It’s easy to be a product junkie when you’ve got natural hair—there are so many amazing products on the market, of course you want to try them all! But before you get caught up in the BOGO’s and free shipping online deals, I think it’s wisest to first take a look into your kitchen pantry. There you’ll most likely find these five items that many in the know and adore for cleansing, moisturizing and styling their natural hair! Read on to see what you need in your healthy hair beauty pantry.
It’s become a buzzword ingredient in natural hair products, an ancient oil made by traditional means from an island culture. Monoi oil is becoming known in the natural hair market for imparting shine, moisture and that heavenly fragrance. But what is it exactly, and where does it come from? Allow me to shine a light on the magic of monoi, so you can impress your friends at the next natural hair product swap!
The Problem With Length Checks and Hair Challenges (A Friendly Critique of the Hair Goals Set on Forums)
As a fellow blogger, one of the first natural hair bloggers, and a proud part of the online natural hair community, I can’t help but notice the trend in online forums and sites perpetually seeking information about cultivating long hair by any means necessary.
It’s thick, it’s sticky, and it’s the addictive substance of choice for bears. Honey is truly a miraculous multi-tasking elixir. But have you ever wondered how it is, or where it comes from, or why it’s so amazing for our skin and hair? Let’s take a closer look at the sweet stuff that Winnie the Pooh goes crazy for, and learn about what it can do to beautify your natural hair!
We love our hair, but we also always want what’s on the other side of the fence. Women with straight hair will use rollers and curling irons, and women with curly and coily hair will use chemicals or heat to straighten their hair. It’s one thing to want to switch your texture up, but quite another to do it frequently and safely, without affecting your hair’s health in the long term. Too much high heat can leave your hair fried and crispy, without a curl pattern to call its own. Don’t let that be you! Here are 5 ways to protect and repair heat damaged hair, and bring your naturally healthy hair back to life.
If you live anywhere above the equator, you know that “winter is coming” isn’t just a pithy phrase from Game of Thrones. This isn’t a game. Many in the Midwest have already seen a sprinkling of snow, or had a frost warning flash across their TV screens. You can feel the bite in the air, and you can see it in the color of the sky. If you’re like me, you can also feel it in the dryness of your skin and hair. The time to prepare is now! Here are my step by step tips to get your natural hair ready for winter!
It’s a popular ingredient in many natural hair and skincare products, but what do you REALLY know about glycerin? Other than the fact that there's a song by British alternative 90s rock band Bush about the stuff. Don't let the days go by! Let's learn more about glycerin together!
A humidifier is basically the same thing as a steamer, and we know how much natural girls love their hair steamers!
It’s the buzzed about ingredient base of so many beauty, body and hair products. It’s touted as a holy grail for moisture seekers, an ancient African secret that keeps skin and hair looking soft and splendid. But what IS shea? Where does it come from and how does it grow? What makes it so awesome? Let’s get into it! Here are five facts about shea butter that you can bust out at the next family dinner.
The sky has dimmed to a muted and icy blue, the wind blows a little harder, the air’s a lot more crisp and chilly. Soon the leaves will turn. It’s fall, the season for honeycrisp apples and pumpkin spice everything. For me, it’s also the season of happy, bouncy, yasssss-look-at-these-ringlets hair. I had no idea what awaited me when I left hot, humid weather behind. I traded dewy skin and frizzy hair for dry skin and softer, smoother coils. Why does my natural hair love fall? Why might yours? Let me break it down!
To me, there is nothing more striking, bold and statement making than a woman with a shaved head. It takes courage and strength to rock the look. It makes a daily statement that despite all of society’s messages about long hair and crowning glory, that your beauty is not up for debate and you’re confident enough not to need a mane to hide behind.
There are many reasons why people choose to shave their hair down or completely off. For women, it can be because of illness, or alopecia. Maybe you live somewhere super hot and you’re sick and tired of hair on your neck. Maybe just because you feel like it and you know you look fierce with or without hair! Here are five tips for the ladies who choose to shave it off and keep it off, or keep it super low. Here’s how you can best maintain your bald or close cropped look.
When my hair was in its transitioning phase (before I knew what I was doing with it,) someone mean and small-minded told me that my hair made me look like “a broke Tina Turner.” I didn’t let that hurt my feelings for a second, because Tina Turner is nothing if not FIERCE. I’d be happy to be compared to her any day of the week. Tina Turner has been a guiding light in music and style for over half a century, and she STILL looks amazing. She has never been afraid of big hair, or out-there style. That’s made her an icon to me and to many. Here are some of my favorite phases of Tina Turner, in terms of her hair evolution.
It's back-to-school season! And while I can’t think of many (or any) children’s books I had that confirmed my beauty was perfect in and of itself, things have changed. Here are great children’s books, full of beautiful illustrations and messages that every little girl with natural hair needs in their library.
Why can’t we let Blue Ivy be free to rock her hair the way it grows out of her head? What message is this sending to other kids who also want to rock their natural hair?
Here’s a secret thing you may not know about most Trinidadians in their thirties and forties—we’re all closet Sesame Street fanatics. If you grew up in Trinidad in the 70's or 80's, you were raised on a steady diet of Sesame Street re-runs. I can honestly say that Susan (played by Dr. Loretta Long) and Olivia (played by Alaina Reed Hall) helped to shape my sensibilities about who I was, and gave me a reflection of black beauty at an age and stage when I needed it. Here are five Sesame Street hair memories that made an impact on me forever.
Steaming allows your hair ingredients to penetrate deeply, it infuses life into your hair leaving it softer, stronger, and healthier from within. But are you doing it the right way?
When Nina Simone first came on the scene in the late 1950’s, she wore her hair straight and neat and sang covers of popular jazz standards in addition to her own songs
When it comes to choosing favorites, there are too many of Nina Simone’s songs to name. But when it comes to finding glorious inspiration for natural hair, these are the songs that come to mind. Here are the Nina Simone songs that inspired me to love myself holistically – from my wooly hair to my brown skin.
Growing up in Trinidad, my mom always had a big aloe plant growing in the garden. When I became a teenager and had issues with acne, she would use the pith of the aloe leaves and rub it on my face to help to heal the eruptions. It’s something many island people grow up with, the knowledge that aloe vera is a wonder plant that can be used in so many ways.
In the islands, we use a plant called “rachette” (NOT to be confused with the modern slang word “ratchet”) – this plant is related to the prickly pear cactus. Rastas use it to wash and thicken their locs in Trinidad. I didn’t really know about aloe for hair until I went natural. And then I fell in love. Let me tell you why aloe rocks, and is everything for natural hair!