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Chilli Shares Tips On Working Out With Natural Hair | Curls Run The World

May 27th, 2016 - By Kay Hudson
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Women around the world with coily, curly and wavy curls, Madamenoire is proud to present our newest series: Curls Run the World, powered by Sephora!

The digital series highlights strong, powerful influencers with mixed curl patterns who offer tips and recommendations for natural hair.

Today, TLC singer and fitness guru, ‘Chilli’ chats about working out while natural and her new single ‘Body’ which helps empower women to workout. Check out some her best tips on Episode 3: Naturally Fit!
Click here to buy her new single, Body.

 

Episode 1 – ‘The Education of Natural Hair’ with Mo Knows Hair

Episode 2 – ‘Naturally Glamorous’ with Yolanda Renee

 

 

 

YouTuber Yolanda Renee Shares Tips on Being Naturally Glamorous | Curls Run The World

May 26th, 2016 - By Kay Hudson
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Women around the world with coily, curly and wavy curls, Madamenoire is proud to present our newest series: Curls Run the World, powered by Sephora!

The digital series highlights strong, powerful influencers with different curl patterns who offer tips and recommendations for natural hair.

Today, fab blogger, Yolanda Renee kicks off Episode 2: Naturally Glamorous. During this empowering episode, she offers suggestions on mixing fashion and art with natural hair.

Episode 1 – ‘The Education of Natural Hair’ with Mo Knows Hair

Episode 3 – ‘Naturally Fit’ with Chilli

Have you tried Sephora products for natural hair?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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“The Education of Natural Hair” with Mo Knows Hair | Curls Run The World

May 25th, 2016 - By Kay Hudson
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Women around the world with coily, curly and wavy curls, Madamenoire is proud to present our newest series: Curls Run the World, powered by Sephora!

The digital series highlights strong, powerful influencers with different curl patterns who offer tips and recommendations for natural hair.

Episode 1 explores ‘The Education of Natural Hair’ featuring Mo Knows Hair! Mo shares her journey and how she empowers others through her YouTube channel and making sure that women are educated about keeping their hair healthy. Be sure to tune in to MadameNoire everyday at 12pm EST this week to hear stories from beauty blogger Yolanda Renee, TLC singer ‘Chilli’ and poet Aja Monet.

Episode 2 – ‘Naturally Glamorous’ with Yolanda Renee

Episode 3 – ‘Naturally Fit’ with Chilli

#HairTruth: My Black Is Beautiful Launches Styling And Maintenance Webisode Series

May 24th, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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mbibHealthy hair is the truth, and if you don’t believe that’s so, look no further than My Black is Beautiful’s latest campaign, #hairtruth, showing that the best-looking and easiest to style and manage hair is the kind that’s healthy.

The Proctor & Gamble community-building program leveraged the help of natural hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood for the campaign which teaches women basic aspects of styling and maintenance to bring out their hair’s unique beauty in five educational webisodes. According to a news release:

In the #hairtruth webisode series, Felicia Leatherwood, also nicknamed, “the hair whisperer,” joins P&G Beauty Scientist, Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson and Dr. Rukeyser Thompson to discuss some common issues faced by women with textured hair, such as lack of moisture, protective styling options, scalp health, and hair breakage. In this conversation, the professionals highlight how the myriad of P&G products can help alleviate some of the women’s concerns; Pantene’s Expert Collection assists with targeted damage repair and intense hydration, Head & Shoulders’ Moisture Care Collection addresses scalp needs for a healthy foundation, Herbal Essences’ Hello Hydration is formulated to deliver moisturization that softens hair, and Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Moist provides deep conditioning protection.

One can never have too many tips in their natural hair toolbox , and with advice from such a well-respected hair expert like Leatherwood you can’t go wrong.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with P&G and the My Black is Beautiful campaign toward helping women achieve gorgeous, healthy hair that is easy to maintain,” Leatherwood said. “One of the great pleasures in my life has been advising women with a more personal touch through their hair journey. With my 15+ years in natural hair care education, along with P&G’s hair products geared toward women who look to have a better experience with their textured hair, I have been able to provide a more beautified way to do that. P&G has done a great job in researching and understanding what women with coils, kinks and curls need, and their products are a testament to that.”

Check out the five webisodes below. What tips did you pick up?

Naturalistas, What Would You Do If Your Stylist Snuck Relaxer Into Your Shampoo?

May 23rd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Months after I made the decision to cut the relaxer out of my hair, I remember having vivid nightmares of being in the salon, someone mis-communicating or misunderstanding and a beautician spinning me around to reveal my freshly relaxed hair. I know, from several conversations with other woman, that I’m not the only naturalista who’s had this thought.

According to Fusion, that’s exactly what happened to a woman in Georgia at Lucy’s Dominican Hair Salon in Marietta. She went to Lucy’s where she asked for a blow out, which includes a shampoo, conditioning and blow drying. But when she washed her hair, trying to get her curls back, she realized something wasn’t right.

When she called someone from the salon, the employee told her that it was standard procedure to add a little bit of relaxer into the shampoo. The employee told her it’s used specifically for people with natural hair and that it was nothing to be worried about.

When Charles Pulliam-Moore, the Fusion reporter reached out to the salon, they said that they were not commenting on the story.

Later, a Facebook page belonging to a user named Lizbeth Dominican Hair Salon posted a status informing present and future customers that they do not mix relaxer into their shampoo.

But after the woman posted her status, along with the picture of her damaged curl pattern, many women said that she would be well within her rights to sue the salon for permanently and chemically altering her hair.

No doubt.

Those who know anything about Dominican salons and Dominican culture at large understand that natural, thick, afro-textured hair is not well received. Not only in the salons but by many citizens of the D.R., who refer to this type of hair as pelo malo (Bad hair). Many in the country, with its fractured relationship with its neighbor Haiti ,believe that this type of hair not only points to African ancestry; or a connection to Haiti, but also a low socioeconomic status.

What do you think this woman should do in regards to the salon? What would you do in her situation?

Who Run The World? These 8 Girls With Curls

May 23rd, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Curls, koils, kinks — whatever you call your tresses, there’s no denying we all feel a little twinge of pride when we see a Black woman claim her time in the spotlight while rocking natural hair. Sure, this may be an everyday occurrence on the street, but in Hollywood and the media our hair textures still take a little getting used to. That’s why we’re so proud of these curly girls doing their thing loud and proud — big hair and all. We guarantee one of these favorites will become your hair muse by the time all is said and done. Be sure to check out a few of these women share their natural hair journey in our new series Curls Run The World launching this week.

Natural Hair Expos You Don’t Want To Miss

May 18th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Kinky, curly, wavy – no matter your curl pattern or hair texture, there are a ton of upcoming natural hair expos that will service your styling and natural hair maintenance needs.  These events cater to Black women with natural hair and women who are in the process of transitioning from chemically processed to natural hair, but there’s no need to feel left out if neither of these things describes your hair.

Beyond the hair tip, many of the upcoming natural hair expos also have a health and wellness component, informative workshops, hair pageants for children and adults alike, fashion shows, live demonstrations by popular vloggers and beauticians, celebrity guests and hair products galore.  Simply put, there’s something for everyone.  So if you’re in the following cities, be sure to check out a natural hair expo near you.  Don’t see a natural hair expo you plan on attending on this list?  Let us and your fellow MadameNoire readers know about it in the comment section.

Moms, Are You Ready For A Big Chop?

May 13th, 2016 - By Danielle Leblanc
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Most of you may already know that a big chop is when you cut off all relaxed parts of the hair, leaving only natural-textured new growth. Some cut hair as short as an inch or two.

If you have fears about the immense change of a big chop and losing all the length at once, transitioning is the best alternative. When you transition, you stop relaxing your hair and then cut off the relaxed part, once your hair has reached your desired length.

The big chop may sound intimidating at first but it has helped me personally change not only physically, but also as a person. It definitely takes a lot of patience, as well as maintenance, but I feel nothing beats the beautiful curls I have now.

Once upon a time, I had relaxed hair and loved it. But after my father passed, I decided to make a lot of life changes including becoming ready for a big chop. I reinvented myself from A-Z. Although some say, ‘It’s just hair,’ it’s in fact a revolutionary act to reveal your natural hair by re-defining your own standard of beauty. If you’re considering doing a big chop but aren’t sure about it just yet. the following are some of my pro’s and con’s to having natural hair.

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Pros

Change is good

Sometimes it’s good to break out of your shell and reinvent yourself. Making changes to yourself, as well as your life, can be refreshing and therapeutic, especially after going through a difficult time. I wore my hair relaxed for about 10 years before cutting it all off. Of course I was nervous at first, but at the same time, I was also very excited for the new journey ahead of me. I’ve been natural for over two years now. While there are times where I’m not feeling it (mostly because of the required maintenance), I still love every step of the way.

 

Less styling time

You may find the TWA (Teeny Weenie Afro) stage the hardest but you can learn to embrace the shortness of your hair. I never saw myself wearing my hair short until I actually did it. Now, there no time needed to contemplate whether a twist out or braid out would be more appropriate for tomorrow’s lunch date. No time spent at night braiding your hair up in order to protect your ends. You basically wake up, moisturize your hair and then you’re good to go. Everyday can be a fashionable wash-and-go day, especially as a new mom. Whenever you do feel the need to switch it up, you can always do protective styles. My personal go-to: box braids.

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Cons

It takes time

“But didn’t she just say ‘less’ styling time?” Yes, but as you gain length you will see that styling your hair takes up a lot of time. Even just washing it. Women call it “wash day” because it can take hours. My hair washing procedure looks kind of like this: I wet my hair in the shower before I condition it, comb it out, wash that out, shampoo it and wash that out again and then I condition it again and leave that in while I wash myself and then I rinse the conditioner out. After, I moisturize my hair by massaging in leave-in conditioner and an oil, such as olive or coconut oil. And that’s the fast way to do it. Many women deep condition, separate their hair into four parts, twist it up before washing, so it does take seemingly forever. But don’t feel overwhelmed, as you go, you’ll learn what regimen works best for you.

 

Hair maintenance

Taking care of natural hair means a lot more than taking care of straight hair. Actually, understanding proper natural hair care alone might take up more time. First, there is an endless list of products out there and everyone has their own preferences. You probably won’t find the magical curl enhancer that has your hair popping all day, in a day. I have tons of products, but am still open to try more because it seems as if there’s always better out there. It can be frustrating. You will have to study and analyze different products in order to find what works best for your hair. Next, protective styles. As the name says, those styles are meant to protect your hair (ends). They may also take time and practice to find the perfect styles for your hair.

 

Big chopping your hair is all about you. Having unrealistic exceptions is the only thing, I believe, that may cause you to have a negative experience. It’s important to remember that each head of hair has it’s unique characteristics. It’s important to accept your natural hair as it grows, without comparing it to someone else’s. The best thing is to not have any exceptions at all (I know that sounds easier than done), but try to just be open for the new journey.

 

Here a couple of things to remember:

  • Avoid shampoos that contain the ingredients listed here
  • Always keep your hair moisturized to avoid dryness and frizziness. 
  • Avoid excess heat whenever possible as it also dries out hair and can permanently damage it.
  • Keep your ends trimmed; your ends should be trimmed about every six weeks to maximum every three months to avoid split ends.

Is This Petty? His Hair Is Longer Than Mine And I’m Kind Of Jealous

May 13th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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A Quora dating/relationships thread asked a pretty interesting question that gained a lot of responses. It was, “Women, would you date a man with longer and more beautiful hair than you?”

While most women said they would have no problem doing so, a few said they may find themselves feeling some type of way about giving a long-haired lover a chance. One woman even said she would be “annoyed” if he spent too much time on it, or was “inordinately proud of it.” You know, in the way many women spend a lot of time on and are extremely proud of their manes. As it turns out, the idea of dating a man who has a long, healthy head of hair that gets a lot of attention can turn some women off.

Like a writer I got to know at a hair and fitness event a couple of Saturdays ago. As we acquired free leave-in conditioners and other products from Cantu, she was telling me about her struggles with her hair after doing the big chop last year, namely, shrinkage. She tries to elongate her strands using a dryer every now and then and said that when she tries to wear her fro as is, wash-n-go style, she gets discouraged about the fact that it looks so small. “Girl, my sh-t puts the ‘tiny’ in TWA,” she said. “But what’s funny is my boyfriend has long hair, and when I tell you I feel some type of way about it? I really do.” When I asked her why she would go on to say that his hair gets a lot of attention from people, and standing next to each other, him with his long locs that he gets done every few months and lets sweep down his back, and her with her short afro, reminds her of how slow the growth process has been. She isn’t necessarily saying that it makes her second-guess her relationship, but it sure makes her feel insecure.

I couldn’t help but feel a little sad for her as I advised her to try different techniques and assured her that her hair, with its tight, defined coils was fabulous. But her problem was definitely a unique one. For me to hear, at least. While many women find long hair on a man to be sexy, which I’m sure my colleague did before she started going on her own natural hair journey, it’s now become a source of rancor for her. And while I know what it’s like to be somewhat self-conscious when trying a drastically different hairstyle, especially in a new relationship (these locs started off quite short, mind you), it’s a bit much to take her hair insecurities out on him. Like most of us who’ve worn ‘fros and had to get adjusted to their ways, she can either try new methods to help it grow or feel comfortable with her hair (again, twists outs, side parts, headbands, protective styles in the meantime) or it really might not be for her, especially if something as simple as hair is having an effect on the way she views her relationship. I mean, it might make sense if he made negative comments about her look, but if he’s supportive, which she said he was, then as I politely told her at that event, she needs to get over herself…

But as always, that’s just my opinion. What do you think? Is she petty for being upset about her boyfriend’s long hair? 

Women’s Health Week: Dealing With Hair Loss Caused By Stress On Our Heads–And Our Bodies

May 9th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In honor of National Women’s Health Week, we’re taking a closer look at some of the conditions and issues women, particularly women of color, deal with that deserve more attention. By putting them in the spotlight, we’re hoping to help women who may be dealing with these concerns, and keep those who aren’t from facing them. The more you know…

 

When we do anything that signals that we may be losing more hair than is natural, we are filled with dread. We hope it’s temporary, and we try to ignore the strands clogging our showers, splayed all over our bathroom floor, and sitting on our pillow or in our bonnets after a night’s rest. Large circular patches that itch and possibly overlap could be alopecia areata. It can’t be cured because your immune system is attacking your hair follicles–but there’s treatment to help with it. And hair could grow back down the line. Or it could not. It depends on the case.

But what about the things we could be doing that can cause hair loss? Or the health issues we don’t realize we’re dealing with that could be making us lose our hair? As researchers at John Hopkins University recently made known in a widely shared study, the styles we’re wearing could be causing traction alopecia. And according to experts, underlying health concerns and traumas (temporary and long term) could also play a part in other forms of hair loss we deal with.

There are hundreds of types of hair loss. One we’ve been speaking about more these days is traction-related hair loss. We may not realize that the styles we wear could pull on our heads incessantly, damaging our follicles and leading to hair ceasing from growing in the areas of damage. And according to dermatologists, such issues may begin as early as childhood with the styles we (as well as our mothers) put in our heads years ago.

“The traction likely starts in childhood and can be seen as early as grade school years,” said Amy McMichael, MD, Professor, and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “Once this form of hair loss starts, it may never be able to go back to a normal hairline, but stopping all traction styles can help slow/stop progression.”

Loosening braids, avoiding putting adhesive glue on the scalp for weaves (especially for processed hair), and easing up on consistent retwisting of locs is a good start.

As trichologist and stylist to the stars, Dr. Kari Williams, told us last year that those braids and protective styles we flock to during cold-weather and summer months do so much damage to our heads because we don’t even properly manage our new growth.

“The hair around the hairline is the most fragile. So when you think about adding an extension, whether it’s a braid or a faux loc, that’s weight on a small section of hair. And the more your hair grows out, the more fragile that hair becomes because instead of it being anchored to your scalp, it’s now hanging on loose hair, which weakens those strands. That’s the common cause of the traction and breakage we see around the hairline.”

But McMichael said some of the more common things we do, with or without braids, should come to a halt as well to save hairlines under constant stress, including how we prepare our hair for bed.

“Don’t wear tight wraps or headbands around the hairline,” she said. “Don’t wrap the hair at night. But one can use satin or silk pillowcases for sleeping.”

Traction hair loss may have a lot to do with your styling choices, but some forms of hair loss can be caused by your health, including something as common as intense stress to something not so common, like an endocrine disorder, and even the use of prophylactics.

“The main form of hair loss that signals something underlying is a form called Telogen Effluvium,” Dr. McMichael said. “In this form of hair loss, hairs come out from the roots diffusely over the scalp in response to an underlying condition. Common causes of this form of hair loss include anemia, thyroid issues, weight loss, high fever, childbirth, going off and on oral contraceptives, surgery, general anesthesia and others.”

Treating the underlying health issue could bring your hair loss to a halt. And if it’s a one-time issue, say, because of surgery or childbirth, Dr. McMichael said, “it is just a matter of waiting until the hair loss stops and begins to regrow in again.” In those cases, patience is key.

However, this form of hair loss is not widespread, so it’s recommended that when you notice you’re losing hair (and you know it’s at a pace that doesn’t fit the “I guess I’m getting older” explanation), seeking out a primary care doctor or dermatologist about what could be the cause of your hair loss is the best way to go.

With more and more women finding themselves dealing with hair loss, including celebrities, and some going to great lengths to help cover up such loss, including tattooing edges in, the health of our hair is a bigger issue than ever, and one we need to take seriously.