Articles By Sophie Brame

A major mission for those with curly hair is to find a way to effectively cleanse hair without stripping it.

Type 2 waves can be especially dry and fragile, while Type 3 curls need moisture for more definition. We often try to overcompensate for drying shampoos by doubling up on conditioning treatments, but wouldn’t it be nice if our hair was never stripped of moisture in the first place?

There are many new gentle cleansers containing natural, nourishing ingredients that are ideal for Type 2 and Type 3 curls. Check out our picks for optimal wave and curl cleansing!

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You know that feeling you get when you watch those over-the-top commercials for fancy chocolate? We call it desire.

There is a plethora of beauty products that look, taste and smell like desserts on the market today. The industry has tuned into the fact that when it comes to choosing between products, an irresistible candy scent can certainly sweeten up the deal. 

As a result we have whipped cream mousses, chocolate scented conditioners, and nourishing smoothies and styling souffles. So this Valentine's Day don't forget to pamper your curls with a few sweet treats!

Between hair product commercials, reality television shows, and magazine ads, long hair is constantly glorified in the media. A sign of glamour, lengthy locks are desired by many but cannot always be attained. There is a reason so many hair growth product companies are in business!  Here are a few reasons your hair might not be the length you aspire to, some within your control, and some that are not.

Happy Earth Day! There is no better time to revamp your beauty routine with natural and eco-conscious products than today. There are so many great salons and product lines with environmentally friendly practices. Products that contain more natural ingredients and have less impact on the environment are ideal as we focus on the well-being of ourselves and the earth. Check out these amazing eco-friendly finds!

No matter your hair type, length is something we tend to focus (even obsess) on, whether a person’s hair grows faster than they can find time to cut it, or if it has little visible signs of growth.

Curly hair in particular tends to coil up or exhibit length in its volume, without noticeable length on the ends. Many women, especially those of us with denser hair, experience frustration when trying to grow hair longer, and many even feel that they hit a limit with their growth potential. This common concern has lead to the myth that there is a definite limit to how long a person’s hair will grow, also known as a "terminal length." While each individual has a different rate of hair growth, there are many factors affecting the actual length of hair, and terminal length may play a smaller role than most people believe.

The rate of hair growth (often measured in months) can depend on genetics, as well as environmental and health factors. Many people refer to the terminal length of hair, as if there is a defined growth limit. The terminal length is the maximum length hair could possibly reach without being cut or damaged. Each strand of hair completes an individual growth cycle, shedding when the cycle is complete, and it is then replaced with newly growing hair. Since each hair completes the cycle at different points, this explains why a person has multiple lengths within their head of hair at all times. When hair sheds, it may have reached its full length potential, or breakage could be the cause.

While genetics factors on some level, helping to dictate the length of time it takes for hair to grow, hair would have to be kept in pristine condition to truly judge how long it could grow based on inherited traits alone. Many people believe that their hair has trouble growing because of family traits, but it may be the habits of relatives that are actually to blame. Dying, bleaching, perming, relaxing, heat styling, and using drying products all contribute to hair damage and breakage. Weak and unhealthy hair will not show growth, even if the roots are still producing new hair.

Many people believe that African American hair is genetically predisposed to minimal growth, but this does not necessarily have to be the case. Types 3C and 4 hair tend to be denser and coarser, making it impossible to see the full length unless it is stretched out. African American hair care companies have promoted relaxing and other chemical processes for years, and heat styling and chemical processes cause breakage and can dramatically stunt hair growth. The process of adding and removing extensions also creates weak and fragile strands. This ideal of smooth and straight hair is a challenge that all curlies have had to overcome at some point in their natural hair journey.  While there may be some racial and ethnic differences regarding terminal length, the average person is still capable of growing hair between one and three feet long, if it is cared for under ideal circumstances.

When making an effort to grow your hair out, it can be frustrating not to see immediate results. Each strand has a different age, and inconsistent hair maintenance can slow the process. Try some of our tips for maximizing your hair growth potential!

These hair-loving precautions may prove to be a transition, but stick with it. Remember that hair occasionally goes through resting phases of slower growth, which can be reparative and helpful in the long run.

April is NaturallyCurly's month of Curly Myth Busters. Don't be April fooled by these common curly hair myths!

As more people learn about the drawbacks of using shampoos with sulfates and other hair stripping ingredients, they are looking to cleansing conditioners as multi-tasking products that will repair hair. These products are especially useful for those with curly hair, which tends to be drier and frizzier.

Cleansing conditioners can balance curly hair, leaving the roots clean while moisturizing the ends. These products do have to be used more often in order to work properly and require massaging the scalp when applying so that the friction will cleanse. It is also a good idea to use a shampoo every third or fourth wash in order to avoid product build up.

Check out these fantastic cleansing conditioners for Type 2 and Type 3 hair, all under $20!

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Finding the perfect outfit, hair and makeup for Valentine’s Day can be a daunting task, but it’s the little details that count! Incorporating a hair perfume to spice up your routine can add a special touch to your hairstyle.

Whether you have a special date or a night with friends planned, one of these products is sure to add a fun touch to your Valentine’s Day style!

No matter what your curl type is, maintaining curls while sleeping is a challenge for everyone. We often wake up with flattened, frizzed, or fluffy hair that is very difficult to manage! Whether you prefer to sleep with wet or dry hair, we have an easy solution that will not require you to shampoo your hair each morning!

When it comes to packing for a flight, those of us with curly hair are faced with the dilemma of downsizing our multiple product regimens. While it may seem like a daunting task, following TSA regulations when packing for flights can allow for a simplified packing list, and more room for clothes and souvenirs! These are our top tips for air travel beauty.

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