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It has been over two years since we debuted the illustrious Curl Sponge on HeyMikeyATL.

Then it was all about standing out with a new style. Well now, in 2017, that old “new” style is a trend. Thanks to a little Curl Sponge magic men and women everywhere are rocking their natural hair, curly and stylishly!

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Hairstyles have evolved and so has our nifty Curl Sponge! Meet The Curl Sponge 3.0, the more durable, stronger, and efficient descendant of the original Curl Sponge we grew to love. Unlike its predecessor the spongy material harder and better fits your hand. Also the holes in the sponge are coupled with spikes and deep groves that reach into longer hair, allowing it to be curled as well.

 

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The Curl Sponge products; (l-r) The Curl Sponge 3.0, organic pomade, spray gel, regular pomade, and shampoo and conditioner

Besides the actual sponge is a host of related products including an organic pomade, spray gel, regular pomade, and shampoo and conditioner in one (seen above in the main. I have to say I am almost as smitten with the products as I was with The Curl Sponge 3.0. The pomades smell heavenly; but i am in love with the organic one. Not only is it made from all-natural ingredients, it is completely safe and can even double as lip balm! Neither pomades cause any build up and are easily rinsed out. The shampoo and conditioner not only leave your hair super clean, but feeling alive and vibrant. It really gets to your scalp and the root of your hair.

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The spray gel is an amazing alternative to the Spritz hairspray we have seen many people using to keep their curls in place. Unlike Spritz,the spray gel does not dry out or weaken your hair, cause any build up, and it smells great! Check out how the products worked my hair. Check out my before and after pictures below.

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You can order your own Curl Sponge,  products, and the new Curl Sponge 3.5 you can check out their website by clicking here! For beginners you can learn how to use your own Curl Sponge and products by viewing the tutorial below! Happy styling!

 

 

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Hair Straightening

Whether you’re used to wearing your hair naturally and you want something new for a while or if you straighten your hair regularly, there are some things you have to consider before you put your hair through the stress of a straightening iron. Heat damage is a real problem and sometimes can lead to split ends or irreversible damage that can only be fixed by a haircut. But if you know what to do and what to avoid during the straightening process, you should be able to get the results you’re looking for. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts when straightening your hair.

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Whether you’re used to wearing your hair naturally and you want something new for a while or if you straighten your hair regularly, there are some things you have to consider before you put your hair through the stress of a straightening iron. Heat damage is a real problem and sometimes can lead to split ends or irreversible damage that can only be fixed by a haircut. But if you know what to do and what to avoid during the straightening process, you should be able to get the results you’re looking for. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts when straightening your hair.

Never Work on Wet Hair

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This is one of the most common mistakes people make when straightening their hair and one of the main reasons for hair damage. Even if the iron you’re intending to use says that straightening your hair when wet is fine, avoid doing it at all costs.

The problem is that you’ll have to spend more time on your strands if they’re wet and you’ll end up exposing your hair to more damage than you’d like to. So, if you want to prevent the amount of heat your hair will be exposed to, try to use your iron on dry hair only.

If you don’t have the time, one of the things you can do is remove any excess amount of water you have in your hair and then blow it dry. Or, you could decide to clean your hair the day before, so your hair will be completely dry in the morning and only straighten it then.

Note that wet-to-dry straighteners are an exception, but they should only be used on damp hair, not when it’s soaking wet. Just because your model is a wet-to-dry, it doesn’t mean you can just use it out of the shower. And even then, don’t take the word of the manufacturer at face value; even in this case, it’s always better to limit the amount of direct heat you apply to your hair.

Use Protective Spray

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We all know that heat can be your hair’s worst enemy, but it’s not something you can avoid when straightening it. However, there are some things that you can do to protect it. Even if you’re using the gentlest setting with the best straightening iron for your hair type, you are still prone to damage. In this case, your best protection would be to use a protective spray before using your straightening iron. While there are multiple types of protective sprays on the market, try to go for ones containing argon oil, as they’re particularly beneficial to hair.

Never Use the Maximum Setting

A lot of us have the bad habit of cranking our straightening iron on the last level to get the fastest results possible. But even if you’re on a tight schedule, this is something you should try to avoid as much as you can. You should never, under any circumstance, use the hottest temperature on your iron. Ideally, you shouldn’t go over 400° F if you have thick natural hair and 300° F if you have fine hair, or else you risk of causing some serious damage.

On the other hand, don’t assume that the opposite is true either. You shouldn’t assume that going with the lowest possible setting is a better option. If you go too low, you’ll have to go over each strand multiple times, which could cause cumulative damage to your hair.

Section your Hair First

One nice trick you can use when straightening your hair is to always separate it in multiple sections before you start working on it. It would be a wise idea to clip all other sections before you are done with the first one. If you don’t separate your hair into sections, some of the strands might get run over more than others and you could cause some of it to suffer more damage.

Don’t Clamp the Iron Down too Long

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is leaving the iron clamped down for too long on some of your strands. Whether you are distracted or just think that it’s the right thing to do, doing so could lead to some serious damage. If you spend too much time on one spot, you might cause an indentation and have to go back over the strand, which will cause even more damage.

Keep a Comb Close

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You should always have a comb in hand while straightening your hair. Each time you go over a strand with your iron, comb the area through. Not only will it help to prevent knots from forming, but it could help you get more volume. Without volume, you’ll be limited in the styles you can achieve and might not be able to get what you were looking for. If you want some inspiration for straight styled hair, take a look at these from The Right Hairstyles which are best suited for women over 40.

Don’t Go for just Any Hair Straightener

Before you even think about straightening your hair, however, you have to make sure that you pick the right one for your hair type, or else you might cause some damage and not get the results you wanted.

One of the first things you should be looking for is a unit that will give you more control over the temperature. It should have a thermometer on it that will allow you to set it at the absolute best temperature for your hair and prevent you from accidentally setting it too high.

And when picking a straightening iron, don’t judge them by the price alone. Whether an iron is cheap or expensive doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to how well it will work on your hair. While hair straighteners all serve the same function, they all work very differently and have a different effect on hair.

When it comes to material, for instance, tourmaline, ceramic and titanium work very differently and aren’t suited for the same kind of hair. And just because it says ceramic on the box, doesn’t mean all ceramic plated iron are equal. Some might only have a ceramic coating, for instance, while others will be completely made of ceramic. So, before you pick a model, make sure that you do your homework and pick the right one for your particular hair texture.

You should also pick a model that is wide enough. For instance, if you happen to have finer hair, then you should pick a unit that is no larger than an inch if possible. If you have thicker hair on the other hand, then you should be looking for something like a 3” iron. But if all you want to do is do some styling, then something like a 1.5” iron should do. And if you’re trying to get some big curls while ironing, then you should try to avoid a straight edge straightener. You should go with something with curved edges. Not only will it allow you to get the look that you want but it will also prevent bumps from forming.

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If you manage to incorporate these tips into your straightening routine, you should be able to prevent heat damage and get the results you’re looking for in no time.

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[PHOTOS] “Bury Me w/ My Clippers” Barber Battle Announces 2017 Winners!

Winners were crowned and given bragging rights after barbers from all across the South and East Coast gathered in Jacksonville, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Riverfront for the 2nd annual Bury Me With My Clippers Barber Battle and Trade Show presented by Barber Life™ and hosted by Chico Boom of West Palm Beac

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Winners were crowned and given bragging rights after barbers from all across the South and East Coast gathered in Jacksonville, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Riverfront for the 2nd annual Bury Me With My Clippers Barber Battle and Trade Show presented by Barber Life™ and hosted by Chico Boom of West Palm Beach, FL.

The event, originally scheduled for September 17, was postponed due to effects from Hurricane Irma, and was instead held on Sunday, November 17 with hundreds in attendance. “We had a lot of bumps in the road with this show, and overall, I feel it was a success…we impacted a lot of barbers and put on a great, well-organized show,” said one of the event organizers, Angel Raws of Raw Cuts Barbershops in Jacksonville, FL.

Educational classes were given at the start of the day to provide barbers and hair stylists a wealth of information on topics ranging from cutting techniques to financial literacy. Educators and speakers included high acclaimed barbers J-Roc da Barber of Picture Perfect Cuts (Houston, TX); Sipp the Surgeon of The Art of Barbering (Dallas, TX); J-Valentin of Kiss Colors (Baltimore, MD); Bonez da Goat of The Remix Barbershop (Palm Springs, FL); and Haley Humphrey of Capital Financial Strategies (Jacksonville, FL).

First place battle winners were presented with $500 cash and many other special prizes and gift packs. The barbers who gained top recognition are as follows:

Fastest Fade Presented by Booksy Biz:

1st Place—Jason Padridge, Olde World Barber Shoppe (Warner Robins, GA)

2nd Place—Ismael Santiago, A List Barber Studio (Salem, MA)

3rd Place—Kevin Battle, Olde World Barber Shoppe (Warner Robins, GA)

Best Combover Presented by Gulf South Salon Services:

1st Place—Adrian Lima, 6ixth Element Barbershop (Brandon, FL)

2nd Place—Fernando Corps, The Art of Shaving (Jacksonville, FL)

3rd Place—Soul Fly (Miami, FL)

Freestyle Battle Presented by Hat City:

1st Place—Rigoberto Perez, Next Level Barbershop (Winter Haven, FL)

2nd Place—Derrick Fraley, Chago’s Barbershop (St. Petersburg, FL)

3rd Place—Adrian Lima, 6ixth Element Barbershop (Brandon, FL)

Duplicate Battle Presented by VIP Barber Supply of Tampa Bay:

1st Place—Adrian Lima, 6ixth Element Barbershop (Brandon, FL)

2nd Place—Rigoberto Perez, Next Level Barbershop (Winter Haven, FL)

Free For All Battle Presented by B. Clark Customs:

1st Place—Khadijah Harris, Supreme Cuts (Jacksonville, FL)

2nd Place—Ismael Santiago, A List Barber Studio (Salem, MA)

3rd Place—Soul Fly (Miami, FL)

In addition to the aforementioned category sponsors, other vendors for #BMWMC2017 included Barber Life, Reign by Angel Raws, Hanzo Shears, Gentlemen Republic, Boss Barber Company, B3 Beard Grooming, Rolda, Barber Strong, and Kontrol Magazine (official media partner). The Barber Life brand took to their Instagram page following the event to thank all of the sponsors, judges, participants, and attendees for helping make the event a success.

Pictures and recaps can be seen by visiting @BarberLifeTheBrand on Instagram, or by searching the hashtags #BMWMC2017 or #BMWMC. For more information on future BMWMC events, email BMWMCEvents@gmail.com.

Check out a few pictures from the event below!

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CURLY! Check Out Curl Sponge’s (@TheCurlSponge) Latest Invention–The Hand Sponge!

Happy Cyber Monday everyone! Just when we thought we had seen it all a nifty little invention comes along that makes you rethink how you ever lived without it.

No we are not talking about a new feature on your smartphone, or some electronic device that will change the world, instead we are keeping it simple with a new way of curling and styling your natural hair–introducing the Curl Hand Sponge!

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Curl Hand Sponge

Happy Cyber Monday everyone! Just when we thought we had seen it all a nifty little invention comes along that makes you rethink how you ever lived without it.

No we are not talking about a new feature on your smartphone, or some electronic device that will change the world, instead we are keeping it simple with a new way of curling and styling your natural hair–introducing the Curl Hand Sponge!

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The Curl Hand Sponge is the latest invention of Youseff The Barber, the same man who brought you the original Curl Sponge and its almost yearly updates. Each version of the sponge has been better than the last, either curling longer hair, making twist or curls, and when combined with other Curl Sponge products (the spray gel, organic pomade) has made some of the most amazing hair styles you have ever seen! The Curl Hand Sponge is no different; other than it literally lets you be hands on with your hair styling.

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The material attached to the glove of the Curl Hand Sponge is the same spongy material of the previous Curl Sponges. Using the hand sponge however allows you to give more attention to more minute areas that previous versions of The Curl Sponge may miss. If you are like me those areas that require extra attention tend to be around my hairline and edges. Imagine a finger-sized hair sponge touching on those area, well the Curl Hand Sponge uses your own appendages to do just that!

Check out a before and after photo of my own hair after using the hand sponge below!

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