The Big Braided Bun.

I found this creative hairstyle on Pinterest while searching for new looks to show you guys. Even though the girl in this tutorial is not a curly girl, this is still a great look that we can all pull off. It is easy to do and is not time consuming at all. This is great for when our curls aren’t cooperating. When we want to just tie our hair up, this would be a fun way to approach the bun. Try it out!

“1. Take a one inch section on top of your part and split  into three. This is the start of the Dutch braid (or inside out braid).

2. Cross the right piece under the middle, then the left  piece under the right, forming a braid. When you cross the middle section under,  add in some hair.

3. Continue braiding and only add in hair on the right side.  So when you cross under from the left side you don’t add in any hair. Angle  your braid along your hairline and over the top of your ear. Stop adding in hair  when you pass your ear. Finish the braid and secure with a small clear  elastic.

4. Stretch out your braid! To get this big dramatic  braid, you need to gently pull at the sides of your braid to widen it.

5. Gather the rest of your hair into a side  ponytail,  next to your braid.

6. Use a hair donut to create a large side bun.

7. I teased my ponytail to make it bigger before wrapping it  around the padding and pinning underneath.

8. Then wrap your braid around the base of your bun and pin  in place. Add a spritz of hairspray and you’re ready to go!”

Read more at http://www.latest-hairstyles.com/tutorials/big-braided-bun.html#c3gFMM0Ms94LGzW3.99

Vitamins are great for healthy hair

You can improve the health of your hair by making sure you ingest the right vitamins! Vitamins are in many of your common foods and can improve the quality of your life. Not only does it help with your immune system, nail, and skin, but it also has many benefits for your hair. What you can receive from vitamins is thicker, shinier, and smoother hair. Who doesn’t want that? Here I will explain the different types of vitamins and what its benefits are.

Vitamin B:

Most vitamin B’s are important for hair growth. These are B3, B5, B6 and B12. B3 (Niacin) is essential for a healthy scalp with good circulation. You can find B3 in fish and chicken. You can find B5 in eggs. B5 can prevent grey hairs.

Vitamin A:

This is an antioxidant that improves hair texture and sheen. “Vitamin A assists in producing sebum in the scalp, which leads to healthy oils throughout the hair. A vitamins are available in supplement form, and many foods are also rich in A vitamins, including spinach, broccoli, cheese, cabbage, peaches and apricots.”  http://www.overstock.com/guides/best-vitamins-for-healthy-hair

Vitamin E:

Helps with the appearance of hair. It helps with oil production and is very essential for the scalp. Vitamin E is found in soy beans, nuts, and beans.

10 Tips to Get Smooth and Shiny Hair

This article I found in Naturallycurly.com gives helpful hints to achieve shiny and smooth hair.

10 Tips to Get Smooth and Shiny Hair.

Smooth and shiny curls can seem like they are miles away when you are first figuring out what products your curls like. Even those curlies who have been natural for years can still have trouble battling their frizz. We’ve put together a list of 10 tips and tricks that can give you that smooth and shiny hair you’ve been waiting for.

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Take care of those curls: It can be hard to completely embrace your natural look, but once you ditch the straightener and any other method that damages your hair, you will notice a huge change in the health of your hair. You will start to notice less frizz and damage, and instead you’ll see shine and have smooth curls.

Condition often: Conditioner is key to get the smooth and shiny look you are looking for. Find a conditioner that your hair absolutely loves and run with it. Remember, there are many people who only wash their hair with conditioner for a reason!

Be careful with that comb: If you comb out your hair, start at the bottom and work your way up. Starting at the top can cause breakage and damage which leads to frizzy hair. Many people with curly hair only finger comb their hair, but if you do use a shower comb, be careful how you use it.

Give your hair a break from heat: Most curlies know that heat can cause some serious damage and lead to some serious frizz. If you diffuse your hair often, use a lower heat seating to keep your curls from being damaged. If you decide to use a straightener, make sure you find a heat protector that will do a good job at keeping your hair healthy.

 

..Read more at http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/wavy-hair-type-2/shiny-hair-10-tips-to-getting-smooth-and-shiny-hair?page=3

Clear hair therapy works for me!

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I had trouble with thinning hair from using damaging products. I found that all the products I was using in my hair such as gels, mousse, and hair sprays, were destroying my hair follicles. I was not ready to completely change my hair routine because at the time I needed all those products to make my hair look at least half descent. I eagerly searched for products that would give me volume. I wondered whether my shampoo and conditioner at the time was adding on to the problem. This thought came into my head because there was a period where I stopped using my usual shampoo and conditioner and decided to try something new. While I was using the new shampoo (Humberto repair treatment) I found that my hair looked much healthier and thicker. Without realizing that the reason of improvement was the change in shampoo and conditioner, I resorted back to my old choice of shampoo. My hair began to look as it did before: dry, thin, and without any life! It was then when I decided to venture out again, only this time it would be for good.

As I was shopping for new products I came across the Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy. I had seen the commercials on T.V and wanted to give it a try. Clear was made to work at the scalp, which is where my problem lied. Thinning hair stems from damage in your hair follicles. From the first day I started using Clear, I could feel the difference. First off, the smell is delightful. It reminds me of the shampoos that are used at hair salons. After using it for about a week or two, I was able to see a lot more shine in my hair (a plus for us curly girls that have dry hair.) The texture in my hair also improved; it is much softer and easier to handle. And last but definitely not least, my hair is much fuller. I love this product and I highly recommend it!

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Stop washing your hair!

When it comes to washing curly hair less is more. Hairstylists agree that when you wash your hair too frequently it can lead to unwanted effects. the ingredients in shampoos and conditioners can dry hair. This is something we already struggle with on the daily basis. There is no reason to add onto our pain. You may think that there is no rationality to leaving your hair dirty, but in fact, washing your hair too much can strip it of its natural oils.

if you have really thick hair, you can go without washing it for a week. Like me, if you have fine curls you should wash your hair every other day or a couple days a week. On the days that you go without shampooing, you can rinse your hair with water. If you just have to use something to smooth it up, u should use moisturizing products that contain shea butter, olive oil, pal oil, or avocado oil.

Allure “Beauty Expert” says “We like Aveda Be Curly shampoo. It contains a blend of aloe and wheat protein that retracts around ringlets as they dry to help fight frizz.” This is a great choice for curly hair because it has in it natural ingredients that will prevent excess dryness. It also successfully removes oil and build up.

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Thinning Hair? No worries, Hair masks can be your next best friend.

One of the most horrific things to witness is the sight of balding or thinning hair. It is natural and healthy to lose about 100 strands of hair a day. But when is it too much? If your finding that you are losing an excess amount of hair, you should be concerned and try to find a solution. Having curly hair comes with the burden of experimenting with various products that might result in damaged hair. Through out the years I have been the victim of damaging products. I used gels, shampoos, conditioners, treatments, and many other products that left my hair unbearable.

In searching for perfect hair I was only left to deal with hair that I was embarrassed to show off. I found that my hair was growing increasingly thin. My scalp became evidently more noticeable. It did not take much to see through my hair. After several attempts at trying out remedies for thinning hair, I was disappointed with the lack of improvement I saw. Finally, I came across natural masks that were cost efficient and truly worked. These are easy to make and can be taken straight from your kitchen cabinet. Here is one mask that will work wonders.

Green Tea Hair Mask

Use this treatment three to four times a week to create long, thick and luxurious hair.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons fresh green tea
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 egg yolk
PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients together until you reach a creamy consistency.  If it becomes too thick, add more green tea.

APPLICATION

Part hair down the center and apply mixture. Cover hair with a shower cap or cling wrap. Leave in for approximately 15 to 25 minutes. Your head will feel slightly warm, as the mustard helps to increase the blood circulation to the scalp. Rinse thoroughly, then shampoo and condition as normal

Curls worst enemy!

The struggles of having curly hair can sometimes discourage us from properly taking care of it. Do you ever find yourself settling for products which you know are not healthy for your hair but you use them anyways? Ladies, even though we cannot use just any product on the market, there is still hope. Our curls are both a blessing and a curse. When it behaves we get to have beautiful perfect locks. When our hair goes against our wishes, we want nothing to do with it. You may be damaging your hair more than you think when you use products that are not suited for curly hair.

Do not be fooled by advertisements that claim that their products are for all hair types. Although there are a few products that work for both straight and curly hair, you must pay attention to the ingredients so that you know what benefits it can have for you hair. Instead of worrying about hair brands, it is best to take some time to look at the labels. If you want to avoid dry and flat hair, you should stay away from products that have silicone in them. Silicone in curly hair products produce build up in you hair and scalp because they are not able to dissolve in water. Here are a list of silicones to stay away from.73224086(1)1. Cetearyl Methicone 

2. Cetyl Dimethicone 

3. Dimethicone

4. Dimethiconol

5. Stearyl Dimethicone

Post inspired by Naturally Curly http://http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/products-ingredients/10-silicones-in-curly-hair-products-to-avoid

Cuts and hairstyles that will make you look like a chic rockstar

I’ve heard plenty of times that I could never get my hair cut in layers because my hair would look too puffy and wild. What I noticed was that all the hairstylists that were telling me this were straight haired women who probably have trouble cutting curly hair. It is difficult to detect the length of our hair when it is shriveled up. And as we know, there might be some curls that are tighter than others. Another reason why they might be saying this is that there are some cuts LOOK wrong because the shape of the layers are WRONG.

Ladies, this “no layer” concept is is a myth. Layers can accentuate your look adding more shape and volume. Layers are perfect for both short and long hair. The shorter layered look is called a bob. This particular look is better for round, square, and oval shaped heads. Although it is a beautiful look, not all girls can pull it off. Here is an example of a bob.

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With this type of cut, there is no need to spend hours of styling your hair because this in itself is a great look to show off. The girls who are able to pull this look off should be proud because not a lot can.

http://creativefan.com/curly-bob-hairstyles/

Palmer’s Olive Oil GRO Therapy works wonders for dry curly hair!

Palmer’s Olive Oil GRO Therapy works wonders for dry curly hair!

I love, love, love, this product! This is a must have that should be stocked on your shelves at all times. This Olive Oil Formula is great at combating dry hair (that means all us curly girls). “This therapeutic balm restores … Continue reading