3 MILK-INFUSED HAIR MASKS TO TAKE YOUR HAIR FROM DRAB TO FAB

Cleopatra was right! Legend has it that the Egyptian empress bathed in milk to keep her skin and hair looking, well, like a queen. Containing protein, amino acids, vitamin B12, iron, and zinc, milk can do wonders for your dull and brittle hair. Since your consumption of milk is limited to your morning coffee, and you can’t go filling bathtubs with milk, there’s another way to treat your tresses with milk…hair masks!

We have three DIY hair mask recipes made with milk and other hair-loving ingredients that you can try out and get healthy and flawless hair…

Milk + Honey

In the Bible, milk and honey represent prosperity in the Promised Land.

The solution to all your hair woes is in this one hair mask. A popular homemade remedy, the mixture of milk and honey works like a charm. Antibacterial honey fights scalp infection, excess oil, and dryness while milk makes your hair soft and smooth. Mix two tablespoons of honey into one cup of raw milk and mix well. Apply this mixture onto hair and leave it be for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and repeat weekly.

Milk + Banana

Dry hair got you down? Make yourself a banana milkshake! No, we aren’t kidding. Blend one ripe banana and half cup milk for an ultimate dry hair solution. Milk and banana are both extremely moisturizing and will nourish your mane from root to tip. Apply this mask on your hair and leave it on for half an hour before washing it off with a mild shampoo. Repeat this twice a week for soft and luscious hair.

Milk + Eggs

Eggs are the shine-boosting ingredient you’ve been missing from your hair care routine. Combine it with nutrient-rich milk, and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for silky and lustrous tresses. Break two eggs in a bowl, add half a cup of milk, and whisk. Add some lemon drops and mix well. Apply the mask on your hair and let it stay for 30-40 minutes. Wash with a sweet-smelling shampoo. Do this once a week for naturally glossy hair.

6 Passion Twist Hairstyles We’re Loving Right Now

Passion twists are quickly climbing the ladder as one of the most requested protective hairstyles at local braiding salons. The style is equal parts easy, breezy and glam, so it’s no wonder why it’s picked up traction on Instagram. Miami-based hairstylist Kailyn Rogers, known online as The Boho Babe, is responsible for the easy-to-maintain hairdo that’s Instagrammable (her YouTube tutorial on the look went viral). 

If you want to give passion twists a try, we recommend first using Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Hair Oil on your locks. It wraps strands with moisture to help protect hair from breakage and split ends that can often come with heavier styles (don’t forget your scalp!). It’s also always a good idea to start with some hair inspiration since passion twists tend to take on a life of their own. Below, find six passion twist styles that you’ll want to recreate.

A ’90s Twist

’90s makeup and hair are having a moment right now and this style screams nostalgia.

Add a Headband

Push your twist out of your face to show off a fierce makeup look by simply sliding on a headband.

Regal Updo

If you get tired of wearing your passion twists loose, tie them up in a high bun with a strand or two hanging down for an effortless feel.

Side Pony

Let your earrings and hair both shine by throwing your twists up in a side pony.

Half-Up Half-Down with a Bun

Whether you like your twists picked up or hanging down, this style is the best of both worlds.

A Splash of Color

Really switch things up by adding a fun color into the mix. We love this orangey dye job for the fall.

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5 Crochet Hairstyles to Try at Home

On a scale of one to versatile, crochet braids are at the latter end of the spectrum. You can rock any style — from box braids to loose waves — using a crochet hook and a cornrow foundation. The look is also great for relieving tension from your scalp (anyone who’s ever had too-heavy box braids knows the struggle) and gives you the look of a protective style without the hours of sectioning and twisting. Other pros? Crochet styles can last for four to eight weeks and are easy to maintain. Just sleep with a silk or satin scarf or bonnet and keep strands nourished and frizz-free with a lightweight styling spray like Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repair + Protect Multi-Styling Milk. Keep reading for our favorite crochet hairstyles you can do at home.

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Butterfly Locs

Butterfly locs are an effortless-looking style that’s perfect for summer. The style uses water wave braiding hair for a low-maintenance, tousled take on regular locs. It also takes less of a toll on your scalp than regular locs, because the hair is so lightweight. To achieve butterfly locs on your own, follow along with YouTuber Crowned K’s beginner-friendly tutorial below.

Half Crochet, Half Feed-In

If braiding isn’t your strong suit, this tutorial is for you. Starting with self-described “struggle braids,” content creator Jarry The Worst uses her fingers rather than a hook to loop her full, voluminous goddess curls into the back of her hair. She prefers to use feed-in hair on the front of her head for a neater, sleeker look.

Quick Box Braids

Box braids can feel heavy, especially around your edges. That’s why YouTuber Sashie E TV crochets her hair “as close as possible to the box, but not to the box” once she plaits her natural hair. The whole style took her less than an hour to complete, and her super-clean parts make it look like she used individual braids. Bonus: you don’t need to know how to cornrow to recreate this look.

Senegalese Twists

Senegalese twists, also known as rope twists, look gorgeous in any length or thickness and lend themselves perfectly to accessorizing with charms, shells and rings. For the most natural look, hair guru TheChicNatural starts by cornrowing all of her strands back, except for the sides, which she braids upwards. Doing this also makes your twists look more realistic when they’re pulled into an updo.

Ultra-Realistic Natural Hair

We’re not going to lie, Seun Okimi completely had us fooled into thinking she was rocking her natural hair in the first minute of the video. Turns out, she’s just a whiz at installing hyper-realistic crochet hair. To start, she braids her hair straight back and stopped halfway down her head. In the back, she connects two braids and continues plaiting them horizontally. Then, she installs small sections of 4C crochet hair.

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5 Easy Zoom-Ready Hairstyles for Black Women

Don’t get me wrong: work from home life has been great. Working in my pajamas or sweats, eating all day long, and best of all, no bra! Yes, I’ll throw one on for a Zoom meeting here or there along with a work-approved top, but the outfit isn’t the only thing that has to be camera-ready. Let’s be honest: if I’m not leaving the house, my bonnet usually doesn’t leave my head. 

Sure, a lot of women just throw their hair up in a ponytail and keep it moving, but for Black women, it’s a whole process that requires proper planning. If my hair is natural, am I going to do a whole wash and go for a 30-minute meeting? Do I need to have my frontal baby hairs laid to the gods every day? 

One of the most significant benefits of this quarantine is that my hair has grown so much due to the low-maintenance styles I’ve been rocking, and just because I have a Zoom meeting doesn’t mean I’m going to mess that up. Here’s how:

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1. Braids/Twists/Faux Locs

Let’s start with the obvious. The OG protective styles: braids, twists, faux locs, etc. The first few months of quarantine, I kept my hair in knotless box braids because with all the stress of dealing with a pandemic, the last thing I wanted to do was my hair. I loved the ease of being camera-ready in literal seconds with no daily styling needed. 

2. Wigs

Yes, wigs can be high maintenance, but hear me out. Make or buy a good quality human hair closure or frontal wig that will last. Style it and keep it on a wig head ready to go. Braid or flat twist your natural hair and rock that when bumming it on the couch. Zoom call in 5 minutes? No problem—grab that wig, slap it on, and boom, you’re ready to go. 

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3. Individual Twists

Taking the time to do neat individual twists after washing your hair will pay off in the long run. Twists are no longer a style that is only meant to be taken out. From chunky twists to tiny twists, the style is super cute, protective, and lasts at least a week until wash day. Bonus: consider this a two-in-one style if you choose to wear it as a twist out near the end of the week. 

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4. Flat Twist Up-do

Part down the middle for two twists pinned up or do a side part with a couple on each side. The options are endless when it comes to this easy hairstyle. I love that this style is easy and good for your hair while also looking somewhat elegant because it’s an updo. Pair with baby hairs, cute earrings, and Fenty Gloss Bomb lip gloss for the finishing touch. 

5. Classic Puff 

I can’t make a list of easy hairstyles without including the classic go-to: The Puff. I usually like to do this style the day after a lazy wash day where all I did was let my curls air dry without any styling. If your curls are already defined, just grab a spray bottle along with your favorite gel and slick them up (or back, depending on your mood). Don’t forget to tie your edges with a scarf to really slay this look. *chef’s kiss*

Featured Photo: @seraya