EDEN Styles, News, and Inspiration

Get the Look: Sleek Puff Ponytail

Pumpkin isn’t the only way to spice up your fall! Give your look a little versatility this season by experimenting with your hair! Protective styles are always a good idea as cooler weather draws near, and for many, braid + twist styles are the automatic go-to.  As much as we’ll always love these classic options, it’s fun to play around with other styles that will also keep the hair moisturized, healthy, and protected!   What makes a style “protective”?  If the hair is properly hydrated and tucked away to limit daily manipulation, it’s a go! Caring for the scalp is also a must! Regular application of water-based products is essential to keep roots and tresses healthy through the duration of the style. This means that a simple bun or ponytail can even be a viable option, when styled with care. However, part of the fun in protective styling is finding a way to also make it glam!   #EDENCurlfriend Dani Elaine is here to help provide a little creative inspo! Watch as she crafts this FA... MORE

Haute Holiday Hair!

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and glammed up get-togethers, which means it’s time to amp up your style! Wash ‘n gos are always great, but as cooler temperatures approach, it’s the perfect time to give stretched styles a try! Need some inspo? We’ve got you covered! A few fabulous ladies have shared their haute holiday hair looks with us, and a few tips on how to achieve them. Enjoy! Up first, the lovely, @moxieshair_ with a glamorous puff ponytail, adorned with golden hair cuffs!   1) Part hair into a back section + front section 2)  Construct 4 mini ponytails/twists going back with the front section. 3) Gather hair (front and back sections) into one bun. 4) Attach one pack of Marley hair to the bun, using an elastic, allowing the ends to fall into a ponytail. 5) Fluff the hair to add volume and add elastics down the length of the ponytail to create a “genie” effect. 6) Add gold cuffs to the 4 mini ponytails/twists in front + slick down those edges!  In addition to... MORE

Passing the "Naturalista Torch" onto My Daughters

Yolanda Renee and her daughters, Taylor and Sylar - @etcblogmag TEACHING MY DAUGHTERS HOW TO CARE FOR THEIR NATURAL HAIR When you see a beautiful, smart, brown girl rocking her unique natural hair, what comes to mind? Most people would admire the craftsmanship and wonder, “How did her Mommy create that style?” Right? When styling my girls’ hair I ask myself pretty much the same question- “How can I create my vision?” My thought process goes even a step further as I want the styling process to become a learning lesson for my girls. They can subconsciously learn about caring for their hair if I keep them involved.   My top advice for Mamas who are struggling with wash days + styling is, “ALWAYS SET TIME ASIDE TO PATIENTLY CARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN’S HAIR. "  -Yolanda Renee When you do not have strict time constraints you have more patience. PATIENCE is extremely important to make your child comfortable, less fussy, and willing to participate. And of course you have to make this... MORE

Living Beyond the Label

If you were asked to describe yourself, where would you begin? Most likely, you’ll start with your name and profession, then expand from there. Or maybe you’ll start listing values and characteristics that you believe make you likable, descriptive words that convey a person worth knowing beyond those labels.  Women tend to wear many hats, with the demanding roles to match. We don't have the luxury of wearing one at a time, either. If we're moms, we're always moms in addition to being an entrepreneur, CEO, volunteer, carpool coordinator, chef and whatever other role life demands that day.      Beyond the Label aims to shine light on women at their core, along with their many complexities. We aim to go below the surface and highlight the various tasks and achievements made by the every day woman, including the pursuit in overcoming the personal challenges and obstacles they face daily. It's no longer adequate to look at a woman and see only a carrier for a child or a career. It's ... MORE

28 Afros with Ziajah Nellom

My name is Ziajah Nellom of cupofZ.com and I’m the creator of 28 Afros, a month-long series dedicated to recreating iconic afros in celebration of Black History Month.    About 28 Afros   There’s no doubt that the afro hairstyle is multidimensional. Through the 28 Afros series, my goal was to showcase how intricate and versatile the hairstyle can be. I wanted to highlight shrinkage as well as stretched-to-full-capacity hair. I also wanted to display shapes and how the texture of an afro changes daily. It amazes me that we, as a people, still have such a hard time with something as simple as hair. Whether it be at home or in the workplace, it can be challenging for some people to feel comfortable wearing their hair in its natural state. When describing natural hair, I use words like intricate and multidimensional as a term of endearment, however, these same terms are used as synonyms for words like complex and difficult which are used in a derogatory manner. I believe that people ... MORE

Why We're Praising Black Panther

Marvel’s latest superhero film, Black Panther, was released this past Thursday...as if you didn’t already know. The hype surrounding the film even before its release was unreal. Once viewers actually got a chance to see it over President’s Day weekend, social media went wild, and with good reason.   Cast, Marvel Image   A film such as Black Panther represents a major milestone and achievement in the black community. Never before has there been a black film release to this caliber, from the budget, to the marketing coverage around it. Not only that, it’s been amazing seeing a nearly all-black cast, represented in an extremely positive light. No gangsters, no drop-outs, no drugs, no jail, no slavery, no mammy or overly-promiscuous female archetypes. Instead, we see respected kings, queens, princesses, warriors, spies and engineers, all in the beautiful setting of their very own homeland - Africa (in the country of Wakanda to be specific). Each of the characters are portrayed to be hi... MORE

Knock, Knock Who's there?: Tender Love, Care & Hair

If you've landed here you're in for a sweet treat. This Valentine's Day we're recounting our favorite inspirational self-love & haircare moments:   "I believe in being healthy from the inside out. Taking the time to appreciate the good things in your life, regardless of how small they seem, is the key to unlocking your blessings." —Candice  @candicoatedcurls shared this wisdom with us on the EDEN BodyWorks channel, showing us one of the ways that she keeps herself positive. Taking time to reflect and count our blessings is a great start to inspiring optimism in our lives.   A post shared by EDEN BodyWorks (@edenbodyworks) on Mar 19, 2017 at 12:47pm PDT     "3 Simple Self-care Ideas: (1) Read a new book, (2) Have a spa day, (3) Journal" — Michelle @Naturalista86 gave our wonder moms three practical ways to practice self-care. We believe her recommendations can be applied universally to anyone looking to begin their self-care session. Michelle even threw in a shou... MORE

3 Things "grown-ish" is Teaching Everyone Else About Black Millennials

Tierra Loren, contributor at NaturallyCurly.com, recently wrote an awesome review of the new Freeform show "grown-ish," the spin-off of ABC's "black-ish." We thought it was so on point that we should share it here! *** "Grown-ish" is a realistic depiction of undergraduate life: the constant struggle between "being grown," balancing priorities, and discovering your identity.   1. This show gives great insight into young black millenials I've said it before and I will say it again: representation matters. Young black millennials matter too, and there are a lot of us poppin' in today's society. The leading star Zoey, played by Yara Shahidi, represents just that. As we get a close up look into Zoey's first year of college, we view her exposure to relationships, dating, and even drugs. One of the things I love most is the way "grown-ish" dissects dating through misreading the signs of Aaron's [Zoey's crush] interest, hookup culture and over-analyzing text messages. (We've all been the... MORE

Taking A Stand

This past Monday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Most of us know of his legacy - peaceful fight for racial equality -  and many strive to continue it. However, it’s no secret that although progress has been made since the ‘60s, we are still in desperate need of change in order to fully achieve the dream that Dr. King spoke of. In the world of beauty, blogging and advertising, it’s often criticized when the issues (politics, injustice and etc.)  aren’t addressed or acknowledged, but at the same time there’s a fine line to walk when it comes to addressing politics in business. However, it’s refreshing to see some of beauty influencers we follow using their voices to acknowledge important matters such as these.  We thought it would be a great idea to shine light on some of these ladies who are speaking out in hopes of working towards equality. Whitney White, better known as @Natptural85, has posted on a few different occasions regarding racial and other social/political issue... MORE

Why I Write and Why You Should Too with @OliviaHancock_

At the start of a new year it's only natural that we seek out ways to improve ourselves. One of the best ways to begin this journey is by taking measures to figure out what makes you happy. What do you like to do? How do you express yourself? Do you have an outlet?  This week, student and writer, Olivia Hancock, is sharing with us a bit about what it is she likes to do, and how it can help you too! photo by @bbranmarie I’ve been passionately writing ever since I learned how to spell and could hold a pencil in my hand. During my elementary and middle school years, you could constantly find me drafting short stories about any and everything. Writing is a part of who I am and my passion for the pen has led me to want to pursue a career in journalism. Though I’m still a college student, I’m constantly working on fine-tuning my skills and finding opportunities to help me fulfill my ultimate journalist dreams. To date, my writing has already taken me on a journey that has allowed me to... MORE

5 Tips to Living Healthier with DejaFitBeauty

Deja Lewis (DejaFitBeauty) is a Beauty and Fitness Vlogger, Entrepreneur and Personal Trainer. She's here to share a few fitness tips to help us all reach our goals in 2018! photography by James Burk  -@youngestson_    Getting in shape and living a healthy lifestyle is everyone’s goal; But let’s face it, it’s not as easy as it sounds. There is so much information about losing weight and how to be healthy. Should I go vegan, low carb? Should I try the military diet, the grapefruit diet, a detox?  What kind of workouts should I be doing? Should I lift weights, or just do cardio? It’s no wonder so many people are stuck! I’m DejaFitBeauty. I’m a Beauty and Fitness Vlogger as well as Personal Trainer, but I had the same struggle before I started my fitness journey. I was confused just like most people but eventually after a lot of trial and error (a lot!)  I figure out what works for me to be able to sustain living healthier LONG TERM.  I have condensed it down to 5 main things to ... MORE

12 Days of Holiday Hair: A Pictorial

There are just about 12 days left leading up to New Years, and we’ve got a few looks we think you should check out. Who doesn’t love to rock a cute and special ‘do amidst all the holiday parties and family visits? In case you’re in need of some style inspiration, here are12 holiday hairstyles to keep you looking fabulous this season!   @naturallytemi (using the @qredew) @daniebb3 @aminamarie @donedo (Using our Coconut Shea Hair Balm) @kathxlynnn (Using our Coconut Shea Pudding Souffle + Edge Glaze) @_bubsbee @africanmelaninnn @curlfriendari @jurneebell @lenalovecurls (Using our Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Oil for scalp) @ange_liah (Using our Citrus Fusion Mousse) @fiercelynatural (using our Coconut Shea Edge Glaze)   Now we hope you’re feeling inspired! Tell us which look is your favorite in the comments below! Also, share your own holiday hairstyles with us by tagging us in your photos on Instagram! __________________________________________________________________... MORE