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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Our visionary has answered another question from "Ask Our Visionary"! Check out her recommends to a fellow natural that's experiencing problems with her headwrap. Click AOV to submit a question to her and she'll answer your question in a blog post on Accessory Diva!
Too often hair accessories get a bad rap and are accused of causing hair damage and pain. As a hair accessory designer and a natural, I embrace opportunities to educate other fellow naturals on what to look for in hair accessories. So for the record, it's not the hair accessory per se that's the problem, but the misuse of it, bad fit, and materials used to create it is the culprit. As naturals, we must be mindful of protecting our hair and avoiding pain when choosing hair accessories.
When styling with hair accessories, the first thing I recommend is making sure your hair is properly moisturized before applying accessories. I know, I know headwraps are our go to for bad hair days! I get that but, that doesn't give you a pass on caring for your hair. Moisturizing your hair protects it from dryness and breakage. It also acts as a safeguard against fabric of headwraps.
So, how do we know if our hair accessory is a proper fit? It doesn’t hurt; our headwraps should not cause pain or headaches. Many people experience headaches, because their hair accessory is too tight. Headaches caused by accessories are known as external compression headaches that are the result of continuous pressure on forehead, scalp, or behind the ears. To relieve the pressure I recommend loosening the headwrap; find that line between snug and comfortable. Also, lessening the amount of tension from headwraps protects the hairline from stress. If you're concerned about your headwrap slipping, you can secure it with bobby pins.
Naturals need to also avoid headwraps created with fabrics that will cause friction with textured hair and dry out hair. Often times naturals use scarves as headwraps. Most scarves are designed for warmth and are created with coarse tight woven fabrics. Course fabrics such as tweed and wool can cause friction 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 lighter fabrics like linen or cotton gauze (a "good" cotton) are better suited for naturals because they don't cause friction or dryness. They are also open weave fabrics which allows airflow and the scalp to breathe under headwrap.
We should always moisturizer our hair before wearing any hair accessories; this minimize damage to textured hair. You control the tension of your headwrap so, lessening the tension avoids pain and also protects your hairline. Be mindful of the fabrics you use to wrap your hair with; all scarves and headwraps are not created equal. To sum it up, your bad hair day don't have to mean bad news for your beautiful natural tresses!
Tonya - Accented Glory Visionary
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Accented Glory kicked off "Ask Our Visionary"! Below is our visionary's third answer. Click AOV to submit a question to her and she'll answer your question in a blog post on Accessory Diva!
I have received my first video request! I was asked to create a video tutorial of a head wrap style.
Tonya - Accented Glory Visionary
Accented Glory has kicked off "Ask Our Visionary"! Below is our visionary's FIRST question. Click AOV to submit a question to her and she'll answer your question in a blog post on Accessory Diva!
How can naturals who wear short hair use Accented Glory hair accessories?
From brush cuts to TWA's (teeny weeny afros), Accented Glory hair accessories embrace all lengths and can be worn by anyone. Our headbands and head wraps are great hair accents for brush cut naturals. TWA's can rock our headbands, floral hairpins, and head wraps.
Narrow headbands (1" or less) worn slightly behind hairline looks best with short hair. Select printed fabric, feathered, and jeweled headbands to dress up your look. Short haired naturals can also rock narrow headbands bohemian style around the forehead!
When selecting floral hairpins, short haired naturals should choose a moderate sized flower. Remember hair accessories are accents; your natural hair is beautiful, so it should be the main attraction! If you're not allergic, natural flowers are a nice touch. Artificial flowers can be used for both a casual or dressy look. My favorite is printed petals. They allow you to express your style and personality. Accented Glory will be adding back our floral hairpins to our online store in the Spring!
Head wraps come in a variety of sizes and don't have to cover your entire head. Someone with a brush cut could rock a bandana as a head wrap. Naturals with TWA's can use a scarf as a head wrap and tie it behind their hairline, exposing some hair in front.
Shop at Accented Glory's online store to find hair accents perfect for short hair!
Tonya - Accented Glory Visionary
Check out Cynthykay Obi YouTube video below that shows how to style your TWA with hair accessories! Cynthykay Obi is a fashion, beauty, natural hair, and lifestyle vblogger. Be sure to subscribe to her channel!
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!
Cierra has been a part of Accented Glory since its launch in June 2013. Outside of being an "Accessory Diva", she's a millennial who's currently navigating adulthood. Click Not One Of Your Little Friends to check out her podcast!