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Expert Tips for Coloring Your Hair This Season

Expert Tips for Coloring Your Hair This Season

 New seasons bring about a strong desire for change - sometimes it’s for your environment, other times your wardrobe, hairstyle, or even hair color! The transitioning leaves just have a way of stirring up inspiration. If their warm, earthy tones have encouraged you to experiment with a new hue, we’ve got a few details you’ll want to consider before taking the leap. Licensed stylist, Fawnne Morris Smith, is sharing her expert advice and insight, just for you!

Owner, Master Stylist and Colorist at Salon Noa (located in Virginia Beach Virginia), Fawnne is a national educator and mentor with over 18 years of experience in the hair care industry!

“The way to ruin a great new look or the opportunity to impress new friends, is by having a less than professional or satisfactory hair color service performed. Before you decide to hide in a closet and promise to never come out again, let me recommend you seek a consultation with a professional color stylist to have your color service performed.

  • What To Expect From Your Consultation

Color Choices: your work environment can affect your color choice. Military, government, and professional settings may not allow trendy, fashionable colors “ie” green, pink or pastels, but instead give preference to brown, black, or dark blonde highlights. Your color choices should flatter your skin tones and eye color. You can use hair color changing apps where you upload your picture and try out different colors before you make your final decision. Using color swatch rings and placing them directly near your face or hands can also help to make a color match.

 Note: Check with your employer to make sure you are within your job’s dress code.

A client of Fawnne's

 

  • Maintenance Required

Keep in mind that getting a color service may require additional shampoo and conditioning services as well. Be sure to incorporate  moisturizing and/or hydrating conditioners to your shampoo regimen. It’s important to use sulfate-free or salt-free shampoos, washing weekly or biweekly to remove build up from the hair. Deep Condition (under a hooded dryer with a cap, a heating cap, or a steamer) with every shampoo session, whether at home or in the salon.

 Note: Lighter shades like blondes/pastels will require you to begin using clear, dye free gels and stylers.  Using dark colored gels can stain your hair and affect your color, causing it to look dull or muted. High heat/ flat irons/ blow dryers can also cause colors to fade. If you opt to use heat, keep setting below 375 degrees.

  • Budget/Prices:

    • Color is an investment. Permanent color/ lightener will last until you cut it or grow it out
    • Color service could cost as much as 3 to 4 times the cost of your regular salon visit and services done correctly, could take 4 to 6 hours. 
    • Factor in monthly salon visits to care for your colored service investment.
    • Also consider the purchase of new shampoos and conditioners to care for your tresses at home.
    • Finally, add on new products to style your tresses (hydrating leave in and moisturizing creams for daily maintenance.)

 

A client of Fawnne's
 
  • Schedule for Color Maintenance

         Routine Touch-ups/Retouch Service
    • 4-6 weeks for blondes
    • 6-10 weeks for other permanent colors
    • 5-7 weeks for pastels
    • 8 to 10 shampoos for semi-permanent/high pigmented

Note: Growing out color will require a trim and treatment service to get rid of split ends and provide a protein/moisture balance to the hair.

  • Product Recommendations:

"I hope this information motivates you to take the next step towards seeking out a professional to provide you with a color service. Remember, making the decision to maintain your investment will keep your color-treated hair healthy and beautiful." - Fawnne

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Interested in booking Fawnne? Check out her salon’s website here and keep up with her via Instagram @salonnoa!

Now, you’ve got the facts straight from an expert! Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your hair. Color is a great way to express yourself, and with a professional to help you along the way (plus some great after-care products), you can conquer any look! 

 

In the comments below, tell us what hair color has caught your eye this season! Should you decide to go for it, share photos of your new look with us on social tagging @edenbodyworks

Until next time...
October 22, 2020 — EDEN BodyWorks
Tags: #AskEDEN
Who's Behind The Brand: Get to Know Team EDEN

Who's Behind The Brand: Get to Know Team EDEN

 This month, we're celebrating 16 years of EDEN BodyWorks! That's right, it's our anniversary! Since day one, it has been our passion to create high-quality, nature-inspired products that deliver amazing results. It all started with the JojOba Monoi Hair Oil and has now flourished into eight ingredient-focused collections. From dry scalp to breakage, and anything in between, we're still dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers.  We're so grateful for all of the support we receive! And now, whether you've been rockin' with us since the beginning or you're new to the family, we want to know... 

 

How well do you know EDEN? 

Never have we ever...

Tested our products on animals
 Used harsh sulfates in our products
Had parabens
Made hair products for only one texture

 

 If you knew all of the above, we're thrilled! You've made it past first base. Now, it's time you get to know a little more about who's behind the brand.

 

MEET THE TEAM

 

Jasmine Lawrence

JASMINE LAWRENCE

Founder

Founded EDEN in 2004

 

Seattle or San Francisco
North America Travel or International Travel
 Twists or Braids

 

Name something you learned from your experience in beauty that you’ve been able to carry over to tech (or vice versa)?

I've learned to focus on solving the root problem rather than just treating symptoms. This involves asking deeper questions and getting clarity on expected outcomes and goals.

 

What does EDEN mean to you now vs. what it meant to you when you first started the company?

It's the same! It's always been my personal opportunity to do good in the world by trying to help improve people's lives. I'm honored to be able to have this impact.

 

Best part of being a young, Black woman entrepreneur?

Being all of these things has given me the strength and focus that enables me to believe that anything is possible! 

 

What kind of impact do you want the brand to have?

The impact I hope to see from EDEN BodyWorks is that we can help people live their best lives inside and out. From products, conversations, and education this brand offers a wide range of experiences to meet people where they are on their journies and support them well.

  


Ylorie Taylor

YLORIE TAYLOR

Vice President

With EDEN since 2011

 

Suburbs or City (all day)
Date Night Out or Date Night In (too much time inside thanks to COVID, lol)
Zoom Meeting or Conference Call (old school, but I consider myself a closet Zoom Meeting person. I'm warming up to my visual glam as the new norm)

  

What’s it like leading a team primarily made up of Black women?

I discovered my love for serving and working with women of color, in particular Black women, at the end of my twenties. It was my first opportunity to work in beauty. I had a tech background, where few women, especially those who are brown and black, reside. As soon as I started my new role in beauty, I knew instantly that there was no other place I'd rather be - than surrounded by women who looked like me. Our tribe here at EDEN holds me up.

Most impactful lesson you’ve learned during your time in the beauty industry? 

​That you can work (in) your passion, but never forget your purpose. There are many lessons surrounding beauty - inside and out. I treasure the ability to mentor women in this industry to pull others along. I don't want women to go down rocky roads, when there's a smoother path available. Let me help you cheat to win!

How do you create harmony /manage your time between managing a brand, being a mom of 3 (with 1 under the age of 1), a wife and a mentor? 

​I'm glad you said harmony. I learned quickly that there's no such thing as balance. Something suffers when you're giving one (something) your all. I try to make sure I am deliberate in scheduling time in each aspect of my life, including time for me, so that I reduce burnout, limit stress, and ultimately feel satisfied and gratified in my pursuit of wearing multiple hats. If my cup is empty, I am no good to anyone else. I feed my love of travel and quiet time often. I never take for granted the ability and opportunity to excel in each of these roles. I simply give myself grace and am always in prayer that harmony is achievable.

 


Debbie Thrasher

DEBBIE THRASHER

Customer Relations Manager

With EDEN since 2011

 

Staycation or Vacation
Take Out or Dining Out
Hot Tub or Jacuzzi

  

Best part of interacting with customers daily?

Engagement.  When customers feel they’re engaging with a person rather than a faceless corporation, they enter an emotional relationship with the brand that fosters a strong sense of loyalty.  I believe customer interactions are the lifeblood of a company because they humanize the brand.         

 

What do you find to be the most challenging part of your position?

I’m most challenged when a customer has an issue and/or complaint and the resolve is not immediate. It’s unfortunate, but sometimes reply/resolution times are slow.  The challenge is keeping the customer satisfied and retaining their business, boosting customer loyalty.           

 

Funniest or most interesting question you’ve ever been asked by a customer?

The most interesting question recently has been regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.  I’ve received numerous emails and phone calls from customers wanting to know if the brand/founder is Black.  It’s such a pleasure to answer, yes, we absolutely are.

 

  

BRIANA LOCKMAN

Assistant Marketing Manager

With EDEN since 2015

 

Big City Living or Suburban Life (but close enough to the city for weekend fun)
Mall Shopper or Online
Netflix or YouTube

 

What’s the best part (most enjoyable) about working for EDEN BodyWorks?

Honestly, it’s getting to work with so many incredible Black women (both internally and externally)! I grew up and went to school assuming I’d end up in a more “traditional” and male-dominated career environment - one where it was likely I wouldn’t have many coworkers or superiors who looked like me. When I joined EDEN, it felt like my wildest dream had come true. It’s such an honor to be able to work not only with a team predominantly made up of women, but Black women specifically - all who have such unique career backgrounds and reputable skills to bring to the table. I’m always learning from them! 

 

What are your top 3 beauty product must-haves (1-skin, 1-body, 1-hair)?

Skin - an exfoliator! I love a good natural apricot scrub. 

Body - a quality moisturizer. Any blend of natural oils and Cocoa Butter seems to treat my skin well. 

Hair - Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner! Leave-in the most crucial step in my routine for a great wash ‘n go, and this one has been my staple for so many years. It clumps the curls,  keeps them moisturized, and brings me the same results every time. Can’t help but love it.

 

Bucket list of places you want to visit (or things to do) before you turn 30?

I have a little less than four years to tackle these goals so they may be a tad ambitious; however, I'd like to make it to Maui and Greece, and later hopefully to South Africa to bring my 30th! I'd also love to purchase a condo.

 

 

Ashley Stewart

ASHLEY STEWART

Designer & Innovator, Patent Ventures Consultancy

Cardio or Weights (but with conditioning)
Glamour or Simplicity (whatever makes you feel sexy; maybe a combination of both with a little G-mentality in there, so sleek)
Twitter or IG (Black Twitter)

 

Describe your design style.

Jazz personality, G-Mentality. Or Abstract, Conceptual, Sensual. I'm a minimalist who sometimes likes to do the most.

 

How do you stay inspired to find unique ways to share brands?

By listening. Letting myself wonder. Finding things that please me and indulging and asking the universe really hard questions. 

 

Number one tip for getting out of a creative/design rut? 

Dance. Have a twerk session. Travel or workout. Whatever releases your mind from its current state into a place where it's free to roam around and explore.

 

 

Sean Ondes

SEAN ONDES 

Website Services & Consulting

 

Winter or Summer (Summer for sure. I love the heat and being outdoors)
Cycling or Martial Arts (I like cycling but that's more about just getting exercise. Martial arts, specifically Budo Taijutsu, has been a passion of mine for over 20 years.)
Uber Eats or Home Cooking (Definitely home cooking! I love trying new recipes and sometimes experimenting on my own.)

 

Favorite part of site-building?

I like the challenge of collecting all the information I can, brainstorming ideas, sketching out a plan, and then putting everything together. Then, at the end of it all, there's this brand new website. The scary part is that no matter how much consideration and planning goes into a project, there's always a huge risk. There aren't any guarantees.


What is it like working with a team of women?

I feel incredibly grateful to be surrounded by a group of professional and capable teammates who I know I can depend on. Honestly, I don't ever think of our team as a team of women -- plus me. Obviously, I know they all are but that thought never crosses my mind.

 

Most exciting project you’ve worked on with EDEN and why?

It's almost a tie between relaunching EDEN's website last Spring and upgrading our email marketing platform back in the Fall of 2019. I think the website redesign wins though just because of the scope of the project. This was an overhaul from the bottom up of everything that customers see on the site. Ashley and I put in a lot of hours planning, building, and getting all of it ready. I'm really happy with how it turned out. It's a nice looking site and most importantly, the redesign is resonating with our visitors.

  

 

KEISHA PYZYNSKI

Designer & Co-Founder, Key Design & Media

 

Photography or Videography
Bold Colors or Neutrals
Europe or The Caribbean

 

Is it ever challenging to get on one accord when working with a team of designers vs. working independently? 

I actually love working on a team with other designers. Each designer can bring something unique to the project.  EDEN does a great job of making sure that their design team communicates and collaborates on projects. 

 

How does it feel seeing your designs go live (on social, ads, websites and etc.)?

I absolutely love seeing my designs once printed. Large formatted prints and packaging makes me the most happy to see.

 

What do you enjoy most about having EDEN as a client?

I love working with EDEN. They are super organized with their marketing and plan ahead for all of their graphic requests, which gives me the opportunity to think ahead on how to plan and execute an effective design deliverable. Honored to have them as a client for the past several years. 

 

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Most likely to... 

Watch a Rom-Com: Jasmine & Ylorie
Live in a big city: Jasmine & Ylorie
Enjoy a day at a museum: Debbie, Sean, Keisha & Briana
Play with Robots: Jasmine
Have a strange phobia: Keisha
Read a book in one day: Sean
Cook an elaborate meal: Debbie, Sean & Keisha
Move to a different country: Sean
Win a Nobel Prize: Jasmine
Bring home a stray animal: Briana
Hide from the camera:  Jasmine, DebbieAshley & Keisha
Win in a fight: Ylorie & Ashley
Spend hours in the gym: Jasmine & Briana

  

 

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Thank you for taking a moment to get to know the team! It has been our pleasure to build and connect with our customers over the years. We look forward to bringing you more EDEN goodness in the times to come!

 

Want to learn more about EDEN? Visit the links below:

 

 

See you next time!

 

 
August 11, 2020 — EDEN BodyWorks
This Or That: Best Natural Hair Care Products and Practices

This Or That: Best Natural Hair Care Products and Practices

It’s no secret that we take haircare very seriously. However, today, let’s have a little fun! Every head of hair is unique, some requiring more TLC in particular areas than others, but we all tend to measure our “hair fitness” according to a few general concerns. We’re coming through with a special game of “This or That,” the "hair fitness” edition, covering 5 areas of concern: Definition, Detangling, Moisture, Breakage, and Scalp Care. Play along and pick which contenders suit you best!

 

1. DEFINITION

Round 1: Products 

@watchciwork

 

COCONUT SHEA CURL DEFINING CREME

An OG fan-favorite, this thick, humidity-resistant styling cream is known for providing medium hold, helping to make even the coiliest of curls pop! It’s specially designed for high density hair and delivers moisture along with the definition. Stand out ingredients: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil, Rice Extract, and Jojoba Oil. It’s ideal for wash ‘n gos or stretched styles like twist-outs or braid-outs.

 

OR

 

@darkestcocoa

 

ALMOND MARSHMALLOW HYDRATION SERUM

Nicknamed “Liquid Gold” by customers, this jelly-like serum slips and slides through all textures of hair, providing unmatched shine and definition with soft-medium hold. Its lightweight formula smooths down the hair shaft to combat frizz and frayed ends. It hydrates and protects hair against daily pollutants. Reputable ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Marshmallow Root Extract, and Aloe Vera. Great for wash ‘n go styles + slicking back updos!

 

 

Round 2: Methods 

@sullyg_

 

RAKING

The raking method refers to applying product to wet curls by using your hand as a comb and “raking” it through the hair, from root to tip, section by section. This takes a moderate amount of time, depending on hair length and density. It leaves behind defined “day one” hair, with moderate volume prior to fluffing or picking.

 

OR

 

@_iamlenn

 

SHINGLING

During the shingling method, product is applied to the hair overall (wet), then each curl is individually coated, clumped and twirled, one by one. This tends to take a considerable amount of time, leaving behind highly defined “day one” hair, with minimal volume prior to fluffing or picking.

 

 

 

 

2. DETANGLING

Round 1: Products 

@maneobjective

 

PEPPERMINT TEA TREE CONDITIONER

Minty and refreshing, this rinse-out conditioner provides quality slip to varying hair textures. It’s creamy, but not super thick, so it spreads through curls with ease, providing a tingling sensation that’s therapeutic to the scalp. It’s built to fortify and soften the hair, especially following a clarifying shampoo. Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil and Carrot Seed Oil are just a few of its knockout ingredients.

 

OR

 

@dominiquescurlss

 

HIBISCUS HONEY CURL HYDRATION CONDITIONER

This hidden gem can serve as a rinse-out or leave-in conditioner. Soft and sweet-smelling, its lightweight consistency provides major slip to curls while also penetrating them with hydration. Key ingredients: Hibiscus Flower Extract, Honey, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Aloe Vera.

 

 

Round 2: Tools

 

 

BRUSH WITH THE BEST, FELICIA LEATHERWOOD BRUSH

Made with incredible flexibility, this brush is only bonded on three sides, unlike most brushes, which are bonded on all four sides. These “flexi-bristles” provide fluidity, allowing them to move with the hair, which prevents pulling and breakage from occurring. It was crafted by professional stylist and Hollywood’s Natural Hair Guru, Felicia Leatherwood (@lovingyourhair).

 

OR

 

 


WIDE TOOTH COMB

Simple, yet effective, this OG tool gets the job done. It’s a comb with teeth set spaciously apart from one another, to prevent breakage to curls.

 

 

 
 
 

3. MOISTURE 

Round 1: Products

 

HIBISCUS HONEY HYDRATION CUSTARD

Thick and ready to hydrate, this custard moisturizes while it styles. It helps smooth and strengthen the hair + define curls with a soft-medium hold that’s perfect for twist-outs, braid-outs and other stretched styles. It works particularly well on high density curls and coils. Made with Hibiscus Flower Extract, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Rice Extract and Aloe Vera, it’s sure to fight off dryness! 

 

OR

 

 

CITRUS FUSION HAIR + BODY BUTTER

Don’t let this product’s dual purpose fool you, it delivers when it comes to moisture - whether it’s used on the hair or skin. Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, this butter provides intense hydration, leaving behind moisturized tresses (and skin) that’s soft to the touch. Castor Oil, Acai Fruit Extract, Aloe Vera, Honey, Grape Seed Oil, and Avocado Oil are just a few of its impactful ingredients.

 

 

Round 2: Practices

@curlygirlfaith

 

HAIR MASQUE TREATMENTS

This type of treatment involves thoroughly applying a designated hair masque or deep conditioner to the hair, especially focusing on the ends, which tend to be the oldest and driest part of the strand. Cover the hair with a plastic cap, and let the product work its magic for a minimum of 15 minutes before rinsing it out. Those with low porosity hair (when moisture doesn’t easily absorb into the strand) may also want to sit under a hooded dryer or heat cap to ensure the product penetrates. The frequency of these treatments depends on the individual; they can be done as often as every wash day, or as seldom as once per month.

 

OR

 

 
@_bubsbee

 

HOT OIL TREATMENTS

An age-old practice, hot oil treatments are an effective way to saturate the hair with moisturizing nutrients. A number of different oils can be used or even mixed together to perform the treatment; some of the most commonly used are  Olive Oil, JojOba Oil, and Coconut Oil. One of the most effective ways to carry out a treatment is to thoroughly apply the oil from root to tip, then cover the hair with a plastic cap. Sit under a hooded dryer or heat cap for 15-30 minutes, then rinse. Heat opens up the hair cuticle, allowing the benefits of the oil(s) to penetrate.

 

 

 

 

 

4. BREAKAGE 

Round 1: Products

@nyabryanna 

 

JOJOBA MONOI DEEP CONDITIONER

Another OG customer fave, this deep conditioner is thick and packed with nutrients. It treats hair that’s damaged from daily manipulation, heat styling, coloring or over-processing. It penetrates strands with moisture, locks it in, and smoothes out the cuticle, boosting the hair’s overall strength and integrity. It’s key ingredients are Jojoba Oil, Tiare Flower, Coconut Oil, Chamomile, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Oil, and Tea Tree Oil.

 

OR 

 

@knotsncurls 

 

ALMOND MARSHMALLOW SPLIT END REPAIR MASQUE

This masque has incredible slip! It melts right into the hair and smoothes out frayed ends. It infuses restorative ingredients into each strand, protecting the hair from snagging or becoming rough and brittle. Sweet Almond Oil, Marshmallow Root Extract, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil are its top performing ingredients.

 

 

Round 2: Protective Styles 

@heyyyitsmimi 

 

MINI BRAIDS

Shelter-in-place has inspired many to try out DIY protective styles like this one. Mini braids are a series of small braids installed on natural hair, no extensions added. It’s super cute, and the style can last for weeks if the hair and scalp are regularly moisturized and cared for. 

 

OR

 

@heycurlie

 

KNOTLESS BRAIDS

Trending right now, this style is very similar to traditional box braids, except the braiding hair isn’t added at the root. Instead, the extensions are gradually added to a person’s natural hair in small portions as the braid continues down, feed-in style. The result is: more “natural” looking roots, with less weight, tension and pulling. Knotless braids can last for many weeks, if the hair and scalp are properly cared for on a regular basis.

 

  

 

 

5. SCALP CARE 

Round 1: Products


 

 

PEPPERMINT TEA TREE HAIR OIL

Scalp therapy in a bottle! This Hair Oil contains a unique blend that quickly absorbs and penetrates into the hair and scalp. It leaves behind a tingling sensation that helps stimulate blood circulation + relieve itching. The essential oils within its mix also work to treat dandruff without leaving behind buildup. What does it consist of? Sweet Almond Oil, Peppermint Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil and more!

 

OR

 

 

PAPAYA CASTOR SCALP MASSAGING SERUM

This daily scalp treatment was formulated to provide hydration and nourishment at the root. It’s a lightweight serum that readily absorbs into the scalp. It soothes and cools, promoting a healthy environment for hair growth - great to use while protective styling! Ingredient highlight: Papaya Fruit Extract, Castor Oil, Mango Seed Butter, and Aloe Vera.

 

 

Round 2: Practices

@meriahjohn

 

SCALP OILING

Oiling the scalp is self-explanatory. It’s a way to alleviate itching, prevent dandruff and promote growth. While a number of different oils can be used, it’s important to opt for those that easily absorb into the skin to assure the scalp is actually reaping benefits. Some examples: Peppermint oil, Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Oil. Many routinely treat their scalp with oil on a daily or every other day basis.

 

OR

 

 
@naturallyyours_

 

CO-WASHING

Co-washing is a practice intended to remove buildup between regular shampoos. Essentially, it means using a conditioner to wash the hair. Co-washes are conditioners containing very gentle cleansing agents that can break down product build-up on the scalp and hair while also infusing moisture back into them. Co-washing does not replace regular shampoo sessions, but it can be especially beneficial to those prone to buildup. As an example, if a person normally shampoos every 10 days, on day 5, they would co-wash.

 

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Congratulations! You made it to the end of our “This or That” game. We’d love to hear your results! In the comments below, be sure to share which matchups were your favorites, along with your winning picks.

 

See you next time!
 

 

 

 

June 29, 2020 — EDEN BodyWorks
How To Treat Dry Natural Hair: Maintaining Moisture

How To Treat Dry Natural Hair: Maintaining Moisture

 

Dry hair is a prominent concern that many naturals experience; in other words, they are struggling to retain moisture. Today, we’re going to tackle the issue head-on. 

 

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF DRY HAIR?

 

Diet

As one may suspect, a number of factors can cause dry hair, diet being a top contributor. Consuming foods that are high in sodium can dry out the body. Naturally, it will rehydrate itself by pulling moisture that’s been on reserve in other parts of the body, including (but not limited to) the skin/scalp and ultimately, the hair.  How do you balance that out? Drink more water! It seems simple, because it is. Our bodies are primarily made up of water, so to keep them healthy, functioning, and flourishing - even for beauty purposes - we must continue to hydrate with water, otherwise we’ll see the negative impact both internally and externally. How much water should you be aiming to drink? It’s generally recommended for the average adult to drink about 64 ounces of plain water per day, but it never hurts to discuss exact quantities with a doctor first, because every case is unique.

 

Hair Type

When we say hair type, we aren’t referring to the chart that names your curl pattern by number and letter (for example, 3b, 4a, and etc.). We’re talking about how porous your hair strand is, a factor that is not dependent on its curl pattern. Hair porosity is a measure of the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture + the speed at which it does so. More technically, it refers to how tightly bound the outer layer of the hair strand (the cuticle) is.

 

A simple test can be performed at home to determine your porosity type. Below are a few characteristics of each type:

 

Low Porosity: The cuticle layer is very tightly bound, which makes it difficult for moisture to enter the strand. Low porosity hair does absorb moisture, however, it takes a very long time for it to do so. Because of this, products + oil may appear to sit on the hair instead of penetrate it. To help speed up the moisture absorption rate when styling, try using a hair steamer/applying product while in a steamy room (like after a hot shower), and sitting under a hooded dryer/using a heat cap whenever deep conditioning.

 

Medium Porosity: The cuticle layer is neither tightly bound nor lined with gaps. It doesn’t take a long time for the hair to dry, but it also doesn’t dry particularly fast. Medium porosity hair holds styles well, and doesn’t have trouble retaining moisture.

 

High Porosity: The cuticle layer has many gaps and holes. While moisture is easily absorbed, the hair dries back out very quickly, making it difficult to retain that moisture. It is important to note that one can naturally have high porosity hair, however, it’s common for repeated usage of heat tools and chemicals (such as hair dye) to cause strands to become more porous over time. Those with high porosity hair should especially avoid using heat; opt to air-dry only. Using sealant products after a moisturizer will help with retention, as well as using cool or lukewarm water to rinse the hair whenever possible.

 

 
pictured - @naturallycha

 

 

HOW DO YOU TREAT DRY NATURAL HAIR?

 

Products

The food and water put into the body are essential, but the products put onto the hair are too! Choose products that are both sulfate-free and paraben-free. Sulfates, mostly found in shampoos, tend to dry out any hair type; they strip strands of their naturally produced oils and moisture. If you’re struggling with dry hair, it may even be useful to introduce co-washing to your routine. A Co-Wash is a conditioner formulated with very gentle cleansing agents. It removes build up, restores moisture, and can be used to detangle. A Co-Wash should not replace your regular shampoo, but rather help give the hair and scalp a refresh and extra conditioning between regular washes.  

 

 

 

When styling, go for moisturizers that have water listed as the first ingredient. Water is the ultimate source of hydration, so any product that contains a high amount can be beneficial when combating dryness. Products with primarily natural ingredients are healthy + safe for all hair types, however, it can be especially helpful to choose a product line based how its ingredients are known to perform with your porosity level.

 
For example:

Low Porosity: Products with Coconut Oil are particularly beneficial to low porosity hair because this oil absorbs into the skin and hair with ease, unlike some others which seal, but do not easily absorb. JojOba Oil is a great option for that reason as well. Peppermint + Tea Tree Oil can help break down product buildup that tends to sit on low porosity hair over time. 

 

Medium Porosity: This porosity level often performs best with products that are not super thick or heavy.  Sweet Almond Oil  is ideal because it’s lightweight, yet effective at maintaining the hair’s natural moisture while keeping strands protected.

 

High Porosity: Products containing Honey will be your best friend. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it helps to preserve moisture. Products with Castor Oil are also a go to! Castor Oil is great at sealing in moisture, especially on hair that absorbs liquid it quickly; Shea Butter too!

 

It’s important to note that while certain ingredients and product lines may be specifically helpful to certain hair types, it doesn’t mean they are exclusively beneficial to those types; that’s the great thing about natural ingredients! 

Products for Type 4 Hair
 pictured - @_iamlenn

 

Regimen

Finally, we can’t discuss treating dry natural hair without covering technique and regimen! Choosing the right products is a great first step, but using them in an effective order is equally important. For example, if someone has brittle hair and is struggling to retain moisture, it would not be ideal to apply just a gel or an oil straight after washing without first applying a moisturizing product. Some commonly practiced techniques to achieve the utmost amount of moisture are referred to as the LOC and LCO methods. When using either of these methods, each step/product type must be included, but the order of the last two steps varies depending on personal preference. However, oftentimes, those with low porosity prefer LCO, while those with high porosity sway towards LOC. 

 
L = Liquid O = Oil C = Cream
Water, or a quality Leave In Conditioner An Oil that either penetrates the hair shaft, or seals in moisture A styling cream, custard, pudding or butter that moisturizes, but also provides definition + hold
 

 

 
L O C                                                L C O

 

Once you’ve locked in which application method works best for you, it’s important to practice it on every wash day. Sticking to a regimen is essential because it gives the hair a chance to adjust and fully reap the benefits. While every person’s routine may vary a bit, a general regimen that can be followed to maintain healthy hair and scalp + lock in that moisture is: 

 

1. Detangle (using a leave-in or pre-poo)
2. Shampoo (using a sulfate-free cleanser)
3. Deep Condition (using a deep conditioner or hair masque)
4. Moisturize (using a liquid or leave-in)
5. Style/Seal (using a Cream and/or Oil or Gel)

 

 

Deep conditioning is crucial, especially for dry or damaged hair! No matter the hair type or texture, a quality deep conditioner should be a staple in your routine every time you shampoo. Allow the product to set into your hair under a plastic cap for at least 30 minutes (Bonus: add heat for penetration). How often you should be washing and styling is dependent upon your individual lifestyle and habits.  

 

 

 

Also, keep in mind that protective styling can be a viable option to help treat dry hair. When tresses are tucked away and not being manipulated for stretches of time, they’re generally able to hold on to moisture for longer periods of time as well. However, even when protective styling, the steps mentioned above should be taken prior to the style’s installation. While wearing any protective style, be sure to treat the scalp + re-moisturize the hair with a light liquid or leave in, and seal the ends at least once per week. 

 
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If you're interested in learning more about which EDEN products can help address dry hair and other hair-related concerns, click here!

 

Take some time to apply the information provided and let us know in the comments below how your hair’s moisture retention is coming along.

 

See you next time!

 

May 22, 2020 — EDEN BodyWorks
Join #EDENCurlfriends!

Join #EDENCurlfriends!

 

You asked, so we're delivering! Now is your chance to become a part of #EDENCurlfriends, our official brand ambassador program. Get ready to create community while gaining access to free products, features on ads + social promo, a personalized coupon code, opportunities to work brand events, and more!

 

What Does an Ambassador Do?

Our #EDENCurlfriends will receive a special box of products which they'll be expected to use to complete the following each month:

- Create at least two pieces of branded content. Both styling videos and hair/lifestyle images are welcome. All content must have clean, neutral backgrounds + include edited and non-copyrighted background music.  

- Submit all content files via email prior to posting.  

- Post the content to at least one of the following platforms: 

IG
YouTube
Pinterest
Personal Blog/Website
TikTok

- Include product education in captions +  the hashtags #EDENCurlfriends, #EDENVibes and #StylewithEDEN. 

- Submit a product review on any of the below websites:

EDENBodyWorks.com
Target.com
Walmart.com
Amazon.com
HEB.com

 

 

Official Rules

- Must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada; no P.O. Box addresses permitted.

- Social media accounts must be public. Private accounts will be disqualified.

- All application steps must be completed and submitted as directed.

- By completing the application process, you are agreeing to allow all submitted content to be used across EDEN platforms, brand advertisements, and marketing efforts, if selected.

 

 

How to Apply

STEP 1

Complete this survey.

 

STEP 2

Submit a video sharing why you want to join the program. Post it to your Instagram feed using the hashtag #EDENCurlfriends to help gain the votes of your supporters.

 

STEP 3

Email your video + a headshot of yourself (high resolution only) to EDENCurlfriends@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

And That's It! 

Selected ambassadors will be notified via email.

Good luck!

 

February 11, 2020 — EDEN BodyWorks
Get Curl Definition: 5 Twist-Out Techniques

Get Curl Definition: 5 Twist-Out Techniques

Getting your desired definition is almost like making the right calculations: product + technique = ?

Rounding up eight of our favorite twist-out videos, we decided that it's probably better to show you, than to tell you. But to also make the "which product should I buy" choice easier, we've added the product used and matched them with hold potential, technique and definition results.  

Watch The Twist-Out Technique Playlist (8 Videos)

 

 

For Soft-Hold, Loose-Wavy Definition - Twist & Curl 

 

For Medium-Hold, Wavy Cork-Screw Definition - 3 Strand Twist

For Medium Hold, Tight Cork-Screw Definition- 2 Strand Twist Out

For Strong Hold, Tight Cork-Screw Definition- Flat Twist Out

 
February 11, 2020 — EDEN BodyWorks
Are Clip-Ins & Extensions Healthy For Natural Hair? 5 Styles For Your Hair

Are Clip-Ins & Extensions Healthy For Natural Hair? 5 Styles For Your Hair

There's nothing wrong with adding volume, length, or wanting a new look with a temporary texture. The magic of clip-ins and style-saving ponytails quickly come to the rescue; but are they healthy for your hair? 

Wearing clip-ins and extensions for an extended time, without caring for the hair that is underneath or showing concern for tension points can be damaging. Using non-harmful products on your own hair to strengthen, lock-in moisture, and restore vital nourishment is crucial.  

6 Tips For Keeping Temporary Extensions Healthy:

  1. When sleeping, or when possible, remove extensions to reduce tension
  2. Make sure hair that is left out is moisturized
  3. Avoid constant heat styling and use thermal protection
  4. Gently wash & care for your scalp ( apply a balm, hairdress, or oil to scalp)
  5. Deep condition and detangle your own hair every 2-3 weeks
  6. Use a conditioning product on edges to prevent drying them out
We're serious about healthy hair however you choose to wear it.  We collected a few videos featuring extensions styled with best selling EDEN BodyWorks products. Stream the playlist and shop the products used to blend and care for their hair and extensions.

Watch The Playlist

 

#5: Side Bangs Tapered Cut ( w/ clip-ins)

 
 How To: Low Sleek Ponytail On A TWA , Short Natural Hair

#4: Low Sleek Ponytail On A  Short Natural TWA

 

#3: No Heat Sleek Low Braided Pony ( w/ added hair)

 

#2: Perm Rod Curly Fro ( w/ clip-ins for volume)

 

#1:  Half Up Bun ( w/ clip-ins for length & volume)

 
February 03, 2020 — EDEN BodyWorks
Feed Your Hair: 5 Natural Ingredients You Need To Know

Feed Your Hair: 5 Natural Ingredients You Need To Know

Ever wonder what the actual benefits are of the ingredients listed on your favorite products? We’re not just talking about the “hot” ones that everyone has come to know and love, such as Coconut Oil or Shea Butter, but those that tend to be less talked about; the ones whose names may sound familiar, but their exact purpose is not so clear.

As always, we’re here to help! Highlighting a few lesser known ingredients from our own formulas, we’re sharing what it is that makes these underdogs so great. 

 



For Scalp Conditions

 

1. Carrot Seed Oil

Vitamin and antioxidant-rich, this vegetable oil does an amazing job at hydrating both the scalp and hair. It increases circulation and alleviates flaking, rash, and itchiness due to skin conditions on the scalp. Carrot Seed Oil also protects the hair shaft, preventing breakage.

Products containing Carrot Seed Oil: Peppermint Tea Tree Conditioner + Hair Milk, JojOba Monoi Conditioner + Deep Conditioner

 

 

 

2. Vitamin E 

Amazing for healing irritated or scarred skin, Vitamin E is the perfect component for treating a flaky scalp. It penetrates and repairs at the root while also increasing circulation. It reduces breakage as well! Implement a little into your routine and experience a decrease in shedding and an easier time retaining length.

Products containing Vitamin E: Coconut Shea Collection, JojOba Monoi Collection, Citrus Fusion Collection

 

  

 

3. Aloe Vera

Due to its cool and soothing nature, this green, leafy plant is most commonly known for its ability to treat skin irritations. This quality makes it an excellent choice for healing a dry and itchy scalp. Aloe Vera has properties that break down dead skin + product build up that can block hair follicles from growing. 

Aloe can also help condition the hair. The plant is packed with vitamins and minerals that are incredibly moisturizing to the entire hair shaft. Whether applying directly from the leaf, or in juice or gel form, it maintains all its beneficial properties. 

Products containing Aloe Vera: Almond Marshmallow Trio, Coconut Shea Collection, JojOba Monoi Collection, Peppermint Tea Tree, Hibiscus Honey

 

 




 

For Hair Growth

 

4. Acai

This superfood is packed with vitamins such as A, C, + E, and it contains omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. It’s also made up of many of the B-complex vitamins that are essential to natural hair growth.  All of this goodness promotes a healthy environment for strands from root to tip and helps to reduce overall thinning + breakage.

Products containing Acai: Citrus Fusion Collection

 

 

 

 

For Dry Hair

 

5. Mango Seed Butter

High in antioxidants and fatty acids, Mango Seed Butter is perfect for combating dry hair. Its nutrient-rich composition helps to soften and seal moisture into the strand, protecting it from becoming brittle or damaged from environmental factors. 

Products Containing Mango Seed Butter: Papaya Castor Collection

 

 

 

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Learn a bit more about what you’re feeding your hair with? We hope so! Quality ingredients are what EDEN is all about. We’re happy to share the knowledge!

 

If you're having trouble deciding exactly which collection to try ('cause don't they all sound pretty great?), have a little fun by allowing your zodiac sign to do the picking! 

Click here to get more info on our key ingredients. In the comments below, tell us what natural ingredients you nurture your hair with.

 

See you next time!

 

January 15, 2020 — EDEN BodyWorks
Let's Go DEEP: Battle of the Deep Conditioners

Let's Go DEEP: Battle of the Deep Conditioners

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: deep conditioning is one of THE most important parts of a healthy hair care routine! No matter the hair type, texture, or concern, this step should remain an uncompromisable staple. Why? Deep conditioning is like therapy to our tresses. The product buildup, manipulation, and friction hair experiences on a daily basis can take effect on the look and overall health over time. Hair needs to regularly be restored with moisture and strength so that it can maintain its health and be ready for styling again.

 

For best results, we recommend applying a quality deep conditioner once a week (definitely no less than twice a month). Cover hair with a plastic cap and sit under a heated dryer for 15-40 minutes for added intensity!

 

Now that you’ve gotten the routine down, the question is, which deep conditioner should you choose for your hair? With a little help from our #EDENCurlfriends, we’re here to share some info to make the decision a little easier.

 



Color-treated or Breakage-prone?

 

JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner

Improve elasticity and strengthen the hair shaft with this ultra-thick treatment! Formulated to help reduce + prevent breakage, this protein-free blend of JojOba and Monoi Oil restores the health of hair by replenishing it with nutrients. 



Featured #EDENCurlfriend: Khyra Joelle

 

 

Overall Dryness?

 

 

Coconut Shea Hair Masque Treatment

This creamy masque penetrates the hair shaft to transform dry, brittle tresses ​with the help of Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and a number of other amazing ingredients! Use it to moisturize and deliver overall softer, stronger hair. 

 

 



Split Ends + Difficulty Detangling?

 

Almond Marshmallow Split End Repair Masque

Smooth, repair, and prevent frayed, damaged ends with this hair masque. Sweet Almond Oil and Marshmallow Root provide incredible slip for easy detangling to ensure that no strands get snagged in the process.

 

 Featured #EDENCurlfriend: Kim

 

In the comments below, be sure to tell us which deep conditioner is your favorite and why. 

 

See you next time!

 

 



November 27, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
#AskEDEN: Answering Your Questions

#AskEDEN: Answering Your Questions

What an honor it is to say that EDEN BodyWorks has now been in the game for 15 years! One of the most important contributions to our growth has been your support and feedback. Education and open communication about our products’ functions are essential! We’re always on the lookout for your questions and concerns; that’s why today, we're answering a few of your most frequently asked product questions!
September 04, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
Happy Birthday, EDEN!

Happy Birthday, EDEN!

Here's a story about a girl named Jasmine...

Who knew there was much more to life than damaged hair. After experiencing chemical damage, she researched ingredients and started mixing oils right in her mother's kitchen. Those were the beginnings to her FIRST product - JojOba Monoi Hair Oil. Fifteen years later, she's merged her love for beauty with tech and is still creating products with natural ingredients to help address your moisture, dryness, breakage, fullness concerns and more!

August 07, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks
Back to the Basics

Back to the Basics

Hello 2019!

We are so grateful to all of our OG EDEN supporters and are thrilled to begin another new and exciting year filled with healthy hair and skin! We would also like to take a moment to welcome all of the new EDEN family members!

January 03, 2019 — EDEN BodyWorks