How to Grow Out Bangs and Skip the Awkward In-Between Stage

There’s no way to sugarcoat it — growing out bangs is pretty high up there on the list of most annoying beauty woes. It can feel like the time between appropriate bang-length and the moment your hair finally evens out is ages long. Besides cursing yourself for getting them in the first place, there are a few tips and tricks for concealing bangs during that awkward growing-out stage. We tapped New York City-based hairstylist Drew Schaefering to find out exactly how.

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The Best Way to Grow Out Bangs

It all depends on the overall shape and length of your haircut, but the easiest way to hide bangs involves layers and creating a natural movement of the hair. When your bangs have softer edges, they’ll start pushing to the sides more easily, so they’re less noticeable. Ironically, this involves getting a hair trim. “Every three to four weeks or so, they will need to be reshaped around the face again to soften them,” says Schaefering. “Working them into soft, face-framing layers helps give the visual of them elongating.”

Haircuts That Hide Bangs During the Growing Stage

While it may seem counterproductive to get a haircut when you’re trying to grow out your bangs, it’s actually very necessary to make your bangs blend with the rest of your hairstyle. “Adding softening layers around your face helps break up the horizontal lines that bangs can produce,” says Schaefering. “Another option is to bring the length of the rest of your hair up to create another horizontal line that distracts from the weight line in the bangs.”

Tips for Making Bangs Look Good — Even When They’re Getting Too Long

Like all great hair discoveries, the trick to growing out your bangs starts with experimentation. If you don’t like the way your bangs look while they’re growing out, Schaefering recommends trying to style them differently than you normally would. The main key: volume. “Try a smaller round brush and add some bounce and wave to them so the hair doesn’t lay on top of itself.” His favorite volumizing products include the L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Soft Curls Aqua Mousse or Tecni Art Volume Envy Extra Strong Hold Volume Mousse. We also like the Garnier Fructis Root Amp Root Lifting Spray Mousse. For a heatless option, try setting clips. “Use setting clips while the hair is drying to secure the shape with less effort,” recommends Schaefering. “Sometimes adding a different type of movement to your hair through the use of product or a small change can give you a totally new feel to your current look.”

Source:  https://www.makeup.com/how-to-grow-out-bangs

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4 Genius (and Easy!) Ways to Cover Your Roots

Roots running wild? Unless you’re going for the ombré look, those grown out streaks are in need of some serious camo. Fix them yourself (seriously!). While only temporary, these tricks are super simple and you can do them right at home. Whether you’re skill set includes coloring your own hair or not, Team MDC has you covered on all hair fronts. Now let’s get those roots into hiding!

 tricks for hiding roots

1. Pump Up the Volume.

A salon-quality blowout creates body and volume that can temporarily camouflage roots and strays, so that you can go a few weeks longer between coloring appointments.

2. Color Your Own Roots.

 L’Oréal Paris Root Rescue is a touch-up hair color you can use at home that matches up to your salon color and all it takes is 10 minutes! Or use Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme for an easy root touch-up. Here’s how-to!

3. Dry Shampoo.

Use a dry shampoo based on your current hair color (whitish powder for blondes and brown tint for brunettes), to not only add body and lift, but disguise those pesky roots until your next wash!

4. Smart Styling.

Here’s an idea — how about simply wearing your hair in a style that hides your roots, too? Here are some options!

Slicked Back Pony. Wet looking hair appears to be darker, thus blending in your color mismatch!

Headwrap Hairstyles. If you can’t beat ‘em, hide ‘em!

Hat Hair. Same goes for stylish and chic hats — cover it up, cutie!

Milkmaid Braids. Create some braids around your crown to disguise those bad boy roots!

Flower Crowns. Turn your overgrown hair into an overgrown garden!

What are your tricks to covering up roots? Let us know in the comments below!

Photography: Natalie Faye
Model: Karlee Eldridge

Source:  https://www.makeup.com/how-to-cover-roots

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Everything You Need to Know About Passion Twists, the Style Your Natural Hair Will Love

Naturalistas and protective style enthusiasts can rejoice now that there’s a new hairstyle shaking up the game. We’re talking about passion twists—the coily and carefree love child born from the union of goddess locs and Senegalese twists. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Scroll through your favorite black hair blogger’s Instagram page or peek into your local hair braiding shop—there’s no way you can miss them since the style totally fits the trending boho look that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

What Are Passion Twists? 

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Passion twists were created by the talented Miami-based hairstylist Kailyn Rogers. Online she is known as The Boho Babe, and the name is appropriate for someone who developed a look that’s so artsy and offbeat. Rogers invented the style for her clients that wanted a natural and easy-to-maintain hairdo while also radiating high levels of glam.

“I was thinking and meditating on how I could create a style like this and one day God just brought it to me and I immediately got up and went to the hair store,” Rogers said in an interview with The Zoe Report. “I got the hair that I thought I could use to create the style and did it on myself. I didn’t know how it was going to turn out or anything, I just did it, and it worked on the first try.”

By January 2018, she debuted Passion Twists on Instagram for the world to see and its popularity quickly soared. With demand so high and her inbox overflowing, Rogers shared a tutorial on YouTube that gave a quick rundown on how the style is achieved. Of course, the video went viral and sparked a life of its own. Now you’ll find well over 95,000 #passiontwists results on Instagram alone.

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Passion Twists vs. Locs vs. Spring Twists

If at first glance you don’t think passion twists are special or new, fans of the style say au contraire. In the comment section of Rogers’ YouTube video, a viewer wrote, “To me, spring twists look too springy, faux locs look too faux. This is…..Yay!!!!” Another viewer expressed her appreciation for the creativity Passion Twists brings to the black hair world, “Very pretty. Love protective styles, but I was tired of seeing the same old styles.”

The secret sauce to Passion Twists is the tie-in of Freetress Water Wave braiding hair. These bundles offer a curly texture with a silky feel. When installed, your twists will have an almost unraveled appearance that you’d never find in the neat and ultra-tight look of Senegalese or Marley Twists.

How Are Passion Twists Installed? 

Passion twists are installed the same way other two-strands twists are done. But for the uninitiated, you start off with washed, moisturized and stretched dry hair. You can attempt this style on your natural texture as well, though, you may experience difficulty depending on how curly or kinky your own hair is. The choice is ultimately up to you.

Next, you’ll want to section out your hair and work with smaller segments for your desired look. You can make your passion twists thin or chunky or even mix up sizes if you’re looking to create something unique. For each segment, you will have to prepare your braiding hair with an X-shaped partition. The actual segment itself needs to be divided in half before you proceed. When you’re ready, apply a dab of edge control gel on your fingertips and wrap the braiding hair where your real hair meets your scalp.

The braiding hair you arranged in a cross earlier must be twisted in with the halves of your real hair—this will provide the tension you need to lock the braiding at the root and avoid slipping.

“It just requires more twisting and more pulling,” Rogers says to newbies who are trying to recreate the style. Once the faux hair is securely in place, follow up by re-sectioning the joint hair into two strands and twisting them together with enough force that allows them to entangle while also maintaining a semi-curly form. The end result should give you an S-shaped twist. You get to determine how loose or uniform you want your twist to be.

Repeat these steps for each subsequent twist you work with. According to Rogers, about seven packs of braiding hair will supply average density. For larger than life twists, you can use up to 10 bundles. When it’s all installed throughout, you’ll be greeted with a head full of gorgeous bohemian-styled passion twists looking back at you in the mirror.

How Long Do Passion Twists Last? 

When your passion twists are completed, you can ensure their longevity with a holding mousse. Rogers opts for the Bronner Brothers Foam Moisturizing Wrapping Lotion ($4) to finish her passion twists, which adds moisture, bounce, shine, and body.

As the creator of Passion Twists, Rogers says the style can last up to two months. Though, a touchup can help extend wear for a few weeks. Like other twisted styles, smaller twists last longer and provide both volume and fullness. For your real hair’s health, make sure your Passion Twists aren’t installed too long. Tanya Pebbles of East Coast Styles advises you not to keep your protective style in beyond 12 weeks in an interview with Bustle.

When it comes to liquids, Rogers says Passion Twists are water-friendly. So, you don’t have to worry if you want to go for a swim, get caught in the rain, or just want to wash your hair. However, use your own discretion when wetting your twists since you don’t want them to begin to unravel.

What Is the Upkeep?

Regardless of whether it’s summer or winter, passion twists are a great choice for protecting your hair. Since it’s tucked away in the faux tresses, there isn’t much need for upkeep. Even better, you’ll be able to retain length and additional growth with the duration of your style.

“When protective-styling, make sure that your hair is properly moisturized and that the style protects all of your hair—your ends included,” natural hair blogger HappyCurlHappyGirl told Self. Using a spray-on conditioner is probably the easiest way to lock in moisture. The Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioning Spray ($20) is a lightweight option that nourishes dry hair with rosehip, argan and coconut oils.

Aside from hydration for minimized breakage, a clean scalp is imperative for a protective style according to natural hair blogger Ashley Hall. The Mizani Scalp Care Calming Scalp Lotion ($20) features a pointed nozzle for easy spreading while its formulated blend of menthol, eucalyptus, aloe vera, and avocado oils reduce buildup and itch.

Last but not least, you’ll only have to make sure you have a sleep regimen for your Passion Twists. Like most other protective styles, you can toss your twists in a high ponytail known as a pineapple and throw on a satin bonnet or scarf. Alternatively, if you’re a wild sleeper, silk pillowcases will be your best friend.

 

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Get a Real Job: How to Silence Haters

Putting haters in their place when it comes to “average salary” estimations.

Ever had anyone tell you to quit the salon and “get a real job?” Read this, right before you tell them to shove it.

The BLS (or Bureau of Labor Statistics) maintains a database of statistics where you can find information on the working conditions, training and education requirements, wage data, and expected job prospects for a broad variety of professions–including ours.

Currently, the BLS median pay estimates are as follows:
Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists: $23,710 per year.
Manicurists and Pedicurists: $20,820 per year.
Skincare Specialists: $30,090 per year.

For other industries, I’m sure the BLS figures come very close to reality, but not for ours. The averages you’re seeing shouldn’t discourage you from joining this profession and anyone who quotes them to you as accurate is embarrassingly misinformed. I’m going to tell you why.

How the BLS Data is Collected

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will send a “Field Economist” to a selected establishment. These Field Economists contact the business owner and make arrangements to collect information on the following:

Job listing with wage data: This listing includes job titles, paid wages, full- vs. part-time status, union vs nonunion distinctions, dates of hire, and job codes. The listing will include a full breakdown of this information for each individual worker.
Specific job characteristics and work schedules: Field Economists use a “point factor leveling” process that incorporates four occupational factors to determine work level. These factors are knowledge (job requirements), job controls and complexity (how variable are the job tasks and how much flexibility is afforded to workers in how they accomplish those tasks), contacts (who workers have contact with and the nature of that contact), and physical environment (does the job require physical strength, present a hazard, or require specific safety precautions).
Benefit details: Field Economists collect data on benefits like paid leave, insurance, retirement, supplemental pay, etc.

Next, the Field Economist will ask questions for clarification. Once that’s done, they update the data.

The Problems with BLS Data Collection

The BLS only collects data from a sample of firms. There’s no way to know how many “salon firms” report, or how accurate their reporting is. On the BLS’s Survey Methodology page, as it pertains to the National Compensation Survey, “The larger an establishment’s employment, the greater its chance of selection.”

Who are the largest establishments in the professional salon services industry? Regis Corp. and similar corporate chains and franchises.

Why is that a big deal? Regis Corp. and similar corporate chains and franchises don’t represent this backwards industry.

Why don’t Regis or other corporate salons represent the industry? Put simply: they’re managed better.

  • Because corporate salons have teams of lawyers advising them, they don’t do things illegally. They provide benefits and ensure their employees are classified and compensated appropriately.
  • When employees consistently underperform, they’re let go.
  • When client flow slows down, hours are cut back.
  • When an employee is close to hitting overtime, schedule adjustments are made to ensure they don’t so costs won’t rise above acceptable levels and so employees won’t be overworked.
  • New hires aren’t approved unless the metrics justify it.
  • Corporate salons have premium, high-traffic locations and are marketed extensively.

When you compare a corporate salon to a private salon, the differences are vast and their P&Ls reflect that.

The primary area where these differences are glaring is the labor expense. Corporate salons know how to keep those costs beyond manageable. Private salons…well…let’s talk about private salons, shall we?

A Brief Sidenote to Placate Rabid Keyboard Warriors

Before I continue with this post, let me soothe the sensitive souls of the tender flowers out there who falsely believe I’m speaking about all private salon owners. I’m not. I’m aware exceptions exist. If you’re one of them, good for you! Give yourself a pat on the back. Congrats on being a law-abiding, responsible business owner. Instead of attacking me in the comments, revel in your superiority in comparison to the bullet points below.
You good? Great. Let’s continue.

(Delicate Flowers, I hear your cries. “I’m not like that!” you’re shouting at your computer. “My existence refutes the legitimacy of her statements!” you’re yelling. Let me say this one more time: you’re a unicorn, not the norm. The existence of good salon owners doesn’t disprove the existence of staggering numbers of bad salon owners. Need proof of their existence? Read the comments on literally every article on this site. Continuing on…)

Field Economists only collect data from a small subset of employees–not the entire salon–so that further skews the numbers.

With over half of professionals opting for microsalon ownership, accurate performance estimations are impossible.

The odds of independent salon owners (booth/studio renters, home salon operators, etc.) being selected and included in the BLS samples are zero. This is significant, as independent salons now outnumber corporate salons and private salons.

According to the PBA’s Economic Snapshot, in 2012, only 92,157 salon establishments had payroll employees. 1,045,288 salons were non-employer establishments. This is an 83% increase in the non-employer sector over the previous decade. To be sure, with the explosion of the suite rental model, this number has likely increased significantly over the last four years. (Maybe it had a little something to do with all those bad management practices?)

All data is reported by salon owners and salon professionals, rendering it virtually useless.

Even if microsalon owners were included, the data likely couldn’t be relied upon. Like a lot of private salon owners, microsalon owners may not know their numbers or keep great records, and may intentionally underreport their income. False numbers can be given due to lack of knowledge (incorrect records), estimating (lack of records), or outright lying (intentional misrepresentation of income for the purposes of tax evasion).

The best way to gauge performance is to base estimations on verified reported income.

So, if the BLS wanted to do it right (which I’m sure they don’t because it would be insanely time-consuming), they’d obtain the correct data from the IRS and average it across a broad spectrum, evaluating and reporting figures for employee-based salons and microsalons independently.

Additional Factors

If the BLS were to evaluate based on my methodology, they’d still run into two additional factors that would have to be stabilized.

Part-time Participation: Many salon professionals are part-time, so their annual performance would have to be adjusted to compensate for their lack of participation.

Management Variables: The salons and microsalons evaluated would have to demonstrate similar management competency. The performance of a well-managed establishment far exceeds that of one that is mismanaged or not managed whatsoever. When you base salary estimations on averages that include a wide variety of poorly managed establishments with a handful of tightly managed ones, lower averages are inevitable.

The truth is that your salary can vary widely, depending on the salon’s management, your individual professionalism, the compensation system the salon utilizes, and any number of factors.

The numbers the BLS reports are medians, so it’s important to understand what a “median” is, and whose figures are being counted.

To calculate a median number, a range of numbers are added together and the result is divided by the total numbers counted.

Number 1 + Number 2 + Number 3 = Total
Total ÷ 3 (amount of numbers added to create total) = Median

If the first stylist makes $110,000 a year, the second makes $40,000, and the third makes $15,000, the median earnings would be $55,000. If a corporate salon that keeps labor overhead below 35% through strategic scheduling is being compared with other major salon chains who do the same, the figures will reflect that–not the actual earnings across the spectrum of the profession.

Don’t put too much stock into those BLS numbers, or into the opinions of uninformed haters. If you want to start a career in this industry and you’re ready for the insanity that comes along with it, then go for it, but don’t do it for the money.

Do it because it’s what you love doing.

Plan to do it right. Be professional, present yourself well, refuse to accept offers from exploitative salon owners, know your rights, know your worth, and find a mentor. Go out and find yourself a unicorn salon owner or give rental a shot.

This is as real a career as any, so long as you’re treating it like one. If you’re dedicated, you can be successful in this business and make exceptional money. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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How To Grow African American Hair Faster

Too often African American hair is subjected to chemicals and extreme heat in an attempt to make it seem longer and smoother. But what this does is weaken and slow hair growth.

To grow your hair faster and longer the solutions are actually quite simple. A big part of growing black hair faster is knowing what products to use. Heres a full guide on how to grow African American hair faster.

Getting Started

For starters, we highly recommend several supplements: Folexin and Coconut Oil.

Folexin is a popular and proven to work product made specifically to promote hair growth while also improving your hair’s texture and structure making it thicker and stronger, so say goodbye to breakage.

No gimmicks, Folexin is clinically tested with over 25 years of research to back it up.

Coconut Oil is a certified organic supplement that helps improve the health and beauty of hair. It also comes with loads of other health benefits.

9 Steps To Grow African American Hair Faster.

Before you go off trying complicated tricks and methods to get your hair to grow quickly, try a few simple maintenance routines. Often, it’s the simple things you do every day that makes the biggest difference in the health and length of your hair. To grow African American hair faster follow these steps.

1. Use a pre-shampoo.

A pre-shampoo is a type of conditioning treatment that is applied on hair before using the actual shampoo. It is thick which allows it to form a coat over hair strands. The importance of this is protecting the hair from getting too dry and breaking.

It also forms a protective layer from the harsh ingredients of the shampoo. After scrubbing your hair with a shampoo, it will still feel soft and smooth.

You can make your own pre-shampoo at home using a protein-based conditioner and organic oil. However, it is much easier to buy a ready-made treatment.

Make sure you closely follow the instructions on the label.  Many women don’t use a pre-shampoo but I think it’s something everyone should be doing.

Recommended Pre-Shampoos.

2. Use the right shampoo.

Generally, African American hair is brittle and damages easily. Most shampoos on the market are brutal due to their harsh ingredients which are no good for any kind of hair, especially African American hair. You, therefore, need to be extra careful about which shampoo you are using.

A rule of thumb is to stick to sulfate-free shampoos. Sulfates are known to make your hair frizzy and dry out. This is especially bad for African American hair which is already brittle enough. The extra harshness is something you should avoid at all cost.

Additionally, look for shampoos with organic oils. These oils are great at protecting hair from dryness and leave your strands feeling supple and soft. Some of the best oils to look for in shampoos include jojoba oil and argan oil. Make sure they are organic oils.

Recommended Shampoos.

You will notice that these shampoos have organic argan oil as a major ingredient. These oils nourish the hair as well as give it more shine. Like with pre-shampoos, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

3. Use a conditioner after every wash.

As much as you try to prevent it, washing your hair will still wash away some of its natural oils. Leaving it like that risks breakage and split ends. The best way to get it back in shape is by using a conditioner.

It helps restore oils and moisture to your hair as well as nourish it. After using a conditioner, your hair should feel softer. When you are shopping for a conditioner buy one designed specifically for dry or African American hair.

Recommended Conditioners.

4. Use a deep conditioner once every week.

There are regular conditioners and deep conditioners. A regular conditioner is lighter and designed for use after washing your hair. It mostly touches the surface of the hair. A deep conditioner sinks deep into the hair, helping to nourish it from the bottom up.

Thus, it is heavier and sticks more to the hair and scalp. You should do a deep conditioning treatment once every week though not on the same day you are doing your weekly hair wash.

Recommended Deep Conditioners.

5. Moisturize your hair.

One of the best things you can do to your hair is to keep it moisturized. Having adequate moisture encourages fast growth and protects hair from breakage and split ends. Strong healthy hair is essential if you’re going to style the best hairstyles for black menand women.”

Additionally, it keeps the hair looking bright and feeling soft. Before you can even start considering store-bought moisturizes make sure that you are already moisturizing the natural way; drinking enough water.

When it comes to moisturizing from the outside, try to do it every day. This ensures that your hair is always adequately hydrated. Some of the best ingredients for black hair moisturizers include olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, and pure shea butter.

Recommended Moisturizers.

6. Use hair oil.

While your hair already has its own natural oils, it is important to use other oils to promote growth and protect the hair. These oils are especially good at encouraging African American hair to grow faster. When applying hair oil, make sure to massage deeply to ensure that it gets deep inside the hair follicles as well as on the surface of the hair.

Recommended Hair Oil.

  • PURA D’OR Argan Oil Treatment. It’s pure, natural, organic argan oil. Cold-pressed and unrefined with no chemicals added. This is as good as it gets.

7. Protect your hair ends.

Every three to four months you should trim your hair. This gets rid of any split ends allowing your hair to continue growing properly without further damage. When trimming, you only need to cut about a 1/2 inch maybe a bit more depending on your hair.

To keep your ends in great condition, use protective hairstyles such as bans and not-so-tight braids. Letting hair fall freely exposes the ends to damage. At night wrap the hair in a silk scarf or sleep on a satin pillow. These little changes help a lot.

Recommended Scarfs.

8. Be sparse with your hair washes.

Sometimes we tend to get too generous with scrubbing out our hair. Washing the hair too frequently strips it of its natural oils, leaving it dry and vulnerable to breakage. If you are washing your hair daily or even every other day, that is too frequent.

Switch to washing it at most twice a week. If you notice your hair breaking easily after washing (especially if you have kinky hair) try washing it once every two weeks.

9. Air dry your hair.

After washing your hair, the best way to dry it is by rubbing it gently with a towel or letting it air-dry. Try to avoid using a blow dryer as the excess heat will weaken and damage your hair. If for any reason you have to use your blow dryer, use the coolest setting. You can also wrap the hair in a silk scarf and leave it to dry through the night.

Recommended Blow Dryers.

Boosting Growth of Black/African American Hair.

In the first section, we have discussed a lot of ways you can keep your hair growing through proper maintenance routines. Now we will talk about how to speed up black hair growth.

1. Coconut Oil Supplements

Coconut oil supplements promote healthier, thicker, and more beautiful hair. This fully organic and certified supplement is one of the best ways to maintain healthy and beautiful hair. Click here for a full review of the supplement.

If you are interested you can purchase Coconut Oil supplements directly from the official website.

Coconut Oil Supplement

2. Protein Treatments.

Protein treatments help in speeding up hair growth by nourishing it and making it stronger. Various types of protein treatments are made for different hair types. Protein packs are for regular use with people showing slight hair damage.

Light treatments are ideal for hair with a bit more damage. They often come in the form of a deep conditioner. Deep penetrating treatments are best for fairly damaged hair. Reconstructors are used to encourage quick growth in severely damaged hair.

Our Recommended Protein Treatment.

3. Vitamin supplements.

Vitamin supplements supply the hair with multiple nutrients to keep it healthy, strong and growing. Hair products do a good job keeping your hair looking good but the body is the source and creator of your hair. If you supply your body with that it needs it will start to grow strong healthy hair.

Recommended Vitamin Supplements.

  • Folexin – The #1 hair growth supplement.
  • Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins promotes hair growth and is without a doubt the best vitamin supplement available. Each of the 60 pills contains minerals, nutrients, biotin and bioactive vitamins which are key for the body to grow long healthy hair. This is something I highly recommend.
  • Biotin Hair, Skin, and Nails VitaminsAnother great vitamin, this not only helps your hair grow but also benefits your skin and nails.

4. Fish Oil Supplements.

Fish oil supplements, which are often in the form of capsules, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are highly beneficial to hair growth. These supplements are especially good at tackling hair dryness and dullness. Your hair will become shinier, softer, and stronger. They can also help in preventing dandruff.

Recommended Fish Oil.

5. A Healthy Diet.

One of the best ways to keep your hair in good form and to encourage growth is by eating well. If your diet is not so healthy you should take a multivitamin. Multivitamins give your body the fuel it needs to do everyday tasks and increases your overall health. Eating papaya for hair growth is also recommended.

All of the below vitamins will: Boost your energy, balance your hormones, and lower stress. Help your hair, skin, and nails grow healthier, faster, and stronger.

What To Avoid To Grow Black Hair Faster.

Below are the things you should avoid doing to maximize your hair growth.

1. Heat treatments.

Any treatment that uses heat to style hair is bad for you. Things like blow dryers and flat irons literally cook your hair, making it extremely weak and easy to break. Your hair can still look good without having to use heat on it.

2. Harsh chemicals.

Make sure the hair products you buy are not full of harsh chemicals. These days you can get natural and organic hair products that, though maybe a bit more expensive, provide a much better alternative to chemical-ridden products. These chemical products may make your hair look and feel good but over time it destroys your hair.

Be especially careful about hair dyes, chemical relaxers, sulfates-containing products, and alcohol-containing products. The extra investment you make on natural products with organic oils is well worth it.

3. Extensions and tight styles.

Styles that rely on tightly wrapping your hair is not good, especially for your hair ends. When stretched or wrapped too tight, hair tends to get weak and can break easily. Also, it prevents hair from continuing with its normal growth.

On the other hand, braids and other protective styles actually encourage hair to grow faster by protecting your ends from splitting which means less hair has to be trimmed.

4. Too much stress.

Too much stress has been scientifically proven to be behind hair loss problems such as Telogen effluvium where hair essentially stops growing and begins to fall out and Alopecia areata where hair follicles are attacked by the body’s immune system.

Other Information.

Determine your hair type.

To achieve the best results it is important to know your hair type. This will help you in choosing the right products and giving the best care to your hair. There are three general types of African American hair.

  • Kinky hair – this is the hardest hair type to maintain. The reason for this is that it is weak due to fewer cuticle layers available to protect the hair. Being very fragile, it requires careful handling to prevent breakage or any other kind of damage. Kinky hair tends to have very tight curls and exhibits a lot of shrinkage after a wash.
  • Curly hair – the curls are looser than in kinky hair and tend to be springy. It is soft and fine making it one of the easiest hair types to style.
  • Wavy hair – has large curls in waveforms. It tends to be a bit heavy, staying close to the head, unlike kinky and curly hair. It falls between kinky and curly hair when it comes to difficulty in styling. Generally easy to maintain.

Note that this is a general classification. Under each type, there are several subtypes indicating the wide variations that occur in African American hair.

If you read everything laid out in this guide you’ll have learned how to grow black hair faster and how to grow African American hair faster. You’ll surely see a boost in your African American hair growth and black hair growth but you must be dedicated and consistently stay on top of your hair care to have the best hair possible.

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20 Best Vegan and Cruelty-Free Hair Dyes

Look and feel your best, by knowing you’re using harmless and healthy color dyes.

When it comes to hair dye and hair coloring, we all want to do our part in both looking good and having healthy hair, all while trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. More than just consuming the right nutrients, being a vegan can actually trickle into the products we put in our hair and place on our skin.

Below, we’re reviewing twenty of our favorite vegan and cruelty-free hair dyes to help guide all of us into the right direction when it comes to hair care.

1. Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

One of the most buzz-worthy vegan hair dye being talked about all over Instagram, Lime Crime’s Unicorn hair dyes offer both full coverage and hair tints in magical colors ranging from pastel blue hues to deep chestnut colors. In total, there are over 20 different colors, all meant to express your colorful and bold personality. Lime Crime offers shades like unicorn and mermaid to add a dynamic and assortment of different colors to have you fully on-trend.

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2. Green Hare Mud 100% Natural Hair Dye

Imagine your hair color all came from pure plant dye. With Green Hare Mud, natural and made from the earth dye is what you’re getting. Offering seven beautiful hair colors with creative names like merlot mist and soft bamboo, you’re going to be left looking and feeling beautiful. Green Hare also provides associating scalp and hair treatments to have your new color looking its very best.

3. SPLAT One-Wash Hair Dye

Perfect for Halloween and themed costume or parties, SPLAT’s one wash dye will allow you to experiment with different (and wild) hair colors and return to your normal color the next day. Some colors include pink, purple, and blue.

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4. Arctic Fox Semi-Permanent Hair Dye

Luscious and gorgeous color, all while being vegan and animal-cruelty free. With 20 beautiful and eye-opening colors, Arctic donates fifteen percent of every purchase to prevent animal abuse by supporting charities like Second Chance Animal Shelter, International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Humane Society, and Animal Hope & Wellness Foundation.

(Arctic Fox, $13.99)

5. Henna Hair Dyes by LUSH

More than colorful and themed bath bombs, LUSH also makes completely vegan henna hair dye. While many of the other dyes on our list come in explosive and bold colors, these dyes from LUSH come in four natural and earthy shades like Rouge, Noir, Marron, and Brun. Along with henna, these dyes also combine essential oils and cocoa butter for deep conditioning.

(LUSH, $27.95)

6. Henna Color Lab Hair Dye

Like LUSH, Henna Color Lab creates an assortment of beautiful and natural colors using henna hair dye instead of synthetic dyes as not only are they vegan, but higher and better quality for your hair. Located on the site, you’ll see how every dye reacts differently with the starting color. With a range from blonde, brunette, to black, each hair tone will see a similar but different end look.

(Henna Color Lab, $9.98)

7. Classic High Voltage Hair Color by Manic Panic Hair Dye

Having almost 50 different shades of vegan hair dye makes Manic one of the best choices on the market. Picking between turquoise pastel and ultraviolet (amongst others) will not only guarantee creativity, but you’re bound to be completely unique with your choice of color given the wide variety.

(Manic Panic, $13.99)

8. Naturtint Permanent Hair Color

The original and first-to-market 100 percent plant-based dye on the market, Naturtint. It’s recommended (if it’s your first time using the product) to only go one shade lighter than your original hair color to help slowly lighten your locks.

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9. Henna Cream Essential Kit by Surya Basil Beauty

What we love about this kit is that it’s put together to cover every basis you may have with the application of hair dye — in particular, vegan hair dye. The kit comes with three boxes of color (to promote touch-ups and consistency), application brush, mixing bowl, and an accessory of a free nail polish color that complements the color of your dye.

(Burya Brasil Beauty, $52)

10. EcoColors Non-Toxic Permanent Hair Color

Additionally being PPD Free, Gluten Free, Paraben Free, and Propylene Glycol Free, EcoColors promotes and encourages mixing their colors together to create an individual’s perfect shade.

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11. Smart Beauty Temporary Hair Dye

Want the opportunity to try out a different color on your hair for a month or so? Using the animal-cruelty free temporary hair dye will provide you just that! Washing out after four to five washes, this dye also provides enriched conditioning so your hair stays super-hydrated. Additionally, the pack comes with enough product for multiple uses so you can recreate your hair color.

(Smart Beauty, £6.45)

12. Liquid Chalk by Brite

This liquid hair chalk works wonders on both blonde and brunettes (yes, finally, a product that shows color on darker toned hairs). There are six fun colors to choose from and wash out after one rinse. These make for great Halloween costumes, charity organizations (like the color run), and themed events.

(Ulta, $12)

13. Semi-Permanent Hair Color by Good Dye Young

If you love Paramore, you’ll love Good Dye Young — because it’s owned by the lead singer Hayley! These semi-permanent colors are loud, just like Hayley, and they smell of citrus as opposed to synthetic chemicals. Made of sunflower extract, bergamot essential oil, and quality cream-based ingredients, it’s safe to say you’re getting the highest quality products with the upside of being vegan and cruelty-free.

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14. Semi-Permanent Hair Color From Lunar Tides

While both vegan and cruelty-free, Lunar Tides has a lovely bonus for color lovers! You don’t have to have bleached hair to apply their dye and have it show (which is a downside for many wannabe pink-haired people). Their formula not only applies over darker colors but won’t destroy your hair from synthetic chemicals. Lunar Tides also offers DIY ombre kits in multiple shades to really spike your festive game.

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15. Herman’s Amazing Vegan Semi-Permanent Direct Color Dye

Why is it so hard to get salon-quality hair dye for home use? Herman’s Amazing thought the same thing and created their vegan and cruelty-free semi-permanent hair dye. In a wide variety of color, this dye contains no ammonia and is conditioner-based so you don’t have to worry about dry and unhealthy-looking hair.

16. Iroiro Premium Natural Semi-Permanent Hair Color

One of Iroiro’s prized aspects about its semi-permanent dye formula is that it is all-natural. Made from 100 percent organic coconut oil, natural yuzu-cranberry fragrance (thank goodness for a non-chemical smell) and other natural preservatives. As opposed to many other dyes, this color is cream-based so all you have to do is apply and massage in. For lighter colors, Iroiro recommends color lifting 10+ to get the desired (on the box) color end look.

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17. Logona Hair Natural Vegan Plant-Based Dye

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Who says that engineering and automobiles were the only products to buy from Germany? Logona, a German-based company, makes natural and vegan hair dyes that contain ingredients from the earth such as henna and plant colorants like beetroot and walnut shells.

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18. Punky Semi-Permanent Conditioning Hair Color

Seemingly looking like a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, this vegan and paraben-free semi-permanent hair dye lasts up to 25 washes and comes in an assortment of fun and wild colors (like Punky spring green). What makes this dye so unique is the vegan keratin complex in the ingredients. This formula allows for enhanced and brighter color that lasts longer than many standard semi-permanent dyes.

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19. Henna Hair Color by The Henna Guys

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100 percent natural, 100 percent vegan, 100 percent cruelty-free — these are promises made by The Henna Guys. Coming in 11 earthy and natural hair colors, this formula claims to be pesticide-free without including any chemicals or metallic salts, creating a healthy environment for your hair. While this dye does not lighten your locks, it can be applied over already color-stripped hair to give a desired and off-the-box look!

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20. Henna Cream by Tints Of Nature

Hints of Nature have taken wonderfully to the henna trend in hair dye. Keeping things vegan and natural, this formula promises to reach the core of your hair, giving it proper nourishment and conditioning, and leaving your new color with an included gloss (because who wants to pay double for both color and a gloss treatment?).

(Hints of Nature, $13.99)

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Box Braid hairstyles & care tips

Whether you’re natural or not, you can always find several reasons to rock such a great long-term protective hairstyle as box braids.

However, the biggest misconception about box braids is thinking that you should skip washing your braids for the purpose of maintaining the style.

Even though box braids can last between two to ten weeks depending on what kind you go for and how you wear them, you have to be ready to cleanse them every week and do it properly!

What Are Box Braids?

Box braids is a very popular hairstyle of the 90s, which is based on individual braids that are commonly divided by rather small squared off parts or boxes. This braid style may be of any length or width because you can always add synthetic or natural hair to make your braids longer as well as thicker and fuller.

By the way, these braids have one great benefit that makes them so unique, they are not attached to the scalp (like, for example, cornrows) and this means they can be styled in a variety of ways.

Moreover, box braids are a cute and pretty fabulous hairstyle that can protect your hair against environmental damage, increase length retention, and reduce excess breakage from heat styling.

It also looks gorgeous in any season of the year and is really well-suited for different types of weather.

How to Take Care of Box Braids?

If you decide to wear box braids, you should know how to care them properly to minimize discomfort and maintain the braids as long as possible. Especially box braids for beginners need extra care.

You realize that it can take a long time to complete this hairstyle, but the finished result is beautiful and lasts for months, you just need to remember that these braids require little daily maintenance.

This daily maintenance is very easy and doesn’t take a lot of time. But it’s so important to know about it and don’t skip it.

Clean Your Braids and Scalp at Least Once a Week

If you don’t know how to keep your braids clean, don’t worry, it’s really not so difficult to do as it may seem at first glance. You have to clean your hair and scalp necessarily because during the day the build-up of dirt and sweat can accumulate and clog your pores.

You have to wash your braids and scalp minimum once a week with a good shampoo and your hair as well as scalp will be nicely groomed. And one more important thing here! Try not to rub your braids when you wash them.

Thus, wash your hair from scalp to the ends, with the movement going in a vertical angle. This can prevent frizziness at the roots and braids. Immediately after cleaning, most stylists recommend using a hot oil treatment to hydrate your stressed scalp.

Keep Your Hair and Scalp Moist

Be ready that box braids expose your scalp and hair a lot more than usual and leave them prone to dryness. So just like any living thing on our planet, our hair and scalp need moisture to survive and the best moisture for us, in this case, is water.

To make your life easier, you can buy a spray bottle and fill it up with your moisturizer. A braid spray is very useful and you must spritz it daily along the length of your braids and scalp to keep them moist.

If water isn’t enough for your hair and scalp to satisfy the thirst, you may try natural oils like good coconut oil, almond oil, castor oil and so on. Any of these oils are very good for maintaining and soothing your scalp and hair.

In addition, this can also help you keep your hair neat.

Dry Your Braids before Styling

Wet braids that aren’t properly dried can cause some really unpleasant scalp problems like fungus, dandruff or even mildew! So be careful! You should never start styling your braids until they are completely dry to avoid its damage!

Protect Your Hair at Night

If you have box braids, you can’t forget to wrap your hair at night. Wrapping your braids at night will help you be sure that they don’t get frizzy and, moreover, such wrapping will prevent moisture to leave your hair and scalp.

Thus, don’t forget to cover your hair to protect it whilst you sleep. By the way, if you like styling your braids into a bun, ponytail or updo during the day, it would be better to take them down before you go to bed. When you leave your braids tightly pulled overnight, it can place too much tension on your hairline and it can lead to hair loss.

Remove Your Braids after 8 – 10 Weeks

Don’t leave your braids for longer than 10 weeks. An 8 – 10-week time frame does not hurt your hair and scalp, but if you decide to make this term longer, you’ll have a greater risk to damage your hair and scalp as well. When you remove one braid extensions, you need to take a break minimum one week before moving into the next set.

How Can You Style Your Box Braids?

Such a versatile braid style as box braids can be transformed in many different looks depending on the thickness and length. Very long and long braids you can style like long, loose hair.

Long or medium-length braids you can style into:

  • Ponytails
  • Updos
  • Twist or braids
  • Buns

Women who have short hair can style braids as a shoulder-length bob.

Keep in mind that braids differ in thickness from straw-thing to marker-fat. The thinner braids you’ll want to do, the more time it’ll take (from two to twelve hours). So be ready for that!

Box Braids Hairstyles Ideas

Here are some of the best box braid hairstyle ideas.

Curved Short Box Braids

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One of the chicest ways to style not so long natural hair is to rock a plaited bob. The extra braids can add much volume to this bob hairstyle and make its shape really perfect.

Decorated Box Braids

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Such cool accessories like headscarves and bandanas look stunning on skinny-braided hairstyles including box braids as well. Choose a bright printed bandana or scarf to make your hairstyle complete and don’t be afraid to go bold with color and design.

Pretty High Bun and Waterfall Braids

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You can also try the latest hair trend with your own personal spin on it. A high bun over the top of the head combined with cascades of the thing braids falling down over the shoulders looks awesome and unique. Besides, small braids create an original texture and shape!

Messy Black and Silver Box Braids Updo with Bun

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A contrasting color combination and twisted about a messy high bun small micro braids make this way of box braids styling super chic and crazy.

Volume with Burgundy Tinge

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As you know, box braids can really add a bit of volume making your hairstyle fantastic and very attractive. But except the additional volume, you can also brighten up your look with some extravagant color like, for example, the burgundy one. Just try!

High Bun Updo

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A huge high bun from a lot of small braids makes the hairstyle extra special. To do this hairdo, you need just to flip your head upside down and gather all your plaits, then you should twist them together into one big chunk and put a little pony holder at the very end (if you want to make it easier to wrap).

High Box Braids Pony

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Lovely small braids are so versatile and easy to go with, so why not to tie them up in a high ponytail! The pony at the top of the head from tiny braids looks quite simple and, at the same time, so elegant!

Box Braids Faux Hawk

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You can experiment with your box braids and try to make one big French braid from the small ones. As a result, you’ll get not only new-style cool box braids, but also you’ll get a good faux hawk.

Small Box Braids Bun on Top

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This is one of the classiest ways to style the small box braids, but it never goes out of style. Just make a common bun on your top and secure it with an elastic band or bobby pins. This looks great as it can show every shade in your hair.

Rainbow Box Braids

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These colorful braids fit perfectly for those who like to stand out from the crowd. Tiny small braids of all rainbow hues look very sexy and actually create a gorgeous look. The woman with such hairstyle will draw people’s attention anywhere and everywhere.

Conclusion

Box braids are the most favored protective hairstyle that comes in many variations. Besides, such cute braids can be worn in every season and look stunning.

But even though it’s a protective hairstyle, you still need to look after your hair and scalp to make sure you don’t cause any damage to your scalp and natural hair.

So listen to your scalp and remember, even if your hair looks good, don’t keep your braids in for too long.
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