Iconic Curls That We Know

While it is still common to straighten out the hair or manipulate its texture or bulk it with extensions, all that heat-styling and coloring can cause irreparable damage to the hair. This is especially so for celebrities whose daily lives include red carpet walks, commercial and poster shoots, and television and public appearances. 

But more and more of them have shed the extensions and showed off their natural textures. After all, you can rock your curly hair as much as the straight-haired girls wear theirs in many ways.

These public figures have let the curls come through and make them unforgettable. Because of these iconic curls, our learned ideals of what makes a hair beautiful is now changing.

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Karyn Parsons (as Hilary Banks) and Tatyana Ali (as Ashley Banks) in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Chances are you have picked up a shopping addiction, or at the very least legit shopping interest, from Hilary and a high level of sass and quality eye roll from Ashley. You can’t deny these two sisters from the 90’s American sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” has the style and hair to boot.

Beyoncé

In the more than two decades span of Queen Bey’s entire career, she’s rocked more hairstyles than you’ve probably ever known. Queen B has shown off endless killer curly (and straight) hair looks – bum-length curls, honey blonde afro, pixie cut – name it and she’s worn them. While we’ve seen her wear lots and lots of curly hairstyles, her natural texture of loose golden curls is still possibly the most hair goals.

Zendaya

Zendaya’s known for playing with and pulling off every style possible on her public appearances from locs to waist-length wigs. But for the most part, she can be seen with her natural curls that we can’t help but love.

Rihanna 

Rihanna, like Beyonce, is such a hair chameleon. It isn’t new to find news about her flaunting a new natural hair! You’d be surprised at how many natural hairs she’s got because people kept mistaking many of her looks for her natural hair. 

There’s nothing to worry about her hair though as her hairstylists have spoken up about how they keep her hair nourished and protected under all the weaves and wigs she wears which is obviously paying off.

Shakira

Born with 3B curls that are coarser, springier, and tighter than 3A curls and tend to stay coiled no matter how much you play with them or what products you put on them, Shakira is that Mega Star with the Mega Curls and a Mega Heart.

Chaka Khan

Though Chaka has covered up her natural fluffy cottony z-shape patterned curls many times, she still rocks her natural curls. With her powerhouse voice, bodaciousness, and of course, her huge iconic curls, 10-time Grammy-winner Chaka Khan is Every Woman!

Jessica Williams

Although this actress and comedian sometimes opts for wigs when she feels like it, and dons brightly colored locks or chunky braids, there’s no denying Jessica Williams rocks her natural afro hair when she lets it loose.

Taraji P. Henson

Actress Taraji usually dons her dark straight hair even though she can pull off any hairstyle. When she dyed her hair a light honey brown, she rocked a twist out to the 2019 Global Citizen Festival created by her hairstylist Chuck Amos. Early this year, she even launched her own hair care line inspired by her natural hair journey.

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Gabrielle Union-Wade

During the quarantine, Gabrielle revealed her latest hair makeover through a quick selfie video she posted on Instagram last April 5, captioning that her natural hair appreciated the lockdown. She’s returned to her short, natural hair which was last seen in October 2019 as she had been wearing her super-long box braids with loose ends pretty much since. Talk about iconic curls!

Yara Shahidi

Yara’s iconic curls are pretty famous since she usually just wears her healthy defined curls that are free to bounce whatever the occasion. Although she is also known to sometimes switch it up in elaborate braids or wigs.

Willow Smith

19-year-old Willow Smith’s gorgeous voluminous hair is a statement afro we can’t get enough of. Although we might have to miss it for a while since she shaved it off again, in the name of art this time. Her bandmate Tyle Cole was cutting her hair and then eventually ended up shaving it in a performance where they showcased eight stages of anxiety while inside a glass box.

Even though these celebrities probably have a team of hair professionals and the best and most miraculous of an entire table of hair products they can choose from, the struggle of showing off their natural crowns is as much of a struggle to them as it is for us.

And if they can do it, then it won’t hurt for us to be comfortable with ours too.

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PUBLISHED 27TH AUGUST 2020

Mythbusters: Should You Use 2-in-1 Shampoo?

On the surface, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner seems to make logical sense: Why buy both shampoo and conditioner separately? When you can condense them into one easy step. This allows you to save both time and money in the process.

In this article, we’ll answer the question: should you use 2-in-1 shampoo?

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What’s 2-in-1 shampoo?

Most women and men can agree that we feel better when our hair is clean, yet this requires a lot of work and time. When 2-in-1 shampoos hit drugstore shelves, it was truly life-changing. We were getting the best of both worlds (cleansing and conditioning), taking up less space in the shower and saving a couple of extra dollars.
In theory, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner is the best invention ever. Cutting an entire step out of your morning? Sounds like a dream.

“The 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner products became very popular in the ’80s (thanks to Pantene) because consumers were using shampoo regularly but not conditioning enough,” said cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson of BeautyStat.com. “So brands began to incorporate conditioning ingredients into the shampoo, hence the name ‘2-in-1.'”

Previously, it was believed that it was impossible to have a shampoo and conditioner all in one product. This is according to Ni’Kita Wilson, chief executive officer of Catalyst Cosmetic Development. “If you have the cleansing agents in there and they’re effective, then you really can’t leave anything behind to condition the hair. So when they first came out, chemists were the ones skeptical about it.”

The truth about 2-in-1 shampoo

But Wilson believes that Pantene’s parent company, Procter & Gamble, made a breakthrough in the shampoo category. They were able to prove that there was something left behind on the hair that conditioned it. Plus, it reduced the friction between hair strands. “They used an ingredient called Polyquaternium-10. That was one of the first ingredients used for 2-in-1 shampoo and it’s still the main ingredient used today,” said Wilson.

But does 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner actually work? Sadly, like seemingly all things that could potentially help us get out of the house faster in the a.m., it’s too good to be true, a hair expert tells me.

Shampoo and conditioner, in general, serve two different and specific purposes. Shampoo works to clean dirt and grime out of your scalp, while conditioner helps smooth your strands and preserve their shine. Because of this, grouping them together into one product won’t give you the same kind of results.

“2-in-1 shampoos/conditioners do not really give the hair much conditioner,” says Temur from Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger. “This is why the process has always remained ‘shampoo then condition.’ When they are done at the same time, it strips away the shine and healthy look that you get when done separately.”

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Temur himself is not a fan of the double-whammy product. He finds that clients who don’t condition well have a harder time getting a brush through their hair.

It all comes down to your cuticles, which are the “scale-like” outermost layers of your hair that manage the hair’s water content. They are your hair’s first line of defense and contribute the shine to healthy hair.

Shampoo’s purpose is to clean by opening the cuticles to release any dirt trapped in the hair.

This also releases the natural hair oils, leaving the hair quite dry. A conditioner’s purpose, then, is to remoisturize the hair and close those opened-up cuticles, giving hair a shiny and healthy look.

The problem with 2-in-1 is that “a single product cannot open and close the cuticle at the same time,” Davies said.

The hair gets cleaned, but the “conditioner” part of the product only coats the hair with silicone, which doesn’t “close” the hair’s cuticles.

The result is an extremely frizzy head of hair that is hard to manage. It will need to be washed more often.

She added, “There’s only so much you can do in a 2-in-1 shampoo because most of the conditioners are cationic, meaning they have a positive charge, but most of the surfactants [detergents] in shampoos are anionic, meaning they have a negative charge. So they don’t like each other! The biggest problem is in the laboratory in getting the product to be stable by maximizing the conditioning. Once it hits the shelf, the consumer’s only issue is finding out if it provides enough conditioning. Or can they get away without using a daily conditioner.”

The Bottom Line

2-in-1 shampoos can get both jobs done. But don’t get blindsided by an alluring fragrance or rich lather and ignore the health of your hair. “To say that a 2-in-1 shampoo replaces your need for two products, unless you have healthy hair and deep condition on a regular basis, that’s not the case,” said Wilson. “If you are in a rut and are traveling, then a 2-in-1 shampoo may get you through. But you still need a daily conditioner to get optimal conditioning.”

PUBLISHED 25TH AUGUST 2020

Mythbusters: Curly Hair Is High Maintenance?

Hair, just like our skin, needs its TLC too. Just like how different skin types need certain products and ingredients, we also need to cater to the specific needs of our hair. And just like skincare routines, haircare routines can be equally expensive and confusing.

If you are a curly head, you understand the struggle of making sure your curls are defined. But sometimes, this can seem off as ‘high-maintenance’, because you might need so much more than a straight-haired person does.

But is it fair to deem it that way? In today’s Mythbusters article, we’ll find out if it’s true that curly hair is high maintenance!

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Curly hair is high maintenance?

Even people who are knowledgeable about curly hair maintenance still struggle with keeping their curls defined.

First of all, there are so many things you need to note about your curly hair, right from the start.

Not only do you need to have a full-on routine which includes product application and air drying, but you also need to adjust your routine from time to time!

In addition to this, before you can even begin purchasing products for your hair care routine, you need to understand your hair first. You probably don’t know yet what curl pattern you have. Are you a 2A or a 3C? You probably don’t have a clue on what your hair needs or what it lacks. Does it lack moisture? Does it lack protein? Who knows?

It can be overwhelming to start, but luckily there’s a routine specifically made with curly heads in mind.

Understanding your hair

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Lorraine Massey’s book “Curly Girl: The Handbook” presents a routine that was specifically made for curly girls.

The routine removes damaging activities and products like heat styling and even shampoo (yes, shampoo!). The routine emphasizes the importance of moisture for the hair since frizz is the number one thing that most curlies experience.

However, if you find yourself uncomfortable with the idea of not using shampoo, feel free to modify the routine to suit your hair. Just remember to add those deep conditioners!

The routine also puts importance on what ingredients you need to avoid and which ones to look out for. Listed down below are some of the most important ingredients to keep in mind. Bring out your notepads and take this down, curlies!

Things to avoid

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  1. Sulfates – Most shampoos in the market use sulfates because they are harsh detergents used to clean the hair. They clean our hair so well that they also end up removing some of our natural oils and moisture. Examples: Sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate
  2. Silicones – Most conditioners in the market include silicones. Silicones create a film in our hair strands which make them slippery and shiny. However, moisture cannot penetrate through this film unless removed by a harsh detergent first. Examples: Dimethicone, Amodimethicone, Phenyl trimethicone
  3. Combs and brushes
  4. Alcohols
  5. Fragrance
  6. Head styling

Things to include

  1. Deep conditioners
  2. Humectants
  3. Moisturizers
  4. Protein
  5. Emollients

Some things to keep in mind

Like what was mentioned earlier, you have to be aware of your hair type and what your hair needs before diving into a full-on curly girl method routine.

Even if you follow all the steps, avoid the bad ingredients, and purchase all of the products mentioned in the Top 10 Best Products for Curly Hair, your curls will not be defined right away. It will take some time before your curl definition starts showing and even then, it will not be the same perfect curls every single day.

Some hair types are drier and more dehydrated than other hair types, therefore, needing a heavy and rich product to provide their hair that moisture. However, these heavy products won’t do well for those with light and wavy curls. It might add moisture but due to the heaviness of the production vehicle, it might weigh down their hair.

Understanding what your hair is and what it needs should be the first thing before getting into this routine.

Is curly hair high maintenance?

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The truth is, keeping your curl definition comes at a price – literally.

Those who are on a measly budget struggle with their basic needs. Some buy sachets and small packets of shampoo just to save their money for other things. But if you’re curly-haired, expect to splurge more on your hair essentials.

When it comes to skincare, it’s really disappointing when something you saved up for ends up not being suitable for your skin type. The same thing can happen to hair. Products for curly hair are already expensive, sometimes twice as traditional products. It can be such a waste to purchase a full range of curly-haired products that are not suitable for your hair type.

But, is curly hair really high-maintenance?

Sure, some may view it as excessive or extra. Others may appreciate it without understanding it. But one thing’s for sure: your curly hair is a big part of who you are and you are more than willing to spend half of your monthly salary just to improve your curls.

Being high maintenance is subjective and some people may look at it as a waste of money and effort. But if it makes you happy and improves your self-esteem, then who cares what anybody thinks? Go rock that curly hair, girl!

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PUBLISHED 15TH AUGUST 2020

What Your Hairstyle Says About You

Even back in the early days, hair has always served an important part of a person’s individuality. In Ancient Rome, the wealthy and the noble used detailed wigs to symbolize their social status. To this day, wigs are by judges and ministers as a sign of their wisdom.

Simply put, your choice of hairstyle can say a lot about your individual personality. As the old adage goes, actions speak louder than words, and that includes how you style your hair. In this article, we’ll tell you what your hairstyle says about you!

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(Before we begin, we just want to say a disclaimer that the views we’ll be sharing below shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Consider it all in good fun!)

Sleek and Straight

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People with sleek and straight hair are often viewed to be perfectionists. Their desire to maintain everything under careful control is showcased by their drive to keep every hair in place. They are very good in what they do (just take a look at how well they’ve kept their hair!) and they’re always determined to take things to the highest level.

There’s also a common stereotype that those who wear their hair straight are either goody-two-shoes, shy, or conservative.

Soft Waves

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Soft waves on a woman are typically seen as a sign of being down-to-earth, friendly, and warm. These women have big hearts and are able to light up any room that they enter. In fact, their smiles alone are enough to brighten up a moody day. Like their hair, they are also very soft and sympathetic. Anyone would love to be friends with them.

Other common stereotypes include fun and confident, likely because waves are usually associated with women on the beach.

Kinky Curls

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For some reason, a lot of people view women with kinky curls as outspoken, free-spirited, and most of all passionate. Just like their hair, they are seen to like variety and new things. If you want someone that you can have fun with all day, all night, and all week, then they’re probably your best bet.

Women with kinky curls are also seen as great at the art of seduction. They know they’re sexy and they’re amazing at making you see it.

Short and Simple

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Often viewed as nonconformist, women with short and simple hairstyles are said to be modern and courageous. They’re not afraid to think out of the box and to take risks. They also view practicality and convenience over anything else. After all, the shorter the hairstyle, the easier it is to dry and style. There’s no need to spend extra time on your strands when you can do other things.

It’s also a common view that women who suddenly cut their hair are dealing with something in their life, like a breakup, for instance. It actually kind of makes sense, since cutting hair can feel a lot like cutting out all the stress out of your life, too.

The Ponytail

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The timeless ponytail. It’s been around for literally centuries, and most, if not all, women have used this hairstyle at least once in their lives.

That said, keep in mind that the position of your ponytail determines what your hair says about you.

A low ponytail tells people that you’re, to say it simply, boring, pragmatic, and submissive. You don’t have time to have fun, nor do you have time, or the desire, to try new experiences. Meanwhile, a high ponytail tells people that you’re energetic, strong, and perhaps even sporty. You’re a go-getter and are not afraid to take risks to get what you want.

Wild and Messy

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Women who keep their hair all natural, that is, without styling it in any way whatsoever, is seen as carefree and unassuming. They literally don’t care about what their hair looks like, giving off the vibes that they hardly care about anything else either. Their motto is “Hakuna Matata” and they would rather do anything else than to reach for a comb, let alone tie their hair in a ponytail.

There’s no problem if you like keeping your hair wild and messy, but be careful not to be too negligent with your strands. You should still do your regular haircare routine, whether or not you like styling it afterwards. But other than that… well, if you’re happy, who cares what the world thinks?

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PUBLISHED 3RD AUGUST 2020

Mythbusters: Is Tea Tree Oil Good For Hair?

You’ve probably already heard about using tea tree-flavored everything like soap, serums, and creams in order to help with skin issues.

But did you know that some people use tea tree oil to solve their hair issues too? In today’s ZALA Mythbusters, we’ll answer the question: is tea tree oil good for hair?

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What Is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil is a natural plant extract that is taken from the leaves and wood of the tea tree shrub, known as the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is endemic to Australia. More specifically, it can be found on the northeastern coast of New South Wales, where it has been used for thousands of years for a variety of things.

Traditionally, it has always been used to treat fungal infections and even speed up skin healing. It’s used to treat athlete’s foot, psoriasis, and other types of inflammatory ailments.

The Myth

Since tea tree oil is known for its antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties, it’s also being used as a solution to various kinds of hair issues, specifically those that have to do with the scalp.

We’re talking itchiness, dryness, dandruff, and even lice. Many have tried using tea tree oil to banish all these hair problems, and many will testify that it worked for them.

The only question is, is it really true that tea tree oil can help?

The Truth

Actually, tea tree oil can really be used to treat those things – and even more.

According to a study conducted by the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, tea tree oil is a great solution to itchy scalp and flaking. In fact, even just a 5% mixture of tea tree oil is effective enough to mitigate the issue.

Tea Tree Oil Benefits

Tea tree oil has so many benefits for the hair, you can’t even imagine.

1. Soothes the scalp

2. Removes dandruff

3. Kills off head lice

4. Encourages hair growth

5. Improves scalp health

How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Hair

There are many ways to use tea tree oil for hair.

Some words of warning, however:

  • Never ingest tea tree oil. It’s meant to be a topical amount, not something to be eaten. It can cause various problems for your health like loss of muscle control. It has even put some people in a coma
  • Oxidized tea tree oil is less effective than fresh tea tree oil. The former can even cause allergies in some people.
  • Don’t use tea tree oil if you’re allergic to similar ingredients, like eucalyptol or benzoin.

Conclusion

Tea tree oil is a remarkable little oil that can solve all kinds of problems. So if you ask us if it’s good for hair, then yes, it really is!

Have any questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below!

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PUBLISHED 30TH JULY 2020