Should I Detangle My Natural Hair Before or After I Shampoo?

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

The natural hair community is chock full of information of all kinds. From co-washing to deep conditioning and sealing, there are many different tips and tricks that are shared by some of our favorite natural hair gurus. One of the most discussed topics by far is definitely the different methods of detangling and whether it’s more effective when done either before or after shampooing the hair.

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What I've Learned About Growing My Natural Hair...



Over the years I have learned so much about natural hair and most of what I’ve learned has come from my own journey with my hair. After watching countless Youtube videos and educating myself on natural hair, I came to conclusion that there are 4 tips necessary for natural hair growth that are simple and easy. I wanted to keep this short, sweet, and to the point.  Enjoy!

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5 Things That Prevent Hair Growth


by Kanisha Parks of BlackNaps.org

Last year was definitely a year of learning about my hair for me. I made some good hair habits, and some not so good, but all in all I can truly say that I know my hair much better now than I did at the beginning of the year.

Sometimes we don’t always pursue the best habits for our hair and let’s face it: we’re all human and sometimes our hair can’t take first place. But this year, let’s commit to being better to our hair and retaining as much growth as possible by leaving these hair habits behind me:

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How to Grow Long Hair: 8 Things You Should Never Do

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

How to grow long hair seems to be a mystery to so many new and veteran Naturals. For some, it’s a myth that only seems to exist on the likes of YouTube and Pinterest but not necessarily on their head. However, beautiful, long, natural hair is not a fairy-tale. Long, natural hair does exist, but these natural locks are not something that just happens overnight or by the luck of a braid or twist.

No, the women you see with long hair are consistent in their efforts, and while they undoubtedly did make a few mistakes along the way, they also learned what not to do along the path to growing long, natural hair.

Here are eight things you should NOT do when trying to grow long natural hair.

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The 'Water Only Washing' Method for Softer, Healthier Natural Hair?

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by Jonna of BlackNaps.org

The Water Only Washing method isn’t a new concept, but it started to gain notoriety on natural hair forums around 2013, and the premise is that our naturally occurring sebum is all the product we need. By eliminating all other products from your regimen, including natural oils and butters, you can simply use water to move the sebum down the hair shaft and eventually coat the hair completely. Once the hair is completely coated with sebum from your scalp, your hair is said to be soft and moisturized, easy to detangle, and your natural curls will pop.

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How to Grow Out Type 4 Natural Hair Faster


Zara writes:

I want to share with you my new vid as a companion to my previous one: 7 Don'ts For Growing Long Natural Hair. I've learned to steer clear of the practices I mention in the video and my hair has been thriving ever since! While we're all different I hope that these simple guidelines (or versions of them) can help another young woman (or man) who is struggling to grow her (or his) hair.


How to Grow 4c Hair

 
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4C hair is beautiful and easy to care for as long as you know how to properly clean, moisturize, and maintain it. The best advice you can get on maintaining 4c hair is from women who have plenty of experience with it. Although everyone’s hair is unique, watching others' trials can reduce the stress of finding what works for you. So we reached out to community favorites, 4c vloggers Lulu, Kriss, Jessica, and Jenn to share their hair care do’s and don’ts that have been successes and failures of their regimens. 

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How to Determine What Your Natural Hair Needs


by Hadassah of NappilyNigerianGirl

What's up guys?!  I hope your hair care process is going smoother and simpler? Stress-free haircare is the motto for this article... well, for this life!

Today, I'll be sharing some tips to bridge the communication gap between your hair and you.

We've all heard the saying, "Listen to your hair and do what it says"... but how can you listen to it when you don't understand the language it speaks?!

For starters, it doesn't have a visible mouth so we are pretty damn sure it can't talk!

Plants can't talk either but how do you know they are unhealthy?
How do you know they aren't getting the nutrients they need?
You do so by watching out for the signs.
That browning leaf, that withered stem, the failure to thrive... but how do you even know what these signs mean?
There are plants that naturally have brown leaves, there are plants that naturally have disfigured stems, there are plants that are naturally small...

To know, you need to have an idea of what the healthy plant looks and behaves like, that way you can easily tell when there's a problem.

It's the same thing with hair. It doesn't speak but it shows signs. You need to know what the healthy state for your hair type and texture is.

If you have naturally fine hair, you can't conclude that your hair isn't healthy because it is not as thick or as full as that of a naturalista with thicker, denser strands.

If your hair is naturally brown in colour, you can't conclude that it is unhealthy because it is not jet black and super sheeny.

If your curls are naturally tight and dense, you can't conclude that your hair is hard and will be difficult to manage.

The first step to understanding the signs of trouble your hair shows you is to know exactly how your hair behaves in its healthy state.

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How to Create a Healthy Natural Haircare Regimen


In the below pictorial and vid, Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural breaks down her healthy hair routine in hopes that it'll give natural newbies a place to start!  Enjoy!

The Top 10 Ways to Prep Natural Hair for Cold Weather

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by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

When the transition from warm to cool weather takes effect, your hair regimen will call for a change. You will be more prone to itchy scalp and dryness comes easy. Use these tips to get your hair winter ready:

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Why You Need to Change Your Routine & Products Every Season

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by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

Establishing a routine is something that takes time, trial and error and patience. It’s probably one of the most personalized portion of your entire journey- finding exactly what works for your hair and what doesn’t.

But what many women don’t realize is that what works for your hair during one season may not work for the next. Changing your wash regimen for each season is important to ensure that your hair maintains its health and retains as much moisture as possible. So here’s what you need to know about changing your routine per season:

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The Best Nighttime Routines for Natural Hair Care

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

What to do with your natural hair at night is just as important as what to do with it in the morning. While relaxed we really didn't worry much about it other than making sure to not ruin the style but as we learn more about how to care for our natural tresses we find the importance of everything we do!

When developing a regimen, the same points are pounded into our heads- cleanse, deep condition, moisturize, do protective styles, and etc. but when it comes down to our nighttime routine, we’re given general tips, some that aren’t really universal.

Caring for your hair as you sleep is just as important as caring for it when you’re awake, and even more-so because what you do before bed can be the difference between your curls being on point and being a big matted mess in the morning. Whether you’re rocking a TWA or waist-length Locs, it is important to protect your hair as you sleep in order to retain moisture and preserve your style.

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5 Ways to Save Money On Natural Hair Care!


by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

This post is inspired by a few reader emails I have received, that ask what can you use when you don’t have a lot of funds to work with.

Natural hair products are expensive, I won’t even lie! The average product will cost you anywhere from $10 to upward of $14. Especially in the beginning when you are trying to figure out what works this can hurt your pockets big time. For those who cannot afford to splurge here are my tips for you:

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Why Water Only Hair Washing May Be For You!

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by AFRIKANBUTTERFLY of TheKinkAndI.com

Girl, that’s what I said.

A hair regimen that needs Water ONLY. As in, water only.

I first heard about the Water Only Washing method two years ago, and I was skeptical. Like how? Isn’t that just rinsing? What about hygral fatigue? Won’t this mean more breakage? More tangles? Haba now. Be serious.

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Top Tips to Make Wash Day Easier for Your Curly Kiddo



by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

I’ve been a mom for a little over 2 years now and I can say that wash day is not my little ones most favorite day of the week. I try to make it fun for her since it's something that has to get done in order for me to maintain her healthy hair. I know I am not the only mom who dreads wash day with their little curly. So I came up with 4 tips to make wash day easier for you and your little one!

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4 Reasons You’re Still Struggling With Your Natural Hair

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by Charlene Walton of TexturedTalk.com

Have you been natural for a while but you’re still struggling with your natural hair? Maybe you just big chopped and have no clue what to do next. Or, you think being natural is too hard and have no idea where to start first. There are a lot of reasons why women struggle with natural hair but here are some of the most common factors that hold women back.

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5 Useful Pointers for New Naturals

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

It’s over. You’ve done it! You’re FINALLY natural. Your Pinterest board and Tumblr are popping with all of the styles you can’t wait to try. You’ve watched every Naptural85 video she’s ever made, and you’ve unknowingly hoarded an impressive amount of hair products under your sink. If you’re a newbie in the natural scene, don’t worry.

We’ve all been in your shoes- ready to twirl on our haters but can’t find a style that seems to flatter your face. While everyone’s tips are tricks are generally specific, there are definitely some basics to keep in mind as you embark on your newly-natural journey. With that being said, here are 5 pointers that every new natural needs to know…

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10 Things Every Natural Hair Girl Needs!

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by Michelle Thames of Happilyevernatural.com

Are you newly natural, a veteran in the game, or thinking about going natural soon? Well this list is for everyone! I was sitting at home one day and I thought to myself, wow, what would I do without certain products that I use for my natural hair?! I would probably be lost without some of my favorite and must have items, so I compiled a list of what I think every natural hair girl needs!

How Often Should You Wash Your Natural Hair?

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by Sointocurls via BlackNaps.org

Sometimes we end up limiting how often we wash our hair thinking that it will prevent dryness when we should actually be washing more frequently than we do. The signs that our hair is dying for a wash are not always so obvious, especially for the natural newbie.

How often natural hair needs to be washed varies from person to person. It depends on these factors:

-The amount of oil your scalp produces
-Your hair density and texture
-Hair porosity
-The styles you like to wear
-The length of your hair (shorter hair is no doubt easier to wash more frequently)
-The amount of hair products that you use and the way that your hair reacts to products (if you use lots of styling products you will definitely need to wash your hair more frequently than someone who uses hair styling products minimally).

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An Easy Wash Day Routine for Type 4 Natural hair

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by Jensine from Jungle Naps

Let’s be honest. When you’re natural and wash day hits, sometimes you dread the long process ahead of you. The detangling, the long DC sessions that turn into naps, and post-wash styling are all part of the process. However, a few helpful tips can make all difference.

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