The Beginner's Guide to Natural Hair Products

Photo Courtesy of Ambrosia Malbrough

With our curls, coils, and waves we have choices despite universal practices for all curlies like cleansing, conditioning, moisturizing, styling, and health reinforcement. Within each category you determine what works best for your hair by trial and error and I cannot stress that enough. Thinking you can just come out of the gate knowing what your hair likes might be unrealistic. Patience and a willingness to learn what your hair needs take time and practice through trying different products and techniques. Here are regimen categories with different product options that cater to your specific needs.

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Fell Off?- Get Your Natural Hair Back on Track!

Before I even begin to get into the topic, I want to start off by saying do not stress, it is not the end of the world!

So you have found yourself a routine that not only works for your hair but fits into your lifestyle (time), you use products that give you results (and works with your budget) and you are happy with your hair journey. All of a sudden you realize something is up. You’ve skipped a few (needed) moisturizing deep condition sessions, you haven’t been detangling properly/thoroughly or perhaps you started noticing excess shedding because you’ve become a little complacent with the protein deep conditions. Like I said, do not stress, that will not help, if anything, it could cause even more of a setback. It happens to the best of us, life sometimes gets in the way, we fall ill, we become busy, etc.

Here are 5 really simple steps that will hopefully pave the way to getting back on track:

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5 Tips to Reduce Breakage When Washing Natural Hair

Cleaning out the drain is high on the list of worst chores in life. Especially when you have (and lose) a lot of hair. We like to find small ways to put off this loathsome activity. Most of your hair breakage happens on wash day, so if you want to lose less hair then start with your shower habits.

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Ayurvedic Hair Care for Natural Hair

Becoming a curly or coily hair mixtress can be intimidating. Some mixtresses we see on YouTube or on blogs seem to have it all together. They are making soaps, conditioners, lotions, and teas. It can become overwhelming and intimidating. If you add trying to be an Ayurvedic mixtress, then you really add some complexity into the mix (pun intended) because for many of us we are not that schooled in Ayurveda herbs for hair care.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest healing sciences that have a holistic approach to health. It is designed to help people live a long, healthy, and well-balanced life. It has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years. It has recently become popular again in western cultures and is used to treat illnesses and maintain balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through proper eating, drinking, and lifestyle.

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Understanding and Loving Your Natural Hair

We have all had our share of hair disasters. Some experiences happen at home and others in the salon. At-home disasters might be easier to handle, as you or a close family member usually renders the offense. In that case, you can determine what changes to make. When the disaster occurs at the hands of a stylist, it can produce an ongoing fear since correcting his or her error can be more difficult. With our social networking across the world, it is increasingly common to share our hair catastrophes, one with another, which can sometimes perpetuate fear. With each situation, we vow never to put ourselves in a situation that makes us to want run for the hills.

This potential fear does not appear without reason. Natural hair newbies go through great lengths to achieve their goals. The amount of effort it takes to make the legendary transition takes courage, patience, and is rarely achieved without a strategy. Unfortunately, an understandable concern can easily transfer into a dramatic phobia. However, with every myth there might be at least an ounce of truth. Let's see.

Using a comb will cause breakage
Truth- Using a comb improperly will cause breakage. When using a comb, do so when the hair is protected and supported by a slippery conditioner, detangler, or oil. Comb from the ends to the roots and when the hair is clear, stop.

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Clay Washing for Natural Hair Health and Growth

Clay, mud, and fine-grained earth are all words that describe our mineral-rich favorite detoxifying miracle for our bodies and hair. Whether you choose bentonite, rhassoul, or kaolin clay, they all offer benefits that to some far outweigh shampoos. If you want to ditch shampoos for their harsh sulfates and surfactants, but find co-washing inefficient, then a clay wash may be the perfect solution.

These clays are born of the earth, and as we love using what the earth has to offer, clays never disappoint. In recent years they are becoming popular but many cultures throughout our history have been using clays to heal and rid their bodies of toxins. According to Wellness Mama, there are animals that will even eat dirt and clay to remove poisons from their systems during illness and distress. They are natural, potent, and mineral-rich to clean, detoxify, and condition our hair and skin. If you are new to them do not worry, as I am about to share some of the plentiful benefits for your hair, body, and even wallet!

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The Questions I Get Most About My Tailbone Length Hair

When you have natural hair you will undoubtedly get numerous, repetitive questions about your hair. Upon answering, some seem obvious, others very cliché, but no question is a bad question and even when they seem irrelevant, they will probably help inquiring minds. Here are some of the most common questions people ask me about my hair and my responses.

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How to Create a Natural Hair Care Regimen

by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics

1. Start a Hair Diary or Journal
Writing a Diary may sound a little “High School” to some but it can really be helpful in your journey. Documenting and maintaining the products you’ve used and the results they delivered will help you keep track of what your hair likes. You can set goals and log results, good and bad. Does your hair like oil based or water based products best? Do certain oils do nothing for your hair? This will aid in your quest for the perfect product combinations.

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Will Twisting My Hair Every Night Cause Breakage?

by Amanda

When I big chopped in 2011 after transitioning for ten months, I rocked fingercoils that I only had to touch up twice a week. Then came the awkward stage. My coils were not long enough for a ponytail and the fingercoils were starting to hang like starter locs. Twist outs left my hair looking like Icarus from the Disney Hercules cartoon (I am not offended if you laugh), so I was frantically trying to figure out my next style. My fingers cramped at every attempt to braid, so flat-twist outs became my best friend! For the next two years, I would reserve an hour an every night to flat twist my fine, 4a coils. Did you notice I said fine? Do I regret that? Well, I can address that in my response to AmandaCurls101 from Q&A.

Is it okay to retwist/rebraid/rebantu etc. every night? So I have short very kinky hair that has a ton of shrinkage. If I don't retwist or rebraid my hair at night it will get very matted up and very tangled. Will retwisting at night cause too much breakage?

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