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How to Care for Your Kids' Curly Hair When You Don't Have Curly Hair
How to Care for Your Kids' Curly Hair When You Don't Have Curly Hair
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You’ve mastered your hair care routine and can make it out the door within minutes. Your curly kids’ hair, on the other hand, needs some work.

There are a completely different set of rules when it comes to styling your kids’ curls compared to your straight hair. Your hair may easily glide through a comb, but you can’t figure out why you can’t style and care for your kids’ curls without running into tangles.

The secret is that you can! It simply takes learning how curly hair works to master a routine your child will enjoy much more.

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Another secret? You’re not alone. Many parents with straight hair have the same struggles when dealing with a new hair texture, says Britteny Davidson, a curly hair stylist in Indianapolis who has seen a fair share of children plop down into her chair.

“I have a lot of clients who come in specifically for that reason — because their hair texture is different from their kids’,” said Davidson. “Some people may think that it is only moms with biracial children who need help, but it’s black moms who have black children, too.”

Davidson has been a stylist for 11 years but began specializing in curly hair three years ago.

“I was so happy to find my niche because before, I was just doing what was popular at the time. As I got older and went natural, I saw a need — specifically here in Indianapolis — for curly hair stylists. I just jumped right in,” she said.

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Over the years, Davidson mentioned that her client base of kids has increased as parents have become more curious. She now sees about ten curly kids each month. Sometimes, parents come into the salon only for consultation and hair product recommendations.

It’s not that parents don’t want to deal with their child’s curls; they simply don’t know how.

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“They want to learn,” said Davidson. “I tell them to bring their kids to me just twice a year so I can give them tips and give their kid a haircut.”

For those who can’t visit the salon as often, Davidson recommends three items to have in your kid’s curly hair kit: A quality conditioner, a wide-toothed comb, and a bonnet. She says parents don’t need expensive tools to care for their children’s hair.

“The game changer for me was reading the ‘Curly Girl Handbook’ by Lorraine Massey and Michele Bender,” she said.

How to Care for Your Kids' Curly Hair When You Don't Have Curly Hair

When styling your kid’s curly hair at home, Davidson recommends these six tips:

  1. Don’t pile the hair on top of the head to wash
  2. Always use more conditioner than shampoo
  3. Don’t use shampoo as often — it dries out the hair
  4. If the hair becomes matted more easily, detangle often
  5. It’s OK to condition more than once a week
  6. Don’t detangle the hair unless it’s wet

The confidence your kid builds around their curls matters, too.

“What’s great now is when you watch TV, there are a lot of curly-haired kids and adults. Showcasing them when they are on TV is important,” said Davidson. “Even if you’re out and you see someone with curly hair, compliment that person in front of your child and point out that they both have beautiful curls.”

Are you a parent of a child with curly hair? Share with us your favorite tips and routines below!

Read next: 15 Puff Hairstyles for Kids

This is Why You're Experiencing a Dry Scalp Near Your Hairline

You may not remember when you first noticed how dry your scalp appeared at your hairline, but all you know is that it has got to go.

Dealing with a dry scalp on its own can be a hassle, but it can become more of a challenge when it’s out in the open for everyone to see – like at your hairline. While treating this condition is great, finding the cause of your dry hairline is even more important. Let’s start with the basics.

Have you checked your facial cleanser?

Come on now. I can’t be the only one who has washed my face and thought I did a great job rinsing off the cleanser, only to find out I left soap near my ears and hairline. What you cleanse your face with has a lot of impact on how your hairline behaves. Your hairline could pay the price if your facial cleanser contains drying chemicals.

Noticed hard water stains?

If you notice white residue on your dishes, chances are good that you live in an area with hard water. Hard water can negatively impact your hair in several ways, and causing a dry scalp is one of them. Many women have noticed improved scalp after using a water softener or including distilled water in their hair care routine.

Properly moisturized?

Adding a bit of oil to your scalp won’t properly moisturize the area. While some people use a three-step process, like the LOC method, I like simplifying it. Next time you find dry, flaky skin near your hairline, spray on a liquid first (water, leave-in conditioner, etc.) and then follow up with an oil or butter to seal in that moisture.

Also, we often focus so heavily on moisturizing our ends (because that’s what we’re told to do) that we neglect our scalps altogether. Some curlies may never need to add moisture to their scalps because they may produce enough natural oils. If you don’t fall into this category (don’t worry, I don’t either), then be sure to moisturize your scalp as needed.

Used a new product?

If you recently began using a new line of hair care products, it could be the reason behind your dry hairline. Sometimes, shampoo detergents can negatively react with your skin, causing dryness and irritation. Also, be sure you are thoroughly rinsing your hair with shampoo before moving on to the conditioning process.

Styled too tightly?

Those super sleek buns, ponytails, and braids may be cute, but they often pull on the hairline very tightly. Not only does this lead to hair loss, but the tension can also lead to breakouts and dryness in the area.

Keep your scalp in mind when sporting these hairstyles by not styling too tightly – especially around the hairline.

Treatments

Scalp Exfoliation

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Think of exfoliating your scalp as a step above your normal cleansing routine. Using a combination of oils and sugar, you can remove product buildup while providing moisture to your scalp.

Oil treatments

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If you are certain that your issue is a dry scalp at the hairline and not dandruff, you might want to try oil treatments. This extra but quick step in your wash routine can boost moisture levels in minutes.

Once you have cleansed and conditioned your hair, apply your favorite oil directly to the area using a bottle with a nozzle tip. I recommend oils like olive or jojoba. Let it sit for a few moments before rinsing. You can then go on with your normal wash day routine.

Visit an expert in person

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If you feel you have a chronic condition, getting some one-on-one attention would be a good idea. Visiting a dermatologist or trichologist will allow you to have an exam where they can help pinpoint the problem and offer solutions.

21 Braided Hairstyles You Need to Try Next

Finally, summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time to show off your best protective styles. Sure, you can wear protective styles any other time of the year, but because of the summer heat, most curlies like to tuck their hair away when doing outdoor activities, like traveling, swimming and laying on the beach.

If you’re the queen of braided styles, we’ve gathered more than a dozen for you to send to your stylist to try next.

1. Knotless Braids Bob

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This long bob is so popular that stylist @pearlthestylist_ holds classes online and in person just to teach it.

2. Jumbo Knotless Coi Braids

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These knotless braids are back with an optional twist of curling the ends.

3.Goddess Box Braids

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Box braids are a favorite for many, but this style is great to show off curl definition and versatility.

4. Feed-in Ponytail Braids

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Feed-in braids have been one of the biggest braided trends recently. Add a few gold cuffs to spice up your braids effortlessly.

5. Natural Braided Updo

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This braided style is great if you’re headed to a special occassion such as a wedding or formal event and still want to rock your natural texture.

6. Side Swept Braids

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If you’re looking to keep your curls and get creative, this simply style is for you. Refresh day 4 curls and a few braids on the side of your head and you’re off!

7. Lemonade Braids Ponytail

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It’s no secret that last year when Beyonce dropped lemonade she brough back the mini braids she refers to as lemonade braids. This braided ponytail style is beautiful and so precise.

8. Half-up Half-down Feed-in Braids

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The feed-in phenomon continues and this style is a great way to utilize hair extensions and incorporate braids.

9. Braided Bob

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This nostalgic style is great when you don’t want to deal with the extra weight box braids brings, but gives you the same effect.

10. Double French Braids with Curly Extensions

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This is by far one of my favorite styles this Summer. It’s a twist on the classic french braids and adding curly hair extensions to the ends for extra volume.

11. Knotless Box Braids

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Don’t make us pick a favorite between jumbo and small knotless braids!

12. Fulani Braids with Cuffs

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Fulani braids are usually done with cornrows in the front and box braids in the back, and they’ve made a major comeback recently. Make yours pop with a bold color or gold cuffs.

13. Fulani Braids with Beads

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Another way to make your fulani braids shine is with beads, which you can add just at the ends or bring them all the way up like Solange.

14. Single Part Triangle Jumbo Box Braids

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It’s all in the detail and these box braids are bangin’. Simply part your braids into triangles for a neat and clean look that stands out.

15. Nubian Braids with Single Rows

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If you love small and precise braids, this style is for you. Definitely reminds me of the micro braids.

16. Feed-in Braids

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There are a variety of ways to get feed-in braids and this is one of the most popular where it’s a mix of small and big braids feeding into each other.

17. Feed-in Braids and QuickWeave

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This heat-free style gives a half-up half-down look with no leave out.

18. Ciara Plaits

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The classic plaits always make a comeback and are a quick and easy style to try.

19. Fishtail Braid

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When you want to slick back your hair and add some volume this is a great style to try. Add a few bobby pins to make a statement and add hair extenstions to your ponytail for a more dramatic effect.

20. Senegalese Twists

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Senegalese twists, also known as rope twists, originated from the West African country of Senegal. I love how this gorgeous, protective style offers a different take on the current braid trend.

21. Braided Design Bun

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No matter if you’re looking to add a bit of length or beads to your braids this summer, there is truly a style for everyone. We love the versatility of this style – @pearlthestylist_ does amazing things with braided buns.

How long should I keep my braids in?

One of the biggest questions I always get is, “how long should I keep my braids in before removing them?” The answer to this question depends on a lot of factors like how often you typically wash your hair and your hair type.

Some hair types may not hold a braided style as long as others. Also, some curlies may feel the need to wash their scalps after just a few days with braids.

Be sure to listen to your scalp to know when it’s time to remove the braids and wash. If you begin to see product buildup, an irritated scalp or any sort of damage, that is your cue.

Which style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

Check out next: 8 Protective Styles That Are Gentler Than Box Braids And Passion Twists

This article was originally published in 2018 and has been updated with new hairstyles.

These are the Top 8 Vacation Styles That We Are Loving This Summer

Summer can mean time to get away from the troubles of everyday life during much-needed vacations. Whether you’re heading on the road with your girlfriends or relaxing with family, you’ll want to make it a vacation to remember with cute summer styles that require low maintenance. 

Ready for styling ideas? Here are eight vacation styles you should try this summer!

Goddess Box Braids

These are the Top 8 Vacation Styles That We Are Loving This Summer
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This summer it’s all about the box braids, and we particularly love this goddess braids take. There are countless ways to style them and make this trend your own. Although the install process is time consuming, you’re left with an end result that gives you longevity and endless versatility.

Faux Locs

These are the Top 8 Vacation Styles That We Are Loving This Summer

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If you don’t want to stress about bringing hair products and having to style your hair while on vacation, try faux locs. You can have them styled to the length you desire and they’re practically maintenance-free.

Marley Twists

These are the Top 8 Vacation Styles That We Are Loving This Summer

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Keep your options open with this stunning style. Marley twists are great because they look natural and start to look better the longer you wear them.

Jumbo Box Braids

These are the Top 8 Vacation Styles That We Are Loving This Summer

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This style is a forever favorite because it’s so versatile and doesn’t require much maintenance. Plus, the jumbo braids don’t take anywhere near as long to get done so that’s a win win. Get creative and add color and accessories for a bold look.

BunHawk

These are the Top 8 Vacation Styles That We Are Loving This Summer

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This natural style is great for when you want to pull your hair back and add volume using Kinkistry hair extensions. Plus, they’re clip ins so you have the option to switch up your look effortlessly.

Feed-in Braids Ponytail

These are the Top 8 Vacation Styles That We Are Loving This Summer

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This is one of summer’s hottest braided styles! Feed-in braids are everywhere and there are so many different varieties of feed-in styles to try. Not only is this style fierce, but it’s great to have the braids off your shoulders when it’s too hot to deal.

Fulani braids

These are the Top 8 Vacation Styles That We Are Loving This Summer

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Fulani braids are coming to the forefront right now because they make such a statement. You can add cute accessories such as beads, coil, or cuffs to make it as glam as you feel.

Headwraps

These are the Top 8 Vacation Styles That We Are Loving This Summer

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While traveling, it’s best to always bring a headwrap just in case. If you’re on the beach and it’s too windy, or you’re out exploring, it’s the perfect accessory to have on hand to throw your curls up in a pineapple.

What’s your favorite vacation style? Let us know in the comments.

10 Curl Products that are Actually Worth the Splurge
10 Curl Products that are Actually Worth the Splurge
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Stumbling upon a $500 hair dryer or $75 deep treatment mask may make you turn your nose up, but trust us, there are some that have been raved about amongst the natural hair community.

Curly hair products and tools range in price from single to triple digits, but are the more expensive products good enough to convince you to pay up? Of course, and you should treat yourself every now and then.

Here are 10 curly hair tools and products that are completely worth the splurge:

10 Curl Products that are Actually Worth the Splurge

1. Dyson Supersonic hair dryer – $499

This new state-of-the-art hair dryer is nothing like you’ve seen before. Though the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer comes with a hefty price tag of nearly $500, it’s technology engineered to protect hair from extreme heat damage, with fast drying and controlled styling.

Why it’s worth the splurge: Let’s break this Dyson dryer down, shall we? Not only is it made with 23.75-karat gold, but it also comes with its own carrying case. Wait, there is more. It comes with three magnetic attachments, three-speed settings, four heat settings, a cold shot button and one of the fastest digital motors a hair dryer has ever seen. Still not convinced? All of the features are packed into this device that weighs less than two pounds.

2. Q-Redew – $78

If your curls need are in need of a quick refresh, look no further than the Q-Redew. This handheld hair steamer turns water into steam within seconds! Sure, it comes with a $78 price tag, but it has many uses.

Why it’s worth the splurge: This hair tool is easy to pack into a suitcase for overnight traveling. There are also endless ways to use this tool as well. You can restyle your hair without washing, boost your deep conditioning regimen, detangle and more.

3. Miss Jessie’s® Baby Buttercreme – $33 for 8oz

Aimed to hydrate dry curls, this moisturizing styler from Miss Jessie’s has received high praise despite its $33 price tag. It can be used to instantly soften children’s curls and adult’s hair, as well.

Why it’s worth the splurge: It is ultra moisturizing while adding a plump sheen to lifeless curls. In addition, a little of this product goes a long way so you’ll be sure to get your money’s worth.

10 Curl Products that are Actually Worth the Splurge

4. Ouidad Curl Recovery Melt Down Extreme Repair Mask – $44

Paying $44 for a hair mask is unheard of in some households, but this deep treatment from Ouidad just might change your mind. If you’ve ever been desperate to fix a situation — like maybe ditching your crunchy, lifeless, curls for good — you’ll do anything, right? This $44 hair mask is worth every penny.

Why it’s worth the splurge: Dry and damaged curls are restored by a protective moisture barrier created by the use of mafura butter and kalahari melon seed oil. The best part? Its creamy texture makes it extremely moisturizing for all curl types.

5. Moroccanoil’s Restorative Hair Mask, 16 oz – $75

You may feel a little hesitant to dish out $75 for a deep treatment mask, but once you do, your curls will sing praises! OK, yes, it’s $75 for a 16-ounce jar, but it completely transforms hair within 5-7 minutes. It’s that simple.

Why it’s worth the splurge: The ingredients are fantastic and truly make the magic happen. This product is rich in argan oil, shea butter, and reparative proteins that will help improve your hair’s elasticity.

10 Curl Products that are Actually Worth the Splurge

6. Ouidad Double Detangler – $26

Typically you’d spend nearly $30 on a good meal at a restaurant or maybe a manicure, but believe it or not, there is a detangling comb that could get just as much of your money.

Why it’s worth the splurge: Ouidad’s Double Detangling comb, priced at $26, does twice the work as it’s equipped with two rows of wide teeth to glide through curls. You’ll find that you are able to manage your curls with shorter detangling sessions.

7. Lush’s Superbalm Scalp Treatment – $25

When you spend $25 on a hair product, you expect to receive at least enough product to last for months at a time. Lush’s Superbalm Scalp Treatment 1.5 oz container focuses not on how much you’re getting, but instead on the value in the product that can help soothe an inflamed scalp.

Why it’s worth the splurge: Though small in size, this Lush scalp treatment is mighty and made with ingredients needed to relieve scalp irritation. You’ll find ingredients like coconut oil, candelilla wax, and lavender oil.

10 Curl Products that are Actually Worth the Splurge

8. Curlformers by Hair Flair, $74

No matter if you have a special occasion or simply want to change up your look, Curlformers are the way to go. Unlike other hair rollers, you’ll achieve perfect spiral and corkscrew curls without worrying about if you followed the instructions correctly. Curlformers use a simple installation process that leaves you with curls that form perfectly within hours.

Why it’s worth the splurge: These hair rollers work on all hair types from wavy to kinky curls, and the best part is, the company guarantees they won’t cause heat damage. That’s surely some confidence you can get behind, right?

10 Curl Products that are Actually Worth the Splurge

9. DevaCurl DevaFuser – $50

Sure, it comes with a $50 price tag, but wash and go lovers will want to get their hands on this DevaFuser as soon as possible. Equipped with 360-degree airflow, this diffuser that attaches to the DevaCurl DevaDryer that helps curls dry faster than when using traditional tools.

Why it’s worth the splurge: Who doesn’t want to save time when it comes to caring for their curls? Your time is precious, and DevaCurl understands that, which is why this diffuser will help you preserve moisture while drying all parts of your hair.

10. Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo – $42

What can a $42 shampoo get you? A reduction in itchiness, irritation, and flakiness. The use of charcoal helps detoxify the hair and scalp by absorbing impurities.

Why it’s worth the splurge: It truly steps up your shampoo game! You’ll experience cleaner hair with an added bonus of an exfoliator, which can gently massage the scalp to lift dirt. We don’t know about you, but scalp massages each time we shampoo sounds incredible!

What curl products and tools have you splurged on? Share them with us in the comments below.

Goodbye Shrinkage, Hello Stretched Curly Hair: How to Elongate Your Curls

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Pictured: @healthyafrohair‘s blowout 

Let me tell you, there is nothing more frustrating than having long, curly hair, but no one can see it. This daily challenge curlies refer to as “shrinkage” presents several problems for us curlies with type 4 kinks. It’s almost like one day you’re rocking a blown out twistout and everyone can’t believe how long your hair has gotten. The next day, you come in with a shrunken afro and mouths drop. You are constantly bombarded with, “I love your haircut” all day long. I can’t be the only one who has experienced this, right?

I appreciate my shrunken fros, but don’t get me wrong – I love a good stretched twistout so I can make a couple of hair flips happen throughout the day (no, just me? OK”>.

The good part is, no matter how you feel about your hair shrinkage, there are endless ways to elongate your curly hair and give it a nice stretch.

Here are 4 ways to stretch your curly hair:

1. Blow-dry Curls Using the Tension Method

Some say blow drying your curls can cause damage. I say your blow dryer can be your best friend if you use it correctly. When wanting a longer, stretched look, I turn my blow dryer on the “cool” setting. This allows the temperature to find a sweet spot between cold and warm. This helps keep the heat damage away.

Once we’re turned on cool, I use the tension method to blow dry my hair. Instead of using the comb attachment or a brush, I simply hold my hair our at its length and blow dry. This means thoroughly detangling my hair first, then stretching it to its maximum length and waving the blow dryer back and forth until that section dries.

In all, it takes me about 30-40 minutes to complete this task. Keep in mind, I have a lot of hair, so times may vary depending on your hair length.

Check out the tutorial below.

2. African Threading

If you have some time to spare – maybe a weekend – African threading can be a lifesaver. You’ll use weaving thread to wrap around the entire length of your hair. This will keep your curls in a stretched state as they dry. Once your hair is fully dry, you’ll remove the thread and style as usual. It’ll look as if you’ve just blow dried your curls – but without heat.

This method does take a while to see results as your hair will need to fully dry before you can take the thread out.

3. Banding

Another method is to use stretchy bands wrapped around the length of the hair, which @healthyafrohair does overnight, “Part of my nightly hair care routine consists of stretching my hair overnight, which helps to prevent my hair from knots & tangles and also for ease of styling.”

4. Braiding or Twisting

An easy method for stretching your curls is to braid or twist in medium-sized sections.

And if you’re pressed for time or energy, one of the easiest and simplest is pulling your hair into a bun, “If I need to stretch my hair I just put it into a bun. Once it’s dried, I take it out, remoisturize and we’re all good to go” says naturalista Lena.

So you know how to stretch your curls, but what types of products are best to keep them stretched? Since I have type 4 kinky curls, my hair seems to stretch better when using heavier products.

My Favorite Stretching Products

What methods do you use for stretching your curls?

Life-Changing Advice from a Straight-Haired Parent with Curly Kids

Three kids with three different curl patterns, and you’re stuck styling hair for two hours each morning. What’s a mom to do?

Aisha Crump, CEO and founder of Honey Baby Naturals, knows this scenario well. The hair textures of her three children range from loose curls, to tight kinks. How has this Latina mom with straight hair learned to manage her kids’ curls? Time.

“Part of the reason why I created the brand was so that we all could use the same products. Each child layers on more product based off of need,” she says.

From her teens into adulthood, Crump said she never had issues managing her hair. She washes it daily and can dry it within five minutes.

“I just wash and go because I’m a mom and I’m busy. The biggest challenge is because my hair is so fine, I have to be careful with coloring because it’s fragile. But because I love textured hair, I use a curling wand to get more volume,” she said.

Her biracial kids’ hair? A challenge.

Her oldest child, 16-year-old Khalil, was born with very fine hair that became thicker and more coarse as he aged. Kyra, 12, had thicker hair as a baby, and many coils. Crump’s youngest child, 10-year-old Karynn, has very loose, but strong curls.

“From the beginning, I could tell Kyra’s hair texture was different,” said Crump. “It takes hours to wash, dry and detangle, but her hair is so healthy.”

To combat her struggles with dealing with three hair textures, she remembered her childhood. Being Latina, Crump grew up with family members with a mix of curl patterns.

“I had biracial little cousins, and I loved to do their hair. Because their texture was different than mine, I was curious,” she said.

Despite the experience of being introduced to different types of hair early on, Crump still faced frustration as a parent, because styling hair became too time-consuming.

“I’m a fast-paced person, and a working mom who runs a business. I don’t want to wake up and spend two hours doing hair. I had to learn patience and understand that they want to be creative with their hair,” she said.

For parents experiencing similar issues, Crump recommends:

  1. Utilizing resources like NaturallyCurly, following beauty influencers and taking tips from brands
  2. Developing patience when styling your kids’ curls
  3. Finding the right tools and products that can save you time
  4. Enforcing curl confidence by teaching each kid to love their curl patterns

“Growing up, especially in a biracial family, this is very important for my girls. They see my hair and notice that it is straight, but it’s about getting them to embrace their own textures,” says Crump. “In society, people are so judgemental about hair texture. Because Kyra has the hair she does, people would look at me then look at her with confusion, like ‘how is that your daughter?’”

Previously, Crump said her girls would desire to straighten their hair, but as of recently, she’s noticed that keeping her kids around women who are also confident in their curls has changed their perspective.

“It was really important for Kyra, with her darker complexion, to embrace her natural curl pattern. Now, she’s so proud of it,” said Crump. “Taking my daughters to hair shows along with Honey Baby Naturals where women take so much pride in their curls has been great for them. They feel like their hair is a crown.”

Life-Changing Advice from a Straight-Haired Parent with Curly Kids

Are you a mother with curly-haired kiddos? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!

My Type 4 Fall Natural Hair Regimen

It’s official: fall is here!

That means crunchy auburn leaves on the ground, and pumpkin spice-flavored coffee… and everything else! The new season also means it’s time for me to tweak my natural hair regimen.

When the seasons change, some curlies feel as if they need to change every step in their natural hair regimen, including their products, techniques, styles, etc. Personally, I try to keep it simple by adding just a few extra steps of care. There are several product lines I adore that are made for naturally curly hair, but during the fall, I try my best to stick to products with natural ingredients. I have learned that my hair behaves better and retains more moisture when I use them.

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One of my favorite hair care lines to use during the cooler months is the Curls line by DermOrganic. Many of the products are 75 to 80 percent organic and include ingredients I can read and understand, like aloe vera juice.

To kick off my fall natural hair regimen, I split my hair into sections to create two buns; this makes the washing process much easier than trying to tackle all of my curls at once.

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Shortly after hopping into the shower — I don’t wash my hair in the kitchen sink unless I have this item — I take down one section, run it under the water, then begin finger detangling.

I apply a generous amount of DermOrganic Curl Cleanser to my roots only and massage into my scalp for a few minutes. I only shampoo my scalp once before moving on to conditioner. I have found shampooing more than once or applying the shampoo down the length of my hair causes unnecessary dryness.

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Next, I rinse and apply (an entire handful”> of DermOrganic Cucumber Curl Conditioner to the length of my hair, only focusing on the ends. This cleanses the length of my hair on the way down. Long story short: I use a lot of conditioner.

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Once applied, I create the bun, starting the wash and condition process on the other side of my hair. After both sides are complete, I continue with my normal shower routine and rinse my hair with cool water before hopping out.

To style, I use DermOrganic Curl cream, which I picked up at TJ Maxx and Marshall stores.

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During the fall, my goal is to deep condition more – practically after every weekly wash. When deep conditioning I use one of three products combined with my Hot Head deep conditioning cap (check out my review“>.

Once deep conditioning for at least 30 minutes, I can go directly into styling.

Many times I find a way to stretch my hair before styling by using the tension method or African threading before installing twists, braids or halo crown.

The goal with my fall natural hair regimen is not to overthink it and make my routine as simple as possible. If I am really focused, I can wash, deep condition and style my hair within two hours.

Don’t do this on wash day:

  1. Don’t spend all day on your hair: While your curls deserve the best, there is an entire world to explore. Find quality products that work for your hair and plan ahead. Lay out your products, tools and have a style in mind before you get started.
  2. ;”>Don’t forget to use gentle hands: Wash day can go from zero to 100 in seconds when you’re frustrated during the detangling process. If you feel a stubborn knot coming along, breathe (walk away for a moment if you need to”> and then gently untangle the section. Frustration leads to split ends and broken hairs.

What does your fall regimen look like?

The Top 7 Vacation Hairstyles for Natural Hair

Summer means warm weather and lots of time to get away from the troubles of everyday life during much-needed vacations. Whether you’re heading on the road with your girlfriends or relaxing with family, you’ll want to make it a vacation to remember with cute summer styles.

Rock your own curls, or add a little length, volume and color with extensions. The RUWA 48 Aquatex Fiber from Kanekalon is perfect for those with an active lifestyle. The hair repels water and has a quick drying time.

Ready for styling ideas? Here are seven vacation styles to try:

The Top 7 Vacation Hairstyles for Natural Hair ###### Photo courtesy of @Ashleyraye

### Faux Locs

If you don’t want the hassles that come with the length or maintenance of certain styles, try some trendy faux locs! This style offers great flexibility; you choose what length you want, they barely require any upkeep, and you can wear them up or down with ease.

The Top 7 Vacation Hairstyles for Natural Hair ###### Photo courtesy of @williethewayfarer

### Beaded Braids

Tired of the same old hair accessories? Beaded hairstyles have officially made a comeback. Rock them with braids or twists.

The Top 7 Vacation Hairstyles for Natural Hair ###### Photo courtesy of @tylattimore94 ### Braided Bob

A braided bob is most definitely a summer style that will frame your face well. It’s another popular 90s look that has made a cute comeback.

The Top 7 Vacation Hairstyles for Natural Hair ###### Photo courtesy of @hairbeatatl ### Bantu Knots

With this style, you can tie up your own curls, or add extensions for fuller or more colorful knots. They’ll definitely last you a few days, and you can take them down afterwards for a springy, defined knot-out!

The Top 7 Vacation Hairstyles for Natural Hair ###### Photo courtesy of @Ebsweetz ### Fishtail Braid

It may be a little tricky at first, but once you get this look down, you’ll be set. Learn how to create the look here.

The Top 7 Vacation Hairstyles for Natural Hair ###### Photo courtesy of @catarina.moreno ### Finger Coils

Not only are finger coils easy to maintain, they offer an additional style after they’ve been taken down—you get more curls and more volume.

###### Photo courtesy of @Jasmeannn The Top 7 Vacation Hairstyles for Natural Hair ### Space Buns

Just throw your curls up into a couple of buns and that’s it. Feel free to add some cute hair accessories, like headbands and jewels.

How do you wear your hair on vacations? Let us know in the comments!

Hey Girl, It's Time to Branch Out of the "Ethnic" Hair Care Aisle
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Growing up, when my mother needed new hair products for us girls, she would always take me down one specific aisle of the store. The aisle was full of hair products, but for some reason we only stayed within a small section. I later learned this to be the ‘ethnic hair care aisle.’

It was during this time I began to realize the divide among hair textures and marketing.

It was where we bought shampoos, conditioners, stylers, heavy gels and mostly hair relaxers. Over the years I became familiar with the brand names that only graced the shelves in that section, but once I did the big chop in 2011 and began to embrace my natural hair texture, I discovered a whole new world.

Products in the ethnic hair care aisle, that took up only 10 percent of the entire aisle, were mostly targeted toward black women and displayed them on their labels and marketing materials. But I began to wonder, ‘What about the other 90 percent of the aisle? What else is out there that I’m missing out on?’

I will be the first to say women of color can now find a wide array of amazing products outside of their targeted section.

I found this to be true when I discovered TRESemme Naturals Conditioner. It made me hair feel silky, soft and added much needed moisture to my dry strands; I don’t remember any product in the ethnic hair case aisle to do the same.

From there I began trying brands like Aussie Moist, Herbal Essences, and OGX. Many times I found them to work better or just as good as products found in the ethnic hair care aisle.

I also discovered a pleasant surprise: the price tag. Most of the new products I found were less expensive than those I was accustomed to buying.

While I would never want to discourage anyone from buying local and in their communities — because after all, that is where my heart lies — I have learned to branch out from the ethnic hair care aisle.

By taking the leap I have grown longer, stronger, softer curls than ever before.

And guess what? My hair didn’t fall out or I didn’t go bald from using products outside of my targeted space (in case you’ve heard that myth”>. I still do enjoy brands from the ethnic hair care aisle like Creme of Nature, Eden Bodyworks, Shea Moisture and Jane Carter Solution – but the great news is, corporations are learning their customers, and are completely shifting the way their products are organized.

The ethnic hair care aisle has disappeared from many stores and new hair care sections like “natural hair” and “curly hair” are being created.

This shift gives us the freedom to move and explore what new brands have to offer. What I love most – it breaks down barriers and shows inclusion and acceptance for all hair textures.

Next time you find yourself down the hair care aisle, take a look at everything it has to offer – maybe you’ll discover something new that truly works for your hair type.

Do you stick to the “ethnic” hair care aisle?

Have you ventured outside of those 2 shelves?

Update: During the Global Beauty Alliance (GBA”> meeting at the 2018 Cosmoprof beauty show in Las Vegas, members voted unanimously to support changing the name of the “Ethnic” hair care category to the “Textured Hair” section. You can read more about what this change means here.

3 DIY Recipes To Use For Swimming with Curly Hair
3 DIY Recipes To Use For Swimming with Curly Hair

I can’t count how many times I’ve been invited to pool parties only to attend and see absolutely no one in the pool. Many of the ladies at the pool are rocking super cute bathing suits, but not enjoying the water. What’s the number one reason? They don’t want to get their hair wet.

Believe it or not, you can still have great curls and enjoy time in the swimming pool.

The biggest turn off about swimming is all of the chemicals in the pool, like chlorine. According to Livestrong, chlorine can have a major drying effect on hair after exposure for an extended period of time. There are also other concerns to keep on your radar like harmful sun rays, which can cause dry, crunchy curls.

The good news is, while there are countless hair products on the market aimed at curly-haired swimmers (check out a full list“>, there are just as many DIY products you can create at home to make your swim session worry free.

Before the Pool Party

Right before you make your pool debut, you may want to follow some of these swimming tips for curlies. These ideas will fight against the dreaded dryness brought on by the swimming pool. On top of that, try applying a mist like my DIY rosewater spritz or the one below.

Moisturizing Mist

– 1 cup water – ⅓ cup aloe vera juice – 4-5 drops of your favorite essential oil

In a spray bottle, combine these ingredients and shake upon use.

After the Pool Party

You can use many of the ingredients you already have at home to whip up the recipes you need.

3 DIY Recipes To Use For Swimming with Curly Hair

Healing Hair Mask

– ½ cup of coconut oil – ⅓ cup pure aloe vera gel or juice – 1 tablespoon of raw honey

Combine ingredients in a bowl, apply to hair with hands, and cover with plastic cap for 15-30 minutes before rinsing with cool water You can double the recipe for longer hair lengths or tighter curl patterns.

Ultimate Hot Oil Treatment

– ½ cup jojoba oil – ⅓ cup rosehip seed oil – 2-3 drops of healing essential oil like tea tree or neem

Combine oils into a color applicator bottle with a nozzle tip and place into a coffee mug filled with very hot water for 1-2 minutes. Apply directly to scalp.

Other Key Protective Tips

– Tip 1: Shampooing your hair after each swm session is a must

This tip is non-negotiable. I know it will add an extra item to your ever-changing to-do list, but if you want healthy hair, don’t even think about skipping this step. The chlorine from the pool will need to be removed from your strands to prevent any damage from this strong chemical.

– Tip 2: Deep conditioning your curls is crucial

Don’t get lazy after shampooing! You’ll need to replenish the moisture you lost in the pool with a conditioner left in 15-30 minutes. Whatever length of time works for you is fine, but don’t skip this step.

– Tip 3: Wear a sun hat

These oversized hats cover not only your head but provide some protection for your eyes, shoulders and neck.

– Tip 4: Wear a swim cap

You can now find several caps made for those with big, curly hair. Try one out.

Have you been getting in the pool this summer? How have you addressed your curl concerns?

5 Quick & Easy Ways to Style Type 4 Hair

There are some real perks to having Type 4 kinky curls – believe me. Your curls may be able to hold definition much longer than those with looser curl patterns, and styles look fuller overall. Some of the downfalls? Styling hair without frizz can be a challenge.

Sure, the weather (humidity in particular”> can have a huge impact, but there are some things you can do to avoid it all together. Coming from a Type 4 curly, I’ve tried it all, but over the past eight years, I’ve come up with a few tips for ditching frizzy hair while styling:

  1. Style on damp hair using creamy stylers: This will leave a more sleek and defined look
  2. If you desire a look with some volume minus the frizz: Start on blown out hair, but find a heavy butter to style.

Here are some ways you can style your Type 4 hair (frizz free”> when you’re out of ideas:

Curly Mohawk

5 Quick & Easy Ways to Style Type 4 Hair

I love this style for several reasons. You can wear it practically anywhere, and most of all – it takes less than 10 minutes to do on blown out hair.

Directions: Simply part your hair into three equal sections, and secure them with a ponytail holder. Once you have three ponytails, split each section into two – so you have six pieces in total. For each ponytail, you’ll want to roll one section of hair forward and the other backward (in a tuck and roll movement”>. Secure each section with a bobby pin. You’ll want to use a heavy butter like pure Shea butter to style.

 This style can also be done on damp hair (using a creamy styler”> with shorter lengths using flexi rods instead of the tuck-and-roll method. Once you have three ponytails, begin creating three to four two strand twists in each section. For the final step, you’ll want to wrap those twists on one small flexi rod (yes, three twists per rod. No one has time to sleep with 20 flexi rods.”>. Allow the hair to dry overnight, and take out the rods and untwist the following morning.

Braided Style

5 Quick & Easy Ways to Style Type 4 Hair

I actually find myself doing this style when I’m rushing out of the door in the morning. The great part is, this style can be done on short lengths as well (as long as your curls can fit into a ponytail you’re good!”>.

Directions: For a fuller effect, you can start on blown out hair, but this isn’t required. Create a horizontal part about four to five inches from your front hairline to create two sections. Make a bun with the back, bigger section. Going back to the front section, make either a middle part or side part (whichever you prefer”>. Braid each side into a loose braid. Gather both braids into the bigger, back section of hair and pin near the base of the bun.

Flat Twist 

5 Quick & Easy Ways to Style Type 4 Hair

Sometimes your hair just wants to feel free, so you should let it down. This style is great for days when it’s hot and humid outside because it keeps hair away from your face. On the opposite spectrum, it also gives your hair time to breathe.

Directions: This quick style is done by creating a part three to four inches from your hairline. Using product, flat twist that section going across your hairline. Pin the end of the twist near the back of your head where your hair will hang loose.

Rod Set

5 Quick & Easy Ways to Style Type 4 Hair

Now this isn’t just any rod set. It involves a braided updo in the back that’s super cute. This style can be worn by those with a tapered cut or those with practically any length of hair.

Directions: Create a horizontal part going from ear to ear to make two equal sections of hair. Clip the front section away and focus on the back half. Split the back half of hair into two equal sections vertically. Create one flat twist starting at your nape and twisting toward the front of your head. Once complete, create a small bun to finish off the section. Do this for both sections.

Once the back half is done, set the front section of hair on perm rods for full bangs. If you have a tapered cut, simply set the front on rods.

How do you style your Type 4 hair?

3 DIY Coconut Oil Hair Masks to Try This Week

Curlies use this oil to promote hair growth, prevent split ends, treat dandruff and condition their curls. What type of magical oil am I talking about? Coconut oil.

It’s one of those hair products you either love or hate, but you have probably heard of some of the amazing benefits that women have had when using this on their hair and skin.

You can use coconut oil in your weekly hot oil treatment, or along your hairline for healthy edges, but its use goes further. Using coconut oil in your curly hair regimen as a deep treatment mask helps you see even more benefits.

Oh yeah, there is no need to buy a mask at the store, today we’re DIYing it all.

With these recipes, you won’t need 10,000 ingredients for one mask. The ingredients are simple and minimal – likely ones you already have at home.

Here are 3 coconut oil DIY hair masks you can make at home.

3 DIY Coconut Oil Hair Masks to Try This Week

Cold pressed coconut oil + raw honey for shiny hair

Combine one half cup of melted coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of honey in a bowl. Mix the two ingredients together, and use your hands to apply it to your scalp and hair evenly after shampooing. Allow the mixture to sit under a plastic shower cap for at least 30 minutes before rinsing.

Why this works

Honey is great scalp soother and has antifungal properties to make sure your hair stays healthy. Coconut oil helps lock in the moisture supplied by the honey for a shiny finish.

3 DIY Coconut Oil Hair Masks to Try This Week

Cold pressed coconut oil + aloe vera gel for damaged hair

Mix half a cup of coconut oil with one third cup pure aloe vera gel (you can make your own from the plant or purchase in store”>. Once combined well, apply the ingredients to your hair from root to tip. You’ll really want to concentrate on damaged areas, like your ends and edges for example. Let it sit on your hair with a plastic cap, then rinse.

Why this works

Aloe vera is a natural moisturizer, and one of the main reasons we experience damaged hair is because it’s dry. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which will allow the oil to penetrate your hair to repair damage.

3 DIY Coconut Oil Hair Masks to Try This Week

Coconut oil + ginger juice for hair loss

Slice off about one inch of fresh ginger and peel to remove the skin. Place the ginger root into a pot filled with 2 cups of warm water, and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool before straining – keeping the ginger juice, and discarding the root.

Combine the ginger juice with one half cup of coconut oil and massage it into your scalp and hair. Rinse with warm water after 20 minutes and shampoo as normal.

Why this works

Ginger root contains magnesium, potassium, fatty acids and vitamins your hair needs to thrive and stay strong. Combine this power with coconut oil, which can prevent protein loss in hair, and you’re good to go.



How do you use coconut oil in your curly hair routine? Share your tips with us in the comments.

4 DIY Remedies to Treat Scalp Fungus
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Come on and admit it. Any time you hear the word “fungus,” you freak out a little. Dealing with scalp fungus may not only cause a mental panic, but it can be physically uncomfortable.

A simple itchy scalp is one thing, but scalp fungus is a whole new ball game. The question then becomes, how do you determine if you truly have scalp fungus.

4 signs you have scalp fungus

  • Scaly patches

  • Hair loss or thinning

  • Pain or tenderness in the area

  • Physical rashes

There are several types of fungus that can impact the scalp, like Dermatophytes and Tinea capitis (ringworm”>. The only way to find out the type affecting your scalp is to see a dermatologist.

If you’re looking to try some DIY remedies to treat your scalp fungus, you’re in luck. These treatments use all-natural ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen.

1. ACV Rinse

Apple cider vinegar is used for practically everything nowadays – in recipes, skin care routines and now, for scalp relief. ACV acts as a great clarifier with antifungal properties. Pour 1 part ACV with 2 parts water into a bottle with a nozzle tip, and pour it onto your scalp. Let the treatment sit for 20 minutes before shampooing your curls.

High-quality apple cider vinegar are “the mother,” of a colony of good bacteria. Look for this type of language on the packaging.

2. Neem and Coconut Oil

If your itchy scalp is driving you crazy (but you know scratching will only make things worse”> you’ll want to get some oil on it pronto. Tea tree oil isn’t the only oil good for getting rid of fungi and bacteria. Neem oil has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and contains an all-natural anti-inflammatory. Combine that neem oil with coconut oil, and you’ve got double power. Mix one part meem oil with one part coconut oil and apply it directly to your scalp three to four times per to stop fungus in its tracks.

Read: How to Try Ayurveda – For People Who’ve Never Heard of Ayurveda

3. Garlic & Honey

Using garlic and honey for anything other than food may sound a bit weird, but they can be a powerful force when it comes to treating your scalp. Mix 80 percent honey with 20 percent water. Then, add one very finely chopped up clove of garlic and combine. Apply the mixture to your hair in small sections and let sit for 30 minutes before shampooing.

If you’re worried about smelling like garlic for the rest of the day, know that honey masks much of the garlic smell, and your shampoo will do a good job of getting rid of the odor altogether.

4. Honey Water

If garlic isn’t your thing, using honey alone can kill many microorganisms that can be causing your itchy scalp. Sure, honey seems sticky, but the texture and its antibacterial properties can help you find some relief.

Combine 80 percent honey with 20 percent water, and spread it directly onto your scalp.

What DIY remedies have you used to treat scalp fungus at home?

Read next: 4 Types of Scalp Flakes, and How to Get Rid of Them

5 DIY Ways to Treat Scalp Eczema
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Having the urge to scratch your scalp constantly is not only annoying, it’s distracting to those around you.

An itchy scalp could mean several things: scalp eczema or dandruff among other conditions. To know for sure, you’ll want to visit a dermatologist.

If you’re looking to treat your scalp eczema at home using natural remedies, here are 5 DIY methods to try:

Honey Scalp Mask

This sticky substance wasn’t just made for your afternoon tea. It can be used in countless ways – including treating your scalp eczema. Honey has extremely powerful healing properties that fight bacteria and soothes the scalp.

You may think honey on your hair sounds like a nightmare, but when mixed with the right ingredients, its results can make up for its texture. Simply mix 85 percent honey with 10 percent water and 5 percent olive oil. Apply the mixture directly to your scalp and let it sit for 2-3 hours while you wear a plastic cap. Rinse as normal.

Rosehip Seed Oil + Tea Tree

If you’re on the go and don’t have time to deal with water-based treatments, you’ll want to get familiar with healing oils. Rosehip seed oil is a very light oil, but it can handle the power of an essential oil when mixed. It also helps repair damaged hair follicles. Tea Tree Oil is pretty well known for its antifungal properties.

Ready to combine these? Mix 4 parts rosehip seed oil with one part tea tree oil and use a dropper to apply to the area needed.

Aloe Vera Juice Mask

Like honey, aloe vera can be used for practically anything. For those with scalp eczema, it can do wonders with constant use. All you need is a fresh aloe leaf, a knife and a blender. If fresh aloe leaf isn’t an option, you can buy bottled aloe vera, but nothing does the trick like the plant itself.

If you want to get rid of inflammation, extract the gel from the plant by trimming off the sides and cutting off the green skin. This will leave the clear, sticky gel – the good stuff. See how to cut your plant here.

Once it’s extracted, toss it into the blender and mix until smooth and froth forms at the top. Allow the froth the settle and you’re all done. After shampooing and conditioning, pour the juice onto your scalp. Let it sit for 1 hour and rinse.

Hot Oil Treatments

There is certainly a benefit to adding hot oil treatments to your hair regimen. Sure, they take a little extra time, but for those who suffer from scalp eczema, it can really make a difference. After cleansing your hair, apply warm coconut or jojoba oil directly to your scalp using a bottle with a nozzle tip. To warm the oil, place a mug filled with water into the microwave for 1 minute, then place the bottle into the mug to start the warming process. Once the oils and a plastic cap have been applied to the scalp, let the mixture sit for 30 minutes before rinsing. Coconut oil has great anti-fungal properties great for soothing an itchy scalp.

Tea Rinsing

Set yourself up for success by soothing your itchy scalp starting at wash day with tea rinsing. Tea rinsing can help combat shedding and promote a healthy scalp. Those like red tea, also known as Rooibos Tea can relieve symptoms of eczema due to its anti-inflammatory agents.

To get started, brew a cup of warm tea and let it cool. Pour the tea into a bottle with a nozzle tip and apply it directly to your scalp after shampooing. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing and following up with your normal conditioner.

What methods do you use to fight eczema on the scalp?

DIY Moisturizers + Protein Treatments Curly Girls Love
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It’s been an exhausting week, and one of the many things still on your to-do list involves washing your hair. Sure, you may not be up for it – but someone has got to do it.

You reach for your favorite moisturizer. Empty. You reach for your normal protein treatment. It’s empty too. What’s a curly girl to do?

It can be much easier to buy new hair products while we’re out and about, but when you run out unexpectedly, it doesn’t mean you need to reschedule your wash day. Many DIY natural hair products can be found and created within minutes in your kitchen.

One of the many benefits of creating your own curly hair products? You can customize them to fit your curls’ current needs. Need moisture? Add olive oil. Need scalp relief? Add a few drops of peppermint oil.

In addition, because you made the products, you’ll know the exact ingredients. No need to try to pronounce those long, complicated ingredient names on the back of hair care products.

Kiss those days goodbye.

Create your own protein treatment

It will make just a few minutes to whip up your homemade protein treatment, but how do you even know if your curls need it?

Protein treatments help rebuild hair by making it stronger. If you’ve experienced lots of breakage, shedding or dryness, you may find this treatment helpful.

Here’s your recipe:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Combine all of the ingredients and apply to hair. Cover head with plastic shower cap and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes.

This recipe will supply protein with the use of egg and greek yogurt, while also providing moisture.

DIY all-natural hair moisturizer

There are tons of moisturizers, twist butters and curl creams on the market, but there is nothing like using a product specifically made for your curls. That is exactly what you’ll make when you DIY your own moisturizer.

For those with kinkier hair types:

  • 2 cup whipped shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon castor oil
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 5 drops essential oil (for fragrance”>

For those with looser curls:

  • 1 cup aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 drops essential oil (for fragrance”>

The use of aloe vera gel will supply tons of moisture for hydrating your curls.

Having trouble retaining length? Listen up.

The secret is, curly hair thrives when you give it a little TLC. We all know our curls can have a mind of their own, so you’ll want to treat it as such. You can retain length by following these tips:

1. Find a quality deep conditioner that you love

Maybe it has amazing slip or contains great ingredients. Whatever it is, become friends with that conditioner because you’ll want to use it often – at least a couple of times a month if not more.

2. Care for your ends

Many times our curls get caught on necklaces, wrapped up in scarves and covered by jackets. They are exposed to elements often, which is why you should give them extra care. Be sure to check often for split and dry ends along with single strand knots.

3. Don’t forget your scalp

The scalp is where it all starts, so it can’t be neglected. Apply light oils like jojoba if needed, give yourself a scalp massage and keep it clean to prevent product buildup.

Do you like to DIY? What are some of your favorite DIY moisturizers and protein treatments? Let us know in the comments.

Here's the Top Vegan Hair Products You Should Try

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Now more than ever, women with curly hair of all textures are not only being mindful of what they put on their hair, but into their bodies. According to a 2017 report titled, “Top Trends in Prepared Foods,” more than 6 percent of the U.S. population identifies at vegan, compared to just 1 percent in 2014. There are many advantages of using vegan hair products can go far. Many brands that are vegan, also are conscious about using healthy, all-natural ingredients in their products. It’s a win-win for everyone.

What are vegan hair products?

In simple terms, they do not contain any animal by-product. In addition, they also do not test on animals. Gone are the years where you couldn’t find vegan curly hair products at local stores. Due to such high demand, and the variety of brands, stores like Target, ULTA, Whole Foods and others carry them in store and online.

How can I tell if my hair product is vegan or not?

To tell if your hair product is vegan or cruelty-free, you’ll want to look for ingredients like gelatin, lanolin, collagen, and retinol, among others.

You may find the words “vegan” or “cruelty-free” on the front or backs of your hair care products. You’ll also find one of three small labels resembling rabbits on the products. Some products may still be certified cruelty-free by organizations like the Leaping Bunny or PETA even if they do not display so on their label.

What type of vegan hair products should I try?

No matter if you’re looking for new hair products to try and want to preserve the environment when shopping for curly hair products, here are a handful to check out:

Obia Naturals – In addition to not finding any traces of honey, beeswax, goats milk, or animal protein, products from Obia Naturals also does not contain mineral oil, sulfates, DEA, petroleum, synthetic colors, or drying alcohols.

Acure – This family-owned company prides itself on “plant science” to bring you better beauty products. Their hair-care products contain plant-based ingredients like aloe and cactus oil.

Wonder Curl – Using ingredients like castor seed oil and shea butter, WonderCurl aims to help you achieve moisturized hair that helps define curls.

Maui Moisture – With aloe vera juice being the main ingredient throughout Maui Moisture, you’ll wish you would’ve tried it sooner.

Paul Mitchell – This California-based brand pledged to become a cruelty-free brand in the 1980s, and still stands by their beliefs of not testing on animals. If you’re looking for a little scalp relief, their Tea Tree line will help your scalp feel refreshed.

DermOrganic – Made without salt, sodium chloride or other artificial thickeners, many of DermOrganic products contain more than 70 percent organic ingredients like aloe vera.

Alba Botanica – With the exception their lip care items, Alba hair care products uses 100 percent vegetarian ingredients and hydrating oils like coconut.

Giovanni – With the exception of their Magnetic shampoo, conditioner, power treatment, styling gel and styling wax, Giovanni hair products are vegan. Their Tea Tree Triple Treat line is great for refreshing curls.

Avalon Organics – As Avalon Organics products were made to “contribute to a holistic lifestyle, wellness & sustainability,” many of their hair care products contain quinoa protein, chamomile, aloe and vitamin E.

Shea BODYWORKS – Premium shea butter is the star of the show in the Shea BODYWORKS line of products. Their hair butter is also made with organic castor oil, lavender essential oil, and pumpkin seed oil.

Alaffia – You’ll find all of the best ingredients like African black soap, coconut oil, lemon and neem oils for a healthy scalp.

SheaMoisture – With the exception of the following hair products: Tahitian Noni & Monoi Collection, Jamaican Black Castor Oil Collection, Community Commerce: Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection and Coconut & Hibiscus Collection.

 

Have you tried any vegan hair products? If so, share them with us in the comments section.

My Latest Hair Fails – And How I Bounced Back

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I’ll never forget the very first time I tried to make my own deep conditioner using avocado and honey years ago. Boy was it messy and an ultimate natural hair fail. It’s a funny story now because many of my friends and curlies see me as this DIY natural hair guru – but it wasn’t always like that.

The time I didn’t blend…

This avocado and honey conditioner – which I have now perfected and show other people how to make – was a disaster because I missed one very important step. “Blend until smooth.” Let’s just say there were bits of avocado everywhere in my hair. Being a curly girl with dark-colored hair, it was extremely noticeable. I just couldn’t seem to get those little bits of green out.

Today during my online and in-person DIY shampoo + conditioner classes, I spend 5 whole minutes telling my students how important it is to “blend until smooth.” It may be a funny story now, but back then, it was the ultimate fail.

The time I cooked eggs in my hair…

I’ve had many other friends share similar experiences when using egg in their deep conditioners. They mix up an egg with mayo and use warm water to rinse it out. Bad idea. The egg cooks in your hair! Long story short: I’ve learned to do thorough research on a topic or ingredient before jumping in the kitchen to whip up something. There are plenty of times we as curlies take each other’s advice by trying out natural hairstyles and techniques that just simply don’t seem to work for us or our hair texture.

Why I flip my mindset

Let’s face it, failing at anything can be a major blow to your confidence, but I look at it another way. It’s actually beneficial for you if you flip your mindset. Instead of viewing failure as the opposite of success, look at it as part of success – because it’s true. If you would’ve never tried that hairstyle or technique and failed at it, you maybe wouldn’t have found your signature style. You may not have discovered your favorite product. It’s all about expectations. When you try to replicate something, know that it may not turn out exactly as you saw it because that person may have a different length, hair texture and density than you.

Vloggers, bloggers and other influencers in the natural hair community can make some styles look effortless, but that’s because it works for them. They are sharing in hopes that you can relate to it, but maybe you’ll create your own. When I try a new hairstyle and it doesn’t come out as expected, I realize, I just need to change my viewpoint. Many times, the styles that I thought “failed” were some of the most popular on my natural hair blog and social media channels. I actually end up starting with one style in mind, but creating a new one as I go.

You may think it failed because to you, it doesn’t look exactly like the original, but in reality you’ve just sprinkled a little bit of your own flavor on it – and there is nothing wrong with that.

Have you experienced a hair fail or several?

Let us know in the comments below how you bounced back.

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