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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The history of dreadlocks will vary depending on which historical reference you site.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

The 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 […]

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 dry out your hair and eventually lead to breakage. Washing your hair every time you sweat may be inconvenient as well as impractical if you work out several times a week. Fortunately, there are ways to maintain a refreshed, clean, and healthy scalp until you can have a wash day.

A great way to refresh the scalp is by using a dry shampoo spritzer. You can create your own DIY post-workout spritzer to help keep your hair fresh until wash day. Your hair strands do not have to suffer as you keep your body in shape. The following are a few natural ingredients that you can include in your homemade post-workout spritzer:

Essential Oils – Peppermint and Tea Tree oils

These essential oils contain potent anti-bacterial agents which heal and soothe scalp infections. Peppermint oil has stimulating and cleansing properties that can leave your natural hair fresh and clean., with a bit of a tingly zing.

Tea tree oil is especially well-known for its powerful antiseptic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Because of the potency of tea tree oil, it is best to use 5-10 drops per one cup of water. The essential oils of peppermint and tea tree both help to maintain a clean scalp by removing dirt and treat dandruff.

Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze is a mild astringent that helps remove trapped dirt and oil. Its main ingredients are alcohol, Glycerin, Benzoic Acid, Camphor, Clove oil, and Eucalyptus Oil. Combined, these ingredients penetrate the pores of the skin. If you are concerned about the drying properties of an alcohol product, you can omit the Sea Breeze and use more of the tea tree oil  which is also antiseptic.

Another alternative that you can use is Witch Hazel — a natural astringent from the Witch Hazel plant. It contains anti-inflammatory properties like tea tree oil and helps to keep bacteria from growing on the scalp.

What are you using to refresh your scalp after a work-out?

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. Actor and comedian, Gene Wilder, passed away yesterday. […]

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 Always Hydrate. Keeping hair moisturized has to be a top priority for any Naturalista. Sealing the ends of your hair regularly and using leave-ins will help make curls more manageable and help you avoid fly-aways.

2. Thou Shall Not Go to Bed With Thy Hair Unprotected. Before heading to bed for the night, make sure you cover your hair with a silk scarf or sleep on a satin pillowcase. Cotton fibers can absorb the moisture from your natural tresses, putting you at risk for frizz and breakage.

curly girl do's and don'ts3. Thou Shall Not Abuse Thermal Styling Tools. Heat from blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons can quickly dehydrate curls. When you can’t skip blow drying, make sure to apply a thermal protectant to limit heat damage and invest in an infuser so you don’t disrupt the natural curl patterns when you’re blowing your hair out.

4. Thou Shall Not Let Tangles Linger. Make sure that you reach for your detangling comb while your hair is still wet. A detangling leave-in conditioner can help make it easier to separate the strands without you having to pull and tug. Snap…Crackle…Pop is the last thing we want to hear.

5. Thou Shall Not Skip the Deep Conditioner. Deep conditioning is an absolute must — see Commandment Number 1! Make sure that you treat your tresses to a deep conditioning treatment at least every other week or more frequently when signs of dryness arise or during the winter months.

6. Thou Shall Not Substitute Hair Vitamins for Healthy Foods. There is no miracle pill, capsule or liquid that’s going to make your hair grow more effectively than getting real nutrients from your food. Eating a diet rich in lean protein, plenty of fruits and fresh vegetables is the best way to promote healthy hair growth from within.

7. Thou Shall Not Follow Other Naturalistas Blindly. What works for one curly-haired diva may not work for you. Create your own regimen rather than adhering to the regimen prescribed by any one blogger or YouTube hair guru.

8. Thou Shall Select Thy Hair Accessories With Care & Flair. Using hair jewelry and natural hair accessories lets you to change up the look of your natural locs, but you want to make sure that whatever you’re using is safe. That means choosing options like open ponytail holders that don’t stress or strain the strands.

9. Thou Shall Not Fall Victim to Product Junkie-ism. Don’t be that woman who runs out and buys every product that she hears about and has a graveyard full of hair product hidden under the bathroom sink. When you find styling products that work, stick with them. Try new products sparingly and give it enough time to see if they really work for you.

10. Thou Shall Not Covet Another Girl’s Curls. All natural textures have their own unique characteristics and beauty, despite what mainstream media has you believe. Be happy with your own curls, kinks and waves. While it’s fine to keep striving to improve the health of your hair, don’t let yourself long to trade locks with any other woman.

What’s your favorite Curly Girl Commandment? Which one do you (in secret) need to work on? Leave us a note in the comments below…

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 […]

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 how much you actually spend in a year.

Let’s Take A Look At Some Surprising Hair Facts…

Studies show that the average woman spends about $780 per year on styling products for her hair. That doesn’t even include the cost of visiting a salon.

According to statistics I found:

insane hair facts$$$ The average woman pays $44 for a haircut and leaves a $5 tip. Go just four times a year, and you’re spending over $200 at least.

$$$ The average woman pays $40 for a blowout, and considering that blowout services take about 40 minutes to complete, that means women are paying an average of $1 per minute to have somebody else wash and dry her hair.

$$$ Black women who use relaxers are paying an average of $150 for an initial treatment and about $65 per treatment for touch-ups. Needless to say, that adds up fast. What is the broke college student to do?

Now, if you really want to hear some facts about hair that will blow your mind, let’s talk about how long we spend taking care of our hair. After all, time is money, right? Most women spend an average of 1 hour and 53 minutes every week washing, blow drying and styling their hair. If you paid yourself, the current minimum wage in the U.S. of $7.25, that would be an investment of about $710 more per year

Add up all the time you’ll be occupied caring for your hair until you’re 65, and you’ll likely have spent an entire 7 months of your life keeping up with your tresses.

Yes, the numbers are pretty shocking, but in the end, you have to ask yourself what it’s worth and why you’re doing what you’re doing. If you’re spending all of that time and money because you feel like you have to conform to societal norms or because it’s the only way you can be accepted, it might not be a worthwhile investment; however, if all that time spent primping is a positive thing that you do to pamper yourself and boost your confidence, it’s money well spent, I think.

If you want to see some more interesting hair facts, check out this inforgraphic: 50 Insane Facts About Hair (ex. just thinking about sex makes your hair grow faster, who knew?!?)

crazy hair facts

So what do you think about all this? How much money do you spend on your hair every week? Every month?  Every year? Have you ever taken the time to add it all up?

What are you spending it on? How much time do you invest in doing your hair? Got some funny hair facts of your own to share? Leave a comment in the comments box below…

What Every Natural Wants: Awesome Natural Hair Gifts!

What Every Natural Wants: Awesome Natural Hair Gifts!

The holiday season has arrived, so it’s time to put together your holiday gift list, check it twice and get to shopping. If you have a naturalista (or two) on your holiday shopping list, a natural hair gift is sure to be a hit. No […]