Washing

3 Sulfate Shampoos That Won’t Leave Your Natural Hair Feeling Stripped and Dry

I’ve long been a fan of sulfate-free shampoos. For afro-textured hair types, it just made the most sense because it was frequently touted as significantly less drying than its counterpart. While many non-sulfate cleansers are actually less drying, there are... Continue Reading

Can Water-Only Washing Maximize Natural Hair Growth?

Since we last discussed Whitney (Naptural85), her theory has evolved from incorporating co-washing to alternating between co-washing and water-only washing.  (In case you missed the previous discussion, here it is: Does Constant Washing Make Natural Hair Grow Faster?.) What is water-only washing?... Continue Reading

Does Constant Washing Make Natural Hair Grow Faster?

I am definitely not the first natural to notice what appears to be faster hair growth with more frequent washing. In the beginning of my journey, it was a question that came up periodically on the hair care forums I... Continue Reading

Sink or Shower: What’s the Best Place to Wash Natural Hair?

When you watch a shampoo commercial, where is the woman usually washing her hair? Usually in a hot, steamy shower or under a waterfall in a tropical paradise, right? The point is, she is usually standing upright massaging the shampoo... Continue Reading

How Hard Water Scientifically Affects Natural Hair

Many naturals report that their hair feels and even behaves differently when they live, move or vacation in an area with hard water. I now finally have scientific answers as to what could be happening! 1. The cuticle surface is... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Wash and Maintain Crochet Braids

Even though crochet braids usually only last a few weeks, you may be able to stretch the duration of the protective style even more if you wash and condition your scalp with them in. It may seem like an impossible... Continue Reading

Microscope Photos Reveal Which Natural Cleansers Work Better Than Shampoo

I have finally got around to testing some more natural cleansers. In the firing line today are castile soap (diluted), natural soap or shampoo bar, oat water and shikakai. The Experiment I used my own shed hair and imaged it:... 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... 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... Continue Reading

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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... Continue Reading