How to Wash Braided Hair, the Right Way



By Mary Wolff

When it comes to hairstyles that make life easier, braids are a top choice. They look great, last for weeks, and protect strands from damage. When it comes to care, some curlies are confused about washing braided hair. Let’s break down the basic and put your mind at ease.

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This Dad's Hair Braiding Skills Give New Meaning To The Term "Snatching Edges!"


Chad Milner with daughter Cydney
By Chad Milner

One Sunday afternoon, when I was 16 years old, I had a random-yet-intuitive premonition. I looked at my then-months old little cousin in her bassinet and thought to myself “My first child is going to be a little girl,” as my grandmother weaved cornrows into my teenage scalp.

I didn’t give the credence much thought until a decade later. My long-time girlfriend was in her first trimester and we conversed about the gender of our first child. Without hesitation, I told her we were having a daughter and I wanted to be the kind of father that did her hair.

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Hands Off: Things I Wish I’d Said to the Flight Attendant Who Touched My Hair


 By Veronica Wells via On She Goes
 
My friends and family asked if I was nervous about traveling to South Africa with my boyfriend to meet his family over Christmas. I wasn’t. What I was anxious about was getting there, which involved 28 hours of travel, including a nine-hour layover in Saudi Arabia before heading to Johannesburg.
 During the long layover, we watched TV shows my boyfriend had downloaded and slept, and I spent a good hour crying to The Color Purple (New Broadway Cast Recording). When it was time to board the plane, I was actually surprised that the time had passed so quickly.

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Do Certain Juices Help Hair Grow Faster?


Photo: Gainsvillegrub.com
By Mary Wolff
The juice craze is at full-force with today’s health conscious crowd. With more and more people worried about getting the right nutrients into their busy day, juicing is a great way to guarantee a healthy intake of vitamins, fatty acids, and other essential elements. There are sure signs that juicing can be beneficial to your health, but what about your hair? Do certain juices help hair grow faster? Let’s take a look at this hot topic.

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Natural Hair Women Are Relaxing Their Edges? Yes, It's A Thing!

 Beauty vlogger Jai Marii.
By Samantha Callender for Essence.com

While many Black women across the globe are embracing their natural kinky and coily texture, there is one thing that they still want to be sleek and straight: their edges. Of course there are no shortage of edge control options (this one by Creme of Nature is a favorite), but many are finding that they need a little extra assistance.

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Highest High Top Fade: Benny Harlem Breaks The Guinness World Record

Benny Harlem- Source: Guinness World Record
 By Winnie G.
Benny Harlem is a father, teacher, entrepreneur, model and now a Guinness World record holder. He first broke the internet with stunning photos of his amazing natural hair together with his daughter’s equally stunning natural hair. He’ll be in the Guinness World Book of Records 2018 for having the highest high top fade measuring 20.5 inches (52 cm) high.

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Fall In Love With Kirbi's Candy-Colored Do's! #fallhairinspiration

Kirbi on Instagram
Looking to make a statement this fall? A look that celebrates the TWA not as a necessary stop on the way to length, but as the destination? Look no further than Kirbi's candy-colored do's that are so much fun they may inspire you to do the big chop all over again! #fallhairinspiration

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DIY Hair Smoothies


by Mary Wolff
Smoothies are a great way to get a bunch of nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. When your hair needs a boost in more than one area, a DIY hair smoothie should do the trick! Just like your breakfast smoothie, there are a few masks you can try to make this multi-tasking mask a reality for your curls.

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Return Of The #PickAndPat: 7 Afro Hairstyles That Got Next!

Lauren
Alright Ladies, we know that some of you are tired of twisting, braiding, relaxing, protective styling and everything in-between, so why not give a try to the classic pick and pat? Though with any look you have to make sure to keep it trimmed and conditioned, aside from that, it's pretty much, pick (check!), pat (check!), and Go! (See ya later!) To give you a little inspiration, here are 7 #pickandpat afros that may make you rethink your hair routine.

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Yoga and Hair Growth

 By Mary Wolff

There are lots of things people claim will change your hair for the better. From the latest superfood to revamp your strands to the newest products you absolutely have to try, there is a lot of hype and noise regarding your locks. With all this fuss added on top of your already stressful day to day life, yoga might be worth a shot for several reasons. You might have heard about the connection between yoga and hair growth. Before you jump on the bandwagon and claim your gorgeous long locks by finding your Zen, let’s take a closer look.

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The Bald & Beautiful: Celeb Barber Shares Tips On Maintaining This Carefree Look

Actress Sanaa Lathan
 By Lenora Houseworth-Weston  

Shakeya “Shakey” Mervin, known as "Shakey-da-Celebrity-Barber" on instagram knows about a bomb cut. The self-taught, Harlem-based barber began professionally cutting hair after she struggled finding a new job as a teacher just six years ago. During that time, she leaped head first into the male-dominated field after reading a Craigslist ad--and soon found a calling that allowed her to totally be herself, like in the classroom. Since then, she’s snagged clients like BET's 106 & Park, Mike Epps, Sidra Smith, Cicely Tyson and more.

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Are Expired Hair Products Safe to Use?


By Mary Wolff

While most of us pay attention to the expiration dates on the perishables in our fridge, and we wouldn’t dare think of eating food past that date, most people don’t pay as much attention to their hair products. If you have never thought about your products even having an expiration date, you may be in for some shocking information. Do products have expiration dates? If so, are expired hair products safe to use? 

Is The Natural Vs. Relaxed Hair Debate Perpetuating Intraracial Discrimination?


By Kanisha Parks

After reading all of the responses on Facebook to my article, “From Natural to Relaxed: A Growing Trend?” I realized that when it comes to hair, we truly have many dissenting opinions. Some comments were combative, and it made me wonder why we’re willing to sacrifice decency and respect for one another for something as simple and superficial as hair?

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Erica LaShai 'Rocks A Fro For The People' While Flipping The 'For The "D" Challenge'



It's 11:30pm on Monday when I come across this image on the gram. The fro kills. The beat drops. Oh, she's about to do the 'For The D Challenge?!' She spits her first bar: "I rock a fro for the people." While everyone else is doing it for the "D," Erica LaShai is doing it for the people. Click the video to watch her flip the script! 

How I Responded When A Kid Called My Daughter's Hair 'Ugly'

Erickka Sy Savané

"Your hair is ugly," said my daughter's classmate. My first reaction was to go right up to the school and give that child a good whop upside the head. However, I had enough good sense to know that going ham on a five-year-old would only land me in jail. No, there had to be a better way to handle this. But how, Sway?

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 Vitamin D for Healthy Hair


By Mary Wolff

When it comes to your hair, you want it to be as healthy as possible. Most people understand the connection between the foods we eat and the way we feel. Did you know the foods you eat are just as important in the way you look, too? This should come as no surprise to anyone that a well-balanced diet is key to looking and feeling your best. However, there have been some new studies which look at the role of Vitamin D in particular as related to healthy hair. While it takes several different elements of nutrition to get great locks, there are many reasons to add more Vitamin D for healthy hair.

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Did You Say, DIY Braidless Crochet Hairstyle?


We know it seems like an oxymoron. But it's true.
Watch Clarissa Todd do a crochet hairstyle without the braids! She says, "The Braidless Crochet Hairstyle cuts my styling time in half!"
For more Clarissa follow her youtube channel!
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Is ‘From Natural To Relaxed' A Growing Trend?

 Ciara Rae
“I just can’t take it anymore.”
These were the six words that came out of my mouth when I finally made the decision to go back to relaxers. It was a decision I’d been turning over in my mind since the beginning of the year and in July, it was settled: after 7 years of being natural, I was officially done.

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How Your Hair Ties to Your Self-esteem

 By Mary Wolff

Women have had their bodies policed since the beginning of time. As with many things in life, women of color, in particular, have felt the overwhelming pressures of this policing on everything from skin tone and hair texture to body shape. More and more researchers, professors, and thinkers are coming together in a quest to understand the complexities women of color face in terms of their self-image and how society affects self-confidence. While racial identity is a complex matter, and everyone has their own unique experiences, there are certain societal expectations on female beauty which are so ingrained in the media that they affect women of all ages in a myriad of ways.

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Lifeless Hair No More! Zara Shows The Secret To Maximum Volume

Hi Naturals, 
This is a very simple tutorial on how to achieve maximum volume with natural hair. This method works great for even those with thin and/or fine hair; it leaves the hair full of life and body. In other words, I’m showing my full “fluffing" process ahaha.

I hope you enjoy it!

Best Wishes,
Zara

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