Current Product Rotation:

  • Conditioners- Depending on how I feel, I use one, or a combo of the following to co-wash, detangle, and leave-in: Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine, Herbal Essence’s Totally Twisted or Hello Hydration, and DevaCare One Condition.
  • SealantAfrikan Republic Unrefined Shea Butter from Butters-n-Bars.
  • Henna – Bridal Art Quality Jamila from Mehndiskinart.comchoose Jamila 2008 or ’09, and use code ‘CN’ at the time of purchase. I buy the Jamila in the foil pouch only, not the cellophane. I also purchase henna from

Hair Styles (listed in order of how often it is worn):

  • High Bun– The same basic steps found in THIS VIDEO, but done on dry, previously twisted hair.
  • I haven’t done a Bantu Knot-Out in a while due to the amount of time it takes to dry. I love the look, but hate sitting under the dryer!

To see pictures of my hair in the various styles, browse through My Hair.

Current Routine:

On Sunday afternoon I do the following:

  • Thoroughly saturate hair with water in the shower, and divide into two (left and right).
  • Apply conditioner of the day to both sides in a smooshing motion (usually Herbal Essence).
  • Pass my head back under the shower stream for a second for better distribution and added slip.
  • Clip the hair up and out of the way while I complete shower rituals.
  • Take down the right side and finger detangle a bit — detangling the rest under the water stream after the big knots are out. Follow up with the left side. If the conditioner is washed away and tangles are left, I add more conditioner, and repeat. The power of the water stream and the slip of the conditioner should make detangling a breeze!
  • Once all the tangles are melted away, and the Herbal Essence is rinsed clean, I apply a generous amount of DevaCare to my hair in 4 sections to ensure coverage. I then pass my head back under the shower stream for even distribution and get out of the shower. I use lots of DevaCare One Condition as my leave-in…enough that I see white bits while styling. But don’t worry, it dries clean and shiny!
  • Make 10-12 twists- 5 or 6 on each side. Secure the roots with clips.
  • Seal the ends with shea or Set it Free.
  • Set the ends on rollers (rods, magnetic or flexis).
  • Sleep under celing fan for faster drying time. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll sit under my bonnet dryer for 20-30 minutes.
  • The next morning, I take the twists down, and choose whether to leave it out, or pull it up into a high bun, or gather it into a low side bun. If I decide on a high bun, I use my hands only to secure the bun (combs and brushes will create frizz). To help the edges lay, I tie on a silk scarf for 30 minutes before leaving the house.
  • My hair style lasts until the following Sunday. If I have weekend plans, I’ll often re-style on Thursday or Friday — so at the most, I style twice a week.

Once a month, on Thursday nights, I do the following:

  • Shampoo, Condition, Detangle- I shampoo with a Mehandi bar, apply conditioner, detangle, and rinse thoroughly.
  • Apply Henna for an overnight treatment (4 hour treatment with heat, if I’m in a rush).
  • Deep Condition the next morning, and follow the steps above for styling.

Preserving the Style:

  • To preserve my fluffy out-styles, I do THIS, or I sleep with my hair out on a satin pillow case, or up in a high, loose pony secured with a satin scrunchie. All three routines yeild excellent results.
  • To preserve my high buns, I don a silk scarf every evening. By day three or four of my bun, I apply Shea Butter to any unruly edges prior to applying the scarf for the evening. Shea is a great pomade.
  • To preserve the frizz-less low bun style, I take it out of the bun at night and secure it in a loose, higher bun on top of my head (with a satin scrunchie). I then don a satin scarf (to help the edges lay) and retire. The next morning, I take it down and pull it back down into a low bun