If you have just big chopped or just like having short hair, check out Liquidgoldeyes’ video. Enjoy!
If you have just big chopped or just like having short hair, check out Liquidgoldeyes’ video. Enjoy!
By creating so many illusory images of physical perfection, whether on store aisles or store front ads, magazine covers or TV shows, we speak more to the profit margins of companies than the self-esteem of today’s girl.
By Adora Svitak
Photo(s) Source(s): Kaye Wiggs
Just when I thought that this year’s weather was pretty much ok considering the time of the year, winter decided to pop up out of nowhere. No warnings! So I guess, it’s time to update our regimen to keep these tresses looking fresh. Check out these top “winter hair” tips!
What is your winter hair care regimen?
Just transitioning or rocking your short mane? Check this tutorial for a super cute hairstyle!
Video(s) Source(s): Aye Ciara
Hey ladies …and gents,
Few months ago, I discovered the OSSAT Natural hair care line at a beauty event and was asked to review it. What does OSSAT stands for?
Tea tree oil
I have tried several products of the brand including the co-wash, leave in, hair mist and the wax.
Moisturizing Co-Wash: Since I have discovered co-washing I have always been a big fan, so when I found out that OSSAT Naturals offered one I was excited to try it. This product helps get rid of all the things that causes breakage including product build up and dirt. Although, the co-wash is light you only need a small amount. What I liked most about the co-wash was that it left my hair soft, clean and easy to detangle.
Triple Moisture Lotion: It is a leave in conditioner that can be used daily “for added moisture to keep your curls healthy looking and soft.” I have used it on clean hair, after washing my hair with the co-wash. My hair is really coarse and thick and felt really hard after using it. So no more Triple Moisture Lotion for me.
Natural Oils Moisture Mist: The mist looks like water and comes in a spray bottle. You can apply it on dry or wet hair and even on the skin. I always prefer to add products on wet hair as it works best for me. It is a very light spray and I really liked the smell (reminded me of watermelon) but I haven’t seen any difference before and after using the product.
Form & Hold Wax: This wax defines curls and can be used as an edge tamer at the same time. It is non-hardening, non-flaking and humidity resistant. It is one of the best waxes I have used so far; I was really impressed with it. My edges were so smooth after using it and it is long lasting. I have applied a small amount and distributed evenly with a soft brush. I loved it and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great wax/edge tamer.
Have you tried any of these products? What is your favourite? Let us know.
Marjorie Stewart Joyner born in 1896 in Virginia was the granddaughter of a slave and a slave owner. When she reached the age of 16 she decided to pursue a career in cosmetology and became the first black woman to graduate from the beauty school, A.B. Molar Beauty School.
At the age of 20, Marjorie decided to follow the entrepreneurial path by opening a beauty salon. From there, she was introduced to another beauty entrepreneur, the well-known Madam C.J. Walker who owned a large number of beauty businesses across the United States. Following Madam C.J. Walker death in 1919, Marjorie was left in charge of the entrepreneur’s companies.
One thing that Marjorie noticed with black women’s hair is that it was a struggle to straighten their curly hair as there were only limited options available. Straightening curly hair was a really long process since women had to use a stove-heated curling iron and use it one section of hair at a time. Madam Joyner decided to solve this problem by creating the “Permanent Waving Machine”, a machine which enabled women to get straight hair for days but also defined curls.
Her invention allowed to set women’s entire head at the same time. In 1926, Marjorie won a patent for her creation and became the first African-American woman to receive a patent for an invention.
Photo(s) source(s): inventors.about.com
As much as I love my natural hair, sometimes I just don’t want to deal with it especially when it comes to wash day. Sadly, it seems quite difficult to find people to do your hair without damaging it. Few years ago, I had a really bad hair experience at a hair salon. It was for New Year’s Eve. Like many women I wanted to look good to start the New Year. The outfit was sorted, the hair was the only missing piece of the puzzle. I just wanted straight hair for a change and decided to go to the salon so it could be done professionally. It started quite well. Washing…Good…Detangling…Good…Blowout…Erm not s
o good. I had to tell her what to do and what made it worse was that my hair at the back got burnt in the process. It just would not curl back anymore when
wet so had to wait for it to grow back. Despite this unfortunate “incident”, I decided to give salons another chance 2 years ago for a treatment which was good. It really moisturised my hair deeply but at the end, the hairstylist left me with three uneven cornrows on the head with my hair still wet. So I asked what she was going to do after…she said “It’s done.” Wait. What?! She explained that if I wanted something else I had to pay extra. The treatment was quite expensive so I would assume everything was included! Here again I told her to take out these cornrows and do a fro instead. Obviously, they never saw me again…
If you too had a bad hair experience or a really good one, please do not hesitate to share with us.
Photo(s) source(s): @dazziling_braids
In Colombia, traditions seem to be strong, especially when it comes to Afro-Colombian women braiding their hair. Ziomara Asprilla Garcia shared her story from when she learned to braid to her experience at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, where she showcased traditional hairstyles from Choco, Colombia.
Ziomara also explains the story behind Choco’s traditional hairstyles and the message behind them. Read more from the Washington Post >>here<<.
I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen.
by Sheila Jackson Lee
Society put a lot of pressure on women to look a certain way, act a certain way and even think a certain way.
For a long time, women with curly/kinky hair have been told that having natural hair isn’t beautiful. The issue here is that young girls are growing up believing that they MUST be someone else to be accepted. How can WE change that? How can we teach them to love themselves for who they are?
Well, I think that one of the goal of the natural hair movement is to empower women and girls. The “natural hair movement” as some like to call it started with few women (Afrobella is one of them) who decided to return to their natural hair texture showing that you do not have to stick to what’s society wants you to be. I see them as role models for younger generations and other women as well telling us to believe that we are enough. Ghandi was right when he said “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Just look at the way big brands have started to cater to our needs, including L’Oréal and Pantene. Who would have thought this few years ago.
I can’t wait to see what’s next…
What are your views on the natural hair movement? Has it changed anything for you?
Photo source(s): @kelbpics
The countdown has begun only 6 days until the biggest and fiercest hair show in Europe dedicated to black beauty.
The Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE is opening its doors this bank holiday at the Business Design Centre, in Islington to showcase some of the best hair care brands and upcoming fashion brands.
Take advantage of this amazing weekend to see the latest product innovation for natural hair, including the premium natural hair care brand OSSAT. A new brand that helps softens, prevent breakage and shine. To find out more, visit them at stand 102 on the 24th and 25th of May ;).
Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE is the place to be this weekend! Miss it, miss out!
Photo(s) source(s): OSSAT NATURALS
A while ago, I have attended a beauty event in London. I am not sure which one it was but it was for curly hair, makeup, fashion, plus other related things. Anyways, one of the stand really got my attention as it was performing scalp analysis. They were assessing the health of your scalp and telling you if it was dry, oily… A lady mentioned scalp exfoliation to get rid of the dead skin.
The first things that came to my mind was “Is it not what shampoo are made for?” “Why would you exfoliating your scalp?” “Is it going to damage my scalp or/and hair?” It left me a bit confused, so of course, I had to do a little research.
What I found out is that exfoliators are excellent for itchy scalp and to get rid of flakes.
Its a must have for people who over-wash their hair, since over-washing dries the scalp which in return increases the overproduction of oil. So exfoliating can decrease the need to wash your hair so much.
Exfoliators promote hair growth as well. How? By simply massaging the scalp and removing all the dirt from your scalp.
ORS Stimulator Scalp Scrub
KIEHL’S Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment
Would you consider using an exfoliator as part of your hair regimen? Have you tried one and would you recommend them? Tell us more below!
Photo(s) source(s): orshaircare.com
Step up your braid game with this simple and gorgeous hairstyle!
Source (s): Mini Marley
Nothing annoys me more than when people refer to themselves or another as having ‘bad hair’. What does that even mean? I have always taken the stance that everyone has ‘good hair’ but, there are many who have poor maintenance. This could be due to lack of knowledge of nurturing their hair or because their hair is over-processed by heat, products, chemicals etc.
Is it society that has placed ideologies of what hair perfection should look like in our minds? Or is it narrow-minded people who cannot see what beauty is beheld within the uniqueness of individuals?
How many times have you heard a phrase like, ‘I hope my baby gets coolie (Indian) hair’? Or, ‘Your hair is so nice, what are you mixed with?’ It is very disappointing that there are times when our hair cannot be embraced for what it is and its’ versatility celebrated, as opposed to it being a negative talking point – ‘Your hair is so nappy, why don’t you just get a weave or a relaxer?’
We were all created differently and there are always methods you can use to make your natural hair easier to manage, without having to resort to following the so called ‘European’ standard. You should not have to change or manipulate your hair for it to be deemed as more acceptable, whether it be within a corporate environment or any other setting.
Ladies, let’s change this mindset of grading hair and just show encouragement for all. Remember, there is no guarantee for those luscious locks once we are old, so cherish what you have and just do you! Don’t worry about other people’s opinions, as we have but one life to live and it should be blessed with positivity, not worries about superficial things.
Strong and healthy hair is the dream of every woman. Natural or relaxed, we all want good hair.
Ayurvedic herbs have long been used for hair care, especially in India, to get stronger and healthier hair. They can be found in different forms such as oil or powder. Henna is a well-known ayurvedic herb but it is not the only one.
Check out these other great herbs that can be added to your hair regimen.
Amla: It is an excellent conditioner to put some bounce back in your curls. Amla can also help for hair thickening and growth. You can also use it against dandruff, hair loss and irritated scalp. When used with henna, Amla helps town down the henna color.
Hibiscus: This plant is known as a hair growth booster which helps prevent split ends. It moisturises and conditions the hair.
Brahmi: It stimulates hair growth and treats scalp issues, including dandruff. It also gives a nice shine to your tresses. Its antioxidant properties enable the growth of healthy hair roots.
Neem: This herb is great, especially for the scalp, as it cleanses and acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and protein treatment. No more itchy and dry scalp.
Cassia: It is similar to henna, the difference is that it does not color dark hair. However, it will leave your mane healthier and stronger.
Shikakai: Great to cleanse the scalp and eliminate dandruff. This herb smoothes the hair strand and leaves the hair silky and shiny. Shikakai strengthens the hair from the roots.
Aritha: It is widely used in shampoos and is known to cleanse hair. It prevents alopecia and possesses anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which reduce scalp issues and thickens hair.
Bhringraj: This ayurvedic herb helps restore the balance of the hair and prevents early graying. Used as a treatment it prevents hair loss and shedding. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, Bhringraj improve the scalp’s health. For those who want to color their hair naturally, it is a great alternative.
Henna: click the link for more info.
How do you use them? Alone? In a mix? Share your experience.
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