Should I Really Use Grease on My Natural Hair?

By: Hair Liberty's Nicole Hollis

Q: Should I really use grease on my hair?


A: Grease is usually a combination of petroleum (cleaned up sludge from the earth) and mineral oil (even cleaner, liquefied sludge from the earth). Petroleum-based products come from the same Earth that we pollute everyday with factory run off, pharmaceuticals, household chemicals, etc. Questions about the safety of mineral oil and petroleum in cosmetic products come from concern that they may not be clean enough after coming from such a dirty place. The petroleum and mineral oil used in medicinal creams (Neosporin, for example) gets cleaned much more thoroughly than the stuff used in hair products.

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Top Detanglers That Actually Work for Natural Hair



No matter how much you love your curls, you probably don’t love detangling them. No matter your curl type, there is a risk of causing breakage or hurting your scalp or just taking too dang long. However, if you have the right products and patience, detangling becomes a breeze! Whether you detangle before you shampoo, while you’re conditioning, or as part of your styling routine, one of these products is sure to streamline your wash day.

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EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème: The Community Review


Emme G writes: 

Description of your hair: My hair is medium density, fine, highly porous, cottony and nearly hip-length at its longest point. I have mostly 3C, S-patterned curls that are looser in the front and crown and tighter in the back. My ends form spirals except for the strands that frame my face which maintain the S-pattern.

Name of Product in Review: EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème- $8.99/16oz

Product Description: Coconut Shea Curl Defining Crème has a humidity-resistant formulation to define and separate curls and waves. This product infuses moisture to strengthen hair, provides frizz control, and optimizes style definition. Medium hold.

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ApHogee Two-Step Treatment: Worth the Hype?



by Shelli of Hairscapades
I did it! On Saturday, I decided to venture into the world of heavy duty protein and do my first ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment. Read on to find out if there will a second ;) .

My Process:

I was nervous because I read things like, “Don’t touch your hair once the treatment hardens, or it’ll break right off,” and I thought, “Well how am I gonna rinse this mess out if I can’t touch it?!” But, I then I saw that warning tempered with the advice that you just can’t agitate the hair and should be very careful when it’s in a dried state. I watched a couple of videos, read a few reviews and finally opted on following Chicoro’s technique, for the most part. In Grow It!, she provides some steps for doing a heavy duty treatment, which requires heat to harden it and bind the protein to the hair. The step that was most important for me was that she recommends to place the hair in twists throughout the process whereas all the other reviews and videos I watched were with loose, sectioned hair.

So, here is what I did:

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by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Starting out in the natural hair game can be very exciting but also overwhelming! This is because building a regimen based off of choosing the right products for your hair can be quite a challenge. While it certainly takes time to fully flesh out your routine, a few helpful tips can guide you along that road a lot easier.

There are tons of natural hair products on the market- some great and some that definitely aren’t worth the time or the money. It’s easy to fall into product junkie-ism when you’re a natural newbie but until you know what your hair responds well to, you may want to refrain from impulse buying.

This is not a “go buy these particular products” post: you’ll have to figure that one out for yourself. But what this post will do is give you the tools to decide what products are worth the investment.

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Straightening Natural Hair - My Tried and True Tips




via the forum, shauntielavette writes:

I'm straightening my hair tonight. Any tips on preventing heat damage?

CN Says:
(circa 2011)

I haven't straightened since Valentines Day. I remember it vividly because hubby requested it and I wasn't feeling it... the time consuming process or the end result. I think I washed like a couple of days later! Big hair all day over here.

So although I'm sure there may be some new techniques floating around, below, you'll find my tried and true tips...

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