We Scoured Reddit For The Best Black Hair Straightening Tips

When it comes to Black Hair care and the best tips, we all know the journey lives on. Thanks to the natural hair movement rizos and frizz love has on the rise. Still, sometimes it’s fun to switch it up and go for a straight sleek look. For the best hair care tips when it comes to straightening your hair. We scavenged Reddit for the best advice that would guarantee healthy bouncy locks when it’s time to revert back to our natural looks.

Know your curl type for the best straightening technique. “Well manipulating your hair to be straight will always damage it a little bit. But there are ways to minimize it. Heat protectant. Blast that shit before straightening your hair. Don’t straighten your hair often (once or twice a month is ideal). If you see smoke coming out of the hair straightener, you need to abort stat. Don’t go over the same strand more than once. Also what type of hair do you have? I’m 3c/4a and straightening is usually a painless process regarsling hair loss. If you’re 4c, be extra careful with your hair.” – Reddit user 

Go all out with your heat protectant.

“If you can, deep condition and wash it the night before. Let it dry a little bit, and wrap it in a doobie wrap to sleep. That way when you go to straighten it in the morning, some of the curl is already smoothed out and it should take less heat to straighten it. Spray your heat protectant, and then use the comb and flat iron method. Deep condition again the next time you wash it, and you should be okay!” – cassie_storm

When it comes to shampoo and hot water: less is more.

“Shampoo less. Shampoo is not really for cleaning your hair. Shampoo is for cleaning your scalp. Buy some sulfate free shampoo. Start shampooing every other day, rather than daily. Depending on your hair, scalp, and personal preferences, you can start going for longer periods of time without shampooing. I started shampooing every other day, then once a week, then once a month, and now I rarely ever shampoo (see r/nopoo (also, for reference, I have thick wavy hair a couple inches past my armpits)). When you do use shampoo, don’t lather your hair like people always seem to on TV commercials. Like I said, shampoo isn’t really made for cleaning you hair. Take just a tiny dab of shampoo and sort of massage it into your scalp. Shower in cold water. Everyone loves their boiling hot shower, I know. That’s fine. But, at least, at the end of your shower, when you’re ready to rinse out your conditioner, blast it out with some cool water. I’ve worked up my tolerance to the point where I prefer cold showers. Cold water is beneficial to your hair and skin. Showering in hot water all the time can damage your hair, when my hair dries after a hot shower, it tends to be drier, puffy instead of curly, and just drab. After a cold shower, my hair dries softer, sleeker and curlier.” — u/notnickjonass

Get a scalp tonic.

“My hair looks healthier and longer since I have been spraying my hair with repairing scalp tonic and braiding it for bed.” — nohely303

Wash once a week.

“Wash it once a week using a baking soda paste. This will get rid of any residue, dandruff or product. Your hair will be super smooth and silky. Get the expensive conditioners Whatever brand you prefer for your hair type. Or just use something with coconut oil or argan oil in it. Never use a straight iron or hair dryer. It will just damage your hair. Use a mircro-fiber towel. Use a leave in conditioner comb it through and immediately braid your hair.* The next day, your hair is so smooth, silky and tangle free, with amazing wave/curls. Condition your hair daily in between washes. Crush up a couple of prenatal vitamins and put them in your shampoo bottle, for super healthy hair.” — Jewels133

Heat protectant and know the right setting.“It’s good to use a silicone based heat protectant and keep the heat around 385-410°C to prevent heat damage – once you hit temps of 450°C or higher it can cause heat damage or possibly burn the hair!”–  TuffTitti

Do an oil treatment the night before.

“I do coconut oil treatment the day before (try and put it in around 6 pm, shower at 930). Wash my hair with shampoo and loads of conditioner. Still brush my hair with my fingers while in the shower, though. Get out of the shower, wrong out, twist up in a microfiber towel, then a regular towel on top of that.Do my lotion/bedtimey stuff, take hair out of the towel around 10:15. Put it in two pigtail braids (not tight to my scalp cause it’s harder to get volume I find). When I wake up I blow dry the ends with the hair dryer always facing down the hair shaft. I’ll put in a bit of heat protectant cream and then straighten. I usually put in a bit of dry shampoo to get some volume back at the roots.” – reddit user.

Dominican Fashion Designer Jenny Polanco Dies From COVID-19 Complications


Dominican Fashion Designer Jenny Polanco Dies From COVID-19 Complications

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Dominicans and the fashion world are mourning the death of Dominican fashion designer Jenny Polanco. The world-renowned designer had just traveled to Spain when she fell ill. People are showing their love and appreciation of Polanco on social media in a time when physical activities have been limited.

Dominican fashion designer Jenny Polanco has died from COVID-19.

The Dominican Republic’s public health minister Rafael Sánchez announced Polanco’s death. Polanco is the first Latino celebrity who has died from the virus. Polanco is among the first six people to die from the novel coronavirus on the Caribbean island.

Miami Fashion Week dedicated a tribute post to the Caribbean fashion designer.

The designer showed a collection at the last Miami Fashion Week and her sudden loss has saddened those associated with the event. Polanco was able to celebrate her Caribbean roots with the classic avant-garde style. Her take on fashion was breathtaking in its simplicity coupled with their energetic shapes.

Fashion fans are offering loving tributes to Polanco.

“May Dominican designer jenny Polanco rest in peace,” the Twitter user wrote. “The coronavirus took a creative, colorful, beach mind.”

Polanco, like many people who have taken ill, had recently traveled.

A lot of people who have tested positive in the first wave of infections in different countries had recently traveled to a country where the virus was spreading. Since the start of the outbreak, some countries have closed their borders and set travel restrictions as a way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you are feeling sick, call your doctor and tell them your symptoms. You can also visit the CDC for more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to prevent catching the virus and what to do if you get sick.

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Latinos In New York City Face More Layoffs Than Non-Latino Peers

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Latinos In New York City Face More Layoffs Than Non-Latino Peers

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The country is witnessing a high amount of mass layoffs across several industries in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. Last week, 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment, the highest number in history. Economists anticipate a 20 percent unemployment rate in the United States and some cities are already feeling the impact of these layoffs. In New York City, Latinos are facing more layoffs than their peers.

Latinos in New York City are facing higher levels of unemployment caused by COVID-19.

MSNBC Legal Analyst Maya Wiley tweeted about the foreseeable disproportionate impact these layoffs would have on minority communities. The tweet is ringing true as 41 percent of Latinos in NYC have been laid off from their jobs in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy of the City University of New York conducted a survey with 1,000 participants. The survey found that roughly 4 out of every 10 Latinos in NYC have lost their job or someone in their household lost their job due to the health crisis. The survey found that 24 percent of white and Asian employees and 15 percent of Black employees reported losing jobs.

“It’s likely because the Hispanic community, many are in service jobs like restaurants or hotels,” Professor Scott Ratzan, a senior scholar at CUNY SPH, who led the survey, said in a statement. “We do the survey in English and Spanish, and [job loss is] higher among the Spanish-speaking community.” 

New York is the hardest-hit state in the U.S. with more than 30,000 confirmed cases of the virus.

New York state is facing the most extreme outbreak of the novel coronavirus when compared to the rest of the country. Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers an address to the media every morning and has told New Yorkers to brace for a serious viral outbreak. More than 30,000 New Yorkers have tested positive for COVID-19 and 325 deaths. Around 20,000 of those cases and about 280 of those deaths are in NYC.

Gov. Cuomo shared data that showed how the measures New York has taken to slow the spread is contributing to a slowing hospitalization rate. According to The New York Times, the hospitalization rate in New York state is slowing. On Sunday, the governor shared stat showing the rate doubling every two days. By Thursday, new data shows the hospitalization rate doubling every 4.7 days.

There are resources available for New Yorkers who are losing their jobs during the outbreak.

Some New Yorkers are reporting some delays in getting a hold of people in the unemployment offices. While the waits are long, it is worth being persistent.

According to NYC Emergency Management, there are several options for people who are being laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment assistance is available to everyone in New York state and the state has waived the 7-day wait period to alleviate the added pressures of COVID-19. Employees should know about the Shared Work program offered as an alternative to worker layoffs that provides some income assistance while workers have to work a reduced schedule.

The Office of Nightlife is also asking nightlife employees to fill out a survey about lost income in an attempt to help contractors, performers, workers, and business owners impacted by the closures.

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