Category Archives: Natural Hair Essentials

7 Tips to a Perfect Tapered Fro!

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My Tapered Fro

So you’ve just gotten a fresh tapered cut; you look and feel ah-mazing!  Fast forward a week or more and you and you’re hair need an intervention! Tapered cuts are stylish and easy to manage and maintain. They can be cut different lengths to achieve a unique look for the wearer. This may become an issue for those new to styling shorter strands. Here are 7 tips to help you rock the perfect tapered fro’!

  1. Always start on clean, moisturized hair: Working with clean hair ensures that you avoid the grit and grime caused by product build up and dirt.

6 Must Have Shower Tools for Natural Hair

NakedHairAny natural who cleanses, combs through her hair, or detangles in the shower or sink should at the very least have the following in her arsenal:

  1. To prepare for the inevitable shedding and possibly the loss of more than a few strands, I recommend a shower stall drain protector! These babies work like a charm to collect shed hair and to prevent hair from collecting in your drain, leading to possible clogs. For as little as $10, these are available on amazon, at target or walmart, or your local hardware store. They come in multiple sizes for your sink and or shower! Some of them even come with a water-proof adhesive that stick easily to your drain!

10 Things You Need to Know About Getting a Faded Cut

KN_MiniBigChopI unequivocally love my fade! I’ve never had a funkier hairstyle and I’ve never been able to switch my look up so frequently!

I was steadfast in my decision and scoured the net for inspiration for my cut.  I was a bit unsure about what the repercussions would be at the office (or if I decided to change jobs), but I reasoned that I would still have enough hair to cover the shaved parts. I would unveil the full extent of the cut gradually. Only three people in the office noticed; my boss noticed about two months after I’d been wearing the cut and two other ladies noticed six months later.

Razor Burn, Cuts, & Bumps, Oh MY! | No Bueno

So I’ve been sporting (and loving) faded sides since April and I thought it was appropriate to discuss razor burn, cuts, and bumps; something anyone who shaves anything may have to deal with.  I’ve had to deal with razor burn or bumps while shaving but it never occurred to me that I could experience this around my hairline after a shape up.

What is Razor Burn?

Razor burn is “technically known as Folliculitis, which describes when the hair follicles become infected by a bacteria or fungus. This results in the irritated bumps and pimples that appear around the shaving area” – More at Ask Game Day.

So Fresh & So Clean Combs & Brushes | How To

Combs and brushes are really useful tools in removing not only shed hairs, but also dust, dirt, oils, old product and even dust mites; therefore, cleaning your tools is critical to having a healthy hair regimen.

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EWWWW!

Each time you use an unclean hairbrush or comb, you redeposit grease, product, dust and dead skin cells back into your hair. If your hair is cut short or faded in certain areas, the dirt is more apparent as you can plainly see it sitting on top of your strands. Disgusting, right?

Are People Ready to Accept Natural Hair? | Video

This video is fascinating! And to answer the question, “Are People Ready to Accept Natural Hair?”, I say emphatically, YESSSSS; it first starts with the individual accepting herself and then it will become normal for all those around her. I’d say we’ve done pretty well normalizing it, as everywhere I look I see a fluffy cloud of kinks and curls. This is drastically different from when I first moved to Florida over 12 years ago. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Video | The Diversity of Black Hair

I came across this gem on one of my favorite Natural Hair sites!   This hairstory is from the Black British perspective but parallels the American Black hairstory. Take 10 minutes and check it out!

Denman 101 | Is the Denman For Natural Hair?

Have you heard about the Denman Brush? The denman dates back to 1938 and was created by John Denman Dean (Jack Dean). It was not until the 60s when hairdressing legend Vidal Sassoon popularized the brushes using his revolutionary new blow-styling techniques.

The Infamous Denman Brush

The 76 year old styling brush is equipped with 5 – 9 rows of nylon pins. The famous Denman anti-static rubber pad provides maximum grip and control during blow-drying for shaping hair.

I’m Faded|Big (Mini) Chop #2

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Fly, right?

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I love my sideburns!

Although this is completely out of the ordinary for me, I’m in love with the results! What motivated me to do a second chop was wanting a change. I knew I wanted a shape to my fro, something edgy and adventurous!  I scoured the internet for inspiration and decided on a tapered cut. After agonizing over the details of who would execute the cut, whether to cut it in the curly or blown out state, and most important I worried that I’d hate it.

Wednesday’s Word | Pretty. Period

Picture it, 2005; I’m walking the beautiful campus of Florida A & M University, on my way to work.  The sun is shining but there’s a slight breeze, and approaching me is a beautiful chocolate man.