The Natural Cole – My Natural Story.

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My first attempt to return to my natural roots started in 2009. I went relaxer-free for 8 months, wearing protective styles so I wouldn’t be tempted to apply relaxer to my puffy roots. One day I decided it was time to reveal my natural hair and I couldn’t believe what I saw. I had big gorgeous curls and my hair was extremely soft. I stood in the mirror admiring the texture of my hair, but suddenly became frightened- I didn’t know what to do! Questions started to arise, like “how would I manage my hair like this?” “What will people think of me at work?” At the time I didn’t know anyone who wore natural hair besides female celebrities like Tracy Chapman, Whoppie Goldberg, India Arie, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott. I threw on a baseball cap and headed to the beauty supply store and purchased a relaxer. I told myself I’ll continue to wear a relaxer until I’m 40 (at the time I was 32). Why did I say 40? Well, haven’t you heard that when a woman turns 40, she becomes more sure of herself, more confident, and doesn’t care what anyone may think?!

After I went back to the relaxer, I always wondered what would become of those beautiful curls I saw that day standing in the mirror. As time went on I noticed that the texture of my hair was beginning to change, my edges and the crown of hair where starting to thin. I knew something had to be done. I woke up one morning and said forget 40, I may not be alive to see 40, and why do I need to care about what other people will think of me returning to my natural roots?

On Tuesday, May 29th 2012 I headed to the barbershop and big chopped, which means cutting every inch of the chemicals out of my hair. That night I looked at myself for hours in the mirror thinking I was crazy for cutting my hair, but at that moment I was able to accept myself and all of my flaws. I didn’t have any hair to hide my forehead, my ears, or help shape my round face. I had to accept and love the person I saw staring back at me.

In the beginning, caring for my natural hair was frustrating with trying to find the right products and learning about the true texture of my hair. I spent countless hours watching YouTube videos and reading natural hair blogs on hair care and products. With the help of these online resources plus trial and error my hair is now stronger and healthier and the styling options are endless!

Returning to my natural hair has been a therapeutic journey to accept and love myself the way I was created. Falling in love with my hair inspired me to create The Natural Cole platform to discuss issues and products related to natural hair and create and host events such as the My Natural: A How-To Event. The purpose of the How-To Events is to help women learn hair styling techniques, proper hair care, encouraging the importance of self-confidence, self-love, and owning your look. Working with brands such as Denman has made events like this even more successful.

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My advice to anyone who may be considering returning to their natural roots. Be patient and don’t expect your hair to look like the images you see on social media. Embrace the kinks, coils, and every aspect of your hair and learn to love yourself. To connect with the Natural Cole community, get great hair care/style tips and learn about local Dallas, TX Natural Hair events, visiwww.thenaturalcole.com.

 

 

MsLoveOnAir – Natural Hair Journey

What inspired my Back to Beautiful natural hair and beauty event?

If #wcw was a thing in the 90s, then mine would have been Freddie from ‘A Different World’ every time. I loved her style and flair but more than anything, I loved her signature hair. I longed for curls like hers but being only 7 years old, I dismissed the idea thinking my hair could never do that. Unbeknownst to me, there were chemicals in my hair preventing it from doing just that; those chemicals were called ‘perm’ or ‘relaxer’.

Natural 1It wasn’t until I was 25 years old that I was reintroduced to the idea of natural hair. I was working for BET Networks at the time and 2 of my co-workers had the most beautiful tresses. I began to inquire about what kept their hair so healthy and learned that both of the women wore their hair natural, free of chemicals. I became curious; curious as to what my natural texture was like, how it would feel and whether or not I would love it. As a result, l big chopped in 2009.

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The transition was far more than just cutting my hair down to 1 inch; a rite of passage of some sort took place. I discovered the essence of who I was, I began to use natural products and even began to eat healthier. I felt liberated. However, I was not completely comfortable with my new look. I felt way less attractive and received minimal support from those around me. It was not as easy as I anticipated; I had about 3 different textures of hair and I ran through many products that did not work well with my texture. In spite of this, I refused feelings of defeat and as I learned more about my hair, I began to share my findings/research with other naturals so that they wouldn’t give up. In approx. 6 months, I grew to know my hair so well that styling it became a piece of cake. Many were inspired by my journey.

1.5 years natural

Natural 3Having been on this road for 6 years now and serving as a role model for so many, I know firsthand that women want to ‘go natural’ but they do not (or they revert back to the relaxer) due to feelings of unattractiveness, societal pressure, lack of know-how and because they don’t anticipate the transition to be a lifestyle change. My Back to Beautiful hair and beauty event was created to combat these issues.

2 years natural

Natural 45 of the main goals of the event are to:

  • Inspire naturals to be confident in their unique beauty
  • Teach naturals how to awaken their look through bright eyes and bold lips
  • Showcase styling versatility through live demos
  • Give women and girls a role model they can reach
  • Introduce the audience to products and tools that will make their journeys easier, such as the Denman Brush!

Whether I am smoothing my curls or blowing them out, the Denman Brush works wonders. It is tools like these that every natural should be made aware of.

Back to Beautiful will address feelings of inadequacy and help naturals feel as beautiful as they felt before going natural.

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Today, my little girl is 7 years old and I make sure she doesn’t have to look as far as I did for a (hair) role model; a role model in which she can talk to, ask questions and be inspired by. I often remind her of how beautiful she is and how beautiful her natural curls are. Needless to say, she is a confident little lady.

Natural 6It is my goal to make a difference in the lives of others, to reach people and be reachable, to be an advocate for not only hair and beauty but, also community and education. Back to Beautiful is where it starts. Stay tuned …

Naturally Yours,

Ms. Love

@msloveonair

Monica Stevens ‘Mo Knows Hair’ Natural Hair Journey

 

mo knows hairMy first memories of hair styling are of me cutting and curling my dolls’ hair. My mother was not too thrilled about me essentially ruining these toys she’d spent her hard-earned money to buy for me, but she let me do it, and I’m so glad she did. I was always interested in how I could manipulate hair to create new looks. I would go to my cousin’s shop as a kid and watch her and the other stylists give relaxers, do roller sets, and cut and color hair. I would then go home and try to emulate what I’d seen.

I began doing my own hair in fifth grade. My early experiments with styling were cutting my own bangs and figuring out how to do a perfect “Shirley Temple” spiral curl. Throughout high school, friends would ask me to style their hair for picture day and prom, and in college I did hair for friends before big events and parties in my dorm room.

Over the years, I’ve helped friends and family care for their hair from the most drastic of hair emergencies to regular maintenance. What I’ve learned is that all hair is different. Even if two people seemingly have similar hair types, how their hair reacts to products and methods of styling will still differ. I believe it’s all about finding common themes in hair care that apply to everyone and modifying the products, methods and tools used to achieve desired results.

For years, friends and family encouraged me to start a hair blog. So, after much debate with myself, I decided to do it. I launched moknowshair.com in September of 2013 to be a resource for all hair textures and types, and the journey has been amazing. Every time someone leaves a comment on a tutorial or Instagram post telling me how something I shared helped make their journey better, my heart smiles.

Hair care is a priority for everyone. We express who we are with clothing, makeup, accessories and especially our hair. It takes time and patience to find what works and how to manage care. But once you figure it out, you can enjoy coming up with new ways to style your hair and feel confident in how it looks and behaves.

My goal is to be a resource to those looking for help and inspiration. For me, it’s been relatively easy to have styles I want because it comes naturally to me, and the knowledge I share is self-taught. However, I know the task of hair care and styling can be cumbersome and confusing for some, so my hope is through educational tutorials and detailed reviews, I can remove the mystery around hair care, product selection and styling methods, and show that healthy hair is available to everyone. It doesn’t have to be a struggle, or a burden; it should be a beautiful expression of who you are.

 

Connect with me on all social media outlets (IG, YouTube, FB, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr) as “MoKnowsHair” and at moknowshair.com.

Met Gala 2015 – Our Best Dressed

The Met Gala is one our of favourite nights of the year! This year the theme was China: Through The Looking Glass held in New York!

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley looked very glamorous in a rose gold Versace dress. Her hair was swept up with a dark red lipstick.

Kate Hudson wore a stunning gold sequinned dress by Michael Kors. Her was in a loose top knot with a lovely headpiece accessory.

Dakota Johnston wore a glittery Chanel Haute Couture mini dress, she definitely turned heads!

Going somewhere special… take your Denman D14 Handbag Diamante Brush with you to touch-up on-the-go!

beyonce and kimThis year at the Met Gala all eyes were on Beyonce and Kim Kardashian in their very nude, revealing and sparkling dresses! Their dresses were very similar but who do you think wore it better? Let us know on our Twitter Page: @DenmanBrush or Facebook Page

 

Pretty In Pink Ponytail

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We love this pretty ponytail as it is perfect for a shopping day out or for a dinner date night! Our Denman Pink Tangle Tamer Ultra brush is perfect for detangling long hair without pulling or tugging the hair. Great to smooth all the hair back from the face without any bumps. Secure the ponytail with an elastic and than add a ribbon!

Pink Tangle Tamer Ultra Front backThe NEW Denman Pink Tangle Tamer Ultra is available on the Denman Online UK Website

Pixie Lott’s New Hairstyle

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Pixie Lott has shown off her new edgy hairstyle at the Olivier Awards last night! She has gone for a full choppy fringe with loose beach waves and we think it really suits her! Her black floor length dress is stunning and really shows of her new look.

Blowdry your hair using the Denman D74 Thermo-Neon Hot Curl Brush. Wrap a section of hair around the barrel and hold the hairdryer for a few seconds and then release. This will add a little bit of curl and wave into the hair.

 

Lucy Mecklenburgh – Pretty In Pastels!

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Lucy Mecklenburgh looks stunning in a pastel pink dress that had a laser cut black skirt over the top. This is a completely different look for Lucy but we think she looks amazing! Most of all we particularly like her bouncy blowdry! This look is great for date night as well as a girly shopping day!

1. Wash your hair and dry it until it is about 60 percent dry and a little bit damp.

2. Take the Denman D75 Hot Curl Brush (USA) and blowdry your hair in sections starting at the bottom. This brush is great for adding curl to the hair as it has a heat retaining barrel.

3. For more volume, gently backcomb the hair at the roots with the Denmnan D91 Dressing Out Brush (USA).

Glossy Side Curls

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It’s nearly the weekend … which means it’s time to get glammed up for a night out on the town! We love painting our nails, applying fake tan and getting our hair prepped as well as trying to decide to wear and how we are going to accessorise it!

Our glossy side curls are super easy to create and will look great with any outfit you decide to wear.

1. Curl the hair using curling tongs or straighteners, whichever you prefer.

2. Once the hair is curled, take the Denman D82M Boar Bristle Brush and gently brush the curls to give you a softer and glossy finish.

3. Finish with hairspray for extra hold all night long!

Messy Side Hair

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We love this glamorous look, perfect for a night out and teamed with with some red lipstick for a more dramatic effect!

1. When your hair is wet, take the Denman Lime Green Precision Pin Tail Comb and deeply part your hair to your preferred side.

2. Apply mousse to the hair and blowdry it using the diffuser and scrunch the hair.

3. When the hair is completely dry finish with a texturising spray.

 

The Denman Guide To Afro Hair

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Each strand of afro-textured hair grows in tiny spring-like, spiral shapes. The overall effect is that it appears (and feels) denser than straight hair. It should also be said that afro-textured hair is difficult to categorise because of the many different variations it has from person to person. Those variations include pattern, size, density, strand diameter and feel.

Due to the unique shape of afro-textured hair, it is also very prone to breakage when combed or brushed. Therefore, it is essential to choose the correct hairbrush  for this hair type. Denman have a wide range of brushes designed especially for afro hair.

Junior GreenThe Free-Flow has many advantages when working with Afro hair; it’s great at the backwash and for de-tangling thick natural Afro hair or extension weaves. I always start off with the Free-Flow when rough drying (to remove excess water). The paddle brush on the other hand is amazing for dressing out sets, finishing and when wanting to create big hair or soft sexy waves. Junior Green – Junior Green Salon Knightsbridge, London. BHA Afro Hairdresser of the Year.

D31D31 Freeflow Brush

This medium 7-row grooming brush has widely spaced pins set into a half-round pad, making it perfect for producing movement in the hair. Ideal for detangling afro hair.

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D41 Freeflow Brush

This large 9-row grooming brush has widely spaced pins set into a half-round pad, making it perfect for producing movement in the hair. Effective for detangling long, afro hair.

D83D83 Large Paddle Brush

This paddle brush is perfect for gently grooming hair. The ball-ended nylon pins are set into an air-cushioned natural rubber pad for extra softness on the scalp.