Do You Cater To Your Hair?

We’ve mentioned porosity earlier and its importance when it comes to finding the right products for your hair type. If you haven’t read the previous post, click here.

Knowing your hair type will affect your hair care regimen.screenshot_20170313-234529_1.jpg Whether you have low, normal or high porosity hair, you will need to update your routine and find what your hair responds to.

Low Porosity

With low porosity hair, you tend to have tight cuticles and your hair is resistant to water. It’s harder to get moisture to get into the hair shaft. In order to raise your cuticles, you will need to use heat after you apply your masks/oils/butters/deep conditionner. You can use a hot towel, hooded drier or even a shower cap. Make sure to apply products on damp hair so that any treatment penetrates the hair shaft. Product builds up can happen easily on hair with low porosity since products will just sit on your hair. In order to ensure your tresses are moisturised, use humectants as they will keep your mane hydrated. The most common ones are glycerine, honey and aloe vera gel.

Normal Porosity 

Normal porosity hair are quite easy to moisture since products tend to be absorded pretty easily, but…yes there is a but, using too much heat or chemicals can quickly turn, normal porosity hair into  high porosity hair.
Normal porosity hair has compact cuticles that easily let moisture enter in.

High Porosity 

Unlike the two other types, high porosity hair absorbs moisture pretty easily but loses it quickly. High porosity hair usually lacks shine and tend to be dry. Anti-humectants (shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil) and protein are ideal since they will ensure the hair remains moisturised and healthy.

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Benefits Of Ayurvedic Herbs

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.

Ayurvedic herbsAmla: 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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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

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? 

 

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Nicole | A 4C Redemption Story

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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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 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.

Defeat the Heat!

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…

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

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!

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2014!

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

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<<

Stop the madness!

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

big hair

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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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<<

Remember This..

Hot Comb

Remember blowing on the comb when it first came off of the fire to cool it down lol

Why did you have to sit through it, was it for the high school prom,
family christening or a wedding?

Tell us your hot comb experience

 

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).

tropic isle living jamaican black castor oilSunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       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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Mane Divas Free Hair Clinic

Mane Divas free hair clinic natural hair products UK

 

Sunday 5th May 2013
12.30pm – 2.00pm
The Wood Barber & Hair Salon
92 Snakes Lane East
Woodford Green
IG8 7HX

The first of the Mane Divas Hair clinics will be covering a range of topics to inform, guide and advise you on your chosen hair style.

This clinic session will consist of an experienced speaker, a question and answer section and tips and tricks for you to take away. There may even be a chance for you to win some hair product goodies 😉 More Information

 

Natural Hair Stylist Workshop

Natural hair stylist workshopSaturday 20th April 2013
12.00pm – 5.00pm
Mahogany Hair Spa
Milton Keynes

Are you interested having a better understanding of how to style and care for natural hair? 

Come along to this In-depth hands on workshop  and learn from an expert all the tips and tricks to achieve flawless styles!

 

For a full break down of the event information and tickets click >here<

 

 

Curluscious Talks Event Review

This fantastic event Curluscious Talks, had a room full of Naturalistas buzzing with excitement.  I was greeted with a warm welcome from the event Organisers Mrs B and Mrs C. My pen and pad at the ready, these ladies took us through a well-orchestrated slide show which addressed key hair issues and provided tried and tested solutions.

Curluscious Talks Event Review

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Must See: Afro Hair Come Back

Check out the BBCs take on the natural hair movement. Is it becoming a global trend…

 

I’ve had my fair share of ‘bun ups’ from the hot comb lol, way back when the hot comb was actually heated on the stove! Just thinking about it now makes me quiver; I remember hearing my hair sizzle before it fell to the ground. Luckily enough, my hair has now fully recovered and is larger than life 😉
Do you have any similar stories?

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Senegalese Twist Tutorial: Part 1

Senegalese twists tutorial NaturalPride

Following the success of the Mini Twists tutorial the Senegalese ‘how-to’ has been requested. This is a protective hairstyle, very good if you want to give your hair a break. The combination of the extensions twisted in with your hair reduces noticeable frizz caused by weekly washes. These twists can usually last between 4 – 8 weeks when looked after right. If you want to add a bit of length or colour to you hair without any permanent changes go ahead and get twisting 😉

Products Used

Eco Styler Styling Gel from Cosmetic Solutions

(Similar extensions to the pack used in the video) Xpression from Your Hair and Beauty

Tutorial Video

Caution ❗ If like many of us particular parts of your hair are weak or your hair-line, try your best not to twist those areas to tight. The extra weight from the extensions can cause hair to break from the root if done too tight. 

Photo Source:
pinterest.com/msphoenixrenee/

Hair-ology Conference

hair-ology natural hair event

Wednesday 6th March 2013
6.00pm – 9.00pm
Sir Andrew Flemming Lecture Theatre
Roberts Building Room GO6
University College London
WC1E 7JE

Ladies with all hair textures welcome – from gorgeous relaxed tresses to exquisite kinky curls. Learn about the secrets to healthy, lustrous hair at this exclusive, fun and information-filled free event! More Information

 

Curluscious Talks Event

CurlusciousTalks Natural Hair Event

Thursday 28th February 2013
7.00pm – 8.00pm
Croydon College
College Road
Croydon
CR9 1DX

Struggling to manage your natural hair? 
Sick of breakage & dry scalp problems?
Do you want longer hair?
Come & learn the true secret of black hair care! More Information..

***Check out the event review here ***

Mini Twists on natural hair Alicia James

Mini Twists Tutorial

Gorgeous Two Strand Mini Twists

Alicia James Mini Twists Natural hair


These beauties are so versatile. Easy to style and protective.
Although they can take a long time to do… In the tutorial below they took 10hours BUT do not let this deter you lol. Once they are in they can stay in for a very long time. 

Products Used

Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme available from British Curlies 2oz or 16oz 

Tutorial
Hair Tip: Mini twists can be done on wet hair but they will not come out stretched. They’ll appear shorter but and this creates a totally different look, funky and full of volume (I prefer twists on wet hair) 😉

Photo Source:
easynaturalhair.com

Trial and Error

The beauty about those with natural hair, is that our hair is always different from our fellow Naturalistas. Hair typing is a good stepping stone to get a general idea of our curl patterns but, it is trial and error that will assist us when establishing new hairstyles and hair regimes.

Natural hair in the mirror

I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of times I’ve seen a video of a hairstyle that I would love to try, to find that when I have followed the method word-for-word, my hair just wants to be ‘stubborn’. It’s one thing having a bad hair day with chemically treated hair but, a natural bad hair day can be absolutely tragic, which is why we always need a few go-to hairstyles for emergencies.

Natural hair is so unique, that your bantu knot/twist out/braid out/everything out (lol) results will never look the same, no matter how many times we repeat it and it’s with this notion in mind that we use our own initiative to make it work for us. I know many women who have reverted back to hair straightening because they have had enough of their thicker hair texture but with patience, everything falls into place nicely.

Here’s a few tips to consider with your hair styling:-

1. Opt for hairstyles that do not pull or tighten your edges (that ponytail will still look cute if it is worn a little looser!).

2. There is something out there for all face shapes, hair types and personalities! If there is a hairstyle that suits your face, look for new ways of creating a new look.

3. Keep it interesting – watch videos of new ways of adapting your look.

And finally, a few tips in regard to adopting a regime of your own:-

1. Natural hair needs moisture as it tends to dry out very easily. Spritz a little water (mixed with an oil of choice – carrot, olive, castor etc) on to the hair alone before styling.

2. Protect your ends as much as possible. Moisturise your ends if they are being left out during the day and make sure they are tucked away before bedtime to avoid unnecessary breakage.

3. Don’t grease your scalp as this could block the hair follicles and slow down potential hair growth, instead opt for occasionally moisturising the hair.

4. Avoid leaving your hair uncovered when going to sleep and seek alternatives to protect the hair. Even if you braid the hair in two, it will form an element of protection.

5. Space your hair washing periods to about one and a half to two week periods and use chemical-free shampoos. Co-washing (washing the hair with conditioner) is also a good way to clean the hair without it losing too much moisture in the process.

Remember, never judge your results on those of your peers as our hair can be affected from a wide range of external factors 😉

Maria Kerr

Photo Source: finetexturedhair.blogspot.co.uk

Going Natural…Should I?

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t – Eleanor Roosevelt

This quote says it all. In life, no matter what you do or will do, you will be prone to judgement from people you know or even from people you have never seen in your whole life. It also applies to the process of going natural. Some people will not understand, tell you that you will not be able to comb your hair, nappy hair is ugly…and so on. Of course some will say “Go for it!”, but choosing to be natural is a PERSONAL CHOICE. I know doing something new is sometimes scary, but isn’t taking risk exciting? I believe that being natural gives you a little something more which makes you stand out.

Many of us “naturals” had the same questions when we started our journey.
Will it fit me? Hmmm, I do believe that if you were born with it, it will.
Which styles can I wear? That’s the thing with natural hair; there are so many hairstyles that you can wear: big curly afro, dreadlocks, flat twists, bantu-knot twist out (my favourite, I admit it :-D) … Don’t worry if you can’t make some of the styles you have seen, it takes a while to manage the different techniques. Do not give up!!

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How do I take care of it and which products should I use? Well, it all depends on your hair texture and until you stop using relaxers you won’t know. 

It’s crazy how women are becoming more and more confident about wearing their natural mane, even in the public scene. Celebrities like Yaya Dacosta Alafia (from ANTM) and Tracee Ellis Ross are strutting their natural tresses, and aren’t they beautiful? Yes, they are.

Will you take the steps?

By Angele Amponsah

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fancyhuhhh.blogspot.co.uk