gently. Rinse with lukewarm water; and if your baby’s hair is long enough to need detangling, use a wide-toothed comb and detangle gently starting from the ends.
Do use a little oil after washing, but don’t overdo it. Extra virgin olive oil (cold-pressed) is great for babies as it’s relatively light and works wonders at sealing in moisture. A dime size amount should be more than enough for a newborn or infant with a TWA (teeny weeny afro). Use a soft baby brush to distribute the oil evenly.
Do be on the lookout for your baby’s hair to make “the change”. During the first few months, your baby’s hair still has the residuals of all of those good “juices and berries” that were in your belly. It will be soft, shiny, and seem easy to manage; but after a few washings, your baby’s true hair type texture should begin to reveal itself.
It may be drier and retain moisture less easily.
DON'T PANIC SIS!
Look, don’t panic; but you do need to take action. You may simply want to consider going ahead and adding a moisturizer to your baby’s hair care routine. Soon the real fun with your child’s hair will begin. 🙂
Do resist the urge to “style” your baby’s hair daily. I know how stinkin’ cute they are, but barrettes, and hair clips should be saved for special occasions only.
At this time in your baby’s life (from newborn to around six months) it’s your best bet to just leave your child’s hair alone and just let it “do what it’s going to do”. Over manipulation and the use of heavy barrettes can snap your baby’s hair off right at the hairline.
If you feel like you need to add a girly touch to your baby’s tiny fro, use a satin-lined headband making sure that it’s not too tight, and that’s it’s removed once your event or picture taking is over.
Don’t panic if your child has a spot in the back that just “won’t grow”.
It’s actually more common for newborns and infants to have a bald spot in the back then you think.
Babies sleep on their backs a lot, and that friction can do a number on the back of a baby’s hair. Once your baby starts spending more time on their belly, chances are that that spot will fill in beautifully – without you having to do too much to it at all.
If the bald spot is something that really concerns you, consider having your baby sleep on a satin baby blanket.
An anonymous reader asked...
“Can I change the texture of my hair?" The answer is “Yes”.
Natural hair is extremely versatile and the texture can be manipulated lots of different ways.
The way in which the hair grows from your head cannot be changed however but and why would we want it to? Remember, the more knowledgeable you are about your own texture the easier it will be to change up and experiment with different styles.
PRO TIP #1:
Play around with the amount of hair you use. Try a small and chunky twist out. The results are extremely different. Try curling the ends of twist or braids for a smoother look. Also, for a different spin stretch curls (wear up in a high bun or ponytail for a day or two) before doing twist or braid outs. The texture will surely be different on...
PRO TIP #2:
Rod Sets are a LIFE-SAVER! They add a lot of body and make hair appear to be thicker!
*Keep in mind that these treatments require touch ups just like a relaxer. Be sure to do the proper research before devoting yourself to any one of these treatments.
Henna- I recommend henna. It’s natural and safe and cheap! There are reports that over time henna can alter and loosen curl patterns. This however has not been proven and varies for different women.
After my henna treatment I did temporarily see a looser curl pattern (which made me nervous) but it was restored as I repeatedly rinsed and cowashed my hair.
Curly Nikki swears by Henna
Brazilian Blow Out- This is a soothing protein treatment. Through the use of a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex the hair is covered by a protective layer of protein that eliminates frizz and soothe the hair cuticle. Ishea, of Six Twenty Seven Blog posts:
“The blowout is a smoothing (not straightening) treatment that coats your hair shaft with a protective protein layer. This helps to smooth and reduce frizz. I must stress to everyone your curls are not going anywhere. This isn’t a relaxer, texturizer or anything harsh and permanent. Since there is no chemical change to the composition of your hair there is no line of demarcation or permanent change to your curl pattern. This is a conditioning and smoothing treatment that gives you fabulous results lasting anywhere from 12 weeks to 4 months. Over time as you wash your hair the protective layer around the hair shaft fades away”.- Ishea
It is a 90-minute treatment and can be costly ranging anywhere from $125.00- $450.00
Most of these treatment contain formaldehyde. There have been reports of burning of the lungs, eyes, skin and scalp. There have also been reports that these treatments have caused permanent respiratory damage. For more information on the risks see this article about Brazilian Blowouts on Black hair.
Sooo... Have You Tried Any of These? How Have They Worked? What’s Ways Do You Manipulate Your Curl?
Here's the deal.... Brittle, dry hair not only looks awful. It feels rough to touch and is prone to extreme breakage. In simple terms, it can have you lookin' busted and dusted. If your hair isn’t as soft and manageable as it could be or should be, then you might find your answers here, because you'll be able to try some smart and proven natural hair remedies for dry hair.
These remedies use common foods you can find in your kitchen, items you probably already have in your refrigerator. Why suffer another moment with dry hair? Get to mixing!
Some natural hair remedies for dry hair include using natural oils, like cold-pressed olive oil, or applying a deep conditioner that uses moisturizing ingredients like egg yolks and avocado. You will only know how your curls and coils will best respond to natural hair remedies for dry hair by trying them out. Remember, some remedies will get results, while others might not be best for your hair. Trial and error. That is what you can expect. If such concoctions don’t work, at least you didn’t have to pay much for the ingredients to these natural hair remedies for dry hair.
But before you go testing natural hair remedies for dry hair, be sure you are not drying your hair by frequent heat styling, such as by using a blow dryer.
Heat styling can cause a lot of damage to natural hair. Split ends, breakage, burnt hair and, of course, dry hair are just a few of the consequences.
When you blow dry, flat iron, curl or apply any other form of direct heat to natural hair, you are applying rapid heat to your hair shaft, which zaps it of moisture. Just one session of too much heat can permanently straighten your hair.
But don’t think you have to see un-shrinkable coils right after you straighten. Heat damage builds over time, gradually loosening your curl pattern.
If you must use direct heat, deep condition prior to blow drying, flat ironing, etc. Also, protect the hair with a setting lotion or serum.
Here are 4 natural hair remedies for dry hair. Personally, I’m a fan of using just a few ingredients. I don’t have any scientific reason for this preference except that I want to see if an ingredient responds well to my natural hair. How can I tell what works best if I’m using a dozen different ingredients? So, the natural hair remedies for dry hair that I will share will be simple and use ingredients that are readily available.
Look y'all, I just got my hurrr did and I'm bout to go out for lobster and skrimps (I'm lying.... it's more like margaritas & martinis, lol) so Ima make this one quick.
I thought this HORRIBLE review was a perfect example of folks complaining about something everybody else loves. This shampoo is actually one of the best-sellers on Amazon and is highly-rated.... Buuuut peep the hate in this review... Ha!
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"This shampoo has given me and everyone in the family who used it, severe dandruff. I have never experienced any bad reaction with any shampoo that I've used in the past but this shampoo has been terrible. It says it "fights against drying, damaged, and dehydrated hair", but that's exactly what it does to your hair. It causes drying, damages and dehydrates your hair. It has many chemicals in the shampoo and only on close inspection of ingredients, you'll able to find them. The delivery was also late.
The only good thing about the shampoo was, that it smelled good but that's not the reason why I bought the stupid shampoo. Don't believe all the claims that it has a blend of organic and natural ingredients. It's all lies."
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LOL, homegirl was NOT HERE FOR THIS ONE, and when she called the shampoo "stupid" I could almost hear a lil' angry voice in my head say it, ha!
But the review was soooo angry that I started to think, "is something wrong with the shampoo or with her?"
Who really knows, but I like to read the negative reviews always, that way I can judge if they sound credible or not.
In this case, I can't really tell, but the ingredient list for this shampoo is loaded with goodies and really caught my eye. So I may have to try it for myself.
Are you impressed by the ingredient list on this one too?
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ASK OMG QUESTION: “I’ve been wearing my hair pressed straight for the winter. I love the way it looks but it gets greasy so fast. What can I do to get my flat ironed hair to last longer between washes?” - Crystal
Heeeeyyyy Crystal! OK hun, let's get to the goods. Aint no doubt that a good press out can make your day, so it’s understandable that you want it to last as long as possible.
Whether or not you have a naturally oily scalp, to get your press out to last longer, you will need to cut back on the oils that you put in your hair with everything from your shampoos all the way to your Black hair styling products.
Wearing your curly hair straight means being smart with your products and switching out some of your normal go-to's for products that work better for straight hair.
You’ll need clean and moisturized hair to keep your press out as straight as possible but you don’t want hair that is loaded with heavy oils and butters like castor oil or shea butter like you would when you wear your hair kinky-curly.
What you wanna do is start with a good oil-based shampoo that will help to keep your scalp as close as possible to its natural pH balance but won’t strip your curls.
Rahua Shampoo, Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo, Eden Body Works Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo, EO French Lavender Shampoo or Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Nourishing Shampoo are good choices that will clean your hair without over stripping it.
This is important because making sure your scalp is balanced means that it won’t need to go into excessive oil production overdrive because of being stripped.
So look....You're gonna want to use a light rinse out conditioner and leave-in that is oil and/or silicone based to seal in moisture but won’t weigh your hair down and leave a streaky, residue mess on your flat iron and hair.
Desert Essence Lemon Tea Tree Conditioner for Oily Hair, Rahua Conditioner, Living Proof No Frizz Conditioner, Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditioner, Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner, Carol’s Daughter Leave-In Conditioner and Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner and Heat Protectant are all great picks.
The silicone and oils will help to block out moisture to keep your hair straighter longer and the light oil keeps your strands supple. Oils like argan and cold-pressed jojoba oils are just as effective as heavier oils but finish light and airy on your hair, allowing for your strands to have better “flow” in the wind.
Avoid getting conditioner on your scalp to keep it clean and free of residue which can cause your scalp to over-produce oil later in the week.
You’ll need a heat protectant when you blow dry and use your flat iron.
Using something light like foam or a spritz is the best option but creams are also great as long they are going on light like Drybar Hot Toddy Heat Protector Frizz Fighter.
Phyto Phytokératine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray has ceramides which seals your hair’s cuticle and hyaluronic acid which hydrates your hair and is a great choice for fine or color-tread or for those who want the top of the line in heat protection.
Aussie Hair Insurance Heat Protecting Shine Spray is a very affordable light mist that won’t build up on your hair. Nexxus Pro-Mend Heat Protexx Heat Protection Styling Spray is a really great option for heat styling since in addition to heat protection it contains polymers that stick to your hair and each other which temporarily binds your ends together if you are battling split ends.
In-between washes, dry shampoo can save your scalp and your hair if you feel like you need to refresh.
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, Dove Refresh+Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo and Bumble and Bumble A Tint of Brown Hair Powder (which also covers greys) are three of the best dry shampoos you can use to keep your straight hair fresh and clean.
They extend your shampoos by soaking up excess scalp oil and smell great and all have dry finishes.
In a world where straight hair is favored over textured, kinky, coily, or curly African hair, it’s important that they look to you as their defender and source of knowledge.
As parents, what you say pales in comparison to what you do. So, lead by example. Treat their hair with loving care and teach them how to maintain their Natural Crowns.
Choosing the right products and hairstyles for your gorgeous little angel needs to be done with the highest consideration. This can be a bit intimidating to some parents and may seem like a lot of work. Many times, this very anxiety could lead to parental neglect, resulting in the ruined health of their kid’s hair, which could further lead to permanent damage in their adult years (e.g. a receding hairline).
As their parent, you must avoid tension when braiding or tying, chemical products, and direct heat. After all, the golden rule to natural African hair care can be summed up in these few words: The effort you put in is what you get out.
Now, the fun part begins – creating a healthy hair routine based on your child’s unique hair type. A hair routine doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive. The trick is to be consistent and experiment to determine the best approach.
Regardless of the many debates about using shampoo, the best way to get rid of dirt and build-up that clog pores and prevent moisture from penetrating the hair follicles is to use shampoo. When washing your child’s hair, remember that children are active, so their hair picks up dirt much faster than yours.
Use My Natural Hair Kids Gentle Shampoo (sulphate- and paraben-free) that won’t irritate your child’s skin or eyes. Focus on cleansing the scalp and allowing the soap to run down the hair shaft, and not tugging and pulling on the hair. Try not to shampoo more than once a week, depending on the ability of your child’s hair to retain moisture, as this can strip the hair of natural oils.
Deep conditioning gives your hair an extra coating of moisture that is always needed for natural African hair to protect itself against dirt, sweat, and the weather elements that dry out your hair. It also makes detangling easier, which can help to ease the painful experience of detangling that every kid resists with all their might. The My Natural Hair Kids Soothing Conditioner and Kids Hair Repair Tooty Fruity Mask coat the hair shaft effectively, thus providing slip to make the texture softer and more manageable for that dreaded detangling session. All natural deep conditioners will give your child’s hair the extra boost of nutrition that they need for healthier, stronger, and longer hair, and is essential in a natural African hair regiment for kids.
Keeping natural African hair moisturized even when styling in braids is a must. Children are specifically prone to dryness and damage of their hair because of their daily activities. So, it is important to moisturize their hair as often as possible. This can be done by hydrating with water and then applying a small amount of My Natural Hair Kids Curly Whirly Cream or Kids Kiddy Hair Butter to the damp hair. These products are specially made for natural African hair. To complete the L.O.C. method, seal the hair with the Moisture Locking Oil to keep it moisturized.
Yes, you read right! This is not made up – it’s an element that quite a few Naturals do not incorporate in their natural African hair regiment. If your hair is not protected during this time, it will be prone to breakage and losing moisture. During your child’s night routine, use a silk bonnet or pillowcase to avoid the friction that causes breakage, and to prevent the hair from losing moisture and its natural oils.
This is usually the part where things get a little crazy. The unpleasant pulling and tugging with screams of “you’re hurting me!” and the mom’s impatient reply of “don’t be naughty; just sit still!” The worst problem is single-strand knots, which make detangling difficult and cause breakage to the hair.
Here’s how to avoid “traumatic” detangling.
DO NOT AVOID DETANGLING. This will just worsen the situation.
Split ends can also cause dryness and knots on the ends, so try to trim off dead ends.
Make sure that the hair is hydrated and moisturised. Don’t detangle dry hair.
Use a wide-toothed comb, detangling brush, or vent brush. Section the hair to make it more manageable and to ensure that you don’t miss any parts.
Start gently from the ends and work your way up. Do not tug and pull on the knots. This must be done with patience.
Protective styling like braids, twists, and knots can be a real lifesaver in terms of giving you and your kid a break from styling every day. It protects the hair against damage, dirt, and harsh elements.
These 3 points are vital for styling:
The My Natural Hair products for African hair are well known for their moisture-rich features. Knowing your curl pattern and hair porosity helps when using the products.
Type 2 Wavy to Type 3 Curly Hair may need fewer products to prevent weighing down the curls, especially when your child has fine hair. After washing and conditioning the hair, you might want to apply the Kids Curly Whirly cream and then seal it in thereafter with a small amount of the Moisture Oil to facilitate a smoother defined curl.
Type 3 Curly to Type 4 Coily/Kinky Hair that is thicker usually needs a lot more moisture, which will require something extra added to styling, like the Kids Kiddy Hair Butter.
High-Porosity Hair – Leave-in conditioners and moisturizers will provide your hair with moisture throughout the day, but use a sealer, such as the Moisture oil, to retain moisture and prevent dryness.How STRETCHING Your Natural Hair Stops Breakage[ SEE ARTICLE: How STRETCHING Your Natural Hair Stops Breakage ]