Stylists Speak Against Sealing With Butter and Oil, Say It “Suffocates” The Hair

A few weeks ago, I had the absolute amazing opportunity to participate as a panelist in the Ouidad #FRIZZ101 hangout. I got some great information on managing frizz in dry climates, deep conditioning, and more. If you’re interested in the whole hour, go right ahead and watch. But if you want to hear Ouidad say... Continue Reading

Does the “Greenhouse Effect” Really Increase Hair Growth?

By Chinwe of Hair and Health What is the “Greenhouse Effect” (GHE) Method?  In short, it involves sleeping with a shower cap over your hair (or just wearing one for a long period of time) in order to encourage a steamy, warm environment – hence the name “greenhouse effect” – that increases hair growth.  This... Continue Reading

7 Moisturizers for the Line of Demarcation in Transitioning Hair

For transitioners, the line of demarcation presents a special set of challenges on it’s own. Identified as the point where your old damaged hair meets your new natural hair, the line of demarcation can literally make or break your transition. Because this area of your hair is structurally weak, it is super important to keep... Continue Reading

4 Common Myths About Moisturizing Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health Moisturizing natural hair can feel like a “complex art” at times, and moisture-related myths certainly do not help the situation.  Here are a few of those myths that I want to debunk today: 1. Protein conditioners are a no-no Protein conditioners can actually help damaged hair – or even just... Continue Reading

True Life: I Tried a Water-Only, Zero-Product Regimen On My 4B/C Hair

by Barbara of Frotastic Since going natural 3 years ago, I became sort of a mad hair scientist; mixing food items including peanut butter into my concoctions without a problem. Then out of the blue, my scalp decided enough was enough. What happened you ask? A teensy bit of my sealing oil, rice bran, touched... Continue Reading

Coconut Milk as a Super-Moisturizing Pre-Shampoo Treatment

by Shelli of Hairscapades A couple of weeks ago, I was messing around on YouTube and came across this two part series on using coconut milk as a hair treatment. I was immediately intrigued for two reasons. I love me some coconut oil! DON’T NOBODY better say nothin’ bad about COCONUT OIL. ‘Cuz that’s when... Continue Reading

The LOG Method for Shiny, Defined and Moisturized Wash and Go’s

by Emily Cottontop of I know, I know, I know. Yet another method of doing something for our natural hair and we are practically drowning in acronyms already! Well this was all inspired by LHDC-TV on YouTube, she coined the phrase so don’t kill me! LOG stands for Liquid, Oil, Gel, and its just a cute... Continue Reading

4 Signs that Your Conditioner is Effective

As I type this article, I am pretty certain there are quite a number of you who are looking for the perfect hair conditioner. To be clear, I am referring to moisturizing conditioners used after shampooing hair. Protein treatments (i.e. aphogee or komaza) or oil-based pre-wash conditioners are not included here. There are four tangible benefits... Continue Reading

5 Facts on Oil Rinsing

Style Icon Whitney   1. What is oil rinsing? Oil rinsing involves applying an excess amount of a liquid/liquefied oil or butter to hair, allowing to sit for a short time (5-20 minutes) with or without heat and then proceeding to rinse it off with water.  You can optionally follow up with a conditioner to... Continue Reading

6 Products that Moisturize and Define Natural Curls

Although I’m not that big on hair typing, for the sake of simplicity, I’ll occasionally write an article that addresses “Type 3″ hair. This is one of those articles. If I had to, I’d describe my hair as multi-textured, but for the most part, all of it falls somewhere within the 3 category. Lately, I’ve... Continue Reading

4 of the Best All-Natural Pre-Shampoo Ingredients

In previous articles, I discussed the options for 100% natural shampoo and conditioner treatments based on possible efficacy from a scientific perspective. This week is the turn of pre shampoo treatments, specifically oils and butters: 1. Coconut oil This is probably a very old and repeated story for regular readers so I will make it... Continue Reading

How To Fix an Ineffective Conditioner

By Monèt of A while back I was in ULTA and I saw that Güd Conditioner was on sale. After hearing so many naturals rave about it I picked it up. I REALLY didn’t like it – it didn’t have any slip imo – so I gave it away. Then I picked up some Suave conditioner which... Continue Reading

5 Amazing Moisturizing Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair

By Chinwe of Hair and Health Are you searching for an effective moisturizing conditioner for your parched natural hair?  Here are some products that might be worth trying: 1. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner (pictured above) WHY AUSSIE: It is inexpensive, a little goes a long way, and it leaves the hair feeling soft... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Retain Moisture at Night Without a Hair Bonnet

Silk scarves or satin hair bonnets are almost always recommended by pretty much every natural to help take care of your hair at night. Some give them credit for reducing breakage, helping to preserve hairstyles and even for helping to moisturise hair while you sleep. However, what happens if you forget your hair bonnet or... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Combat Dryness in Natural Hair

Hair dryness. I’ve written several articles related to this topic because it is a problem that has, at times, been a source of great frustration for me personally. One thing that I’ve discovered that has helped me to combat dryness is this simple fact: All forms of hair dryness are not created equal. As such,... Continue Reading

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