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I just checked the beauty forecast and it looks like red is in. And what better way to usher in the holiday season than with one of the brightest, most eye-catching colors. While the color red has different meanings in many cultures, when it comes to hair, it can only be defined in one word: sexy. From fiery red to burgundy, the intensity of this hair color captures the attention of everyone, just like the celebs who sport it.

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When it comes to growing and strengthening natural hair, a dynamic duo of products and a healthy routine are necessary. It's unrealistic to think you can do one without the other and expect strong, healthy, and vivacious curls and coils. If you're wondering why your hair is damaged or in a stagnant phase, you may need to take a look at your routine and make sure your hair is getting the care it truly needs.

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I have a love-hate relationship with the classic '90s ponytail. I love how versatile it is. It works for every hair type/texture and it fits every occasion from day to night. On the not-so-loving note: It's an addictive style and doing it too much can mean constant tension, eventually wreaking havoc on your roots and edges. If done right though, you can get the sleekness without the damage.

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Black women and their relationship with hair is a true expression of our beauty. We take it seriously because our roots are tied to our roots. No matter the woman, her hair is a huge part of her identity. Over time, we have found a way to recreate ourselves through the styling of our crowns. This means that we love having a bevy of styles to choose from especially as the seasons change. This reality got us to thinking about the hair trends that are trending this winter.

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As much as I like cold weather (and I do, unapologetically so), I have learned that it's not the best for my hair. For one thing, did you know that warm temps are far better at holding in moisture than cold ones are? Another problem is freezing weather and wind can cause the cuticles of our hair to lift which can result in hair strand damage and/or hair not being able to hold conditioning products in for very long. Also, when it's cold, that can lead to more frizzing and dryness; especially because we tend to be indoors more often with our HVAC units set to warmer temps.

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It was December of 2009 that I made an impromptu decision to cut my permed hair off. My reason for making that drastic change was due to ending a dating relationship at the time and the painful experience I went through from relaxing my hair in my dorm a couple of months prior. Cutting my hair immediately left me feeling bold yet boy-ish whenever I found myself dressing down or not wearing lavish earrings. After several months experimenting with wearing twist-outs, dyeing it myself (I was extra bold with that) and even getting my first blowout (that later resulted in heat damage), I thought I'd been hiding my beautiful kinks due to laziness.

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