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Exercising and Black Hair

Friday April 18, 2014

This is one topic that's not going away anytime soon: exercising and our hair.

I received an email from a woman who wants to know how she can keep her pressed hair from reverting when she exercises. That's a tough one because when the hair isn't relaxed, it loves to curl back up at the first sign of moisture.

I don't straighten my natural hair that often simply because I don't want to go through all that time and trouble to have it revert when I work out. Plus, after my heat damage episode of last year, I'm staying far, far away from direct heat until further notice (even if that means forever). So what's a woman to do when she wants to stay in shape, but wants her hair to look good, too?

You have a few options and it's up to you to choose what's going to work for you. If your hair is natural and you exercise frequently, the easiest style to maintain is a natural one vs. pressed, whether you sport a short 'fro or braid it or twist it.

If you press or relax your hair, you can try what I've tried in the past: pull hair back into a secure ponytail or braid and wrap a cotton scarf around the hairline. I'm usually no fan of cotton on the hair, but this will help to absorb sweat and won't be as slippery as satin. Plus, the wrapped scarf will help to keep hair flat. If the hair isn't long enough for a ponytail, just slip the scarf over the entire head and knot it at the nape of the neck.

Other maintenance tips for frequent exercisers can be found here. It shouldn't have to be a toss-up between healthy hair and a healthy body: women should be comfortable maintaining both.

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Interview With Tamika Fletcher of Earth's Nectar

Thursday April 17, 2014

I'm always impressed when someone can go into her kitchen and whip up a batch of hair care products herself. It's even more impressive when that person turns it into a successful business, as Tamika Fletcher did. A salon co-owner, DIY enthusiast, natural hair expert and creator of Earth's Nectar, she talks to About Black Hair about her own all-natural 'do (too cute!), the newest offering from her company, Coconut Curls, and more!

Check out this exclusive interview from one of today's nationally recognized haircare experts if you want to learn more about being natural and how to treat your lovely tresses.

(Photo credit: Medley-inc.com)

What to Use for Your Pre-poo Treatment

Wednesday April 16, 2014

I don't "pre-poo" religiously, only when I think my hair really needs something extra. It's not because I don't think this treatment is useful, but I try to keep my hair regimen fast and simple, and adding another step isn't always possible.

On the other hand, if you love your pre-shampoo treats and are looking for good products to use, peruse my list of What to Use for Pre-poos. You may find some ideas you haven't already thought of.

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Get Twisted - Step by Step

Tuesday April 15, 2014

I love twists as a natural hairstyle. Once you style them, they're very low maintenance and can last quite a while, depending on how you care for them at night and how you style them during the day.

They look good on adults and kids and are very versatile, becoming twists outs if you want to unravel them.

I've been styling them for years, so it seems second nature to me, but for anyone who wants to try them (on herself or on her kids), try my step by step twist tutorial to fashion yourself a head full of natural and beautiful two strand twists. If you think this is a hard style to do, you might be pleasantly surprised to find out they're not!

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Looking for a Good Moisturizer? Start Here

Monday April 14, 2014

If you're in the market for a good moisturizer for daily use and don't know where to start looking, try this list of five good moisturizing products for black hair. Pictured is raw shea butter in the jar, which isn't the easiest thing to use in that state. Once you melt it and mix it with a carrier oil, however, it's one of the most moisturizing products you'll use.

Check out what else is on the list since not everyone is a fan of getting in the kitchen and making her own products. My picks range from very inexpensive to a bit on the pricier side, depending on your budget and needs. But all work well for softening black hair and preventing dryness that so often leads to breakage.

(Photo 2009 D. Sandeen, licensed to About.com, Inc.)

Do You Have to Pre-poo?

Friday April 11, 2014

Do you have a hair routine that you're very happy with? If so, maybe you already incorporate pre-poos into it, or perhaps the term is new to you. Some people are willing to try anything new, whether their hair is in great shape or not. However, just because a method is buzz-worthy doesn't mean you need it in your regimen, particularly if yours is full and working for you.

In case you're wondering if pre-pooing is something you need to do, check out this FAQ: Should I Pre-poo My Hair? It may just have the answer you're after.

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Party Styles for Natural Hair

Thursday April 10, 2014

Trying to decide on a hairstyle for a special occasion isn't always easy. Sure, you can go with the usual updo, but sometimes you crave more creativity. If you have natural hair, don't think your options are limited. With the rise in YouTube vloggers posting dozens of unique tutorials, and bloggers showcasing even more hot looks, there's absolutely no shortage in fancy styles for natural manes.

This pictorial of Party Styles for Natural Hair features Teyonah Parris (pictured) along with other famous faces who rock their hair the way it grows from their heads -- beautifully!

These YouTube video tutorials are worth checking out for even more ideas and inspiration:

(Photo credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for YouTube)

Protein and Your Hair

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Having healthy hair is about way more than how it looks. The basic makeup of your hair needs to be taken into account when talking about true health. Hair can look like it's in good shape once it's styled, but put some water on it and you may be surprised how weak it really is.

Besides maintaining proper moisture levels, you also need to balance moisture with protein. Do you need a protein treatment? If so, see which type of protein treatment will most benefit you. This is especially important for anyone who gets regular chemical processes applied to her hair.

The right protein-moisture combination will help keep your hair healthy and strong, which may be just what you need to make it through the upcoming summer season.

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Help for Thin Edges

Tuesday April 8, 2014

Remember how shocked people were when Naomi Campbell's incredibly thin hairline was revealed in the press a few years ago? Well, not everyone was shocked, especially those of us who see edges like this almost every day. It's pretty sad when I see hairlines like this on young kids because it's very often avoidable.

If you're suffering from thin edges, you probably want help ASAP. The thing is, growing back a sparse hairline takes time, patience and diligence. As long as you're willing to put the work in, you should notice some improvement within a matter of weeks or a couple of months. These five steps to help grow back thin edges are a great place to start if tight styling, overprocessing or neglect has caused a problem.

Post-partum Hair Care

Monday April 7, 2014

Having a baby is an exciting time, along with being a very busy one. New moms often work hard to find a balance between taking care of their infants, homes and themselves. If you're one of the lucky ones who enjoyed thick, lustrous tresses while pregnant, it may be a shock to see a lot of hair shedding a few months after giving birth. What's up?

Post-partum changes occur all over a woman's body, and this includes her hair. Find out what to expect and how to navigate this time in your life with this primer on hair care in the post-partum period.

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