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If you let Mother Nature take control of your hair, you will be in for a real treat. All the extensions, weaves, and clips-ons will just be a phase of the past and your hair will thank you for the hands-off approach because frankly, the chemicals and the weave won’t be tearing your luxurious locks apart.
Your hair is best at its natural state. So naturally, you gotta take care of it. Not to mention, the normal wear and tear hair goes through each day (the tight headbands, pony tail holders and the constant brushing is a definite cause of thinning in the front of your head).
Natural hair care keeps your hair truly healthy, but what are the real-life costs of going natural?
My mother, my sisters and I all have dreadlocks. The cost of being natural to us is very cheap, compared to the large amount of money we would be spending on a relaxer or perm products with five women in the family. So what do we use? Dr. Bonner’s Pure Castile Liquid Almond Soap ($10 give or take), some lock and twist gel (about $5), Arganand coconut oil (around $15 to $20 for both), and we call it a day. (We also occasionally braid and curl our hair with pipe cleaners, in which case we have to sit under a hair dryer for a few hours).
All in all, our natural hair routine is around $40 dollars every two months. Not only are we using natural hair care products that keep our hair healthy, but also the routine is pretty cheap compared to the hundreds and thousands of dollars many women spend on their hair in just one month (no really, check this out).
Generally what moves women to go natural is the hair breakage and thinning from chemical treatments, and the costs of keeping up the chemically-treated hair. According to Ebony.com, more than 65 percent of black female consumers have relaxed hair. It’s around $50 to $250 for a relaxer to last six weeks, which means the cost of chemically processed hair is far surpassing my family’s mere $40 dollars for our natural hair upkeep.
Is the natural route the way to go? Read on for more details at StyleBlazer.com
Earlier this year Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Porsha Stewart, officially launched a line of premium quality hair extensions, Go N*ked Hair. Now it looks like the soon-to-be divorced reality TV personality has ventured into the beauty business as well. According to BET, in addition to Go N*ked Hair, the Atlanta native has also launched Beauty by Porsha, a line consisting of hair care and beauty products.
Products offered by the new line include Bye Frizzy! towelettes, which are supposed to assist with the taming of flyaway and unruly hair strands.
“I needed a product to keep my hair neat and smelling fresh. We created ‘Bye Frizzy!’ for all women who need a quick refresher,” says Porsha.
In addition to Bye Frizzy!, the line also offers Bye Brittle! nail hardener, which is said to restore damaged nails. Porsha is among the ranks of several reality stars who have taken a stab at the beauty business since snagging roles in popular reality shows, including Basketball Wives‘ Tami Roman, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta‘s Rashida and fellow Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Kenya Moore.
Do you think you’d be interested in trying out any of these products?
“In winter, dry your hair before you leave the house! It really pays to get up half an hour earlier to blow dry your hair, or a couple hours to let your hair air dry. Of course, the time will depend on the length and thickness of your hair,” says Erin J. Bailey of BlogHer.4. If you’re into hair extensions and weaves, maintain your hair underneath between installations When wearing beautiful hair extensions and sew-ins, sometimes it’s easy to forget about your own lovely tresses. Celebrity hair stylist and WE tv star Kim Kimble suggests allowing for good breaks between putting in new extensions.
“I do a hot oil treatment and deep conditioners while my hair is out. And when you wear extensions, you do need to give your hair a break. I’m going through my break period right now, as I’m not wearing extensions today. And you also should use sulfate free shampoo and detangling conditioner so that it doesn’t dry out. So while your hair is out, that is your opportunity to treat it, since its hard to get to when you have the weave in it,” says Kim.5. Protect your tresses from wool scarves and jackets Though we adore our lovely wool scarves and jackets that not only look good, but help shield us during those brutally cold fall and winter days, they aren’t necessarily the best items when it comes to our hair. Wool causes breakage due to friction. It also has a tendency to deplete your hair of necessary moisture. To protect your locs against this, we suggest updos, full sew-ins, or other protective styles that keep your hair up and away from your shoulders.
March is women’s month, and because it follows on the heels of Black History Month, there’s no better time to talk about a topic that is very important to Black Women — hair care. Here are our top eleven moments in Black Hair care History.
Self-Styled Entrepreneur Madam CJ Walker Makes Her Mark With Black Hair Care Products (1905)
Combining both beauty sensibility and business savvy, Madam CJ Walker (née Sarah Breedlove) built a wildly successful hair empire, around, among other things, the innovation of the pressing comb, which made it more user-friendly for Afro-textured hair (she had the teeth widened for her target market). Ambitious, driven, and dedicated to her company, Madam CJ Walker became the first female self-made millionaire in the United States.
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Is the texture or style of your hair preventing you from being hired? Sounds like a pretty silly question, however it was precisely the topic at hand during a panel discussion entitled “Black Women, Their Hair & The Work Place – A Dialogue” at Georgia State University.
Approximately 100 women gathered last week to contemplate the idea that their skills, talent and intelligence could be overshadowed by a hairstyle. And more often than not, the concern is based on women of color sporting their natural hair.
Yes, the hair that grows naturally from the roots of our heads could be contributing to the growing unemployment rates. Baffling.
Read more on BlackVoices.com.
We’ve all been there before. You head to a fabulous new salon to perk yourself up a bit, but wind up leaving feeling worse than you did when you walked into the place. While there may not be too much you can do to fix the current situation except grow your hair out or wait a few weeks to recolor, these tips will help you avoid any future hair scares and get the style you want the next time around.
I recently read an article that said women shouldn’t go natural because no one has time to wet their hair every day and moisturize every night. I nearly choked on my dinner. Do people do this? Realistically, are people out there tending to their strands at every waking moment and following “the rules” to a tee? I find that hard to believe. While we are all prone to stressing over the strict do’s and don’ts of proper hair care every now and then (guilty as charged!), I’ll let you in on a little secret: Sometimes, and perhaps I shouldn’t be telling you this, it’s OK to let some things fall by the wayside for a little bit. Besides, stressing about doing everything right all the time will only make your hair fall out anyway, right? Here are a few so-called hair rules you should feel free to break.