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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 […]

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 matter what your gift-giving budget is, you can find a great gift that is sure to make the holiday season merry for anyone with locs or kinky, curly, coily tresses. To help inspire and simplify your holiday shopping, here is a list of some of the best gift ideas for men and women with dreadlocks.

Naturalista Gift Idea #1: Love My Locs Dreadlocks Essential Kit & Gift Set for Dreadlock Maintenance

What could be a better gift for a naturalista than a set of tools to help her keep her locs looking great? Available at Amazon, this gift set includes a shampoo brush for cleansing, a conditioning cap, a beaded loc tie in your choice of cream or black and a pair of open-ended ponytail holders. There’s also “The Original Ouchless Snagless InstaLoc” Hair Tool for dreadlock maintenance in the set, and it all comes in a natural linen reusable drawstring bag with a stylish Love My Locs graphic.

Natural Hair Gift Idea #2: Satin Pillowcases

Give him or her a New Year of less lint in their locs! Satin pillowcases are recommended for anyone with locs, as they produce much less lint than cotton and polyester. Using a satin pillowcase can even eliminate the need to wear a scarf to bed. You can purchase a satin pillowcase in a neutral, go-with-anything color or get that special someone two pillowcases to have one to put on the bed and one to swap out on washday.

Gift Ideas for the  Curly Girl #3: Hair Butter

nauralista ugly christmas sweaterKeeping locs perfectly hydrated is important to ensuring that they look their best, and hair butters are the ideal way to provide that much-needed moisture to natural hair. Shea butter makes a great stocking stuffer for the holidays, particularly when you choose one that’s fair trade and made from natural, nourishing ingredients. You can add to the gift by picking up a clarifying shampoo for cleansing and placing both essential hair care products in a stylish gift bag.

Dreadlocks Gift Idea #4: Styling Accessories

Anyone with locs will be thrilled to open a box and find an assortment of loc accessories waiting to be discovered. You can purchase a ready-made gift set for locs, or you can make your gift one of a kind by creating your own set. Get some open-ended ponytail holders, loc cuffs and loc ties and place them inside of a reusable container that the lucky recipient of your gift can use for storage.

Natural Hair Beauty Gift Idea #5: Natural Oil Gift Set

Complete your natural honey’s hair care routine with the best of what nature has to offer! Give that special person on your list a set of natural oils like argan, coconut and shea to wish them healthy locs in the New Year. Not only can the recipient of your gift use these oils for conditioning their locs, but they can also apply them to their skin as a moisturizer, use them as massage oils and add them to the tub to transform an ordinary bath into a spa experience.

There’s still some time to buy your natural hair gift online and have it delivered to your home in time for the holidays, but you don’t want to wait too long to finish your shopping. Head to Amazon or your favorite online retailer or hit the stores to get that perfect gift for your favorite natural hair aficionado.

Overall Decline in Relaxer Sales Tell Product Manufacturers To Get With the Program

Overall Decline in Relaxer Sales Tell Product Manufacturers To Get With the Program

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, […]

InsaLoc Hair Tool for Dreadlock Maintenance | How To Use

InsaLoc Hair Tool for Dreadlock Maintenance | How To Use

The “Original Ouchless, Snagless InstaLoc for Dreadlock Maintenance” has everything you need to create and maintain your locs in one, simple to use tool. Whatever stage you’re at in your loc journey, this handy hair tool is going to take the ‘ouch’ out of your […]

Who’s Leading the Natural Hair Revolution

Who’s Leading the Natural Hair Revolution

Yes, times are a changin’… stop in any beauty supply store around the way and just take note of the all the windows and top shelves that used to only feature wigs & weaves of long flowing tresses that have now made space for braids, afro wigs and dreadlock extensions. Am I the only one who’s noticed? But the question is, who is leading the natural hair revolution?

In the last few years, we’ve seen the atmosphere towards African-American hair make a determined 180 degree shift towards natural (I’ll be posting about those deets soon…). When you walk into a beauty supply store you are more likely now than ever before to find a natural employee behind the counter. These stores that once sold things like relaxers exclusively, suddenly have products like shea butter, Ecostyler™, and castor oil headlining the shelves. What lead to this major change?

Well for one thing, hair companies have seen their relaxer sale drop by over 17%, while simultaneously watching the natural hair products interest skyrocket. But it wasn’t always this way. In 2008, the percentage of companies that sold relaxers were 43%.  Today, relaxer sales have dropped by 26% in the last 5 years.

What happened? Are there more companies?

Although the amount of companies has grown, it’s the facts that are surprising. More than half or the relaxer companies have gone, or also sell hair products targeted towards naturals.

So what do you think? Who is leading this hair revolution?

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Kanzashi Hair Flowers Get A New Kente Twist

Kanzashi Hair Flowers Get A New Kente Twist

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 […]

Hey Hey Naturalistas! Natural Hair YouTube Roll Call

Hey Hey Naturalistas! Natural Hair YouTube Roll Call

Natural Hair YouTubers Are Turning Heads… To transition hair from processed to a natural hair style, get dreadlocks or find hair care regime, most women visit Youtube. There are many Youtube users who focus solely on natural hair and who have produced an engaging  Youtube […]

Does “Team Natural” Have Room For Dreadlock Extensions?

Does “Team Natural” Have Room For Dreadlock Extensions?

Can You Fake “Team Natural” With Dreadlock Extensions?

The choice to wear dreadlocks is a major decision because of the numerous political, cultural and religious connotations the hairstyle holds. Yet for others, it is just a hair style and many choose to achieve the look through extensions for dreads. Dreadlocks is the process of matting the hair and allowing it to tangle upon itself in a freeform or cultivated fashion (i.e. freeform locs vs. cultivated locs). Because of the long cultivation time necessary to loc the hair, extensions allow you to experience what it feels like to have this hairstyle without waiting months or years for your own hair to fully lock.

People can choose to grow or get dreadlocks for whatever reasons they wish right? However true the former statement may be, dread extensions remain a controversial issue. Many people are appalled at the idea that there is actually a market for dreadlock extensions in the first place. Unlike some of the extension and weave styles, which require certain textures of hair to achieve, course, kinky or curly hair is the preferred texture for dreadlocks. Many feel one should grow their own naturally.

Do Dreads Hair Extensions Undermine the Spiritual Significance of Locs?

Hair Extensions for dreads are done with afro kinky human hair or synthetic fibers.  They can remain in your hair permanently if you decide that you do like the style and are well suited for it. Synthetic dreadlocks can be made with fake hair that is teased, twisted, and steamed to look like dreadlocks. When blended well, they are undetectable. No one can tell the difference.

Loc extensions admittedly are a useful alternative for people who don’t have the time or the texture of hair to grow natural consistent dreads. They give people the option of having thicker consistent dreads because their own hair may be too thin to create that or many people just don’t like, or have the patience for, the in-between stage of the natural locking process, so this allows them to skip it and have a full head of natural looking dreadlocks in just three-five hours.

It takes years and dedication to grow natural dreadlocks.  Many people do not want to wear their hair so short for so long. The wearer can choose the color of the hair including the length. The pre-dreaded extensions can be glued or tied into your own hair (*not recommended*). However because of the spiritual connotations surrounding the style, loc enthusiasts sometimes have a problem with fake dreadlocks and generally feel that the locs are more of a spiritual journey than a fashion statement.

So can you claim to be natural if you’re wearing dreadlock extensions? What are your thoughts?

Speak your mind in the comments below…

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 […]