Thick curly hair is great for achieving the ultimate summer twist out or that beautiful tri-bun winter protective style but, in between styling, taking care of thick curly hair can be overwhelming and filled with fear. Worries of tangles, breakage and knotting, can completely ruin what started out as a serene wash day, leaving you discouraged and your hair neglected.
Fortunately, caring for thick hair no longer has to be daunting and time consuming. Understanding your hair type and how it responds to moisture, manipulation and weather conditions, can cut the time you spend caring for your hair in half and lead to pleasurable wash days with no tears or fears in sight.
Check out my five easy tips to keep in mind when caring for your thick natural hair on Curls Understood
So not only have you decided to take the infamous hair-color plunge but you’ve also decided to go RED. The good news: the options for red hair are endless, and although its vibrant, there are plenty of shades to choose from including cinnamon, garnet, and magenta to name a few. The not so good news: red hair is sometimes difficult to care for but the pay off is always well worth the maintenance.
When you first decide to dye curly hair red, you even choose a shade you want to choose the coloring process you’re most comfortable with. You can choose to dye your hair at home or visit a salon. I spoke with colorist Nicole Dickson of Sabine’s Hallway Natural Hair Salon in Brooklyn, NY for a brief break down of your hair dye choices, how they work, and how to achieve and maintain that vibrant red you love so much.
Check out what Nicole had to say on Curls Understood...
Both gifted and equally amazing, the work of these two artist will without a doubt enhance your Instagram experience. They both seem to adore femininity at its rawest and are able to capture the light in souls of women, no matter the angle. The poses in particular are relatable and in a brief instance capture a woman's vulnerability and strength all in one shot. Click below to check out more of there work and don't forget to follow.
Lets not hesitate to gawk at and admire the stunning young goddess that Willow Smith has become. The talented teen killed her recent photoshoot with CR Fashion Book where she took bohemian style to an entire new level, modeling everything from a peacock print Saint Laurent dress to a Tom Ford top that uncovered her modelesque and toned physique. Willow faced the camera with such strength and reign, draped in bold statement pieces from Los Angeles jewelry designer Lisa Eisner completely amplifying the artists' look.
Always updating her hairstyles and looks, Willow shared with CR that she would like to rock locs this year. The style icon said its has more to do with embracing her full self than adhering to a fashion trend.
“I just want to have dreads,” says Willow Smith of her 2015 goals. “I want to embrace my full self, as natural as I can be.”
We're here for it Willow! We can't wait to witness her ever changing evolution style, music, soul and all.
Check out the rest of Willows shoot below and her newest three song EP on her Soundcloud account titled Interdimensional Tesseract.
Here is a quick DIY deep conditioner to keep your kinks moist and strong this winter. Its simple and uses three essential oils, avocado, coconut, olive and your fav conditioner. The key is allowing the mix to remain in your hair for several hours. The easiest ways for me to deep condition for several hours are overnight, using the greenhouse method or allowing the conditioner to set while I run errands.
Now, walking around with wet hair in the winter is generally frowned upon and for that reason I would suggest not over saturating your hair and tying a satin scarf around over your plastic cap to retain warmth. Wear a wool hat if going out and try not to be outside in the cold for long. Or, just simply stick to the greenhouse overnight method lol.
So, below are the steps you'll need to achieve soft, strong and manageable hair, ready to combat that chilly winter weather. Enjoy!
Moisten your hair lightly with water from a spray bottle and evenly distribute your favorite conditioner throughout your hair. I chose GUD's Pearanormal Activity natural conditioner by Berts Bees. Its thick and creamy and leaves my hair soft and easily detangled.
In your applicator bottle, you will need one ounce of each oil and heres why:
AVACADO OIL: For its regenerative and moisturizing properties
COCONUT OIL: Rich in fatty acids that nourish and moisturize the scalp and hair
OLIVE OIL: High levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, an antioxidant important for hair growthDrench your hair and scalp in oil. Using your finger tips massage the oil throughout your scalp.
Separate your hair into small section and prepare to detangle with your denman brush or detangling tool. I like to put my hair into 5 to 7 twist for easy detangling and styling.
Cover hair with plastic cap and satin scarf to lock in warmth. Keep covered for anywhere from 5 to 24 hours. If going out feel free to throw on your favorite wig for conditioning on the go!
Hey! Its my wash day and Ive gone coconut crazy!!! Decided to try out a new deep conditioner with coconut milk for my 4C colored natural hair and loved it! The prep time is about 20mins but the results are well worth it. I love, love coconut! Let me know how this mix works out for you.
Aloe Vera Gel
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Suave Coconut conditioner
We've all heard motivational hair stories that encourage us to let go of our man made insecurities but when the story comes from someone that we know and/or admire it only means that much more.
Recently, Charreah Jackson Essence Magazine's love and relationship editor shared her battle with cancer and how it impacted her relationship with herself and ignited her hair journey.
I'm grateful that I faced my past to reclaim a part of myself I didn't realize was lost.
Rather you follow her on her Essence platform or on her dynamic website, BossBrides.com, one things for sure, Charreah exudes confidence and class. This personal entry reflected just that. She provides a glimpse into her life, filled with vulnerability, growth and triumph. The story is short, sweet, and beautiful. Thanks for sharing Charreah. Read her story here.
Hey Guys! Heres my minimal daytime skin care regimen. This combo is great if you are just beginning your skin care journey and just want to keep things simple. It includes a cleanser, toner and a moisturizer. These products work great if you suffer from dry or combination skin as I do. Hope you enjoy and don't forget to like the IG for a chance to win these products and more in our Instagram giveaway! (GIVEAWAY ENDED)
Yes to Carrots nourishing cream cleanser
Neutrogena alcohol free toner
Dead Sea Elements moisturizing day cream
When it comes to skin care sometimes we need a little help achieving desired results but visiting dermatologist and skin care facilities can be an overwhelming experience especially if you're not sure what to expect.
Beauty expert, Seven Brown, at Harlem Skin Clinic, in Harlem New York was kind enough to quiet our fears and walk us through the skin consultation process step by step. She also gave insight to the skin cleansing and dermabrasion processes that assists in clearing dark spots and other discolorations.
Harlem Skin Clinic focuses on natural solutions for men and women of all skin types. The process is fairly easy. Once your skins evaluated and the recommendations have been made, its time to visit treatment options.
To learn more about this wonderful clinic and set up your skin consultation head over to http://www.harlemskinclinic.com
So, I usually dye my hair once a year but this year, I decided to go red, and being a red head is a lot of work! It's so tedious maintaining my deep red mane, but overall its been worth it because, I LOVE this color!
I originally dyed my hair back in July. I used Loreal Hi-color in magenta along with a 30 volume developer. The color took well and didn't leave my hair dry. But as the weeks went on I noticed that the color continued to run. Every time that I co-washed or shampooed the red when run all over the place. After a while the color had begun to fade horribly and thats when I realized that I wasn't going to be able to treat this red hair color like my brown hair colors of the past, that fade into really pretty shades.
The Re-Dying Process:
2 weeks before re-dying my hair I made sure to deep condition and keep my hair moisturized. You may also consider a protein treatment prior to dying as well.
When choosing a hair color for retouching, I looked for a semi-permanent color with no ammonia, no peroxide, and no alcohol. I didn't want to hair color to leave my hair feeling dry and crunchy. I chose Adore in Wild Cherry (69).
I made sure to put vaseline on my hairline and ears as to not stain those areas. The color is thick and really easy to apply. On clean hair, I saturated my hair with the color, and then covered my hair with a plastic cap.
I waited about an hour to make sure that the color took well. Sometimes it takes natural hair a little longer to process but be sure to read all the directions on you hair color and keep a close eye on your hair as it processes.
After an hour, I rinsed my hair thoroughly until the water ran clear. Then, I co-washed with Giovanni Colorflage Conditioner, in Remarkably Red and styled as usual.
The process was simple and took about 2 hours to complete. Since the re-dye I have not experienced the color bleeding or running. Therefore, I only plan to retouch the color every 3 months or as needed. In between time, I keep my hair moisturized and trimmed and so far I have maintained its health.
If you plan on trying new hair color, let us know! What color is it and what are your tips to maintain it?
By: Brittany Dandy