4 Natural Hair Breakage Treatment Tips

Natural hair breakage treatment tips are important because hair breakage is so common, so let’s address the some of the major causes of why it happens and how you can fix it. Hair breakage is generally a result of lack of hydration, lack of protein or damaging styling techniques.

Knowing which one or combination of these you are battling with will help you get your hair back on track the fastest.  You can also use the natural hair breakage treatment tips in the infographic below to solve the situation.

Natural Hair Breakage Treatment Infographic

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Breakage From Lack of Hydration

Water is always and will always be the primary source of moisture for hair and is the single most important factor in the hydration levels of hair. natural hair journey picturesWhen you hair is dehydrated, it loses elasticity and is prone to snapping when you comb it or even handle it with your hands.

To keep your hair supple, water should touch all hair textures a minimum of once per week, even when protective styling with braids or twists by simply washing your hair or just spritzing it with water/water based product or a water/oil mixture if washing is not required and then sealed with an oil or butter if needed. We like Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream which is 100% Vegetarian and a product that we can’t get enough of.

We’d love to say that putting water on your hair and scalp is enough, but it’s simply just not true. Water consumption is equally important for well hydrated hair and skin, so please drink up!

Drinking water helps to keep your scalp balanced from the “inside” and by doing so promotes healthy and strong hair growth which in turns leads to less breakage. You can use all the products in the world promoted for healthy hair but if you are not getting enough water your efforts will be akin to putting a band-aid on a gaping wound. Try to always get your 8-10 glasses of water per day, and no, substituting that with coke or crystal light does not count.

Natural Hair Breakage from Excessive Heat Styling

Frequent heat styling from blow drying to flat ironing can also increase dryness inevitably leading to breakage. If you plan on using heat on your hair, be smart in your approach. Always keep these methods to a minimum and use moisturizing conditioners to replace lost moisture, increasing hair elasticity.

A monthly protein treatment can also be beneficial depending on the extent of the damage to the hair, but generally speaking, reducing the heat and increasing the moisture mends hair as best any practices can besides cutting any hair that shows signs of severe damage such as not reverting back to your natural curl or wave pattern when its wet. We like Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose shampoo and conditioner and Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner to help keep hair balanced when styling with heat.

All natural products formulated for hair generally contain a combination of ingredients that when used separately or in their natural form are safe for human consumption with the exception of ingredients that allow for water and oil blending (emulsifiers), preservatives and fragrance (essential oils). So mind your ingredient labels and seek these types out for the safest, most effective products that are almost pure enough to eat.

Breakage From Off Balance Protein & Moisture Levels

Protein and moisture balance are also critical to keeping hair in the best possible condition as hair is primarily comprised of over 90 percent keratin protein. natural hair journey picturesProtein in the hair is adversely impacted by chemical color and texture services (relaxers & perms) and heat styling and is also affected by diet and environmental factors such as sun exposure.

To prevent or reduce breakage, it’s important to maintain healthy protein levels in your hair by replacing lost protein after all chemical services with a protein treatment or conditioner (your hair stylist should be doing this at the salon after treatments) and incorporate a protein conditioner in your hair care regimen every 4-6 weeks especially if you straighten your natural hair.

For the most natural at-home treatments that can be used weekly, we like light conditioners like Aubrey Organics GPB (Glycogen Protein Balancing) Conditioner, a nutrient-rich, protein-based conditioner that really re-energizes hair, strengthens hair fiber and repairs damage. This is a product that really delivers on its promises. For monthly treatments, Hairveda Methi Sativa Tea Set is a great option. It’s an ayurvedic-based 2-step treatment system with ingredients like black tea and chamomile that gently treats breakage while restoring moisture. Though we don’t suggest you eat these two products, they are organic and natural-based products that are eco-friendly and effective.

Protein treatments come in different strengths from re-constructors (very damaged hair) to deep treatments (moderate damage) to daily conditioners (little damage). It’s important to keep in mind that with slightly damaged hair, a monthly treatment is more than enough as you don’t want to overly process your hair with too much protein which will only exaggerate the problem with breakage. So you can try opting for a treatment once a month or using GPB weekly to see how your hair responds.

Homemade protein conditioner mixes like egg and mayonnaise for example, while popular and make the hair feel softer, are mostly ineffective as food proteins are too large to penetrate the hair strand without being reduced in size through a process called hydrolyzation. And just like your water consumption, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of protein in your diet as well. What goes in does come out!

Don't Stress!

Whether you’re struggling to get a project done, have trouble at home, or are just going through some tough times, the situation will start to represent itself in your hair. Stress can cause you to act roughly towards your hair and do rash things that may provoke an over-processing situation. It can also drive you to neglect your hair. The stress is not good for your hair or your body. Learn how to cope with it.

How to Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair In 7 Steps

Transitioning from relaxed to natural hair when beginning your natural hair journey is a common experience.

To go from permed to natural hair, you have two options: Transitioning or The Big Chop. Which one you choose is entirely up to you. There's no textbook right way or wrong way to begin your natural hair journey. It doesn’t matter how you get there, it's about getting there and doing what you're most comfortable with doing.

The transition from relaxed hair to natural hair can be a challenge - sometimes dealing with split ends, odd curly bits, and some hair breakage. But don't give up, it's not called a "journey" for nothing, all journeys have some bumps in the road. But rest assured that your hair is on a route to recovery. Getting back to your "natural" beauty is a beautiful thing and an interesting road to self discovery.

What Does Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair Mean?

Like we talked about earlier, transitioning is a way to avoid cutting all of your hair off, doing "The Big Chop" as it is called.

Transitionintransitioning from relaxed to natural hairg your hair to natural is the process of eliminating all chemical treatments and allowing your natural hair to grow out while gradually trimming the chemically-processed ends away. It takes time and patience but for many women it is worth the wait because they may be uncomfortable big chopping.

Most women who transition to natural hair slowly trim their relaxed ends away as they grow the relaxer/perm out of their hair, this also helps to keep breakage manageable and it gives your hair a more healthy appearance.

Pros of Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair :

  • You have the time to learn about your particular hair type.
  • If you are not comfortable with short hair, then you can avoid that adjustment period, and avoid the wait of growing your hair back out.
  • During transitioning you have the time to perfect your hair styling skills.

Cons of Transitioning From Relaxed to Natural Hair :

  • The texture of your hair will not be consistent: which means if you decide to wear your hair in a braid out or twist out style the root of your hair might be curly while your ends will be bone straight (To avoid this simply roll the ends of your hair with rods or rollers).
  • The process of transitioning takes longer than if you just did “the big chop”.

How to Transition From Relaxed to Natural Hair In 7 Steps

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #1

Keep your hair hydrated. The biggest struggle with transitioning your hair is preventing breakage due to dryness and damage. Do what you can to keep your hair conditioned and fully hydrated by using a conditioner on a regular basis. Every night before bed, thoroughly moisturize your hair with either coconut oil or olive oil and let it soak in good for 30 minutes to 1 hour. This will help replenish your hair with nutrients that will strengthen the demarcation line (the part of the hair where the transition is happening).

  • When you wash your hair, add a little conditioner to your strands prior to shampooing. This will help to keep the shampoo from stripping all the moisture. Then, condition as usual.
  • Consider using a leave-in conditioner for your hair during the day. Apply some to your hair before you style it, paying careful attention to the demarcation line.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #2

Use a deep conditioner regularly. Deep conditioning treatments take moisturizing your hair to the next level. Although deep conditioners are usually only used once a month or so, you need to do it more often when transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. Purchase a deep-conditioning treatment for naturals and apply it to your hair at least once every 7 days. Or if you have the money to do so, you can go to the hair salon once a week and get deep-conditioning treatments regularly.

  • Follow the bottle instructions for your deep conditioner.
  • If your money is low, another great alternative to a deep conditioner is using mayonnaise. Although it sounds a little gross, it can work wonders on adding moisture to your hair. Apply it to your hair once a week for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • If you decide to have a professional deep condition your hair, try looking for someone who specializes in transitioning hair. They’ll be able to provide you with products and services designed specifically to meet your needs.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #3

Don't put heat on your hair, it's a natural hair killer. In general, hot tools should be avoided if you’re trying to protect your hair. Using curling irons, flat irons, and blow driers can stress your hair and cause breakage, specifically at the line of demarcation. While transitioning your hair, do all that you can to allow it to be as natural as possible. Avoid hot tools, and if necessary, limit their use to only one day a week at most.

  • If you absolutely must use hot tools, keep them away from the demarcation line and avoid using them on your roots where your natural grow-out is forming.

 

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #4

Limit the amount of times you wash your hair. This goes hand in hand with adding moisture to your hair; washing your hair frequently strips your hair of its natural oils that help keep it strong. So limit hair washing and some women have had great success with co-washing natural hair. If you’re able, only wash your hair once every 7-8 days so that there is plenty of time for your natural oils to thoroughly coat each strand of hair and bring them to life.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #5

Promote hair growth with supplements. Maintaining your vitamins and minerals is important to general health (in addition to hair health), but taking certain supplements can strengthen your hair and speed up hair growth super fast. Doctors recommend taking biotin or viviscal (read reviews for viviscal here...)- these are supplements used specifically for promoting hair and nail growth.

Additionally, making sure you have enough vitamin D and vitamin A will help your hair too.

Transitioning from Relaxed to Natural Hair Rule #6

Avoid putting chemicals in your hair. Although it may seem like a given, you to stay away from all perms and hair relaxers when trying to transition your hair. In addition, stay away from hair dyes and bleach, as these cause significant damage to your hair, causing it to break and become frizzy. Look for all natural alternatives to chemicals you typically use, as these will be much safer on your scalp and strands than harsh chemicals are.

That's It!

You now know exactly how to transition from relaxed hair to natural while beginning natural hair journeys. It's a truly beautiful thing to see the amazing styles and natural beauty on display. Please feel free to ask more questions of other natural in the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG Group!

Keep it natural Kiddos!!!

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Sabrina's Natural Hair Journey Pictures & Story

What's Up Black Hair OMG fam! We have more stories and natural hair journey pictures for you.

As you know, we have begun featuring the natural hair journey stories for members of the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG.com Facebook Group. The group has been a great source of information and camaraderie, there have been some really helpful natural hair journey regimens shared in the community.

It's been really cool kick it with the ladies and it seems that a lot of newly natural women have been helped a lot from the advice given by those with more experience.

Last week we had Johanna Denny's natural hair journey to start this series and went over very well with our readers, so were going to keep this series of hair journey stories going from the BlackHairOMG family. If you're part of the natural hair group and have a story to tell about your regimen or motivation for going natural, contact me on Facebook and I'll tell you how to submit your story (300 word minimum), natural hair journey pictures and I'll share it with the world.

So let's get to it. Our 2nd ever family member natural hair journey....

My Natural Hair Journey #2: Sabrina Royster

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Sabrina Is All Smiles and Curls

Looking back, I've honestly been headed toward this journey since I was 10 years old. That's the year I got my first relaxer.

That was the first year my hair fell out. I was devastated. However, when I turned 13, I tried a relaxer again. This time I tried a more mild relaxer thinking this would solve the problem. It took a year and a half before my hair fell out, but it all broke off--again. I was ashamed of my inability to grow hair the way everyone else seemed to accomplish so easily. My hair has never even been shoulder length. Since that first relaxer, I've done just about everything to my hair.

I cut it all off, colored it, pressed it, relaxed it, weaved it. There have been many ups and downs, but the most notable was spring of 2012.

I had started a natural journey in the winter of 2011 after the birth of my daughter. Her curls were beautiful and inspired me to rediscover my own. My twin sister and a good friend had both been natural for some time already so I decided to stop straightening my hair. I dyed it a rich brown hue and was loving every moment but struggling with styling and starting a good hair regimen. I made the unfortunate decision to go and get one last sew-in.natural hair growth journey The stress of a crumbling marriage, in conjunction with a weave braided and sewn in too tight left me with a bald spot the size of Kansas. Again I was devastated. I felt less of a woman with my crown destroyed.

I realize in hindsight that returning natural was just a small part on my larger journey to find myself. I started losing weight, did my first big chop and decided to do a year heatless. The colored ends slowly broke off and in 2014, I finally had an afro I could be proud of. My soon to be 4 year old daughter loves to get her natural styles and she always says she wants her hair to look just like mine!

I wanted to show her that she's already beautiful the way she is and so am I. I've still got a lot to learn on this journey and when I want to give up, I stare at those big brown eyes looking up at me and press on. My ultimate goal? Long healthy beautiful hair completing our portrait of being just us.


A huge thanks to Sabrina for sharing your story about natural hair growth journey and natural hair journey pictures.

If you are a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook group and want to send in your "My natural hair journey" blogs, contact me there and I'll tell you where to send your info and put your story up on this blog to inspire other naturals.kids with natural hair




The Guide To Co-Washing Natural Hair

Co-washing is becoming extremely popular with naturals. But why? What if I told you the best shampoo for natural black hair was NO shampoo at all? Would you believe me?

Well, you don't have to believe me, you can take the advice of thousands of women that have the habit of using cowashes for natural hair.

Co-washing natural hair on a regular basis is a health promoting practice.

But before we talk about the benefits of this technique, let's explain what it is. I'm pretty sure someone is reading this right now thinking "What is a co wash???"...

What is Co-washing?

To co-wash natural hair simply means to wash your hair with conditioner instead of with shampoo. In other words, it's "conditioner washing". Many naturals have taken to this method of cleansing their hair without shampoo, but why?

The answer is simple, when you avoid using shampoo you are avoiding all of the harsh detergents, polymers, binders and fillers — in other words, all the harmful things that strip your natural hair and scalp of all of its healthy properties and nutrients. When you co-wash natural hair products you're cleansing with natural essential oils, botanicals and extracts.

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This leaves your hair in its healthiest state and giving your hair the best chance of staying hydrated and healthy after your wash.

Most co-washing conditioners have a small amount of gentle cleansers in them. Thousands of naturals can tell you that using conditioner to wash your hair works perfectly fine. Your hair is left clean, nourished and hydrated.

A curly girl has to take all measures to ensure that curls stay hydrated. A “no-poo” hair regimen that consists of regular co-washing can create beautifully nourished waves and curls.

Co-washing natural hair has become so popular that many natural hair care product companies are making co-washing cleansing conditioners along with gentle sulfate-free shampoos. Some women are OK with the gentle sulfate-free types and view them as the best shampoo for naturals, others avoid any type of shampoo regardless of claims that they are gentle on hair. It's an individual decision.

20 Top Co-Wash & Cleansing Conditioners

In an effort to embrace or capitalize on the co-washing trend, many hair care companies are now offering co-wash and cleansing conditioners.

Co-washing, or conditioning washing, got its start as a part of the Curly Girl Method. It is a component of the “no poo movement,” these products can be used as an all-in-one product that cleans, hydrates, and conditions the hair in one step. They gently cleanse with no suds or sulfates, leaving your hair soft and frizz-free. Many of these can be used on a daily basis.

  1. WEN Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner by Chaz Dean
  2. DevaCare No Poo
  3. Nothing But Co-washing Conditioner
  4. Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
  5. Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Hair Co-Wash Conditioner
  6. L'Oreal EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner
  7. Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
  8. As I Am Cleansing Pudding
  9. Mizani Co-Wash Conditioning Cream
  10. Ouidad Curl Co-Wash
  11. Eden Body Works All Natural Cleansing CoWash
  12. Sheamoisture Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser
  13. As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner
  14. Wen Fig Cleansing Conditioner
  15. L`Oreal Paris EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner
  16. Darcy's Botanicals Daily Cleansing Conditioner Cream
  17. Hair One Olive Oil Cleansing Conditioner for Dry Hair
  18. Curl Junkie Daily Fix Cleansing Conditioner
  19. Curly Q's Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream
  20. Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream

If you want to learn more about how to co-wash natural hair check out this infographic below that was made by Krystal from www.youngblacknappy.com, she gives you some nice co washing tips.

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Is Co-Washing Right For You?

So are you wondering if co-washing is best for your hair? Everyones hair is different to some extent but in general, if your hair is kinky, very curly or tends to dry out quickly, there's a good chance co-washing may help your hair. Conditioners help cleanse your hair because they many have traces of a detergent type called cationic surfactants, or “quats” for short. (Some common types that you may see on the ingredient list of your conditioners are behentrimonium and chloridecetrimonium.)

When mixed with water, the trace detergents wash away dirt, leaving your unshampooed hair feeling clean but not totally stripped of its natural oils. And of course, your hair gets conditioned from the conditioners that you are washing with. Washing without harsh shampoo helps your hair keep more of its natural oils and the conditioner's moisturizing agents help leave hair strands silkier and softer than shampooed hair.

Assuming that they have healthy scalps, women with color-processed hair may also benefit from co-washing their hair because it will help them go longer before needing another salon treatment. Co-washing hair doesn’t strip your strands of pigment the way that traditional shampoo cleansing can. So it may save you money and a few trips to the salon when you co wash hair. But there are people who don't have a need to co-wash hair.

If you don't have any problem with your hair getting too dry or brittle after washing, you may not have any need for co-washing. It never hurts to try it out for a set period of time and see how your hair responds.

Who Should NOT Co-Wash Hair?

There are also women who should not co-wash hair at all. This would usually be people with really straight or limp hair, hair that could easily get weighed down with oils. Also, women with naturally oily scalps or dermatitis should avoid co-washing as well.

Co-washing by itself will not help either condition and could even make things worse, women with these conditions should stick to their regular shampoo and conditioner products.

My Natural Hair Journey - Johanna Denny

Hey Black Hair OMG family! This is the first of a series of natural hair journey stories that we'll be doing to feature members of the Natural Hair Lovers - BlackHairOMG.com Facebook Group and I'm really excited about it.

The group has been amazing and extremely positive. It's been amazing to see all of the beautiful naturals and aspiring naturals sharing tips and encouragement and I've been looking for a way to show my appreciation for them.

We've had natural hair journey stories before and without a doubt they were great, but this means more to me because this series is for the BlackHairOMG family exclusively. So they'll be sending their stories and natural hair journey pictures in and I'll be sharing it with the world as a way of saying thanks.

So let's get to it. Our 1st ever family member natural hair journey....

My Natural Hair Journey: Johanna Denny

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I always went back and forth with my natural hair journeys as my mom started creaming (perming) my hair from back when I was very young. A few years back though, I had put in some braids and I had those braids in for a mighty long time. It was my friend's birthday weekend and we decided to go out of town for clubbing. I wanted to get a fresh new look so I tried what my friend would do. She would take her weave out and cream her hair in that same day and moment. I guess that method wasn't my kettle of tea as the cream irritated my scalp and burned me so badly that my heartbeat raced so hard I felt as though my chest was gonna pop. That night my friends laughed at me so hard, because of how I ran around Sydonie's Kingston apartment creaming to the top of my lungs for burning pain.

A few hours into the morning after clubbing was through I looked into the mirror and saw a badly burnt scalp. I was so ashamed to let the guys on the outside of the club see the condition my scalp was in. Later that day I washed my hair to get the scabs out and decided that I would never hurt myself in this manner again. I decided that black hair in its natural state is beautiful and placing harsh chemicals in my scalp wasn't true love for self. So I stopped.

Tried Locking and Then Big Chopping

I have tried locking my hair since then, because I wanted to escape the reality of having to comb black hair in its natural state each day and realized that wasn't for me either. There are so many videos on YouTube that gives so many tips, tricks and styles in coping with black hair and I am determined to stay away from harsh chemicals.

When I cut my locks off everyone loved the new look. They were not at all negative, although a few preferred me with long hair, but it is just hair and it grows back. Many people are really getting a hang of kinky hair and when I wear mine many people call me an African Queen or Princess.

I believe if we accept our hair as black people in its natural state, it would change the way people of other ethnic backgrounds and even we ourselves see skin colour. If black hair is bad, then our skin colour is bad, but if black hair is good then our skin colour is good also. Understanding this can clamp down on many aspects of racism drastically.

I love my black hair!

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A huge thanks to Johanna for sharing your story about transitioning to natural hair and sharing your natural hair journey pictures.

If you are a member of the BlackHairOMG Facebook group and want to send in your "My natural hair journey" story, contact me there and I'll tell you where to send your info and put your story up on this blog to inspire other naturals.

Dad Does Daughter's Natural Hair... See What Happens

Dad does daughter's hair: And I enjoyed watching every minute of it.

As y'all know I like to dig through YouTube videos for cool videos from people I FEEL ain't getting enough views and subscribers to their channel.

Our featured Unsung YouTuber today is DiscoveringNatural she has a great natural black hair care channel where she discusses the best natural hair products, great products for natural hair kids and more. Anyway...

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In this video, her husband tries his hand at doing his baby girl's hair and I loved the video just to see the relationship between the two and in their family overall. We live in a messed up world, but not everything in this world is jacked up, well... his daughter's hair might get jacked up. I ain't gonna tell you if he does well or not though, you gotta watch for yourself. Take a look and see below..

 

If you are just finding out about DiscoveringNatural's Channel, please go subscribe to her and leave her a comment telling her that BlackHairOMG sent you 🙂

She has great natural hair product reviews and besides her natural hair care videos they have a family YouTube  vlog that is just amazing. It's like watching the real life Cosbys, ha.

Super-Mom Creates Black Dolls With Natural Hair

When Angelica Sweeting heard her young daughter wishing for blonde hair and white skin similar to her doll's, she decided to create "The Angelica Doll" for little girls with curly hair, wider noses, and fuller lips.

The doll comes with hair that you can twist and knot just like real-life natural hair.

Sweeting's Naturally Perfect Dolls Kickstarter campaign has already raised $23,000 of the $25,000 needed to launch production of the doll, which promotes positive beauty ideals and self-acceptance for young girls.

Sweeting and her daughters tested The Angelica Doll's hair for eight months with common natural hair practices, such as twisting, bantu knotting, and curling, to make sure little girls could style and wash their doll's hair exactly how they would do their own.

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Lee's Article Highlights:

♦ First off, I want to to stress the importance of supporting Angelica's business. If you have the means to do so you can help her get these dolls made for thousands of little girls by contributing to her kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/angelica/the-angelica-doll-a-natural-hair-doll-for-young-gi and hey, I know it's hard out here on these skreets (yeah, I said SKREETS), so if you don't have money to help her get these dolls made then just share this article. Someone else who reads this might contribute and it will be because you let them know about it through sharing this story.

♦ I always love products like these and BlackHairOMG is known for promoting these kinds of businesses and products because they make a difference, I just recently wrote about the coloring book for natural hair kids. When children grow up rarely seeing a positive reflection of themselves in the things that they are entertained by it has a negative psychological effect.

Angelica's daughter thought that the standard of being beautiful was the dolls that she played with and nothing else. Little girls adore their dolls and so she began to adore what she was not and undervalue what and who she is. It's not a conscientious choice she made, it is the mental conditioning that comes from being exposed only to what is the opposite of yourself and being told that it's the most precious thing without seeing any alternatives. Natural hair dolls gives the girls a chance to see beautiful representations of themselves.

♦ This serves as a lesson to myself and you as well as far as business goes too. When you see something missing, something that is needed... MAKE IT. It's much more effective than wishing and hoping for something and it's a great opportunity to build a business, make money while giving people something they need and want. More people need to have the entrepreneurial spirit like Angelica. I'm supporting her, I hope you will too.

P.S. Join our Facebook Natural Hair Group & kick it with the OMG Army!

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Curly Kids Coloring Book - Natural Hair Styles For Kids

Curl Centric has created a new natural hair styles for kids coloring book to give children a positive portrayal of curly-haired people, so they don’t feel isolated by one of their defining features.

Unfortunately, kinky curly hair is often considered a nuisance for those who have it, but its true potential is far more varied than straight hair can be. Unfortunately for curly-haired children, their minority status can see them subject to bullying and derision. As such, it is important that this is counterbalanced with positive messages.

Because the media can't be counted on to portray curly hair in a positive light, people have been left looking for alternatives, and Curl Centric has provided one. They have just published a new Natural Hair Coloring Book for children with curly hair.

The Curly Kids Coloring Book is a new product, and was created because Curl Centric understands the importance of representation. It is important for little girls with textured hair to see images that look like them. The coloring book features more than thirty different images, including action shots, mermaids, princesses and ballerinas with natural hair.

The girls in the coloring books have also arranged their hair in a variety of styles that range from cornrow braids, puffs, two strand twists, bantu knots, wash and gos, locs and many more, to show girls with curly hair the amazing potential their hair has to be defined and redefined.

A spokesperson for Curl Centric explained, “Those with naturally curly hair in the media tend to straighten it, leaving little girls without role models. The coloring book is designed to fill that void and offset the lack of representation. This is just the beginning however, and showing girls it’s possibly to have a curly-haired princess or action hero will open them up to a world of possibilities for their own hair, many of which can be found on our website. The book is available now at Amazon for $5.99.


Lee's Article Highlights:

  • I wholeheartedly agree with what Curl Centric is doing, they realize that little girls need to see themselves and associate representations of themselves as something pleasant and positive. Natural hair styles for kids is something to be proud of and they need to know that as they grow up. I look forward to seeing more and more products like this in the future, they are long overdue.
  • If you think that products like this are important, you need to show your support and let others know about it too. Many positive products die on the shelf because they don't get the same level of attention as less-valuable products that get promoted.
  • The Curly Kids Coloring Book contains more than 30 coloring pages for little girls. The coloring book features a wide variety of natural hair styles for kids, the little girls are wearing natural hair buns, puffs, braids, afros (or low styles), updos, twist-outs, and bantu-knots. Get the colored pencils, crayons, water colors and makers ready. The coloring book is recommended for children age 1 year and older.

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Natural Hair School: African Hair Braiding & More

Had no idea that you could earn a natural hair care license? Don't worry sis, a lot of folks didn't. But with so many new naturals in need of information about how to transition to natural hair, this school will help give guidelines to going natural and giving the secrets to transitioning to natural hair with or without big-chopping natural hair.

Many don't realize how big the natural hair products industry is and how deep the natural hair movement is, you will soon be able to find a natural hair school online that'll push your career to the next level.

You might be surprised with all of the current drama about U.S. officials trying to shut down braiding schools but the black cosmetology school and natural hair trend is taking off.

Detroit Natural Hair University For Black Women

In the video you'll learn a bit about the Rare Essence Academy, it's a natural hair training platform with the primary focus of teaching members key business principles, natural hair styling fundamentals like learning to silk press hair, and advanced styling techniques for women going natural.

They offer various forms of education, such as video lectures and step-by-step tutorials targeting specific natural hair needs. No matter your level of experience or ability, if you have a passion and motivation to learn more about natural hair styling then you probably benefit from their courses at Rare Essence Academy. Learn how to be a in-demand natural hair artist and entrepreneur in the natural hair industry.

Rare Essence Academy understands that technology is a driving force in any field in today’s advanced world, that’s why they have committed to providing a wealth of knowledge to every natural hair artist student. Rare Essence Academy has made its curriculum accessible from any mobile device so that their students are never disrupted when trying to access course material. They are here to be a principal online resource with flexible scheduled courses for even the busiest natural hair artist. Especially now that natural hair is becoming "en vogue"

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What a Great Black Natural Hair School Does

Rare Essence Academy is an online Natural Hair Training Platform with a focus on business accommodating entrepreneurs who want to excel in the natural hair industry. Their natural hair academy is designed to cultivate natural hair artists into businesswomen and self-driven innovators. My only gripe is that they don't have any cosmetology schools in Detroit Michigan. My hometown would be the perfect place for a natural hair school that teaches girls & women to embrace their natural African hair and beauty. So hopefully REA gets some natural hair and cosmetology schools in Motown very soon.

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Natural Hair Movement: The Controversial Anthem

This natural hair movement video carries a powerful message for women who have gone natural or those who are going natural. But Essence Farmer's video is also a bit controversial for some.

Although for the majority of women who viewed the video it's seen as highly-inspirational and it really communicated to them the fact that their natural hair, as well as themselves in totality, are naturally beautiful and MORE than acceptable. Some women had issues with the strong words in the natural hair movement speech.
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Some women who are not interested in going natural have said that they were a bit turned off by the video. One woman said that she feels the naturalista in the video is preaching bias against women who choose not to go natural and in her opinion, that's equal to what "euro-centric society" is doing to black women as a whole. Making them feel not worthy of being seen as beautiful.

Well, I personally liked the message of the video and thought Essence did a great job with her anthem/poem. But I'll admit she does kind of "go in" on women who like to perm their hair and chemically straighten it. Check out the video...

I'll also say that not everybody thinks of women who don't go natural as weak or naive. Some women like what they like and that's it. Tell me what you think, does Essence's natural hair movement poem go to far? Or is she dead on?Let me know what you think below in the comment section.

Natural Hair Helps Cure The Soul....

When we decide to go natural, we are consciously deciding to embrace our natural hair and subconsciously deciding to accept our true selves.

Meaning, we are making the choice to be independent of all external sources of "beauty" by showing the world who we really are and relieving ourselves of permed strands for kinky tresses. We are deciding to let go of the fear of not being accepted and deciding to embrace our true-selves. These are some of the key components of self-love.

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Lee's Article Highlights:

  • I loved the point about how naturals are changing what they look on the outside while transforming what they are inside. It's so true. I've often said to friends that most natural women have a different swag and confidence. That confidence makes them sexier and more fun to be around. True some people will always have an ugly spirit no matter what, but for the most part, naturals are transforming as people in a positive way.
  • It takes true confidence to KNOW you are beautiful and believe that, I want my daughter to feel that type of confidence. Just know that, you are not alone. The world is starting to recognize your beauty, something that's been covered up for too long.
  • Just realize that going natural is more than what is happening on top of your head, it has a lot to do with what's happening inside of your head. Keep going, and know that you have support.It's a beautiful thing.

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Is The Fashion World Warming Up To Natural Hair?

Some of the most-talked-about beauty moments of the season have come via black models whose natural hair has taken center stage.

Dominican newcomer Lineisy Montero stole the show at Prada with her short Afro adorned with a bejeweled barrette, and at Balenciaga, Nykhor Paul, Ajak Deng, Grace Bol, and Mari Agory all wore close-cropped natural hair with Alexander Wang’s demure collection.

Montero brought the style to Céline’s Paris catwalk, where she was joined by fellow model Karly Loyce, who sported a beautiful, larger-than-life ’fro.

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Lee's Article Highlights:

  • In this article, fashion model Lineisy Montero says that the head of her modeling agency actually ENCOURAGED her to go with a natural TWA (teeny weeny afro) for her fashion show, for me this really shows the change in image the natural look is getting.
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  • Social activist Bethann Hardison says that the wearing of weaves and extensions wasn't about trying to be white, but instead it was the model's way of staying in the game and getting jobs. It was a matter of supplying what was demanded, but things are changing.
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  • Montero says that after she went with the natural hair look she got even more jobs and achieved a higher status in the modeling industry within her country.

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Experts of Natural Black Hairstyles Reveal 3 Favorite Moisturizers

Natural black hairstyles are taking over and as more products come out you probably want to use the absolute best. Right?

Good, we've got tips from 50+ expert naturalistas about the best natural hair products on Earth. Some products that you've heard about, others that you will be discovering today.

BlackHairOMG is bringing you a never-been-done-before expert panel interview with some of the most widely-known and successful natural hairstyles experts on Earth.

We heard your concerns after we made the top 50 best-selling hair products for black hairstyles article. You wanted to know about the specific products your favorite natural women had on their cupboards. Well, we are going to give you what you asked for, I guaran-darn-tee you that, we got the best of the best for you.

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We have natural CEOs, popular black hair bloggers, film producers, published authors, star YouTube vloggers and even a couple of scientists! They’re all naturalistas, and all are spilling the beans on the products they use that have helped their natural black hairstyles become inspiration for thousands and thousands of women across the globe(literally)!

Many of these 50 natural hair gurus have been featured in Essence, Ebony, The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, BlackEnterprise.com, Dr.Oz and on The Today Show.

I asked these 50 celebrated naturals an interesting question:

“If you could only use 3 moisturizing hair care products FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, what would they be?”

The question was designed to cut through the fluff and extra stuff and get straight to the best natural hair products. Period.

Click Here for the full article and answers from 50+ Experts of Natural Black Hairstyles

Our experts include....

Abiola Abrams, Afrobella, Aisha M., Alexandria Williams, Alma Ruddock (BlackHairInformation.com),

AlleySinai, Amber McKinnon, Antonia Opiah, Ariane Williams, AsToldByAllie, Atilola Moronfolu,

Audrey Sivasothy, Cassidy Blackwell, Chimere Norris, Chris-Tia Donaldson(TGIN), Christene Carr,

Christina Patrice, Courtney P., Crystal Michelle, Del Sandeen, DeLaurian Burton, Felicia Walker Benson,

GlamTwinz334, I Am Posh Syd, Imani A.Dawson, Janna Peterson-Waddell, Jenell B Stewart, MS ED,

Jenni J., Jessica Gray, Jocelyn Reneé, Jolie Luvlee, Karen Tappin, Kcurly, Krystle Sims, Lisa Irby, Louisa Kiwana,

Lucindy Lumu, Miko Branch, Miss LaLa, MsJGray, MsVaughnTV, Nicia Alston, NikkiMae2003, RazorEmpress,

Renee Morris, Sista WithRealHair, Tarin Boone, Taylor Bryant, The SistahChick, Vashti Patrick-Joseph,

Victoria Olubi and Who Is Sugar

They went ALL OUT to give you tips for your natural black hairstyles....

Click here to read the full interview from our natural hairstyles experts!

An Education On The Natural Hair Movement - Past & Present

I couldn’t see the cold, unfamiliar hands disappear within my thick patch of curls claiming ownership over my head. But I felt them.

Seemingly everywhere I looked — long, straight, luscious hair spilled down the backs of women. Meanwhile, my hair barely kissed my shoulders, and despite my efforts, it wouldn’t grow.natural black hair

I spent the next 10 years attempting to alter and hide the natural texture of my hair. And as each new weave and hairstyle gracefully obscured my natural roots, I felt beautiful.

And I was addicted to the feeling.

I wasn’t alone. Since slavery, African Americans have altered and changed their hair in attempts to mimic whites’ hair.

Today, it can be seen as a personal struggle and a struggle shared by many within the African American community.

Despite changing fads throughout the decades, the Natural Hair Movement, a movement that encourages individuals to wear their natural hair, is becoming popular once again.
I, and many others, are reclaiming the beauty of natural hair.

 


Lee's Article Highlights: This was a really great article, Darrah Perryman gives us her modern day hair journey and the article is loaded with history regarding black hair and society going back to slavery times.

    • In the 1500s, slave traders from Europe captured African slaves, then they cut they slaves hair off as a way of stripping them mentally and physically of their identity and culture.

 

  • Until this article, I had no clue that women could get a migraine from the weight and pulling on the roots that comes with wearing some types of weave. The writer's description of the pain sounds like a nightmare. The worst part is thats it's done in order to hide the natural beauty.

 

 

  • This write-up shows that natural beauty has to be realized before it can be embraced. This realization has been happening in a big way recently.

 

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Target Stores Embracing Thank God I'm Natural (TGIN) Hair Products!

On March 1st, the tgin Moist Collection for Natural Hair rolled out to select Target stores nationwide. We are in the process of updating our store locator with a list of stores, but it should be available for viewing by this Wednesday.

Note, some lucky customers have been fortunate enough to find us on March 1st. If you recently visited Target and didn’t see us, please be patient as it may take up to 2 weeks to find us at YOUR store, but we promise we’re on the way!


Lee's Article Highlights:

  • Chris-Tia Donaldson is the curly Harvard-grad CEO of Thank God I'm Natural hair products, her company's products have been picked by Target as they turn towards embracing the natural hair movement.
  • If you want major companies like Target to cater to naturals the way they should it's important that you buy these products, just because a product makes it onto the shelves doesn't mean it stays. They care about sales, so buy TGIN products to show that there is a buying public that wants natural hair embraced by the corporations.
  • I will do everything I can to support Chris-Tia's company, especially since she's a Detroit girl, we Detroiters gotta stick together! She also will be one of my featured guests in an exclusive expert panel interview that will soon be released on this site, stay tuned!

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4 Natural Hair Black Doll Companies That Boost Black Girls' Self-Esteem

Black dolls with curly to kinky natural hair were virtually non-existent when I was growing up.

These days, they are still a challenge to find, but I’ve done some of the homework for you with this post. Here are four places you can purchase a natural hair doll for your niece, daughter, yourself, or another special girl in your life.

 


Lee's Article Highlights: It's extremely important for young black girls to see reflective images of themselves when they are happy and enjoying themselves in free-time activities.

It should be normal to see beautiful representations of black faces and black hair in order to know that it's not only normal, but good, just like everything else that is promoted.

As imperfect humans, we place more value on what have been pushed upon us. I'd rather black parents place beautiful reflections of little black girls in front of their daughters than to promote the status quo standards that have beaten down the very psyche of so many women walking the streets today. Here are your 4 companies to buy black dolls from.

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Author Zimkhitha Sulelo's Hair Journey & Favorite Products

Three years ago I did the big chop and started my natural hair journey. It wasn't planned and unlike a lot of unplanned things, cutting my hair turned out to be the best decision I have ever made.

While I watched my hair grow, something amazing happened.

I fell in love with my natural hair again which I haven't really been since my first relaxer. It was thick and had a healthy natural glow. I realized that I have been paying good money to achieve similar results without any success.

If someone told me all I needed was a pair of scissors, and a brave hair stylist who wouldn't argue against the big chop, I would have done it years ago.

It has been an interesting journey and I had to learn to be patient with my hair. Hair growth does not happen overnight and hair envy is a killer.

Go to those YouTube channels for inspiration, but don't expect to achieve the same hair growth because we all have different hair types.

Here are my top 5 products that have been keeping my hair looking good.

1. Water

This might come as a surprise for some, but it is the most important for hair growth. Natural hair can be very dry at times, so, moisturize, moisturize and moisturize. Make sure that your natural hair products are water-based for added moisture. Read those labels like you would read food labels.

To make sure that my hair gets enough moisture I mix water with olive oil and spray m

Rhino Africa Author Zimkhitha Sulelo Stylin' On Em'
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y hair regularly before using any other hairspray. I choose olive oil because it is readily available in my kitchen, but there are so many good natural oils out there to pick from.

2. Tresemme Naturals Conditioner

Naturals hunt for a good conditioner like it's gold, because shampoo is a bare necessity but a really good conditioner is a life-saver. With this conditioner the packaging grabbed me and I think the word NATURALS written in bold had something to do with it. On close inspection it got even better.

It's silicone free which means my hair will not be left sticky and dull. And if you are into organic foods, you will be happy to know that this conditioner has organic orange extracts. It smells like citrus heaven too. When I am feeling too lazy to wash my hair I think of this as my reward for doing it anyway.

3. ORS Hair Fertilizer

After a protective hairstyle I find that my hair gets very dry and before I do anything I use this hair fertilizer and gently comb it out from top then roots to avoid further hair loss. My water bottle with olive oil is never too far away and I spray it whenever I feel like its needed. This hair fertilizer is water based, so it's perfect for dry hair.

4. Dark and Lovely Night Wrap Cream

I have used Dark and Lovely products all my life and when I decided to go natural I didn't find anything suitable for my hair. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this night wrap cream. I inspected it suspiciously because it looked so much like a relaxer tub, but anything with Amla Oil, is good to me. I decided to give it a try. I just love how my hair feels in the morning. It looks soft and has a healthy shine that makes the night wrap ritual worth it. I also use it when I am twisting my hair just to seal in the moisture.

5. ORS Olive Oil Spray

This is the only spray in a can that gives the instant healthy shine for my protective styles with a smell that I can tolerate. I used to use two different hairsprays, one for a healthy shine and one to mask the smell till I found this one. I am sure my pillows are happy too.

A lot of people are going natural these days and there are a lot of miracle products out there, but you can't keep buying new products. It's good to try new products, in fact its a necessity but always stick to the products that keep your hair looking healthy and strong. It's all about good healthy hair after all.

How To Rock Killer Crotchet Braids In 2015

Crochet braids have really made a comeback more than ever and has made an impact as something that woman can do themselves. You have seen successful stories on Instagram, numerous pictures in groups on Facebook, and many pictures on Pinterest being pinned to our “styles to do” boards.

We all want to know how to make this style look as sleek and natural as possible, so we ask many questions and try different tips to make sure that the install is just that. Keep these tips in mind when doing your crochet braids install:


Tips for getting the look you want:

  • Have a "hair inspiration" photo for the hairstyle you want to have.
  • Detangle your hair with a paddle brush.
  • Use hot water for a tighter curl.
  • Keep in mind that crochet braids are a protective style and shouldn't be permanent.

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Natural Hair Is Going Mainstream - Why Isn't It Going Hollywood?

More and more black women are shunning wigs, chemical straighteners and flat irons in favor of wearing and celebrating the hair they were born with—but you wouldn't know it from the hairstyles shown on television.

In primetime, nearly every black female character—from Kerry Washington's high-powered handler on "Scandal" to Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon on Lee Daniel's new series "Empire," plus Nicole Beharie ("Sleepy Hollow"), Gabrielle Union ("Being Mary Jane") and Alfre Woodward (playing the president in "State of Affairs") —wears a wig or weave. hollywood natural black hair

It is also nearly impossible to find real hair on reality television.

 


Lee's Article Highlights:

    • The natural hair movement movement is so big that major corporations are taking notice, businesses like Target, which has shelves dedicated to natural hair products for black women.

 

  • Fewer of today's shows are truly for us, by us, with black writers and producers and creators

 

 

  • According to image activist, Michaela Angela Davis, many actresses still think that natural hair means they're making a statement or that they need to be playing a character who is political or some kind of bad girl. Most actresses want to appear neutral so that Hollywood sees them as a candidate for any role.

 

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6 Steps To The Perfect Wash Day For Natural Hair Sistas!

Featured Author: Tangela, Founder of NaturalRootSista

Hello my NaturalRootSistas! Here are a few of my healthy hair wash day tips. My hair texture is between 3c-4a.

We all have different textures of hair and we all like for our hair to look and feel a certain way. My hair has to have softness, shine, definition, but most importantly it must be healthy.

It had gotten to the point that I was sick of putting different products on my hair to achieve the look I was going for, so I decided to come up with my own hair care regimen.

Step 1- The day before I wash my hair I always mix-up a blend of rich natural oils.

Tangela is Founder of NaturalRootSista and an official OMG Army Member...
Tangela is Founder of NaturalRootSista and an official OMG Army Member...

You need to apply this special mixture all over your hair from root to tip and make sure you really massage your scalp.

Oils used: Rice bran oil, grape seed, and avocado oil. (Apply on wet hair)

Step 2- Section your hair into 4-6 big twists, now place a plastic cap over your hair and wrap it up with a hair scarf and leave it on overnight.

Step 3- The next day wash your oils out with a sulfate-free shampoo or whatever you feel your hair texture needs.

Step 4- I condition my hair with sulfate free conditioner as well, I leave it in for 20 minutes and use my Q-Redew Hand-held Hair Steamer.

Step 5- I wash the conditioner out with cool water. The benefits are that cold water retains your hair’s moisture and leaves your hair less prone to frizz.
Most people add moisturizer or whatever to style their hair. This is a mix I make to get my hair on the right track for the week. And yes I do add moisturizer (I make my own) sometimes on the third or fourth day. I keep my hair shiny and soft with this method.

Ingredients for my mix: Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Black Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Gel.

I used 1/3 cup of each oil in equal parts.

Step 6-
I section my hair into four sections and apply this mixture from root to tip while the hair is damp. You may need to mist your hair throughout the process.

Now style as usual. Done.

Follow these steps and send me photos on your results!

 

Get more from Tangela at www.naturalrootsista.com

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Interested in being a guest author? Email me at lee@shorthaircutsforblackwomen.com