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Quick Tip: Split Ends

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It is hot! How many styles can we put in our hair to stay cute, cool, and cunning to make our hair grow? There are dozens yet one thing most people forget after washing their hair between styles is to clip their ends.

 

Clipping one’s ends helps hair to grow strong and healthy. Similar to grass, if one does not cut it the grass will get long but it will look stringy and unhealthy. Our hair is just like that. If we do not cut our ends then our hair will look stringy and unhealthy-that is one style you do not want for the summer.

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Recommendation: Get your ends clipped every 6 weeks or at least between hair styles that you keep in for months. This way your hair will grow and flow once the winter comes around.

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http://blackgirllonghair.com/2012/08/7-ways-to-prevent-split-ends/

http://healthveda.com/how-to-get-rid-of-split-endshome-made-hair-packs-and-useful-tips-1376

Beauty of Braids

The process of becoming natural after having a perm can be extremely hard. The journey is long and tiresome at times. Many attempt, but only few survive. I’m here to help increase survivors during this transformation of weather.
There are plenty of sites which give advice for transitioning between perm to natural hair. One suggestion given is to use eggs, vinegar, and mayo to help grow out of a perm. According to a cosmetology teacher, the best way to grow out a perm is to get braids.
Types of braids:
-Box Braids
-Corn Rows
-Senegal Twists
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Styles while your braids are in:
-bun
-if you have micro braids with human hair you can wash and set your hair to have flowing curls
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How to take out your braids:
When taking out your braids do not immediately comb out your hair. Have you ever noticed that nasty little circle of dirt that is between your hair and your new growth? If that isn’t combed out properly it can break off your hair.
Once all of your braids are taken out put conditioner on your hair (recommended brand: Cholesterol). Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes then begin to comb out your hair. Remember to always start combing at the bottom and work your way up. After you have combed out your entire head then proceed with rinsing it out, shampooing it, and conditioning it.
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Maintenance:
If you keep your braids in for 2-3 months (or longer) you must trim your ends after each time. Additionally, if you would like to use a leave in conditioner during this journey the best leave in is “placenta. Placenta (contains after birth) has natural nutrients which helps hair grow strong and healthy.
Keep an eye out:
1. If your hair begins to look matted together this is an indicator that your braids may be in too long.
2. Be extra gentle with micro braids because they can pull out your edges.
3.  Keep your hair moisturized while in braids-your hair still needs moisture.

 

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Miss Jessie’s: Product Recommendation

During our preparation for finals I decided to try a few products by Miss Jessie. As most know, Miss Jessie’s is on the expensive side of the natural hair care products. However, as I was browsing around on their website I noticed they had a “Free Samples” tab. Everyone loves free samples-especially college students. I clicked on the tab immediately and discovered I could select two different products for free (you have to pay for shipping and handling which is $1). In addition, they will let you try their new shampoo “Super Slip Sudy Shampoo” for free. I selected the famous Curly Pudding and Curly Butter Creme. 

 

Curly Pudding

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As the first day went on my curls looked amazing. Actually, for the next few days my curls looked amazing. However, I did not like the way my hair felt. It was soft but not as soft as my hair would be without any products. Curly Pudding for me gets a 4 out of 5. I loved the curls but did not like how long it took to dry and the difference in the texture of my hair.

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Curly Butter Creme

Once again I followed instructions (I do that well). This time Curly Butter Creme instructs to insert the product in one’s hair either wet or dry and can be used as a daily moisturizer. After I washed my hair and dried it the best I could-I inserted the Curly Butter Creme. This product has a minty smell to it. While applying I felt a cooling sensation (please let me know I am not the only one to feel this sensation). However, once the sensation went away my curls looked amazing once again. I was a little nervous on the first day that I would smell extra minty. So Curly Butter Creme gets a 4 out of 5 from me. Yet again I loved the curls but did not like the uneasy feeling of smelling extremely minty all day.

 

History on Miss Jessie’s

Unknown-11Miss Jessie’s was founded by two sisters, Miko and Titi Branch, in 2004. They named their product after their paternal grandmother, Miss Jessie, who would use an egg and mayonnaise treatment for their curly natural hair. In 2000, the sisters decided to open a natural hair care salon together. While the salon was becoming a success, Titi realized there were not any products that catered to their clients needs. So she worked hard and created Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding. From there multiple products came about, such as Curly Butter Creme, Baby Butter Creme, and Curly Meringue. The products have been featured in multiple magazines and received numerous awards. Miss Jessie’s has sustained a prominent place in the hair care world and it plans to stay there for years to come.

 

My Recommendation

Of course every product compliments every texture of hair differently. As African American women our hair naturally curls up (some call them n**** naps). If we allow our hair to fall into its natural state before placing multiple natural products then we would not have to buy products to make our hair curly. If wanting to enhance the already natural curl I would recommend Curly Butter Creme. Despite its cooling sensation, the product left my hair much softer than the Curly Pudding. Would I use Curly Butter every day like the package suggests? No. However, I would consider using it once a week. Lastly, please support Miss Jessie’s (www.missjessies.com) even if it is ordering their free samples to see what works best for you.

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If you are a Miss Jessie’s fan or just trying it out for the first time-let me know how it compliments your hair.

 

~B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical and Thorough)

III Sisters of Nature: Product Recommendation

           Growing up I never had to worry about doing my hair because my mom is a cosmetologist.  So whenever it was time to do my hair she would use the products she had in the house and I never thought twice about it. Well there came a day when I was all on my own. It was February 2012 in London, England and I just cut off all of my hair. I had to experiment and find products to get my hair to be healthy. While looking in different beauty supply stores for a natural hair care product  I came across a contanier that said Once a Week by III Sisters of Nature. I thought God sent it to me from heaven because you guys know I do not like doing a lot of work when it comes to my hair. I took the product home and began to use it once a week. I noticed  a major difference in my hair.  

            III Sisters of Nature was created by three real sisters with a lineage of women who have created hair care products. Their goal was to create products for their three different natural styles without any harsh and unnecessary chemicals but with a reasonable price (only $12.99). Their products do not contain alcohol, waxes, silicone  petrolatum, mineral oil and plastics. Overall, the product line consists of two conditioning creams, three styling creams, a sulfate-free shampoo and leave-in conditioner.

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This past week I washed my hair with Once a Week and paid close attention to how my hair reacted to the product.  Once a Week is meant to coat, protect, and repair dry, fragile, and damaged hair and strengthen curls. When I first cut my hair off the texture of my hair seemed to change overnight. Finding this product meant it may repair my fragile hair. Over the past year I’ve noticed some changes with my hair however this week I noticed a shine to it. I continued throughout the week to run my hand over my hair to make sure it was still soft. 

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            Overall, III Sisters of Nature has my vote as a great product to try for your hair. Additionally, it is great for any financial situation because the products cost $12.99 and sometimes they come with a smaller container attached to it. At times I feel like I am never going to finish my container so you will be able to get your money’s worth. Lastly, please support these sisters by checking out their website and trying their products. Let me know how III Sisters of Nature compliments your hair.  

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http://www.3sistersofnature.com/

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For This: Protective Styles for the Heat

The warm spring weather is fast approaching and no one has time for this…

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So it’s time to find ways to save our natural hair during the heat. Before I cut my hair, I too struggled with how to preserve my natural hair from sweating out. One style in particular that complemented me was 2-strand twists. As you will get to know me-I am all about getting the cutest styles with the smallest amount of work. So after washing my hair I would twist it while it was still damp. If your hair begins to dry out while twisting simply spray water on it to get the moisture back in it. The beauty of 2-strand twist is the versatility of having 2 different hairstyles. You can keep the twist in for 1 week then rock the crinkle/fro look for another week.

Most African Americans have dry hair whereas; Caucasians have oily hair. This explains why they need to wash their hair multiple times throughout the week. Our hair being the blessing that it is, we do not have to wash our hair every week but we do need to keep it moisturized. For example, putting grease, oil sheen, and moisturizers in our hair on a weekly basis helps it to grow, remain healthy and shine. While you are protecting it from the sun-remember to nurture it as well. 

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For those who may not like the 2-strand twist some other styles are:

Medium sized box braids

 

Box Braids

 

 

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Yarn Braids

 

 

 

 

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Senegalese/ Kinky Twist

 

 

 

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Quick Weaves

 

Styles to avoid every day are buns. Even though buns are most convenient for natural styles it wears and tears on your hair. The pressure of the bun breaks off your hair slowly which leads to breakage. Save your bun for those days when you do not have much time to do your hair at night or in the morning.

 

~ B.R.A.T. (Black, Radical, and Thorough)

Next week: Highlighting III Sisters of Nature; The “Cleaner” Hair Care Products

 

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http://www.delux-mag.com/black-tea-rinses-for-breakage-shedding-and-gray-hair/

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http://stylesbyelaine.blogspot.com/2012/07/10-bad-things-to-do-to-black-hair.html

http://diynaturalhaircare.blogspot.com/2013/01/what-are-box-braids-and-box-braids.html

http://www.butlerafricanhairbraiding.com/YARN-BRAIDS.html

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http://filescafe.com/2012/11/hairstyles-long-at-front-shorter-at-back/30-quick-weave-hairstyles-which-are-astonishing-slodive/

Introduction…

 

 

 

 

As requested, AfroMadu has a segment specifically for natural hair. Here is the open forum to comment, discuss, and inquire about natural hair, its politics, how to manage it, and seeing people overall everyday maintenance with natural hair. Please feel free to comment and share things you would like to add to this segment at afromadu@gmail.com. 

Meet the Editor!
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About a year ago, I decided to cut off my hair to see how it would complement my facial features. While making my decision, I struggled with how I would take care of it. Too many times I heard conversations of women with natural hair talk about how they use shampoo, conditioner, leave –in conditioner, cream to elongate their curls, dry their hair, then finally, use moisturizer spray to hold the curls just to have a “natural” hairstyle. So I decided, that because of this trend of using numerous amounts of products that I would do the least possible treatment to my hair.

 

 

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I believe the beauty in going natural is to embrace how one’s hair transforms into its most natural state without the interference of too many products. So I plan to explore all of the “Natural” hair care products/concoctions to see which ones actually compliment one’s natural state or interferes with it. I want to see if my hair can be as healthy and beautiful before I cut it. I am also interested in learning about the products and stories of others as well. Let this journey begin.

 

– B.R.A.T. ( Black, Radical and Thorough)