April 27, 2015

Got Dry, Greasy Natural Curls? Skip the Hair Butter.


CurlyNikki Says: 
SheaMoisture products are an 'oh-hell-naw' for my fine, natural curls.  I've revisited the Smoothie many times with absurd results (DRY, heavy, frizzy, piece-y hair).  I opt for lightweight, water based products for fluffy, soft, voluminous results.  My current fave is Giovanni's Direct Leave-in (followed up with a light layer of oil applied to my ends), but I'm still on the hunt! 


I’m a type 4 natural and I hate hair butters and oils. Now that I’ve said it, all the women who would like to tell me how I’m using them incorrectly or that I used too much listen carefully because I hate repeating myself: I just don’t like them. Deal with it.

It’s been said time and time again that what works for one natural does not work for all, and never has this been truer for me than when I started my natural hair journey. Naturally I entered my hair type and went to my appropriate forum and began asking way too many questions and stalking countless women. I wanted hair like the women whom I admired and thought that if I followed their regimens and used what they did, then my hair would be just like theirs.


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April 27, 2015

Healthier Natural Hair By Skipping Shampoo? (The Science.)


Question: Is No Poo a good way to clean hair?

Allie asks…What’s the deal with this “no poo” craze? Does the hair get more healthy because of the natural oils you use? I’ve seen on Pinterest people talking about using baking soda as a cleanser and apple cider vinegar as a conditioner.

To answer Allie’s question we review several alternate ways to wash your hair.

The Ultimate No Poo
This means you don’t clean your hair AT ALL. Not even rinse it with water.

Does it work? Sure. You don’t actually have to shampoo your hair. Of course, it won’t be clean either. It will be less damaged and probably look more shiny. However, it may also look and feel greasy, smell funny, and be difficult to style in any way except laying flat on your head.

Shampoo free poo
This is rinsing your hair with water.

Does it work? It will certainly refresh your hair but it won’t remove heavy styling residue. (And, as we’ll explain, you’re still damaging your hair even without the shampoo.)

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April 24, 2015

How to Get Out of Your Feelings and Get Like Me #LifeHack



I've learned a lot in the last 5 years--

1. Miracles happen.
2. Needing nothing attracts EVERYTHING. Effortlessly.
3. "Never argue with idiots, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." #NoLifeTho #LipstickAlleyHeaux

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April 24, 2015

SHOW AND TELL- FIERCE FRIDAY!

Hola Chicas!
For those of you that are new to CN, Fierce Friday is a way to celebrate our natural hair, displaying our dopest styles and best hair days... for inspiration and motivation. Wanna be featured? All you have to do is upload your favorite pics to Instagram with the tags #FierceFriday and #CurlyNikki. Be sure to share a brief description of the style, where you were headed, why you felt amazing, and thangs of that nature!
I think she was afraid to love sometimes.... I think it scared her.... Because she was the type to like concrete things like , the ocean ... Something you could point to and know what it was... And I think that's why she struggled with love.... She couldn't touch it ... She couldn't hold on to it and make sure it never changed…@priceless_tamara

Wash and go lips • Intrigue by @fashionfaircosmetics hair • #washandgo using @motionshair color care sulfate-free cleanser and deep moisture masque #naturalhair @keliise

April 23, 2015

3 Reasons Why You Absolutely Need to Use Leave-in Conditioner


by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Since going natural, you’ve probably questioned the importance of having a leave-in conditioner in your regimen. Some leave-in conditioners seem like an extra, unnecessary step in your arsenal of products and many naturals choose not to use them at all. Others, especially those who enjoy using the LOC method, always tend to have a leave-in conditioner handy.

Leave-in conditioners may not seem as important as using a shampoo or conditioner, but they actually serve many purposes: to nourish and moisturize the hair, prevent breakage and split ends, soften the hair, tame frizz, and aid in detangling. Many leave-in conditioners have water as one of their first ingredients: these are mainly great for replenishing dry hair with moisture. Still, others may not even have water listed as an ingredient. The focus of these types of leave-ins is more about sealing in moisture while ensuring easier detangling and smoothness. Both of them can also aid in prevention of damage/breakage, and strength.

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