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.

Actress Amandla Stenberg via instagram
 By Mary Wolff

Styling your hair is key to looking and feeling your best every day. If you have short curly hair, you may be experiencing some roadblocks in your hair journey. Whether you recently big chopped, went short to make your routine easier, or just prefer rocking a short cut, there are a few things you should know to help you get your best look. Here are 5 styling tips for short naturally curly hair.

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1. Avoid Buildup

When the scalp produces natural oils called sebum, it is intended to travel down the hair shaft to keep strands moisturized and healthy. When you wash your hair, some of this is naturally stripped away and the process repeats itself. While many people think of this as their natural clock for when to wash, with short hair, you need to watch this even more closely. The hair shaft is naturally shorter so you require less of that sebum buildup. If you don’t stay consistent with your washing routine, you will end up with an oily buildup which can make styling harder. It all starts with the wash!

2. Dry the Right Way

Another concern for styling shorter curly hair is the matter of frizz. While this is an issue for almost every natural, short hair is especially prone to frizz. We all know frizz is created by heat and humidity, but it can also happen in the bathroom when you are drying hair. Make sure you are air drying or squeeze strands, but never rub! Rubbing your hair creates friction which raises the hair cuticle and leads to frizz.

3. Choose Products for Definition

When styling your short curls, you may need a little help with definition. Since curls that are cut short can sometimes curl upwards and lack definition, using a styling solution with curl defining properties can help you achieve a better style. A few examples for this purpose are EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème, Dippity-Do Girls with Curls Curl Defining Cream, and DevaCurl Light Defining Gel.

4. Play with Heavy vs. Light

With heavy products you get intense moisture, but it can weigh down your hair. While a lot of curlies would want to avoid weighed down curls, sometimes this can work to the advantage of short hair. A little weight can help stretch the curl and give the appearance of a little more length. Don’t be afraid to play around with heavy products to see how they affect your curls.

5. Don’t Be Afraid of a Little Heat

Another issue with styling short hair is the need for a little volume. If your hair tends to dry more on the upward curl with flatter roots, using a blow dryer every now and then can help with this problem. Since blow dryers use heat to raise the root, it can give the appearance of more volume and help to relax that curl pattern just a little.
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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Hi Ladies,
I’m back with another video! Today, I’m sharing a few tips on growing long natural hair with little-no effort! I’m quite the lazy natural and over the years I’ve had to come up with ways to maximize length retention with little effort. This is also perfect for those naturals that don’t have a lot of free time.
I hope you enjoy it!
Best Wishes,
Zara