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#BYOB and the Evolution of Barbie

In case you missed it, Mattel announced the first MAJOR evolution of Barbie in the history of the company today.

I know what you’re thinking: “She’s gonna have a new job with a new puppy and outfit.”

Well, with the exception of the puppy, you’re actually right. Except the folks over at Barbie HQ have arrived at the realization that there is no longer one singular standard of beauty and that representation matters. Barbie is now available in curvy, tall and petite.

It’s important for girls to see themselves being celebrated for their race, nationality, body type and hair texture. The new collection includes 4 body types, 7 skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. #thedollevolves

Definitely sounds like a #BYOB kinda party, doesn’t it?

I talked about this on Periscope earlier, check out a snippet of my broadcast below…yes, I was pretty animated, you can tell by my face..LOL :

 

So, what do you think of the new Barbie? Are you planning to buy one for your #BYOB princess? Or yourself? I think I’m getting one or three 🙂

To Your Beauty,

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Is Your Hair Protein Sensitive??

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For most of the natural hair community, coconut oil can do no wrong.

Known for its many benefits including oral health, moisturizing the skin and even in your beauty regimen, this oil is also a building block for stronger hair, which is why it’s the bomb.

Unless of course, it turns your hair into a dry, crunchy, brittle, messy mess.

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If you find that your hair and scalp are dry, flaky and ashy-looking whenever you use coconut oil, this could be a sign of protein sensitivity. The challenge is, there are different types of protein (more on that in this blog post) and different product combinations can lead to any number of hair and scalp issues!

If you have any of these side effects after using certain products your hair may be protein sensitive:

  • hair is straighter than normal
  • feels like straw
  • difficult to detangle
  • breaks easily
  • dry and rough ends

Keep in mind that there are some protein treatments available that actually INTEND for your hair to feel hard and almost brittle, particularly if the directions require the product to dry on the hair.

If you determine that you do have protein-sensitive hair, be sure to limit the use of products that contain protein, AND those that help hair retain protein, like coconut oilclay or henna.

In the event you do experience unwanted effects on your hair, sometimes all it takes to “fix” your hair is to do a clarifying treatment or a super moisturizing conditioning session and your hair returns to its normal state.

To Your Beauty,

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All Proteins Aren’t Created Equal

The key to healthy hair is the balance between moisture and protein. If your hair is too moisturized it becomes mushy, if it’s heavy on protein you end up with dry and brittle hair.

If you have fine, damaged or porous hair, the strengthening effects of protein treatments are great, but did you know that all proteins aren’t the same?

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Hydrolyzed protein can actually characterize any type of protein, it refers to a process of breaking down the molecules of the protein itself so they are small enough to penetrate and adhere to the hair strands.

Collagen improves hair elasticity.

Keratin is the strongest of the proteins; it is found in the hair and nails. It is known for improving manageability…sometimes to the point of straightening (AKA keratin treatment)

Wheat is known for providing a balance of strength and attracting moisture.

Soy is plant-based (duh!) and is also known strengthening and being a humectant.

You definitely need to have some type of strengthening treatment in your natural hair regimen, and now that you know the types and what they can do you can make the best decision for your hair.

To your Beauty,

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