#L4LHair Tip Tuesday | Twist Out vs Braid Out

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Welcome back Hair Tip Tuesday!  Today's post is on arguably two of the most popular style techniques in the hair community, the twist out versus braid out.  Personally, I have always preferred braid outs on relaxed hair and twist outs on natural hair (for both myself and other ladies).  Something about the natural curls and coils of textured hair seems to "set" better when twisted and straight hair seems to intertwine with three strands … [Read more...]

Heat Training Versus Heat Damage

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Now that I am nearly natural (relaxer-free) I have started applying heat more frequently to my hair.  When I used chemicals to relax my kinks and coils, I could air dry and style - buns, braid/twist outs and updos.  If I wanted a sleek, straight look with bounce and body, roller sets were my friend!  However, with my texture being so tightly coiled, I find that blow drying is the quickest and best way to stretch my natural hair. I will … [Read more...]

Hair Tip Tuesday | The 10 Transitioning Hair Commandments

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A bit of a humorous post, but with a lot of truth behind it!  If you have decided to grow out your relaxer (or routinely stretch for long periods of time) these 10 transitioning hair commandments will help guide you and keep your sanity through the process. Also, check out the newly released Science of Transitioning by Audrey Davis-Sivasothy for some amazing tips for transitioners and new naturals.  I haven't read it yet - but the … [Read more...]

Revive Your Hair | Understanding Ingredients

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It's been a few weeks since my last post in the Revive Your Hair series - but to refresh everyone's memory, I've decided to revisit healthy hair practices and techniques that will help our hair thrive.  The older the "healthy hair game" gets along with advancing social media (i.e. Instagram), the less interest people have in truly learning how to take care of their hair.  It's all about the latest trendy style, quick product reviews on hold, … [Read more...]

Revive Your Hair | Heat Free Styling

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Back with a second installment in the Revive Your Hair series!  The topic of discussion today centers around heat free hairstyles.  Why do the majority of ladies focusing on healthy hair avoid frequent use of heat?  Because hair is comprised of protein and heat denatures (breaks down) protein.  Any scientist will tell you that proteins denatured (the technical term for 'broken apart') through high levels of heat are able to reaneal (fix or … [Read more...]

Revive Your Hair | Baggying & Greenhouse Effect

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Happy Monday Ladies!  I've decided to start a new series, called Revive Your Hair, focusing on some basic techniques and information that will help your hair thrive.  There are so many great new products and emphasis on creating fabulous styles that we can easily drift away from caring for our hair.  Sometimes we just have to go back to the basics, revisit the oldies but goodies, and give your hair some extra TLC!  So the first topic is … [Read more...]

I’m Struggling with Winter Dryness

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This winter has been absolutely BRUTAL!!!  I remember having a few crazy snowstorms last year, but this year it has just seemed abnormally long.  And it's giving me the blues...I think I'm experiencing slight seasonal affective disorder.  Or I'm just being a bit dramatic! :-)  Anyway my body is responding by simply drying completely out!  Ragged cuticles, chapped lips, flaky face, rough heels and DRY HAIR!  I swear I think my body has less … [Read more...]

Dandruff Versus Seborrheic Dermatitis | Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Review

Dandruff Versus Seborrheic Dermatitis Head & Shoulders Moisture Care Review

Before I jump into the review let me cover a few basics:  Dandruff versus seborrheic dermatitis.  Skin naturally has microorganisms living on it, including our scalp.  One such microbe is Malassezia globosa and in those with dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, this fungus produces an enzyme (lipase) that breaks down the naturally occurring oil on the scalp (sebum).  This process releases an irritant known as oleic acid (free fatty acid). … [Read more...]