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Ever wanted to try loc’s, but just not sure or afraid of the commitment? Don’t fret! You can always try temporary loc extensions on your natural hair. It serves as a great protective hairstyle, if you’re in need of a break, or just in the mood to try something new! Check out the video below for my step by step tutorial on how to achieve this look.

Before beginning:
Make sure you deep condition your hair before starting this protective hairstyle, also lock in the moisture with a sealant. (any oil of your choice)
What you will need:
(4) Packs of Kanekolon Hair (to braid)
(3-4) Packs of Marley Braid Hair (to wrap)
a lighter
and lots of patience!

How long does this hairstyle take?
Approximately 12-14 hours. I broke it up into 3 days and started out the locs into this ring-like pattern around my head and just wore it into a bun until I was done.
Night Routine:
Sleep with a satin pillowcase
or
wrap locs into a ponytail or bun and wrap with a scarf

Daily Maintenance:
Spritz roots with water for moisture

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As the temperatures are dropping, naturals are hastening to uncover a definitive protective hair style. Now, if you are not an enthusiast of protective hairstyling, will you still secure your hair without having your ends being tucked away?

Here a couple of tips:

Deep Condition– Moisture is the key! Week by week deep conditioning for no less than 30 minutes serves to recharge the moisture back into the hair.
Hair Steaming– The steam opens up the follicles of your hair for deeper penetration.
Protein Treatments– Protein helps fill in the holes that have been created from chemical processing. Incorporating protein treatments into your hair care regimen is essential to the health of your hair.
Shampooing in Sections– Shampooing your tresses (with a moisturizing shampoo) in sections allows you to have more control over the process. Smaller sections will result in less tangles and decrease hair loss.
Dry Styling– Dry styling aids in preventing curls from coiling around each other creating more tangles resulting in breakage. (bantu knots, twist outs, braid outs)
Leave in Conditioner– A good leave in conditioner will ensure that the detangling process is much easier while adding moisture and maintaining those moisture levels for a longer period of time.
Low Manipulation– Limit all of that twisting and twirling, once it has been styled is unnecessary manipulation that could ultimately lead to breakage.
Zero or Minimal Heat– Minimizing the heat exposure to your hair will prevent irreversible damage and changes in your curl pattern. Keep those blow dryers and flat irons at bay as much as possible.

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We all have come across breakage at some point, but the good news is that there are many ways we can stop it! Here are a few hair breakage tips that will help give you healthy hair and help maintain those tresses.

Minimal to No Heat
Using high heat on a regular basis will cause irreversible damage to your hair and eventually lead to breakage.

Moisture
Dry hair = more prone to breakage. Try to maintain your hair moisturized as much as you can. Look for the signs, your hair will usually tell you when it is in need of moisture. One way of keeping in the moisture is by using the L.C.O Method (Liquid, Cream and Oil).

Say NO to Towels
Terry cloth can be very rough to your tresses, instead opt for using an old T-shirt which is more gentle.

Avoid Alcohols
Products that contain alcohol as an ingredient, will dry out your hair.

Night Routine
Invest in a satin pillow case, satin scarf or even try pinappling your hair to avoid dryness from the cotton that tends to absorb your hair’s natural oils.

Leave your hair alone!
Keeping low manipulation is the best way to avoid breakage. Constantly combing, twisting, re-twisting and fussing with your hair can lead to breakage.

What are some of the ways you combat hair breakage?

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With winter arriving, it’s time to think about protecting and keeping your natural hair healthy during the cold, wet, rainy and downright harsh winter months. Check out these 5 ways to keep your natural hair healthy during the winter.

1. Use the L.C.O Method
What is the L.C.O. method? (Liquid, Cream and Oil) It works like this: First you apply a liquid (i.e., a water-based product) to your hair. Then you follow up with a cream. To seal, use an oil (e.g., olive, avocado, coconut). This method during the wintertime can help some naturals retain moisture better than sealing with oil alone.

2. Protective Hair Styles
Protective styles help lock in moisture better than loose hairstyles. For some naturals, twisted and braided updos are the best protective styles in terms of moisture retention. You can do various styles such as: big twists or small twists, big braids or small braids, flat twists or cornrows. Any twisted or braided style that works for you.

3. Wear a satin scarf under your hat

Winter hats are usually made from acrylic, wool, or cotton, which are all fabrics than can suck moisture from the hair. To avoid this problem, wear a good quality satin scarf under your hat OR purchase a satin-lined (silk or polyester) winter hat. You can even sow a silk patch yourself onto the beanie or hat.

4. Deep condition more often
During these colder months, depending on your hair’s needs, you may want to increase your frequency to bi-weekly or weekly.

5. Shampoo less
Natural hair does best when you don’t shampoo on a daily basis. 1-2 times a week is ideal, because too much shampooing will lead to excessive dryness and breakage. Consider specially formulated shampoos (NO SUDS) or “no shampoo” products that don’t contain harsh cleansing agents.

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With the cold weather among us, protective styling is such a great way to keep your ends tucked in and maintain low manipulation. I have always wanted to try loc extensions for quite some time, but never got around to do them until now Check out the video below for my basic tips for how to care for this style and what to expect with this hairstyle. Enjoy! Xoxo

Have you ever tried loc extensions?

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As you know, natural hair can be unpredictable in the sense that you never know what you will get. Here are day to day tips to having a good hair day every day.

Start on detangled hair
Freshly shampooed and thoroughly detangled hair will give you the best results. Twisting or braiding hair that is already matted and tangled can produce more knots and tangles.

Less is More
Excessive amounts of product can lead to weighing down your tresses and causing product build up. You can always apply additional product if necessary. Start off with a quarter size portion- adjust based on texture and desired style and apply in sections – sections are easier to deal with.

Seal those ends
Skipping this step will give your ends cause to fray and only make more work for you later. Healthy ends will have an overall healthy appearance and hair will be more manageable.

Pineapple
If retwisting or rebraiding at night is not your thing, or perhaps you may be feeling tired or lazy and want to skip this step, then the pineapple will do the trick! By gently placing the hair high on top of the head, you will be able to preserves the curl pattern and maintain your look, you can secure the hair with a satin scrunchie, satin scarf or loose band.

Don’t Touch Your Hair
Fussing too much with your hair before it is fully dry, can lead to excessive frizz. If you are rocking a wash and go, resist the urge to touch your hair after styling. Let twists or braids dry completely. The cardinal sin when it comes to styling is to unravel hair prior to it being 95-98% dry.

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Have you ever considered diffusing your hair? Or wanted to know the main purpose of a diffuser?

The air force from a hair dryer can ruin clumping and curl formation. A hair diffuser can reduce the air velocity from your hair dryer, allowing you to dry your hair without disturbing your curls. Diffusers are also perfect if you are in a hurry and need to dry your hair quickly. They also are great for adding volume to your curls.Here are 6 quick tips on how to use a hair diffuser to keep your curls looking great every day.

  • Use a diffuser that fits your hair dryer. Universal Hair dryers work well with just about any hair dryer.
  • When using a diffuser, you want to tilt your head upside down to allow the curls to hang away from the scalp, or lift them up from underneath Have your favorite stylers in your hair. If you have time, let your hair air dry for a little while before you start to dry it with a hair dryer and the diffuser.
  • Set your hair dryers heat setting to medium. If you are in a hurry the hot setting will work but be careful not to over dry your hair. That will cause frizz to occur. If you are undergoing a no heat regimen, use the cool setting. It will take longer but it is just as effective.
  • Hang your head sideways or upside down. Touch your hair gently and put curls in bowl of diffuser.
  • Be careful not to disrupt clumping and curl formation. This is a gentle but tricky process.
  • Keep this up. Working in sections until hair is 80-90% dry, then let the remainder air dry for a long-lasting style.

    Here is a tutorial by Naturally Curious showing us how she uses the diffuser on her Natural Hair:

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Looking for ways to spice up your bun? Here are 3 easy ways to style up your bun!

1. Front Donut Bun

Love the look of big high buns? Then check out this tutorial by Donedo05. You do not need hair down to your waist to create this look. It can be done on medium-length hair and with the aid of a big donut for illusion.

2. Pinned Bun

This is another tutorial that gives the illusion of a big bun. All you will need is bobby pins, a ponytail hook (or alternatively, an ouchless band), … and a workable twist-out. Watch how Ambrosia demonstrate how to effortlessly create this style.

3. Elegant Criss-Cross Chignon (or Low Bun)

For this look, start with hair that is stretched via a twist-out or braid-out. You will also need a few bobby pins and an ouchless band. Check out the video to see how Naturally Curious actually achieves this style.

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Length Checks Create Impatience
Lets face it, you’ve been looking at so and so’s hair and you can’t wait for your hair to get to that length. You start obsessing about their hair length and regimen and start comparing your hair to their hair. Every few months your checking how long your hair is or you start counting how long you’ve been natural. The questions start lingering: what’s wrong with my hair? Why isn’t it growing?

Patience
Your hair is constantly growing. Take your natural hair journey one step at a time and enjoy every stage of it. Patience requires trust and acceptance. Don’t allow your natural hair goals to own you or control you. Be in tune with the moment. We cannot truly enjoy the journey if we are not accepting where we are right now.
Check out this video made by Chescalocs featuring a few of the popular Hair Bloggers on the web, sit back and have a laugh while you discover the one product that really works for hair growth.