Washing

6 Tips For Retaining Length on a Wash and Go Regimen

Wash and Go’s seem to get mixed reviews. Some love them because they’re easy, convenient, and long-lasting once you get the right method and products down. Others find they’re a tangle-inducing, SSK proliferating nightmare. Ever since I discovered that I could indeed wash my hair and go, I did. As a transitioner, I had to... 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

White Blogger Tries the “No Poo” Method for 5 Years, Receives Major Backlash

About a year ago Jacquelyn Baers stirred up quite a bit of controversy when she posted an article on her blog entitled, “Haven’t Washed My Hair in Three Years”.  Her story was picked up by various news sources, which debated her cleanliness. Baers’ blog stated that her decision not to wash her hair did not mean... Continue Reading

Co-Washing Won’t Cover It: 3 Reasons Shampoo is Still Essential for Natural Hair

Over the course of the re-evolution of natural hair, shampoo by and large has gotten a bad reputation. It has been written off as harsh, drying, trifling, scalp irritating, and more. Trust me, I’ve had some less than savory experiences myself. But fortunately, as time moves along and the concern for kinky and coily hair... 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

3 All-Natural Shampoo Options

If you are keen on reading your ingredient labels, you may have noticed that many of the products labelled as natural actually contain very similar ingredients to commercial mass manufactured shampoos. A common naming tactic is to use natural sounding labels such as ‘coconut base’ instead of ‘cetyl alcohol’ or to place a long list... Continue Reading

How To Fix an Ineffective Conditioner

By Monèt of curlsandmo.com 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

10 Gentle and Effective Shampoo Bars for Natural Hair

  As I explore more and more small business brands, I began to notice a growing trend in product offerings: shampoo bars. The notion intrigued me for several reasons – but mainly because my memories of bar soap on my skin were not the fondest. Using bar soap, my skin always felt dry and a... Continue Reading

Buffering Shampoo with Conditioner – Bad or Good Idea?

Vlogger Kimmaytube proposed a buffering method to combat the dry or rough feeling that you may get when you shampoo. The basic principle is that you wet and shampoo your hair as normal and then apply a small amount of conditioner to hair before rinsing off the shampoo completely. This method is designed to allow... Continue Reading

Why I Don’t Wash My Hair When it’s in Mini Twists

One of the most important steps in maintaining healthy natural hair is ensuring that your hair remains well moisturized. It may therefore seem a bit strange that I will be sharing a method of preserving a style that provides the very opposite advice. To be clear, washing and moisturizing your hair ought to be a... Continue Reading

4 Tips for Figuring Out Your Wash Day Routine

For many if not most women with natural hair, the day of dread is wash day. It is the day that you have to deal with detangling, wet hair, shrinkage and of course styling. However, your wash day is a crucial part of maintaining clean hair and preventing tangling and matting. The end story is... Continue Reading

4 Tips for Sink Washing Natural Hair

You ladies will think I’m a nut for this one! So, I ended up sparking up a conversation with someone about hair and do you all want to know what we ended up intently discussing? Whether or not it is acceptable to wash your hair in the kitchen sink. Some people will see it as... Continue Reading

How to Cleanse Natural Hair in 30 Minutes

I am at the stage of my hair journey where the latest products or hair growing techniques no longer pique my interest. I am, however, always on the hunt for tips and tricks that will shorten the time it takes me to wash, detangle or style my hair. Over the past two years I’ve cut... Continue Reading

How to Wash Twists without Getting them Fuzzy

Currently in: small twists on stretched hair for three going on four weeks.  (Hair was stretched via jumbo twists and air dried.)  Over the weekend, I experimented with a new wash method and I like!  For my previous wash method in twists, check out this post. So why the change?  Though the original wash method worked fine for... Continue Reading

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