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With the best articles on caring for natural hair, Curly Nikki is your source for inspiration and advice. Find out about the latest styles and trends today!

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    After I did my big chop, I was left with a classic Teeny Weeny Afro. However, it wasn’t a perfectly curly and coifed one like you see in the magazines. I was left with multiple textures, scraggly ends, and desert dry hair. Fortunately, I was open to experimentation and understood that my journey was going to be a process, not a pit stop. Leave-in conditioners became a must-have for my regimen, and if I had known then about the insides and outs of purchasing them, I could have saved some Lincoln’s along the way.

    A good leave-in conditioner is said to “help detangle strands, reduce fly-aways, tame frizz, and keep your curls soft and smooth” (Smith & Searle, “8 Best Leave-in Conditions for Hair”). However, many of us know that leave-in conditioners are a superstar product for additional moisture and frizz prevention. Despite this, few of us know exactly what types of leave-in conditioners are best for our hair and what it needs at that moment. Knowing this, can substantially increase the health of your hair and enable you to reach your hair goals faster.

    Read On!>>>
     While all texturized women face similar challenges, there are also differences amongst them. For example, my hair makes no sense whatsoever. It’s coarse and dry but my strands are fine so it doesn’t appreciate products that are too heavy. My hair stays happiest with water-based leave-ins that are extremely hydrating. Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, the author of The Science of Black Hair states that “creamy leave-ins are best for those with thick, coarse hair while sprays often suffice for those with fine-hair who cannot use heavier water-based moisturizers” (80).

    Additionally, it is vital that we focus on obtaining a moisture-protein balance. Some people are protein advocates while others are protein-sensitive and avoid it at all cost. I learned early in my natural haircare journey that my hair was low porosity and fine which was like trying to find the similarities between apples and oranges. The cuticles of my hair were tightly closed which made my strands stubborn towards receiving moisture yet my strands were somewhat strong. I didn’t have to worry about heat or color damage as much as the next person.

    On the other hand, I did have to worry about breakage because of my dry and fine strands. I realized that getting moisture into my strands on wash day was vital and that a protein treatment once a month or every other month worked best for me. For naturals that are protein sensitive then make sure you stick with leave-ins that contain hydrolyzed soy protein. Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie is a great leave-in, being moisturizing, lightweight, and, protein-sensitive friendly.

    In contrast, women with high porosity hair face challenges too. With high porosity hair, the cuticle is raised or open. This means that the cuticles receive moisture well but do not hold onto that moisture well due to the holes or gaps in the strand. These ladies do well with leave-ins that have cuticle-sealing ingredients, such as Aloe Vera. A good leave-in purchase for high-porosity ladies is Camille Rose’s Curl Love, Moisture Milk. It contains aloe leaf juice as well as a list of other milks, oils, and butters.

    Okay, so let’s recap what we just discussed because I know it seems like there are so many details but no clear-cut, defined rules of thumb.  According to Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, coarse hair needs heavier products i.e. milk, oils, butters. Fine hair appreciates mists, sprays, and lighter conditioning products which have a watery concentration. Does the leave-in feel watery and cool to the touch or is it heavy and pasty? If it’s wet feeling then you have a leave-in that is GENERALLY good for fine hair. If the product is heavy then you have a leave-in that is GENERALLY good for thick hair.

    Now, this is the part where you may have lost me. If your hair is coarse but seems not to receive moisture easily (low porosity strands) then you want leave-ins that are light but very hydrating. You need watery leave-ins that have a lot of moisturizing ingredients. Glycerin is great for the summertime but during the winter it should be avoided because it draws moisture out of the hair. During the wintertime, leave-ins with ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil are good options.
    If you have hair that is fine but loses moisture as easily as it receives it (high porosity) then you need to find products that are heavy and hydrating. Your leave-ins will have water as the main ingredient too but be thicker in consistency. As stated previously, you want to close your cuticle to allow the ingredients to stay on your strand for longer. Leave-ins with Aloe Vera juice, and oils like avocado are a great option for you ladies year-round. You should also be protein advocates. Protein assists your hair, by “temporarily [filling] those holes, thereby strengthening the hair” (Gadling, “Curl Talk: 10 Products That Help Maintain High Porosity Curls”).

    In conclusion, you must perform trial runs with your hair. When you become natural, think of yourself as the investigator or detective. The tips above should be a great start but don’t rely on them solely. Take the time to really figure out which leave-in’s work for your hair. Leave-ins became an overnight game changer for me. If you take the time to figure out which ones work well, your natural hair will thank you.

    Smith, Erica, and Kelly Searle. "8 Best Leave-in Conditioners for Hair." TotalBeauty. TotallyHer Media, LLC, 2015. Web. 23 Aug. 2015.
    Sivasothy, Audrey. "Protein & Moisture Balancing Strategies for Breakage Correction and Defense." The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care. Saja, 2011. 80. Print.
    Gadling, Adrienne. "10 Products That Help Maintain High Porosity Curls." StyleBlazer. Moguldom Media Group, 1 Aug. 2014. Web. 23 Aug. 2015

    What is your favorite leave-in and why?!

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     when she wouldn't come out of the bathroom, I peeked in to investigate and look what I found...

    Question of the Day:
    I have really dry curly hair. Will It damage my hair if I condition it everyday?

    The Right Brain responds:
    The answer depends on HOW you condition your hair. Rinse out conditioners are the worst – not because the conditioner itself does any damage but because of the processes of washing,  rinsing and drying.

    Read More!>>>

    Three ways the conditioning process can be bad
    1. If you used any shampoo prior to conditioning you may be stripping your hair of moisturizing oils.
    2. Just wetting and drying your hair (even without shampoo) causes the cuticle to expand and contract which can be weakening because it creates radial cracks in the outer cuticle layers.
    3. Towel drying your hair always involves some degree of frictional abrasion that can crack and scrape off even more cuticle.

    Leave in conditioners can be less damaging
    If you’re not washing and wetting your hair, leave in conditioners are just fine. At most they require just a little combing to smooth them through your hair. If you’re washing your hair anyway (or at least getting it wet for some reason) it’s better to go ahead and condition. But if you can skip a shampoo-wet-dry cycle and use a leave in conditioner instead, you’ll avoid opportunities for damage.

    CN Approved Leave Ins and Moisturizers:  
    • Giovanni Direct Leave-In 
    • Oyin Handmade Hair Dew 
    • Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hair Milk 

    How often do you condition, co-wash, poo, or otherwise wet your hair? What's your process to minimize wear and tear?

    CN Says:
    Back in the day when I was co-washing daily or every other day for my Wash & Gos, my hair was angry as hell... tangly, dry and the ends split if I looked at them wrong. Once a week wash and re-style sessions or once every two week sessions are ideal for me and I keep my hair in a stretched state to make re-moisturizing easier. I also use a t-shirt to plop when I can, not a towel.

    Oh, and the same goes for Boogie.  I wash her hair every two weeks but re-moisturize with a leave-in conditioner every few days.  

    Finally, remember if you must co-wash often, you may be able to minimize collateral damage by adding pre-poos to your regimen.  For more info, CLICK HERE. 

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  • 08/26/15--02:00: Kayla is Naturally Glam!

  • Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
    My name is Kayla L. I’ll be 24 in October. I currently reside in Dallas, TX but moving to back Houston within the next month. I went to the University of Houston where I was a cheerleader and also majored in Dance. I’m married to an awesome man named Lee, and together we have a sweet baby girl Kayleigh.

    How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
    I’ve been natural for 2 years and 7 months. I big chopped in December of 2012. Growing up I was natural until the age of 12. I got a relaxer because my mom just couldn’t handle doing my hair anymore. It was so thick and I was very tender headed.

    What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
    I attempted to transition many times before but after about 8 months I would end up getting a relaxer because I couldn’t handle the two textures and at the time I was scared to loose my length. Finally I felt the need for a change so I began slowly cutting my hair until it was a nice short Rihanna cut. My hair was too thick to be short so I decided instead of relaxing it again I’d just cut it off. So I went into my bathroom and cut off all the relaxed hair and was left with about two inches.

    Read On!>>>

    How would you describe your hair?
    Honestly like a store. It has so much to offer but it can be overwhelming at times.

    What do you love most about your hair?
    I love that my hair has helped mold me into who I am today.

    What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
    The most memorable time was when I big chopped and I had nothing left to hide behind. I felt ugly and like no one would ever want me. It was a very difficult time for me because I let my hair define who I was, but in all my journey has been pretty easy and exciting. I would do it all over again!

    What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’?
    My favorite hairstyle would definitely be a braid out.

    What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
    My experience has been wonderful. When I first big chopped my family didn’t really support it just because “I had good hair” and that it would never grow back because I cut it myself during the wrong time. Haha, but of course two years and seven months later everyone is natural.

    What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
    Right now, I use the TRESemmé naturals shampoo and conditioner. The Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castro Oil Leave-In Conditioner Coconut & Grapeseed Oil faithfully.

    What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
    My favorite natural hair YouTubers would be Mini Marley, and Naptural85. I have recently subscribed to GlamTwinz334 and I’m enjoying that we share the same texture hair.

    Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
    Just to enjoy your journey no matter where you are in it. Don’t miss out on you TWA days wishing you had longer hair because you will miss it. Your natural hair journey isn’t just about your hair it’s about yourself to. There is a lesson to be learned in it all.

    Where can people find you for more information?
    Hair Channel:
    Instagram: @elleckay
    Twitter: @elleckay

    Global Couture is trying to spread the word about embracing your natural hair. Love your HAIR, if it is wavy, curly, kinky or coily.
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    by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural

    I get so many questions on how I preserve my hair at night to achieve second and third day hair. I even achieved 5th day hair from a rod set once! Yes, you heard that right-- 5th day hair! Can I get an, Amen?

    The key is to pineapple your hair at night. What is pineappling? Pineappling is described as 'a quick styling method to preserve your hair at night to achieve multiple days of your hairstyle'.  Below, I will give you a quick rundown as well as what you will need in order to pineapple your hair, so you can breathe new life into your twist-outs!

    Read On!>>>
     Here is what you will need:
    • Large bonnet
    • Satin scrunchie or oversized headband
    • Satin pillowcase if you prefer not go use a bonnet

    Follow these steps for Pineappling the hair:

    Step 1
    Gather your hair at the top of your head in the middle

    Step 2
    Use your scrunchie to secure your hair in a ponytail at the top of your head. Make sure your hair is in the middle of your head.

    Step 3
    Cover your hair with your satin bonnet – I use an oversized bonnet since I have a lot of hair.

    And that’s basically it!

    I try to sleep on the side of my head so that I wont flatten the top. Make sure to keep your pineapple high enough at the top so that you can sleep on the sides comfortably.

    Keep your hair oiled as well to prevent frizz. As it gets older try not to touch it as much so that your hair doesn't become too frizzy. I know this is hard ladies! Especially if you suffer from hand in hair (HIH) syndrome lol, but trust me you want to keep your tresses looking cute at all times 😉

    What technique do you use to preserve your hairstyles?

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    Transitioning is just one of the ways to go natural. Working with two different hair textures may discourage some, but for many it was a blessing and a wonderful way to transform into their natural selves. The line of demarcation tends to create problems during styling, washing, and detangling.  
    Nevertheless, we are seeing more women embracing their natural texture while holding onto their length and they are making it work successfully. It just takes a few pointers in the right direction, and what better place to get that help than the Curly Q&A section! Levysamantha had a question on how to handle her tangles during wash day and it was a good question because many women find themselves in the same boat needing a little guidance.

    Read On!>>>


    How do I keep my natural and relaxed hair from becoming a tangled mess when I wash it? I'm only about three to four months post relaxer while I only use heat on my hair once a month and when I wash it becomes a dry, tangled, and unmanageable mess.


    You just need patience, tons of conditioner, more patience, a wide tooth comb, and sprinkle a tad more patience and sectioning. There are tried-and-true methods to detangling your transitioning hair but the point I want to drive home is applying patience to your method. Remember that Rome was not built in a day and learning to work with two textures will not happen in that time frame either. I have listed the best ways to handle those stubborn tangles without damaging or yanking out your hair. 


    Yes, detangling is a chore. It can be time-consuming and tiring, but it is a vital component of textured hair care. Now, there are numerous high points but with anything in life there are ups and downs. Detangling requires you to take your time so do not try to do this if you are in a hurry. You do not want to break your hair by rushing, so try and do this when you have the proper time to complete it correctly.

    Work in sections

    You will need at least four but you may choose more sections, especially in highly tangled areas. Working in sections allows you to better manage your hair as opposed to causing breakage and increasing frustration. Working in sections allows you to twist up or braid the finished sections out of the way so you can focus on the next section. The object is to work each section by fully removing all the tangles prior to moving onto the next section of hair.

    Use a wide-tooth comb

    A wide-tooth comb allows you to detangle efficiently, remove shed hairs, and minimize damage in one fell swoop. Now, you can find any number of them at cheap prices just about everywhere, but the quality may be subpar, breaking and causing split ends from prominent seams. There are some live saver combs: Ouidad Double Detangler and Hercules Sagemann. Both are superior combs that several naturals rave about for proper detangling with snagging or breaking.

    Slippery conditioner

    Tangles require water and a slippery conditioner or oil. Favorites like Herbal Essences Hello Hydration or TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner pack a powerful punch in the slip department without killing your wallet. They are excellent choices for detangling prior to shampooing on wash day, but they are just two on a long list that many naturals love.

    Slather each section liberally with your conditioner and remove the tangles using your fingers and the wide tooth comb starting from the ends to the roots. Spray each section with water before you apply the conditioner to remove those stubborn knots.  You can even add some olive oil to really get the hair moisturized before placing a cap on after detangling each section and allowing it to sit on your hair for 15 to 30 min. prior to shampooing.

    Sometimes seeing it being done is better so watch as Michelle B shows you her detangling process using all the tips mentioned above.

    How To Easily Detangle Transitioning Hair

    The bottom line is to not get so frustrated that you rush through it and do more damage than good. You want to effectively detangle without damaging so that you’re washing, conditioning, and styling becomes easier. Take it slow, remember this is only temporary and enjoy your transition.

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  • 08/27/15--05:59: Lynette Is Naturally Glam!

  • Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
    I was a transitioner. I became natural 5 years ago, but I wasn’t fully natural until 1 year ago. I used to wear weaves and perm my edges and leave outs. This absolutely broke my hair and now I have some areas that are shorter than the others.

    Had you always embraced your texture?
    No. To be honest it wasn’t until recently that I embraced my texture. I used to wish for looser curls. I would see all the YouTube tutorials of girls with edges that were “laid” and wondered why mine were not doing the same. I came to realize that my hair may not have sleek edges, but it is very tough and resistant…and that toughness is beautiful.


    How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
    My friends and family were embracing of me going natural. My boyfriend really pushed me and would remind me of how unique and beautiful my real hair was. Some friends were concerned about it affecting how people would treat me, and how it might affect the jobs I do, but ultimately this is who I am. At the end of the day, if someone is superficial enough to judge me by my hair, I don’t want to do business with them.

    Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
    I have 4c hair, so my hair is very coarse, thick, kinky, and highly porous… which means the shrinkage is real.

    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
    The craziest thing I’ve ever done to my hair was perming my hair while I had a weave. This to me is crazy because it shows how desperate I was trying to blend my 4c kinky hair with a silky straight weave. This is the definition of insane. My natural hair texture wasn’t made to be straight, and trying to fool myself that it could is crazy.

    What’s your biggest hair related regret?
    My biggest hair regret is not embracing my hair texture earlier. Natural hair requires a lot of patience and only once you truly understand your hair can you find creative ways to style it and express yourself.

    What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
    I wash my hair once month but also co-wash once or twice a month. I live in Berlin, Germany so I do not live close to any afro/black hair stores. I have had to resort to making all my recipes for my hair using natural products. I’m all about cheap, creative alternatives to natural hair products.

    I wash my hair with Suave almond and butter moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (which is 2 dollars each at Walmart).

    My 4c hair loves shea butter. I know it is very thick and can often leave white residue in the hair, but I use coconut oil and water to make it more smooth.
    On a regular basis the only products I use are shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil. I truly believe if you are on a budget these three products can do wonders for your hair. I also spray my hair with water 2/3 times a day to keep it constantly hydrated, this is essential for my hair not to break.

    What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
    My favorite hairstyle is mainly inspired by indigenous women in Africa. I love how they used so many creative ideas to give character to their hair. I love African threading. I love beads, and putting jewelry and flowers in my hair.

    Who is your curl crush?
    My curl crush is a supermodel called Milan Dixon and another supermodel called Hollis Wakeema. I love that they are amazing models who use their natural hair texture.

    How do you maintain your hair at night?
    I braid my hair into 8 chunks or cornrow my hair into 8 rows. I add a lot of shea butter and coconut oil to my hair, spray it with water, then put a scarf on and go to sleep!
    How do you maintain healthy length?
    The most important thing isn’t if my hair is long more than it is healthy. I try and make sure I generally don’t leave my hair out too often. I do protective styling as much as I can and I also try not to touch my hair too much- it’s a bad habit of mine. If I get very stressed I have a tendency to try and “detangle” my hair…which usually just ends up in me pulling out small pieces of my hair. If I am going through a stressful time I wear protective styles.

    What's the best thing about being natural?
    The best thing about being natural is the fact that by my hair’s existence is already considered a form of rebellion. By being a natural hair black woman it is already perceived as somewhat radical. Afro hair by its nature is a resistant and tough hair texture, and when you find the symbolism within it and see those traits in yourself, it’s a beautiful thing.

    Where can folks find you on the web?
    I can be found on Instagram/snapchat at: Lynetteletigre

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    I was an intense kid and I learned early on that it wasn't a 'cool' thing to be so I did my best to conceal it.

    But everything stayed with me. I felt that I carried not only my own problems around with me but those of everyone else. The homeless man on the street. The elderly woman looking sad and confused in the grocery store. The family that lost everything in a house fire. I thought I was weird for obsessing over all these sad things all the time. But I needed to take my time with them and let the emotions flow through me. Same with joy. Just as I had a deep capacity to explore sadness and pain, I felt intense joy at what others considered to be small things.

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    I realized that I looked at life differently than other people. No matter where I was -- school, church, with friends and family -- there were always things I kept to myself to fit in and go with the flow. There were times when I wanted to take a stand and tell everyone to love each other and stop fighting. But I was insecure, so I never did. I stayed quiet and often conflicted about what to do with all this empathy.

    Have you ever thought that maybe you are too sensitive and being this way is more of a curse than a blessing?

    I have often wished to be more aloof and not feel so much. But I know now that my sensitivity is the core of who I am and all the best stuff I bring to this world comes from that place.

    As a writer, I'm sensitive to meaning and tone, and it soothes me to channel my emotions into words. When I write about the things that hurt me, scare me, intimidate me, somehow magically they lose their power -- allowing me to see clearly again.

    Whatever creative outlet you have, being sensitive enhances your work and allows you to connect with people on a deeper level.

    But to utilize these gifts, you have to accept them and explore them. You can't leverage your emotions if you are afraid of them.

    Don't wait for the world to validate who you are, how you feel and the gifts you have to offer.

    Be gentle with yourself. Trust that your Maker made no mistakes.

    There are challenges though.

    Taking in too much stimulation can lead to overwhelm and anxiety. Doing what other people do with ease, can be difficult. For example, watching a horror movie can put images in our minds that we can't get out. Being forced to make a quick decision or go somewhere we don't want to go can be traumatic. Simply being in an argument or exposed to anger and conflict can be deeply disturbing.

    So guess what? You're going to feel out of alignment with the rest of the world sometimes. There will be lots of people who look at you funny or roll their eyes when you set boundaries or dare to speak up for a more sensitive/idealistic point of view. But there will also be people who are awakened by your sincerity and expression. There will be people that are set free by your example.

    Don't let being different scare you -- let it fuel you. Nurture your gifts and use them to add some much needed kindness and perspective to the world.

    Put all of the criticism you've received for being sensitive out of your mind and consider the following:

    Think of a time when someone went beyond the surface to be particularly kind or generous with you. How did their quiet powers impact you?

    What do people ask you for help with? How does your sensitivity help you when working, writing, speaking or creating?

    Make a list of all the positive aspects of being sensitive and how you can confidently use this gift to bring more love + creativity to the world.

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    Antoinette's Results of a Rosemary Rinse

    Before Pantene, Queen Helene and Head and Shoulders, women turned to their gardens, woods and fields for plants that met all of their beauty needs. Whether it be a cure to dandruff, premature balding, dull strands or a desire for a new color there was a plant that they knew could meet their specific demands. I think that as the world is beginning to become more synthetic the less we truly understand the implications of allowing such chemicals, toxins and mad men creations into our bodies. It is important to be knowledgeable and at the very least know that there are natural alternatives to every single demand that humans require whether in sickness or health. With that being said, I have begun my research into herbs that can treat and assist in hair. Let's begin with Rosemary. (My source for today's research comes from the book entitled "Back to Eden" written by Jethro Kloss).

    Why Rosemary?

    Rosemary is very common and easily accessible herb. It is green in appearance with thin, needle-like leaves with a deep, pungent smell. When it comes to it's contributions to hair it seems to be all purpose. Here is a brief list of its uses and benefits to hair...

    -Stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp thus encouraging hair growth
    -Due to it's antibacterial quality it gently cleanses hair
    -Increases shine
    -Fights premature graying
    -Relieves irritated, dry, flaky, dandruff ridden scalps

    Read More!>>>

    How Do I Use It?

    As with all herbs there are many different ways that rosemary can be applied externally unto your hair and scalp. These processes can be used with both fresh and dried herbs. But as with cooking, it is always recommended to use fresh ingredients. (If you don't use all of your herb initially, you can dry them and store for next time!) Here are the most common processes for external use of rosemary.

    Rosemary Infusion- What is that you ask? It's a simple as a cup of tea. Actually, it is like a cup to tea!
    • Simply boil water and add your rosemary to the water. 
    • Allow it to steep for 15-30mins and then sift away the leaves. You are left with rosemary infused water. 
    • The water can then be used for a rinse for any of the following; cleansing rinse, treatment for shine, treatment for graying, treatment for dandruff and scalp irritation. 
    • DO NOT RINSE OUT! (Remember to accompany rinses with a nice scalp massage as well). You may have seen Antoinette's Rosemary Infused Rinse in herPre-Poo Post

    Rosemary Oil- There are two ways that you can achieve an oil infused with rosemary.
    • The first which is the quickest but not necessarily the cheapest is purchasing rosemary essential oil (which is a highly concentrated) and adding a few drops to your oil which you use daily.
    • The second option is buy fresh rosemary and crush it within your hands to bring out the aroma. Put the crushed herb into a GLASS bottle (beer bottle, jelly, jars etc) and pour your choice of oil (olive, jojoba etc) over top the herbs. 
    • Try to pick an oil that is not temperature sensitive like coconut oil. 
    • Put the bottle in a cool, dark space and allow it to sit for 2-4 weeks. You can then apply this rosemary infused oil to your hair and scalp for the following; dandruff, scalp irritation, stimulate hair growth, scalp massage, added shine and luster.

    Rosemary Vinegar
    • Crush fresh rosemary and add to a jar ofapple cider vinegar.  
    • Follow the same steps as the oil and store in a cool, dark space for 2-4 weeks. 
    • After shampooing hair, combine 1/4 cup of your rosemary vinegar to 1-2 cup of water and rinse hair with it.  
    • DO NOT RINSE OUT. This is best used for the following; gentle cleanser, hair treatment for Ph balance, shine and conditioning.

    Where Can I Purchase the Rosemary Herb?
    You can find rosemary at any grocery and produce store. It is a very inexpensive and very accessible herb. If you are a gardener, look into adding this wonderful culinary and medicinal herb into your harvest being as though it grows easily and yields well.

    Well folks, I hope this was informative. I pray that we begin to take our health and beauty into our own hands and relearn practices that are indeed effective and harmless to our bodies. Next herb I am working on is going to be Burdock. As we learn the herbs we can then learn how to couple what with what until we are mixtresses in our own bathrooms and kitchens!

    Have you tried Rosemary in your hair recipes?

    This article was originally published in January 2012 and has been updated for grammar and clarity. 

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    Photo Courtesy of Natalie Live

    When you dip your toe into the natural hair world you will quickly find that there are many "rules" and "commandments" - and we know we have published a lot of them! - but there are a few common beliefs being repeated in the community that, simply put, are false. Here are 4 of the most common lies about coily, Type 4 hair.

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     Type 4 hair cannot have curl definition 

    Every curl pattern can have curl definition and every curl pattern can be naturally frizzy. I have seen extremely defined 4a, 4b, and 4c hair without a strand out of place and I have seen loose waves that never clump. Although Type 4 hair is naturally prone to frizz, if your texture starts to lose its natural definition, then that could be an indication of damage (e.g. chemical or heat damage). But frizz is not always an indication of damage or dry hair. If your hair naturally does not have curl definition, which can be observed while the hair is wet, then that is the natural, healthy, beautiful aesthetic of your strands. Remember, curl definers can only enhance the definition that you already have, not create it.

    Here are Type 4 vloggers with curl definition:

    Type 4 hair cannot wash and go

    There has been conjecture about what defines a wash and go and I think it is pretty clear that a wash and go is allowing your curls to retract after washing. How you achieve that does not make the style more or less of a wash and go style. No one runs straight from the shower and gets in the car, so whether your apply a leave-in conditioner or gel in four or 30 sections is irrelevant, because the end result is always hair that has not been stretched. And that’s another notion that needs to be addressed: Every person with Type 4 hair does not spend 45 min. slopping gel throughout ½ in. sections to style their hair. I only apply product in 4-5 sections and then go about my day. Please remember to do what works for you.

    Another reason people assume that you cannot wash and go with Type 4 hair is because of maintenance. A lot of women experience matting and extreme tangles but maybe it is time to try something different. Length is another variable that needs to be taken into account. The shorter the length, the more challenging it is to maintain style longevity. A traditional pineapple leaves my hair frizzy, so I do a modified version for my curl pattern and length. Check out the video below.

    You have to moisturize daily

    This is unnecessary. If you find that you have to moisturize your hair daily, then I strongly suggest these tips:
    • Replace your deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner, or moisturizer
    • Monitor your silicone usage
    • Consider sealing your hair with an oil 
    • Try the LOC method
    • Get a trim

    You need a comb

    Although I am a strong advocate of a wide tooth comb, I know it is not necessary for achieving detangled hair. At some point it has been engrained in people that a comb and daily detangling are essential. There are plenty of women with Type 4 hair who detangle with their fingers and retain length doing so. Consider detangling weekly and forgo the comb.

    What other Type 4 hair myths would you like to dispel?

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    Hair porosity is a key player in effectively moisturizing our hair. If you are on either end of the spectrum (low or high porosity) then you know how daunting it can seem to keep your hair moisturized. This is due to the outer layer aka cuticle of the hair. The way the cuticle of your hair lays and opens is the determining factor of your porosity. 

    (Image of cuticle layer representing each porosity type. Source: Google)

    Lets talk about low porosity...
    Hair has low porosity when the cuticle layer of the hair is tightly packed and flat. Think of it like singles on a roof. The cuticle, like shingles, are tightly nested together to protect the roof. Making it difficult for water to pass. This is the same reason people with low porosity have a hard time with their hair absorbing moisture.

    (Image of roof shingles. Source: Google)

    Knowing your porosity aids in bettering your selection and success rate when buying products. It helps aids in the creation of a simple regimen that is highly beneficial to your hair as well.

    Ways to tell you have low porosity:
    -Is your hair always dry no matter how often you moisturize, deep condition or greenhouse it?
    -Do you notice water beading up on top of your strands?
    Note:If you answered 'Yes' to either of those questions I have some great tips that will make it much easier for you to achieve the moisturizing greatness you're looking for.


    Clarify your hair. Low porosity hair is prone to having product build up. Build up + shingle tight cuticles = sad dry hair. Use a clarifying shampoo to remove the build up and give your hair a fresh start.
    Deep condition with heat. It is important to open your cuticle a bit to deep condition your hair properly. By using heat you are assured that the cuticle layers will lift so the interior of your strands are moisturized.

    Use Indirect Heat. Apply deep conditioner to your hair, covering it with a cap (be sure it is made to withstand heat) and applying indirect heat via hooded dryer.
    Use Direct Heat. This is done by applying deep conditioner to your hair and using direct heat from a hair steamer.
    Note: Many find these two methods to work wonders. No matter which way you decide to go it is important to deep condition your hair. Once a week is fine for most. Be sure to do so at minimum biweekly to yield the best results.
    Use greenhouse/baggy method. The method is done to create a humid environment that forces your hair to absorb moisture. The process is pretty simple. Moisturize your hair as you normally would, cover it with a plastic cap and a beanie/snug fitting hat/hair turban/towel. You can leave your hair wrapped up overnight. You will notice, when you remove the outer layer, that the plastic cap has water droplets inside of it. The droplets form because of the heat rising from your head.

    Humectants are your friends. Things such as glycerin (veggie or animal), honey, agave nectar, coconut nectar, etc... gain moisture from the air and help to adhere it to your hair. Be sure the humectant you use is properly diluted. If you are unsure or don't want to do research, it is always good to use buy a product that contains a humectant. We offer the Florets & Creme as well as the Blooming Moisture Mist. Both are very well incorporated. We do not put too much glycerin into our products so it is fine to use year round. 

    Note: f you are creating a DIY moisturizer or buying one that has a large amount of glycerin in it, you will want lighten up the amount of glycerin being used or discontinue use in the colder months. Winter time glycerin draws moisture out of the hair if it isn't properly diluted. 

    Avoid heavy styling products. Just adds unnecessary weight to the hair and contributes heavily to build up. No bueno.

    Use water-based moisturizers. They work best for your hair. Some people have problems using water based leave in conditioners with aloe vera juice/gel in it. I haven't had that issue when using those items in other people's hair but if you have then avoid those items.

    Avoid moisturizing wet hair. Damp hair is ideal for low pooristy hair to being moisturized. It doesn't work very well to moisturize the hair when it is completely dry because the cuticles have laid flat again.

    Do not use heavy oils. Heavy oils sit on top of the hair, aren't full absorbed beyond the cuticle layer. It defeats the purpose of moisture retention and softening of the hair. Coconut oil, castor oil and  olive oil, are the most commonly used heavy carrier oils in hair products. These would be oils to avoid.

    Use light oils. Light weight oils are ideal for low porosity hair. Light weight oils such as apricot kernel oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil are ideal. If you like coconut oil but hate the heaviness a much lighter option is fractionated coconut oil. Jojoba oil is a medium weight oil and fine for most low porosity hair.

    How do you moisturize your low porosity hair?

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    Hola Chicas!

    Fierce Friday is a way to celebrate our natural hair, displaying our dopest styles and best hair days... for inspiration and motivation. Wanna be featured? All you have to do is upload your favorite pics to Instagram with the tags #FierceFriday and #CurlyNikki. Be sure to share a brief description of the style, where you were headed, why you felt amazing, etc.!

    Good Morning!!!! #naturalhair @beautywithindaw

    When your twist and curl fails you so you throw #Brownsugar (your hair) into a #frohawk because you GOTS TA GO lol contour on "fleek" ... no filter but my face is beat @posh_syd

    I have a love/hate relationship with this filter @curiouscannibal

    Two beautiful sisters. I love their bond! One wearing her natural hair, the other rocking my crochet! @kyrawilliamsbeauty

    Less can be more with #naturalhair .. In the wee hours of the morning I did 10-12 chunky #flattwist using my fav products from @camillerosenaturals their coconut water leave in and styler. The wind fluffed out my hair @curlswithlove

    Hi guys! Here's a better picture of my hair. Lighting was a little off in my earlier post. Wash and Go (2nd day hair). I used @lovelottabody wrap me foaming mousse and @sheamoisture4u JBCO Leave-In Conditioner. I let my hair air dry overnight. Loving my results. @butter_curls

    Return of the curls #curlynikki #nhdaily @vecoya

    Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed, when others say I'll never be enough @_cebelamour_

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  • 08/31/15--08:30: DIY Luxury Hot Oil Treatment

  • Kavuli Nyali-Binase via TheGoodHairDiaries

    I have been doing hot oil treatments since I was pretty young. I remember my mother buying these tubes of oil that was to be left in a cup of hot water for a certain amount of time. My mother would pierce the tube and squeeze wonderfully warm oil all over my head and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing out. This was always the best part of getting my hair done.

    I decided to start making my own hot oil treatments, and it seems as if the gates to some wonderfully happy place just opened up. I started with warming just plain old extra virgin olive oil and applying it to my hair and scalp for about an hour or so. I would then wrap my hair in plastic cling wrap, a shower cap or a plastic bag if that was the only thing available. After rinsing the oil out and shampoo'ing once, my hair was soft like silk and shined so beautifully. I honestly couldn't believe it. I immediately went to work researching how certain oils benefit the hair and scalp

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    Best Oils for Hot Oil Treatments
    Coconut Oil: It stimulates hair growth, softens the hair and conditions the scalp. It also can also help eliminate dandruff!

    Olive Oil: Olive oil is high in the antioxidants Vitamins A and E providing anti-aging properties and it has disinfectant properties, is moisturizing, soothing and healing. 

    Castor Oil: Adds strength to your hair, so those of you with thin hair that breaks easily, think about using castor oil in your hot oil hair pack.

    Almond Oil: It helps condition, nourish, and soften hair while stimulating hair growth!

    Jojoba Oil: It leaves your hair soft and light, without weighing it down.

    All of these oils should be available at your local health food store, and a few of them are available at your local chemist and supermarkets.

    What You Will Need:
    • Oil blend
    • Hot Water
    • Towel
    • Plastic Shower Cap or Plastic Cling Wrap or Plastic Bag
    How To Apply Your Hot Oil Treatment
    1. Put your oil in a heat safe plastic bottle or glass container
    2. Place the container in a pot of hot water for a minute or two
    3. Test on wrist and then apply oil to scalp, roots and length of hair
    4. Massage oil into your scalp for about five minutes
    5. Cover hair with a plastic cap
    6. Dip towel in hot water to make it hot. Ring out the excess water and wrap towel around your head.
    7. Allow the oil to sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight
    Warming the oil and towel will allow the hair follicle to open up so that the oils can soak in all the goodness. It's ok if your towel doesn't stay warm for very long, the oils will soak me!

    Rinse the oil out of your hair in the shower and follow-up with a shampoo or conditioner. The end result should be soft and shiny hair!

    May I Mix Several Oils Together?

    Absolutely! Mix until you find your perfect oil blend. If you suffer from a dry and flaky scalp, you may want to mix coconut and castor oil together in a jar and put it away for those hectic flaky weeks. Do you want to thicken your hair and possibly boost hair growth? Mix almond and castor oil together and go wild.

    • You hair does not need to be drenched in oil, so don't worry about going broke behind this.
    • You can do these treatments weekly if you want and have time.
    • Keep track of how certain oils make your hair look and feel, so that you can find a perfect oil blend.
    • The oil mix need not be very hot, warm oils suffice!

    Are hot oil treatments helping you to reach your healthy hair goals?

    CN Says:
    Hot oil treatments... pre-poos... I need to get back on my game. 

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    by Kanisha Parks of

    Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss in a certain area that is caused by applying constant tension and pulling to the hair in that area. Unlike other types of hair loss, traction alopecia is completely behavioral, and is not caused by diet, genetics, or any other source. The damage is reversible, but can become permanent if the tension is continued.

    Read On!>>>

     What causes traction alopecia?

    Excessive styling, harsh twisting, tugging, and pulling of the hair all can cause traction alopecia. For example:
    • Wearing tight ponytails, braids, and/or twists, (especially for long periods of time)
    • Wearing braid extensions that are too long and/or heavy for the hairline
    • Installing braids that are too small (and therefore pull hair out upon takedown)
    • Wearing tight headbands and/or puffs
    • Wearing a bun in the same location repeatedly without changing the position, (especially if the bun is tight)
    • Improper/excessive installation of wigs, weaves, extensions, and/or clip-ins
    Traction alopecia can also be caused by trichotillomania, which is a mental disorder that causes one to continuously (and sometimes absentmindedly) pluck and/or pull out hair.

    How do I know if I have traction alopecia?

    Examine your hair. Look for any areas that are thinning and/or balding, as these can be indicators of traction alopecia. Next, think about your regimen and styling habits. If you find yourself doing some of the things mentioned above that cause traction alopecia, then there is a strong possibility that your hair loss could be a result of the way you’ve handled your hair.
    For example, when I first when natural, I used to wear puffs all of the time. I loved a super tight, “sleek” puff, so I would use either an elastic headband that I wrapped around my head twice to ensure it was tight, or a stocking that I wrapped around my head multiple times to achieve the same result. After a few months, I noticed I had two bald spots in my head, and guess where they were? Right along the line where I wore the headband for my puff.
    I hated knowing that my hair loss was caused by something I had done, but I stopped the habit immediately and it didn’t take long at all for my hair to grow back. Traction alopecia can definitely be avoided altogether if you maintain proper and healthy hair habits.

    How can I prevent traction alopecia?

    1. Don’t sacrifice the health of your hair for a style. If a style is too tight and causes tension on your hair, don’t do it: no matter how good the style looks. It may be a beautiful style, but long term damage on your hair isn’t worth the risk. Never leave protective styles in too long, wear them too frequently, or get them installed so tightly that they hurt your hair. Also, when pulling your hair back, do so very loosely.
    2. Don’t harshly manipulate the hair. Always be sure to baby your hair as much as possible, especially since Type 4 hair is particularly fragile and prone to damage. Try not to style your hair if you’re short on time or tired because it can cause you to become less careful. Whenever possible, finger comb instead of using combs and brushes.
    3. Know your hair. Listen to your hair and pay close attention to the way it responds to certain styles, tools, and products.  For example, I’ve discovered that the front of my hair is very sensitive and I have to be extra careful not to do any styles that will cause breakage in that area.

    How can I recover from traction alopecia?

    You can grow your hair back from traction alopecia by:
    • Stopping all habits that have caused damaged
    • Incorporating scalp massages into your routine, using your favorite oil
    • Giving your hair a break by wearing low manipulation styles like loose twists
    Regrowing your hair from traction alopecia won’t happen overnight, but with the proper regimen and techniques, you can definitely bounce back from the damage. Develop a regimen that gives you the ability to style your hair in a way that doesn’t put any stress on your hair and it will thank you for it.
    For more information about traction alopecia, here are some very informative videos from

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  • 09/01/15--06:25: Moe Diva Is Naturally Glam!

  • Tell me about yourself!
    What’s up Curlfriends! I’m Moe Diva, an up and coming natural hair blogger/vlogger/brand influencer and ambassador. I am a Carolina girl and I LIVE for amazingly textured ethnic hair! Lucky for me I have plenty of it, huh? My son hangs the moon and stars in my world, and is THE purpose for every progressive move that I make. He is autistic and I must say that advocacy for him and the autism community is a very important aspect of my life. You should know that there aren’t many other things that excite me more than hair except for food…I drool for curls and yummy meals!

    Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
    I transitioned from shoulder length natural hair. I wore a weave consistently for almost 5 years as I transitioned. As you can imagine there were ups and downs and several setbacks. For the first couple of years I relaxed and texturized the leave out to blend with textures that didn’t mimic mine at all, I wore the extensions back to back with no break, and I pretty much neglected my hair under the weave for the first 2-3 years.  Last year (2014) I began wearing a u-part wig so that I could care for my hair more. I sustained some pretty significant heat damage wearing that wig and decided no heat until that recovered. I actually just chopped the last bit of it off today LIVE on my periscope channel with the support of several of my curlfriends there!

    Had you always embraced your texture?
    I actually can’t even remember ever acknowledging my natural texture until one wash day in between weaves and I was like “Hey, I love the waves of this new growth! Let me see if I can grow my entire head of hair out like THIS!”  The only other memories I have before that of my natural texture was begging for a relaxer to get rid of it when I was younger and feeling the new growth in between relaxers and rushing to get that touch up…sad, right? Obviously and unfortunately, I haven’t always embraced my texture. Please know that now you would have to sedate me to straighten my hair outside of a light blow dry! LOL. LOVE my curls and coils now.

    How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them? 
    My family didn’t really believe that I was going natural because I wore weave ALL the time and they never saw my hair. The few times that they would see it they would just ask me when I was getting my hair done. I never really gave a response because no matter their taunting or inability to understand what was going on with my hair, they were always asking me for hair advice and to style them.  When I removed my extensions and began to wear my natural hair out they were shocked and wanted to know how even though they saw how and I suggested how they could go natural as well the entire time I was transitioning.  My friends, 85% of my friends, are natural and the other 15% are on board with whatever I choose to do with my hair.  They are and always have been supportive. That’s been a blessing.

    Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
    My hair is typical 4 type hair.  It is thick and coarse.  My hair is uber thirsty and has low natural luster so keeping it moisturized is a constant task.  I am mindful to maintain my hairs moisture/protein balance by using a combination of moisturizing cons and lite protein cons in my product rotation. I’m a junkie, so this creates yet another “reason” to buy more products **rubs hands like Birdman**

    What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair? 
    Some of the more experimental things that I have done to my hair only seem “CRAZY” in hindsight because now I know that bleaching your hair twice in one day could actually cause baldness. No, for real, I did that.  I’ve also relaxed my hair twice in a 48 hour period to get it bone straight, I’ve shaved it close to bald on a dare, cut my edges back to accommodate lace wigs, and gelled ridiculous fake baby hairs to my forehead.  ABUSE!

    What’s your biggest hair related regret?
    My biggest hair regret is that I ever begged for a relaxer, and that my mom gave in to the begging.

    What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
    I currently wash /DC on a weekly basis.  I have slight dermatitis and eczema which along with product use causes build up to occur quickly on my scalp so unless I am in a protective style like braids or weave then I don’t go beyond the 7-10 day mark.  My routine along with some of my current fav products is this:

    •Finger detangle and apply a pre-shampoo treatment (right now I am using Dr. Miracles detoxifying mist) to my scalp
    •I wash my hair in four sections with a moisturizing shampoo.  I tend to use low to no sulfate shampoos in lieu of co-washing. Again, my scalp and hair retain build up and flakes quite easily so I HAVE to cleanse with suds. My go-to poos right now are Dark and Lovely Beyond Gentle Sulfate-Free Wash or CON (Crème of Nature) Kiwi & Citrus Moisturizing Shampoo.
    •I then use Braggs ACV to fortify my hair and make sure that my scalp is extra clean.
    •I apply my deep conditioner and let sit for at least 30 mins with plastic cap. I’m currently rotating between Dr. Miracles Double Deep Moisturizing Masque (moisture), Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist (moisture…..and very economical at about $3), Vitale Olive Oil Hair Mayonnaise (protein), and Palmers Coconut Oil Protein Pak (protein).  For a great go between when I have good balance of both I use the ever faithful ORS (Organic Root Stimulator) Replenishing Pak.  It has lite protein and moisture in the mix, it’s a great all around DC.

    •After I have rinsed my conditioner I proceed with the LCO method (it works best for my hair) by first spritzing with a water/aloe vera juice mixture.  I then apply a great leave in like Lacio Lacio leave-in (a great Dominican product) especially if I’m doing a roller set because it adds AMAZING bounce and fluffiness to the hair.  I follow up with a cream moisturizer like Lotta Body Curl & Style Milk and seal all that moisture in with the ever faithful coconut oil.

    If I’m styling in a stretched style I dry my hair on cool/med with a comb attachment and a heat protectant and do the LCO method AFTER the dry.  For wet set styles such as twist/braid outs, wet rod sets, or coiled styles I do this moisture locking technique (LCO) before styling.

    What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
    I love curly sets whether it’s with perm rods or flexi-rods, I just love BIG voluminous hair! The bigger the better, second day hair and beyond is absolute LOVE.  Another favorite type of style is a bun actually.  They are simple yet elegant and give you an INSTANT facelift! Who doesn’t want that?!  I get inspiration from some of my favorite content creators like Romance Cox (@heycurlie, Jasmine Winters (@jd_winters), Janae Mason (@nae2curly), and Yolanda Renee (@etcblogmag) to name just a few.  I’m a consumer of social media and love most of the same curly girls that you do!

    In addition to those lovely ladies, family and friends have accused me of being a hippie and my hairstyle inspirations are reflective of that, however I like to call it hippie glam.  I love musing over black hair from the 60’s and 70’s.  The likes of Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll, and Chaka Khan are some of my favorite hairstyle muses.

    Who is your curl crush?
    I am an admirer of ALL kinds of curls but I got to say that my curl crush is FROSTOPPA who used to be active on YouTube some years ago.  I recently re-discovered her on Instagram under the same name.  Her 4 type hair is healthy, and her curly styles are super defined and moist. LOVES her!

    How do you maintain your hair at night?
    If I am rocking a curly style I tend to pineapple the curls with a satin scarf ONLY if I intend to wear the style up the next day.  Now what I do if I am keeping the curls from a style is this:
    •Tie my roller net (an extra large triangle shaped net typically used to hold rollers in place when drying. Very popular at Dominican hair salons) around the curls.  This step protects the integrity and shape of the curls WITHOUT smushing them
    •Throw on a satin bonnet and sleep like a 1st grader after field day! I snore and wake up with kept, uncrushed curls thanks to the added security of the net.

    How do you maintain healthy length?
    This year I’ve finally been able to begin concentrating on length and the way that I am maintaining it is by not being afraid to trim. We all know that trimming/dusting dead ends promotes healthy strands, so if it’s dead…it’s gone.  In addition to this I also keep manipulation to a minimum.  I try to style on wash day and let set for a day or two then release the style.  Once I’ve done that I let it go and do its own thing throughout the life of the style.  Low manipulation and a healthy hair regimen are key.  I also keep in mind that hair grows from the inside out and I am constantly on a water challenge. I take biotin, MSM, and silicon drops, and try to maintain a healthy diet to help with length retention.

    What's the best thing about being natural?
    Natural hair is full of life!  I always felt that my hair was limp and lifeless and that I could never achieve the volume or health that I was looking for in my hair when it was relaxed.  The best thing about my natural hair is its health and versatility! I can do anything with my hair and I’m never in fear of “messing it up” or ruining my style.

    Where can folks find you on the web?
    My digital footprint is strong guys, so come hang with me because this whole social media thing is kinda boring without interaction.
    Find me on the following platforms:
    My blog:
    Instagram: @moe_dadiva
    Twitter: @moe_dadiva
    Periscope channel : Moe D. Diva (@moe_dadiva)

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    by Toia B of LuvToBNatural

    Happy Tuesday y’all!

    In this edition of Hair Tip Tuesday, we’re briefly exploring the proper uses of certain products for moisturizing your hair versus what you might use to seal.

    What is Moisturizing?
    Some synonyms for moisturize are dampen, drench and saturate… words associated with water. Simply put, to moisturize means “to make wet”. Therefore, true moisture comes from either water itself or products that are water-based. You’ll know if your product is water-based if the very first ingredient is good ole H2O. Many leave-in conditioners have this makeup and are great follow-ups to your wash session. Aloe vera juice has also proven to be an effective moisturizer.

    p.s. Don’t neglect moisturizing your hair from within by drinking lots of water!

    Sealing… What’s That?

    Let’s be clear: oils and butters DO NOT moisturize your hair.

    These are sealants (and lubricants) and which are most effective if used while the hair is slightly damp and/or after applying your leave-in or moisturizer of choice to trap or seal in that moisture. If your hair is prone to dryness and you only apply an oil or butter without having moisturized it first, you’re basically sealing in dryness which does nothing for the health of your hair. Instead of having the elasticity associated with healthy hair, it will continue to be susceptible to breakage when manipulated. Dryness is the top cause of breakage for naturally coily/kinky hair so you’ll wanna make sure that you stay on top of this if you want your hair to thrive.

    Take a look back at this article for more tips on properly moisturizing your strands!

    Tell me, how do YOU retain a good amount of moisture in your hair? What are some of your favorite products to get the job done? Share below!

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    Liv writes:

    My name is Denise, however on Youtube and on the online community I am referred to as Liv.  I am writing because I have reached a milestone in my natural hair journey and wanted to share it with the world! I have been natural for 4 years and have yet to successfully achieve a Wash and Go on my 4B/4C hair. They never seemed to work for me due to extreme shrinkage, frizz and lack of definition. However, I finally created a technique that combats all of those factors!  I want to share with the natural hair community that it is possible to successfully achieve a wash and go on 4B/4C Hair!

    Do you wash and go your 4b/c hair? What's your routine?

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    Dark Eyes asks…Is it ok to use a regular conditioner as a leave in conditioner? I have long, thick wavy hair that needs to be weighed down. Any recommendations or ingredients to look for?

    The Left Brain responds:
    Rinse off and leave-on products are formulated differently for a reason. Almost any oily material will provide conditioning when left on the hair. But a special kind of ingredient is required to ensure that conditioning agents will “stick” to hair during rinsing.

    Read More!>>>

    Two kinds of conditioning agents:
    There are two tricks that chemists use to deposit ingredients on hair. One is called “dilution deposition” which works well for silicones and some oils. In this approach the ingredients “fall out” of solution when rinse water hits the product.

    The other approach is called “charge deposition” which requires conditioners known as “quaternary ammonium” compounds or quats for short. Quats are have a positive charge so they are attracted to the negative sites on damaged hair. One issue with quats, though, is that they are typically chloride salts and can be irritating to your skin. Because of this potential irritation issue, some quats that are used in rinse off products should not be used in products that are left in contact with the skin.

    Cetrimonium chloride is one such example: it can’t be used at more than 1% in a leave on product. Because the average consumer has no way of knowing which ingredients will be irritating (and at what concentrations the ingredients are used at) there is some risk in leaving a rinse out conditioner in your hair.

    The Beauty Brains bottom line
    If you choose to experiment with leaving rinse out products in your hair, be mindful that you may experience increased skin irritation.

    Conditioners Formulated for Both:
    If you're looking to save money by combining your leave-in and conditioner, or just want something thicker for your hair, don't leave it up to chance. There are special conditioners formulated to be used as both rinse outs and leave ins.

    DevaCurl One Condition 
    DevaCare One Condition 
    Ouidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls 
    Redken Curvaceous Conditioner

    Do you leave in instant conditioners? What's your experience been?

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     by Michelle Thames of

    Over the years I have noticed major changes in my hair since I started mostly conditioner washing (co-washing).  I love a little shampoo now and again but co-washing is where it's at! 

    Read On!>>>

    Some may think of washing without shampoo as gross, or as a less effective (or ineffective) way of cleansing the hair.  Not true!  Co-washing is a great option for gently cleansing your natural hair. You can use conditioner to cleanse your scalp and strands and get awesome results (assuming you use CG friendly styling products).  Although many shampoos today are straying away from harsh ingredients such as sulfates, many still contain harsh ingredients. They will strip your hair and leave it feeling icky, stiff and hard to detangle. So co-washing has its benefits:

    1. It reduces knots and tangles

    2. It helps moisturize and nourish your hair (great if you are a transitioner)

    3. Great for hydrating and fortifying your scalp and hair

    I know co-washing is not for everyone, but give it a try if you are not getting the results that you would like with shampooing. It’s nice to be able to co- wash if you want to do a different style in between washing. I recently started co-washing my little one's hair and I have noticed a major difference in the appearance of her hair. It's shiny and very moisturized. I have also noticed with my hair that it isn’t dull like it previously was before I began mainly co-washing. It now has brilliant shine and the moisture is on “fleek” LOL!

    Here are some good conditioners for co washing:

    1. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (old school, LOL!)

    2. TREsemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

    3. As I am Coconut cleansing Co-Wash

    4. Edenbodyworks Coconut Cowash

    5. Mielle Organics Dew Berry Co-wash (I use this one on my little one)

    What are some other great conditioners for Co-Washing?
    What say you? Are you a naturalista who co-washes? Or do you love your shampoo? 

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    If you are an avid DIYer and a fan of aromatherapy, you certainly know about essential oils.

    Also known as ethereal oils, essential are very concentrated liquids derived from plants containing their aroma. They contain the essence of the plant and are obtained by an extraction process that uses mostly steam.

    Read On!>>>

    Essential oils are found in almost everything, from beauty products to perfumes to food. In the past they are also largely used for medicinal reasons to treat a wide range of problems from skin diseases to cancer. Nowadays the use of essential oils in western medicine is almost nonexistent; however, they are widely used as aromatherapy in alternative medicine.

    According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Studies, thymol has antiseptic properties. Menthol produces a sensation of cold, while tea tree oil can be used as a bactericidal. All of these can also make a positive impact on contact dermatitis and acne. Grapefruit essential oil is used in many natural cosmetics because it is a potent preservation capabilities.
    The risk
    Being so concentrated, essential oils can be toxic and dangerous. When an essential oil is more pure, there is a higher risk of toxicity when used internally or applied to the skin. Pure essential oils should be used with extreme caution or only for aromatherapy. Applied pure on the body they can cause redness, contact dermatitis, severe allergic reactions and hepatotoxicity. Essential oils derived from citrus fruits can cause photosensitivity and rushes when applied during the day. Essential oils are lipophilic--they can be diluted only in oil or ethanol.

    If you are a pet owner, be careful--essential oils can be extremely toxic for our little furry friends. Also, if you are an expecting mother, avoid using essential oils. There is not enough evidence and research that guarantees they can be safely used during pregnancy.

    Mix with a carrier oil, first!
    When using essential oils at home, I recommend diluting some drops of essential oil in a carrier oil like jojoba, coconut, olive, almond, grapeseed, or argan oil. Never rub a pure essential oil directly on the skin; if you don’t get a contact dermatitis right away, it could sensitize the skin in the long run, leaving the dermis weakened and unable to fight against common environmental pathogens like dermatophytes.

    When used correctly, essential oils can be extremely beneficial to our hair. In my opinion, the best carrier oil is jojoba oil, because it is most similar to our skin's natural sebum, but here is a list of other common essential oils and their benefits, according to Aroma Zone.
    • Grapefruit Oil: This is used as preserver in natural cosmetics.
    • Bay St. Thomas Essential Oil (Pimenta Racemosa): Helps restore thinning hair and slows the loss of hair by naturally increasing its growth rate.
    • Nard Jatamansi Essential Oil (Nardostachys Jatamansi): This oil also increases the hair growth rate.
    • Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis): This is excellent in bringing luster to darker colored hair and stimulates the scalp, too.
    • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga Odorata Totum): It makes the hair reflect light more and produce stronger strands.
    • Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus Bergamia): Like all citrus fruits essential oils, this one gives off photosensitivity. Use it in the night or chose a variety without furocoumarins.
    • Chamomile Essential Oil (Chamaemelum Nobile): used to achieve golden reflexes, especially on blonde hair.
    • Cedar Essential Oil (Cedrus Atlantica): It treats scalp issues like dandruff and helps to grow healthy, stronger hair.
    • Curcuma (Curcuma Longa): It is rich in antioxidant properties, it can be used safely on colored hair to prolong the vibrancy oft he color.
    Another quick way to safely use essential oils is to pour a couple of drops in a drugstore conditioner: you will turn a cheap product into a 5-star one!  

    How do you use essential oils? Which are your favorites?

    Writer Nora Huber (also known as Shalimarcat) is currently a dermatology and plastic surgery resident.

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  • 09/02/15--07:09: Kesha is Naturally Glam!

  • Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey:
    My name is Kesha Phillips and I reside in the beautiful city of Atlanta, Georgia. I’m a graphic artist, parenting and lifestyle blogger – and most importantly – a mom to a set of the dopest twin preschoolers I know. Over the past couple of years I’ve been featured as a parenting and lifestyle expert on shows like CBS Better Mornings Atlanta and AMHQ on the Weather Channel.

    I’ve spent the last couple of years intensely studying natural African American hair and learning what it takes to keep it healthy and encourage growth. I was inspired by my daughter to start this journey, as I wanted her to know how to properly care for and truly appreciate her beautiful head of exquisite kinks and coils. I couldn’t do that for her unless I learned how to do it for myself first.

    Read On!>>>

    How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
    I’ve been natural for a little over two years. Embracing my natural kinks, coils and curls - I have to admit -was a process. In the TWA (teeny weeny afro) stage I was a little self-conscious. Since I’m of a darker complexion I felt that my hair made me look unkempt or unprofessional. (Those European standards of beauty were pretty ingrained.) But after a few months, I truly began to appreciate my hair, it’s uniqueness and everything that came along with it. Now, when I rock my ‘fro in all its glory, you couldn’t convince me that I don’t look fly. Lol.

    What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
    I did the big chop (for the third and final time) a little over two years ago. I tried to transition at first; but I still hadn’t gotten the hang of how to properly care for my hair type; so more often then not, I’d have a big, tangled, matted mess on my head. My mother passing was the motivation I needed to let that old hair go and start fresh. I asked my cousin, who’s a hairdresser, to do my big chop, and haven’t looked back since.

    How would you describe your hair?
    I’m a believer in the typing system; so I describe my hair as a full on 4c with a smattering of looser 4a curls right along the nape of my neck. I’m a low porosity gal so my hair is ALWAYS thirsty for moisture.

    What do you love most about your hair?
    I love the versatility! I love rocking an afro one day and blow drying it into a blowout the next. My husband never knows what he’s gonna get. Lol.

    What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
    I think the most memorable part was finally being able to see my length after a couple of years of hard work and consistency. I’d just taken my hair down from my latest protective style and posted a picture of it online. People went CRAZY asking me my secrets to hair growth. I was like, ‘Wow, I guess it actually looks like something.’ Lol. Having a coarser hair texture means that I experience some serious shrinkage. Finally being able to see that length come through despite the shrinkage meant a lot.

    In the beginning, finding the right regimen that fit me and really “learning” my hair was a challenge; but once I figured it out, it became second nature.

    What are some of your favorite hairstyles?
    I’ve gotten really good at Marley twists, so that’s become my go-to protective style. I also love rocking crochet braids as they give my hair a break while still allowing me the versatility.

    What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
    I love the sense of community and camaraderie that’s among the natural hair community. It’s almost like a sisterhood. It’s been very uplifting to hear “Your hair is beautiful” from my friends and peers.

    My dad, on the other hand, just doesn’t get it, and wonders out loud jokingly why I don’t just “do” my daughter’s hair. Maybe he was part of the reason why I had to adjust to being natural. Luckily for him, I don’t put too much stock in my family member’s opinions opting to do my own thing more often then not. Sometimes that attitude gets me in trouble, but in this instance it’s served me pretty well. Lol.

    What is your hair regimen (including favproducts)?
    I co-wash at least bi-weekly doing it weekly whenever I’m not wearing a protective style. I use III Sisters of Nature Cleansing Co-wash and am currently in love with Cantu’s Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream. I use that on my ends constantly and it’s made a huge difference.

    I only use shampoo after I’ve worn a protective style for a while. After protective styling I do an ACV rinse to get rid of buildup and cleanse with Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo.

    What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
    For the little naturalistas, I love (But I’m a little biased. Lol) I have a girl crush on Dr. Phoenyx Austin as we have a very similar hair type and her health and body game are amazing.

    Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
    Remember, it’s not what you do once and a while that shapes your life; but it’s what you do consistently. Consistency is key when it comes to achieving long, healthy natural hair – Consistency with your diet, your protective styling, and consistency with your regimen. There’s no way around it.

    Where can people find you for more information?
    Follow me on my Instagrams: For naturalistas: For the littles:

    My natural hair kids blog is Feel free to throw me a like on my Facebook page as well:

    Oh, and subscribe to my YouTube channel: More natural hair videos coming soon!

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