5 Top Tips for Thinning Hair

Susan Johnston of NaturallyCurly writes;

You’ve finally learned to love your curls . . . and now you’ve noticed those once-lustrous locks are thinning. Oh, the injustice! Don’t despair—we’ve compiled five tips to keep you and your curls looking chic and stylish at any age.

1. Rule out a medical issue.
While everyone’s hair thins a bit with age and thinning hair can be genetic, it can also be a sign of a medical issue like anemia or thyroid problems. Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist, recommends asking an endocrinologist or dermatologist to rule out these issues. “Most medical doctors are not the ones to rule out medical issues. A dermatologist or endocrinologist would be the best medical experts to go and see,” she explains. A poor diet may also contribute. Fortunately, “if you lack iron and start eating red meats then the hair will regrow once your diet is appropriately balanced,” says Jaliman.

2. Consider Biotin supplements.
According to Jaliman, biotin supplements (also called vitamin H for “Haar and Haut,” which mean “hair and skin” in German) can help thicken hair and strengthen nails. Though biotin occurs naturally in some foods, few food sources are rich in the vitamin, so during the 1940s, Swiss scientists developed a synthetic process to replicate it. Biotin supplements are now available over the counter, and Jaliman says they are extremely effective.

Learn to Decipher your Product Labels

Laurabeth Scolari of Naturallycurly writes:

Some people are product junkies. I’m an ingredient junkie. Ultimately, I strive to predict whether a product is worth my time and money before I commit to trying it.

As I’ve experimented with new products, I’ve discovered three categories of ingredients that suggest a product is going to provide more bad hair days than good ones. Obviously, every curly’s hair is different, so what is a disaster for my curls may be the bees knees for another head of curls.

Here are my four tips for deciphering ingredients labels.

5 Wacky Beauty Tips That Work!

Alyssa of NaturallyCurly writes:

Women are constantly being told different tips that we want to believe will work, but rarely do. However, we have put together a list of 5 tips that might seem wacky but are proven to work wonders.

  1. Heat your eyelash curler: If you have stick-straight eyelashes one of the best ways to curl them is to heat your eyelash curler with a hair dryer for 5-8 seconds. Heating it will act like a curling iron and that paired with waterproof mascara (which dries faster) will give you perfect eyelashes.
  2. Freeze your eyeliner: Do you have issues with you eyeliner crumbling the second you attempt to put it on? If you are thinking, “Yes! Every morning!” then this trick is just for you. Fifteen minutes before you begin to put on your makeup, stick your eyeliner in the freezer, and when you are ready to apply, it will go on easier than ever.
  3. Shave with conditioner: If you run out of shaving cream, grab conditioner instead of soap for your backup. The conditioner will soften the hair making shaving much easier and it will also leave your legs silky smooth. Also remember that the thicker the conditioner the less you need to use so you won’t feel like you are wasting it.

5 Reasons to Love Your Curly Hair!

Alyssa of Naturallycurly writes:

In honor of the season of love, we wanted to take a moment to remind you why you should love your curls day after day. So often during this month we focus on those that we love and we forget that we have to love ourselves just as much. So take a moment to reflect on why you love that curly hairstyle of yours.

  1. They are unique
    Every curl is as unique as you are and that is one thing to love about curly hair. Curls come in all textures and lengths and nobody’s curl is ever the same as someone else’s. I love to remind myself that anyone can have straight hair, but not everyone can wake up in the morning with natural curls. Plus, your curly hairstyles can be different each day, depending on the weather and the products you use.
  2. They help you smell great
    That’s right; smell great. Think about the products you use on a daily basis. One of the things that probably attracted you to it was the good scent. That scent is with you most of the day and knowing that someone could smell your curly locks and think “Wow! That smells nice” is something I know I can appreciate.

3 Major Ways to Detox Your Life in 2011

Detoxing your life means more than just losing that holiday weight or nixing the caffeine. It’s a good idea to examine all aspects of your life to uncover places you can cut down on the number of harmful chemicals and contaminants that affect you every day. Here are some places to get the ball rolling.

14 Days of Curly Love!

Naturallycurly writes:

We are offering Big Love for Curlies This Month with 14 Days of Giveaways! We are giving away more than $10,000 worth of prizes, plus a Curly Love Grand Prize—a $1,000 American Express gift card to spoil yourself. “Love is in the air this month so we at NaturallyCurly.com want our readers to love their curls and enjoy our awesome giveaways, ” says Michelle Breyer, president and co-founder of NaturallyCurly.com.

About the Contest- Check out all these amazing brand participating!

Readers are encouraged to take part in daily giveaways of various hair products and styling tools from our sponsors: Hair Rules, It’s a 10, Blended Beauty, Kinky-Curly, Miss Jessie’s, Paul Mitchell, Carol’s Daughter, Ouidad, Curly Hair Solutions, Twisted Sista, Amourai Organique, DermStore, AG Cosmetics and Folica. In addition to the fabulous giveaways, each entrant will qualify for a chance to win the Curly Love Grand Prize, a $1000 American Express gift card to use on spa treatments, products or anything their heart desires.

How to Enter

Participants must enter giveaway at naturallycurly.com/curlylove to be eligible. The giveaway begins Feb. 1, 2011, at 12:00 a.m. and ends on Feb. 14, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. Each entry goes towards the curly love grand prize drawing on Feb. 15, 2011. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

Good luck!

Banana Recipe for Radiant Natural Hair

Susonnah Gonzalez of Naturallycurly writes:
With all the right ingredients, you can make your very own hair mask at home! Enjoy the natural moisturizing effect of bananas with this banana smoothie hair mask.

Banana Smoothie Hair Mask: Quench dry or overworked hair with this fruity concoction that will leave your strands sparkling.

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Using a wide-toothed comb, apply the mask to your hair from the roots to the ends. Let the mask soak into your hair for about fifteen to thirty minutes. The more damaged your hair is, the longer you want to wait. Rinse out the mask with cold water, then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

For the original article, CLICK HERE!

Become NaturallyCurly's New Vlogger!

NaturallyCurly writes:

Want to work with Curly Hair Solutions, Hair Rules, Mizani, Pantene, and other top curly brands? You can! Enter for a chance to be one of five new video bloggers for NaturallyCurly.com.

We are on the hunt to look for five women with curly, kinky, kinky-curly, wavy and curly heads who embrace their texture but are also willing to straighten their locks now and then to help us review new and exclusive products!

Create a video explaining why you should be one of our official video bloggers, upload the video to your YouTube channel and then send the link to our marketing department. Then, we want to see your marketing skills! Promote the heck out of your video—on your Facebook page, via YouTube, your friends—just get the word out. We’ll consider your hit count when choosing our winners.

Be creative and have fun with it. We want to see your hair and your skill. Check out our current YouTube channel to get ideas and see some of our current video bloggers.

Once your video has been submitted, the NaturallyCurly staff will review and contact our 5 winners. Contest ends February 2, 2011, and winners will be announced on February 14, 2011.

Evelyn Celebrates One Year Natural!

Evelyn of Naturallycurly writes:

January 17, 2011 was my afro’s first birthday, folks! To celebrate, I made a video to explain why I went natural and why I make natural hair YouTube videos. I also feel it’s not enough to simply go natural. You’ve got to pay attention to your hair and learn something! Below is a list of things I learned my first year natural.

1. I need a “detangling my hair” playlist. Musiq Soulchild just seems to make the comb glide through my hair, and it seems like my coils like Bilal better than any conditioner.

2. Aloe vera does nothing to my hair that water can’t as a spritz. But it is good to mix with leave-in conditioner and a bit of oil. When I want to stretch my hair just for the purpose of pinning it up, that mixture works great on twists. Mmm, fluffy.

3. I have relatively thin and fine hair, naturally. Thin, as in the number of hairs on my head is less than average and fine, as in the diameter or width of a strand of hair is smaller than average.

4. Because of #3, I CAN’T rock mini twists. It just can’t be done.

5. Being natural taught me to love myself, so #4 doesn’t phase me; I can move on to different protective styles.

6. Oyin handmade is one of the most amazing hair care companies out there. So is Kinky Curly.

For the rest of her list, click here!

Video Celebration


Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare Products

Beauty Truths/Linda Stephenson writes:

I am often asked how can you tell if a skincare product is really worth the money that you spend on it? Well, the key is in reviewing the ingredients.

First, all cosmetic products in the US are required to have full ingredient listings on the package. So, if they don’t list the ingredients, don’t buy it. This just causes me to have images in my head of someone making it in their kitchen. And not wearing gloves. Yuck.

Second, be aware of the fancy techno-babble made up words like “contains nano-xelix complex #9”. That “new complex” is likely just some clever marketing person who made up a name. Usually it is just a combination of ingredients that are already used in other cosmetics, so just stick to the listing —and you will probably notice that the fancy complex name is not listed there.

Read more, HERE!

A Dangerous Price to Pay for Beauty

Burning eyes, nosebleeds and chest pain—these are just some of the symptoms that stylists experience when they perform certain Brazilian keratin treatments on clients. When Brazilian keratin treatments first appeared in salons, they took consumers by storm. Everyone wanted to try the revolutionary treatment from Brazil that worked miracles, transforming even the tightest curls into loose, silky strands.

The Brazilian Blowout, one of the biggest name brands for Brazilian Keratin Treatments, is a 90-minute long procedure aimed at smoothing the hair with a “Brazilian super nutrient complex.” Using keratin, the blowout is supposed to build a protein layer around the hair, leaving it frizz-free and in healthier condition than before the treatment. The effects of Brazilian keratin treatments are supposed to last about twelve weeks, but the glamour lasted only till 2007, when “Allure” magazine released an article exposing the presence of formaldehyde (a human carcinogen) in the Brazilian Blowout treatments. Ever since, more and more stylists and consumers have been skeptical of Brazilian keratin treatments, specifically the Brazilian Blowout products.

Check out the rest of the article, HERE!

Another article on BKT, HERE!

5 Diet Myths Refuted by Nutritionists

Susonnah of NaturallyCurly writes:

If you’re trying to lose weight, you’re probably suffering from an overload of information. Frustration inevitably occurs when diets left and right contradict each other, telling you to eat this when another diet tells you not to. Here to expose and disprove common diet misconceptions is Jackie Keller, nutrition expert and founder of NutriFit.

Diet Myth #1: Don’t Eat After Dinner

According to Jackie, it really doesn’t matter when you eat, it matters what you eat. It is true that people tend to be more metabolically active earlier in the day, which is where this myth stemmed from. However, it is not entirely disadvantageous to eat later in the day. Weight loss does not exclusively occur early in the day; your body does not know what time your watch reads. Weight loss is more a function of what you eat and how much of it versus when you decide to eat.

For the other 4 myths, click HERE!

Traveling: Emergency Hair-Care Replacements

Naturallycurly writes:

The holiday season is in full swing, so what does that mean? Traveling. And lots of it. Admit it, when checking your bags you say a prayer asking the hair gods to smile on you and get your products to your destination safe and sound. But what if the hair gods are napping between their own travels and you lose all of your luggage? No more clothes or shoes, and worst of all, your products—gone.

As scary as it is, it can happen to any of us. Three NaturallyCurly personalities—all different hair types—have put together a list of three emergency travel replacements that you can find at any drug store or grocery store. It’s better to be prepared than stranded and wondering what to do next!

Keep Reading!

Going Natural- Everyone's Doing It!

Alyssa writes:

For the NaturallyCurly bunch, going natural is something many have worked for and many have achieved. For the rest of the population, it’s an up and coming trend to look for. But should going natural really be something that we consider a trend?

Going natural can be a long process that takes many months to get adjusted to. It’s a big decision for many people, especially for the women who are worried about what the men in their life will think of their new ‘do.

So what’s the rave about going natural? “Glamour” magazine did a recent article about the benefits of going natural and it has generated a lot of natural buzz.

Read more HERE!

Top 10 Foods for Gorgeous Natural Hair

Sarah Nelson of NaturallyCurly writes:

It you have tried every shampoo and conditioner to get your tresses looking gorgeous and still have not succeeded, you might want to take a look in your kitchen.

As a dietitian, I help many people with their health and nutrition goals. When it comes to having beautiful hair and a healthy scalp we often forget that what we eat and drink will directly affect the quality of our hair. Most people will consider the hair products that they use and treatments (blow drying, styling) that they do to their hair but it’s easy to forget that what you put into your body is just as important if not more important.

Hair grows about ¼ to ½ inch every month and the foundation of all new hair, skin and nail growth is reflected in the nutrients that we eat. If you’re a healthier eater then you will grow strong and healthy cells inside and outside of your body. Eating a well-balanced diet will provide your body and hair the growth-promoting proteins and iron that it needs to get those fabulous locks you crave.

It really isn’t rocket science, right? It makes sense. If you are constantly filling up on mac n’ cheese and fast food burgers, then your body inside and out is not reaching its full potential.

So what should you do if you want lovely locks? First and foremost, you should make sure that you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet including plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and lean proteins like fish (salmon and tuna for omega-3 fatty acids), chicken and beans to name a few. Avoid diets low in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, because they are often the cause of hair dull and brittle.

Check out these 10 foods that can improve hair quality. While you are improving your outside appearance you will also be improving your insides! Enjoy.

One Woman's Experience with the Keratin Treatment

HJ Lutz of Naturallycurly writes:

Well, I did it! After much internal debate, research and a very convincing conversation with a mom from my son’s school who happens to be a hair stylist, I decided to get the Coppola Keratin Complex treatment on my 4a/4b type hair. I was very leery about the treatment as I’d read that it contained formaldehyde and wasn’t sure how that would affect me. The stylist, who I will call Joan, assured me that it was safe, as she not only got the treatment herself, she also applied to her young daughter’s textured hair. Ok…sure. Another concern was the price. Most of the area salons were charging upwards of $250. I did not want to shell out that kind of cash unless it was a sure thing. Joan’s salon charged $150 so I decided to go for it. The worst that could happen is that I’d get an overpriced blowout and cut.

See what happens, HERE.

Win Free Accessories From Relic

NaturallyCurly writes:

We love to thank our NaturallyCurly community with hair products and tools as much as possible, but we are happy to announce something a little different, hosted by fashion-forward Relic Brand. Starting December 9 through December 20, Relic and NaturallyCurly will be giving away a fabulous accessory every day. Prizes include handbags, clutches, watches, and belts. Now is the time to reward yourself for all of those hours logged at the mall, and stuff your own stocking!

To enter, just visit here every day from now through Dec. 22. Relic Brand is also letting our curlies in on a super-secret sale: a code for an additional 20% off on Relic’s Online Exclusives, which are already marked down by 30-40% for a total savings of up to 55%! The only thing you need to worry about is how jealous your friends will be. Good Luck!

Top 10 Curly Hair Myths

Naturallycurly writes:

We asked three of NaturallyCurly’s favorite hair personalities—all different hair types—to help us understand some of the most common hair myths out there.

Curly hair is easier than straight hair

True and False.

Let me explain. Some people will always be high maintenance, regardless of their hair texture or curl pattern. I know ladies who spend more time on their “more manageable” relaxed hair than I spend detangling my entire afro! It’s all a matter of personality. I’m extremely simple, from my products (I only use about 4 total) to my styles (afro puff, anyone?). I was the same way with straight hair. A ponytail and I was set.

On the other hand, caring for highly textured hair is more time-consuming in one sitting, but we usually don’t touch our hair for a week solid. So yes, I spend one whole hour detangling my hair (and that’s BEFORE I shampoo and deep condition!) but once I style, I won’t have to even think about my hair until next week—afro chicks don’t shampoo frequently.

So yes: afro hair requires high levels of patience and will take longer to properly care for, but no: that doesn’t make straight hair “easier”.

My hair is not difficult. Just different.

Does weather really matter?


Weather will dictate what your hair can do and how it will feel. The more coily and textured your hair is, the more fragile it is. Each bend or spiral in your hair is a point of potential breakage—and I got A LOT of spirals.

But remember that everybody is different: my hair absolutely LOVES the humidity of Austin, Texas, in the summer. All that moisture in the air makes my fro super soft and curl up in millions of cute coils. Some types of afros hate the moisture in the air and get frizzy.

One thing I think we all have in common is battling the dry, cold winter months. The wind whipping against your ‘fro may result in brittle hair. The moisture has been sucked out of it, and there’s no moisture in the air to bring it back. Solution? A phrase we like to use called “sealing the hair.” It’s when you properly moisturize the hair inside while getting ready and lock in that moisture (water) with an oil. Since water and oil don’t mix, the oil will lay on the surface of the hair, protecting it from wind and keeping the water from escaping! You can also keep your hair in protective styles or wear hats to protect your fro.

For the rest of the article, click HERE!

Fix for Dry Lips

Naturallycurly writes:

Repair for dry lips can be found by mixing 1/4 tsp oil (olive or grapeseed works best), a pinch of salt and 1/8 tsp sugar. Apply to lips and cut an orange in half (not lengthwise but against the segments). Apply remainder of mixture to the orange. Gently press the orange to closed lips and twist the mixture covered orange over the lips gently for a few minutes to exfoliate. Rinse and follow with lip mask. For lip mask, mix 1/4 tsp sour cream, 1/4 tsp honey, 1/2 tsp oatmeal flour, 1/8 tsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp dry milk, and a few drops of orange juice. Apply to lips. Remainder can also be used on face or other dry areas. Before bed, cover lips with Vaseline to lock in moisture.

— Marina Valmy, director of Christine Valmy skincare company

CN Asks:

Have any of you ever experienced your lip gloss causing thin lines of white gunk in the corners of your mouth? What the hell is that?! How can it be prevented?

The Scoop on Mega-Tek

“Mega-Tek” sounds like the newest sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? But it’s actually the name of a much-buzzed-about, protein-based, cell-regenerating product that girls with textured hair are raving about.

Like the popular Mane ‘n’ Tail product of years gone by, Mega-Tek is marketed for the equine market, to improve hoof strength and tail length. “Accelerates hair regrowth on bare spots caused by equipment and blanket rubs, skin conditions or injuries. Makes hair stronger reducing breakage,” the EQyss (Mega-Tek’s maker) website says.

But curly girls have discovered that the product works great for humans, too. Apparently the product was originally designed for humans, as a hair cell regenerator for hair damaged by perm, chemicals or heat. But for whatever reason, EQyss chose to market it for pets and horses, (We tried to get an interview with the company, but they declined.)

Want the scoop, click HERE!

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