June 9th, 2014
Falling Edges is a sad truth that many face. For most, our edges grew frail as children, often wearing tight braids or ponytail styles. Today, start protecting your edges. We’ll help you learn how.
With so many styling options to choose from today, it can be very tempting to try styles that we know our hair cannot withstand. Options include: Marley Twists, Shingle Braids, Senegalese twists, and so much more, but have you considered that some styles could lack support therefore compromising the strength of your hair?
When choosing which styles to wear, remember that most hairstyles require support to maintain itself. Styles with a lot of support include smooth cornrows and flat twists utilizing organic curly hair products. These styles have plenty of strands along the length of the braid, providing maximum support. A less supportive style would be the individual braids and twists. While braids and twists can be very beneficial to the hair in providing much needed styling breaks, extremely small extensions rely on only 3-4 strands of hair therefore causing breakage. Similarly, a regular sized braid with up to 20 strands of hair, when paired with a bulky extension does not provide adequate support. Choose a style that will not put excessive tension on your hairline, as this is the most delicate area of the body of hair.
It is wise to consider the strength of your hair and to choose styles that to not stretch the hair beyond what it can bear. Without enough elasticity, when pulled taught, your hair will snap. Such is the case with ponytails or Afro puffs. Be also aware of adding extensions with a contrasting hair texture, which could cause damage to your strands? Remember when you learned about tying your hair up at night to prevent the friction between your hair and bed threads, well the same notion applies. Tying your hair up in a silk wrap ensures your hair is rubbing against a friendly texture. When adding extensions, it is best to choose a compatible hair texture that will not compromise the strength of your hair and also choose styles that have built in support rather than relying on your hairline to support the style.
Finally, when you are still in the process of growing and repairing your edges, style your hair in loose styles and use organic curly hair products to hold your hair in place to give the effect of neat, and orderly without the strain. A perfect cocktail is the award winning CURLS Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste.
June 9th, 2014
Newly natural curlies are popping up at every twist and turn and everyone has different reasons for taking the curly route and different questions to get them through the journey.
After receiving so many questions regarding curly hair, the most popular question I receive is,” What are the best products for curly hair that I can use on my daughters?” I have often wondered what could be the motivation of these women. Unfortunately many women have been forced to make the natural choice due to the damage their hair has endured from chemical treatments or heat styling. Lately, however, the most popular answer that I have received from others on why they decided to live a chemical free lifestyle has everything to do with their daughters.
They tell me, there’s something special about bringing a child into the world that brings forth so much love and acceptance from within. Consecutively, a mother can see the child as love itself; adoring everything about them; their eyes, their ears, the shape of their nose. A mother will love everything, down to each and every hair on their head and then wonder how anyone could ever want to change any little speck of this wonderful creature. For this reason mothers want their daughters to love their natural curls and they do everything they can to provide them with and the resources to care for it.
From the start mothers want to empower their daughters to love themselves and in order to do this, they also must love their own selves. Do you remember how you adored the beauty of your mother and you wanted to look just like her? That is how our daughters see us. So whichever image you reflect, is the image they will love so love your children’s hair giving them only the best products for curly hair and know that you are making a tremendous impact on the next generation.
June 9th, 2014
Start by answering these questions to determine your greatest needs for your custom hair regiment:
- Do I want to grow my hair or maintain my current length and style?
- How healthy is my hair and how healthy do I want it to be?
- How much time am I willing to invest in hair care?
- Would I prefer to see a curl stylist or pursue at home hair care?
- How much money would I like to budget for hair care?
From here you will determine what frequency and intensity you will complete the following hair care tasks.
Clean hair is healthy hair. Opt for a sulfate free shampoo and choose to cleanse weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly.
Condition your curls immediately after cleansing. In between you could also choose to co-wash for a little hydration or to restyle your hair. Healthier hair should deep condition once every 6 weeks or more often based on the weakness of your hair.
Choose a leave-in conditioner spray to rehydrate your curls daily. Follow up with a moisturizing oil thereafter such as Argan, Coconut, Olive, or avocado.
Damaged hair should be cut off. Hair that opts for frequent heat styling or chemical treatments should be cut more often. Otherwise healthy hair worn curly, can choose between 3-6 months for a curl tune up.
If there are questions you may have. Feel free to email me at email@example.com for assistance with creating your custom regiment.
June 9th, 2014
Traveling for many miles on the airways can leave you feeling thirsty, fatigued, and sweaty; all symptoms of jet lag. That is due to one contributing force; dehydration. Do you know that the humidity levels inside the aircraft begin around 12% and in flight decrease to roughly 2% according to Jayne McAlister? She also advises that,” Dehydration causes your cells to become less efficient. As your cells dry out, they pull water from your blood reducing blood volume…”
These changes in the air affect your bodily fluids, your skin and your hair and leave you dry, lacking moisture. Lack of humidity in the air causes the atmosphere to pull moisture from the environment, which includes your hair. The end result can leave you parched, bloated, and in need of a skin and hair moisturizer. Take preventive action by hydrating your body with water before, during and after flight. Give your curls a deep penetrating conditioner the day before take off and seal it with oil like avocado, or jojoba. At the conclusion of your travels, apply a leave-in treatment to your hair and bring your hair back into a healthy balance.
Follow this method each time you fly for optimal curl health on the airways.
June 6th, 2014
There was a time when women with ethnic hair would run at the presence of water! I was one of those people. When Relaxers, Jheri Curls and other chemical treatments were more popular to wear, women felt that water would ruin their do’s. Today, I encourage you to view water in a different light. Try to see water as an opportunity to hydrate or restyle your curls.
Utilize the co-wash option in between shampoos. Co-washing will gently cleanse your hair of mild product and dirt and allow the water to hydrate your curls, and then gently seal your cuticle. It will not provide a deep penetrating condition but it will gently hydrate and get you through to your next scheduled cleansing day. Co-washing will work best if you use organic natural hair care products regularly as these do not create a build up on your hair shaft.
Co-washing is also great for changing your style. Our hair is very moldable, especially when wet. Feel free to add a little hydration and prep your hair for your next look. Most women find that co-washing can help the style last longer compared to “dry styling.”
So give it a try, and utilize these two options for co-washing. You just might like it!
September 6th, 2013
After a dye job, transform dry, damaged, and chemically treated naturally curly hair with our CURLS Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner!
September 5th, 2013
Attention NewYorkCity Curlistas! The CURLS Street Team and I will be attending the LetYourHairDownExpo hosted by JenellStewart of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe! Will you be joining us on Sept.14th, 2013?
September 5th, 2013
Who saw the R&B Divas LA reunion last night? CRAY!! But Claudette’s and Chante Moore’s hair was on point! Cashmere Curls is their product of choice.
September 2nd, 2013
See how colored treated CURLista Mari preps and styles her curls Using Curls Hair Products;
August 30th, 2013
Are you too cool for school? Sale, Sale, SALE!
What do you have planned for Labor day? Don’t forget the sale! It ends on the 2nd of September!