How To Get The Perfect Braidout on Natural Hair


Watch as Jessica shows us how she achieves the perfect braid out! 

Onika is Naturally Glamorous!


My name is Onika Henry and I am an intentional student, from Trinidad and Tobago, studying for an M.Ed Human Sexuality degree in the USA. I’ve always wanted to be natural, especially since relaxers were such a stressful experience for me – I would often get bad chemical burns on my scalp if I didn’t treat it with some kind of protective cream at least a week before. Relaxing my hair was really done because I didn’t know how to care for and style my hair, not that I was really interested in having straight hair. Plus, the views I often heard were that naturally kinky hair like I have was not or couldn’t look “polished and professional.”

As I grew older I looked forward to being and expressing my authentic self, which included wearing my hair in its natural state. The decision to cut off my relaxed ends was cemented when I came to the US to study and realised I would be saving myself a lot of money monthly by going natural! Lol The decision was also made easier when I discovered that there was actually a natural hair movement around the world and so tons of information was available via blogs, books, website, YouTube etc and this made my hair journey easier.

How long have you been natural?
I cut off my relaxed ends in July of 2013. So it’s not even been a year yet.


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3 Steps to a Drama-Free Wash Day- Natural Hair Care


by Christina Patrice of ManeObjective

Not to brag, but I've been having some ridiculously easy wash days. And while I'm sure my methods don't exactly work for everyone, there are some key points that will help you have a drama-free wash day as well.

When followed, these points help alleviate some of the stress and tension around wash days.

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Priscilla is Naturally Glam!




How long has it taken for you to “master” the care of your hair? Who/what helped you gain mastery?
I wouldn’t call myself a “master” of my hair, per say, as I think there is always something one can definitely learn. I myself learn something new about my hair all the time!

I would say my hair ITSELF helped me gain mastery. By that I mean really, truly listening to my hair and what it needs, likes, and doesn’t like. I think it’s important to take notes from the regimens of others, but not all the while ignoring what your own personal hair might like. Besides really listening to my hair, I would say other natural friends, natural blogs, and naturals on Instagram helped me through!

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4 Steps to Prep your Natural Hair for a Big Event

 
by Nicole Harmon author of Coils and Curls

Summer barbecue filled with eligible bachelors? Photo shoot? Wedding? Sometimes you just need everything about your look to be on point. These 4 steps will help you achieve picture perfect styles that last.

Step 1: Start by conditioning your hair

Pre-shampoo treatments are often recommended because they prevent the hair from swelling when it absorbs water too quickly, but that’s not the only benefit. Applying oil before washing your hair also helps your strands absorb and “hold on to” more conditioner once you’re in the shower. For DIY treatments, coconut oil has the strongest scientific evidence for conditioning the hair. If you want to step it up for a big event, opt for a professionally formulated pre-shampoo treatment like Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme or L’Oreal EverStrong Overnight Repair Treatment.

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SHOW AND TELL- FIERCE FRIDAY!

Hola chicas! 
 It's that time again! The images below are of CN readers at their flyyest...at work, on the town, and with the fam. Showing us all that natural hair is not a fad, it's a way of life...an extension of our beauty!

Been a while!! Good morning y'all!! @amyaapleofficial

If you ladies were wondering how I maintained my flexirod set, I started wearing it in an up-do. I work it in a FroHawk (tutorial on my channel) and I also wore it in a pineapple. The back curls got frizzy first but the front curls stayed perfect for the whole week @curlsandcouture

God Bless Our Troops.

re-posting in light of the recent changes to Army regulations as it concerns hair.  Below you'll find real stories about real soldiers and their natural hair journeys.  

This is why we're here.

I came to Japan to support the 'Curly Troops'. To show them some love and let them know that their service doesn't go unnoticed or unappreciated. Although I've received messages from folks stationed overseas and thought I had a pretty good understanding, when I finally arrived on the base, I was overwhelmed. These are women, just like you and me, but they really do the impossible everyday.

I was expecting around 15 attendees so imagine my surprise when 50 women showed up, of which 99% were active service women (the rest were wives and contractors).  They came seeking good information, access, education and fellowship.  And that's what went down.  God bless our troops.


Are the Proposed Army Changes (AR 607-1) Discriminatory to Women with Natural Hair?


Thursday, March 19th, new army regulations as it relates to grooming and appearance were leaked online. The leaked information included a PowerPoint, Army Regulation 670-1 leader training, with explicit details and pictures explaining the new polices. Many of the new guidelines directly affect African American women in the Army.

Updated Female Grooming Standards include the following:

Clarifies unauthorized hairstyles (dreadlocks & twists)
  • Twists
    • Defined as twisting two distinct strands of hair around one another to create a rope-like appearance.
    • Although some twists may be temporary, they are still unauthorized.
    • This includes twists formed against the scalp or in a free-hanging style.
  • Dreadlocks
    • Defined as any matted or locked coils or ropes of hair (or extensions).
    • Any style of deadlock (against the scalp or free hanging) are not authorized.
    • Any unkempt of matted braids or cornrows are considered dreadlocks and are not authorized.
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Nika Is Naturally Glam!

What motivated you to go natural? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? 
I started out natural until the age of 10 yrs old. I got my first relaxer at the age of 11 yrs. old. I choose to return back to my natural tresses on September 24, 2011. I didn't like my relaxed hair because it was very thin. It never held a curl, and it would literally be stuck to my head from chemical burns. I didn't want to go through that anymore so I chose to transition for 7 months from February 5, 2011 to September 24, 2011, and I did the big chop. I really enjoyed my short natural hair. It was so easy to manage. I just did wash n go's. I am glad I have more length now because my twist outs last longer than it did when my hair was shorter. I'm so glad I chose to go natural.

How would you describe your hair? 

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I Felt Like I'd Been Thrown Away


by GG Renee of AllTheManyLayers

“I learned to love myself but only after the love of others would not quite do.” – Shefon Nachelle

Do you remember your first love?

Oh, I do. The rush! The urgency! The passion! No one could tell me that we were not meant to be. Young and uncertain, I blossomed in his adoration. I believed in us and most importantly, I believed in myself with him by my side.

And then he cheated. Over and over and over, he cheated.

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CurlyNikki on The Steve Harvey Show- TODAY!

Hola Chicas!

I'll be on The Steve Harvey Show TODAY discussing natural hair and relationships!

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Hennalice is Naturally Glam- 'Don’t let people tell you what’s pretty...'


My name is Hennalice Silva, and I’m Cape Verdean (West Africa) but I was born and raised in the Netherlands. I’m 27 years old and graduated with a Bachelor of Law.

How long have you been natural? How you was embraced your curls?
My hair has always been like this, but that does not mean that I haven’t ruined it by pressing and dying my hair a lot! I haven’t dyed my hair for 2.5 years now. I don’t press my hair unless it’s my birthday or a special occasion where I need to be 'classier' and not enter the room like a lion, lol

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
Yes, I had to do the big chop! After I shaved one side of my head it grew back so healthy, I had to chop the other side. Since that day, I promised myself not to dye and press my hair anymore.

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The Cold Never Bothered Boog Anyway.


My current situation? Frozen has pretty much been on heavy rotation and Boog is only answering to Queen Elsa.

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Breaking One of the Detangling Commandments


(Please excuse the possessive “natural’s”, LOL!)

by Shelli of Hairscapades

Okay, so I may be (figuratively) hung, drawn, and quartered for this one. Alright … alright … I’m being dramatic. But … I’m about to suggest something that will probably go counter to a “natural hair” great commandment that most have probably read over and over again.

DETANGLE FROM TIPS TO ROOTS ROOTS TO TIPS.

See, what had happened was … I’ve been detangling from TIPS to ROOTS for forever. Aaaaaaand, it has served me well for the most part. But, the last few wash days, I started breaking this rule. Let me premise this by saying that I primarily use my fingers and only pull out the Ouidad Double Detangler once my hair is pretty thoroughly detangled. However, my detangling sessions were becoming more tedious and lengthy due to the length of my hair. I would slather on tons of conditioner, but starting from the tips resulted in me having to work the shed strands in each section down the length of my hair over and over … AND OVER again.

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Shiny and Defined Twist-n-Curl With Homemade Flaxseed Gel



@SamirahxGilly shows us how she achieves defined, big curls using using olive oil, whipped butter and the key to this all, homemade flaxseed gel.

Flaxseed hair gel is a natural, inexpensive hair product particularly suited for curly or wavy hair. It defines and moisturizes curly hair without creating stiffness or crunchiness. Many additional ingredients can be added to homemade flaxseed gel to customize it for the particular needs of your hair. The following process takes approximately 7 minutes.

Brittany Is Naturally Glam!


Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? (tell us your natural hair journey)
I was a slow transitioner. I’ve always had what people considered “good hair”, so cutting my hair wasn’t an option. I had gotten a few unnecessary perms just because I wanted them. Definitely not one of my brightest moments. I wish someone would’ve told me not to get one! Then to make it worse I was always applying heat to my hair. I’d blow dry my hair on high, then I would flat iron my hair on the highest setting. I was flat ironing my hair almost every day in middle school.

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Natural Moment Monday!

It's #NaturalMoment Monday!
Tweet me and tell me about those moments when you can't deny that you're a curly queen! Top tweets will be featured every Monday morning, right here on CN.com. Be sure to use hashtag #NaturalMoment

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Tamara Is Naturally Glam!



My name is Tamara and I’m an Interior Designer. I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY, currently residing in Miami, FL. My natural hair journey has been a long one but I’m enjoying the experience and learning more about my hair as it grows and changes.

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for 13 years.

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How to Condition High Porosity Natural Hair



Hair porosity does not get the same attention as hair length or curl pattern but it is essential to truly understand your texture. Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture, oils, or chemicals like color. Low, medium, and high are different degrees of porosity. Due to damaging habits such as mechanical manipulation and color treatment, many naturals suffer with high porosity hair.

Why porosity matters

Low Porosity – the hair cuticles are tight and very resistant to opening for water and other forms of moisture. Women with low porosity often complain of products merely "sitting on their hair."

Medium (Normal) Porosity – the hair cuticles are raised enough to readily absorb moisture, oils, and chemicals. Normal porosity hair tends to hold moisture, shine, and absorb color and chemicals better than low or high porosity strands.

High Porosity – the hair cuticle that is highly raised or even chipped and therefore quickly absorbs moisture. The down side is that because it’s raised and remains raised, you can lose the moisture just as quickly as it was absorbed. Oftentimes this hair type is damaged from harsh chemicals, high heat, or harsh shampoos that strip the hair. Because the cuticles are aggressively raised, the strands catch onto each other and become easily tangled.

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By now you've likely encountered the hair tutorial gone wrong that resulted in unassuming YouTuber Tori Locklear losing a full section of hair. The country gasped with her when she realized what high heat had done to her hair, and many of us thought twice before touching a flat iron or curling wand to our strands again.

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SHOW AND TELL- FIERCE FRIDAY!

Hola chicas! 
It's that time again! The images below are of CN readers at their flyyest...at work, on the town, and with the fam. Showing us all that natural hair is not a fad, it's a way of life...an extension of our beauty!

I AM IN LOOOOOVE with my hair today!!! This is a flat twist Bantu knotted ends on stretched old hair! I used @koilsbynature Moisturizing Shealoe Leave In Conditioner: Soothing Herbal Curl Defining Gel & Nourishing Hair & Body Butter! ---@koilsbynature

Another beautiful roller set!! This one was inspired by @naptural85 new video. I've always wanted heartless jumbo/ large wand curls but my flexi rods won't bend in jumbo size. This set #love I used Keracare Naturals Defining Custard on old hair from my last flexi set #dirtyhairiyfriendsometimes. Smooches----@moorebeautylove

Alesha is Naturally Glam!




My name is Alesha Sullivan. I am from Memphis, TN but I currently live in Nashville, TN working as a quality assurance software test lead (although I am thinking of getting my cosmetology license and starting a hair and skin care line with my best friend). I am 25 years old (but I might be 26 when you read this – BIRTHDAY is March 18th!!). I love to sing, dance, read, and learn all I can about all kinds of hair! I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Economics and then went on to receive my MS in Economics at the University of North Carolina.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for around 8 months now. No one ever believes me when I say this, but it’s true!


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Even More Finger Coils!- Natural Hair Style Tutorial

 Watch as ShineStruck executes an amazing finger coil-out on her natural hair.


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The Ouch-Free Guide to Detangling Natural Hair



One of the most labor intensive aspects of the natural hair journey is detangling. It can also be the most confusing. Let's go ahead and break it down:

Step 1
When trying to decide the best course of action for detangling your hair, it is always best to start with an understanding of how your hair behaves.

Ask yourself, is your hair:
  • curly, or tightly coiled?
  • transitioning or completely natural?
  • incredibly tangle prone when loose in water?
  • weak, brittle, or easily broken?

I Cared Too Much What They Thought


by GG Renee of AllTheManyLayers

Stop tempting me. Calling and asking for promises I can’t keep. I have work to do, and you will only be in the way. If you care about me the way you say you do, let me go. I need my space, don’t you understand? Don’t make this about you. I’ll resent you if you try to hold me back. Remember what I told you, where I’ve been, where I’m going.

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Reneè Is Naturally Glam!


Hello!! My name is Reneè Dumas also known as Shanna Reneè. I am 24 years old. I currently live in Edgard, La. I attended West St. John High School and am an alumni of the Class of 2007. I also attended Southeastern University in Hammond, La to major in Mass Communication. I graduated from River Parishes Community in 2011 with a degree in Liberal Arts. I am also a freelance makeup artist, an aspiring natural hair model, and a very popular naturalista.

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Kiana Gardner is Naturally Glam!



Hi! My name is Kiana Gardner and I reside in New York and have for my entire life.  I am 21 and I’m graduating in May with a BA in Psychology and Sociology/ Anthropology. I’m still working on life after graduation but let’s talk about my hair!

How long have you been natural?
I received my last perm in January of 2011 and transitioned until August of 2012 which is when I “big chopped”. I count from when I chopped so I’ve been fully natural for 1 year and 7 months!



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10 Nighttime Solutions for Natural Hair Care


via www.TheManeCaptain.Blogspot.Ca

I don't like to wear my hair out that often because I really don't feel like spending the extra time every morning styling my hair and then having to spend another 30 minutes to an hour putting it away at night. Although I have to admit that I do enjoy the variety of styles that I'm able to put my hair in when it's out.

If you have medium to long hair, you might be looking for easy ways to put your hair away at night. The hairstyles that I choose to wear to bed is often dependent on the style that I plan to wear the next morning, as well as the time that I'm willing to spend on my hair that night.

So below, I've listed 10 different styles that our hair can be styled in for bed. As usual, you can either choose to wear a satin bonnet or scarf to protect the style or you could sleep on a satin pillow case instead. 

The TWA Survival Guide- Natural Hair Care

PHOTO COURTESY OF REUTERS


Going natural is a beautiful experience no matter where you are in age, life, or around the globe. There are two options to how you can go natural but neither one is better or easier than the other; it is merely a personal preference for each woman.

Whether you big chop (BC) or long-term transition, there are survival techniques that need to be mastered for the journey to be positive, smooth, and damage-free.

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Courtney Is Naturally Glam!


Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? (tell us your natural hair journey)
My journey is actually unique. I had a sew-in for about a year and a half and every time I got it redone, I was surprised about the texture of my hair. I fell in love with the wave. So one night I was taking my sew-in out I told my beautician just cut the perm out!
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High School Senior Big Chops for Locks of Love



I’ve had my head shaved for about three months now so I figured that was enough time to adjust to the new hairdo and get my thoughts straighten out. For my senior project at school, I decided to host a Locks of Love hair drive. I told my school that if I got 25 people to donate the minimum length of 8 inches, that I would shave my own head and donate my hair to people who can’t grow their own. Obviously, I did get enough people to cut their hair at my event because I currently have short hair.

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How to Finger Coil Out on Natural Hair


Samirah Gilly shares her technique for big fluffy curls, no rollers needed. But you will need a leave-in, gel, denman brush, and rattail comb.

Biotin for Healthy Hair Growth: The Pros and Cons.



A quick search on google for "vitamins for hair growth" yields countless results and brands, all promising to help usher in strong, vibrant, and growing hair. Amid proprietary blends and secret formulas, there is one ingredient at the core of every hair boosting vitamin: biotin.

Biotin, formally known as Vitamin H, is technically a complex B vitamin with a coenzyme. It supports healthy hair, nails, skin, nerves, digestion, and metabolism. It is even believed to help regulate blood sugar (when paired with chromium), and decrease insulin resistance (on its own) - both great news for those with type 2 diabetes. As far as hair and nails are concerned, it is believed that biotin improves the infrastructure of keratin -- the protein that they're made of, particularly for those individuals deficient in Biotin.

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#NaturalMoment Monday!


 It's #NaturalMoment Monday! 
Tweet me and tell me about those moments when you can't deny that you're a curly queen! Top tweets will be featured every Monday morning, right here on CN.com. Be sure to use hashtag #NaturalMoment


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Quincee is Naturally Glam!



My name is Quincee, I’m 20 years old and living in the greater Seattle area. My hair journey has had its challenges over the years, but I think learning to deal with and care for my natural hair has ultimately taught me a lot about myself.

How long have you been natural?
I stopped getting relaxers in April of 2008, but I didn’t fully embrace being natural until July of 2011.



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Natural Girls Be Like... #WashDay





This #WashDay meme spread like wildfire in the natural hair community, and while utterly hilarious (ranch dressing and a Bible though?), this fun-poking photo does hold a grain of truth.

I've come to realize that many naturals and transitioners simply do entirely too much on wash day.

As hilarious as this meme is (I get the giggles all over again just looking at each item individually) it'd be nice if wash day wasn't a joke.

Here are three key ways to make wash day a little more manageable, and a little less, well, see above.

SHOW AND TELL- FIERCE FRIDAY!

Hola chicas!
It's that time again! The images below are of CN readers at their flyyest...at work, on the town, and with the fam. Showing us all that natural hair is not a fad, it's a way of life...an extension of our beauty!

Since I've officially reached my 3 year mark as a natural I am pleased to say I can now do a bun. I've tried it in the past and it never looked right, but tadaaa!@char_of_msc

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Growing Long Natural Hair: Diet, Exercise and Vitamins?


by Shelli of Hairscapades

I have been asked about whether diet, exercise, and/or vitamins help hair grow a few times and have seen it posted in some form or the other a lot lately. So, I figured I’d share my thoughts on the subject. I’m not saying I’m an expert, but these are my observations based on the things I’ve learned about hair through reading lots of hair blogs, watching lots of videos, and/or observing through my own experiences.

A good diet, adequate nutrients, hydration, and exercise are foundations for healthy hair and growth. But, many mistake lack of length retention for lack of growth. Unless there is some underlying condition, hair is always growing. If hair is growing elsewhere on your body, it’s growing. And it’s pretty easy to know your growth rate if you relaxed/relax or color/colored your hair. However much new growth you had 4-8 weeks post relaxer/color will tell you your growth rate. The problem often is that the growth is lost to breakage (i.e. the hair is not retaining length).

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Marsha's Surprise Big Chop and Journey to Natural Hair


by Marsha Willis of www.savvynaturalyou.com

It was around midnight; I jumped out of bed remembering that I needed to finish my son’s hair for school pictures. My son, who was six at the time, had his first haircut months before.  He now wanted his hair back, so we were in the process of growing it out.  So earlier that evening, I started braiding his hair, which was a chore.  My children unfortunately inherited the cry-scream-kick tender headed gene from me and I had to take a short break. Well, I fell asleep longer than I expected with only half of his hair done.

I woke up and went to the restroom. Still sleepy, I glanced over at the wastebasket and noticed a whole bunch of hair sticking out of the top. I was trying to figure out who in the heck had all of that straight hair. Then I was thinking, well maybe the kids got into the hair that I saved from my son’s first haircut. I am embarrassed to admit it, but he had very long, RELAXED hair. He was five when he got his hair cut for the first time and like most moms, I saved it. My heart began to drop as I raised my left hand to touch the left side of my head and I realized that it was my own hair. What the heck, my hair was cut!

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This Is Why You Can't Find Your Purpose


by GG Renee of AllTheManyLayers

I was looking everywhere for the damn thing. I looked for it everyday, almost every minute. I knew I couldn't live long without it, so there was urgency. I cried because I didn't know what it would look like. What if I missed it? The longing lived in my touch, in my hugs and kisses. With my body, I searched. With my spirit, I watched and waited.

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