As a young Nigerian girl, hair care and hairstyling were a fundamental part of my childhood.
There wasn’t a day that passed where hair care wasn’t mentioned.
Whether it was “your hair needs fixing” or “it’s time to re-do your hair,” hair was always a topic of conversation and once my aunts started talking about hair, they couldn’t stop.
Memories of having my hair plaited, relaxed and comb flooded through my body as I watched this brilliant video on Nigerian hairstyles through the years.
Some of the styles might seem a bit crazy looking to a non-West African person but they are a part of our culture and history.
One of the styles that I cherish most (but haven’t managed to muster up the bravery to rock it) is threading.
Threading simply involves a piece of wiry thready being wrapped around a small section of hair.
It might not look like the most stylish of hairdos but it sure does make your hair grow!
I swear threading was like the old-school equivalent of the inversion method. It worked a treat.
Take a look at the video below and if you’ve tried one of these hairstyles, leave a comment below.
Here’s to your hair’s happiness,
With the sun shining and the weather heating up, it’s the perfect time to throw away some of the not-so-fun winter protective styles and opt for far more fun natural hairstyles!
I’ve been wearing my hair in braids all winter and now I’m ready to throw them out and rock my curls!
Can I get an Amen in the comments if you’re feeling the same?
The problem with wearing braids, weaves or other protective styles that don’t involve your real hair is that you get so used to them that it becomes difficult to remember how to style and care for your real hair.
I’ve gone through this so many times which is why I’ve been resistant to wearing my hair in braids for long periods.
In fact, this is the first year in a very long time where I’ve worn braids the whole of winter. I never want to be one of those people who is so obsessed with fake hair that I have no idea how to handle my real curls.
So what do you do when you’ve had your hair in braids, weaves etc and can’t remember how to style your natural hair?
You head over to THIS blog and read a blog post like this 🙂
To give you a sprinkle of hairspiration, we’re sharing 6 of the most drop dead gorgeous curly hairstyles for spring.
Take a look at the pictures below and leave a comment sharing which style you love the most.
Wishing you a wonderful Easter,
For some women their hair is too short.
For others it’s too thin.
And for others it’s too thick.
Truth be told that most women (especially women of colour) have a desire to grow longer hair in some shape or form.
The difference however is that most women aren’t willing to go to extreme lengths to grow their hair and would instead prefer a magic pill or potion that could do it for them.
You see, growing longer hair is a bit like being on a diet. You could take diet pills in the hope that they’d magically burn fat 24/7 or you could work out and eat more mindfully.
The second option just sounds like way too much work for most people but at the back of their minds they know that it really is the best way to get lean.
It’s the same thing with hair care. Magic pills sound great but they aren’t the safest or most reliable way of growing longer hair.
So what can you do instead?
And what can you do if you want to grow your hair ridiculously long in under 12 months?
Here are a few extreme hair growth strategies that have worked for some women.
Please note that we are not recommending that you do them and we certainly recommend that you do thorough research before opting for any of these hair growth methods.
Crazy Thing 1. Extreme Bunning.
Bunning simply refers to the process of wearing your hair in a bun for days, weeks or even months on end. Most extreme bunners have a method that works well for them and it consists of something along the lines of comb/brush hair, moisturise heavily, add oils and then place hair in a bun for 3-7 days.
Pros? It works really well for some people. I’ve tried it at various points and it certainly helped with reducing excess breakage and retaining length.
Cons? Wearing your hair in a bun can cause your edges to be pulled tightly which can lead to breakage around the hair line.
It can also be very boring to wear your hair in pretty much the same style every day just for the purpose of growing it to extreme lengths.
Crazy Thing 2: Baggying.
Yeah, I said the same thing when I first came across this method several years ago.
The simplified explanation of baggying is that it involves covering your hair in a plastic wrapping over night. The heat and steam from the bag helps to lock in moisture.
Pros? It can help to keep your hair very soft and moisturised which in turn can lead to hair growth.
Cons? It’s potentially dangerous especially if used improperly. This is something to be very cautious about doing.
Crazy Thing 3: Wigs.
Wigs can be incredible. They allow you to switch up your hairstyle quickly and easily without causing damage to your real hair.
In many ways they are a potential godsend.
They can help with hair growth because they allow you to cornrow your hair and leave it alone for weeks or even months on end which in turn reduces breakage.
Pros? They’re a great option for women who want to protect their hair whilst rocking fun hairstyles.
Cons? Some women develop the habit of becoming so obsessed with making their wigs look great that they forget to care for their real hair (which should always be the focus).
Crazy Thing 4: Pills.
There are hundreds of companies who claim that their pill will stimulate hair follicles, promote growth and increase your hair’s shine. Whilst some of these products might genuinely work, it can be difficult to gage how effective they are.
Pros? It’s an easy method to stick to- take a pill and wait for growth.
Cons? Your hairs rate of growth depends on a variety of factors including genetics, your diet, hair regimen and much more. It’s therefore unwise to solely rely on pills for fast hair growth.
All of the above methods have their advantages and disadvantages and what works for one person might not work for another so it’s important to iterate a little and figure out which method or product works best for you.
I hope you enjoyed this article and as always, leave a comment below sharing which hair growth strategy is your fave.
A few years ago it was a rarity to see women of colour gracing the covers of international fashion magazines and when they did, they sported straight hair that ran down their backs.
It’s great to see that things have changed so much and it’s now becoming increasingly common for black actresses, supermodels and musicians to rock their natural kinks, coils and curls on the front pages of acclaimed publications.
Recently, the beautiful Jourdan Dunn graced the February 2016 cover of Vogue Brasil and looked stunning with her short TWA (teeny weeny afro).
Although I love a big ‘fro just as much as the next girl, it’s refreshing to see Jourdan wear a short, soft afro. It suits her well and just goes to show that natural hair is as classy and beautiful as you make it.
I also love the fact that her afro is perfectly shaped which gives her a halo-like appearance.
What do you think of Jourdan’s look? Do you think it’s a good thing that more celebrities are going natural? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
How do I figure out my hair type?
I have no clue what my hair type or texture is, help!
Is my hair 4b, 4c or 4a? I have no idea!
These are just a few questions that many naturalistas ask when it comes to the whole hair type debacle.
We recently came across a brilliant chart by the folks at BuzzFeed that makes finding out your hair type super quick and easy!
Take a look at it below and in the comments tell us what your hair type is based on the chart!
PS. It’s perfectly normal to have several hair types! Mine varies from 3b to 4b which means I have a lot of textures to deal with, understand and manage. It’s not always easy dealing with multiple hair textures but it is a lot of fun 🙂
Here’s to knowing more about your hair and loving every inch of it!
As always, if you have a burning hair care question tweet it to us @mycurlsuk and we’ll answer it in an upcoming blog post.
With Easter now officially over (didn’t it just fly by?), children from across the globe are heading back to school.
Unfortunately, as the parent of a child with curly, mixed race or afro textured hair you’re probably struggling to find the time to juggle a million things whilst also trying to figure out how to style and manage your child’s hair. For many mums and dads it can be a bit tricky.
I often hear mums complain that it’s hard to think of suitable hairstyles that work for their child’s hair pattern or texture. However, there are actually tons and tons of incredible hairstyles that you can do on your little one’s hair. Furthermore, they’re not time-consuming. All you need is a comb, spray bottle (filled with water and lots of natural oils like olive oil and jojoba oil) and a wide toothed comb (to get rid of any knots or tangles). You’ll probably also need a bristle brush to help with keeping your child’s edges neat and tidy.
Here are some fabulous back to school hairstyles that don’t take long to do or require hours to create. Enjoy!
Pigtails: simply create a large part at the centre of your daughter’s hair and then use hairbands to secure each side of her hair. Accessories with bows, clips or a headband. Super cute and easy to do!
Updo with a front plait or cornrow.
Again, this is a really simple but absolutely adorable hairstyle. If you struggle with creating cornrows, simply plait or twist the front of your daughter’s hair instead.
This is one of my personal favourite natural hairstyles. Simply twist your daughter’s hair, leave the twists in for at least 24 hours and then unravel the twists the following day. Her hair will be perfectly defined. You can also accessorise with a flower headband or bow.
How cute is this? To create a gorgeous puff, comb the ends of your daughter’s hair so that there are no knots or tangles.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you’re looking for natural, wholesome products for your child’s hair check out our natural hair products for kids and grown ups.
With Valentine’s Day being just two days away, you might be wondering what on earth you’re going to do with your hair.
Truth be told, it can be a complete pain to come up with a look that works well on your curled tresses and you might also be wondering whether it’s worth straightening it or rocking the biggest afro ever.
Whether you’re heading out to enjoy a night out with the girls, or off on a romantic date with your other half, these 5 hairstyles are sure to make you look and feel sublime.
Take a look and leave a comment below letting us know which of the hairstyles is your fave.
#1 The FrowHawk
Mohawk + kinky, curly hair = the frowhawk.
#2 The Twistout
It’s a natural girl’s go-to hairstyle for a reason. Twistouts rock because they’re versatile, easy to do and look amazing.
Whilst most of us associate cornrows with having mum plait your hair in Primary School, they can in fact be a great hairstyle for formal and glamorous occasions. Take for instance, Christina Milian who rocked this gorgeous look on the red carpet in November. Just goes to show that they old school hairstyles can be modernised.
Source: Getty Images, November 2014.
#4. The Afro.
This picture says it all. The Afro can be a wonderfully glamorous hairstyle if paired with the right makeup
and a chic outfit.
#5 The High Bun
The high bun was one of the most worn hairstyles in 2014 for a reason. It’s also brilliant for keeping natural hair protected which means that you get the added benefit of healthier hair alongside a glamorous look.
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Sometimes as a naturalista, you might feel as if your hair could do with a bit of a change. For some people change can come in the form of straightening their hair for a few days, adding clip-ins or wearing a weave. However, if you’ve been thinking about dyeing your hair and you’re unsure whether it will cause your hair to break, consider these things.
Hair dye can cause damage to your hair if your hair is already suffering from some form of damage. That includes breakage, excess shedding or scalp dryness.
To reduce the chances of your hair breaking when it has been dyed, it’s best to only dye your hair if it is in optimal condition prior. If you’ve noticed that your hair shows any signs of damage whatsoever, then don’t dye it. Simply wait until it’s in a better condition before going ahead.
Another thing to bear in mind is that semi-permanent dyes (which last for about 5-7 washes) are a better alternative if you’re simply looking to add colour to your hair or you want a quick change of style or a new look. permanent dyes aren’t necessarily damage-free but they are less strenuous on your hair.
Furthermore, if you want to avoid breakage when dyeing your hair, make sure that you keep your hair very well conditioned and moisturised after colouring it. Hair dyes are notorious for causing dryness which in turn leads to thinning and breakage and it’s for this reason that so many women experience signs of damage after dyeing their hair. To keep your newly coloured hair in great condition, deep condition it at least once a month and co-wash (which means washing your hair with conditioner only) on a weekly basis.
Be sure to trim any damaged ends and moisturise your hair like there’s no tomorrow! Seriously, moisturising can literally make or break your hair’s health. I can’t stress the importance of moisturising it.
If you’re unsure about how to moisturise, do the following:
- Co-wash your hair once a week
- Apply a silicone-free, moisturising hair lotion to it twice a day
- Follow with a good, natural oil like jojoba or olive oil
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 twice a day. Try moisturising once in the morning and once at night.
Keeping your hair in good condition after it has been coloured isn’t impossible. You just need to be more mindful of your hair’s health and fragility and moisturise on a regular basis.
The Top Six Hair Tips And Tricks That Actually Work
From family friends to hairstylists, you may have heard some advice about your strands that doesn’t seem quite right. Well, now you can try these seven tips and tricks that actually work.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
Unless your hair is incredibly oily, you really do not need to wash it every day. In fact, using shampoo on your hair every day can strip it of natural oils. Once you start with this new hair-washing routine, you might start to notice that your hair feels softer. You may wish to consider conditioning your strands each day still. Talk to your stylist about what is best for your locks.
Use Lotion to Tame Frizz
When your strands are filled with frizz, you’ve probably tried numerous ways to bid it adieu. The next time your hair is misbehaving, run some body lotion or hand lotion over your hair. Generally, you want to avoid doing this near your scalp so that your hair doesn’t look greasy, but it can tame frizz elsewhere. Make sure it is already rubbed in your hands so a minimal amount gets on your hair. A little goes a long way with this method.
Low Ponytail to Reduce Frizz
Perhaps you can’t imagine a hairstyle made for sports and quiet nights at home as being one of your biggest styling tools. After you get out of the shower and once your hair is brushed, put it into a low ponytail. This trick can help to get rid of frizz and flyaways so that you have beautiful hair when you take it out.
Don’t Brush Your Hair
As unusual as it sounds, you should try not brushing your hair, particularly if you have curly strands. When you brush curly hair, you are often bringing frizz to the surface and ruining the natural definition of your locks. Use a wide-toothed comb to go through knots and detangle your hair instead.
Wearing your hair as it is might sound like your biggest nightmare, but it can actually turn out to be the best decision that you ever made. There’s nothing wrong with showing off your natural hair color and texture. Throw in a little gel or hair spray if you need to, and you’ll have a sassy style that displays your true personality.
Turn off the Heat
Even if you want to use some products to style your hair and get a certain look, you don’t always need to use heat to do so. Straighteners, curling irons and blowdryers are great for those big nights out, but constantly putting too much heat on your hair can really damage it in the long run.
Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box a little bit and try some ideas that might have previously sounded strange when it comes to your hair.
This is a guest post written by writing expert Anita Ginsburg.Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about fashion, health, beauty and family. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. When it comes to her hair, she personally recommends remy hair extensions to add length and keep your hair looking healthy.