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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 a during time when […]

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 Locs

How To Remove Lint From 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

How To “Loc“ In Moisture

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… 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 they believe […]

How To Wear Your Loccessories

How To Wear Your Loccessories

How To Wear Your  Loccessories Loc Cuffs Looking for a way to keep your dreadlocks in check while maintaining a great style? Loc cuffs are a great way to accessorize your locs and add a little hair flair to your everyday style. The first step […]

How To Measure Your Dreadlocks for Loc Beads

How To Measure Your Dreadlocks for Loc Beads

When looking for loc jewelry or dread beads to accessorize your dreadlocks, it’s important to know the diameter of your locs first so that you can find the right sized dread beads.

Knowing ahead of time the thickness of your locs will save you lots of time while shopping and prevent the disappointment of finding out later that the loc bead you spent all day picking out doesn’t even fit.

No worries, we’ve got the perfect solution for you…

Most beads and assorted crafts are measured in millimeters so grab your handy ruler and measure the thickness of your locs before you pick your adornments and voila…you’re all good to go!

Click on the link above or you can watch it here on YouTube…

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Top 5 Gifts Naturals are Craving this Holiday

Top 5 Gifts Naturals are Craving this Holiday

The holidays are upon us, and it’s quite difficult to believe that the most festive season of the year is already here. There are always new trending products on the market that naturals are excited about. If you are looking for the perfect gift for […]


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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
Loc Accessories for Natural Hair features

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!