For those you don’t want to watch the full video (although I def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend it!) a sum­ma­ry list is below.

1. Dai­ly Mois­tur­iz­ing
2. Trim When Nec­es­sary
3. Don’t Over Sham­poo
4. Low Manip­u­la­tion Styling
5. Pro­tec­tive Styling
6. Don’t do your hair when you’re anxious/stressed/angry
7. Be mind­ful of the acces­sories that you put in your hair
8. Avoid brush­es and combs
9. You are what you eat (eat healthy food)
10. It’s not a race, it’s a marathon. Don’t obsess over hav­ing long hair.

The­se tips are real­ly spot on. Ladies, what do you think?

Black Girl With Long Hair

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Luv her hair. Does any­one wear their hair out (twist out) 90% of the time? Wor­ried that this might not be good for me, but I love how it looks and I try to keep the ends mos­tur­ized.


LUV her.
SHe’s fab­u­lous!

While I think that the­se tips are great, they sound a bit gener­ic to me. When I first became natural(or start­ed my healthy hair jour­ney in gen­er­al), this gave me a per­cep­tion of one fits all. But once I recon­di­tioned myself to learn MY hair, I real­ized that the things list­ed above(at least some of them), were not ben­e­fi­cial or need­ed for me to retain length. I have fine strands and mois­tur­iz­ing every­day caused more harm than good. So I think that the most impor­tant thing is to DO WHAT YOU FEEL IS RIGHT FOR YOUR HAIR, so I would… Read more »

her hair has grown like crazy but she has done a real­ly, real­ly good job tak­ing care of her hair over the past cou­ple of years.


Thanks for post­ing the sum­ma­ry. I usu­al­ly vis­it your site at work (dur­ing the week) where videos are blocked. And the only time I get on-line at home is on the week­ends. This all seems like great advice. I’ll check out this video over the week­end.

Joan B. in S.C.

+1 to Kit­ty. I can’t get the videos at work either, so doing the sum­ma­ry was much appre­ci­at­ed. I’ll take a look at the vid once I get home tonight.

I hon­est­ly don’t get the instant results with what you eat. “I eat some­thing bad I see next morn­ing” (in the hair) tak­ing that less tan a mil­lime­tre of hair would actu­al­ly be affect­ed at the root, how could one see that in their whole hair? I think that state­ment is just one of those self project state­ments not what actu­al­ly hap­pen­ing. I think, yes, an over­all healthy diet will help hair growth, if one keeps it up at months a time but one day treat­ing one­self real­ly won’t make a dif­fer­ence. I can hon­est­ly see that affect you instant­ly… Read more »

She was say­ing that she sees the results in her SKIN, not her hair. I think any­one to take her words and twist them into some­thing they were nev­er meant to be and then put her down for it is ridicu­lous. Please…take a step back before com­ment­ing. Look at things from all sides.


If you eat some­thing bad of course it is not going to show up in your hair the next day.
Our hair and nails are last in line for any nutri­tion. So if you spend your life eat­ing crap there won’t be many nutri­ents get­ting to your hair and nails.
I know some peo­ple can eat crap all day every day and still look fab­u­lous but that is the minor­i­ty.


Great advice!!!


I agree! I just love her, she’s amaz­ing and pos­i­tive and shares the cutest styles and healthy hair tips! Will remem­ber!

Denyse Walls

I real­ly enjoyed watch­ing this video. This has given me alot of inspi­ra­tion on my hair jour­ney.


I thought this was so help­ful. Not just for new­bies, some­times we all fall off, she raised great points.


She gives me seri­ous hair envy!


Love her and love the advice as well. For me #2 = lesson learned!


Sounds like sound advice to me. I just love Naptura85’s hair, OMG, so thick!


Thanks for the sum­ma­ry. Some­times I’m not in the mood for the videos. She pro­vid­ed great tips.


her haaai­i­i­ir­rrr. i luv.


How would you smooth your edges with­out a brush? I don’t use a comb very often but I use a brush for my edges.


I slather my edges in flax seed gel and tie my sat­in scarf . After 15 min­utes (or overnight) my edges are “smoothed”.


I sec­ond what the oth­er per­son said. Shea but­ter or some­thing sim­i­lar in con­sis­ten­cy mixed w/ water in the palm of your hands. Tie down with a sat­in scarf for 15–60 min­utes.

African Violet

When I put my hair in a bun, I use my hands to smooth back the edges (plus what­ev­er water, oil, cream, or gel that I’m using to aid in the smooth­ing), then I tie a scarf around my head until I’m ready to walk out of the door. Once I’ve removed the scarf, my edges are laid down. 

I guess it all depends on how flat you want your edges, though. My edges aren’t super duper slicked down to the side of my head, but it doesn’t both­er me that it’s not that slicked.


p.s. Do you HAVE to use water as a mois­tur­iz­er? Is the shea but­ter not enough? I’m cur­rent­ly wear­ing a heat-mod­i­fied style and mois­ture is a no-no.


If you don’t want to use water, you can use a water based mois­tur­iz­er like Cathy Howse’s Dew spray. I have used it when I had my hair blow dried and my hair did not revert.
Google her if you want to buy her prod­ucts, it’s under:


Shea but­ter is actu­al­ly an oil.
Fre­quent oil use + Fre­quent heat use = Real­ly unhap­py hair.


wear­ing heat mod­i­fied styles too often is def­i­nite­ly a no-no
1) because you can not give your hair ade­quate mois­ture
Water=moisture…shea but­ter is not water-based

2) Over usage of heat will even­tu­al­ly dam­age your hair. Heat is a hair stres­sor. Too much heat (high tem­per­a­ture) and too often will give you split ends, and it can dena­ture the very pro­tein bonds nec­es­sary to main­tain­ing the strength of your strands.


LMAO @ “don’t do your hair when you’re angry!” Love it!


LoL, hon­est­ly I thought that was the most impor­tant one. To many nights I rushed through my hair because I was frus­trat­ed or super tired. Good­morn­ing break­age, good­night length reten­tion. It’s all good now though, I learned my lesson after the 5t time, ha.


Lol same with me too! Its like one night kills a good cou­ple weeks of growth!