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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

 ballerina bun

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

 blake lively braided hair

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

jennifer lopez classic bun hair

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

gabrielle union fishtail braid hairstyle

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

emma watson hair baid 

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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Best Products For Curly Hair | Curly Hair Products 101

Raise your hand if you have curly hair. Me too!

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Whilst we all love our curls, picking products that work for them isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

What a lot of curly girls (also known as naturals) fail to realise is that choosing hair products is a very personal thing.

There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when picking curly hair products for your hair.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the key factors:

Your hair texture- is the product you’re considering, designed to meet the needs of curls?

Are your textures mixed? What I mean by this is- do you (like most curly girls) have more than one hair texture. I know I have. For instance, the front of my hair is sort of wavy-meets-afro whilst the middle is super afro textured. The back is loosely wavy. My hair has three very different textures and I always take that into consideration when making products for my curly-haired customers.

Another factor to consider is what’s in your hair products. This is a big one. So many products are filled with harsh chemicals that strip curly hair of moisture and make it dry, brittle and prone to split ends. Make sure you do your research and pick products with healthy, natural ingredients.

The final factor to consider is how much time you have. We’re all living increasingly busy lives so finding time to mix up your own concoctions can be really time and energy consuming. Many busy women simply want to use products that are easy to use and can be carried any where. That’s why when creating the My Curls range, I deliberately ensured that the products in the line were easy to use, portable and lifestyle friendly.

As a busy bee, you’re probably wanting to learn more about your hair in short bursts of time. I highly recommend signing up to our curly community which is totally free and takes about 2 minutes to do. We send free educational resources straight to your inbox so you don’t have to read through hundreds of articles. Click here to join the list!

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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Victoria

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.

Natural Products, Natural Hair.

 

Coconut Oil for Natural Hair. Afro Hair. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Hair Treatment

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.

                       BREAKAGE PREVENTION

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.

How To Get Shiny Hair!

 

Natural Hair Styles. Curly Hair. Curly Hair Tips. My Curls

How To Get Shiny Hair

For most of us (especially us women), our hair means the world.

If it looks dry, lifeless or tangled, we feel self-conscious and unhappy.

Dull hair is a problem that a suprising number of people experience and your chances of experiencing dry hair can increase based on internal and external factors.

In today’s article, we’ll explain what these factors are and give you some actionable tips to help you get rid of dull hair immediately.

                         Dull Hair + Internal Factors

By internal factors we’re talking about the things going on inside of your body.

Internal factors are often overlooked because people assume that having healthier hair simply comes from adding more products, changing your hair style or switching shampoos.

Whilst these things can have a big impact on your hair, monitoring what’s going on inside your body is probably the best thing you can do to improve your hair’s condition and appearance.

To prevent dull hair it’s imperative that you drink more water, exercise regularly and add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.

Remember your body is a temple!

                         Dull Hair + External Factors

By external factors we’re referring to the types of things you do on a practical level to make your hair appear healthier.

Some examples of external factors include shampooing, trimming split ends and moisturising your hair with natural oils and products.

The key to gorgeous, beautiful hair is to get the balance right between managing the internal and external factors. This doesn’t have to be complicated, it’s really just a case of taking a few steps on a daily basis to get the balance right.

Now let’s discuss how to get instant results that will help you banish dull hair forever.

 

    How To Get Instant Shine!

1. Drink more water- it works, seriously!

2. Exercise regularly; this will have a big impact on your hair’s condition.

3. Consider taking supplements like Evening Primrose Oil as they’re rich in omega 3 fatty acids which are great for strengthening hair, skin & nails.

4. Get rid of product build-up by washing your hair regularly. For curly, wavy and afro textured hair, shampooing with a sulphate-free shampoo is a great step.

5. Know your ingredients, always read the labels and make sure you’re opting for hair products that are free from harsh chemicals especially those that make your hair greasy without actually moisturising it.

6. Use oils! As we’ve mentioned in previous articles, oils are amazing for your hair. Do your research and make sure that the oils you’re using are not watered down, a lot of so-called natural oils are filled with petroleum so be careful.

Try buying 100% natural oils like Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil. These types of oils will add luster and shine and have a long-term impact on your hair if used regularly.

7. Consider applying oils to your hair just before bedtime and in the morning. Massaging your hair with natural oils usually works a treat.

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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.

How To Get Rid Of Frizzy Hair

Frizzy hair tips

Frizzy hair

Frizzy hair has been the bane of women’s lives since… forever!

Firstly, let’s make a key differentiaion; there’s a clear difference between naturally frizzy hair (that’s curly, coily, afro textured etc) and hair that is frizzy because of external influences (like heat, product build up and bad hair practices).
In one of our previous blog posts, I talked about porous and frizzy hair which are categorized by damaged ends, an abnormally rough texture and appearance.
These are some of the tell-tale signs of frizz and should be something that you look out for if you’ve noticed that your hair isn’t feeling quite right.
     So what do you do about frizzy hair and how do you get rid of it?
Here are five key tips and techniques to help you get rid of frizz forever. Remember, when you’re equipped with the right information, it’s easy to make changes and see vast improvements with your hair.
     Cleansing.
So your hair is experiencing some frizziness and you decide to apply a new product to it. It doesn’t work so you apply another product and another and another (see the pattern?).
This causes ‘product build up‘ which means that your hair is loaded with various products and can’t absorb new moisture.
Your hair consequently becomes dry, porous and frizzy.
Being unaware and clueless about why your hair is frizzy, you try another ‘frizz fighting serum’ but nothing improves- it only gets worse. Sound familiar?
 
Rather than adding more product to frizzy hair, go back to basics and start afresh with clean, hair!
By shampooing, you’ll remove dirt and open up the hair’s cortex providing it with the moisture that its been craving.
Remember that when washing you need to rinse and repeat and then rinse again in order to ensure that your hair has been properly cleansed.
     Conditioning.
Although this might sound obvious, a lot of people forget how important it is to condition using a high quality product with great ingredients.
Conditioning is a key part of a healthy hair regime because it combats one (or even two) of the biggest frizz contributors. The first is lack of moisture and the second is lack of protein. This leads me to the third factor:
     Protein
Your hair is made up of protein which says a lot about what it needs. Not only do you need to regularly treat your hair with protein treatments in order to keep it in the best of conditions, but you also need to eat protein!
Protein can be found in an array of foods ranging from  eggs, chicken, fish to beans and soya.
If you’re not fueling your body with the right nutrients then it’s
no surprise if you’re experiencing dry, frizzy hair.
In addition to eating protein you should follow up with protein treatments which don’t need to be expensive or time consuming. A couple of eggs or a cup of mayonnaise and about 30- 45 minutes of time should suffice. Using either the egg or mayonnaise treatment will help to nourish and condition your hair whilst restoring vital protein.
     Trimming
A lot of women are afraid of cutting even a miniscule amount of their hair; don’t be.
Remember that trimming differs from cutting and simply involves taking off unhealthy ends. You don’t have to go to a salon (unless you feel its best), trimming your own hair is perfectly fine and once you become accustomed to it, it becomes easier and easier.
In fact, its actually quite relaxing knowing that you’re getting rid of unhealthy hair and can instantly feel a difference in your hair’s texture.
     Lay low on heat.
In the bid to have smooth looking hair, many of us resort to applying excessive amounts of heat.
This can actually cause permanent damage to your hair and can make frizz even more apparent. If you’re choosing to use heat, do so with caution and try to keep your hair straightener (or flat iron) at a maximum of 150 degrees Celsius.
It sounds low compared to what you might be used to using, but it’s certainly possible to have straight hair without using high degrees of heat. Also, try to apply heat as little as possible.
For instance, rather than straightening once a week, try once every two weeks. It’ll make the world of difference to your hair and will reduce frizz in the long run!
Now here’s the big thing! Many of us have a habit of reading or hearing advice on something and then just ignoring it or not taking the time or effort to implement the advice that’s given.
     The only way you can really develop a better relationship with your hair and nourish it back to health is by
     taking ACTION!
Action is the biggest thing you can do because by trying things out we’re able to learn and figure out what works for us and what doesn’t.
Take action now by reading through these tips one more time and consciously apply these rules to your daily/weekly hair regime. In doing so, you’ll figure out what works for your hair and you’ll be able to eradicate frizz quickly and easily!