Hair Rules Review

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Recently, Shanti and I went to critically acclaimed curly girl salon, Hair Rules in NYC. We went with the high hopes of complete color transformation and new do’s. We left humbled and educated. Watch the video below for details on our sobering experience. 

Shanti’s Sun Kissed Summer Color

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Antoinette’s Color Fix.

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Was it worth it? What y’all think? 

Beauty Secret Sunday: How To Whiten Your Teeth

I have been thinking about doing very brief, easy yet informative posts about simple beauty secrets that can be applied cheaply by all. Here is a simple yet HIGHLY EFFECTIVE way of brightening and whitening your teeth. I have been doing this for months now and I can say from experience this process yields the most consistent results with very little time or money spent.

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The Process Twice a day EVERYDAY I use pure baking soda when I brush my teeth. I do not couple the baking soda with my toothpaste. Instead BEFORE or AFTER I brush with toothpaste, I dip my toothbrush in baking soda and I brush it directly onto my grill. The flavor is painless although the texture has a soft grit to it. DO NOT SWALLOW. It does not wear on my enamel and is safe for use. 

For increased whitening you can also gargle and brush with peroxide. Peroxide is a little more harsh on your enamel but when used intermittently it is harmless just DO NOT SWALLOW.

It has become second nature in my dental care. Simply leave a box in your bathroom and you won’t forget!

 

For Girls with 4C Hair when their Love for Coils Ain’t Enough: Trimming

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For Girls with 4C Hair when their Love for Coils Ain’t Enough: Trimming

I used to run from them as a child. I mean, make a b-line for the closest vacancy or excuse to change the subject. As soon as someone tried to s-p-e-l-l the word I would immediately remember the homework I needed to finish or the laundry I just had to do.

Trims, man. I do not have fond memories.

There was never a science to trimming.  Or dusting, for that matter. My ends would get lopped off when they were “bad”, as if they were a child who needed discipline or a tree that bore rotten fruit. The few times I landed in a hair stylist’s chair, it was simply assumed that I needed a trim to compliment my freshly relaxed, oil-sheen-slicked-stiff, portabella mushroom doo.

Y’all know the one I’m referring to. Don’t lie.

Because of these perpetual trimming nightmares, I never learned to associate trimming my hair with positive outcomes. I never learned to connect the removal of hair to a love for army of 4C coils and a nurturing of their potential. Honestly, when my ends were clipped they stood zero chance of retaining their integrity because I never had a consistent moisturizing, sealing, or deep conditioning routine. So what happens when you stay trimming with no plan after the trim? Child– you have ear length hair for life and then complain that your hair “just doesn’t grow”. Couple the “it don’t grow” narrative with the “I have 4C natural hair and so it will never be long” pity party and well, you’ve got a pretty sinister view of trimming and length retention in general.

Here’s the thing.  Trimming is an essential part of your hair care routine, especially for us gals with 4C hair. Notice that I did not mention a scientific formula for when to time your trims or a well-known beauty salon to where you should get them. Understand that because our strands contain more coils than other hair types, [read: we have the MOST coils] our ends are prone to dryness since the sebum has difficulty travelling from our scalp on down. We must be vigilant with our moisture routine in order to circumvent this. Consistently dry ends will split, break or incur

single strand knots, all of which must be trimmed to allow our hair to flourish.

Yes, philosophically loving your coils just the way they sprout from your scalp is wonderful. It really is. But if you are seriously on a journey to retain real length– not those claw looking see through ends– you’re going to have to trim, my friend.

For anyone curious about why I’m talking trimming, I recently did a deep trim of 1.25 inches. Detangling was getting ridiculous and split ends were everywhere. I tried to avoid the session by conducting a “search and destroy”, but when 8 of 10 strands looked cray, I decided to lop them off and give my coils a fresh start. That’s how you have to be. Gangsta with it. Talk yourself through the process if you have to, but get it done. Your coils will thank you.

The result? Less knotting. Less tangling. Less shedding. More fullness. The best part is that within the next 4 months, that hair will grow right back. But this time, it will look lovely.  –Jamillia

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Send Questions about Your #4cCoils to love4coils@gmail.com or Catch Me on Instagram @love4coils.

Lupita Nyong’o Shares Her Braiding Pastime Via Vogue

Let’s just simply watch and allow the inner beauty of this woman to swell us, inspire us and remind us to be proud. I also want to make note that the director and creative director of this video is fucking amazing. It took my breath away. I love her. I love the message. I love the emotions. I love everything about it. 

 

What did you love about it?

Let us count the ways….

Our Faves From CurlFest

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to attend CurlFest created by the truly talented CurlygirlCollective. Nonetheless, the vibes and attendees looked like they had an amazing time. We stalked and gawked and wanted to share some of our favorite looks!

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The get right crew of the CurlyGirlCollective

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The Twist

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The asymmetrical shape

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That radiant smile and halo of curls

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Swag on a million

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The Color

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The Freckles and Frost

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The Love

Did you Make it To NY’s CurlFest? How Was It?