NaturallyCurly Editor’s Choice 2017 Award Winners Announced

By Gerilyn Hayes on May 22, 2017 11:48:56 AM

The deliberations are over. The votes are in. The winners are here! 

After several months of product testing, clarifying hair strands and scalps, feeling overwhelmed by efficacy (and sometimes underwhelmed for lack thereof), the NaturallyCurly Editorial team has chosen hair care brands, collections, and products that best address their individual curly and textured hair concerns. From length check-worthy elongating gels to 2-in-1 skin and hair butters, the team has selected products that are deemed most effective, innovative, and significant across the market.

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Natural Hair Consumers No Longer Want Segmented Hair Care Aisles

By Gerilyn Hayes on Mar 21, 2017 12:14:23 PM


An exclusive study shows women with curly and textured hair, or natural hair, want to access products for their hair texture in the main aisle of retail stores. With these results, TextureMedia’s Senior Copywriter Gerilyn M. Hayes implores retailers to respond to consumers’ need for representation in the general market aisle.

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Introducing the Product Junkie

By Michelle Breyer on Mar 2, 2017 3:24:05 PM

Look in the cabinet of any  curly haired woman and the odds are you’ll find dozens of products—cleansing conditioners, deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners, styling puddings, styling gels, curl creams, co-washes, clarifying cleansers and moisturizing shampoos. Even if her shelves are filled to the brim, she’s probably still on the lookout for her next “Holy Grail” product.

Diane Mary Montalto, who has wavy hair, said, “I’m scared to count how many products I have; it may be close to triple digits.”

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Breaking Down the Walls of An Industry

By Michelle Breyer on Jan 24, 2017 4:27:17 PM

I've always been obsessed with entrepreneurs. Ever since my days at journalism school, my favorite interview subjects were entrepreneurs. I'm fascinated by how people take an idea - a need or a passion - and turn it into a business.

Since launching, 19 years ago, I've had an amazing opportunity to meet so many others who have have helped change this curly world. When I first met Richelieu Dennis at a CurlyNikki Meetup more than six years ago in Atlanta, I knew he was something special.

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Right Message; Wrong Messenger

By Michelle Breyer on Dec 8, 2016 11:58:01 AM


Reebok And Gigi Hadid Present #PerfectNever Revolution (PRNewsFoto/Reebok)

Athletic wear Reebok has a wonderful new campaign that confronts unattainable notions and standards of perfection.

This week, Reebok hosted the #PerfectNever Revolution, an empowering event that challenged hundreds of women from all walks of life to come together through a series of activities including a workout class and a panel discussion. Panelists include Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, actress Lena Dunham, ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza, actress Ruby Rose and actress/musican Zoe Kravitz.

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Why We Need Texture Experts!

By Michelle Breyer on Dec 1, 2016 3:25:22 PM

I was flipping through Allure magazine's Hair Inspiration story in the September issue, waiting to be inspired. Instead, I was horrified.

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The Curl Revolution: NaturallyCurly's Book Takes Shape!

By Michelle Breyer on Dec 1, 2016 3:00:41 PM

Over the years, there were many times when we considered compiling some of the best tips and stories from our website into a book. But to do a book that would truly reflect the power of NaturallyCurly—and be worthy of the many other people who have helped shape the curly world—would take time and resources. Time was always in short supply. Every day there was so much that needed to be done – clients to call, stories to write, products to sell. And there were always meetings—lots of meetings.

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Against All Odds: A Curly Girl's Compelling Story

By Michelle Breyer on Feb 9, 2015 1:34:16 PM

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Dove: Changing the Perception of Beauty

By Michelle Breyer on Jan 23, 2015 12:42:34 PM

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Resolutions that Truly Matter

By Michelle Breyer on Jan 8, 2015 1:15:45 PM

My New Year’s Resolutions are usually pretty basic – cut out sugar, go to yoga on a regular basis, try not to buy as many clothes.

But this year, I want to take on some meatier resolutions – resolutions that can be truly impactful in all areas of my life. I may not accomplish them all, but I hope to take a stab at it

1. Remember that the glass is half full. I’ve always been a glass half full person, but have found myself slowly turning into a glass half empty person. It’s easy to do. It’s easy to focus on the negative of a situation rather than the positive. But that positive attitude is so important, and can change your outlook on everything.

2. Appreciate the good things in my life. I’m blessed with being able to meet amazing people and getting to travel to great cities for my job. I truly love the business associates I’ve met through NaturallyCurly, and I’m fortunate that many have become friends. So when I head out to the airport at 4:30 a.m. to head to New York or Chicago, I better feel damn lucky that I have that opportunity.

3. Surround myself with positive people. I’m not talking about people who smile all the time and tell you exactly what you want to hear. I’m talking about people who can provide constructive criticism because they want to see you succeed. I am blessed to have many people like this in my life, and I appreciate each and every one of them. I want to steer clear of people who make me feel powerless, vulnerable and depleted.

4. Accept that there are things I know and things I don’t know and be okay with that. I don’t need to know it all. I need to surround myself with those who complement me – who have skills and experience I don’t have.

5. Put the phone away. For me, a technology junkie, it may mean sticking the phone in a drawer. It has become habit to pick up my phone all the time, even when I’m out with friends. No email, Facebook post or text is that important that it can’t wait.

6. Appreciate the good in people. It’s easy sometimes to focus on the things that annoy you about people, whether it is my husband, or a co-worker. Life is so much better when you can focus on what you like about people.

7. Take advantage of opportunities. Whether it is my 35th high school reunion, a trip to visit my parents or an upcoming sorority reunion, these are things worth doing. These relationships have helped shape who I am as a person and there are few chances to see these people, especially since we’ve moved throughout the country. If anything 2014 taught me is that life is short. You don't want to have regrets.

8. And yes, eat less sugar, do more yoga and spend less money!

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