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When I was first introduced to shea butter by a friend, it was presented to me as the "and all be all" hair care product right up there with coconut oil. I've been using it on my hair lately and it has inspired me to write about it. A few questions came to mind: What is shea butter? Where does it come from? How can it be used?
After some extensive research, I found that shea butter is defined as a fatty substance obtained from the nuts of the shea tree, used chiefly in cosmetic skin preparations. Shea trees are found in East and West tropical Africa. The shea butter comes from two oily kernels within the shea tree seed. After the kernel is removed from the seed, it is ground into a powder and boiled in water. The butter then rises to the top of the water and becomes solid.
According to WebMD, shea butter can be used for just about anything skin related from eczema to acne. So, how did shea butter become a go to hair care product? Our scalp is skin that needs to be nourished too. A healthy scalp can produce beautiful kinky, coily, and curly hair.
Before I began using shea butter, I looked for content on how I could best use it for my own hair. To remedy my dry hair woes, I use shea butter as my cream in my L.O.C. (liquid, oil, cream) method. I personally like to cut out extra steps when doing my hair, so I mix my oils with the butter. The butter act as a carrier for the oils. Shea butter helps to lock the oils deeper into my hair and roots. I've really been loving the results; my hair stays moisturized longer, feels soft and looks healthy.
Have you used shea butter in your hair care regimen? What were/are your results?
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Cierra - AKA Accessory Diva
As the natural hair community has grown, there has also been an increase of YouTube videos, channels, and sense of community in the YouTube world. And I am all here for it. I've watched tutorials for everything from learning new wrap styles to enhancing hair styles I already have down pat. I'm definitely an advocate for learning new things, but a recent experience had a naturalista doubting if YouTube tutorials can truly help you to master different styles.
The faux goddess locs are the hot new trend that many ladies are rocking and I wanted to be summertime fine. I headed straight to YouTube to look for all the videos I could find on how to do individual crochet locs. After my 3rd video I was like hell yeah, I got this style down pat. After too many trials and errors and two trips to the beauty supply store I soon learned a lesson that I feel a lot of women have had to come to terms with...hairstylist go to school for a reason! While I may be my own personal hairstylist; I am no professional.
I say all this to say that YouTube tutorials can be very helpful, but we also have to assess our own skills. If you know you can't braid, then chile don't be mad when your crochet style looks a mess after a few days. Don't fall victim to a case of what I wanted versus what I got, because you overestimated your skills girl. Always apply the Golden rule when attempting new styles with YouTube tutorials... practice makes perfect!
Cierra - Accessory Diva
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent feature Tacheyana! She's a hair and lifestyle blogger. Read below to find out what being different means to her!
To me, being different means being a leader. In today’s society people follow trends to stay popular. I, for one, do not. I don’t give into the hype of materialistic items. Instead, I do what makes me happy. I’m at my happiest state when my curls are flowing free. My untamed mane give me a sense of empowerment, as if I could conquer the world. - Tacheyana
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent natural hair feature is Stella! She is an Ugandan Journalist and Fashion/Life Style Blogger.
I am a kink type, and bit by bit I am learning how to take care of my months old natural hair.
Though my hair is coarse, with few hairstylists who have a working knowledge of how to care for kink hair.
I do pride about having made the decision to go natural.
I love the thick, and healthy look. I do experiment with various styles too, from afro dreads, Bantu knots, one level kink hair do, twists, and more.
Majority of people in my country believe that wearing natural hair is a sign of poverty, but I rock it knowing it is a sign of African woman liberation and power.
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Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent natural hair campaign feature Toiia! She is a Mommy/Life Style Blogger and Pinterest Marketing Strategy coach.
Being Different means being everything that God created you to be,
and living for HIS glory! I can do all things through
Christ who strengthens me! - Toiia
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Mother of the world http://motheroftheworld.net
Accented Glory has kicked off our #BeDifferent campaign with Accented Glory Naturals Facebook Group content curator Lorna! Lorna is a natural hair enthusiast whose specialty is locs and loc care. She's an amazing creative who wrote a #BeDifferent Haiku!
My natural self
Challenges accepted norms.
Those "norms" then conform.
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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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Accented Glory Fam, do you have that favorite winter hat that you're unsure about wearing because you're afraid the fabric may cause some damage to your natural hair? Or you're cautious when wearing it, but is tired of having to remember to put on a satin cap first? Well, NO MORE WORRIES...I Got You!
Check out my NEW video tutorial below on how to make your hat natural hair friendly! You can find more tips/advice on styling with and purchasing hair accessories in my styling e-guide that's available on Etsy. Visit my Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/AccentedGlory to purchase and download my e-guide!
Tonya - Visionary of Accented Glory
Hi Accented Glory Fam! Do you have a hair goal for 2018? Do you want to take better care of your hair in the new year? If you answered YES to at least one of these questions, I want to invite you to join Accented Glory's Hair Goal Challenge! The challenge is taking place in our Facebook natural hair group Accented Glory Naturals. Below is a quick video that outlines the structure of our group challenge. Click here to join the challenge and let's make 2018 an Epic Year!
Tonya - Visionary of Accented Glory
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 "4 Tips For A Healthy Scalp".
In 2014, the Accented Glory Naturals Facebook group hosted a healthy scalp challenge. Healthy scalp is the foundation of healthy hair. Like a vegetable garden needs good soil to produce good crops; a healthy scalp yields healthy hair.
Properly caring for your scalp can also be beneficial for your overall health. Scalp care is relaxing and relieves tension. Check out 4 questions at Dear Curl Friend that we answered for our Facebook group members from the challenge!
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.