7 Reasons Why Your Natural Hair is Breaking.

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by Charlene Walton of TexturedTalk.com

You would be amazed at the many things that can cause breakage on natural hair. There are several things we do daily, which may not seem like a bad idea but can actually do more harm than good. I guarantee it, if you stay away from these 7 deadly sins then you will be A-ok! Let’s begin!

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Do THIS for the Best Curl Definition, Ever!



Do you struggle with the frizzies? I know I do. It seems to come along with the territory once you decide to go natural. You don’t have to scurry away in defeat, though; the battle against frizz can be won! Here are some practical tips that can guarantee success.

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5 DIY Hacks for Your Natural Hair Care Regimen

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by Mai Curls via Globalcourtureblog.net

Sometimes we have products that we like but are just missing that one element to help give it the “umph” to make it a favorite. There are also a few steps you can take to help make your hair routine just a little bit easier. Here are a few really quick and easy tricks that you can do to potentially give your products and routine that something extra!

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by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Today, there are a TON of products in the natural hair.  It seems that a new one is released every day! And while I love taking long walks in the product aisle *cues music*, I know that so many options can be a problem for some folks. Do you have too many products and can't figure out what actually works for your hair? Below you'll find the top 5 reasons for why you can't find products that work for your hair!

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Reduce Tangles and Time on Wash Day with These Easy Steps!

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Do you dread wash day? I have to be honest – I definitely did. At least, until recently. I’ve finally figured out a way to keep tangles at bay in preparation for wash day while enjoying an attractive, wearable style with my natural hair.

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My Natural Hair Thinned Out & Changed Textures Postpartum

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by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Almost 2 years ago I gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl, ever!  The pregnancy and the idea of being someone's mom was new to me, so I really didn't know what to expect!  I did, however, know all about postpartum shedding and what could possibly happen to my hair after I had my baby. I spoke about how I dealt with postpartum hair loss here. I then began to notice texture changes with my hair.

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THIS is What's Causing Your Hair Damage.


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

We are naturals right? We are conscious about everything that we do, so much so that we feast on all forms of advice and information we can find that will give us the edge we need for healthier, longer, shinier tresses. The problem with that is, we do not all have the same problems, needs or techniques that actually work and will benefit us.

Even the so-called experts have problems or make dire mistakes in their journeys and the honest and smart ones will share their failures to help educate others. My motto is nothing is a mistake if you learn from it, so I share in hopes of saving someone else the grief I have put upon myself.

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How to Build A Natural Hair Care Regimen With Only 4 Products

Once you transition to the world of natural hair care things can be quite overwhelming. Product recommendations, styling tutorials and diy recipes that promise growth are flying at you left and right. Each blogger has specific things she does for her hair and what works for her texture but you just want to know where to start without breaking the bank. And honestly you’re trying your best not to give up but you are also two minutes away from the creamy crack! Lucky for you, I like to keep things simple. At the core of every healthy natural hair journey is a basic natural hair care regimen. If you don’t want to become a kitchen chemist and mix essential oils, eggs, mayo or whatever else you have read you do not have to. Here’s the breakdown of how to build a no-nonsense healthy natural hair care regimen.

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Building a Simple Natural Hair Care Regimen


by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Beginning your natural hair journey can feel both liberating and daunting. My advice?  Keep your regimen simple and the amount of products minimal. This will help you to figure out what works for you and makes getting the hang of caring for your hair much easier. Simplicity is the best foundation for beginners.

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Why You Still Need to Shampoo (sometimes)


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Using shampoo is a debatable subject in the natural hair community. When co-washing came onto the scene, hearing that someone still shampoos her hair was a slap in the face to the natural hair Gods.

The fact of the matter is, depending on one’s natural hair care regimen and the products that are used, shampoo may still need to be utilized as opposed to just co-washing. With that being said, how do you actually know when to co-wash vs. when to shampoo? Here are a few tips to guide you:

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How to Create a Natural Hair Regimen for Type 4 Coils

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For those new to the natural scene as well as old time curlies who just haven't gotten the hang of it, there's nothing more overwhelming (and time consuming) than figuring out a healthy hair regimen! Returning or transitioning to natural hair is usually a time of education and experimentation. To avoid wasting products, money and energy, here is a starting point for creating and maintaining a healthy hair regimen.

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What Do You Do While Deep Conditioning Your Natural Hair?


by Marchay Sledge of ChayNaturals.com

We all know the glorious benefits of deep conditioning (hydrated, soft, elastic hair), but what do we do while deep conditioning? Well that depends on the length of time you plan to deep condition and how much moisture you need. Besides just sitting under a dryer on your phone playing games, there's a lot of more productive things you could be doing with that time. As a college student, I know the value of every precious second of the day. No one wants to be confined to the dryer for possibly hours at a time. While the heat of a dryer does help, there are also options available that allow slightly more freedom, such as portable bonnet dryers, a hot towel, etc. Here are some ideas for what you can do:

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Spend Less Time On Your Hair- Easy Natural Hair Regimens!



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by Emilia Obiekea of AdoreBotanicals.com

Hair Care Simplified

As naturals we tend to inadvertently over complicate our hair care in an effort to be as natural as possible. It is always a good idea to reevaluate how we care for our hair.

How to Get Moisture into Low Porosity Natural Hair


Jensine writes:

If you have low porosity hair, chances are you’ve spent many a wash day trying different deep conditioners in search of a holy grail. When you have no idea how to effectively deep condition your low porosity hair, wash day can be a nightmare. But what if I told you that the method of application can make a world of a difference?
This simple method will help open your hair cuticle so that it is ready to receive moisture and make wash day a breeze!

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Doing the Most? Simplify Your Natural Hair Regimen!


 
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by Amanda
 
Hair care does not have to be complicated. Ask anyone with healthy, full, natural curls what’s their magic, and most will say a simple regimen. Hair care basics include cleansing, conditioning, and moisturizing, but most naturals have steps in addition to these because everyone’s hair is unique. It is important to do what works for you and usually doing too much never works for anyone. Here are four ways you may be complicating your regimen, making your hair care journey more difficult than it has to be.

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My 2015 Natural Hair Regimen & Product Guide


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 Hola Chicas,

It's been a disrespectfully long time since I've updated my natural hair care regimen.  So long, that when I began compiling the deets, ish got outta hand and a couple of paragraphs turned into a whole, entire dissertation.


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Co-Washing Natural Hair- The Benefits



 by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Over the years I have noticed major changes in my hair since I started mostly conditioner washing (co-washing).  I love a little shampoo now and again but co-washing is where it's at! 

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Caring for Natural Hair at Bedtime- The Pineapple



by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural

I get so many questions on how I preserve my hair at night to achieve second and third day hair. I even achieved 5th day hair from a rod set once! Yes, you heard that right-- 5th day hair! Can I get an, Amen?

The key is to pineapple your hair at night. What is pineappling? Pineappling is described as 'a quick styling method to preserve your hair at night to achieve multiple days of your hairstyle'.  Below, I will give you a quick rundown as well as what you will need in order to pineapple your hair, so you can breathe new life into your twist-outs!

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The Right Leave-In Conditioner for Your Natural Hair



After I did my big chop, I was left with a classic Teeny Weeny Afro. However, it wasn’t a perfectly curly and coifed one like you see in the magazines. I was left with multiple textures, scraggly ends, and desert dry hair. Fortunately, I was open to experimentation and understood that my journey was going to be a process, not a pit stop. Leave-in conditioners became a must-have for my regimen, and if I had known then about the insides and outs of purchasing them, I could have saved some Lincoln’s along the way.

A good leave-in conditioner is said to “help detangle strands, reduce fly-aways, tame frizz, and keep your curls soft and smooth” (Smith & Searle, “8 Best Leave-in Conditions for Hair”). However, many of us know that leave-in conditioners are a superstar product for additional moisture and frizz prevention. Despite this, few of us know exactly what types of leave-in conditioners are best for our hair and what it needs at that moment. Knowing this, can substantially increase the health of your hair and enable you to reach your hair goals faster.

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5 Hair Tools for an Easy Wash Day



After being on this natural hair journey for four years, I have had my fair share of using different maintenance and styling tools. There are a lot of naturals who only use their fingers when handling their coils, but I am completely out of patience for that. I have tried numerous ways to detangle, section, dry, and sleep with my hair and here are the five tools I swear by that make my hair extremely low maintenance.

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