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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 […]

Why Wearing (White) Dreadlocks is NOT Cultural Appropriation And What You Should be Upset About Instead…

Why Wearing (White) Dreadlocks is NOT Cultural Appropriation And What You Should be Upset About Instead…

The history of dreadlocks will vary depending on which historical reference you site. But the truth is that dreadlocks have been worn by almost every culture at some point in time, regardless of its origin. It is a popular fashion staple for many people today, and […]

Bands, Tams & Beads Oh My! Best Dreadlock Accessories for Men

Bands, Tams & Beads Oh My! Best Dreadlock Accessories for Men

dreadlock accessories for menThe fellas like to keep a low profile but let’s be honest. We know that guys like to look fresh just as much as the ladies do. The good news is that if you are a guy who rocks locs, you don’t have to feel left out when it comes to having fun with hair accessories. There are many dreadlock accessories available for men. These accessories can be used to create custom hair styles and decorate your dreads or simply worn as functional tools to keep your locs up and out of the way. The following is a list of unisex accessories that you can use to style your locs.

Head Bands & Slouch Bands

Head Bands and slouch bands are one of the most popular accessories for men with dreads. They are super comfortable and great for keeping the hair up and off of your neck when its warm or humid outside. You can also wear headbands in the summer to replace tams which can be a bit too warm in the summer heat. Headbands can help to cover any loose roots, in between maintenance sessions or can simply be used as stylish accessory.

Slouch Hat for dreads
Slouch Hat

Dreadlock Tams

If you are forming new dreads, tams are a great accessory to have in the clutch for mornings when your baby locs are determined to do their own thing. Basically, they are useful if/when you are experiencing a bad hair day. If your roots are ready to be retwisted or you have uncooperative starter locs, tams are the go-to companion as you make it through the awkward phase. You can put on a tam or a crown which will cover your dreads in a crunch and still have a well put together look. Let’s face it, part of the loc journey is facing those days when your locs have a mind of their own, so why not embrace it and even throw a bit of style on it!

Peyote Stitches

Peyote stitches are another stylish accessories for dreadlocks. You can use them to decorate your dreads while adding personality and character to your hair style. They come in dozens of designs for you express yourself. From LGBT pride to religion to cartoon anime, you’re sure to find a design that represents your passions. You can also use them to cover any lumps or loops in your dreads or to help to tighten your locs.

Peyote Stich Dread Bead
Peyote Stitch Dread Bead

Glass Beads

Glass Beads are a more advanced dread accessory. Why do I say that? Because, only a mature dread wearer can rock this, simply for safety’s sake. You always have to be mindful that you actually have glass in your hair and have to adjust your activities accordingly. However, they can be used to smooth out any imperfections in your dreads. You can also wear different pieces to change up your style or make your crown of locs even more unique.

Wooden Dread Beads

Dread beads can be found in a range of different materials including plastic, metal, and wood. Many people use wooden beads to decorate and style their dreads. Wearing beads in your hair will encourage the strands of your locs to stay locked together and also help to tighten your locs.

Loc Ties

Loc ties are large looped ponytail holders that do exactly what the name implies…they tie your locs back (or up – whichever you prefer). They are ten times better than a regular ponytail holder because they are large enough to accommodate full, thick, long dreads. Regular ponytail holders are often too small and too tight for dreadlocks. Loc ties are open-ended so you don’t have to struggle to get all of your locs through the small band of a typical ponytail holder. We have some unisex styles that would be perfect for the fellas, check them out here >>

So there you have it, this list is by no means exhaustive. And perhaps we’ll add to it as time goes on to make it an “ultimate guide” of sorts. But until then, we wanted to give you a few ideas to get you off to a good start. Have fun accessorizing!

DIY Post-Workout Refresher (Spritz) for Natural Hair

DIY Post-Workout Refresher (Spritz) for Natural Hair

Natural hair has its benefits when it comes to working out, but while staying active you can experience a lot of sweating in the scalp. Although sweat is only a mixture of salt and water, it can be harmful to your hair overtime. Sweat can […]

How To Protect Your Dreadlocks from the Elements

How To Protect Your Dreadlocks from the Elements

5 Ways to Protect Your Locs From the Elements Within every season, there are environmental elements that can be harsh on your locs. I know a lot of people tend ot believe that locs are maintenance-free, but that’s not totally true (depending on the style you […]

Lessons Willy Wonka Can Teach You About Natural Hair

Lessons Willy Wonka Can Teach You About Natural Hair

Even though logically we know that no one lives forever. It still always take your breath away when someone who shaped the soundtrack of your life leaves us. For me, Gene Wilder was one of those people.

gene-wilder-dies-wonka-natural-hair-meme_mediumActor and comedian, Gene Wilder, passed away yesterday. He was forever known to my generation as Willy Wonka from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film (later remade with Johnny Depp cast as the lead…sorry to say, a pitiful, pitiful remake). This film mesmerized young children for obvious reasons, the fantasies about endless candy options always at your disposal. The rainbow of vivid colors and fanciful costumes. And for that time, the special effects were cutting edge although they can seem rather cheesy now.

The other thing that was so powerful about this movie was the lessons that it taught through song. One of those songs really sticks out…it’s the song that the Oompa Loompa’s sing and goes something like this:

Oompa loompa doompety doo
I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you
Oompa loompa doompety dee
If you are wise you’ll listen to me

What do you get when you guzzle down sweets
Eating as much as an elephant eats
Where are you at, getting terribly fat
What do you think will come of that
I don’t like the look of it

Which brings me to the title of this post…

There’s a vicious virus that’s infiltrated the natural hair community. And it’s one of product junkie-ism. It’s when a hopeful Naturalista seeks the holy grail of hair growth in a product, pill or potion hoping to magically grow her hair to shoulder length or better in an unreasonably short amount of time.

When the truth is, your hair grows at a pretty steady rate. And the thing that most affects your hair health (and hair length) is not so much what you put on it as is what you put in your mouth.

Huh?!?

You see, your hair thrives on nutrients. And it gets those nutrients from the foods that you eat, the water that you drink, etc…

No magical hair vitamin can trump that.

So the next time you catch yourself pulling out your wallet to purchase the latest magical hair elixir wrapped in the sweet scent of a curly pudding, instead, hop on over to the produce aisle and pick up some vegetables. I guarantee, you’ll fair better and feel better (and poo better too).

Not to say that hair products are bad or useless, but just realize that there’s no magic in them. I just want you to have realistic expectations of what they can/will do for you.

R.I.P. Gene Wilder, you brought us joy and laughter and lessons that will always stay with us.

To the rest of my Naturalistas,
Be Well.

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The Curly Girl Commandments for Fabulous Natural Hair

The Curly Girl Commandments for Fabulous Natural Hair

Embracing your natural hair is all about loving those curls and waves you’ve got and taking the care necessary to keep them in the best possible health. Following these 10 Commandments for curly haired girls will help you to do just that… 1. Thou Shall […]

Can White Girls Join the Natural Hair Movement?

Can White Girls Join the Natural Hair Movement?

Can White Girls Join the Natural Hair Movement? When you think of the natural hair community, images of beautiful Black hairstyles come instantly to mind. To most people, the term ‘natural hair’ is synonymous with Black hair, but is the movement really just for Black […]

Etsy Vs. Amazon Handmade: Let the Smackdown Begin

Etsy Vs. Amazon Handmade: Let the Smackdown Begin

Etsy Vs. Amazon Handmade: Let’s get ready to ruuuuumble!!

In the red corner, a website founded in 2005. Weighing in with 1.4 million active sellers and 19.8 million shoppers, it’s Etsy — defending their title as the currently undisputed handmade marketplace champion of the entire Interwebz.

But hold on…

In the blue corner, an emerging subsidiary of the largest Internet based retailer in the United States. Weighing in with the force of the 7th-highest Alexa page ranking (that’s an internet popularity meter) and more than 244 million customers to market to — it’s the challenger — announcing, Amazon Handmade!

It’ll no doubt be a fight to the finish. Who will emerge victorious?

It could be anyone’s game.

While Amazon and Etsy’s CEO’s are likely to don proverbial boxing gloves, it’s clear that there is about to be a serious rumble underway between the two companies. If you haven’t heard yet, Amazon has announced intentions to launch their own take on a handmade marketplace set to compete directly with Etsy. There hasn’t been any word yet about when the site will launch, but some Etsy sellers have already received an email from Amazon inviting them to preview the new program.

A few years ago, Amazon may have struggled to entice sellers away from Etsy. Prior to drastic changes made to the site’s policy in 2013, Etsy was more than just an e-commerce site.

Sellers considered Etsy to be a community, a place where artisans and artists could sell their wares and works of art, inspire one another and give each other tips for success.


In fact, many sellers were able to make full-time incomes from their sales on the site, and you didn’t have to search long to find success stories about seller after seller in Internet search results.

Do a search for Etsy news now, and you’ll see a dramatically different story. It began in October 2013 when Etsy tightened seller restrictions and allowed factory-made products to be sold on the site, provided they were “unique.” What followed was a flood of low quality items from overseas factories.

Long-time sellers saw traffic to their pages and orders plummet as the new overseas sellers undercut their prices. Message boards became abuzz with complaints, and there have been countless articles and blog posts from sellers lamenting the current state of Etsy.

With the state of Etsy presently, the time truly couldn’t be better for a competitor to emerge, and it seems that Amazon Handmade will be that competitor. While it would likely be difficult for a brand new site to be a serious threat to Etsy at this point — Amazon might just have what it takes. After all, Amazon’s brand is known around the world, and if the company can manage to lure enough frustrated Etsy sellers away, they could recreate the sort of site that Etsy once was.

The fight between Amazon Handmade and Etsy will likely go longer than 12 rounds, but it will be interesting to see if one can take the other out with one swift knockout punch.

What do you think about the idea of Amazon’s new Handmade site? Could they give Etsy a run for their money?

Are you a supporter of the Maker Movement? Why does it matter? Share your thoughts in the comments below…

References:
http://www.dailydot.com/business/etsy-brave-new-economy-crumbling/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-whitehead/how-etsy-changed-the-rule_b_5708565.html
http://www.dailyfinance.com/2015/05/29/amazon-etsy-compete-online-arts-crafts-sales/
http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/15/investing/etsy-ipo-16-a-share-wall-street/

Hair-Raising Hair Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Hair-Raising Hair Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

When you’re purchasing hair care products or paying for single salon visits, it doesn’t really seem like you’re spending a lot of money, does it? If you were to save up the receipts from everything that you buy, though, you might be pretty shocked at […]