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8 Ways to Refresh Curly Hair

There’s nothing worse than watching your perfectly defined curls go down the drain after you wake up. If there were a magic wand that kept them frizz-free every day, we’d all invest in it. In the meantime, several options can refresh curly hair and bring it back to day one standards.

If you’re looking to invest in refreshing your curls this season, here are eight products, tools, and techniques that will do the job.

1. Water

Sometimes, just a spritz of water is all you need, especially if you’ve already added plenty of stylers on day one. For instance, many gels will be reactivated with water and scrunching.

2. Leave-in Conditioner Spray

8 Ways to Refresh Curly Hair

Whether you purchase a leave-in conditioner spray or make your own, the combination of conditioner and water can soften and refresh dry and frizzy curls. This Taliah Waajid Green Apple and Aloe Nutrition leave-in conditioner is filled with nutrients that help to repair the hair and scalp.

3. Q-Redew:

The Q-Redew handheld hair steamer is a curly girl favorite for refreshing and adding moisture and volume, intensifying deep conditioners, and stretching the hair. By placing the prongs near the stretched area, you’ll get a warm vapor that moisturizes and helps curls spring back to life. It can be used on its own or with a leave-in conditioner.

4. Finger Coils

8 Ways to Refresh Curly Hair
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Transitioning curls can have an even harder time looking springy, so doing finger coils can help. Apply your favorite styler to day-old curls and twirl each strand around a finger until it appears twisted. Then, scrunch your curls and let them air dry.

5. Hair Gel

Hair gel can provide a major hold for old curls that need style longevity. Spritz the area with water or a leave-in conditioner first, then apply a small amount of styling gel to each curl. Scrunch curls well and let air dry, or use a diffuser on the cool setting for faster results.

6. Styling Cream

8 Ways to Refresh Curly Hair

If a softer hold is your style, refresh using a styling cream. Applying the styling cream to each curl that needs to be smoothed and scrunched is similar to using a hair gel.

7. Pin Curls

8 Ways to Refresh Curly Hair

Looser waves and textures can benefit from an old hairstyling trick called pin curls. Take small strands of curls and spritz water, then apply a strong hold gel. Then, wrap the curl around your finger. If the curls are larger, use two fingers. Slide the curl off the finger and pin it to the scalp using or a duckbill clip or bobby pins in an X formation. Repeat the process on any frizzy or stretched curls. Use a diffuser on low heat to dry quickly. Once pinned curls are cool, release pins or clips.

8. Perm Rods, Flexi-Rods or Curling Wand

If you’re trying to refresh an old perm or flexi-rod set, make the best use of your time by resetting stretched areas. If you choose not to use heat, prepare to reset your perm rods overnight or early in the morning to give them time to dry. To reset, use a wrapping lotion like ApHogee Style and Wrap Mousse, then roll the stretched curl back into the perm rod. Apply low heat to the wrapped area for the quickest results. Once the area is dry and cooled, remove the rod to reveal a tight curl.

What are some of your favorite ways to refresh your curly hair? Share with the NaturallyCurly community down below in the comments.

12 Tips to Diffuse Curly Hair Without the Frizz

A diffuser is the one of the most important hair tools a curly girl can own. Without one, a standard blow dryer can create frizz and disturb the curl pattern. However, even with a diffuser there is a right and a wrong way to use it. Here’s how to properly use one, tips to get volume and the things you shouldn’t do.

Why Should You Use a Diffuser?

A diffuser attachment is designed for waves and curls to disperse the airflow of a blow dryer. It’s used to dry curly hair gently while reducing frizz. It also keep the curl pattern in tact, and creates volume.

What Type of Diffuser Should You Use?

At one point in time there was one standard diffuser that almost every curly girl had but times have evolved and there are several options now.

Diane Soft Finger Diffuser

This popular diffuser style fits on most blow dryers, is lightweight and offers a secure fit. Our previously recommended Hare Ware Styling Finger Diffuser has been a popular choice for curlies for years, but it seems to be out of stock now – this model by Diane is a very similar design.

DevaCurl DevaFuser

DevaCurl created this innovative hand shaped diffuser which provides 360-degree airflow to dry the hair and roots gently. The hand shape also cradles the hair to add volume and many curlies swear by it, but some find the hand shape to be a bit unwieldy to hold. It works best with hair dryers that are on the smaller side.

Collapsible Silicone Hair Dryer Diffuser

A collapsible diffuser attachment is key when traveling and for those low on storage space. The silicone structure is designed to shrink and stretch over most hair dryers. Its collapsed accordion form fits easily into drawers and bags.

What Settings Should You Diffuse With?

The proper heat and air settings can make or break your beautiful curls, so play it safe! Use the low or medium switch for the heat and air settings. It may take longer than you’d like but the lower settings will help prevent frizz and make sure your hair doesn’t dry out.

Most blow dryers have a cool burst setting which is great to use towards the end to ensure that the curls are set and dry.

12 Tips to Diffuse Curly Hair Without the Frizz

How to Use the Diffuser Properly

After completing the wash cycle and adding your favorite styler, part hair in the direction that you’d like it to dry. Some might argue that you should start diffusing right away but letting the hair air dry about 40-50% before diffusing helps cut down on blow drying time.

Tilt head to one side and place large sections over the diffuser attachment. Dry on low or medium heat and air settings and cup up towards the scalp. Hold the position up for 10-20 seconds, then move onto a new section. Repeat this process on one side then tilt head to the other side and continue. Diffuse until the hair is 80% dry and air dry for the remaining time.

How to Get Volume With a Diffuser

Additionally, certain styling products, tools and techniques can help maximize volume when using a diffuser. A mousse is designed to add volume on its own so with the use of a diffuser, it will create even more volume. Duckbill clips placed at the root prior to drying can also add lift in the areas that normally lay flat. Drying the hair while it’s flipped upside down is the easiest way to create major volume.

How to Avoid Frizz with a Diffuser

  • Avoid using your hands while diffusing
  • Don’t use high heat and high air settings
  • Don’t dry the hair 100% with a diffuser
  • Avoid fluffing any other areas outside of the root

Do you diffuse your waves, curls or coils? Share your top tips with the NaturallyCurly community down below in the comments.

Read next: How To Get More Volume & Curl Definition With Your Diffuser

This article has been updated with additional resources.

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
Parents already have plenty of responsibilities with their kids so any way they can save time is a win. Having a little hair inspiration can shave down a few minutes of preparation in the morning. Check out these 15 kid friendly hairstyles that will give your little girls variety.

1. Headband Puff

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
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If your young one has hair that is not quite long enough to put into a ponytail, any type of headband will pull the hair back into an adorable puff.

2. Half-Up Half-Down Ponytails

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
Longer curls can be split into two horizontal sections to create beautiful half-up half down ponytails.

3. Banded Half-Updo

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
This semi-advanced style requires mini elastics, a sectioning comb and a kid-friendly edge control. After the hair has been washed and stylers applied, make one large part from one ear to the other. Clip the bottom half of the hair out of the way and work on the top half. Determine how many vertical sections are needed and create small ponytails that are pulled vertically into the next. Use edge control to smooth any flyaways.

4. Sleek Baby Fro

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
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Add a sleek touch to your baby’s Afro by adding a small side part and smoothing down the hairline horizontally with a brush and baby-safe edge control or gel.

5. Three Strand Braids Protective Style

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
Protective styles are not just for grown ups! After moisturizing the hair with a styler, create several sections on each half of the head and add individual three strand braids. If the ends unravel easy, try mini elastics to hold them in place.

6. Afro Puffs

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
Sure to be one of the most adorable styles, baby Afro puffs give Minnie Mouse vibes to any child. This can be done on day old hair by parting the hair down the center, then creating to high ponytails on each side. Use a pick to fluff out each ponytail.

7. Rainbow Box Braids

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
These beautiful rainbow box braids will be the talk of the town at your child’s first day of school. Incorporating pink, blue, orange, and green braiding hair into the installation will display a gorgeous color spectrum.

8. Side-Swept Waterfall Cornrows

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
This professional hair braider created side-swept waterfall cornrows embellished with gold cuffs. This protective style has staying power that will make leaving the house a breeze.

9. Voluminous Afro15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids

Letting the hair flourish in its natural state is a beautiful site. Afro’s are versatile and can be styled in a variety of ways. Fluffing out the hair with an Afro pick can add additional volume.

10. Braided Bun

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
This advanced style incorporates vertical cornrows braided into a ponytail. The braided ponytail is then wrapped into a bun. For a modern twist, a single vertical braid is added above each ear and falls towards the face.

11. Heart Shaped Braided Ponytail

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
Longer curls can tackle this fancy ponytail that’s perfect for weddings and other special events. A classic heart shaped ponytail starts by parting the hair down the middle into two parts. Next, create another part along one side starting at the crown and curving the heart towards the ear. Clip near the ear then begin a dutch braid using the hair from outside the heart part. Braid until you reach the back of the ear then unclip the other section. Continue braiding until you reach the nape of the neck then clip again. Repeat this entire process on the other side up until you reach the nape of the neck. Unclip both sections then combine all the hair together. Split into three pieces and continue with a regular braid. Secure with an elastic to hold the braid in place.

12. Criss-cross twists and puff

To begin this style, section the back of the hair into a puff to keep the hair secure and out of your way. Then divide the front section of the hair into three sections and tie with bands. Next you’ll create two-strand twists, one on each side and two in the center section. Next you will combine the twists into two new twists with bands. Smooth the puff once more and apply any moisturizing or styling products you like. Gold cuffs give this style an extra sparkle.

13. Braid with Baubles

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This 10-minute hairstyle is secure enough to withstand a day at school. And the baubles keep it looking cute. The best part is you don’t need skills any more advanced than a classic 3-strand braid.

14. Simple Half-Up Ponytail

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
Smoothing a small horseshoe section into a clip or ponytail is a simple way to pull away any longer curls and keep them out of the face.

15. Half-Up Braided Bun with Charmed Braids

15 Cute Curly Hairstyles for Kids
This half-updo adds a stylish twist with two cornrows near the ears embellished in gold cuffs and beads. A braided bun wrapped in golden wire sits high atop the head. What are some of your favorite kid-friendly hairstyles? Share with the Naturally Curly community down below in the comments? This article has been updated with new styles and imagery.
Suffering From Hair Loss? L-Lysine May Help
Studies have shown that the addition of an important amino acid, L-Lysine can be effective in preventing hair loss.
Studies have shown that the addition of an important amino acid, L-Lysine can be effective in preventing hair loss.


For many struggling with hair loss, finding the root of the problem can be an ongoing struggle.

There can be so many factors as to why hair loss happens including diet, medications, hormonal changes, rapid weight loss and stress to name a few. Although there are many supplements and topical solutions that will help with hair loss, studies have shown that the addition of an important amino acid, L-Lysine can be effective.

What Is L-Lysine, and how does it benefit your hair?

L-Lysine is an essential amino acid that the body needs for important functions such as growth and the maintenance of health. It is not produced naturally in the body so it must be consumed within your diet. Diets that consume higher sources of protein like meat, eggs, beans and fish generally have more adequate levels of L-Lysine. For those with inadequate levels (vegans/athletes that require a higher protein intake”>, Lysine supplements are available to balance nutrition.

L-Lysine helps in the production of collagen which is important for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

According to a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “The role of the essential amino acid, L-Lysine in hair loss also appears to be important. Double-blind data confirmed the findings of an open study in women with increased hair shedding, where a significant proportion responded to l-lysine and iron therapy.”

Certain studies have shown that women with iron deficiencies have links to hair loss. The addition of L-Lysine to a diet has proven to help with the absorption of iron and zinc for many that are deficient. Although L-Lysine is not a DHT (Dihydrotestosterone”> blocker, it has shown to make DHT blockers more effective.

Dosage & Warnings

You can get L-Lysine in protein rich foods such as meats, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds. However for those deficient in it, it is available in the supplement form. Before beginning any herbal supplements, you should always consult a physician to ensure the proper dosage.

It’s important that you know these two things:

  • if it is safe for you and
  • that it doesn’t interfere with any other medications.

It is not advised to take the supplement if you are pregnant or nursing, or suffer from kidney or liver disease.

Where To Get L-Lysine

L-Lysine supplements can be found in many grocery and natural food stores. Additionally, you can purchase it online with several brand options. Some brands also include L-Lysine into their topical solutions to help with hair loss.

Has L-Lysine ever helped you with hair loss? Tell us about your experiences down below in the comments.

3 Easy Ways to Exfoliate Your Scalp This Fall

Pictured: Sofia aka @curlsfirst
A clean scalp is essential to having healthy hair. It is especially important if growth is a goal.

A clean scalp is essential to having healthy hair. It is especially important if growth is a goal. Although cleansing with a clarifying shampoo is one way to ensure cleanliness, many of us curlies tend to use buttery, oily products in our routines which may cause major build-up. 

Lately, I have been trying to include more scalp exfoliation into my own routine, and the results have been blowing my mind.

Why should you exfoliate your scalp?

You wouldn’t think twice about exfoliating your face or using a loofah to exfoliate your body. Why not do the same for your scalp? Incorporating scalp exfoliation can offer a solution that will not only help with build-up but clogged pores, dandruff, fungus, and bacteria.

Because curly textures tend to wash their hair less often, the scalp often suffers. Follicles can become clogged with dirt, bacteria and oils from the sebaceous glands. Chronic acne, irritation and possibly hair loss can develop if the scalp is left uncleansed for too long.

3 Ways to Exfoliate Your Scalp

1. DIY Brown Sugar Scalp Scrub

This easy DIY that can be made with products you already have in your kitchen. Brown sugar is a natural humectant plus it contains glycolic acid which fights bacteria. Olive oil moisturizes with vitamin E to help with dandruff and dry scalp. Additionally, it is full of antioxidants and contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. I mix 1/4 cup olive oil with 1/4 cup brown sugar in a bowl and begin by sectioning my hair off. Then, I gently massage the scalp scrub into one sectioned area at a time and repeat until all sections are fully covered. Next, I rinse well and finish out my cleansing routine with a clarifying shampoo and conditioner.

2. Exfoliating Treatment

If using a DIY recipe is not your thing, or if your scalp is too sensitive to physically scrub, a shampoo exfoliator is a great second option. The Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo is a popular curly pick for all-around scalp health. It detoxifies, exfoliates, soothes, and balances your scalp without drying it out. 


Pictured: Writer Rochelle Masella aka @discocurls

3. Scalp Massaging Shampoo Brush

Probably the easiest solution is to exfoliate with a scalp massaging shampoo brush. These brushes lift and diminish dead skin while stimulating the scalp. There are several brush options that range in bristle size to ones that vibrate. Essentially, they do the same job but I use an affordable option from Babyliss Pro.

Whether I use a clarifying shampoo or a co-wash, on every wash day, I use my scalp massaging shampoo brush. After applying a shampoo or cowash, I gently massage the shampoo brush all over my scalp paying special attention to my hairline and thinning areas.

Watch how I exfoliate my scalp

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This article has been updated due to discontinued products.

How I Transformed My Dry, Postpartum Curls

New moms can attest that hair changes during and after your pregnancy.

rochelle postpartum

Prior to the little one’s arrival, one can experience thicker, longer hair thanks to changes in the hair growth cycle. However, major shedding, a loss of shine, and drier textures follow postpartum. Furthermore, curly hair is naturally dry so to have both problems require a miracle. Luckily, DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask is bringing thirsty hair back to life.

DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

Regardless of your curl pattern, this rich and buttery hair mask will nourish extreme dryness. Matcha green tea and almond oil deliver a sweet decadent fragrance which in my opinion, smells like green tea ice cream. In addition, they’re part of the three key ingredients that create this moisture-rich deep conditioner:

  • matcha butter retains moisture and seals the cuticle

  • beet root extract improves elasticity and protects color

  • sweet almond oil is rich in vitamins and omega fatty acids that help moisturize and nourish the hair

How to Transform Your Dry, Postpartum Curls

There are a few ways to apply a deep conditioner. A common way is to wash and condition the hair, apply a deep conditioner, leave it for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse well. Another way is to apply the deep conditioner prior to washing your hair. It’s effective when the hair is extremely tangled and suits my current situation as a new mom. I don’t always have time to spend in the shower so this method gives me the freedom to tend my baby if needed. Here’s how I do it:

  • Begin by sectioning off large parts of dry hair and securing the remaining parts with a scrunchie or hair clip.
  • Spray the dry section with water, then apply DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask.
  • Untangle each section with a wide-tooth comb, detangling brush or a Q-Redew.
  • Twist each untangled section into a bun and apply a shower cap.
  • Leave on for 30 minutes then proceed to shower to rinse out the mask.
  • Use a gentle clarifying shampoo on the roots only to remove heavy buildup like DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Cleansing Serum.
  • Rinse well and apply your favorite leave-in conditioner, styling cream and/or gel.
  • Air dry your curls or diffuse for speedier results.

Regardless of which method you use, this mask will transform your dry curls to make them defined, well-hydrated, and bouncy. It’s already hard enough during motherhood to deal with the temporary setback of postpartum shedding. That’s why at the minimum, I spend one day a week to create an at-home spa to pamper myself. Using this hair mask has brought the luster back into my curls and slowly, I feel like myself again.

Watch my full tutorial here:

Have you tried DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask?

Are your curls extremely dehydrated? What is your favorite deep conditioner for your dry, postpartum curls? Let us know down below in the comments.

Follow Rochelle on Instagram @discocurls

It’s Dry Scalp Season–Here’s How to Treat Yours
Fall is here, and with the winter approaching shortly, a common symptom for naturally curlies is having a dry, itchy scalp.

It can be a case by case situation depending on the severity as well as texture type and lifestyle. Dry scalp–and dandruff–can happen due to a number of reasons such as changes in weather, hormones, eczema and psoriasis, diet, allergic reactions to name a few. Luckily, there are a variety of trusty remedies you will find right in your own kitchen or bathroom cabinet.

Jojoba & Tea Tree Oil

For a serious clean

An easy yet effective method to help with dryness is the use of jojoba oil because it is the closest oil to mimic the sebum that the scalp produces and is not particularly heavy, making it a universal ingredient found in many hair care products including shampoos, conditioners, and stylers.

Tea tree oil is a miracle worker for dry scalp and dandruff due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is effective because it removes dead skin, dirt, fungus and bacteria from the scalp to reveal healthy hair follicles.

Both oils can be used differently but together they pack a 2-in-1 punch. Mix a quarter to half dollar-sized amount of jojoba oil into your palms with 2 drops of tea tree oil. Spread evenly between your palms and then massage into the scalp. This can be done 30 minutes prior to shampooing or as an overnight treatment before cleansing the scalp.

Alternatively, you can add several drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo bottle. After applying your shampoo, leave it on for 5 minutes then rinse it out.

Apple Cider Vinegar Spray

For pH balance

Apple cider vinegar (ACV”> has become a huge staple in the natural and curly hair community because it balances the scalp’s pH levels, removes build-up from the scalp and hair, and adds shine to dull curls. Incorporating a regular ACV rinse is helpful but you may also create a spray for more manageability.

Mix equal parts of ACV and water into a spray bottle. For a small spray bottle, ¼ cup of each works well. If your scalp is sensitive, you can use a higher ratio of water to ACV. Create sections and spray until the areas are saturated. Then, massage well into the scalp. Leave on for a few minutes then rinse well. Rinse well and continue with conditioner if desired.

Banana & Avocado Hair Mask

For deep relief

For a more tropical approach, try a DIY hair mask with banana and avocado. Both contain a high amount of antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C and B6. Additionally, avocados are full of monounsaturated fatty acids which moisturize and strengthen damaged hair. Besides the amazing scent this mix provides to your hair, it offers deep relief from a itchy scalp.

To make this mask use ½ of an overripe banana and ½ of an avocado and mash well into a bowl using a fork. For better results, mix in a blender so the consistency is extremely smooth. Trust me on this–otherwise you will be rinsing your hair out forever.Smooth the mask through the scalp and hair and leave on for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse well and then continue with your wash routine.

How do you relieve your itchy scalp during the colder seasons?

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3 Types of Products That Don’t Work For My Curl Pattern

Now that I am comfortable in my personal hair routine and know what is best for my curls, I finally get it. There are just some products that my hair does not need.

Image by iStock/John Sommer

What works for one curl pattern may not work for another. This is something that I did not understand as a young girl when I borrowed my mother’s hair products. Now that I am comfortable in my personal hair routine and know what is best for my curls, I finally get it. There are just some products that my hair does not need.

First things first: determine your hair type.

According to NaturallyCurly’s Texture Typing System, I have 3c with some 3b curls. They are low porosity and the majority of my scalp is low in density. The width of my strands are fine and the length is just below my shoulders. Knowing this vital information has helped with my decisions about what types of products, styling techniques, and tips are the best for my hair.

With my specific hair type, some products are going to work better than others. My struggle has always been a lack of volume, so products that weigh my curls down usually don’t make the cut.

Heavy creams and butters

In my experience, raw shea butter and heavy stylers that are rich in mango, macadamia, and cocoa always seem to make my curls fall flat. Even with the smallest amount, my hair feels coated and lacks the volume that I desire. However, I am not completely opposed if they are listed low on the package’s ingredient list or even if they are in deep conditioners.

My substitutes include lightweight leave-in conditioners, creams, and mousses that leave my curls bouncy and full of life, such as:

1. DevaCurl Styling Cream 2. Innersense Quiet Calm Curl Control 3. CURLS Quenched Curls-Curl Moisturizer 2nd Day Refresher

Heavy Oils

Many of the heavier oils such as avocado, castor, and coconut oil give me the same result as the butters. These are not used in my regimen, with the exception of using as a pre-poo when mixed with another lightweight carrier oil. In addition to having lifeless curls, both heavy oils and butters cause buildup on my scalp. This has resulted in the appearance of thinning hair, clogged follicles and the occasional case of scalp acne.

My substitutes include lightweight oils like grapeseed, sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, and argan oil.

As a styler, a small amount is used on my ends.

For scalp massages, I mix one of these carrier oils with a few drops of peppermint and rosemary essential oil into an empty dropper bottle. Then, I massage a few drops into my scalp before bed.

Crunchy Hair Gel

Before the explosion of product options for curly hair, there was a time when your alcohol-riddled hair gel left curls so crunchy that each strand felt like they might break in half. If you tried to shake out the curls to release the curl cast, count on a head full of white flakes.

My substitutes include gels that are non-drying, flexible, and leave my curls soft to touch such as:

1. Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel 2. DevaCurl Light Defining Gel

What products can your curls do without? Let us know in the comments below!

This article was originally published in 2016 and has been updated.
Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Hair accessories are an easy way to dress up a simple outfit or just add an extra dose of cuteness to your little one’s hair. Check out these 10 hair accessories for kids that are sure to make your heart pitter-patter.

1. Hair Bows

Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Photo courtesy of @sxylvvlori

Adding a giant bow on a small child is sure to turn up the cuteness meter. Try a premade bow with a clip or barrette attachment or create your own using a stiff ribbon material. Pull hair back into a high ponytail, smooth the baby hairs, and add your bow!

2. Barrettes

Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Photo courtesy of @brandirell

Not all accessories have to be oversized. Barrettes add a touch of girliness to your daughter’s hairstyle. They typically are applied by gliding the open end into hair and then snapping them to close. Try this adorable style that incorporates curly ribbon barrettes on twisted half-up half-down pigtails.

3. Twinbead Bubble Ponytail Holders

Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Photo courtesy of @_grace_by_faith_

Bubble elastics have been around for ages and many of us may remember them in our own hair at one time. Use them for ponytails, in braids, or try a creative style like this that incorporates a few twisted ponytails crossed over one another.

4. Turbans

Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Photo courtesy of @key.lyric

A turban is a chic addition to any child’s wardrobe. Leave some or all of the hair tucked in and choose bright, bold colors to stand out this summer. This turban with a bow has our hearts melting.

5. Headwrap

Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Photo courtesy of @boy_and_babe

Headscarves come in a variety of prints and colors and can easily keep hair out of the way during a heatwave. Place hair into a high ponytail or bun then tie one around the perimeters of the head into a bow or knot.

6. Hats

Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Photo courtesy of @discocurls

One of the easiest ways to protect your little boy or girl from the sun is to cover up with a hat. Choose a wide-brim, bucket style, or straw for 360 degree coverage or a baseball cap to shade the face and add a touch of swag.

7. Beads

Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Photo courtesy of @theannmariejohn

Beads can be a colorful way to spruce up braids and twists. They come in a variety of colors, sizes and materials. This creative style incorporate larger beads with a bold color scheme on each individual braid.

8. Headbands

Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Photo courtesy of @riley.b.rell

Headbands are another simple accessory that work well on all hair lengths. A cloth material can be wrapped around the head or you can opt for the standard plastic headband that is secure around the top half of the head.

9. Ribbons

Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Photo courtesy of @la.luna.hairstyles

Ribbons have come a long way since the standard bow in a ponytail. Weaving them into braids adds color, texture and is sure to be an eye-catching style for a young lady. This partially braided style is perfect for birthday parties and school pictures.

10. Flowers

Top 10 Hair Accessories for Kids

Photo courtesy of @tammi.diversified

A giant flower (real or faux”> can add a touch of nature to curls or a braid-out. Try a sunflower, peony, or rose placed above the ear to brighten up a simple hairstyle.

What are some of your favorite hair accessories for kids? Let the Naturally Curly community know down below in the comments.

5 Ways to Effortlessly Rock Your Curls for Summer

For the past few years, natural hair textures have become more relevant on runways, magazines and television. It contrasts past decades that focused on smooth, sleek hairstyles that were hidden behind relaxers, weaves, wigs and flat irons. Although those techniques are still used, the beauty and fashion industry has evolved to work with textures thanks to moments like the natural hair movement. As we enter the Summer, let’s explore some of the hottest hairstyles for natural textures as seen on the runway.

Vibrant Hair Color

5 Ways to Effortlessly Rock Your Curls for Summer

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During the NYFW SS 2018 VFILES runway show, models sported bold hair colors on their natural textures. Burgundy, silver, red and hot pink were sprayed onto hair using colored hair sprays to bring a vibrant look to the catwalk. Regardless if the hair color is natural or dyed, colored textures are always show stoppers. Want to try a temporary solution? Try Dark & Lovely Go Intense Color Sprays that provide vibrant color on dark hair.

Celebrity/Model Inspiration: Rihanna, Jordan Dunn, Carmen Soloman

Natural Flat-Top

5 Ways to Effortlessly Rock Your Curls for Summer

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Flat-tops gained popularity during the 1950’s as a popular men’s hairstyle with another brief moment during 80’s and 90’s. Now, flat-tops are having a major moment and are repeatedly seen on runways on women of color. Fashion icons like Grace Jones took risks that paved the way for this modern-androgynous style.

Celebrity/Model Inspiration: Lupita Nyongo, Maria Borges, Adut Akech

Voluminous Ponytail

5 Ways to Effortlessly Rock Your Curls for Summer

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A sleek yet voluminous ponytail pulls the hair off the face and instantly adds elegance to any look. Ponytails can be stretched and puffy, polished with a curling iron/ perm rods, or a mixture of curls with braids with embellished beads as seen on the Desigual runway. Try this sleek low ponytail with wavy edges

Celebrity Inspiration: Tracee Ellis Ross, Beyonce, Zendaya

Curly Pixie

5 Ways to Effortlessly Rock Your Curls for Summer

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Short styles like a curly pixie are favorites during the summer months. They look chic, are low-maintenance, and offer versatility. Additionally, celebrities and models alike can be seen sporting pixie cuts that ooze confidence and provide a bit of edge to their normal look.

Celebrity/Model Inspiration: Halsey, Dilone, Jourdana Phillips

Curls Au Natural

5 Ways to Effortlessly Rock Your Curls for Summer

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Nothing will ever be more beautiful than curls in their natural state. It doesn’t matter if you have waves, spirals, or kinks, texture will always be in style. Recent runways showcase a variety of styles that are loosely tousled, tightly spiraled, big and kinky, and stretched with volume.

Model Inspiration: Imaan Hamaan, Alanna Arrington, Khadijha Red Thunder

Thankfully, we have entered a time where embracing curly hair is accepted and praised as beautiful. Every length, texture type, color and style is unique in itself giving women and men the confidence that they were always meant to have. It celebrates diversity in fashion and changes the conversation of what was once called a trend to a lifestyle.

What are your favorite curly styles for this summer? Share with the Naturally Curly community down below in the comments..

Curly Girl Travel Essentials for The Beach
Curly Girl Travel Essentials for The Beach

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Planning a beach vacation can be challenging for natural hair. However, with the right preparation your bag can have all the essentials necessary to make the trip a win. Find out what travel-friendly tips will make packing a breeze along with a few natural hair essentials for the bag.

Ways to Prepare for Summer Vacation

  • Research the Climate: After confirming the destination, research the climate. Tropical beaches can bear high humidity, rain and winds all at the same time while coastal California beaches may feel drier with low humidity. After determining what type of climate you will encounter, decide what hairstyles will work best.
  • Braids or Au Naturale: Getting your hair braided or adding faux locs is one way to maintain natural hair for the entire duration of your vacation. However, if the plan is to change up your hairstyle daily, be prepared to bring more hair products and tools.
  • Pack Like a Pro: Packing can be a nightmare for a product junkie. Invest in travel-friendly containers for your full-sized products or purchase TSA approved curl kits like “The Kit for All Curl Kind” from DevaCurl. Planning to use a diffuser? Try a collapsible diffuser attachment that fits on most hotel hair dryers. Want to know more tips for packing your curly hair essentials, watch this!

Applying sunscreen to your face and body may feel like enough to protect you but the scalp and hair also need defense. These must-have items offer sun protection to shield the hair from damaging UV rays, heat, faded color, and the elements of a beach or pool.

Must-Have Sun Protection for Hair

  • Coola Organic Scalp & Hair Mist: With a blend of plant-based antioxidants, this 70%+ organic spray protects the scalp and hair from harmful UV rays, heat, and color fading. It’s SPF 30 formula is formulated without oxybenzone and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. It also comes in a TSA friendly size of 2.0 ounces
  • Babo Botanicals Cucumber Aloe Vera UV Sport Conditioning Spray: This plant-based moisturizing leave-in conditioner with aloe vera and cucumber protects the hair from UV damage and dryness. It contains a gentle, certified organic Nutri-Soothe blend of Chamomile, Watercress, Kudzu and Calendula. Wild Pansey offers UV protection, and protects the hair from chlorine, salt, and sun. This baby-safe spray formula is alcohol and tear-free.
  • Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer: This softening UV hair mist is infused with a blend of coconut, argan, macadamia nut, sweet almond, safflower seed, and grapeseed oil. It’s lightweight formula can be used on damp or dry hair to detangle, tame frizz, and protect from heat and harmful UV rays.

Along with sunscreen, lip balm, and magazines plan to bring a few hair accessories in your beach bag.

Essential Hair Accessories for the Beach or Pool

  • Wide Brim Hat: If protecting your scalp, hair and face are high on the priority list, then a wide-brim hat is a must-have item. It provides 360 degree sun protection, masks a bad hair day and looks chic.
  • Scarf/Turban: Yet, another way to add a touch of fashion poolside. A silk patterned scarf can cover the entire head or be used as a wrap to spruce up a pineapple.
  • Scrunchie/Elastics: Scrunchies and elastics are summertime essentials to put your hair up and keep you cool
  • Claw clips: Claw clips can secure a french twist or bun in seconds.

What hair products and tools are some of your must-haves for the beach? Share your ideas with the Naturally Curly community down below in the comments.

My Favorite Spring & Summer Hair Accessories
Regardless of what time of year it is, incorporating hair accessories to your wardrobe can add a little spice to your life.

Hair accessories can dress you up, dress you down, cover up a bad hair day and trick others into thinking your hair isn’t dirty. Most of the time I wear them due to pure laziness but if laziness can make me look chic, I’m all in. Check out some of my personal favorites.

Wide-Brimmed Hats

An easy solution that requires very little effort. Wide brimmed hats are my favorite because they offer more sun protection on my face and scalp–the sun does not discriminate! Personally, I love the way they look with curls, whether it’s a short or long hairstyle. A felt hat is stylish and keeps my head warm during the winter months. During the summer, I wear a ventilated, lightweight material like straw so my scalp can breathe.

woman with natural curly hair wearing brown wide brimmed hat

Photos courtesy of @DiscoCurls

On those days that my hair is stretched to the max, headbands offer a little glam. They also keep my hair out of the way while I am at the gym. When my hair is colored but needs a touch-up, a headband can mask any regrowth. It’s especially helpful when my bangs are too long and in need of a trim. I typically wear a cloth style headband when I’m active so that they absorb any excess moisture. Embellished or plastic frame headbands can fancy up any outfit.

woman with natural hair wearing purple and blue headband


Turbans are very special to me, partly because my mother is the queen of them. While living in Jamaica, she would wrap her hair up in a turban to match her outfits. When I style any of them, it’s a constant reminder of my mother; they just exude drama no matter what you put on. They can dress up a maxi dress or add glamour to a one-piece. Give me a sequin turban and I’ll transform into the queen of the dance floor. To protect my curls, I’ve learned to sew in satin fabric.

woman with natural hair wearing beiege turban


Beanies bring out the tomboy in me. However, I have learned not to wear them unless I am wearing a satin bonnet underneath. Many beanies are commonly made with fleece, yarn, cotton and wool which are not curl friendly. Those kind of fabrics tend to snag on my delicate curls, causing unnecessary breakage and frizz.

woman with natural curly hair wearing grey beanie and hoop earrings

What I love most about all of these accessories is the versatility. As a lazy natural, they allow me to stay stylish even on the days that I’m just not feeling it.

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16 Packing Essentials for Every Curly Traveler

Product junkies usually don’t pack light. An unfamiliar climate might turn our beautiful curls into a headful of frizz, or over-excited baggage handlers might cause a bottle of conditioner to crack, leak or explode. We have to be prepared for any possibility, and it’s best to have a list of essentials to make your travels worry-free. Here are some of my top tips for must-have travel necessities for curlyheads.

1. A curly hair travel kit

Many of our favorite curly hair brands have created travel hair kits to take the guesswork out of how many ounces you can bring in your carry-on. The majority of them contain a shampoo, conditioner and styler to have your bare necessities covered. Check out these brands:

2. Some plastic wrap

There is nothing worse than arriving at your hotel to find your liquids have exploded in your bag. To avoid this from happening, take the lid off your bottles and add a square of plastic wrap over the opening. Screw the lid back on and rest assured that you have saved your clothing.

If you are really limited on space and don’t have the time or money to purchase a curly hair travel kit, you can squirt your shampoos, conditioners, body wash, stylers, and lotion into sandwich bags. Just be sure to purchase bags that zip tight, and don’t overfill them. You will be able to fold them and place all of your liquids into a quart-sized bag. When it’s time for use, you can unzip or cut a small hole in the corner to dispense.

Traveling with curls can be complicated, especially if you are not prepared.

3. Your free sample from that event

Do you have a collection of sample-size products you received with online orders, from department stores, or from events? Maybe some goodies the cashier offered you at Sephora? Consider those little bits of freeness your new travel companions. Containing at least one use, sometimes more, these small wonders are perfect for travel.

4. Some sample-sized jars

Alas, everything is not free. Sometimes, you may have to invest in the smallest available size of the products you don’t need vats of, such as pomades, edge control potions, and thicker creams.

5. A few small glass or plastic dropper bottles

Transferring your liquid oils into a dropper bottle is essential when you need precise measurements. You can purchase either glass or plastic bottles online or at drugstores.

6. An empty spray bottle

Just add water to refresh dry curls and styles or mix up your own leave-in conditioner.

7. The necessary styling tools

A wide-toothed comb, a mini afro pick, and a brush are necessities for detangling curls, adding volume, and creating sleek styles on your trip. Most beauty supply stores have travel-sized versions of your hair tools.

8. An old toothbrush

This creates sleek edges and tames flyaways on sleek styles, especially on the go.

9. A satin scarf, pillowcase, or bonnet

Unfortunately, most hotels do not provide curly guests with a satin pillowcase to protect our curls during our stay. Whether it is a scarf, pillowcase or bonnet, pack one in your suitcase to prevent friction on your curls.

10. A (soft”> t-shirt

If you are planning to wash your hair on your trip, don’t forget to pack an old t-shirt to dry your curls. The hotel towels can be rough on your curls and cause frizz. T-shirts are also helpful for plopping your curls, an easy way to speed up the drying process.

11. A disposable shower cap

Some hotels provide disposable shower caps but if you are traveling somewhere that does not, take one with you to prevent water from splashing on your styled curls.

12. A portable diffuser

If your hotel already provides a hairdryer, a diffuser attachment is essential to ensure your curls dry intact and frizz-free. Be sure to contact the hotel prior to your trip to find out what size the hairdryer is. Collapsible diffusers work great because they are space savers and stretch to fit most hairdryers. Try Hot Sock Ultralight Diffuser.

13. A mini hair dryer with attachments

If your hotel does not provide a hairdryer, or if you’re staying with a curly friend who doesn’t have a spare dryer, another option is to invest in a travel hairdryer set that has a diffuser attachment. They’re small and sleek and fit comfortably in your carry-on. Consider the Xtava Jet Set Travel Hair Dryer, available at Walmart.

14. Plenty of bobby pins

A change in climate can change your normal wash and go into a bad hair day if you’re not prepared. Always keep plenty of bobby pins on you for emergency updos. Bonus tip: Use an old Tic-Tac case to hold your loose pins.

15. Extra duckbill clips, barrettes, hair elastics, scrunchies

These are all necessary to dress up styles and keep your hair out of your face during a long flight or road trip.

16. An empty sunglass holder

Need a place to store all of your smaller items? Use an empty sunglass case to hold bobby pins, clips, barrettes, and more.

Curly girl, do you pack light?

Be honest! Share your travel tips below in the comments. And if you’d like more sleepover tips, read this article: How I Preserve My Hairstyles Overnight

Top 12 Scalp Shampoos

When it comes to issues of the scalp, some of the main culprits are product build-up and dandruff. These conditions rely on a healthy, balanced scalp and if regular cleansing doesn’t do the trick, there are shampoos designed to remove residue, flakes and relieve itchiness. Here are 12 shampoos that help banish your common scalp concerns.


John Masters Organics Spearmint & Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo

A purifying shampoo that helps balance the scalp and promote stronger, fuller hair. It contains spearmint and peppermint oils to help stimulate scalp circulation, meadowsweet to balance sebum, and eucalyptus oil to add shine.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

A color-safe shampoo designed to invigorate the scalp thanks to tea tree and peppermint oil. This formula includes hints of lavender to make the hair smell fresh and leaves the hair shiny and lustrous.

AG Hair Natural Balance Apple Cider Vinegar Sulfate-Free Shampoo

With 98% plant-based and naturally-derived ingredients, this shampoo is sure to give a gentle cleanse. Apple cider vinegar naturally lowers ph levels in the hair, cleanses the scalp and reduces oil without a heavy vinegar scent.

Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo Deep Hydration for Dry Hair

If you suffer from build-up and hair loss, this sulfate-free shampoo offers intensive hydration. It contains a proprietary Keratin Amino Complex to penetrate the cortex of the hair and protect the hair’s surface. The formula also removes debris and sebum from the scalp and is a DHT inhibitor.


OGX Extra Strength Refreshing Scalp + Tea Tree Mint Shampoo

An affordable option that stimulates the scalp with a blend of tea tree, peppermint, and witch hazel. Along with its minty-tingle, it cleanses the scalp and hair, adds shine, and performs as an excellent clarifier.

Neutrogena T Sal Shampoo Scalp Build-Up Control

This old-time drugstore favorite continues to work tough on dandruff, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. It contains 3% salicylic acid that works as a chemical exfoliant to help control crusty scalp build-up, and relieve itching and flaking.

Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo

A sulfate and paraben-free formula that increases scalp circulation while leaving the hair soft and manageable. This deeply clarifying shampoo with peppermint and tea tree helps relieve a dry, flaking scalp while removing build-up. The cooling sensation leaves the scalp feeling refreshed.

Deva Buildup Buster

Micellar Water attracts dirt like a magnet to gently remove buildup from the hair and scalp. Unlike traditional clarifying shampoos that contain harsh ingredients, this powerful cleanser won’t strip the hair. Plus, it contains Abyssinica seed oil and jojoba to deliver moisture, shine and head-turning bounce.


Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo

A vegetable-derived micro-exfoliant that removes dead skin cells to reveal a clean and balanced scalp. Infused with Binchotan Charcoal to draw impurities, coconut oil to moisturize to the scalp, a blend of peppermint and spearmint oils for itch relief, and tea tea oil to reduce scalp irritation and inflammation.

Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo

Although this is a high-ticket item, this award-winning formula is highly-effective at removing flakes and soothing an itchy scalp. This formula has a light apple scent and is gentle enough for everyday use.

Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo

This gentle balancing shampoo removes excess build-up and sebum with its blend of burdock root, echinacea, and sage. It contains Aveda’s signature purefume aroma with vetiver, rosemary, cinnamon, and other flower and plant essences.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Dandruff Control Shampoo

A sulfate-free shampoo that works great on coarse, thick hair to remove dandruff and helps a dry, itchy scalp. African Black Soap cleanses, tea tree oil soothes and Willow Bark extract moisturize the scalp.

What are some of your favorite scalp shampoos for product build-up and dandruff? Let us know down below in the comments?

8 Hairstyles to Try When Balding

Fighting hair loss isn’t just a man’s problem. In fact, according to the American Hair Loss Association, women make up 40% of hair loss sufferers. The reasons can vary from hormonal imbalances, alopecia, disease, medications, stress, and more. Luckily, the texture of curly hair has the advantage to make it easier to disguise. These 8 hairstyles are a great example of options to try when you experience overall thinning or bald patches.


Image: @discocurls


Cutting bangs can make a drastic change to your hairstyle while covering up some of your problem areas. If you are experiencing a receding hairline, bangs cut near the eyebrows hide the recession. Side-swept bangs are another option if hair loss is more prominent on only one side.

Short & Mid-length Haircuts with Layers

One of the easiest ways to bulk up hair that is thinning overall is to cut the hair shorter. Having curly hair that is all one length will weigh it down and cause it to look flat. Especially near the scalp where you typically want volume. Ask your hairdresser to add layers that also frame the face and hide troubled areas along the hairline.

Deep Side Part

Changing the part in your hairstyle is an old trick that can hide a hair loss situation. If you have a widening center part or large bald patch on a specific side, try a deep side part.  It will instantly cover and create major volume that will fool anyone into thinking you have thicker hair

Low Ponytail

Bald spots near the nape of the neck can make it difficult to wear any high ponytails or updos. A low ponytail will instantly cover the spot and secure the style in place. Additionally, a loose side braid is beautiful and provides the same security.


Image: @discocurls

Headbands & Scarves

When all else fails, adding hair accessories are a simple addition to mask thinning areas. If you have a receding hairline, a wide cloth headband can completely cover and secure the area. If you experience long-term hair loss, a scarf or turban is a stylish accessory that can cover the entire scalp.

Zig-zag part

If you are dead-set on a center part, a simple solution is to create a zig-zag part. A zig-zag part adds texture and volume to the hair so that it doesn’t fall flat.

Buns & High Ponytails

Another way to hide bald patches near the crown is to throw the hair up into a ponytail or bun. With curly hair, a ponytail can cover the majority of a bald patch but if the patch is much larger using bobby pins to loosely pin a bun around the perimeter is another solution.


Image: @discocurls

Messy Updo

If years of wearing clip-ins have caused traction alopecia along the crown a messy updo can disguise that area. The beauty of curly hair is that it naturally looks thicker so pinning curls loosely into an updo can cover the affected area while still looking glamorous.

Nobody really wants to experience hair loss but on a positive note it gives you the opportunity to try out a shorter style, bangs or layers that you may not have before. It’s always possible that you might actually like your hair better.

What are some of your favorite hairstyles to hide hair loss? Share with us down below in the comments?

5 Effortless Hairstyle Ideas to Rock Your Curly Bangs

Making the choice to cut bangs can be a huge decision, especially on Type 3 curly hair. There is constant upkeep with trims and they may require daily maintenance with the help of a leave-in or finger coils. However, curly bangs have many benefits. They can be youthful, add volume, contour the face and even hide a big forehead. If you have bangs but don’t know what to do with them, then check out these 5 hairstyles to rock your bangs.


Image: @jeanna_80

Curly French Twist

Let your bangs hang to the side with a simple french twist. Spritz a leave-in conditioner along the sides of your head. Then, use fingers or a smoothing brush to gather one side of the hair off center. Use pins vertically starting at the nape working your way up. Fold and roll the loose section over the pins in an upward direction. Use hairpins to secure twist leaving the top loose. Use fingers to adjust the direction that the hair lays up top.


Image: @curly.edgy

High Ponytail w/Criss-Crossed Cornrows

Update your ponytail with a few cornrows. Clip aside a horseshoe section at your bangs and another horizontal section on the bottom half of your head. Moving along to the side section, add three more diagonal sections. Braid the section closest to the back downward into a cornrow leaving the ends loose. Repeat on the other 2 sections and clip to hold out of place. The braids should get longer as you get closer to the hairline.

Create two more sections below the three diagonal braids. Add cornrows to those two sections in an upward direction so that they overlap the top section and clip out of the way. Add one last cornrow that lays slightly horizontal towards the back. Unclip all braids and bottom section and gather into a high ponytail. Unclip the front horseshoe section and let the bangs hang free. Apply edge control and smooth hairline with a brush.


Image: @mzbiancarenee

Sexy Side Swept Curls

An easy style for bangs that requires only a few bobby pins. To get sexy, side swept curls, start by using an Afro pick to fluff out curls. Then apply pomade or edge control along one side of the head and smooth with a brush. Move hair all the way to the desired side and apply several pins into hair at the point that crosses over the center of the head. Fluff curls with fingers or a pick.


Image: @kaylamadonna shot by @urban.scope

Glamorous Braided Side Swept Curls

Starting on 2nd day hair or older, part hair around the arch of the eyebrow and follow to the bottom of the head in the center. Clip aside the larger section of the two. On the smaller section, pull out a tendril near the ear and create 4 separate new sections.

Clip aside the three sections and begin a cornrow on the first section. Add a small elastic to hold braid in place. Repeat the process on the remaining sections. Unclip the larger section and apply a lightweight oil for shine. Add gold cuffs along each braid for a glamorous look.


Image: @freshlengths

Curly Bun with Bangs

Simplicity at its best. Spritz a moisturizing leave-in conditioner into the hair and gather into a high ponytail leaving the bangs out. Secure with an elastic then twist and wrap ponytail into a bun. Secure with pins and shake out bangs with your fingers.

Still on the fence about getting bangs?

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What are some of your favorites hairstyles with bangs? Share with us below in the comments.

10 Easy Hairstyles for Fine Curly Hair

Looking for some style inspiration for your fine, curly hair? Not to worry as there are plenty of options to change up your look. Fine, curly hair often struggles with a loss of volume and appearing flat. However, it’s softer texture can help manage styles very easily. So, get out of your comfort zones and try these 10 hairstyles.


Image of Rocio@risasrizos

Twisted Low Chignon

Start on 2nd day curls to ensure that you have more volume for this style. Separate the hair into 3 sections: two separate sections near the top of the head for the twists, and a back section for the ponytail.

Then, create a low ponytail with the back section and secure with an elastic. Move onto the top sections and twist the first section while taking small amounts of hair into the twist. Twist until it reaches the top of the ponytail. Then, secure it by wrapping it across the ponytail and pinning with bobby pins. Repeat on the other side. Lastly, roll the ponytail and twisted sections up into a chignon and secure with bobby pins.


Image of Charmaine @charmsie

Pineapple Updo

Almost every curly girls go-to hairstyle is a pineapple updo. One of the most simple styles as it requires only an elastic. Gather curls into a high ponytail and secure with the elastic. Gently tug the ponytail to bring some of the curls toward the forehead and voila, instant updo!

Pineappling is also a popular way to wear curly hair to sleep at night, so once you <a href=" target="_blank"master this style you have 2 new go-tos.


Image of Charmaine @charmsie

Braided Bantu Knots

Bantu knots are beautiful and easy to do. Perhaps more time consuming but the process itself is simple. First, decide how many knots to create then section the hair either vertically or horizontally. Within each section, create a smaller section for the individual knot. Smooth edge control along the base and use a smoothing brush to flatten any bumpy areas.

Then, secure into a ponytail with a mini elastic and detangle with a comb. Create a braid then wrap the braid into a bun. Secure with bobby pins. With finer textures, you can add braiding hair to bulk up the look like Charmaine has in this image.

Repeat the process on each small section and smooth the hairline with edge control and a toothbrush.


Image of Jeanna @jeanna_80

Curly Faux Hawk

An easy way to work on stretched curls is to create a curly faux hawk. Create 3 sections: a low, mid and high, and secure with elastics. Keep each section close to each other so they appear cohesive as one section. If your hair has bangs, leave them out for a rockabilly look.

Gently tug on each ponytail vertically and pin an unruly hairs. Pin the base of the bang area to match the faux hawk.


Image of Kira @kirathelight

Half-Up Double Buns

Double buns alway seem to work well during the warm weather and pull the hair out of the face. This particular style doesn’t pull the hair off the neck but still incorporates a fun look. Begin by creating three sections. One large section on the bottom half of your hair and two on the top split down the middle.

Create a ponytail on each of the two top sections and secure with an elastic. On each ponytail wrap the hair around to create a small bun and secure with bobby pins. Leave the bottom half free and boost curls by spraying in a leave-in conditioner or styling cream. (Style tip: Pin an embellished necklace around the hairline to spice up the look.”>


Image of Gena @glammeup

Elegant Voluminous Ponytail

An easy way to add volume to a ponytail is to create two! First, create a horseshoe section up top. Then, push the section forward and loosely secure the ponytail with an elastic, clip or bobby pins. Gather the hair that falls from that ponytail and secure it into a loose, low ponytail with the bottom half of the hair.

Tug the upper horseshoe section so that it doesn’t lay flat against the scalp and leave loose tendrils near the ears.


Image of Rocio @risasrizos

Voluminous Half-Up Half-Down Hairstyle

Starting on 2nd day hair or older, create a section on the top half of the head. Then, create another horseshoe section and clip aside. With the remaining top section, pull up into a high ponytail.

Unclip the horseshoe section and loosely pin into the top ponytail. Use an Afro pick to add volume on the loose curls.


Image of Rochelle @discocurls

Scarfed Pineapple

Elegant and easy, a scarfed pineapple can dress up your head. After pulling the hair into a high ponytail, secure with an elastic and let curls fall into your face or off to the side.

Using a long scarf, begin by placing the center of the scarf at the base of your head, then wrapping the two ends towards the front. Overlap the two ends and continue wrapping until you reach the ends. Tuck in the ends at any part of scarf.


Image of Rochelle @discocurls

Twisted Half-Updo

Take advantage of a previously stretched hairstyle or twist out to create this whimsical, twisted half-updo. Section the hair in half and clip away the bottom half. On the top half, create 5 separate sections. Then, on each individual section do a two-strand twist. Once all twists are created gather them into a mid ponytail. Use fingers to loosen up each twist. Finally, unclip the bottom section and fluff with fingers or an Afro pick.


Image of Ladon @boldlyblendingout

Fluffy Drawstring Ponytail With Charms

Although, this appears to be a half-up, half-down style, it was created with a little help from a curly drawstring ponytail unit. It’s completely optional if your hair is longer or fuller. However, if the hair is short and extremely fine, it’s an easy way to create the illusion.

Starting with day 3 or 4 hair, refresh curls with water, then distribute a light hold gel for soft hold. Gather hair into a high ponytail and use a boars hair brush to smooth any bumps. Secure with an elastic.

Next, loosen the drawstring ponytail and slip the attached clips around the perimeters of the ponytail. Use additional bobby pins to secure the unit. Gold charms were used to add glitz to the style by slipping a bobby pin into them and placing them in a crown formation.

What are some of your favorite hairstyles for fine, curly hair? Share with us below in the comments.

How to Use a Dermaroller on Your Edges + 6 More Tips to Help Grow Your Edges Back

Afro-latina woman wearing glasses and showing her bald edges

It’s been over 10 years since I removed my straight, sew-in weave to reveal my naturally curly hair. Although it was the best decision for my healthy hair journey, another nuisance arose: traction alopecia. Many of us in the natural hair community also refer to this term as “snatched edges.” I’ve spent the last decade learning the best ways to care for my edges, including discovering the products, techniques and mistakes to avoid. Here are my 7 tips to help grow your edges back.

1. Scalp Massages

Massaging the scalp will increase your blood circulation, which then promotes hair growth. As a nightly ritual, blend a dime-sized amount of jojoba oil (or your favorite carrier oil“> mixed with a few drops each of peppermint, rosemary and tea tree essential oil into the palms of your hand. Then, mix well and massage the mixture into your scalp with fingertips for 5 minutes. Pay special attention to the hairline where the areas are thinning, and avoid using your nails.

2. Scalp Clarifying

Buildup on the scalp will clog follicles and can lead to further hair loss or thinning areas. Using a clarifying shampoo a minimum of once per month can help open the follicle and remove buildup, dirt and sweat from the scalp. The NC community likes Elucence Volume Clarifying Shampoo, Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo, and DevaCurl’s Buildup Buster Micellar Water Cleansing Serum.

3. Dermaroller

New to my edge growth routine is the use of a dermaroller. A dermaroller is a handheld roller device with hundreds of tiny surgical needles that range in length from 0.25 mm to 1.5 mm. Traditionally, a dermaroller is used to increase the absorption of skin care products, stimulate collagen growth, and treat acne scars, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and stretch marks.

For hair growth, the tiny surgical needles stimulate the scalp to increase blood flow to the scalp and when used in conjunction with a growth serum or oil, helps to increase the absorption of those products.

4. Essential Oils to Promote Growth

Many essential oils are effective at stimulating hair follicles, increasing blood flow to the scalp, encourage growth, lowering DHT and detoxifying the scalp. My favorites include peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary essential oil. Remember that essential oils are highly concentrated and should be blended with a carrier oil prior to application on the scalp.

5. Growth Serums/Oils

If DIY isn’t your thing, you can purchase premade growth serums or oils to save you the time. Some of the best I’ve tried include the ORS Fertilizing Serum and Tropic Isle Living Strong Roots Red Pimento Growth Oil.

6. Vitamins & Supplements

Although a healthy balanced diet can provide you with the proper nutrients, the use of certain vitamins and supplements may help aid in hair growth. For example, if your body has a vitamin deficiency, a supplement may help bring your levels up to normal standards. This was my personal situation with a vitamin D deficiency. My doctor recommended a vitamin D supplement because the levels were below normal. With continued use, my hairline became denser in the areas that were once thin.

*Always consult a physician before starting a vitamin or supplement regimen.

7. Change Your Part

Surprisingly, a simple step like changing the part in your hair can relieve tension on that area. If the part is always in the same area, it is more likely to experience breakage. Try these 3 ways to change your part for a different look.

Things Not To Do

  • Wear tight, slicked back hairstyles

  • Wear heavy braided styles

  • Wear stay-on Satin Bonnets, tight headbands or certain hats for extended hours

  • Use relaxers, harsh hair colors or other chemicals along the hairline

  • Sleep on anything but satin or silk pillowcases

  • Skip clarifying shampoos

Have you found any products or techniques that helped grow back your edges?

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