Going Natural With A Big Chop Haircut

“Short natural hair styles” is one of the most common google searches for women who are ready to embrace their natural hair texture. 

A natural hair journey often begins with a big chop followed by a series of short hair styles. This can be a fun and playful time for women who are embracing their natural texture. Short hairstyles are beautiful, flattering and sexy. They are easy to maintain, fun to wear, versatile and professional. Schedule a complementary consultation to discuss what short hair style is right for you.

One of many short hair options is the beloved TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro), a staple in the natural hair movement. The TWA is a natural short hairstyle that is the same length all over making it fun and versatile. Check out the video below to see some fun TWA styling options.

Why I’m Obsessed With Hair

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Our hair makes a first impression when we enter a room and the lasting impression when we exit. I think of hair is a dynamic accessory that should complement your face and body and elevate your personal style.

When you come to see me, our time together is 100% focused on you and your hair. It’s a time for you to share with me how you see yourself and how you want to be perceived. Our conversation and time together helps me get to know you so that I may provide you with a hair style that reflects your character, complements your lifestyle, and reflects how you want to be perceived in the world. I love helping my clients cultivate a healthy and playful relationship with their hair texture and style.

DIY Salt Spay Recipe For Beachy Waves & Texture

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As a professional hair stylist, I’m often one of the first to learn about a new beauty product launch. Today I received an announcement about the launch of an organic salt spray - wait, haven’t we seen this before? Salt spray is one hair product that I’ve been loathe to buy or stock because it’s basically salt water in a bottle with a little moisture and perfume. Now when a company that I love and trust tells me they are launching a salt spray for $26 a bottle I have to wonder to myself “what am I missing?”

After reviewing this new product, I thought “how hard could it possibly be to make my own salt spray?” I compared a few DIY recipes with my favorite organic salt sprays and realized very quickly that there isn’t much to it. So, using my professional knowledge and common sense, I came up with a perfectly serviceable DIY Salt Spray.

Step 1: Find yourself an 8oz spray bottle. You may reuse a bottle you already have or buy a reusable plastic or glass bottle. I recommend this 4oz two pack (affiliate link) on Amazon so you can have one salt spray at home and one on the go.

Step 2: Make your salt spray

  1. Warm 1 cup of distilled water in glass measuring cup

  2. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt and 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Sea Salt into warm water

  3. Optional additional ingredients:

    • Add 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite leave-in conditioner for extra moisture

    • Add 1/2 teaspoon of witch hazel for scalp and hair health

    • Add 1/2 teaspoon of honey or gel (dissolved in water) for a stickier tousled look

    • Add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil(s) for a signature scent.

  4. Add solution to one 8oz spray bottle (affiliate link) or split into two 4oz bottles (affiliate link)

Step 3: If using optional ingredients, shake well before each use. Spray on damp or dry hair at crown and on ends and then scrunch to encourage waves and texture to form. This simple DIY Salt Spray is great for fine-medium hair that needs extra volume and texture.

Note: Since everyone’s hair and scalp is unique, feel free to play with and customize this basic recipe to meet your personal needs. If you want a little more texture, increase the salt content 1/2 tsp at a time. When making your own salt spray, start with a simple recipe, figure out what you want more of and then adjust. My basic recipe is clean, not too sticky, and enhances natural waves in fine to medium weight hair.

Not into making your own hair products? Book a haircut or treatment and let me introduce your hair to some of the cleanest beauty products available.

Clean Moisture For Curls

I am proud to provide a clean and healthy salon experience for my scent-sensitive and health-oriented clients. Every client has unique skin and hair, so finding products that work for a broad set of needs can be difficult. When looking for new products, I first consider how they feel and smell. I like products that don’t have oily or sticky residues and that are fee of artificial dyes and perfumes. If a product passes my sniff test, I then proceed to review the complete ingredient list to ensure that the product is naturally derived and free of harmful chemicals and synthetics.

In my search for a scent-free curly hair moisturizer that would absorb well into dry, porous hair, I discovered a trio of products from CurlyCoilyTresses. These three products - Enrich, Moisture, and Oil - when used together, do amazing things for dry, coarse hair. Enrich and Moisture are designed to penetrate deep into the hair shaft giving the hair the hydration it seeks with a natural softness for beautiful curl definition. Pure pumpkin seed oil seals in moisture, controls frizz, and adds a natural shine to hair.

One of the things that I love about CurlyCoilyTresses is that all the products are suitable for all genders and ages. All products are scent-free, minimally processed, soothing for the scalp, hydrating and strengthening for the hair, and safe for long-term use. These products are ideal for wash-and-go curly styles when you want a clean, hydrated feel - without a greasy or sticky finish. CulyCoilyTresses will soften, hydrate, and strengthen your hair while improving its overall appearance, guaranteed.

The Best Dandruff Shampoo

The most common question I receive in the salon is: “Do you have a recommendation for dandruff or dry scalp?”

Before I tell you about the best dandruff shampoo on the market, let’s take a look at some common causes of dandruff. Dandruff is caused by the over production of skin on the scalp. This can happen for a variety of reasons.

1. Dry skin may contribute to dandruff. People with dry skin are more likely to have a dry, flaky scalp. Cold winter air combined with overheated rooms is a common cause of itchy, flaking skin. Dandruff that stems from dry skin tends to have small, dry flakes.

2. Malassezia is a fungus that normally lives on the scalp and feeds on sebum. In some people, this fungus may become overactive, causing the scalp to become irritated and produce extra skin cells for protection. As the excess skin cells die and shed, they combine with sebum (scalp oil) to form dandruff.

3. Yeasts may also cause dandruff. People who are sensitive to yeasts have a slightly higher chance of dandruff. Dandruff caused by air-born yeasts is often worse during the winter months and better when the weather is warmer. This may be because ultraviolet light from the sun and dryer conditions of summer counteracts yeast growth.

4. Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition that may cause white or yellow scales on the scalp that eventually flake off causing dandruff.

At first it was hard to find a natural shampoo and conditioner with the right balance of ingredients to simultaneously address scalp and hair conditions. Then I discovered LotusRX. LotusRX contains pyrithione zinc to control the over production of skin that leads to dandruff and flaky scalp. Unlike Head & Shoulders, LotusRX is free of sulfates and synthetics, has a pleasant smell, and is chalk full of scalp nourishing ingredients. The LotusRX shampoo and conditioner are gentle enough to be used daily - soothing the scalp and leaving your hair soft and shiny. In addition to using LotusRX regularly to combat dry and flaky scalp conditions, I also recommend:

  1. Brushing your hair and scalp regularly with a high quality boar bristle hair brush to aid in the distribution of natural oils and the normal shedding of skin.

  2. Not going to bed with wet hair because dampness on the scalp may contribute to dandruff.

  3. Drying your hair closest to your scalp completely before putting your hair up for the day.

Shop LotusRX for color-safe, curl-friendly, salt-free, natural and hydrating dandruff control.
Shop Mason Pearson (affiliate link) for pure boar bristle hair brush or mixed boar bristle hair brush.