8 Practices for Healthier, Longer Natural Hair


by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Are you seeking longer healthier hair? When I first went natural I will admit I wanted my hair to grow super long like the girls I saw on YouTube. As I got farther into my journey I realized what I really wanted was healthy hair. I like my hair long, but its nothing if it’s not healthy. Over the years I have developed a healthy hair regimen and began sticking to it religiously. I have compiled a list of some practices that I use to achieve healthy long hair.

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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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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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8 Sulfate-Free Shampoos That Won't Strip Your Natural Hair


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Naturals have a love-hate relationship with shampoo. We love that they cleanse our tresses but often they are just too harsh for our hair. Sulfates are the detergents in shampoo that cleanse away the dirt, pollutants and product build-up but they also strip away the natural oils we need to keep our hair moisturized.

Because of this many naturals have ditched shampoo all together and opted for cowashing cleansers or just washing with botanical conditioners. I love cowashing but know shampoos are still necessary sometimes but when I use one, I make sure it is sulfate-free. Here are 8 of the top sulfate-free shampoos that naturals use, love and swear by to get the job done.

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Developing a Hair Routine or Chasing Hair Envy?




We all have hair crushes myself included and there is nothing wrong with that. Trust me, I LOVE clicking that little heart on Instagram, leaving comments, sharing videos and so on. However, I think there is a fine line between admiring someone’s beautiful mane and wanting/longing/striving to have that mane by copying everything your hair crush does.

When I started my hair journey I didn’t know what I was doing but every time I came across a natural with thick, big, bouncy curls my first few thoughts were: I need to do what she does, why does her hair always look that good, what products does she use and how can I get them. I think when we start to cross that line into hair envy, wanting to change what we have or chasing a dream that will simply not come to fruition is where the harm starts.

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Fall Regimen for Natural Hair- Layering Is Key


by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChic

Fall is all about layering. It’s my go-to method for any on the go outfit. You can’t go wrong when you start with a blank canvas and build around it. I apply this same logic to my fall hair regimen. I am a firm believer in layering my hair essentials. How you layer is just as important, if not more important, than the mere fact that you are layering. If you can master the art of layering you can’t lose.

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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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The Rake and Shake Technique for Curl Definition


When it comes to getting great curl definition that lasts, there are two important factors to consider: your product selection and application technique.

Even though I'm a product junkie with no rehab stint in sight, even I can admit that technique is more important. You can have the best curl defining products at your fingertips, but if you're not utilizing and applying them properly, you'll blame the product for the outcome of your style.

There are several methods for applying curl definers to hair, raking, smoothing, praying hands, and more. But there is one method that has been delivering the best results -- defined curls from root to tip that are plump, juicy, de-frizzed, and far from stringy ramen noodle style.

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4C Natural Hair- A Nighttime Regimen


NaturalMe4c has an easy nighttime routine that doesn't involve re-twisting and it gets her to Day 3 hair!  Watch and learn!

Your Hair Isn't Failing You, It Might Be This...


Routines that make our lives easier often come at a price and yes, that even applies to our tresses. Once I mastered the wash and go with my TWA I was elated at my conquest. It was a breeze on washdays because I could wash my hair with ease. There were no tangles, no sectioning, and no long washdays. It was glorious!

As my hair thrived, so did my tangles. My washdays grew longer and my frustrations began to mount. Common sense is not as common as one would think, so it was much too long before I made the connection that longer hair meant more tangles. It was even longer before I came to the realization that I needed to change my routine. I lost too many hairs to an insane struggle that was more internal (in my mind) than in my hair. My hair was not the problem, I was the problem.

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Troubleshooting the L.O.C. Method for Your Natural Hair

  by Michelle of Radiant-Brown-Beauty

Liquid. Oil. Cream. A Natural’s recipe for long-lasting, moisturized hair.  Or is it? Ultimately the only cure for dry, parched, afro-textured hair is water.  But, water eventually dries or evaporates. That’s where sealing comes in.  The L.O.C. method is a process of sealing the hair that can be quite effective.  But what if you’ve tried it and it didn't work?  What if you’ve meticulously followed the steps, but find that your hair is still as dry as it was before you attempted to seal in the moisture? Keep reading.

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Tips for Washing Natural Hair



by Michelle of Radiant-Brown-Beauty

We all have to regularly cleanse and condition our hair. We know we need to do it, but sometimes you just don’t feel like it!  I personally don’t mind a few hours of doing my hair... I look at it as 'me time'.  Yet, there really are times (although rare) that I want wash day to be quick, but still effective.  So, here are 3 tips that I have found to help get the job done efficiently--

I. Pre-Poo the night before
Pre-pooing is basically, applying a natural oil, conditioner or both, to your hair prior to washing it, to get it ready for the manipulation that is to follow. When you pre-poo the evening before you wash, it allows that pre-poo concoction (whatever it is) to really soak into your strands, making the wash process much easier. I have literally applied my pre-poo to tangled hair, gone to bed and when I got up the next morning to wash my hair, the tangles melted away under the shower stream. I’m currently using coconut oil mixed with Aubrey Organics GPB or another conditioner.

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4 Tips for Growing Long, Natural Hair


 My Trifecta for Hip Length Hair

People that I come across these days assume that my hair has always been long and that my genetics are responsible. Rather annoyingly, some people have come straight out and said ‘being mixed race must have really helped you grow your hair to that length’. NO, no , no the truth is I have always had these genes but in twenty odd years I was never able to grow my hair past my collar bone. It has been changes to my hair care practices that have allowed me to grow my hair down to my hips.
I wanted to share my tips with the community and say …YES you can grow your hair down to your behind. My trifecta is very simple moisturize, strengthen and protect.  Here it is in a bit more detail.

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The Importance of a Simple Natural Hair Care Regimen


 By Danielle Faust of LongNaturalHair.info and OKDani.com

Simplicity is becoming somewhat of a buzzword in the personal development world. It’s important to many people to pare their hectic lives down to the key pieces that matter most. As it relates to hair care, the value of simplicity in your regimen is immense. Having a simple hair care routine does the following:
  • Avoids Overwhelm
  • Avoids Burnout
  • Allows You to See What Works (or doesn’t)
  • Creates Space in Your Life
  • Avoids Overwhelm & Procrastination

9 Genius Natural Hair Hacks


I do not know anyone who does not enjoy a good shortcut or trick, especially if it can help your hair regimen. You may be familiar with some of these and not so familiar with others, but here are some natural hair hacks to help when you are in a bind or want to make managing your hair easier.

1. Stocking hair ties
Have an old pair of stockings? Well, slice a piece of those puppies off to make your own very stretchy hair ties. These hair ties are perfect for coarse, dense hair and tighten really nicely.

2. Plastic bag caps
When you are out of a plastic cap and need to deep condition, just grab a plastic grocery bag and tie it around your head. Not only is this a good solution for deep conditioning, you can throw the bag out once your are done without having to clean it.

The Basics of Natural Care- All You Really Need.

The Compound Effect in Healthy Hair Care Avoiding the Fluff and Sticking to Key Healthy Hair Principles

by Audrey Sivasothy 

Most writers will tell you that they are also avid readers. I am no exception to the rule. Interestingly, one book that has informed my understanding of hair care is not really a hair care book at all. It’s a little book called, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. In the book, Hardy states that, “Success is not doing 5,000 things really well. Success is doing a half dozen things really well— 5,000 times.” And it’s true. When I heard this, it immediately made me think of the very well intentioned but over the top, bank-breaking hair care regimens and routines I’ve seen over the years. We are doing too much, and we get to this point because we really don’t know or want to accept the basics of healthy hair care. Let’s face it— the basics are boring. Cleanse, condition, moisturize and keep my hands out of my hair can’t be all, right?

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The Maximum Hydration Method for 4C Hair


by Curly Penny

The maximum hydration method was introduced by Pinke Cube, an active member of Black Hair Media, and blogger MsDeeKay has been a strong advocate of the method. It is a regimen that is mostly directed to naturals with low porosity, 4C hair to achieve intense maximum moisture. This regimen must be done every day for one week because the goal is to open up the hair cuticles so they can absorb a ton of moisture. After one week the regimen can be done every three days, but no longer stretches than that. Even if your 4C hair isn’t low porosity, give it a try! Other textures can use this method but with few adjustments. These steps must be done consecutively.

3 Tips to Help You Get Through Wash Day


by ToiaB of Luvtobnatural.com

For some, the mere thought of wash day is met with eye rolls and pouts aplenty! Well, I wanted to offer just a few tips that may change your view. This isn’t necessarily a list of harsh rules or talk of products to use but just some practical suggestions to help you make the most of your wash day and get through it without grumbling.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Now, I know they call it “wash DAY” but it doesn’t always have to take that long. At the same time, you don’t wanna rush through it either. You ever speed through a task just to get it done already? More often than not, you wind up skipping steps or not doing a thorough enough job. In my experience, it doesn’t pay to try to properly wash AND style my hair when I’m pressed for time so I’ve found it better to do so when I’m completely free or close to it. This means less stress for me and there’s also a practical benefit…

The Ultimate Regimen: 6 Steps to Rehabilitate Your Hair


by Nicole Harmon of Hair Liberty

You don't need to spend hundreds on products or keep your strands hidden in protective styles to achieve healthy hair. Rehabilitate your hair by following these hair care steps.

Lazy Naturals- Keep It Simple, Boo.


by Toia B of Luvtobnatural.com

In this week’s edition, I thought I’d pick up from where we left off last week. Shall we?

This natural hair stuff doesn’t have to be as difficult or as confusing as some might make it out to be. One way to keep from pulling out your hair in frustration is to keep a simple and consistent regimen, starting with a handful of products. In my experience, there are just a few basic things you really need to get you started on a decent regimen.

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