Articles By Kristian Richards

Although it may not be the best-smelling product in the cabinet, apple cider vinegar has been a staple kitchen ingredient for ages. Thanks to its myriad of uses, it has also been used for industrial, medical, domestic, and cosmetic purposes. The acidic properties in vinegar are highly beneficial to keeping your strands soft, healthy, and in good condition. The abundance of enzymes and minerals make it a great cleaning agent and scalp stimulant. Plenty of curlies are familiar with how to incorporate apple cider vinegar into their regimen with rinses that help remove build-up and clarify hair but there are also some other things that vinegar is good for as well.


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If the big chop wasn’t the route you wanted to take for a head full of curls and coils, you might have chosen to grow your hair beneath wigs, weaves, or extensions. In the meantime, people have grown accustomed to seeing you with a cascade of hair hanging below your shoulders and you might be feeling hesitant to change the image you have created.

Now, your choice may have evolved into a secret that you’ve been keeping to yourself for a while. Sure, your loved ones might know, but the rest of the general public has no clue. Maybe you feel a little sensitive about it. Perhaps it challenges your confidence because you’re afraid of what others may think about you after seeing your natural texture.

Making changes to your appearance -- major or minor -- is a step that dares us all to look into ourselves, but when it comes to your hair, there can be some overwhelming anxiety surrounding how others feel about it. Here are some tips to help while you mull over your resolution to come out the closet and proudly wear your natural hair.


Did you know that you could help your curls grow by consuming foods that stimulate your blood circulation? The secret is found in the vitamins and minerals that prevent plaque build-up, safely dilate your blood vessels, and keep your blood clean and thin. If you’re going for length, add these foods to your regular diet, be patient, and see what happens. 


Ever feel like you apply product and apply product and apply product... but nothing ever changes? There's a chance that those products are not actually making their way into your hair shaft, also known as penetration. Some products have properties that do penetrate, and some do not penetrate.

First of all, what's the difference?

Products that penetrate: contain ingredients that the hair absorbs into the hair shaft

Products that don't penetrate: contain ingredients that merely coat the outside of the hair shaft

This is why sometimes your hair still feels dry even with a glossy layer of product applied to it. This can give the illusion of shine without actually giving your hair the moisture it needs. When you put in the time and money into applying products to your hair, you want to know that all your efforts are not done in vain. You want to see your products actually working, and we can't blame you.

Make it your mission to use products with ingredients that your hair absorbs, and don't waste your time on the ones that don't penetrate. Which ones are those, you ask? We'll break it down for you.


When there are issues with getting your hair to grow, it’s important to rectify the situation both internally and externally. A number of factors contribute to reduced hair growth, from your scalp being too dirty or your pores being blocked from build-up.

It is true that nothing but time can make your hair grow, but there are ways to help stimulate hair growth. Check out these options to give your curls extra encouragement.


When contemplating returning to your natural hair texture, the idea of cutting off all of your hair may seem super scary, and that makes complete sense. Do you want to embark on this hair journey but don't want to cut 90-95% of your hair in the meantime? If you have thought long and hard about going on this tremendous journey and feel like it's the right decision for you, do not be dissuaded just because you think you have to do the big chop.

The big chop is the right choice for some curly girls who have decided to cease relaxing their tresses -- but not all. It is not the end all be all of the first steps of your hair. You can do whatever you want to arrive at the same result. If you're a little (or really) scared, rest assured that there are other ways to get from point A to point Z. Take a deep breath and relax. You have options! There is no one right way to do this thing! You have a choice and here are alternatives that will help you if you're on the ledge of taking that natural leap but don't want to snip off your strands.



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You've heard rave reviews. Your favorite YouTuber swears by it. Even your mom is using coconut oil. So you go to the store, pick up a jar, and add it to your product arsenal.

Now what?

Here are eight ways to use this Holy Grail oil on your hair. In time you may find you don't need all of those products under your bathroom sink anymore!

MORE: Coconut Oil Infographic


There are a few ways that your ends can tell you when it's time for the good ol' heave-ho. Sometimes all it takes is one look at your lifeless, scraggly ends to get the hint. Other times it can be subtle, leaving you confused about your how to solve your problem.

Luckily, you don’t have to pull your hair out trying to get to the bottom of your hellish hair situation. If you’re experiencing any of these issues and have examined your hair regimen, tried different products, and tweaked your techniques to whip your curls back in shape, maybe you’re just due for a trim.


There aren’t enough hot oil treatments in the world to save your hair from the consequences of being consistently mishandled and mistreated. Although you may feel confident about your regimen, you may be unknowingly sabotaging all the hard work you’ve put into achieving gorgeously, healthy hair. Well, it’s time to snap out of your ignorant bliss and get on the road to repair. Here are some ways you might be damaging your hair without even knowing it.

 


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Let’s all share a moment of silence for all the wallets, pockets, and bank accounts that have endured constant abuse at the whims of our desire for new hair care products.

Creating and sticking to a budget that allows us to pay all of our bills, have fun, and keep ourselves looking amazing can be difficult; especially if you can’t resist a new curly cream or butter that you’re dying to try. Saying no can be hard, but your beauty doesn’t have to suffer because you’re on a budget. Before you wither away from want, check out these ways to stay cute without breaking the bank...



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