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Chrishell Stubbs update

She’s all grown up!

Okay, it hasn’t been THAT long since we’ve posted on up-and-comer Chrishell Stubbs, but I figured it was fitting to have an update on her career, since she’s been seen in quite a number of shows and ad campaigns since our last hair mavens post.

At the time, I couldn’t find that much info on her…just picture after picture of FAB hair. But here’s an interview VOGUE Black snagged with the model. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of Stubbs in the future.

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Marsha Madeover

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I LOVED Floetry (especially their live album I have), so consequently, I have a warm place in my heart for Marsha Ambrosius. BUT have you seen her new look after hitting the scenes as a solo artist? Loving her hair and it looks like she amped up her diet/fitness routine and wardrobe. NOT MAD AT YA.

BTW, did anyone catch her performance with Jill Scott, Ledisi, and Kelly Price for BET’s  Black Girls Rock? They loved on that song. Their “Four Women” performance is below, in case you’d like to relive the moment.

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Hair Aisles of Yesteryear

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What do you think will happen to the “ethnic hair aisle”? Will it die off or eventually evolve? And if it does evolve, will we have any real use for it?

I may look, but I usually don’t touch/buy anything from the aisle. I’m using scouring the natural product section in Target (where I still flip products over to read the ingredients list).

Clearly someone is still buying the products, and I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with that – Do what works for you. But there is obviously an increase of women venturing off in search of products that cater to their hair type (curly, straight) or concerns (dry, damaged, oily, etc), rather than products “made for black folk.”

I’ve already seen a number of established “ethnic” hair brands catering more towards people who want natural products, whether the products are actually “natural” is another story, but do you think the ethnic aisle is a mainstay or a once-upon-a-time marketing ploy in the making?

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Bunned Up: Curly Meets Sleek

I’m a fan of buns.

Doesn’t matter if they’re messy, sleek, high, tousled or carefree – I’m for them, and am always trying to figure out how to do (or tweak) these styles to my liking. Whether kinky, curly or straightened, buns are the perfect summer style to have a little fun with.

I’ve done a post on how they are great protective styles (to defend your ends from breakage or harsh weather), but this post is strictly for the hell of it. Strictly for bun lovers.

Here’s youtube video I liked by NaturalManeNYC – kind of looks like a play on the Southern Tease bun, but with the help of a scrunchie (possibly for hold and volume?). I’ll definitely be trying this out too.

 

My hair has grown out quite a bit, so as my layers are annoying me less and less – I’ve been rocking different pony and bun styles.

Here’s an awesome pic of a bun style on textured hair – an idea for naturals that may want a non-sleek bun option.

 

Are you bunned up? Share your favorite bun styles and I can post them up in a segment. Send your pics to info@blackstrands.com

 

:: Grow on ::

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Summer Workout Regimen: Locks to the Dry Cleaners?

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In the midst of my summer workout regimen, I’ve been thinking of different methods to refresh my locks daily.

Rather than washing my hair everyday before work (I exercise in the mornings), I need a quick alternative for the days I don’t feel like wetting my hair.

One product I’d like to try is Ojon Rub-Out Dry Cleanser – you simply spray it on your roots, let it sit for a while then brush the product out of hair to freshen your ‘do.

I’ve also heard that some ladies use dry cleansers when they want to keep straight styles longer (presses or blow-outs), but don’t want limp, weighed down hair due to buildup.

I’ll be buying this in the near future and will be sure to share my thoughts.

In the meantime, please share your opinions. Have you tried any dry shampoos or cleansers? How was the experience? Also, what’s your hair regimen for workouts?

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Quick Conditioning: Treatments on Dry Hair

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We know curly/kinky hair loves moisture – but wetting your hair doesn’t necessarily have to be a first step for deep conditioning treatments.

Next time you do a DC treatment, use your normal product but apply it on dry hair.

Of course, this works better on clarified/shampooed hair, but who says we’re talking about a full-out hair day?

If you are looking for a quickie conditioning method, condition dry hair (add a natural oil of choice  if you like), put on a shower cap, then head to bed or get back to the task at-hand. Sit under the dryer if you wish, and wash out when ready.

If you’ve clarified or shampoo’d within the last 7 days or so- this could be a quick pick-me-up for your hair in the middle of the week. I’ve tried it before, and my hair came out moisturized and ultra soft. I read about this tip on various hair boards, and wish I had tried it sooner!

:: Grow on ::

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