Comfortable, Stylish, and Natural Hair Friendly Designs
Accented Glory listens to our fans, followers, and customers! Many complaints against hair accessories, especially headbands, is that the constant tension cause headaches. Headband tightness also place stress on hairline edges. Our goal to provide quality designs lead us to our design station. We asked how can we resolve these problems?
Accented Glory's solution is stylish adjustable headband designs that allow our customers to control the tension! Not only did we solve the problems of tension headache and hairline stress, but we took it to the next level and used materials that don't cause damage to kinky, coily, and curly hair. Our Double Cowrie Shell Headband is our latest design and is created with satin ribbon. Accented Glory's African Print Headband designs are also satin lined. Satin lined headband designs don't dry out or cause breakage to natural hair.
Our adjustable headband designs are also created with closed knit elastic. When the elastic is stretched you don't have to worry about your hair getting caught in the elastic. Having natural hair friendly designs are very important to us. Plus we're team Save The Edges!
Is avoiding headband headaches and wearing natural hair friendly designs important to you too? We got you covered! Check out Accented Glory's handcrafted designs on Amazon.
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Cierra - AKA Accessory Diva
Accented Glory (AG) has built an amazing network within the natural hair community! We have many curlfriends that manage brands, businesses, and organizations. Sade of Sprinkled By Nature (SBN) and Safiya Lotus Holistic Care is a part of our natural hair brand network. Read below to learn more about her brand.
AG: Please introduce yourself and tell us who you are.
SBN: My name is Sade` J. Sprinkle. I am 23 years old and currently an undergraduate speech pathology student at SC State. I have struggled with eczema, dry skin, bruises, dark acne marks, painful menstrual cycles, ovarian cysts, frequent yeast infections—just like some of you. I love all things concerning self-love and self-care. I commonly state that there is medicine in every plant, herb, fruit, and vegetable for our healing. I love to take a holistic approach to things that commonly affect us all. Although I am studying pathology, I plan to further my education in the research and practice of holistic medicine. I’m particularly interested in teaching black women and youth about the importance of our womb and the power that it holds. It is important to me to promote womb awareness due to the constant attack on the black womb. I enjoy speaking to women about alternatives to the products we use daily, monthly, and occasionally as women. I enjoy speaking with queens who are new to the natural route as well as queens who practice more holistic lifestyles.
AG: We love your passion for learning and sharing your knowledge! Now tell us about your natural hair journey.
SBN: I don’t remember the first time I had my hair relaxed, but I do know that relaxers played a huge role in my childhood. I remember my hair being so “course” that my mom would use the Super strength perm for my “tender” head. I learned from the early on to dislike my hair in its natural state. I wanted so bad for my hair to be silky straight so it wouldn’t need to be blow dried and hot combed. Looking back now, I realize that my dislike for my hair was not just internal. It showed externally in my dried, heat-damaged, and unconditioned hair. I didn’t know then that my body is my temple and my hair is my crown. During my freshman year in college, I decided to do my “big chop.” I remember feeling like a burden was being lifted as my damaged hair I had loathed so long fell to the floor. In the days and weeks following my big chop, I saw myself in a way I had never seen before. I looked in the mirror at myself with short curly fro and fell in love. If you’ve never heard it: When a lady cuts her hair, a change is coming. In the midst of my journey, I ended up going through life’s tests as we all do. When I felt that I was ready to get to heal and get myself to a better place, I decided to get my locs
started; and this is when the real journey began. I always say that the term “natural hair journey” is so fitting. I love my locs and would not prefer my hair any other way because they have grown with me. My locs are all natural which means I had to go through what some people call the “ugly phase.” During the time when my locs were short, I poured love into them and nurtured them with plant based products (made by me of course). They show me each day how with time and dedication, we can grow through what we go through.
AG: The Natural Hair Movement has created a more conscious consumer. Many desire to return to their African roots, support black owned businesses, and purchase natural products. Tell us more about your brand Sprinkled By Nature, LLC and how it came to be.
SBN: My brand developed during a tough time in my life. I went through a period where I was placing other people’s worth above my own. Prior to this experience, I had been such a pure person, and it was clear that this situation had caused me to lose myself. I felt myself slipping away, and I wanted to catch it—I wanted to heal myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. My brand was developed through much fasting, praying, and meditation. I’ve always loathed my “coarse” hair, so I
figured I would start there. The “natural” products on the shelves just didn’t work for me, so I decided to start mixing my own hair oils. I used my oils for months, and noticed my hair regenerating and growing softer and stronger each day. My eczema has always been a huge insecurity and aggravation for me. So, I concocted a mixture to tone my skin and tame my eczema. After weeks, people were complimenting my skin, and complimenting my hair texture. They were even asking me what I was using. And so, while I was healing and pouring into myself with meditation, self-love and plant medicine, the people around me were also healing and pouring into me with compliments. That’s when I knew it.. This had to be the light at the end of the tunnel. I bottled up my hair and skin oils and gave them away to people who had issues with eczema, dry skin/hair, dark spots, etc. Over the course of weeks, I watched their skin and hair regenerate. It was so beautiful to see their love for themselves begin to blossom. When I noticed that these products helped my people look and feel like royalty, I knew that this was my calling. There is no better feeling to me than seeing a queen or king glow and grow with my products. I know now that when I went through my dark place, I was
only being planted. And with self-love, the love of my people, and getting myself back to nature, in 2016 Sprinkled By Nature bloomed.
AG: We are huge fans of holistic wellness and discovered on your website that you provide additional services! Tell us more about Safiya Lotus Holistic Care and the services you provide.
SBN: Safiya Lotus currently provides yoni steaming services. Yoni (vaginal) steaming is beneficial for women who have painful or irregular menstrual cycles, ovarian cysts, fibroids, PCOS, endometriosis, and more. It is the act of sitting over a
container of steaming herbs and allowing the herb’s medicinal steam to enter the vagina. We provide yoni steaming sessions as well as womb awareness talk. We provide yoga sessions, and book individual and group yoni steaming sessions.
AG: We love the fact that you use your brand and services to also educate! Why is this important to you?
SBN: There is a lot that I would have done differently had I known better. Most of our parents and grandparents only teach us what they know, and most of them have not learned about the healing benefits of plants. I have been blessed with the urge to seek knowledge, and to whom much is given much is expected. I learned and always say that the difference between ignorance and stupidity is that ignorance is when you’re unaware of something, and stupidity is when you know better, but you still choose to act as if you don’t. I realize that most our people aren’t really into doing research. I happen to like research. Therefore, I feel it is my responsibility to share the knowledge that I gain with my community, especially my African community.
AG: Is there anything else you would like to share with our audience?
SBN: Herbal teas and herbal bath soaks are coming soon to Safiya Lotus! We offer individual as well as group yoni steaming sessions. We also offer yoga sessions as well as womb wellness speaking events. Please contact us via website or social media for any questions and to book.
Website: www.getsprinkledbynature IG: @sprinkledbynature @safiyalotus FB: @sprinkledbynature
Accented Glory (AG) has built an amazing network within the natural hair community! We have many curlfriends that manage brands, businesses, and organizations that are members of our Facebook Group Accented Glory Naturals. Liz Girolamo (LG) of Tee-Owels and Ethnic Hair Forum is a part of our natural hair brand support system. We collaborated with her on a recent Instagram Giveaway she hosted. Check out our Naturals In Business feature on Liz below. **This blog post contains affiliate links. Click here for Accented Glory's Affiliate's Disclosure.**
AG: Please introduce yourself and tell Accented Glory readers who you are.
LG: Hi! My name is Liz Girolamo, I’m an entrepreneur, marketer, content creator, esthetician and natural hair care enthusiast from New York. I’m of afro-latina descent with type 4C hair, and the owner of Tee-Owels – The Ideal T-shirt Hair Towel for Curlies.
AG: For many naturals, their hair journey has been a catalyst for so many things! Tell us about your natural hair journey.ll
us about your natural hair journey.
LG: I began my healthy hair journey at 22 years old. It was 2011, I was in college, and I had just started exploring and applying my knowledge of SKIN care to my hair care routine. But first, a little background -- Growing up I was adopted, and I never knew a thing about how to take care of my hair. My parents had straight hair, and although they tried relentlessly to help me & take me to people who could help me, I really struggled with my hair and spent a lot of time crying over the damage. It didn’t help that back then ethnic hair options were extremely limited and the internet was virtually non-existent. Everything I did to my hair seemed to ruin it: Brushing it, washing it, drying it, dying it - and I just couldn’t figure out how to manage it! So, like many curly & afro women I turned to relaxers, extensions, wigs, hoods, anything to cover it up for years. Thankfully, in 2010, the early years of the natural hair movement, I started to explore and apply my schooling and knowledge of skin care (esthetics) to my hair care routine. Only then I realized the link between skin and hair health. One big thing about skin is that it needs moisture to stay JUICY. It sounds funny, but moisture is really a KEY component to having healthy and lively skin and hair, and this little piece of knowledge was a game-changer for me. So, I started experimenting with essential oils and water based moisturizing products. This coupled with taking protective measures were key for my natural hair journey and helped me grow my hair down my back. As a skin specialist, being able to characterize my hair as a dry hair type (like a dry skin type) made me realize the science of texture and find solutions to breakage and dryness. My hair wasn’t “bad” it was misunderstood! I wished someone had explained to me that my hair was breaking because the nature of its texture makes it difficult for natural oils to slide down the strand to the tips.
AG: You have a unique natural hair product! Tell us more about your brand Tee-Owels and how it came to be.
LG: Tee-Owels, like so many products, came to be out of necessity and need for innovation. I was using t-shirts to dry my hair until I had a lightbulb moment and realized that I shouldn’t have to. There should be a nice hair towel product designed just for women of color’s unique hair needs. Now there is an awesome hair towel for them – the Tee-Owel. It falls under the category of protective hair care. The soft t-shirt material reduces breakage and frizz, and is 100% curl-conscious so we can achieve our hair goals with ease. I see future generations of curly and kinky haired women having this accommodation. To me, if everyone understood the need for a Tee-Owel than that means they understand their own hair type and what works and what doesn’t. I’d be thrilled knowing that less young women felt lost as I did growing up about their hair, so a huge part of our company and what we do is dedicated to education. Our logo is an adorable curly haired owl wearing her own hair t-shirt hair towel. I thought of this when I was combining the words t-shirt and towel into “Tee-Owel”. Each towel is called an “Owel” in our world. And each Owel helps protect your hair!
AG: We're a huge fan of sharing knowledge among the natural hair community. Tell me more about Ethnic Hair Forum.
LG: Ethnic Hair Forum (EHF) was my first social media experiment. I was in college studying women and gender studies, and I was full of relief to learn that others thought and felt the way I did & I was empowered and very passionate about building a community centered around information – again helping those who like myself felt lost with their hair. What really set us apart at first was how information, and education oriented it was – not another “hair inspo” page. There’s so much to share on the topic, and the response to it was great.
AG: We see a connection between Tee-Owels and Ethnic Hair Forum. Why is it important for you to provide a product that educates and resolve a natural hair concerns?
LG: There is absolutely a connection. EHF, at first, was to morph into EHCO (Ethnic Hair Care Options), where I wanted to have a full line of protective hair care products/ publications. Tee-Owels was created to be the first product in the line, but it had a such a great response from the start that I decided to keep my products under the name Tee-Owels for now. Since opening, we added Satin Hair Scrunchie Sets, and there are more really cool and unique protective accommodations to come! It’s so important to me to do this because it’s what I wish I had when I was younger. Options and information. They say be the person you wish you had growing up & I certainly aim for that.
AG: Is there anything else you would like to share with Accented Glory's audience?
LG: Yes, I’d like to share that Tee-Owels at the core is about bringing people together through fun hair care products. It’s what the ethnic hair industry has always lacked in – fun, innovative, diverse hair care solutions. Thanks for tuning in today!
AG: Where can our audience find out more about your business and services?
LG: You can learn more about Tee-Owels at our website www.teeowels.com, on Instagram @teeowels, and Tee-Owels on Facebook. Our products are available on Amazon, Etsy and www.teeowels.com.
Cierra - AKA Accessory Diva
What have your natural hair journey been a catalyst for?
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Accented Glory’s Cowrie Tassel Earrings are featured on Essence! We’re a part of a guide that lists Etsy jewelry finds created by Black Women Designers. Our Cowrie Tassel Earrings is a new design handcrafted by our visionary Tonya Cross, who was ecstatic about being featured. It was a honor to have our design featured in a national publication that celebrates Black Women!
Tassels are currently all the rave in fashion and she decided to add an Afrocentric vibe with the cowrie shell. She loves working with cowrie shells, many of Accented Glory’s designs includes this beautiful seashell. Cowrie shells have African roots and portrays a message of respect, honor, and inspiration.
Many of Accented Glory’s local (in-person) customers have requested to customize the design. They’re requesting different colors; the most popular color has been black. One customer purchased two pairs back to back, because she ended up giving her original pair to her niece that kept asking for them! We’re forecasting that the design is going to be very popular this summer. Click Etsy to purchase your pair today. No look is complete without great accessories!
Cierra - Accessory Diva
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I remember the conversation like it was yesterday. A natural newbie who had "big chopped" and now had a TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro) reached out to me via direct message. She was very proud of herself for taking the plunge and embracing her natural hair, but struggled with the confidence of rocking short hair. She reached out to me looking for ways to style her small afro; she wanted to add some "pop" to her hair. Accented Glory's Afro Puff Holder was the design that I recommended to solve her natural hair woes!
One of the most common styles worn by new naturals and those who keep their hair short is the Afro Puff. The puff is a very quick and easy style. Many naturals use an elastic band, ribbon, and even pantyhose to create this style. Because of this fact, one of Accented Glory's first hair accessory designs was our Afro Puff Holder. This design is versatile and provide an all in one option; it holds the puff in place and accent the hairstyle. This natural hair friendly design is created with a round ouchless band; the round shape minimize cutting into hair and causing damage. There are also no metal connectors to worry about getting hair tangled in.
Accented Glory's two most popular Afro Puff Holder designs is the pearl and cowrie shell. The pearl design is created with sixteen pearls. Pearls exemplify wisdom and the number sixteen represents intuition. Our cowrie shell design has seven cowrie shells. Cowrie shells have African roots and portrays a message of respect, honor, and inspiration. The shell is the first symbol of money and wealth known to mankind. The number seven represents spiritual perfection and completion.
Whether you're a natural hair newbie or simply enjoy wearing a short afro, We Got You! Add some glam to the classic Afro Puff natural hairstyle with Accented Glory's Afro Puff Holders. Shop for our design on Amazon or Etsy.
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Burrr… It’s that time of year again! Winter weather is upon us. Wearing hats is a choice for many naturals to keep their heads warm. Also, a part of winterizing our natural tresses includes protecting and covering our hair from cooler weather while outside. For those of us who are hat wearers, we often find ourselves in a dilemma during this season. Most hats aren’t natural hair friendly. Naturals struggle with keeping their heads warm without causing damage to their hair.
Most hats are created with materials and fabrics that are designed for warmth. This usually means the fabric is coarse with a closed knit weave to keep the cold out and the warm in. Many hats are created with fabrics like wool or tweed. Unfortunately, these coarse fabrics can cause friction with textured natural hair which can lead to hair breakage.
If you’re not so lucky to have a lined hat with a softer fabric, no worries! I Got You. I have created a YouTube Tutorial to solve your natural hair hat woes. In the tutorial, I share how to line your hats with a satin bonnet. Keep in mind, this is not a pass on properly moisturizing your hair. For team “Throw A Hat On It”, I still recommend that you moisturize your hair before wearing a hat and/or styling with any type of hair accessory. Check out my YouTube Tutorial on how to line a hat below!
You can also shop for Accented Glory’s natural hair friendly accessory and Afrocentric jewelry designs on Etsy and Amazon.
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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
Meet Accented Glory's #BeDifferent Feature Zahra! Zahra is a health and wellness blogger at The Natural Journey For Life. Read below to learn what being different means to her!
Being different means acknowledging the uniquely wonderful person that you are. Not apologizing for seeing the world unlike others and living in your true skin and loving your true skin and hair no matter what the trends of the day are. - Zahra
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 Ms. Emily! Ms. Emily is a community organizer and activist. Read below to learn what being different means to her!
I have worn my hair like this (various loc styles) for 5 years! I am inspired by natural hair acceptance and looks. I am also 46 % Nigerian, Central African 23%, Sierra Leonean 13% Kenyan 10% which makes me so proud. - Ms. Emily
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!