It’s no secret within the natural and curly hair community that silicones are not good for the long-term growth or moisture of hair, however, nearly all mainstream haircare companies continue to use silicones in their products. Silicones are commonly used because they have hydrophobic properties that help make shampoos and conditioners slippery and easily spreadable on the scalp, a feeling we have all become accustomed to when washing our hair.

Additionally, because silicones easily coat the hair and fill in porosity, they help damaged and frizzy hair look shiny and feel smooth by acting as "drywall patch" trepair holes in the hair shaft. This sealing process not only helps detangle and lock in the moisture provided by conditioner, but it also creates a layer of repellent that protects our hair from the elements, making it great for blowdrying and easier to manage.

Adding silicones into hair products clearly has its advantages, but we need to ask ourselves do these pros outweigh the cons? For starters, some “all-natural” brands sneak silicones into their products passing them off as natural, when in fact, silicons are completely synthetic.

Lyndsay Green
Like many before her, the right of passage into the coveted beauty editorial industry all began with an internship. For New York-born Lyndsay Green, it was an internship-turned-full-time job as beauty and style assistant at
Ebony that solidified her desire to become a beauty editor. She would later go on to hold titles at People StyleWatch, Glamour’s Glam Belleza Latina, and most recently, Teen Vogue, where she served as digital beauty editor.

Although she had held posts at various publications, and contributed to several others such as, and, she noticed no one was merging her two favorite topics, beauty and travel. Having recently moved from New York City to Chicago for her husband’s work, she decided there was no better time to start the magazine she had always envisioned, Beauty Atlas.

Latham Thomas
Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow and self-proclaimed ritualista, has cultivated a booming wellness practice over nearly a decade. Her leading revolution in radical self-care and spiritual growth has helped women embrace optimal wellness as a pathway to empowerment.

A single mom residing in NYC, she is the proud mother of a 12-year-old DJ prodigy, and has served as a doula and lifestyle guru for celebrity clients such as Alicia Keys, Rebecca Minkoff, Tamera Mowry, and Venus and Serena Williams. Named one of the “Top 100 Women To Watch In Wellness” by Mind Body Green, Latham has been featured in a variety of publications including Vogue, SELFFast Company, WSJ MagazineEssence, and now proudly, ELEVATIONS.

Runaway Apricot



From an early age, Robyn Andrea Burgess knew that cooking was going to be a lifelong passion. Now a private chef, cooking instructor and founder of the blog Runaway Apricot, Burgess is making her mark on the world of healthy cooking. She shared with us some of her favorite memories from the kitchen, recipes and tips for aspiring healthy chefs.

Kim DrewWhen Kim Drew says she'll take you gallery hopping in the Lower East Side, you don't say no. 

A job at one of NYC’s most established museums and a degree from Smith College in Art History and African American Studies under her belt, it goes without saying that Drew knows a thing or two about art. She has nearly 100,000 followers on her personal Instagram, and is also the creative behind Black Contemporary Art, a blog showcasing artists of African descent.

We followed Drew downtown to a Martine Syms exhibition at the Bridget Donahue Gallery, and talked to her about her blog, favorite artists and more...