We love to joke about the cost of beauty but we shouldn’t need a bottle of aspirin just to get through the day because of a tight headband. You CAN achieve a cute high puff without the pain and the damage to our natural hair that may come with it. Here’s how!
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Spring is finally here y’all! I know you’re thinking about changing up your hair for warmer weather and those spring and summer vacations! Well, over at NaturalHairRules.com, I’ve rounded up five beautiful, low-maintenance protective styles.
Are you finding store-bought products aren’t doing much for you? Or maybe you’d just rather take a much more natural approach to hair care. Either way, here are some DIY hair recipes to whip up right in your kitchen!
Tired of split ends ruining your perfect twist out or fabulous fro?! I’ve found the perfect method to get rid of this issue once and for all! Ready?
It’s finally getting warmer out, so ya know what that means… VACATION! These five practical tips are sure to come in handy when traveling while natural.
We are well into the deep freeze but it’s not too late to reassess your regimen and winterize your hair! Here are six ways to keep it healthy this season.
Are you kinky-haired naturalista who is bantu knot-out challenged? Well, there’s hope! I absolutely love this natural hair tutorial from our very first Natural Fashionista, Jessica Pettway. She gives us a super easy alternative for achieving those beautiful curls on our naturally textured hair and it is GORGEOUS! Watch and enjoy! 😉 xoxo Toia B.
“Shrinkage” has become a four-letter word within the natural hair community and, quite frankly, I fail to understand what the huge fuss is about. Phrases like “shrinkage is the devil” or “I hate shrinkage” show up in photo captions on social media daily, usually in hashtag form. Why, girls… why? Real Talk Okay… I can see why we (as naturals) may not really care for shrinkage. We wanna show off our “real” length, or at least something close to it. I get it. Here’s the thing, though: it’s simply the nature of textured hair, people. It comes with the territory. It’s just what our hair does (how many ways can I say it?) and definitely not the worst thing that can happen! Some make comments in jest but then some seem genuinely upset that once some moisture touches their hair, they go from shoulder length to a Florida Evans type fro in seconds. But you see, the way our strands (ultimately, our follicles) are set up… usually, the tighter the curl, the more shrinkage it’ll have and the shorter it’ll appear. It’s a beautiful, unique trait of natural hair. You pull it, release it and it goes <<boing>>. That’s hot! Besides all that, the reality is, shrinkage is certainly not your enemy. It’s actually a good thing! Shrinkage = Hair Health You read correctly! The fact that your natural hair is able to shrink back to its normal state after being stretched by whatever means indicates that there’s a measure of health and strength in those strands. Isn’t that what we want? Sure, it doesn’t really help when you’ve spent all night achieving a fierce blow-out and here comes a day of 99% humidity to shrivel up those kinks! I’ve been there. But you’d better be glad your hair snapped…
As we get deeper into autumn, many of you may start thinking about putting your hair away in a long-term protective style like box braids, Havana Twists or possibly a crochet weave (aka crochet braids). Here are a few things things to keep in mind to get the most out of those styles and maintain the health of your hair. But first… What IS a Protective Style? It’s all in the name! Basically, they are styles which require little to no daily manipulation. The less you have to mess with your hair, the less chance of damage. The idea is to tuck away the ends (the oldest part of the hair which is more prone to dryness, breakage and splits) to reduce the possibility of damage thereby protecting your hair while it retains moisture. With this description in mind, know that you’re not limited to sitting for hours to install braids, twists and such if you wanna rock a protective style. While they may not last as long, buns, updos, “roll, tuck & pin” styles and cornrows also accomplish the same goal. You’d be surprised how much good a week or two without having to manipulate your hair will do! Handle With Care We’re trying to protect the hair, right? So, it should go without saying that you want to be gentle when installing your styles (or having them installed) or else, what’s the point? Don’t be afraid to speak up if your stylist is braiding your hair too tight! You should not only be concerned with the amount of tension being used during the install but also afterwards when you begin styling your braids, twists or weaves. Yes, even if you were careful about the initial style going in too tight, you can still do some damage if you pull and…
You’ve probably heard about how great essential oils are to use in your hair care regimen but, do you know how to use them? Here are a few tips.