Category: Napturals

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

Best foods for natural hair

7. Dry your hair with. Tshirt

8. Use a wide tooth comb or finger detangle

101 Natural Hair Tips

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

For more reasons you should be attending your local natural hair meet ups ( click here)

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!

5 Quick Natural Hairstyles -Not 60 Second Hairstyles Like The Today Show Styles

Last week the Today Show aired a segment called “60 Second Hairstyles ” although I did see the original segment, the part were the “beauty expert” did the makeover on the African American model went viral for all the wrong reasons.It was brutal!

Just in case you missed it, I’ll leave the link below.

To be honest if I had been watching TV, and I heard them say they were airing a segment on 60 second hairstyles, I would have definitely tuned in or at the very least set the DVR. I am always looking for quick styles to simplify my morning.  Here are 5 of my favorite quick hairstyles.

So I don’t do videos but thanks to some great vloggers I even have video content!

1- Quad Twists

Quad Twists
Quad Twists

It’s an updated version of a common style. This style was inspired by a picture I saw on Instagram of 4a Daniels. I timed myself and it took 13 minutes.

 

2- Two Jumbo Twists

Jumbo Flat Twists
Jumbo Flat Twists

This one literally takes 6 minutes. It is very simular to 2 cornrows, which was actually the first style I learned to braid, on my own head at about 7 or 8 years old. This is my absolute favorite style!

 

3- Two Twists

Two Flat Twits
Two Flat Twist

This one is very much like the Jumbo Flat Twist, but you don’t fluff the roots!

 

4- Updo

Updo
Updo

This is one of the styles that I use to wear all the time! When I was transitioning I couldn’t wait to be fully natural so I could rock this updo! It takes all of 5 minutes or so!

 

5- Double  Braid Updo

Now this last one is actually not one that I’ve tried yet! But, I really liked it and it looks super quick!

 

So I guess there really no such thing as a 60 second hairstyle. Well unless you count taking your bonnet off a protective style. Lol but you can rock so elegant quick styles that look like you spent a long time on them.

After all you don’t want to end up like this 🙈

 

Any my who what are some of your favorite quick styles? Hit us on our Facebook page or Instagram and let us know what you think!

July Product Empties – 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

Well, we are well into Summer 16, in fact it’s almost gone! In warmer months lighter products that won’t weight down your tresses are used. Also if you wear wash n go’s you’ll need a great detangling shampoo that won’t dry your hair out, and will minimize hair loss on wash day.

July Product Empties - 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer
Here are 5 products that get the Mrsphatandnaptural lazy natural stamp of approval to increase moisture and shine all summer 16!

All of these products can be found at your local beauty supply or drug store hair care isle:

◦ 1. Design Essentials Avocado & Almond Moisturizing and Detangling Shampoo –The price point is right around $8, as are most natural shampoos It smells great! The shampoo lathers very well ( I love a good lather), it cleanses and moisturizes the hair. It has a nice thick constancy, and has great slip. The detangling claim holds true. The second time I used it I had a lot of product on my hair and didn’t have time to prepoo. I was ever so pleasantly surprised that my hair shed was minimal.

July Product Empties- 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

◦ 2. Design Essentials Avocado & Almond Moisturizing and Detangling Conditioner – The conditioner is about $8-10. The conditioner works great too. It has the same pleasant smell as the shampoo. It’s also nice and thick, I didn’t have to use a lot to cover my thick hair. As I said above my second time using it I was in a rush, so I didn’t go through my normal wash day regime. But using only the shampoo and conditioner my hair was well moisturized and manageable. If you are wearing a wash n go this summer I’d suggest you give this line a try.

July Product Empties- 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer
◦ 3. Alikay Naturals Moisture Rich Hair Parfait- To say this smells great is an understatement! It definitely smells good enough to eat! It has a creamy texture. It’s a great alternative to heavy butters or creams for my LOC method. It left my hair soft and smelling great for days. This stuff just melts into the hair and doesn’t leave it oily at all. If you are wearing a protective style and not doing your hair daily, I suggest using this product for sustained moisture days at a time.

July Product Empties- 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

◦ 4. Ecostyler Gel For Color Treated Hair– This is a gel that I’ve had for a while. I guess I ended up with it from a product swap. I only used it to tame my frizzys at the top when I part down the center. It’s alcohol free and very light. It served its purpose for what I wanted. I guess if I was looking for firm hold ( which the label states) I would have been disappointed. It doesn’t hold, but it did help control the frizz. I would necessarily go out to purchase it, but if I had it, I’d use it again.

July Product Empties- 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

◦ 5. Softsoap Luminous Oil Avocado Oil Body Wash– I don’t usually do body product reviews. But this one right here is the bomb! The look caught my eye. It looks like a bottle of fine thick oil. I love a great oil. The smell is pleasing and light. The lather is great! Did I say I love bubbles? Lol yeah, I actually went through 2 bottles of this, and I went back to get 2 more. My Local Walgreens had them buy 1 get 1 free so I was super excited. I started to get four, but my husband tells me I’m too extreme so I just got the 2 for now…I’ll probably go back and get more later 😉.

July Product Empties- 5 Great Drugstore Beauty Products For Summer

We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a comment below, or if you’re not following us on social media you should be! What are some of the products you’re using this summer? Have you ever tried any of these products? Let us know what you’re loving or not loving this summer !

Honey, Olive Oil, Aloe 3 Of Natures Summer Gifts For Healthy Long Natural Hair

Honey, Aloe Gel, Olive Oil! My Favorite Summer Hair Products For Shiny Healthy Natural Hair!Honey, Aloe Gel, Olive Oil! My Favorite Summer Hair Products For Shiny Healthy Natural Hair!
If long healthy natural hair is your goal. Summer is Gods gift to you.

Most people retain more hair in the Summer. Due to the warm weather we naturally do things like drink more water, get more activity, and wear lower manipulation styles. Just doing these 3 things will increase your hair growth potential.

Now add in 3 of natures Summer gems and your on the way to waist length. Maybe not that long but you’ll definitely see added growth.

Honey– You can use raw honey, organic honey, or I just grab the same honey I put in my tea. Honey is a humectant. This means it naturally draws moisture out of the air into your hair. So use it as a pre poo ( recipe below), add it to your shampoo, or you can even use it as a great DIY deep conditioner.

Used to: Prevent or remedy dry hair. Increase manageability, and add shine to the hair.

Tip: if you use too much your hair can get soggy. It will be so soft that it won’t hold braids or twists.

For more information and my deep conditioning recipe click here – Honey Be Natural

Honey, Olive Oil, Aloe Vera My 3 favorite summertime products for healthy long natural Hair

Olive Oil- Again I use the same olive oil that I cook with. Olive oil is high in vitamin E which strengthens the hair shaft. Also the oil is good for the scalp. Most of the time I use it to seal the moisture into my hair after I wash it. Also it can be put in a spray bottle with some water and use it to re-twist at night. Or you can heat it and apply it to your hair as a hot oil treatment.

Used to: Seal in moisture. Add shine and coat the scalp.
Tip: properly moisturized hair reduces the occurrence of single strand knots, a decreases detangling time. If you have a problem with single strand knots, try oil rinsing.

Here are some other ways we use olive oil – That Blessed Oil

Aloe Vera Gel- I use Aloe Vera gel, but you can get the juice or cut open the plant. Aloe has many benefits for hair. The biggest is its packed with amino acids which strengthens the hair shaft. It increases circulation to the scalp which stimulates hair growth. It’s also a natural humectant, so it draws in the moisture from the air. And the super benefit is, it has anti bacterial ingredients which helps to combat dandruff and other bacteria that can form on the scalp.
Used to: balance ph in hair. Add moisture and shine, promote hair growth. Cleanse the scalp.

Tip: if you have an area that is slow to grow try massaging the area 2-3 times per week with some aloe Vera gel. This will stimulate circulation and increase hair growth to that area.

Here is my Summertime Fine prepoo recipe:

4-5 tbsp. aloe Vera gel
3 tbsp. of olive oil
2 tbsp. of honey.

Mix everything well and apply this on your hair from end to edge. The ends of the hair is the oldest part, and furthest away from the natural sebum the comes from your scalp. Leave on for about 20-25 minutes then shampoo and proceed with your normal routine.
This is a hydrating hair mask. If your hair is dull and dry this is just what the hair doctor ordered.

You can use this about once a month or as often as you deep condition which shouldn’t be more than 2 times per month.

now if you are not a DIY’er you can find commercial products with these ingredients in them. Or as I said earlier you can also just add them to your favorite shampoos, conditioners and or leave-in. (don’t add honey to your leave-in, it needs to be washed out).

Do you prefer to buy or are you a mixologist? Either way this is a simple and easy way to increase moisture and shine to your hair this summer! We’d love to hear some of your favorite    DIY beauty recipes! Please drop us a comment.

 

 

The One Thing You Are Not Doing That Will Make Your Natural Hair Journey Easier!

If there was one thing you could do that would make your natural hair journey easier would you do it? It’s so simple, yet so many naturalistas miss this valued resource in the natural hair community. Better yet, even more don’t even know it exist! The one thing you can do is attend a natural hair meet up. It’s better than buying all the products in the isle, binge watching your favorite YouTube vlogger, and reading blog posts til your eyes are tired.

How many times have you watched a YouTube tutorial, followed all the steps, and didn’t get the desired result? Or read a blog post, ran out and bought the product, followed all the steps only to fail? If this has ever happened to you, you need to go right now and buy a ticket to the next meet up in your area!

Now I could go through a laundry list of reason why natural hair meet ups are a valued resource, but I’m gonna pick my top three reasons.

Face 2 Face Education 

Yes that’s correct many of the local bloggers and vloggers, attend, host and guest speak at meet ups. So what’s better than a one on one conversation about your issue? Depending on the topic, and focus of the meet up there may be a panel discussion / Q&A or better yet they may just be mingling and you could ask them your questions personally. Not to mention there are usually tons of fellow Natralistas that have had the same problem you have and are more then willing to share their solutions with you. Very often natural hair meetups have:

1. Hair Style Demos
2. Product Demos
3. Expert Panels
4. Brand Representative To Answer Questions

Product For Free 99

Usually one or more full sized product will be included in the swag bags! All thought I’ve never been to one like this, but at the very least you will get samples and valuable discounts towards the purchase of products. I’ve always gotten between 1-5 full sized products as well as samples. This is a low cost way to build your product stash. The investment of the ticket purchase is usually a lot lower then the cost of product you will receive. Also, there are usually great give away sponsors, for prizes, raffles, and games.

Curlfriends

And the very last but yet equally as important resource that natural hair meetups provide is access to the your local Curlfriends! There’s no substitute for surrounding yourself with like minded Curlies! They not only provide support and encouragement but also much needed comfort in the journey. I have meet so many wonderful young ladies that I would have never met in any other circumstance. Some are business owners, bloggers, long term naturalists, hair stylist, and so on.

 

There one last thing I feel is important to mention, you have to support your local natural hair community! That’s how brands decide if they are going to sponsor events, and or sell products in your area. If you don’t have a natural hair community in your area why not start one ?

Are you apart of a local natural hair community? If so give them a shout out in the comments! If not and you are looking to join one, drop a comment and we’d be more that happy to get you connected!

Please follow us on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter for more information, and inspiration!

See you Curlfiend!

International Natural Hair Meetup Day 2016- Fros Friends and Fun In Montclair NJ

INHMD Montclair NJ 2016

Hey Sis Girl!

I just have to say I am still on a high from the experience of basking in the presence of over 150 women representing NJ Curlfriends. We had a ball! I surly hope everyone got more than they expected because I sure did! It was 4 hours of entertainment, education, shopping, food, and dancing! All while celebrating our fellow sisters and a few brothers lol, in a positive encouraging space. What’s better than that?


Speaking of the space, the place was beautiful! For the third year Cabriella from International Hair Design was the ever gracious New Jersey Host for the Montclair NJ leg of this 40 city, 3 country, 3 continent affair. It was held in the Montclair State University Conference Center! Surrounded on two sides with massive window that seem to reach the sky! If you could imagine it was elegantly casual! Yeah that’s it! Although the space is obviously a beautiful state of the art space, the warm nature and inclusive vibe made it ok to let your guard down and bare and share in the wealth of love, information, and kinship.

Thirty-Five Curlfriends purchased VIP admission which gave them early entry,a VIP reception,  as well as swag bags sponsored by the INHMD 2016 title sponsors with full sized products from Made Beautiful, Eden Bodyworks, and others!INHMD NJ

What’s a movie with out a soundtrack? DJ Twin kept us rocking with his Jersey blend of Club and Soul tunes.

We started the day off with New Jersey based motivation speaker Iamlunic. She set the room a blaze with her energy! Unfortunately, I was so caught up in her speech that I didn’t think to record her!

Iamlunic
Iamlunic

Next up was Quality Healthcare, who spoke about the heart health. As you must have heard Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for African American Women.

There were 2 demos, first was a hair demo by Scarlet of Wondercurl. She demonstrated a wash n go style using her hair products.

Next was local Naturalist and Holistic Hair Healer Ahava Feliciadad. Her presentation was “natural” is a four letter word, F. R. E. E. She spoke about the freedom of being natural.
There were many vendors selling everything from skinny tea, butters, African fashions, and the most beautiful clutches and earrings!


I was honored to be one of two New Jersey based bloggers to be in the Social Media Lounge. It was Spencer ( Curly Empress) and myself. Curlfriends that came over to our corner were gifted mini hair journals or detangling combs. The first visitors were also gifted a full size bottle leave-in sponsored none other than the maker of my favorite scalp and hair oil Janomi hair products. Thanks to Adrienne of Janomi 2 other Curlfriends also received full sized bottles of the oil! We also had a selfie station set up with our Glam light.

The final segment was a question and answer panel where we got to answer direct questions from Curlfriend regarding, working out with natural hair, hair porosity, dryness, and so on. Missed out on the fun? No worries, I got you! Although INHMD is only once a year, if you are following us on social media👉 ( Instagram,Facbook, Twitter ) we will be sure to keep you updated on all the latest happening!

 

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