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Don’t Tell Me To Relax B’Cuz My Hair Ain’t Stressed Out: Natural Hair Status Report
The natural hair movement is growing. You can see evidence of it on the street where it’s apperant that more and more Black men and women are rockin’ twists, kinks, locs and curls, foregoing relaxers altogether in favor of embracing and showcasing their hair’s natural texture. More and more reporters, news anchors, celebrities and other media figures are joining the movement too, further encouraging a return to natural hair.
What’s even more encouraging is that in addition to the visual evidence all around us, sales statistics for the ethnic hair care market also reflect the growing interest in natural Black hairstyles and natural products.
Mintel recently published a market research study that highlighted the trends. For the purposes of the report, the ethnic hair care market is made up of companies that produce beauty products specifically for Black men and women.
Here are some of the biggest takeaways and key statistics from the 2014 Mintel report:
– The current total value of the ethnic beauty market is estimated to be $774 million, marking a 12 percent increase since 2009.
– Since 2013, the value of the ethnic beauty market has grown by 2.5 percent.
– Anti-aging beauty products are a concern for Black consumers, but their interest lies more in anti-aging hair care than in preventing facial lines and wrinkles. I guess the old adage is true that “Black Don’t Crack” because Mintel found that only 36 percent of Black men and women used anti-aging moisturizing topical products and that 40 percent didn’t use any type of age-fighting skin care formulas; however, 42 percent had used some type of anti-aging ethnic hair care products or were interested in them.
– Black consumers who expressed interest in anti-aging hair care products were most interested in products that would address thinning and hair loss and that would cover gray growth.
– When surveyed about their top hair care concerns, Black consumers stated that promoting healthier hair and reversing signs of damage were more important to them than anti-aging.
– Black men and women indicated a preference toward ethnic hair care products that contained natural ingredients.
– About 67 percent of Black women and 77 percent of all Black survey respondents had tried a natural hairstyle in the last year or were consistently wearing one on a daily basis.
– While men were more likely to state that they planned to continue to wear a natural hairstyle or intended to wear one in the future, 58 percent of women expressed similar intentions. A little more than 25 percent of these women planned to forgo the use of extensions and all types of chemical treatments, while roughly 20 percent said they would still use chemical color treatments.
– About 30 percent of survey respondents indicated that they would wear their hair in twists, natural braids or long dreadlocks with about 10 percent of the participants preferring each of the three hairstyles.
The Mintel report suggests that the interest in natural hair is fueling the ethnic beauty market; however, the study authors also site the increased availability of ethnic beauty products in major retail chain stores and a decreased interest in salon treatments as additional factors driving growth.
What do you think of these statistics? True or False? Hype or Hell Yes?! Leave a comment and let me know…
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Kanzashi Inspired Hair Pin Designs with a Kente Twist
In ancient Japan, women used “Kanzashi” to adorn their hair. This adornment was once reserved only for Japan’s elite and socially upper class women called “Oiran.”
At Loc•cessories, today, you can see a little bit of the Kanzashi design in our hand-crafted hair pins. Modeled after a style traditionally referred to as “Tsunami Kanzashi,” these hair pins bring a new flavor to an old tradition. This is our new line of Kanzashi hairpins are reminiscent of artisans that have mastered the art of folding fabric into unique and colorful floral patterns. The Kanzashi clower hair clips are made with lightweight African-themed fabric that is folded into flowers. Traditional Kanzashi Hair Clips are Japanese folded flowers fashioned out of silk.
The Kanzashi hair clips were ornaments used in classical Japanese society which some people believe are also usable for defensive arts in emergency situations (bearing in mind that ancient Japan was full of samurais, ninjas and other dangerous groups of people). Nevertheless, traditional Japanese society still valued ornaments like most other groups of women elsewhere during the same time period. Kanzashi flower hair clips are traditionally seen as clips with beautiful and intricate folded flower designs. In Japan, an artisan needs to even have five to 10 years of training in order to achieve the best folds. This is what inspired K. Hill to infuse this proud Asian tradition with that of the Loc hair accessory traditions.
Kanzashi Flower Hair Clips: It’s Like Art for Your Hair
Unlike other hairpin accessories stores online, at Loc•cessories, our hairpins are more like works of art for your hair. They’re priced affordably priced and make a great gift for that special someone in your life, such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or other special events.
The Loc•cessories collection of Tsumami Kanzashi hair ornaments often draw from authentic African designs, such as Kente cloth, brocade and mudcloth fabrics. The fabric patterns are often worn by African royalty, and the material for them is often not found in stores, but has to be imported from Africa.
African cloth Tsumami Kanzashi carry the hallmark of being doubly unique, since they feature both a specialized category of hair accessories for a differentiated hair style, while also bearing the distinction of folded cloth that typically signifies the mother of civilization.
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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.
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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!
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