4 New Growth Styling Tips


by Mary Wolff

No matter where you are in your natural hair journey, you have probably heard about or experienced new growth. New growth is just what it sounds like. It is new hair that has grown in with your existing, older hair which is either relaxed or permed. When transitioning to natural hair, new growth can be difficult to navigate because you essentially have two different textures on your head now. Here are a few of my favorite new growth styling tips to help make this part of the journey a little less bumpy.

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‘Tis the Season to be Straightened



5 Tips to Make your Salon Trip Jolly

by Shelli of Hairscapades

Whether it’s for the ease, the longevity afforded by low dew points, a slew of holiday parties, a style change, or a gift to pamper oneself, straight hair seems to be a holiday season favorite. And, if you are going the salon route, you may be a bit nervous about over-manipulation and/or heat damage. But, if you follow a few quick tips, you don’t have to be!

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How to Diffuse Natural Hair Without Heat Damage



 By Bri of Brirosecurly.com

There are four major steps to diffuse natural hair flawlessly and efficiently every time. Let’s start with what a diffuser actually is. A diffuser is an attachment added to your blow dryer. Normally this attachment is circular or bowl shaped, with tips. With the diffuser being circular, the heat covers more head space, adds volume, and preserves curls that are normally achieved the second day. Like any tool that uses heat, there are steps so that damage does not occur.

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The Secrets to Making Your Natural Hair Blowout Last


by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Looking for ways to keep your heat-styled natural hair straighter, for longer? Are you tired of spending hours blowing out your natural hair and it not lasting like you want? Girl, I have been there, and believe me I know that it can be frustrating. Whether you've spent hours doing it yourself, or hours at the salon, you want to get the most of your new style! #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat

I am here to tell you how you can get your blow out to last 2 weeks. I know you can because I have done it! Here are 4 ways to help make your blow out last up to 2 weeks.

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5 Tips For Straightening 4C Hair without Heat Damage


by Jensine from youtube.com/junglenaps

In the 11 years that I’ve been natural, I’ve been able to successfully enjoy straightening my hair without heat damage. I attribute my success to the following tips :

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How to Safely Straighten Your 4c Natural Hair


Hola Chicas!

The lovely Chrishelle Monet (aka All_Things_Gold) is showing us how she safely achieves a bomb blow-out on her 4c natural hair! Enjoy! 

How to Straighten Natural Hair Safely

instagram: stielglamour

Stiel Aubrey writes:

Hello beautiful people! Learning how to protect and love my hair has been a struggle growing up, but now as a 24 year old woman I am so in love with my natural hair! I have figured out the best way to take care and nourish my hair, and it started growing like crazy. My hair has never been healthier and I can switch to straight styles and not worry about my hair getting further damaged. I straighten my curls about 5 times a year and this is how I do it. We as natural women are blessed to be able to change up our look so drastically, so have fun with your hair and learn to love what has been given to you! Enjoy!

The Difference Between Direct Heat and Indirect Heat for Natural Hair


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

We discuss the dangers of heat on our hair and often we even use the term "direct heat" but what exactly is direct heat? Is it different from indirect heat? Yes, it is and despite the massive products on the market for straightening hair, if a natural wants bone straight hair without using chemicals then heat will need to be used.

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Dyson is a powerhouse in the vacuum industry but this past week, they've been making tons of waves (pun intended) in the hair industry. Dyson revealed the newest addition to their vast high-tech space-age products...Dyson Supersonic™. Touted as really, really different from any hair dryer you have ever seen, this dryer is one to be in awe of.

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THERMAL RELAXING: HOTTEST NEW STRAIGHTENING TECHNIQUE OR GLORIFIED HEAT DAMAGE?

IG @thetalentedicia 

by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Many of us want those laid tresses. Yes, we may love our coils, curls and kinks, but a sexy, sleek straight look is still coveted and can look amazing! While, many steer clear due to fear of heat damage, others try and find newer ways to get that sexy look without damaging the hair. Well, the newest thing out here that is getting much love is Thermal Relaxing.

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How to Use a Curling Wand On Natural Hair


Hola Chicas!

Check out Bianca Alexa's simple, wand curl tutorial.  It's a great way to style natural hair of any length when you're looking to switch up your look for a spell. With the proper precautions, you can avoid heat damage and enjoy big, luscious curls.  Interested in how you can preserve your wand curls at night?  Try the modified pineapple wherein you bend over at the waist, allowing your hair to gather at your crown, and then don your satin bonnet, stuffing your curls underneath.  When you take the bonnet off the next morning, your curls will be just as bouncy and as full of life as they were the day before! Enjoy!

How to Get Super Straight Natural Hair Using the Silk Wrap Method



by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

The original purpose of silk wrapping was to give relaxed hair that ‘flat ironed and silky’ look without excessive heat abuse.  This treatment involves applying a bit of moisturizer and shine spray to the hair before wrapping it, securing with saran wrap and sitting under the hooded dryer for a spell.

Somewhere down the line, though, someone got it in their mind to try this technique on heat styled, natural hair.  It works great for natural hair that has been roller set, blown out, pressed and/or flat ironed. The silk wrap serves the same purpose, with the added benefit of reducing the volume of the hair for a ‘flatter’ look.

If you're looking to extend the time between blow-outs and want to switch things up with a super sleek look, then this might be a great tip to try!

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How To: Straighten Natural Hair the Safe Way



Jewellianna (JeweJewe Bee) writes:

Hello CN community!

I want to share my straightening routine which shows how I take my natural hair from super curly to bone straight. In this video, I show how I blow dry, flat iron, and silk wrap my natural hair; plus, I give tips (as well as things to avoid) when trying to get natural hair on straight FLEEK! Enjoy!

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Straightening Natural Hair - My Tried and True Tips




via the forum, shauntielavette writes:

I'm straightening my hair tonight. Any tips on preventing heat damage?

CN Says:
(circa 2011)

I haven't straightened since Valentines Day. I remember it vividly because hubby requested it and I wasn't feeling it... the time consuming process or the end result. I think I washed like a couple of days later! Big hair all day over here.

So although I'm sure there may be some new techniques floating around, below, you'll find my tried and true tips...

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Dos and Dont's: How to Straighten Natural Hair



Some say that variety is the spice of life. I agree. For me, the monotony of anything has the potential to become boring. That includes wearing my natural kinks, coils, and curls.

Every now and then, I like to flat iron my hair. Being that hair is fiber, over time, manipulation, constantly pulling it back, extreme environmental temperatures, hair color, hormonal changes, illnesses, and heat can alter our hair’s texture. That is why I am deliberate about my process of thermal straightening---from beginning to end.

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How to Flat Iron Natural Hair for Silky Results


She'kia Renea is back, and with the weather getting all chilly and lacking humidity, she's showing us how to wash, blowout, and flat iron your natural hair.  Enjoy!
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I SURVIVED MY FIRST BLOW OUT!


by Yvette Mumanyi of https://yvettekemi.wordpress.com/

Girl,

DISCLAIMER: This is going to be a long one, so get comfortable. Consume a light snack if possible (Kidding! I’m just being dramatic!)

I preach about my no heat routine, why on earth would I blow dry my hair? Did hell freeze over? Was I kidnapped and held against my will, and my kidnappers torture techniques involved blasting my hair with various heat styling tools? (My mind is a strange place…I know…I know!) But just in case you were about to call the police, no.

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I’ve Become A Straight Hair Natural (without Heat Damage!)


by Shelli of Hairscapades

And I like it!! That’s right, I said it. I’ve been natural for 15 years, big chopped twice, and have nothing to prove. I love my natural curls. However, right now, I love the convenience and ease of straight hair a lot more! And, sometimes, that’s really all there is to it.

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Rehab Your Natural Hair After Using Heat




There are three hair treatments that all naturals should do post heat styling. These treatments add moisture back into the cortex of the hair strand, fill in any missing gaps in the cuticle, and increasing the hair’s elasticity.

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How to Avoid Heat Damage

 Photo Courtesy of Maria Antoinette


The number one self-inflicted hair related issue that I have seen as a licensed cosmetologist is heat damage. Heat damage does not discriminate by hair type. The tips that I have complied below can decrease the potential of heat damage and therefore help you feel more comfortable when using heat tools.

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