Okay, Beyonce fans, here's a treat for you! A gallery of some of her hottest hairstyles over the years. If you're like me, you even remember when she was brunette. And the controversy that went on when she chose a more natural vibe around the time she appeared in Austin Powers in Goldmember. That was similar to the wagging tongues going on recently about her box braids style. *sigh* She can't go around wearing the exact same 'do day in and day out. Plus, as the mother of a young child, I'm sure she just needs a break from day-to-day styling just like anyone else.
However, if you want to see her all glammed up, check out these pictures of various Beyonce hairstyles for some inspiration or just a trip down memory lane.
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Hot weather (and it's only going to get hotter from here) can drive anyone to change her style. Even diehard long hair lovers may think about cutting it all off when dealing with super-high temps!
Short hair be surprisingly versatile, especially when you leave the front and crown quite a bit longer than the sides and back. Get some ideas for cropped cuts by checking out a celebrity gallery featuring everyone from Halle Berry to Nia Long (pictured). They just might inspire you to make an appointment with your stylist!
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It's no fun sitting on the sidelines at a pool party while everyone else has a great time because you're worried about messing up your hairdo. Historically, segregation laws prevented many black people from swimming anywhere other than a lake or creek, but hot-combed hair also played a role in keeping girls and women away from water.
One reason natural women love their texture is because they no longer have to run from the rain, a pool or the beach. They're free to swim without fear of ruining hours' worth of straightening work. However, relaxed ladies should be able to take a dip as well. Despite history, black women can and should swim during the summer, and this guide to black hair and swimming will show you how to enjoy the water while keeping your tresses in good shape despite all the sun, sand and chlorine.
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Split ends can truly ruin a style. Sometimes they're the result of bad hair practices, other times they're just old and dry. So if you're in the mood for longer hair, what can you do when your stylist always wants to trim away those pathetic-looking ends?
Before reaching for those trimming shears, you may want to try Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Split End Sealer. It doesn't promise miracles, but does claim to seal an impressive "93.3%" of split ends. This is good news for ladies who frequently heat style and color. While it won't make those ends vanish into thin air, it will bind them together so you might even forget you have them. Regular use will prolong that dreaded trim.
Read my full review of the product to see if it's right for you!
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If you've ever suffered from an unbearably itchy scalp, you probably remember the experience well. Braid wearers are often afflicted with this problem. I've suffered from this myself when wearing braids in the past -- not fun. For me, there was an easy fix (take them out!), but the right solution greatly depends on what's causing the scalp itch in the first place.
This article on "why does my scalp itch?" may have the answer you need, whether you're wearing braids, cornrows, flat twists, a weave or not. Anyone with an irritating itch wants to get rid of it ASAP!
Returning to natural hair after years of straightening it isn't the easiest thing in the world. But it can be easier if you decide to cut off all your relaxed ends and begin anew with shorter, 100% natural locks.
Although you may hear a lot of talk about big chops, not surprisingly, everyone doesn't want to do it! However, if you're game, these five reasons to big chop (today, not tomorrow and not next year) may ease some of your fears and have you either reaching for shears or calling your stylist for a major cut.
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Although I try different products here and there, I often come back to tried-and-true basics. I love extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) because I always have some in the kitchen, so it's easy to get my hands on. I've been using it as a hair moisturizer, but I have to add an essential oil (EO) so that I don't smell like the main course in an Italian restaurant!
I know many women love using EVOO as a pre-poo treatment or moisturizer, but that heavy scent can make you think twice. I add three drops of ylang-ylang EO to one Tablespoon of EVOO and the olive oil scent is gone -- nothing's left behind but the heady aroma of ylang-ylang. Use whatever EO you can't get enough of, whether it's lavender, patchouli, jasmine or your own unique combination. You get the moisture your hair craves along with your favorite scent. And no worries that you smell like a pasta dish!
I've reviewed some CURLS products for grown-ups, but the company hasn't left out the little ones when it comes to great hair care.
You'll find an entire line of cleansers, conditioners and styling agents, for babies and young kids. Because a child's hair texture can change all the way through preteen-hood, you want gentle products that won't strip natural oils and lead to brittleness (what some people refer to as "bad hair" is simply dry and in need of better quality care). See what the company has to offer if you're looking for hair care for your infant, toddler or youngster: CURLS Products for Babies and Kids
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File this one under "everything doesn't work for everybody."
I tried apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinses for my hair and my hair rebelled. Since I really wanted it to work, I tried different ratios and attempted it several times. It still didn't work for me.
However, many naturals swear by them, and if you're looking for a treatment that's probably as near as your kitchen, you might want to try it, especially once you know all the benefits of ACV rinses for black hair. If you do try it, I hope you have better luck than I did!
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Hair breakage is no joke. No one wants to constantly find broken off hairs on her pillow and the back of her chair every time she gets up. If you're trying to grow your hair longer, this can be extremely upsetting because you know that hair that's always breaking isn't retaining any length.
Did you know that many of the causes of hair breakage can be stopped in their tracks? Check out 5 ways to stop hair breakage and gradually see less hair on your bathroom floor and more growth on your head.