Beauty vlogger Jai Marii.
By Samantha Callender for Essence.com

While many Black women across the globe are embracing their natural kinky and coily texture, there is one thing that they still want to be sleek and straight: their edges. Of course there are no shortage of edge control options (this one by Creme of Nature is a favorite), but many are finding that they need a little extra assistance. Recently, many hair YouTubers have taken to social media to showcase how they achieve laid edges beyond edge control with relaxing or texlaxing.

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Benny Harlem- Source: Guinness World Record
 By Winnie G.
Benny Harlem is a father, teacher, entrepreneur, model and now a Guinness World record holder. He first broke the internet with stunning photos of his amazing natural hair together with his daughter’s equally stunning natural hair. He’ll be in the Guinness World Book of Records 2018 for having the highest high top fade measuring 20.5 inches (52 cm) high.

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A high top fade, also written as hi-top fade, is a haircut that peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990’s but has made a comeback in the past few years. It involves cutting off the hair on the sides or keeping it short while the hair at the top of the head is kept long. However, most people keep it at an average height of 2 to 3 inches. It’s difficult to imagine having a higher length than that stay upright. However, Benny has managed to do just that. His high top fade is 20.5 inches high. Achieving this is not an easy task. As a matter of fact, it takes Benny up to two hours to comb and shape his hair.

Benny believes that having a healthy mind, body and spirit are what has made his hair reach this point. The Los Angeles dad maintains a simple routine of hydrating and styling his hair on a daily basis. His family has not been left behind, with his wife and daughter also taking good care of their natural hair. The three of them use homemade shampoos and hair care products. These products are prepared using pure, unprocessed ingredients such as berries and coconuts. Apart from the outer hair care, Benny takes care of his overall health by eating a clean diet and drinking lots of water to keep the hair well-nourished from the inside.

Benny with his wife and daughter
Benny’s journey began at a very young age. He views his hair as a form of art. His daughter, Jaxyn, has also followed her father’s footsteps by using her hair as a form of expression. Benny started posting photos of his natural hair to inspire people of all cultures to love themselves for who they are and appreciate their culture. He is also planning to develop a hair care system to the public so that more people can learn how to take care of their natural hair or grow back fresh hair. So far, he has a following of over 382,000 followers on Instagram and the numbers keep increasing by the day.

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Winnie Gaturu is a writer, tech lover, mom, wife and student from Nairobi, Kenya. During her free time, she loves trying out new recipes, diy projects, filling in crossword puzzles and spending time with her family. You can catch up with her on yourhairandbeautywrite.wordpress.com.
Kirbi on Instagram
Looking to make a statement this fall? A look that celebrates the TWA not as a necessary stop on the way to length, but as the destination? Look no further than Kirbi's candy-colored do's that are so much fun they may inspire you to do the big chop all over again! #fallhairinspiration

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by Mary Wolff
Smoothies are a great way to get a bunch of nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. When your hair needs a boost in more than one area, a DIY hair smoothie should do the trick! Just like your breakfast smoothie, there are a few masks you can try to make this multi-tasking mask a reality for your curls.

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Coco-cado Smoothie
This mask will provide moisture to your strands with the hydrating coconut milk while the avocado will supply strength with the fortifying fatty acids. The honey and olive oil will act as a moisturizer while also serving to seal strands to lock in the moisture.
  • 1/2 of an Avocado
  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
Blend all ingredients until smooth and consistent. Apply the mixture to wet hair. Put on a plastic shower cap for around 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water to reveal healthier hair!

Banging Banana Smoothie

This DIY hair smoothie is rich in vitamin B which helps rebuild keratin for stronger hair while also promoting circulation to encourage new growth. The banana and olive oil has moisturizing aspects to leave hair hydrated and soft.
  • 1 Cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Banana
Combine all ingredients and blend until even. Apply to wet, clean hair and cover in a plastic shower cap. After 30 minutes, rinse out of hair.

The Grow Up

The grow up is like the glow up but for your hair! When you need a multi-use mask that will help with growth, this overnight mask is perfect. The coconut oil will moisturize and seal in moisture, while the lavender oil is known for scalp stimulation that increases circulation to encourage new growth.
  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 4-6 Drops Lavender Oil
Heat up your coconut oil to get it back to a liquid consistency. Add in the essential lavender oil and stir until blended. Apply to wet strands and put on a shower cap. This is an overnight mask, so go to bed! In the morning, rinse out and style as usual.  
Lauren
Alright Ladies, we know that some of you are tired of twisting, braiding, relaxing, protective styling and everything in-between, so why not give a try to the classic pick and pat? Though with any look you have to make sure to keep it trimmed and conditioned, aside from that, it's pretty much, pick (check!), pat (check!), and Go! (See ya later!) To give you a little inspiration, here are 7 #pickandpat afros that may make you rethink your hair routine.

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