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5 Common Ingredients That Make Your Curls More Elastic
Elasticity is defined as your hair’s ability to bounce back from tugging and pulling.
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Every time you comb, brush, and style your hair, it is being manipulated. If you’re constantly struggling with breakage and undefined curls, you could be suffering from lack of elasticity, also called bounce for looser curl patterns. “Hair elasticity is an important factor in better understanding the overall health and upkeep of our hair,” as stated in this article. When you hair lacks elasticity, it is more prone to having breakage; it also has difficulty withstanding damage from manipulation. Dryness is one of the main causes of breakage, so it is especially important to keep your hair moisturized daily. 

These ingredients will give you hair more definition, bounce, and elasticity with regular use.

1. Water

Water is with a doubt the most abundant ingredient in most natural hair care products, and for good reason. Water is a hydrator and our hair needs this moisture in order to bend and stretch. When you apply water to your hair, you’re providing the necessary moisture it needs. Read why curly hair loves water as a natural moisturizer.

2. Coconut oil

As natural light to medium emollient, coconut oil is another ingredient that gives your hair elasticity. Remember that coconut oil is a penetrating emollient and that can easily enter the hair shaft to protect you hair from protein loss, hydrated fatigue, and damage. Coconut also protects your hair from losing too much moisture and becoming dry. Read more about coconut oil here.

3. Olive oil

Although it’s identified as a medium to heavy emollient, olive oil provides your hair elasticity. It can easily penetrate and coat the hair shaft to hold and lock moisture. Olive oil works great for hot oil and deep conditioning treatment. Olive oil also helps to prevent hair thinning and loss. Use it once a week as in your deep conditioning treatment if your curls are feeling extremely dry and lack definition.

4. Argan oil

Popularly used in many commercial hair care products, argan oil is another ingredient that helps to give your hair elasticity. Although it’s expensive, argan oil has been found to help solve natural hair woes including elasticity issues and frizz. As mentioned in this article, argan oil is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E to retain moisture and add shine.

5. Hydrolyzed protein

Commonly found in hair reconstructing treatments, Hydrolyzed protein is an ingredient to jumpstart the bounce back into your curls. It strengthens the hair cuticle, maintaining elasticity down the length of the hair. Before heat and chemical styling, do a hydrolyzed protein treatment to protect your hair from becoming weak and damaged. When using hydrolyzed protein, consider how often you need it–this ingredient is much stronger than the typical deep conditioner, so use sparingly. For more on hydrolyzed protein, check out this article.

This article has been updated with additional resources.

4 Reasons Every Curly Should Love This Andean Plant Extract
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Commonly found and cultivated in South America, quinoa is a highly sought-after grain that’s infused with high amounts of proteins and amino acids. It may be on your holiday table, as we speak! It’s packed with essential vitamins and minerals including:

  • Vitamin A
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc

It’s no wonder that companies are starting to feature this superfood in more and more hair and cosmetic products—it is naturally derived and contains several hair and skin benefits. If you have naturally curly hair, here’s why you should incorporate quinoa extract into your care routine.

A brief history of Quinoa Extract

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, quinoa is an Andean plant that originated in the area surrounding Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia. This grain later was cultivated and became the main source of food for civilizations such as the Inca. Since the domestication of quinoa, it has expanded to several regions throughout North and South America.

It can build and maintain your hair’s elasticity.

Quinoa extract is packed with essential vitamins, including high levels of riboflavin, which are key ingredients to improving and maintaining your hair’s elasticity. Remember, greater the hair’s elasticity, the less chance of breakage and heat damage.

It can protect the hair follicles and shaft from breakage.

The daily stress that you put on your hair causes it to become weakened and susceptible to breakage. Quinoa extract contains more than 10% of amino acids and hydrolyzed protein that naturally strengthens and protects your hair follicles and shaft.

Quinoa is said to reduce tangles and split ends.

Because quinoa extract contains vitamin E and hydrolyzed protein, it has moisturizing properties that can coat and penetrate the hair shaft. This protects your hair from tangling while keeping spilt ends away.

It can actively stimulate hair growth follicles.

It’s been proven that adding quinoa to your hair care routine can actively stimulate hair growth. Quinoa extract is filled with highly nourishing nutrients and acts as a natural sealant that hydrates and moisturizes the hair cortex and scalp, which produces hair growth.

What it can do for your skin:

  • Reduces the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation
  • Controls acne and acne scarring
  • Fights signs of anti-ageing and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles  
  • Rejuvenates the skin and provide a healthy glow

These products include quinoa extract:

Do you consume or use quinoa extract in your recipes, hair or otherwise? Share in the comments section below!

This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated.
How to Make Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil At Home
How to Make Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil At Home
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Coconut oil is a natural woman’s best friend. This nature-derived superfood and ingredient is known to do wonders for our hair, skin, and nails.

But with supply and demand increasing the cost of a jar of coconut oil at the grocery store, it’s refreshing to know that there’s an easier way to extract your own oil from a coconut. Here is the complete guide to coconut oil, and a simple method to get oil out of coconut by boiling.

What you need to know about coconut oil

Coconut oil is a natural emollient that is extracted from a mature, harvested coconut. Unlike some natural emollients that lie on the surface of your hair, coconut penetrates the hair shaft to provide and maintain moisture. Coconut oil is a light natural emollient that helps to prevent your hair from becoming dry, and helps maintain its natural elasticity and avoid breakage. This is why coconut oil is a favorite among curly women.

What you need to know when working with coconut oil

It’s hydrophobic.

Coconut oil doesn’t mix with water because of different chemical properties. Coconut oil is a fat molecule, and is defined as a non-polar solvent, while water is a polar solvent. Polar and non-polar molecules will never mix.

It has a high melting point.

Ever wonder why your coconut oil is sometimes solid? Coconut oil has a melting point that is above room temperature (about 78 degrees”>, which means that it will be solid at room temperature. When storing your coconut oil, keep it from direct heat such as sunlight, and store it at room temperature. It can easily turn to liquid with just the heat of your fingers, but this consistency is an important factor to understand when working with coconut oil.

It can be used for a variety of purposes.

You can get much more use out of your coconut oil aside from just using it on your hair. It can be used as a makeup remover, for chapped lips, and as a natural moisturizer for skin and stretch marks.

Read more: The Science Behind Coconut Oil for Hair.

The Boiling Method

This boiling method from Idiots Guides will help you make unrefined, virgin coconut oil at home just using distilled water and a coconut.

What you’ll need:
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 1 mature, brown coconut, nutmeat removed
  • Small saucepan
  • Grater
  • Blender
  • Cheesecloth
  • Kitchen sieve
  • Medium saucepan
How to Make Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil At Home

Step 1: Heat water in small saucepan over medium heat.

Step 2: Grate coconut meat into a bowl.

Step 3: Place coconut and hot water in blender and cover securely. Allow to sit for a few minutes before blending, so the liquid does not overflow the blender and burn your hands.

Step 4: Puree coconut and water in the blender.

Step 5: Line the sieve with a layer or two of cheesecloth and place in a medium sized bowl.

Step 6: Pour the coconut puree into the sieve and press the liquid into the bowl using a rubber spatula or the back of a large spoon. When the pulp has been pressed dry, add a little more water to the pulp and press again.

Step 7: Place liquid in a medium-size saucepan and bring up to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. The coconut oil will separate from the cream and the water will evaporate.

Step 8: When the separated and curdled cream has browned, strain the liquid oil through the kitchen sieve into a container. Cover and store for later use.

Are you interested in making coconut oil at home, or do you have your own recipe? Share with us in the comments below!

This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.
The Hottest Natural Hair Events Happening in August
Mark your calendars, gals. Here are the natural hair events happening in August.

If you happened to miss any natural hair events earlier this season, summer is not over just yet and there is still time to attend one. Here is your quick guide to the 5 hottest U.S. natural hair events happening in August.

Natural Hair & Health Summit, August 6 @ 9:00 am in Atlanta, GA

Get even more educated about natural hair and your health at the Natural Hair & Health Summit this month. You will get the opportunity to meet some of the industry’s leading natural hair and health professionals and learn how you can achieve a better and healthier lifestyle. Listen to discussions about nutrition and fitness; receive advice on some of the latest in natural hair care as well. To purchase your ticket, visit the event’s site.

5th Annual Bi State Kansas City Natural Hair Expo, August 12-14 @ 10:00am in Kansas City, MO

Kansas City is doing big things, hosting a 3-day weekend full of hair magic. Spend the weekend listening to talks from natural hair bloggers on the blogger discussion panel, shopping for hair product, and participating in natural hair demonstrations and classes for new or experienced naturals. You will also have the chance to see other naturals strut their stuff down the runway in kids and adult natural hair fashion shows. Click here for more information.

Curls on the Runway, August 20 @ 5:00pm in White Plains, NY

Never been to a natural hair show? Now’s your chance to experience a showcase of curly and coily hair on a big stage. Essence of Beauty brings you Curls on the Runway. The event will feature interactive hair demos by the owner of Essence of Beauty Hair Salon, stylist Claudette Gyles, shopping and sampling new natural hair products from vendors, learning from hair care workshops, and so much more! Click here to reserve your spot.

Qurl Queens Hair & Beauty Edition, August 21 @ 6:00pm in Chicago, IL

Calling all Queens! If you are in the Chicagoland area, check out this natural hair event. 103 Collection & Nae2Curly present the Qurl Queens Hair & Beauty Edition, in which you will spend an evening of live product demos, sweet giveaways and bundle deals. You will also have the chance to earn a VIP admission that consists of gift bags, raffle tickets and more. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Ubiquitous Beauty, Hair and Health Expo, August 27-28 @ 11:00am-6:00pm in Washington, D.C.

This event is sure to inspire, motivate and educate and encourage you to celebrate your hair. You will see live performances, participate in stage panels, take notes in various hair care workshops, and visit with sponsors in the hair care, beauty, fashion, and health industry. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. Purchase your ticket here.

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Summer frizz letting you down? These 5 products get the job done on my curly-coily hair.

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I Stopped Worrying About Hair Growth – And Focus on This Instead

My natural hair does what it likes. It likes to shrink and will do just that. I cannot and will not fight it.

natural hair growth

When I began my natural hair journey, my main focus was hair growth and learning how to maintain length. Now, almost three years natural, I have stopped worrying about hair growth and instead focus on keeping my hair healthy. Here is how–and why–I stopped stressing about hair growth.

As a child, I always remember having hair that was past shoulder-length, but when I chopped the remaining of my relaxed ends, I was shocked.

Quickly adjusting to the shorter hair was difficult for me to deal with. Having longer hair was my safety blanket, something I thought I needed in order to feel like myself. When I went natural, I couldn’t wait for my curls to grow out. I would read articles on ingredients at stimulate hair growth, and search “how to grow natural hair fast.” I went on to try outrageous hair treatments and used any and every hair growth simulator. I went on to do weekly length checks just to see how much my hair has grown and stressed about whether I was losing too much hair on wash day.

The madness continued up until my no-heat bid last year.

I came to the realization that I no longer needed to worry about my hair length. I stopped using heat and mixing different hair growth products. I also did not focus on how far my hair can reach down my back, but instead I focused on what made my hair healthier.

I quit the unnecessary length checks every day and obsessing over shed hair. I no longer desire those straightened, stretched styles and opt for styles like the wash-and-go to embrace my hair shrinkage.

Since then, faster hair growth has been the least of my worries.

My hair health is and will continue to be the main focus in my natural hair journey.

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4 Key Points Every New Natural Should Know
The decision to go natural is tough for any woman and sometimes, going back to the straightener and relaxer seems easier. This was me nearly 4 years ago.

woman with short natural hair

When I was transitioning I continued to rely on relaxers and straighteners because I feared what my hair would be like after the fact. Going natural was definitely not easy, but I took all that I learned for this experience to share with others that are considering or even in the beginning stages of their natural hair. Here are my tips for the new natural.

1. Learn how to care for your hair.

Let’s be real here. It’s unrealistic to think anyone could achieve the same wash and style each time. Come to terms with what taking care of your hair looks like and how to do what’s best for you. We tend to get caught up in trying different products and always searching for “the one,” but this can lead to a lot of disappointment for new naturals. Instead, focus on a set regimen to get your hair in its best shape and health.

2. Don’t worry about not perfecting your wash and style routine right away.

It took time and trial and error but I found a wash routine that fits into my busy schedule and meets my hair needs. I couldn’t tell you how many times I tried a wash & go before I found the combination of products and styling techniques that gave me great results. Be patient!

3. Ignore the Noise.

As naturals, we all hear it all the time. “Your hair is frizzy” and “but I like your hair straight.” These are the phrases we commonly hear when we wear our hair out. Ignore the noise of others in your ear when it comes to your hair, and style it the way you feel comfortable. They will eventually see the health and beauty of natural curly, coily hair–and if they don’t, who cares?

4. Stick with it.

Understand that your natural hair journey will be far from perfect–in fact, expect to experience highs and lows. Don’t return to straighteners when the going gets tough or when a product just doesn’t work. Consider other factors, such as hair health and your combination of products, or even just the weather, before giving up on a product or style.

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Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Curl Enhancing Dual Hydration Milk will help during your transition. Have you tried it?

THIS Will Get Rid Of Your Summer Frizz Halo
Sometimes the summer heat just won’t let our curls catch a break.
naturally wavy curly beach frizz
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During the summer  we tend to struggle with frizz, flyaways and a lack of curl definition–our winter and spring Holy Grail stylers aren’t holding up anymore.

If constant heat and sweat is affecting your wavy and curly hair, these top curl defining gelees will beat the summer frizzies.

1. Design Essentials Coconut and Monoi Curl Defining Gelee, $14.99 at Sally Beauty

This gelee is packed with curl-friendly ingredients such as coconut oil, sunflower oil and marshmallow root which are known to provide an easy glide through each curl. The featured ingredient is monoi oil, a natural frizz fighter that treats dryness, softens the hair and has a silky consistency.

2. Lottabody Shape Me Custard Gelee, $6.99 in Curlmart

This gelee is also a curly custard, you get the best of both worlds with this styler from Lottabody. It is infused with coconut and Shea oils which provide intense moisture and shine. Like other custards on the market, this gelee has a loose and light consistency and will not leave your hair feeling sticky or with a tacky film.

3. Dippity Do Girls with Curls Curl Shaping Gelee, $7.49 in Curlmart

This light to medium-hold shaping gelee defines loose waves and ringlets with the help of moisturizing ingredients like vitamin E and wheat protein. Together they will eliminate your summer frizz halo and provide endless natural shine. Scrunch and diffuse this gelee after cowashing for big volume.

4. Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Curl Defining Creme Glaze, $8.69 at Target

The Dark & Lovely Au Naturale Anti-Shrinkage gelee works great for all styles, including Bantu knot-outs, flat twists, and two-strand twists. You have the flexibility in creating a cute summer style that will hold and last. You also will not have to worry about harsh chemicals and product build-up as this gelee does not contain parabens, sulfates, mineral oil and alcohol.  

5. Matrix Biolage Styling Gelee, $16.00 at Ulta

Sometimes, even salon gals don’t have the time or money to make a trip to our stylist. The Biolage All-Purpose Styling Gelee is a salon-quality styler perfect for wavies whose hair cannot quite hold a curl. This gelee provides definition that will leave your hair feeling lightweight and frizz free. What more can you ask for in a gelee?


When dealing with frizz, it’s important to understand the source.  

If your hair is thirsty for moisture, check out 8 Leave-in Conditioners That WON’T Weight Your Wavy Hair Down.

Not all frizz is the same, here are 12 Different Types of Frizz, and how to fight them. 

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2 Male Hairstyles Perfect For Wavy Hair
Today, more men are styling their naturally textured hair. Ladies, which trend would you like to see bae rock next?
giaro garratana wavy hair man bun
pictured: Giaro Giarratana

Here is some hair inspiration for the guys. (Ladies, share this with the man in your life.”>

The Man Bun

A simplicity style for men, this style is laid back with little effort. In 2014, the Man Bun was a one of the hottest styles for men with long hair as it could easily be said to make us women drool. There are plenty of takes on the man bun–high, low, or maybe the semi-bun to a full bun.  It’s okay if you can’t decide, watch below how to you can work the man bun 4 different ways.  

The Top Knot

Heart eyes for the Top Knot. Some guys can’t quite decide to go for a Man Bun or the undercut. I say, why not go with both? This style has been making its way into the hearts of women everywhere and guys alike–it’s incredibly sexy. The Top Knot is only a variation of the man bun, so you don’t have to commit to just one style. Watch below how you can get the top knot style.

Tips for making the perfect Man Bun

  • Make sure your hair is long enough. The length of your hair is key to a great man bun.

  • Choose the right tools. The man bun is simple, as all you need is a small elastic band and a pomade or a good hair clay.

  • Scoop your hair back.

Don’t’ just pull the hair back. If you want your bun higher, use a scooping motion.

Tips for styling a Top Knot

  • Make sure the hair is cut low enough. Make sure your barber gets close for a proper and clean undercut.

  • Choose the right tools. The right pair of clippers mean a lot for the undercut, you don’t have to keep going back to the barber for a simple touch up. Choose quality clippers.

  • Maintenance is key. As your hair grows out, you’ll find that your hair be in an awkward stage. Be sure to maintain the undercut.

Ladies, which style do you prefer on bae? The Man Bun or the Top Knot?

Let us know.

Make Your Own Cooling Summer Shaving Oil
What if I told you that your current razor bump issues could be solved by switching to using an all-natural shaving oil? It’s true.

What you use to shave can have an impact on how smooth and clean your shave is. It can also protect your skin from the occasional nick. If you’re unhappy with your store bought shaving cream or if you want to cut down on the number of products on your shopping list, here is a DIY shaving oil recipe.

We know the benefits aloe vera, coconut oil and essential oils can have for our hair, so it is no surprise we like them for our skin as well. Your boyfriend and bestie might like it, too.

What You Need

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera (you can also use conditioner if you don’t have aloe vera”>
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  •  4-6 drops of your favorite essential oil (such as peppermint, tea tree, lavender or a combination”>


  • Melt the coconut oil and combine with other ingredients. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but it easily melts at 76 degrees.

  • Stir together and store in a plastic container.

  • Apply a thin layer to skin and let sit a couple of minutes before shaving.

  • Add an essential oil of your preference. Peppermint oil will give you a cooling sensation, while lavender oil is soothing and known to have antiseptic capabilities for cuts.

If coconut oil hardens or separates between uses, place the closed container beneath the shower stream before shaving to warm it up. 

5 Tips for the Best Shaving Experience

1. Choosing the right razor: Don’t think that you can get a smooth finish with the same old razor. Usually, inexpensive ones or those with only one cheap blade tend to get dull super quickly, easily causing pesky nicks. A good, long-lasting razor is essential. Purchase a blade with multiple blades or higher quality care materials like Bevel Shave System Starter Kit from Target.

2. Exfoliate beforehand: Before you shave, make sure that you exfoliate. This may seem like an extra step, but it makes a difference. Exfoliating prepares the skin, getting rid of dry, dead skin and opening up clogged pores that are susceptible to to ingrown hairs. There are many exfoliating products on the market, but you can always DIY your own with brown sugar, honey and olive oil

3. Don’t shave the same area twice: This a common mistake that we all make. Shaving the same area twice causes skin irritations, razor burn, nicks and cuts. Make sure that you are going against the direction of hair growth.

5. Follow up with a moisturizer: Don’t skip this step. It’s important to apply a body moisturizer after shaving. A moisturizer will calm the skin and reduce the amount of razor bumps. A light oil such as coconut oil will do, and it means one less product to buy!

What do you use to shave? Shaving cream, conditioner, or something else? 

This is the Secret to Perfect Hair in LA (& the 3 Best Places to Get It)
If you haven’t already, consider getting a blowout at a blow dry bar. This is what you need to know about the straightening treatment and a list of the top blow dry bars to visit on the west coast.
Blow Me Away Bar in Los Angeles

If you haven’t already gotten one before, consider visiting a popular blow dry bar for a blowout. First, here is what you need to know about the straightening treatment and a list of the top blow dry bars to visit on the west coast.

The Blowout: What Matters

  • Your hair’s health means a lot before getting a blowout that will last. Beforehand, consider your hair’s protein-moisture balance as well as its current pH levels. If your hair is in a fragile state, do not further risk damage by using heat or tension on it.

  • The products and tools used for the blowout make all the difference. Make sure you have the right products at home post-care: a good heat protectant and blow dryer specifically for straightened styles is necessary.

  • It’s all in the technique. Don’t rush your blowout. Take your time to apply products and use tools correctly

The Benefits of a Blowout

  • Can be used as a base for other stretched styles and looks

  • Creates smooth bouncy curls

  • Reduces the amount of flyaways and split ends

  • Stretches the curls for an effortless look

Top 3 Blow Dry Bars in Los Angeles

1. Blow Me Away Dry Bar

“I decided to give other mothers and all ladies the opportunity to pamper themselves at a low cost in a location where they can relax.”

LA is known it’s fast pace lifestyle and with so much to do on a Saturday, who really wants to sit in the chair the whole day? Shani, Creator of Blow Me Away Dry Bar, understands women want the luxury of the salon experience but without the hassle of waiting for long periods of time. Her bar offers affordable blowouts starting at $35 as well as nail care services. Book your appointment by phone or online.

2. The Drybar

“No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.”

Don’t want to travel outside of your neighborhood? No worries. From West Hollywood to Brentwood, Drybar has several locations all over LA. This bar offers a range 10 of blow dry styles, from the “Straight Up” to “The Cosmo” to the “Mai Tai.” If you choose to maintain your style at home after your appointment, they offer a blowout regimen available in-house for purchase–dry shampoo, conditioner, blow dryer and even self-grip rollers. The bar is crafted to creating the perfect blowout. Check out the gallery and book your appointment for your next blowout.

3. Merci Blowdry Bar

“Wash, Blow, Style, & Go! Only $35”

Let’s be honest, a trip to the salon isn’t cheap, and especially if you are in the LA area. You are usually stuck with paying a hefty price tag for a style that lasts maybe a few days to a week, at most. Save your money and take a trip to the Merci Blowdry Bar that give you a complete treatment which includes a wash, blow dry and style for just $35. Merci Blowdry Bar also carries their line of the Kerastase system and offers packages so you can even host your own blow dry bar party. View their gallery and schedule your appointment with Merci Blowdry Bar today.

Before you use heat on your hair, it’s important that you fully understand heat and its effects on the hair. And if you do get a blowout, follow these steps to properly re-moisturize your hair afterwards.

Have you gotten a blowout? What were your results?

5 Frizz Products That Work When Humidity Won’t Let My Curls Be Great
Oh the joys of summer: warm air, summer dresses and–frizz. Yes.

I fight my frizzies the most in the summer because the humidity just won’t let my curls be great. However, I have a few tried and true products that are sure to beat the clamminess and control my summer frizz.

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Don’t Shrink Flaxseed Elongating Gel

Whether it is a wash-n-go, a twist-out or a sleek bun, I have been using this product for 2 years and it has yet to fail me. This gel from Aunt Jackie’s helps to control the frizzies, giving me true definition and shine. It is infused with flaxseed and wheat proteins that are specifically designed for curl enhancing while resisting shrinkage.

Ouidad Wave Create Texture Taffy

This is one of my recent loves. Ouidad Texture Taffy is sure to be a new staple in my summer hair routine. There are times where I like to take a break from the use of gels, pomades, and go for something that is light yet has real frizz control. This product is great for slicking down edges and sides to create intricate styles like a frohawk. It don’t worry about the stick texture, once it dries it will leave my hair smooth and soft.

tgin Butter Crème Daily Moisturizer

I just started getting into using this line of products but I am so impressed by the results of their butter crème; I didn’t expect the product to be so moisturizing. Natural butters–shea and cocoa–and oils like vitamin E and coconut are the key ingredients for making it such a rich and creamy texture. The moisturizer provides me with endless moisture and curl definition.

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

One of my first natural hair holy grails, SheaMoisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothies is a top moisturizer for those with thick, oftentimes dry and frizzy hair. This smoothie is a great styler for soft yet defined twist-outs or braid-outs. This moisturizer works well to control frizz because it contains a special ingredient, neem oil, known to relieve a dry, itchy scalp, combat frizz and add shine.

Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Refresher Spray

When my curls are looking a bit dry and I have no time to redo an entire hair wash and style, I simply reach for my Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Refresher Spray. I have been using this product for a year and always noticed a major boost in my curls, not to mention amazing slip and ultimate control of the summer frizzies. It’s super light so I won’t have to worry about it being too heavy or creating a sticky film.

A Naturalista’s Nightmare: "My Stylist Snuck A Relaxer In My Hair"
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Going to a salon can be quite the experience. It’s meant to be fun, exciting, relaxing. To relinquish the task of doing our hair for one day and to have someone else do it is a relief. At the same time we are literally giving others the chance to treat, cut, and style our hair – what can happen in the chair can be a nightmare. Recently, what one woman thought would be a casual natural hair salon appointment turned into a real-life horror story.

Last week, a Georgia woman made news when she claimed that a stylist at Lucy’s Dominican Hair Salon in Marietta snuck a relaxer into her hair. The woman had scheduled an appointment for a routine wash and style (blowout”>. However, after three days the woman looked at her hair and noticed something was off. Her once natural hair now did not maintain the same texture and did not revert back to its natural curl pattern. Instead it was thin, frail and straight.

Suspicious about what had been done to her hair, the woman called the salon only to find out that it was a “routine procedure”–in the salon’s words–to add a small amount of a chemical relaxer or lye to naturally kinky, coily hair. For the stylist, this would make the client’s style easier to achieve for better blowout results.

Since the woman’s Facebook post, Lucy’s Dominican Hair Salon has released a post denying the claims:

Just want to inform my customers and future customers that we do not mix any type of relaxing product with our shampoo we have been in business for over 10 years with well satisfied customers. And any salon business Owner knows that mixing relaxer with shampoo would damage the hair and irritate as soon as it would be applied. So any comments or reviews against my business with this context is not educated in beauty salon products or practicing. And we only have this one location @ 550 Franklin rd Marietta Ga. A Special Thank you to all my current customers who trust us with all their hair needs.

Other naturals took to social media to share their thoughts on the allegations.

One post stated, “I’ve been natural my whole life, and if someone told me they used a relaxer in my hair without my consent, I’d be looking to start a war.” Another commentator mentioned that it is a common practice for stylists to use relaxers to make natural hair more manageable, saying “I’m not surprised. I’ve read Yelp reviews complaining that a lot of Dominican salons in DC also put relaxer in shampoos to ‘manage’ hair.”

We often hear natural hair horror stories, but nothing quite like this one in a long time.

What would you have done if your hair lost its natural curl pattern after a visit to the salon? Do you have a salon horror story?

5 Fast Tips That Helped Me Get Great 2nd Day Hair

Here are 5 quick fixes to help you rock your best second day hair.

Second day hair was always a struggle for me when I began my natural hair journey. For one day my curls looked good–then it was downhill from there. I fought the constant struggle against warm winds, and humidity, and thought I needed to redo the style all over again. Since then I have learn how to solve my second-day hair problem.

Here are 5 quick fixes that have helped me get my best second day hair, and will help you achieve it too.

1. Incorporate headbands and wraps

Take the attention off of your hair by adding a hair accessories. They are perfect for disguising an old style or oily hair (especially the frizzies”>. They also add spice to your ‘do and outfit. No one will notice because all eyes will be focused on your fashion. Watch this video for one of three ways to style a head wrap this summer.

2. Try an updo

So you want to add something new to your second day hair because you are tired of the same style? Time to add some variety to your second-day hair. Experiment with the trending updo hairstyles from your fave natural hair bloggers on YouTube and Instagram. Have you tired fringe faux bangs yet?

3. Rock a pineapple

Second day hair can still be full and lively. Use this method, developed by the wonderful community! It’s a simple style that can be worn on those lazy hair days. Simply take a scrunchie to tie your hair into a high ponytail and fluff. You can also wear this style at bedtime to maintain your style while you sleep.  If you have short hair, there’s no problem. You can pineapple short hair as well.

4. Refresh with spritz, hair milk or leave-in conditioner

Don’t go through the trouble of completely redoing your hair. Instead try a spritz or hair milk to give life back to your curls. Your hair is set for the week so you don’t need extra product. Simple spritz product on areas that seem a bit dry. You can also try a spray-on conditioner like Aubrey Organics Sea Buckthorn Leave-In Conditioner. Just mix one tablespoon of your favorite conditioner and water in a spray bottle. Watch how NaturallyCurly’s Nikki Johnson refresh her curls.

5. Create a puff

There is no denying that a naturally curly girl’s ultimate second day style is the puff. The puff is a lifestyle for me when I don’t have time to do my hair and want the style to stretch one more day. All you need is your fave gel, pomade or cream product, a wooden bristle brush, Afro pick and a hair scrunchie. Apply enough product around your head, and take the brush to smooth your hair back into a high puff. Fluff with an afro pick for more volume.

This Wash & Go Technique Gives Me Super Defined Curls
The wash & go is without a doubt my go to style for the spring and summer. It’s a quick and easy style that I can wear out the whole week. Here is how I get super defined curls with this wash-n-go technique.

Products I use:

I highly recommend this cleansing shampoo. I love that it cleanses my hair without stripping away my moisture and natural oils. It gently but deeply cleanses to remove dirt, excess oil, and product build-up.

Deep conditioning is a crucial step in my routine as it prepares my hair for styling. It is infused with cocoa butter, mango butter, and raw honey, gliding through knots and tangles while adding moisture to bring those curls back to life.

I love ApHogee’s Curlflic because it is moisturizing to my dry day 4 or 5 hair. If your curls are on the search for a light but moisturizing product, this is your match.

Two leave-ins are not needed but it’s just my preference. One of my fav leave-in conditioners, Mixed Chicks Leave-In is great for those curlies with 3A-3C hair to provide and maintain moisture, and control my frizz.   

I love to switch up my wash & go styling product with either a gel, curl definer, or even a crème. If you’re looking for serious curl definition, this is it. I’ve been using this product for over a year and it is definitely a Holy Grail for my wash & gos. It also helps to combat hair shrinkage, and a little goes a long way.

Here’s what I do:

Washing & Conditioning

  1. Wash my hair twice with As I Am shampoo.
  2. Separate hair into four sections.
  3. Apply a small amount of My Honey Child Honey Hair Mask from ends to roots and rake throughout the hair.
  4. Use my Denman Brush to detangle each section again, starting with the ends first and working my way up.
  5. Put my hair in a plastic heat cap and sit underneath the hooded dryer for about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Gently rinse out the deep conditioning, allowing more water to run down each section.


  1. Spray my ApHogee Curlific Leave-in throughout my hair; I don’t go overboard with using too much product.
  2. Apply a quarter size amount of my Mixed Chicks Leave-In and rake it through. (Remember, this is an extra step when my hair is dry, so don’t worry about purchasing two leave-ins–one is enough”>.
  3. Use my Denman Brush to distribute the product throughout my hair. Not only does this allow me to make sure my hair is saturated with product, but a raking motion with the Denman creates smooth and super-defined curls.
  4. Once the style is complete, I allow my hair to air dry or use my diffuser on low setting.

What does your wash day look like?

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10 Natural Hair Events Happening In June 2016
Goodbye to May, Hello June!
photo courtesy of fleur de curl

Summer is here and we know you’re ready to kick off summer vacation. Jump start your summer vacation by celebrating your love for natural hair with one of these June natural hair meetups.

1st Annual Natural Hair Growth Expo, June 4, @ 10:00am-1:00pm in Conyers, GA

If you live in the Conyers vicinity, become part in the first annual Natural Hair Growth expo. This event welcomes naturals at all stages, but especially geared to those struggling to grow long, healthy hair and maintain their length. Spend the afternoon chatting with other naturals and participate in events to win prizes. Get your ticket here.

Kinky/Coily Hair Bootcamp-Curl Definition & Manageability Sys Certification, June 5 @ 12:30pm-6:00pm in Atlanta, GA

“Your clients are going natural. Let your kinky/coily hair education begin here.”

Are you an aspiring hairstylist who needs to learn the basics of caring for natural hair? Here is your opportunity to further your education. You will enjoy an afternoon with certified professionals learning about natural hair terminology, tools and the importance of curl definition. Purchase a ticket to reserve your spot.

Authentically Me Natural Hair Meetup, June 5 @ 3:00pm-6:00pm in Madison, Wisconsin

Join the natural hair discussion for the Authentically Me Natural Hair Meetup. Talk anything about natural hair from hair care, products and even politics of natural hair. You will also hear testimonials from other naturals and their experience on having a natural hair journey. Come join the community–purchase your ticket here.

BSW Natural Hair Meetup HARTFORD, June 7 @ 6:00pm-8:30pm Hartford, CT

If you missed the BSW Natural Hair Meetup in April, you have a second chance–the BSW Natural Hair Meetup of Hartford, CT is back! Come chit-chat and build a network with other natural hair experts. Build relationships and promote your own brand and services. Meet with sponsors and partners here.

Clarksville Natural Hair Expo: From Hair To Toe, June 11, @ 1:00pm-6:00pm in Clarksville, TN

Going be in the Clarksville area in June? Come out for the Natural Hair Expo: From Hair to Toe and spend the whole afternoon learning about natural hair care from experts in educational classes and discussions, shopping your favorite hair products from vendors, and participating in natural hair workshops. For tickets and more info, click here

NAPPYWOOD 365, June 12 @ 4:00pm-7:00pm in Los Angeles, California

As part of a series of natural hair events this year, Nappywood 365 is now in Los Angeles. You will get the opportunity to spend the evening with other naturals in the community that supports and embraces natural textured hair. Be part of the growing natural hair community in Los Angeles and network with other naturals in the West Coast. Get more info here.

Twist & Talk ATL, June 12 @ 2:00pm-4:00pm in Atlanta, GA

Dying to know the secret behind a bomb twist-out? Get all the details at the Twist and Talk ATL event. Discuss and ask questions about technique, tools and products, and maintenance for your twist-out. You’ll even have the chance to practice twist outs on your own hair. Purchase your ticket here.

5th Annual Charleston Natural Hair Expo 2016, June 25, @ 10:00am-11:30am in Charleston, SC

Be ready for an afternoon of pure fun and entertainment. This year’s Charleston Natural Hair Expo will include activities such as vendor shopping, door prizes, and educational and demonstration classes to natural hair care and styling. This event will also feature talks from natural hair bloggers and vloggers for a natural hair discussion panel. For tickets and more info, click here.

Naturals In The City Hair, Health, & Beauty Expo!, June 26 @ 2:00pm-8:00pm in Huntsville, AL

Healthy hair equals a healthy lifestyle. Sit down with natural hair and health experts and doctors to discuss all your questions and concerns about health and natural hair. To purchase your admission, or for more info, click here.

Multicultural Hair Chronicles Seminar, June 26 @ 5:30pm-8:30pm in Homewood, IL

With over twenty years of experience, master instructor and celebrity stylist, Soft-Sheen Platform Educator, D’Lonzo, educates you in this in-depth seminar on various hair textures. He will guide you through the terminology and science of healthy natural hair care. This event is designed for parents of children with textured hair. To learn more or to purchase your ticket, click here.

Are you attending any natural hair meetups this month?

Why Do I Have a Tender Scalp?
Your scalp sensitivity can be triggered by various genetic, physical, chemical, and environmental factors.
photo courtesy of Michael Jung – Getty Images

According to research composed by National Institute of Health (NCBI”>, “sensitive skin is often seen on the face but it can also involve other areas, however recent study has indicated that sensitive skin can occur on the scalp and hands apart from the face. Your scalp sensitivity can be triggered by various genetic, physical, chemical, and environmental factors. This is characterized by presence of prickling burning or tingling sensation on the scalp.”

Having a sensitive scalp, also known as being tender-headed, varies by person, but has been found to occur more frequently and intensely in those with either a greasy or dry scalp. However, intensity depends on a combination of factors. Depending on your condition, you may experience a sensitive scalp as:

  • Itchiness

  • Burning

  • Flakiness

  • Redness

  • Dryness

  • Sensitivity to touch

What causes tender scalp?

There are a number of causes that can lead to the symptoms above, so it may be challenging to discover the root cause on your own. We recommend seeking the advice of a trichologist, who specializes in problems with the hair and scalp. NaturallyCurly writer Sophia Emmanuel, an IAT certified trichologist, explains that “a trichologist will ask you specific questions about your diet, lifestyle, genetics, nutrition, and medical history before he or she can determine what your problem is.” Here are a few of the causes that can lead to a tender scalp:

  • Environmental pollution from dirt and bacteria

  • Food and cosmetic allergies from detergents found in shampoos, conditioners, etc.

  • Use of chemical treatments like relaxers, perms, and permanent hair dye

  • Parabens and sulfates like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, cocamide DEA, TEA, or MEA found in many commercial hair care products

  • Inflammation from scalp conditions like Alopecia

  • Common skin disorders like Psoriasis

  • pH imbalance

  • Overgrowth of bacteria found in scalp

  • Product build-up

  • Tension caused by pulling hair too tightly with hair ties, bands, and clips

How to reduce your sensitivity

There are a number of natural ingredients that, when used on the scalp, can help alleviate some of the symptoms listed above. For example aloe vera juice can affect pH balance while an emollient like castor oil can soothe and hydrate skin affected by psoriasis.

  • Chamomile tea

  • Tea tree oil

  • Lavender oil

  • Aloe vera juice

  • Castor oil

These natural scalp treatments may work to lessen the severity of some of the above symptoms, but if you are dealing with a skin disorder like psoriasis or are experiencing excessive sensitivity or hair loss, you need to see a trichologist.

DIY tender-head/scalp sensitivity reliever

1. Mix ¼ cup of jojoba oil with 3 drops of lavender and 3 drops tea tree oil into your applicator bottle.

2. Shake well, and apply to your scalp 2 to 3 times a week.

This spray can be used as a pre-poo treatment on wash days. During the week, apply a few spritz along your edges and gently rub in.

Products that alleviate a tender head

WATCH: Faux Fringe Bangs Tutorial
Have you wanted to try fringe bangs before?

Have you seen your favorite beauty guru rock one but didn’t want to really cut a bang–or found it too difficult to replicate? No stress here. Watch how YouTuber Shah Batal gets her faux fringe bang on with no commitment or risk for damage.


This style does not require a lot of time, so don’t worry about having to redo wash day routine when you’re ready to take it down. Create a faux fringe bang with an old twist-out on medium to long hair. If your hair is shorter, two-strand twist a few packs of braiding hair.

Pull hair from the back into a high bun or pineapple.

Divide the front shorter sections of your hair with your fingertips (or a rattail comb for more precision”>. This section will be your faux bang.

The remaining section of the hair will rest to the front. If you have longer pieces, you can simply pull them back into the pineapple or leave them forward. We’ll get to those later.

Now that you have created your bang, take those longer pieces of the hair and pin them up using bobby pins.

You have free range here with your faux fringe bang. So you can decide how long or short the bang with be.

You may choose to finger separate your hair to create a fuller bang.

Divide the hair where it naturally splits. At this point you can go back to styling the remailer of the hair by creating a loose bun or topknot.

Product Recommendations for Faux Fringe Bangs

A successful faux fringe bang depends on the products you use to maintain the definition of that twist-out.

Love curling custards? Try this super light curling custard used to tame frizz and produce defined soft curls.

This product is for the all curly girls looking for a twisting cream without the added sulfates, silicones, parabens, and drying alcohols.

If shrinkage is a problem for you, use this curl stretching cream will elongate your curls while providing a light, firm hold.

Fight dryness with this butter-cream from TGIN, which is infused with honey that will help your curls maintain moisture throughout the week.

This Product Gives Your Hair A Matte Finish…
From waxes to pomades to gels, there are many of the same hair products on the market meant to achieve the same style for textured hair. However, there has been a shift geared towards the use of clay. 
photo courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

If you’re going for a glossy look, think again before using a matte hair clay. Matte hair clay is commonly confused with styling balms, waxes and pomades, matte hair clay because it’s used interchangeably as a styling finisher to lock and hold a style.  Although it has similar consistency to balms and pomades, it doesn’t provide shine but leaves behind a matte finish.

How a matte hair clay is used

  • Take a dime size amount of your chosen hair clay. Know that a little goes a long way.

  • Apply this around the perimeter of your hair and smooth down in the direction your hair naturally falls.

  • Use a rattail comb or a toothbrush to slick down flyaways to complete the desired look.

Matte hair clays work best on dry hair. However, some claim to finish hair more effectively when its is a bit damp. Because matte clays provide intense and stronger hold than most waxes and pomades, it is best to use the product only towards the perimeter of your head and around the hairline where flyaways occur. The end result will give you a sleek, polished finish to styles in which you want to lay the baby hairs down.

The pros of using a matte hair clay

  • It works well for all textured hair, from wavy to coily

  • It isn’t sticky

  • It dries matte instead of glossy or shiny

  • It is effective for causal but sleek styles like a high bun or French Braid

  • It is an ideal option for thick, full hair

  • It can be easily washed out

The cons of using a matte hair clay

  • It provides super strong hold

  • It cannot be used to shape hair for a particular style

  • It is not ideal for naturally dull, coarse hair

  • It is too heavy for fine hair

Want to use a matte hair clay? Start here.

Check out these at any drugstore, beauty salon, or local beauty supply store.

CHI Molding Clay, around $10.50

Lock Stock & Barrel Disorder Ultra Matte Clay, aound $15

Lanza Healing Style Sculpt Dry Clay, around $17.25

Sexy Hair Short Sexy Rocked Out Pliable Molding Clay, around $10