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Should I Really Use Grease on My Natural Hair?

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Photo from LeCoil By: Hair Liberty’s Nicole Hollis Q: Should I really use grease on my hair? A: Grease is usually a combination of petroleum (cleaned up sludge from the earth) and mineral oil (even cleaner, liquefied sludge from the earth). Petroleum-based products come from the same Earth that we pollute everyday with factory run off, pharmaceuticals, household chemicals, etc. Questions…

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How to Protect Your Hair While Swimming

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by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty Swimming is fun and relaxing whether you’re doing it for exercise or just to cool off. You don’t have to limit your pool time for your hair, but you do have to take some extra precautions. Chlorinated water and constant friction from swimming will take a toll on African American hair. Spend a few…

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Is It Really Bad to Grease Your Scalp?

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by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty If you grew up in a traditional African American household, a jar of hair grease was never too far away. Oiling the scalp with thick grease was thought to be a staple of any good hair care regimen. Today, experts advise against oiling the scalp, but many African American women still believe that hair…

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Understanding Fine Natural Hair

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by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty After studying African American hair in depth, doctors and scientists have found a lot of common features. Hair of African descent is likely to be very curly, dry, and fragile by nature. Those are the more universal characteristics, but obviously every black woman’s hair isn’t the same. One of the most important differences between…

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Minimizing Natural Hair Damage

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by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty When you’re enthusiastic about hair care and dedicated to a healthy hair journey it can be difficult to be objective about your hair. It’s easy to talk about things that keep the hair healthy like gentle handling, good conditioners, and low manipulation, but if those were the only things that mattered, everyone’s hair would…

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Split Ends Even After a Trim?

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Hair Liberty’s Nicole Harmon, our Resident Curl Chemist, is answering your most urgent hair questions. Check it out!  Q: I have split ends all the time even right after a trim. How can I get them to stop? A: Your hair splits when the cuticle has been completely worn away. That can happen anywhere on the strand, but it’s most…

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