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Locs are the ultimate carefree hairstyle for Black women. They’re low-maintenance, versatile and earthy. Some people are hesitant to commit to locs, but often this hesitation is based on myths and misconceptions.

The truth is, dreadlocks are among the healthiest hairstyles for Afro-textured hair. Manipulating your hair is what causes damage, and dreadlocks require very little manipulation. A little moisture and regular re-twisting are all that this hairstyle requires.

If you’ve been considering living the loc life, here are three myths that you should forget about right away.

Myth #1: Dreadlocks are unclean and can’t be washed.

This is, perhaps, the most persisting myth about dreadlocks, and yet it’s COMPLETELY untrue. Developing long locs is not as simple as neglecting your hair and letting it do its thing. In fact, loctitians (hairstylists who specialize in locs) say that unclean, greasy hair is actually less likely to turn into locs because the hair is too slippery. The cleaner the hair, the more well-formed the locs will be.

The only difference between dreadlocked hair and unlocked hair is that dreadlocks have not been detangled. It’s important to regularly wash and condition locs, even long after they have fully developed.

Myth #2: You can’t style locs.

Another hesitation that people often have with this hairstyle is that it’s not versatile enough. Dreadlocks are dreadlocks, right? No more switching it up every week, right? WRONG.

Dreadlocks can be styled in a ton of different ways. You can French braid them, rock an updo or do a million other hairstyles that you would do with loose hair. Dreadlocks can even be formed into Bantu knots, twist-outs and braid-outs just like loose kinks and curls!

You can absolutely still get fun haircuts with dreadlocks, too. Asymmetrical bobs, long layers and other trendy hairstyles are all fair game for women with locs.

Myth #3: Locs are always permanent.

This one is the most understandable misconception. Committing to dreadlocks is no small order because they can potentially last for years of your life. The longer that you have your dreadlocks, the better they will look — but they’ll also become harder and harder to remove.

Dreadlocks are not, technically, permanent. You can comb out even the most fully formed locs with a large helping of patience and gentleness. After all, dreadlocks are nothing more than hair that has been allowed to tangle over and over again.

However, combing out dreadlocks is not a small job. It can take several days and lots of manpower. You should definitely still consider locs a huge commitment—just keep in mind that they CAN be combed out if you really, really want to.

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What’s The Deal With All The Skin Care Products? Try This Before You Buy

Wrinkles happen. As you progress along the timeline of life, your skin begins to lose the baby-like plumpness it once had when you were young as a result of natural collagen loss. At some point in adulthood, the laugh lines and creases around your eyes from many smiles and good times begin to emerge, and you are left wondering how to make them fade away into the sunset.

The skincare industry makes billions of dollars every year on anti-aging creams, serums, and cleansers that promise to reduce wrinkles and give your skin a healthy glow, but often fall short on the results you desire. Instead of paying $20-$100 on a single jar of your favorite anti-aging aid, try these natural remedies for great-looking skin:

Eat More Fish

Fish is considered to be a low-fat protein source that does wonderful things for the entire body, including keeping skin looking young. Incorporate fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, into your diet so that your skin heals itself and takes back the plump and fresh look it once did. Omega-3 fatty acids offer antioxidants that get rid of toxins and thus gives your skin a silky and smooth appearance.

Banana and Honey Mask

Mash up a banana and mix it up with honey to create a completely chemical free face mask that will do wonders for dry skin. Bananas contain vitamins A, D, and E that protect your skin from harmful UV rays and provide it with a clean and radiant glow. Honey contains antibacterial properties and humectant, which will lock in moisture and keep your face from becoming dry in the elements. Apply the mixture to your face and let it soak into your skin for approximately 15 minutes before rinsing.

Good Old-Fashioned Water

If your skin is more dry than normal and there are bags forming under your eyes, consider incorporating more water into your diet. One of the biggest causes of dry skin, other than the weather, is simply that you are dehydrated and need more liquids in your body. Drink the recommended amount of water for your body type each day and soon you will notice healthier looking skin. To enhance the skin healing properties of your water, infuse it with citrus fruits or cucumber slices to get more vitamins into your system.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is rich and bold, and can be used for more than just cooking. It has been used to moisturize skin for thousands of years and does not leave a greasy residue behind. Olive oil contains good fats and hydroxytyrosol, which fight off the free radicals that damage your skin. Olive oil also contains a healthy dose of vitamin E which provides your skin with beneficial antioxidants. Rub a small amount of olive oil on your face before you go to sleep at night and wake up to a fresh look, radiant glow, and a noticeable reduction in wrinkle definition.

Pineapple and Lemon Juice Rub

To combat wrinkles and the signs of aging quickly, give your face a nice citrus rinse with a mixture of pineapple juice and lemon juice. Not only will your skin smell clean and fresh, but the acids found in the citrus juice will go to work smoothing out your skin and making it soft. Citrus juices are rich in vitamin C, which is great for good skin health.

Instead of spending money on expensive creams and wrinkle treatments, first try these ingredients you most likely already have at home. You will be rewarded with healthy looking skin and can take years off the clock in no time.

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