5 Tips for Caring for Your Fine Natural Hair

Type 4 Hair

It’s been almost four years since I gave up the relaxers and let my hair do its natural thing. Since then, I can honestly tell you that it was one of the best beauty decisions I’ve made for myself. Even on the few occasions when I straighten my hair, I’m craving my curls after a few days. I’ve also learned a lot when it comes to taking care of my fine natural hair.

Oh don’t let this curly fro fool you! If I started putting this hair into twists right now, they would be the scrawniest things you have ever seen (and the twist outs are even worse!). It takes styling fails like that to remind me that everyone’s hair is different. What a girl can do with her thick hair can be a total fail for mine.

That’s what inspired today’s post. I’m breaking down ten things to keep in mind when caring for your curly hair.

The bigger the better for twists/braids. The bigger they are, they less scalpy your twist/braid outs will look. You’ll also get a lot more stretch and volume, especially if you curl the ends.

Detangle  on soaking wet and conditioned hair. While I envy those girls who can detangle their hair dry, it spells disaster for my fine, natural hair. So save that when your in the shower and your hair is loaded with conditioner. Fine hair is especially prone to breakage so you want the detangling process to be as smooth and painless as you can.

Olive oil is your best friend. Shea butter and even coconut oil is too heavy for my hair so olive oil is the one for me. Pre-poos, hot oil treatments, oil rinsing, sealing in moisture – olive oil is light enough for fine hair yet strong enough to penetrate our strands and keep them strong and healthy.

Less is more when styling your hair. Another reason why twist outs aren’t the best for my hair is that after day one, I have to re-twist my hair again to keep the definition. Taking a modified approach to the wash and go and letting your hair be is one of the best ways to keep your hair healthy. Handling fine hair too often just leads to more breakage.

Save the heat for special occasions. Keeping blow-drying and straightening to an extreme minimum is a definite do for fine curly hair. Too much heat not only leads to more damage but crazy frizz as well. No matter how low the setting or what products I use, frizz is inevitable in the straightening process. You also don’t want that frizziness to carry over into your curly life too. So rock your curls and save the straight hair for special occasions!

Do you have fine, natural hair? What tips do you have?

Fierce Interview: Reese Witherspoon and The Avon Foundation

One of the foundations I always love keeping up with is the Avon Foundation.  I totally enjoy working with them for International Women’s Day as well as help support their campaigns to end Violence Against Women and spread the word on Breast Cancer Awareness.  I’m also a fan of their spokesperson, Reese Witherspoon, who is always doing big things with Avon!  Earlier this month, she was in Atlanta to kick off the Believe Global Tour, with the goal to continue empowering women all over the world.  Though I couldn’t personally attend, Reese was awesome enough to tape a video response to my question:

What are your New Year’s Resolutions as an Avon Global Ambassador?
 
 
How cool was that!! :)
 

Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month Beauty and Fashion Style

As you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and many companies are showing their support and donating to the cause in awesome ways.  Even as I watched football (yes I love football!) it’s great to see the players wearing pink and black gloves and towels as they take to the field.  Beauty and fashion companies are no different.  Because they are soo many participating in the fight to end Breast Cancer, it made sense for me to give you ladies a round of up for just some of the companies doing their part!

Lab Series Skincare for Men

Breast cancer affects men just as much as women and Lab series feels that everyone should show their support.  That’s why they are incasing their Daily Moisture Defense Lotion SPF 15 for men in a special sleeve with the BCA Pink Ribbon.  Not only will this Lab Series for Men still keep giving men same all-day hydration that a man’s skin needs with this lotion, they are also donating $10,000 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

American Eagle Outfitters

For the entire month of October, aeri, the lingerie line by American Eagle Outiffiters will be donating a portion of their proceeds for all of their bra sales to Bright Pink.  a national non-profit organization that provides education and support to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. You can purchase these bright pink bras at www.aerie.com.

 

Estee Lauder

Part of fighting this disease is awareness and what better way to do that than to use the social media platforms you use every day! That’s why Estee Lauder is inviting everyone to visit their Facebook page and make their Breast Cancer Awareness pledge.  Once you have, please share with all your friends as well as see what others have pledged to do this month.  I’ve already pledged to wear a pink ribbon this month so make sure you make your pledge known to the world!

Endlessbeauty.com

This beauty website who takes a very healthy approach to beauty is celebrating BCA month by discussing the social, emotional, and economical effects of breast cancer on their blog.  Their stories will talke about topics such as the state of Breast Cancer Research, early detection and lifestyle changes that are thought to lower the risk of breast cancer.

 

Like I said, this is just a snippet  of the many companies supporting BCA this month.  Even if you don’t participate in any of these, just make sure you support this cause in any way you can!

Photos courtesy of: Lab Series, American Eagle Outfitters, Estee Lauder, endlessbeauty.com

Fierce Fashion News: Nine West’s Runway Relief Program Kicks Off August 31

In an effort to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer research Nine West is launching its Runway Relief Fund this New York Fashion Week, with its proceeds going to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.  Models including, Lisalla Montenegro, Jessica White, Michelle Alves and Coco Rocha , will be rocking the limited edition Nine West Runway Relief Boot that is coolly equipped with a Omron GQSmart Pocket Pedometer.  Each step a model takes (from castings to NYFW’s parties) equals a donation.  Nine West’s partners in the program include Sony, Omron, Elite, IMG, Marilyn, and “noted fashion photographer Nigel Barker!” (Too much Top Model, I know!)

But speaking of Nigel Barker, he is kicking off the Relief program by hosting a photo shoot of the some of the participating models in an iconic NYC location August 31.  You can check out live on Nine West’s Facebook page or on Modelina’s website.  If you’re lucky enough to live in the NYC area, you can probably check him out in person!

In the meantime, if you want to pick up your own pair of Nine West Relief Boots ($199), become their Facebook fan to get your hands on their limited supply early starting August 31!

Other Fashionable Happenings!

Fierce Fashion News: Rachel Roy Takes Fashion Transformation to Another Level!

Fierce Accessories: The Disney Pop Princess Collection from Dooney & Bourke

Fierce Accessories: Marcia Gay Harden Rocking a Nooni Clutch
Photo courtesy of: Nine West

Supporting Women in Need is a Beautiful Thing: The Latest at the Avon Foundation

If you followed my coverage for International Women’s Day last March, you already know how passionate I am in supporting our fellow ladies in need and I’m happy to say that Avon continues to do just that!  Here’s what the peeps at the Avon Foundation for Women have been up to!

Avon Walks for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer awareness just isn’t for October.  It’s something that should be discussed and supported all year round!  Starting this April, this beauty company is launching Avon Walks for Breast Cancer will where it wants to get the support of everyone for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.  This two day, 39-mile walk is taking place all over the country to help raise money for this cause that affects both men and women!  To help get my divas involved, Avon has offered my readers on Fierce and Yahoo!Shine a special registration fee of $45 (it’s normally $65) from now until April 14th.  All you have to do is enter the promo code walk3 at avonwalk.org. Doesn’t leave much time ladies so check out the dates and cities where you can participate! For more info on the event and activities, visit avonwalk.org!

The Avon Empowerment Product Line

In the spirit of spreading awareness and empowering women in an effort to stop the spread of violence against women, Avon’s embassador Reese Witherspoon has launched the Empowerment line.  This collection includes great accessories and a new Empowerment T-shirt.  Prices range from $3 to $15 and 100% of the net proceeds will go the Avon Empowerment Fund, whose goal is to erradicate violence against women all over the world.  You can look great and support a great cause at the same time!  Shop here to do your part.

In these photos, I’m rocking the Empowerment T-shirt ($15), Unisex Bracelet ($3), Empowerment Bracelet ($3), and the Empowerment Necklace ($5).

Photos courtesy of: Avon

FTC Disclosure:  Avon products that used for review were received as free samples from Avon.