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How to Slay Boho Box Braids

People say trends come and go, but they never mention how often trends are recycled! In the past few years, we’ve seen a reemergence of 90s clothes, hairstyles, and aesthetics. Millennials and Gen Z kids have reinvented the past in unexpected ways. It’s exciting to see one of the most celebrated hairstyles of the time, box braids, come back in full swing!

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Janet Jackson was the first to put box braids on the mainstream map while serving looks in our favorite classic, Poetic Justice! Since then, box braids have become a staple in many Black communities. The convenience, versatility, and chicness of this style are something everyone wants. And don’t we all just want to be a bit like Janet?

One of the most prominent styles on the rise right now is Boho box braids. Also known as goddess braids, they are named for their effortless look and carefree quality.

Zoe Kravitz has brought this trend to the forefront of mainstream culture. She may not have started this hairstyle, but she sure has contributed to its popularity. It’s almost become her signature style; we’re not mad at it!

How to Slay Boho Box Braids
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What you’ll need

You’ll need a few materials before you get started. First, you’ll want to pick up a few packs of braiding hair. Make sure you purchase a color and texture that will accentuate your vision! You’ll also need a bundle of wavy/curly hair. This hair is necessary to give these box braids that undone look. You’ll also need your favorite stronghold gel, scalp oil, a rat-tooth comb, and hair jewels.

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How to Get the Look!
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The process of Boho Box braids isn’t much different than any other style variation! It differs, but if you’ve done box braids once, you’re already a pro! If this is your first time, I assure you it’s not as difficult as it may seem. I’d still recommend trying it on someone else first to get the hang of it.

Before starting, you’ll want to ensure your hair is freshly washed, conditioned and dried. These box braids are meant to stay in your hair for an extended period, so you want to ensure your hair is as clean as possible when you commit to this style.

First, you’ll want to section off your hair with the comb into one row at a time, starting at the nape of your neck. Tie up the rest of your hair after you’ve made this first section. The next step is going to vary depending on the look you’re going for. If you go for thicker boho braids, you may part your hair into ½ inch sections. However, if you’re going for thinner braids, you may make these parts even smaller.

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Once you’ve parted off the braid, you’ll want to take an appropriate amount of braiding hair and wrap it around that section at the root. This is a good time to also put a tiny bit of gel on your finger tips. This gives you some extra hold and shine to the braids! Then, proceed to split the braiding hair with your own into three strands. You’ve made it this far; you simply braid about an inch or two downwards.

About an inch into the braid, you’ll want to take a strand from the wavy bundle, and braid in that piece as well. You can braid it all the way through or leave a wave poking out of the braid, or mix it up with a variation! The point of Boho braids is for them all to look different. So, the key here is utilizing your creative freedom!

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One thing that makes these braids stand out is the undone look they have going on towards the ends! Instead of braiding down, these braids are typically left with the last 3-5 inches of hair unbraided. Continue this process to the crown of your head. Once you’ve reached that section, continue the same process, while parting it in a way that suits the style you plan to wear!

Don’t forget about the finishing touches! This is a great time to lay your baby hairs if you’re into that or embellish your masterpiece even more with some hair jewels, beads, and rings. The possibilities are endless!

Scalp Care

How to Slay Boho Box Braids
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Because box braids are meant to last weeks at a time, it’s important to ensure your scalp is properly cared for. One of the best ways to do this is by massaging your favorite oil into your scalp. I recommend the Naked X by Essations Serenity Instant Scalp Refresher, which can be found in our shop! This will help keep your scalp moisturized and protect you from unneeded breakage.

How to Slay Boho Box Braids

You’ll also want to lightly wash your scalp with a spray bottle or in the shower. This is important if you’re going to have the braids in for weeks because you want to ensure that your scalp will stay clean! Make sure you wrap your braids up at night with either a scarf or a bonnet. To ensure you get the most out of this style, you’ll have to stay on top of their care!

We can’t get enough of Boho braids, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon! Tag us on Instagram if you try this style out!

How To Use an Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask to Revamp Your Curls

Keeping up with your curls can grow somewhat tiring and feel like a job, but when we begin to neglect our healthy hair regimen our curls can take a turn for the worst. Maybe your curls aren’t popping the way they usually do, this could be due to product buildup, dryness, or heat damage. No worries! Adding an occasional Aztec Secret Healing Clay mask to your regimen can cleanse your hair and reactivate your curl pattern in a snap.

What is Aztec Secret Healing Clay?

Aztec Secret Healing Clay is a brand whose mask contains one ingredient and one ingredient only: 100% calcium bentonite clay. You may have heard of bentonite clay being used in skincare as a mask, and many curlies swear by its clarifying benefits. The powerful negative (anionic) charge of this clay draws out the positively charged (cationic) buildup of stylers, conditioners, and moisturizers that may be coating our head and scalp. 

How To Use an Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask to Revamp Your Curls

Due to the high pH level of this clay there are a couple of things to avoid when using the Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask: using metal to mix or apply the clay, and using this mixture on chemically treated hair.

You can find Aztec Secret Healing Clay at many mainstream grocery stores and drugstores, like Target and Walgreens. You can find them online but there have been cases of fake Aztec Healing Clay Mask online so beware of the source you’re buying from. 

How To Use an Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask on Curly Hair

To prep, you want to take two non-metal tablespoons of Aztec Healing Clay and mix it with equal parts apple cider vinegar in a non-metal bowl. Depending on how much hair you have, it’s likely you’ll have to adjust the recipe. If you have a full head of long hair, you may want to double this recipe. In some cases, people also use water as the mixing medium, so it’s all about choice! Personally, I’ve had the best results when using apple cider vinegar. The pH level of apple cider vinegar is low so it works to neutralize the high pH level of the clay. 

Next, apply the mixture to your unwashed hair in sections. You can dampen your hair first but I prefer to apply it to my hair completely dry. I find that if my hair is wet or damp, the mask will never dry and most likely lead to a difficult mess when I try to wash it out! This may be a personal preference depending on your porosity. 

Once you’ve prepped, you want to evenly distribute from root to tip. This is a cleansing mask, so it’s meant to lift any product buildup from your scalp and your ends. It’s vital that you coat every strand of hair! Otherwise, the mask won’t work as well.

When you finally have your hair coated (your arms may be tired by the time you’re finished!”>, leave the mask in for 15 to 20 minutes. Adding a shower cap or saran wrap will help trap in the heat and moisture. 

How To Use an Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask to Revamp Your Curls
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How to Remove the Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask

To wash out the mask, I recommend using warm water. A big rule for many curlies is to always rinse our hair with cool water, never hot. However, in this case, the water should be a tad bit warm to help loosen the mask. There is also no need to rinse with a shampoo! The Aztec healing clay mask does the cleansing for you. Adding another cleanser to the mix could really strip your hair of its natural oils.

As you wash out the mask, gently massage your scalp. Be as thorough as possible! There’s no worse feeling than believing you’ve washed it all out and then going to style your hair later on and discovering bits of the clay still in your hair! It happens to the best of us. The easiest way to prevent that is to take your time while rinsing it out.

Lastly, apply your favorite conditioner to re-moisturize your curls. Any conditioner you typically use will work. 

I like using this mask once or twice a week to revitalize my curls. Depending on the level of buildup you experience in your hair, and where you are in your healthy hair journey, you will need to experiment to find the right frequency for using this treatment on your hair. This is a great option for anyone who wants a more natural cleanser, as many shampoos have sulfates and other undesirable chemicals in their ingredients. 

The Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask and Apple Cider Vinegar mixture is a common and simple recipe to follow, but if you want to amp up the benefits and take this DIY to the next level, check out Christina’s bentonite clay mask recipe with coconut and essential oils. 

For more about the benefits of washing with clay, check out this article.

This article has been updated with new product links.

How to Choose the Right Denman Brush for Your Curls

When it comes to curl definition, most of us are always looking for the best products to do the trick. One of the most important components to curl definition, is how your hair is styled fresh out of the shower. Some of us can get so caught up in all the conditioners and jellies, and we forget that the styling and detangling tools we use are just as important! One of the most popular styling tools in the curly world is the Denman brush – but there are a few things you need to know first to get the most out of this tool. 

What is a Denman brush?

Denman brushes are some of the most popular styling tools amongst us curlies. Turn on any natural hair tutorial, and it’s likely that the beauty guru is reaching for one. They’re credited often with giving your hair that extra curl definition you’re looking for. 

How should you use a Denman brush?

Please remember to use your Denman brush only while your hair is wet and saturated with a product that offers plenty of slip! You may want to fully detangle your hair with your fingers before you start styling with the Denman brush.

We are often told not to brush our hair at all as curlies, but when used correctly brushes and combs can be important tools in wet detangling, dry detangling, and styling curly hair. It’s crucial to understand which tools to use and how to use them correctly, otherwise you can cause breakage.

How to Choose the Right Denman Brush for Your Curls
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Read next: How to Brush Style Curly Hair – the RIGHT Way

What’s the difference between different Denman Brushes?

There are many different Denman brushes with names like “D3” and “D31” so it can quickly get confusing – but one major difference is the amount of rows and bristles. Depending on your hair texture, length and density, the brush that will best suit your curls may vary. I’d recommend always keeping your receipt, just in case you need to try something different out!

Why do curlies modify their  Denman brushes?

Many curlies will remove every other row of pins and make other adjustments to their brush to better flow through the hair. This is a popular option for making your tools work best for your unique curls. If your brush is causing a lot of breakage and pain, it is not the brush for you.

What do the curl “Types” mean?

In this article I’ll be making recommendations based on NaturallyCurly’s Texture Typing System, which divides curl patterns into Type 2 waves, Type 3 curls, and Type 4 coils. If you don’t know your curl pattern, you can take our quiz

Curl pattern is only one element of your hair type, alongside other traits like density, porosity, width, and length. It can be a helpful starting point when you’re just getting to know your hair and the products that work well for you. 

How to Choose the Right Denman Brush for Your Curls

For Type 4 Coily Hair

With a lot of curl can come a lot of work, especially when it comes to detangling. It’s important to use a Denman brush that has the rows and bristles spread out so your hair does not get caught or break off.

Try the D31 Original Styler 7 Row Denman Brush 

If you have tight coils I’d recommend the D31 Denman brush. Get it while you can, it sells out fast! The D31 brush has 7 rows of pins, which are all separated far apart. It allows your hair to flow through with ease. This brush really helps give each of your coils and curls definition without making you feel tender headed!

How to Choose the Right Denman Brush for Your Curls

For Type 3 Curly Hair

For my Type 3 girls out there, you’re working with a lot of curl too!

Try the D31 or the Denman D41 9-Row Freeflow

The D31 Denman brush will also work just fine for you. However, if you are looking for something that will give your hair some extra umph, you can reach for the D41 too! It has two extra rows of pins that help clump your curls together in the best way. Keeping in theme with the D31, the pins are still far enough apart that it does the trick while allowing your hair to breathe.

How to Choose the Right Denman Brush for Your Curls

For Type 2 Wavy Hair

I know my type 2 girls are always trying to get their waves and curls to look cohesive, at least I always am! 

Try the D3 Original Styler 7-Row

Because our hair tends to be a bit finer in texture, the closer the pins are on the brush, the more definition we’ll get. That’s why I’d recommend the D3 Classic Styling Brush for anyone with waves or loose curls. It’s a classic for a reason! All hair textures reach for this brush, while many curlies modify it to meet their needs. 

Most of us are in a never ending cycle of trying to have our best hair day. With the use of a Denman brush in your routine, hopefully you can get the job done!

Denman brushes are not the only styling brush out there! If you’ve tried one and it simply does not work for your hair, we’ve broken down the different types of styling brushes that will help you create curl definition.

If on the other hand you are looking for a detangling brush, these are the best brushes for detangling curly hair, according to curl stylists. 

This article has been updated.

The History of Natural Hair and How it Reflects Black History

Black women’s hair has been under attack for centuries. Due to the history of slavery in America and a strict enforcement of white supremacy after it’s abolition, the natural hair movement we know and love today was not always so accepted. And to be real, it’s still not always accepted.

The engrained forms of oppression we unfortunately adopt in marginalized communities can carry on for generations. The manipulation and treatment of Black hair in our country has always been an attempt to emphasize Eurocentric beauty, while dehumanizing Black Americans. Let’s take some time this month to be critical of these systems, but also celebrate the magic that Black hair is!

Buzzfeed produced a phenomenal video that gives a detailed history of Black hair in the United States. It’s a beautiful and informative watch that we highly recommend!

The History of Head Shaving

One of the first earliest attacks on Black hair was the removal of it. In the 1600s, slaves were dehumanized and treated as commodities in every way. This act of violence was done with the purpose of humiliation and abuse of power. It was also an attempt to remove them from their culture as much as possible, as many African hairstyles were intricate, beautiful and complex.

History of Natural Hair and How it Reflects Black History
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While there is an ugly history along the diaspora of Black hair being violated without consent, Black women have been able to reclaim their hair styles and choices. And Vivianne rocks a buzz cut like no other!

The History of Head Wraps

In 1786, New Orleans enacted the Tignon Law which prohibited Black & Creole women from wearing their natural hair uncovered. This was an attempt to deter white male suitors from engaging with Black women, as their beauty was perceived as a threat to white women.

Little did they know, Black women would create beautiful scarfs, prints and wrap patterns. They were showing out with these styles! While there are no longer laws in place with these stipulations, head wraps are still a huge part of Black culture throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.

To learn more, check out The History Of Headwraps: Then, There, And Now

The History of Hair Relaxers, Hot Combs & Blow Outs

Following the 13th Amendment, America implicitly and explicitly pushed for the assimilation of Black citizens into Eurocentric standards. This heavily contributed to the mass production of hair relaxers and hot combs. These products may have straightened Black women’s hair, however they also did a lot of damage. The anti-blackness runs so deep that our country had forced Black women to put their health at risk to simply be acknowledged. Studies have since linked chemical hair straightening to an increased risk of multiple forms of cancer.

History of Natural Hair and How it Reflects Black History
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Still, there’s nothing wrong with changing it up now and then as long as you’re careful and gentle. Dominique doesn’t get blow outs often, but she comes with inches when she does!

Flapper Cuts & Finger Waves

Josephine Baker, a French entertainer, popularized the short flapper cut when she hit the scene in the 1920s. The culture had shifted periodically and these were the hairstyles women were gravitating towards.

History of Natural Hair and How it Reflects Black History
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Finger waves also emerged during this time period. And Rebecca reminds us why we haven’t put let go of them yet!

The History of Wigs

Contrary to what some people may have been told, no; Kylie Jenner did not start the wig trend. Black women have been laying their edges and lace fronts since the 1950s when they wanted to try out different styles. The fashionability and convenience of wigs opened up a completely different world.

While wigs have been trending in the past few years, there has not always been a welcoming attitude surrounding them. Black women’s hair is consistently policed, however that’s not the case for their counterparts. That is how mainstream media could criticize Nicki Minaj’s colorful wigs for years, yet praise women like Kylie Jenner for copying the trend.

History of Natural Hair and How it Reflects Black History
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Let Taylor remind everyone that you cannot compete where you don’t compare!

The History of the Afro

During the Black Power movements of the 60s and 70s, the afro rose back to popularity. Angela Davis (our Black feminist icon) wore her fro in the most unapologetic way possible. This inspired Black women all over the country to go natural and cut the relaxers. Self-love and afro-centrism were being preached by Black leaders all over. It was a moment of reclamation. And Eseosa killed this iconic look!

History of Natural Hair and How it Reflects Black History
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The History of Cornrows

The Kardashian’s also did not invent cornrows. And they were never called “boxer braids”. Let’s start there.

Cicely Tyson popularized cornrows in the 1970s while she was promoting Sounder. Cornrows were around for centuries, but they became more commonly worn out in public as more and more women adopted the style. Unfortunately, women like Bo Derek and Kim Kardashian were credited for something that was never theirs.

The History of Dreadlocks

Locs have had cultural and religious significance to many communities along the African diaspora. However, they were never really accepted. Especially when adopted without a specific cultural purpose. Whoopi Goldberg’s iconic locs changed that in the 1980s.

History of Natural Hair and How it Reflects Black History
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In 2014, Justin Bieber was under fire for getting dreadlocks and he responded, “It’s just my hair.” In 2018, the Supreme Court refused to consider a lawsuit where Chastity Jones, a Black woman, was rescinded a job offer after she was told she’d have to cut her dreads off and she didn’t. It’s more than ironic to see these two things play out simultaneously. Let Reva remind you how it’s done!

Box Braids & Poetic Justice

The 90s were Janet Jackson’s years to shine. She absolutely captivated our hearts and our screens in Poetic Justice with her iconic box braids. And it shows! 90s babies like Jasmine rock box braids like no other!

History of Natural Hair and How it Reflects Black History
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While the popularity of this style increased, the policing of it did as well. All of a sudden, Black girls and women in educational and professional settings would be targeted for this particular style. Just this past year, a Boston charter school threatened Black girls with detention and suspension for wearing box braids. This same year, there was a surge in tutorials for box braids on caucasian hair textures. Noticing a trend?

Big Chops & TWAs

Over the past decade, the advent of social media and emergence of platforms like YouTube have heavily contributed to attention being brought back to natural hairstyles. Women like Jackie Aina, Naptural85, SunKissAlba and Jasmine Brown, have inspired thousands of Black women everywhere.

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There are a million ways to rock your tresses, and Jas came to remind you all how gorgeous natural beauty is! Big chops, headwraps, blowouts, braids, edges laid! We’re blasting Solange’s Don’t Touch My Hair, celebrating Black history and the history of natural hair every month. Black is beautiful. 

Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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The Role of Beauty Shops in the Civil Rights Movement

When our history books reflect on Black History Month, they often remember powerhouses like Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X. Unfortunately women like Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Heights and Claudette Colvin rarely get as much recognition.

Historically, Black women have been involved in almost every civil rights movement. And they aren’t’ just involved. They typically build the framework, do the leg work and push these movements forward. Their involvement in these movements has been vital to our country’s progress and it’s shameful that these efforts are rarely acknowledged or reciprocated on their behalves. Not in 2019!

Black women have always been on the front lines, picketing, protesting and resisting. A lot of their activism took place in their designated safe places. Many of us are aware of the resistance that was happening in the Black church, their homes and at cookouts. People are less privy to how much organizing was going on behind their businesses as well, especially the beauty shop!

The Role of Beauty Shops in the Civil Rights Movement
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This past November, Josef Adamu is continuing the good work with a piece titled, “The Hair Appointment” that highlights Black women’s relationship with hair and beauty shops! It’s a series of photos and videos that show off iconic looks, while remaining raw and relatable. His work is a perfect depiction of the importance of these shops and the love found behind their doors!

The Role of Beauty Shops in the Civil Rights Movement
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For generations in this country, Black women have worked to serve the community. Beauty and barber shops became staples in Black neighborhoods in the early 20th century for neighbors to come together. With an understanding and accepting environment, Women were able to be entrepreneurs while tending to their children or handling other matters. Organizers who saw the potential to move their community began to use their artistic craft as a means of connecting and progressing.

One of the most influential women in the Black beauty industry has been Madam CJ Walker. She was the first American woman to become a self-made millionaire, By 1910, she had a business that specialized in hair products for Black women during a time period where there were little to no options for them. Walker grew up in a family of sharecroppers on the same plantation that her parents were previously enslaved on. From there, she worked her way up to own a business with multiple franchises. Talk about hard work; she was a Capricorn and it shows!

The Role of Beauty Shops in the Civil Rights Movement
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Beauty schools typically only taught hairstyles and methods that were applicable to white hair textures. This created a huge problem for hairstylists who wanted to learn how to work in their own community. Madam CJ Walker opened up her own beauty schools to teach Black stylists everything they missed at their previous place of education. Women learned her techniques and taught each other, prompting a boom in beauty shops that could finally service them.

It’s important to take into account that starting up these businesses was never easy. Black women have historically been denied loans in this country, so Walker helped tremendously by assisting women to open a franchise to become entrepreneurs who could gain some economic freedom. One of her main focuses was ensuring that Black women could thrive and be self-employed. The back rooms of these shops had many purposes, from childcare to religious rituals. Thesy were used as a cultural and political safe space just as much as they were used for hair.

The Role of Beauty Shops in the Civil Rights Movement
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The beauty shops in these neighborhoods thrived due to everyone’s effort! Black women worked as a community to get ahead, and resist in anyways they could. One of the most common ways they’d resist was by uplifting themselves and uplifting each other. That beautiful, resilient energy is still seen throughout our local beauty shops today.

In honor of Black History month, check out Madam CJ Walker products here!

How to Refresh Your Wig Like New
How to Refresh Your Wig Like New

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Wigs are a go-to style any season, any weather and any matter. They’re especially helpful when our curls may feel worn out or we’re in need of a wash day. And some of us simply find joy in changing our hair as often as the weather does. If you’re a fire sign, you’ll especially understand that pull.

For those of us on a budget, we may not always be able to afford expensive lace fronts and have to make what we have work. Synthetics are your best friend, they’re cheap and with the right styling, they can look just as good as human hair. However, they only last so long, even with the proper amount of care. Human hair is much more resilient and long lasting, but more expensive and often achieved unethically.

When your wig, human or synthetic, looks like it’s at the end of it’s rope, don’t toss it yet! Even when you’ve trimmed the ends, hit it with a flat iron and have tried anything you could. Follow these steps when you feel like there is no coming back for your wig. I promise, she’ll feel like royalty.

How to Refresh Your Wig Like New

To get started, you’ll need to gather a few materials. You’ll need a bin or bowl large enough to submerge your wigs in, your favorite shampoo and conditioner, a wide tooth comb, two towels and a few gallons of water.

First, find a clean and spacious area in your home. I recommend doing this process on the floor or a low table especially if your wigs are long. That will give you enough room to really work with them. Lay down a towel and place the wigs you plan to wash on top.

Once you have your area set up, lay down the other towel and place the bin on top. Depending on the amount of wigs you’ll be washing, squirt a generous amount of shampoo into the empty bin. I’d recommend about a dime size amount per wig.

Next, boil about 6 cups of water. This process is easiest with an electric kettle but any method works. Once the water is boiling, poor it into your bin (be careful not to set a fire alarm off!”>. Then, pour about 6 cups of warm/hot water from the sink. Alternate and repeat this process one more time, so you’ll have about 24 cups of water in total. This ensures that the water stays hot, but not enough to burn your hands.

Swirl the water so the shampoo is mixed evenly throughout. Fully submerge your wig into the bin and massage the scalp of the wig. Slowly work your way down through the ends, being very gentle. This is no the part of the process where you want to brush your wig out, that step will come next with the slip of the conditioner!

How to Refresh Your Wig Like New

Once you’ve done this to every wig, empty out your bin (the water looks gross we know”>. Rinse your bin out and repeat this same exact process, but this time with conditioner. Use more conditioner than you did for shampoo, about a nickel sized amount per wig.

After massaging your wig in the conditioner/water mixture, take your wide tooth comb and start to gently brush through it. There may be some shedding, but this is normal! Brush through the wig until it’s completely untangled. Once you’ve achieved that desired look, gently ring your wig out and hang it to dry.

How to Refresh Your Wig Like New

It’ll still look a little wild, but as it dries you’ll easily see the difference! Human hair dries much quicker than synthetic, so take that time difference into account. Add your final touches with a flat iron. If your wig is heat safe, this will seal in the smoothness and the silkiness that the conditioner added. Your wig will be thanking you, along with your bank account!

Check out this article for more tips on wig care.

4 Ways to Reduce Plastic in Your Hair Routine Today

As the world is on fire, and I mean that quite literally, our society is scrambling to fix a lot of the damage that we’ve already done. Our lifestyles have had a huge hand in global warming and natural disasters, yet many of us have become dependent and accustomed to the behaviors that contribute to this damage.

The responsibility to clean up our environment should fall on the producers, not the consumers. However, as with many issues that need solving, those in power have somehow redirected the burden to fall on us, those with little to no choice. So what can we do?

Besides being involved in political and social movements to impact our legislature going forward, there are a lot of ways that our unconscious behavior produces unnecessary waste, and those instances add up. It’s part of the reason why the United States the worst carbon footprint on the planet, producing the most trash in the world.

Hair products are a necessity for many women, and reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t necessarily mean losing out on any of that. It’s all about being more strategic, which eventually leads to being less wasteful.

Just for a second, think about every hair product you’ve purchased in the last year. For me that would be at least a few products a month! All of those empty containers typically go into the landfill, along with other non-biodegradable materials. If we could think about ways to repurpose the remains of these products, and reduce the use of toxic products overall, collectively we make a huge difference.

1. Purchasing All Natural Products

There are a bunch of ways that packaging can contribute to environmental degradation, but the actual ingredients in our products are important too! All of the toxins and dangerous chemicals that may be in our everyday hair care, typically goes right down the drain into our water supply.

4 Ways to Reduce Plastic in Your Hair Routine Today
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NaturAll Club takes pride in the fact that their products are pure. So much so, their homepage emphasizes, “Products so natural, you have to refrigerate them.” And off that slogan alone, we have to stan. Their products are described as being made with natural, safe and non toxic ingredients, CurlyWorld has a similar mission, and with more brands prioritizing our health and environments, natural products may be easier to come by.

2. Online Shop in Bulk

While we’re now able to purchase mostly any curly product we want with the click of a button, we often forget the amount of waste online shopping produces! Sometimes for just one product’s shipping, the box could come with a plethora of non recyclable or non reusable materials. Check out the Shop NaturallyCurly website with over 100+ brands in one place to make it easy to navigate and find the best products for your curly needs.

Shopping in store is much better for the environment because it cuts out all of the extra shipping waste, and you’re more likely to waste products or purchase things that you may not otherwise. So, when you absolutely have to resort to buying your favorite products online, rack up on the ones vital to your routine!

3. Reuse Empty Product Jars

We can’t save and reuse every single product package we purchase, but we can try! One of the best things about packaging that works like a container is you can reuse them for a bunch of purposes!

4 Ways to Reduce Plastic in Your Hair Routine Today

I like to reuse all of my empty Carol’s Daughters’ product jars as travel cases, storage for my sage and other herbs, paint jars, the list could go on. If I find a purpose for it, I will use it. That’s not to say some of my empty products don’t make it to the trash, some packaging is much harder to reuse than others. If the opportunity is there though, try not to let it go to waste!

4. Make Your Own Products

Now hear me out, a lot of us are no stranger to using natural materials in our own homes to treat our precious mane. Whether we’re using coconut oil, fresh aloe, or even clay. When we make our own products, we know exactly what they contain, and we don’t produce more packaging waste.

NaturAll Club’s founder began the development of her products in college, by forgoing products in store and creating all of her own from fruits, oils and nuts. Her avocado mask was the first product she began selling to her following. We have the ability to be resourceful in our own kitchens, and sometimes the benefits outweigh what may feel like a challenge or inconvenience.

4 Ways to Reduce Plastic in Your Hair Routine Today

No one is perfect, but the world is in crisis so we all have to start somewhere! Reducing your carbon footprint is not about outdoing or shaming others. It’s about fostering a communal understanding that we all have to make some behavioral changes, and demand the companies we purchase from do too, before haircare truly becomes a luxury and the least of our worries.

What are some ways that you like to reduce waste from your products? Share with us in the comments!

The Spring Hair Accessory to Not Leave Home Without

One of our favorite accessories for our curls are headwraps. Many Black and Brown women have been utilizing clothing and beautiful fabrics as headwraps for centuries. They hold a lot of significance within certain cultures, religions and regions. There’s a long history of Black women being made to cover their natural hair.

In 1786, Tignon laws were passed in Louisiana. These statutes prohibited Black women from wearing their natural hair in public, as many perceived their beauty to be a threat and therefore demonized them. Similar customs were adopted all throughout the Caribbean as well.

While colonizers and oppressors believed these circumstances would break Black women, they failed as Black women always resisted. The women who came before us made the best of their predicaments, simultaneously interweaving and preserving their culture, They made headwraps their own. Still to this day, women in Black communities everywhere preserve, innovate and create looks utilizing scarves and fabrics. It’s one of the most versatile styles!

When you have little to no collection, it can seem expensive to build up your headscarf wardrobe. But don’t worry too much! As someone who has always had financial constraints, I can attest that there are always ways to find beauty in recycled fashion.

The Spring Hair Accessory to Not Leave Home Without

Thrift stores are the best place to dig through. They’re like a treasure chest! I have found the most stunning headscarves in thrift stores, for insanely low prices! Not only is this a way to save money and build your collection, but you’re also doing some good for the environment and community.

Visit your local thrift store. Now, that doesn’t mean a vintage thrift store that only sells things from the 1960s and charges you $80 for them. A genuine thrift store where you can also drop off donations and contribute to the energy exchange. Skipping retail to thrift also produces less waste, which is a major concern in 2019.

As I’ve pictured, I also use the scarves for decorations in my home. Not only does it bring a sense of warmth and calm to the space, but they can also brighten the energy of any room.

Choosing affordability and sustainability doesn’t mean compromising style. Every headscarf pictured in this article was thrifted, and less that $5. Try it out, I promise you’ll never want to buy a full priced retail scarf again.

Care & Precautions

Make sure to wash any item you purchase at a thrift store before wearing it. While some stores do wash items in masses, others may not or if they do, you’re never sure how thorough items are cleaned.

When it comes to clothing, make sure to wash in warm water and let air dry if you’re worried about the material shrinking. After that, I go the extra step of saging my clothing items and spritzing them with agua de florida (florida water”> as well. This is optional, but try it out if you’re into spiritual cleansing!

How to style

Tie it back

The Spring Hair Accessory to Not Leave Home Without

This style takes seconds, but it ups your look instantly. Simply take your headscarf, preferably one that’s about 24 inches in height and width, and fold it in half diagonally so it’s shaped in a triangle. Place the folded edge to your forehead, and pull back the two ends. Tie them into a knot, and tuck the remaining fabric.

The halo

The Spring Hair Accessory to Not Leave Home Without

This is one of my favorite styles and it’s super simple to do! Simply use a large rectangular scarf of a light fabric, but not satin. Place the edge of the wide end on your upper forehead. Smoothly gather the rest of the fabric at the nape of your neck, as if you were styling a low ponytail. Slowly and firmly twist the remaining ends and then wrap the scarf around your head. Tuck the ends in the other side and you’re good to go!

Casual headband

The Spring Hair Accessory to Not Leave Home Without

This style is my go to on second day hair. It adds some glam while remaining super simple. Simply fold one of your smaller scarves into half at the diagonal. From there, roll the scarf up and then tie around your head. Short, sweet and to the point.

Give thrifting your scarves a try and let us know your experience!

6 Stunning Ways to Add Flowers to Your Curly Hair

When spring comes around in New Jersey, it’s always sort of a big deal. Not just because Ritas is free on the first day, but because it can feel like the promised land after months of dramatic weather. These patterns can be unpredictable and extreme, so March and April always offers us some hope (and warmth!”>

One of my favorite things to do with the change of the weather is spring cleaning, and not always in the most literal way. This can include ridding yourself of anything that no longer serves you, and replacing it with new experiences, new ideas and new looks.

I love to incorporate my surroundings, nature and spirituality in my self-expression. That being said, as the mother of a few house plants and flowers, there are so many ways to incorporate their beauty in our choices. Flowers in the hair has been a popular look for decades, especially with its prominence in the 60s.

There are so many ways to accentuate your natural hair and curls with the fruits of our environment. You can use real flowers or take a trip to your local AC Moore for a fake bouquet. Either one works, it’s just more about your preference.

For more complex looks that highlight a bunch of flowers, using artificial ones will most likely give you the best outcome. They stay in place longer and are more workable with products. Real flowers are gorgeous for an authentic look, but they are more sensitive. Placing them in your hair can require many bobby pins and miracle work, but they shine in photos!

Check out some of the ways these curlies are embracing the changing seasons!

Keep it classic

6 Stunning Ways to Add Flowers to Your Curly Hair
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You can never go wrong with this tried and true look! The single flower exudes light, love and positive energy. You can never get mad at someone who’s pulling this look, I dare you to try! Maia is a breath of fresh air here.

Crown me Queen

6 Stunning Ways to Add Flowers to Your Curly Hair
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Flower crowns were all the rage during my middle and high school years, but fortunately we’ve grown out of the tacky phase of them being overproduced and the center of every retail store. When done right, they Nyuma shows off how effortless and breathtaking this look can be!


6 Stunning Ways to Add Flowers to Your Curly Hair
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KayKay is a queen of innovation with this look! I cannot get enough of these vibrant colors and the big personality attached to this bouquet. She is turning heads and putting the cold weather to shame!

It takes 2, baby!

6 Stunning Ways to Add Flowers to Your Curly Hair
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Dreamville festival was not prepared when Monasia stepped on the scene. She’s not letting us breathe with this super sweet style. The two flowers with the space buns bring the best of both worlds together, and I’m here for it.

Sweetly Scattered

6 Stunning Ways to Add Flowers to Your Curly Hair
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This is the style of goddesses! Floral locs are carefree and elegant simultaneously, and they do nothing but radiate joy. Ashlyn embodies all of these qualities, her beautiful nature can is right on display.

Sun Flower Child

6 Stunning Ways to Add Flowers to Your Curly Hair
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Sunflowers are one of the most popular for a reason. Kii reminds us exactly why! If you’re looking for a spring look, sunflowers always liven up anything you match them with. That yellow is to die for. She showed up to this shoot and killed it, we’re in love!

Spring is always a great time to try something new and stop to smell the roses. By bringing more plants and flowers into your life, you can do both! Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

With the progression of the natural hair movement, we’ve seen quite the variety of natural hairstyles. Throughout different time periods in history, the emphasis on particular hairstyles would change, heavily influenced by prominent Black role models at the time. Natural hairstyles are now praised and uplifted, however this has not always been historically true.

Due to eurocentric beauty standards, there have been moments in Black history where relaxers and perms have been the standard. We often see the trends shift in extremes, but the past few years have differed. Fortunately, communities seem to be more focused on keeping your hair healthy, no matter the state it’s in. There is so much versatility and magic in Black hair, let’s celebrate some of the icons who turned heads!

1. Black Power Fro – Angela Davis (1969″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles
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Angela Davis and many other women during the Black power moment, used their afro as a way to reclaim Afrocentric beauty standards. The impact Davis had at the time still lingers in our natural hair movement today.

2. Cornrows – Cicely Tyson (1973″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Cicely has always been an icon, and don’t you forget it! Her cornrows inspired young girls everywhere to change up their look. Bo Derek could never honey.

3. Grown out Fros – Diana Ross (1975″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles
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This iconic afro made a splash when these photos were published. Miss Ross is one of the many queens of Motown, and people could not get enough of her style!

4. Jheri Curl – Michael Jackson (1983″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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People could not get enough of the jheri curl when it made its way to mass production. Jackson’s Thriller video had everyone and their friends, picking up products to mimic this definition!

5. Dreadlocks – Whoopi Goldberg (1985″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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While dreadlocks have always had cultural and religious significance throughout the diaspora, Whoopi Goldberg was one of the first celebrities to introduce them to the mainstream.

6. Honey Blonde Curls – Whitney Houston (1987″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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The queen of pop took ahold of everyone’s heart in this iconic video for, I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Whitney always came to serve with her hairstyles, especially with her honey colored tresses!

7. High Top Fade – Kid ‘N Play (1990″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Believe it or not, Kid ‘N Play had every boy on the playground wanting a similar fade. They may have started the trend in the 90s, but I went to highschool with guys in the 2010s who still chose to rock a high top!

8. Flat Twists – Da Brat (1992″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Da Brat was a style icon the minute she stepped on the scene! These playful and colorful twists are just one example of her many iconic updos.

9. Thick Box Braids – Janet Jackson (1993″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Popularity in box braids rose dramatically when Janet captivated audiences in Poetic Justice. We may be far from the 90s, but 90s babies definitely brought the trend back!

10. Halle Berry – Pixie Cut (1995″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles
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This was everyone’s favorite hairdo briefly in the 90s. Stars like Nia Long and Halle Berry served face with these shortcuts!

11. Micro-braids – Brandy (1998″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Brandy turned heads with her voice, but her braids were no different. Personally, I’m forever an admirer of anyone who can commit to the amount of time that micro-braids take to install!

12. Straight Hair & Side Swoop – Aaliyah (2000″>

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Known for her long hair, one-sided swoop, sunglasses, baggy pants and tight midriff tops, the princess of R&B’s style was iconic, to say the least.

13. Braided Beauty – Alicia Keys (2001″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Alicia Keys made her Songs in A Minor debut at the turn of the century and immediately became a style star for her intricately designed cornrows which she often decorated with beads.

14. Big Chop – Solange (2009″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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There are too many points in Solange’s career where she has heavily influenced the conversations and trends surrounding hair. Here, she took on the big chop and looks as flawless as ever!

15. Modern Pin-up – Janelle Monae (2013″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Janelle Monae could be easily described as a style icon of our generation. Her classic vintage inspired looks keep everyone else on their toes!

16. Bantu Knots – Rihanna (2014″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Bantu knots are nothing new, as they have a long history of significance. But Rihanna brought an entire new level of attention to them with this look!

17. Lemonade Braids- Beyonce (2016″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Beyonce’s lemonade braids was a hit by stylist, Hair by Susy. The epic long cornrows braids is still one of the trendiest hairstyles around.

18. TWA – Issa Rae (2017″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Issa Rae first did her big chop when she released her Awkward Black Girl series on YouTube. Now, she always maintains her TWA with the cutest styles!

19. Baby Hairs Galore – Rico Nasty (2018″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Baby hairs are not new! Black girls have been laying their edges for quite some time. However, Rico Nasty came to remind everyone how it’s done!

20. Natural Curls- Yara Shahidi (2018″>

20 Most Iconic Natural Hairstyles

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Yara Shahidi starred in Blackish and slayed every episode with cool and creative natural hairstyles. Whether she’s on the red carpet or big screen she is the ultimate curl crush.

Black History Month is a beautiful time to reflect on all the beauty that there is in natural hair. We’re playing A Seat at The Table on repeat and spreading the love all month!

Natural in the Workplace: 6 Women Share Their Stories

Stepping into any new work environment can be nerve-wracking. There’s a lot of pressure surrounding our skills and talents, and sometimes it can feel like there’s just as much pressure on our appearances!

Unfortunately, there’s a long history in the United States of Black women facing discrimination in the workplace due to their natural hair styles. What’s worse: these acts have been upheld by our Supreme Court.

We all know the magic we possess in our hair! Now while we wait (and demand”> for our government to catch up, let’s bask in the advice of 6 naturalistas currently killing it in their workplace!

Natural in the Workplace 6 Women Share Their Stories

1. Naomi, 4b/c

Go-to products: Cantu Conditioning Creamy Hair Lotion,
Ors Olive Oil Buttery Smooth Conditioner

Curls at work?
“I’ve worked at the YMCA and at an outdoor camp so I am constantly running around with the kids and playing games. So it’s easier for me to wear braids!.”

Advice to young naturalistas heading to work?
“Honestly, just express yourself. If your hair is your signature, then rock it! If you feel as if you want to wear braids because it is easier, go and do it. But if you love to rock your natural hair, do that as well!”

Natural in the Workplace 6 Women Share Their Stories

2. Chanel, 4b/c

Go-to products: Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave-In Conditioner,
Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls

Curls at work?
“Sometimes I still feel compelled in certain professional environments to wear wigs, but I’ve gotten into the habit of rocking my natural short cut! And I think that’s due in large part to the amount of strong Black women I’ve came across that feel comfortable doing the same.”

Advice to young naturalistas?
“You just have to learn to be comfortable in your own skin and embrace your natural hair! It took me a very long time to embrace my natural hair. Everyone’s hair journey is different, I think it’s just getting to a point where you’re making healthy hair decisions that make you feel happy and comfortable! Some work environments are less welcoming than others, so sometimes we have to play it by ear.

Natural in the Workplace 6 Women Share Their Stories

3. Heather, 3a/b

Go-to product: Camille Rose Almond Jai Twisting Butter

Curls at work?
“Slick down buns and twist out curls!”

Advice to young naturalistas heading to work?
“Be yourself and rock your hair however you want. You have so much to offer employers and your beautiful curls are part of the package! Curls are PROFESSIONAL! You never know who you are inspiring. At a school I taught at, a young biracial girl ran over to me excitedly because I had ‘big curls’ just like she did! It was an incredible feeling and I am excited to inspire future queens.”

Natural in the Workplace 6 Women Share Their Stories

4. Dominique, 4b

Go-to products: Auntie Jackie’s Knot on My Watch
Eden Natural Curl Defining Cream

Curls at work?
“Always a slick back bun, if not a wash-n-go or a wig!”

Advice to young naturalistas heading to work?
“It’s weird because on one hand, I want to say not care about what people at your job think about your hair. Your hair is YOUR hair and you should be able to wear it how you want. However, as we’ve seen lately, people are getting fired for how they’re wearing their hair. I recommend to test the water. For my internship, I keep my hair in a bun to play it on the safe side. When I felt like I got a general gist of the environment, I felt safe to try different hairstyles and looks again.”

Natural in the Workplace 6 Women Share Their Stories

5. Niya, 3b

Go-to products: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie,
Maui Moisture Heal and Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner

Curls at work?
“My go-to is a slick bun with a side or middle part. And space buns are always in my rotation!”

Advice to young naturalistas heading to work?
“Don’t feel uncomfortable wearing your natural hair out! You may think people will judge you or ask a lot of questions about your hair, but sometimes it’s all in your head. Don’t be afraid to try new things!”

Natural in the Workplace 6 Women Share Their Stories

6. Maya, 3c/4a

Go-to products: Cantu Curl Stretcher Cream,
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Mask

Her curls at work?
“I either wear my hair natural or lean towards natural-looking wigs. Sometimes I go with braids or keep it slicked back in a bun. I’ve realized it’s just easier for me to keep it up rather than down.”

Advice to young naturalistas heading to work?
“Have confidence and know who you are! I had a manager touch my braids and say, ‘This isn’t all your hair right?’ Even though uncomfortable comments have been said to me, I don’t take it home with me. Somethings you can’t take home with you, which is easier said than done. Just know, you can be natural and professional! Wear your curls with confidence and don’t let anyone deter you!”

Curls and coils are professional in a billion ways. Whoever said otherwise lied! Share your thoughts on natural hair in the workplace with us in the comments below!

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next

With winter in full swing, especially in New Jersey, it’s rare that I will leave my house without a wig. I’m currently rocking a pixie cut which does not mix well with harsh winds and my anemia. This length however works perfect to throw under a wig, especially when it’s too cold for my ears to be bare!

Wigs are perfect for really ANY occasion. You can throw one on when it’s supposed to be a wash day, but you’re feeling too relaxed to even think about that struggle. Find the perfect wig to compliment an outfit, and you could serve looks on par with Rihanna. The possibilities are endless when your hair choices are!

A lot of people can feel intimidated, especially if you’re stepping into a wig shop with no experience. Fortunately, the wig picking process is much easier than some might think. Once you’ve had a few, you become a pro at knowing what you want and what styles compliment you best.

For my readers who have never purchased a wig, I recommend going into your local beauty supply store or wig shop. Typically there’s a wonderful woman there, willing and ready to help you with any questions you might have. If this isn’t a feasible option for you, buying online is always a great alternative. Very few of my wigs are usually bought in store because online shopping is always so convenient! When going this route, it’s really important to do your research. Watch as many YouTube tutorials and reviews you can find! There are plenty of beauty influencers online to give you the tea on what wigs you should (and shouldn’t”> buy.

Keeping my hair healthy and protected under my wigs is always a priority for me. My haircare is easy, as I mentioned I have a short pixie cut. Usually, I simply slick my hair back, put some peppermint oil on my scalp, throw on my wig cap and go from there! If you have longer, thicker hair, you may have to do a bit more work. Don’t let that deter you! Just throw a few braids in your hair to help the wig lay flat. You can apply your favorite oils and treatments to your scalp as well.

If you’re looking for some products to keep your scalp healthy under these wig caps, Taliah Waajid has a great Bamboo, Avocado and Peppermint Conditioning serum. You can find it in our shop!

Looking to change things up? These next 10 wigs will convince you why you absolutely should!

Auburn Undertones

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next

A little red never hurt anybody! We love a warm, rich wig that can fit any occasion. And the braids and baby hairs are just the cherries on top!


Blonde Bombshell

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next


Frontal where? She killed it with this nearly white blonde bob. It’s screaming classic Hollywood glam, a look any queen could rock.

Shaped & Chic

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next


There’s nothing better than a wig that looks just as good as your natural curls! She effortlessly rocks this abstract and beautifully styled asymmetrical fro.

Effortless Everyday Slay

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next


There is nothing better than a wig that goes with ANY look. She’s giving us volume and wave, without the drama. Perfect for class and happy hour!

Wavy Ombre

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next


Dark roots always give wigs a more realistic look, this one is no exception. These golden waves perfectly compliment the rest of her look; she did not come to play!

Curly Bob

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next


The water wave curl pattern is very popular, but it’s usually served in long lengths. She switched it up on us with this casual mini version!

Big & Beautiful

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next


This wig is long enough to whip it in the person’s face who asks you, “Is this your real hair?” She’s giving us length, volume, curl and an adorable amount of frizz!

Lavender Rain

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next


Who doesn’t love a touch of purple in their life? This wig gives us fairy vibes and we are definitely here for it!

On Fire

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next


With this fiery orange look, you’re bound to turn heads. It might not be an everyday wear, but the photos are worth penny!

Sandy Highlights

10 Flawless Wigs That You Have to Try Next


This messy beach wave works for every season. Throw it with a pair of jeans, a cute dress or a bathing suit. You can’t lose either way!

Wigs are one of the best forms of self expression. We’re able to change our appearance, style or vibe in the matter of minutes. They’re fun, but also very practical for anyone looking to protect their hair. So why not give them a try! Do you have any favorite wigs? Share them with us in the comments!

Carol’s Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Line Review

Over the past few years, I have tried a plethora of products on my waves and curls. Growing up in a biracial family, my hair was always a sensitive subject for me. At a young age, I strived to make my hair as straight as possible. Due to a period of teenage angst, negatively influenced by unfortunate racist sentiments and self-hatred, I did irreparable damage to my curls.

I grew out of this period quickly in high school, and immediately wanted my curls back! But my hair was tired of me. No matter how many products I used and how many times I let my hair air dry, my hair was not in a state of revival. In the summer of 2017, I did the big chop to start fresh. My hair has been kept relatively short since then, but I have had a field day trying out different products on my natural curls!

This change led me to stumble upon the Carol’s Daughter Pracaxi Nectar “Wash-n-Go” Leave in. It quickly became one of my favorite products to apply to my hair out of the shower! That prompted me to pick up a couple more products in the Pracaxi Nectar line to try, and I was far from disappointed. I’ll give a brief rundown on each product, what my thoughts are and how I use them together!

Carols Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Line Review

Carol’s Daughter Pracaxi Nectar “Wash-n-Go” Leave-in

When I first tried this product, I knew I was not going to be able to put it down! It became a staple in my hair care routine. This styling milk has a very silky texture. It’s thin enough where it can be used on my hair texture, which is about a 2b/c, or someone who has thicker curls and coils as well. My roommate, who has about 3c/4a hair, borrows it sometimes and she loves it too!

Something I always do when purchasing a new hair product is look at the ingredients. Carol’s Daughter emphasizes that this leave-in is “infused with natural Pracaxi Oil-the conditioning ‘miracle’ of Brazil-Acai Extract and Olive Oil to help soften and moisturize the hair, adding bounce and a boost of shine!” I can say through using this product, it holds up to it’s claims!

Carols Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Line Review

I always use about a nickel sized amount, but I definitely am more generous that on the days that my hair could use a bit more. When my hair is still soaking wet out of the shower, I apply it to my curls while lightly scrunching my hair. It’s important to note that I’m not doing this in a motion that will disrupt or separate the natural curl pattern. If you use too much force or motion while applying your products, it can lead to some unwanted frizz and less curl definition.

You can use this product out of the shower on it’s own or in combination with other products! If you use it as a stand alone product, plop your hair carefully with a t-shirt until damp. I’d suggest allowing your curls to fully air dry before fluffing them up. It gives me the best results! Definition, shine and just the right amount of frizz! It retails for $8.08 on Amazon.

Carols Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Line Review

Carol’s Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Curl Twisting Custard

This formula is much thicker than the leave-in, so I use typically use one or the other. With this Curl Twisting Custard, I’ll use it to style my curls in a specific direction. It allows the pattern to mold and hold all day long. This product is also infused with Pracaxi Oil and Acai Extract, but it’s also has shea butter. Again, with it being a thicker formula, I wouldn’t recommend it as a leave in unless you have types 3 or 4 textured hair.

Carols Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Line Review

I apply this product to my hair after I’ve already dried my hair with a t-shirt. While it’s still damp, I carefully select sections of my hair and mold my curls with some finger coiling. After I’ve styled it in a way that makes me happy, I let it air dry. With any of these products, you can blow dry your curls as well. However, I’d recommend doing it on a cool setting and always with a diffuser!

This isn’t always my go-to product for a day to day look, but when I need it to keep a look in place, it does it’s job! The Pracaxi Nectar Curl Twisting Custard retails for $10.25 on Amazon.

Carols Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Line Review

Carol’s Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Style Control Gel

I typically use this in conjunction with either the “Wash-n-Go” Leave-in or the Curl Twisting Custard. Sometimes I use the Style Control Gel on it’s own, but it just gives my curls the extra boost I need! It’s a very slippery gel that does not dry stiff or crunchy! I’d recommend this gel for any hair type, as long as you find a use that works for you!

Unlike the previous two products, the gel has castor oil which is supposed to help fight frizz and offer your hair some nourishment. In my typical wash and go routine, I apply any gels last. This way, it seals in the other products and can hold your hair together for hours! On a usual wash day, I use about a dime sized amount right after I apply the Pracaxi Nectar “Wash-n-Go” leave in.

Carols Daughter Pracaxi Nectar Line Review

To get the best results with this gel, apply as evenly to your hair as possible! This prevents any sticky buildup that other gels can cause. Again, dry your hair until damp with a t-shirt and let your hair air dry. Then, fluff it out and enjoy! The Pracaxi Nectar Style Control Gel retails for $8.73 on Amazon.

Check out other Carol’s Daughter Products, here at Naturally Curly’s Shop! Have you tried these products? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

How to Enable Products to Penetrate Natural Hair
How to Enable Products to Penetrate Natural Hair


With the winter in full swing, a lot of us have trouble keeping our curls moisturized, frizz-free and defined. Our regular hair care routines may be struggling and just not cutting it. Anytime there’s a lack of moisture in the air, our curls can start to dry out and crave more.

If you’re a product junkie, then you know it’s not always on the products! Sometimes our hair isn’t as eager to cooperate and we have to take a few extra steps. This can feel like a job sometimes, but my recommendation is to make a spa night out of it. Self-care always includes hair-care. Here are some tips to make sure your products are penetrating your hair in every way they should!

Fresh Out the Shower

Most curlies know the importance of adding your products while your hair is still wet. However, a mistake a lot of people make is allowing your hair to dry down a bit. When applying your curl creams, gels or mousses, you want to make sure your hair is still dripping wet. This allows the products you use to lock in the moisture and benefits. If you add your products while your hair is only damp or drying, this can cause the products to dry on top of your hair follicles. When products don’t seep into the hair cuticle or dry properly, it can lead to a crunchy or dry nightmare.

Hair Steaming

Over the past few years, the act of using steam in our hygienic routines has become increasingly popular. Facial steaming claims to have so many wonderful benefits. It’s no wonder that people took note and began using it in other ways. Hair steaming can dramatically change the appearance of your curls and the health of your hair.

Hair steaming not only allows moisture to return in abundance to your hair, but it also works to open the cuticle. This allows for products to better penetrate when you apply them later on. You can use a hair steamer such as CG favorite Q-Redew or just use your favorite kitchen pot! If these options don’t work, you can use a wet t-shirt that’s been warmed up in the microwave. Make sure the shirt isn’t too hot, you keep a safe distance from the steam, and don’t over do it! About 20 to 30 minutes will always get the job done.

Deep Conditioners

Lastly, we can’t forget the importance of deep conditioners and leave-ins! Making sure to incorporate a deep conditioner in your routine can make all the difference. It allows your hair to retain moisture and gives it just the pick-me-up it needs in any sort of dry weather! My favorite way to get the most out of my deep conditioners is to leave them in overnight. I also add a bit of Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my treatment and then wrap my hair in a shower cap and bonnet. The steam from your scalp will help the products really penetrate each strand of your hair.

How to Rock Your Pixie Cut at an Awkward Length
How to Rock Your Pixie Cut at an Awkward Length
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Short cuts have been all the rage recently. With big chops and natural hair journeys on the rise, it’s the perfect time to let go of that some length! Pixie cuts are always easy, fresh and fun… until they start growing out. Some of us get stuck in that awkward, “Do I keep cutting it short?” or “Do I let it grow out?”. Either way, here are some tips and tricks on how to slay your growing mane.

Finger waves

My favorite go-to hairstyle right now is finger waves! My hair is a bit too long to wear without styling, so this style works wonders. It still shows off your short cut, but gives you a sleek chic finish.

Before you start styling, you want to make sure your hair is still pretty damp. If your hair is too dry, you’ll have a lot of trouble getting it to lay down properly. While your hair is still wet, you want to create a side part and comb your hair down to your head, as low as you can get it.

Once you’ve prepped your hair, you want to use some extra hold mousse. My favorite one to use is Cantu’s Wave Whip Curling Mousse! Apply a generous amount all over your head until it’s completely covered. It’s important during this step to keep your hair laying down flat.

From here, you want to take a narrow-toothed, rat-tail comb, and start creating the waves. Place the comb at your side part, and create a swoosh motion towards the back of your head. As you create this motion, it’s helpful to place a finger on the hair you’re manipulating. This way, it keeps your hair still enough to get a more perfect wave.

Once you’ve created this first wave, use the comb to naturally follow where the wave should go next. Typically, you want to go in a more back and forth motion to really see a distinctive wave pattern.

Repeat on the other side, but start in the opposite motion. When it comes to the back of your head, I recommend using an extra mirror to really see what you’re doing. But if you’re in a rush, try your best to follow the waves using your hands.

Once you’ve finished all of these steps, you can wrap your hair with a scarf, durag or any other materials that work for you. This step is optional, however it helps keep the style in place all day!

How to Rock Your Pixie Cut at an Awkward Length

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Lay your baby hairs

This is my favorite thing to do with a cut that has hit an awkward length! It always gives the appearance that your hair is much more sleek and unruly than it actually is. While laying your baby hairs may seem intimidating, I can assure you it’s much more easy than it looks!

First, you’ll need a toothbrush, a spray bottle, and your favorite extra hold gel. Typically, I use Eco Styler Professional Styling Gel with Argan Oil which keeps them in place all day!

After you’ve gathered your materials, you’ll want to start by wetting your baby hairs so that they are damp. Again, this makes it easier to manipulate your hair and keep it in place all day. Then, you’ll want to take your toothbrush and swoop the hairs in whatever direction you please.

Once you have a template of what you want your baby hairs to look like, dip your toothbrush in the gel to pick up a small amount. Then, go over the baby hairs you have already laid down. Once the gel dries, this will keep them in place all day.

After you’ve applied the gel, take a durag or scarf and tie it tightly over the area where you’ve laid your edges. Without this step, your hairstyle may not stay secure all day. Once your hair has dried, remove your scarf and go about your day!

Secure the wig

Out of all the styles we can try out, this is the easiest! Putting a wig on removes the need from dealing with your unruly length. You’ll need a wig cap, some Got2B Glued Spiking Gel, and if you’re feeling up to it, you can lay some baby hairs down too!

How you choose to wear your hair under your wig cap is up to you! Depending on your length, it may be easiest to slick it back or put it in braids. I typically op for slicking it back because I change my hairstyles so frequently.

How to Rock Your Pixie Cut at an Awkward Length


Once you put on your wig cap, you can do one of two things: lay your baby hairs to compliment the wig or apply Got2B Glued right along your hairline to secure the wig. Both options work great, but it depends on what look you’re trying to achieve!

After completing one of those two steps, secure the wig by tightening the straps to make it the most comfortable for you. Then, put the wig on by starting in the back of your head and making your way to the front. If there are clips attached to the wig, make sure to secure those to keep your wig from moving all day!

Pixie cuts are definitely a fire look, but they can be annoying as they grow out. Any of these styles will keep you on your A game, even when your hair isn’t cooperating.

Do you have, or are you considering, a pixie cut? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
How to Make Your Own Rose Water
How to Make Your Own Rose Water
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With Mario Badescu’s products becoming a household name over the past few years, rose water has been all the rage! The beauty community was essential in enabling rose water’s mainstream takeover. Beauty influencers just can’t stop boasting about rose water! This potion has been appreciated for centuries due to its purported anti-aging effects. It’s known to be anti-inflammatory, very hydrating, and helpful in maintaining your skin’s natural pH balance. It seems like it has all the makings of a miracle product. But be careful, that’s not always the case!

Rose waters on the market often have harmful chemicals and preservatives included in their ingredients. While these companies may argue that these secondary ingredients are included to keep the water fresh, there are ways to make your own fresh rose water, and skip the preservatives. If you want to reap the benefits without the undesirable additives, follow these steps!

Before you start, you’ll want to gather all of the ingredients. You’ll need at least four long-stem roses. They can be hand picked or purchased at a store — it doesn’t matter! You’ll need four cups of purified water. The last ingredient is optional. I add a tablespoon of Florida Water, a cologne that often acts as a holy water in many Latinx households. It does help preserve the water, but you can skip this step if you want to go completely natural!

You’ll also need a pot or kettle to boil the water in, another pot to contain the rose petals and to which you’ll add the boiling water, a strainer, and a jar in which to store your rose water!

First, you’ll want to start boiling the water. This could take different amounts of time depending on what process you use. Once the water is on, you’ll want to start plucking your roses. Gently remove each rose petal from the stem and place them in a pot or large glass bowl.

Once your water has reached its boiling point, pour it directly into the pot or bowl that contains your rose petals. Take a long spoon (sometimes I use a rose stem”> and stir the water. Keep stirring until the water takes on a deep reddish-purple hue. Once it’s been mixed thoroughly, allow it to steep overnight. Even if you’re in a rush, you’ll want to let the petals steep at least six hours.

How to Make Your Own Rose Water
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The reason you want to give it ample time to steep is because it allows all of the natural properties of the roses to really mix with the water. If you remove the roses too soon, you’ll most likely have done nothing but dye your water a different color! I know it’s an anxious wait, but be patient.

When your water has had enough time to sit, strain it. Take another pot or bowl and strain the rose petals from the water.

Then, move your finished rose water into your jar or spray bottle of choice! To top it off, if you like, add a tablespoon of Florida Water and mix well. Again, this step is completely optional.

Rose water is far more than just a trend. Communities have been using it for centuries, swearing by its miracle-like properties. When you have the opportunity to make your own, you’re putting love and intention behind something that has spiritual and health benefits. And that is not something you can buy in Sephora.

If you’re in a DIY kind of mood, and want to try your hand at a whipped butter, check out this article.

10 Latinx-Owned Beauty Brands

Lately, there’s been an ongoing push in the beauty community to support brands that are typically underrepresented. This movement started with black beauty influencers, like Jackie Aina, creating videos like “Calling ALL Non-Black YouTubers! New Makeup Challenge!” Her video challenged influencers to step out of the box and use only black-owned products. The main goal here is to support brands that are more diverse and inclusive.

10 Latinx-Owned Beauty Brands

Making an effort to purchase from minority and women-owned businesses is a huge step forward. The Latinx community is heavily disenfranchised, and in order to make a change, we should back those who are often overlooked or mistreated. In the spirit of wholesome support, I’ll be providing you with a list of 10 Latinx-owned beauty brands!

Two very popular Latinx brands at the moment are Beauty Blender and KL Polish. However, I will be providing a list of lesser-known companies as both of these businesses have been under fire for insensitivity. When Beauty Blender launched their new line of foundations, they received heavy criticism for their severe lack of deep and dark shades. KL Polish, founded by YouTuber Kathleenlights, was in hot water last year when she was caught on camera using a racial slur. While these are popular brands are owned by Latinx women, there are many others that we have the opportunity to throw our support towards!

Melt Cosmetics

Founded by Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar in 2012, this brand is known for its innovative packaging and pigmented products. Their magnetic eyeshadow stacks have been very popular amongst beauty influencers. Just in time for fall, check out their Haze Stack, which retails for $48.

MicMas ReMix

Adassa, the founder and creator of MicMas ReMix, is an Afro-Latinx woman from the Caribbean. MicMas ReMix’s mission is to provide women with products that work for multicultural hair textures. They also sell merchandise that proudly states, “Afro Latina Magic.” MicMas ReMix even provides a service called “MY MIX” where they tailor hair care products specifically for you!

Artist Couture

Angel Merino, also known as Mac Daddy, is known on instagram for his ICONIC looks. His brand, Artist Couture, has become increasingly popular for their blindingly bright loose highlighting powders. His collaborations with Jackie Aina are holy grail products to a number of influencers. La Bronze and La Peach sell out frequently, so if you have your eye on them, act quickly!

Rizos Curls

Founder Julissa Prado is very motivated by her own natural hair journey. Rizos Curls focuses on being inclusive, providing products for women with various curly and wavy hair patterns. Not to mention, their packaging is adorable! Check out their Rizos Curls Refresh and Detangle Spray in the NaturallyCurly shop, currently retailing for $19.99.

Necromancy Cosmetica

This vegan-friendly brand was created by a couple based in Puerto Rico. Des Otero and Zal Perez specialize in providing vegan and cruelty-free lipsticks to local consumers, and those outside of PR as well. They like to keep their aesthetic dark, giving their products a very intriguing look. Unfortunately, when Hurricane Maria hit this year, their business was negatively affected. Help support Necromancy Cosmetica by checking out some spooky cool products, like this Black Coffin Display, for your lippies!

Chaos Cosmetics

Their Instagram caught my eye months ago when their multi-chrome-shifting pigments went viral! Founder Megan Martinez, a 28-year-old Texas native, works with only a few other people to make these pigments come to life. While they sell out extremely often, I’d recommend keeping an eye on their product Nirvana, which retails for $22.

Alamar Cosmetics

Founded by Gabriela Trujillo, this brand focuses on giving consumers a taste of her Cuban roots. Gabriela named her brand Alamar after the barrio she grew up in. Her products are a reflection of her heritage, and never fail to add some excitement to your life! Her eye shadow palette Reina Del Caribe Vol.1 is currently retailing for $28.

Loquita Bath & Body

Yamira Venegas is changing the game for Latinx women everywhere with her vegan brand! Her bath bombs are inspired by Chicanx culture and practices. The Bruja Body Pudding and Concha Bath Bombs are products to look out for since they’re extremely popular on her site.

Reina Rebelde

Founder Regina Merson says she created her brand for “The exquisite and ambitious woman who embodies her powerful cultural duality.” Reina Rebelde comes out of her Mexican roots and admiration of telenovelas. Her unique aesthetic is reminiscent of bold and beautiful tattoo artistry. The company’s best selling Bold Lip Color Sticks come in a variety of interesting shades!


Created by Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp, this subscription service sends beauty products to consumers every month. By 2017, their company had become very successful, obtaining 1 million global subscribers. The service, which you can sign up for here, costs $10 a month.

It’s good to be mindful of the people and brands we choose to support. Start this fall off by giving back to companies that provide diverse and inclusive products. To browse even more minority-owned brands, check out our shop! Know of any other lesser-known, Latinx-owned beauty brands? Share them with us in the comments below!