Salon Give Back Grant Winners Have Been Selected!


Beauty salons occupy sacred space in the lives of Black women. Our stylists not only make us look good, they also make us feel good! We go to the salon to keep our hair on point, but also for good vibes, advice, support, and sisterhood. Our stylists aren’t just stylists, they’re family, and COVID-19 has hit them particularly hard. With “Safer at Home” practices, salons all over the country were forced to close their doors and independent stylists were unable to make a living.

To address this critical need, Gold Series from Pantene and Royal Oils by Head & Shoulders partnered with Grammy award winning singer Monica and Reflect Beauty to launch the Salon Give Back Program, awarding 20 grant recipients with $10,000 each, for a total of $200,000 to support the community. Please join us in celebrating our 20 winners!


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5 Amazing Benefits of Mango for Natural Hair


by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

Summer is almost here and you know what that means, mango season is in full effect. One of the most popular fruits eaten around the world, the mango, is best known for its fragrant smell and sweet, juicy flesh. These fruit carries a host of different essential vitamins and nutrients that help ward off heart disease and diabetes, as well as preventing asthma, protect against certain types of cancers, and even aids in calcium absorption.

Aside from being incredibly delicious, mangoes have also proven valuable when it comes to skin and hair health. Everything from the skins to the seed have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic treatments for conditions ranging from dandruff to hair loss.

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The 4 Best Tools for Detangling Natural Hair

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Now, every natural girl, curly girl, kinky girl and coily girl HATES tangles. They are annoying, time-consuming (to remove carefully) and counterproductive to our hair growth goals. They can make washday a hellish nightmare, and can be a transitioners biggest problem.

Who wants that? I am not saying washday should be an orgasmic experience (as the old Herbal Essence commercials would have you believe) but they should at least not be something we hate and put off doing. It seems I have slowly moved away from tangles becoming a weekly occurrence and I just realized this the past few weeks. There are a few tips I've learned over the past year but there are also some vital tools that have really kept those tangles at bay.

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The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for Hair Typing Natural Hair


by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair typing is the easy way to determine what type of curls you have. Although it is obvious enough that natural hair varies in texture, hair typing is a system that makes it easy to point out what category your strands fall in. Hair typing is a big thing in natural hair and while the verdict is out on whether it truly figures it all out for you, many still subscribe to it in aiding in hair product purchases and how to care for one's own curls.

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Should I Detangle My Natural Hair Before or After I Shampoo?

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

The natural hair community is chock full of information of all kinds. From co-washing to deep conditioning and sealing, there are many different tips and tricks that are shared by some of our favorite natural hair gurus. One of the most discussed topics by far is definitely the different methods of detangling and whether it’s more effective when done either before or after shampooing the hair.

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Detangling Made Easy!- Avoiding Tangles and Simplifying Washday



Washday blues…ugh! They will have you cursing for sure. We love our curls, coils, and waves but sometimes we get tired of the extra work many of us face during washday. I used to dread washday but now I have gotten my washday down to a science by planning ahead. This is a necessary component of healthy hair, so I put on my big girl panties and do what I gotta do!

Let’s not even pretend you do not understand what I am saying. You, yes you are the biggest culprit for your tangled washdays. I am calling you out (myself included), because we can make them easier if we take the time to ensure they run smoother. Here are a few ways to avoid tangles and simplify your washday.

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4 Wash Day Hacks: Detangling Natural Hair the Easy Way


 by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

If you’re someone who dreads the idea of wash day because of the hours you spend detangling, you’re not alone. In fact, as I’m writing this I’m cringing at the thought that I actually used to spend close to an hour and a half finger detangling my hair before wash day. While that may be because I rocked a twistout a couple of days too long or forgot to put on my bonnet before I went to sleep, I still wondered what I could possibly do in order to make this detangling process a little easier.

Now, I’m not one to go out and just buy a detangling product, because I honestly feel like its just watered down conditioner, so I went to the internet and found 4 really interesting detangling hacks to try out.

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Apricot Oil for Softer, Fuller Natural Hair


by Sabrina Perkins of Seriouslynatural.org

From olive to coconut, it seems as though every oil we come across is better than the next. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype, especially when we see our favorite You Tubers and hair crushes raving about the newest trends.

Although most of us would like to argue that coconut oil is the be-all-end-all solution for everything from dry scalp to crusty feet, apricot oil has been making waves for a while as possibly being one of the best oils in the game. So what’s so great about it? What is it about apricot oil that has everyone in such a tizzy?

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The Secret to Natural Hair Moisture Retention

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.com

There's a lot of information out there about the importance of the hair's cuticle and keeping it closed and smooth.  However, it's important to note that you first actually want to open it to allow in the moisture and nourishment!  This article will share details on the structure of the hair, and how to open and close the cuticle to retain proper moisture levels for healthy natural hair care.  A smooth, closed cuticle really is the secret to stronger, healthier hair.

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Top Tips for Caring for Natural Hair at Bedtime

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By Sabrina Perkins of NaturalHairForBeginners.com

What to do with your natural hair at night is just as important as what to do with it in the morning. While relaxed we really didn't worry much about it other than making sure to not ruin the style but as we learn more about how to care for our natural tresses we find the importance of everything we do!

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A New Treatment for Women Who Suffer from Hair Loss


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair loss is a serious subject that far too many women face. Couple that with the recent study findings presented at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting that black women are more prone to hair loss and you see why we cannot seem to stop discussing it.

This new treatment is called PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and requires no surgery, no drugs and no expensive or messy ointments. While this treatment is new, the process of Platelet Rich Plasma is not. According to ABC News:

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Any woman can experience thinning, breaking, or balding edges. It is not just women who are relaxed, wear weave, or are older. There are numerous reasons why your hairline can thin. Hair loss is not confined to men; women actually make up 40% of Americans suffering from hair loss, according to American Hair Loss. Thinning edges can be upsetting and embarrassing, and many of us are haunted by pictures of super models with bare edges. So it is no wonder so many women are desperate for answers.

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How to Make Your Hair Glow and Grow With Caffeine

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

When we think of caffeine we most think of coffee, tea or even soda. We also think of the negative effects they can have on our bodies and how we can cut down on our usage but just like anything else, there is two sides to a story.

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5 Reasons Your Natural Hair Is Not Retaining Length

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Many in the natural hair community are consumed with hair growth but the real concern should be on hair retention. Your hair IS growing and while there are four stages of hair growth, and while all are not growing phases, they continue throughout our lives.

While hair growth does slow down as we age, hair growth can be hindered by things like manipulation, weather, hormones, illness and medications, too. Despite all that, hair growth continues on in these four stages illustrated below:


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So, why is your hair staying at only one length? Your hair is not retaining length-- it's breaking off as fast as it's growing. Length retention is holding onto your hair longer and that means caring or keeping the oldest hairs (the ends) in better condition and healthier. If you are struggling with this, then are five reasons you are probably losing your length.

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Rejuvenate Your Natural Hair and Scalp with THIS Ingredient!

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Coffee is what gets me going in the morning but this amazing beverage should not just be limited to your morning Joe. Yes, coffee has excellent benefits for your skin and hair and since almost everyone has some in their home, it is easily accessible and ideal for DIY recipes. From hair rinses to scalp exfoliates, coffee is the gem you never realized you had or needed for healthy hair.

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How to Grow Long Hair: 8 Things You Should Never Do

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

How to grow long hair seems to be a mystery to so many new and veteran Naturals. For some, it’s a myth that only seems to exist on the likes of YouTube and Pinterest but not necessarily on their head. However, beautiful, long, natural hair is not a fairy-tale. Long, natural hair does exist, but these natural locks are not something that just happens overnight or by the luck of a braid or twist.

No, the women you see with long hair are consistent in their efforts, and while they undoubtedly did make a few mistakes along the way, they also learned what not to do along the path to growing long, natural hair.

Here are eight things you should NOT do when trying to grow long natural hair.

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3 Must-Have Deep Conditioners to Strengthen Hair & Prevent Breakage


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by Sabrina Perkins of Seriouslynatural.org

In the pursuit of a healthy hair journey, many Naturalistas face dry hair which can also lead to breakage which nobody wants. The following three deep conditioners help to prevent breakage, strengthen and add moisture to dry hair thanks to the emollients, humectants and hydrolyzed proteins.

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5 Oils for Hair Growth and Thickness


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Nothing’s worse than passing your hands through your hair and finding that you’re shedding more than usual. The worse part about this is that stressing over an excessive amount of hair fall will actually only make the condition worse.

Suffice it to say, there are many simple remedies to combat hair fall but the best and most simple remedy of all is implementing natural oils into your regimen. We always hear that oils are great sealants, and we know that they prevent dry scalp, but what benefits do they have in regards to hair fall and retaining natural hair length and thickness? Here are the top 5 herbal oils to use in order to reduce and prevent shedding.

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Why Does My Natural Hair Always Look So Dry?


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

When it comes to maintaining moisture in your hair, sheen is one of the main characteristics you are told to look out for but what if your hair doesn’t have “sheen?” The reason being is straight hair reflects light, while highly textured hair with its curls and and bends actually refracts light, giving it a dull appearance.

There is a difference between our hair's natural less-than-sheeny look and being dry. Yes, it is possible for your hair to be lacking luster, but it doesn’t always mean that the hair is dry or lacking moisture. There are many reasons as to why some natural hair seems to look more dry than others, but here are 3 main reasons why your natural hair is lacking luster:

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Black Women And Hair Loss: How To Stop The Cycle


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Hair loss is not just a problem for men as women actually make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers according to the American Hair Loss Association. Honestly, many women are suffering in silence and this devastating problem is no more felt harder than in the African American community.

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