Curly-haired Woman
All Your Hair Questions – Answered!
By Amanda Flores | 05/09/2012 - 14:09

Does your hair need some TLC? We asked Twisted Sista beauty expert and CEO Stephen Durham for all the info you’ll need to help you get shape up those strands. We think your mane will appreciate it.

What is the best to protect your hair from heat if you straighten it?

Use a thermal protector! It protects your hair from heat damage, eliminates frizz and locks in shine. It’s really important to protect your hair.

My hair is curly or tight -- how can I loosen my curls to look softer?

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Curly Q’s: Product Aficionada
By Sandra Mariscal | 01/21/2010 - 10:50

I’m a self-confessed hair product junkie—if you haven’t already noticed. I like to experiment with my strands, which means I end up accumulating a bunch of half-filled bottles, tubes and spray cans. Every few months I have to clean out my cabinets and purge the items I don’t want anymore.

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Curly Qs: Chica Mirta
By Sandra Mariscal | 01/05/2010 - 15:29

I’m a little ashamed to admit that, until recently, I had never tried a Mirta de Perales product. I know, I know. I can't explain how this happened while growing up in a Latin household. I remember seeing Mirta de Perales commercials with the long-haired models flaunting their shiny locks on Univision, and was even surrounded by family members who lived by the famous Herbal Shampoo and Oil “N” treatment. But for some reason, I never ended up buying them.

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Curly Qs: Straightening Rollers
By Sandra Mariscal | 12/24/2009 - 09:00

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Curly Qs: Hair Ornaments
By Sandra Mariscal | 12/16/2009 - 09:31

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Curly Qs: Haircuts for a Good Cause
By Sandra Mariscal | 12/02/2009 - 10:09

I can’t remember the last time I got a haircut. I didn’t mean to grow my hair long, but before I knew it my curls reached the middle of my back. Ready for a change, I made a salon appointment to cut off several inches. I thought about donating my hair, but I wasn’t sure if it would be long enough since the minimum length to donate is usually eight inches. When I arrived at the salon and told the stylist my plan she combed my curls to stretch them out and measured. Eight inches didn’t look like that much so I decided to go with a full 10 inches and told her to chop it off!

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Curly Qs: Scalp Soothers
By Sandra Mariscal | 11/18/2009 - 14:05

Suffering from an itchy scalp? Dry, cold air can make skin lose moisture and feel itchy. Whenever I start scratching my scalp, I reach for SoftSheen-Carson Optimum Oil Therapy Dry Scalp Leave-In Treatment ($5, drugstores) and apply a small amount on troubled spots. This light cream calms any irritation with essential oils from coconut, olive, avocado and jojoba. It doesn’t make my hair greasy and has a nice floral scent.

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Curly Qs: Homemade Aguacate Mask
By Sandra Mariscal | 11/04/2009 - 11:22

I’ve always been curious about at-home hair and face masks. Do they really work? I decided to find out a couple of days ago when we received a gift basket in the office with Avocados from Mexico (you can find them at your local grocery store). I checked the brand’s website, , and found recipes for easy-to-make beautifying treatments using avocados, along with some yummy recipes for dinner too.

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Curly Qs: Bold & Beautiful Accessory
By Sandra Mariscal | 10/21/2009 - 12:30

I love hair accessories—headbands with bows, faux animal-skin barrettes, colorful bobby pins—you name it and I’ve decorated my hair with it. Right now, I’m loving this By LILLA Bloom headband ($84, The large suede flowers come in different shades, from rich purple to grey. Created by three Colombian pals based out of Miami, By Lilla also offers tons of other fun handmade hair pieces with braided and stud detailing.

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Curly Qs: My First Straightening Experience
By Sandra Mariscal | 10/07/2009 - 10:30

I was thirteen when I got my hair straightened for the first time. I wanted a different look for a get-together with my friends from dance class. My mom took me to her local stylist, Silvia, at a salon in Weehawken, New Jersey. She convinced us that a blowout would do the trick. She started blow-drying away as I sat there anxious and scared, not knowing what to expect. It took 40 minutes of intense heat aimed straight at my strands for Silvia to stretch out all of my tight curls. And when I finally looked in the mirror, the result was unrecognizable.

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