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101 Natural Hair Tip: How To Avoid Being A Product Junkie 51-60

I can’t front, I’ve definitely had to put these tips into practice. This is one of those posts that was built from experience. Now this post is a direct follow-up to the 101 Natural Hair Tips: Transitioning Back To Natural. In case you missed it (click here) .

Trying to find the right product is no easy task. You get so frustrated thinking you’ve tried everything and nothing is working, when really you just need to find the right thing for you and stick to it for a while. So that was the bonus tip now let’s get into the rest.

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1. Read labels: The reason I start with this is because you can all together avoid certain products. Such as if I see something with coconut oil in it, most times I avoid it. I know that coconut oil doesn’t work for my hair so I just avoid products with it in the first couple items on the ingredient label.
2. Get to know your hair: I always say listen to your hair. If you use a product and it agrees with your hair, stick to it. Read that label and use products like it.

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3. Don’t believe the hype: Every few months there is a new buzz word or super ingredient. Many times this item has been on the ingredient list the whole time, but now that it’s the IN thing they put it on the label. Also I’ve learned that they nearly have to put in a few drops of the said miracle ingredient to have its claim on the label.
4.  Read Reviews – Now this is different from number 3, these are actual reviews from people who have legitimately used the product. I know everything isn’t for every body, but if you see a lot of favorable reviews, you may want to give it a try. But on the other hand, if no one has good things to say, maybe you should let that one slide by you.
5. Ask questions – There are so many Curltalk, CurlfriendChats, and Twitter Chats, use them to your advantage. That’s what they are there for. Just about every brand subscription box and a lot of bloggers have some kind of Q&A session in rotation. Or if you belong to a Facebook Group for natural hair, throw your question into the forum.

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6. Try to get  samples: That way you can test it out and see if you like it before buying it. Now when I first found out about the natural hair community, the “natural hair meetup” was the thing to do. There you could meet local Naturalista, brand owners, and emerging socialprenures. Additionally these meetups would be sponsored by brands and they would give out swag bags full of samples and free full size bottles. The meetups aren’t as popular any more but they are still around.

7. If you have it use it: This one is a no brainer, avoid the hoard! Plain and simple, why keep piling up products when you haven’t used what you have.

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8. If it doesn’t work pass it on: Again this one is a no brainer for me. I frequently pass product along to my family members that doesn’t work for me. We all have different hair textures and different products work on their hair that may not work on mine and vice versa.  So I don’t hold on to the products that I know don’t work for me. Thereby making room for other things that will work.

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9. Limit the available space: Unless you’ve been there you can’t imagine how quickly the hair products can and will take up every inch of space possible. I don’t know it’s almost like they reproduce while your sleeping or something **insert mischievous laugh*** . No but really, I have a three draw bin and I’ve committed to only keeping as much as can fit in those three draws.
10. Purge every 3-6 months: This keeps your product fresh, and limits the habit of holding on to that last little bit (I’m talking to myself here). As I said above this makes room for product that you want to try. Besides if the product is organic it may have an expiration date, and you don’t want to use old product or hold onto something that’s useless.

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It’s almost inevitable that most naturals have a little product junkie in us. Besides the fact that it’s expensive, it could also lead to self-defeating hair journey. Not to mention as with any guilty pleasure it takes some of the joy from the experience. Don’t let the junkie monkey get you down!

101 Natural Hair Tips: Transitioning To Natural 41-50

So, unless you have never used chemicals on your hair, there are only two ways to return to natural. Or as we say “Go Natural”. Which way you choose is a personal preference. Either you Transition, which means you allow your hair to begin to grow in and not chemically treat it (relax) anymore. Or you BC or Big Chop, this means just what it sounds like. You chop off your hair down to the un-relaxed portion.  In my opinion one takes a lot more courage and is more drastic than the other, but one takes more skill than the other. I must say, as extreme as my personality is in some cases, I personally chose the less drastic approach of transitioning.  I just didn’t want to be bald! Although I sometimes use to cut my relaxed hair very short, TBH I just wasn’t ready for short and natural at the same time! **sidebar** Oh but I am loving these tapered cuts that I see on the Gram these days these days!

101 Natural Hair Tips: Transitioning To Natural

Anyway, I am going to break this post down into “Do’s and Don’t’s”. As I said, I personally transitioned and did a series of mini chops until I was fully natural. I can tell you this was not as easy as it sounds. There were some hard lessons learn and some habits and behaviors that I had to undo after many years of practice. So let’s get into it:

  1. Do comb the hair from tip to root. Having relaxed hair for so long, I was just use to combing from root to tip. When transitioning and also when fully natural this is a definite no no. Combing from tip to root allows for gentler detangling and  much less pulling. Use a wide tooth comb,and do not comb your hair when it’s dry.101 Natural Hair Tips : Transitioning To Natural
  2. Do coddle the line of demarcation. This is the absolute weakest point of your hair! It is the point where the relaxed hair meets the natural hair. Rough combing, pulling, dryness, or just about anything stress, will cause your hair to snap off right at this point.
  3. Do Learn to treat all of your hair as if it’s all natural. Even when you have more relaxed than natural. In general this is just a good idea to get use to taking care of your natural hair.
  4. Do not use heat to make both textures appear to be the same. This kind of defeats the purpose of having natural hair. I’m just saying, if your are going to burn it out before it even grows, why go natural at all. The idea is to have the most beautiful healthy head of natural hair as possible.101 Natural Hair Tips : Transitioning To Natural
  5. Do use products for natural hair only. Practice reading the labels at this stage, so you know what your hair likes and what it doesn’t. The reason I say this is because in most cases, the products for natural hair are less harsh. They will work just fine on the relaxed hair. They will nurture your natural hair as well as treat the relaxed hair.
  6.  Do not compare your hair to the “experts”. This was a hard lesson learned. I was watching so many YouTubers and expecting to get those results. But honestly, my hair wasn’t like theirs, I didn’t have the edits, lighting and do overs like them either. Although a valuable resource, they are not to be compared to. It’s like going doing Karaoke, just because you know the words, you are not going to sound like Beyonce’!
  7. Do not hold on to damaged or thinning hair. Just cut it. You will thank me later. Holding on the those thin ends it very counter productive. you want to have healthy hair right? So, you have to depart from the idea that longer is better. Even if you don’t have damage, you should still trim it often. Healthy and fuller is better!
  8. Do not depart from your good hair practices. Make sure your wrap your hair at night, and wash it regularly. If you normally go to the hair salon to get your hair done, make sure you find a hair dresser to do the same for your natural hair. For more good hair practices check out tips 1-10.101 Natural Hair Tips : Transitioning To Natural
  9. Do not obsess over your curl pattern. We are all different, and we all have different unique traits and features that make us truly beautiful. In most cases people with thick hair wish it was thinner and people with thinner hair wish it was thicker. When I went natural it was at the height of the hair typing debate. So many people were obsessed with what hair type you had. This was hard for me because I have about 3 different textures in my head. We just have to be happy with what we have and learn to love ourselves the way God made us.
  10. Do not try to find ways to rush the process. Have patience! If you don’t have the skill, or your attention has not caught up to your intention, just find you a protective style and ease into it.Trying to rush the process will only lead to a feeling of defeat or a change of direction and you’ll just get out of the journey and relax again. Believe you me, I know plenty of women who do this over and over. They get 3, 6, or 8 months into the transition and decide, they can’t take it any more and give up on the process only to come back to it months later wishing they had just stuck it out.

Number 10 is one of the most important tips I can give. As with any transition it takes time. Learn to enjoy the process! Have that cake and eat it too!

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101 Natural Hair Tips: Winter Hair Care Tips 31-40

Depending on where you live, the winter season can be a series of bone chilling cold days, mixed with blustering wintery storms, and freezing rain and snow! The harsh cold temps and freezing precipitation alone is enough to cause damage to your hair. The constant temperature changes from going in and out of the cold robs your hair of precious moisture. Add to that, the cold air is dryer and wearing hats to keep warm dries our hair out even more. It’s a wonder we aren’t completely bald by the time it warms up!

That being said keeping your hair healthy in the winter is no easy feat, but it is completely doable. Here are my top 10 Winter Hair Care tips to keep your hair healthy this winter:

 

31. Avoid Humectants. The nature of the humectants is to draw moisture from the air into the hair. That being said, the cold will freeze the water onto your hair causing it to break. This is the opposite of my normal routine. I love to add honey to my conditioners and I even have a “Honey Be Natural” hair care treatment.

32. Limit Wash and Go’s. Obviously if you live in a more tropical area you don’t have to worry as much, but just as the above, the water can freeze on your hair causing dryness and breakage.

33. Employ protective styling. Low manipulation styles limit the pulling, reducing the amount of hair loss, and decreasing the chances for breakage. For this reason many naturals use protective styling year round. Caution make sure your hair is clean and well moisturized, and don’t leave the style in too long.

 

34.  Keep your hair and scalp clean and free of build up. Now in my research I’ve seen all kinds of advice, limit washes, increase washes, use shampoo, don’t use shampoo, everyone has a different opinion! The bottom line is your hair and scalp need to be clean and free of debris and toxins the can cause dryness and breakage.

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35. Use the LOC or LCO method daily. This will go along way to saving that coveted moisture and decreasing the chance for hair loss.

36. Replace your oils with heavier butters. Now adding butters that seal is the key. And if you add butter you definitely need to use shampoo. Co washing most likely will not cleanse your hair well enough.

101 Natural Hair Tips: Winter Hair Tips

37. Try a Black Tea or Coffee rinse to reduce shedding. I use the method about once a month, it also helps to add shine to the hair.

38. Wear a satin lined hat, or what I do is put a silk or satin scarf under my hat. This limits the friction and pulling from the knit or wool, and protects the hair from loosing moisture to the material of the hat.

39. Deep condition. I might add this to every post. Deep conditioning is an important aspect of every healthy hair regimen.

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40. Eat a balanced diet and get exercise.  This is not easy in the winter. Hell it’s never easy but less so in the colder months. Cold weather and comfort food go hand in hand, and it’s just easier to go out and exercise when it’s warm. Make sure to get your water in. In the warmer months we tend to drink more water to cool off. So make sure you get your water in, and eat green veggies to feed are hair the nutrients it needs. Exercise increases your circulation and helps remove toxins in the body which feeds the hair.

if you’ve missed the first 3 post here are the links👇

We have Natural Hair Basics ( here) Natural Hair Care Basics ( here ) and Wash Day tips ( here).

Stay tuned we will be expanding more on some of these topics for future posts. What are some things you add are take away from your normal regimen in the colder months?

For more winter hair care tips check out “Don’t Fall Off”

101 Natural Hair Tips: Wash Day Hair Tips 21-30

First things first…confession time. As much as I love my hair, I am not a lover of the wash day tango! I’ve heard the argument.

101 Natural Hair Tips: Wash Day

” If you don’t love your washday, maybe you need to change your regemin”.

 

I think there may be some truth to that statement, but in my case I can’t agree. I’ve never liked washday, even when I was a kid. My hair has always been very thick and adding water is my kryptonite!  Unfortunately for me there is no way around it, to have hhealthy hair, you have to keep it cleansed. Since returning to natural I’ve found a few tips and tricks that help cut down on time and stress to my tresses. BT dubs, this is also post 3 in series of 10 billion on 101 Natural Hair Tips. For now check out our washday tips and I’ll link the other post ( Natural Hair Basics 1 and 2) at then end of the post.

 

21. Detangle Hair before washing.

I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but it’s the number one tip to reduce hair loss and cut down on wash time. Section the hair into as many sections as needed ( usually 4-6). Depending on how tangled my hair is I sometimes start with as many as eight and combine a few of them in larger chunky twists as I go along. Try added some conditioner and water to aide in the process. Use a clip to pin up the completed section.

 

22.Detangle using a wide tooth comb, detangling brush, or your fingers.

My fingers are my magic tool of choice. When using your fingers, you get to feel the hair as you are detagling. However I also love detangling combs and brushes. The wider the tooth the better. Make sure your comb or bush doesn’t have any missing or broken teeth. They could snag or pull on your hair and cause damage to your strands. I usually end up with 4 sections.

23. Start detangling from ends and work towards the root.

There is one very simple rule in place here. Don’t comb from the root to tip. By starting at the ends and working your way up the shaft it minimizes hair loss. The most effective technique that I have found is to add the conditioner, and finger detangle under running water.

24. Wash your hair in the sections

This simple step will avoid retangling your tresses. Apply the shampoo at the root and work towards the ends. Make sure to cleanse the scalp, by gently massaging the scalp with your finger tips. Then work the later down the twist to the ends. Avoid using a circular motion this can encourage tangles and clumping of the hair.

 

25. Use sulfate free shampoo, cowashs, or ACV rinses to cleanse your hair.

Now I’m not hear to agrue for or against either method. I’ve used all three and they all work. However, if you find that your normal products aren’t working you may need to do a clarifying shampoo. I do one every 2 or 3 months.

26. After shampooing spray hair with olive oil.

After shampooing but before conditioning, run some Olive oil through your hair. I find this helps with manageability and softness,especially between deep conditioning. Rinse all the shampoo out. Run some Olive oil through your hair. Work down the shaft, the rinse.

27. Apply conditioner with praying hands method.

I know it sound weird but just give it a try. It will decrease the opportunity for tangles, as well as coax the cuticle to lay flat. The cleaning process raises the cuticle, and now we need to make sure it starts the process of closing to lock in the moisture.

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28. Deep condition with heat.

Adding heat helps to penetrate the hair shaft increasing the  effectivness of the product. If you don’t have a hooded dryer, use a plastic cap, or plastics bags and use your own body heat.

29. Be careful of protein overload.

Although protein is good for your hair, you don’t want to over do it. I’ve read if the label says “repair” wither its a DC or a leave in, it has protein in it. Too much protein will cause excessive drying and damage. It’s almost as bad as heat damage, which ironically protein prevents…but that’s for a future post.

30. Document The Process !

I can’t stress this enough. I can’t tell you how much impact this will have on increasing the amount of good hair days. It’s like cooking from a recipe verses cooking from memory. By keeping a simple hair journal of what products you used and how you used them, you’ll easily be able to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

Now here’s to an easier washday! For more tips click the links below.

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101 Natural Hair Tips : Natural Hair Care Basics 1-10

This post is the first in a series where I am going to outline 101 Tips for Natural Hair! I’m going to start with the basics of natural hair care. You can ask 100 naturals what’s most important aspect of natural hair care and you’ll get 100 different answers. There really is no one size fits all approach, however there are some basic tips and rules that will make the process a little easier.

1. Know your hair porosity- for more on hair porosity click 👉🏽http://mrsphatandnaptural.com/hair-porosity-101/

 

2. Drink lots of water

3. Eat a vitamin rich diet /take HSN vitamins

Hair Porosity

4. Seal your ends and edges

5. Get a trim 2-4 times a year

6. Limit heat exposure

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7. Dry your hair with. Tshirt

8. Use a wide tooth comb or finger detangle

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9. Sleep on satin/silk such s scarf, bonnet or pillowcase

10. Use the L.O.C./L.C.O, baggy or greenhouse method to lock in moisture

Did I miss anything? Some of these were real game changers for my natural hair journey. I’d love to hear what are some of your basic hair tips,  maybe it will be in the next ten! Stay tuned!

Please feel free to comment and remember sharing is caring!

 

101 Natural Hair Tips

5 Quick Holiday Hair Styles for Natural Hair

 

5 Quick Holiday Hair Styles for Natural Hair

 

What if you only  had 25 minutes to get ready for your holiday party, and your hair wasn’t done? Under normal circumstances you would probably panic, but you don’t have to worry about that anymore.  As always I’ve got you covered! Here are 3 styles that will take no more than 10 minutes and 2 more that take about 20 minutes. I even threw in an expert level bonus style!

1- Three Braid Mohawk 10 minute style by Beauty Cutright

2- Two braid 10 minute style By The Chic Natural

3- Side Twist & Curl 10 minutes or less By KaydeeTV

4-Bantu Faux Hawk if you already have a twists out, braid out or wash n go, it will 20 minutes By Quiesha Jay

5- High Hump Faux Hawk by

Bonus – Expert level 3 braid style

Struck Oil: 5 Oils For Healty Natural Hair

 

 

Choosing the right products for your hair can be a daunting process. As a self professed kitchen beautician, I walk the line between natural and off the shelf products. In some instances only natures gifts will suffice. Natural oil is one of those cases. Instead of buying a product because it has my favorite oil on the label, I chose to use the pure oil itself.

The good part about natural oil is, in moist cases you really can’t do damage. You will see that coconut oil is not listed, my reason is, it dries my hair out. I have mostly low porosity hair and coconut oil actually locks the moisture out of my hair.

 

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

Natural oils are packed with vitamins and many have healing, softening and restorative properties. That’s why the beauty companies use them. Now the down fall here is many companies masquerade as pure oils when the really are a mix.

Tip: Check the ingredient label, the only ingredient should be that oil. That way you know it’s not a mixture, or have added fragrance or color.

 

Olive Oil
-This oil is packed with vitamins E, K, and D
-Softens your hair
-Seals the moisture into your hair after wash
-Heals damaged hair
– Fortifies hair and promotes hair retention
-Has Anti-inflammatory properties

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

How To Use:
Hot Oil Treatment
As a sealant step 2 in L. O. C method after you wash & condition your hair
Mix with water in a spray bottle for daily moisture
As a rinse after you wash but before you condition
Mix with conditioner for an easy pre poo
Use alone or as a mixture with other oils 3-4 times a week for scalp massages

If you know me, you know this is my favorite oil. To cook, for my hair, and it also holds a special place because this is the “blessed” oil that is used to anoint the sick, those who need prayer or as my grandmother use to do…what ever she deemed that needed it! Lol

Jamaican Black Castor Oil 
-Rich in vitamin E
-Packed with Omega Fatty Acids
-Heavier oil great for protecting hair in the colder months
-High Ph Balance which will help open the hair cuticle
-Seals the moisture into your hair after wash

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

How To Use:

As a sealant step 2 in L. O. C method after you wash & condition hair.
Use alone or as a mixture with other oils 3-4 times a week for scalp massages.
To stimulate hair growth add to your daily refresher during your nighttime routine.
Add to deep conditioner to boots its repairative affects

There are 2 big down falls, the smell, and it sometimes causes itching. Now I normally mix it with other oils to consume the smell. Or if you add it to your shampoo and conditioner you will be able to reap some of the benefits but you will rinse it out so you dilute the smell.

 

Jojoba Oil-
-Most closely resembles the natural sebum that the body produces.
-Adds shine to your hair
-Has Antibacterial properties
-Emollient, fills the cracks of the hair shaft helping to heal damaged hair strands
-Readily and easily absorbed by the scalp which reduces dry scalp and promotes healthy hair

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

How To Use:

Add to shampoo to add slip and decrease harshness
Mix with water in a spray bottle for daily moisture
As a rinse after you wash but before you condition
Mix with conditioner for an easy pre poo
Use alone or as a mixture with other oils 3-4 times a week for scalp massages

Because this oil closely resembles the hairs natural sebum, this oil can be used by people that have a sensitive scalp.

 

Argan Oil
-Adds shine
-Penetrates hair shaft
-High in vitamin E
-High in Omega Fatty Acids
-Repairs damaged hair

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

How To Use:
Add to your shampoo to add shine
Add to your rinse out conditioner for added boost
Use alone or as a mixture with other oils 3-4 times a week for scalp massages

I haven’t found this in a reasonably priced form, so I almost always mix this with other oils, or shampoo. If I use it alone, I use it in a dropper as not to waste it.

 

 

Avacodo Oil-
-Penetrates Hair Shaft
-High in protein
-Enhances moisture
-Smooths hair cuticle
-Seals in moisture
-Packed with vitamin E

Struck Oil 5 Oils For Natural Hair

How To Use:
Add to shampoo to add slip and decrease harshness
Add to your deep conditioner to give it a boots
Mix with conditioner for an great Detangler and pre poo
Mix with water in a spray bottle for daily moisture
Use alone or as a mixture with other oils 3-4 times a week for scalp massages

Now for me it’s easier to use the whole avocado than just the oil…but this post is about oils. Lol!
In most cases these oils are as good for your hair as they are your skin Have you ever tried any of these oils? Let us know what you’re loving or not loving! We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a comment below, or if your not following us on social media you should be!

Leave In Lover: My Top 5 Leave In Conditioners

On this Natural Hair Journey one of the biggest obstacles I faced was figuring out what to use on my hair and when. I’d like to say, I’m going to do an epic post on the best hair practices, but with my track record that would be like a jinx or something and it would never get done! So for now I’m gonna share my top five leave in conditioners, what and when they have worked best for me.

5. Carols Daughter- Hair Milk Original Leave In Moisturizer. This is my third step for my LOC (Leave in, Oil, Cream) Method. This product is thick enough to be used as a cream although it’s labeled as a Leave In. It has a more creamy consistency then moist leave ins and even works as a heat protectant when I blow dry my hair. I also use this product for daily maintenance. It doesn’t sit on my hair and weigh it down. I have no down side to say about this product, but the words rubbed off the bottle.

Leave In Lover

4. Cantu Leave-in Conditioner – You can find it any and everywhere. From Walmart, Sally’s, to your local beauty supply and or drug store. I must admit for most of 2014 I really didn’t use much else on my hair. The only draw back is, if you are too heavy handed with the Cantu you can get a white residue on your hair. I use this combo on my Puff which is my goto style, and it keeps my edges slayed and laid. My entire family uses the Cantu, and we all have different hair types. I tend to use them together but they are both equally fierce all by themselves. For the price around $5-7.00 you can’t beat the results. I know people who pay a lot of money for expensive products and their hair doesn’t like it!

Leave In Lover

3. Shea Moisture Raw Sheabutter Extra-Moisture Detangler- Well technically this is not a leave in but any way, I got this from my Hairstory Swaportunity. As a Detangler I didn’t care for it. The feel is very slippery and I didn’t like it. But one of my friends told my she uses it as a leave in, and her hair always looks bomb. So, I decided to give it a shot on my twists. I loved it! It left my hair shinny and feeling soft and moist for days. It’s heavy the first night but by morning my twits looked shinny and healthy!

Leave In Lover

2. Alikay Naturals Lemon Grass Leave In- I love this product especially in the warmer months. It’s a very lite product which is a great alternative to the heavier butters used in the colder months. It smells great as does all of the products that I’ve used from Alikay. I love that it has a spray nozzle which makes it ideal to be used to refresh your Summer wash n go, or moisten your protective style. I usually find it at Target, it runs about $12.00.

Leave In Lover

1. Carmacare B’leave-in Conditioner. You can get them at http://www.carmacare.net . This is a local brand that I was introduced to at a Natural Hair Meetup in NYC. I absolutely love this product! I use it in almost any style. Especially in the colder months, it’s a creamy consistency, but it has wonderful sealing properties because it packed with safflower oil, and other goodies that my hair just loves. This is a prime example of a great product that I probably would have never heard of if I hadn’t of attended my local meet up.

Leave In Lover

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We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a comment below, or if your not following us on social media you should be! What are some of the products ? What’s your favorite Leave In? Do you use it at all? Have you ever tried any of these products? Let us know what you’re loving or not loving!