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Preserving Your Wash and Go

Wash and go’s are one of the best perks to me since going natural.  Never before was I ever able to gel my hair and run out of the house, knowing that my hair would take care of itself as it dried throughout the day! It’s a blessing and a curse though, because it can be very difficult to maintain a wash and go.  read more

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5 Hair Care Mistakes Most Naturals Make

 

 

Reblog from: DIYHairCareBlog

I’m just going to lay it out for you all, a lot of the information in the natural hair community

can be questionable and have you walking in circles with your hair. Often when you’re newly

natural, it can be hard to know what is meat and what is bones. Here are 5 hair care mistakes

you don’t want to make.

1. Joining Bandwagons– What’s a bandwagon? It’s going out and trying techniques and new hair tools just because others are doing it. Every month there is a new bandwagon; co-washing, no-poo, baggying, Tangle Teezer, and others are all bandwagons. While these techniques can be beneficial; if what you’re doing isn’t broken don’t try to fix it. Try only following techniques that solve a problem you currently have with your hair.

2.Hair Typing– Yes, it’s nice to feel like you’re a part of a group but honestly, hair typing is purely aesthetic. Yes your curls can look like someone elses but, it takes more than knowing your hair type to really figure out what your hair likes and doesn’t like. You can learn a lot from people who don’t have the same hair type as you do.

3. Throwing Away Products That Work– Don’t go and throwaway that “tried and true” leave-in just because, you’ve now learned about mineral oil. Trust me, when you’re having a bad hair day, you’re going to be looking for that tried and true product. Again, if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.

4. Black People, Black Hair, Black Products– Please, kick this notion to the curb. You may have more in common hairwise with someone who is not the same color as you and actually learn some great tips from other curlies. Lots of natural hair ladies use Dove, Suave, Loreal, Aussie Moist, Garnier Fructis, with much success and these aren’t marketed for “black hair”. Just find products that solve the problems you’re facing with your hair.

5. Natural Is Easy As 1-2-3– No, natural hair doesn’t have to be difficult but, we all have our days. Don’t go natural thinking that you won’t have any bad hair days or even months! Natural hair has it’s learning curves.

By keeping the 5 tips above in mind while on your journey it will save you a lot of frustration, there’s is nothing like experiencing excessive breakage or slit ends and having no idea where they came from and how to stop them. If you keep your regimen consistent, you will get consistent results.

 

 

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Product Review: Curls (Curl Soufflé) from Loux Online Beauty Supply

Hey Queens!

Its finally Friday!!!…. Woo-Woo

Okay, so I’m back with my review on the Curls: Curl Soufflé that I ordered from Loux, the new, and innovative online beauty supply.  I did a blog on them last week that you can check out HERE, to get a quick recap.

First, I would like to say that I was so impressed and pleased with how quickly my product arrived to my house. Loux makes a promise that your shipment will be to you in 3 days or less, and my product came in exactly 3 days, just when I needed it.

I was looking for a good styling product to hydrate and define my hair. Through the help of the Loux website, which is organized by the needs of you hair, I decided to try the Curls: Curl Soufflé (Medium Curl Cream).

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Curls: Curl Soufflé

Description: Ideal for medium-thick textured tresses. Defines, defrizzes and moisturizes curls with a soft natural touch. This soufflé textured cream locks in moisture  while setting your curls.

Size: 8 fl oz

Directions for use: 

Day1- Apply to freshly  cleansed/conditioned hair , while it is still wet. Moisturize first with Quenched Curls Moisturizer. Scrunch Curl Soufflé into hair, section by section. Allow hair to dry.

Day 2- Refresh your curls with Quenched Curls Moisturizer and reapply Curl Soufflé to curls as needed.

My thoughts: I really liked the product because I felt like it was able to hydrate/ moisturize my hair, but I feel that it doesn’t work best for my hair texture for a wash-and-go I have a 4A/4B hair texture, so after applying the product my hair looked like a frizzy fro. But I also didn’t realize that this product didn’t have any hold when I purchased it, and I think it is also best to have some of the products mentioned in the directions for better results. I’m going to experiment with the product again, and this time I will try a twist out.

Stay tuned for the results!

What has been your experience with this product?

Xoxo

Malia

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Sex and Natural Hair

Tablets, cream, ointments, herbs, mixtures and even onions! These are some of the measures a natural girl can go through to stimulate hair growth.

All the above mentioned methods stand a strong ground.. But what if there was an even more natural way, another practice, another technique which didn’t require inventing formulas and concoctions!

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To what extent are you willing to go in order to naturally stimulate your hair growth?

There is a way which can take place in the privacy of your own bedroom.

Yes, you said it!

SEX!

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Research shows the hormonal connections between a regular healthy sex lifestyle and hair growth.

Regular sex influences the production of sex hormones such as androgens, which influence hair growth, and endorphins, a feel-good neurotransmitter that impacts both body, mind and soul subsequently promoting healthy hair growth!

A  scalp massage could have done the trick, but you would agree that sex is much more fun! Sexual activity gets your blood flowing, especially near the skin’s surface. In physiological response hair follicles receive more oxygenation and more nourishment ensuring ideal conditions for growth.

Regular sex is an option worth adding to your daily hair routine. But don’t be carried away. Too much of everything may have some unfavourable effects. Too much sexual activity can lead to the unhealthy over-production of testosterone and adrenaline, leading to possible hair loss, especially in men!

 

Nevertheless, regular sex a is a very justifiable hair growth stimulator. So ladies, it’s time to get our groove and go 200% natural!

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Images: Google

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Preventing Heat Damage 101

As naturals, sometimes we get tired of wearing our hair curly, or tied down in protective styles. And, that is ok!

Straightening your hair is an alternative for when you want get a trim,measure your growth, or when you just want to try a new look.

But, like with anything, if you do it too much or incorrectly, it has the potential to damage your curls.

Check out our latest article on “Preventing Heat Damage” from our latest issue on page 30 below…

Image: Google images

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Natura Chats With The Beautiful Vlogger @Donedo!! (Get All The Tea Inside)

 

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She’s a dope photographer, an amazing artist, a stylist and one of our favorite YouTube vloggers. DONEDO, is a force to be reckoned with, and she is taking the natural hair community by storm. Natura had the opportunity to chat with the daring naturalista, and get all the deets on her hair, life, and her involvement with Natura Magazine.

Check out our convo and her latest video below…

Malia: Why/when did you decide to go natural?

Donedo: When I moved to Chicago for grad school, I would drive all the way back to Michigan to get a touch up because I didn’t know any stylists in Chicago that I could trust. Since I was very busy with school I started stretching my touchups longer and longer until finally I realized I could go without them. I had already became infatuated with natural hair so this was just the final push.

Malia: How has your hair transition made an impact on your life?

Donedo: My transition allowed me to realize how versatile natural hair could be. I used my transition as an experimental phase to try new hairstyles I’ve never done before. Most of my friends and coworkers love my new hairstyles! They joked that I would have a new hairstyle every day of the week which wasn’t completely inaccurate. I transitioned for about a year and a half but for the first year I wore weave’s.

Malia: What made you decide to want to share your hair/beauty experiences with the world?

Donedo: I’m a creative person to begin with. I was always into art and photography so naturally when I started doing new hairstyles I want to take pictures of my awesome looks. I shared those pictures on Instagram and started tagging my photos and that’s when I started getting more followers and interview requests from the natural hair community. It actually had only been maybe two weeks that I have been experimenting with different natural hairstyles and a contributor from Black Girl Long Hair contacted me to see if I would like to do an interview showing off different hairstyles and my fashion. I felt like I didn’t have enough examples to show of me rocking my natural hair so I waited about a month to come up with new hairstyles and photos before submitting the interview. From that interview I gained a lot of followers.

Malia: What do you want your followers/subscribers to gain from watching your videos and following your social media pages?

Donedo: I want my followers gain inspiration to wear their natural hair confidently. I like to try new styles and new hair colors. Hair is a great accessory and you should have fun with it. I also share hair tips, advice, and products that work well for my hair.

Malia: How do you gain inspiration when styling your hair?

Donned: In the beginning I just tried new things and used my creativity to inspire new styles. Instagram and Youtube are also great resources for inspiration.

Malia: What is your staple hairstyle?

Donedo:This past year I perfected my wash-n-go but overall twist outs and braid outs have been my staples since going natural.

Malia: What are your favorite products out right now?

Donedo: I literally have hundreds of different products but lately I’ve been loving Entwine Couture’s product line. For co-washing I use Hello Hydration by Herbal Essence or Aussie Moist.

Malia: If you could describe your hair in three words, what would it be?

Donedo:Big, vibrant and kinky.

Malia: Why did you decide to create “My Twisted Life,” and what can viewers expect from the series?

Donedo: I decided to create “My Twisted Life” to incorporate more lifestyle media in with my hair hairstyling that I’ve become known for. I love to create. I am an artist, photographer and designer. I also love fashion and cooking. I have a lot of different passions and I wanted a place where I can share them all.

Malia: What sets you apart from other natural hair vloggers?

Donedo: My willingness to experiment with my hair and share my journey, good or bad. I also am more than just hair. I’m a freelance photographer and I share vlogs, recipes, DIY projects, home improvement, culture and more.

Malia: What can we expect from your involvement with Natura Magazine?

Donedo: You can expect me to share the same things you love from my YouTube and Instagram with Natura. I also have a few different partnerships with brands this year so I’ll have more reviews and demos to show with a variety of products.

Malia: What is your best advice for a transitioning natural hair diva?

Donedo:. Don’t hold on to damaged ends. It’s so much easier once you cut the relaxed hair off. Just go for it!

Malia: What is one thing that your followers don’t know about you?

Donedo: I’ve lived in Brazil, Salvador da Bahia to be precise.

Malia: What would you like to contribute to the natural hair community?

Donedo: I would like to contribute positivity and inspiration to the natural hair community.

Malia: What’s next for you?

Donedo: Right now I’m focusing on my photography and YouTube so we’ll see what’s in store for me next!

Check out @Donedo’s new braid out video with Entwine Couture

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What’s Your Hair Type

Whats my hair type?… Am I a 4a, 3b,  or 2c?  Whether you just transitioned to natural, or you’ve been natural for years, knowing your hair type can rule out a lot of unnecessary problems when managing your natural tresses.  Knowing your specific hair type can help you determine what products and styles work best for your texture. This in essence will save you a lot of money spent on unnecessary products and headaches from styles that don’t last.  Experts from the Natura Staff  have composed a chart to help assist you in determining your natural hair type.

Im a 3C.. what are you?

Xoxo

Naturalia

to see the chart click here.

 

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Miss Jessie’s Co-Founder TiTi Branch Dead At Age 45

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Via WashingtonPost

Titi Branch, one of the co-founders of the wildly successful natural hair care line, Miss Jessie’s, died Dec. 4, according to an obituary by NV Magazine.

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The magazine said it was an apparent suicide but there was no independent confirmation of that. A family friend confirmed to the Washington Post that Branch, a graduate of the University of Maryland, had indeed died. She was 45.

With her sister Miko, Branch ran a popular New York salon. Tweets from Miko and the Miss Jessie’s Twitter account appeared to be small tributes to the fallen entrepreneur.

We send our prayers to the Branch family during this tough time.

 

Xoxo

Malia

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Permed Hair Easier to Manage?

Apart from fitting into the given standard of beauty, another reason for perming our hair was making it easier to manage and maintain. Our natural course hair was capable of breaking a comb and totally unmanageable!

After 15 years of permed hair and over 5 years with natural hair, I look back in retrospect and wonder if permed hair was really easier to manage or  just an illusion passed down from generation to generation.

In order to come up with a coherent answer, I had to analize the two experiences – Permed hair VS Natural hair.

Maintaining permed hair:

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  1. Roots have to be retouched at least every 3 months.  This requires going to the hair salon where you can find an experienced hairdresser. Since perming is “controlled damage” the possibilities of having your hair burnt by an amateur is pretty high.
  2. A visit to the hair salon at least once a week is required to keep your hair looking nice and sleek. That could strain your pocket in addition. But once your perm is nice and fresh, combing is made easy with finger slipping smoothly through your hair.
  3. After a fresh perm or retouch you mustn’t wash your hair within 48 hours. Washing with shampoo ( and even getting your hair wet)  can disturb the hair proteins as they are locking into their shapes in those first hours.
  4. Extra tender loving care is vital to maintain a healthy looking perm- shampooing, extra conditioning, extra oil and protein treatments. This is because perming, forcibly and permanently breaks down the protein in your hair in order to keep it straight.
  5. Permed hair is constrained to simple everyday styles without visiting the salon. There is a limited variety of things you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Maintaining natural hair:

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  1. Regular visits to the hair salon aren’t necessary for a retouch or treatment and the closest you get to burning your hair is bending over the gas cooker!
  2. Natural hair doesn’t need to be washed every day. It’s enough to wash it once a week or every other week with a detangling session. Once detangled and styled, combing every day isn’t neccessary. This guarantees peace of mind throughout the whole week.
  3. Nevertheless, combing and detangling can be an ordeal! You dare not comb your kinky mane when it’s dry. It must be damp with water or leave-in conditioner and sectioned into smaller parts before attempting to comb. Running a comb through your kinks is a no-no.
  4. Protein structure is retained in natural hair. This means, regular oil treatments aren’t a must and can be done in the comfort of your own home leaving you with a few  extra pennies at the end of the month.
  5. The versatility of natural hairstyles are numerous- flat twists, twist outs, high bun, high puff, two-strand twists, frohawk and bantu knots just to mention a few. In addition, you can wear it straight, wavy or kinky curly.

I used to have a perm for over fifteen years and I had a difficult time sticking to the rules of maintenance. I guess that’s why it stayed at shoulder length and never grew beyond.

I have been natural for over five years and hardly visit the hair salon. My hair has never been this long! It’s now bra-length and still growing. Keeping my hair moisturized seemed to do the trick. In my opinion, the myth of permed hair being easier to manage has been crushed. Natural hair rules! It’s easier, cheaper and more fun to manage! What’s your take on that?

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The Bigger The Better?

As a teenager, I had always wanted hair like Scary Spice from the girls band “Spice Girls”! Big, thick and most importantly curly!

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With my permed hair at the time, little did I know that deep in my roots was the answer to Thick, kinky curly hair. Out of ignorance, I had my hair texturized into “Jerry Curls”!

Gone are those pitiful days.

Today, I’d like to share with you a few tips on how I get my hair into a big curly afro!

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  1. Start with shampooing and deep conditioning your hair (some find it a good moment for a detangling session).
  2. Towel dry then add your favourite leave-in conditioner (for others this is a good time to detangle hair).
  3. Divide your hair into two sections. With your head facing the floor, take one section and braid a two-strand cornrow up to the top of your head, then finish off with a three-strand braid. Do the same to the second half. This is very important for a full curly afro look
  4. When your hair is at least 70% dry, carefully undo the two braided sections.
  5. Finger style and then use a diffuser to totally dry your hair into position.
  6. The final styling step requires an afro pick comb. Pick your hair from the roots to make your afro as big as you desire.

These 5 simple steps should give you this full curly afro look. In my opinion, the BIGGER the afro, the BETTER! How big do you like yours?

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