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Tips to Care for Your Kids’ Hair Before and After the Pool
Tips to Care for Your Kids Hair Before and After the Pool
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Summer means prolonged time in the sun; it is important to know how to care for your child’s hair to avoid untimely damage.

Pools carry high levels of chlorine, plus other toxic chemicals, and even nature’s saltwater is harmful in large quantities.

1. Products to Keep Handy

Tips to Care for Your Kids’ Hair Before and After the Pool

To avoid great havoc, prime your child’s hair, clarifying it easier after a day of swimming. It is best to wash their hair before entering the pool or any other body of water, and as odd as it may sound, swimming with clean hair will prevent the harmful chemicals from being soaked up by the hair.

Tips to Care for Your Kids’ Hair Before and After the Pool

Next, you want to add another coat of protection by oiling all hair strands to keep salt and chemicals from penetrating and drying up your kids’ hair. You can use coconut, jojoba, or olive oil to lock in moisture and protect hair from brittleness. (Pro tip for grown-ups: this will also protect your color-treated hair.)

Tips to Care for Your Kids’ Hair Before and After the Pool

If you are not a fan of oils, a leave-in conditioner will do the trick just as well. You can even try both for maximum moisture! SoCozy Splash Swim Leave-In Treatment + Detangler for Kids is great for before and after being in the water. It contains natural ingredients that protect, repair, and restore their hair while clarifying strands from all harmful build-up.

Tips to Care for Your Kids’ Hair Before and After the Pool
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After moisturizing, a protective style, such as braids or bun, is recommended. This will help you avoid tangles (and prevent major drama during the post-swim detangling stage. Swimming caps are a great option when rinsing and moisturizing aren’t an option; they keep all harmful chemicals from being absorbed and minimize tangling.

2. Post- Swim Maintenance
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After the fun, clarify and condition their hair to fight chemical, salt, or sun damage. Remember to handle your child’s hair as gently as possible because wet hair is weaker and can break more easily. Divide hair into sections and rinse thoroughly one by one rather than working with all the hair together.

Fairy Tales Sunny Days Chlorine Removal Body Wash, For All Age Swimmers is a great 2-in-1 product that helps rebalance the pH of the hair while gently washing away the pool’s chemicals from their hair and skin. This product contains organic ingredients that moisturize quickly and won’t be harsh on their skin or eyes. Another option to rinse out chlorine could be Anti-Chlorine Shampoo Swimmer Kids: Mango and is great for daily use.

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After clarifying and deep conditioning their hair to bring back its moisture, California Baby Hair Conditioner Swimmer’s Defense is perfect to follow up after shampooing to prevent split ends. We recommend taking your time regarding moisture, but if you’re in a rush, L’Oreal Paris Kids Extra Gentle 2-in-1 Shampoo, Sunny Orange Swim is the go-to product to clarify and condition all in one step.

After the washing and conditioning, add another layer of moisture with a leave-in conditioner, then detangle with a wide-tooth comb to avoid too much hair breakage. Finally, add a layer of oil such as shea or coconut to lock in intense moisture and avoid brittleness in the future.

What other tips and tricks do you have to care for your child’s hair when in the water? Let us know!

10 of the Best Pomades for Thick and Curly Hair

Pomades have been mainly associated with men’s hairstyles; however, curlies can also use these products. They come in handy for a variety of uses—when taming flyaways, laying edges, defining curls, and even adding voluminous bounce to fine hair.

Many pomades tend to have a heavier and thicker consistency than other styling products to seal in moisture; they enhance shine, and define textured hair a lot more than mousse, gel, creams, and serums.

Here are 10 pomades that are poppin’ amongst curlies:

10 of the Best Pomades for Thick and Curly Hair

1. OYIN burnt sugar pomade

This product contains virgin coconut oil, castor oil, mango oil, olive oil, hemp seed oil, and cocoa butter to protect curls, control frizz, give textured hair intense shine, moisturize scalp, and lay down flyaways. Plus, this pomade can also be used to nourish skin as well!

2. Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Tweek

This product is known as hairspray in cream form for curly hair. It’s water soluble and silicone-free, but still provides the strong hold of a hairspray. 

10 of the Best Pomades for Thick and Curly Hair

3. Passion Fruit CURL Control Paste

This is a holy grail for type 4 curlies. It consists passion fruit oil, shea butter, and mango seed butter to moisturize and give hair bounce without leaving build-up.

4. Kinky-Curly Gloss Pomade

This is a great frizz-control product, as well as for slicking down edges. You can count on extreme shine, and just perfect enough moisture for second-day curls.

10 of the Best Pomades for Thick and Curly Hair

5. ORS Olive Oil for Naturals Hydrating Hair Butter

A great non-greasy sealer that locks in moisture and does not leave any build-up with its beeswax, ghee butter, olive and coconut oil ingredients. This moisture-rich product is perfect for 4a-4c hair textures.

6. Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey

Gives curls volume, while adding intense moisture without the heaviness of a typical pomade. It’s water-based, which allows its main ingredient, beeswax, to wash out easily, and not give curls a crunchy feel or look.

10 of the Best Pomades for Thick and Curly Hair

7. Cantu Shea Butter Hair Dressing Pomade

Though it is not a 100% natural product, it is still a family favorite due to its ability to define texture and keep hair hydrated all day. It is not a 100% natural product, however, curlies can keep their tresses beautifully moisturized while on a budget.

8. Argan Oil Pomade 

This is more popular amongst male curlies, but it is formulated for all hair textures. It does not leave curls crunchy and lifts them at the root for a fuller look!

10 of the Best Pomades for Thick and Curly Hair

9. Alikay Naturals Hair Curling Custard

This custard is great because it does not weigh down curls—3a to 4c—or leave them sticky. It adds volume, and keeps flakes away!

10. Tea Tree Grooming Pomade 

A vegan product that is great for wavy and curly hair types. Its tea tree ingredient is great for sensitive scalps who are prone to dandruff. It has flexible hold and is safe for colored-treated hair as well.

Remember, pomades tend to be great moisture-sealers meaning they can weigh hair down when too much is used. If a product didn’t seem to originally work, try watering it down and distributing the product evenly, while finger detangling hair.

Do It For La Cultura: 10 Ways We Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month


Did you know that from September 15th to October 16th, American citizens celebrate Hispanic and Latinx culture for 30 days? Si, it is true, because in 1968, President Lyndon Johnson decided to honor the accomplishments, culture, and history of the hispanic/latinx community, which was later expanded by Ronald Reagan. The month-long observance became into law on August 17th, 1988, and was dubbed National Hispanic Heritage Month.

This month brings about a plethora of mixed feelings and opinions due to the violent and traumatic history that ultimately brought about the birth of Latinx’s, which include individuals from all races. Many get confused with the terms “hispanic” and “latinx,” but it’s fairly simple. Hispanic refers to Spanish speakers, and Latinx refers to the geography they’re from. The Spanish colonized Latin America and forced the natives and African slaves to speak Spanish, however, people from Spain are not Latinx; they are only Hispanic, whereas everyone that was born from the mix of Spanish colonization with the indigenous natives and African slaves, are called Latinx’s.

Regardless of the many literal and metaphorical battles our ancestors had to fought, they overcame, and this month we pay tribute to them, the beauty of our motherlands, the strength of our people, and the diversity of our culture.

Here are some ways the world can join in the celebration!

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1. Supporting a Latinx-owned business.

Cultural appropriation has become more visible with the internet, and it is important to always credit the individuals that were a part of creating a product, whether it is the new best thing or 500 years old. There are many Latinx owned clothing boutiques where you can get the real deal in fashion, jewelry, shoes, makeup, and other accessories. I usually use ShopLatinx to search for what I need, whether it’s clothing or hair products (ahem, Rizos Curls“>. Las Ofrendas in ATX is another fave!

2. Visiting Latinx museums and exhibitions.

Most museums hold Latinx exhibits during this month and through October to honor the revered holiday by many when loved ones that passed away from the Latinx community are honored—Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead”>, as well as spotlight Latinx artists such as our beloved Frida, Jean-Michel Basquiat, or José Celemente Orozco. If you’re in Austin, the Mexic-Arte Museum is hosting a Day of the Dead exhibit that’s a must-see, and they are also taking donations for the victims of the earthquake in Mexico.

3. Volunteer and/or donate to a local Latinx organization/fund.

Let’s put our money where our mouth is! Retweets and meme posting can only get us so far, therefore donating whatever we can to a local Latinx organization will create change that we are always so vocal about. Mama Sana Vibrant Woman is a local organization that provides Latinx and Black women in Austin with pregnancy and birth support to decrease the devastating numbers of maternal and infant mortality rates that are affecting our community. Any donation can aid in continuing their inspiring work.

4. Research and become aware of the political climate that affects the Latinx community.

Many will argue that America’s political structure has been a disservice to minority communities, however with hard work, and determination, many have climbed the discriminating ladder to success and to give hope to the younger Latinx generations. One current political issue in the community (and many others”> is the future of DACA. This program was birthed by Obama in 2012, and gave immigrant’s, who came as children to the states, deferred action and the permission to work in the states. Write to your local representatives and demand for Dreamer’s to be protected from deportation with a legislative fix.

5. Explore the diversity of Latinx identities (afrolatinx, afro-mestizo, mulatto, mestizo, indigenous, asian, arab, white, etc”>.

Believe it or not, not every Latinx/Hispanic is Mexican. Mind blown, I know! There are over 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Mexico is just ONE of them. Besides the different nationalities, Latinx’s are the world’s most diverse group, because it includes people from ALL races and ethnic backgrounds—white, black, asian, arab, etc. We have it all (mainly due to European colonization”>, for example, Zoe Saldana, Laz Alonso, Gina Torres, Lauren Vélez, LaLa Anthony, and the list goes on! Now it makes sense why that black or asian person you met spoke Spanish, and said he or she is Latinx.

6. Be adventurous and try a new Latinx restaurant that isn’t Mexican (even though Mexican food is to die for as well!”>.

Living in Texas, Mexican food is bound to be on every corner, but as mentioned before, there are over 30 Latinx countries. Austin has an eclectic scene that is attracting Latinx’s from every country to open up a food joint, and I support! The next time you head downtown for a night out, stop by at The Doughminican and let your taste buds try the best empanadas they’ve ever had. This local, Dominican, family-owned spot keeps it authentic as can be, with a slight dash of Texas for ya’.

7. Read books written by Hispanic/Latinx authors.

What better way to get a glimpse into the unique experiences of members in our community than to dive yourself into a good book written by a Latinx? Junot Díaz, Elizabeth Acevedo, & Sandra Cisneros are my current obsessions, but this reading list will change your life.

8. Watch Hispanic/Latinx film.

Some theaters host Hispanic film festivals during this month, but if your local theater isn’t doing that, you can get in touch with your local museum for a schedule on their screenings. Latina Magazine compiled a wonderful list of must-see Netflix films that fit in the celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month, however, my personal favorite will forever be Selena.

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9. Listen to Latin music.

Latin music has to be my favorite about Latinx culture, after food. It encompasses styles from all over the world—Africa, the Middle East, Asia—into one beautiful, syncretic rhythm. The genres range from bachata to salsa to tango, and whenever it’s time to dance, prepare for the work out! Join the salsa party every third Thursday of the month at The Rose Room, where Latin Flair is hosted, and people from all levels participate in.

10. Get out of your comfort zone and take a Latin dance class!

If you require a more intimate, one-on-one session, take a dance class. It’ll help you gain rhythm and flair, all the while getting a workout in. Trust me, that shoulder-hip-leg work is intense.

These are just a few ideas of how we can unite and celebrate one another, while learning about our uniques walks of life.

How will you be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month?

Share your plans with us below, or on Facebook!

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids

The vast history of braids can be traced back to B.C. times, and are still an important aspect of black culture anywhere around the world. Lately, we have been seeing a proliferation of non-black individuals who don this style, which has caused a spark on the cultural appropriation conversation. The style and accessories of braids have been used as a form of communication all throughout the African diaspora, which is a point that is important to make when having complex conversations about culture.

We have gathered several photos that show the uniqueness of the way people accessorize their braids to communicate their own style, while simultaneously representing an aspect of their identity.

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids

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Adding gold coils and rings to your braids can make your braids stand out by giving them that final goddess touch. Not to mention, the rings make it even more distinct.

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids

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We are all unicorns in our own way, so why not show your uniqueness by adding unicorn colors to your braids and live the most colorful life.

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids

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There is so much beauty in simplicity. If you want to add a few simple touches to your braids, this is great way to spice up your style. Grab a few beads, gold coil and cuffs.

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids


Short hair don’t care! Leaving your braids in a bob will give them that “modern woman” look, while still keeping them distinctive by making them pop with bright colors, plus colorful rubberbands.

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids


You can never go wrong with a flower crown to give it that flower-child boho touch. Plus, it’s quick and can easily be interchangeable depending on your style.

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids


Similar to the flower crown, a head wrap works just as well to give you that queen spirit.

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids


This style is giving us Game of Thrones vibes; adding rings throughout the strand of your braids is another way to give it that final goddess touch.

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids


Another great idea to give a try, is leaving the ends unbraided and combed out, while adding gold cuffs and colorful yarn.

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids


What about being a queen and a goddess at the same? This royal look is absolutely stunning and love how they incorporated the beads with the braids and natural hair.

10 Stunning Ways to Accessorize Your Braids


Lastly, keeping it minimal speaks volumes. Fulani braids with beads, shells and rings to set off this simple style.

Have you used any unique accessories with your braids? Let us see!

10 Eco Friendly Shampoo Bars to Cleanse Your Curls

A new rave has hit the natural hair community—shampoo bars! They are known for their convenience and eco-friendliness, while also meeting the needs of natural curlies who require moisturizing and conditioning ingredients. Shampoo bars have their pros and cons such as advantageous for travel, depleting the need for plastic bottles, and better moisturizing results, however, the cons include brittleness, lifeless, and frizziness for some users. The best way to find out if this product works for you is by simply trial and error, which is why we compiled a list of assorted bars that can be used for all hair types.

SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Clay Shampoo Bar

Similarly like most SheaMoisture products, this shampoo bar does not contain any parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, DEA, petroleum, formaldehyde, and propylene. It washes away excess oils and cleanses hair to give curls body, softness, and shine, while still being eco-friendly.

Lush Brazilliant

This bar is full of natural ingredients and safe synthetics, while also remaining vegan (products nor ingredients are tested on animals”>. It is a very refreshing cleanser that is full of vitamin C and andiroba oil to keep those tresses healthy and fresh!

10 Eco Friendly Shampoo Bars to Cleanse Your Curls

OBIA Naturals Coconut Shea Shampoo Bar

Extremely moisturizing for curlies who deal with frizz, which is pretty much most of us, and protects hair from environmental factors such as heat and humidity. OBIA is known for producing products that cater to all types of curls—from 2c to 4c—and are pH balanced, non-toxic, and herbal-based.

J.R. Liggett’s, Old Fashioned Bar, Shampoo, Coconut & Argan Oil

This brand is known for their vegan and eco-friendly products while still making sure one’s hair is clean and full of bounce. Their shampoo bars are free of detergents therefore conditioner may not even be needed after you wash. This product can be used for all types of hair—relaxed, colored, or natural.

Ethique Frizz Wrangler

A shampoo bar that does not weigh your hair down, and also hydrates curls with ingredients such as coconut oil and cocoa butter. This brand began in a kitchen in 2012 and specifically produces bar products that range in uses—hair, body, face, and home. They remain plastic-free, vegan, sustainable, and palm oil free.

10 Eco Friendly Shampoo Bars to Cleanse Your Curls

The Yellow Bird Grapefruit Rosemary Lavender Shampoo Bar

This 3-in-1 bar can be used to shave and for hair and body. It is also packaged in a recyclable box that makes it convenient for travel! What makes this bar special is that it can be used as a natural alternative to shampoos for psoriasis and dandruff.

Daughter of the Land Hair + Body Shampoo Bar

While most shampoo bars contain mainly oils and butters, this one has an addition of flowers to soothe one’s hair and skin. It’s key ingredients are goat’s milk, rose, geranium, bergamot, basil, olive oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter to serve a diverse number of uses.

Rhassoul Herbal Solid Shampoo Bar-with Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

This one is loaded with all the good stuff! It contains apple cider vinegar to cleanse, rhassoul clay to condition, and an extensive moisturizing ingredient list—marshmallow root, olive oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, wheat germ oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter. All elements are naturally derived and organic.

10 Eco Friendly Shampoo Bars to Cleanse Your Curls

Tree Naturals Hair Detangling Conditioner Bar

This conditioner bar is a good replacement for a co-wash, and aids in detangling curls. Some of the ingredients include shea butter, cocoa butter, safflower oil, castor oil, and green tea extract for moisturizing and growth stimulation.

Butter Bar Conditioning Shampoo

Removing the need for two separate products, this bar performs as a cleansing and conditioning bar. It is great for all hair types, whether your transitioning or natural. This bar contains only organic ingredients and it is accredited organic by the USDA.

Have you tried a great shampoo bar that wasn’t included in this list? Let us know in the comments below.

8 Natural Hairstyles Bringing the Heat Right Now

Managing curly hair can be stressful and tiring at times, especially in climates that aren’t curl friendly, for example, summer. The sweat and humidity cause extra frizz, plus the heat just makes having hair down uncomfortable and, occasionally, impractical. But naturalistas are experts at rocking the versatility of curly hair in all its shapes and forms in beautiful and creative hairstyles. These are eight of our favorite natural hairstyles of the summer.

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You can never go wrong with a couple well-placed accessories. Embrace your day 3 curls by twisting one side of your hair and add gold cuffs for a quick and easy style on the go.

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This curly mohawk is a show stopper. The maximum volume it brings it will be sure to turn heads.

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This summer, dress up the quintessential pineapple with a scarf. Leal says “I’m usually in a pineapple during the day but when I want to spice it up + still be comfortable, this is usually what I’ll do.”

mommy and me protective style braids

We love this mommy and me protective style for the summer. Lower maintenance for you and your little ones. If you’re planningo n trying braids this summer, check out our list of 21 braided hairstyles to try next

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This classic half-up half-down style will never go out of style, but try incorporating some texture by adding twists and accessories like shells or beads.

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Space buns are cute and great for festival season. Try braiding your hair and then wrapping them into buns to add texture and style. Laying those edges is optional.

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If you’re struggling to keep bangs out of your face this summer, try this take on double buns. “I thought this hairstyle was gonna turn out lookin so childish but it’s so cute!! Def gonna be a go-to for summer to keep my bangs out my face” says @goldynaps
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For many curlies, braids are a go-to summer style for keeping your hair out of your face, and we like that this style is sleek while keeping your texture.

These are only a few ideas to keep you from getting too hot while staying stylish, this summer. What unique styles have you tried and loved?

This article has been updated with new styles. 

My Curly Girl Travel Essentials for Mexico City
My Curly Girl Travel Essentials for Mexico City


I traveled to Mexico City this summer and there was no cruise, fancy hotel, or resort. It was simply friends, amazing food, realizations, awareness, and a spectrum of emotions. I wanted to consciously travel to a country that I didn’t know much about; I wanted to have an experience rather than a marketing package.

Conscious travel requires a mindfulness for the world and the people we encounter during our travels. That demands getting to know the locals and how they think, immersing ourselves within the culture, buying local goods and merchandise, and being sensitive to the local environment and how it should be respected.

The weather conditions in Mexico City in the summer include temperatures around 80°F during the day and lows around 60 in the morning and night (so sweaters are important”>, as well as rarely any humidity. This allowed me to pack light as a curly girl when it came to skin and hair products.

My top five must-haves from this trip were:

OGX Tea Tree Mint Extra Strength Scalp Treatment

My protective style for this trip was goddess locs by Mimi, but I made the mistake of not rinsing them (they are made out of synthetic hair”> with apple cider vinegar and water before installing them, so I had a lot of itching and irritation. Usually, these types of locs are coated with chemicals for preservation; however, those chemicals can also cause a lot of scalp discomfort. The OGX scalp treatment is infused with tea tree extract, mint leaf extract, and witch hazel to refresh, moisturize, and soothe your scalp from the itching and build-up. This was a life-saver during my trip because it helped alleviate a lot of the aggravation on my scalp, but lesson learned: PRE-RINSE YOUR FAUX LOCS BEFORE INSTALLING!

T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Cleansing Cloths

Packing light is important when traveling abroad; therefore, being able to take off your makeup, and cleanse, tone, and soothe your skin with the same product is a blessing. Mexico City weather isn’t as bad as Texas weather so my makeup lasted all day without getting oily or sticky; however, clean skin is important in any environment, so these cleansing wipes helped keep my skin hydrated and beautiful. They help fight blemishes and soothe environmental irritations while also removing makeup, oil, and dirt.

LUA Skincare Eye Beam Oil

There is usually not much sleep when exploring new countries, so eyes can begin to look a bit tired after the second or third day. This oil is designed to brighten eyes and reduce puffiness while providing anti-wrinkle protection. It is also very conveniently packaged as a roll-on. The party may continue.

Rosehip Seed Oil by Kate Blanc

 Keeping up with one’s skincare routine while abroad can be a bit tricky, because you may have to condense the process to fewer steps and products. Rosehip seed oil is a great skin moisturizer option because it gets quickly absorbed into your skin and doesn’t make your face look or feel greasy, which is great when you are trying to get quickly out onto your new adventure for the day. It also helps combat any breakouts so that you can continue looking your best with minimal effort!

Ultimate Flora Women’s Complete Probiotic 90 Billion

New countries, new adventures, and new food equals amazingness, but also might expose you to new bacteria that your body and gut aren’t used to. The cuisine in Mexico City is among the best in the world, so expect to eat well. You can find food stands on the street as well as amazing, top-notch restaurants that serve just as well-priced food. But even though the food is great, our bodies may not be used to all of the ingredients, so GI troubles may be a possibility. One thing that helps keep you feeling healthy are probiotics; they are important to implement into our daily lives, but when you’re traveling abroad, it is even more important because they can help prevent digestive issues and allergies, while also improving mental health, heart health, and helping to boost your immune system.

These products are the basic things I took with me, but don’t forget to also add comfortable walking shoes and versatile clothing options to keep your bag from getting too stuffed in case you want to bring back goodies.

Where have you gone that left you mesmerized?

The Top 10 Natural Hair Hashtags You Need to Follow

The natural curly hair community is growing everyday; it almost seems as if it’s beginning to become it’s own religion, however, not as restrained. There is no one specific way to “go natural” or “be natural.” There is definitely freedom within the community to explore new styles, routines, products, accessories, colors, etc. and with the world at our fingertips, or in our phones, we have the ability to get inspiration from anyone and anywhere.

We rounded up the top 10 hashtags that curly girls use to inspire by sharing their beautiful tresses and kinks to the world.


#curls —14.2M

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All you need is some great lighting to show off that curl definition, catch that angle and boom—perfect #curls selfie alert!


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#curlyhair —17.2M

A good hair day, fashionable outfit, and that pose that you nailed in middle school while watching ANTM is all you need for that poppin’ #curlyhair Instagram photo.


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#naturalhairjourney —1.1M

This is the most fitting moment to use that collage app, and document a before and after photo of those curls coming back to health, however, never forget to enjoy the ride…and show your followers the #naturalhairjourney.


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#naturalhaircommunity — 1.7M

We all have those wonderful days where our makeup is on fleek, our curls are on point, and our outfit is poppin’, so find a curl friend and snap a picture for the #naturalhaircommunity gram to see.


Image: @def_curls

#curlyhairdontcare — 1.7M

Show those pearly whites as you let those tresses free, and then snap! You now have that #curlyhairdontcare selfie to post.


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#naturalhair —16.7M

There is so much beauty and versatility in #naturalhair. Whether you rock your curls, kinks, braids or locs wear it with pride. You are beautiful in every way.


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#teamnatural — 4.8M

Have you recently gotten a new cut? New color? New style? Whatever your current natural status is, let the world see with a #teamnatural photo.


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#naturalhairstyles — 1.5M

When you’re on the hunt for a new hairstyle, follow #naturalhairstyles and get all this inspiration you desire for your next do.


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#kinkyhair — 983k

Type 4 hair does not get as much attention as type 3 curls due to anti-kinky hair societal beauty standards, however, let the world know that #kinkyhair is just as beautiful.


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#twistout —872k

Twist-outs can be long and tiring, therefore show off that hard work and flawless #twistout, it’s totally worth it.

These are only a few of the top hashtags for curlies, so keep exploring for more inspo. Which hashtags do you like that weren’t mentioned?

5 Natural Hair Organizations Changing The World One Curl at a Time

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The natural hair movement has blossomed into a force of change that focuses on empowerment, self-love, acceptance, wellness, lifestyle, and now intersects with social justice issues. Many individuals and organizations used this campaign to share their experiences and journey, and along the way, have become voices for the natural hair community. They have amassed a great deal of power and serve as activists for naturals, mainly black naturals, due to the anti-black rhetoric that society has connected to type 4 hair, locs, braids, etc. We’ve seen the fruit of their activism in several changes, such as black hairstyles in the military, or standing up for students who get disciplinary action due to their natural hair “violating” school dress code. These are merely two examples of their socio-political advocacy for natural hair.

We’ve gathered five organizations that function as a resource and inspirational platform for women to embrace their natural hair.

Curly Girl Collective

You have probably seen this marketing group at some point on your Instagram timeline promoting their signature CurlFest, which is a magical natural hair festival that is held every summer. It brings all the natural beauty brands together in one park, and hosts demos, giveaways, and games to promote the movement.


This organization is focused on advocating for social justice issues in the black community. Founded by ManeMovesMedia creator, Natasha Gaspard, to address the violence and marginalization of black people. “I know the natural hair community has the capacity to make a real impact because we already have. Look at what the natural hair community has accomplished online already. We’re changing the conversation about Black beauty, wellness, and lifestyle! I wanted to know how we can harness that power into changing the very system that continues to marginalize Black people,” she told BET. She also uses her digital media and entertainment company to inspire black women to connect with their natural hair, and build the self-esteem and individuality.

Tribe Called Curl

This award-winning digital network and social media platform is dedicated to #blackgirlmagic and empowering women of color to embrace their uniqueness. Check out their YouTube channel for all things beauty, style, and life!

Hair On Purpose

A non-profit organization that holds conferences to educate and inspire young women, between the ages of 10-17, related to self-acceptance of their natural curls and kinks. The conferences hold panels, speakers, interactive activities, and styling suites that provoke thought to empower these young women in embracing themselves fully.

Collegiate Curls

This organization was born out of the lack of inclusion at an east coast PWI—primary white institution—to bring multicultural students together, from all walks of life to uplift and empower them as they embrace their natural beauty through hair, skin, physical well-being, and mental health conversations. They have several sectors at various universities along the east coast, and various programs where they give back to the community, plus international service, such as their sister’s keeper program where they send letters to young girls in South Africa to inspire them in regards to embracing their natural beauty.  

Each of these organizations has a unique delivery style, variety of hair types and textures, and other interests that aren’t limited to only hair care. No matter what type of hair you rock—natural or relaxed—all of these groups use their platform to speak to everyone.

What other major voices have influenced your natural lifestyle?

How This Fitness Expert Refreshes her Curls After a Workout

Image: @so_manti shot by @kliinaphoto

The day begins at 5:30 a.m. for curly girl Samantha Ortiz, who is the head trainer for Triple Threat Bootcamp in New York City, and from there it’s non-stop until approximately 9:00 p.m.

Named Best of Brooklyn, Triple Threat is a family affair, co-owned by her sister and mother; additionally, in 2017 Samantha was dubbed Best Instructor of New York. “Girl Power” couldn’t ring any truer when it comes to these three proprietors.

Besides group training, she’s held natural-hair workshops to help her clients keep their curls refreshed during her boot camps, which is an important factor for many curly girls on fitness journeys. We spoke to Samantha about her tips and tricks when it comes to keeping her curls and energy on point in fast-paced New York City, and this is what she had to say.


Image: @so_manti shot by @kliinaphoto

Have you always been #TeamNatural?

“Yes I have, however, I didn’t always use natural products for my hair, therefore I transitioned four years ago from toxic stylers to non-toxic ones. There was a difference in the way my hair looked, for sure, because natural products made my hair bigger and not as ‘tamed.’ I didn’t always appreciate the big hair that natural products brought about, because it wasn’t what I was used to, however, I began to embrace it in the middle of my transition journey.”

What does your curly hair routine consist of, and what are your holy grail products?

“My routine varies depending on what my hair needs that week or month, but for the most part, it stays the same. I am a fan of Ouidad, especially their Advanced Climate Control line. I use their shampoo and conditioner to wash and prime it, then to style I use the humidity gel, and to conclude I use the featherlight creme. Once a week, I’ll deep condition my hair as well, with the extreme repair mask. There are times that I’ll diffuse it, but I love how my curls look when I let them air-dry. Also, never forget your scarf to pineapple your hair before bed.” 


Image: @so_manti shot by @kliinaphoto

As a fit curly-girl, what is your go-to style for working out?

“The pineapple method! I flip my hair over, use two scrunchies to tie it, and I don’t like my hair in my face so I tuck it in due to the length, and voila, that’s it.”

How do you refresh your curls after an intense workout?

“First and foremost, let your body and workout be priority versus your hair. Don’t be afraid of sweat, and just let your curls be! You can worry about that part later, but once it is time, Ouidad has a refresher spray that works wonders. Flip your hair over, spray it with the refresher, crunch and shake it with your hands, then let it air-dry.”

“Remember the ‘why’ on why you’re working out,” Samantha says. “Our health is much more important than our hair. Focus on what’s inside versus on the outside.”

How do you refresh your curls post-workout? Let us know your go-to style or products in the comments below.

10 Beautiful Images of Natural Hair Art

We are beginning to see curly hair representation becoming more common in the media, and with that comes a myriad of artists whose sole focus is natural hair. Here are 10 artists who are changing the world, one painting at a time.

Mickalene Thomas


Image: @mickalenethomas

New York based artist draws into aspects of female sexuality, beauty, and power. She is known for the glamor her pieces portray by using rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel.

Carlos Daniel


Image: @carlosdanielart

This underground artist centers his pieces on black women and the variety of textures and styles that exist in the natural hair community.



Image: @illustration315

A low-key artist who focuses on inspiring naturals around the world with animations displaying everyday moments in a curly girl’s life. You are bound to find a piece that will speak to you.

Christina Henderson


Image: @cjhensun

LA native graphic designer focuses on illustrations that represent minority communities and a variety of sociopolitical issues. If you’re looking for pieces on the woke side, this is definitely an artist to check out.

Donice Bloodworth Jr.


Image: @dacre8iveone

Atlanta based artist uses his paintings of beautiful black women to represent the natural beauty in the black community, focusing on natural hair. He never sketches a face on any painting to leave the door open to imagination and allow people to see themselves in the paintings.



Image: @egolijov

Miami-based artist and teacher creates art to display femininity in all its forms by figure drawing and painting. Besides portraying the feminine, she also depicts aspects of black and hispanic cultures through her work. My personal favorite is her piece with hoop earrings.

Camille Nat


Image: @camillenatart

A self-taught artist and French native who began his artistic journey by portraying everyday life on the street, and later transferred his work on canvases.

VG Waymer


Image: @ochunsita8246

This Boston native infuses traditional illustration into digital pieces. You can find a lot of her art commissioned by We Are Onyx—a monthly delivery of beauty products, specifically curated for us melanated folks.

Jade Pilgrom


Image: @jadeandserif

This Orlando-based artist can also be found on Etsy curating pieces of women of color in all their shades and shapes.

Keturah Ari’el Nailah Bobo


Image: @keturahariel

This artist places her work on merchandise that you can wear—from jackets, to sweatshirts, to mugs, and calendars—and focuses on portraying the minority community in a positive light in order to inspire future generations.

Art isn’t necessarily only for aesthetic purposes; it is also used to make political statements, and these pieces are breaking beauty standards that are the norm, due to European-centric influences that portray straight hair as the most desirable. Remember, you are art, in whatever shade, shape, and form you come in.

Do you have any natural hair art? Let us know your favorite artists in the comments below.

How 15 Women Feel About Their Curly Girl Method Transformations

No matter where you are on your natural hair journey, many curlies have considered using the Curly Girl Method at some point to revitalize their tresses. Here are 15 curlfriends that have traded in their damaging habits for healthier and better-looking hair, here’s what they have to say about the Curly Girl Method.

  1. Devi Renée @deviwl33


“Falling in love with myself changed the way I approached my natural hair routine. I was always insecure about having “big hair,” especially in corporate America, however, after embracing my most authentic self, I approached my hair routine with health, love, and care. It’s been a process, but well worth the journey!”

2. Sharmeen Aly @sharmeenaly


“Before being introduced to the world of the curly girl method, I thought all products were the same and I would have frizzy, uncontrollable hair my whole life. After 2 years of following the CG method, I now understand the difference that the right products and proper curly haircut can make. Deep Condition Sundays are REAL and my hair is now my favorite thing about myself!”

3. Ely Maldonado @ely.s_sauce


“I started the Curly Girl Method in 2014, and after almost four years, I can finally see improvement. It’s healthier and growing like crazy (it’s almost to my hips!”>. I’ve never seen my hair grow so much, so fast. I stopped straightening it (except maybe 2 or 3 times a year”> and for the first time in my life I love my hair!!”

4. Amanda Irizarry @amandajayla


“Growing up I didn’t know how to “tame” my curls, so I got rid of them instead. From Japanese hair straightening treatments to flat irons and weekly trips to the local Dominican hair salon, I did all that I could to turn my uncontrollable frizz into straight, well-behaved hair. It wasn’t until half-way through college that I started to explore the curly girl method. I swapped my shampoo for co-wash and my flat iron for weekly deep conditioning treatments, constantly researching what worked best for my hair. It took a lot of dedication and patience, but eventually I started to see results that I was happy with. The investment I’ve made in my curly hair journey has been an investment in my overall wellbeing. Embracing my curly mane has allowed me to practice self-care, prioritize self-love, and gain an immense amount of confidence.”

5. Lauryn Prieto-Sanchez @prietaflowerchild


“I have low porosity hair so I had to learn what products contain hydrolyzed proteins and light oils that my hair can absorb easily. I have a lot of hair yet very fine individual strands that are sensitive to heat and color damage. I learned how to love my hair and care for it. Honestly I think my natural hair journey is an ongoing lesson and I’m still learning what she likes and what she doesn’t. Although I’m a natural I do use heat, but very, very rarely, to stretch my hair before braiding up. After several months of using the curly girl method and routinely doing mini-chops, my hair began to flourish, and I finally saw curls before my eyes.”

6. Whitney Henry @mixedgirl.with.curls


“The Curly Girl Method changed my life. I grew up disliking my curls and always wanting to straighten my hair because it was always so hard to manage. Before following the curly girl method, my hair was frizzy, undefined, and unmanageable. After only a short period of time of sticking to the CG method, I have seen my hair transform into beautiful, defined curls that I never thought were possible. I’m so thankful, and I continue to stick to this routine every day.”

7. Ari Kim @arigamii


“Chopping off all of my dry, fried, and damaged hair was tough at first but definitely worth it. I used to struggle a lot with trying to get my natural hair to curl, but it was always frizzy and undefined so I ended up flat-ironing it or putting it in a bun. After cutting it, and following the CG method more regularly, my curls spiral and are more defined!”

8. ShaiLynn Morales @curlyhair_shai


“I used to straighten my hair every day, due to what society told me was “better,” but I began to undergo a self-love journey and with that, the Curly Girl Method was included. I stopped using heat two years ago, and I only use products that are free from toxic chemicals. This change has improved my hair and allowed me to embrace who I am—including my beautiful curls.”

9. Genesis Rosa @genessirosa


“The Curly Girl Method helped me to no longer conform to societal beauty standards, and stick to a regimen that brought out what’s natural of me.”

10. Danyeli Rodriguez @afrodominicanxthings


“The most drastic change to better the health of my hair was cutting my ponytail off in 2013 and slowly transitioning out of heat. I never relaxed my hair, but Dominican salons use so much heat that my curls were permanently damaged and tamed.

I began following the Curly Girl method slowly after I cut my ponytail, at my own pace when natural hair was not as buzz-worthy as it is now. At first, I stopped straightening it every week. Eventually, I’d straighten it once a month, then once every two months, then three, then six, until I had no need to do so anymore. Currently, I am two years and a half natural. I wear all natural products, and apply a hydrating masque every single wash day (once a week”>. I sleep with my hair in a silk bonnet, and never on cotton fabric. Overall, the CG method has taught me to be patient, in my untangling and wash days. My hair is so much healthier for it.”

11. Bella De La Cruz @def_curls


“Although it’s no secret that I don’t follow all the natural hair rules, the Curly Girl Method has served as a helpful guide throughout my journey. With proper care and patience, my hair is better now in my 40s than it was in my 20s. I am living proof that it is never too late to embrace your curls.”

12. Jennifer Flores @jenniferxf_


“The best part of using the Curly Girl Method has been understanding that my hair needs to be treated gently and loved in its own special way. After over 10 years of heat damage, moisturizing and caring for my hair properly helped transform my heat damaged curls and restore them to all their glory!”

13. Icelee Russell @_naturalee_


“I never put much care into my hair but now that I’ve been following the Curly Girl method, I’ve found that moisturizing has been major key for my hair’s growth and growth retention.”

14. Danica Liriano @littlel8y86


“Transitioning to curly hair was a little difficult because my hair had to figure itself out. The Curly Girl method helped my curls become more defined, but I still had to go through the awkward phase to reach this point, so all I can say is, patience.”

15. Walkiria Reposo @walki86


“Sticking to the Curly Girl method can be a bit difficult at times, however, many will tell you that patience is key in this journey. My curls improve every day.”

The common ground for most curly girls is having the patience throughout this journey for healthier hair. It’s not easy going from an accustomed look that isn’t your natural curls to an awkward phase that will get you to prettier, naturally curly hair, however, one thing is for sure: you’re not alone in the process.

Amara "La Negra" Is Representing Hard For Afro-Latinas on Love & Hip Hop Miami

Love & Hip-Hop Miami is already off to an unforgettable start. Amara La Negra did not relinquish any emotional labor to the anti-black, anti-Afro Latina comments that Young Hollywood had to say about her naturally-born aesthetic; however, that ignorance is pretty conventional due to the isolationist way of approaching things from many Latinos and Americans.

Amara was born Dana Danelys De Los Santos in Miami, Florida to Dominican parents, and has been working towards her dream of becoming an artist since she was 4-years-old. She is a dark-skinned Afro-Latina who has been dealing with an industry entrenched in colorism and racism since she was a child. This outlook may be a surprising narrative for some, but it definitely isn’t anything new in Latin America, where anti-blackness runs deep.

Amara La Negra

Photo Courtesy of @AmaraLaNegraLN

Amara stated on the show what everyone should already know—not all Latinas look like J.Lo, Sofia Vergara, or Shakira. The entertainment industry wants Latinas that fit in that specific mold, but if you’re black, you can’t be Latina. She is not the only Afro-Latina on the forefront of this movement; however, as she crosses over into the Anglo market, she is making a point to spotlight and represent the dark-skinned Afro-Latinx women who look like her.

The obliviousness makes me wonder, who do people think Celia Cruz represented?

Don’t forget the “Fiercely Latina #LatinaPower” luncheon that Gina Rodriguez and America Ferrera hosted, yet somehow forgot to invite dark-skinned Afro-Latinas to. Refer to pictures of that luncheon to see the typical limited demographic that the media recognizes as “Latina.”

African-Americans aren’t the only black people navigating racism and colorism. The African-Diaspora is vast, and the black demographic in Latin America navigates anti-blackness daily.

Photo Courtesy of Amara La Negra

Photo Courtesy of @AmaraLaNegraLN

The term “Afro-Latin” was coined in the 1970s, but people are beginning to have a much-needed and overdue dialogue that also requires the participation of non-black Latinxs. This movement is interconnected to other past movements for Latin and African-Americans. This is so much more than what those movements disregarded. It is a lot more than just the elotero, pan dulce, tamales, tacos, etc. It is a lot more than just Mexico and Chicano/a culture. It is about the people that are being affected. It is about the dark side of our culture—anti-blackness.

Latinxs come in all shades, and the roots of our culture are born from African music, cuisine, and language.

This is the larger conversation that we should have to catalyst change.

How did you feel about Young Hollywood’s comments towards her?

Let us know on Facebook!

To see more of Amara “La Negra”‘s story, check her out on Love & Hip Hop Miami on Vh1.

6 Afro Latina Beauty Bloggers You Need to Follow

The media has made society believe that Latin women look only like J.Lo, Salma Hayek, or Sofia Vergara, and yet that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Mujeres with latin blood come in different shades due to white colonization and the Atlantic slave trade, but you will only find women who carry white beauty features (light skin tones, straight hair, and sleek noses”> in novelas and ads, and the struggle is even worse finding beauty bloggers who are Afro-Latina.

These 6 Afro-Latina bloggers though are changing the conversation about latinidad, beauty standards, health, and more, and through their presence, we can cultivate more representation!


Photo Courtesy of @bad_dominicana

Zahira Kelly is a Dominican New Yorker who is constantly opening up a dialogue about white supremacy, machismo, racism, and colorism in Latin America. She is an award-winning sociocultural critic that is always uplifting the majestic Afro-Latina in her art, tweets, and life!


Photo Courtesy of @blacklatinanegrabella

This movement was started by Dania Peguero and Vilma D. Peguero, two Dominicanas who wanted to uplift marginalized Latinas through media representation, and they’re rockin’ it!


Photo Courtesy of @aintilatina

This blog is run by Janel Martinez, an Afro Honduran-American, who wanted to mix her journalistic passion for celebrity gossip, lifestyle coverage, and other current issues while creating a platform for the voices of Afro-Latinas. She has been featured in The New York Times, NBC, LatinoUSA, and etc, etc, etc (that’s how cool she is”>.


Photo Courtesy of @sunkissalba

Alba Garcia is all about health, organic beauty, and organic souls! Her YouTube channel has over 800,000 followers, and it’s all about embracing our natural curls and beauty. Let’s face it, as much as we love our amazing cultural food, it’s not the healthiest, therefore Alba can teach us a thing or two about adding a few greens to our diet.


Photo Courtesy of @allthingsada, Photography by @thugnanny_

Ada is a Dominican Afro-Latina that decided to reinvent her “little corner of the internet” in order to create a space for other curly, kinky-haired curvy Latinas like her. She is currently on the move with another fellow Afro-Latina blogger (who will be mentioned next”> touring six cities to allow fans to meet and greet, get the inside scoop on natural hair, style tips, and more!


Photo Courtesy of @risasrizos, Photography by @randypschmidt

Rocío Isabel teamed up with Ada to bring us Rizos On The Road moderated by our very own Devri Velazquez, which is a bilingual tour to educate every curly girl in our Afro-Latin community about manageability, hair health, and tips to look cute! Rocío is a YouTuber and blogger that focuses on keeping those curls on point while giving you a few life tips in between!


Photo Courtesy of @le_frosie

Kilsi Rodriguez is a beautiful Afro-Latina who embraces her pajón, and she couldn’t be doing any better. Her bilingual YouTube and Instagram videos reach both English and Spanish speakers (as do many of the above curly-haired goddesses”>. Her IG feed is filled with mini how-to videos for the busy ladies out there who want to keep their tresses moisturized and swirly.

Hopefully, with these additions, the “Latina ideal” can begin to correct itself into a more diverse image. We are children of natives, slaves, and colonization, “A beautifully tragic mixture” – Elizabeth Acevedo, Afro-Latina poet.

For more all things rizos, check us out on ig @rizosdelmundo where we are highlighting the diversity of the Afro-Latina woman!

These Clip-In Extensions Were Made for Non-Voluminous Curlies

The world of curls is as diverse as the wearers themselves. Curls can range from beachy waves to magical coils, from no volume to immense body, or an infusion of it all. The spectrum of curls is never-ending, however, there is always room to mix it up, a little pizzazz when transitioning to better curls, or simply an addition of more volume, and this new Latina-owned company, Bella Kurls, is putting love in the hair for a curlier you with their premium quality clip-ins.

Bella Kurls Hair Extensions
Photo Courtesy of @BellaKurls

Bella Kurls is owned by Dominican beauty, Lynnette Joselly, who is originally from Queens, NY but is currently residing in Miami.

I recently had the privilege to talk to LJ about her company, entrepreneurship and natural hair journey, and this is what she had to say.

“I created this company out of the frustration of paying too much to get extensions with a hair stylist. It was like paying rent! When it came to styling my hair curly, I was still in the process of growing it out, however, I wanted the same length and volume as when I blow-dried it straight. I couldn’t find anything on the market that matched my curl pattern and was an easy installment, so I did it myself by creating Bella Kurls clip-in extensions. It was to help me on my natural hair journey, as well as help others embrace their curl pattern.

I also wasn’t really a fan of my curly hair growing up, and after moving from New York to Miami, it was hard to find a stylist that knew how to deal with my hair texture.

I then decided to do my first relaxer when I entered middle school, because it was easier to manage my own hair, and at that time I loved the results of having silky straight hair.

Bella Kurls Hair Extensions
Photo Courtesy of @BellaKurls

Things have definitely changed now. I haven’t done a relaxer in years, and my natural curls are coming together, and I am very happy with the volume of my hair—big hair, don’t care team!

There really is no easy part when it comes to business, but I love my passion.

I enjoy being a part of the natural hair community and becoming friends with so many curl queens and helping them out with their hair journey. I love receiving sweet messages from curlies all over the world enjoying their Bella Kurls clip-ins. I’ve actually been able to meet a few of them, so to me it’s more than a business, it’s a relationship I am building with my community.

Getting the business started was not easy, but what start-up business ever is? I didn’t want to make any excuses so I pretty much invested any money I made from my freelance marketing gig into Bella Kurls and built it up from there.

I was raised by my mom and aunt, very powerful women who had to work two jobs at times to ends meet. They motivated me to go above and beyond for my career. They are my constant motivation. I also have to say that surrounding myself with girl bosses and inspiring entrepreneurs has inspired to reach greater goals! To all aspiring entrepreneurs: you can’t ever get too comfortable.

Bella Kurls Hair Extensions
Photo Courtesy of @BellaKurls

If you’re considering trying these clip-ins, you may be wondering what they look like on curlies, so here are some photos of curlies trying them out.

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@a_marvelous90 did a custom cut and set of highlights on her clip-ins. 
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@stephaniedarosa_ is wearing the 2 Dark Brown Kinky texture in 26 inches.

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@maryorifunez is wearing 1b natural curly in 26 inches.
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@3connercurls  is wearing the kinky set in dark brown 18 inches.

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@charmsie did a custom cut and dye on her clip-ins.

If you’re new to extensions, we can get you started.

Here are more extensions brands to check out: 10 Natural Hair Extensions That Will Make Them Think It’s All Yours.

Our editors have tried out clip-in extensions by Xotica and Big Chop Hair. You can read their reviews to see what they thought. 

Once you find a good match, there are several different ways of installing your clip-ins. 

This is how to care for your extensions once you install them. 

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Do you use clip-in extensions?
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Here’s What It Means to Me to Be An Afro Latina Woman #NCCelebratesBodyPositivity

I benefit from thin body privilege. That is the raw truth. I can’t sit here and write an article about the “struggles” I have faced because it is a known fact that society caters to thin to average body types, while disregarding anybody past that. For example, seats on a plane—need I say more? Southwest Airlines requires people that cannot lower the armrest, due to taking up more space than given, to buy a second seat. They call this policy “Customers of Size.”

Furthermore, the daily language we use tends to fat-shame without us even realizing it at times.

We may not be bluntly saying, “hey, you’re fat!” but maybe we are saying, “just work out,” “you’re not fat! You’re beautiful,” “I lost weight!” or “you have such a pretty face!” Statements like these are triggering for many, and unfortunately we have been socialized to see the world through a thin-body lens, believing that’s the only way to be healthy, pretty, and socially acceptable. I have done it, you have done it, we’ve all done it, and it’s time to do better.

Photo Courtesy of @Irma

I have always been skinny, and petite since the day I was born. My parents joke about being able to carry me with one hand because I was so tiny, and I still am. I was looking through pictures of when I was child, and I looked more unhealthy rather than just regular skinny. It was weird, but nobody ever shamed me about it. What if I would’ve been anorexic? Or would have been going through an eating disorder? Many would not have realized it because I was naturally so skinny, and it was not seen as a bad thing, whereas with my younger brother it was the total opposite. He was a 12 pound baby at birth and he always received messages from family members that dealt with needing to lose weight if he wanted to “get a girl” and be liked by someone one day.

These messages are in our everyday lives via language, culture, and the media.

However, I did not always want to be thin. As an Afro-Latina woman, I internalized that womanly curves are what men wanted. They are seen as more “desirable,” although the con is that they cannot have a tummy, because, according to European beauty standards, body-shaming culture, and patriarchy, beauty is only a pretty face, C-cup breasts, 23-inch waist, big hips, big butt, and thick thighs. That is more of a struggle than I would ever go through. While this type of woman definitely exists and ought to be celebrated just as much, the way my body is set up—I’m never going to get there. And that is okay.

Photo Courtesy of @Irma

It took me a while to realize that the craze for thick women was somewhat faulty, because even plus-sized models are not allowed to be real. If they have love handles, sagging skin, cellulite, or stretch marks, then that’s not the type of “thick” men want. It always returns to “what do men want,” and that annoys the living heck out of me.

Can we literally just LIVE?

While body-shaming was not my struggle, I dealt with cystic acne as a teenager and in college, which in turn caused me to have crater-like scars on my cheeks. I continue to be very self-conscious about my skin, however, I have gradually learned to love my flaws because who else better to love me than myself? I have my “today I feel pretty” days and my “I don’t feel pretty today” days, and that’s okay. I’m human, and I will write my own story.

Photo Courtesy of @Irma

I do acknowledge that both ends of the spectrum can get body shamed (i.e. “real men like curves, only dogs go for bones””>, and that is uncontrollable, but saying that I “struggled” seems more whiny to me. Similar to light-skin privilege, thin people have the ability to still be accepted in a world that sees the skinny end of the spectrum as preferable than being fat, regardless if that thin individual has a low self-esteem or is self-conscious of his or her body.

Beauty standards suck, and because of that I will forever love and celebrate the imperfectly perfect woman.

For more on Irma’s Body Positive journey, follow her on ig!

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Another Latina Owned Brand Has Hit The Market For Curlies

“How do you get your hair like that?” Oh, the million-dollar question every curly person gets.

If only people knew the many products every curly person has in stock due to trial and error experiments. We are always on the search of the perfect product to make our curls as blissful as can be.

This was the case with L.A. born and raised Afro-Mexicana curly girl, Julissa Prado, founder of @RizosCurls—one of the few Latina-owned curly hair lines on the market.

Photo Courtesy of @RizosCurls

Here is her story.

“Growing up my hair was always extra curly, extra big, and extra thick, so naturally, kids at school would make fun of me. I entered a book writing contest in second grade, and wrote my take on Sandra Cisneros, “Pelitos.” I was what you call “extra” and talked mess about everyone else’s hair and explained how much better my curls were. The book ended up winning, and my teacher turned it into a hardcover for the class to enjoy. This ultimately became my favorite memory about the view I had on my hair as a kid.

As I got older, I began to love my big hair unapologetically, especially with the current political climate where the culture of people of color is being stolen from us for profit. It is my way of protesting and owning space (well, my hair’s, haha”> in a white, corporate America. I always hope that in places where minority representation lacks, my hair can stand out and my being say, “I’m a person of color, this is my natural hair, and no I will not straighten it to make you feel more comfortable.”

Photo Courtesy of @RizosCurls

I have gone through many phases with my curls, as most curlies, of course.

I have hid it in a tight, gelled-down ponytail, worn it à la crunchy with extra hairspray, and even straightened it with a clothing iron! I’ve done it all, because nothing ever worked, so I began to save my money to create the very best product for curlies like me. I spent years searching for the perfect formula. I wanted a product that was not too overwhelming and that was made with quality ingredients that could celebrate all curl types—from my tia’s coily strands to my sister’s loose waves, for all culturas.

The process was very long; simply coming up with the formulas took four years during which I worked with two different labs. The hardest part of all of this was staying patient and trusting the process, however, I have an incredibly supportive family that made all of this so much easier. Rizos Curls was a family effort, just like our culture, we’re a community that look out for each other. My cousin did the drawing on the bottle, another cousin is the model next to me on the merchandise and website, and my uncles garage is ultimately the headquarters, where all the orders get filled, and the list goes on.

Curly hair has always been my passion, and my father my constant motivation.

He began working as a shoe-shiner at the age of six, then he crawled through the sewers at 15 to get to this country in hopes of one day being able to give his future family a better life than the one he lived. I grew up watching my father work long hours every day without ever complaining. His dream was always to own his own restaurant, and he did it. I didn’t grow up with a lot, but what we lacked in money, we made up with an overabundance of love and support. At a young age, I was taught the meaning of hard work, love, and family.

Photo Courtesy of @RizosCurls

As I navigate the crazy world of entrepreneurial ism, I feel incredibly blessed to have had these essential business lessons that you can’t learn at any university. I am still learning to navigate the business industry, but before I even launched my brand, I always said that if worse comes to worse, I’ll have a lifetime supply of products that work perfectly for my hair! My first clients were my cousins and sisters, and I would tear up when people wanted to buy my products during the first week it launched! It was so heartwarming.

I feel like I just gave birth to a baby, so like any new parent, I’m somewhat freaking out, but I’m learning as I go, and in the meantime I will continue to obsess over my Rizos shampoo, conditioner, and curl cream!”

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Back to School Self-Care Strategies for Parents & Their Kids
Photo Courtesy of the school year begins, so does the school zone traffic, assignment stress, application anxiety, but also fun football games, pep rallies, and chaperoned dances.

School definitely has its advantages and downsides, however, for several minority groups, it has more of the latter. Going back to school isn’t just schoolwork for many kids of color; there are many who are also responsible to contribute financially to the household income, and/or to help look after other siblings, among other chores.

These added tasks tend to create more stress, and anxiety that affect the mental health of many students due to having to worry about more than just homework. Many families of color have been raised through trauma, and unfortunately that gets passed down to younger generations. That abuse develops into mental illnesses and unhealthy behaviors that are inherited as survival tactics.

I spoke to a school-based social worker here in Austin, Walkiria Raposo, about this social issue in our community and she finds that students of color, particularly black and brown boys, continue to be most at risk. They lack academic achievement and a support system, creating a disconnection with school. She also states that young girls of color are also at risk, specifically young Latinas, who show to be most at risk for suicide.

Walkiria is an Afro-Latina who grew up with the same economic background as her students in a predominantly black and brown neighborhood in New York City, and she sees that connection as a catalyst in building meaningful relationships with them that are truly authentic.

She provides her high school students with individual/group crisis counseling, social emotional learning (SEL”> lessons, partners with local agencies to provide added support for students at her school, and connect them and their families with community resources.

She suggests a few tips in hopes that regardless of the societal and systemic roadblocks that students face, they know that they do matter, that they are deserving, and that they can make a difference.

Check in with your student

Returning to school can be a stressful time for kids of all ages. Check in with them and talk about their upcoming semester. Let them know that it can bring up different feelings and emotions, like fear and anxiety, but that it is normal. Affirm their value and validate their emotions, because they are not alone.

Make time for fun!

Summer break is over but that doesn’t mean the fun has to be! There are many school and community activities that students can participate in to maintain balance from the stress homework can cause. The anxiety is real, so listen to your child and be aware of when a distraction is necessary to relieve their mind from the schoolwork.

Help your students be prepared and organized.

Besides motivation, students need rest, good meals, and the proper supplies and access to educational materials. These things are definitely lacking from underserved communities, however, your child’s counselor or social worker can recommend community resources to aid in this need.

Ask for help when you need it.

Let your student know that it is okay to ask for help, and that there is room for imperfection, after all, we’re human.

Back to School Giveaway

We’ve started a new Facebook group for the moms and dads of curly kids in our community. We’re giving away back to school products to for those of you who join!

Here’s how to enter

Join the NaturallyCurly Curly Kids Facebook Group and post a photo of their child and explain the child’s current curl routine, concerns and back to school hair care needs.

Giveaway rules

Open to U.S. Entries to the giveaway accepted until Aug 29th at 11:59 pm CST. The winner will be chosen at random and announced in the NC Curly Kids Facebook group. Per Facebook rules, this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Facebook, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are at least 13 years of age, release Facebook of responsibility, and agree to Facebook’s terms of use. Terms and conditions can be found here.