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What is the Apple of My Eye? The Answer is You.

Posted by NI4TW on Feb 16, 2018 5:34:26 AM

This week we celebrated the various apples of our eyes—or our most cherished someone(s) —in observation of St. Valentine’s Day with heartfelt greeting cards, flowers, candy , teddy bears and dazzling dates out on the town or special evenings indoors. We usually think of Valentine’s Day as a celebration of romantic love but that doesn’t stop us from expressing love on the 14th for our family, friends and community.

For me, my community is very much the apple of my eye. And it’s this love for my community that constantly inspires to me to continue to innovate as I grow and build products in service of those who have naturally coily, curly, wavy and kinky hair. The way I feel about my community can best be described in this special kind of love poem written by the classic African American poet Marvin Wyche Jr.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Natural Hair Care Products, black history, black history month, black hair history, Marvin Wyche Jr., African American poets, Valentine's Day, apple of my eye, African American community, natural hair show, World Natural Hair Healthy Lifestyle Event, Atlanta hair show

The Past and Present of Addressing Itchy Scalp

Posted by NI4TW on Feb 5, 2018 7:32:31 PM

When I take a minute to look at the proliferation of the natural hair movement and the rise of the availability in products specifically suited to care for and manage naturally curly, coily, kinky and wavy hair, I am amazed. Historically, African-American hair care has come a long way and I am proud to have played a role in spearheading the efforts to respond to our beauty and care management needs. It’s also great to know that we are no longer separated from the knowledge or tools we need to care for our hair. Just thinking back to what the options for our hair care used to be always makes me appreciate where we are today.

 

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Natural Hair, Protective Styles, Transitioning, natural hair styling, natural hair moisturizer, Taliah Waajid, protective styling, prevent breakage, curly hair, coily hair, black history, black history month, black hair history

5 Interesting Historical Facts About Braiding

Posted by NI4TW on Feb 1, 2018 1:23:31 PM

My journey and career as a licensed Master Cosmetologist and Natural Hair Care Specialist began with hair braiding—which is perhaps one of the oldest and longest enduring ways to protectively style naturally curly, kinky and coily hair. In honor of Black History Month, I’d like to share with you a few fascinating facts about the history of braiding.

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Topics: Protective Styles, protective styling tools, cornrowing, african braiding, hair braiding, black history, black history month, Frances Harper, cornrows, black hair history

3 Key Ways to Protect Your Hairline When Wearing a Protective Style

Posted by NI4TW on Jan 28, 2018 5:20:16 PM

Image provided courtesy of @IAMCONNORRMRecently, I posted a video to Instagram sharing a few quick tips on how to take care of your hairline, or edges, while wearing protective styles. I shared three main ideas there on how to keep the finest and most fragile hair on your head healthy and growing—

1. Give direction on how you want your protective style installed.

2. Give your hair proper protection as well as a chance to rest.

3. Use products that will promote healthy hair growth.

Let’s delve a little more into these three points.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Protective Styles, natural hair styles, prevent natural hair loss, protective styling, prevent hair loss, natural hair moisture, hair strength, hair length retention, characteristics of healthy hair

Style Showcase: Naiv'asha Johnson's Fabulous Embellished High-Trio Braided Ponytail on Yara Shahidi

Posted by NI4TW on Jan 18, 2018 1:41:22 PM

Celebrity Stylist Naiv’asha Johnson just did us all a solid by sharing the 411 on how she styled Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi’s gorgeous ‘do  for the NAACP Image Awards using Taliah Waajid brand products.  Naiv’asha dubbed it the "Embellished High-Trio Braided Ponytail" and I am here for this beautiful look all day.  This elegant protective style can easily be worn for work, play or a night on the town and is super easy to do on medium to long hair. Here’s what Naiv’asha did to achieve Yara’s style:

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Topics: Natural Hair Care Products, Taliah Waajid, natural updos, leave in conditioner, protective styling tools, hair care tools, special occassion hair

Are You Properly Prepping Your Hair for Protective Styling?

Posted by NI4TW on Jan 12, 2018 12:46:38 PM

IMG_2010.jpgIf one of your resolutions is working out, then you know that a key part of exercise is your warm up. Warming up is important because it primes your body for vigorous activity so that you don’t hurt yourself; it readies your respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, musculoskeletal and nervous systems to adapt with ease to the physical exertion ahead.  My Protective Styles line does the exact same favor for your hair by priming it to withstand the wear and tear of styling.

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Topics: prevent natural hair loss, protective styling, natural hair moisture, hair care tools, healthy hair

5 Key Tips to Keep Your Hair Rockin' While You Work Out

Posted by NI4TW on Jan 5, 2018 3:25:33 PM

The first week of 2018 is over and I’m sure you’ve been hitting the gym like clockwork to work on that New Year’s resolution of healthier eating and exercise…or something like that. I'm definitely guilty of hot starts and cold finishes, so just remember to pace yourself and take your time. Focus more on a healthy lifestyle change instead of that diet or gym routine because you may fall off, and that’s okay. I totally understand how adapting to a new fitness routine can have its challenges but I’m here to tell you that your hair doesn’t have to be one of them. Don’t avoid being your best self just because you’re afraid your ‘do won’t hold up. Here are five tips to keep your hair looking right while you work on the rest.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Hair Care Products, Natural Hair Care Products, moisturizing natural hair, health, exercise, working out with natural hair, fitness

How to Eat Better for Optimal Hair Health

Posted by NI4TW on Dec 21, 2017 8:01:22 PM

With the holiday season in full swing, comfort food-eating is in full effect too. Workday potlucks. Company Christmas parties. Family dinners. Weekend holiday gatherings. Everywhere you turn there is pasta, cakes, pies, cookies, soda, wine, cocktails and lots of other “goodies.” And let’s not forget the fast food you might grab while holiday shopping. All of these foods are delicious and are a big part of celebrating the season—so I understand how difficult it can be to completely avoid them. While moderate and smaller helpings here and there are perfectly fine, there are many reasons your hair would appreciate collard greens, greens beans, salads, fruit platters and green tea instead.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Natural Hair, Taliah Waajid, hair strength, healthy hair, healthy food for hair, dieting for hair

5 Characteristics of Strong, Healthy Coily, Curly & Wavy Hair

Posted by NI4TW on Dec 14, 2017 1:01:20 PM

When hair is healthy, it is the ultimate accessory in and of itself. It doesn’t necessarily need to be whipped into some gorgeous updo or decorated with ornate barrettes. Healthy hair does what it is supposed to with little to no fuss—it simply looks good as is. Many believe that long hair is indicative of healthy hair, and that simply is not true. Long hair can be damaged hair.  Healthy hair, no matter its length, has several telltale signs.

 Healthy hair is soft to the touch. A healthy head of hair feels luxuriously good. It does not feel rough, dry or brittle. It is practically irresistible to touch. In fact, it’s hard not to want to play in a head of healthy hair all day.

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Topics: Natural Hair Care, Relaxed Hair, Natural Hair, Hair Care Products, texlaxed hair, curly hair, coily hair, healthy hair, strong hair, characteristics of healthy hair, wavy hair, signs of healthy hair

Style Showcase: Holiday Hairstyling Featuring Roller Setting, the Super Curly Faux Hawk & the Piled-High Ponytail

Posted by NI4TW on Dec 6, 2017 1:26:02 PM

Christmas and Kwanzaa are fast approaching. Besides searching for the perfect gifts for family and friends, there will be tons of parties and get-togethers to attend. Naturally, the big question is how are you going to wear your hair? We have a couple of ideas below showcased by the lovely Jori Chioma which can work for medium to long hair length. I absolutely love how Jori has the spiral curl styling game on lock. Just look at those curls. Beautiful, shiny, voluminous. That's what I'm talking about!

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Topics: Natural Hair, protective styling, special occassion hair, crinkles and curls, roller setting, roller set, faux hawk, spiral curls, ponytail, holiday hairstyles, style showcase

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