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One surprising tip: ditch the comb. When I was little, my mom used a comb to meticulously french-braid my hair before school, and it would take at least 10 minutes. Instead, follow these steps, practice the proper finger placement, and before long you’ll find yourself cruising through this 'do.\r\n\r\n<iframe src=\"//www.youtube.com/embed/UOR6G9fJluo\" height=\"338\" width=\"600\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\"></iframe>\r\n\r\n<em>Video: Jorie Larsen, Groupon</em>\r\n\r\n<a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/local/salons\"><img class=\"aligncenter size-full wp-image-26070\" alt=\"haircare-deals-banner_600c66\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2WtQFBc9SaBgEy25XD77yH/haircare-deals-banner_600c66-600x66.jpeg\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a>\r\n\r\n<strong>Ready to advance to the next level? Try the braided crown updo.</strong>\r\n<div style=\"width: 100%; clear: both;\">\r\n<div style=\"float: left; width: 20%; margin-right: 25px;\"><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/articles/the-braided-updo-two-ways-a-video-tutorial-sb\"><img alt=\"the braided updo two ways a video tutorial\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2MXuStrfyD4mx7qwfVRgbb/the-braided-updo-two-ways-a-video-tutorial_600x390-600x390.jpeg\" width=\"100%\" /></a></div>\r\n<div style=\"float: right; width: 75%;\"><a href=\"http://www.groupon.com/articles/the-braided-updo-two-ways-a-video-tutorial-sb\">The Braided Updo, Two Ways: A Video Tutorial</a>\r\n<em style=\"display: block;\">One is a fun twist on the messy bun, and the other turns your hair into a french-braided headband.</em></div>\r\n</div>","created_on":"2014-06-10T18:22:07.000Z","fb_og_description":"","fb_og_title":"","imported":true,"last_modified_by":"IMPORT","last_modified_on":"2016-11-10T15:45:42.047Z","locale":"en_US","location":null,"meta_description":"Ditch the comb and use proper finger placement to finish the look at warp speed.","mobile_title":"","permalink":"how-to-french-braid-your-hair-in-90-seconds-or-less-sb","photos":[{"hero":true,"img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/h8ChSmHmYBHh8wTLv6V9yz/how-to-french-braid-your-own-hair-in-90-seconds-or-less_460x299-460x299.jpeg","img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/h8ChSmHmYBHh8wTLv6V9yz/how-to-french-braid-your-own-hair-in-90-seconds-or-less_460x299-460x299","altText":"How to French-Braid Your Hair in 90 Seconds or Less"},{"hero":false,"img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2WtQFBc9SaBgEy25XD77yH/haircare-deals-banner_600c66-600x66.jpeg","img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2WtQFBc9SaBgEy25XD77yH/haircare-deals-banner_600c66-600x66","altText":"haircare-deals-banner_600c66"},{"hero":false,"img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2MXuStrfyD4mx7qwfVRgbb/the-braided-updo-two-ways-a-video-tutorial_600x390-600x390.jpeg","img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2MXuStrfyD4mx7qwfVRgbb/the-braided-updo-two-ways-a-video-tutorial_600x390-600x390","altText":"the braided updo two ways a video tutorial"}],"published":"PUBLISHED","published_on":"2014-06-10T18:22:07.000Z","published_permalinks":[],"secondary_categories":["b92833c4-49cb-4f5f-83b2-660f6ab111b2"],"seo_title":"How to French Braid Your Hair in 90 Seconds or Less","tags":["style_and_beauty"],"title":"How to French-Braid Your Hair in 90 Seconds or Less","vhp_desc":"A french braid is an optical illusion of sorts—it looks like it requires a lot of effort, but if you know what you’re doing, it only takes about 90 seconds. 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Three of them are top-rated face masks at Ulta, and one is, uh, not.</em>\r\n\r\n<img class=\"alignnone size-full wp-image-21480\" alt=\"a-not-very-hard-face-mask-quiz_3_600c600\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/h5jNfyD8bkdfF6rF8FqMVR/a-not-very-hard-face-mask-quiz_3_600c600-600x600.jpeg\" width=\"600\" height=\"600\" />\r\n\r\n<strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\">A. <a href=\"http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=prod5022024\">Queen Helene Mud Pack Masque with Natural English Clay</a> ($3.99 at Ulta)</strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Purpose:</strong> To target signs of aging (but there’s some all-ages fun in there, too—it’s supposed to relax facial muscles and boost circulation).\r\n\r\n<strong>Smell:</strong> Fresh. Like the cleanest possible mud!\r\n\r\n<strong>Texture:</strong> Thick and creamy, but it hardened into a face-shaped mud cake.\r\n\r\n<strong>Sensation:</strong> As it hardened, it felt like my face was freezing into place. Or growing scales, which would be way cooler.\r\n\r\n<strong> When I walked around the office in it:</strong> One stranger saw me and said “Oh, whoa.” Then I ran away.\r\n\r\n<strong>Afterward, my skin felt:</strong> A little dry, like I had just washed my face. When I touched my face, though, it felt insanely smooth. My friend touched my cheek and now she respects me more.\r\n\r\n<strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\">B. <a href=\"http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod6400366&amp;skuId=2271070&amp;cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&amp;cagpspn=pla&amp;CAWELAID=330000200000099980&amp;catargetid=330000200000064436&amp;cadevice=c\">The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask</a> ($2.50 at Ulta)</strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Purpose:</strong> To kill off bacteria and purify the skin.\r\n\r\n<strong>Smell:</strong> Spicy and therapeutic, like a fancy cough drop. I want to say it smelled like green tea, but green tea doesn’t smell much.\r\n\r\n<strong>Texture:</strong> Like lotion, and it never hardened. It just sat on my face.\r\n\r\n<strong>Sensation:</strong> A little tingly!\r\n\r\n<strong>When I walked around the office in it:</strong> Two strangers held the door for me and seemed totally unfazed.\r\n\r\n<strong>Afterward, my skin felt:</strong> Maybe a little cleaner, but the effect was less marked than if I had just washed my face. Not a big change.\r\n\r\n<strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\">C. A Giraffe Mask</strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Purpose:</strong> To make you look more like a giraffe.\r\n\r\n<strong>Smell:</strong> None.\r\n\r\n<strong>Texture:</strong> Sort of like a disposable plate?\r\n\r\n<strong>Sensation:</strong> Fine.\r\n\r\n<strong>When I walked around the office in it:</strong> I didn’t for this one. However, I did find it in the office, hanging mysteriously from a pipe.\r\n\r\n<strong>Afterward, my skin felt:</strong> The same.\r\n\r\n<strong style=\"font-size: 1.5em;\">D. <a href=\"http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod2960041\">Montagne Jeunesse Fruit Smoothie Masque</a> ($1.99 at Ulta)</strong>\r\n\r\n<strong>Purpose:</strong> To deep-clean and soften the skin.\r\n\r\n<strong>Smell:</strong> Every fruit at once, especially raspberries.\r\n\r\n<strong>Texture:</strong> Yogurt-ish. A little more liquid than the mud mask.\r\n\r\n<strong>Sensation:</strong> Like the mud mask, it went on wet and then froze up. So that was weird (again).\r\n\r\n<strong>When I walked around the office in it:</strong> A stranger said “A facial!” He seemed excited, like maybe I had inspired him to go home and give himself a facial, too.\r\n\r\n<strong>Afterward, my skin felt:</strong> So fresh and so clean. It also looked a little brighter and more awake. Not that skin is conscious, but you know.\r\n\r\n<hr />\r\n\r\n<strong>Answers:</strong> 1. B, 2. C, 3. D, 4. A","created_on":"2014-05-05T16:22:27.000Z","fb_og_description":"","fb_og_title":"","imported":true,"last_modified_by":"IMPORT","last_modified_on":"2016-11-10T15:46:53.976Z","locale":"en_US","location":null,"meta_description":"Can you match the facials in the picture with their descriptions below? 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That said, the average cost of a new car still sits around $30,000, which often means putting off the purchase until absolutely necessary. However, that doesn't mean you have to make do with an out-of-date vehicle. A few simple car upgrades can elevate it from tolerable to practically luxurious. Check out a few of the most beneficial additions below:</p>\n<h2><strong>Auxiliary input</strong></h2>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2CF4NP4zguida1sXxqr9CBtW2sVv/stereo-receiver-with-aux_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>This simple addition to your car's stereo system can be the most life-changing. In today's smartphone-centric and digital-media-heavy world, the days of CD changers and stockpiles of cassette tapes are long gone. That means if you have an older model or bare-bones vehicle, you're stuck using annoying adapters to try and hook up your iPhone to the speakers. By adding an auxiliary input, you save yourself a lot of hassle and can finally listen to your favorite podcasts and streaming services with ease.</p>\n<h2><strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse?query=remote+starter\" target=\"_blank\">Remote starter</a></strong></h2>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/axbWNnzN55ne8QgmRKEynp77VqH/remote-starter_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>Adding a remote car starter to your vehicle has long been the best way to make chilly morning commutes infinitely more comfortable. With the click of a button you get the engine running, ensuring you start your day in a vehicle that's toasty warm instead of spending the first 20 minutes of your drive watching your fingers turn purple. If you live in snowier climes, using the remote starter will also make snow removal easier, potentially saving you from a late start at the office. But don't think it's just a help in winter; remote starters also help cool the car in summer, too (just make sure you leave the AC switch to \"on\" when you park the car).</p>\n<h2><strong><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/browse/chicago?query=navigation+system\" target=\"_blank\">Car navigation system</a></strong></h2>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2HZf7hmmfjXMD8zwxWK5aBbSACe6/stereo-receiver-with-gps_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>Being able to plug your phone into your car's speakers is handy for tunes and podcasts, but when it comes to getting directions most of us still prefer a visual aid. Today, you can forgo annoying suction-cup GPS and iPhone mounts and get a screen installed directly into your vehicle. This will of course depend on the make and model of your car (you'll want to make sure you've got the corresponding system), but a few hundred dollars later and these car upgrades will make your ride feel like it just rolled off the lot.</p>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/auto-repair%20\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2EC7k6Zjv78xczS8TGirJj9e7f12/shop-auto-repair-deals_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>","created_on":"2017-04-24T18:44:32.304Z","last_modified_on":"2017-04-24T19:02:21.582Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Sarah Gorr","author":"66bed501-2a56-4b5e-8470-2d0a48e0df57","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"Easy Car Upgrades to Improve Your Commute","meta_description":"You might not be able to get a new ride, but these easy car upgrades are the best way to feel like you already have one.","fb_og_title":"Car Upgrades That'll Make You Love Your Car Again","fb_og_description":"You don't need a whole new car, trust us.","vhp_desc":"<p>You might not be able to get a new ride, but these easy car upgrades are the best way to feel like you already have one.</p>","tags":["home and auto"],"category":"e84002e1-b0b2-44cf-9996-a456d3b44c5b","secondary_categories":["e84002e1-b0b2-44cf-9996-a456d3b44c5b","b92833c4-49cb-4f5f-83b2-660f6ab111b2"],"published":"PUBLISHED","photos":[{"altText":"stereo-receiver-with-aux_jpg-600x390","caption":"stereo-receiver-with-aux_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2CF4NP4zguida1sXxqr9CBtW2sVv/stereo-receiver-with-aux_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2CF4NP4zguida1sXxqr9CBtW2sVv/stereo-receiver-with-aux_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"remote-starter_jpg-600x390","caption":"remote-starter_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/axbWNnzN55ne8QgmRKEynp77VqH/remote-starter_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/axbWNnzN55ne8QgmRKEynp77VqH/remote-starter_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"stereo-receiver-with-gps_jpg-600x390","caption":"stereo-receiver-with-gps_jpg-600x390","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2HZf7hmmfjXMD8zwxWK5aBbSACe6/stereo-receiver-with-gps_jpg-600x390","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2HZf7hmmfjXMD8zwxWK5aBbSACe6/stereo-receiver-with-gps_jpg-600x390"},{"altText":"shop-auto-repair-deals_jpg-600x66","caption":"shop-auto-repair-deals_jpg-600x66","hero":false,"img_key":"img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2EC7k6Zjv78xczS8TGirJj9e7f12/shop-auto-repair-deals_jpg-600x66","img_url":"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2EC7k6Zjv78xczS8TGirJj9e7f12/shop-auto-repair-deals_jpg-600x66"}],"schemaOrgAttr":{},"permalink":"easy-car-upgrades","places":[],"validationError":[],"id":"eab6d922-31eb-4f96-8261-2a7b14946483","published_on":"2017-04-24T19:02:22.918Z","last_published_on":"2017-04-24T19:02:22.918Z","guid":"eab6d922-31eb-4f96-8261-2a7b14946483","imageUrl":"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2CF4NP4zguida1sXxqr9CBtW2sVv/stereo-receiver-with-aux_jpg-600x390/v1/c140x85.png","bodyColumns":"nine","url":"/articles/easy-car-upgrades"},{"title":"How Does Car Wax Protect Your Vehicle?","imported":false,"mobile_title":"","name":"","article_type":"","content":"<p>\n<script src=\"//tracking.skyword.com/tracker.js?contentId=281474979632228\" type=\"text/javascript\"></script>\n</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/3rScr6ztXFta6q7qyKWsq21HKXvd/00_freshly_waxed_car_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<p>The average person might think car wax is an aesthetic luxury, a way to make a vehicle look a little extra shiny after a <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/car-wash\" target=\"_blank\">car wash</a> or <a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/auto-detailing\" target=\"_blank\">detailing</a>. But the treatment actually has a more important purpose, one that has to do with extending the life of your vehicle's paint job.</p>\n<h2><strong>What Does Waxing a Car Do?</strong></h2>\n<p>The short answer: it protects the car from the outside world. Specifically, applying a thin layer of wax helps to shield the car's clear coat from:</p>\n<ul>\n<li>Sunlight</li>\n<li>Grime in the air or on the road</li>\n<li>Bugs</li>\n<li>Water</li>\n</ul>\n<p>There's a bonus benefit to all this protection, too. Because the wax is repelling dirt, you may be able to go longer between car washes, which reduces potentially damaging contact with your paint job and can extend its life even further.</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/448NpqpajAJ6N7oEsgvrJKqTuoqS/01_water_beading_on_a_waxed_car_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<h2><strong>How Does Car Wax Work on Water?</strong></h2>\n<p>You may have noticed that water beads up on the surface of a freshly waxed car. This happens because wax is <em>hydrophobic</em>, meaning that it does its best to avoid absorbing water (and the paint-damaging acids and contaminants that may come with it).</p>\n<p>But why is wax so hydrophobic? Because it's (quite literally) water's polar opposite. Water is made up of polar molecules, which are asymmetrically charged particles that are easily attracted to dirt and metal. So when rain falls on an unwaxed car, the water starts to spread out.</p>\n<p>On the other hand, wax is nonpolar. That means that if a car has been treated to a coat of wax, water has nothing to stick to but itself, causing it to scatter into round beads that easily roll right off the surface.</p>\n<h2><strong>How Does Car Wax Protect Against Sunlight?</strong></h2>\n<p>Whether you're using a natural wax derived from palm leaves or a synthetic wax made from silicone, you can be sure its ingredients have reflective properties. In fact, many waxes contain additional oils and polymers specifically to make them more reflective.</p>\n<p>This makes intuitive sense: when you say a car looks \"shiny,\" you're really saying it's especially reflective&mdash;which means it's also absorbing less UV radiation than a dull-looking car.</p>\n<p><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2qmwWEfRKYneVzUwqzUnBgZwqWTz/02_freshly_waxed_car_jpg-600x390\" width=\"600\" height=\"390\" /></p>\n<h2><strong>When Do You Need Fresh Wax?</strong></h2>\n<p>Look at the size of any freshly fallen water beads. If droplets are more than half an inch in diameter, then it's time for a fresh coat. In general, cars need fresh wax every three months, though you should schedule more frequent waxing if you regularly drive through harsh or snowy climates.</p>\n<p><a href=\"https://www.groupon.com/local/auto-detailing\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"//img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/2qdW7SP9K9CUJfEAy6iUfb4oeSe6/600x66_merchandising_carwaxing_041117_lw_jpg-600x66\" width=\"600\" height=\"66\" /></a></p>\n<p>&nbsp;</p>","created_on":"2017-04-20T14:21:45.817Z","last_modified_on":"2017-04-20T14:44:36.647Z","last_modified_by":"","location":null,"author_name":"Groupon Editors","author":"df385855-6978-440d-b5a2-7d14dc0f0515","locale":"en_US","seo_title":"How Does Car Wax Protect Your Vehicle?","meta_description":"\nThe average person might think car wax is an aesthetic luxury, a way to make a vehicle look a little extra shiny after a car wash or detailing. 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She liked that it was an internationally recognized word for beauty, and she &ldquo;wanted the whole framing of [the blog] to be, &lsquo;Traditionally, we have been told we aren&rsquo;t beautiful, but we are.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p>\n<p>Celebrating beauty of all shapes and shades is what <a href=\"http://www.afrobella.com/\">Afrobella</a> is all about. In covering topics like natural hair, plus-size fashion, and makeup for women of color, Patrice gave voice to an often-overlooked demographic in the beauty world. Nowadays, her expertise is sought out by everyone from <em>Glamour</em> to <em>Essence</em> to Target. But while Afrobella spreads the message of self-acceptance&mdash;and hair acceptance&mdash;Patrice hasn&rsquo;t always found it easy to love her hair. Before she was a champion for natural hair, she was a 3-year-old with a boy&rsquo;s haircut and a college student using drugstore relaxers. To find out how she got where she is now, I chatted with her to put together a timeline of her landmark hair moments.</p>\n<h2><strong>1982: Bullies Who Braid</strong></h2>\n<p>When Patrice was 3 years old, she was playing on the swing in her yard with some older neighborhood girls who offered to braid her hair. It seemed fun! But then they ran away. When she tried to get off the swing, she couldn&rsquo;t&mdash;her hair was braided into the chain. Her parents ended up cutting off all her hair to free her. &ldquo;I remember feeling like a little boy,&rdquo; Patrice said. &ldquo;And feeling unhappy with my appearance at such an early age.&rdquo;</p>\n<p><img class=\"alignnone size-full wp-image-22315\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/8oJSR276wesmtBCCw3y3ew/how-afrobella-blogger-patrice-yursik-learned-to-love-her-natural-curls_3_600c420-600x420.jpeg\" alt=\"how-afrobella-blogger-patrice-yursik-learned-to-love-her-natural-curls_3_600c420\" width=\"600\" height=\"420\" /></p>\n<h2><strong>1985: Burned by Relaxer</strong></h2>\n<p>After the swing incident, her hair grew back into thick, coarse curls that she hated shampooing. By the time Patrice was 6, her mother was at her wits&rsquo; end and took her to get her first relaxer. Afterward, Patrice&rsquo;s hair was silky and soft. She remembered thinking, &ldquo;Oh my God, I have this Barbie hair now!&rdquo; She also remembered the relaxer leaving scabs all over her head&mdash;but she thought that was normal. Now she realizes that her childhood stylists often skipped steps, like putting a base on her scalp to keep the chemicals from burning her.</p>\n<h2><strong>1991: Dennis, Hairstylist and Teacher</strong></h2>\n<p>Patrice thinks of Dennis as her first real hairstylist. He was the first person to ask Patrice what <em>she</em> wanted her hair to look like, and the first who treated hairstyles as a form of self-expression. This sometimes led to a few surprises when Patrice&rsquo;s mom picked her up from the salon. &ldquo;She&rsquo;d be like, &lsquo;I didn&rsquo;t tell him to put a red streak in your hair,&rsquo;&rdquo; Patrice said. &ldquo;And I was like, &lsquo;Well, <em>I</em> did.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p>\n<h2><strong>1998: New Country, New Hair</strong></h2>\n<p>Patrice moved from her native Trinidad to the US to attend the University of Miami&mdash;without Dennis. Her first purchase of drugstore relaxer came with rubber gloves. &ldquo;I have to put gloves on my hands to protect them from this thing I&rsquo;m about to put on my head without any protection?&rdquo; she remembered thinking. Patrice did it, though, thanks to a couple of friends who helped her reach the back of her head.</p>\n<h2><strong>2000: Not Quite Natural</strong></h2>\n<p>After a few years, the DIY relaxer was starting to wear on Patrice&rsquo;s hair. So her sophomore year, she cut it all off and resolved to go natural. That promise was tougher to keep than it seemed, though. Every once in a while, she would crack and relax it again, then let it all grow out&mdash;a process akin to yo-yo dieting. <img class=\"alignnone size-full wp-image-22316\" src=\"https://img.grouponcdn.com/seocms/5EBf18uL7jicBCNkPwNnLb/how-afrobella-blogger-patrice-yursik-learned-to-love-her-natural-curls_wedding_600c381-600x381.jpeg\" alt=\"how-afrobella-blogger-patrice-yursik-learned-to-love-her-natural-curls_wedding_600c381\" width=\"600\" height=\"381\" /></p>\n<h2><strong>2002: Wedding Hair and White Lies</strong></h2>\n<p>Patrice and her husband got married three weeks after their college graduation. Before the ceremony, she went to get her hair relaxed with her mom in tow. She had recently cut her own hair and was trying to hide that fact from her salon-devotee mother. When the stylist asked Patrice about the weird cut, she blamed a terrible stylist who didn&rsquo;t exist. &ldquo;Why am I living this lie of hair on so many levels?&rdquo; she thought. It was the last time she got her hair relaxed.</p>\n<h2><strong>2002&ndash;2006: Natural Hair, Take Two</strong></h2>\n<p>Patrice was determined to finally learn about natural hair, but it wasn&rsquo;t easy. In the beginning, she used only the &ldquo;very limited products in the African American hair section&rdquo; at the drugstore. Over time, though, she graduated from greasy products to her current favorites: <a href=\"http://www.sheamoisture.com/\">Shea Moisture</a>, <a href=\"http://www.oyinhandmade.com/\">Oyin Handmade</a>, and <a href=\"http://www.karensbodybeautiful.com/\">Karen&rsquo;s Body Beautiful</a>, all of which are available at Target. (For detangling, she also loves the huge and heavy <a href=\"http://www.ouidad.com/Double-Detangler?utm_source=Google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_term=ouidad%20double%20detangler&amp;utm_campaign=Brand-Products&amp;sc=ppc_GT2_OUITTR_TRMK&amp;gclid=COva_ZDerr4CFY0WMgod1i8AuA\">Ouidad Double Detangler</a>).</p>\n<h2><strong>2006: Afrobella Is Born</strong></h2>\n<p>Patrice started her blog because she couldn&rsquo;t find anyone online who looked like her. &ldquo;When I say look like me, I mean natural hair, brown-skinned, loves makeup, plus-size,&rdquo; she explained. She didn&rsquo;t think she could be the only one who wanted to see this&mdash;and she was right. Today, she has thousands of readers thanks to her signature mix of practical product tips and philosophical advice. For example: &ldquo;You have to learn how to love [your hair] and not compare it to somebody else&rsquo;s,&rdquo; she said.</p>\n<p><em>Photo credits: Childhood photos courtesy of Patrice Yursik; top&nbsp;image courtesy of <a href=\"http://chuckstr.com/\">Chuck Olu-Alabi</a>.</em></p>","created_on":"2014-05-28T21:27:48.000Z","fb_og_description":"When Patrice Yursik was first picking a name for her blog, she knew it had to have “bella” in it somewhere. 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