natural hair

Protecting and styling natural and color-treated hair in the winter months can be a challenge, but celebrity stylist and salon owner Carla Gentry Osario gives tips for how to properly moisturize. For one, make sure to rinse hair with cool water because it closes the hair cuticles and gives your hair a shine. Carla also […]

After two months of becoming acquainted with my natural hair, I realize that several notions about natural hair and its care just aren’t true. Before I went completely natural, I had ideas of ways my hair and beauty routine would be different, even easier certain ways.  But my hair proved many of those ideas to […]

Hello Beautiful! Welcome to Strand Therapy! brought to you by Your Partner In “Natural” Style— Design Essentials Natural. Strand Therapy is your one-stop-shop for all things natural! If you are currently transitioning, not sure what styles are best for your hair type, or if you need help maintaining your kinky curly tresses (or straightening them) […]

Annie Ilonzeh, one-third of ABC’s new “Charlie’s Angels” trio, is a stunning biracial beauty who now has the distinction of being the very first African-American “Angel.” Not bad for a girl from Grapevine, Texas, whose strict Nigerian father gave her an ultimatum: to make it as an actress in Hollywood in one year, or come […]

After one month of having completely natural hair, I have learned more and more about myself, how people perceive me, and how to care for my hair in its natural state. Although I doubted whether or not I could pull off an extremely short haircut, I went through with the big chop without tears or […]

Women and our hair, we’re always looking for the next best thing. Just like everyone else, I’ve spent my money on products, equipment and accessories in search for the best combination to create that fresh “ready to go” look that fits my budget. Well, I believe I’ve finally found one part of that combination. The […]

When a woman with chemically processed hair decides that she wants to go natural, she may consider doing the big chop.  To ‘big chop’ or ‘BC’ is to chop off the majority of one’s hair, which is relaxed, while leaving only the new growth, which is natural. Although many women of color are deciding to […]

When I first thought of ‘going natural’ in January 2011, I quickly decided against it; I opted to continue my regular relaxer regimen.  After all, it worked for ten years.  But during my past three years in college, I have found it difficult, frustrating and nearly impossible to grow and maintain a healthy head of […]