Tagged: curly hair

6 Cornrow Hairstyles That’ll Make Your Mouth Drop :)

If you don’t yet know, I’m currently obsessed with cornrows and have been rocking them throughout the Spring and early Summer months.

I just love waking up and not having to worry about styling my hair.

Call me lazy but I just love the freedom that comes with it.

Furthermore, they’re a lot lighter than box braids and they’re easier to maintain during the warm weather months.

Now, if all of that doesn’t convince you that cornrows are God’s gift to naturalistas, check out these six sizzling cornrow styles that’ll leave your mouth on the floor.

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They’re simply sizzzzling!

PS. If you liked these styles, leave a comment below sharing which one is your fave.

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With love,

Vicky x

Founder, MyCurls.co.uk

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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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Will dyeing my hair cause it to break?

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.

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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:

  1. Co-wash your hair once a week
  2. Apply a silicone-free, moisturising hair lotion to it twice a day
  3. Follow with a good, natural oil like jojoba or olive oil
  4. 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

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.

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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.

Go Natural

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.

For hair care tips and the best curly hair products, visit www.mycurls.co.uk.

 

 

Natural Hair Treatments: 4 Natural Ingredients Afro Hair Loves.

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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.

Natural Oils
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.
Protein
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.

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

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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 Grow Longer Hair: 3 Mindset Changes That Lead To Longer Hair

As I type this I think back to a time when my hair was severely damaged and looked like it had been cut by a lawnmower.

It’s funny because the way I used to handle my hair and the way I handle it now are so, so different! No wonder it’s actually grown!

I know I’m certainly not the only one to have felt frustrated with my hair’s growth. In fact, growing longer hair is one of the most common questions that I receive.

There are so many misconceptions about natural hair care, it’s crazy!

I’m a big believer in the idea that hair care doesn’t need to be complex, confusing or overwhelming. It should be simple and that’s exactly why I’ve outlined a few key  steps that anyone can follow.

The key to success in growing longer hair is to do your homework! Yes, I said homework! That means, changing how you view your hair and following the advice given in this post.

Doing your homework is about putting what you learn into practice and making it a habit to change your current hair care regime.

If you do this, you’ll see a huge difference in your hair’s growth, strength and health.

The first mindset change is to get rid of the belief that black/brown/curly haired girls don’t need to shampoo their hair!

If you’re NOT shampooing your hair and scalp, guess what’s happening? Your scalp is probably full of dirt, grease and other things. How is your hair supposed to grow if your scalp is clogged?

To grow longer hair, your scalp needs to be clean and healthy. That means shampooing your hair and scalp on a regular (but not too frequent) basis.

For instance, once a month would be an ideal number for many women. If your hair is prone to greasiness, you might want to shampoo more frequently.

The second mindset change is the belief that ‘greasing’ your hair is good for it. Yes, your hair and scalp need to be moisturised but knowing what to moisturise them with is essential.

Many hair greases are made with petroleum which is an ingredient that cannot absorb moisture. When you put grease in your hair, it might look shiny but it’s not actually moisturising your hair because

petroleum cannot moisturise. Rather than using hair greases, opt for products with natural and organic ingredients like jojoba oil which is one of the only oils in the world that can penetrate the hair shaft.

The third and final mindset change is the belief that black hair can’t grow long. It absolutely can! A lot of people seem to think that long hair is exclusive to people from certain racial/ethnic backgrounds but that’s not true at all. Your race doesn’t determine your hair length- proper hair care practice does! Growing longer hair is about knowledge, application and patience. Click here to tweet this quote!

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Have a fabulous day!

Victoria

Have You Seen Our Etsy Store?

This week has certainly been busy!

Firstly, we had an amazing photoshoot on Monday. Having a photoshoot was on my to-do list but I never seemed to find the time to do it.

I finally decided to take action, get prepped and organise what turned out to be a fabulous shoot.

A humungous THANK YOU to everyone involved including my little sister (yes sisters can be nice, sometimes), our photographer, Tolly (Jewellery Designer and creator of Taro Collection), and the amazing Rachy, Jessica, Leah and Emma who took some gorgeous pictures.

Check out this picture of model Sarah, strutting her stuff in front of the cameras. She’s sooo the next Naomi Campbell!

We’ll be uploading the photos from the shoot onto our website and Etsy store in due course.

To celebrate the many exciting things that have happened this week, we’re giving everyone 10% off when ordering from our Etsy store.

Simply click here to see our store and enter the code ILOVEMYCURLS at checkout.

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Products so delicious you might be tempted to eat them….DON’T!

Have a brilliant day!

Victoria xoxo

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.