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Hola Chicas,

I'm giving away 6 Conditioning Baskets (worth ~$90 each) this month (July 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 and the next three will go to three randomly selected commenters.

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

*contest ends July 31, 2014 at 5pm EST*
*comments on this article/post are welcome, but please comment on others throughout the blog as well! *

Later Gators,

July 23, 2014

How to Tame and Smooth Frizzy Roots

Frizz! It’s the number one complaint of naturals no matter the hair type, length or texture. Sometimes it can seem like no matter what we do or how hard we work on our styles, we still end up with that halo of frizz on our crowns. Some of us have learned to simply accept it, but there are things that we can do to minimize or eliminate it altogether. Read on for some frizz fighting tips to get rid of frizz near our roots.

1. Apply Products from Root to Tip

The number one cause of frizz is dehydrated hair. Dry hair that’s thirsty will draw water out of the atmosphere which causes frizz. So often we moisturize the length of our hair and forget our roots, but they need TLC too. An easy fix for frizzy roots is to try to apply product closer to your scalp so that your hair is moisturized from root to tip.

Ensuring our hair is moisturized starts from the cleansing process when we apply our deep conditioners. However, many of us naturals are guilty of only applying our deep conditioners toward the ends of our hair. By doing so, we may deny our roots of the much needed care that they need.

One useful tip is to thin out your deep conditioner with water in a bowl and apply it to your hair using an applicator brush like you would a relaxer section by section from root to tip. In doing so you will ensure that the entire length of your hair is moisturized.

Read On!>>>

July 23, 2014

Does your hair get looser or curlier with length?


One of the many conundrums in the world of curly hair is that some people experience a relaxation of their curls as their hair gains length, while others experience the converse: their curl increases with the length of their hair.

The former trend makes sense without having to give it much thought. Longer hair has more weight and is pulled down by gravity, which lengthens and loosens the curl. However, the latter phenomenon seems counterintuitive.

This behavior can be so perplexing, causing curls to disappear with a haircut or to suddenly begin developing as someone grows their hair out for perhaps the first time. While this seeming contradiction may be baffling and even frustrating, it is possible to understand what is going on if one looks at what causes hair to curl and some mathematic principles that can be used to describe curly hair.

Read On!>>>

July 23, 2014

Alex Marie- 'Don't Give Up on Your Journey!'

Hey there! I’m Alex Marie and I live in Hampton Roads, VA. This is my second time natural and I’m obsessed with Big Chops!

How long have you been natural?
This is my 2nd time going natural.  The first time was in 2010.  I was natural for 9 months and then relaxed it again (I know, I’m terrible).   I transitioned from a pixie cut and trimmed the ends away slowly. Currently I’ve been natural for 2 years.

Read On!>>>

July 23, 2014

Health and Beauty Myth Busting

Myth: Silicones suffocate hair

The Truth: Silicones can build up on hair from shampoos and conditioners that contain high levels of high molecular weight, water insoluble silicones. If you over-use products like this everyday, it is possible to end up with hair that feels weighed down and limp. But even this does happen, you’re not really suffocating your hair.

1) Even if you didn’t wash all the silicone out, we’ve never seen any data that indicates that a small amount of silicone residue acts as a “barrier” between hair shaft and moisture. On average, your hair contains about 8 to 14% water by weight but it will equilibrate to the ambient humidity. In other words, it will pick up moisture when it’s very humid and it will lose moisture when it’s very dry. Slight silicone residue won’t substantially change that. Now, if you slather on a heavy layer of a silicone hair treatment product, that’s a different story!

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