Essential How-Tos: Homemade Flaxseed Gel

Enjoy creating your own beauty products? Check this flaxseed gel tutorial!

 

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Winter Hair Regimen For Natural Hair

Just when I thought that this year’s weather was pretty much ok considering the time of the year, winter decided to pop up out of nowhere. No warnings! So I guess, it’s time to update our regimen to keep these tresses looking fresh. Check out these top “winter hair” tips!

  1. Deep condition: Deep conditionning is a vital step especially during winter as it allows to keep your hair soft, strong and moisturised. If you want better results use a plastic cap or a steamer to help the conditionner further pernetrate the hair strand.
  2. Protective styles: Box braids, twists, senegalese twists, buns… There is a large variety of hairstyle you can test out but it is very important that you keep those ends protected from dryness and breakage.
  3. Hydratation: Apply a moisturiser of your choice regularly to nourish your ends. Make sure that your moisturiser contains water. An oil, cream or butter will work just fine.

What is your winter hair care regimen?

 

The Truth About Scalp Exfoliation

A while ago, I have attended a beauty event in London. I am not sure which one it was but it was for curly hair, makeup, fashion, plus other related things. Anyways, one of the stand really got my attention as it was performing scalp analysis. They were assessing the health of your scalp and telling you if it was dry, oily… A lady mentioned scalp exfoliation to get rid of the dead skin.

The first things that came to my mind was “Is it not what shampoo are made for?” “Why would you exfoliating your scalp?” “Is it going to damage my scalp or/and hair?” It left me a bit confused, so of course, I had to do a little research.

What I found out is that exfoliators are excellent for itchy scalp and to get rid of flakes.
Its a must have for people who over-wash their hair, since over-washing dries the scalp which in return increases the overproduction of oil. So exfoliating can decrease the need to wash your hair so much.
Exfoliators promote hair growth as well. How? By simply massaging the scalp and removing all the dirt from your scalp.

Here are few exfoliators available on the market.
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ORS Stimulator Scalp Scrub

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KIEHL’S Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

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Would you consider using an exfoliator as part of your hair regimen? Have you tried one and would you recommend them? Tell us more below!

 

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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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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? 

 

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Hair VS Body

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!

 

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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

Shampoo? Think again…

Good hair is HEALTHY hair. But did you know that there are other alternatives to shampoos?

Long curly hair

Here are few options to cleanse your scalp and hair:

Clay/Mud: When used on the hair it acts as a detoxifying mask. Clay helps cleanse the hair and scalp, and leaves the hair shiny. It is good for fine hair as it can also make hair thicker. Bentonite clay, rhassoul or kaolin clay are the most popular ones. Mix the clay with water and apply directly on the scalp, massage and rinse. Other ingredients can be added to the mix like extra virgin olive oil, honey or camomile tea.

Baking soda and apple cider vinegar: baking soda cleanses the scalp however try to avoid it on your tresses as it can dry them out. Mix a bit of baking soda with water, apply directly to the scalp, massage and rinse. To condition the hair, mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and pour the mix on your hair and scalp, let it sit for few minutes and rinse. Apple cider vinegar smoothes the cuticles and leave your hair shiny and smooth. It also enables to balance the pH of  your mane and is excellent for dandruff.

 

Have you tried any of them? Share your experience. 

 

 

 

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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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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10 Top Tips to Dress With Confidence

1. What is the occasion?Micah Gianneli Dressing with confidence NaturalPride

It’s not rocket science ladies. The occasion will always determine what outfit is required of you *tuts her teeth at the girl wearing clubwear to attend a Christening – like really?!*. Even work can be classed as an occasion because if you are not required to wear a uniform, it is yet another opportunity to look fabulous.

2. Is it appropriate?

Use some initiative when it comes to creating an outfit, as you should know what is acceptable in specific situations and what is not. You should never have to change your dressing personality but, you should always be able to adapt your style if need be.

If you are going to show cleavage cover your thighs and vice versa, as there is a thin line between classy and inappropriate 😉

3. Is it comfortable?

How many times have you worn an item of clothing that left you pulling or tugging all day?! (Darn corset – looked cute but has as much comfort as sitting in a bath of cold water). Be sensible, opt for items that you know you can withstand if you had to wear it for long periods of time and you will never go wrong.

4. Recycling

We are now in a generation that have come accustomed to a ‘Throwaway Culture’. The amount of wardrobes that are probably cluttered with clothes that have not been seen since yesteryear, even though they were only worn once is absolutely epic! Turn that boob tube dress into an A-line skirt in an instant and act like it’s brand new.

5. Hairstyling

The hairstyles that can be created to compliment your outfit are endless. The afro has evolved and with a little attention to detail, that afro of yours will highlight the beauty of natural hair.

A tapered afro can bring a unique edge to the round shape we have grown to know and it is a very accommodating option for those who currently have a TWA (teenie weenie afro) or short length.

6. The perfect footwear

The perfect shoe can make or break an outfit. Have you ever had your attention caught by an attractive guy to have your eyes stop dead when you see his dirty trainers?! Well, it goes the same for us ladies, we can’t be looking sexy and be wearing shoes that are past their sell by date.

Everyone has an ‘old faithful’ (those shoes that you could wear on repeat until the end of time) but, try and be accommodating to what you are wearing to keep things interesting.

7. Accessories

If accessories are not for you that is fine but, they make a remarkable difference to any outfit. No matter what budget you have to work with, you will be able to find something to make your outfit pop!

8. Get creative

Sometimes, creativity can go a long way. Fashion is endless and by adding your own personal touches, you can create a look that no-one else can achieve. If you are feeling a look that one of our peers has created, why not adapt it? I’m personally dying to try a Turban Bun (Note to self: Must stop using headscarfs for sleeping purposes only), so I will be seeking designs that will fit into my dress code.

9. Try, try, try…

Never be too scared to ransack the wardrobe now and again until you find the right outfit. 9 times out of 10, you will probably wear the first outfit you tried on but you never heard that from me lol! The joys of looking good ay?

10. What is missing?

So when you have checked yourself from head-to-toe, the only thing left to do is strut down that imaginary runway and let the compliments roll in while your beauty radiates.

Maria Kerr

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What top tips can you add?

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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