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You Don’t Need a Natural Hair Salon

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You dont need a natural hair salon. Not at all, and yes I said it. Now before some of you try to come for me, let me explain.

Ive had several hairstyles over the years and I mean a ton. During my primary school years I (like many other black girls) I had the kiddie perm. As I grew up my hair began to show its Type 4B traits and by middle school I had graduated to regular perms. As we know perming isn’t healthy, I had experienced massive breakage my freshman year of high school. At the time, my hair was usually only done at a salon for special occasions but I was able to convince my mother to send me after my hair was literally shedding everyday in the bathroom.

I went to the salon expecting a deep condition treatment and a trim, but was told the only way to truly save my hair was to cut off the damage. I was excited to cut it off even though I had length way down my back, but then I got scared knowing my mother would be mad that I spent her money and came back with no hair. I decided I was tired of the losing a bunch of hair every day and told the stylist to chop it off.

Long story short(pun intended) when I got home it wasn’t pretty but my mother got over it. Financially things had gotten worse so now going to the salon wasn’t even an option for my hair care. I had no choice but to learn how to take care of my hair on my own. After months of taking care of my hair on my own, it flourished and not only grew back in, but it grew all the way to my booty.

Here is what I learned:

Research!! I read all the magazines and books and articles that I could on caring for black hair and hair in general.

Be gentle. I paid attention to what part of my hair was the weakest and babied it. For example, I was sure to massage castor oil into my edges and put extra conditioner on my ends.

Product that meets your hair needs. My research told me that my hair had difficulty keeping moisture in and needed to be sealed. I began to select products that had sealing ingredients like ceramides.

Trim. I made sure to trim my hair every 3 months. Damaged ends have to go or else it can ruin the rest of your hair. It took me about an hour and several mirrors each time I trimmed but I manged to get it done.

Perms are the devil. At the time I couldn’t imagine going natural and didn’t fully accept the damage perms did to my hair. So before it was even a thing I began to stretch the amount of time between perms. Id camouflage my edges via gentle heat application, gel or styles where my edges were covered.

Patience. This was probably that most important part for me, being patient is what allowed me to be open to take all the time to learn about my hair and to care for it properly.

I had no choice but to do my own hair for a few years, and I learned a lot. To this day now as a natural I still often do my own trims, colors and treatments. I will say that this do it yourself life may not be for everyone. I believe with research, proper care and technique you don’t have to go to a natural hair salon. Especially now more than ever with bloggers like Type 4 Naturals to help you along the way and YouTube, there is no excuse to not be as educated as you wish about your hair.

 

What do you think about not needing to go to a natural hair salon?

 

Health and Fitness

7 Simple Ways to Start Working Out Again

7 Simple 7 Simple Ways to Start Working Out Again

It happens to all of us. We make New Year’s Resolutions and before the first quarter ends, we fall off. Since taking a girl’s trip, I haven’t had the chance to have a consistent gym schedule. The holidays, personal travels and family obligations were my excuses, but I’ve found time to get back into my routine. If you’ve been slacking with your fitness goals, here are seven ways to start working out again.

Find Motivation

Visit fitness related blogs online, look at old pictures or even create a vision board. There are tons of places to get the motivation to start working out again. Use these references for setting realistic goals you want to achieve.

Create a Schedule

After setting your goals, start to create a schedule. Do you want to workout every day or a few times a week? Are you focusing on cardio or do you want to incorporate strength training? The more consistent you are with your schedule, the easier it becomes. You can also log workouts to track your progress.

Prepare Your Gym Bag

Make sure all of your essentials are put in your gym bag and keep it in an area where you won’t forget it. Since I workout in the evenings, I like to keep my gym bag around the same area my coat or handbag is. Looking for some new workout gear for your gym bag? Check out AdoreMe’s new activewear line.

Get a Workout Buddy

Having a gym or workout buddy isn’t necessary, but it helps to have an “accountability partner” when you start working out again. A gym buddy can help with your reps as well as motivate you when you’re not in the mood to work out.

7 Simple Ways to Start Working Out Again

Join a Challenge

There are TONS of challenges to join at work, on social media or with friends that you can join or start. Popular ones include abs, squats, push-ups, running and more. Check out our Pinterest page as we share health and fitness tips.

Do Home Workouts

If the gym is not your thing or you need to save some money, consider working out at home. If you decide to make a schedule for home workouts, make sure it is consistent too.

Do Something Different

Have you shed pounds easily initially and then get stagnate with your weight loss? Doing the same types of workouts will cause your body to burn less energy after a while. If you’ve been running on the treadmill for cardio, try doing laps in the pool.  Go on discount sites like Groupon to take group classes like yoga, kickboxing, Zumba class or even pole dancing. Switching up your workouts every once in a while isn’t a bad idea.

What are some other ways to get back to your fitness regimen?

Lifestyle Technology Women in Business

Women in Business ft. Victoria Coker

Victoria Coker ColoredContent

Type 4 Naturals is highlighting founder of ColoredContent, Victoria Coker. ColoredContent is a source for to viewing a volume of quality Black web series. “The platform was created to amplify the voices of Black media makers by showcasing narratives from a variety of genres, including: comedy, romance, and action”. According to LinkedIn, in 2015, Victoria founded her own company CLRED Media, Inc. CLRED Media mission is to promote diversity in media. In 2017, CLRED Media launched the Black Web Fest, a festival dedicated to celebrating Black media makers.

Tell us about your business. What product or service do you provide?

ColoredContent is the premier source for quality Black web series. The platform was created to amplify the voices of Black media makers by showcasing narratives from a variety of genres, including: comedy, romance, and action. We believe that by creating a place for Black people to share their stories the community will be empowered.

What would you say makes your business different from the competition in your field?

ColoredContent is a creating a community around the media makers and viewers. Our mission is to amplify the voices of Black media makers, in hopes to inspire the Black community. Victoria Coker ColoredContent

Why did you become an entrepreneur? What does owning your own business mean to you?

I was drawn to being an entrepreneur. I consider myself a creative, I sing, draw, and create. For the longest time I wanted to build something amazing.

What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?

I can’t name one key influence but I have to acknowledge my mom. She always encouraged me to try and reach my dreams with no judgment.

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?

My greatness accomplishment is starting this business. Just starting takes so much tenacity.

Tell us about a time when things did not go the way you expected it to. What do you learn from the experience?

I started ColoredContent and I had a lofty goal of creating a web series about fashion. The show is now on my site (Stylist Wars), but I wasn’t realistic with what I wanted to do. I had very little experience and didn’t have a real crew so the first episode was a mess and I had to do a reshoot. It was really tough to release the episode but I had invested so much and didnt have any money to just scratch the episode so I released it.

What is a goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?

I plan to grow the ColoredContent audience and to find investors.

What would be the best advice you have received and still follow?

One of my former employers told me to start small and be the best at that one thing and I live by that idea now.

What’s the worst business advice you received? How did the advice impact your business?

I study businesses. That means who ever I work for I study what they do. I listen to my friends when they have failure. I watch business competitions, I volunteer my time to help other entrepreneurs, and I am always looking for ways to progress. I say all that to say I try not to follow unsolicited advice I take what I need and move forward.

Do you have non-work habits to help you with work-life balance?

I am terrible at work-life balance but I love my business. I am passionate about my business so right now my business is my life.Victoria Coker ColoredContent

Any last minute thoughts for our readers?

Please support ColoredContent by sharing the site and subscribing to our newsletter. We consider email as our subscription, it will provide you with info about new series and exclusive updates to the site.

Victoria Coker ColoredContent

Victoria Coker has provided a space for talented black media makers. During 2016, many young black people were targeted and killed. Victoria was inspired and created “The Stay Spoke Project” after hearing Jessie Williams’ BET Awards speech. Rappers, lyrists, poets can share their thoughts and views about brutality and social justice abuse with this platform. Click here, if you’d like to learn more about Victoria’s project and submit content. You can find more about ColoredContent on Facebook and Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter or e-mail Victoria at coloredcontent@gmail.com.

Beauty Lifestyle Natural Hair Women in Business

Women in Business ft. Stephanie Nolan

Stephanie Nolan

With 9 years of fashion modeling experience, Stephanie Nolan saw a need for hair extensions that could withstand the frequent styling and chemical alterations for the various looks. Combining her industry experience, research and stylist input, XOXO Virgin Hair was launched in 2013.

Type 4 Naturals is highlighting owner and hair curator of XOXO Virgin Hair women in business feature, Stephanie Nolan.

Tell us about your business. What product or service do you provide?

XOXO Virgin Hair provides authentic, high performing luxury virgin hair extensions to African-American women ages 21-45 who have a discerning taste for quality hair extensions.

What would you say makes your business different from the competition in your field?

My brand believes in quality and integrity first, as we honestly market our products, something that is rarely practiced in the hair extensions industry. When potential customers inquire, we offer a tailored consultation experience to help them achieve their best look!

Why did you become an entrepreneur? What does owning your own business mean to you?

As a fashion model, I understood the need of wearing hair extensions that were easy to manage and style, as it allows time to be saved on the set of a shoot, instead of wasting time on hair that is deemed “disobedient”, so I became an entrepreneur in the hair industry understanding the concerns of industry professional. Owning my own hair extensions brand allows me to create a flexible schedule, and gives me the ability to provide a valuable product to the industry that is reliable and consistent in quality, which makes the customer and stylist happy.

What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?

My greatest influence in business are my customers and their hairstylists. Understanding their needs allows me to continue to provide excellent customer service and a quality product!

Stephanie Nolan

Tiffany Pollard, American reality television personality and actress shown wearing XOXO Virgin Hair

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?

My greatest professional accomplishment is establishing a close business relationship with a celebrity hairstylist – going on two years! She recognizes and values my hair quality and continues to turn to XOXO Virgin Hair for her clientele’.

Tell us about a time when things did not go the way you expected it to. What do you learn from the experience?

At the time, I was excited to reach out and collaborate with a celebrity hairstylist. Upon initial contact, I sent product out, only to find that communication dropped on their behalf after the product was sent. From then on I learned to have legal agreements established no matter how much I thought how reputable looking they were from the outside.

Do you have any new projects coming up? If so, let’s talk about it.

Currently, a new origin of hair is in Beta testing called the Xiu Mei Collection, and so far the feedback on the quality is amazing! I look forward to it’s public release! The Xiu Mei Collection has released and can be found on the XOXO Virgin Hair site.

What is a goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?

My goal is to collaborate with more celebrity hairstylists and establish deep rooted business relationships with them, and continue to provide hair that is consistent in quality!

What would be the best advice you have received and still follow?

The best advice I have ever received is to have a legal agreement with every collaboration. It protects your brand, I cannot stress that enough.

Do you have non-work habits to help you with work-life balance?

I like to write everything down that needs to be accomplished, that way my mind doesn’t feel cluttered and I’m able to scratch my list off as I go!

Any last minute thoughts for our readers?

My brand exists for those who prefer long term quality, honesty, and ethics, and freedom of beauty expression. I feel these three characteristics are the best ingredients to b successful, long lasting business!
Stephanie Nolan
Stephanie Nolan has provided us with some successful tips on how she has grown into a successful entrepreneur. Although she has “not received any bad business advice yet”, she understands the importance of integrity and having contracts on file. If you want to learn more about the XOXO Virgin Hair brand, follow on social media sites Facebook, Instagram and website.

Do you use hair extensions or wigs as protective styles?