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Q & A With CEO & Founder of the CURLS Empire – Mahisha Dellinger + Hair Tips You Can Use Now!



Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS CEO, CURLS Founder

Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS CEO, CURLS Founder

What are some of your favorite hair care tips for active women?

I recently came out with my memoir earlier this year called, “Against All Odds: From the Projects to the Penthouse” and towards the end of the book, I have a few chapters on how to achieve and maintain healthy hair.

Hair Care tips from CURLS Founder and CEO Mahisha Dellinger

Tame the curls:

Curly hair is the most temperamental textured tress on this planet. Frizz from touching the hair too often, limp noodle curls from over conditioning, dry, straw-like curls from under conditioning or over shampooing, and seasonal changes that make us wonder, “What on God’s green earth has happened to my beautiful curls?” are all common curly girl experiences.

You can help your hair with these rehab tips:

Tip 1: Strip, but don’t tease! Start with a clean palate every three months, especially you product junkies that just can’t seem to say “no” to any product that is curl related. Try a “CURLS Detox” cleansing as a part of your rehab. Choose a clarifying shampoo that is ph balanced and contains mild surfactants to avoid over drying the hair.

Tip 2: Product Relativity – While some curlies like to “cocktail” two or more products together to create the perfect coil, I advise against mixing styling products from different product lines. Oftentimes, active ingredients will collide and cause the white ball effect or harden up on the hair. Try one product line at a time.

Tip 3: Defrizz & Debunk! Debunk the myth that the more products applied on the hair the better the curls. The truth is, the number one cause of frizz is product overload. Simplify your styling regime.

Tip 4: Use sulfate free cleansers to ease dry, brittle hair and ends. Sulfates are harsh detergents that cause the suds factor in your cleanser and results in dry hair.

Tip 5: Stop heat styling altogether. The excess heat further exacerbates the problem.

Tip 6: Deep treat your hair with a super hydrating, natural based deep conditioner. Add heat so that the conditioner actually penetrates the hair shaft. The portable microhaircap is ideal for conditioning on the go! This cordless design enables user to walk around during treatment.

Tip 7: Moisturize daily…remember, this is key to healthy hair!

Tip 8: Add a natural oil of your choice (e.g. pomegranate seed, olive, jojoba, or sunflower oil) to your styling products for extra moisture. You can purchase natural oils at your local health food store.

Tip 9: Be patient with slow growing hair. Realize that all hair grows, on average, ½ “ per month. African American hair grows at the same rate.

Tip 10: Take a multi vitamin full of rich minerals and drink eight glasses of water a day.

For information on CURLS CEO and Founder Mahisha Dellinger, updates on products or how to get a copy of Mahisha’s bestselling memoir, Against All Odds: From The Projects To The Penthousefollow CURLS on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or visit

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Recap: 2018 Finding Ashley Stewart Event

Watch our recap of the 2018 Finding Ashley Stewart Finale Pink Carpet at the King’s Theater in Brooklyn, New York.



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The 2nd annual Finding Ashley Stewart Contest searched around the U.S. in search of a diva who personifies Ashley Stewart and everything she stands for: kindness, resilience, confidence, community and fashion! In the video below, Finding Ashley Stewart host and comedian Loni Love, 2018 Miss Ashley Stewart winner Tiffany Gosa-Flamer, journalist and author Soledad O’Brien, DJ Kid Capri, actress Andrea Rachel-Parker, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Peter Thomas, Essence Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor and Naughty by Nature all talk with BFT contributor Ryen Watkins about the importance of this competition and how Ashley Stewart is immersing themselves into the communities that support the brand.

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Episode 5: The REAL Bow – Dr. Rainbow Barris

On ‘Black-ish’ Success, Marriage, Motherhood and Living Healthy Her Way!



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We had the great pleasure to chat with The REAL Bow – Dr. Rainbow Barris for episode 5! Click on the link in this article to listen! And, read on to see more info on your chance to enter to win a copy of her brand new book!

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In this episode, we get right into our interview with Dr. Rainbow Barris, who is the inspiration behind the character Rainbow Johnson on ABCs hit show ‘Black-ish’ and author of Keeping Up With the Johnson’s – Bow’s Guide to Black-ish Parenting. It’s hard enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle period – let alone as wife of director and writer Kenya Barris, being a medical doctor and raising six children! But Barris has found what works for her and wants to encourage other women balancing family and career to find what works uniquely for them! Plus, we talk about the show, Mr. & Mrs. Barris’ recent $1 million donation to Clark Atlanta University, and what life is like for her now. Don’t miss this!

Beginning Friday, June 29th – you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Barris’ book! Stay tuned to our website, and Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Episode 4: Leah Uko – Journalist on Fox 11 Los Angeles + Bodybuilder

Los Angeles area native Leah Uko is back home working as a nightside reporter, as seen on Fox 11 Los Angeles. But she’s also a bodybuilder preparing to step on stage again this fall. Learn more about her journey, why she loves to bear arms on camera, and why discipline and journaling keep her motivated and determined to reach her goals.



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