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Too often, hair accessories get a bad rap and are accused of causing damage to hair. One of the primary suspects is the headband. As a hair accessory designer and natural, I embrace opportunities to educate other fellow naturals on what to look for when purchasing and styling with hair accessories. So for the record, it's not the headband that's the problem. It’s the misuse of it, bad fit, or material used to create it that’s an issue.
As naturals, we must be mindful of protecting our hairline when choosing hair accessories. We all desire those perfect flat edges. Often times we use too tight ties, bands, or scrunchies to achieve this look, which cause damage to our hairline. I recommend using hair care products to lay down your edges and not hair accessories.
So how do we know if our hair accessory is a proper fit? The accessory doesn’t hurt - our headbands should not cause pain or headaches. Many people experience headband headaches, because their hair accessory is too tight. Headaches caused by headbands are known as external compression headaches that are the result of continuous pressure on forehead, scalp, and behind the ears.
Naturals need to also avoid headbands created with fabrics that will cause friction with textured hair and dry out the hair. Course fabrics, such as tweed, can cause friction and lead to breakage. Some cotton fabrics have a tendency to dry out hair as well. Many naturals already struggle with dry hair and there is no need to further contribute to the dryness. Softer fabrics with a smooth finish like satin are better suited for naturals because they don't cause friction or dryness.
Adjustable headbands are a great solution for headband headaches because they allow the wearer to adjust and control the amount of tension placed on their head. Also, being able to control the tension protects the hairline from stress. In addition to adjusting headband tension, we should always moisturizer our hair before wearing hair accessories. This too will minimize damage to our hair. As naturals, we can safely rock a cute headband and save our edges at the same time!
Tonya Cross - Hair Accessory Expert | Accessory Designer | Natural Hair Enthusiast
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Our visionary, Tonya Cross, is now a regular contributor to Dear Curl Friend. Dear Curl Friend is a digital platform for women to connect about their natural hair and receive beauty tips. See excerpt from her article below titled "The Three H’s for Fall – Headwraps, Hair Cuffs, and Headbands".
Fall is upon us and soon the leaves will be changing colors! The changing of seasons also brings an opportunity to dress our natural tresses with hair accents. For Fall accessorizing, I recommend the three H’s – Head wraps, Hair Cuffs, and Headbands! Click here to read why these are great Fall accessories.
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Accented Glory is highlighting our Fall designs this month. These natural hair friendly designs will be great accents for your Fall look. What makes our designs natural hair friendly? Accented Glory has three requirements for our hair accents: fabric, fit, and durability.
Naturals need to avoid fabrics that will cause friction with textured hair and dry out hair. Coarse fabrics such as tweed can cause friction with textured hair and lead to breakage. Some cotton fabrics has a tendency to dry out hair. Many naturals already struggle with dry hair and there is no need to further contribute to the dryness. Softer fabrics with a smooth finish like satin are better suited for naturals because it don't cause friction or dryness.
As naturals, we must also be mindful of protecting our hairline when choosing hair accessories. We all desire those perfect flat edges with the baby hair. Often time we use too tight ties, bands, or scrunchies to achieve this look, all along causing damage to our hairline. Unfortunately, hair accessories get a bad rap because we choose to wear too tight styles. How do you know if your hair accessory is a proper fit? It doesn’t hurt. Your hair accessory should not cause pain or headaches; it should be a comfortable fit. We recommend using hair care products to lay down your edges and not hair accessories. We're for team save your edges!
Another feature that naturals should look for in hair accessories is durability. The hair care regimens of naturals includes various oils. These oils can breakdown many adhesives and rubber materials used to create hair accessories. The less rubber and adhesives used to create the hair accent the better! The hair accessory will last longer and endure natural hair care.
Accented Glory's Fall designs meets all the requirements mentioned above! Shop at our online store to purchase designs.
The last feature that naturals should look for in hair accessories is style. At Accented Glory, we’re aware that everyone has their own unique style. With style, there are three factors of influence: taste, age, and look.
Taste – Whether you're a flower child or like bling we have something for you. Our Floral Hairpins are perfect for updos or a side swoop style. For our earthy naturals, we have our Cowrie Shell Headband and shell Hair Cuff designs to accent your locs, braids, or twists. Our Rhinestone and Bohemian Headbands add just enough bling to accent your style and not take over. Our accessories allow your beautiful tresses to be the main attraction.
Age – At Accented Glory we believe that you’re NEVER too old for hair accessories! One never age out of style; it’s just a matter of finding hair accessories that fits your personality. If you LOVE hair accessories or considering using accessories to accent your natural style, remember age is just a number. EXPRESS YOURSELF!
Look – With our accessories you can go from elegant to casual; the look you create depends upon the hair style you choose. Our accessories are very versatile and can be worn numerous ways. For example, our head wraps are 14" x 72", which provides various style options (see slide show below). Multiple styles from a single product are a plus!
Whatever your taste, age or look you want to achieve, Accented Glory has something for you! Our designs were created with naturals in mind. Shop at our online store for the style that works for you!
Regaining and maintaining hairline edges is all the “buzz” in the natural hair community. As Naturals, we must be mindful when choosing hair accessories to protect our hairline. We don’t want to choose accessories that can damage our hair. Accented Glory’s blog series of best hair accessory features for Naturals will assist in choosing proper accents.
We all desire those “fleek” edges with the baby hair and lying flat. Often time we use too tight ties, bands, or scrunchies to achieve this look, all along causing damage to our hairline. Unfortunately, hair accessories get a bad rap because we choose to wear too tight styles.
How do you know if your hair accessory is a proper fit? It doesn’t hurt. Your hair accessory should not cause pain or headaches; it should be a comfortable fit. Our adjustable headbands at our online store allows you to control the tension. You avoid headband headaches and protect your edges with our hair accessory design. With Accented Glory’s designs you can be stylish without pain and keep your edges.
Cierra has been a part of Accented Glory since its launch in June 2013. Outside of being an "Accessory Diva", she's a college graduate who desires to pursue a career in law.