Try These DIY Conditioners For Curls

by Mary Wolff

When it comes to caring for your curls, you may feel more comfortable creating your own products. Maybe you just don’t have the time to run to the store to pick up another bottle. Whatever the case, there are a ton of easy-to-make ideas for a DIY conditioner for curls. They use natural ingredients you probably already have on hand in your kitchen! Here are a few of my favorite recipes for a nourishing DIY conditioner for curls.

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Wes' Worst Hair Moment in History

It's that time again curlies! The beautiful Wes of Honeybrownsugar is back on the ones and twos! Check out her Worst Hair Moment EVER...then head over to her site to read about mine!

During my college years, I did soooo much to my poor strands- from relaxing to bleaching- you name it. It's still amazing that my hair is still in tact and on my head! My worst moment ever was probably when I attempted to "highlight" my OWN hair. I had purchased the African Pride highlight kit (it had just came out) from Walmart. I put on the cap (with the pinholes in it) and had my roommate pull the hair through the cap (which hurt like HELL). Afterwards, I applied the bleach mixture to the hair that had been pulled through. After letting it penetrate for probably 30-45 minutes, we ran upstairs to rinse it out in our dorm's laundry room sink!
Thank God I still had all of my hair but my texture had changed drastically. It was stiff, dry and felt like hay (and NO, I didn't deep condition afterwards :-O , I think I blow dried and flat ironed :-O ). This was also during a period in my life when I was using Optimum's Super Strength relaxer...
I don't know what was wrong with me back then... *smh*

What has been your worst hair moment in history?

Back Into Time with Wes!

The beautiful Wes of HBS is back, and guiding us down memory lane!

Back Into Time...

This is me circa 11th grade- I was always known to have some sort of unique, funky hairstyle. This style AND look I stole from Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody" video. I think I used rollers for the curls...

When I think back, I used SO many different styling products, most of which I don't use any more:

- Jam
- Pre-Con styling gel (they don't really make it any more, but this was a really good gel for setting dry hair on rollers!)
- Live hair dressing
- Vitapointe hair dressing
- Isoplus Hot Curl Spritz

What products did you use in high school?

Substitute Teacher Wednesday

10 Things I’ve Learned (Since Becoming Natural)….

By Wes of Honey Brown Sugar

1. Everything isn’t for everybody. No one head of hair is identical and we all have our own special needs. For instance, the LustraSilk cholesterol conditioner did not work well for me but that’s not to say it won’t work well for someone else.

2. Hair should ALWAYS be detangled in the shower with conditioner! I remember when I first started wearing my hair in its natural state- I would never untangle it. Ever. I would simply wash and style. Not once taking the time to detangle!

3. Denman has become my best friend. Although some days I do finger comb, most days I rely on my trusty Denman D4 brush. It is my curls’ best friend. Prior to discovering the Denman brush, I would use a wide tooth comb- which wreaked havoc on my strands.

4. Trims aren’t needed as often. Though some curlies do prefer to clip every 6 to 8 weeks (or when they feel necessary), it isn’t “mandatory” that a curly girl trim her ends so often. My stylist from Devachan recommends once or twice a year as sufficient*.

*Being that you don’t do excessive heat styling and/or don’t deep condition on a steady basis.

5. I don’t like “colored” hair. During my relaxed years, I also experimented with color. I’ve had burgundy hair, brown hair, blonde highlights, red highlights and jet-black hair. It wasn’t until I stopped relaxing AND coloring that I realized how much I love my naturally dark hair.

6. My natural hair has various textures. The front-left differs from the front-right; one side is more tightly curled than the other. The back/bottom is also very tightly curled while the crown literally has its own thing going on (I’m still trying to figure that section out).

7. It’s okay to use conditioner as a leave-in. I would have never thought to do this until one year I was on vacation and didn’t have any hair products outside of some shampoo and conditioner. I decided to use the conditioner as a styling cream and a whole new world opened up to me. Now (for the most part), I only use conditioner to style my hair.

8. It isn’t necessary to wash (shampoo) your hair every other day. In the beginning, I think I would wash (yes: with shampoo!) my hair every two days. During this time, I didn’t deep condition and I used styling products made for NON-people of color. Most of these products contained drying agents.

9. Silicones aren’t really as bad as we make them out to be.

10. Natural hair is a learning process! If you’ve relaxed your hair most of your life, you WILL definitely need to “re-learn” your hair. If you think you knew your strands when you were relaxed, you’ll find out that you didn’t really know much.

Substitute Teacher Wednesday

Hi Ladies!

On the last Wednesday of each month, the lovely Wes of will be standing in for me- sort of like a Substitute Teacher! We hope that this endeavor will diversify both sites, and provide readers with a variety of reliable and reader-friendly articles. Besides being gorgeous, this curly icon has been providing much needed hair product reviews, advice, and styling techniques since February of last year. Not only is she a hair guru, she branches out and helps you maintain your sexy from head to toe! Her kind spirit shines through in her writing style, and her recurring posts such as Friday's Dessert, and Tuesday's Trouble, illustrates her creativity! Thanks Wes for all you do! Now, onto today's lesson:

Straight Hair Can Be Healthy Too!!

Written for Curly Nikki by Wes of

If you’re familiar with my blog, Honey Brown Sugar, then you know that I’ve been doing a LOT with my hair lately. From new products to new styles, I needed a break. A much NEEDED break. I know I said I wasn’t going to straighten my hair as often as I used to, but this is the only way I can give my hair a break (for about two weeks).

Although I had pledged to stay far away from my beloved flat iron, I reneged on that promise. My initial thought was to roller set my hair but I was heading out for the night and time was of the essence. So, with little time and plenty of knowledge I decided to flat iron my hair in the most healthiest way possible.

1. I washed with Mizani’s Thermasmooth shampoo, then detangled and conditioned with Elasta QP’s DPR-11 Remoisturizing conditioner (I think this may have been a little to heavy for my straight hair. Works best when my hair is in its naturally curly state).

2. After rinsing, I then applied just a dime-sized amount of Mizani’s Thermastrength Style serum and blow dried in small sections (using Mizani’s Thermasmooth Smooth Guard Smoothing serum, about a pea sized amount for each section), starting at the back.

3. After blow drying each section, I checked for even-ness and clipped some ends. My recent trip to Devachan had my ends a little uneven (their procedure involves trimming the ends of each and every curl, one at a time)- I did a little clean up there and then grabbed my trusty Megastar flat iron (thanks to the great people at Misikko!).

4. I flat iron in the same manner as blow drying; I begin at the back and proceed upwards, working in small sections. I usually use the highest heat setting but this time I opted for 350 degrees (instead of 420).

I usually use the entire Thermasmooth system from Mizani but I just decided to do things a little differently this time. I know that times are tough right now (Mizani products are a little on the pricey side)- if you’re looking for a substitute I highly recommend FHI’s Heat Hot Sauce. The most important part of flat ironing/straightening your hair is to always use a heat protectant! A deep conditioner isn’t always necessary however, it should be done on a consistent basis if you’re a repeat flat iron-er.

Hope this helps curlies!!

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