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Mix It Up!

Gina Naranjo

Cuts and Styles for Curls

Everyone has that one hairstyle that just works. It compliments your face shape, hair type, personality, etc. You know everything there is to know about this style and you rock it 364 days out of the year (with that one day as an exception of course), but then it happens. You wake up one morning and think to yourself, “I want to change things up.” It happens to the best of us and that’s okay, change is good. This seemingly impulsive decision could be the best one you’ve ever made and here are some ideas to give you inspiration!

Long locks with layers

This is a pretty popular cut within our curly community, it involves keeping your hair long and adding some shorter layers throughout. This cut can keep long curly hair from looking boxy and is great if you want to add texture, movement, and volume (that doesn’t feel heavy) to your hair.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BtT-mWon2tZ/

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BtT-mWon2tZ/

Shoulder length

Keep it simple. This cut is a classic style all about embracing your natural hair. If you usually have hair that’s longer than shoulder length, cutting it shorter will add some amazing body to your curls. You will need some layers added here and there but dependent on hair texture, some might need more than others.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp5UQ0TlaIk/

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp5UQ0TlaIk/

Face framing layers

This cut can give you the allusion of length and volume. Also, framing the face hits all the right places by accentuating your best features.

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrjTkuKAvNm/

Bangs

Everyone knows that bangs are an undeniable commitment regardless of what type of hair you have. Funny, someone decided to spread the rumor that it’s not a commitment to be made by those with curly hair. Allow me to set the record straight, we can do bangs too and have it look amazing! This is actually a style I’ve been contemplating for awhile. I just don’t know if my little one will give me the time I need in the morning to style bangs…

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqNzwJSHs_I/

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqNzwJSHs_I/

Now some of you may want to switch up your hairstyle, just not permanently. So these next two styles are perfect for you because there’s no scissors involved.

Try a Temporary Hair Color

A pop of color always adds a bit of fun! There’s now quite a few temporary and natural options like Gemini Naturals that allows you to play for a day or two and then wash it out. Blue, pink, rose gold? Do you and have a great time with it.

Source: @gemininaturals

Source: @gemininaturals

Change your part

What makes this style so appealing is that you are 100% in control of how it turns out. You can choose how deep to part your hair and where you do it. Changing the part in your hair will most definitely offer a bit of variation to your everyday look and is also a great way to give your hair some volume

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrOe3d5Agcc/

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BrOe3d5Agcc/

Top-knots

Bad hair day? No worries. Try tying your hair back and up into a top knot like the one pictured below. You can also do a messy top knot which is quicker and simpler yet still utterly gorgeous.

Source: StylishLee

Source: StylishLee

I hope this piece helped you get the right amount of inspo. Remember if you’ve decided to cut your hair or make a drastic style change, it’s important to execute your perspective look with a stylist you trust so you can get exactly what you want. Get creative and enjoy the change!

A.M.O (Avocado, Mayo, Olive Oil)

Gina Naranjo

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Need an easy and natural hair treatment? Then ya gotta try this one! It’s our go to hair mask, our holy grail and although we love trying new ones, we always come back to this. A fresh blend of avocado, mayonnaise and olive oil.

Now, I have to be honest, I’m a little biased and pretty obsessed with avocados, but for a good reason. It’s been a lifesaver when trying to eat clean and I really enjoy adding this luscious veggie (botanically its really a fruit though) to EVERYTHING, including my hair. I was excited to find out that avocados are not only healthy for my body but super healthy for my curls. They’re rich in nutrients and proteins, vitamins and minerals. Considered a major super food, the amino acids in them will help heal and nourish a dry and itchy scalp, making it great for those with dandruff. Avocados also combat split ends, and adds shine and luster to coarse, dry hair. A must ingredient for all of us curly girls.

It actually took me by surprise when I started using avocado oil on my hair and it worked wonders. My hair usually doesn’t react well to oils due to a naturally oily scalp. I can end up with limp curls if my locks get too much oil. Things like Moroccan and Coconut oil are often hailed as magic in a bottle for curls, but it doesn’t really work for me. Kind of my life story =) So I decided to take it a step further and tried a hair mask with real avocados and olive oil since it’s a lighter oil and added full fat mayo.

Messy? Well…yes, but these are all such awesome ingredients! Olive oil is extremely moisturizing and contains antioxidants and vitamins. It’ll thoroughly condition and strengthen your curls and scalp. Mayonnaise is known to repair dry and damaged hair. Mayo often gets a bad wrap when ya throw a pound of it on a sandwich but it actually contains natural and healthy oils that will help to moisturize frizzy and brittle hair. The vinegar in the mayo will also restore the pH in your hair to healthy levels, always our number one goal.

This is now my go to monthly DIY curly cocktail. It’s not only easy, fast and inexpensive, but it WORKS!

Alrighty, so here’s what you’ll need:

2 spray bottles

1 hand mixer

1 cup of mayonnaise – the nice full fat kind

1 whole avocado

2 table spoons of olive oil, can use evoo

1 shower cap

*Use organic ingredients when possible

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We love experimenting and sharing ideas to keep our curls happy and healthy. Try the AMO hair mask at home and leave a comment letting us know how it goes. Don’t forget to share your favorite DIY curly cocktails too!

Curly Gift Guide

Gina Naranjo

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It's that time of year again, where we make our list of the amazing presents we want to receive, along with a list of the very best gifts we want to give! I tend to think us curly girls are pretty easy to shop for, although my husband would argue otherwise, whateva. This list of the top 5 gifts for the curly girl in your life is in part for you but kind of for him as well. I mean, you might want to email him the link or post this to your FB so your friends and fam get the message, just saying, a little help in the right direction is nice, right? Most of the wavy and curly haired women in my life would know why I want and need all of the things on this list, but others might wonder, "What in the world is that diffuser used for and why does anyone want a towel as a gift?" But ya'll get me and this list is for us!

1. Appointment with A Special Curly Hair Stylist

Is there a hair stylist you've wanted to try but their schedule is too full or their prices too high? Well put them on your list! I love giving the gift of an experience, and getting your hair done by someone you've been stalking on IG, or beyond, is a gift in itself. Unfortunately, you will likely have to be very specific with this gift request on your list but go for it, I definitely am =)

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2. Curly Hair Product Gift Sets

Who doesn't love a freaking gift set?! This is a great way to try a bunch of products in one line at a discounted price. There's so many great lines, including our Cheeky Curls line and holiday gift sets!

If there's a hair care line you've kinda tried but need to see what else they're working with or have your eye on a particular product, now is the time to take the plunge. Also, if you have a fave line already, you can stock up big time. 

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3. Hair Diffuser

Sooo, I have to admit the diffuser I use is archaic. It's horrible. I really want a new one, ahem...someone send this request to my husband...But seriously, I have no idea why I haven't broken up with my old diffuser, I'm definitely attached and I need to let go. I've secretly had my eye on the Curly Co. and the Segbeauty Portable Diffuser

If you need additional diffuser options, check out this great article from Bustle.

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4. Specialty Towels for Curly Hair 

This is actually a great stocking stuffer and something I'd love to give to a curl friend and receive as well. Now, don't get me wrong, I use old t-shirts (and sometimes paper towels) to dry my hair and they work fine in reducing frizz, keeping in moisture and thus creating a better curl. Not to mention t-shirts are far superior for drying our hair than regular towels, but I'm intrigued by The Curls Like Us Curl Cloths They seem legit, have great reviews, comes with a convenient hang tag and fits like a turban for fast and easy drying. There's a bunch of hair towel options outlined on Naturally Curly, pick the one you'd like to see in your stocking on Xmas morning!

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5. Curly Pride T-shirts

There's so many super cute t-shirts for us to wear in support of our naturally curly locks. One of my faves has been Pelo Malo Where? meaning, Bad Hair Where? or Big Hair Big Dreams from Dear Naturalista . Instagram has a plethora of options or you can get creative and make your own and give them out as gifts. 

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Hope this gift list has helped you to complete yours! Whatever you get or give this holiday season, hope it comes in the spirit of love and light. Tis the season to drink, be merry and have amazing hair, mwah!

The Best Halloween Costumes for Curly Hair

Gina Naranjo

Ah, it’s that time again to celebrate the fall season and get creative with your Halloween costumes and we’re here to help! There are so many great options that allow you to flaunt your curls and have some fun. Take a look at a few of our picks. Of course we had to have Beyoncé on here twice though, her costume changes are everything. And what kind of Halloween would it be without a few Game of Thrones characters thrown in the fashion mix? The only thing required is that you work all of it, the hair, the clothes, the shoes, and the fierce side eye!

Beyoncé & Jay Z

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Pic Credit - Youtube.com

Beyoncé

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Pic Credit - Beyoncé Lemonade

Slash

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Pic Credit - CarbonCostume

Missandei from Game of Thrones

Pic Credit - HBO

Pic Credit - HBO

Khaleesi / Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones

Pic Credit - HBO

Pic Credit - HBO

Moana

Pic Credit - Babble.com

Pic Credit - Babble.com

Princess Merida from Brave

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Pic Credit - Babble.com

Prince

Pic Credit - Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Pic Credit - Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Madonna

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Pic Credit - Glamour

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

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Pic Credit - Harry Potter Movie

Sandy from Grease

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Pic Credit - Grease

Scary Spice

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Pic Credit - Alan Davidson/Silverhub/Rex/Shutterstock

HAVE A HAPPY A HALLOWEEN!

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