Washing

Why I Only Wash My Natural Hair Every 2 Weeks

How many of you reading this wash your hair every 5 days without fail? If you responded “yes,” I’d venture to guess (though I may be incorrect) that you wash your hair that often because its currently at a length you consider manageable, or your scalp accumulates oil necessitating a wash, or you wear wash... Continue Reading

Semi Permanent Hair Dye and Clear Rinses for Natural Hair

Style Icon Shenique Most of us will know about semi permanent hair dyes which stain the outer shaft of the hair but wash out over time unlike some permanent hair dye that can get right into the cortex. Some naturals use semi permanents for coloring gray hair but others use it for shine/gloss…….as seen in... Continue Reading

How to Prevent the ‘Dry Hair Feeling’ After Washing

If I were to ask you the top three rules for keeping natural, curly hair soft and healthy, I bet one of the answers most of you would say is: “Keep it moisturized, of course!”. Well then, isn’t it ironic that your hair can feel most dry shortly after it has been washed? For years... Continue Reading

I Tried the Max Hydration Method…and I Liked It!

Back in August, I wrote an article breaking down what exactly the Max Hydration Method (MHM) is and what it claims to do. The comments on the article were all over the spectrum — from devout followers of the MHM to skeptics and those who loathe the concept of “chasing a curl pattern.” In case... Continue Reading

The Benefits of Air Drying Thick Natural Hair

A central piece of advice that I’ve come across repeatedly for processed hair is the value of air drying hair versus using heat. Specifically, some women choose to air dry their loose hair, meaning they don’t use braids or twists, so that they can achieve without the texture of twists or braids. Benefits to Air... Continue Reading

A Scientific Analysis of the Max Hydration Method for Type 4 Hair

Ms. Dee Kay (pictured above) The max hydration method (mhm) makes a big bold promise of getting type 4c hair to get its natural coils into clumped up curls. Are you curious? Here is my analysis of the method. What is the max hydration method? The author of the method, Pinke Cube sent me some notes... Continue Reading

6 Steps to Curb Tangles When You Wash and Go

by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl (pictured above) When women used to tell me that they “couldn’t” do wash and go’s, I’ll be honest, I kind of gave them a side eye. After all, how can you not do a wash and go? Basically, it just means wearing your hair in the state of your... Continue Reading

The New Max Hydration Method Promises Moisturized, Defined Wash and Go’s for Type 4 Hair: Is It for You?

Photo courtesy of maxhydrationmethod.com   The Max Hydration Method (MHM for short) is, according to maxhydrationmethod.com, “a 5 step regimen that systematically increases moisture levels in the hair until Max Hydration is reached.” This method, championed by Black Hair Media Forum VIP Member PinkeCube promises to turn the notion that wash and go’s don’t work... Continue Reading

My Experience using Honey to Shampoo My Hair + 3 Homemade Honey Shampoo Recipes

The use of honey in hair care is not new at all. Many naturals are already familiar with the humectant, mixing it into homemade conditioners and hair care products. But honey as a sort of shampoo!?! Now this use is not discussed as much. I first learned of honey as a cleanser, a couple years... Continue Reading

Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar are Not Effective Natural Hair Cleansers!? Microscope Photos Show Surprising Results!

This is a compilation of some continuing mini experiments on hair washing using different types of commonly recommended cleansers for natural hair. The results are quite fascinating! The Experiment I used my own (natural African) shed hair and imaged it:References/Controls – oily reference – on its own without any washing (sheacoco regular use) – clean... Continue Reading

Why It Takes Me Just 2 Hours to Wash, Detangle and Style my Back-Length 4C Hair

Who wants to spend a whole day washing natural hair? Not me. I will admit, there was a time when it literally did take me a whole day to complete the process. I would spend several minutes shampooing, up to an hour or two deep conditioning, a few hours detangling, all night air drying in... Continue Reading

4 Incredible Cleansing Conditioners for Super Dry Natural Hair

It is summertime, and perhaps, you find yourself wanting to wash your hair more often. If you don’t like the buildup that can come with co-washing or the dryness that can come with shampoos, maybe it is time to try a cleansing conditioner. Here are a few recommendations: 1. As I Am Cleansing Pudding I... Continue Reading

How To Keep Type 4 Hair Stretched and Tangle-Free… on WASH DAY!

by Vashti of VeePeeJay.com For most of us, wash day can turn into… an all day affair, depending on what we decide to do to our hair. No matter how long it takes, at the end we all want our hair to be clean, conditioned, moisturized and tangle free. I was originally attracted to these hair... Continue Reading

9 of the Best Products for Pre-Pooing Natural Hair

When naturalistas begin cutting corners regimen-wise, typically the first thing to fall off is the pre-poo. Take it from me — I’m a walking example. In the crunch to maximize time by allocating it to the parts of my wash day that “really matter”, I began neglecting my regular pre-poo treatments. I would skip the... Continue Reading

3 Myths about Natural Hair Hygiene

    Before I transitioned to natural hair, I had a set of expectations about I would be able to do with my hair. I believed that once I stopped relaxing, it would take less work to maintain my hair hygiene. However, I was in for a rude awakening. There are some aspects of natural hair... Continue Reading