How To Trim Natural Hair In Its Curly State

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Say No To Dry Skin

Hi beauties,

For those living in the UK, you already know that the weather can be quite disrespectful. Bare changes! 10am: rain, 10.05am: hail, 11am: 20°C…Ok, I might be exaggerating (a little) but you know what I mean. All these changes can have an impact on your skin making it extremely dry…crocodile skin style :(. Ladies not to worry, if you incorporate these few steps in your daily routine you will be just fine :-).

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  • Lukewarm showers/bath: as nice as hot showers are, using hot water removes natural oils from your skin. The more oils are  removed, the drier your skin becomes.
  • Moisture: apply a moisturiser adapted to your skin (i.e. dry skin, oily skin).
  • Drink…Water: a lot of it!
  • Exfoliate: this will help remove dead skin that can clog pores and prevent your skin to breath.
  • Warm clothes: Obviously.

 

What are your top tips to get a clear and glowing skin during winter?

Photo Source: Pinterest

Keeping It Versatile

If you ever decide to have a break from your fro or your dreads, check out Jasmine Rose’s technique to hiding big/long hair under a wig.

Remember, as versatile as natural hair is, we all want a break sometimes – enjoy!

 

The Basics: The Wash & Go

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.

1. 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.

2. 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

How-to Wash Natural and Transitioning Hair

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 Benefits of Henna

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

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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!

Stop the madness!

Have you ever wondered why your hair isn’t growing? Why is it breaking?

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I have a good news for you 🙂 . Your hair is growing, you are just not retaining length.

Here are few reasons why and solutions:
Your hairstyles: over manipulation and heat can seriously damage your hair. Leave your hair alone! Use protective styles so you don’t have to manipulate them too much and slow down on the heat.
Your diet: check your diet. You know what they say: “You are what you eat”. It also works for the hair.
Loss of moisture: There is only two solutions here. Moisture AND seal your ends. Water (the gold liquid) is a natural’s best friend and should be used daily in your diet or directly on the hair.
Use humectants to retain the moisture and make them more flexible. Humectants act like magnets, their role is to attract moisture that is in the air. However, they should be used with caution depending on the climate you are in. In dry climate, like winter, use moisturising conditionner instead, as there are not enough moisture in the air, otherwise they are excellent to avoid dry hair. Great humectants include glycerin, honey and panthenol.
Once that moisture is in your mane you need to seal it, as it evaporates quickly. Oils and butters such as shea butter, extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, and coconut oil are great sealants.

p.s.: if you suffer from excessive hair loss, you might want to consult your GP.

Stay tuned for more tips!

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A European flair…

The versatility of natural hair makes the element of ‘impossible’ want to run and hide for cover. When I was younger, the one style I wanted to master (for its’ sheer quirkiness) was the French braid. The French braid has now been dissected to allow you to achieve your inner diva! Check out this French braid updo with its’ simple yet effective style and suitability for all occasions. French braid, we salute you!

Sensual Massage Therapy


Scalp Massage

 

Ultimate pleasure for your hair, rub your finger tips across your scalp and massage to stimulate your hair follicles. This increases the blood flow to your scalp and encourages hair growth. Recommended 2-3 times a week.

Black Castor Oil

For us natural product junkies out there, a product which has been on the tip of everyone’s (ok not ‘everyone’s’, but a fair amount of people’s) lips is Black Castor Oil (BCO).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The properties that are associated with this natural oil are endless but the general consensus is that it will help those who suffer from Traction Alopecia and hair thinning, producing visible results in short spaces of time.

As more people are turning to natural products instead of chemically based products, BCO has had its’ profile raised within the market with many realising the pros of this organic gateway to healthy hair.

Pros of BCO:

– Encourages new hair growth in short spaces of time
– Helps repair hair damage
– Allows the hair to become more manageable and softer in its’ natural state
– The user may notice that the product makes the hair take on a darker appearance over time

Cons of BCO:

– Depending on your budget, BCO can be seen as reasonable or a little expensive for a small amount of product – approximately £8.99 in most hair shops for a 240ml bottle
– Users have stated that the product itself has an unpleasant smell (which will make the product counter-productive if you feel the need to cover it with another product to mask the scent).

The pros of this oil far outweigh the cons, as maintaining natural hair is an investment of time, energy and love because of its’ sheer fragility. If BCO is an easy way to make those curls pop, hairstyles rock and get your texture softer than before, then I’m in!

Maria Kerr

How-To Get the Perfect Blowout

Blowout full of color!

Blowout full of colour!

Always wondered how to get that smooth and shiny blowout?

Stop looking!

Here is everything you need to know on how to get that flawless blowout 😉

 

 

For this, you will need:

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