Washing

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

7 Drugstore Shampoos and Conditioners that are Silicone and Sulfate Free

There are now a plethora of hair product lines aimed at naturals but they are mostly online or in select stores.  In the future, it will be super easy to get probably any product. However, there are still many of us who do rely on drugstore products either for convenience or simply because they do... Continue Reading

4 Easy Fixes for Common Wash and Go Problems

At this point in my natural hair journey, I’m certain of three things: I suck at doing twist-outs. I can henna my hair in my sleep. I have pretty much mastered the wash and go. Even though I’ve practically got my wash and go down to a science (a super science, thanks to my new... Continue Reading

How to Protect Your Hair from Seawater, Pool Water and Hotel Water This Vacation Season

With the summer holiday season upon us, I thought it might be worthwhile writing a piece on water. Whether you are headed to the beach or pool this summer you may want to know what the water there will do to your hair. Here are the 5 main types of water you may encounter during... Continue Reading

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

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