Kinks, Curls, & Locs Guide
A guide for understanding, learning about & caring for your kinks, curls, or locs! Click the images below to Learn More Information.
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Parabens are widely used preservatives that prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. Sounds good, right? Not so fast, they do more than that. Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers. You can also find them in food and pharmaceutical products.
#2 Synthetic Colors
If you take a look at your product label and notice FD&C or D&C, they represent artificial colors. F — representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, a skin irritant and are linked to ADHD in children. The European Classification and Labeling considers it a human carcinogen and the European Union has banned it.
A group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products...... ( Read More Here)
There’s nothing more beautiful than a crown of healthy natural hair. So if you’ve ever had a case of bad breakage, then you know it can be a total bummer. Brittle, damaged hair gets in the way of length retention, weakens strands, and limits your style versatility. Definitely not a good look. Luckily, breakage isn’t the end of the world. If you find yourself in a tangled mess, these tips will help get your kinks and curls back on track.
#1 Get Frequent Trims
While haircuts don't make your hair grow any faster, they get rid of split ends that break your hair. Eliminating the breakage gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster. After all, a split end that breaks can lead to your hair losing length — not to mention shine, volume, and smoothness.
#2 Spread Your Natural Sebrum
Sebum is a natural oil that helps to sustain the quality of hair, and is often regarded as nature’s ultimate conditioner, while also helping to protect each hair strand. Produced and secreted by the sebaceous glands located all over the scalp (and body), Sebum is then transported from the hair follicles at the root of the hair, all the way down through the hair shaft at a slow rate.Spread the wealth that is your hair's natural oil. Use a bristle brush to distribute your scalp's oils evenly onto your hair so it stays naturally moisturized.
#3 Do a Root to End Test
Keep your scalp healthy. Think of your hair like a tree: If the soil and roots aren't taken care of, the tree can't grow tall and solid. When you cleanse and treat your scalp with healthy ingredients.... (Read More Here)
TYPE 3 HAIR
3a hair has well defined loopy curls.
3b hair curls are well defined with less space between each bend and curve than 3a hair. The texture may be coarse and dense.
3c hair as a defined corkscrew shape and has the smallest space between the bends in the hair strand of all the type 3 hair types.
TYPE 4 HAIR
4a hair has a defined curl pattern almost like a “s” shape. Generally speaking it retains moisture fairly well, but as with most curly hair types can still be prone to dryness.
4b hair has a “z” shape pattern and has a more fluffy cottony appearance. Due to the bends and curves in the hair strand it is highly susceptible to dryness and breakage. This hair type shrinks up to 70% so without stretching out the hair it will appear shorter than it actually is.
4c hair looks similar to 4b hair type only it is more tightly coiled. In its raw state (no products added and freshly washed) it does not have a defined curl pattern. Coils have to be defined by either twisting, braiding, or shingling through the strands. Many 4c naturals have shrinkage up to 70% or more. So while your hair may be 10 inches long it may appear like you only have 3 inches of hair if you do not stretch your hair out. It is the most fragile hair type. Avoid daily manipulation (combing/brushing) giving hair less chances to break off.
It’s quite common for us to have more than one texture in our hair. Your edges may be 4b while the majority of your hair is 4a type. Or you may have 4a hair with some 3c strands for example. Remember no two heads of hair are alike. Hair type systems are good for learning about your hair or what could potentially be best for it, but they are by no means an absolute standard. Use it as guidance and always go by what you know works best for your hair.