Friday, March 28, 2014

Retaining your hair's moisture

Guest post by Kim Isaacs

You’ve already learned that porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Now you are probably wondering how to determine your hair’s porosity. There are a few tests you can perform to find out.
                             
How does your hair respond to water when you are washing your hair? Does it get thoroughly wet the minute you step in the shower? Or does it take a while and you find yourself manipulating your hair in order to make certain it’s wet? How long does it take your hair to dry?

If your hair gets wet easily and dries very fast, then chances are your hair is highly porous. If your hair gets wet easily, and doesn’t dry fast, chances are your hair has normal porosity. If your hair takes a minute to get wet in the shower, and takes forever to dry, your hair probably has low porosity.

Each level of porosity has different hair care methods.

I have found that many of us with low porosity hair including me can keep our hair moisturized by using the liquid, cream, and oil method. Wash your hair and while it’s still wet (liquid) apply your leave in conditioner of choice (cream). Next, apply a butter or (oil) to seal in the moisture. You can then apply a styler of choice. This is an excellent way to moisturize low porosity hair. 

If your hair is highly porous, your hair tends to be the driest hair type, as moisture leaves your hair very quickly. People with highly porous hair can use the liquid, oil, and cream method (LOC). When your hair is wet (liquid), apply oil or butter (oil), and then apply your leave in (cream). This works extremely well.

If you have normal porosity, try either method to determine which one works best. However, I would imagine that the LOC method may be too heavy for your hair, as you don’t have a problem keeping your hair moisturized.

Keeping your hair moisturized is the No. 1 thing you can to do have gorgeous, healthy curly hair. Our hair has so many twists and turns, any natural oils that our scalp produces can’t make it down to our twisty hair strands. This is why most curlies tend to have dry hair.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Beautique Hop Success

Good times, good friends and good finds. That's how we felt as we walked away from Natural Happy Hair Magazine's 1st Annual Beautique Hop. 

Here are a few pictures from our ultimate shopping excursion. Want to see more photos? Check out Naturally Happy Hair Facebook's page!


Cocktails anyone?

Us shopping at Heiress Boutique 
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                                         (Photo courtesy of Jasmine Berry @Spookieloo92)

                       Here we are at Melodrama Boutique 

Have you heard about Obsidian Beauty Supply?  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Are you joining us for the Beautique Hop?


Are you boarding the chartered coach for a day of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, mix and mingle and SHOPPING? We’ll travel the city, stopping at the best boutiques Houston has to offer. 

Naturally Happy Hair pulls it all together in our signature “Beautique Hop” on Saturday March 22, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At each boutique, hop members will receive a special discount on purchases, SWAG from sponsors and a chance to earn points towards winning our GRAND PRIZE giveaway! 

Join us for a day of SHOPPING, FUN and SAVINGS! Get your SWAG up while being chauffeured around Houston, making new friends and sipping on cocktails!



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Understanding Your Hair Texture

Guest post by Amanda Starghill

When embarking on your natural hair journey, it is normal to seek information on maintenance and styling from those who share your hair texture. One of the Merriam-Webster dictionary’s definitions for texture is “the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something.” But sometimes we focus too much on visual and not enough on tactile. It is easier to create a regimen where the focus is on nurturing your strands versus the manner in which they cluster. With curl pattern being the least important factor, the porosity, density, and width of your strands are better determinants to understanding your texture.

Curl Pattern
Some Naturals don’t like solely categorizing curl patterns as a guide for maintenance, because the chart seems to mimic a grading scale. Emphasizing the diameter of curl “clumpage” has the potential to divide Naturals, which directly conflicts with the unity the movement brings. But I challenge you to not regard it as completely irrelevant for two reasons: Product application and appearance. Every curl pattern can benefit from oil, but it is thickness and amount of oil that varies in application. Naturals with corkscrew curls and pen coil curls could enjoy some TLC from coconut oil, but those with looser curls may find that too much may weigh their hair down. When it comes to thicker oils, like olive oil and castor oil, our tighter-curl counterparts may love those two oils as sealants, while the looser textures may solely opt for a hot oil treatment. For some textures, the combination of the length in addition to weight could cause your curl pattern to appear looser.

Porosity
Porosity relates to how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. Each cuticle contains a minimum of five layers. When it comes to porosity it is important to first address that the tighter the curls and the less defined they are, the more it will appear and feel dry … but that’s OK! You cannot expect a tight, undefined texture to feel like 3B or even straight hair. Curlier or coily textures are naturally drier but there is a difference between dry and damaged.

Highly porous hair is a reflection of damage. When those cuticles are damaged by holes or are completely gone because of manipulation, it makes it difficult for the hair to retain moisture. Aggressive cleansing, drying, and combing can cause damage to cuticles, as well as UV rays and chemical treatments. Low porosity and medium porosity strands are in good shape but may require different products. Hair with low porosity has a problem with receiving and releasing moisture, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Although it may take time for a product to absorb into your hair, your hair is less prone to being dry and maintains moisture much longer. Medium porosity strands are identified as the perfect meeting ground between low and high porosity, but I would encourage you to incorporate protein treatments into your regimen.

Width
Coarse, medium, and fine are three ways people identify the thickness of their individual strands. This is often mistaken for density. The thicker the strands, the heavier the products your hair may require. For those with coarse strands, they may lean toward sealing butters such as shea butter, mango butter, or thick oils. People with finer strands may prefer sealing with jojoba and grape seed oil. Any texture can benefit from the use of oils and butters, but the technique and quantity vary by preference.

Ultimately, understanding how much hair you have (density), how thick the strands are (width), and what condition they are in (porosity) is the best way to determine how to care for your hair. Visual is not everything but it should not be excluded either, especially when it comes to styling.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Adeea Rogers, Founder of International Natural Hair Meetup Day



NHH: Tell us about yourself and what you've been up to. 
Adeea: My name is Adeea Rogers. I am known online as The Trendy Socialite. I was born, raised and still reside in Greenville, North Carolina--home of the East Carolina University Pirates (aaarrrgggh!). I am currently employed at East Carolina University as the social media manager for the Department of Student Involvement and Leadership. Prior to that, I was an event planner for 14 years. After 5, I have a website and YouTube channel dedicated to natural hair, beauty and fashion. I also help equip and empower people to pursue their passions with purpose and power through my online group iGrind Naturally. I hold events in North Carolina and beyond including The Mane Ingredient Dinner for my fellow naturalistas and iGrind Coffee Chats where people can network and receive help with their brands. In 2012, I created and founded, National Natural Hair Meeup Day. Later that same year it changed to International Natural Hair Meetup Day.I wish I could say I had a "Damascus Road" experience when it came to returning to natural hair. But it boiled down to sheer curiosity as to what my texture was and what it would look like. I was in an online hair group; because after wearing short hair for 10 years, I decided to grow my hair. One of the practices in the group was to "stretch your relaxers." Through my interaction with the group, I noticed a lot of people in the group transitioning and going natural. I spent the better part of 2008 looking at and researching natural hair. At that time, the pickings were slim online. I got my last relaxer on December 16, 2008. I transitioned for 6 months and did the big chop on June 26, 2009. I think I shocked everyone but myself.I actually started recording YouTube videos before I went natural, but was never consistent with it. When I started posting pictures on FaceBook, friends began asking questions and encouraging me to share my journey online. Plus at the time I started, there were literally only a handful of YouTube vloggers and very few with my 4ish hair texture. So I started recording videos, and the rest is history!

Social media information for Adeea:
INSTAGRAM: @trendysocialite

NHH: In your opinion, what is the biggest misconception about natural hair and how do you suggest we as a community work to change it?

Adeea: In my opinion, one of the biggest misconceptions is that natural hair is not professional. In my workshop, Natural Hair in the Workplace, I share with people that you do not have to straighten your hair in order for it to appear and be professional. One suggestion is that each of us help fellow naturalistas find appropriate hairstyles for their profession, situation or occasion. What I see online, when people post questions about how to wear their natural hair to work, is people (with great intentions) telling others to wear their hair however they choose. But by offering them a few suggestions, that will actually give them viable solutions to their question or challenge.

NHH: Why did you start INHMD and what message did you want to convey when you created this annual celebration of natural hair?
Adeea: The concept of International Natural Hair Meetup Day (INHMD) began after attending the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta in 2011. I came back to my city of Greenville, NC and started hosting events in my area. As I started doing that, I began to connect with other people and hosts in different parts of the country, especially the Midwest and West Coast. In our conversations, a lot of them stated that they wish they could have an event with the infectious feel of the World Natural Hair Show without having to travel quite so far. That started my wheels turning to find a way for people to have the "feel" of large scale event like the World Natural Hair Show within relatively close proximity to their own communities. Secondly, yet equally as important to me, coming from a "smaller market" like Greenville, I wanted brands and the community at large to know that the natural hair community is not relegated to pockets of large metropolitan areas. But there are thriving, vibrant natural hair groups and communities across the country (and now the world).

NHH: What can naturals look forward to experiencing when attending an INHMD event in their city?
Adeea: The types of events vary from city to city--which is one thing I love about INHMD. We have events from indoor/outdoor festivals and expos to dinners to fashion shows. But the things they can be assured of is an excellent event with information and inspiration to help them on their natural hair care journey. This year I am also super excited that Koils by Nature is our Title Sponsor. Pamela Jenkins, its creator, has been a host and sponsor since INHMD began in 2012. She brings a level of enthusiasm, professionalism and skill to our event that will cause us to expand our reach this year.

NHH: How can readers find out more about INMHD and locate an event in their city?

Adeea:
Readers can connect with us online at our website, http://www.inhmd.com. Event information will begin to appear on our site in the next few days. On the homepage, they can enter their state in our search box and find the events in their area. Cities are chosen based on their being interested event hosts in that area. We also highly encourage people to receive up to the minute information by connecting with us on Twitter (@inhmd), Instagram (@inhmd), FaceBook (http://www.facebook.com/nnhmd) and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/inhmd). We release events as they are added to our website via those social media platforms.

Adeea R. Rogers
"The Trendy Socialite"
Creator, Founder and Chief Operating Officer
International Natural Hair Meetup Day
#1 Multi-City Natural Hair Meetup in the World!
May 17, 2014

http://www.inhmd.com
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http://www.twitter.com/inhmd
http://www.pinterest.com/inhmd

Keep It Kinky

Guest post by Jenell Stewart


Kinky hair often gets a bad rap. It’s either too dry, too thick, too dull, or too frizzy and doesn't curl. There are some fixes to all of these problems. If your hair is too dry, moisturize it. If your hair is too thick, be happy because I know a handful of women with thin hair that would love just a patch of your thickness. If your hair is dull, let’s get the oil out. If your hair is frizzy and doesn't curl … I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help you out.

Kinky hair can be manipulated with twists and braids to give you various styles options that can also create curl definition. Since my hair doesn't curl naturally, I have to create curl definition if I want a curly look. My favorite way to create curl definition in my kinky, natural hair is to install twists or braids; after several hours I take my twists or braids down to reveal luscious curly hair. The final result is referred to as a twist-out or braid-out.

When doing a twist-out or braid-out, you will get the best curl definition if your hair is wet to soaking wet. Really wet hair will allow your hair to take the shape of the twist or braid pattern as it dries. This technique allows you to create beautiful curls without applying any heat to your hair or using any old-fashioned rollers. For best results, I allow my hair enough time to dry to prevent frizzing after taking down the twists or braids. Starting with soaking wet hair will give you the curls that you desire, but you will also have to accept that there will be lots of shrinkage, because wet kinky hair will typically equate to shrunken hair.

If you prefer a more elongated look where your style will show more of your true length, I suggest styling your hair while it’s damp to dry. Styling your hair this way eliminates the shrinkage because your hair is being manipulated while nearly dry. This allows your hair to stretch with each turn of the twist or braid. There is also very little drying time when working with damp to dry hair, so if you only have a few hours to spare before you need to wear your hair out, this is the way to go. The only drawback with styling your hair when it is damp to dry is the exact opposite of styling your wet hair. While you’ll enjoy the length of your hair, your curl definition won’t be as defined.

There will be some instances where it doesn't matter how wet your hair was when you styled it or what product you used, because the environment will affect your hair over time. Can you say humidity? When the humidity is high, your hair will become frizzy and there is very little you can do to prevent this. Your hair will naturally be affected by the increased amount of moisture in the air and this can alter the way your hair looks. Rainy days, foggy days, snowy days, and very hot days will all cramp your style, but if you learn to style your hair in a variety of ways you will become a pro at styling your hair for any weather.

Jenell Stewart is the founder and Editor in Chief of www.KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!

Guest post by Lisa Clay


It’s important to keep your curls hydrated throughout the year. When the temperatures cool off, and we pull out our best winter clothes, take the extra time to make sure you give your hair the same attention. Moisturizing your mane with the right products can help you retain length, while keeping your curls nice and juicy during the cold winter months.

With Type 2 waves, lighter products are the way to go (so you don’t need to weigh your hair down). You may want to avoid products with heavy ingredients, like butters or oils. But a light oil could be used as a great way to seal in that moisture. Look for products like CURLS Cashmere Curls or Jessicurl Confident Coils, to add moisture to your hair.

Since Type 3 curls tend to be a little tighter in form, a moisturizing product with conditioning ingredients are great options to keep your hair healthy and hydrated. You can look at smoothing or softening products to add moisture to your curls, and keep them looking lovely. Products like Oyin Handmade Hair Dew, and the new Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Leave-In conditioner, do double duty as great light conditioners and moisturizers.

The tighter Type 4 coils may need a heavier product to retain a higher level of moisture. Combating dryness is a key priority for this hair type, so a product with a good blend of water and softening ingredients can be a great aid in retaining moisture. Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream and B.A.S.K. Beauty Palm Tapioca Deluxe Hair Cream are thick, rich products made to condition and moisturize your coils.

Remember the keys to what makes a great moisturizer; look for products with water or moist ingredients in the first few lines of the label. Also, the best way to help keep your hair hydrated is by layering your products. Start with a liquid or water-based product (like your moisturizer), then add an oil or butter-based product on top. This heavier layer will make it harder for the moisture to escape your hair. You can finish with a cream or emollient product to add extra softness and shine to your curls.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tales From the Newly Natural

Guest post by Melanie Agnew Simpson

Like so many other black women, my road to hair care had been paved with a creamy, chemical substance that comes in little round, plastic tubs. From relaxers to Jheri curls, and back again, my hair hadn't seen its natural state since I put down the straightening comb at age 16. So, when I decided to ditch the chemicals and work with the hair that God gave me, I had no idea what was lurking under my latest texturizer.
                            
When my tween daughter made the grand announcement that she wanted her hair relaxed, all I could imagine was her beautiful, wavy/curly/frizzy tresses drying out and breaking off, strand after strand after strand, leaving her — and me — with a hot damaged processed mess. Yes, hair day for us had been a nightmare from the time that she was 2. There had been tears, and yes, she had threatened to cut it all off on more than one occasion. Still, avoiding hair care hassles was no reason to rob her hair of its organic personality, causing unimaginable damage in the process. So my answer to her request was a resounding “no.” But, my reasons didn’t hold much water since I denied her wish while I was on my way to my regularly scheduled date with the man with the little round tub.

So, I decided to practice what I had been preaching, and transformed my short, sassy, chemically curly do into a more-kinky-than-curly teeny-weeny afro … and I loved it! Then came the real challenge: What now?

Caring for my processed hair had been second-nature shampoo, condition, blow-dry, toss in a little oil and a curl or two, and keep it moving. But in those first few weeks of familiarizing myself with my raw tresses, I could already tell that grooming my natural hair would take a little more knowledge, love, and attention.

Books, magazines and blogs that focused on natural hair care came to my rescue, helping me to construct and tweak a hair care regimen that gave me the results that I love. Still, with all the invaluable guidance and advice, I’ve learned that there is no "cookie cutter" method because every woman’s hair is different.

Was it difficult for me to give up my chemical dependency? Of course. Like many women, the condition and appearance of my hair was, and continues to be an important part of how I see myself. Many of the most memorable moments of my life involve some aspect of my hair — from hair wash weekends as a kid when my mother shampooed half at a time because there was just too much of it to do all at once. Still, who we are goes much deeper than our hair. We are who we are whether we choose to process our tresses or allow our naturalness to shine through. Our hair may not define us, but it certainly does enhance the beauty that we already carry within. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

How to Get Perfectly Pink Lips

Guest post by Kerry Althea

I'm going to share with you an awesome trick that I discovered a few years. I love lipstick and I often spend a boatload of money on lip color; unfortunately while these colors give you a perfectly painted pair of puckers, it can also cause major discoloration of your lips. The color of your lips may darken for several reasons and some of the main reasons are the ingestion of unhealthy foods (such as soda and junk food).

* Excessive coffee drinking
* Usage of lipcolour
* Excessive sun exposure

Here is a trick that you can do right at home to restore and maintain your beautiful lips.

Gently exfoliate your lips with a facial scrub. Pat dry your lips. Peel a small piece of skin off a Beetroot, then apply the redstain on the inside of the skin to your upper and lower lips. Do this procedure every night before bed for a few weeks. You will be pleased with your results! Always wear a chap-stick with sunscreen to protect your lips from the harsh environmental conditions.


Friday, January 24, 2014

What Oils Can Do For You

By Tiffany Shawn

Oils seal in the moisture from water-based products such as leave-in conditioners, aloe vera juice, teas, or moisturizers that you use on your hair. Having one without the other can lead to dry, un-moisturized hair.  Nikki Walton, also known as Curly Nikki, shared on a blog post that “oils are a key step in any natural hair routine. The molecules in most butters/oils are too large to pass into the hair, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in the rich goodness of the moisturizer and/or leave-in conditioner.” The Liquid, Oil, Cream method is popular to many naturalistas. It’s simple to remember and easy to apply.

Although there are many to choose from, here are a few of my favorite oils and benefits for each.


  •         Peppermint oil is full of nutrients, which is the basis for a healthy scalp. When my scalp is itchy (especially when I have extensions on), this oil cools my scalp and calms the itch.
  •          Almond oil is high in protein, nourishes hair, and smoothes hair cuticles to control shedding.
  •        Coconut oil’s molecules are small enough to penetrate into the hair shaft. I use a small amount every so often to add shine to my tresses, but I use it more so as a pre-poo to finger detangle prior to shampooing.
  •         Jojoba oil is the closest to the oils our scalp naturally secretes. It can eliminate frizz and combat dry, brittle hair. I even use this daily on my face.
  •         Rosemary oil relieves dry scalps and eliminates dryness, which is essential for length retention.
  •          Castor oil thickens hair, promotes hair growth, prevents thinning, moisturizes, helps reduce split ends, and helps to tame frizz. This oil is thick, so I tend to only place it on my fingertips and then massage it into the thinner sections of my hair.

Many naturals have inquired about where I purchase my oils. No store that has everything I like, but you can find many of the oils above at Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, Amazon.com, and from fellow naturals http://www.sisterskeeper.biz/ and http://lacebeauty.bigcartel.com/

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Locs To Love

By Tiffany Davis


In August 2003, I said goodbye to perms forever. Let me tell you, it was not a painful goodbye. Not at all. It was a “take care, nice knowing you” goodbye. My decision to go natural (at a time when there was a stigma attached to it) was guided by my desire for healthy hair. I don’t regret that decision. Going natural was one of the best decisions I have ever made. But during my eight years with loose natural hair, I struggled with plenty of issues – dryness, breakage, and how to style it. And it definitely didn’t help that I love color!

When I finally learned about sealing your ends, a whole new world opened up for me. One where twist-outs were lush and full, updos were flawless and moisturized, and I was really feeling myself! Between you and me though, it would take hours to get my hair to that point. As time wore on, I realized that I was spending more than three hours every wash day pre-pooing, cleansing, steaming, and prepping. That had to stop.

So in the fall of 2012 after an emotional summer, I re-visited my growing fascination with locs. Could I loc my hair? Would it be permanent? How would I style it? Would I have an awkward phase? Would it save me time and energy? I decided that yes, I could do it. I started talking to people with locs and doing research online. YouTube videos and women on the street showed me how versatile locs could be. I learned that locs could be combed out and not just cut off. Problem solved.

Although it took me 10 years to be ready, I let the certainty I felt when I sat down in my loctician’s chair guide me through the process. I was so committed to my decision that I didn’t let my red-head color disaster keep me from moving forward. Side-note: if you have color in your hair before you loc it, you better like it a lot. Like … a whole lot. You’ll be stuck with it for a while because color loosens your texture and could reverse any progress you’ve made. Let’s not even talk about lightening your hair before your hair is fully loc’ed. That’s a no-no.

Before I could decide how to start my locs, I had to ask myself how I wanted them to look. Did I want freeform locs, sisterlocks, or small and manicured locs? I’ve always wanted small locs (but not too small) that would require monthly maintenance. After a consultation with my loctician, we decided to use comb coils to start my locs. I ended up with baby locs.

Since starting my locs, I’ve learned to manage my expectations. I always thought my kinky hair texture would loc quickly. Boy, was I wrong! I couldn’t figure out why three months later, my baby locs still looked like shiny comb coils. Fast forward seven months later, and most people don’t know that I have locs!

To care for my locs, I visit a loctician every month. Between visits, I love these products:

Oyin Handmade Juices & Berries, for scent
EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Oil, for my scalp
 



If you are thinking about locs, or maybe you have just started, here is my advice. Manage your expectations. Always remember why you decided to loc in the first place. Be patient. Above all else, be unshakably certain in your decision. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What to Expect When You’re Transitioning


 BY Kiki Of MahaganyKnots.com

So you have made the leap and decided to stop getting relaxers and “go natural.” Let me be the first to say “Congratulations!” As you embark on this journey, let me tell you of a few ropes to skip … and a few ropes to know.

As you are growing out your relaxer you will soon notice how fragile your hair is between the new growth and your relaxed ends. You will have to deal with it for the duration of your transitioning period. This area is also prone to dryness and breakage because of the two textures. Regular protein and moisturizing deep treatments (alternate each week) will help you to preserve this sensitive area. Only detangle your hair while it is slathered in conditioner so you don’t rip any hair out. There are also styles that help you preserve this area as well. Roller/rod sets, flat twist sets, and even presses (to match the two textures), are each beneficial in taking the stress off this part of your hair. I transitioned mainly by getting my hair pressed or doing flat twist sets. During this period I concentrated more on maintaining my two textures and my length than the possibility of heat damage. Pick your battles!

Once you are further along during your transition and have a significant amount of natural hair, you may get frustrated with the curl pattern you see emerging. Don’t fret! Until your relaxer is completely grown out and cut off, and your hair has been in its fully “natural” state for a month or two, you won’t really see your full curl pattern. This is especially the case if you have been pressing your hair while growing it out. Patience is definitely the key, because the curl pattern I had when I first cut off my relaxer and what I have now is quite different. I love it!

Your main mantra during your transitioning period should be “and this too shall pass.” The dryness, possible breakage, styling frustration, and disappointing curl pattern will pass, and you will be like the thousands of other naturals you see who love their natural hair. Those of us who transitioned from relaxed to natural have been through the lows and the highs, and we all came through and you will too. Learning your hair, as you work more intimately with it during this period, is just one of the many benefits you will reap during your journey. Having the versatility of so many styling options textured or straight is a plus as well. Add to that the numerous benefits of having healthier hair and scalp!

My last bit of advice to you is, when you are weak, weary, and think you may want to run back to a relaxer out of sheer frustration, reach out to the community of naturals for encouragement. We are all here to help one another!


Until next time, Be Bold. Be Beautiful. Be Natural.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Your Best Curls Yet!



By Kim Issacs

Every Curly wishes to have the best, most fluffy, most defined curls ever. In order to achieve that wish, there are a few things you absolutely must know about your hair. You must get to know your hair beyond your curl pattern. Here are a few of the most important things you should know about your hair in order to achieve your best curls yet!

    1)    Porosity. Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Knowing whether your hair is low, normal, or high porosity will help you determine how to keep your hair moisturized, which is key to having plump, juicy curls. Hair that is low porosity will have a hard time absorbing moisture, but will retain it easier. High porosity hair is able to absorb moisture more easily, but will release it just as fast. Normal porosity hair will be able to absorb and retain moisture with no trouble at all. 

2)    Strand Size. Are your individual strands fine, medium, or thick? This will also play a part in keeping your hair moisturized. For example, hair strands that are fine may require a lighter moisturizer, as anything too thick will weigh it down. Thicker strands may need a heavier product in order to keep it soft. 

     3)    Density. How many strands do you have on your head? Understanding your density will help you moisturize and style your hair. How many sections will you need? Those Curlies with a lot of strands may require more sections to apply product for styling, and those with less strands may not need as many.

Knowing these three things will help you determine the best way to moisturize and style your hair to keep it looking its best. Make sure you do your own research. One of my favorite resources is the The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy. It’s my personal hair bible.  The very first book I purchased when I decided to go natural was Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair by Chris Tia-Donaldson. It’s a wonderful resource as well! YouTube is great if you’re a visual person like I am, and want to see other naturals in action. One of my favorites is Elle on www.youtube.com/user/denimpixie. Check her out!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Top 10 Natural Hair Bloggers and Vloggers of 2013


Many naturals look to social media for hairspiration, stylespiration, haircare tips and more. We tune into the channels of our favorite natural hair personalities, not to only garner haircare advice, but also to hear about their personal lives and even what they thought about the latest episode of our favorite television show.  Bloggers not only share knowledge, but they can be very entertaining as well!  

Here are our picks for the "Top 10 Natural Hair Bloggers and Vloggers of 2013"

Nina Ellis-Hervey, Ph.D.
BeautifulBrwnBabyDol on YouTube 


Tamara Floyd 


Toni, India & Carmen
My Natural Sistas on YouTube


Maeling Tapp (Natural Chica) 
Nikkimae2003 on YouTube


Whitney White
Naptural85 on YouTube


Helecia Williams
Iknowlee on YouTube



Tiffany Shawn
My Natural Reality on Facebook


 Charnika Jett
CharyJay on YouTube


Taren Guy
Taren Guy on YouTube


Jessica Lewis
MahoganyCurls on YouTube


If you haven't subscribed to these bloggers/vloggers then head over to their YouTube channel, website or social media page and do your hair a favor RIGHT NOW!