This year has been incredibly busy and the fact that it’s drawing to a close has forced me to reflect on some of the things I could have done better.
Clearly, the new year has the ability to give most of us the push that we need to make changes and it’s certainly done that for me.
One thing that I was yearning to do, but never found the time, was change the website and make it more up-to-date and pretty (because who doesn’t love pretty things, right?)
So, I finally did it and am pleased to say that My Curls now has a gorgeous, newly developed site that’s far easier to use but still contains all of our signature products.
I’ve now vowed to make a few more changes in 2017. For instance, updating the blog way more often and answering your burning hair questions at least once a month.
I’m also going to be more active on social media. We have well over 40,000 engaged Twitter and Instagram followers and they’re yearning for more hair inspiration so I’m making a commitment to post more frequently and share some of the great things that we’re doing at My Curls.
Finally, to celebrate all of these new goals and achievements, I’m holding our biggest ever sale and it’s open to all customers no matter where in the world you live. Yes, we now ship internationally which means that our American and Canadian sisters can try out our products with ease.
Click here to view our new website and grab the 30% discount (no coupon code needed!).
Now, it’s over to you.
What changes are you making in 2017?
What do you think you could have done better?
What would you like to see change in the year to come?
Share your thoughts and ideas below. I can’t wait to read what you have to say.
Do you envy girls who hop out of the shower with silky straight hair while you remain tangled in your curly labyrinths?
Then, youíd be surprised to know that if you have curls like ringlets, you own one of the most enviable crown of heads.
Those girls you envy spend hours to get what you have been naturally gifted. So, instead of fighting those curls, work with them and make them stunning.
If you start adoring your hair and follow four simple tips provided herein, curly hair can make you look like a goddess every day.
Oils are curly hairís best friend and although itís tempting to ditch the traditional regimen of oiling, nothing soothes your hair more than this session of a few minutes. Sometimes curlies have difficulty finding oils that don’t give their hair the appearance of being dunked in a grease fryer. Certain oils mentioned here would help you combat the havoc:
- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – What it does is that it penetrates hair shaft; this is why it provides moisture.
- Grapeseed Oil – What it does is that it protects your hair temperature. You can also use it to fight dandruff.
- Sweet Almond Oil seals in moisture and soothes the hair shaft, which is an addition to highly porous hair.
- Jojoba Oil – It balances the production of scalp’s sebum.
Although olive oil and castor oil are heavy oils that are popular in the naturally curly hair community, these highly beneficial light oils can also be used for healthy hair.
Moisturize and Condition
Curly hair requires regular moisturising so that they do not break or frizz with dryness. The most important requirement is to find the right product that suites your hair. A shampoo that would suite one set of curly hair may not suite the other. Also, conditioning is a must after every shampoo.
Another significant treatment is to maintain the protein balance of your curls. A protein treatment has different protein properties that attach directly to the hair follicle and harden the cuticle layer. This places a barrier around the follicle, which protects it from further damage. There are four types of protein conditioner treatments: protein packs, re-constructors, deep penetrating treatments, and light protein treatments. The hair’s current condition will decide the type of protein conditioner needed for treatment. Use a re-constructor for severely damaged hair. For moderately damaged hair, use a deep penetrating treatment. For slight damage and routine treatments, use protein packs or light treatments. There are a lot of products in the market but only trustworthy ones should be used.
Heat Free Styling
Heat Styling Tools such as Flat Irons or Curling Irons do nothing but damage your locks and, turn your hair into a dry, brittle, unhealthy mess since you are basically frying your hair when using them. So the first thing you should do is get your split ends cut off, you can get this done at your local hair stylist of even do it yourself if you dare. As a curly haired girl, hopefully you already know that unless it’s Halloween and you’re in need of an afro, you should avoid blow drying or brushing your hair because it will just go Poof! To save the embarrassment, you can use styling products such as serums and gels and work them gently with your fingers.
Love is always reciprocated. When you love your hair and follow the above four simple techniques, they love you back by giving hassle free good and gorgeous hair days.
If your curls are in need of some TLC, head over to our online store to find a product that your tresses will love.
The summer heat and humidity are in our midst and these two will leave your hair dry and brittle, creating the perfect setting for breakage. However, in order to minimize your hair from some of the exposure, having a protective style is the way to go.
Whether it is that wedding you have to attend or a day at the beach, don’t let the sun and sea air stop you from enjoying summer! These six hairstyles will help you combat split ends and breakage and most certainly enjoy summer even more without having to spend the fall and winter repairing the damage.
Stay on trend with a timeless ballerina bun. It is easy to go with any occasion as you can tightly gather it for an official look or let it a bit loose to add volume and to make it a little more interesting. If you’re feeling creative, leave a section out of the bun, braid it and wrap it around the hair for a cute remix. A braided bun can be easily accessorized with a hairpiece or bobby pins for a more glamorous look.
The Tower Braid
The intertwining of the hair ensures that your hair is in place all day. For a sleek look, the braid should be tight at first, then looser at the center, then tight at the end, if you want a more bohemian effect, gently pull the braid apart with your fingers. It’s easy to give your braids a little extra something with ribbons, flowers, bows, and any other accessories you can think of.
For another easy twist on a simple style, incorporate a tiny plait into a larger side braid, the mini braid adds texture and detail to the look.
This seemingly carefree hairstyle with a luxurious tinge will help you manage to keep your hair off your neck while also looking effortlessly chic. This easy udpo gives you a feminine and look with a bit of sophistication. The updo leaves your hair perfectly tucked in away from the summer heat and humidity.
The fishtail braid looks complicated and time-consuming but that is far from the truth. It’s surprisingly easy to do as it only involves two strands of hair and can be worn tight or a little undone for a messier look. It is both are fab and functional and this particular braid is perfect for adding edgy asymmetry to your look.
The Pony Tail
A pony tails is worn by celebrities and everyday girls heading to school since it is an easy-to-achieve look that anyone can perfect. For a sleek look that really stays in place secure a ponytail at the nape of your neck. Wrap sections of your hair around a large barrel curling iron for a charming style.
For Kerry Washington’s classy pony tail, tease hair at the crown before pulling it back and wrap a piece of hair around the base to hide the elastic.
The Intricate Braid
This trend is a chic way to keep your hair out of your face on hot summer days. This exotic combination of braided elements brings a lot more edge and style creating this richly textured hairdo. This look offers a great way to control long hair but when outdoors you can let a few ends slip out to prevent it from looking too restricted.
Fussy hair is the last thing you want to deal with this time of the year so go on, give your hair a new touch and enjoy the summer away!
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Nature provides so many natural elements which we can use to create luxurious natural hair care products. Coconuts are one of those elements which have been long-loved for their amazing power to beautify skin and hair.
Coconut oil is one of the top natural ingredients used today to make nourishing shampoos and conditioners. Products that include coconut oil have the power to transform dry or damaged hair with a naturally deep conditioning effect.
Natural ingredients also provide an extra boost by infusing hair strands with the nourishment they need to grow.
Scientific research shows us just why coconut oil is one of the most sought after ingredients in natural hair care products. Two recent studies demonstrated that daily application of coconut oil has positive results on any hair type, including curly hair and afro hair types.
Using a daily moisturizer that contains coconut oil will provide your natural hair with all the luxurious moisture possible leading to less overall breakage. Best of all, your hair will be less likely to break when combed because it is moisturized and pliable. Little to no breakage when combing is what every curly girl wants. Long term use of coconut based products can help you grow your curly tresses longer by preventing breakage and split ends and helping hair retain moisture.
Natural Hair Moisturisers
One of the best aspects of coconut oil as part of an afro hair care or curly hair care routine is that it acts as a dual moisturizer.
Firstly, it is one of the only oils that can penetrate deep within the hair shaft to provide moisture from the inside out, which is exactly why coconut oil is one of the main ingredients in our Coco Curly Conditioner.
Second, it coats and smoothes the cuticle, sealing the moisture inside of the strand. Your curly hair will be more pliable and softer to the touch, as well as have an amazing sheen.
After just one week of using a coconut oil based moisturizer for your natural hair and scalp the difference will show. A conditioner reinforced with the richness of real coconut oil that is gentle enough to use every day will prevent split ends and make your hair softer and more manageable. The result is overall improved texture, improved appearance and smoother curls.
Many women chose to go natural because they’re fed up with dealing with damaged hair that constantly breaks. Others choose to go natural because chemically treated hair (whether dyed, straightened or texturised) is expensive to maintain.
Women may also chose to go natural because despite that straight hair is often seen as being more acceptible, it’s actually very hard to maintain if your hair isn’t naturally straight.
Although going natural is an exciting experience for many women, it isn’t for everybody and it’s a good idea to make sure that you truly want to go natural and embrace the experiences and challenges that natural hair can bring. Remember, the way you style your hair is totally up to you!
So how do I transition to natural hair?
In terms of how to transition, here are 4 key essential things to remember:
Everybody’s hair is different.
Just because a friend has silky, smooth curls or tight curly coils, doesn’t mean your hair will be exactly the same.
Every one has different hair types and textures and there isn’t one good or bad type of hair.
Your relaxed (chemically treated hair) will need to go!
When it comes to dealing with relaxed hair during transitioning, you have two main options.
If you’re going natural, your relaxed ends will need to go at some point but some people don’t feel comfortable chopping off chunks of their hair. If you’re one of those people then it’s probably a good idea to keep the relaxed ends and allow them to fall off naturally.
Keep all of your hair moisturized!
When going through the transitioning process, it’s highly advisable to keep your hair very moisturised. This will prevent it from unneccessary breakage and will ensure that your natural hair is in great condition. It’ll also ensure that your hair is softer and easy to style and manage.
Go out of your comfort zone!
One of the best things about embracing your naturally curly hair is that it often forces you to be open-mineded about how you style your natural hair.
For example, you’ll probably find yourself trying unique styles like twists, cornrows, plaits, curly updos and buns. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find styles that work for you.
Now it’s your turn. In the comments below, tell us one thing that you’ve learnt since you decided to go natural. You’re also welcome to ask a question about your natural or relaxed hair.
Have you ever felt as though no matter how many products you’ve tried, your hair constantly feels dry and limp?
Have you ever ran your hands through your hair to find an odd number of hair strands falling out? If so, you’ve probably experienced dry hair.
Dry hair is particularly common amongst women with naturally curly, frizzy or Afro hair.
Well, scientists note that every twist and bend in one’s hair creates a place of fragility.
This means that curly girls and guys have hair that is naturally more fragile and delicate than other hair types. As a result, curly hair textures are more prone to breaking than straight hair.
The question that many curly girls and guys ask is:
‘Can I cure dry hair?’ and if so,’how?’
Here are three simple yet effective tips for preventing and reducing dryness.
Avoid heat and excessive chemical processing.
If you’re planning on chemically treating your hair whether by dyeing it, relaxing, perming or any other method then we highly recommend visiting a professional and experienced hair stylist who knows how to care for chemically treated hair.
Don’t run from water!
Embrace that you need to keep your hair cleansed often (but not too often) and that applying water before applying any product is essential to keep your hair in the best condition.
Accept that you weren’t born with slick straight hair!
If your hair is naturally curly, coily, frizzy, kinky (or a glorious combination of all of these textures) then accept that your hair wasn’t designed to be super straight!
Adding heaps of heat everyday won’t make it more beautiful, in fact it will probably destroy your hair and leave you feeling miserable.