Natural Styles 

March 21, 2019

The Gold Wire trend made it's debut in 2017 when Celebrity Hairstylist Nai'vasha Johnson wrapped gold wire around Logan Browning's ponytail at Essence Music Festival. It was a look that captured the attention of many onlookers. How could you not stop and stare at the look, it was chic, sexy, easy and inexpensive. Since then the gold wires has popped up on our timeline showcasing the many different ways that this craft store accessory can spice up an ordinary look. Check out 8 Different Ways you can use the Gold Wire trend to add pop to your next hairstyle

March 8, 2019

What’s the point in spending all of your energy and hard earned coins on washing and maintaining your hair, only to use tools that are dirty and full of product buildup? Cleaning your styling tools is easy to forget, but should be an integral part of your hair care routine. Here's a quick refresher on how to sanitize the most overlooked ones.  

1) Hair Brushes

Having a good hair brush is imperative to creating some of our favorite sleek styles, but because of their relatively inexpensive cost and frequent use, we tend to forget about cleaning them. Think of your hair brushes as makeup brushes. By not cleaning them, you are putting old product, bacteria and dirt on your hair.

Cleaning Tip: Clean your brushes thoroughly every 1-3 weeks by taking a pencil and lifting the hair from the base of the brush. Wash the brush using a clarifying shampoo, thoroughly rinse with warm water and allow the brush to air dry.

2) Hair Combs

Product buildup can leave your hair extra...

January 29, 2019

If you are anything like me, you LOVE a good tutorial. YouTube has single handedly revolutionized how we view, interact and learn how to do some of our favorite hairstyles and now ESSENCE.com has created their own "hair "wonderland by introducing us to "PRIMP".

 PRIMP is ESSENCE's new online destination that brings us all tutorials and hairstyles that will have you running to your nearest beauty supply store grabbing all the needed materials to recreate your favorite looks from their channel.

Check out their 1st video that highlighted this Stunning Eritrean/ Ethiopian Braided Hairstyle Tutorial! 

Absolutely Beautiful Braids done by Ancestral Strands 

January 23, 2019

So it's 2019, and you're committed now more than ever to maintaining healthy hair! You've followed the advice of your stylist to deep condition bi-weekly, moisturize often, trim regularly and much more.

But after all your dedication, you're still noticing some damage. Here are 5 bad habits you may be unconsciously doing: 

Too Much Hair Manipulation: Are you a beauty that likes to constantly switch up her do? Be cautious of over-styling, over-combing and over-brushing.By over-manipulating your hair with brushes and combs that cause too much friction result in thinning, split ends and breakage.

Instead, use a non-static wide tooth comb for detangling and a 100% boar bristle brush to smooth and condition the hair.

Using a Regular Towel On your Hair on Wash Day: The quickest way to undo all your hard work on wash day is using a regular towel. Towels made with cotton or terry cloth vary in softness, absorbency and durability.

However, these "regular" towels ten...

January 18, 2018

 Image Courtesy of @igbocurls

Shrinkage sometimes gets a bad rep in the natural hair world, but it isn't all that dreadful. It's actually a positive indicator that your hair is healthy and has high elasticity ( your hair's ability to revert back to it natural state when wet). However, for those of you who want to experience more curl length, try these 3 easy techniques for elongating them without heat!

Braiding/Twisting

Naturalistas are no strangers to the art of creating the perfect braid or twist out. This popular style not only helps to achieve more curl definition, but is also a tried and true technique for decreasing shrinkage and adding a bit of length to your style!

The Technique:

1. Shampoo, condition and apply your styling products as desired.

2. Part hair into 2 x 2 inch sections. Braid or twist each section from the root all the way to the ends.

3. Allow your hair to completely dry and then take out the braids/twists to reveal longe...

January 17, 2018

Regardless of your hair texture, knowing its porosity level is the key to building a proper (and healthy) routine. However, it can be difficult to understand, so let's break it down: 

Hair porosity is your hair's ability to absorb and retain moisture. If it's hard for your hair to obtain moisture, this means that you have low porosity. The cuticles are tightly compacted, making it difficult for water to simply pass through. The good news is that once the moisture is in, you can reap the benefits of moisture for a long period of time. 

On the other hand, if it's easy for your hair to obtain moisture, this means that you have high porosity. The cuticles are lifted with gaps on each strand, making it easy for water to pass through. The hiccup with this although absorption is easy, it doesn't last long. So those with this type of hair are more prone to dryness.

Curious as to where your tresses fall on th...

January 16, 2018

A head full of split ends can single-handedly ruin your hopes of healthy hair growth and length retention. Generally, split ends occur when the bottoms of each strand lose moisture and protein, thus causing them to "split."

No one can 100% avoid split ends, but there are several key ways to identify and prevent them from completely taking over your head! Here are three tell- tale signs to look out for: 


 

How does the hair look?: If the hair looks frayed or fried at the ends and there are noticeable splits on multiple strands of hair, it's time for a trim. 

How does the hair feel?: If you can actually feel rough and dry knots/bumps on the bottom of each strand, then you have split ends.

How does the hair sound?: Ever been detangling your hair and hear a crunching sound with every brush stroke especially towards the ends? That indicates two things: that your hair is very dry...and has split ends.

Common causes of split ends include: excessive brushing...

January 4, 2017

My name is Jamilia and I am 15 year old who loves my hair and every three months...dare I say it.... I GET MY HAIR RELAXED! Yes, I go to a professional who uses chemicals in my hair to straightened my naturally coily, kinky hair! Shout out to all the girls out there that CHOOSE to get a perm. I also want to show some love to the all the curly naturals reading this. The GIF below is for all you beautiful queens!  

             

But this post is basically to share that just because some of us choose to get our hair permed doesn't mean that we don't love and care for our hair. It simply means that we have exercised our individual right to decide what style works best for our lifestyle and what's easiest to maintain. I think the natural hair movement is cool, but I don't like they way some of us "perm lovers" are made to feel about our decision to get a perm.

Over the summer, I walked in a beauty store and was asked by a sales lady " Why don't  you want  to...

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