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How to keep your hair protected during the winter

It’s common knowledge that winter weather can wreak havoc on natural hair. It’s therefore crucial that in these very cold months, you keep your hair protected and cared for.natural hair protection

 

As a busy woman who’s preoccupied with your career, life and family, it’s important that you find ways to make protecting your hair as easy and effortless as possible.

So how can you do this?

 

One onatural hair protectionf our favourite ways to care for your hair during the winter months is to simply wrap it up by keeping it as covered as possible.

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You can do this by playing with scarves, head-ties, hats and headbands.

 

What’s great about using accessories to protect your hair is that not only does your hair stay in top notch condition, it also keeps you warm and who doesn’t want to be warm during when it’s freezing outside?

 

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What’s your favourite hair accessory for the winter season?

 

Leave a comment below sharing it with us.

Victoria

Founder, MyCurls.co.uk.

How To Look After A TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro)

Whilst there’s a lot of talk in the natural hair community about growing long hair, many women aspire to have beautiful short kinks and curls.

Reasons for choosing a shorter do can vary. Some women love the convenience and versatility that short hair brings whilst others rock a short hairstyle whilst transitioning from relaxed to natural.

Opting for a shorter hairstyle is also ideal for women who are busy, pressed for time or just simply look better with shorter hair.

How do you maintain short natural hair? How do you style it? What do you do to keep your kinks or curls in great condition?

Here are some tips to help you to nurture your gorgeous afro.

#1. Keep it nourished.

Natural afro hair needs moisture- lots of it! And just because your hair is sure that doesn’t mean that you can get away with not moisturising it. To keep it in great condition, apply a natural hair lotion and oil (such as coconut, olive or jojoba oil) to it daily. If you neglect to moisturise it you’ll be faced with super dry hair that is brittle, fragile and will eventually break. Moisturise is a natural girl’s BFF. Don’t forget that.

how to maintain a TWA teeny weeny afro #2. Spritz it.

In a rush to work? Pressed for time? We’ve all been in those situations where our hair was the last thing on our minds because we quite simply had a lot of on our plate.

However, it’s no excuse to not take care of your hair. One way to keep your curls in impeccable condition (even if you’re time short) is to grab a spray bottle, apply a mixture of water, conditioner and your favourite oils and then spray it on your hair each day. Spritzing your hair is a fantastic way to ensure that it looks great and stays in top notch shape.

#3. Accessorise.

From pins to bows to flowers and headbands, there are so many accessories that you can use to add some pizzazz to your hair. What I love most about hair accessories is that they allow you to look girly and dolled up even if you’ve put little to no effort into styling your hair. They give you that ‘quick styled look’ in seconds. How great is that? Accessories are also really affordable and you can find some wonderful items on Amazon, Ebay and Etsy.

#4. Style it up.

Whilst pins, bows and flowers are great, there are other options for styling your TWA. You could add a side-part or have your stylist cut/shape your hair into a particular style. Another way to style your TWA is to play around with hats and scarves which can give you a variety of new looks.

#5. Co-wash your curls. Co-washing (which simply means washing your hair with conditioner rather than with shampoo) should ideally be done once a week or once every two weeks. Co-washing is great because it ensures that your hair is clean without stripping it of it’s natural oils (like shampoo often does). To get the best results, co-wash your hair with a silicone free conditioner that contains ingredients like coconut oil as this will help with adding moisture and will keep your hair is excellent condition.

Finally, remember to be confident with your hair no matter what it’s length, shape or texture. Confidence is beautiful! For more hair care tips, join our curly community. Have a fab day.

Victoria. Founder, My Curls.

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

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

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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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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!

 

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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

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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 Stop Hair Breakage

 

Natural Hair Breakage. Afro Hair Breakage.

 

Hair breakage hase to be one of the most common hair complaints that women from all walks of life have!

In order to get rid of hair breakage, it’s important to do three things:

1. Figure out what’s causing it. Are you using too much heat on your hair? Remember that putting your hair straightener at heats above 150C can lead to permanent damage.

2. Once you’ve figured out the causes of your hair breakage, you need to make a commitment to take consistent actionable steps to reduce breakage forever. In other words, you need to be committed to following these steps:

                  Limit heat to once a month (or even less!)

I used to be heat obsessed! I would literally apply heat to my hair daily, whether through using a blow dryer or by straightening it frequently. As a result, my hair was in bad condition. In order to overcome my hair woes, I had to become acquainted with styling my hair differently. It took some time, but eventually I got into the habit of only using heat once every three months. (What a change!)

                   Get Regular Protein Treatments  

In order to have stronger hair, it’s advisable to do approximately one or two protein treatments a month. Protein treatments don’t need to be time-consuming or expensive. Simply use kitchen cupboard ingredients like eggs or mayonnaise. Protein treatments often have an immediate impact on your hair and should help to increase its’ strength and reduce damage.

                    Trim Those Ends!

Holding onto damaged ends is one of the most common causes of breakage. Make sure you commit to having your ends trimmed roughly once every 6-8 weeks (depending on how frequently it grows). Although a professional hair cut isn’t compulsory, a good hair dresser will have the skill to trim your hair without making it look much shorter. Always be specific with your hair stylist and be clear about how you’d like your hair to look.

If you have any questions about your curly hair simply tell us in the comments section 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.

 

How To Transition To Natural Hair

Whilst some women prefer chemically treating their hair, others become increasingly dissatisfied with relaxers.

It’s no surprise therefore that relaxer sales have actually decreased in the last couple of years.

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Going natural

Before deciding upon whether to go natural and stop chemically treating your hair, it’s important to think about your motives for doing so:

              Are you hoping to improve the condition of your hair?

             Do you want to change the way you style it?

             Or are you hoping to embrace a chemical-free lifestyle?

Knowing why you want to go natural is important because during your transition there may be times when things don’t always go smoothly and you’ll need to stay motivated to get to your goal.

During the transitioning process remember that it’s absolutely natural and normal for your hair to break a bit more than usual.

Did you know that the average healthy person sheds 100 strands of hair a day!

Whilst your new natural curly hair grows, your relaxed hair is likely to break. The break between the old and new hair is commonly known as the line of demarcation.

To reduce the amount of breakage you get it’s a good idea to wear protective styles (low-maintainence hair styles that don’t require heat or cause damage).

Some examples of protective styles include twists, braids, french plaits, ponytails and buns.