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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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6tkhnLFTqA/ “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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6tbnIIJhRf/“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.

Kat Von D Beauty No Longer Belongs To The Famous Tattoo Artist, ‘I Just Can’t Do Everything,’ She Said

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Kat Von D Beauty No Longer Belongs To The Famous Tattoo Artist, ‘I Just Can’t Do Everything,’ She Said

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After 12 years of bold colors, vegan products, and cruelty-free beauty innovation, Kat Von D announced that she’s stepping down from her eponymous beauty line. The queen of vegan makeup sold her stakes in the company and the cosmetics line will be rebranding to reflect her departure from the makeup line. 

Kat Von D announced that she has sold all of her remaining shares in Kat Von D Beauty to partner Kendo.

The makeup line’s existing parent company will now take ownership completely now that Von D has formally resigned from her role. In a company press release, the brand stated that while Von D pursues her artistic endeavors, she will no longer be involved with the brand “in any capacity.”

Kat Von D announced she’s parting ways with her eponymous beauty brand after 12 years to allow the brand to continue to grow. 

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This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour! As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity. It's hard to admit this, since I’ve always said “You can do everything and anything.” But I don’t think admitting one's limits is a bad thing. With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that. The transition for you, my loyal customers, will be seamless. In order to avoid any confusion with such a big change, Kat Von D Beauty will take a moment to rebrand itself, so you will start noticing the change from KatVonD Beauty to KvD Vegan Beauty. I'd like to thank my beloved fans+followers who supported my vision to create a brand that stood for compassion, true artistry, and challenged modern ideals of beauty — most of which I never could relate to. I was able to create a makeup line that made outsiders like me feel like we have a place in this “beauty” world, and gave myself and others the tools to express ourselves in our own unique way, whether it was embraced by the majority or not. And I just couldn’t have done any of this without you! Lastly, thank you for understanding+respecting my choice, as it was a difficult one to make, but one I am proud of regardless, and am confident that the team will continue the KvD legacy! Here’s to many, many more years of KvD Vegan Beauty!

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The tattoo and makeup artist shared the news on Instagram, revealing that it wasn’t an easy decision. On top of being a new mom, launching a vegan shoe line, and preparing to release an album and tour in the spring, Von D admits she is no longer able to dedicate enough attention to the cosmetics brand. 

“This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long-awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour,” she wrote in the post’s caption. “As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity.”

Kat Von D dedicated more than 2 years to her vegan shoe line.

Von D worked to create her own shoe collection, making careful decisions about everything from a price point ranging from $90 to $350 to where, exactly, the pieces would be made.

“I became vegan in 2013 and, to be honest, I thought it was just a dietary thing,” she told InStyle “Then I was looking at my shoe collection and everything was either made out of leather or snakeskin, or the adhesive used was derived from horses.”

The silver lining for fans of Kat Von D’s cult-favorite products is that they’re not going anywhere.

Kat Von D Beauty’s iconic products like the cult-favorite Ink Liner and Lock-It Foundation aren’t going anywhere. Under Kendo’s complete ownership, the brand’s current product lineup will still be available, and there will be future launches. All products will still be 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. 

She continued  “…With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that.” 

As of Jan 16. Kat Von D Beauty is slowly rebranding as KVD Beauty. The announcement of the new name was made on the brand’s Instagram

“Today, our founder Kat Von D has parted ways with us, as she leaves to pursue other artistic endeavors (vegan shoe line and music). We wish her the best of luck and thank her for 12 years of partnership,” reads the post’s caption. “We are NOW renamed and re-branded KVD Vegan Beauty – and fully owned and operated by Kendo. The same team that created our iconic and beloved products for the past 12 years (and built the empire with Kat) is ready to make history again. We still value self-expression, compassion, and empowerment.” 

Von D launched her vegan cosmetic brand in 2008 with four red lipsticks.

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Now, there are over 250 products in the collection, which are sold globally in 36 countries at Katvondbeauty.com, Sephora.com, and Sephora stores. Products like the Ink Liner and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick are both fan and industry favorites. 

With Von D out, KVD Vegan Beauty will continue to offer its existing product range, and will now release new innovations under Kendo.

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“We are fully positioned to continue the brand’s growth and development in both product and marketing,” David Suliteanu, Kendo CEO says. “We have developed a very strong product pipeline for 2020 and beyond. The same Kendo team that made history with KVD Vegan Beauty is ready to do it again.” 

Von D added that during her tenure, she felt she was able to create a line that made outsiders feel like they had a “place in the beauty world.” She also expressed confidence in Kendo for carrying the KVD legacy.

READ: After Saying She Won’t Vaccinate Her Kid, Kat Von D Wants You To Know She’s Not An Anti-Vaxxer

New CDC Report Tracks Activity Levels Of Adults And Puerto Ricans Are The Second Most Sedentary

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New CDC Report Tracks Activity Levels Of Adults And Puerto Ricans Are The Second Most Sedentary

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A new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report reveals that nearly half of Puerto Ricans get no exercise beyond walking to and from their cars and around the house. That’s more than three times the national average. The study concluded that the most significant factor in differences in the prevalence of physical inactivity was when controlled by race or ethnicity. Latinos were found to be the most sedentary (31.7 percent), marginally followed by non-Hispanic blacks (30.3 percent) with non-Hispanic whites having the lowest rate of physical inactivity at 23.4 percent. Respondents were classified as physically inactive if they responded “no” to the following question: “During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercises such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking for exercise?” Every single state or territory found that more than 15 percent of adults were physically inactive.

The lack of physical activity leads to health problems that cost Americans $117 billion annually. The CDC is cautioning Americans, especially Americans of color, that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to 1 in 10 early deaths.

It’s unclear why Latinos and Black Americans are so singularly sedentary.

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Some think that the cause is regional in nature. Americans concentrated in cities and urban areas are more likely to get exercise simply because of the proximity to exercise facilities and pedestrian commutes. The map above illustrates the inactivity levels of each state and territory for every American of every race and ethnicity. The South is significantly more sedentary than the North and the West regardless of one’s race or ethnicity. 

That said, when you look at the same states and factor for Latinidad, the statistics significantly worsen.

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When race or ethnicity isn’t a factor, Oregon appears as one of the most active states in the country. When you look only at the Latinos living in Oregon, it becomes one of the worst in the country. That means that non-Hispanic white people either have more access to those gym memberships or faraway hiking trails or incorporate it into their culture more than Latinos living in the same area. 

It’s easy to assume the socio-economic factors at play here — that minorities are so disenfranchised that they simply don’t have the time or energy to exercise after their long or labor-intensive workdays. Latinas have the highest lifetime risk for diabetes across all demographic groups, according to non-profit Salud America! A small research study at the Fair Haven Community Health Center found that fear of injury and lack of energy were the most common barriers for Latina women. This is when the cultural trope of Latina moms being afraid for you to go too close to the freezer or you’ll catch pneumonia becomes pathological.

According to the CDC, Hispanic adults are 50 percent more likely to suffer from diabetes and liver diseases than non-Hispanic white adults. Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle have been linked to diabetes meaning that the map of inactivity is bad news for Hispanics. A more sedentary lifestyle has a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes and worsening the effects if someone already has the disease.

Meanwhile, when you look at just non-Hispanic white Americans, the map brightens up just as significantly.

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“Too many adults are inactive, and they may not know how much it affects their health,” said Ruth Petersen, MD, Director of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. “Being physically active helps you sleep better, feel better and reduce your risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers,” she added in a media statement. The CDC has found that engaging in such physical activity could prevent 1 in 8 cases of breast cancer and colorectal cancer. 

The CDC is working to get more Americans to engage in physical activity for 25 minutes a day by 2027. In order to do this, the Surgeon General has called on cities to consider walkability as part of their city planning process. “Individuals and families are encouraged to build physical activity into their day by going for a brisk walk or a hike, walking the dog, choosing the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, parking further away in the parking lot, walking or cycling to run errands, and getting off the bus one stop early and walking the rest of the way,” the federal agency said in a statement.

The study’s data came from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing state-based, telephone interview survey conducted by CDC and state health departments. The maps used combined data from 2015 through 2018.

READ: Food, Culture, And Physical Activities Are All Factors In Latinos Being Most Likely To Develop Diabetes