Hola peeps! I stumbled upon this cool chart on www.naturallycurly.com and had to share it with you guys. So many great tips that girls with curlz tend to forget about…read up and enjoy!
Hola! You all know that www.naturallycurly.com is a site fave here on SNC. Loaded with pertinent information this site keeps us curly girls and guys in the know about new products, styles and forums to get us talking/sharing our personal tips. This Saturday I will be in attendance with the likes of some great natural hair vloggers/bloggers/celebs—Taren916, Afrobella and Kim Coles to name a few at the fab Texture on the Runway show!
If you aren’t in NYC then don’t fret you can still share in the fun. Follow the conversation on twitter with #texturerunway and check out TextureOnTheRunway.com to join in! Oh and I will be taking lots of pics so always follow the blog as well as here and here. Enjoy!
Hola peeps! Thank goodness that it is Wednesday, yippy the weekend is coming! I read a post on www.naturallycurly.com by blogger, Freddie—she challenged herself to not use chemicals/man-made products for an entire month. Here is an excerpt of what she did use on hair:
“My rules were simple: no products. I would only use things found in nature, including oils, teas, herbs and a homemade, all-natural conditioner. In addition, I would co-wash often and use an all-natural shampoo.”
She continues to give details of each week and different stages that her hair went through. It seems that it mostly went well but she did come across a few bumps in the road towards the end. To read the full post go HERE.
My question is can you do it? Is it a must that you use products (natural or not) on your hair or can you go without? Do tell…
Hola peeps! We are finally getting closer to the weekend…yippy! I need a little help from you all today. Long before I went natural I experienced shedding; I never really thought much about it except that I had to lose some to gain some. However, now 2 years in I am seeing an increase in the amount of hairs that I shed. I read on naturallycurly.com that on average we shed 50 to 100 hairs daily. I wash my hair once a week and typically I have the most shedding **atleast 2-3x the daily average** at that time. I do have alot of hair but I think that is TOO much. Do you agree?
The site continued to say that healthy eating habits, exercise and multi-vitamins can not only help your well-being but decrease shedding also. I would like to add that a good trim and proper detangling will help also. Now I am extending the baton to you, what are your suggestions to decrease shedding?
Here is a video by sweeteababy0427 for a Black Tea Rinse for Shedding Natural Hair:
Hola! I know that this post is terribly late but hey you forgive me right? I am finally getting around to sharing the pics that I took of the Curly Nikki NYC Meetup. This fab event was held last month at the Carlton Hotel and was sponsored by Mizani. The place was packed with tons of natural ladies and some gents…such a beautiful sight to see! Everyone was greeted with a smile and a gift bag courtesy of Mizani that contained a few samples of their new hair care line.
I was lucky enough to get some great shots of different styles, Curly Nikki and a photo-op with “Aunt Viv” **check the pics below. I really do hope that she makes it back to NYC as the turn out was great!
Hola! Summer is in full force and we all are flocking to the pool for relief from the heat. We reach for the sunblock to protect our skin from the harsh elements but some of us forget to also protect our tresses before we dive in. Over the holiday weekend I was talking to my sister about the importance of protecting my niece’s hair while she takes swim lessons. For the most part she keeps my niece’s hair braided but I was stressing that she should also use a leave-in conditioner for protection and to let her wear a swim cap—she does neither! So I was ecstatic when I stumbled upon this article on naturallycurly.com about protecting kiddies hair from chlorine. Here are some quick expert tips that they called out which we all should adhere to **young and old**:
To read the full article go HERE. I think that these are all good tips, I have yet to hit the pool this summer but best believe that I will be protecting my curlz! How do you keep your curlz intact? What do you use? Do tell…
**pic above was pulled from a google search**
Hola! I suppose I am making up for missing yesterday’s post because today I am flooding your inbox, fb page, bloglovin or whatever you use to connect to SNC….lol. However I was reading this post on naturallycurly.com—Top 8 Natural Hair Styles and had to share. Here is a excerpt:
“Design Essentials Salon Systems recently released the results of its online Natural Hair Survey, and the latest announcement revealed the top natural hair styles fueling this explosively popular trend. Two hundred African American and Hispanic women, ages 18-64, participated in the survey to assess their attitudes and behaviors toward wearing natural hair.
The natural hair trend celebrates the natural texture of each woman’s hair and embraces their curls, coils and kinks. Women showcase a wide range of natural hair styles based on their texture, lifestyle, maintenance routine and styling preferences. Design Essentials found that the top styles are wash and go, thermally straightened or extensions/wigs/weaves. Braided styles were found to be slightly less prevalent.”
6% – Twists
6% – Straightened
9% – Afro
10% – Dreads/Locks
11% – Braids
19% – Thermally Straightened
14% – Extenstions/Wigs/Weaves
28% – Wash and Go
Hola peeps! I hope that you enjoyed your long weekend as much as I did—now back to work. Today we must tackle bad habits. Come on admit it we all have them, however I am referring to bad habits of girls with curlz. As for me a few come to mind—from time to time I use a brush for my edges **a big no-no** and I also tend to pull my hair back a bit too tight when I wear a bun **bad i know but i like smooth edges**. My conscious was starting to get to me and I knew that I had to rid myself of these bad habits therefore www.naturallycurly.com comes to the rescue once again. The following is an article written by Timi Komonibo which lists out 5 bad habits to rid yourself of, read on….
Protective buns, puffs, and ponytails can be good ways to keep hair out of your face, but they are also a major source of thinning edges. Tightly hair styles can add stress to hair follicles, causing breakage. You should try keep these high-tension styles to a minimum, but if you must do them, do so wisely. Using an elastic hair band or hair band with a metal part can snag on your hair and snatch you bald, yanking out your follicles. Ouch!
Many naturals still believe that the more you cut your hair, the more it will grow. This belief has led many astray. While trimming your hair every so often is good, you have to give it time to grow. Cutting it won’t speed up the process. Instead, focus on having a healthy scalp. A healthy scalp promotes healthy hair growth. So put the scissors down and let your hair grow at its own pace. It will grow eventually if you just let it.
Most shampoos strip your hair of essential oils it needs. Co-washing is less harsh on your scalp. I’m not suggesting you stop shampooing altogether (although some have); I’m simply saying that you can co-wash in between your shampoo days.
There’s nothing wrong with loving the feel of your curls under your fingers, but for some of us, hand-in-the-hair syndrome might be hurting our hair more than we realize. Fairy knots are teeny tiny knots that form on the ends of strands of hair. They no stranger to kinky hair. They can appear after the frequent use of styles such braid outs or twist outs. You want to resist the urge to pull or break them off; this will only cause more breakage. Instead, grab a pair of scissors and snip the knot. If left unchecked, these fairy knots will tangle your hair and will become a nightmare to deal with. In the long run, your hair will thank you for snipping them off.
I recommend detangling in the shower. Add conditioner and use a wide-toothed comb to loosen and remove any knots. I sometimes bring a paddle brush or use my finger to detangle. But be careful: wet hair is more stretchy, but it breaks just as easily. Even when it’s dry, don’t tug on stubborn knots. Just patiently start detangling from the bottom and work your way up. Be gentle with your hair and make sure you use a moisturizer when you are styling it.
Hola! I hope all is good. It is pouring here in NYC and based on the weather channel majority of the east and northwest coasts are getting hammered with storms. If you aren’t in either of those areas then you are blessed. However, this weather can cause havoc to natural hair by creating tons of FRIZZ!! I know I have mentioned before that my hair seems to thrive on moisture yet this is a bit too much for my hair to bare. I was reading up on humectants and dew points on www.naturallycurly.com to see how it all balances out. Check the following excerpt from the article:
If the dew point is below 35°F or so, the moisture content in the air is sufficiently low that a humectant applied to your hair might be irresistibly drawn to the moisture in your hair and make every attempt to steal it from you (by drawing it out of your hair and binding it to itself). This can result in dry, fly-away hair, split ends, and broken strands. This effect can often be compensated for by using plenty of moisturizing products, not over-drying your hair (leave it somewhat moist after washing), and layering leave-in conditioners with humectant-containing styling product.
Curly hair seems to really thrive in moderate climactic conditions, and dew point ranges of approximately 35°F to 50°F seem to be optimal. In this type of weather, most curlies find that they can get really pleasant results by using products that contain some humectants. There is just enough moisture in the air that the humectants can grab a little from the environment, which can enhance the curl and create a bouncy feeling to the hair.
When the dew point for your area is at 60°F or above, it might be a good idea to apply some product with anti-humectant properties. These products will seal the hair shaft, flatten the cuticle and prevent atmospheric moisture from absorbing into the interior of your strands. Most of these products will contain ingredients that are water insoluble. However, many of these products contain ingredients which are easily removed with an extremely mild shampoo or perhaps even a thorough conditioner wash. To read the full article go here.
My overall take on the matter is to keep your curls hydrated and moisturized to combat frizz and dryness. On rainy days like today I carry a small container of EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel or pomade with me just in case I need to smooth down my edges or fly-aways. How do you handle rainy days? Do tell..
Hola peeps! Well I suppose it is a Happy Hump Day, despite the weather outside my window. No fear I stumbled upon an article on naturallycurly.com that gives great tips on fighting FRIZZ on rainy days like today. Here is a snippet:
Chaz Dean, celebrity stylist and founder of Wen Hair & Body Care products and Chaz Dean Studio in Hollywood, CA, suggests using a product with essential oils as a leave-in treatment for unruly tresses. His product line includes cleansing conditioners, styling cremes and texture balm (all containing plant and fruit extracts), as well as three bath, body and hair oils: Tea Tree (especially for sensitive, dry or flaky scalps), Fig and Sweet Almond Mint.
“It’s cold-pressed oil that helps penetrate into the hair to where it’s not greasy,” Dean says. “The oils are used directly on the scalp as a treatment and to help stimulate healthy hair growth, especially in the months we’re approaching.”
Ethan Shaw, a stylist at Anne Kelso Salon in Austin, TX, suggests carrying a spray bottle with an essential oil as a time-saving tool to prevent frizzy hair and perk up droopy curls on the second or third day.
“I like tea tree oil, and you can mix it with water,” Shaw says. “The oil is light enough that it’s not going to make your hair feel oily, and just heavy enough to give you a little more control than just water would.”
He recommends the Bumble and bumble Tonic. You can also create your own product by filling an 8-ounce spray bottle with water and half an ounce of tea tree oil.
“It’s great when you’re on the go,” he says. “And if you’re really trying to fight the humidity, for some types of curly hair, that’s going to give a firmer hold.”
For more click here to go to the article. Enjoy!