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About: Patrick Wellington

Patrick Wellington, veteran hair stylist and founder of Wellington Hair Salon, has one simple objective for all his clients – hair that glows with inner health. Formerly a senior stylist at the world renowned John Atchison Hair Salon, Patrick Wellington has over 20 years of exceptional experience styling celebrities, executives, and exclusive clientele who demand the very best in cutting edge hair styling and hair care.

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Heatless Curling Options: The More You Know

The More You KnowAh, curling irons. Believe it or not, they are one of the great frenemies that exist in life. Think about it, they can be used to make beautiful hairstyles on one hand and serve as a source of damage and stress to your hair on the other.

There’s been a change from using heat so heavily by a lot of people, especially in the natural hair movement. However, the absence of heat can make it difficult to achieve some of the more fun, sexy hairstyles that so many people love to rock. The truth about that is it doesn’t have to. You can still wear your bold, beautiful curls without the use of heat. As with most any new way of viewing things, it takes time, effort and a little creativity. You won’t believe all the ways people have come up with in the quest to find heatless curling options.

Don’t believe me? Regardless if your hair is relaxed or natural, here are some ideas to try the next time you want to curl your hair.

Rollers

Most people may not realize it but when using rollers, you really don’t need heat. I know that curling your hair with an iron first and then rolling it seems to help hold your hair longer once styled, but it’s only a formality so to speak. Your hair will quickly curl on it’s own in rollers without the use of heat. To get the best results, do it when your hair is wet, and let it hair dry in the rollers. You can use your favorite setting product for added hold.

Pin Curls

Yet another none curling iron way to achieve beautiful curls. This method is much like using rollers, only you’re not using rollers. You take a piece of your hair, wrap it like a pinwheel that lays flat on your scalp and secure it with a bobby pin or other type of hair clip. This method is best used when you want soft, flowy curls.

Bantu Knots

These are popular as they garner different results depending on your hair type. Typically, you take a piece of hair and twirl it around until a “knot” forms. From there, use a bobby pin to hold it in place. This will give you tighter curls than the previous method but not as tight as rollers. It all depends on what you want.

Twist Out

This is a tried and true method that works best for naturals because of the coarseness of hair. It can be done in a few different ways but the main thing to remember is the product. Yes, this is where having the right product comes into play more than ever. If you don’t have the right leave-in conditioner, oil or whatever it is you like to use, you run the risk of not getting the results you want. The key is to look for something that is a combination of hold, shine and moisturizer. You need all three to get a killer twist out.

Straws

If you are looking for spirals or what some people refer to as “Shirley Temple curls” then straws are the way to go. Wrapping your hair around them starting at the bottom in a spiral motion will give you bouncy, well-defined curls that last. Make sure to use a bobby pin to hold them in place as well. You can play with the size of the coils by using different size straws. It is also a good method to use in hairstyles for young girls.

When it comes to your hair, finding alternative ways to achieve the look you want is paramount to maintaining healthy manageable hair. These are just a few of the ways you can have all the curls without all the stress heat put on your tresses.

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5 Tips for Less Breakage

Less BreakageSummer is almost here and one of the things we experience with our hair during the dryer months of the year is breakage. We all go through it at some point in life. We try our best to take care of our hair but sometimes, it just doesn’t work out the way we planned. Either we aren’t doing something right or aren’t doing anything at all.

It doesn’t matter if you have relaxed or natural hair, breakage can be one of the most discouraging aspects of hair care maintenance. Who doesn’t want long and or healthy locks? While a lot of folks may feel hopeless, there are some things that we can do to combat breakage and help restore our hair to a healthy, growing state.

It all comes down to having a routine, so if you don’t have one in place, now is the time to create a regimen. Along with that, here are some ways to fight breakage and optimize awesomeness.

Deep Condition

You would be surprised at the number of people who do not deep condition their hair on a regular basis. There is a difference between what we do in the shower and what we do outside of it when it comes to conditioning. With the elements, environments and climate harshly weighing on our hair, there is a need to take the time out and deep condition almost weekly. This keeps our hair moisturized, which absolutely prevents breakage.

Finger Detangle

This takes time, but a lot of women have found success with growing their hair and minimizing breakage by detangling using their fingers. Do it after the shower when your hair is damp for best results. The method puts less stress on your hair because it lessens the amount of force, which allows for a gentler detangling course of action. It does require a time commitment and patience, but if you are willing to tough it out, you will reap the benefits.

Easy on the Heat

It’s no secret that excessive heat is a primary cause of damage, which leads to breakage. I know, I know, you need your big bouncy curls, but consider alternative techniques in achieving your Beyoncé look. Heat damage is a significant deterrent to growth and can harm your hair beyond the point of repair. Take a break if you need to, and know that you are undertaking a good deed for your tresses in doing so.

Better Products

There are a lot of brands that make products for black hair. With that, it is important to know which ones work best for your type. Learning that comes with a bit of trial and error but it also comes down to researching and making better choices. That means not grabbing the cheapest conditioner or oil on the shelf. We all know that you get what you pay for and nine times out of 10, the higher the price the better the results. More often than not the spike in cost has everything to do with the ingredients. Put some good stuff on your hair.

Change your Habits

All of this can be summed up in one word- habit. What are we doing on a daily basis that helps or harm our hair? We don’t realize it most times, but our activities are great supporters and hindrances to the state of our hair. Mainly, giving our hair the needed attention through washing with the right products, maintenance, and how we handle it is what changes its condition. I cannot stress to you how important it is to develop a regimen. Just like we put workout plans in place, we need a hair care plan as well.

It can be tricky trying to make sure our hair is in tiptop shape. Just add it to everything else we have to deal with in life. The helpful thing about it though is when we find a rhythm, it all falls into place.

 

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Black Owned Hair Brands

Hair BrandsWhen it comes to doing business, everyone wants a piece of the pie. I mean this is America, the land of opportunity. Many folks have a dream of managing their own business and with the progressive strides our country has made, black business is one of the fastest growing segments in industry today.

The great thing about black owned businesses is that many of them cater to people of color (POC) and black hair is a significant share of the market. The thing about it is we aren’t always privy to the faces behind the brands that we use and for some folks, they want to know to whom they are giving their money.

There are some great natural hair products, but not all of them are black owned, and that’s fine. But for those who like suppring the endeavors of black entrepreneurs, here is a list of hair, skin and nail brands owned by people who know first-hand what the needs of the black community are.

Jane Carter

Starting her business in 1992, Jane Carter is a brand by which many naturals swear. She began as a hairstylist and created her own hair care line, Jane Carter Solutions, due to an allergic reaction to products with chemicals. After that experience, her goal was simple- create chemically free hair care products for women of color. The rest is history.

Miss Jessie’s

Sisters Miko and TiTi Branch started their hair care line in 2004 and have grown it into one of the top natural hair care brands in the world. They took inspiration from their grandmother, who they named their brand after, and made it their goal to create effective products for their clients’ many hair textures. They have everything for naturalistas and is sold in Target and Walgreens as well as other retail giants.

Ginger + Liz Colour Collection

Priding themselves on offering a wide range of non-toxic and safe nail polishes, Ginger Johnson and Liz Pickett started their company in 2010. Creating colors that pop on melanin skin, they figured out how to make ethically sound products without giving up the element of chic style.

Vera Moore Cosmetics

The former soap actress saw a major neglect of makeup and skin care options for black women during her time in the industry. She constantly found it a challenge to get her hands on foundation that matched her skin tone. She formed Vera Moore Cosmetics and Skincare as a family business that provides an array of options for women all over the world.

Shea Moisture

This line is a no brainer. Shea Moisture has positioned itself as a leading brand in the natural hair community. Founded in 1912 by Sofi Tucker, it is eco-friendly and organic. Today, it is more than just a hair care line. From makeup and skincare to nail polish, it is a global brand with results that work.

Curl Box

Curl Box is a pioneer in the monthly-boxed delivery service. Every month, for a fixed price, you can get samples of products formulated for naturals. Founded by Myleik Teele, it truly is the perfect way to test products without giving too much commitment.

LAMIK

Founded by self-proclaimed beauty mogul Kim Roxi, LAMIK is the first “eco-chic” cosmetic brand. With a purposeful foundation, the brand stands to reconstruct beauty through a principle guidance of cosmetic/makeup affairs, a philosophy of beauty and a LAMIK (Love and Makeup in Kindness) lifestyle. It offers everything from eyelashes to facial care and seeks to give makeup a new purpose all through a healthy platform “for its existence.”

It helps to know who is behind the products you buy. A lot of times, it will determine if you make a purchase. Who else knows how to cater to the black community than those who have been a part of it all of their lives and know first hand what it needs to thrive?

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Going Vegan (For Your Hair)

(For Your Hair)Let’s talk about veganism. It’s not just about what you choose to put into your body. For those who wholeheartedly embrace the lifestyle, it comes down to what is put on their skin, nails, and even their hair.

With the growth of the natural hair movement, brands have been created that cater solely to women forgoing the creamy crack. More established companies, wanting to take advantage of a growing consumer market, have also released lines that reflect what natural hair needs.

With that, one of the healthiest things you can do for your hair is to use vegan products. As with anything, however, it comes down to knowing which ones work and maintain purity standards?

For the vegans out there or those who are can only “go vegan” for their hair and skin (they love bacon too much) here are some brands and products that are 100% (according to their labels) vegan.

Entwine Couture Total Perfect Raw Vegan Argan Oil

If you want a good oil that will give your hair all it needs to grow and shine, then try Entwine Couture’s Total Perfect Raw Vegan Argan Oil. It works wonders for your hair, but it can also be used on your skin too. It “is perfected to protect & condition dry, highly textured hair types, while renewing & moisturizing very dry, mature, pigmented skin tones.” There are too many benefits to name, but just know that this Argan oil gives “luminous shine,” reduces the effects of heat damage and improves the “integrity” of your skin. It will run you around $14 without shipping.

Soultanicals

I cannot tell you how excited I was to find this line. Soultanicals is an Afro-vegan company that is all about living a self-love, toxin free life and boasts products that allow you to do just that. Their “High-quality botanical line” combines a passion for “self-love with the holistic culture and traditions of Mama Earth” It is “100% toxin-free, cruelty-free, vegan, and free from all artificial preservatives, fragrances and dyes.” Soultanicals prides itself in making products “the old fashion way”(by hand) and offers a broad range of hair, body and skincare products. Prices for Soultanicals products start around $15.

One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder

This shampoo is rich in natural, earthy ingredients that serve to soften and strengthen hair. It can be used between shampoos, during travel and just about any time to refresh your hair. Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo Powder contains an endless list of beneficial ingredients and is made in the USA. It will run you about $12.

Out of African 100% Pure Raw Wild Crafted Shea Butter

Shea butter is a favorite ingredient for hair and skin. Out of African, 100% Pure Raw Wild Crafted Shea Butter has the “Finest Shea butter nuts from Burkina Faso, Ghana, & Benin West Africa.” They use traditional methods of extraction, which allows for the nutrients and natural benefits to remain intact. This product is unrefined and has absolutely no chemicals. It’s perfect for cracked skin, your cuticles and sunburn. Out of African 100%, Pure Raw Wild Crafted Shea Butter is about $13 at different online stores.

Sunfood, Natural Plant-Based Conditioner

A “Luscious, moisturizing conditioner with a unique blend of plant-based ingredients and essential botanicals formulated to naturally soften and revitalize,” Sunfood, Natural Plant-Based Conditioner is a “super food” for your hair. It has everything from fruit enzymes to active microorganisms that help condition and nourish It is “Raw, vegan, and sustainably sourced.” The gentle conditioner works “harmoniously with your body and the Earth.” It does not contain any toxins, synthetic fragrances or a host of other harmful ingredients. This Natural Plant-Based Conditioner will cost you $13.

There are so many great products for your hair. Just like we take care of our bodies, we have to give the very best to our tresses as well. These are some of the things you can use to do just that.

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Best Oils for Hair Types and Conditions

Best Oils for Hair Types and ConditionsBelieve it or not all hair is not made the same. Hair is, however, equal. Contrary to popular belief, no one’s hair is better than someone else’s. I mean it’s hair. The fact that you have it when others don’t makes it good.

With that, since the hair functions differently from person to person based on a number of contributing factors (family, conditions, environment, climate), different oils work better for certain grades and types of hair. While our hair is indeed created equal, hair oils are not. But that is okay.

A lot of people use household oils on their hair, and that is perfectly fine. In fact, coconut and olive oils are two of the most used, but are they the best for you?

Because I know you don’t want to put the oils down, and you want to do what’s right for your hair, here are some tips to consider. Let’s look at the various oils and how they affect different types of hair.

Argan Oil for Dry Hair

No one wants frizzy, brittle hair. Sometimes, no matter what you do, your hair can still act up in a way that leaves you feeling hopeless. Argan oil is your best bet if you suffer from dry hair. With its Moroccan origin, Argan oil’s fatty acids and vitamin E are the secrets to giving you healthy looking hair.

Macadamia Oil for Damaged Hair

I know; no matter how hard you try, your hair stills suffers damage. You use heat protectant; you don’t bleach it, and you even wear protective styles, but somehow some way, it always ends up looking , well, bad. Macadamia oil is the way to go. The most intensive oils come from nuts and macadamia is considered the richest. Use it weekly as a mask to help revitalize your hair, especially after a period of using a lot of heat on your hair.

Abyssinian Oil for Fine Hair

This oil is extremely hydrating. It is also lightweight so it won’t weigh down hair that is already thin. Another beneficial thing about this oil is that it is a great heat resistant thanks to its molecular structure.

Baobab oil for Hair Growth

Yes, we all want it, and now we all can have it. Grow your hair long and vigorous with Baobab oil. With its intense nutrient content and other ingredients needed for deep hydration and nourishment, it has A, D, E, and F vitamins, making it a power packed hair growth supplement.

Castor Oil for Thinning Hair

As we get older, our hair tends to thin. This can be devastating for both men and women alike. If you find that your hair is losing its way, use castor oil. It helps thicken hair while growing, moisturizing and working to reduce split ends. It also helps prevent scalp infections.

Borage oil for Naturally Shinny Hair

If you are looking for a natural shine for your tresses, borage oil is an ideal source. It is super complex, in a good way, and has Omega-6, a fatty acid that positively affects the skin as well as promotes hair growth and shine. Borage oil, along with flaxseed oil, will make your hair lustrous and softer. Who doesn’t want those two things for their hair?

Avocado Oil for Thick Hair

While most people probably don’t see anything wrong with having thick hair, there can be a downside; namely the need to manage it. Avocado oil will help keep your hair managed longer. So in other words, using it will prolong whatever you do to your hair, whether it is applying heat, styling it or twisting it.

You should always choose to use what’s best not what’s popular for your hair. Through trial and error, you will find oils and products that help achieve your desired goals.

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Seven Reasons to Lay Off the Weave

Seven Reasons to Lay Off the WeaveLadies when it comes to wearing weave, a lot of women swear by it. Some won’t even allow themselves to go out in public without their hair laid and slayed. There is nothing wrong with that, but sometimes it is good to give your hair a break.

I know, I hear you, “No way!” However, do you ever think of the benefits in letting your hair “breathe” free from weave of any kind? There are plenty of them. Here are a few things to consider the next time you takes your down.

Give your Scalp a Breather

Yes, there are times when your scalp needs some fresh air. When your hair is braided most of the year, then layered with Brazilian wavy, it doesn’t get the oxygen it needs to support optimal scalp health. Your follicles need air, and it also gives you the opportunity to massage your scalp, which greatly helps in enhancing your hair’s growth.

Allows for Proper Maintenance

For most women who keep their hair weaved up year round, they experience significant hair growth. But what happens after you take it out? Many times, the growth is not sustained because the hair was neglected too long under the sew-in. Laying off allows you to devote time to properly care for your hair. This means giving it the attention it needs through oil treatments, conditioning and more. I know it may seem like a lot of effort, but it is worth it. What is the use of having weak, brittle hair underneath all that weave?

Chance to Explore Another Side of You

Let’s face it, a lot of women are afraid to wear their own hair, for whatever reason. They feel naked without their weave. Some even feel less attractive. I once knew a girl who wore extensions  or braids 365 days of the year. One time, her stylist talked her into getting a beautiful hairstyle sans the weave. Well, she couldn’t take it. She didn’t let anyone see her and within a day, took it down and was right back to an installment. That was 13 years ago, and I haven’t seen her without it since. There is nothing wrong with finding other ways to wear your hair. In fact, I suggest that you do. It will teach you some things about yourself and who knows, you may like what you discover.

Gives Your Hair a Break

Believe it or not, your hair can be very stressed under your weave. Most women leave a little bit of hair out so that their installment can look as natural as possible. Because of the constant pulling, tugging, heat application, etc., that portion of your hair is visibly stressed. It can even be damaged beyond repair. A lot of times, women who are “serial weave wearers” have less than healthy hair because of cheap product and or improper installation. Just give it a break for a while.

Reduces Thinning

This is another aspect of wearing weave that people don’t consider. You know the stress I mentioned above? Well, the braiding, sewing and heavy weight of added hair can sometimes cause your thinning. Have you ever thought of what the thread used to sew in tracks can do to your hair? There is a combination of factors that makes it a great and responsible idea to take a “weave vacation.”

Helps Build Confidence

Confidence building will only happen if you let it. Like my friend, some women rely on weave as a part of their identity. This isn’t a good thing because women are so much more than the hair on their heads. Allow the absence of weave to build your confidence.

Seven Reasons to Lay Off the Weave

This could be the biggest reason to lay off the weave. With most installments costing anywhere between $300 to $600 per sew-in, I think it suffices to say that taking a break from weave is just good budgetary judgment.

It is not the end of the world if you don’t have weave in your hair all the time.  Consider the things above and give it a try.

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Taking Care of Dreadlocks

Taking Care of DreadlocksDreadlocks are a very popular hairstyle that men and women wear. They take a lot of commitment and to tell the truth, not everyone makes it through the initial locking process. But for those that do, there is a sweet satisfaction in knowing that you have done something that is culturally and socially adored.

For those who have had dreadlocks for a while, you know that the maintenance process can be a tricky one. It can also be tedious and surpass the maintenance regimen of a natural.

As with anything, there are best practices that we discover through trial and error. So to help you make sure your dreads are neat, clean and fly as possible, here are some tips for taking care of them.

Use Residue Free Soap

It should come as no surprise that one of the most important things you have to do to your dreads is wash them, despite what some people say or practice. It’s imperative to have a regimen that specifies when and how you will clean them. When you set the time aside to shampoo your locks, use residue free cleansers. Plain and simple, built up residue does not look good on any hair, and is especially unsightly on dreadlocks. Go for shampoos that are made for dreads and are as natural as possible. My Tangles Knots and Dollylocks Shampoo are a couple of good ones.

 Use Products Made for Dreadlocks

You may be able to get away with using some products that other people use, but for the most part, your best bet is using products specifically made for people with dreadlocks. From how they function on your hair to how they make your hair function, it will, a majority of the time, make all the difference in the world.

Use a Professional

The best thing you can do if you are thinking about getting dreads or if you have them is to get them done and or maintained by a professional. And when I say a professional, I mean someone who specializes in doing dreadlocks. I know people want to save money, and I am all about saving a dollar, but when it comes to your hair, getting something like dreads should be done by someone who knows what they are doing. Now for those who are veteran dread wearers, you can probably get away with maintaining your own after a while. Nevertheless, for the newbies, do yourself a favor and find a good, reliable professional who can hook up your dreads; and keep going back to them.

Dry Your dreads

One of the worst things that you can do after washing your dreads is put them up without drying them. It’s no secret that wet hair smells. When you factor in the weight and volume of dreads coupled with excessive moisture, you don’t have a good situation. Either let them air dry, which will take a little longer or blow dry them. Regardless of how you choose to dry your hair, the most important thing is to do it as much as you can. If you haven’t already ascertained, dread maintenance requires patience and time.

Pay Attention to Your Scalp

An itchy scalp can happen to anyone and in fact, it happens to everyone. There are certain oils you should use to help relieve the irritation you feel and peppermint is one of the best. It gives a refreshing feeling to your scalp and leaves you with a pleasant smell. Oiling your scalp goes along with keeping your dreads moisturized in general. You want to give them adequate attention and that usually takes more effort than most realize.

Having dreads is definitely something of which to be proud. But you have to remember that the statement you make wearing them should not overshadow the need to maintain them properly. These are just a few tips to help you along your way.

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The Natural Hair Squad Under $10

The Natural Hair Squad Under $10In the natural hair world, all products are not created equal. In fact, there are some that are more harmful to you than others.

With the natural hair movement swiftly sweeping the globe, women are taking the plunge every day to move away from the creamy crack and embrace a life free of harmful hair chemicals.

I will be honest that while being natural is a great move, it is not cheap nor is it without its time commitments. In fact, it can be just as expensive as having e a relaxer or wearing weave on a consistent basis. From having it cared for in the beginning by a professional to using the right products, natural hair living takes work.

And it’s finding the best hair care milks, conditioners, oil and creams that I want to discuss. Because it can get pretty expensive, wouldn’t it be great to know what products truly work and how much it is going to cost you?

Well, to help you make the most out of your hair and your money here are some useful and reasonably priced products.

Shea Moisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Shampoo

This shampoo here is the truth. If you have high porosity hair meaning your hair is prone to damage and breakage due to the gaps in hair follicles that don’t allow for retention, then this shampoo is for you. It will clean your hair thoroughly; it smells great, and the Mongongo oil will leave your hair feeling amazing. Couple it with the Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque and you have a winning combination. The shampoo will run you around $12 and the masque around $13

Shea Moisture Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-Free Shampoo

Much like the shampoo mentioned above, the Baobab & Tea Tree Oils Low Porosity Protein-Free Shampoo helps protein sensitive hair to be more susceptible to resisting moisture. Low porosity hair feels brittle and dry. Baobab & Tea has a whole line of low porosity products including a conditioner and a leave-in detangler. They range in prices from $11 to $12.

Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisture & Shine Pure Hair Oil

I know women that swear by this oil. It has a sweet smell that leaves your hair feeling fresh and lovely. It is also good for the body. It gives moisture to your scalp and shine to hair. And trust that a little bit goes a long way. The eight-ounce bottle will last you a while. Target has it for $10.

ORS Curls Unleashed Leave In Conditioner

There are two lines of Curls, and ORS Curls has a great leave in conditioner that does the job, leaving your hair smelling fresh every time. The thing that I like about this product is your hair is noticeably moisturized all day. Their Shea Butter & Mango is my favorite fragrance. It softens your hair, which allows for easier detangling and curl manageability. The leave-in conditioner usually costs under $10.

Curls Control Paste

If you are a natural, you need a good edge controller. Curls Control Paste in passion fruit or blueberry is the answer to your prayers. The thing I really like about it is that fact that it doesn’t harden on your hair. So you don’t have to worry about it flaking later or damaging your edges. As with everything else on this list, the smell is great, and the price is right. It will run you between $7 and $9 depending on where you get it.

Remember, taking care of natural hair calls for a commitment. You want to have strong, healthy hair that can function at its best. Thankfully, you won’t break the bank with these products.

 

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Planning for Bad Hair Days

Bad Hair DaysBad hair days! We all have them and we all hate them. It’s like just when you think you have gotten your life together, your world reminds you of just how little you know about “adulting.”

No matter your hair type, texture, length or strength, having your hair go from fab to flab can alter your entire look. If I am really being honest, it can alter your whole attitude. There is just something about the feeling of knowing your hair is on point.

So what do you do? When you run into those moments in life where your hair has a mind of its own, the best action is pro-action. Yep, that’s right. You have to prepare for bad hair days. It’s like having car insurance. You hope you never have to use it, but you know it’s in place just in case you need it. Planning for the possible bad hair day is really the only way to fix a bad hair day.

Here are some tips and ideas so you can create your bad hair day survival kit.

Twists/Braids

Let’s face it; natural hair can be a pain in the you know what. Yes, it is endearing, and flashy and powerful, but it takes a lot to get that Angela Davis fro. If your twist-out or wash-n-go becomes a “no,” opt for twists or braids. You can easily and quickly do the tried and true twin French braids. Or you can do a few twists and pin your hair.

Pinning

Which brings me to the first tool in your arsenal- Bobby pins. You should always have these on hand. They are cheap and nothing does the job quite like them. The thing about bobby pins is that they aren’t just for “fixing” bad hair days. You can use them to PREVENT bad hair days. Don’t shy away from using them while doing your hair. Even if you don’t think you need them. The truth is, you probably do.

Product

Again for the naturals, it is a good idea to have a travel size container of your “product of the day” or some kind of conditioner you can slap on your hair when it becomes unruly. Better yet, keep several of your faves in your car or at your job in a handy pouch. It is a relief knowing that you are able to fix what Mother Nature (wind, temperatures, climate, atmosphere) has messed up before or as soon as you reach your destination.

Travel Hair Appliances

This tip may sound extreme, but I promise it is reasonable. Bad hair days are what travel size flat irons are for. Don’t think it vain or shallow if you have one in your purse. Especially if you are wearing your hair straight or perhaps you didn’t do a good job wrapping it the night before. Get one, keep it close and use it when the time comes.

Hair Tie

Alas, when all else fails do not fear the ponytail. The ponytail is your friend. It is a faithful go to; an understanding alternative that happily welcomes your hair into a safe and non-judgmental position. If the flat iron isn’t’ working (or you don’t have one) and the twists aren’t cutting it, there is no shame in putting your hair in a ponytail. They get a bad rep sometimes because too many women in the past have “abused” the style. But having a hair tie on deck will always serve its purposes when needed. Go to the bathroom, gather yourself together, put your hair in a ponytail and keep it moving. End of story.

Bad hair days don’t have to ruin your day. Be prepared, do your best and if all else fails, do what you have to in order to keep yourself going.

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Summer Hair Styles and Ideas

Summer Hair Styles and IdeasSpring is here and we all know what that means. Summer is literally knocking on our doors. We love the idea of everything warm weather brings. Barbeques, swimming pools and of course, trips around to the beach. Summer is arguably the best times of the year, but one of the things that is often times forgotten is the need for extra care for our hair.

Let’s face it, we get so caught up in our daily responsibilities that we don’t consider how our routines affect our hair. The preoccupation we have with making every summer second count doesn’t leave us with much time to think about or even do our hair sometimes. So let’s talk about summer protective styles.

A protective style is not only for the woman with natural hair. Black women who relax their hair also need to give their tresses a break every now and then. Aside from not having to constantly style your hair, protective styling is just good practice.

Here are some tried, true and trendy protective styling ideas to try this summer.

Crochet Braids

These are extremely “in” right now. The thing that makes crochets so popular is the fact that you can do so many different hair styles with them and you’re not limited to just braids. So many use the crochet technique to install twists and even faux locs. This is a fast, easy and relatively inexpensive protective style.

Braids

Braids are a no brainer and a style that many women go to without even thinking. They are super convenient and the great thing about them is that they last. A lot of women wear them for months and while some may scoff at that notion, you are sure to get your money’s worth. Plus, there are effective techniques for cleansing your hair while you have braids so you don’t have to worry about unsightly build up.

Weave

If you want to forego the braids or crochets, then having a weave installed is an ideal protective option. Nowadays, you can have pretty much any hair texture or style sewn into your own for a unique look. Also, gone are the days where you had to leave some of your hair out for your style to look natural. With silk base or lace front closures, a fresh sew in never looked so good. They give a natural appearance and allows for a true protective style.

Twists

Naturals have a great opportunity to take advantage of the texture of their hair to create an authentic style for the summer. Getting your own hair twisted or twisting it yourself serves as a way to show off your hair while keeping it 100% natural.  Let’s be honest, if you have gone through the process of laying off the creamy crack to grow out your hair, you deserve to show it off. Twists can last a while, and you can easily and quickly style them if you care to. The options you have with twisting your own hair are limitless.

Summer Routine

If you don’t want weave, braids or any of the other suggestions listed above, that’s fine. But you should still have a summer hair care routine that differs from how to take care of your hair throughout the year. We all know that the sun can damage our hair. Depending on where you live, some climates are harsher than others, especially on natural hair. Coming up with a routine that enables you to wear your hair and maintain the moisture and styling flexibility is paramount. There are a lot of good, home based DIY recipes that will greatly aid in taking care of your hair. From olive oil to lemon juice to mayonnaise, keep your hair in tiptop shape during the hottest months of the year.

Summer is about having fun, relaxing and discovering new things. So make sure your hair is ready for the adventure.

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