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Do’s and Don’ts of Hair Steaming

Steaming is one of THEEEE best things you can do to pamper your natural hair, but if you’re relaxed and/or color treated, steaming should be in your hair care routine as well. Steam sessions work to hydrate dry hair by leaving thirsty tresses juicy and happy. The moist heat from a steamer also encourages blood flow to circulate, which promotes hair growth.

A steamer works by lifting the hair cuticle allowing your treatments (deep conditioner, oils, etc.) to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft and healing damaged hair.

But like with anything else, a steamer will only work IF YOU USE IT. Read on for the do’s and don’ts of hair steaming:

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DO steam often.

DO steam for at least 20 minutes per session.

DO ensure the ends of your hair are accessible to the steam. They’re the oldest part of your hair.

DO allow your hair to cool after a steam session before rinsing (if you used conditioner) or applying product.

 

 

DON’T steam more than every 10-14 days, it’s possible to over moisturize your hair.

DON’T be afraid to experiment with herbs in your steam. For example,¬†rosemary is great for strengthening hair and reducing breakage.

DON’T invest in a steamer before you know what your porosity is.

Steamers come in two types – handheld and hood. Depending on what your hair goals are, choosing the right one is key. Mo is a fan of the hood hair steamer, she uses the Huetiful Hair Steamer, you can see this steamer in action here.

If maintaining moisture is an issue for you, a steamer can be a great option for transforming your hair into it’s healthiest version. You’ll enjoy hair that is lush and luscious ūüôā

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Moisturizing Low Porosity Hair in a Protective Style

Knowing your porosity is the first step to maintaining moisture in naturally textured hair. Moisture is an essential ingredient in a healthy hair regimen, and low porosity hair requires a bit of TLC in this area, because it repels moisture.

(NOTE: moisture = water, you don’t drink oil when you get thirsty)

Low porosity hair is characterized by a tightly closed cuticle, which takes the hair longer to become saturated during shampooing, is often resistant to chemical treatments and takes longer to dry.

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Low porosity hair often doesn’t appear to have elasticity or volume.

Moisturizing requires effort. Under normal circumstances, moisturizing low porosity hair requires heat or some other method of forcing the hair cuticle to open. So how does low porosity hair get moisturized when it’s in a protective style???

A key to retaining moisture in low porosity hair is layering lightweight products to prevent buildup. To prevent mildew in your protective style, you hair has to have time to dry, particularly with protective styles like crochet braids and sewins.

Starting with warm water and/or a liquid leave-in conditioner to dampen and help open the hair cuticle to allow moisture in. Depending on your preferred LOC/LCO method and the type of protective style you’re wearing,¬†you might skip creams and butters and follow with a lightweight oil like almond, jojoba or grapeseed to seal.

If you’re wearing twists, braids or and updo you can opt for (again) a light moisturizing lotion, like Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Daily Hair Conditioner, Giovanni Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner, or Kinky Curly Knot Today.

Since low porosity hair requires more effort to dry, it would be a good idea to sit under a hood dryer¬†to ensure that your hair you don’t end up with smelly head. An important part of your bedtime natural hair care regimen should also include sleeping with a satin hair covering or on a satin pillowcase. Cotton fabrics wick moisture from the hair and can cause frizz.

Note: You SHOULD be cleaning your scalp regularly while wearing a protective style, regardless of your porosity.

Natural hair thrives in moisture, and your chosen hairstyle shouldn’t prevent you from keeping your hair in its best condition to avoid breakage.

 

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Crochet Twisted Mohawk Updo

It’s the hands-off benefits of protective styles with¬†the edgy sassiness of a mohawk…add in crochet hair and you’re done in 30 minutes or less!

The crochet twisted mohawk updo is your new favorite natural hair style.

Using your favorite (leftover) pre twisted crochet hair, you can create an updo that’s suitable for professional and/or elegant settings, styled in a mohawk ‘do that allows your individuality to shine through.

Check out the Crochet Twisted Mohawk Updo below, and get ready to

Hosting our 3rd Annual Southern AZ Natural Hair & Lifestyle Meetup allowed us the opportunity to partner with AfroVeda. Be on the lookout for more tutorials featuring these amazing products!

If you want to achieve the look of having a mohawk without shaving your head, this style is a MUST. Be on trend by adding a pop of color with your favorite extensions, and cornrows will add a few more wearable weeks to this style.

Are you rocking a mohawk/faux-hawk right now? Post your pics in the comments!

Inspiring Confidence,

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Protective Style Files: Crochet Senegalese Twists w/ Side Braids

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Crochet braids have made a roaring comeback into the haircare space, and naturalistas are having big fun experimenting with different types of hair and styles.

The beauty of crochet braids is that you can still change up your look while keeping your hair tucked away, depending on your style. If twists are in your future and you don’t want to sit for hours, consider crochet twists for your next protective style!

Senegalese, or rope twists are a great alternative to braids, and if you want to add an extra dose of sass and edginess, leave your side braids exposed and rock a look that’s versatile and on trend!

Check out this video tutorial of crochet senegalese twists with side braids:

 

Are you rocking crochet senegalese twists right now? Post your pic in the comments!

Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for the Protective Style Journey here, six months of exclusive emails, videos and behind-the-scenes tips, struggles and joys from Mo!

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The Box Braid Updo to End ALL Box Braid Updos

The warm weather is finally easing in – and soon we’ll be lounging by the pool and posting sun-kissed selfies on Instagram. The PERFECT¬†‘do for any naturalista to¬†enjoy the warm weather and waves is box braids.

Box braids are the ultimate versatile protective style – they can be worn in a variety of styles while having your natural hair tucked away in a low manipulation state.

I’ve installed by own box braids for years, partly because I’m so obsessive about my edges….and I tend to wear my braids for 8-10 weeks at a time. If you want to find out how I maintain my box braids, check out this vintage post about “shampooing” my braids¬†and this post about how I refresh my braids and prep for bed.

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In this video tutorial I’m showing now of my most favorite ¬†box braid updos, I can’t wait for my next braid install…..

 

Do you have a favorite box braids style? Show me, drop a pic!

 

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The Best Oil Mix for Long, Strong Natural Hair

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Hair grows an average of 6 inches per year. Many naturalistas don’t actually see that growth because their hair breaks off at a rate that is equal to or faster than the actual growth.

There are a lot of products that promise longer, stronger hair, but what if you could make your own product?? Oils are great for natural hair, and it’s easy to apply a little¬†common sense when choosing what to use..

Check out the tutorial below for my DIY hair growth (and strengthening) blend:

If you’re ready to start making your own blend, here’s the list of¬†what I used in the video (contains affiliate links) :

Amla oil

Neem oil

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Wild Growth Hair Oil

This oil blend can be used as a prepoo, during your LOC, or as a scalp massage oil for your trouble spots. The key is, once you make it you have to actually USE IT consistently as a part of a healthy hair regimen.

Do you have a “Long, Strong Hair” blend? Let me know in the comments!

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Jamaican Bounce Crochet Install

“Your hair is the crown that you never take off.”

You’ve heard this before, right? Whether you’re rocking a teeny weeny afro, braided updo¬†or setting your own tress trends, your hair is a statement piece, your crowning glory…and being able to experiment with protective styling is a wonderful bonus for a naturalista.

I finally had a chance to try the Jamaican Bounce crochet hair that everybody is raving about. I used only two packs of the hair and I love it!

Watch the full tutorial below:

 

This hair is definitely going to be a staple protective style for me. I have two more packs sitting in the closet that are waiting for their turn!

To your Beauty,

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Kiss Your Dry Skin Goodbye – Double Butter Whipped Creme Recipe

  • Ointment of the Gawds.
  • Skin frosting.
  • Luscious Leg Lotion.
  • Hand Helper.
  • Hair crack.

What are terms used to describe Mo’s whipped shea butter? LOL

My 10-yr old was born with eczema. For the first year of her life we tried everything on the store shelves for her skin. Fortunately her condition didn’t warrant medications like prednisone, but I was determined to find something to heal her skin.

On¬†the day that her¬†doctor told me to go buy Crisco, I knew it was real…..

I challenged myself to learn all that I could about natural oils, butters and ingredients that have healing properties and would be delicate enough to use on her body.  Over the years my recipe has changed a bit as I continue to learn, but t shea butter is where it all began. After tying several different vendors and brands I finally found the shea butter that I enjoy using Р the Radha Beauty 16 oz. Premium Unrefined Ivory Shea Butter.

In this video I share my current recipe for my “Double Butter Whipped Creme, its safe to use on the skin or in the hair. I included the ingredients list below the video so you can make your own (if that’s your thing…)

I hope you enjoy:

Ingredients List: 

Unrefined shea butter (I use the Radha Beauty brand)
Avocado Oil (I use Beauty Aura brand)
Fractionated Coconut Oil  (I use the Dr. Adorable brand)
Aloe butter

Making my own products gives me an opportunity to do two things:

  • save money
  • know EXACTLY what I put in my hair and on my skin

I’ve also taught my daughter how to make this – when she gets older and has her own children I hope she’ll pass it down to them as well. <3

We’re creating legacy, remember?

To Your Beauty,

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The Best Oil Mix for Natural Hair Health (Moisturizing Blend)

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When it comes to natural hair care, there are some issues that the right oil can fix. If you’re anything like me, you experiment with EVERYTHING. Any little change in your hair is a reason to try a new product or make a change to your natural hair care regimen.

When it comes to my oils I’m no different. I have two blends that I use all the time, ¬†a moisturizing blend and a strengthening blend. Depending on my hair’s behavior I decide which mix is best to use. In the below video I show you how I make the moisturizing blend using fractionated coconut oil, avocado oil, marula oil and baobab oil.

In case you’re wondering why I chose these particular oils:

  • coconut oil – penetrates hair cuticle, maintains protein levels in hair
  • avocado oil – easily absorbed, noncomedogenic, lubricates hair strands, vitamins A,B,D & E
  • marula oil – minimizes scalp inflammation, antioxidant, antimicrobial
  • baobab oil – antioxidant, lubricates hair strands, vitamins A and E

Check out the video below and let me know what you think:

 

 

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{VIDEO} Update Your Fall Beauty Routine with KolourConscious

Triple-digit temps are gone, we’ve gotten used to school being back¬†in session we’re seeing summer florals be swapped out for¬†earth-toned hues that make us feel warm inside. Fall is officially here!!! We’ve already covered revamping your closet for cooler weather in this blog post, and now we’re covering your beauty routine.

Let’s face it – nobody has time to stay current on the latest beauty trends, wouldn’t it be nice to have the latest and greatest from up-and-coming brands delivered to your front door every month?

KolourConscious is¬†a subscription box company that intends to enlighten each mind ‚Äď one subscriber at a time ‚Äď by awakening an awareness of businesses owned and operated by people of color. Hair products, skin care, beauty and lifestyle; new swag every month!

New products from new companies – you’ll be the first to know…and you don’t have to leave your house.

Check out this video to see what’s in the most recent KolourConscious box¬†and find what¬†¬†you need to update your fall beauty routine:

 

This box is perfect for college students on a budget, people that want to invest in businesses owned by people of color or as a gift for your BFF.

Sharing is caring – don’t keep this to yourself!

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