You may still be debating the idea of going natural or know someone who is contemplating it. Despite the natural hair movement growing greatly over the years, the majority of black women still use chemical relaxers to straighten their hair. Here are five reasons to embrace your natural hair and avoid chemical relaxers for good. 1.Longer, healthier hair If you have been struggling to get your hair past shoulder length or a certain point; consider the effects of chemicals on the strength of your hair. Don’t believe the myth that your only hope is to resort to perpetual weaving in order to have the appearance of long hair. To know the effects of chemical relaxers; check out this post here. The harsh chemicals from relaxers weaken our already delicate strands. Afro textured hair strands are typically thinner than European and Asian hair. Yet the use of chemical relaxers is most prevalent in the black community. Therefore we are setting ourselves up to be stereotyped as the group whose hair doesn’t grow long, when this in fact is not true. Weakening chemicals are the problem, not our hair type. Hair that is weakened from chemicals is more likely to be thinner and shorter, as the hair will inevitably break off at the ends. There are always exceptions, but the majority of us can relate to having problems with breakage due to relaxers. I used to wonder why it seemed easy for black men to grow huge Afros and have hair longer […]
If you’ve been natural for a while you’ve probably spent time trying to maximize your hair growth and reach your terminal length. Most naturals have experienced hair longer than they have ever experienced before; especially compared to the days they permed their hair. We all remember the struggles experienced when first going natural, especially if you big chopped. Not only was it a time to come accustomed to having natural hair, it was also an adjustment to wear extremely short hair, many for the first time. Whether you shaved your head or cut it into a TWA (teeny-weeny Afro), the big chop required a level of boldness, never required before. For many, it was empowering and liberating to no longer be tied to the conventional mandates of beauty. So why would anyone want to go through the process again, when they have been natural for years? Some of our favorite vloggers have big chopped for a second time, even those who had waist length hair. Have you ever thought of big chopping again. Maybe you are going through a hair rut. Here are eight reasons to big chop again.
If you’ve been natural for a while, you have probably tried different styling techniques and developed ‘go to’ styles. These are styles that work when all else fails, and are usually done on a regular basis. They are reliable and inspire the most confidence. However, after a while even these styles can start to get tiresome as you find yourself wearing the same ones week after week. Your hair may also stop cooperating like it use to, which can be frustrating. Here are some ways to get out of a styling rut and even reinvent yourself. Some may be more suitable than others.
Afro textured hair is typically perceived as thick and voluminous. However, all hair types whether: European, Asian or Afro textured include thick, medium or fine variations. Some of us have fine strands but high density hair, or thick strands with low density. Density refers to the number of strands a person has on their head. It varies from person to person. A person with voluminous natural hair may have fine strands and be required to be extra gentle with their hair, even though they have a high density of strands on their head. Although they have thick hair, they may still experience more breakage than a woman with thick strands. Here are some tips to ensure your hair is at its maximum volume and you don’t lose volume unnecessarily.
Curly fros are great voluminous styles that allow you to rock a fro without the drawbacks of a regular fro. Curly fros do not come with shrinkage and will result in less knots. In fact they can even be protective. This style can be achieved with damp, freshly washed hair, or dry, stretched hair. Curly fros can also be worn in different ways; including fro-hawks, puffs, pinned to the side or in a pineapple. They are great for special occasions or for an edgy causal look. Here are some tips and my favorite tutorials on achieving this style.
It’s great to gain fashion inspiration from bloggers who generally look like us and present fashion that is reasonably priced and accessible. It makes a change from relying on high fashion magazines, generally filled with supermodels and designer labels. Here are some fashion bloggers to check out, who are also rocking amazing natural hair. SimplyCyn Check out Cynthia of simplycyn.com. Based in New York City, she is a fashionista, travel blogger and foodie. She usually rocks big fros and chunky twist outs. Her outfits reflect an edgy city style and her natural hair is her best accessory. You can also find her on Instagram.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my favorite styling tutorials on YouTube, as well as giving some of my tips on achieving amazing styles for natural hair. There are countless styling tutorials on YouTube. I have handpicked a few to share with you, some well known and others that are hidden treasures. Stayed tuned. Flexi rods are a great styling tool. They are reasonably easy to use and quite convenient. They come in different sizes depending on how tight you want the curls and how much volume you are going for. Below are some of my favorite tutorials on using flexi rods.
Deep conditioning is especially important in the winter months. Different natural ingredients can serve different purposes, they can work to add extra moisture, strengthen the hair or increase manageability. You’ll be surprised at what you can discover just from blending a few of them together. Most of the ingredients you need are probably already in your fridge or kitchen cupboards.