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The Look: Peace to the Puff – Tips to Losing the Headband

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Whether you’re a natural newbie or a transitioner, ridding of your treasured headband can be hard. Most textured beauties begin their natural journey by pulling back their curls into a puff because they don’t quite know what to do with their mass of curls. Though the elastic headband is a quick fix for bad hair days, it doesn’t have to be a staple. Mind these tips that take cues from the photos above:

1. Let it run wild: Sure, you blame your affinity for pulling your curls back on the fact that your hair sticks up every which way when it’s free. Well, it’s supposed to. Adjust your thinking and consider a how a side or middle part will change the direction of your curls, thus changing the look. Also, fingerstyle or twist your wet curls in the direction that you love the most.

Many curlies can’t experience the true beauty of their curls because they haven’t given it a good detangling. Apply your Creme Of Nature Argan Oil Intensive Conditioning Treatment, use a wide tooth comb, and really discover your mane’s shape and length. (more…)

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MY Life: Handwritten Charm

MY Life is a new section dedicated to sharing the things that inspire curlBOX creator, Myleik Teele. Each week, she’ll highlight a quote, product or destination that gets her creative juices flowing.

This week’s MY Life muse: Oscar Wilde Note Card Collection

“I love Oscar Wilde and I’m obsessed with quotes in general. My plan is to write a few friends this week to just say hello. I’m old school. I still love a handwritten note.” – Myleik

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Is Anyone Using Shampoo Anymore?

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With the popularity of cleansing conditioners more women are opting for the “no poo” method of cleaning their hair.  I’ve consulted with lots of women, and “no-pooing” causes them to clean their hair with shampoo only once a month or not at all. The idea of sulfates being compared to harsh detergents that strip the hair of moisture has a lot of us turning our back on shampoos, even those that are sulfate-free. We do not want to see the evidence of lather, because immediately we think, “liquid detergent, my hair will get dry and break off.” I am here to tell you this is not true, and one of the most important foundations of healthy hair is clean hair. Cleansing Conditioners are great as a temporary solution for removing build up but not as a permanent practice for cleaning the hair and scalp. You must include a shampoo as a part of your regular hair care regimen. 

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The Look: Short is the New Chic

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In this new segment, we’ll showcase the latest gorgeous, curly styles, along with suggestions from your current curlBOX.

Whether you’re a buzzed babe rocking the big chop or a lover of a fresh cut, wearing short natural hair requires a few simple tips.

1.  Consider your shape: A buzzed fade simply requires the assistance of a good barber, but a professional cut is essential for growing out your tresses with ease. A tapered neckline always accentuates your style and fret not, the curls at your neckline tend to grow at a rapid pace, so you can keep it trimmed until you allow it to grow evenly with the rest of your mane.

A high top fade a la Grace Jones is a look that can be achieved with any pattern. They key is to focus on maintaining volume up top with shorter sides. You can also fake this style by smoothing back your edges and using a pick to lift at the roots near the front.

Tired of your short cut? Get creative and add faux textured pieces to keep it funky. Check out the Kanekalon braided bun above.

2. Choose definition: Focus on showing off your pattern with your short cut by using a styling aid that firmly sets your look. Start with Isabella’s Own Sulfate Free Shampoo to soften your curls. Use a dollop of Nubian Heritage Treatment Masque and detangle with a paddle brush. Style in-shower or following your conditioning session with Olive Oil Ecostyler Gel. If interested in wearing the style for a few days, use your fingers to gently coil sections and set under a dryer.

3. Refresh daily: You don’t have to do a wash-n-go every day to maintain your look. Instead, use a satin scarf or bonnet to preserve your look at night and use a spritz of water in the morning to reactivate your product.

*Products are available in the December 2012 curlBox.

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Kicking Off 2013: Walk A Day In My Shoes

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

How long are people allowed to say that?  I think this is the last week I’m going to be wishing people a HAPPY NEW YEAR but I think it’s totally fine here since I haven’t blogged since September.  I just went back and read that post and WOW.  It’s great to document feelings because you can go back and see how much you’ve grown (changed).

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Conversation With The Chemist: Falen Smith Gives Us The Science On Hair Care.

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The Great Sulfate Debate. The No Paraben Trend. It’s clear that we natural hair mavens are particular about what we use on our crown and glory. We’ve read all the blogs and reviews and wanted to share the rare perspective of chemist Falen Smith, creator of Finickey hair products. She shared some hair science along with the good, the bad, and the not so harmful.

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curlBOX quoted in Nov issue of Ebony Magazine

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Myleik Teele, founder and CEO of curlBOX, suggests finding your hair’s favorite oil, one that is easily absorbed and moisturizes without feeling heavy or greasy.  “My hair happens to love coconut oil, and [certain] oils – olive, apricot, grape seed – will help during the styling and conditioning process,” she says.

Check out the entire article: 10 Easy Tips For Going Natural after the jump!

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Beyond the Box with Ken Burkeen, Founder of Huetiful

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By Sakita Holley (@MissSuccess)

When Ken Burkeen launched Huetiful in 2009 his sole focus was on bringing the Huetiful hair steamer to market. Today, that mission and vision has evolved into a more robust beauty company that creates and manufactures healthy hair care solutions such as the hair steamer and the nanoSMOOTHING curl loosening treatment for women with textured hair.

Earlier this month, Ken celebrated the opening of Huetiful’s first concept salon in Atlanta, GA, which is another major milestone in the company’s short history.

After that event, we caught up with the innovation guru to talk about his journey in the beauty industry, why he’s so passionate about educating women about their hair and championing the creation of more high end hair care experiences for women with textured hair such as curlBOX and the new Huetiful salon.

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Beyond the BOX with Michelle Breyer, Co-founder of NaturallyCurly.com

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By Sakita Holley (@MissSuccess)

Michelle Breyer was born with “curly [hair] in a straight world.”

Frustrated by the lack of resources and product information she found for her multi-textured hair, Breyer created NaturallyCurly.com with friend and business partner Gretchen Heber in 1998. Almost 15 years later, the website she launched to fill a void that addressed her immediate hair care needs has blossomed into a full blown social media and e-commerce platform known as Texture Media.

Texture Media, which is home to the original NaturallyCurly.com, also supports CurlyNikki, CurlStylist, the mobile app Curls on the Go, syndicated market intelligence service TextureTrends and CurlMart, an online boutique that aids in the discovery of up-and-coming hair care brands.

Breyer, who now manages a staff of “just under 20 employees,” chats with the curlBOXBLOG about her humble beginnings, being a natural hair pioneer, plans for growing her curl community and how she handled recent allegations by a prominent journalist that only “an idiot would invest in a social network for people with curly or kinky hair.”

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