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October 1, 2014

Will Grape Seed Oil Prevent Heat Damage?


via the Beauty Brains-

Lilypad asks:
I’m transitioning from relaxed to natural hair and a lot of blogs and video bloggers tout grape seed oil as a heat protectant when blowdrying or flat ironing hair because it has a high smoke point (about 420 °F). Is there any truth to this claim? The smoke point refers to the oil’s use in cooking but does it apply to hair as well?

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October 1, 2014

Protective Styles- 3 Things You Must Do Before You Put Your Hair Away



I have never met a natural who wasn't into protective styling.

A plethora of benefits come with it--healthy hair growth, length retention, protection from elements of the weather and styling tools, and not to mention, they are convenient for those with busy lifestyles.

Like every great thing, however, comes a list of rules to abide by in order to achieve what is desired. I consider myself simplistic in terms of my hair routine, so my list won't be as long as some-- lucky for you. Make the most of your next protective style with these 3 rules of thumb.

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October 1, 2014

How to Travel with Natural Hair

photo credit: The Coiffure Project


When it comes to traveling, hair is just as important as prepping and packing for a trip. Really, who wants to frolic on the beach in a cute bathing suit, but have jacked up hair?! Even though natural hair on vacation can be a bit more freeing than relaxed hair at times, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its own set of travel challenges. Whether you’re rocking a frohawk or a head full of curls, follow these tips to keep your natural hair fly during your globe-trotting adventures.

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Hola Chicas,

I'm giving away 6 Conditioning Baskets (worth ~$90 each) this month (September 2014) to question askers and answerers!

If you see a curly-in-need who has asked a question under a post, answer it! If you are a curly who has a question that needs an answer, ask it! Not under this post, on all the posts!

The first three baskets will go to the three curlies with the highest number of posts this month (9/1-9/30, comments from previous months don't count) and the next three will go to three randomly selected commenters.  Past winners are eligible!

Which posts/articles count for the contest? All of them!  Good luck!

*contest ends September 30, 2014 at 5pm EST*
*comments on this article/post are welcome, but please comment on others throughout the blog as well!*

Later Gators,
Nik

September 30, 2014

Using Essential Oils in Your Natural Hair Care Regimen


by Toia B of LuvToBNatural

You’ve probably heard about how great essential oils are to use in your hair care regimen, like the fact that they help to stimulate blood flow in the scalp and therefore, hair growth. But, do you know how to use them?

Well, basically, before using them on your skin (which, of course, includes the scalp), they must be diluted in a carrier oil. These are the oils you may already use like Olive, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Grapeseed and so on. While carrier oils are made from the fatty parts of fruit or plants and have a fairly mild scent, essential oils are more concentrated, extracted from the blossoms or leaves of plants and are normally quite aromatic. In fact, you probably use some of these for aromatherapy and massages for their soothing effect.

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