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7 Tips For The Afro-Latina Who Has Gone Full On Natural With Her Rizos

With the Fall months finally upon us, Afro-Latinas have a real chance to let their curls shine. After all, what 3B to 4C curl doesn’t look asombroso matched with a turtleneck and a beret? Still, as the warm months chill off and the hot conditions of the sun fade, it’s crucial to remember that taking care of our curls is an all year thing. 

If you’re a chica just going through a hair transition, we’ve got 7 basic tips on how to keep your curls in tiptop shape for Fall.

1. Give yourself some time between washes.

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Every day washes were not made for our coarse rizos. Avoid drying out your hair and causing damage by sticking to your mom’s time-tested method of every 3 days to 1 day a week to washes. Be sure to treat your hair once a week with a nourishing hair mask.

2. Avoid drying with too much heat.

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Hey girl, we get it. Sometimes a blow out is fun or a heat tool is just way easier than waiting for your curls to air dry. If you do decide to use a blow dryer on your curls, remember to reach for a diffuser and be sure to avoid drying your hair outmore than 70% of the way so that you can maintain the shape and smoothness of your curls.

3. The best time to style your hair is when it’s wet!

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Working with your hair when its damp/ close to wet is the easiest way to sculpt your curls into shape. With a good styling comb, you can smooth out your curls so they’re loser and pull them into braids or updos.

4. Get crazy with oils but not too crazy.

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Since your curls are more prone to dryness than other hair types, you’ll want to be sure to keep it moisturized at all times. Some good loving via, a pre-wash hot oil  treatment on your wet hair is one of the best ways to go. Reach for the coconut oil you have laying around and leave it all in for 20 minutes before you head to the shower to wash it all off.

5. Towel off the right way.

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Microfiber towels are one of the best types of cloth to apply to your curls when they’re wet. Be sure to also apply whatever drying method you use (be it towel or blowdryer) to your hair with some TLC. After all you want to do your best to avoid tangles and breakage.

6. Get your trim on.

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If you’re growing out your hair, it can be kind of hard to get your mind on board with the idea of a good trim or cut. Still, it’s gotta happen. Maintenance trims around every 8 weeks will ensure that your hair is kept in shape and will keep dead ends and dryness at bay.

7. Watch out for colors and dyes.

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Wanting to try out new colors on your hair is practically inevitable in our age of ombre dyes and millennial pink tints. Still, not all colors were made for your rizos and some of them can be pretty damaging. Before diving into a new color, be sure to speak with an expert in natural hair care and dying who can advice you on how to get a new color without stressing or damaging your hair.


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Safe Winter Hairstyles For Afro-Latinas To Keep Your Rizos Defined And Moisturized Even When You Want To Wear Them Straight

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Safe Winter Hairstyles For Afro-Latinas To Keep Your Rizos Defined And Moisturized Even When You Want To Wear Them Straight

Wintertime can be a rough season for black women. Not only do we have to remain hyper-vigilant about moisturizing (ashy skin is a big no-no), but we also have to go the extra mile to make sure our hair is properly hydrated. Seasonal elements like wind, dry air, and cold temperatures have been known to wreak havoc on already-fragile strands. And as most naturalistas know, lack of moisture = breakage. And ain’t nobody got time for that.

So to help out all of the Afro-Latinas who are struggling to keep their strands shiny and their rizos bouncy in the midst of the roughest season of the year, we’ve compiled a list of protective and low-heat hairstyles for black hair this winter. Check it out below!

1. Jumbo Flexi Rods

Flexi rods are the perfect tool to use if you want looser, bouncier curls without resorting to damaging your hair with heat styling. Jumbo Flexi Rods are one of the latest trends that have been sweeping Instagram’s natural hair community. Devotees love them because they’re low maintenance, low-damage, and long-lasting. Not to mention, they’re fun to put in!

2. Box Braids with Triangle Parts

Since box-braids made a huge comeback in the last few years, black women have been putting their own spin on the protective-style staple. The latest craze is parting your braids into triangular sections as opposed to the traditional “box” parts. That makes this style both protective and trendy.

3. Faux Locs

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Faux-loc extensions are a stylish and low-maintenance way for black women to keep their hair protected from cold, wind, and dry climates during the winter. So, not only do they protect your hair from breaking, but they are 100% Instagram-able.

4. Senegalese Twists

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Senegalese twists have been around for years, but they’ve recently gone through a renaissance. All you need to do is search Instagram or Youtube for your favorite natural hair beauty guru, and you’ll find a picture or video of her rocking this stylish ‘do. And like box braids and faux-locs above, this hairstyle is almost always extensions, so your natural hair will be protected from the harsh winter climate.

5. Roller Set/Tension Rollers

Tension Rollers are great for black women who want to occasionally wear their hair straight without worrying about compromising their natural curl pattern. The look is achieved by naturally stretching the hair follicle over a jumbo curler. The curl is then “set” under a hair dryer. Because this look is done with low heat, there is less damage, and therefore less breakage. It’s a perfect look for Holiday special occasions.

6. Clip-In Pony Tail

The clip-in ponytail is perfect for the woman who wants to look fierce but has a limited amount of time to do so (and let’s be honest–isn’t that all of us?). Many of us are in the thick of our natural hair journeys and our lengths might not be exactly where we want them to be just yet. Say what you want about clip-in extensions, but there’s no denying that they’re fast and they get the job done. If you’re worried about clip-in extensions looking too obviously artificial, invest a little more money in real hair.

7. Micro Braids

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What little black girl didn’t pine after Brandy’s era-defining micro-braids in the 90s? Well we’re in luck, because the look is finally making a comeback! While not as low-maintenance as box braids and Senegalese twists (micro-braids are known to tangle), they’re still a protective style. Not to mention, the braids’ thin width makes them easy to style into other hairdos like twists and braids.

8. Braided Updo

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If you’re tired of extensions, but you don’t quite have the time (or energy) to commit to brutal wash n’ go’s, then a braided updo might just be the middle-ground you’ve been searching for. A half-braided ‘do is the type of look that looks much more elegant and time-consuming than it actually is. Go to your trusty salon (or maybe your madre or tía, if they’re talented) and ask them to cornrow your hair only halfway through your crown. Not only will it be less time-consuming, it will be less expensive too.

9. The Whitney Bob

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If you’re in the middle of your grow-out phase after the big chop, don’t despair! This phase can be one of the most rewarding when it comes to playing with edgy haircuts and experimenting with hairstyles. One vintage mid-length cut that’s going through a renaissance is “The Whitney” afro-bob. But before you get this cut, make sure your stylist knows exactly what you want, because shape is everything when it comes to this style. Once you’ve achieved the desired cut, stick to roller sets for a low-heat, loose-curl look.

10. Hat With High Pony

The ultimate Bad Hair Day style has been transformed into the look of Instagram queens everywhere. If you’re in between protective styles, or you’re not about that extension life, a baseball cap and a high pony are a surefire way to disguise the state of your fifth- (or sixth-) day curls. All you need to do is throw your hair up into a high pony, place the pony through the cap’s closure, and mist your hair with some curl-reviving spray to bring it back to life. Voila! Instant Insta-baddie.

11. Mini Bantu Knots

Have you ever spent what felt like hours on your hair only to realize that you have to do it all again on the other side of your part? Well you’re in luck, because the Trend Gods have spoken, and they have determined that one-sided hairstyles are so in this winter. Especially one-sided mini-bantu knots. So you can claim your throne as a trend-setter and a women who protects her ends!

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11 Latinas Of The Ages Who Proudly Wore Their Natural Body Hair Despite Beauty Norms

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11 Latinas Of The Ages Who Proudly Wore Their Natural Body Hair Despite Beauty Norms

The natural hair movement has generated so much excitement in the past few years, and it has been embraced worldwide. Everywhere you turn these days it seems women are happily saying goodbye to waxing, and hello to beautiful hair everywhere. But this hair trend didn’t come out of anywhere. It’s a feminist revolution that has been gaining momentum steadily.

For centuries women have been openly showing off beautiful forms of hair— whether on their face, arms, pits, or legs, or just letting their natural hair fly free. The old standard of pretty isn’t what it used to be, so it’s amazing to see so many celebs displaying that freedom of hair and giving it the attention it deserves.

Here’s a list of women, from the past and present, who boldly wear their hair proudly.

1. Salma Hayek and her baby hairs.

Salma has always been all about her luscious long locks, which is why she’s been an inspiring hair queen since day one. But it’s her baby hairs that make her look so unique. While other celebs laser off their baby hairs, Salma has always kept hers and they’re so cute!

2. Bella Thorne’s bold armpits.

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Bella Thorne is one of those rare celebs that changes her look and always looks flawless regardless of the color of her hair. Lately, however, she’s fully embraced her armpit hair and shows it off proudly.

3. Camila Cabello and her armpit’s five o’clock shadow.

Camila is on top of the world, and she’s not coming down anytime soon. So who has time to shave every second? Not the “Havana” princess. It’s so refreshing to see a young pop artist not paying attention to every form of grooming.

4. Selena Quintanilla, baby hairs, arm hair, and hair everywhere.

Before Selena Quintanilla was sporting the slick updos for the red carpet, she had so much frizzy big hair everywhere. There’s no hiding that the Tejano singer had arm hair, poofy hair, and baby hairs for days, which is why she’s been an inspiration to so many Latinas who simply have too much hair.

5. Frida Kahlo’s unibrow and mustache.

While Frida is famously known for her unibrow, she’s rarely remembered for being a pioneer of the female ‘stache. The Mexican artist wore that mustache like no big thing, and it was almost like one of her gaudy accessories.

6. Karina Ortiz and her beautiful curls and brows.

The “Orange Is The New Black” star perfectly displays her hair in its natural form or in a beautiful blowout. We love how the Dominican-American actress can easily go back and forth between the two styles. Her full brow is like icing on the cake.

7. Kate Del Castillo big ’80s hair and classic unibrow.

Before the world came to know Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo on Netflix’s “La Reina del Sur”, she was one of the biggest telenovela stars. Her signature look was that stunning unibrow and her big ’80s hair. Though her brows tend to be a lot tamer these days, we sure hope she brings back that classic look.

8. Michelle Rodriguez’s badass underarm hair.

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Michelle Rodriguez has never seemed to care what people have thought about her appearance. She can effortlessly go from t-shirt and jeans to a gorgeous gown in an instant, all the while having full-on armpit hair.

9. Lourdes Leon and her free-flowing pits.

Madonna’s daughter of Cuban-descent is clearly a star in the making. Whether she’s modeling or venturing into music, she’s already a fashion game changer. For Lola, showing off armpit hair is really no big deal. And she’s had quite the inspiration from the start in her own mother who has sported a full pit throughout her career.

10. Maria Felix, hair icon.

Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema had a reigning queen and her name was Maria Felix. The award-winning actress stunned audiences with her talent and her incredible hair. From her full and luscious mane to her signature eyebrows, Felix will forever be a natural hair inspiration.


READ: 13 Magical Hair Masks For Black Hair This Fall Season

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