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FLOWER CHILD CURLS SHAMPOO AS A FACE MASK

Wonder what else you can do with our Flower Child Curls Earth Clay Shampoo? Well the Earth Clay (No Lather) Cleansing Shampoo contains wonderful natural ingredients such as clay, soap berries, and essential oils to cleanse the hair and scalp. Clay has been used as a cleanser since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, Greeks, and Romans used clay not only as a hair cleanser but also for bathing, as a natural internal medicine, and for many other therapeutic uses. Another amazing ingredient in our shampoo is soap berries, which are fruits plucked directly from the soapberry tree (Sapindus Mukorossi), create a natural soap that has been used in India for thousands of years to cleanse hair, skin, fine silks, and wools. Hence our shampoo makes for an awesome face cleaning mask! Click HERE to shop

SUMMER TO SPRING : 5 TIPS TO KEEPING YOUR HAIR HYDRATED

(Image of the beautiful @maameyaaboafo using #FlowerChildCurls)

Summer to Spring, changing weather can be harsh on your Natural hair, heat, humidity, and too much sun exposure can dry, damage, and dehydrate your strains. But not to worry, here are some great tips to keeping your curls hydrated and luscious during transitioning weather! 

1. The products you use on your strand MATTERS! 

Although the natural hair community discourages excessive shampooing, as an active natural, who loves yoga, running, swimming and other outdoor activities you may find your hair has more build up during this time compared to colder seasons. Increasing how much you shampoo your hair or adding in additional co-wash will help your during this time. Make sure to use a clarifying shampoo such as our Earth Clay Cleansing Shampoo which contains wonderful natural ingredients such as clay, soap berries, and essential oils to cleanse the hair and scalp. 

2. ACV RINSE FOR OIILY HAIR - For times when you don't have a lot of build up but would like a light rinse you can't go wrong Co-Washing with ACV (Apple Cyder Vinger), Apple cider vinegar is naturally high in acetic acid and has a pH level which is close to that of human hair, this is great for those who have oily hair.

3. OIL RINSE FOR DRY HAIR-  An oil rinse has been compared to a hot oil treatment, but done in the shower. After shampooing apply hydrating oil such as our Jojoba Moisture Seal Oil. Make sure to ring out excess water and apply oil from ends to roots. You may also try Avocado and Coconut oil to seal in that moisture. 

4. Leave -In Conditioner can make or break your strands - before you jump into that chlorine filled pool, apart from a swimming cap make sure your hair has a great leave in conditioner. Since the pH of this conditioner is balanced and very close to the hair's own pH of 4.5 to 5.5, this means the pH of your natural hair will be maintained. Using products outside of the hair's pH is one of the biggest causes of dryness and breakage. With our aloe-infused conditioner, the constant moisture that the hair needs is successfully transferred into the hair and stays resulting in increased hair health and growth.

5. Finally protect those strands -  Protective styles such as braids can be great in this summer weather but braids can actually lead to excessive breakage due to the pulling that can occur on your hair strands. Try crochet braids instead, giving you the same look but safer for your hair and edges. Finally you can never go wrong with protective style wigs, and stylish head wraps. 

For more tips check out our book Guide To Growing Long Natural Hair

NATURAL HAIR SHRINKAGE : THE GOOD & THE BAD

Most curly/kinky gal understand the struggle of natural hair shrinkage. What is shrinkage exactly? Hair shrinkage usually occurs when curly/kinky hair is moisturized while stretched/straightened, shrinking it back to it's natural (normal) curly/kinky state. This makes the hair appear shorter in length when it is in fact the same length. 

Basically you do an incredible braid out that gives you the luscious fro you desire but if you step outside on a rainy day, you may return with seemingly half the hair density you left with and a shrunken afro. But not to worry because this isn't particularly a bad thing, it might not be the style you intended to do that day but hair shrinkage actually speaks to the health of your hair. Here are some things to keep in  mind.

1.  Different hair textures (hair types) experience different amount of shrinkage, some may experience only 40% while others experience 90%. The capacity a persons hair shrinks depends on how tightly coiled their hair is capable of becoming. This is actually a great thing to know about your hair because once you realize that your hair is not in a constant battle against every braid out or roller set, but is just in fact returning to its most natural state, then you can view this as a way of reminding yourself that your curls are still healthy and popping. If they were damaged through heat or some other source they would not spring back into a curly state as readily.

2. This leads to the next thing to remember about shrinkage. It can be used as a tool to see how healthy your curls are. Excess heat or damaging chemicals applied to the hair is one of the common forms of damage. In order to achieve that perm or that extremely flat ironed style, curls have to become damaged in order to stay permanently or temporarily straight. For those who want to go between natural and flat iron styles they find that the curls begin to not bounce back due to the damage. So when we embrace the fact that tight curls can equal healthy curls we see that shrinkage is a good thing.

3. We must reject the notion that shrinkage (especially extreme shrinkage) is unattractive  and unkempt. Many girls with kinky hair may have grown up with the idea that natural hair = not neat. This idea has always been something that has been present in our society. Even as the rise of naturals who reject this grew this idea also found a way to make itself present when it comes to texture preferences. Many find that there is still even with many who embrace natural hair an idea that looser textures (which usually but not always may have less shrinkage capacity) are better than kinkier textures (which usually but not always has more shrinkage capacity). We cannot stop what others think about our own hair, but what we can do is LOVE OUR HAIR no matter what texture you have. So we say, embrace it no matter how much it shrinks. 

4. Now we can't ignore the fact that wearing your hair in tight curls can inevitably lead to more interaction between strands and more opportunities for tangling if not done carefully. This is even more likely if you are not regularly detangling your hair using a good slippery conditioner and applying moisture on a consistent basis A.K.A if you do not have a good hair care regimen that incorporates protein from time to time. Wearing it in this state can be very low manipulation but the need for moisture becomes higher due to the increased contact between strands. A great moisturizer will allow the strands to come into contact and more likely slip past each other instead of becoming caught. Also, alternating between shrunken styles and other protective styles is a good idea for those who may want to change it up.  With a good regimen and plenty of moisture, your hair will tangle less whenever you want to wear your hair shrunken 

5. Once you have embraced that your hair shrinks and that you are a unique flower, you may decide to wear it in its shrunken state from time to time. As we know low manipulation can lead to tremendous growth so rocking your shrinkage from time to time can lead to less damage and length retention. 

So it's ok to manipulate your hair here and there but the best way to grow your hair, especially kinky hair to to stick with low manipulation hair styles and wearing your hair in it's shrinkage state every now and then is completely ok and reminds you of how healthy your hair actually is. 

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KINKY HAIR MISCONCEPTIONS, BREAKING THE MYTHS



The average progressive millennial likes to think that they truly believe "all hair is good hair". But sometimes the truth is revealed when a picture of "Blue Ivy Carter" rocking an awesome "messy" kinky fro (for those of you who may not know this is Beyonce's beautiful oldest child) posted on social media is followed by many commenters who are angry that beyonce allowed her child to walk outside with such "messy hair". While a picture posted of baby "North West" (Kim Kardashian's equally beautiful daughter) with a head full of messy curls most times doesn't result in any criticisms. 

Whenever i see this i always wonder to myself, do these commenters know they are actually perpetuating the idea that there is something wrong with kinkier hair. But this can be a hard topic to bring up because at the end of the day "hey it's just hair" right? Well let's think about that for a second. Is it just hair? Or is there actually a deeper issue here. An issue that ties all the way to slavery and separation of class, an issue that tell our "dark daughters" that they are not good enough at a very early stage in their development. An issue that prompt Solange Knowles to create a song blatantly stating "Don't Touch My Hair". The sad part of this all is some of the criticisms also comes from black women but we won't get into the topic of stockholm syndrome today. Think of it this way, if you are told you are not "good enough" long enough, well one day you may actually start to believe it. So what are are the myths attached to having kinky hair. Even though the list is long let's keep it short and cute by breaking down only 4 popular myths. 

1.  Kinky Hair is hard to grow. Sometimes when a girl goes natural after years of relaxing her hair, she may discover that her texture falls more in the range of 4B/4C, which is a very kinky texture. Not knowing how to take care of this new texture or what products to use she usually comes to the conclusion that her hair is "too difficult". In some ways yes natural hair in general (no matter the texture) can seem "difficult", but in reality it really isn't. Yes it does require attention and for kinkier textures keeping your hair well moisturized is the key to seeing dramatic hair growth. But if you think about it, this would be the same attention you would give your hair even if it were relaxed or blown out. Since your hair is tightly curled it can have a difficult time retaining the natural healthy oils from your scalp, stopping it from flowing freely down your hair strands. This leads to your hair becoming dry and brittle which eventually leads to breakage. So it's not that your hair can't grow because it's too kinky, it just needs some moisture and love. 

2. Kinky Hair is very hard and rough.  Well even though sometimes kinky hair may feel or even look "tough", it isn’t. If you keep your hair moisturized it will always feel soft. As far as looking rough, that is more of a stigma attached with kinkier hair that we can easily break by not caring what someone else thinks about your hair. At the end of the day beauty is in the eye of the beholder.   3. Kinky Hair can't be combed. I think when it comes to this Myth we have to remember kinky/curly hair cannot be handled like straight hair. You probably shouldn't be combing your hair when it's in certain states, such as when it's completely dry or when its tangled. Kinky hair can certainly be combed but because it is tightly curled it is easier to comb it when it's moisturized or after detangling.

4. Kinky Hair is High Maintenance. Well I say it all depends. The reason some people may discover more difficulties in taking care of their hair is simply because they haven't found the right Products/Regimen combination that works for their hair, or they refuse to stick to one. They are convinced that maybe there is something better out there. This can lead to becoming a product Junkie as they say, making your hair seem more high maintenance than it really should be. If you have already found products and a regimen that work for your hair (whether it is Flower Child Curls Or Not haha) we stay stick with it. Why change it if it's working? 

At the end of the day, we as women have to make an effort to break these stereotypes and misconceptions thrust upon us. However you wish to wear your hair, whether it's natural, relaxed, or in between, it really doesn't matter because it is your hair. There is no perfect skin tone, there is no perfect body type and there is no perfect hair type. What makes it perfect is if it makes you feel comfortable in your own skin!   

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