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Honey for Growing Long, Natural Hair

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by Claire Aviles Most of us know that honey is one of those great “superfoods” that contributes to a healthier lifestyle. The natural and organic cane sugar alternative has a long shelf life and is great for everything from sore throats and migraines to digestive issues and insomnia. But did you know that honey is also great for your hair?…

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The Ingredient with All the Slip, Zero Buildup

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by Tonya McKay  Quaternium-80 Quaternium-80 is a conditioning ingredient found in moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. It is reported to be a great emollient and detangler, but its name causes quite a bit of confusion as to its role and mechanism by which it performs in products. Is it a polyquat or silicone, and is it prone to buildup? Is it…

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Ingredients for the Slip Addicted Natural

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by Christina Patrice Are you addicted to slip? You know…slip! Our hair tends to be dry and the older it gets–or further from wash day–the dryer it gets. Curly or coily hair tends to curl or coil around itself and create tangles or knots (yes, knots) when dry. Many of us are always on the hunt for products that will…

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True or False: Sulfates are the Devil

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by Christina Patrice One of the cornerstones of the Curly Girl Method is avoiding shampoos and cleansers that contain sulfates. As a result of the rise in popularity of embracing naturally curly hair, many product manufacturers have responded with shampoos, cowashes, and other cleansers that are labeled as “sulfate free” to meet textured hair demands. But in truth, many products…

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