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Why is Natural Hair So Expensive?

“At the end of it all, products are great and they’re kind of like the icing on the cake. But what’s going to dictate your style is your technique.” – Naptural85

 

In her video “Natural Hair is TOO EXPENSIVE?!?!,” Vlogger Naptural85 sparked a conversation on the natural hair product struggle.

She encourages naturals to stick with products they’re comfortable with and focus heavily on technique.

Watch below on how to learn your hair first!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Naturally Curly’s: Tips/Products to Strengthen Your Edges

 

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Written By: Ashley Glenn

Via NaturallyCurly.com

Hey Family!

I was checking out NaturallyCurly.com, and I came across this amazing article on ways to treat thinning edges.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

Xoxo

Malia

Thinning edges can be a traumatic experience, especially when you are not sure of how to treat them. Thinning edges can be caused by hairstyles that pull the hair too tight, constant friction on the edges, and improper hair care practices. It can be quite frustrating, but it does not have to be any longer. Below you will find eight temple treatments that will help to restore your edges.

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Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Temple Balm
This temple balm will provide your hair with moisture and hold, while making your edges stronger. Peppermint oil is formulated in this balm to stimulate the scalp. If you want a treatment that will protect your hair and help smooth your edges, this is a good choice.

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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strength, Grow, & Restore Edge Treatment
The organic shea butter is included to retain the hair’s moisture and Jamaican black castor oil is included to repair the hair. This product has a jelly-like consistence, which stands out from usual edge treatments. No flaking or crust here.

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Organic Root Stimulator Fertilizing Temple Balm
Herbal extracts are included to repair thinning hair. Gently massage the product on the thinning areas. This product is a good choice that can be easily accessed in your local beauty supply and drug stores.

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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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Why Is My Scalp So Flaky?…. and What Can I do To Treat It?

 

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A dry flaky scalp can be caused by a number of things, including the weather and or the products you are using. Dry Scalp is usually treatable when you give your hair added moisture and eliminate certain products from your regimen. You will need to identify or narrow down what could be the cause of your specific issue before it can be dealt with properly.

What causes Flaky Dry Scalp?

Dandruff is not the result of dry hair, it is caused by an oily scalp. You can usually differentiate dandruff from dry scalp by the size of the flakes. Dandruff flakes are larger and white. Your scalp may itch but it will not be inflamed or tender. Treatment::  Increasing the frequency of shampooing your hair will help; use a shampoo that has ingredients to specifically treat dandruff. I’m an advocate of natural products so I’d recommend, JASON, dandruff relief shampoo. It has tea tree oil, neem and rosemary in it.

Product build up (especially products with mineral oil, petroleum and other pore clogging ingredients) can also cause flaky, dry scalp. These flakes are not dead skin cells at all, but gels, conditioner, hair grease, or other products you’ve used that are mixed with your skin cells. Treatment: Begin to use a clarifying shampoo to rid your scalp of the residual ingredients. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner as clarifying shampoos strip your hair. ( makes it squeaky clean but also has a tendency to be drying)

Dead skin cells fall off and are replaced by new skin cells. When this process of shedding is faster than normal, you will notice flakes on your scalp. If your flakes are because of dry skin, you will most likely have dry skin on other parts of your body. The flakes are dry, small, and white. Not washing your hair often enough can lead to excess oil and more rapidly producing flakes. Treatment: Use a hydrating shampoo for dry hair and scalp. Gently massage your scalp, using only your finger tips not your NAILS, to remove the flakes and increase circulation to the area. (Scratching your scalp is never a good idea, it has a counter effect)

TIP 1 :  Never apply products directly to your scalp. Our scalp creates its own oils, no need to apply hair grease or pomades to it.

TIP 2: Our scalp can get sunburned; if you’ve been in the sun more than usual or take long hot  showers; limit both to see if it helps with your journey to a non-flaky scalp.

TIP 3:Cut back on drying shampoos- A lot of shampoos (not all) contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, an ingredient that can be drying if used in excess. Opt for co-washing, making sure to gently massage your scalp with your fingers to loosen any build up you may have.
TIP4: Moisturizing oils such as coconut oils can be enhanced further as a scalp treatment by adding essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, tea-tree, and peppermint, all of which help combat dry scalp. Using the pads of your fingers, apply the oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed. Using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp, using circular motions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation. (Read more about the benefits of scalp massage here)

TIP5:– Make sure you’re drinking enough water, and consider taking supplements (I love my Trader Joe’s multivitamin) to ensure you’re body is getting the nutrients it needs to look and feel your best!

Finally, if you give your scalp a little more TLC and your flakes are still there, it may be time to call your dermatologist.

Naturalistas, have you had any issues with your scalp?.. If so what remedies or advice do you have to treat it?

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5 Marshmallow Detanglers For Your Worst Knots

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Ladies are you tired of your hair knotting up after every wash?! Is your hair progressively becoming damaged due to your constant ripping and tugging to get those annoying knots out of your hair? Well our curl friends over at NaturallyCurly.com have provided a possible solution to your troubles.

Check out the article below…

Via:Devri Velazquez (to check out more of her articles click here)

Of course whenever we think of marshmallows, our brains automatically resort to s’mores, hot chocolate, and campfires. But what if I told you that marshmallow is actually the PERFECT detangler and moisturizer combination? It really is.

Marshmallow root is a mucilage, meaning it is known to produce a thick consistency to protect and coat membranes. The extract provides anti-inflammatory properties from its flavanoid content. In addition, the phagocytosis in marshmallow root extract have been proven to help slough away dead cell tissues within the skin. This helps make for great exfoliating and restoration component.

With that said, I have a tendency of relying heavily on hair product with marshmallow root extract for my 3C curls because of how great it works on detangling annoying knotty, matted, and tangled hair. And if you have that same problem with your curls, try one of these, if you haven’t already.

Aunt Jackie’s Curls & Coils Quench! Moisture Intensive Leave-In, $7.49

With extra virgin olive oil and shea butter’s assistance, the amount of hydration your thirsty curls will receive from using this will be impeccable.

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Detangler, $11.99

Glycerin, coconut oil, elm and marshmallow extract make this detangler the ultimate go-to for loosening what seems like an impossible hair knot.

Milk + Honey Tangle Free Pudding, $10.50

The pudding consistency of this water-based detangler/moisturizer provides amazing slip for hair types 3B and 3C.

Happy Soap Company Knot Anymore Hair Detangler, $9.50

Infused with peppermint and lavender essential oils, the marshmallow root is just the icing on top of this invigorating, freshening detangler.

Kinky Curly Knot Today, $12.00

Marshmallow root and elm provide slip, while Behentrimonium Methosulfate helps to promote thicker curls and coils.

What techniques or products do you use, to safely remove knots?!

 

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Ask Felicia: Best Way To Know Which Product Is A Friend Or A Foe

 

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Written By Felicia Leatherwood

So, one of the main Natural Hair topics is…moisture and how to know which products work best on our natural hair so that we don’t destroy it!

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Here is a great way to listen to your hair and know what it needs.

First of all pull out of your cabinet your top four choices for conditioning and styling your hair.
Second cleanse the hair using a nice clarifying shampoo like ION’s Clarifying Shampoo and then proceed to conditioner.  Now what you want to do is divide the hair into four sections and on each section place 1 conditioner at a time.  So you will end up having a different conditioner on each section of hair.
What you are looking for in results with this way of testing your products are, softness, manageability, detangable hair and most of all moisture.  It’s better to test your products in this way, because you can compare them to each other and your hair will always let you know what it likes and doesn’t like!
You can do the same for your styling products as well.  When it comes to testing your styling products be sure to keep a little pen and pad next to you, so that you can make notes about the products you are working with.
Remember what might work for you, may not work for you friend or family member!
This tip will help you find out which products are a friend or which products have become a foe!
Have fun with your hair!

 

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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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Tips & Tricks for the New Natural

These are little tips I have acquired during my time as a natural and during the research I did before my big chop! I wish I had a list like this for me, so I thought I’d provide one!

  1. Dry your hair with a t-shirt, instead of a towel, for less frizz when your hair finally dries.
  2. While we are on the topic of drying hair…….Pat dry don’t rub dry, to avoid frizz.
  3. I thought this was a myth, but no, really, invest in a spray bottle for your water – They were not kidding.
  4. You won’t need to clip your ends as much as you probably think. Trimming, if you are properly caring for your hair, should come as much as a blue moon. To retain length, trims should be very few and far between.
  5. Finger detangle because combs should be your last resort. We have pretty little combs attached to our wrists thanks for the Man above, use them!
  6. You really only need water, a butter, an oil (and possibly a gel) — All of the rest of the products are excess.
  7. Beware of the product junkie lifestyle, it is so easy to slide into if you don’t do you research first and control your habits.
  8. Take pictures of your hair, trust me with this, because you eventually will see the progress and be so happy you did! Staring at yourself in the mirror everyday you won’t notice growth as much as if you document with photos!
  9. Develop a routine, but know that eventually this will have to change. Be willing to adapt.
  10. Heat damage is not a myth. That is all.
  11. Denman brushes are a beautiful thing. For some reason, brushing through my hair with a Denman accentuates my curls and I get to look and adore them every time.
  12. Do not overuse shampoo. It dries your hair out, use sparingly.
  13. Be careful with those edges! Especially when doing buns and pull back styles.
  14. Coating your hands with an oil while taking down protective styles will reduce frizz.
  15. Get enough water to drink throughout your normal day, it helps with, not only your body, but also your hair.
  16. Though you want to protect your entire hair strand, focus on the end, which is the oldest part and most prone to breaking.
  17. Condition and wash the hair while they are in twists to be time efficient.
  18. A good way to judge if the water is too hot for your hair — If the water is too hot for the back of your hand, it’s too hot for your hair.
  19. Figuring out your hairtype can be mildly stressful, expect this and mentally prepare.
  20. Take your twists out at the bottom, then unravel, to reduce frizz.
  21. Take the time to learn when it is time to clip ends: I  mostly know by when they cant be tamed, are always puffy and dry, and I see physical splits.
  22. When you shampoo, it is 80% scalp and 20% hair strands. Once again, shampoo will dry your hair out, be weary.
  23. Experimentation is healthy. Be brave.
  24. Look for water based products.
  25. If I haven’t said it enough already: Water, water, water.

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21 Products That Actually Work For All Hairtypes

Are you tired of wasting money on products that don’t work for your hair texture?!? Well the buck stops here! Check this list of products from NaturallyCurly that work for all hair types.

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Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme

“Good product, easy to apply. Smells great and does its job. Leaves your curls moisturized and defined.” CurlyAnia (2B)

“I love this stuff!!! It gives my curls so much definition and shine. It’s the best curl “creme” I’ve ever used on my hair!” VersaceCrazy (3B)

“Great styler…very moisturizing…Have to try it alone….so far I get great curls from this.” Anonymous_24835 (4A)

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SheaMoisture Organic Yucca and Baobab Thickening Moisture Mist

“Unlike the shampoo and conditioner of the same line this actually gives my hair volume. I just spray this on my roots when I take out my flat twists or for second day hair and my hair so full and voluminous! Love this product!” kaw5234, 3b

“I love this product!!! It has increased growth for my hair a lot!!!!” Shinosexy22, 4A

“…I have Fine 2b/2c hair and it seemed to make my hair oily. THEN I decided to change up my routine and just use the products in this line. Ever since I’ve been having AMAZING results! My hair is less frizzy, feels soft(used to use the Smoothie and Souffle), and no more gunky feeling! 🙂 I also have noticed a bit more volume, but that was never an issue for me. Loving this stuff! Give it a shot, change up your routine a little and you may be surprised by the results!…” pixar, 2C

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Ouidad Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Hair Treatment

“I absolutely LOVE that product !!! The smell is amazing !! It helps retains the moisture in my hair, a little bit goes a long way it is not too heavy!! My favorite oil!! When i used it to blow dry my hair, my hair was light, soft, not dry!! Obviously the big downside is the price!! It’s a great oil but way too expensive!” dreyishere, 4C

“One word…AMAZING.” mermaidcurls88, 3A

“A solid oil treatment. I wasn’t bowled over as most of the other reviews because I tried it in warmer, more humid weather initially and I had some fluffiness only where I used it. But in cooler temps, it was solid moisture. I really, really like that it doesn’t use silicone to make the oil dry-textured but lets the oil be more straightforward.” laurabeth33, 2B

 

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