February 21, 2019

African Pride Launches Black Castor Miracle Collection

African Pride Launches Black Castor Miracle Collection to Improve How Protective Style Wearers Care for Their Hair


Image from africanpridehair.com

Image from africanpridehair.com


African Pride, a hair care manufacturer with more than 30 years of experience creating quality, affordable products, introduces its Black Castor Miracle collection. The eight-product range provides women with a simplified regimen to change the way they care for their hair before, during and after wearing protective styles; which include braids, locs, weaves, wigs or any other hairstyle that tucks the ends of your hair away from constant manipulation.

Each product in the Black Castor Miracle line was specifically formulated with black castor oil; the number one ingredient associated with hair growth and other premium, all-natural ingredients like coconut water, jojoba, tea tree, peppermint, coconut and soybean oils, coconut milk and shea butter.

“Through our research, we know that within the past 12 months, more than 65 percent of African American women have worn their hair in a protective style,” said Kendria Strong, Director of Marketing. “We also know that consumers experience breakage and damage while wearing these styles due to lack of knowledge around proper hair care so we made sure that Black Castor Miracle products were simple, multi-functional and created with the highest quality ingredients to help them protect what’s theirs.”

The simplified Black Castor Miracle regimen covers the key phases or steps in the life cycle of a protective style: (Step 1) moisturize and prep, (Step 2) style and protect, (Step 3) refresh and seal and (Step 4) take down and detangle, all while nourishing the hair and scalp, sealing in moisture and protecting against styling damage that may cause breakage; helping to retain length while promoting healthy hair growth.

The eight-piece Black Castor Miracle collection includes:

  • Prep & Leave-In Moisture Butter (8oz) – Moisturize and prep hair before braided, weaved or protective styles with this specially crafted blend of black castor oil, shea butter and jojoba oil which penetrates hair strands, providing long-lasting hydration and protection against breakage during styling.
  • Anti-Humidity Heat Protectant Spray (4oz) – Provides 400°F heat protection and guards against heat damage when blow drying, flat-ironing or straightening leave out, weaves and edges. Specially crafted with a keratin complex, this light-weight formula blocks humidity, seals in shine and keeps hair straight for up to 2 weeks or until your next wash day.
  • Braid, Loc & Twist Gel (8oz) – Smooths frizz and fly-aways while boosting shine, for longer lasting styles. Leaves braids, locs and twists neat and smooth and can be used to slick edges or finish desired styles.
  • Hold & Cover Black Edge Gel (2.25oz) – Slicks stubborn edges, temporarily covers gray hair and fills in thinning edges or part lines.
  • Braid & Scalp Cleansing Rinse (12oz) – Uses a special blend of micellar water, black castor, coconut and peppermint oils to gently cleanse and condition hair, edges and scalp during braided styles and under weaves without causing frizz. Soothes scalp and calms itching; leaving hair refreshed and styles lasting longer.
  • Hair & Scalp Sealing Oil (6oz) – Locks moisture into hair strands and improves moisture retention, while helping to condition hair, soothe scalp, calm itching and prevent dryness. Great for braids, crochet styles, edges, under weave care and protective styles.
  • Moisture & Detangling Masque (8oz) – Softens, conditions and removes knots or buildup from dry, tangled hair after braided, weaved and protective styles. Helps to prevent excessive breakage and shedding.
  • Moisture Restore Treatment (2oz) – Deep conditioning treatment infused with coconut milk and shea butter that hydrates and restores moisture to extremely dry, damaged hair.

Each item in the Black Castor Miracle collection is priced between $4.49 – $4.99 and is available beginning February 2019 at beauty supply stores nationwide. The Black Castor Miracle collection will be featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s popular series ‘THE BRAID UP’ on YouTube in mid-February 2019.

About African Pride
For 30 years, African Pride has addressed the hair care needs of all hair types and textures whether natural or relaxed with brands like Black Castor Miracle, Moisture Miracle, Shea Miracle, Olive Miracle and Dream Kids. We believe in the unspoken power of a great hair day. The boost of energy that’s given when your beauty and confidence is intertwined should be accessible to all women. That’s why we created African Pride products with premium, natural ingredients at an affordable price to ensure that you’re less stressed about your hair and more focused on stepping into your best self.

For more information about the brand, visit AfricanPrideHair.com. You can also join the African Pride conversation on Facebook (@MyAfricanPrideHair), YouTube (@AfricanPride), and on Instagram and Twitter (@MyAfricanPride). To start your own conversation about the brand, use its official hashtag #FeelingMyPride and for Black Castor Miracle specifically,

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November 7, 2018

Haircare Contest with It’s a 10 Haircare

Image It's a 10 Haircare

Image: Itsa10Haircare.com


Haircare Contest!  It’s a 10 Haircare founder, Carolyn Aronson is hosting The Next 10 Contest, calling on everyone across the country to design their dream hair product. She will hand-pick 10 finalists and choose one lucky winner with the most innovative concept to produce. Because Carolyn believes everyone should live with passion and purpose, the winner will also receive $10,000 and a lifetime supply of It’s a 10!  Entries are open now through November 16 at www.itsthenext10.com, with the winner announced November 16th.





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October 24, 2018

Hair , How to Refresh It Between Washes With Tips And Products By Tony Odisho

Hair , How to Refresh It Between Washes With Tips And Products From by Tony Odisho

Is it the second day after washing your hair? Or third or fourth? Don’t worry, we won’t tell! There’s an easy and quick way to give dirty hair a second life when you don’t have time to wash it. Better yet, it just requires a few key steps and products. We’ve got you covered! Here’s our foolproof favorite way to refresh hair between washes.

Start by brushing it out with a boar bristle paddle brush. Hair naturally tends to be oilier at the roots and dry at the ends. Brushing it regularly helps distribute the oils and revive dry hair. One of the biggest complaints of dirty hair is the oiliness on the scalp. This can remedied with our talc-free Dry Shampoo. It goes on clear so it’s invisible, but when applied at the roots, it quickly absorbs excess oil.




Next, apply some Flexible Hold Hairspray. It’s lightweight and provides a workable hold that won’t weigh down hair. It also protects against heat damage. After that, loosely curl the hair with an Infrared Curling Iron. Run fingers through the curls to break them up a bit.




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September 9, 2018

At New York Fashion Week Jonathan Simkhai Wows Crowds

At New York Fashion Week Jonathan Simkhai wowed show-goers with a fun, bohemian look created by TRESemmé NYFW Stylist, Odile Gilbert.




“To achieve this chic and bohemian look, be sure to give the hair texture at the roots. That’s how you get the 60’s boho feel.” – Odile Gilbert, TRESemmé NYFW Stylist

Recreate today’s look from Jonathan Simkhai with the below steps and tips from Odile.

Step 1: Start by washing hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner to create a frizz-free foundation. For finer hair, use the Thick & Full Shampoo & Conditioner.

Step 2: Part hair in the centre. Spray TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray to prevent damage and then blow dry hair with a paddle brush.

Step 3: Use hair straighteners to achieve a sleek and smooth finish.

Step 4: Spray generously with TRESemmé Fresh & Clean Dry Shampoo for texture. Then, take a small section of hair from either side, tightly plait and fasten with a hair tie. Add wooden beads for additional 60’s-style chic.

Step 5: Finish the look with TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray to keep the look in place without creating stiffness.

TRESEMMÉ PRODUCTS USED: Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, Repair & Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray, Fresh & Clean Dry Shampoo, Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray in Level 2: Smooth

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May 29, 2018

Celebrity Hairstylist Castillo Styles Erika Jayne

Erika Jayne at The Billboard Awards red carpet

Erika Jayne at The Billboard Awards red carpet


Celebrity hairstylist, Castillo styled Real Housewife Erika Jayne for the Billboard Awards red carpet.

I was checking out Castillo’s Instagram page HERE and saw a photo of his work with Erika.

I was able to get my hands on this step-by step for her hair look and a quote from Castillo.

Quote: “We wanted to go for a sexy Brigitte Bardot vibe on Erika for the Billboard red carpet”

Look: Half-up Half-down, Sexy Slept-in Waves

Inspiration: Brigitte Bardot

Step By Step:

  • On clean hair, start by making loose waves in the hair using the Cricket Co.’s Ultra Smooth Curling Iron.
  • Once the curls have cooled down take the Cricket Co.’s Centrix Ceramic Styling Iron and run it through some of the curls from mid shaft to end to loosen the waves and add some major sexy slept in waves.
  • Comb through all the waves using the wide tooth Cricket Co.’s Ultra Smooth Coconut Oil infused comb to avoid frizz, but create volume.
  • Then take a teasing brush like Cricket Co.’s Amped Up brush and back comb the entire head at the root.
  • Part the hair in half by taking a large section starting from the back of one ear across the top of the head ending on the opposite ear using a tail comb like the Cricket Co. Silkomb.
  • Create a small ponytail on the top of your head using an elastic.
  • Finally, detail the look by pulling out some face-framing pieces and seal with a bit of styling wax on the ends.

Castillo’s clients also include Ruby Rose, Priyanka Chopra and Halle Berry.

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May 20, 2018

Your Carolina TV, Tune in Monday for a New Spring Summer Beauty Haul

BioSilk Color Therapy Intensive Masque

BioSilk Color Therapy Intensive Masque










Your Carolina TV, WSPA. Tune in tomorrow as I present more of my favorite beauty finds, some from the past and some brand new, but all fabulous and all It’s a Glam Thing Favorites! You’ll get to see and learn about the following beauty products.

  1. Chi Air Spin & Curl Hair Tool
  2. BioSilk Color Therapy Hair Care products
  3. Vera Moore Cosmetics Signature Collection Peptide + Serum with Vitamins C & E
  4. LUK Beautifood 100% Natural Lipstick
  5. OMG BOTANICALS Serum and Cleanser Duo

I’ll see you then!




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May 15, 2018

Summer Time Hair to Lips and Body to Bras – 5 products that are “Worth a Try””

Sofia Reyes photo from glamour.com

Sofia Reyes photo from glamour.com


Summer time,” Hair ” it is. It has been awhile since we have mentioned White Sands . I really don’t know why because White Sands products are always a favorite. So here we are, for summer our editors love the White Sands Infinity Firm Hold Finishing Spray. It’s Humidity proof and I can assure you, use this, you can sweat all day and still have great hair. And, it has UV protection! Note: as with any hair spray/finishing spray, hold the can 10 to 12 inches from hair.  You want hair, not straw! Again, the White Sands brand is a forever favorite.


 White Sands Infinity Firm Hold Finishing Spray

Cute beach twists (pictured on Sofia Reyes above) are perfect summer styles. Remember, we want twists Not “tangles”. From Milk & Sass  The Macaron for Hair is an It’s a Glam Thing “Fave”. We love it so much, we featured it on a morning TV segment not too long ago. It’s a detangling hairbrush and compact mirror. The Macaron for Hair works on all hair types. The cover pops on and off to protect the bristles and display the perfect compact mirror.  This is great for untangling wet hair. It also works to untangle dry hair. And, we know that beach hair sometimes needs a good safe detangling before washing. It comes in the cutest colors!

In the summer months I love to wear clear gloss. I am addicted to Plumping Glosses. “Do plumping glosses really work?” I have tried many and I feel, personally, that yes, they can.  The issue is finding on that does. Some are super stingy others are more gentle on the lips. Some are super expensive and others are price friendly. Try Hard Candy Max Pout Plumping Serum. You can get this at Walmart for only $6 in 12 fl. oz. Compare it to Two Faced Deluxe Lip Injection Extreme for $28 in.14 oz.

For first timers or (non invasive) plumping addicts, this works well.  Note, May is skin cancer awareness month so remember, during the day use a lip sunscreen first but if daytime sun is not an issue wear it bare to plump lips instantly and minimize the appearance of lip lines (if you have any). It’s formulated with  hyaluronic acid which does the trick.  Personally, I do have lip lines so I blur the gloss a bit above and below my lips to help out with those lines. At night before bed, I really layer it on and around. It’s available in an array of colors too. You can wear it alone or on top of lipstick. See my tips on layering gloss over lipstick here.

Hard Candy Max Pout

Get your body ready to show off some skin with Brazialian Bod Buff. This soothing scrub and mask is a yellowish gold color formulation with specks of green tiny beads. It smells so fruity good and I feel like I am finger painting when I use it. It can be used as a scrub on wet skin or a mask on dry skin, an all over body mask! If I had only one word to describe the Sol de Janeiro Bod Buff it would be “amazing”, wait “fun”, and “smoothing”. Ok, so one word won’t do. Use it for, as it says on the packaging, “Touch-me-now Brazilian Babe Skin”. This is a product that I will not part with even though my niece asked sweetly.

Right now, we are loving the Bra Bridge Breast Shape Enhancer. If you want more support, more cleavage, less support, less cleavage, depending on your outfit, your mood, or the occasion, the  Bra Bridge will get the job done. It’s easy to use, really, I tried one. I plan on using the nude/beige Bra Bridge tonight with a pretty floral print on a desert sand background with lace top.  I need just a bit more support for this top to look as pretty as it should. These are great to control bouncing at the gym or dance class too.

Bra Bridge


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May 8, 2018

The Met Gala, Celebrity Hairstylist Naivasha Johnson Styles Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi at The Met Gala

Yara Shahidi at The Met Gala


Yara’s hair made a classic but bold and voluminous statement for last night’s Met Gala.

Naivasha was inspired by “Whimsical Texture.” She wanted to celebrate texture in the most glamorous way with a 60-inch ponytail!

To Recreate the Look:



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April 16, 2018

Hair Restoration, 5 Things to Know About New Advances

Award winning doctor leads the way in hair restoration technique.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the average person loses around 100 hairs per day. For most people, those hairs grow back, but for millions of people they don’t, leading to a problem that may tend to make them feel self-conscious about their appearance. The good news is that there are options for those who experience hair loss, including hair restoration.

“Many of those experiencing hair loss assume they are stuck with it,” says Dr. John Kahen, founder of Beverly Hills Hair Restoration (BHHR). “But there have been significant advances in hair restoration that are bringing newfound hope to many.”

The NIH reports that hair loss can happen for a number of reasons beyond growing older. They include certain disease, diabetes, lupus, family history, stress, or a number of other factors. The reasons why people experience hair loss or thinning can be vast, but the solutions are much simpler. According to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), there were over 133,000 people who had hair restoration in the U.S. in 2016, and that was a 18% increase over the prior year.

Each year many people are prescribed Propecia, a medication designed to stimulate hair growth and slow down baldness. However, Dr. Kahen says its side effects can impact one’s ability to perform their duties. Confusion, short-term memory loss, dizziness, weakness and headaches have been known to strike users as is a stymied libido and even impotence.

As more people learn about what hair restoration can do for them, they are opting to have the procedure. Hair restoration surgery involves taking hair you already have and using it to fill in the areas that are missing hair or have thinned. Dr. Kahen, who is a world-renowned hair restoration surgeon, is a pioneer and the leading expert in using the Platelet Rich Plasma technique, called SmartPRP®. His hair restoration technique uses the body’s own tissue regeneration mechanism to strengthen small hairs and stimulate growth of new follicles.

Smart PRP, a 30 minute procedure, can be performed as a standalone treatment or, in some cases, is combined with transplant surgery, which takes all day. Since Smart PRP® is a non-invasive procedure, patients generally return to work the next day. Hair transplants take longer to heal – generally 10 days — as the redness, swelling and scabbing fade. Cost of treatment varies based on the treatment(s) plan.

Here are 5 things to know about hair restoration.

Time. Many people think hair restoration is a process that will take a lot of time. The reality is that the procedure generally takes around an hour, sometimes less. Recent advances including Dr. Kahen’s SmartPRP® can generate results in as little as 30 minutes. Those who need a hair transplant will find it takes up to six hours for the surgery, depending on the extent of the baldness, and does require a longer recovery period.

Healing. Following hair restoration, patients may experience mild swelling of the scalp and redness that heal much quicker than with previous hair restoration techniques.

Candidate. Almost everyone is a candidate for hair restoration. While many people tend to think it’s men who get it, ISHRS reports that 39% of hair restoration surgeries that take place are done on women. Many women have thinning of the hair or hair loss, and they too are good candidates for restoration.

Advancement. Hair restoration has come a long way over the years. Today there are advanced technology procedures that are used. These help to improve the outcome, as well as recovery times.

Costs. The cost for hair restoration surgery depends on the extent of baldness, the age and overall health of the patient and the doctor’s level of experience. Oftentimes, financing is available.

“Those with thinning or balding hair often suffer from self-consciousness and, eventually, that can take its toll on one’s self-esteem,” added Dr. Kahen. “Being able to restore one’s hair can help the patient regain their confidence as I’ve witnessed over and over again.”

Dr. Kahen has performed thousands of hair restoration surgeries and has become one of the most sought-after doctors in the country. He has performed surgeries on business executives, physicians, dignitaries, and celebrities, among others. He has invented some of the most advanced restoration technology, including SmartPRP®. Located only 30 minutes from the Los Angeles International Airport, BHHR also offers a fly-in program, helping those who may be coming in from other states or countries for the procedure.

Beverly Hills Hair Restoration offers effective options for those with thinning and balding hair. Their services include hair transplants, the platelet rich plasma technique, hairline lowering, facial body hair transplant, eyebrow transplant, female hair loss treatment, textured transplant options, and more. Their award-winning hair transplant services have helped thousands of people achieve life-changing results. For more information, visit their site at: https://www.beverlyhillshr.com.


About Beverly Hills Hair Restoration: Founded by one of the most sought after hair restoration surgeons in the country, Dr. John Kahen, Beverly Hills Hair Restoration offers effective solutions for those with thinning and balding hair. They have a clientele that includes celebrities, dignitaries, and business executives, all achieving life-changing results. The center offers a superior patent pending technique developed by Dr. Kahen, known as Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration.

In addition to the SmartPRP®, BHHR offers hairline lowering, facial body hair transplant, eyebrow transplant, textured transplant options, and more. Their award-winning hair transplant services have helped thousands of people achieve life-changing results. For more information, visit their site at: https://www.beverlyhillshr.com.

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April 1, 2018

Like magic a woman with the right hairstyle will shine.

H-Town’s own Charmeka Augustine-Young, is bringing magic to the multi-billion dollar hair industry. This traveling Celebrity Hairstylist is the ultimate transformation specialist. Charmeka is known for her magical hands. She isn’t just your average hair stylist. This southern belle is a licensed beautician with well over 7 years of experience in the hair industry. She has mastered the art of all hair types.

Fused Hair and Extensions

Fused Hair and Extensions

Charmeka  is the sole proprietor of her luxurious hair suite and luxury virgin hair line, located at 16754 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Lands, TX 77479.  She also takes pride in treating clients with alopecia, thinning hair or balding. Her diverse clientele and talents intertwine, allowing a variety of options for women to choose from.  There are various weaving methods which include Fusion extensions, Malaysian weaves, net sew in waves, micro link extensions, and natural hair care.

Since her beautiful foray in the beauty industry began, Charmeka has grown her celebrity clientele tremendously, as her timeless work has been seen on some of the hottest celebrities such as the Real Housewives of Atlanta starlet, Cynthia Bailey, and VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s, Erica Mena.

Her cutting edge work has also been seen on major platforms such as New York Fashion Week, the Premiere Show, the internationally renown Bronner Bros Hair Show, and My Black is Beautiful.

Fused Hair and Extensions

Fused Hair and Extensions

Like many hairstylists, Charmeka is most known for her hair styling versatility and well roundness which sets her apart in an oversaturated market. With resilience, drive, and passion, this emerging hair mogul’s greatest joy is bringing a woman’s crown from glory to glory to make their day a little brighter.

Fused Hair and Extensions

Fused Hair and Extensions

About Charmeka Augustine-Young
Traveling Celebrity Hairstylist & Extension Specialist, Charmeka Augustine-Young, is a trend setting licensed beautician, and weave specialist hailing from H-Town. Her cutting edge work has been seen on some of the hottest stars such as Cynthia Bailey, Erica Mena, and more. With a diverse clientele, Charmeka specializes in all varieties of hair types, and has served as a platform stylist in the internationally renown Bronner Bros. Hair show, the Premiere Show, and My Black is Beautiful Campaign. With her diverse hair techniques ranging from everything in between to Fusion extensions, Malaysian weaves, net sew in waves, micro link extensions, and natural hair care, Charmeka’s great joy is bringing every woma’s crown from glory to glory, and using her innate gifts to give back to the community.

Follow Charmeka Augustine-Young via Instagram @fusedhairandextensions | Website: fusedhairandextensions.com/

All Photos Credit- @spikethedesigner

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