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Jane Carter has been a professional hair stylist/colorist and salon owner for over 20 years. Coming from a family of innovators, Jane Carter has become the driving force for a brand that exemplifies a purpose, a cause and a solution. Life experience contributed to the woman Jane has become, the woman who has spent over 20 years representing and creating a voice for women. Suffering family losses due to segregation and racism, her personal life and business model caters to diversity. Being one of the first African American students admitted into a white elementary school, at just six years old, Jane witnessed community and racial uproars. She was genetically wired to fight for the underdog, seeking solutions was a steadfast attribute Jane credits to having been passed down by her family. Jane founded the Jane Carter Solution over a decade ago, after an allergic reaction caused by prolonged exposure to chemicals in traditional hair care products. Frustrated with the lack of chemical free product choices, Jane decided to formulate her own hair care line using plant-derived ingredients, specifically designed for all hair types and textures. Jane’s years of hands-on experience have made her a respected expert in the field. A strong woman, a mother, and dedicated business mogul, she has become the DNA of Jane Carter Solution – a brand that is now recognized around the globe as a leading natural hair care company. Her success story reflects a wealth of knowledge, past experience and personal determination that led her to create the winning formula for a diverse group of women. “Jane Carter Solution is designed for all hair types and textures. We’re committed to helping you love your hair” All the Best – Jane Original article here
If you are looking for curl care routine inspiration, take it from a pro. Jess McGinty, the owner of Jessicurl shares her curl care routine. CLEANSE I wash it every 2-3 days with either Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo or Hair Cleansing Cream. The regular coloring dries it out, so I gravitate towards Hair Cleansing Cream for the week or two after coloring and bounce between the two of them the rest of the time. CONDITION After rinsing really well I condition in the shower with Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, or if my hair feels particularly dry that day, I’ll use the Deep Treatment instead. I wring my hair out really well, put about two handfuls of conditioner in my hair and finger comb it through the length so all the hair is coated. I then put it up in a bun for the rest of my shower so none of it gets rinsed out by accident. After about 5 minutes I take it out and gently comb with a wide tooth comb to detangle and get all the shed hairs out. Once it’s all detangled, I rinse upside down to encourage volume at the roots. STYLE While my hair is still soaking wet (and still upside down) I put a quarter- sized dollop of Too Shea, and a puddle of Rockin’ Ringlets into my palm, rub my hands together and rake that through my hair 4-5 times. (Yes, you can totally use Too Shea as a leave in – I do it every day! ) I then scrunch (with my head still upside down) about 5-6 times, then scrunch in a puddle of Spiralicious Styling Gel. Then I grab my microfiber towel (which of course is hanging by the shower in easy reach) and scrunch with that 7-8 times to soak out the excess water and help the ringlets form better. I follow that with one more small puddle of the Rockin’ Ringlets/Spiralicious combo just so I get enough product in there. PLUNK I then plunk my curls down into a curl towel and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes. If I leave it on for more than 20 minutes it can start to get frizzy, so 15 is really the max for MY hair. Watch a demonstration video of this technique. DRY Next I blow dry using a diffuser on the end of my blow dryer. I use high heat and it takes about 10-15 minutes. When I begin blow-drying I also scrunch the hair to get it to form spirals. I alternate between hanging my head upside down, hanging it over to the left and hanging it over to the right. Once the spirals are formed I don’t scrunch anymore. Instead, I switch to an open palmed motion,
Perfectly nourished, healthy curls do not have to break the bank. If you are just starting on your curly journey or even just looking to switch up your regular products, why not try these amazing, inexpensive products- all £10 and under! Cleansers and Co-washes Cantu Conditioning Co-Wash- £5.99 Cantu is a popular line made with Shea Butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients. Made with no mineral oil, Sulfates, Parabens, Silicones or Propylene. Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Nourishing Co-Wash- £9.00 Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado Nourishing Co-Wash has a rich blend of natural ingredients to cut detangling time down by 30 minutes- ideal for all curl types. Jane Carter Moisture Shampoo- £6.50 A natural-based shampoo with extracts of coltsfoot, lemon balm, and myrrh. This unique combination infuses moisture into your hair, leaving it incredibly shiny and bouncy. It is also gentle enough for everyday use. Trepadora Gojiberry Mint Reviving Hair Rinse- £9.00 A gentle lathering cleanser that revives the scalp and removes product build-up without stripping your curls of its natural oils. Made with omegas 3,6 & 9 it repairs and protects dry frizz-prone hair. Sulphate-free, silicone-free, mineral oil-free & paraben-free. Conditioners and Deep Conditioners Cantu Shea Butter Rinse Out Conditioner- £8.50 Cantu for Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque penetrates deep into the hair shaft to help moisturize and repair damaged, dry and brittle hair. Made with 100% Pure Shea Butter and formulated without chemicals or harsh ingredients. Noughty Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner- £6.99 97% naturally derived. For dry, frizzy, damaged hair and split ends, this treatment is super-quenching, made with shea butter and argan oil to nourish and protect hair, leaving it stronger for longer. Vegetarian and vegan-friendly Jane Carter Healthy Hair Revive & Repair Hair Masque- £8.25 Revive & Repair Hair Masque restores and repairs dry damaged hair. It can be used as a deep conditioner with or without heat. Cantu Shea Butter Rinse Out Conditioner- £5.29 Cantu Shea Butter Rinse Out Conditioner is made with pure shea butter and essential oils to replace vital oil in your hair leaving it stronger and healthier with a natural shine. Gentle enough to be used on colored, pressed or permed hair. Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner- £8.75 Design Essentials Natural Almond and Avocado Detangling Leave-In Conditioner is a lightweight, non-sticky moisturising conditioner with nourishing botanicals and Vitamin E. Softens hair and smooths the cuticle for easy detangling Trepadora Coconut Almond Smoothing Conditioner- £10.00 Works to restore and replenish dry, frizz-prone hair. It is fortified with the remarkable Seveov™ Maca Root Extract. It is also further enhanced with the powerfully moisturising PENTAVITIN® Saccharide Isomerate. Vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Stylers CURLS Blueberry Bliss Curl
January has rolled around quicker than ever, so while everyone is signing up to the gym, promising themselves to eat healthier why not focus the New Year on your curls. If you are planning to start the Curly Girl routine or follow it more strictly this year, have a read through our articles to refresh yourself on the best practices here. Of course not everyone wishes to use the CG method so if your products are working for you *thumbs up*. Final Wash Don’t forget to do a final wash before you start. This means using a cleanser that is strong enough to remove product build up, silicones and other ingredients that aren’t CG friendly out of your hair. Don’t be scared if this results in a bad hair day! Your curls may dry out and you may suffer through a bad hair day, but your curls will thank you for it in the long run. The most important step is conditioning and deep conditioning after you have washed to minimise the effects of the sulphates. Exclusive! Trepadora has just released their Gojiberry Mint Reviving Hair Rinse which is a great product to use as a final wash. This does not contain sulphates and will still retain the natural moisture in the curls. Deep Condition Once a Week Start the year with good intentions and deep condition once a week. Some deep conditioners don’t require hours of sitting with product on your curls. Check out Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque You can leave this on for just five minutes. Our Favourite Deep Conditioners Trepadora Quinoa Repair Deep Conditioner Boucleme Intensive Moisture Treatment Jane Carter Healthy Hair Revive & Repair Hair Masque Our Favourite Cleansers As mentioned above, the new Trepadora Gojiberry Mint Reviving Hair Rinse is a must try for 2018 but we also love the Jessicurl Cleansing Cream. It’s a great bridge between a shampoo and a conditioner for curl cleansing. Curls Blueberry Bliss Hair Wash Trepadora Hibiscus Pink Cleansing Clay-Wash Our Favourite Conditioners New Year’s Resolution… Condition, condition, condition! If you like the fresh scent of Bamboo and Ginseng then try NYC Curls The Curl Conditioner. If you want a Leave-In that will glide through your tangles whilst giving you an excellent base for your styling products then try Trepadora Babassu Quench Leave-in Curl Primer. If you are on a budget then try Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner. Our Favourite Styling Products To find the right styling product for your curls can be one of the hardest tasks when finding that ‘holy grail’ product. Luckily we have some favourites that really do define and tame that frizz. Trepadora Açaí Berry Fix Defining Gel Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Jessicurl
Teach your children to love their natural curls with positivity, the right techniques, and nourishing products. This life lesson to love and accept their curls will not only shine through their appearance but also within themselves. Positivity The biggest impact you can have is always talking about your child’s curls positively. If you’re running late on a morning and the thought of refreshing and detangling your child’s curls is a dread, don’t vocalise it! If you complain about having to upkeep the hair, your child will associate negative feelings towards their curls. They will get the impression that their hair is a burden rather than a gift. When others notice their curls, try not to use words like ‘different’ (especially if you have straight hair). These terms could make them feel like they are the odd one out and it’s their hair that makes them odd. Don’t compare their curls to other children’s hair, their hair may not be like their peers or siblings (because they are lucky to have curls!) Compliment them on their hair, and always tell them how nice their curls look. Always have fun while treating your child’s hair. If it takes a while to detangle and condition, make the time fun by singing songs/playing games or even putting on their favourite film. Say things like, ‘Wow, I wish I had hair like this,’ so your child knows that their hair is desirable. Detangling To make detangling less stressful, be sure to maintain it. Always use a leave-in and take your time with sectioning and detangling the knots. If detangled and conditioned well, the hair will love you for it and the difference will be extremely noticeable. The photo below, taken from the Trepadora Salon Instagram page is an eleven-year-old. You can see the difference between fully conditioned and detangled curls. Leave-in conditioner is your best friend! Don’t forget to pineapple their hair at night and NEVER comb their curls dry. Read More Detangling Techniques Top Product and Styling Tips for Children’s Hair (Photo below was detangled with Trepadora Babassu Quench Curl Primer) Surround them with curly icons In a world where most pop stars and Disney princesses have straight, glossy, sleek hair, your child’s view on their own curls could turn negative without the role models, especially if the parent’s hair is naturally straight. Here is a list of curl icons that won’t make your child feel different. Singers: Jess Glynne Ella Eyre Fleur East Raye Kylie Minogue TV/Film: Julia Garner Skai Jackson Francesca Capaldi lupita nyong’o Characters: Gratuity- Pixar’s Home Merida- Disney’s Brave Hermione- Harry Potter Moana Annie Riri Williams
Meg Conkling is the Curly Hair Alchemist of New York, and behind the chair as a curly hair specialist she’s changing lives all over the world. With over 7 years training with various dry cutting and coloring techniques, her artistry really is one of a kind. Nurturing each curl at a time. She is a member of Curly Hair Artistry and an advocate for DevaCurl, Innersense Organic Beauty and Trepadora Curl Therapy. Selfie of a phenomenal hair day! Always proud of the curls on my head. #selfielove #curlyhair #radical #womenempowerment #spiral #entrepreneur #bosslady #inspire #selflove A post shared by Curly Hair Alchemist (@curlyhairalchemist) on Oct 11, 2017 at 6:45pm PDT Being a multicultural child her upbringing gave her insights to the horrors of frizz and very bad haircuts. “ALL Curls have their own language, I am purely a translator. With the right system, the right attitude and the best product ingredients your unique curls will perform and your confidence will soar.” Tired of paying lots of money for haircuts that just don't feel sassy, fun, or stylish? You shouldn't be paying someone to give you what you've already had!! Visit my website www.megconkling.com for more information. #curlyhairsalon #westchestersalon #westchester #naturalbeauty #devacut #curls A post shared by Curly Hair Alchemist (@curlyhairalchemist) on Jun 11, 2017 at 6:27pm PDT Has anyone taught you how to manage your hair? Most importantly, have they taught you how to apply products yourself as they guide you with new techniques? Well ask @jcarma because that's how she styled her hair for this after shot. She styled her hair all herself with the guidance I had given her for our session. How fabulous does she look ladies and gentlemen?! #curlyhair #wavyhair #makeover #youtube #beautiful #skill #diy #curlyhairtutorial A post shared by Curly Hair Alchemist (@curlyhairalchemist) on Sep 28, 2017 at 6:05pm PDT Look out for her online course (and you don’t have to be a hairdresser) coming in February 2018! For more information follow Curly Hair Alchemist. @curlyhairalchemist YouTube Meg Conkling www.megconkling.com
If you are getting into the Christmas spirit like us and have a Christmas party to go to then check out these curly hair styles for inspiration. Lana Summer We can’t get enough of Lana’s tutorials, they are always so easy to follow and the results look fabulous. In this video she builds on each style so you can try the simple version or follow each step for a more elaborate look. Wavy Hair Styles For wavy hair these styles are so cute and can definitely work on curlier hair types Flat Twist Updo This flat twisted updo looks so stylish! Grab yourself a set of flexirods for the front and you are away! Fro Hawk We love fro hawks! This is definitely one to try if you have long hair. All you need are a few bobby pins and hairbands. Feeling Overwhelmed? Sun Kiss Alba takes it down to basics. All you need are a couple of accessories and you will have a simple style that is different from your ‘everyday look’ .
Lupita is the latest celebrity to have her natural hair erased from the front cover of a magazine. It was only last month that Solange Knowles received the same thoughtless treatment by the Evening Standard. This time Grazia magazine failed to realise the disrespect their actions would have. In her Instagram post, the Oscar-winning actress said: “I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too.” She said she was “disappointed” it changed her hairstyle to “fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like”. The actress posted the original image on Instagram alongside the published version – which appears to show some of her hair missing. As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh A post shared by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on Nov 9, 2017 at 6:11pm PST Grazia responded with the following statement. A post shared by Grazia UK (@graziauk) on Nov 10, 2017 at 5:06am PST The Vietnamese born photographer has also publically apologised. “My altering of her image was not born out of any hate but instead out of my own ignorance and insensitivity to the constant slighting of women of colour throughout the different media platforms. There is no excuse for my actions. I deeply regret the pain I’ve caused Ms. Nyong’o, a woman I’ve admired for quite some time now”.
Can you tell us a little about your background in hair dressing? Where you are now at Hepburn Hair Project and your journey to being a curl stylist? I started my career in hairdressing quite late in life. I was 26 when I decided to change my career from catering to hair. Although I loved cooking, I felt there was not enough room for me to be as creative as I would have liked. Working in the hair industry had always been in my mind, from being at school so I took up the challenge of going back to college as an adult. I loved it and have loved every moment since. I sought out a placement at a salon to go alongside my college course as I knew that I learn better by doing. I started as a junior, doing all the basic jobs, watching what other stylists did and trying techniques when I could. Luckily my passion for hairdressing was recognised and I was fortunate enough to gain a job in the same salon. I was at this salon for 12 years and never stopped learning. After 12 years I was offered a fantastic opportunity to manage a new salon with Seamus McCrory, being involved from its start. This was the start of my journey with The Hepburn Hair Project. Here, I was given more opportunities to develop myself and the biggest and most exciting thing that has come as a result of this is my new interest and passion for curly styling. #curlygirly #curlystylist #curly #curlyhairdontcare #curlyhairstyles #haircut #hairstyles # A post shared by Vickyqueenofcurls (@vickyqueenofcurls) on Oct 3, 2017 at 2:29pm PDT Generally in Manchester I have found that there is very little time spent on curly hair in salons and there is still a fear from many stylists when taking on curly hair. I feel incredibly fortunate that I fell into working with curly hair. My journey to being a curly stylist began with my first curly client. She had come into the salon looking for curly hair cut. I realised that to see the shape of what she wanted and how her curls would fall, I needed to cut her hair dry. This is the moment I saw cutting curly hair as an art form, not following the rules of standard hairdressing. This is all about shape and form. Some people have said that my dyslexia has allowed me to see hair in shapes, in a way that other stylists can’t. I just know that I listened to my client and understood how to help her get what she wanted. She opened up my eyes to the worlds of curly hair. The review she gave me snowballed curly referrals and someone made an off the cuff remark that I was ‘Vicky , Queen of Curls’ and this has stayed with me. Cutting curls came naturally, but