Friday, May 27, 2011

The Truth About Co-Washing #naturalhair #teamnatural

Co-washing short for "conditioner washing" is a process of washing or cleansing the hair with a conditioner as opposed to a shampoo. Many naturalistas resort to co-washing because it does not strip the hair of natural oils like most shampoo's which contain sulfates (cleansing agent found in detergents and dish washing liquids). 

Curly hair is dryer than straight hair because the circular form of the curl pattern makes it harder for the sebum produced by the scalp to be transferred to the hair shaft. Co-washing aids the hair in providing additional moisture and is great for excessively dry hair. 

If your only means of cleansing is to co-wash this can cause a problem and potentially affect growth. The purpose of cleansing the hair with shampoo is to get rid of product build up and excess debris that can clog the pores. Conditioners should never be applied to the scalp because they are usually designed to be heavier and thicker in consistency (excess build up). With that said, co-washing is not bad but it should not be your only means of cleansing your hair. If you are a heavy co-washer you should wash with a regular shampoo at least once every two weeks. 

Ways to tell if your hair is over-moisturized and you NEED TO STEP AWAY FROM THE CONDITIONER:

Strand test: Take a strand of hair. Hold both ends (root to tip) and pull. If the strand stretches and then snaps or coils up on the ends it is time for a cleanse. 

Touch test: If your hair feels gummy like the tasty gummy bears/worms. It is time for a cleanse. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Upcoming #naturalhair events coming to a city near you! Check it out.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pamper your scalp = Scalp Exfoliation #naturalhair #teamnatural

The way to healthy beautiful hair is to have a healthy scalp. With all the cock tailing and piling on of products, the pores of our scalp gets clogged from product build up and dandruff. If you use a lot of products like gels, mousse or petroleum you are in need of a scalp exfoliation. 
The key to scalp exfoliation is to gently rub in the mixture. You don't want to scrub too hard to irritate the scalp. Be gentle. For those who use an overload of products you should treat your scalp at least once a week. 

Step 1
2 tbsp of brown sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
Stir mixture into a paste
Step 2
Wet hair and apply mixture to the scalp. 
Step 3
Work mixture into scalp in a circular motion for 5 to 10 mins. 
Step 4
Shampoo and condition as usual. 
Exfoliating scrubs remove product build up, dry skin cells and moisturize. Enjoy! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

5 things every Naturalista should have! #naturalhair #teamnatural

#1 Silk or Satin Hair Bonnet- A bonnet protects the hair from frizz and damage as you sleep to keep the hair looking fresh and preventing breakage.

#3 Wide Tooth Comb- To help detangle the hair after washing or for styling during a Wash 'n' Go.

#4 Hair Clips- These are great for seperating the hair during styling, washing and detangling. Definitely a Naturalista's Best Friend.

#5 Elastic Hair Band- This invention is definitely a treat. You slide it around your hair for smooth sides while wearing a pony afro puff or a large one! One of my favorites to wear to the gym or when I don't want to do my hair.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ever wonder what causes dandruff?? #naturalhair #curlyhair #teamnatural

There are several reasons why you have those unwanted dry flakes on your favorite black shirt. 

True Story: I was chilling with my boo one day when I noticed him staring at my hair line. I asked him what he was looking at and he said "I think it's time for a wash." LOL. I was mortified. How embarrassing.  
To avoid an embarassing situation here are some reasons why you may be experiencing dandruff:
Dry skin- Do you have dry patches on your face after you wash or need tons of lotion to make your skin look shiny and attractive? If you answered "YES" then you have dry skin. H20 is the solution to your problem.
Irritated, oily skin- Is your skin or scalp red, greasy covered with flaky white or yellow scales? If so you may be suffering from seborrheic dermatitis. This condition affects the scalp, but also other areas rich in oil glands, such as your eyebrows, the sides of your nose and the backs of your ears, your breastbone, your groin area, and sometimes your armpits. For a diagnosis see a dermatologist.
Your not washing your hair enough- Who ever said dirty hair is better is wrong. If you don't shampoo your hair regularly, this causes build up to accumulate on the scalp. Make sure you massage your scalp and rinse all of the shampoo out. 
Psoriasis- is a skin disorder that causes an accumulation of dead skin cells that form thick, silvery scales. Psoriasis commonly occurs on your knees, elbows and trunk, but it can also affect your scalp. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis. 
Eczema-If you have eczema anywhere on your body, it could also be on your scalp, possibly leading to the development of dandruff. See your dermatologist for a diagnosis. 

Allergic reaction to hair care products- If you noticed an accumulation of dandruff or itchiness when you use certain products STOP. Not all hair products or ingredients agree with our scalps. Red, itchy, or scaling scalp is a sign you need to try new products. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hair recipes from around the globe. #naturalhair

Ever wonder where we learned that cold water seals in moisture or olive oil nourishes our strands? 

Avocado mixed with two egg whites are Colombia's natural and inexpensive recipe that nourishes, smoothes and softens hair. 

Benefits: This tropical fruit contains more fatty alcohols than any other fruit. It is rich in potassium, Vitamins B, E and K and as an oil is a highly effective emollient. 

Coconut Oil
Other than their sexy bodies and beautiful tans Brazilian's have the secret to shiny, healthy hair. For the ultimate shine, apply a cocoa butter treatment mask, for an hour then rinse with coconut water. According to Pro Marco Antonio De Biaggi of Sao Paulo this treatment leaves your hair incredibly soft and moisturized. 

Benefits: Derived from the coconut fruit. A light non-greasy deeply moisturizing oil that absorbs quickly for strong healthy hair. 

A true Bahamian tradition, hibiscus leaves are mashed together to create a slippery serum that is known to thicken and enhance hair growth.

Benefits: Hibiscus prevents hair loss, discourages split ends and premature greying. Relieves dandruff and soothes dry itchy scalp. 

Shea Butter
Shea butter is a curly girls' best friend. Shea Butter has been used in Africa for centuries because its a great conditioner that helps your hair retain moisture. 

Benefits: Moisturizing properties that leaves the hair soft and shiny. Can be used on the hair and skin. 

For generations, Mexicans have been using gelatin to fight frizz. A blend of 1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin, 1 cup water, and 1 tsp. cider vinegar. Massage the gel-like mixture through shampooed hair, leave it in for 5 minutes, then rinse. 

Benefits: Thickening agent that strengthens the hair and keeps it looking healthy and shiny. 

Aloe Vera
In Argentina its all about length. To help keep their hair healthy, Argentinian's recommend applying aloe vera directly to the scalp. 

Benefits: Rich in polysaccharides, galactose, plant steriods, enzymes, amino acids, minerals and natural antibiotics. Natural moisturizer rich in vitamins, amino acids and proteins. Prevents hair loss and promotes speedy growth. 

Cold Rinse
Ever heard the saying "Shampoo with warm water and condition with cold water?" 
Cold rinsing comes from Canada. Due to its dry, harsh weather women rinse with cold water to tame thirsty, unruly hair. For excessively dry hair, shampoo and condition with cold water. 

Benefits: Locks in moisture. 

Olive Oil
One country comes to mind when I hear the words " Olive Oil". 
About a  tablespoon of olive oil raked through the hair once a week helps to nourish, condition, and improve elasticity, while also eliminating frizz.

Benefits: Skin emollient. Moisturizes and softens. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wearing your #naturalhair to an interview? Do or Don't?

I was recently asked "Is it ok to wear my natural hair to an interview? Do you think that I won't get the job if I do?" In my opinion, hair whether kinky, curly or straight is professional for an interview once it is well groomed. The key is to present yourself as a total package and put your best foot forward.  There are a lot of misconceptions out there about women who decide to wear their natural curls but those barriers are being torn down as many of us embrace our natural curls. I want to know your opinion or experience about wearing your natural curls to an interview. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Kreative Kurls Kontest

Hey Kurlee's! It is GIVEAWAY time again. I don't know about you but I love FREE STUFF!

This time around we have a new fabulous self expression tee "I  LOVE MY CURLS". It is ultra soft, long length, and fitted. Perfect for hanging out with your girlfriends, a trip to the mall, chilling at the pool or a night out on the town.

We want to see your Kreative side and that means your most Kreative style.

So the rules are simple:
Send a pic of your fabulous Kreative style along with instructions on how to achieve your look to

Voting: Kurlee Belle Facebook subscribers will vote for the Kurlee with the most Kreative style. The Kontestant with the most votes wins the  " I LOVE MY CURLS" T-shirt. Feel free to encourage your natural hair friends and family to vote for you!

Kontest Dates:
April 25th to May 6th

Come on Kurlee's show us what you got. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

America's Next Top #NaturalHair Stylist. Where is he/she?

Let's admit one thing, some women can style their natural hair like nobody's business and others need a little help. If you are frustrated with your look and just can't handle your hair or get it to look like your favorite you-tuber it may be time to call in the professionals. Finding a great stylist, whether your hair is natural or straight can be a task but if you are thinking about going back to your "Lye-ing Days" then you need a Natural Hair Stylist and quick. Not all, hairstylists are created equal so it pays to do a little bit of research before you sit down in the chair and spend your hard earned $$$$$. Here are some helpful tips to help you with your Natural Hairstylist search:

Positive & Friendly- A hairstylist that possesses these qualities will be a joy to be around. Natural hair takes some time to style so you want to be around someone that is friendly, uplifting and encouraging. A hair stylist that likes to gossip is should come with a warning sign "CLIENTS BEWARE" because just how he/she talks about their other clients to you they will talk about you to their other clients.  

Clean and sterile surroundings- You know that little jar filled with bluish green water that those combs are in? It needs to be/look clean. Why? Because the same comb that he/she is using in your hair is the same comb that was used to part Becky's hair. You know Becky from down the street, the one with all the dandruff flakes. Cleanliness is next to godliness and that's how I like my salons. 

Price- Why is it that a healthy lifestyle is more expensive than a non healthy one. You know what I am talking decided to eat healthy and all of sudden grapes are $7 a bag and its' tasty alternative a Snickers bar is $0.99. Natural hair comes with its price but that doesn't mean you have to pay $100 for a twist out. Find a stylist that is realistically priced and is not trying to buy a Gucci bag from styling two heads of hair. 

Creativity & Trends- A stylist that is up on the latest natural hair trends is a plus! If you are tired of the flexi rods, twists outs and wash n go's your stylist should be the go to person for "What's HOT"!

Time Management Skills- For the first time in my life I found a stylist who knew 2:00 meant 2:00 and 45 mins meant 45 mins. With our busy schedules, it is important to find a stylist that is efficient in the use of their time and doesn't overbook several clients for one slot. This may be a little hard but when you find a good stylist that knows time its like finding the "HOLY GRAIL". 

Latest technology & products- As our hair evolves from TWA to BAA, our hair needs change. A stylist that stays informed about the latest technology and products can help you fulfill your ever changing hair needs. 

Promotes healthy hair & Listens to your hair goals- This is the most important of them all! You want a stylist that prefers healthy hair over a neat/cute style. A stylist that will listen to your hair goals while giving you tips to reach those goals is "PRICELE$$". 

Avenues to finding your ANTNS:

Word of mouth- Recommendations from friends or colleagues is key. This is your hair we are talking about so you need the truth. 

Bloggers- If word of mouth fails then ask bloggers in your area. Be sure to ask details about what they like about the stylist and why the recommend them. 

Check your local listing and go in for a consultation- If all else fails, check your local listings and go to various natural hair salons for consultations. Consultations are usually free. While in the salon: check out the stylist's hair, listen to the background conversation, take in the ambiance and let your conscience be your guide. 

If you are a Natural Hairstylist or a customer of a GREAT Natural Hairstylist please feel free to post their contact information below. 
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