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The “Nude” Problem

As women of color, we are all aware that “nude” doesn’t really mean nude. Nude colored clothing, nail polishes and lingerie reflect European beauty ideals and quite frankly, leave women of color out. But don’t fret because the “nude” problem has finally been addressed, thanks to Ade Hassan, founder of Nubian Skin.

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7 Reasons to Love Zendaya

It would be cool to be friends with a celebrity. Especially if that celeb was Zendaya. We think she’d be the perfect BFFL. Here’s why:

She’s still in tune with her Disney image and her younger fans.

We’re glad she’s staying true to herself and her fans. She’s showing everyone you can still be a Disney kid and have a successful career outside of Disney.

She’s got a radiant confidence that’s captivating.

She’s smart.

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Zendaya is maximizing her time on Disney, which is a smart move. She’s got a devoted group of older fans, and she’s continuing to garner younger fans. Her endless optimism and mix of innocence and maturity make her a great role model to our younger generation of girls.

She’s fun.

Could she be any more adorable?

She’s versatile.

Tens all across the board.

She’s a Natura girl.

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She eloquently stood up for herself and every black woman. We are not our hair. But our hair is beautifully textured and divine.

Comment below and let us know why you love Zendaya!

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Crème de la crème: Oscars 2015

The Oscar Awards 2015 lacked to make progress, as the nominees were the least diverse since 1998, but our women were out to kill with their fashion. The looks were not only elegant and refined, but completely in sync. All our favorites donned gorgeous cream colored dresses.

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What was your favorite Oscar-worthy red carpet look?

 

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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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Edge Control Review

Although I love to rock my kinks and curls I always feel the need to add a little edge control to neatly finish my hairstyle of the day. A lot of woman, natural and relaxed, swear by edge control because it works so well to get those untamable pieces of hair in check. With edge control being so popular now there is a variety of brands to choose from. I’ve had my share of product testing for edge controls and over the summer I’ve stumble across a keeper….

Lotta Body: Control Me Edge Gel

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I have to give this product two thumbs up and before you head out to buy a jar I’ll tell you my top 3 reasons for loving this control me edge gel.

  1. No Flaking! Other edge controls that I’ve tried begin to flake as the day goes on and leaves the edges dry and brittle. I absolutely hate flaking, so that was my first observation when I started to use this product. Control Me Edge Gel has coconut and shea oils that keeps the hair moisturized and adds shine.
  2. No hard hair! After applying Control Me Edge Gel my hair still feels soft. It doesn’t glue your edges in place but smoothly blends your hair with slight reinforcement.
  3. Long lasting! A little goes a long way with this product. I’m going into my fourth month with my first jar and I still have enough to last me for a couple of months.

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Lotta Body Control Me Edge has really impressed me and is now one of my daily products to add the finishing neat touch to my hairstyles. It’s especially great for ponytails, puffs, and other pulled up hairstyles. You can find this product in your local hair supply asiles for no more than $6.00.

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The Key Steps To Successfully Detangling

A heavy-duty comb

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A wide-toothed comb is the comb you need in order to detangle. If the combs teeth are too thin and close together you will break your hair and if the comb it too plastic it will snap and you will run through an entire pack before you finish your whole head. I personally love and reccomend the tan wide toothed comb and the denman brush, which can be found at any hair store/Sallys near you.Denman Brush 1 

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Hair utensils (scrunchies, clips, pins, etc)

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I’ll leave this up to your preference, but detangling becomes easier the better you are able to separate the hair. Most people begin with four sections and then break the individual sections into more sections using pins and scrunchies. Be sure to have these on hand to make your detangling process easier!

Spray Bottle of Water

Do not, I repeat, do not detangle dry hair. There is no easier way to damage your hair than detangling your hair while it is dry. Keep your spray bottle on hand to be able to spritz water as needed.

You will indefinitely need patience to be able to work with your hair without breaking it, damaging it or giving up on detangling. Work from the bottom up, but be sure to take your time.

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My Testimonial As A Natural College Student

When I initially cut my hair, I was obsessed and protective, as if it were my child. I didn’t realize how time consuming my hair, TWA at that point, is until I came home the summer after my first year of college. I spend my first semester of college with braids, and once I took them out I was elated to play in my hair again. Second semester, because of my dance team, I had a two sew-in weaves as a protective styles, and in-between the two I was elated to play with my hair and the new growth. Now that we are in the summer, I have consistently had my hair out and it has been difficult to keep up with my hair. I have nothing but time, but I am learning just how time consuming natural hair is. (Duh, right?)

I havealso realized a few things: natural hair is expensive (if youre not careful), time consuming and easy to get off track from. My current challenge is that I have to be frugal with high maintenance hair. I will have to keep up with my schoolwork, dance team, organizations, friends, networks, professors& my HAIR. It’s hard. It is so easy to begin slacking with your hair if you are a college student with your hair, but you have to find that inspiration to keep your momentum going. Remember why you first started.

 

Some possible steps we can take:

Buy things that have multi-use:

Vitamin E – removes dark marks, also promotes healthy hair.

Olive oil – Can be cooked with, but also is a very essential oil for the hair.

The list goes on

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Stick to the basics:

Moisturizer, Oil, Sealant, Conditioner, Shampoo.

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Dedicate a certain time to do you hair:

Scheduling is hard as a millennial, but you will if you love and care about the health of your hair.

Budget money for your hair:

It seems so adult-y, but it really will be beneficial to make sure you aren’t overspending on natural hair products!

 

What are some tips you have, or things you can do to devote yourself to your hair as a natural hair student?

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The “un-talked about” Mental Process of the Big Chop

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To say I thought I was going to feel completely liberated is an understatement. I expected the warm family-like embrace from the people around me, I mean… It was just hair. Right? But no, I felt bald, and I was. There was no fuzzy feeling, no warm embrace from my family and no instant love of my new haircut. My mothers jaw dropped close to the floor, my grandfather just stared and my dad wrote off the haircut as another one of my “teen” phases. Later that night, I stood in the mirror tugging at the half inch strands, some curlyand some straight, wondering what made me cut it all off. It was then that I realized I could have done all of the research in the world and none of it could have prepared me for the drastic change in my perception of myself.

A little background about my hair….

I truly did have wild kinky hair when I was a child, it was braided and styled once a week which ended up making it down my back, but I was tender-headed, and this frustrated my mom. Eventually, like most, I submitted to the creamy crack. I kept my hair permed all throughout middle/high school, but it was incredibly unhealthy, broken and didn’t go past my shoulders until my 11th grade year.

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During senior year, I came across a naptural85 video on YouTube, and the rest is history.

Before I made my visit to the hair cut shop, I researched, which most of us do, and is probably how you ended up here. I spent hours on YouTube, curly Nikki and all of the popular natural sites finding products and reading testimonials. They all told of the struggle finding product and things of that nature, but no one told me what I needed to know; no one told me if I would regret my decision, or if I would ever be able to ignore the stares. It was a true test of self-love that I was less prepared for than I expected to be.

At first, you’ll feel ugly, but no one tells you this. Your face will look bigger, but trust me it’s not. You’ll notice bumps and marks you never even knew existed and you’ll start trying to find accessories that remind people you’re not a boy. You will be forced to point out flaws within yourself and then forced to do something about them, but you will learn this makes you a better person. You will officially be able to see yourself objectively, not covered in hair, and it will allow you to not only start your hair journey, but also start a journey to a better you.

The first month was difficult, but only when I realized that I did this big chop for me, could I be happy, could I ignore the stares and embrace my baby hair. It was so much easier to love my short hair when I thought of what it was going to be in 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and so on.  I say this all to say, it quickly becomes worth it all; theunknown, the experimentation, learning your pattern, learning your face, seeing yourself as your are, everything becomes worth it. You have made a decision that most women could not even dream about, you are fearless, you are bold and you should be nothing less than proud. 

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(me at one month after the BC)

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Revolutionary Invention: Make your pledge today!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1855194586/cwk-straight-plates-straighten-hair-without-heat

“Wait. Does this say what I think it says? That can’t be right.”

At that point I decided to watch the video to see if it matched with the clearly misleading title “CWK Straight Plates-Straighten Hair No Heat (AIRDRYING TOOL)” but it turns out it was not a misleading title at all. This invention is absolutely groundbreaking and is completely safe for our hair. This tool can be used with or without heat, but leaves hair soft, shiny and straight.

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The straightening plates, as shown in the video are extremely simple and leave your hair straight from root to tip through stretching.

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This is definitely a cause worth giving to! Will you make a pledge?

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1855194586/cwk-straight-plates-straighten-hair-without-heat

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The World of Homemade Deep Conditioners

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Welcome to the world of homemade deep conditioners, here are a few to get started….

The Classic: Egg Whites, Mayo, Honey

            1 cup mayonnaise

            2 tbsp honey

            1 egg (white)

Mayonnaise is stacked with oils and fats that help moisturize, soften and add sheen to dull dry hair; while honey adds sheen and acts as a natural way to prevent the loss of moisture.

To create, put all ingredients in a blender until smooth, then sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangleone rinsed thoroughly.

And the variations: (Egg Whites, Mayonnaise and greek yogurt is a variation of this)

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Coconut Oil & Egg Whites

            4 tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil

            1 egg (white)

            2 tbsp of pure honey (optional)

This conditioner combines protein, moisture and strength that the hair needs to grow and thrive. Honey is always good to add in deep conditioners for your hair, as it is great for moisture retention.

To create, mix in a bowl, then sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly. You may need double the ingredients depending on the length or thickness of the hair.

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Avocado & Olive Oil

1 overripe avocado

            ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

            ½ cup of shea butter (optional)

2-3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (optional)

This deep conditioner is great for detangling! This conditioner is made to lubricate thick curls and give weight to the hair for detangling. The apple cider vinegar works as a clarifier for your hair, as well, if you do choose to include it.

To create, put all ingredients into a blender, and add extra virgin olive oil to reach the consistency you would prefer. Sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly.

 Banana, Olive oil & honey (with optional glycerin)

            1 large banana (or banana baby food)

            4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

            2 tbsp pure veggie glycerin (optional)

            2 tbsp honey

Here, the banana, when mixed with other ingredients, minimizes shrinkage and softens the hair. Olive oil thoroughly contributes to the over all moisture of the hair (see last post about oils). This deep conditioner specifically helps with manageability.

To create, put all of the ingredients into the blender in order to avoid having banana bits. Sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly.

Small tip:

All of these ingredients, egg whites/yogurt/honey/banana/mayonnaise/etc., can all work alone as deep conditioners as well! Happy experimenting!