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LBS Beauty: Top 10 Curling Shampoos

It can be very difficult to care for curly hair and there can be so many intricate steps and variables to consider. The last thing us naturalistas need is to be confused about which shampoo to use. While shampoo is generally supposed to cleanse hair some can strip hair of the much needed moisture that we curly girls need. So we have compiled a mega list of curl friendly shampoos that will effectively cleanse hair while making sure to nurture each strand. The bonus is that every single curly shampoo on this list will make your curls and waves pop so you can be your curly best!

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1. Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo: This shampoo boasts not one but two super ingredients that are curly girl friendly- both jojoba and coconut oils. These sealing oils are known for being able to penetrate the hair shaft and deliver a power punch of moisture that curly strands need.

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 2. Pantene Pro-V Curl Perfection Shampoo: Antioxidants and Pantene’s exclusive Pro-V formula define curls even in highly humid climates.

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3. Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curls and Waves Shampoo: This products curl defining properties actually activate once naturalistas are in humid conditions! How awesome-sauce is that? So we never have to worry about sweltering conditions because curls stay bouncy and buoyant.

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 4. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo: All natural ingredients make this poo a kitchenistas dream! No need to mix and measure ingredients because Shea Moisture does it for you. Uber humectant shea butter wraps and protects each strand.

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5. Dr. Miracle Curl Care Rehydrating Shampoo: Dr. Miracle delivers with pampering ingredients that are perfect for damaged or transitioning hair. Vitamins A and E enrich hair and help to gently cater to curls.

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6. Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Moisturizing Shampoo: Beautiful Textures is one of the only shampoo’s that helps to elongate the curl pattern of any and all curl types. It will help to stretch out curls and ward off dreaded shrinkage while making hair easier to comb or brush through.

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7. Janelle Beauty’s My Natural Curl, Curl Cleanse Shampoo: It can be very difficult to make a clarifying shampoo that thoroughly cleanses while being gentle to strands but Curl Cleanse manages to do so. Organic ingredients like lemon juice effectively break down products while aloe vera juice hydrates and replenishes.


Related: 5 Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair Under $15

 8. Curls Unleashed Lavish In Lather Shampoo: Organic Root Stimulator utilizes elements like Rosemary and hops to prompt hair grown while boosting curls.

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 9. Aveda Be Curly Shampoo: Wheat protein infuses tresses with much needed strength while offering a power punch against frizz.

10. Ouidad Playcurl Curl Amplifying Shampoo: Hydrolyzed protein babies locks and optimizes curl care.

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What are some of your favorite shampoos for defining your natural texture? 

Written by: Guest Contributor Otaymah Bonds

LBS Beauty: Get Flawless Curls Using Perm Rods

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Styling your hair in a perm rod set is a great way to add extra curls and definition to your natural texture. This style works great on both natural hair and relaxed hair. This is also a great way to transition if you are just starting your natural hair journey. When I was transitioning from heat damage I found that perm rods were a great way to blend the two textures of my hair without doing protective styles. If you are interested in learning how to do this quick and easy style keep reading!

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LBS Backstage Beauty: Tracy Reese Fall 2015


Before the Tracy Reese 2015 Fall show started at NYFW we headed backstage to get the scoop on the beauty trends that would be on the runway. Lead hair stylist Bok-­Hee described the beauty look as a “70’s African style mixed with futuristic elements”.


Want to try this look at home? Keep reading and we’ll show you how to get the backstage beauty Tracy Reese look  from the fall 2015 NYFW show!


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LBS Beauty: Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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 Valentine’s day is almost here! This is the perfect time to head out and snag those last-minute gifts for your significant other, sister, mom or bestie. A holiday centered around love shouldn’t just apply to romantic relationships. This Valentine’s day make sure you show everyone that you care about just how much you appreciate them. Not sure what to get your bestie or mom for v-day? Check out our full Valentine’s day gift guide below!

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5 Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair Under $15


In last week’s post we shared a few of our favorite curly cocktails using affordable moisturizers and oils to keep our natural hair hydrated. This week is all about deep conditioners. A very important factor in keeping your hair healthy is proper conditioning treatments. Stick to a regimen that allows you to condition your hair at least one time per week. Doing so can be a little pricey if you are constantly purchasing high-priced products. From experience as product junkies (don’t judge!) here’s a post for you ladies that are looking to maintain your natural hair on a budget. Keep reading to learn more about deep conditioners for natural hair under $15. All of these conditioners can be purchased at your local beauty supply store or directly through this blog post.

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3 Curl Cocktails To Combat Dry Hair



Dry hair is one of the biggest struggles us naturals deal with on a daily basis. Let’s face it, our hair is prone to dryness, tangles and breakage if not properly taken care of. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of kinky hair. Over the past 9 years that I’ve been embracing my natural hair I’ve learned a few important tips and tricks that can help keep your hair moisturized.

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Get The Look: 2014 Emmys Red Carpet Beauty Tips

2014-emmys-red-carpet-beautyThe 2014 Emmys Red Carpet was chock full of fashion and beauty hits and misses. And with a fair share of the Emmy nominees this year being for women of color, I was overjoyed to see so many brown faces walking the red carpet. Highlights for me included Kerry Washington post-pregnancy and absolutely stunning, Keke Palmer in her royal blue and basically every single Orange Is The New Black cast member. I LOVE that show.

LoveBrownSugar has the inside scoop from celebrity stylists on how to get some of your favorite red carpet looks with simple products that you can buy yourself! Check it out:

1. Keke Palmer’s Sleek Twisted Ponytail


Celebrity stylist Cynthia Alvarez was responsible for Keke Palmer’s sleek ponytail at the 2014 Emmy Awards. Cynthia says, “…we decided to go with a simple, chic ‘up do’ style to complement the dress. From the front it’s very simply pulled back, but once she turns around, you’ll see the back has interesting detail.  A classic style, with a twist…literally.”


How To Get The Look:

1. Start by cleansing hair with Motions Straight Finish Cleanser, followed by Motions Straight Finish Leave-In.
2. Apply a small amount of Motions Straight Finish Sealer then blow dry with a paddle brush and Gold ‘n Hot Professional Titanium Dryer.
3. After drying, straighten with Gold ‘n Hot Rose Gold Flat Iron, followed by a very small amount of Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade for the edges.
4. Part hair into 3 horizontal sections. Starting with the first top section, gather it into a ponytail using a fabric covered hair tie. Then, using fingers, make a hole right above the hair tie. Pull the ponytail down through the hole and retighten the ponytail by splitting the ponytail in two and pulling tightly. Continue this inverted ponytail (topsy tail) for the other sections, pulling hair from the previous pony into the new one.
5. Spray the hair with Motions Light Working Spritz and apply a tiny amount of Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade. Tie hair down, and do not remove until style is complete.

6. Finish with Motions Hold & Shine Spray. And top off the style with fancy hair bling of your choice!

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Stylist Cynthia Alvarez says:
Keke hit the red carpet glamorous and beautiful as ever, and when she turned around the twist in the back was a pleasant and beautiful surprise!

2. Dasha Polanco’s Goddess Makeup

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Celebrity makeup artist Lucky Smyler created this ethereal look for Dascha Polanco using all Shea Moisture makeup. Lucky Smyler says, “Dascha is the true definition of a beautiful feminine and sexy woman. This was the perfect opportunity to let her be ethereal, whimsical and a true goddess.”
How To Get The Look
1. To achieve this luminous and creamy canvas, prep skin with Shea Moisture Spray Toner. Then apply Shea Moisture Primer using a foundation brush. It’s important to massage the primer into the skin and pores so the foundation lays like butter.
2. Then, apply Shea Moisture Sheer foundation with a damp sponge. Sweep Shea Moisture concealer under the eyes with your ring finger. For this look, Lucky used Yasuni Honey by Shea Moisture for her foundation and Snowdonia Fawn by Shea Moisture for her concealer.
3. Next, to create more shape, use the darkest shade in the Shea Moisture Medium Light Color Correcting Contouring and Highlighting Palette, and sculpt the hairline, cheek bones and jaw area with a damp sponge and blend. Using another foundation brush, lightly whisp the lighter shade in your t-zone to bring out more highlights in your skin.
4. Finally, set with Shea Moisture Yala Golden Pressed Powder.  Work illuminating powder in Cinnamon Ceylon into the t-zone for warmth and glow with a huge kabuki brush, and Mandalay Dusk illuminating powder as a bone chiseling contour on the temples, cheek bones, jawline and neck (for continuity). Apply a final pop of Shea Moisture Annecy Maroon Mineral Blush to the apples of the cheeks for whimsical fun and to complete the storyline.
5. For the eyes, dust Shea Moisture Cecilia Eyeshadow all over to set the canvas and to add as highlight under the brow bone. Use a mix of Deysi Eyeshadow with Cecila (for a pastel effect) on the lid with a damp shadow brush for pigment intensity. Add Shea Moisture Black Liquid Liner corner to corner with four coats of Shea Moisture Volumizing Mascara, mixed with Lengthening Mascara on the lashes.
6. Finally, for the lips, start by using the Shea Moisture Lip Exfoliator. Blot excess moisture off with a tissue,  apply Shea Moisture Roberta Chubby Lip Crayon all over as the lipstick, blot again and re-apply. Use Shea Moisture Rosie Lipgloss as the final touch.

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3. Uzo Aduba’s Textured Bun

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Celebrity stylist Jamika Wilson is responsible for making Uzo Aduba aka “Crazy Eyes” on OITNB look flawless on the red carpet. I loved her textured bun – perfect for natural girls! Jamika Wilson told us, “…our look for today was Classic Beauty! Soft, simple pulled back bun with a little volume keeping it soft at the top. Very glamorous & chic!”


How To Get The Look:

1. Shampoo natural hair with Motions Lavish Conditioning Shampoo & Moisture Plus Conditioner. Spray the hair with Motions Nourish Leave-In Conditioner and comb through for even distribution. Add a small amount of Motions Straight Finish Sealer, then blow dry the hair straight.

Tip: “I love this product combination because it really eliminates frizz and smooths the hair. The hair was silky and ready for a classic style.” – Jamika

2. Flat iron entire head with a focus on the top, adding a bump for volume. For added volume, fluff hair with fingers and then pull toward the back into a simple bun. Secure with hair pins, leaving volume at the top.
3. Smooth the sides of the hair and nape of the neck with Motions Shine Enhancing Pomade and Motions Light Hold Working Spritz.
4. Use a blow dryer to seal the hair – a simple trick that holds a style into place.
5. To finish the look, spray the entire head with Motions Hold & Shine.

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The Shea Moisture NYFW Survival Kit + Giveaway

sheamoisture-make-it-through-fashion-week-kit-giveawayNYFW is in full swing guys! It’s only Day 2 and I’m already exhausted. One of the things we fashionistas tend to neglect during NY Fashion Week, what with our last-minute deadlines and running around, is maintaining proper beauty regimens. It’s all about piling on the makeup and running out to your shows (and also sometimes falling asleep at your laptop in last night’s mascara) – what a nightmare!

sheamoisture-coconut-hibiscus-lineAs one of the sponsors for the NYFW Crawl I’m participating in this season, Shea Moisture was kind enough to put together special “NYFW Survival Kits” for us featuring some of their best skincare and haircare products – essentials we’ll need to maintain our beauty regimens in the thick of Fashion Week madness. Here’s what’s inside:

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Kickin’ It: 2013 NOLA Crawl Recap

nolacrawl_recap_lovebrownsugarI’m back from the Big Easy! I got back earlier this week and I’m still on a high from all the excitement, good food, live performances, beauty parties and more we got into on our 2013 NOLA Crawl! As I mentioned, me and the girls (Jessica of Glamazons Blog, Danielle of The Style & Beauty Doctor and Lexi of LexiWithTheCurls) headed down to New Orleans to partake in the festivities surrounding the Essence Music Festival, and we decided to put on our very own “Crawl” similar to the FNO Crawl we did last September.

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LBS Beauty: My Skincare & Makeup Essentials in New Orleans

beautyessentials_collageI’m here guys! I have touched down in The Big Easy and can’t wait to jump into all the Essence Music Festival festivities including the stops we plan to make along our #NOLACrawl. In preparation for the trip, I made sure to pack a few skincare and makeup essentials that will help get me through this long humid weekend in New Orleans. Check out a few skincare must-haves I packed from Shea Moisture and makeup essentials from Cover FX:
Shea Moisture Skincare Essentials
sheamoisture_skincare.jpgThe best way to take care of your skin, especially with a change in climate, is to pamper it. I brought along with me some essentials like Shea Moisture’s body butter, scrubs body washes and massage oils to pamper my skin.

shea moisture coconut hibiscus body scrubThe Coconut & Hibiscus Body Scrub ($9.99) is my go-to when my skin needs some exfoliation and extra moisture. It’s also great to combat the effects of dehydration and dryness from frequent flying.

olive and green tea body lotionI swear by Shea Moisture’s Body Butter ($9.99). It’s light enough to use during all seasons but really does a great job of providing long-lasting moisture. I have it in the Olive & Green Tea scent as well as the Lavender & Wild Orchid.

threebuttersAnd even though it’s from the masculine grooming collection, I really enjoy their Three Butters Wash & Scrub and Lotion ($9.99/each). Each is infused with Shea, Mango and Avocado butters.

CoverFX Makeup Essentials

coverfx_essentialsI was first introduced to CoverFX at a launch event they hosted last year. I’ve been obsessed ever since.  I bragged about their Total Cover Cream Foundation and Matte Setting Powder in my LBS Chic: Mixed Media post last December.

cover fx highlighterWhat I really love about the CoverFX brand is the quality of their makeup essentials. This is makeup that goes on and stays put all day long.

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I also love that they place an emphasis on making colors that match different skin tones so well. I use their cream concealer in Deep and it blends really well.

coverfx blotting powderI’m also really impressed with their powders and bronzer collections. They were kind enough to send me their Illuminator, Bronzer and Blotting Powder which I plan to put to good use while in this NOLA humidity.

What are your travel skincare and makeup essentials? Have you tried any of these products?