Did anyone make it to New Orleans for the Essence Music Fest last weekend? Sofn’free’s sister brand Nothing But sponsored the Afrobella on her trip – we’ll be sharing her trip, full of music, celebrity interviews, and beauty-goodness! Our own Will Williams was be on the scene too, sharing his beauty expertise with all the ladies at the fest!
From miss Afrobella herself: Look out for recaps, gorgeous photos galore and lots of tweets about what’s happening as it happens. And if you see me in the streets of New Orleans, say hello!
Your hair is a part of your journey. Still learning how to care for your relaxed hair, or trying to transition to natural? Sofn’free put together a series of videos for the products and technique to help! Will Williams, the Hair Whisperer himself, helped 6 ladies learn to care for their hair.
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I loooovveee going swimming and it’s just about that time again. I have two thngs going on though – 1) I have a blonde-ish hair color and 2) my hair tangles easy. I have to prepare for swimming just as anyone should!! You have to be prepared for the water and the sun!
So what should you do? I know you want to just jump in the pool but that’s not a good idea. Prepare your hair. You should coat your hair with conditioner before jumping in the pool. If you have colored hair, you may want to use a product that is specific to your hair color; otherwise you can use any moisturizing conditioner.
From there if you have hair that tangles easily, I would suggest putting your hair in a couple of braids and then pinning them in an updo (I know it’s not cute, but your hair will thank you later!). Keeping the hair in a managed hairstyle will help you when you are done. You can also opt for a swim cap (even more not cute unfortunately) that will get the job done of protecting your hair from the water. From my experience, swim caps generally don’t really keep your hair dry but do cut down on the amount of water that gets on your hair.
Either way, after you’re done taking a dip, rinse your hair immediately. You want to get all of the chlorine or salt out of your hair with shampoo and you want to condition properly. This is great if you don’t swim a lot. If you swim a lot, you may want to try some protective styles like twists or braids with or without extensions. This will save the headache of having to continuously detangle. With braids or twists, you should still take the same steps but with less work.
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I am your stereotypical mid-twenties black woman! Basically, I’m trying to figure out what I want out of life, love – and most importantly, my HAIR. Who knew it would be so hard to find a style, length and color to commit to? I guess I have commitment issues.
To know me is to know my hair story. I was naturalista in the early phases; you know, getting my hair straightened in front of the stove only on Easter and School Picture day. Many a time, I took my pictures with a few burns on my ears. At the age of seven, my “best friend” got a relaxer and I wanted one too. All was fine and dandy for a year, until my mom was comfortable enough to drop me off to get the infamous chemical straightener. Without her supervision, the hairstylist left the relaxer on too long. I ended up edgeless.
Most of my 5th and 6th grade career was spent trying to revamp my hair. I did box braids, micro braids, cornrows and many other styles (all while still receiving relaxers). Eventually my hair grew back to a length that I could accept. I never stopped getting relaxers: I went to college with a relaxer, got relaxers throughout my pregnancy and until my daughter was 5 years old I continued to get relaxers.
The downside was that I was not convinced I needed a hair stylist. After all, it was a hair stylist that aided in the demise of my gorgeous locks. Home relaxers were my best friends, until one day in 2011 when I went to get a trim and the stylist cut all my hair off. I was devastated. I had an event coming up the next week, so I resorted to a sew in (my very first one of course). After I removed that, I remained relaxer free and continued cutting until the relaxer was gone. However, I still straighten my hair bi-weekly. I workout and have to straighten or be forced to wear the dreaded ponytail.
Now, even after all the hard work of transitioning, I want my chemicals BACK. How is that for lack of commitment? A year in and I am ready to feel the slight tingle that you receive when the relaxer has worked. My thoughts are if you are natural, own it; if you are relaxed, own it. Taking care of your hair doesn’t mean you are relaxed or natural. How I wear my hair doesn’t define me, although it does have the ability to alter my mood. What is more exciting than my story, is going on this journey with you all. Hopefully you can help me decide where this love affair will end.