Moisturizing

How I Keep My Ends from Tangling, Knotting and Breaking Pt. 4 Portia’s Advice

Our fourth feature is from Portia. Be sure to check out our first feature from Chinwe, our second feature from Elle and our third feature from Geneice. In the beginning of my natural hair journey, I big chopped and my hair was short. Therefore, there really wasn’t much to detangle. As my hair grew, it... Continue Reading

2 Ways to Take Down Faux Locs Quickly and Without Breakage

Faux locs are not only beautiful, but they’re a great way to protect your natural hair, while still sporting a natural look. The installation of faux locs can take up to 8 hours, but did you know that it’s taking some people hours just to take those bad boys down? It’s true. I’ve heard a... Continue Reading

3 Tricks to Remedy Persistent Dryness in Natural Hair

Ugh, dryness! It is the Achilles heel of curly haired women everywhere. The coily, wiry strands that enable us to create some of the dopest hair styles on the planet, also contributes to the not so pleasant task of trying to maintain moisture in our hair. You’ve seemingly tried everything and no matter what, your... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Quickly Add Moisture to Your Super Dry Hair

Sometimes you wake up in the morning, perhaps after passing out the night before without having time to re-moisturize and twist, and your hair is DRY. Like can’t rock a fro, can’t move the strands to make it into puff, can’t even smush everything together to fit under a hat dry. Your first instinct is... Continue Reading

Type 4 Naturals: 3 Products to Add to Your Regimen to Boost Moisture

One of the main problems I have experienced with my type 4 hair is dryness. This hair type in particular requires a lot of moisture, and moisture retention is often a big issue. Over the years, I have learned that there are certain things that need to be done or added to my regimen to... Continue Reading

6 Moisturizers to Keep Your Natural Hair Hydrated this Winter

The temperatures seem to be getting worse, not better, as we get closer to spring. Last week clocked in dew points below zero on the East Coast, and we aren’t even done with snow for the year. Of course, with temperatures so low, we don’t want to walk around everyday with soaking wet hair. At... Continue Reading

I Tried a DIY Caramel Moisture Treatment on My Type 4 Natural Hair

Every once in a while I like to change up my hair routine by integrating a new DIY treatment. Changing things up has in the past helped me find new ways to enhance my hair’s moisture retention or it’s manageability. Sometimes I make terrible mistakes, like the time I used coconut cream and castor oil in... Continue Reading

6 Natural Curl Enhancing Methods

When I first went natural, I recall watching videos of people applying conditioner to hair that looked like mine to magically form clumps. However, mine did not. Of course, there is really no magic to it. Natural hair in its stretched form pretty much looks alike but when wet some of us have clumps and... Continue Reading

3 Ways To Combat Dry Hair Syndrome in Type 4 Hair

Many naturals encounter dry hair at some point in time. Dryness can be caused by many things — weather, bad hair products, etc. But for Type 4 naturals like myself, dry hair can be even more prevalent. Over the years, while dealing with bouts of dry hair, I have discovered a few simple ways to quickly... Continue Reading

5 Benefits of Oatmeal for Natural Hair + How I Use It as an Intense Moisturizer

I’m not usually the type to jump on the “strange and unusual” techniques and treatments bandwagon, but when I heard about the benefits of oatmeal rinses a few years back, my interest was piqued. Oatmeal is great internally and some of you might even be familiar with the use of oatmeal for skin, but can... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Bring Moisture Back Into Dry Winter Hair

Sealing is crucial for reducing moisture loss but is only effective for so long. What do you do once the moisture is gone, especially during the winter when it seems to vanish more easily? Here are a few tips to restore that moisture to your hair. 1. Invest in a quality humidifier Cold weather leads... Continue Reading

3 DIY Moisturizer Recipes For Natural Hair This Winter

Winter will officially arrive this month, and as naturals, we want to be ready. Part of that preparation is finding an adequate moisturizer. If your current product isn’t cutting it and you’d like to try something homemade, here are a few worth mixing. 1. Creamy Shea Moisturizer Ingredients: – ½ cup unrefined shea butter –... Continue Reading

My Experience With the Cherry Lola Treatment (the Precusor to the Max Hydration Method) On 4C Hair

Before the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM), there was the Cherry Lola Treatment, developed in 2009 by natural hair blogger Cherry Lola.  (As a matter of fact, the MHM incorporates a variation of this treatment as its first step.) Because of its effectiveness at reducing frizz, this treatment grew in popularity from 2009 through 2012. Not much has... Continue Reading

How Focusing On Hair Porosity This Winter Can Lead to Healthier Longer Hair

When I began researching natural hair porosity, it was like glitter rained down from the sky and I truly began to figure out my hair. I found focusing on porosity to be much more helpful than relying on curl pattern. For those of you unfamiliar, porosity is how well your hair absorbs and holds onto moisture. For... Continue Reading

4 Alternatives To Oil and Butter For Sealing Moisture In Natural Hair

When Izzy (my hair) was much shorter, I never thought it was necessary to “seal” my hair. Why? Because my hair’s porosity is fairly low, so “sealing” in moisture was never imperative to keep my hair moisturized. If you’re unfamiliar, “sealing” natural hair simply means to use a butter or oil to coat the hair... Continue Reading