I have a quick tip now that many of us are probably pulling out wooly hats and scarves to keep warm.
While useful and pretty much necessary if you live in a snowy climate, wool hats can be murder on black hair. You can still cover your head, but make sure any hats you wear are lined with silk or satin.
Because it's not always easy to find such hats, you may have to learn how to line your hats yourself. Don't worry if you're no seamstress; this lining will be inside your hat and no one has to see it, so it doesn't have to be perfect.
I found an awesome YouTube tutorial that's very simple -- there is no sewing involved, so you don't have to be some crafty diva to do it. But hey, if you are a sewing genius, feel free to break out the needle and thread. Great seaming isn't what's important here. It's much more important that you put a silky layer of something between your hair and your hat.
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If you wear your hair natural, have thought about it, researched it or just read hair forums, you've likely come across the term "scab hair." What is it? More importantly, what can you do about it?
Whether you believe that scab hair actually exists or that it's simply new growth struggling to come in, it's often frustrating for transitioners to cope with a texture they're unfamiliar with. In some cases, women haven't seen their natural hair for decades, so it's not surprising that it's such an ordeal facing these new curls, coils and kinks.
Whether you big chop or transition, an unruly texture can crop up. It may take some time to embrace your all-natural tresses, but in the meantime, there are ways you can deal with scab hair that will ease your transition. One of the best ways to deal is to practice patience.
Love 'em, hate 'em or be indifferent to 'em -- hair weaves are here to stay. Celebrities are no longer the only women sporting hair extensions. Take a look around and you'll likely see a number of weave styles, good and bad.
However you feel about them, there are some benefits to wearing hair weaves. The next time you want a quick change without cutting, coloring or chemically altering your hair, a weave may be the answer!
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Hair care regimens aren't set in stone. What works on a short cut may be less effective on longer hair. The same goes for the seasons.
If you haven't already made tweaks to your regimen for fall and winter, you might want to consider it. 6 Ways to Winterize Your Hair Care Routine gives you ideas on how to transition from warm weather care to cold weather maintenance.
As always, do what works for you. Adding heat to my deep conditioning sessions has made a difference in the health of my hair, but not everyone has the time or patience to deal with that. If your summertime plan seems to be working for you even while it's snowing outside, by all means stick with it! But if you find your tresses looking/feeling a little lifeless and in need of extra TLC, try adding a winter tweak or two, and see if it helps.
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Some women avoid the Big Chop because they're afraid short hair offers no versatility. Yes, you do have fewer styling options when your mane is only an inch long, but that doesn't mean you have no options. With the huge availability of hair accessories out there, you never have to sport a boring 'do.
These five ways to jazz up your TWA may give you some ideas the next time you want to add some flair to your teeny weeny 'fro.
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Women have different reasons for returning to their natural texture. Some just want to save money, while others want to be chemical-free and conscious of everything they put on and in their bodies. In case you have some misconceptions about wearing naturally textured hair, this piece on 5 Things You Need to Know About Being Natural should clear things up.
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'Tis the season...for dry tresses.
Winter can take a toll on your delicate mane. Not only is it cold outside, but indoor heating, coat collars, scarves and unlined hats all contribute to drying out your hair.
Begin combating winter dryness now and your hair can make it through harsh weather in great shape. Try these 6 dry hair fixes -- it takes some time and dedication, but that's part of good hair care. Preventive measures now will keep brittle tresses at bay!
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Tonight, December 1, you can catch the Soul Train Music Awards (check your local listings for channel and time), which was actually filmed last month. As always, I'm showcasing award show hairstyles in my annual gallery. For me, it was all about Ashanti's cute little bob (pictured). Unfortunately, I wasn't loving Jennifer Hudson's cropped 'do, only because of that one-sided piece sticking straight out. I like the short cut, just wasn't a fan of the odd shaping.
For you color fans, there was plenty of it, from red to green (!) to subtle hints of purple and bronze.
Once you take a look, tell me what you think. If there's anyone out there who dug Jennifer Hudson's style, please sound off in the comments!
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With the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., many of us will be traveling (so please travel safely). Some of you like to travel with every hair in place, while others throw on a scarf and worry about hairstyling once the party starts.
I love low-maintenance styles for travel, like buns and braids. You can easily jazz up a simple 'do with hair sticks, headbands or an artfully placed flower, so there's no need to equate a bun or individual braids with boring!
If you do wrap your hair up to keep it out of the way, why not choose the prettiest scarf you can find and tie it in a unique way? Let the scarf make a statement instead of being an afterthought.
No matter how you wear your hair, whether for getting from Point A to Point B, cooking, eating or partying, have a wonderful day full of thanks.
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Between products, tools, accessories, relaxers and stylists, we spend a lot of money on making sure our hair looks good. Black women reportedly spend in the billions every year on hair upkeep alone. If you think women with natural hair save, think again, especially if they use all-natural boutique-type products, which tend to be pricier than their commercial counterparts.
Whether or not you believe we're out of an economic recession, plenty of us are still trying to save money. But we also want our hair to be fabulous! Find out how to extend the time between touch-ups if you relax your hair -- going to your stylist every 10 weeks instead of eight can potentially save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a year.
And, find out when to save and when to splurge on hair products. Mix and match drugstore finds with salon products you just can't live without and make it easier on your wallet.