Try out Alicia Keys Ponytail braid look

curly-ponytailsI love what is going on in this picture! Alicia Keys is showing off her beautiful curls, something she does not do often. She has her hair pulled up into a ponytail and accented the sides with braids. This look can be tried by you. It is simple but cute. If you girls are tired of doing the same old styles, try this funky one for a change. Here is a step by step process on how to achieve this look.

1. Part your hair at the crown of your head from ear to ear. Pull the back of your hair into a ponytail to get it out your way

2. Make three parts with the front of the hair that you left out. The side parts will be where you braid your hair and the middle part will be the Mohawk part. Put the middle part into a ponytail or bun for now so that is out your way.

3. Part and cornrow the sides of your hair. Make as many braids as you want. Cornrow from the front of your hair to the crown of your head.

4. Now, take the mid section of your hair and pin it to make an illusion of a Mohawk. You can do this by pushing up the hair.

5. Grab the rest of your hair and make a ponytail. To define the curls use gels or mousse.

Don’t forget your roots. Try these professional hairstyles for work.

It is often heard that curly hair should be straightened to look more professional. There is a common view that curly hair looks too untamed and wild for a professional setting. For those of you who spend so much time straightening your hair to keep your boss happy, I am here to tell you there are options. There are several hairstyles that are acceptable at work, but stays true to your natural ways.

1. The bob is a great look. It shows off your curls while giving you a professional grown up look. This might be a good choice for you. Maintaining a bob requires frequent visits to the hair salon to get cuts, which in turn will make your hair healthier. This cut is good for square, oval, and long faces.

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2. Braids can look anywhere from casual to elegant depending on how you dress it up. It is tamed and tucked away from your face giving you a clean look. For long hair braids can be trendy and look very appealing at work.

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3. High buns are my favorite. It is easy to create and can be done if you have no time to do anything else with your hair in the morning. what’s best about the bun is that it is so effortless but at the same time it can look so elegant.

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5. Hair accessories can be fun. Anywhere from bobby pins, to head bands, and much much more, you can decorate your hair to make it look lavishing. There are so many bows, ribbons, and ties you can choose from to create the exact look that you want.

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Tangle me free!

Have you curly girls ever been frustrated by your tangles? I sure have. It is so easy for the hair in the back of our heads to become knotted. The pain that comes along with vigorously brushing the tangles is annoying. But don’t give up just yet. There are things you can try that will lessen your burdens. First off, I hope you comb your hair! Having curly hair may be challenging sometimes. There are many of us who cannot go one day without combing because our hair turns into brillo pads. I am fortunate enough to have hair that is on the thinner side, therefore I am able to wrap my hair up for a couple of days and not worry about combing. After those couple of days I know my hair will not be too impossible too handle… as long as I have conditioner.

For you curly girls that have a hard time combing through your tangles, I got a solution for you. The best way to comb knotted curly hair is while it is wet. When you brush dry hair you can potentially break hair strands and create more frizz. While your hair is wet, add a generous amount of conditioner and spread thoroughly. There is no such thing as over-conditioning. While the conditioner is in your hair, use a wide toothed comb to brush the knots out. Start from the bottom of your hair and work your way up. Never start at the top. After combing, rinse the conditioner out. If you suffer from severe tangles and conditioning alone does not help, add a leave-in conditioner to your hair. If you are going out, style your hair as usual. If you are staying in or going to bed, leave your hair in a braid.

The conditioners I highly recommend for detangling hair is U R Curly Quinoa Conditioner and Kinky Curly Knot Today

Here’s a tip to get the natural curly look

For the girls who need a quick fix in accomplishing nice defined curls, I am going to teach you how to style your hair so that your curls look natural, but spectacular at the same time. This tutorial is for the girls who know that their pretty curls are in there somewhere but they are being disguised by frizz, flatness, and other things that are keeping it from looking its best. Remember, just like any other hairstyle that you do not wake up with every day, this is TEMPORARY. (At least until you obtain healthy curls, which is only achieved with proper care). The healthier your hair gets the less styling products you will need to use. But for now, here is a trick to making your curls look great.

After washing apply either styling gel, mousse, or both all over your hair, making sure that you evenly disburse it. The gel will keep your curls tight and will take away frizz. I add a mousse on top of the gel because it makes my hair a bit softer and it prevents it from becoming too hardened. After adding the gel and mousse, I scrunch my hair so that every strand is curly. Some of us curly girls tend to have straight hair when our hair is wet. Scrunching it will give you nice curls. For my preference, I put a little bit of volume hair spray because I like my curls to look full. After applying the products blow dry your entire hair until it is fully dry.

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

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.

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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