The Porosity Test

Wonder what are the best products for your hair but not sure where to start? Knowing your hair porosity level is key. Don’t just rely on what others are using since these products might not be appropriate for your hair type.

What is porosity? Porosity is your hair ability to absorb and retain moisture. There are several ways to find out but my favourite one is the glass of water test. Fill in a glass of water and put a hair strand into it.

If your hair floats, you have low porosity hair. 

If your hair sinks slowly,then it has normal porosity.

If it sinks immediately, you have high porosity hair.

I have done the test and definitively have low porosity hair.

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Do the test and share your results below!

 

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Have A Little Patience…

…or maybe not? Most of us have been there. We want waist length hair within a 

month even though we have only just big chopped or we are not achieving that 

half inch of growth per month that the experts said we should have.

 

So what do you do when your patience is wearing thin and your on the brink of 

stepping back into the chemically treated side? Well word has it, you can now 

buy afro textured clip-ins to give you that boost you may be craving.

 

 

Kurly Klips offer customers afro hair using 100% Remy Human Hair. 

Take a look and let us know if you would rock these in your everyday routine.

 

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

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

Product Free and Beyond

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!

The Beauty Project: A Return To Natural

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.

Long Luscious Curls

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?

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2014!

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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

Don’t Bug Me!

I said her hair looked nice and she threw me shade!

Don't Bug Me

I just saw a woman at the station with really thick beautiful natural hair in ringlets, spiralling down her back. I walked up to her and said “Your hair is gorgeous, do you know if it is 4a, b, c etc?”. This is the first time I’ve ever reached out to a Naturalista and been given the cold shoulder, her face was made up and her body language said “why are you bothering me, go away!”

Which makes me question, I know we are very keen and enthusiastic about our natural hair journeys, which is great but are we wrong to want to share that enthusiasm with people we meet?

Is it OTT or should people lighten up when they are paid complements. Are we too forward or are some women just being plain stush?

Get at me with your thoughts and experiences ladies, tell it like it is.

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New Army Rules Ban Protective Styles

New Army Rules Ban Protective Styles

On March 31, the Army released an update to its Army Regulation 670-1, along with an educational PDF to assist leaders in instructing soldiers on acceptable forms of grooming.

The PDF included clarifications for both male and female soldiers. Though the 60-page document is loaded with new information, one piece in particular has received a lot of attention: “Twisting two distinct strands of hair around one another to create a twisted rope-like appearance” — a popular style among black female soldiers — is now forbidden. And, in case there’s any confusion, there’s a collection of images that illustrate exactly what they mean. In response to the ban, Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs started a petition asking the White House to reconsider the changes to AR 670-1, as they “offer little to no options for females with natural hair.” And, she’s got a point, read more from >>Refinery29<<

Naturally confident

So, you’ve been dating a guy for a few months now and you use false hair as a means of protecting your natural locks. It is now time for you to do the big reveal and show this guy what you are really working with but, how is he going to take it?

The reality is, many females hide behind the cover of a weave, as they feel it shows their beauty in its’ truest form but many men would love to see your confident curls and you sashay through the week with an abundance of hairstyles #HairVersatility.

Moving from relaxed hair to natural, I notice the increase in guys who approach me. Even if it is just to comment on my hair and I must say, it feels absolutely amazing! Confidence should come from within, not from the human hair that you’ve spent an arm and a leg on and trust me, I’ve seen the prices that some of these suppliers are retailing it for…crazy!

Ladies, unleash those fros, bounce those curls and va va voom those styles, as these guys have no idea how sexy natural hair is.

Natural Hair Movement Travels to West Africa

Natural Hair Movements Moves to West Africa

In the Ivory Coast, a fairly new group of woman meet every two months in the capital of Abidjan. The group calls itself “Nappys de Babi,” and the 2,400 odd members share tips on how to maintain their natural hair.

The main goal of “Nappys de Babi” – which is a combination of “natural,” “happy,” and Abidjan’s nickname – is to convince black women to forgo relaxers, extensions, and wigs. However, most of the women haven’t worn natural hair since their teenage years.. Read more from Clutch Magazine >>here<<

Curl Enhancing Smoothie

So you have your natural kinks, coils and curls and want to define them so they stand out. Curl enhancing smoothies are at the top of everyones shopping list for this purpose alone but do they work?

The thing with curl defining products, is that they generally only work if you have a curl pattern within your hair texture to begin with. In saying that, Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie has had rave reviews in regard to bringing life back into ‘crunchy’ wash-and-gos, lifeless spirals and hair which can sometimes be unmanageable.

This protein-rich product has allowed users to moisturise and condition their hair, without a greasy build up or the feeling that the hair is being weighed down. The product does not have any holding qualities, so should therefore be used in conjunction with something else to help maintain your hairstyle and reduce possible frizz.

Depending on your locality, obtaining this hit on the market may not be so easy to reach. Prices online may vary for the UK market (as the product is being imported), and start at approximately £15. If used sparingly, the 340g tub can last for a long period of time, making it a welcome addition to your natural hair routine.

NB: This product has the benefit of including proteins which can help to nourish your hair but, all you naturalistas who are protein-sensitive may wish to stay clear.

The art of the bantu knot out…with a twist

Tada!

Tada!

Many alternatives exist when it comes to styling natural hair.
Here’s one: the two strand twist bantu knot out. Easy and stylish at the same time. Check out BeautyistheMotive‘s tutorial and get those bouncy curls!

Tracee Ellis Ross Pursuit for Natural Hair!

One of the first times I laid my eyes upon Tracee Ellis Ross was during my teen years, when she starred as the quirky singleton Joan in the hit US show Girlfriends. In all honesty, like the hit show Sex In the City, I found myself glued to the box for the sole purpose of the costume, hair and make-up that the ladies mirrored. Because let’s face it, the story lines in shows these days only make up a small percentage of the rationale behind viewers tuning in. In the show Tracee’s hair was often the star, proving to all women with kinks that natural hair is just as versatile as chemically treated hair. Although Tracee’s journey didn’t start out that way..

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Like most women Tracee went through an “awkward phase”. Feeding into the idea that chemically treated hair is of better-quality, surrendering to this concept by having a texturizer. 

“I haven’t always been natural. I had a relaxer during my teen years…well it was more of a texturizer than a relaxer.  But I started as a natural girl”.

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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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Hot Men Monday: Hairspiration

Can we please take a moment for our natural hair brothers who are giving me life this morning! They are representing fully from hair to physique, scroll down and let us know which one tickles your fancy. (I couldn’t choose, I got me a shortlist) lool 😉

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8 Tips to Help You Embrace Your Curls

Hi naturals, transitioners and future naturals,

Do you ever feel down when it comes to your tresses or choosing hairstyles…?  Do you ask yourself “Do I look good with curly hair“? Or are your unsure about how to start your journey?

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Check out these few tips to enhance your confidence:
  • Start with the basics:  Know your hair T.E.X.T.U.R.E! Is it fine, medium or thick? Is it porous? Is it dense? “Type 3 hair” or curly hair can be fine, medium or thick. In general, this type of hair is porous, which means that it absorbs and retains moisture easily. Density refers to the amount of hair that you have on your head. If you want to know more about your hair and find what works best for you, ask your hairdresser for a hair consultation. If you don’t have one, check out the Salon’s page.
  • Wear styles that suits you and you feel comfortable with. After understanding your hair, I think it is one of the most important parts to feel self-assured about. The style you have seen on someone else will not automatically work for your hair texture or face shape. In this case find something in between, you can ask for advice from a good hairdresser OR check out vloggers with a similar hair type as yours, like MahoganyCurls who gives great tips by the way.
  • Work on your look & style: Experiment, just have fun! Try updos, braids, afros, accessories your tresses…In this way, you will find out what you like. You will also avoid getting bored. If you know you want or like natural hair but you can’t find time or feel lazy (laziness is a disease you know lol), to style it every day, try twists or braids for example. These styles will require less maintenance than styles like bantu knot outs, updos…
  • See where you want to be and what matters: Set goals that are achievable in a reasonable period of time. Take small steps at a time, growing hair takes time. Plan how you are going to achieve them, i.e. the regimen you will follow, products you will use, how many time per year you will trim your hair…
  • Stay focused: after planning, this step should come straight after. Remember perseverance is key! You will need patience, especially for the bad hair days. Thalia
  • Learn: keep learning, reading, join forums, keep asking vloggers questions to, bloggers, hairdressers… You can never learn too much, it will increase your confidence.
  • Think about positive things when you look at your mane: find 3 things you find beautiful about your curls and you will feel better about it.

Do you have any tips for sisters wishing to find the confidence to go natural? How did you feel about going natural when you first started your journey? Share your experience and tips with us.

 
Angele Amponsah

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Wavy Locs

Pipe Cleaner Curls

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For the ones sporting dreadlocks, here is a tutorial on how to curl your locks. Super springy and full of life, click on the links and follow the steps.

Products Used

Organic root stimulator lock and twist gel from Pak Cosmetics

Black Pipe Cleaners at John Lewis

Watch the how to here:
Hair Tip: Flexi Rods can also be used to create a similar look but their size will determine how defined your curls will turn out. 

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Part 2

Source for Photo:
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Curly Fro Work It Girl!

Defined Curls

Define Your Curls

Fancying some colour this season? Get this electric lipstick and master the look

Products Used

Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse at Design Essentials

Elasta QP Feels Like Silk Design Gel From Jinnys Mall

Jumbo Bobby Pins from NM Beauty

Accesories

L’Oréal Lipstick at: Superdrug

Owl Studs Earrings: Lissele Jewellery

Watch this tutorial to define your curls

Source for Photo:
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