Society puts a lot of emphasis on women’s hair. It is important to some cultures but society and the media makes women feel insecure based on their hair texture, length, and styles. I am not #TeamNatural, #TeamRelaxed, #TeamWeave, #TeamWigs or any other team. I just want people to have HEALTHY HAIR. I’ve seen plenty of naturals with dry, brittle, matted unhealthy hair and the same goes for women with relaxers; some have thin, dry, brittle, and damaged hair as well. I’ve seen women who wear weaves constantly have some of the best edges while women who have never worn a weave have edges that are similar to Naomi Campbell’s. Hair is just hair and as long as it is healthy that is all that matters.

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I found this article on Self.com entitled “Healthy Hair Defined” and this can go for ALL hair types and textures.

Follow the threes Ss: Soft, Strong, and Shiny.

Soft: When your hair is soft it shows that it has some type of moisture and bounce. If you have coarse hair like me it can still be soft. Coarse does not mean brittle and dry you just have to moisturize.

Strong: Hair sheds naturally and there is nothing that you can do about it. What you can do to make your hair stronger is reduce the amount of heat you use and the amount of manipulation you do when styling your hair. You also have to be mindful of the amount of chemicals you use. So you should be careful with the bleaches and dyes and even relaxers. That’s why I wear protective hairstyles, not only for length retention, but also to get my hair stronger protecting it from the elements of nature.

Shiny: Your hair should have a natural shine. Sometimes we need the help of essential oils, sprays, and oil sheens to give it that extra boost. If your hair is dry and likes shine you may want to consider switching your shampoos and conditioners and even doing deep conditioning treatments, hot oil treatments, and protein treatments. You should also consider using a moisturizing shampoo and purchasing cleansing conditioners for co-washes instead of using shampoo. Minimizing the use of heat will also keep your hair shiny.

FYI:

Healthy Hair is shiny hair with a smooth texture and clean-cut ends or tapered tips is generally perceived to be healthy. Hair texture and shine relate to hair surface properties, whereas the integrity of hair ends relates to the hair cortex. Hair can be straight, wavy or curly, blonde, black, brown, red, gray white, and its natural variations are important to our identity -Rob D. Sinclair

I just had this conversation with my mother about my ever-changing hairstyles and curl pattern and she basically said “It’s just hair.” She is so right. I have been relaxer free for about 5 months now. I haven’t decided if I want to go fully natural, but I have been wearing protective hairstyles since March. I had a weave, a curly weave cornrow combo, and now box braids. I like to switch up my hairstyles often ever since I made that one of my new years resolutions a few years ago, so I go back and forth from my regular relaxed wrap to different hairstyles. I have been researching different hairstyles for when I take my box braids out because I’m not sure if I want to relax my hair yet. I have been having the itch to do something different, but my main concern is maintaining the health of my hair. That’s all that matters.

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Beyonce debuted her new look via Instagram and there were mixed reviews. I think some people are just miserable and find ways to spew their hatred for no apparent reason. I’ve seen Rihanna stans say Bey is trying to be like her. I don’t understand why when we all know some of Rihanna’s most infamous hairstyles have been inspired by Kelis (the grey hair and the half shaved bossy look). Maybe Beyonce wanted a change…did you ever think of that? I mean she has had long luxurious weaves and wigs for too many years. It’s nice to see a change. She has a beautiful face and the cut frames it well. I guess people can’t make a decision in life without back lash. Maybe that little fan incident was an eye opener for her and she wanted to try something new. She has the money to go and get a 46″ Brazilian lacefront right now.

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If you don’t like the cut you have a right to have your own opinion, but you don’t have to bash. Everyone is not going to like everything and people should not make decisions in hopes of pleasing everyone. You are just going to add stress to your life and that is not healthy for you physically, and it sure isn’t good for your hair, because that is what’s important. If someone else’s hairstyle stops you from living, then I suggest you look deep within and see what truly matters.

So be happy and be healthy and do what you want with your hair as long as it is healthy!

How can you not love Solange Knowles? Her style is impeccable and original. She marches to the beat of her own drum and does not let the industry standards define her. She wears what she wants, when she wants, and how she wants. Some may say her fashion sense is unconventional and even “weird” but she has what we all need; CONFIDENCE. She has the confidence to rock a big natural fro, mixed prints and textures and so much more. Solange is on her way to becoming a style icon. Take a look at some images from her spread in Glamour France.

SPRING 2012 HAIR TRENDS

This season’s hair is all about embellished up-do’s, sophisticated braids, sleek and messy ponytails, pixie cuts and big blowouts.

Up-Do’s:

Up-Do’s Spring 2012

Braids:

Braided Hair 2012 Spring

Ponytails:

Ponytail Hairstyles Spring 2012

Pixie Cuts:

Pixie Cuts Spring 2012

 Big Blowouts:

Big Blowouts for Spring 2012

I don’t know about you guys but I am loving this season’s hair for a few reasons…

  • I hate to wear my hair down in the Summer time; it’s just too hot for all  that! (I find it very gross to have hair sticking to my sweaty face and neck – don’t act like you don’t sweat!!!).
  • Convenience.  What’s quicker than throwing your hair in a ponytail or up-do and dashing out the door??!
  • When you hair is pulled back from your face it really allows your face to be on display – contoured cheek bones, cat eyes and bright lips for all to see!!

What’s great about these styles is that they aren’t your average slicked back ponytails or boring buns – they all have a new and modern twist that takes the style to a whole new level and add’s that “oomph” to your hair without very much effort or time from spent.

My personal favorite is the high bun – I can see myself wearing my hair like this EVERY DAY this Spring/Summer, especially on those humid days.

Check out this “How to” tutorial – very straight forward and easy (I plan on using it myself to achieve my high bun).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR0dAnF1SuY

Also try adding a turban or head band to your hair to mix things up or save time when you just don’t feel like doing your hair. 🙂

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Asos Aztec Knot Front Turban – $21.81

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ASOS Sunflower Headband – $14.51

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If you are loving these styles but need some tips on how to create them on your own hair check out YouTube for some great hair tutorials.  I also posted a few people I am subscribed to for some additional tips!

Are you feeling this season’s hair?  Which styles will be your go-to hair?

http://www.youtube.com/user/Naptural85?feature=watch

http://www.youtube.com/user/xGOLDn

http://www.youtube.com/user/colouredbeautiful

http://www.youtube.com/user/binosusume

http://www.youtube.com/user/tonidaley80

http://www.youtube.com/user/iknowlee

http://www.youtube.com/user/HairGirl247?ob=0

I’m always looking for different hair styles, especially during the spring summer. I went back to sporting my asymmetrical cut which is now an asymmetrical bob because of the significant hair growth from my 3 ½ months of protective styling. Here are some hairstyles that I absolutely loved this week!

 Solange: I posted a photo of Solange a few weeks ago with this luxurious mane of curls. I love big hair. This just looks amazing.

Monica: I wasn’t a fan of the ombre effect on hair because most people that had this look just looked messy. Ciara, Lala and a host of others are rocking this look with blonde. I love this hair style on Monica because of the auburn color. It is rich and probably not too damaging since the hair is not bleached.

Angela Bassett: Her short cut is perfect for the spring and summer. Although I am not interested in cutting my hair again I think this look suits her well.

Yaya Dacosta: I told you all I love big hair. Yaya is such a natural beauty and so this look is perfect for her. As long as the temperatures do not rise so quickly you can sport this look for a month or two. When it gets to hot I wouldn’t suggest such volume.

Last November I attended the launch of Beautiful Textures Intense Moisture, a new hairline geared toward mixed hair types (curly, kinky, wavy, frizzy). I answered a question correctly and won the entire hair care collection. This review will focus on the Moisture Butter since it is the product that I have used the most and can write an honest review about.

At the Beautiful Textures Launch the focus was mainly on the importance of keeping your hair moisturized. My hair was color treated and began breaking off because of the lack of moisture. It was very dry and brittle. So when I received the product I was excited to see if I could nurse my hair back to a healthier state.

Beautiful Textures Intense Moisture Butter

Enriched with Aloe Vera, Coconut, Olive, Soy, Argan Oil, Shea and Mango Butter

 Achieve amazing manageability and styling versatility for Curly, Wavy, Kinky-Coily or Frizzy hair. Get soft defined curls, bodacious bouncy spirals, and smooth silky tresses with this Intensive Moisture-Rich Formula for mixed textured hair.

Benefits:

  • Soften and Nourish Curls ~ Silken Waves
  • Elongate Kinky Coils ~ Tame Frizzies

Dry, brittle, thirsty hair stunts natural growth. To help ensure locks reach their full growth potential, refresh and hydrate your mixed textured hair every day with Moisture Butter.

 Moisture Butter helps maximize the styling options of mixed textured hair by helping achieve softer, more defined curls, healthier looking elongated coils, or simply silky-smooth hydrated hair.

My Thoughts

I really like the Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter. It does exactly what it says that it will do. My hair was colored in the front and broke off really badly from the lack of moisture. I applied a small amount of the the moisture butter and every morning and night sealed with oil and within a month my hair was starting to grow back. After I began this new process I changed my hair regimen which I will share with you at a later time. My roots (new growth) were very manageable and not brittle. My only issue was that if I applied too much my hair began to look limp and lifeless so it definitely use sparingly. After applying it to my nape and my edges I began applying it all over my head. When I applied it at night, I would wake up with such soft hair. I was very impressed. When it was time for a relaxer, I applied the moisture butter to my edges and my edges were tamed and smooth.

Pros

  1. Smell- it has a tropical smell that I really like
  2. Softens hair- my hair was noticeably softer after a few applications
  3. Price $6.99
  4. Smooths out edges.

 Cons

  1. If you apply to much it weighs your hair down
  2. Does not contain all natural products- this was a major concern for me now that I am nursing my hair back to a healthier state and trying to grow my hair out. Natural products are always best. Although many of the main ingredients are natural there is still a considerable amount of non-natural products in the moisture butter.

Scale of 1 to 5- I give this product a 3.8 (random I know lol) If it contained all natural products it would have been rated higher, but it does keep my hair moisturized but it is also a little heavy and weighs the hair down. Other than that it is great.

Beautiful Textures can be purchased online, at your nearest Sally’s Beauty Supply Store or many other local beauty supply stores across the country. Click here for more info.

I hope this was helpful!

Have you tried any products from this line?