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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.

Tapered Fro| New Hair, New Attitude!

Before & AfterI love the versatility of having natural hair! Since I did my big chop, I’ve only allowed scissors to come in contact with my hair every 3 months or so for a trim, until almost 2 years ago when boredom led to the decision to do a big mini chop!

I had them fade the back and sides, and for a while I was happy; after all, my cut was fly! I became frustrated with having to maintain the cut due to the fact that I was never able to find a barber that

Vintage Afro Hair Styles

I was amazed to find these beautiful vintage hair styles, sported by women with afro textured hair, through different time periods!

Portrait of two women clothed in various kangas and fine jewelry. Madagascar, circa 1890: This reminds me of a chunky twist out!

 

Pam Grier–Classic Bun
Christian women with their children, in Cameroon. circa 1920/ 1940

 

Diana Fletcher (1838?-?) Seminole/African/Kiowa heritage: Braids
Angela Davis: Classic Afro

 

Night Time, Is the Right Time to Moisturize and Seal!

The Morning After the Night Time Routine
The Morning After the Night Time Routine

Right before bed each night, I take the time to moisturize and seal my hair. It’s a really simple process that takes me less than 15 minutes and my hair is eternally grateful!

        1. No more crunchy dry hair in the morning, just soft touchable hair that lasts throughout the day!
        2. My hair has been significantly less tangled (which means a reduction in single strand knots, thank the Lord!)

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          Back View
        3. My hair has more volume in the morning, which I love! The bigger the better!

My Method:

Beauty Day Details: Pre-Poo Oil Wash Method

Happy Humpday! This past Sunday was the first beauty day of February.

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Freshly Washed.Naked.No Product

I ended the last few days of the last week in a protective style. I jazzed it up with a colorful scarf.

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To begin, I normally start with an amla pre-poo oil wash. Last year, my local indian store relocated and I was unable to find out where they relocated to, which left me without my beloved amla. I prefer to purchase it locally rather than online, so until I find another local source for amla, I’ll have to make due.

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Leaves and Roots, Orlando FL

I was fortunate to find a store here in Orlando, that sells all kinds of herbs in various forms! I’m like a kid in a candy store when I go! The staff is very friendly, the prices are right, and most any herb you are looking for can be found here, with the exception of amla :).

I decided to experiment with the powder form of the extract of some herbs I’d been wanting.

What’s the main difference between the powdered and whole herbs?

Shelf life! Whole herbs have a longer shelf life (up to 2 years), while powdered herbs can last only up to 6 months.  A general rule of thumb is to substitute 1/3 teaspoon powdered or 1 teaspoon crushed for every 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs.

So, as opposed to using whole herbs or even essential oils for my

Kudos to Dads Styling Natural Hair!

Daddy Did a Great Job Styling Her Hair!

I had the pleasure of sitting next to this little girl and her father on my flight from Detroit (by way of Korea) back home. This little girl’s father amazed me as I watched him style his daughter’s hair! He had a brush, comb, AND conditioner (in a plastic baggie) and went to work on his daughter’s hair! It was an awesome sight! He meticulously parted, braided, and styled (with ponytails on the ends of each braid) her hair for about 30 minutes into the style you see in the picture, during our flight! Of course I got the low down on how he acquired his styling abilities: