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4 FroHawks That Will Make Your Mouth Drop

I just love a frohawk!

Why?

Well, it’s easy to do, looks am-a-zing and is perfect for the slightly colder months and the humid months where it’s easy to get frizzed up.

Here are 4 gorgeous frohawks that will leave you in awe.

Check them out below and if you like them, leave a comment below sharing what your favourite hairstyle is.

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Six protective summer hairstyles

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.                                                                                                           

Ballerina Bun

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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

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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.

Classy Updo

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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.

Fishtail Braid

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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

 kerry washington ponytail hair

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

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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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How To Look After Kids Mixed Race Hair

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering how to look after your child’s mixed hair, this article was written for you!

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The first thing to note is that mixed race hair is diverse- some mixed people have hair that is bone straight whilst others have hair that is tightly coiled or afro textured (think Lenny Kravitz).

It’s therefore important to know and understand your child’s hair so that you can determine the type of hair care regimen they need. There are lots of things to take into consideration when dealing with mixed race hair and sometimes the information can be a little bit overwhelming. To build the right knowledge and know-how, follow these simple steps.

Step 1.

Familiarise yourself. In other words, take the time to really feel, touch and understand your child’s hair so that you’ll know what it likes and what it doesn’t like. For instance, does it tangle easily? Does it get super knotty when shampooed? Does it shrink after being washed? Does it love being conditioned? The more you know about your child’s hair the better equipped you’ll be to look after it.

Step 2.

Avoid over-shampooing. If you’re a white mum with a mixed race/bi-racial child, you might be used to washing your own hair several times a week. That’s of course very normal because straighter hair textures need to be shampooed more frequently. However, most mixed race hair textures are different and can for the most part take on the characteristics of curly/afro hair. As a rule of thumb, the curlier your child’s hair is, the less often it needs to be shampooed.

The reason being that the body’s natural oils (called sebum) can’t pass down your child’s hair easily because their hair is curly. In comparison, with straight hair, it’s easy for the oils to come down the hair strands because they only have to flow downwards. However, because mixed race hair is often non-straight, the body’s oils can’t travel down. This means that your child’s hair is likely to get dry and can be prone to breakage if not managed properly. If you over shampoo your little one’s hair it will cause it to become incredibly dry which in turn leads to breakage. This leads me to my next point…

Step 3.

Moisturise. Moisturising simply refers to the products and techniques you use to stop your child’s hair from becoming dry. Thing of moisture as being the opposite of dryness. To moisturise mixed race hair it’s important to condition often (ideally one ever 2-3 days or so). Conditioning is vital for strengthening your child’s hair, preventing breakage and replacing moisture loss. If possible, always opt for a silicone free conditioner (most high street conditioners contain silicones that potentially damage the hair so it’s important to read the labels of bottles and know what’s in the products you’re using).

The second step to keeping your child’s hair moisturised is to apply a lotion or cream to their hair on a daily basis. Once again avoid lotions that contain harsh ingredients or damaging chemicals. Because we understand that it’s important to use the best hair products on your child’s hair, we don’t use harsh chemicals or silicones in any of our hair products. Furthermore, all of our products are paraben free!

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Wash & Go Hair: How To Wear Your Hair Out Without Ruining It

How to wash and go

Wash & go hairstyles

Isn’t it boiling outside! Whilst many of us love the hot weather, our hair doesn’t!

High levels of heat can cause your hair to dry out and lose moisture.

The funny thing is that even though our hair doesn’t love heat, many of us see the summer time as the perfect period to wear our hair out. The choice to wear your hair out is often called ‘wash n go’ because all you have to do is wash your hair and…go!

So how can you wash n go without damaging your hair? Is it possible to wash n go without damaging your hair?

Absolutely!

Here are some tips and strategies to bear in mind when doing a wash n go.

Condition. Condition. Condition!

Conditioning your hair is vital during the hot summer months. Make sure you condition before wash n going so that your hair is well moisturized and prepped to handle the heat. A super slipper conditioner will help with detangling and will make combing your hair so much easier.

Be Selective.

Whilst wearing your hair out everyday is tempting, it could potentially cause a lot of damage to your hair and might increase the chances of single strand knots, tangles and split ends. Rather than wearing your hair out everyday, be selective and wear it out on alternative days. You could for instance wear it out on a Monday but not Tuesday, Wednesday but not Thursday and so forth.

Protect it at night.

The night time is the perfect period to nourish your hair back to health. Before dozing off and falling asleep, take a few minutes to detangle with a wide toothed comb or high-performing brush, apply oil to your hair and scalp and tie a headscarf. Doing these three things will protect your hair at night and prevent it from damage during the day.

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Fighting Summer Frizz

Curly Hair. Flower Hair. Hair Care. Afro Hair.

How to get rid of frizzy hair

The words frizzy hair and summer, go hand-in-hand.

Many women stress themselves (and their hair) out, by spending wasted time trying to get their hair to do things that mother nature never intended . . . but I must admit that even those of us who are professionals are guilty of it more often than I’d like to admit!

In an attempt to have smooth and shiny looking hair for some special summer soiree . . . we over-do it!

We go beyond the normal blow-drying, stretching- out, round brush styling and over–heating with curling irons or flat-irons, all in an attempt to fight the inevitable summer frizzy hair, which is the plight for so many of us who have curly hair.

End the war with your hair

Just slowly back away from the battle with your already overworked hair. Your hair needs a vacation now and then just like you do.

Try a little Zen with your hair . . . get out of the way and let its natural innate health work its magic.

Try these tips to tame curly frizzy summer hair, and give it a much needed break at the same time!

  • Shampoo Less – Shampooing less often allows your own natural oils to condition the hair. Your own natural oils are mother nature’s natural frizzy hair remedy. Frequent shampooing strips your hair of these vital oils. Do a in-between normal shampooing and use sulfate-free shampoos.
  • Condition More – Frizzy summer hair is caused by the exposure of dry hair to the humid summer air. Dry hair absorbs moisture from the air in humid weather, swelling the hair and making it frizz. Dry hair types need to moisturize their hair from the inside (by conditioning) to strengthen it and keep the cuticle closed and smooth. When the cuticle is smooth and closed it resists humidity, reducing frizz.
  • Deep Condition More – A deep conditioning treatment once a week is one of your best defenses to ward off frizzy hair.
  • Leave-In Conditioner – Use a leave-in conditioner for extra protection. It works great as a detangler and a sun protectant too. Use your fingers and a wide tooth comb after applying a leave-in conditioner to comb through wet hair.
  • Air Dry– Blow dryers accentuate the frizz factor, especially in summer months. Give your blow dryer a vacation till fall.

Think of ways to style your hair that ‘goes with the flow’ and it will save you more time and headaches. Loose buns, braids and bushy ponytails are all chic looks now that curly haired girls can play-up this summer . . . so do the right things for your hair and relax, chill out . . . and let the cosmos have its way!

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Barb Quinn is also known as Hairstyle Blog
Guest author  has been a professional hair stylist for over 30 years and has established herself as a nationally recognized hair designer, educator, and freelance writer. Barb has been chosen by her peers to serve on the advisory panel of Cosmos C International the global hair stylist network. Thousands of women each day follow Barb’s hair styling wit and wisdom on her highly successful blogs Hairstyle Blog and Visual Makeover. In 2011 The Hairstyle Blog was selected as Top Beauty Blog by BeautySchool.com.

1 Quick & Easy Protein Treatment for Natural Hair

mayonnaise hair treatment for natural hair

Mayonnaise Hair Treatment

Many of our customers have asked about quick and natural homemade deep conditioning treatments that work well on naturally curly hair.

Here is a treatment that’s easy to do, uses natural ingredients and has a huge impact on your hair’s strength, elasticity and shine!

Filled with protein, it’s easy to use and simple to purchase. Mayonaise works well on all hair types but is particularly amazing for naturally curly, frizzy and afro hair.

Since most of us have mayonnaise sitting in the fridge, it’s not exactly difficult to get hold of either.

       

        So how do you use mayonaise for your hair? 

Step 1. Apply water to your hair ensuring it’s damp or relatively wet.

Step 2. Scoop a dollop of mayonnaise into a bowl. For great conditioning, mix the mayonnaise with olive oil and honey.

Step 3. Apply the mayonnaise thoroughly onto your hair and leave for 10-30 minutes (depending on how deep a treatment you need). It’s a good idea to detangle/ comb your hair whilst the mayonnaise is penetrating.

Step 4. Shampoo your hair using mild/warm water (not hot). Depending on your hair type/texture, you may want to detangle after your hair has been shampooed rather than during the mayonnaise stage.

Avoid using hot water as it could make your hair sticky.

Rinsing with cold/warm water will help you get the best results.

Now it’s your turn! This week, take one day to pamper yourself and your hair starting with a deep mayonnaise hair treatment.

Are there any deep treatments that you’ve tried on your hair?

Which ones did you like or love? Tell us in the comments below.

Transitioning From Relaxed To Natural (Part II)

 

Going Natural. Transitioning to Natural. Natural Hair Jill Scott One of the most common questions that I receive from customers, family and friends often features the topic of how to go from relaxed (chemically processed) to naturally curly/coily/wavy hair.
           Why should I go natural?

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.

 

Porous Hair? What’s That!

 

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 Hair porosity

Have you ever felt like no matter how many times you washed,conditioned, shampooed, moisturized, trimmed and oiled deep treated your hair it still remained dry and lifeless?

Then you’ve probably experienced porous hair!

Hair porosity is caused by damage to the hair’s cuticle which causes hair to split and eventually break.

There are several reasons for hair porosity but the 3 most common are:

Excessive amounts of heat.

This is a common culprit. Heat over around 150 degrees Celsius can damage the hair permanently! If you’re going to apply heat do so minimally and keep your hair straightener on a low heat setting.

Bad and/or excessive chemical processing.

Chemical processing can literally ruin your hair so it’s always advisable to be careful.

These days many products claim to straighten your hair ‘naturally’ but in most cases, those products mislead customers.

When using any chemical straightening or coloring product, always be cautious and do your research.

Dryness

Dryness can happen for several reasons including the two points mentioned above.

If you’re ever wondering why your hair is dry, think why does a plant leaf dry out and die? Because it lacks water.

Despite that many of us have been taught by our mothers, aunts, cousins etc to avoid wetting afro or curly hair too often, water actually helps our hair by providing it with moisture.

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Is Your Hair Dry? How To Banish Dry Hair

How to cure dry frizzy hair

Dry, frizzy 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.

Why?

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.