Make it Last Forever...How to Keep Summer Hair Color Poppin' into Fall

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By Janell Hickman

Color is having a moment this summer.
Whether tame or wild, all of your faves are switching up their looks—and we can barely keep up! But while it’s always fun to try a new look, the summer season can be notoriously hard on your hair—think sun, salt and chlorine—especially after your strands have undergone a strenuous chemical process like going blonde. To help manage it all, we caught up with a few A-list stylists whose clientele lists include everyone from Amanda Seales to Jennifer Hudson to give us the tea on how to maintain our color well into fall (and maybe even longer!)

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10 Go Big or Go Home Natural Hairstyles for Summer

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By Erickka Sy Savané

Summer is no time to shy up. In fact, it's time to go all the way in because it's hot and can't nobody be bothered. That said, we rounded up a few instagram favs who are doing the most to give us a little inspiration to peek out of our own boxes. Whatdoyathink? Are you ready to go big...ER?

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Why I Started Rocking Box Braids in the Boardroom


By Chantal Kai-Lewis

Last week, Malia Obama was spotted out and about in NYC sporting box braids. That "event" made it to a Harper's Bazaar headline.

The blog and media flurry surrounding Malia's departure from her straight hairstyles brought me back to a conversation I had several summers ago on a balmy late-July day in the bustling café of my local Wegmann's. That day, I had a lunch meeting - not unlike many others I've had in recent years.

It was with a newly minted college graduate seeking career advice. In walks Lindsay, an incredibly bright, poised and (I soon learned) ambitious young lady. We talked about the ups and downs of college, our similar upbringings and, of course, plans for the future.

Roughly an hour had passed when Lindsay took a glance at my wind-strewn wash-and-go curls and after a brief pause said:
"Okay, so…this is my last question for you: How do you deal with wearing your natural hair at work?"
Admittedly, and with a tinge of embarrassment, I came to the realization that I was not qualified to answer. I never wore my natural hair to work.

Summer Just Got Hotter With These 7 Braid Styles!

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By Brenda Alexander

I’ve always loved braids because they were easy and convenient. But, I would get bored after a few weeks of having them because they were one dimensional. I started working as a teenager and in some places of employment, they were even considered unprofessional. And now that I look back, regardless of how insensitive that perception could be, I can see how it may have appeared that way.

With the styles available now, there’s no need to stress over a lack of choices or looking like a misfit in any setting. And, with summer in full effect, now is the perfect time for protective styling and hair that’s durable yet fashionable at the same time. Here are the top braiding options to keep your hair (and body) on guard from the heat while also slaying.

The Mbalantu Women of the Namibia Know the Secret to Growing Hair to Incredible Lengths

Eembuvi braids worn by women of the Mbalantu tribes from the Namibia
By Mwabi Kaira

The versatility of our hair and all of the hairstyles we can pull off is just one of the many reasons it's great to be melanin. I recently wanted a cornrow style and searched images to show my stylist and ran across an image of eembuvi braids that left me breathless. The black and white image was of three women with their backs turned and braids down to their ankles. Eembuvi braids are worn by women of the Mbalantu tribes from the Namibia. It’s a style that requires preparation from a young age when Mbalantu girls use thick layers of finely ground tree bark and oils– a mixture that is said to be the secret to growing their hair to such lengths.

8 Go-To Hairstyles for 4C Hair

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By Ellen Haile
We all have those moments when we have no idea what to do with our hair. Sometimes we’re simply just bored or have forgotten what our options are. Luckily, for our 4C readers, we’ve put together a curated list of go-to hair styles courtesy of the gram!

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DIY Sleek Feed-in Braids on short 4C Hair


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Alright Ladies, summer is coming and what better way to protective style or just switch up your look than with some sleek cornrows!? Here vlogger BeautyWithTy shows us how to feed-in braids on short 4c hair. But don't fret, even if you have longer hair, this video is still for you! Now if you really wanna go all out for summer, try using colored extensions!

Spring Forward With These Fun Fab Natural Hairstyles!

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By Danielle Jennings

Whether you are newly a member of the natural hair community or a veteran naturalista, creative hair inspo is always welcomed. For spring, the temperatures are heating up and color palettes are brighter, so that means it's the perfect time to have a little fun and experiment with hairstyles that force you out of your comfort zone a bit. Try out a bold hair color, rock some intricate braids, or show off that gorgeous bone structure with a delicate updo. The options are endless!

The Beginner's Guide to a Bomb Flexi Rod Set

CurlyGaisha 
Aiight ya'll, flexi rods are not the easiest hairstyle to pull off even for natural hair pros like CurlyGaisha! For that reason, she's going to take you through the steps to getting a bomb ass flexi rod set like you see in the photo. So check the vid, subscribe to her blog, and if you try this at home, do tell us how it turned out!

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Reinventing the Undercut: 19 Undercut Hairstyles Just for You!


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By Jennifer Ford

Spring is the time to try a bold new hairstyle. Between bedazzled braids and Rapunzel tresses in colors unimaginable, the menu of edgy hairstyles to try this season is super appetizing and it just got even better.

Creative undercuts are the latest addition to the buffet of styling options, and we’re completely enamored with the buzzy look.

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3 Stunning Hairstyles Inspired by Black Panther for Girls...and us too!



Celai West 
Just to hear young youtuber Celai West talk about what she loves about the Black Panther movie alone is enough reason to watch this video! It reinforces why it's such an important film and why every young black kid of color should see it. So there's that, and then there's these 3 stunning hairstyles- inspired by the women of Black Panther- that are sure to inspire the warrior in you! If you like, be sure to subscribe to Celai's youtube channel, especially if you have a young girl at home! 

Crochet Braids: What Mistakes To Avoid.


Hey Ladies,

Ever tried to do crochet braids just to fail miserably? Or maybe you've been too intimidated to even give it a try? Well, this mommy-daughter video shows what mistakes to avoid when doing the oh so famous Crochet Braids! Take a look and if you like, share, comment and subscribe to Discovering Natural's page!!!

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8 Simple & Easy Hairstyles For 4C Naturals!


Naakie Nartey 
Hey Naturals, 
We know that it's not always easy to come up with new hairstyles when life is going on. That's why we love hair vloggers like Naakie Nartey who do the work so we don't have to! If you've got short-to medium 4c hair, and wanna try something new, here's 8 (yes 8!) styles to try that'll give you a little mo' pep in yo' step! If you likey, please show her some love by liking her page, sharing, subscribing and/or leaving a comment! 

Raven-Symoné On Wigs, Weaves And Why You Won’t Be Seeing Her Natural Curls

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By Toya Sharee via Madamenoire.com

After once giving us a glimpse into the up’s and down’s of being a child star and discovering image and self-worth in front of the camera her whole childhood, it appears the actress has finally gotten comfortable in her own style…although she admits that style can change from day to day. Raven recently appeared on My Mane Moment, a project where Essence magazine asks what celebrities “love about their locks, what they loathe, and why Black is so beautiful.”

What's Your Fav Gabrielle Union Textured Hairstyle?!

Gabrielle Union 
By Madamenoire
Gabrielle Union is undergoing a major transition career and image wise. In the past year, we’ve seen the actress become an activist and author, speaking out on sexual assault and race matters and publishing her first novel, We’re Going to Need More Wine. The 45-year-old also became an entrepreneur, debuting a line of hair care products under the brand name Flawless. And on that front we also saw Gabby makeover her own mane, ditching the straight styles she’s known for in favor of rocking more natural textures and, in some instances, her own hair.

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5 Inexpensive Ways to Freshen Your Hairstyle

 
 By Mary Wolff

Choosing your next hairstyle can be tricky. You obviously want something that is stylish and easy to care for, but you probably also want a look that will last a few weeks. When it comes to these 5 inexpensive ways to freshen your hairstyle, make your look go the extra mile without spending a lot of money.

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