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.

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event


Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom


Madonna’s Daughter Lourdes Embraces Natural Body Hair In Beautiful Selfie With Mom

Grooming habits should be a matter of personal choice, but thanks to generations of the patriarchy telling women how they should look, what they should wear, and how they should take care of their bodies, that isn’t always the case. Thankfully, more and more brave women are embracing their natural beauty and that includes their own body hair.

Lourdes Leon showing off her natural arm pit hair is the normalization of body hair we all need.

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Whether it’s on the red carpet or in a photo with her mom, Madonna, Lourdes Leon has a relationship with her body hair we can all admire. For instance, he two posed for a rare selfie on April 10, and Leon’s natural look moved us another step closer to normalizing visible body hair.

The sweet image is captioned: “Like Pieces of your Heart Walking around outside of you #lola.”

‘Lola’ is the nickname of Madonna’s eldest child, whom she shares with Cuban personal trainer-actor Carlos Leon.

The fashion icon’s post has received more than 440,000 ‘likes’ with many fans praising her daughter’s decision to embrace her natural body hair – with comments including “two beautiful, strong women” and “beautiful mother with her gorgeous daughter.”

Leon has never been shy about embracing her natural beauty.

Her mother has pushed beauty boundaries for decades, so it makes sense the 24-year-old model would choose to do the same. In November 2018, Lourdes generated headlines when she showed off her unshaved armpits and legs on the red carpet at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala, just weeks after she turned heads for the same reason on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

Earlier this year, in February, she also showed off a glimpse of armpit hair in a new fashion campaign for Marc Jacobs. 

It seems that Lourdes may even have been inspired by her famous mom when it comes to ditching the razor. Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar in 2010, the singer said: “Going to high school, I saw how popular girls had to behave to get the boys. I knew I couldn’t fit into that.

“So I decided to do the opposite. I refused to wear makeup, to have a hairstyle. I refused to shave. I had hairy armpits.”

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