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Keke Palmer Talks Her Love For Wigs & Rocks 3 Fly Styles For ‘Mane Addicts’

October 22nd, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Actress and all-around entertainer Keke Palmer is no stranger to slaying. So when tress-centric site Mane Addicts snagged the young starlet to pose for a few photos and talk all things hair, it was a match made in heaven.

The result? Palmer rocked three different hairstyles (styled by her longtime hairstylist, Ann Jones): a straight and sleek middle part ‘do, flirty curls complete with a bang, and a clean cut short coif. As we’ve come to know, the 23-year-old loves to express herself through her hair and is unapologetic about it. In addition to the photos, Palmer spoke candidly about the correlation between her hair and the entertainment industry.

Look through the photos and excerpts from her interview below.

Photo Credit: Nate Hoffman

Photo Credit: Nate Hoffman

On her love for wigs: “I definitely can’t live without wigs. I love, love, love wigs. They’re an accessory in itself. I love playing with them. I love short, long, colored, not colored. Every type of wig I have fun with.”

On her ultimate hair mishap: “When I was 17, I did this short weave bob. It was the most hideous thing I’ve ever done in my life. It was so ugly, the bob looked like a helmet, it was very square-shaped but oval at the same time. It was terrible!”

Photo Credit: Nate Hoffman

Photo Credit: Nate Hoffman

On cutting her hair: “When I was younger I was like ‘why do people cut their hair?! It’s so ridiculous! I would never cut my hair, I love long hair!’ But now it’s like ‘Cut all that shit off! Who cares, it’ll grow back, do something cool with it!’ I love playing with my hair now, I’m not afraid anymore…Today I just got a red wig, and I posted a bunch of pictures with it because I’m living for it! But I have another wig I’ve been waiting to make for awhile. I can’t tell you the color, but I can tell you that it’s going to be alive! I’m so excited.”

She Tried It! The Mane Choice 3-In -1 Conditioner

October 3rd, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The Mane Choice

Whenever the seasons are on the verge of changing, you can find me creating a new hair regime to combat whatever damage the weather wants to impose on my relaxed hair.
Thankfully, this year I didn’t have too look far for a new product. While attending MN’s Culture Editor Veronica WellsBettah Days book launch, myself and other women were not only exposed to the behind-the-scenes brilliance of how she crafted the best-selling book but we were also given hair and skin products that are on every Black woman’s to-try list.

Case in point, The Mane Choice’s 3-In-1 Conditioner. Upon receiving what should be considered the Holy Grail of Conditioners, I immediately unscrewed the top, like a five-year-old to see if (by the smell alone) the conditioner was worthy of placing on top of my tresses. Once it passed my smell test, I made plans to use it as a detangling conditioner after coming from the gym.  Since  I swear I’m a background dancer for Big Freedia, I often return from the gym with sweat-soaked hair that is one step away from breakage. Shape Magazine reports, sweat-soaked hair is susceptible to breakage because sweat is a mixture of the body’s water, salt and protein. “Sweat is a combination of water and salts, plus some protein. When hair gets wet, it’s easily stretched and damaged. And the salts in it can cause hair to lose color faster,” Eric Spengler told Shape in an interview. Cosmetologist Christie Cash also shared with Shape that, “Sweat can dry out your scalp and prevent new hair growth.”

After washing my hair with shampoo, I used a nickel size amount of The Mane Choice’s 3-In-1 Conditioner in my chin length hair. While washing my hair I noticed there was a quarter-size amount of hair shedding that resulted from combing out my hair while washing it. So, I decided to detangle my hair with the conditioner and cover it with a conditioning cap for five minutes. Afterward, I rinsed the conditioner out of my hair with lukewarm water. While combing my hair out, I noticed that the conditioner made my hair shedding non-existent and it smelled like vanilla with a hint of peppermint oil. Not only did it reduce my hair shedding, greatly, but it made my new-growth feel softer than a newborn’s hair. To style it, I decided to blow-dry my hair and much to my surprise there were no hair fly-aways decorating my bathroom sink.

The Mane Choice website reports that:

“The nutrient contents of this conditioner makes the hair less dry and less prone to breakage by allowing the hair to hold in more moisture for longer periods of time. When used a Co-Wash this unique formula gently rinses away impurities and product build up. Infused with Biotin and Tea Tree to promote growth and retention. No Mineral Oil, No Petrolatum, No Parabens, No Sulfates, No Formaldehydes

●Gentle enough for daily use

●Promotes growth and retention.

● Softly rinses hair from impurities and product buildup.

●Leaves hair feeling revitalized and refreshed.

●Instantly hydrates and moisturizes.

●Helps to remove knots & tangles

●Minimize damage and breakage.”

This product is the perfect conditioner to use  all-year round and for all hair types. Most importantly, it is a must have for the Fall and Winter seasons where the air becomes drier and temperature, colder.

Trust me, you won’t regret purchasing it, ever!

Here are examples of my seven-week-old relaxed hair after using The Mane Choice 3-In-1 Conditioner.



12 Things Every Black Girl Does After Getting Her Hair Done

October 3rd, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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When a Black woman’s hair is on point, there is nothing you can tell her. And since most of us have upped our level of hair competence from novice to kitchen beautician, when we actually have someone else style our hair — and do it right — we.act.up. Hair flips, selfies, #HairGoals hashtags — we make sure everyone knows when our style is lit, and the fact that we all share this universal trait is just one of the many things we love about being a Black girl.

Here are 12 things every Black girl does after she gets her hair done.
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Fluff it up in the bathroom because your stylist never gives you enough volume.

Woman Undergoes 8-Hour Follicular Unit Transplantation After The #BunLife Snatches All Her Edges

September 23rd, 2016 - By Brande Victorian
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We joke a lot about strong edges being hard to come by, but the truth is traction alopecia is no laughing matter for the large percentage of women whose hair line has been robbed by the #BunLife. But the good news is the damage can be fixed– if you’re willing to go under the knife.

Meet Diva Hollands, a 22-year-old UK woman who started losing her edges around the age of 13. Hollands, a ballerina who began dancing at the age of 3, told The Daily Mail: “My mum tied my hair up really tight from when I was really little, and looking back at pictures you can see it started having an effect on my hairline.”


Hollands continued training with the Royal Ballet School before quitting dancing at the age of 18, but by then her receding hairline had had a profound effect on her self-esteem, and her romantic life. Hollands said she was teased in school for her hair loss and she was afraid to wear her hair in any other style but down when she first met her fiancé.

“When I met David I didn’t let him see me with my hair back for six months. I then explained it to him and he was really understanding. For me, it’s something that is very personal.

“After I had children I experienced further hair loss. That’s when I decided to do something about it and get the procedure done.”

The procedure was a Follicular Unit Transplantation which involves removing a thin strip of skin at the back of the scalp where hair grows and transplanting it to an area of hair loss, like the hairline, top of the head, or even eyebrows. The procedure took eight hours and the only post-surgery restriction was Hollands couldn’t touch her hair for a week. Within months her hairline started to grow back.


“I really do think there’s a taboo when it comes to women’s hair loss. I was so embarrassed about it,” Hollands said. “It’s why I’m sharing my story – there might be other women out there in the same situation. It can happen to anyone and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.”

And the results of the procedure are actually quite remarkable. According to WebMD, the cost of a hair transplant can range from $4,000-$15,000, depending on how much hair is removed. And though most insurance plans don’t cover the procedure, the money could be a small price to pay to restore your confidence.


Drop The Gel: Beautiful Photos To Inspire You To Embrace Natural Edges

September 16th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Ever since the invention of hot combs and baby hair, slicking back or hiding edges has been the beauty standard when dealing with our strands. But it’s not the only way to celebrate the beautiful possibilities of Black hair.

From Gabby Douglas to Janelle Monàe, Black women are letting their natural edges shine, as is. They’re letting their coils stand out. These examples will make you want to give the gel and curl control a break. Plus, embracing this kind of look can help you deal with high humidity and give your edges a much-needed break when they need to be left alone.

Hair She Goes: How To Maintain Healthy Hair When You Travel

September 14th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Image Source: Shutterstock

Traveling can be exciting but a pain because of packing restrictions. But what’s a girl to do when she wants her hair to be on point for the business meetings, festivities or Instagram photos she wants to take while on her trip?

Fear not, here are five tips that will leave your mane and you very happy.
Ditch Your Curling Iron
Instead of using excessive heat during your trip, opt for curlers or flexirods. The two will help you maintain your style without damaging your hair shaft.


Bring Nourishing Oils
Pack oils like jojoba, baobab or monoi in small bottles to prevent breakage if you travel to environments that have extreme weather. Not only do these oil provide a brilliant sheen, they have vitamins that help your hair maintain its health.


Use A Protein Treatment
Before your jet off, use a protein treatment. The treatment will help prepare hair for styles that are known for breakage. (I.e. tight buns, braids, weaves and wigs).

Protective Styles

If you don’t want to constantly comb your hair and make it susceptible to a lot of shedding, it’s best to use a protective style that will maintain the hair’s moisture and protect its ends.


Protect Your Hair At Night (And Even During The Day)

Using a satin pillow or wearing a headscarf is a must if you desire healthy hair. In order to maintain hair moisture and prevent damage from occurring, wrap or section your hair into bantu knots and tie it before you sleep.

Soul Food Dishes That Help To Strengthen And Grow Hair

September 13th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Soul food doesn’t just feed your soul and fill your stomach. These classic recipes are also amazing at keeping Black hair healthy and growing.

Getting a healthy length can can require a lot of time and attention to do it the right way. But protective styles and the right products aren’t all you need to focus on to help your locks get longer. The right foods can work wonders when it comes to promoting hair growth and doing some good to your strands. And since these nutrients feed your hair while it’s growing, it gets healthy before heat and products hit it. With that being said, treat yourself to these soul food classics that help with your hair.

Justine Skye Shares Her Secret To Damage-Free, Colored Hair

September 11th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Photo Credit: Instagram/@JustineSkye

Aside from her intoxicating voice, rising Roc Nation R&B chanteuse Justine Skye has become well known for her violet mane. The self-proclaimed  “Purple Unicorn” has rocked this daring color since her teen years and only continues to slay. But how does she keep her head of tresses happy and healthy between all the styling and dying for red carpets and onstage performances?

Skye recently shared her secret weapon with ESSENCE, bigging up Dark and Lovely’s Super Softening Hair Butter.

“They also have a really good detangling co-wash,” she said. “On the real, because you’re dyeing your hair so much, it gets really damaged, so you just want to use a lot of products that help hydrate it, and keep it nice, and keep it moisturized. It gets really, really dry. My hair is super dry right now, but it’s all for the look.”


Surprising Ways You’re Drying Out Your Hair

September 8th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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It happens to all of us from time to time: You sleep on a satin pillow, you moisturize your hair before you leave for work, but somehow your locks still manage to feel dry. Soon you’re running your fingers through strands that feel like straw and wondering, “What’s really going on?”

The answer might surprise you. We all know that cotton pillowcases and heat are not the way to go when it comes to keeping moisture in your locks. But did you know that the sun, your shower or even your go-to moisturizer could be drying out your hair?

If your hair is struggling to be soft and shiny, it might be because of one of these everyday habits that are surprisingly bad for your hair.

5 Essential Oils Every Natural Should Add To Her Hair Regimen

September 7th, 2016 - By Gabrielle Natalia
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There are tons of benefits of using essential oils, from grapeseed to sunflower and tea tree. And because these essential oils have so many benefits, why not add them to your hair? Well just because an oil is good for hair doesn’t mean it’s good for your specific hair and its particular needs. And because it’s hard to choose between the many options, we’ve created a guide to which essential oils to incorporate in your natural hair care routine.

Image result for olive oilOlive Oil

Olive oil is a sure favorite of every natural simply because it’s affordable and easily accessible. Olive oil is known for its heavy consistency and it can be difficult to cleanse from your hair after use, so it’s good to always follow up with a cleansing shampoo.  Even though olive oil is a heavy emollient, it can easily penetrate the hair shaft and condition to provide shine and, of course, improve your hair’s elasticity.With honey, olive oil is can be a great addition for a hot oil deep conditioning treatment.

Image result for Jamaican Black Castor OilJamaican Black Castor Oil

Often confused with original castor oil, Jamaican black castor oil is slightly different as it’s an unrefined (organic) form of castor oil. There is a lot of versatility when using  Jamaican black castor oil, which can be applied as a sealant in your wash day routine or as a hot oil or deep conditioning treatment. Jamaican black castor oil is used to thicken, strengthen and  increase hair growth. Because of it’s thick texture, it’s best to keep it directly from your scalp, as it will clog hair follicles.

Image result for jojoba oilJojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is a natural girl’s best friend. Similar to Jamaican black castor oil, jojoba oil is versatile and works well for all hair types and textures. Jojoba oil is known for its light consistency and odorless scent, which makes it perfect to mix with other scented essential oils Although it’s pricey at $24 for just a 16 oz bottle , jojoba oil is the perfect oil for sealing in moisture and putting a stop to dry, rough ends.

Image result for almond oilAlmond Oil

Cheaper and a little thicker in texture than jojoba oil, almond oil is a light, sweet, scented, essential oil commonly mixed with other odorless oils. Almond oil is packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and other proteins and fatty acids to reduce split ends, breakage and maintain moisture, which makes it a great sealant to your hair care routine. If you practice the LOC (Liquid, Oil, Cream) method, consider using almond oil as your oil of choice.

Image result for argan oilArgan Oil

Always a favorite for naturals, argan oil is commonly found in commercial natural hair care products. It’s one of the best oils help to prevent dry, frizzy hair and improve elasticity. Like almond oil, argan oil contains key nutrients for your hair, including rich fatty acids and vitamins A and  E. If you’re a a bit heavy with the hair dryer or other heat tools, you will find argan oil quite useful, as it protects your hair from direct heat. To get the most out of this essential oil, use argan oil following your leave-in conditioner, but just before your styling product.