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In September 2013 NaturallyCurly recruited nine women ranging from new big choppers to veteran naturals to share their natural hair growth journeys with us.

The women committed to only using products from one line, and here's the catch, they didn't know the brand.

For six months these women have vlogged their hair growth journeys for all to see, and next week the brand is flying them to New York City for the big reveal as they launch their new line! We can't wait for our readers to be treated like the curly rockstars they are.

Following the big reveal we'll be talking about the products and answering your hair growth questions at ourGoogle Hangout at 12:30 EST on Friday, February 28.

Tune in to meet the women + the brand and get your hair growth questions answered.

Here's a sneak peek of three of the lucky women who've been using the mystery products for the last six months.

 

 

 

 


The holiday party season can be a fun time to experiment with different hairstyles, but sometimes the plethora of Pinterest tutorials can feel a little overwhelming.

If you're not a braiding pro or an updo connoisseur, that's ok! Add a simple roll and tuck to your standard wash n' go routine and voila -- holiday party curls!

SheaMoisture's products are super moisturizing without being too greasy. Perfect for when the weather outside is frightful.

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What is your favorite holiday hairstyle for curls, coils, and waves? Let us know in the comments.

It goes without saying, but we love curly hair. The only thing we love more? Curly kids! Nothing gets more likes, retweets and general curly community love than an adorable curly kid, so we have a feeling you're going to like this.

Meet Bea, a rambunctious three year old with beautiful red curls and a fiery personality to match. Her fine strands easily tangle, so we followed Mom on a typical wash day to see how she deals with the dreaded task of detangling.

Bea's Mom likes to use Just For Me Hair Milk products because they're not too heavy, and she doesn't have to apply product to Bea's hair every day. Watch the video to see if Bea's curls pass the #5fingertest!

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If you're making a shopping list and checking it twice, we suggest adding these products to it!

We've streamlined your gift giving for the curlies in your life by choosing thoughtful presents in every price bracket.

 

FOR PRODUCT JUNKIES

Moroccanoil Holiday Gift Sets | $62-$69

Huetiful Hair Steamer | $116.95

For Naturalistas

Global Couture Natural Hair Apparel + Accessories | $6 and up

Doux Rag Headbands | $28

For Men

SheaMoisture Groom & Shave Set | $4-$10 per item

 

Safety Razor | $63

For Every Price Range

Curls Like Us | $24


By now you've seen Black Friday deals everywhere. If you're a product junkie, like some of us, then you've been making a list and checking it twice for the best deals around. Well, we've found one you'll want to add to your list. 

Right now you can nab goodies from the Nexxus and Suave Professionals lines and save big. The cool thing about this deal is if you share it with friends you will save even more!

You'll need to hurry, though, this special deal only last for a few days! 

 Save $2 on Suave Professionals at Walgreens when you share this offer with a friend. Or you can keep this offer to yourself and save $1. Coupon expires 11/30/13.

 Save $5 on Nexxus products at Walgreens when you share this offer with a friend. Or you can keep this offer to yourself and save $4. Coupon expires 11/30/13.

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Holiday Beauty Bazaar

When

12-4pm Saturday, Dec. 7 

Where

Kroc Community Center

1250 W. 119th St Chicago, IL

Going natural is a journey, especially if you're the first of your friends or family to do it. Our curly community online has made the journey easier (and way more fun) for thousands of women, so we love seeing it manifest itself in the real world in the form of meetups and events!

The Chicago Natural Beauty Meetup is Chicago's largest natural hair community with over 2,000 members, and this December they will be hosting their third annual Holiday Beauty Bazaar. Not only is this event a fantastic way to gain knowledge and inspiration for yourself, but this year you also have the opportunity to give back to the children in the Chicago community as well.

Beauty vlogger and entrepreneur Rachel Odem, who founded the community, sat down to talk with us about what both new and seasoned naturalistas can expect from this year's Holiday Beauty Bazaar.

What can new naturals expect to get out of going to the event?

We always try to provide a lot of inspiration and education. I often hear that people come to our events and see different ways that they can wear their hair, they also get a chance to talk to other women who have been natural for a while.

Obviously since we partner with professional hairstylists and other professionals in the industry they can get great education there. And also we have our gift bags which we're really well known for, because sometimes you go to an event and they're just sample sizes. We'll have products from CURLS, Cream of Nature, As I Am, as well as samples from NaturallyCurly.

What about women who've been natural for years, what does your meet up offer for seasoned naturals?

The number one thing women get is examples of different ways that you can style your hair. But it's also very encouraging to be in an environment where everyone is embracing their naturally curly hair. It's basically like a celebration of being natural and being proud of that, and celebrating the uniqueness of multicultural women in natural hair.

Tell me about the donations you're doing for the children this Christmas!

We partner with a daycare center located in Chicago and the children that attend the daycare are primarily coming from single parent homes and parents living in poverty. So we're doing a toy drive to help give back to families around the holiday season since unfortunately, most of them don't have a lot of disposable income to purchase gifts for the kids. We'll be making a financial donation as well as giving the toys that people bring to the event. So don't forget to bring toys with you to the event!

This event is an extension of Rachel's meet up organization, ChicagoNaturals.net and it's the largest natural hair meet up in Chicago. They host four events a year and it's a great wider community for people to get connected if you would like to attend natural hair events on a regular basis.

You can purchase your tickets to the Holiday Beauty Bazaar for a special online price of $15, or for $20 at the door.

 

 


Refresh Your Curls

Do you style your hair upside down? Or cocktail your cream with your serum?

Every curly journey is one of trial and error, but when you finally find the routine that works for you it's magic. It's not just about the products that you use, but also the way you apply them. In this video Jamie shares her secret to second day curls.

You can see how shapeless they were looking on day two, but with a few quick steps she transformed her curls and was ready to start the day.

Then style as usual! Jamie likes to twist her hair up and out of her face with bobby pins.

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Developing healthy hair and scalp starts from within

There is no such thing as “bad hair,” only unhealthy hair. Some of the causes that gives us less than desirable tresses are out of our control, but the vast majority can be controlled by changes in our lifestyle. If you are ready to have a head of hair that anyone would envy, you can start on it today, but be forewarned that the process is a life-long commitment, not a once-a-month afterthought.

Just as the condition of the soil affects how a plant grows, the condition of your scalp establishes the health of your hair. A healthy scalp has clean, open pores with good blood flow. A healthy scalp is characterized as being loose and thick.  An unhealthy scalp can be characterized by a dry and itchy scalp, flaking, or tenderness. An unhealthy scalp is either too dry or too oily. An oily scalp reflects the sebaceous glands in overdrive, meaning the glands in the hair follicle are producing too much oil. This creates a haven for bacteria to breed. Dandruff, which is a characteristic of dry scalp, it’s also caused by an over growth of yeast.  Dry scalp can be caused by products leaving a buildup on the scalp. Conditions such as Eczema or Psoriasis may also be to blame for a persistent dry and itchy scalp, as well as poor circulation or poor diet. One ingredient, laboratory tests have found to be effective at combating the growth of bacteria is Tea Tree Oil, so adding products that contains this natural healer will be beneficial to any healthy hair regimen.

However, after hair grows out of your scalp, harmful environmental conditions and styling routines can undo all of the nurturing you put into your hair’s initial “bloom.” It is important to remember, that each person’s hair naturally grows at different rates, so if you are comparing your hair growth to someone else’s, you are setting yourself up for a big disappointment. In general, curly hair types grow at a slower rate than naturally straight hair types.  But in order to keep your hair looking the best it can be, long after it has grown out of your scalp, treat it with TLC. This means, wearing it in loose, protective styles, keeping it moisturized, and refrain from thermal styling, which can lead to hair breakage due to excessive heat.

Top 10 lifestyle choices to promote healthy scalp and hair:

1.     Massage your entire scalp daily by placing all 10 fingertips on your scalp and massage the same way you would knead dough, working from the front of your head to the back.

2.     Do not scratch your scalp with your fingernails and do not use plastic bristle brushes, but do brush your hair daily to evenly distribute the natural oils.

3.     Eat a well-balanced diet, avoiding overly-processed, fried, and sugary foods & drinks as often as possible.  Drink plenty of water each day to keep the body hydrated.

4.     Develop a regular workout routine (and stick with it!).

5.     Avoid temperature extremes, including wearing a hat during winter and avoid washing your hair with extremely hot water.

6.     Choose hair care products that leaves your hair free from product buildup and provides the right amount of moisture for your hair to prevent dryness that leads to breakage.   Try PARNEVU Extra Dry products.

7.    Include hair care products, in your daily regime, that contains Tea Tree Oil and essential vitamins to keep your scalp moisturized and free of bacteria such as PARNEVU T-Tree products.

8.     Choose hairstyles that nurture, rather than torture your hair, including limiting tight up-dos, heat styling, and chemical processing. Use a protein conditioning treatment at least once a month to help repair damaged hair, such as PARNEVU Hair Mayonnaise.

9.     Cut off split and damaged ends regularly to avoid further breakage.

10.  Sleep on a satin pillowcase or use a satin head scarf or cap (other pillow cases absorb natural oil from your hair, which can dry it out).

 

Thanks for Sharing Your Time with Parnevu T-Tree!  Until the Next Time...

Chances are you've heard the buzz about Brazilian Blowouts, but if you still don't know quite what to expect, here's a quick guide!

What It Does

The treatment improves the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft, which eliminates frizz and smoothes cuticles.

What This Means

The key for curlies here is that you can keep your curls but lose the frizz. Our co-founder Michelle Breyer gets Brazilian Blowouts regularly to decrease her frizz, and she loves that her hair "no longer frizzes up like it used to, which is a miracle in this humidity. It looks much healthier now!"


What to Expect

  1. Your certified Brazilian Blowout stylist will shampoo your hair with A specially formulated Professional Anti- Residue Shampoo to prepare your hair for optimal smoothing results.
  2. After towel drying, the stylist will divide your hair into sections and begin applying the solution through each section of the hair from root to top; lightly dusting each section with a brush.
  3. Solution will surround each hair shaft with protective protein layers to smooth and flatten the cuticle.
  4. The stylist will then blow dry your hair as straight as possible with a round brush.
  5. Once the hair is dry, your stylist will divide the hair into four sections and use a flat iron to further de-frizz the hair in 1 – 1 3/4 inch sections.
  6. Once complete, your stylist will rinse the hair (no shampoo), towel-dry and apply the Acai Deep Conditioning Masque to further seal in the formula. After 60 seconds, the stylist will rinse and towel dry your hair.
  7. The Acai Daily Smoothing Serum is then applied to detangle and smooth hair for the final blow dry.
  8. Last, the stylist will blow dry the hair straight and style as desired.
  9. You can expect the results to last for 12 weeks. 

Win Your Own!

Keep Your Curls, Lose the Frizz

Between now and October 31st, you can enter for a chance to win a FREE smoothing treatment & set of aftercare products!

Just LIKE us on Facebook AND leave a comment answering the question of the week!


If you've ever spent hours (literally, hours) straightening your curly hair, only to find your hard work thwarted by humidity, we know your pain!

Your hair is straight, your biceps are sore, and the second you step outside your roots start to curl. A few minutes later the frizz starts to form and then the fruits of your labor go right up into a ponytail.

So when TIGI BED HEAD said their Straighten Out straightening cream would leave hair seriously straight for 48 hours, EVEN in 98% humidity, we put them to the test. And what better way than to endure 48 hours in the Texas heat and humidity at Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Music festivals are a fun and free-spirited place to play with your style, hair and makeup so our Content Editor Cristina had fun testing out straight hair for the weekend. She applied the product to her damp hair and then did a blow out on her Type 2C hair. Cristina has short hair, so if this experiment went horribly wrong a ponytail couldn't save her!

Watch the video to see if this straightening product passed the test. 


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