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Is An Afro Puff Professional Enough for the Office?

Is An Afro Puff Professional Enough for the Office?

Since returning to being a loose Natural after 11 years of being loc’d,  I am rediscovering different things to do with my hair and ways to wear it out and about, to work, and in various other daily activities. I think of myself as a […]

Cutie Pie Hair Accessories for Locs, Braids & Twists

Cutie Pie Hair Accessories for Locs, Braids & Twists

Okay, maybe I’m a little biased but I just have to tell you about Sugar Snaps Hair Barrettes for Locs & Twists.

Read on and you’ll soon understand my enthusiasm…

hair barettes for locsLittle girls love to feel beautiful, cute, and pretty. One of the many ways they get to do this is by their hair being adorned with colorful and cute hair accessories. Sugar Snaps hair barrettes for girls’ dreadlocks & twists can jazz up any hairstyle and boost your little girl’s confidence about her look at the same time.

The Sugar Snaps story

Imagine our disappointment when we surveyed the market and found that there were no snap barrettes tailor-made for little girls with dreadlocks. Cute hair beads and accessories are pretty much a right of passage for curly haired girls, am I right?  A head full of colorful clips while growing up was the ultimate necessity to complete your look. Having your hair done up with colorful barrettes was and still is the icing on the cake for a young girl’s style.

sugar snaps hair barrettes for dreadlocks, braids & twists

Not only that, it was and still is a genuine time to bond with mom, auntie or grandma (whomever was styling your hair) and to shore up your self-confidence, setting out to face the world with a crown worthy of a real princess.

But little girls with locs often times feel side-lined and left out of this magical, self-affirming experience because commercial hair companies do not think about the needs of girls with locs when producing hair accessories.

Little micro-aggressions like this can diminish a girl’s self-confidence, and she soon comes to believe that she isn’t deserving of pretty accessories like her peers because of the way she wears her hair. But we know that is not the case, every girl deserves to feel beautiful and adored regardless of her hairstyle or its unique texture.

Sugar Snaps are uniquely crafted clip barrettes made especially for girls with locs and twists. It is the perfect hair accessory to complete any look. Simply put, Sugar Snaps are the perfect way for your daughter to feel beautiful about her hair and about herself. And just seeing the glowing smile on her face when she looks in the mirror is how you’ll know you’ve given her that. It’s a mommy-daughter win-win.

 

WHY SUGAR SNAPS HAIR BARRETTES FOR LOCS?

  • Perfect fit: The round barrettes are designed to fit snuggly around locs. This isn’t common with mainstream snap barrettes which are designed for straight hair only.
  • Sure-grip clasp: Each Sugar Snap barrette is fixed with small teeth to grip the locs, twists and braids, holding them securely in place.
  • No missing clips: Having barrettes go missing is frustrating to say the least and we understand the struggle. Sugar Snaps are designed to ensure that they remain fastened to the locs all day long. Even if you have an active daughter, she can stay confident knowing that her barrettes won’t go missing during any of her daytime activities.
  • Durable & lightweight: Sugar Snaps are made from high quality material which improve the long-term durability and wear of the accessories. They are also lightweight and won’t weigh down your little girl’s hair.
  • Cute and fun! The delightful Sugar Snaps come in different shapes and colors including hearts, stars and even gemstone princess crowns—great for coordinating with your precious little lady’s outfits. They’re the perfect hair accessories for creating fun looks on your baby girl.

Sugar Snaps Barrettes for Locs & Twists by Loccessories is for every Mom who wants to style her little girl’s hair with fun accessories that fit her locs.

So, if you’re a Mom who really wants to style your little girl’s hair with accessories that fit her locs, “Sugar Snaps Barrettes for Locs & Twists by Loccessories” is the answer you’ve been looking for! Click Here to order…

Ankara Fashion Styles That Slay!

Ankara Fashion Styles That Slay!

From festivals to fashion runways, you’ve seen these bold and colorful prints pop up in the most modern of ways. And while instantly recognizable, you may not have know it by name. So what exactly is Ankara fashion, and why is there such a buzz? Well, Ankara […]

A Natural Hair Journey of Trial and Triumph…Can You Relate?

A Natural Hair Journey of Trial and Triumph…Can You Relate?

“I love my hair…you, not so much.” — Natural Hair T-shirt Ok, the quote above is a bit tongue in cheek, but the struggle of having a hair complex is very real. Seriously though, when I was growing up, it was during time when being […]

Is There Really A “Best” Hair Growth Vitamin?

Is There Really A “Best” Hair Growth Vitamin?

Hair Vitamins? Really??

You’ve seen them on store shelves and you’ve read the hype online. “Take these pills and your hair and nails will grow like crazy!!!”

We secretly wish…

?   Shoulder length? Check.

?   Bra strap length? Yes please.

?   Waist length? Hallelujah!

The natural hair community is more than a little mildly obsessed with length and the increase in sales of vitamins promising to grow our tresses is evidence.

There is a saying that “what gets measured gets done” and it does have merit. If you’re taking hair vitamins and following the manufacturer’s directions with other healthy habits then you may see results.

What is important to note is that most of these products have the same base of ingredients – biotin and other natural ingredients that promote the growth of hair and nails.

Doctors have mixed opinions about taking these vitamins everyday though.

In one camp are doctors who promote taking hair vitamins. They are recommended to patients who are dealing with certain issues like thinning hair.

On the other hand, some doctors warn against daily vitamin intake citing concerns with overdose. They suggest you stop taking the vitamins if you notice skin rashes or high blood sugar.

Not sure if hair vitamins are for you? It’s always best to seek your doctor’s opinion.

I, myself, couldn’t resist…so I’m giving Hair La Vie a try at the moment. I’m not a good pill taker so I haven’t been taking as many per day as they recommend. (I’m averaging 1-2 per day with meals). I’ll keep you posted with an update after I finish my 3-month supply.

But in the meantime, if you are curious to see if hair vitamins will speed up your growth journey, here are two popular options currently on the market and getting a lot of luv…

    

Until next time…

Be Well.

Tips on Choosing the Best Dreadlock Shampoo

Tips on Choosing the Best Dreadlock Shampoo

6 Down & Dirty Tips on Choosing A Dreadlock Shampoo Whether you’re just starting to explore natural hairstyle possibilities, are beginning to grow dreads or have been wearing locs for a while now, it’s important that you learn just how to shampoo dreads to ensure […]

How To Remove Lint From your Locs

How To Remove Lint From your Locs

Lint in locs is unavoidable…it doesn’t mean you did something wrong. But there are some things you can do differently. Here are a few… Let’s face it…it doesn’t seem to matter how well you try to maintain your locs — lint happens! This is especially […]

How To “Loc“ In Moisture for Dry Locs

How To “Loc“ In Moisture for Dry Locs

How To Add Moisture To Your Locs

Moisturizing Dreadlocks: There’s a common belief that natural, kinky coily hair, particularly locs, are dry, brittle, and fragile. Natural black hair actually produces a sufficient amount of sebum, which aids in keeping the hair supple. However, the structure of natural hair and locs makes it difficult for the sebum to travel down the hair shaft to effectively coat the hair, therefore retaining moisture becomes a challenge, which then makes it prone to brittleness and breakage, oftentimes resulting in dry locs. Somehow, the sebum gets lost in the midst of all those coils and curls and never quite does the job it was created to do. There are several effective ways to combat this and keep your locs moisturized.

One of the most important things you can do to maintain moisture in your locs is to always use a gentle, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Be mindful of the various stages of growth for your locs. Baby locs (just like babies) need extra special, gentle handling to avoid unraveling that can occur as the hair is trained to go through the “locking” process. Because of this important stage in development, be careful not to over saturate with too much conditioner, and be careful not to over stimulate your locs.

Applying oil to your locs will help them to maintain a natural sheen, but oil alone does not add the necessary moisture. Consider when you’re thirsty, it’s water that your body is craving, not oil to coat your throat. While water alone is a premium way to moisturize your locs, a mixture of oil and water, or a lightweight, water-based leave-in conditioner, also makes an effective combination.

Dry Hair: Lock In Moisture From The Inside-Out

best moisture for dry locs
Close-up of coconut oil on the wooden spoon.

It’s no secret that our bodies are 70% water. Why wouldn’t we need to keep our bodies replenished with clean, purified water from head to toe and even more importantly, from the inside out? Drinking a sufficient amount of water on a daily basis will ensure that moisture is optimized internally. Topically, the idea is to allow the moisture to penetrate, not to merely sit on top of the hair where it serves no purpose. This is another reason why avoiding products that cause buildup and leave residue is so important. Some of the biggest culprits to avoid are alcohol, petroleum and mineral oil. Aloe vera gel is a great alternative to petroleum-based products. It adds moisture without leaving residue, and it’s a natural source of protein and amino acids.

The irony with using water to moisturize our hair is that historically neither a raindrop nor a spritz was allowed anywhere near our “processed” hair for fear that it would become nappy or frizzy. But with locs, the more natural, water-based moisture applied to the hair, the better the hair’s condition and appearance.

Was Popeye’s Girlfriend A Sistah?

I never noticed, but did Popeye’s girlfriend wear locs? Olive Oyl was her name, and olive oil happens to be one of the most common and most effective oils used for moisturizing natural hair. Olive oil will protect your locs from harsh environmental elements. It will keep your locs looking fresh and well maintained, and it’s so versatile that you can use it a variety of ways. Try mixing it with water to use as a daily spray treatment, or you can massage it into your scalp and rub it gently through your locs. You can also use it as a monthly hot-oil treatment.

Coconut oil is another excellent natural hair moisturizer. It contains fatty acids and protein to help strengthen and protect the hair. Jojoba oil, which mimics sebum, adds moisture to the hair follicles and is easily absorbed into the scalp. Shea butter and Argan oil are also very effective moisturizing treatments for natural hair. I recommend mixing 2-3 oils or butters together and experimenting to find the combination that works best for you. Just like with other hairstyles, locs represent different types of hair. Not all locs are created equally.

Few things stand out more than a fresh set of well-maintained locs. Although the outer appearance is important, it’s the overall health of your locs that is most important. Keeping them moisturized is the easiest way to keep them healthy, so douse with water and your favorite natural oils or butters, and don’t forget to accessorize with your favorite Loccessories loc beads, loc ties or loc cuffs!

Dreadlock Styles Videos

Dreadlock Styles Videos

Visit Loccessories on YouTube for more Healthy Hair How-To videos (Click Here) MythBusters: Dreadlock Styles Lack Versatility? If the plethora of dreadlock styles available on YouTube hasn’t already swayed you. Read on for some additional reinforcement… Sometimes people (women in particular) are intimidated about getting dreadlocks because […]


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Hot List: Top 6 Trends In Hair Accessories for Natural Hair

Hot List: Top 6 Trends In Hair Accessories for Natural Hair

What’s Hot & What’s Not? Top Trends In Natural Hair Accessories

There are many, many ways to wear your natural hair. Styling options seem endless with a nudge of inspiration. Whether your hair is in twists, afro, twist-outs, cornrows, up-dos, braids, plaits or dreadlocs, sometimes you get bored and want to spice things up. Accessories are a good way to add dimension to your look and they work with long, short, straight, wavy or curly hairstyles.

So here’s a quick hot list of top 6 hair accessories for natural hair trending right now…

 

Hair Accessories for Natural Hair Trend #1: Headwraps

When curls get old, braidouts get tired and extensions or wigs aren’t an option and you need new hair styling options, try head wraps. These head wraps can be worn by anyone: relaxed, natural, transitioning, locs, etc… Plus, head wraps are inexpensive. You can purchase your own fabric or use a scarf you already have. Try turning an existing fabric headband on backwards and fan out the fabric in the back pushing your curly twists  or cascading curlylocs to the front for a quick styling option. Head wraps can cut styling time down as you don’t have to worry about doing much with your hair other than adding soem light sheen and finger styling it. What’s more, they also protect the hair from the elements. You can look regal even in the basic headwraps. Experiment with many different ways to wrap and style a headwrap.

Want Cute Hair Accessories for Natural Hair? Try Trend #2: Headbands

Accessorize your locs with fancy headbands. You can buy them hard and soft and are available in a variety of colors and styles at places like at your local beauty supply, pharmacy or grocery store. You can color block with two colors and mix & match patterns. They also come in different widths and instead of a wide one, you can try thin ones. You can put your hair in an afro puff or pull back your locs and top it off with a headband.

Hair Accessories for Natural Hair Trend #3: Feathers

Jazz up your hair with a colorful feather. Adding feathers to your hair is a big trend and you are able to change up the feathers as often as you change clothes.  For a different look do a chignon and add in a feather to the side of your head. Feathers come in a variety of colors or multicolored, different style and sizes. They are also available in short and longer lengths and you can buy either a single feather known as a “Whisper,” which can either be installed alone or with their “Accent” feathers, which are bolder and wider feathers.

Hair Accessories for Short Natural Hair? Try Trend #4: Hair Elastics

These skinny stretchy elastics come in many colors. Made of a unique elastic fiber, these hair elastics glide onto any head and stay put. When it’s time to remove them, they glide right off without pulling or snagging your hair. Styles vary from plain and simple to glitter and patterns.

Unique Natural Hair Accessories and Hair ‘Jewelry’
Trend #5: Fascinators

Fascinators have become a casual hair accessory and very popular since the royal wedding.  They come in countless styles, sizes and colors.  Depending on your personal style, you can buy fascinators made with feathers, flowers or beads with a small net. They bind to hair by a comb, headband or clip.

And lastly, Trend #6: Beads
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Relatively inexpensive, beads are an excellent way to add style and color to your hair and changed out often to suit your mood. They are an accessory that can be worn by all ages and on all hair types. Wear them at the middle or ends of braided, twisted or loose hair. Stack them for a more dramatic effect or mix and match the colors.

So there you have it, when you tire of your go-to style that you’ve been wearing for as long as you can remember, try some of the hair accessories for natural hair mentioned in this article for an instance dash of hair flavor!