#MCM

28 Jul

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Morning :)

When He’s Feeling the Natural Hair

22 Jul

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I’ve made this face, I know you started to smile too😏

Ultimate Updo

21 Jul

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Don’t you just love it?!

My hair, my rules!

20 Jul

Oh, you don’t like my hair? So what?

My hair, my rules!

My hair my rules

 

 

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Mini Diva Time💁

19 Jul

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Luscious Lips

17 Jul

Vital may not be a brand familiar with most of you but,  their coloured lip glosses are absolutely amazing! 

Not only do they give your lips a fabulous shine but they are cheaper than all familiar brands, do not dry out your lips like many lip glosses do and provide your lips with a vivid colour. 

For those based in the UK, you are likely to find Vital in black hair shops for as little as 99p!!! So what have you got to lose?! 

It makes a nice change from wearing lipstick and with so many colours available,  you are sure to find one that tempts you.

 

Natural on TV!

16 Jul

Well look what has blessed our screens?!

Naturalistas, we are coming with a vengeance!

#TeamNatural

 

When You’re Married To A Woman With Natural Hair!

16 Jul

When You’re Married To A Woman With Natural Hair

When you’re married to a woman with natural hair… or a woman who wears her own hair…or a woman with any hair at all to be honest, you have to grow accustomed to certain things.
Let’s list a few, read on at Naijahusband

Cute Curly Updo

15 Jul

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Summer time fine👌

#HotMondays!

14 Jul

 

Hot Man!

Hot Mondays!

Isn’t he handsome?

Source: Instagram

The basics: the wash and go

12 Jul

A lot of you have been asking about this one. So, here it is!

Let your hair be...

Let your hair be…

 

To achieve a “wash and go” you need freshly washed and conditioned hair, a styling product, your hands, wide tooth comb or a brush.

The first step is to section your hair into sections, once again, the number of sections will depend on the length and thickness of your hair.

The second one is to apply your product (a gel, cream,… anything that will work for you), while doing this, comb or brush your strands. Make sure that all strands are coated with product. Smooth the end with your fingers for better results.

Repeat step 2 until all sections are done.

In the videos below you can see the process on curly hair {IamNaturallyCurious} and on kinkier texture {AFRICANEXPORT}.

What are your best advice to succeed your wash and go? Any tips to reduce shrinkage? 

 

Photo(s) source(s): Pinterest.com

Nicole | A 4C Redemption Story

8 Jul

Nicole A Redemption Story

Allow me to Introduce myself, my name is:

Nicole. I’m 20 years old from Dallas, TX. I’m about to be a junior in college.

Have you always been natural? If not when and why did you decide to transition?

Sadly, I have not always been natural. :( I got my first relaxer when I was six years old. From that point on, relaxers became a part of my normal life. I made trips to the salon just about every six weeks to get more of that creamy crack saturated on my suffering hair follicles.

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Ciara Locs’d Up!

7 Jul

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What do you think of Ciara’s new look?

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Man Crush!

30 Jun

Man crush!

Product Free and Beyond

29 Jun

With all the products available on the market and us naturalistas not being able to fit into a ‘one-size-fits-all’ hair regime, wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to rely on any products at all?!

A vlogger by the name of WaterOnlyHairWash  (YouTube) has shown us a way of backing away  from the hoards of products we have and shows us how to rely on a technique which only involves the use of our own natural hair oil (sebum) to moisturise and style our hair.

 

Having tried this technique myself for a week, here are my observations:-

Pros

  1. There was little to no hair left in the shower/comb afterwards
  2. The naturals curls were more defined
  3. The hair felt completely moisturised
  4. The hair was much softer than before
  5. Twist/Braid Outs were very defined considering there was no product used
  6. The hair dried extremely quickly – roots drying fastest

 

Cons

  1. Having to massage your scalp/tedious daily is very
  2. The hair smelled like a bland oil but take into account I only did it for a week
  3. Washing the hair daily in the initial stages
  4. Not enough slick for the edges – yes I cheated with a little bit of EcoStyler #Don’tJudgeMe lol
  5. Personally, there was less flexibility for me to style my hair how I normally would

 

I would highly recommend you trying this method, just to see the difference it can make to your hair.

I personally did not continue for a long period of time, as I had to take a small trip and was not prepared to water wash only in 36 degree heat but, the thought of never having to rely on a hair product again is rather appealing. 

If you have attempted water only hair washing, drop us a comment!

Tamron Hall Rocking Her Natural Hair!

28 Jun

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Today co-host shows off her natural hair. What do you think?

Source: @tamronhall

What You Know About Style..

26 Jun

Updo Cornrow Hairstyle

Gorgeous or what?

Source: Facebook.com

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Hi Mister!

23 Jun

Hi mister!

Photo source: annnoire.tumblr.com

What Is That?!

22 Jun

‘Sleepovers’ can always be awkward when you are a naturalista. As much as men dating a natural girl will understand that your hair is going to be tied up at night (because Lord knows if we don’t, it’s going to look a hot mess in the morning), I don’t think all men are prepared for the look some of us females can conjure up at night.

Here’s the top 2 looks that are sure to always get his heartbeat racing:-

 

1. The Silk Bonnet – Giving you a cross between ‘I’m ready for the shower’ and ‘I can pick up FM radio’ look

 

2. The Headscarf – Available in any size/shape/colour and could be the same one used from 3 years ago

 

The things us females have to go through when we know that our pillows may suck the moisture out of our hair if we do not tie it up at night but hey, as long as there is a scarf, bandana, bonnet (anything that can provide me with complete coverage), he is just going to have to appreciate my cute face and forget the bulky attire on my head.

 

With that being said, let us know your headscarf stories ladies!

 

How-to Wash Natural and Transitioning Hair

20 Jun

Hello beauties,

It’s a fact learning how to take care of your own hair is crucial for healthy hair and, of course, length retention. Washing your hair properly will allow you to:

  • Get rid of all the products you put in your hair, during the week, and therefore avoid product build-up and breakage
  • Cleanse your scalp and let it breath
  • Avoid dry hair and breakage

Follow these few steps for clean and healthy hair:Shower-head-horizontal346

Step 1: Section your hair. It will be easier to wash and you will have fewer tangles            .

Step 2: Gently detangle each part to remove any knots and shed hair.

Step 3: Twist or braid your hair (If you have short hair or just big chopped, you can leave it as it is). 4 to 6 braids/twists should be enough, depending on the amount of hair you have on your head.

Step 4: Fully wet your hair with warm water.

Step 5: Apply a small amount of shampoo or conditioner directly onto the scalp. Massage your scalp delicately with your fingertips, not your nails, and let the product run through your hair, while washing the ends.

Step 6: Rinse your tresses.

(Repeat step 4 & 5 as needed.)

Step 7: If you used a shampoo in step 3, apply a generous amount of conditioner to your freshly washed hair. Make sure all your hair is saturated. It will condition your hair for styling. For a better penetration of the conditioner, use a plastic cap, and leave the product for a few minutes.

Step 8: Rinse it and make sure to remove all traces of product from your hair.

Check out Mymanemoves ‘ washing regimen. Simple, isn’t it?

Top tips:

  • Make sure your nails are clipped, you don’t want them to get in the way.
  • If you’re using a shampoo, use a sulfate free one, it will prevent your curls from getting excessively dry.
  • Use a moisturizer, i.e. cream, oil, lotion or butter to seal in the moisture.

What do/does your wash day(s) look like? 

 

Photo source (s): 4freephotos.com

The Beauty Project: A Return To Natural

17 Jun
You’ve got to check this out, a well put together video summing up popular views on the natural hair journey.
Less than 5 minutes long, watch it and let us know if you can relate.

Happy Monday ;)

16 Jun

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A little morning motivation :p

Photo source:
instagram.com/_locology_

Tiffany| Locs Style Alert!

14 Jun

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Allow me to Introduce myself, my name is:

Tiffany but everyone calls me Tip, my aunt gave me the nickname because I use to walk on my tiptoes as a kid so it just stuck with me.
I’m from Indianapolis Indiana.

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Monday Crush

9 Jun

Monday Crush

 

 

How can you not love Mondays??? 

Hair VS Body

5 Jun

Or should I say Hair & Body?

Wearing your hair in a natural state is not an excuse to avoid taking care of your body. By that I mean working out. 

The most common reasons stated by women for not working out are: avoiding itching and dandruff, as well as maintaining their hairstyle. But it’s 2014, so let’s put excuses to the side and #letsdothis!

Before the workout, to maintain your hairstyle, you can wear your tresses in a high bun, braids, twists or cornrows. I tried working out with a bantu knot out. It was a big mistake, I ended up with a lot of shrinkage! I learned my lesson, now I just rock a bun at the gym.

After that good workout session, to avoid itching and dandruff, you need to wash your hair to get rid of the dirt, toxins and salt.

Fit naturals

For the sceptics, these are a few reasons why you should exercise regularly:

  • It prevents hair from drying out, which is a major cause of breakage.
  • It helps to maintain a healthy body: in addition to a healthy diet (please let’s not forget what we put in our body), having a healthy body gives you a great chance to get healthier hair.
  • It releases stress: it reduces hair loss caused by stress. As we all know, stress is not really a good friend of our hair.

So now, no more excuses ladies and get the body and hair of your dreams!

 

Photo source: http://www.pinterest.com/aishatahirah 

Kaleidoscope

4 Jun

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Straight dope! 

Could you pull off this look?

Source: noelladiaz

Relaxed Days It’s a Wrap!

3 Jun

In My Relaxed Days

Lol true story or nah?

Source: allthingsammamama.com

#MCM

2 Jun

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Source: @Naturalfitbody Instagram

 

 

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Chilling On My Throne

30 May

Chilling On My Throne

I’ll Rise

28 May

Gone but never forgotten RIP Maya Angelou

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#ManCrushMonday

26 May

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Every day should be Man Crush Monday.. Want to see more?

 

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This Could Be Us..

25 May

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There’s Level To This!

24 May

There's level to this!

Flat Twist & Curl…

21 May

For all you lovely transitioners out there, try Iknowlee’s Flat Twist and Curl tutorial…make that hair pop!

 

Hair on the High Street

21 May
Gorgeous thick twist out! Frederique was werking it.

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Defeat the Heat!

18 May

Two words you never want to hair in relation to your hair is, HEAT DAMAGE! Whether you are a life-long naturalista or are on a journey to promote healthy natural hair, heat damage is the last thing you want to encounter.

Heat damage can be a result of two ways: -

  1. The use of curling tongs/straighteners that have been placed on a setting that your hair cannot handle
  1. Excessive blow-drying of your hair using high heat

We all love change and we all love to take the easy route sometimes but, we need to weigh up our options if we want to promote long-term good hair health. If we take blow-drying as an example, it is so easy to use as a means of drying our hair on Wash Day but, depending on the frequency of your wash days or if you have used a heat protectant, there is always the risk of getting heat damage.

So how do we get rid of heat damage? Unfortunately, heat damage alters the natural texture of your hair and you will notice that the strands that have been damaged will hang straight after washing, whilst your natural coils will curl at the end.

In order to repair the damage, the ends should be clipped up unto the point where the strand has not altered. Clipping the ends can be done over a period of time, especially if you have several areas where damage has taken its’ toll. The beauty of having natural hair is that the clipped ends can be hidden within the rest of your hair and you can once again be on the road to good hair health.

Have you experienced heat damage? Let us know…

Rebuilding the Goddess

17 May
#Gorgeous

#Gorgeous

I am feeeling her afro, please tell me i’m not alone here?

Natural Hair Music Video..

16 May
This is a must see!

“Clap along if you feel like boosting your energy!”
This made me smile lol, share this with someone that you know will love it too

I Got 99 Problems but Fairy Knots Ain’t One

16 May
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Fairy knots? I got 99 problems but they ain’t one

You know those annoying little knots usually found at the end of your hair which appear from NOWHERE?! Those knots are called single strand knots or fairy knots.

As frustrating as they are, fairy knots are a sign that your hair is growing :) 

They are often a result of your hairstyle, a lack of moisture or… just having curly hair. You can’t get rid of single strand knots completely unless you trim them. But there are few techniques you can use to reduce fairy knots, including:

- sealing your hair to keep your hair moisturised. Fairy knots love dry hair!

- oil rinsing: it is excellent for conditioning your mane. After washing your hair, saturate your strands with your favourite oil and let it sit, under a plastic cap, for 45 minutes. Then, detangle with your fingers or a wide tooth comb and rinse with hot water. Apply your regular conditioner and rinse.

- using protective hairstyles. Styles like afros and wash and gos increase your chances of having knots. On the other hand, hairstyles like updos, twists and crochet braids are great alternative options.

- stretching your hair: straighter hair tends to be less prone to fairy knots. For those who don’t want to apply heat on their hair, check out simplycre8eve’s tutorial.

- trimming your ends. This solution is radical however you have to use protective styles and seal your hair properly.

What are your methods to reduce single strand knots?

 

 

 

Long Luscious Curls

14 May

You know I had to stop and ask her for a picture.

For those of you on the ‘mid-back’ hair length journey, let me introduce Diva Like Lisa

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Isn’t her hair gorgeous!
What’s your hair length goal?
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Spice Alert!!!

12 May

Hot natural hair man

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Keep Your Head High👆

12 May

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3-Strand Twist Out

11 May

Check out Alyssa Forever’s 3-strand twist out tutorial.

Those curls are on fire!!!

 

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When I Was Young…

8 May

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The Benefits of Henna

4 May

Having had the same hair colour for many years (good ol’ black), I decided to try using Henna as a means of giving my hair a red glow. I did not want anything that could be deemed as offensive (within my work environment) but a colour change that could be picked up in the sun.

The versatility of natural hair means that, using subtle or bold colours to highlight the hair, can give hairstyles a more dramatic or defined look. I located a box of Henna that I had sitting in my cupboard (we all have products sitting there that we have never used) and started to research the best way of colouring my hair.

The brand I used is called Royal and each box contains five powdered sachets. I mixed all the sachets with the following:-

  • Black Castor Oil
  • Honey
  • Conditioner (Herbal Essences – Yellow)
  • Water

Henna

After applying the Henna to my hair, I wrapped my hair in cling film and let it sit on my hair for 2 hours (which I now realise may not have been long enough) and then shampooed/conditioned afterwards.

My results?

If you are lucky enough to catch me in sunlight, you may see a smidgen of red but other than that I have noticed:-

  • My hair is much shinier (a comment also stated by my colleague)
  • The texture feels must softer
  • It retains moisture for longer

In terms of hair dye, Henna would not be my first choice as I would not like to have Henna sitting on my hair for long periods of time (it is quite messy depending on the consistency or the products you add and is a pain in the behind to remove if it is splashed anywhere).

As a means of creating a nicer texture, I would definitely look to use this again but maybe once every 3-6 months.

Have any of you had experience of using Henna? If so, what were your results?

Let us know!

Natural Hair: A Deal Breaker?

1 May

Short-natural-hairstyle

 

Some think that natural hair is attractive, for others it’s a turn off. Fellas sure have their views on the subject.

What is your experience with men and your decision to go natural?

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Hot Mondays!

28 Apr

Hot Mondays!

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Curl Crush ♥

25 Apr

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Bunhawk Tutorial

24 Apr

With loctitians creating some of the most unique styles with locs, Chescaleigh shows us how to use a simple technique to achieve a style-popping Bunhawk!

 

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2014!

23 Apr

Afro Hair & Beauty Live Logo 2014

 

Afro Hair & Beauty Live 2014

May Bank Holiday weekend see the return of Europe’s biggest showcase for afro hair and beauty. Taking place on May 25th and 26th 2014 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE! is set is set to mark yet another successful year in its’ 33-year history.

At The Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE you’ll find award-winning hairdressers, specialist beauticians and cutting-edge fashion all under one roof. Take the time to indulge with a customised manicure at one of the many pop-up beauty booths or take the stress off you mind with an Indian head massage. The show has everything you could wish for from henna tattoos to professional eyebrow threading and eyelash extensions – all at cut prices. Not only that but the runway will be in full swing with fashion shows, dynamic hair competitions and show special presentations from the leading names in the ethnic hair and beauty industry. If any of the clothes you see catch your eye visit the Afro Hair & Beauty Fashion Boutique to bag a one-off piece at a special show price.

Other features include the Sensational Icon competition where top hairstylists display imaginative avant-garde styles that can only be described as visual masterpieces. Along with the fiercely charged WAHL Battle of the Barbers competition which sees barbers from all corners of the UK work their skills.

Take advantage of this spectacular weekend and see the latest product innovations on the market and interact with the best of the best in the industry, including the fabulous natural hair celebrity stylist, Felicia Leatherwood known as the ‘Hair Whisperer’ who will be at the Beautiful Textures stand.

After the success of last year the interactive debate will be returning, a chance for you to put your burning questions to our top industry panel. Plus this year for the first time ever Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE are bringing you a beauty interactive debate with our panel to consist of well-known names in the beauty industry.

Take advantage of our FREE seminar programme which covers a wide range of hair and lifestyle related topics, and the many giveaways up for grabs.

With SO much going on, this is a show not to be missed!

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE
25th and 26th May 2014
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1
Nearest Tube: Angel

For interviews and press enquires please contact:
Jessica Fuller, Public Relations
020 7498 1795
pr@afrohairshow.com

 For more information visit www.afrohairshow.com

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