Dry Hair and Moisture Needs

It may not seem like it if you are struggling with dry hair issues, but believe it or not, keeping the moisture balance in your hair is within your control. In order to effectively meet your hair’s moisture needs, here is what you must understand:

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Water, is not the enemy!
For so long we have been taught that water is the culprit of dryness when it is the exact opposite. Water is in fact the ultimate moisturizer. Using water and water based products will play a key role in keeping your hair hydrated. If you have been shying away from water, try incorporating it in your routine by lightly misting your hair (not saturating) and sealing the moisture in with your favorite moisturizing products. You will notice more elasticity and coils with more definition. A regimen lacking in the water department is bound to result in some dried out, crispy strands.



Layer your products (L.O.C Method)
An effective way to keep moisture in your hair is by using the L.O.C Method (liquid, oil, and cream).  Use water or a water based product, oil to seal the liquid in, and then a cream to seal the underlying layers. Dark and Lovely Au Naturale has a whole product line called Moisture L.O.C ,perfect for using this method. All the products under Au Naturale Moisture L.O.C. Collection are designed to work together for ultimate moisture during styling and retaining that moisture in the days after. The collection includes: Shampoil, Deep Conditioning Delight, Super Quench Leave In Spray (the liquid), Soak It Up Oil Cocktail and Lock It In Sealing Cream.  Everything is formulated with Coconut and Moringa oils for a penetrating, super hydrating, uber soft finish that lasts for 7 days.


Beware of product buildup
How often a naturalista washes their hair varies from person to person. Oftentimes, these factors will determine the best wash schedule for you: the type of styles you like to wear, the length of your hair, how much product you use, and how active you are. One thing is for sure, if you have tons of product buildup on your hair, this will result in your hair becoming dry. If you have been loading hair with product all week long , it ends up forming a barrier that will prevent moisture from being absorbed. So for those who have been feeling like your hair is dry no matter how much product you put on it, this is most likely the reason why.



Use gentle cleansing products
Almost all of us have experienced super dry hair after washing, which is why many have come to believe that water is the source of dryness. Unless you have hard water issues (this can be solved by using a water filter), the source of the issue is the products that you are using to shampoo your hair. Shampoos are effective at removing dirt, oil and buildup. The problem is that along withremoving the stuff we do not want, it also strips our hair of the natural oils we need. Which is why you will want to go for a shampoo formula that does not contain sulfates and is a gentle formula. Make sure when you shampoo that you apply most of the product to your scalp rather than your hair. This will help avoid dryness as well. Co-washing or cleansing your hair with conditioner only, significantly cuts down on dryness. If you find that you like co-washing, you just have to keep in mind every once in a while, you will have to shampoo and you can acquire buildup if you don’t. For example, if you wash your hair once per week or four times per month, a good option would be to co-wash three times out of the month and shampoo once.



Deep condition often
In addition to improving your hair’s moisture retention, deep conditioning will make your hair more soft and manageable. Even if you co-wash, it is important to still deep condition your hair for strengthening purposes, as a regular rinse-out conditioner is not equipped to do this.

How do you keep moisture in your hair and avoid dryness woes?

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A DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Basket for Natural Hair Beauties

written by Ashlei Mosley


Valentine’s day is swiftly approaching and you know what that means:

Store bought chocolate, roses, heart-shaped balloons, and sugary sweet cards.

It’s the same routine each year, but it works right?


What if you were to try something different this year?

I mean really WOW your valentine by giving them a gift that’s not only thoughtful and lets you express your creativity, but is also inexpensive and doesn’t involve any variety of heart-shaped boxed chocolates.

What does every naturalista love?

Receiving new hair products!

They’re the best kind of gift because they’re both thoughtful and useful.

But instead of throwing them into a shiny red gift bag and calling it a day, why not get a little inventive with your gift wrapping?

I believe part of gifting is the presentation, and today I’m going to show you how to create a Valentine’s day gift basket perfect for the natural hair lover in your life.


What you’ll need:
– A gift basket or box
– Tissue paper
– A dozen roses (or your valentine’s favorite flower)
– Their hair product of choice. I’m using products from Dark N Lovely’s new Au Naturale L.O.C. hair care line.
– A sweet V-day card

First we want to make sure to give your items some height when they’re laying in your basket or box. Crumple up tissue paper to cover the bottom and then lay one sheet over the crumpled pieces to give the basket a clean look.


Next pluck a rose bud from its stem and sprinkle some petals on top of the tissue paper.


Now it’s time to arrange the items in your basket and sprinkle a few more petals over top.


Tie the rest of the roses with some ribbon or twine and lay them either within or beside your basket depending on the space you have.


For an extra touch add a bottle of wine, a sweet smelling candle, bath salts, or additional hair accessories.


Prepare to amaze your sweetheart with your thoughtfulness and creativity this year!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Grab Your Curlfriends for Kinky Hair Unlocked!

If you’ve never visited Atlanta before, April 24th-26th, 2015 is the time to pack your bag, grab your best curlfriends, and take that trip! With my help, you can make your Kinky Hair Unlocked experience one to remember. Believe me when I say that Atlanta has more to offer than Greek picnics, strip clubs, and reality television shows.


Stay in the A

Whether you’re on a budget or looking to spend a little something, Atlanta has a lot of lodging options. If you favor the more traditional route, you and your curlfriends can choose from lots of hotels.

When you arrive in Atlanta on Friday morning, take Marta, Uber, Lyft, or a taxi to your chill spot for the weekend.

Low ($90-150) – On a budget? You’re sure to find a convenient, affordable option below.


1. Check out the Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Midtown/Georgia Tech for $95 per night. With a pool and fitness center, you can get your work out on. Located at 1132 Techwood Drive, Atlanta, GA 30318, it’s close to Georgia Tech, and 13 miles from the airport.


2. At $139 per night, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Downtown is conveniently located in Downtown Atlanta. Close to Marta, this downtown gem also has a pool and fitness center for you and your curlfriends to enjoy. 160 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303


3.The newly renovated Embassy Suites Atlanta – Buckhead is a little further in town, but has lots of perks. Enjoy a nightly manager’s reception and complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast along with a pool and fitness center. 3285 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, GA 30305

Mid ($151-220) – Willing to spend a little more?*


1. Twelve Centennial Park (400 W. Peachtree St. Atlanta, GA 30308) has rooms for $189 per night. You can check out the ferris wheel, the park, or catch a cab to the restaurants and bars on Marietta St.


2. Or you can stay at the Hilton Atlanta (255 Courtland St, Atlanta, GA 30308), part of the Curlfriends Getaway package. Priced at $164 per night, the Hilton offers downtown convenience and lots of amenities.


3. The W Atlanta Midtown (188 14th St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361) is a high-rise, boutique hotel located in the heart of Midtown. It’s convenient to the Crescent Avenue strip and is priced at $214/night.


*Stay at the Omni Hotel (100 CNN Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303) as part of the Curlfriends ATL Takeover 2015 Weekend Getaway Package.

High ($221 and up) Ready to spend?


1. If this weekend is your “treat-me” time, stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Atlanta (75 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309), Rooms start at $289 and up,.


2. The Ritz-Carlton has locations in both Downtown (181 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30303) and Buckhead (3434 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326). Rooms in Downtown will run you $299 per night while rooms in Buckhead are priced at $249 a night.

Airbnb or Homeaway

A little less traditional, but still a great option, websites like Airbnb and Homeaway allow private users to rent a shared room, private room, or entire house/condo to you. If you and your curlfriends want to throw down in the kitchen during the weekend but don’t want to rent a hotel suite, check out Airbnb and Homeaway.

Play and Dine in the A


Once you’ve dropped off your bags and checked in, head out into the suburbs for some TLC. One of my favorite spots in Atlanta, Jeju Sauna (3555 Gwinnett Place Dr NW, Duluth, GA 30096) is a traditional Korean bathing house in Gwinnett County. You and your curlfriends can enjoy bathing pools, heated and cool saunas, authentic Korean food, massages, body scrubs, and more starting at just $25 for the entry fee. If you’re squeamish around nudity, this may not be the place for you. In certain parts of the spa, it is clothing optional and most people take advantage of that. I know I do!


If a clothing optional spa is not your thing, don’t fret. You can hop on over to Lenox Mall (3393 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326) or Phipps Plaza to grab those last minute accessories or shop for a total outfit overhaul. These malls are right across the street from each other, conveniently located to Marta, and bound to have something for everyone. Choose from stores like Nordstrom’s or Macy’s, Zara, Anthropologie, Forever XXI, Express, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Lucky Brand, White House Black Market, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more!

After shopping, it’s time to head back to your hotel so you can get ready, grab dinner, and make the happy hour at Kinky Hair Unlocked!  Feeling those hunger pains? Or are you just plain hangry (adj – a state of anger caused by lack of food; hunger causing a negative change in emotional state)? Then it’s time to leave so you can make that dinner reservation you made.


You can swing by Two Urban Licks (820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306) for a wonderful ambience, a great outdoor patio, and wood-fired food. Looking for something different? Check out The Lawrence at 905 Juniper Street, Atlanta, GA 30309 for New American food.  If you’re in the mood for modern European, try Ecco at 40 7th ST NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. But if you and curlfriends really want to be seen, hang out in Atlantic Station at Twelve in Lobby Bar and Bistro (361 17th Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30363) or the W Midtown (188 14th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30361).


Once dinner is over, head to 595 North for Kinky Hair Unlocked! Enjoy yourself, ask lots of questions, and take plenty of pictures. If you’re looking for something to get into after the event, hit up the Edgewood Avenue corridor in Downtown Atlanta for bars and lounges like Sound Table (483 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA), Mother (447 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA), or my personal favorite, the adult video game arcade Joystick (427 Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta, GA).


On Saturday morning, get up in time to experience a Southern brunch! Try an Atlanta institution like The Flying Biscuit (1001 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA) or visit The Highland Bakery (655 Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312). Another local option includes Murphy’s (997 Virginia Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30306). Most restaurants in Atlanta that serve brunch on Saturdays are first-come, first-serve, and you better get there before 10:30 if you don’t want a 45 minute wait. $15+ brunches not your thing? You can always check out an IHOP or a Waffle House while in Atlanta.


After brunch, head to the Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Show. Enjoy booths, shows, great deals on products, and classes. When you’ve had your fill of the show for the day, be sure to grab a seat aboard the Girls Night Out Party Bus.* You and your curlfriends will have the night of your life!

*Book this event as part of the Curlfriends ATL Takeover 2015 Weekend Getaway Package.

The Long Goodbye


Get up on Sunday morning for the Natural Freedom Brunch* at the B Loft (690 Miami Circle NE. #600, Atlanta, GA 30324). And if you didn’t get your fill of the hair show on Saturday, go back for more on Sunday!

Hopefully you get the chance to hang out with some old and new curlfriends! To learn more about travel package options through the Curlfriends ATL Takeover 2015 Weekend Getaway Package check out the packages (starting at $395 per person for 4 people)

*Also included in the Curlfriends ATL Takeover 2015 Weekend Getaway Package. 


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