Tips For Growing Your Hair

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Have you ever gotten your hair cut short, only to instantly regret it? Or even if you initially loved it at first, you might have gotten tired of it eventually, and wished you could have your long hair back. Growing out your hair can be a long and tedious process, especially if your hair is prone to breakage. If you are in the process of trying to grow out your hair, here are a few tips you can try to speed up the process:

 Take Supplements

I’m not suggesting that hair supplements can magically make your hair grow longer faster. The truth is that if you have at least a somewhat balanced diet, your body should already have enough of the nutrients needed to strengthen your hair as it grows. However, if you have a very poor diet or you think you might be vitamin deficient, taking supplements could help balance your nutrition, and as a side effect, could also help strengthen your hair so it grows more healthily.

 Before taking anything, be sure to consult your doctor or an experienced and knowledgeable health professional. You need to make sure you’re taking the right amount and type of vitamins, otherwise you could be wasting your money at best, or risk harming your health at worst.

 Trim Your Hair Regularly

To be clear, cutting your hair won’t make your hair grow faster. But trimming it regularly ensures that your hair won’t develop frayed or split ends that could cause your hair to break further up the strand. When growing your hair, it’s advisable to have it trimmed once every 10 to 12 weeks to stop split ends in their tracks.

 At the end of the day, it all boils down to proper hair care and maintenance. You can’t make your hair grow longer overnight, and there are really no quick miracle fixes that can speed up the process significantly, but it is important to keep your hair as healthy as possible while it’s growing, so as to prevent damage and breakage, both of which can stunt your hair’s growth.

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  Protective Styling

Let’s start with the most obvious trick. If you want instant length—maybe for an upcoming special event or occasion—hair extensions can help you out in a pinch. When shopping for hair extensions, it’s important to choose those made from real hair, so they look, feel and move just like your natural hair. Obviously fake hair can look cheap and ruin your overall look. For high quality hair extensions that won’t break the bank, check out the Kinky Curyl or Brazilian straight bundles by True Glory Hair.

 True Glory Hair extensions are made from premium quality virgin hair, so they have a completely natural look and soft feel. They also offer plenty of bounce and shine. They are well made and durable, and can withstand regular styling. With proper care and maintenance, they should last you a few years, making them a great investment for anyone who likes to frequently change their look. Another popular product are the Brazilian body wave bundles. These are great for anyone who wants instant volume and body, in addition to length.

What are some of the ways that you maintain hair length??


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REVIEW | Silk 18 Shampoo by Maple Holistics

Awhile back, I did a review on a natural brand called Maple Holistics. They recently reached out to me again to review one of their newest products as well as promote the relaunching of their website (which I am excited about because the line is actually really good!!)

Maple Holistics carries a line of hair, skin, bath & body and personal care products for men and women with a goal of using cruelty-free, premium natural ingredients to promote total wellness. What is unique about the line is a lot of the products have a multipurpose use, such as the essential oils which double as aromatherapy and bath/skin oils.

In addition, the company strives to promote community awareness through the form of academic scholarship and community outreach.

Maple Holistics Silk 18 Shampoo- $12.95

Maple Holistics Silk 18 Shampoo- $12.95

Their new Silk 18 line was created to strengthen and protect hair from breakage, damage and dryness which is achieved by the product’s unique blend of 18 silk amino acids. Additionally, the product works to cleanse hair from impurities without stripping your hair of its oils. Most importantly (for me, that is) is that the product is sulfate and paraben-free which is key for me and my thick curly hair.

Because I am an ingredient ̶w̶h̶o̶r̶e̶, I love that this product only contains a few ingredients, which for me is key as I am cautious about what I put into and on my body.

  • Silk Amino Acids

  • Botanical Keratin

  • Jojoba Oil

  • Argan Oil

  • Natural Vanilla Fragrance

  • Aqua

These ingredients work together to promote protein induced strength for your hair, as well as making it great for all hair types… including color treated hair.

Make sure you head over to their site and check out all of their amazing products to add to your beauty regimen.


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Hacks For Shiny And Thick Hair

We all want to look and feel our most confident, and for many of us this will include taking the time to care for our hair. If you are trying to grow out your hair more or simply want it to feel thicker and shinier, here are some hacks you should try.

Keep it cool

For your hair to stay strong and shiny throughout your life you will need to make sure that you aren’t damaging it when you wash it. Hair is very sensitive to temperature and this can cause an issue for us when we take a shower. If you are washing your hair in the shower, try turning the temperature down, washing your hair and then clip it up out of the way while you turn the temperature back up to wash your body. This way your hair isn’t exposed to too much heat at once.

T-shirt towel

Ditch the towel, use your t shirt! Towels can be great for drying hair however they have a lot of fibers which can trap your strands and snap them. This can obviously cause a lot of damage and is something which is always a difficulty to overcome. However with a t shirt you don’t have the same type of fibers and you can easily just wrap it up, dry it off and leave your hair intact.

Avoid using heat

Heat can be an enemy to your hair, but sometimes it can be hard to avoid using heat when you want to try a different style. Heat is something you should use sparingly and it is better to use a high heat for a short amount of time than a lower heat for a long stretch of time. Also, try to avoid blow drying your hair and let it dry naturally.

Hair mask every week

You should be rubbing a hair mask into your locks every single week without fail. It might seem excessive but it is a way to keep your hair strong and it will make a massive difference to it overall. You can get a hair mask for curly hair, straight hair, oily hair and dry hair so you’ll be able to find one which suits your needs.

Braid it overnight

If you leave your hair down while you sleep, this can have a large impact on your hair and it can leave it dry and brittle as it comes into contact with the fibers of your pillow at night. To stop this happening you can use a protective hairstyle like a braid or a high bun/pineapple on top of your head to keep your hair together and strong overnight. Keep it loose and simple to avoid strain on your hair follicles. You’ll find that your hair starts to grow much if you do this, and it will be stronger overall.


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Speed Up Your Morning Beauty Routine With These Tips

We know it’s a bit of a modern-day problem, but no matter how early we set the alarm on and drag ourselves out of bed, we’re always, always pushed for time in the morning as we desperately try to get ourselves looking like a million bucks. Perfection takes time. We all know that. Unfortunately, very few bosses will accept this as a legitimate excuse when you show up late, their eyes performing a slow roll as you strut through the office doors feeling fantastic.

It’s a problem we girls have to face six-times a week, sometimes more. So, in an attempt to help you speed up your morning beauty routine, I’ve pulled together some amazing tips and tricks to get you out the door a little faster and still looking drop dead gorgeous. Now that’s the dream, right there.

1. Hands-On Haircut

Nothing takes more time to perfect than our hair. It doesn’t matter what you are hoping to do it, nothing eats up the minutes like a quick hairstyling session in the morning. That’s why you should invest in a haircut that is a dream to manage and simple to upkeep. You want something that’s simple, fast, easy to repeat each day and still wow; something like a ponytail, or a bun or simple part; something both professional and pretty.

2. Indulge Your Hairs Needs

Like a fingerprint, everyone’s hair is different and that means they all respond to different products and maintenance. Finding what’s right for you is no easy feat, but it’s so worth going on the hunt to find your hair’s dream routine. Try out different products for different hair textures, (like biracial hair products), wrap your curls in a microfiber towel after washing, try using dry shampoo before you go to bed, dabble in nighttime braids, or rock rollers while asleep. Once you’ve found the perfect routine, rock it every day and you’ll find you save yourself so much time.

3. Multitasking Skin Products

We love nothing more than seeing the benefits of serums and toners do their thang each morning, but when you’re pushed for time it makes so much more sense to use moisturizers and cleansers that double-up to help you shave a minute or twelve when in a rush. The trick is looking for a moisturizer that boasts the same ingredients as your serums, such as a moisturizer with lots of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.


4. Use Skin & Hair Products

One of our favorite time-saving hacks is to use a vitamin D elixir on my skin and then run it through my hair too. Not only does this stuff brighten up my face and firm my skin, but it also thickens hair and leaves it looking silky smooth. But here’s the best bit: vitamin D is actually a happy hormone and nothing looks sexier than happiness.

5. All-In-One Make-Up

One of the most wow-factor looks you can rock is the “no makeup” makeup look, which is so enviable when you pull it off. Well, to perfect this, try using an all-in-one product like a CC cream or even a slightly tinted moisturizer. Then, once you’ve gently rubbed it in, drag a bit of bronzer across your cheekbones and eye creases, add a dollop of mascara and, voila, you're done.


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Vital Products Every Girl With Natural Hair Needs

Ladies....

As you might know, I'm passionate about natural hair. You can do whatever you like with your hair, but if you keep it natural, it deserves to be cared for. There are several things you should and should not do if you want to keep your locks in good condition. It's a careful balancing act to keep it hydrated without weighing it down and keep it clean without drying it out.

I have a list of essential products that every girl with natural hair should keep in her bathroom. It includes products to use in your hair and items you can use to style it.

Check out some of my essentials....


Natural Shampoo and Conditioner

I'm all about keeping things natural when it comes to my hair. I don't want any nasty chemicals ruining its delicate balance. So I'm always on the lookout for organic products that won't do any damage. 

Your shampoo and conditioner are often the two products you use the most. If you use them all the time, they have to be kind to your hair. There are lots of products to choose from that contain natural ingredients. Right now, I am loving the CURLS "Blueberry Bliss" Hair Wash and Leave in Conditioner because of their natural and sulfate free ingredients and they are packed with protein, amino acids and other naturally powerful oils and botanicals to keep my strands moisturized, hydrated and healthy.

In addition, it's also a good idea to have a deep conditioner that you use regularly or at least every other wash for added hydration for your curls.

 

Spray Bottle

The holy grail of natural hair....

Too much product can weigh your hair down, make it stick together or worse, make it look greasy. It's often better if you can spray products on because you can get a finer mist. Not everything comes in a handy spray bottle, though, so some empty ones can be very useful. Just add whatever you want to the bottle and start spraying. It can be one of the most versatile hair products you own. You can just fill it with water or with oil if you want to smooth down some flyaway hairs. Make your own mixes too so you can get the perfect formula.

 

Hair Wrap

When your hair is looking its best, you want to protect it. A lot of women use a wrap to keep their style while they're sleeping, working out, or doing other things. Scarves are popular choices for protecting hair. A wrap can be more convenient, though, especially if a scarf won't stay on at night. I recently tried one out, and it felt secure and kept my style in tact for the next day.

 

Oils & Serums

Products containing oils will help to keep your hair hydrated. There are so many different products you can try. Coconut oil is often a favorite, but you can also find argan oil, almond oil, and much more. Finding one you like is a process that you have to explore. 

I am loving the Rosarco Oil by Briogeo because it contains many oils like rosehip, coconut, argan, sunflower and rosemary oils to name a few and it keeps my strands silky and smooth and protects it from the harsh chemicals in the environment.

 


There are lots more products every girl with natural hair should have. These are just some of them so find the ones that work for you, but whatever you do, remember not to overdue it because too much of a good thing is just that, too much.


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Super Defined Braid Out w/ L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Collection

For all my naturals out there, YOU already KNOW how we are about our hair and the products that we put into it.... no sulfates, no harsh chemicals, etc, etc. So needless to say, I was a bit skeptical to try the new L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil collection because all products are not made the same and what works good for ladies with straight or relaxed hair is not always the best for use kinky/curly chicas.

So before we get into the review, let's talk a little bit  about these products....

Influenster and L'Oreal Paris handpicked myself and a few other bloggers to try out their new line of hair care products. The Extraordinary Oil Collection is a 4 part system formulated to restore and nourish dry hair. It contains lightweight essential oils like Argan, Chamomile, Coconut, Amla, Soja and Sunflower to revitilize, moisturize and add shine to hair. It's mentioned to eliminate dryness in just 1 wash.

My Review

I was surprised at how the products worked in my hair. With the shampoo containing our dreaded frenemy as naturalistas... SULFATE, it actually did not dry out my hair and I was very surprised at how moisturized and shiny it left it (I have black permanent color on my hair, so the curls were DEF poppin). The conditioner is semi-thick in consistency easily detangled my hair, so I was happy about that.

When it came to the styling process... I used the oil-in- cream along with my Hello Curlies gel and they paired really well together with no sticky or white residue. The oil-in cream, really helped to maintain that softness and sheen from the wash process which I really liked. I used the Oil serum during the take down process of my braid out and it really helped with elevating frizz. NOW I know a lot of bloggers say this, but seriously, you don't need a lot of this oil and it really did help with preventing frizz because when I separate my hair, as much as I try, I do get some frizz but not this time!!

Here are more pics of the finished results...

BOMB.com!!!

You can find out where to buy these products by visitng L'OREAL's website and if you are skeptical about the shampoo, make sure you definitely try the other products. The conditioner can definitely double as a deep conditioner and the cream oil leave in and oil serum are amazing.

MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THIS STYLE FROM START TO FINISH ON MY LATEST YOUTUBE TUTORIAL


DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by L'Oreal Paris via Influenster, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!


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Tutorial- Bantu Knot Out w/ the Hydra Steam Moisturizing System

In this tutorial, I'm reviewing the Hydra Steam Moisturizing System from SoftSheen-Carson using my professional Hair Steamer on my friend Marissa. Her hair is currently heat damaged (mostly in the front) and she wants to transition back to her gorgeous curls. I believe this system is going to make her hair stronger and help create amazing moisture for her two textures. 


The Hydra Steam Moisturizing System is a five-part system that gives hair ultimate hydration to provide you with frizz-free curls with definition and moisture. These products contain aloe, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help restore the pH balance in the hair.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

  • Sulfate-Free Cleanser removes build-up in the hair, helps to hydrate and preps it for your conditioning steam treatment. 
  • The Steam Masque is activated by using steam (preferably from a hair steamer) to infuse your hair with water and install moisture.
Hydra Steam Moisturizing System- The KaShonna Files
  • Moisturizing Sealing Spray is a leave in conditioning spray you use after your steam treatment that ensures moisturizing ingredients are secured in your hair for lasting moisture.
  • Curl Designing Cream gives a medium and flexible and leaves your hair with lots of moisture and definition with frizz control.

I am loving how this system makes natural hair more manageable and defining!  Have you tried these products yet?

Holiday Style: Low Curly Ponytail

Low Curly ponytail

If you are following me on Instagram, you already know that I have been helping to get you prepared for the holidays with 6 weeks of hair style inspiration! I decided to highlight some of my favorite styles on the blog so that you can recreate them.


LOW PONYTAIL- this is a simple yet gorgeous hairstyle that is perfect for the holiday season! Very Low maintenance!

TO ACHIEVE THIS STYLE...

  1.  I co-washed my hair using Matrix Bioloage Hydrasource Conditioner.
  2.  Banded wet hair to stretch used Hello Curlies "leave-in conditioner & buttermilk moisturizer" and Aphogee "keratin & green tea reconstructor."
  3. The next morning, I used CHI "silk infusion" oil to flat iron my hair straight (I passed the flat iron only once through my hair.)
  4. Gathered hair into a low bun using the plastic elastic bands.
  5. Used 14'' loose curly hair I bought from the beauty supply and secured it around my hair with bobby pins.
  6. Laid my edges with CURLS "blueberry loss control paste."
  7. Teased ponytail for more volume.

What do you think???

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Holiday Style Guide: "GIVING Thanks" w/ a flexi rod set!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying good food, laughs and company with family and friends. 

We are well into week 1 of our Holiday Style Guide and if you haven't entered the contest yet, it's not too late to do say- well you have 1 day until I pick the winner but hey!

This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we are "GIVING" body & style with a flexi rod set! 

This style is easy to achieve & gives so much attitude & personality because it can be styled many ways throughout the week (especially when it gets old).
 

flexi rod set

HOW I ACHEIVED THIS LOOK:
1) Starting with freshly co-washed hair I coated my hair with Jane Carter Solution "wrap foam" and CURLS "cashmere curl jelly"

2) Using small-large flexi rods & a few perm rods I took medium sized sections of hair and rolled my hair around the rods starting at the base and down (to ensure smooth and defined hair.)

3) Sat under my dryer for 30 minutes on warm/high heat to set and then air dried overnight.

4) Next day, took rods out and using Pantene Pro-V "argan oil" I separated curls.

5) Slicked edges with CURLS "passionfruit control paste."

6) For extra volume, I used a pick to fluff.

Have you tried a flexi rod set? What were your results?

Make sure you are following me on Instagram to enter to win prizes!

The Holiday Hair Style Guide + Enter to win weekly prizes!

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Are you following me on INSTAGRAM??

If not, make sure that you hit the "follow" button because I am getting you ladies fabulous & flyer for the holidays.... and giving out weekly prizes!

RULES
1) Follow me on IG @kashon_bg
2) Repost this flyer (found on my page)
3) Recreate "look of the week"
4) Use hashtag #TheKSFStyleChallenge  

Also make sure to tag any of your friends who need holiday hair inspiration OR would like to enter the contest to win!