Kenya Moore Shows Off Her Natural Hair!

NaturalPride Kenya Moore

 

NaturalPride Kenya Moore Real HairPretty long huh?

Measuring at a full 10 inches it seems as if weave protective styling is working wonders for Kenya.

Does this method work for you?

More scoop on Kenyas mane over at Wetpaint

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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

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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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.

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

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.

Photo Source: thyranq.deviantart.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<<

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.

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..

Tracee Ross Hair Journey NaturalPride

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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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?

Gelila Bekele

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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New Year New Hair Goals

Soooo, Christmas is over, the New Year is here and we’re 5lbs heavier (don’t lie because I know you are!). So what’s next for us Naturalistas?! Setting goals that’s what! I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions, I’m referring to goals we can set and achieve in regards to our hair.

Over the years, many of us have probably lost touch with what we should do with our hair. We’ve probably fallen into the path of repetitive hair styling (the ponytails that have terrorised our hairline) or have a lack of enthusiasm when trying to maintain healthy hair.

For those who have just started ‘the journey’, setting hair goals will be a prime way to keep the motivation flowing and those who have become stuck at the same point for a while (e.g. stunted growth), goals can help develop new ways to rejuvenate the love for your hair that has been lost.

Goals are there to provide challenges for us and once accomplished, your sense of achievement will be overwhelming but worth it! From starting my natural hair journey with a hair length of one inch, I never would have thought that it would be collarbone-length in 15 months, (the same length that my hair was when I decided to cut it). My personal goal is to reach armpit-length by the end of the year and I have faith that with a little care and attention to how my hair is maintained, this is an achievable goal if I remain dedicated and I know all you Kinks will keep me on target.

Hair Length Chart

If you know you’re one of those people who can’t stick to long-term goals, start off small. Base your goal on a month or two, unless you know you are in it for the long haul.

Here’s a few goals to get your juices flowing:-

  1. Trim off all dead ends so you can start this year’s journey off fresh
  2. Phase out the need to use chemical induced products and opt for natural ones instead
  3. Grow your hair half an inch each month – stay motivated by documenting the growth with pictures & a journal

Remember, we must crawl before we walk but we will all get our desired look with a little patience 😉

By Maria Kerr

Tell me some of your hair goals?