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?

Hair Story : Tae’lor Roots

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1.Have you always been so confident and in love with your curls? What’s your hair story? 

I wouldn’t say I was always confident with my curls. I never really paid much attention to my natural hair because I would always have my hair straightened. I was natural up until I was 14 and I only wanted a perm because I wanted to wear a roller-set. I never realized that “perm” basically meant “permanent” and I would not easily be able to go back to my press and curl. I kept getting my hair relaxed regularly for four years until I was fed up with constantly getting burned and finally, I decided to ditch the lye.

2.How long has it taken for you to “master” the care of your hair? Who/what helped you gain mastery?

It did not take long to master taking care of my hair because when I first big chopped, I did my hair every week with a different product (I bought some and borrowed some) until I found something that worked for me. Now that my hair is longer, I just try new hairstyles and products as a way to keep me occupied when I am bored. YouTube became such a huge help, it was only necessary to make my very own for girls who are now going through the same process I went through 3 years ago.

3.What is your de-tangling process? 

I usually wet my hair and divide it into 6 sections. I’ve been working with Organix conditioners lately because I love the thickness of it and all of the flavors smell amazing. I squirt about a quarter-sized drop in my hand for each section and then I comb through with a wide toothed comb starting at the ends and working my way up to the roots. I also comb through with a smaller comb as I style my hair to assure that all of the tangles are out.

4. How do you achieve your daily hairstyle (try to be detailed being as though others are gaining inspiration and DIRECTION from your instruction.

My go to hairstyle is my twist out.  I usually just co-wash and detangle my hair. After that, I divide my hair into two sections while it’s still wet and rub coconut oil through both sides. Next I part my hair into smaller sections depending on how big or small I want my crinkles to be. I use a leave in conditioner (lately it’s been Hair Mayonnaise) and I run it through that smaller section as I twist my hair down to the end. I do not take the twists out until it has completely air-dried and then I just put my hair in a pineapple when it is time to go to sleep.

5.Now that you are relaxer free, how do you perceive others that still have relaxed hair?

I have a lot of women in my family and all of them have relaxers. I constantly tell them all that they would be so satisfied with their hair if they just let their curls flourish but of course they do not listen. I don’t perceive anyone differently just because of how they choose to wear their hair but one thing that does grind my gears is when I hear “it isn’t for everyone.” If it is growing out of your scalp, how much more “for you” could it possibly get?

6.How did/do battle the internal voice that may speak words of doubt about the beauty and worthiness of your natural beauty?

Usually on the days that I begin to second-guess my “natural beauty,” I go to YouTube or a natural hair blog to find a new hairstyle I may want to try. This inspires me and keeps the natural journey new.

7. What hair product can’t you live without?

I CANNOT go without my coconut oil…EVER! I use it at some point no matter what I may do to my hair.

8. Any words of wisdom that you would like to share with the masses about natural hair?

If you are transitioning and begin to doubt your journey, find some inspiration and realize all of the potential your beautiful curls have. No one else can rock it like you!

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Obsessed much? Follow Tae’lor Roots on Instagram at @Queen_taelor

 

Keep Cool Summer Braid and Twist Updos (With Tutorials)

It’s officially getting hot in NYC. I’m already throwing my hair up in a top knot daily and it’s getting old quick. Here are some alternative styles that will keep you cute and cool. These braids are pictured and done on straight hair but with the right amount of length and stretching, and depending on your hair’s texture and curl pattern there’s no reason why these styles shouldn’t translate well on our curls. Keep in mind that some will look better than others. Try them out. Save yourself from simple summer top knot syndrome.

1. The French Tuck

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2. The Head Band

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3. The Snake 

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4. The Surprise

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5. The Infinity Braid

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6. The Side Swipe

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7. The Bohemian Crown

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Tutorial Here 

8. The Milk Maid 

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9. The Tuck and Roll

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10. The Twisted Vine.

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Tag us on instagram with your new do.

Keep cool and Carry On Ladies. Which one will you try? 

An Around The Way Giveaway: Philadelphia PrintWorks Crop Top

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Around The Way Curls is excited to offer this “Philadelphia Printworks” crop top giveaway. 

“Silence will not save you” – Vandana Siva

About the Shirt

Vandana Shiva (Hindi: वंदना शिवा: born 5 November 1952) is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author.

Dr. Vandana Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Intellectual property rights,biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, genetic engineering are among the fields where Shiva has contributed intellectually and through activist campaigns. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering.

About The Brand:
“Philadelphia Printworks started out 3 years ago as the idealistic brain child of two enthusiastic friends. At that time we were mainly interested in bringing awareness to issues that affected our community on a local, national and global level. Since then, we’ve also realized the importance of creating our own narrative and documenting our own history. We realized that the space on shirts usually reserved for branding could be much better used for this purpose.  
Our mission has also evolved over the years.  What began as solely information sharing has evolved into encouraging a culture of activism.  We try to do that through community building, partnerships, collaborations and, of course, fashion.”
To Purchase Your Own Shirt Go to www.philadelphiaprintworks.com
Follow @philaprint on Instagram and twitter
To Qualify for the giveaway: Go to Around The Way Curl’s and Philadelphia Printwork’s FB page and “like” them both. Make sure to leave a comment on the giveaway post ON FB with your name. Winner will be announced on June 14th via FB!

Love4Coils June Column for 4abc Hair

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It’s that time again! If you are unaware of our monthly column, we have a monthly Q&A with our lovely columnist Jamillia, enthusiast of 4abc hair types as well as the founder of Love4coils. Antoinette and I are fully aware of our disconnect with our 4abc hair types and we wanted to make sure that all of our readers were being considered and given all the information they need to be confident and informed about their hair. The beautiful Jamillia has stepped up to the plate and has agreed to answer all things 4abc monthly. Here are this month’s hair inquiries.

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Hi Ladies,

 I have been natural for years and wore my hair in micro braids. Years  of wearing braids combined with poor hair care practices led to breakage (around my edges), split ends, dry brittle hair and stunted hair growth. 
   I’ve had breakage  around my hairline before because of braids but it always grew back. However, this time the breakage was really bad and my hair was now thinning.  It really freaked me out.  So I decided  to stop with the braids and start on a healthy hair care journey.
I use wigs for protective styling. However, I only wear them when am out and take them off when at home. My hair is cornrowed under the wigs and I moisturize and seal daily. I wash my hair, deep condition and do a hot oil treatment weekly. 
It’s been six months and my hair is stronger, thicker and  healthier. After  doing a mini chop ( cut of 4 inches)  in April I have very little breakage and minimal shedding. However, my hair around my temples seems not to be growing that much. It’s growing but I think after six months it should be longer than it is.
It’s still short maybe one or two inches. I apply Jamaican Black Castor oil twice a day around my edges. My edges are thicker and no longer thin and transparent. I can’t see my scalp any more. However, I  still feel a bit disheartened as I think I should have more growth. 
Also I had a bald patch in the middle of my head but the hair has grown back – fast. 
Maybe I need to be more patient but any thoughts/advice on what I can do to promote healthy edges would be greatly appreciated. 
I hope this makes sense. Thank you for your time. 
I look forward to hearing from you.
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Hey Victoria,
Great job for turning your hair journey around for the better! It is always inspiring to hear those stories of triumph and it sounds like you are making great progress. Our hair grows about 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month. Following this, if your hair is growing at the rate of 1/4 inch every 30-31 days, then it would take close to 4 months to see one inch of growth. Based on what you said, you have between one or two inches at the front which suggests that your hair is right on schedule. Keep practicing the methods you mentioned. They are clearly promoting retention. Stay patient and encouraged!
Hope This Helps,
Jamillia
Love4Coils
tumblr_n54px8gZ6R1sqr4e5o7_1280 2) Hey Jamillia,  I’m having a hair crisis. I have 4c hair and I don’t know what to do with it. When I try to do a twist-out, the style only lasts for a day. Any time I try to manipulate my hair, it is so dry that hair is just falling off. I’ve tried deep conditioning and hot oil treatments, but  I’m a sophomore in college and I simply can’t afford these fancy hair products. What is an inexpensive way to take care of my 4c hair?
Keleigh, 
4C natural hair is naturally dry due to its tightly coiled structure. Our scalps produce oil (sebum) that travels down each strand of hair. That oil wants to follow the path of least resistance, so each curve in the strand makes its more difficult for it to reach the bottom. As a result, because 4C naturals have numerous coils on each strand we tend to experience chronic dryness, and yes, breakage. A daily routine of moisturizing and sealing your hair should help. All deep conditioners are not created equal so make sure you research the ingredients to ensure they are in fact moisturizing elements and not causing dryness. I can dig the college girl struggle. There is no need to break your pockets to achieve good deep conditioning, or effective hair care in general. Utilize the web to find DIY recipes that only require basic items available in your supermarket. 
Water is free and it is the best moisturizer in existence. A spray bottle is 1 dollar. Household oils like coconut, olive or castor oil can all be purchased for under ten dollars. Daily Moisture + Sealant = Better Preserved Hair. Better preserved hair will be less likely to feel dry and break easily, but 4C hair is the most fragile, so the more manipulation you put it through, the more it will have a tendency to break. 
YouTube is your friend. Go to Jouelzy’s channel watch her video on “Realistic Expectations for 4CJouelzy’s Natural Hair”.  
The content touches the very topic of keeping styles for multiple days. Our hair craves moisture, so trying to keep a twistout and have it maintain that “day one hair” look for 5 days is asking for undue stress, girl! If you are fond of the twistout look, you can still achieve it by lightly moisturizing with a spray bottle of water, sealing with an oil and retwisting your hair into bigger twists at night. When you take them down the next morning, you will retain some definition without completely drying out your hair. 
Hope this helps!
-Jamillia 
Love4Coils

 If you have pressing hair questions that you would like Jamillia to answer please email her at Love4coils@gmail.com. We will feature your questions next month!

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