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Caring for Your Natural Hair in Humidity

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by Hadassah Agbaps of www.nappilynigeriangirl.blogspot.com As a natural based in Nigeria, I am constantly faced with sometimes unwanted natural phenomena such as: – frizziness – dryness – single stranded knots and splits – shrinkage Nigeria is an African country situated in the tropical belt. The weather is for the most part hot and humid and the sun beats down mercilessly on my…

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Tips for Softer Summer Curls

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By Christina Patrice Let’s face it — no one ever in the history of hair has gone on record raving about the having luxurious, parched tresses. Dry, crunchy, crispy hair isn’t cute. I’m not talking about gel casts from styling products that you can easily scrunch out with a dab of oil or serum, I’m talking about inherently dry, dehydrated,…

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Curly Hair Tips for Spring & Summer Humidity

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from my South African adventures!   Tonya Mckay writes; As we move into spring and summer — our favorite seasons for fun outdoor activities — we face challenges with our curly hair that are unique to the climate and activities. There’s no denying that the change in seasons can be tough on our hair care routines. Products and processes that…

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Maintaining Straightened Natural Hair

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by Alicia James of MsAliciaJames.com The truth is… fighting humidity is a pointless fight. When the moisture from the air hits your hair, the hair immediately starts to expand and shrink. Unfortunately, some more than others. I live in a climate that is very humid. As someone who uses heat regularly I have learned a few strategies on maintaining my…

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The Right and Wrong Way to Use Glycerin for Hair

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by Tonya McKay It seems that naturally curly folks have a love/hate relationship with glycerin. There is a lot of information, and misinformation, about this seemingly simple substance. I thought I’d shed some light on the chemical makeup of glycerin and how it affects curly hair specifically. Read On!>>> Benefits of Glycerin: Glycerin is an alcohol, known also by the…

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Mineral Oil for Reducing Frizz and Damage in Natural Hair

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#BoutThatIslandLife by Ktani Curly hair, and African-American hair in particular, can be dry. Products aimed for the latter used to contain not only mineral oil, but petrolatum, lanolin and sometimes vegetable oils. Petrolatum is greasy and contains wax; lanolin is a greasy, sticky wax and both can be hard to remove from hair without clarifying. Cosmetic (USP/BP) mineral oil used…

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The Science of Frizz- Nature or Nurture?

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from my Spanish adventures by Tonya Mckay Most curly-haired people have considerable personal experience with frizz. It is notorious for being an intruder on school picture days, job interviews, special occasions, outdoor events, and first dates. Its appearance can turn a good hair day into a ponytail day in a surprisingly short amount of time. Many a woman, when faced…

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Humectants, Weather and Hair Care Part 2

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by Susan Walker of Earthtone Naturals As a review of last week’s post we found that the state of your hair relies on a few things, and a very important factor is moisture. Weather can strongly influence the condition of your hair with conditions of high moisture and low moisture having various effects on the hair. Furthermore, specific ingredients like humectants…

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Humectants and Natural Hair Care- The Ultimate Guide

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by Tonya McKay Continue Reading!>>> Understanding Humectants Humectants are materials used in products to moisturize dry or damaged hair. They promote moisture retention by attracting water molecules from the local environment and binding them to specific sites along their structure. Adsorption vs Absorption Absorption is the process whereby a substance passes into the bulk of a material and are dissolved…

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