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Protecting Your Edges Doesn’t Have to be Difficult…

Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste (1)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.

Create a Custom Hair Regiment to Jump Start Your Hair Goals on the Right Foot


Start by answering these questions to determine your greatest needs for your custom hair regiment:


  1. Do I want to grow my hair or maintain my current length and style?
  2. How healthy is my hair and how healthy do I want it to be?
  3. How much time am I willing to invest in hair care?
  4. Would I prefer to see a curl stylist or pursue at home hair care?
  5. 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 secretcurlsociety@yahoo.com for assistance with creating your custom regiment.



There Are a Few Things You Can Do To Protect Your Curls When Traveling. Do You Know Them?

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       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.

How Legitimate is the “Co-Wash” Hype for Women with Natural Curls ?

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      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.


Hydrating Co-Wash

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.


Re-Styling Co-Wash

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!

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Alicia Keys Curly Hair Curls.biz

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Another throwback from one of my favs! Isn’t Alicia Keys fabulous?









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Curlistas love Alicia Keys’ braids and puff

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Throwback Thursday! Alicia Keys with her braids and puff! LOVE!!!












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What you need – a nice detox bath!

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Relax tonight and do a detox bath! What do you need?


1. Mix ¾ cup Epsom salt


2. ¼ cup baking soda


3. A few drops of whatever essential oil you like



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Willow Smith being expressive with their hair at a young age

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This photo of Jada and Willow on the red carpet was snapped last week on the red carpet. What do you think about children being expressive with their hair at a young age?











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#TwistOut Tuesday! Use CURLS Crème Brule & CURLS Passion Fruit Curl Control

My #NaturalHair is feeling curly today! #CurlyGirl #Curls

Twist it out Tuesday! Use CURLS Crème Brule and CURLS Passion Fruit Curl Control from your local Target. You’ll smell delicious, your curls will be defined and those sides will be laid!






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