Natural Hair News Website: The

The Follicle Chronicles,, you’ll find everything you wanted to know about kinky, curly & coily hair. The multimedia news site is more than a blog; it’s a hair news web site.

The site features information about everything from hair culture and hair news and popular YouTube videos. The founders both have natural hairstyles and after being approached by women everyday about their hair styles for years, they realized a website was in order.

Whether on the streets or in the grocery store, women share their natural hair stories that are ultimately featured on the site. The site’s founders, Candace Kelley and her sister Palisa Kelley talk products, styles and pop culture. Kelley has also been in the kitchen creating a natural product called “Curl Prep” which launched this month. The non-chemical Shea based solution softens and elongates curls.

“So many women asked for a product like this, so I got to mixing,” Kelley says. “It’s just what women and even men need to define their natural curl pattern. Everyone who tries it is in awe.” Currently the product is sold online and will be in three locations in New York and New Jersey by September, she adds. “We have beauticians who want it, so we go show them how to create simple natural styles with our product.”

It’s no surprise to the sisters that Mintel Report, an industry publication, predicts a 23 percent decline in sales of straighteners or “relaxers,” through 2011.

The natural look is stepping forward boldly. “It’s more popular now than it was say 10 years ago when I was natural, and it’s more than just a trend,” says Kelley, who has been natural for more than 25 years.

Popular New York City dermatologist Dr. Dina Strachan is also on board and will answer questions about ethnic skin and hair health. “Skin is the largest organ on the body and what women across all races put the skin on their head through is frightening,” Kelley warns.

The site launched with a feature article on stylist Anthony Dickie of Hair Rules New York but will also feature lesser known hair masters, and include information and tricks of the trade.

A journalist by trade, entrepreneur Kelley is an Emmy-nominated reporter and has worked for a number of media outlets including BET, Court TV and NY1 News. She serves as Creative Director. Her partner Palisa is an entertainment attorney in New York City and serves as Editor-in-Chief.


Natural beauty tips for healthy hair

A big part of loving your natural hair is knowing how to care for it, so has complied a list of ten natural beauty tips for happy and healthy hair.

(1) Binding wet hair into a tight pony is a curly hair care no-no, and can cause split ends. Instead, slick wet hair back with conditioner and a little oil or gel.

(2) Avocado butter is quite effective in stretching curly hair. When hair is twisted or braided with the butter, it will generally have much less shrinkage than without it.

(3) Twist on wet hair and allow ample time for hair to completely dry. Untwisting when your hair is damp will inevitably give you the frizzies.

(4) Deep condition regularly as hair behaves best when it’s nice and moisturized. DC every week for softer, more manageable hair.

(5) Co-wash or shampoo with sulfate, silicone and alcohol FREE products. When it comes to all your product try to keep it all natural.

(6) Don’t EVER skip your Hair Conditioner. Opt for all natural conditioners and not just the ones that say all natural but read the ingredients.

(7) NEVER towel dry your hair. This only causes frizzness especially if you’re using a terry cloth towel. Drip dry, t-shirt dry or use a microfiber towel.

(8) It is imperative that you cover your hair while you sleep with a satin scarf or bonnet or invest in a satin pillowcase. This will not pull at the hair or absorb the moisture in the hair.

(9) Grab a spray bottle, fill it half way with water and add three tablespoons of olive oil. Shake well and use daily to add moisture to the hair. Spray liberally.

(10) The human head sheds on average 50-100 hairs each day. Detangling will help you get these hairs out and prevent tangles from reforming.

Source: Curly Nikki

Treating Your Scalp at the Hairline – Lesson Learned

I learned a lesson over my vacation. Hopefully, it may help someone else. Rarely, do I manipulate my hair a lot because I know how important it is to hair growth. Since I had the opportunity to attend different events, I really wanted to play with hairstyles, even wearing a hairpiece. However, I didn’t realize that putting a wig or hairpiece over wet hair was a no-no. By the time that I got home, which was a week later, I noticed a rash on the back of my hairline. I now know that moist hair under a wig creates scalp irritation, fungus and if untreated, hair breakage.

I am now applying tea tree oil to my hair and avoiding showers because the back of my neck gets re-irritated every time I get in. I’ve also discovered that ghee butter, used by the people of India has also helped. I initially purchased it to moisturize my face. It doesn’t have the greatest smell but it is some good stuff. Hopefully, it will clear up in about a week.

Spiral Curlers



Trying out my spiral curlers. I ran out so I used “jheri-curl” rods in the back.

I wet my hair with a spray bottle and used Miss Jessie’s baby buttercreme.

Curly Nikki Care: A Natural Hair Refresher Spray

Curly Nikki | Natural Hair Styles and Curly Hair Care.

My first Twist-Out Updo!

I decided to do something a little elegant for our son’s dance recital. After all, I am the mother of a future Rock Star! (LOL) Since I finally have enough hair to get creative, I decided to pin my hair up in the back for a more sophisticated look and here it is! I must admit, I thought managing natural hair was gonna be a real pain in the butt! However, after a year of trying at least 30 different products, I finally feel like I don’t need much to care and style my hair!  In this photo, I only used Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme and I probably could do twist-outs with a few other products in my cabinet.

It was a challenging the first year but now I’m good!

Check out my twist-outs,


Well, I am finally giving the wash-n-go look a much needed break! I tried twist-outs before but I didn’t like them. Now that I have some length – me likey! I used Miss Jessie’s Buttercreme and it didn’t take much product to get it like this. I puts about 25 twists in my hair. After untwisting, I used my homemade oil, consisting of EVOO, lemongrass oil, peppermint and rosemary oil.

That’s it!!!! Who says natural hair is alot of work?!

Repairing Hair Breakage! Hot Oil Treatments

Well…as much as I like putting in ponytail extensions when I want to switch up a hairstyle, it is causing some breakage at the center of my head.  This is nothing new to me.  I went through a phase of wearing ponytails some years ago and had the same issue.  Sticking those hairpins in your head cause breakage.

I have been surfing the web and found a website completely devoted to hair breakage…it’s called: After reading their website, I think that I will begin doing nightly hot oil treatments and really concentrate on the top! I am still going to wear ponytail extensions…..every once in a while.

Today is my one-year Naturalversary! Check out the video

Well..a year has come and gone since I stood in the mirror and chopped my relaxed hair off!  I really, really have grown to appreciate my natural texture.  I have to stop myself from playing with my hair!  Yesterday, I flat-ironed it for the first time in a year and immediately rinsed it.  I couldn’t get it straight enough.  I’ll save that for the pros.  Then I became concerned that it wouldn’t curl up again!  I was trippin!

Enjoy the video!

Check out Cheryl Brooks’ Video on Henna, Curl Definition & Smooth & Hold

Troy Polamalu offers hair tips; Pittsburgh Steeler tells us how to get long hair.

Well, why wouldn’t I want you all to know the advice of a man who has his hair insured by Lloyds of London for $1,000,000!

Read his article below: He conditions more than shampoo!


Troy Polamalu offers hair tips; Pittsburgh Steeler talks bad hair days, hair care regimen, envy.

What are Essential Oils and how do they help your hair grow?

Essential Oils contained in plants are really their life force and are the fragrant constituents found in plants. In plants, these oils are ingredients of hormonal growth and reproduction. Many essential oils have a very beneficial effect on hair growth. Studies suggest that one or more of the essential oils are biologically able to promote hair growth. Essential oils for hair growth are excellent for cleansing, nourishing, and strengthening the hair follicle and shaft. These essential oils for hair growth stimulate the hair follicles to grow faster than the hair would normally.

I was reading specifically about Basil Oil and decided to tell you about other essential oils.

Jojoba Essential Oil for Hair Growth

Jojoba essential oil can be used with any hair and skin type. The healing qualities of jojoba oil are beneficial for extremely damaged or breaking hair. This truly is one of the best essential oils for hair loss due to breakage. Apply the oil to towel dry hair and leave on for at least half an hour. A very small amount applied to the skin of the face will help prevent hair dye stains when dye is applied.

Burdock Essential Oil for Hair Growth

Burdock essential oil is good for the scalp and encourages hair growth. It is also good for the skin, scalp and hair cell renewal, and stimulates blood flow to the root of the hair. It helps with the problem of hair loss.

Rosemary and Clary Sage essential oils For Hair Growth

Rosemary encourages hair growth. These two herbs when used together externally prove extremely beneficial to anyone wanting to grow his hair. For best results, take a pan of water and boil rosemary, sage, peach leaf, nettle and burdock. Strain the loose herbs from the liquid and wash your hair with this liquid everyday. Clary sage when combined with jojoba and applied to the roots of your hair can cause your hair to grow.

Tea Tree Essential Oil for Hair Growth

Tea tree oil is one of the most versatile essential oils for hair growth when it comes to hair treatments. This oil moisturizes the hair and minimizes oil production of the scalp, preventing greasy looking hair and leaving the scalp clean and dandruff-free. A few drops of tea tree oil can be added to olive oil for a mild but effective weekly treatment to deal with dandruff problems.

Basil and Peppermint Essential oils for Hair Growth

Basil helps circulation of blood and works well in combination with fenugreek and ivy burdock herbs. Basil helps in growth of oily hair. Peppermint helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of your hair and so give it good nourishment and grow well. It helps in growth of dry hair. It is good for your hair if it grows slowly or if it is thinning.

Citrus Essential Oils for Hair Growth

Oily hair will get a great benefit from regular treatments with either lemon or grapefruit essential oils. These oils condition the hair and clean the scalp. Warm or cold oil can be applied to the hair and left in for at least half an hour after which the hair can be washed with a gentle shampoo and conditioned.

Lavender Essential Oil for Hair Growth

Lavender essential oil is used to treat a variety of conditions including alopecia (hair loss). It has been shown to promote the growth of hair and increase the rate of wound healing. In a study it was found that people suffering from alopecia who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair re-growth. Thus lavender or a combination of lavender and other essential oils were responsible for the beneficial effects.

Olive Oils for Hair Growth

Olive oil can be combined with other nice smelling essential oils and is especially beneficial for dry hair. Olive oil helps in growth of dry hair. The hair is nourished and will regain its elasticity after a treatment with this oil. Apply the oil to towel dry hair and leave on for at least half an hour.

Bay Essential Oil for Hair Growth

This essential oil helps in growing your hair. If you have dull and lifeless hair, it will restore it with life and shine. Add six drops of bay and lavender essential oil to four ounces of warm carrier oil. Massage the mixture into the scalp and allow it to absorb for 20 minutes. Then wash with your regular shampoo, to which you’ve added three drops of bay essential oil. If you’re plagued with dandruff problems or if you have aches and pains, use this oil for pain relief.

There is an essential oil available for nearly every hair or scalp problem. But remember that the essential oils are too concentrated and shouldn’t be used directly on the skin or hair. So it’s best to use them in combination with carrier oils like almond, soybean and sesame, chosen in accordance with the effect you’re looking for. Choose the appropriate essential oil and team it up with carrier oil and soon, you’ll find you have long, lustrous hair.


By the way, I purchased Basil Oil on by a company called Now.

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Oil Rinsing is another “to-do” on my Hair growth Regimen…

Hey Natural Divas!

I hope that you are just as excited as me about the season of Spring showing early signs.  Since I’ve gotten a little bored with the wash-n-go and I can finally get my hair into a ponytail, I am wearing extensions!

I’ve got a busy day ahead so I won’t be deep-conditioning but I did an oil-rinse.  I washed my hair and poured about a tablespoon of Goya Olive oil into my hair and massaged it through.  I put on a shower cap and proceeded to shower.  I rinsed it and put Eco-Styler gel on it and smoothed it up into a ponytail. 


I first read about Oil Rinsing on  I thought that I would share it with you:

For those who don’t know what it is, oil rinsing boils down to an extra step between shampooing and conditioning that promises to make detangling a breeze, make your hair retain moisture much better, increase softness and shine. In essence it is a like a hot oil treatment done while you are in the shower.

Here’s how you do an oil rinse:
•    Start by shampooing your hair, if you are co washing only then just rinse your hair but make sure it gets soaked.
•    Coat your wet hair with about a handful (about ½ cup or so) of your favourite oil like olive, jojoba, castor etc
•    Rinse the oil off with hot water
•    Proceed to apply conditioner to your strands liberally
•    Rinse with cool water while detangling. This should be quick and painless!
•    Apply your leave in conditioner and seal.

What makes oil rinsing better than a hot oil treatment is that the shampooing process is done before oil is applied so any natural oils lost during shampooing are immediately replenished. Furthermore, if the ideal amount of oil is applied i.e. not too much, the tresses will not be left greasy after the final rinse but rather will dry soft with much better moisture retention. Conditioning straight after the oil prevents too much of it from being left on the strands but enough is left to allow it to dry soft.

The consensus seems to be that oil rinsing is ideal if your hair is going to be worn in a heat free style. Flat ironing or blow drying after an oil rinse is probably not ideal. A serum is a better heat protectant that an oil.

So is oil rinsing the holy grail of black hair care? Well, it certainly has its benefits and once you have your technique down, it is very addictive because the results are immediate and obvious.

How Did I Get My Fro? This is How….

I received some comments about how I got my hair (fro) like this.  I do want to let you all know that my hair is 98 percent virgin as far as anything being done to it too. With the exception of sitting under a dryer or using a blow dryer to diffuse, my hair hasn’t had much heat applied to it.   Well, I washed it, put about ten braids in my hair and went about my day.  I was going to see the Color Purple and wanted to finally wear my fro out..all dressed up.

I took the braids down about five hours later and my hair was still slightly wet so I blow-dried it with a wide tooth comb.  Please use a heat-styling protective oil prior to blow-drying.  Then I used a good old-fashioned afro pic and picked it out a bit.  My ends had recently been trimmed so I only needed to give it a little shape with my hands…I finished it by spraying it with Organic Root Stimulator’s Olive Oil sheen.

Next time, I’ll make a You Tube Video…..

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