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_______ Helped Me Achieve Healthier Natural Hair

By January 27th, 202176 Comments
_______ Helped Me Achieve Healthier Natural Hair

What’s the one addition to your hair care routine (a product, styling technique, treatment, etc.) that has helped you realize balanced hair with improved length retention,  (fewer knots, splits, single strand knots, etc. and improved elasticity)?


  • Queenofthe4s says:

    Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner- Cut breakage/rippage during my detangling sessions in half…. if not more..

    Giovanni 50/50 works great too…just not as much slip..

  • Anonymous says:

    Low heat and Curlformers.

  • Adrianna says:

    The Shea Moisture and Curls line has helped my hair so much. My hair was very frizzy and the curls were not as defined, because last year I flat ironed my hair sooooo much, but the products really helped me bring back my curl pattern and my hair is so soft now.

    And it smells amazing!

  • Anonymous says:

    Terressentials hair wash – easy detangling, cut down on products – my hair has never looked better!

  • Anonymous says:

    Damn you, loveBambi!!!!! I was cool with not buying any other products until I read your post! 🙂 (Plotting to try this product soon)You, my dear, are an ENABLER! LOL

  • loveBambi says:

    TERRESSENTIALS!!!!! I cannot stress enough how amazing this "mud" stuff is! This entire week I've been going through the hair "detox" using only Terressentials and water and MAN! Never has my hair ever been so soft without ANY products on it, not to mention I didn't even have to detangle!

    …I sound like an advertisement lol

  • Paige says:

    stopping the no-poo/low-poo method (yup, i said it!)
    waterwashing aka tea rinsing
    my own homemade mositurising spritz

    all this helped me. I am only 1 year & 2 months natural, but my hair is healthy & I get compliments on the natural shine of my hair.

    Thanks to CurlyNikki, I am getting into henna-ing & cassia-ing my hair. Can't wait to see what it brings!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Water, Castor oil and leaving my hair alone!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Pre-poing has done n still does wonders for my hair!

  • mangomadness says:

    The following has helped me achieve "healthier" hair…
    -finger detangling 100% of the time
    -shampooing in 5-7 loose twists w/ banded ends
    -detangling and shampooing in front of mirror/sink
    -weekly low manipulation styling (braid outs, flat twist outs, etc)
    -sealing ends w/ shea butter mix

    I'm a collarbone length 4a/4b natural.

  • siri says:

    100% pure aloe Vera Gel! The 98% is great but the 100% loosens the curl, if you need that right now, and sometimes you do. Use sparingly too much, and your hair can get 'crunchy' even with NO alchohol added! I had to get mine over the internet from Aloe Vera Farms, it is certified natural and 'full strength' what ever that means. I bought because Trader Joe's sells Aloe Vera seasonally (98%) and were out! It takes a 'minute' to get used to but it HAS reduced breakage, and moisturized my hair! Good Luck!

  • Mikki says:

    Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie,Shea Moisture Hair Milk, and Vatika oil. Deep conditioning once a week with Aussie moist and olive oil. Also, deep conditioning once(or twice) a month with 1 avocado, half of a small jar of mayo and olive oil. Detangling in the shower..Throwing out my denman and cancelling my tangle teezer order on Amazon:-)

  • Pinkgirlfluff says:

    Adding shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie to my regime has been a huge win! I was not expecting it to define curls or anything magical in that sense. I did hope it would keep my hair soft and yummy. It leaves me with hair so soft that I don't have to moisturize everyday anymore. I just tie my hair up and night and fluff out. My twist outs are amazing with this stuff. I think I'm in love with a product. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Sectioning, whatever I do. Like while shampooing, co-washIng, detangling, deep conditioning, styling – ALwAYS do so in sections. Doing my hair is so much easier, faster, tangle free (the list goes on) when I section my hair in at least 2.

  • Camille Acey says:

    washing my hair in twists and washing my hair in front of the mirror and over the sink rather than in the shower. i can see what is going on and mind how i manipulate. also shea butter and coconut butter.

  • Chantel says:

    moisturizing/sealing/deep conditioning/ leaving my hair alone once its styled.

  • LovelyB says:

    Tie between Pre-pooing, henna, and low-manipulation styles (twist/twist-out no more wash-n-gos)
    proper and GENTLE detangling

  • Taneica says:

    Henna and deep treatments

  • Anonymous says:

    Following the Curly Girl Method very closely for my hair type has helped me retain much needed moisture in my hair that I didn't know was even possible. Also, I recently found my holy grail conditioner, which is Nature's Gate Herbal Daily Conditioning Conditioner. That conditioner makes my hair feel soft, smooth, and silky. In addition, it give me the best curl definition I've every experienced with a conditioner. After recently tying it out, I've fell in love and will not use any other conditioner on my hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    no color, no flat ironing, oil & water, braid outs and Aphogee protein treatments

  • devastatingdiva says:

    There are several I think. I use a TON of different products in my hair so it's hard to pinpoint just one product…but definitely, co-washing, leaving in conditioners and never, NEVER using heat! Oh and I henna at least once per month

  • Anonymous says:

    Tightly curly method

  • Anonymous says:

    I take great care of my hair, use heat infrequently etc. However when I used Biotin length retention was evident. I use it like 3x week, while of course eating correctly (fruit / vegetables) and drinking about 1 1/2 – 2 litres daily.

  • Anonymous says:

    Henna and Kinky-Curly line

  • Anonymous says:

    Equal parts Aloe Vera Juice and Water mixed with Jojoba and Castor oils in my spray bottle. Retwisting at night with this and Uncle Funky's Daughter Extra Butter adds shine, hold and bounce to my fine hair (and not so fine parts!). Also helps make it look thicker (almost 60 and my hair was starting look thin)

  • KinkyKurlyQueen says:

    Drinking more water, braid outs and Rhassoul treatments once a month.

    Water – for overall health
    Braid Outs – cuts down on tangles and single stand knot….and it's cute!
    Rhassoul – deep conditions the heck out out of my hair. Makes detangling and handling my hair so much easier.

  • Anonymous says:

    My hair has grown pretty quick since I 1) went natural and 2) eliminated heat My hair has grown about 4 inches since I did my big chop and that was about 8 months ago. I'm hoping to get another 2 inches in before I reach a year. Guess now is a good time to find a product or technique to give me that extra boost haha

  • Anonymous says:

    Water, water, water!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Low manipulation, detangling with tangle teaser, using a mix of Shea butter oil, vitamin e oil, moisture milks strawberries and cream mixed with water spray, braidouts, twistouts, as well as oiling my scalp helps.

  • Anonymous says:

    twists at night helped me to achieve healthy hair! fewer knots, tangles and stretched hair for big volume!

  • Anonymous says:

    co washing, and sealing my ends!
    and dont fall into the protective styling hype! it does not work for everyone. and many people have grown long hair without protective styling once.

  • Natural-E says:

    Not wearing my hair out in an afro has helped me to retain moisture and get rid of knots and tangles. Other than that using all natural or organic products and deep conditioning has transformed my hair.

  • Kea::Curls says:

    sealing changed my hair life!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Coconut oil as a prepoo and adding to my conditioner really helps to maintain moisture that some styling products (esp. Miss Jessie Curly Meringue)take away.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think I have two things: deep conditioning after each shampoo with olive oil, coconut oil, and honey, and spraying my ends daily with an aloe vera juice and water combo and sealing with coconut oil or my homemade shea butter whip.

  • Shake says:

    So my hair is been super duper dry lately! ugh! but i saved it just this past weekend and am so in love! (SIDE NOTE: i did a henna gloss with about 75% henna 25% conditioner. That was seeming to do very little.) UNTIL…! I revisited aubrey organics honey suckle rose conditioner as a deep treatment (why did I ever leave this???), then i made a mist of the honey suckle rose, yes to cucumbers condish, and water. LOVE! and tracked down some taliah wajiid style and shine because I was crazy about the sample. LOVE! and sealed with apricot oil. i'm so in love with the results. so smooth and ubber soft and and shiny. hopefully this stellar combo will get me through summer.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki's famous TnC…and YES we are going to say she created this style! No its not a prep style for pressNCurl…no its not a "slave girl" style…this TnC alone has set my hair to my shoulders and mind you I have been natural for 8 years….FINALLY everyone is catching on am I am grabbing ALL the tips and tools of the trade! LOVE YA!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Protective styling, castor oil, and taking amino acid supplements.

  • Anonymous says:

    Pre-Poo treatments with Olive and Coconut oils, deep conditioning with every shampoo/ once a week and sealing in the moisture with Olive or Castor oil. My 3c/4a/4b hair hasn't been easier to take care of and healthier.

  • Anonymous says:

    THE CHERRY LOLA TREATMENT has absolutely saved me from relaxingcuttingpullingripping my hair out. It is a protein treatment that I got from youtube under cherrylola which is her handle.

    She is an Awesome lady based in Europe that created this concoction of baking soda, liquid aminos and plain yogurt. Her mixture is Phenomenal! It's designed to get rid of frizz. It clumps your curls together, makes your hair uber soft and is cost effective. Before this technique I was spending too much money on products, my hair was dry, frizzy and undefined. Basically it looked like carpet. Now my hair is defined, curly, bouncy. i never thought I would achieve this look. UNBELIEVABLE RESULTS>>> LOVE LOVE LOVE Cherry Lola for creating this concoction.

  • westNDNbeauty says:

    Jane Carter products…all around. That stuff is great.

  • Anonymous says:

    protective styling! i have noticed that the less i mess with it, the better it grows!! so i try to make styles i can keep for a minimum of 3 days without having to detangle the mess in the shower so often.

  • Anonymous says:

    protective styling! i have noticed that the less i mess with it, the better it grows!! so i try to make styles i can keep for a minimum of 3 days without having to detangle the mess in the shower so often.

  • Unknown says:

    My steamer!

  • Anonymous says:

    This is BellaBelle and I love Afro Detangler. My sister told me about it when i was transitioning years ago and it worked like a miracle product. It is still my favorite staple product. You can only get it online at I've used it for years and it has yet to fail me. It keeps me ph balanced, moisterized, shiny and there's absolutely no crunch, residue, sticky feel to the hair! Everyone I've referred has also loved it! Only draw back…its not cheap but for me it's worth every penny!!!

  • Fro-Stopper says:

    I agree with everything anonymous @ 1:44pm said but would like to add low manipulation to this list. Lola (my hair) has been well behaved and retaining length well.

  • Candace4lfie says:

    Keeping my hair in bigger twists has helped to keept the knots in check. Also, I just brought some Carefree Curl Instant Moisturizer Spray with glycerine and I'm in love. It's much better than the S-Curl Spray and smell better.

  • Candace4life says:

    Now ladies I know that we all want healthy and thick hair, but how much is to much hair? Check out this ladies afro my god it's to freaking unbelieveable. It would take me days to detangle all of…

  • Lo says:

    Just one…? Aloe Vera gel – I use it as my "setting lotion" because it moisturizes AND helps give me a soft (healthy) hold. My hair hasn't felt this good in ages!

    I use it with my shea/coconut combo after a con wash or deep con, finger detangle, and my hair loves me for it!

  • Unknown says:

    No heat at all, loads of water, a mixture of shea butter, cocoa butter, equal amounts of castor and walnut oil for a soft hair butter that I use to seal my ends and leaves my hair soooo soft.

  • Pecancurls says:

    Jamaican black castor oil for growth

  • Liz says:

    CAROL'S DAUGHTER HAIR MILK…everytime I wash. I saw less and less hair in the drain. I found that its a good styler for my twist outs too. I love it love it love it.

  • Adebelle says:

    Pre-pooing with coconut oil overnight and mane n tail conditioner. Best my hair has been since my last relaxer in august

  • Anonymous says:

    Can't decide between the following:

    Henna monthly
    Deep conditioning weekly
    Professional trim 1-2x/yr
    No heat (at all)
    Lifestyle- HEALTHY

  • Annie L. says:

    Sorry it's 2 🙂

    +Blue Malva infusions for unreal softness.

    +Aloe gel from the leaf to reveal curl definition I didn't know I had.

    Both make finger detangling a breeze!

  • Lynnieluve says:

    Protective styling and sealing my ends

  • Anonymous says:

    Water spritzing and castor oil have made a huge difference for me..

  • Anonymous says:

    Ayurvedic treatments like Henna and Amla.

  • Black Girl says:

    No Blow Frying, Flat Burning… I mean "Ironing" and Protein Treatments I must say have helped me grow my hair to my belly button and also basically educating myself on hair care.

  • Anonymous says:

    I would have to say the Kinky Curly line. It keeps my hair from becoming dry and breaking off.

  • Unknown says:

    Pre-poo'n. It has helped my hair get prepared for detangling. It softens my hair up and loosens the tangles a bit.

  • PhenomenallyMe says:

    Widetooth comb, even before I started transitioning…Transitioning—NO HEAT and consistent conditioning and moisturing

  • Anonymous says:

    Low manipulation, deep conditioning and washing my hair in loose braids have revolutionalized my hair health. I have less tangles, length retention, and softer hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    Finger detangling has helped me retain length better. How? My ends stay in better condition so I don't have to dust frequently.

    Low manipulation techniques (no heat, finger detangling, weekly styling, no re-twisting/re-braiding, etc) and styles (twist outs, braid outs, bantu knot outs, etc) have also helped me retain length.

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  • LaNeshe says:

    Most definitely using a wide tooth comb with conditioner soaked hair for the majority of my detangling, and detangling in sections.

  • Bitty Boss says:

    Washing my hair in plaits has helped TREMENDOUSLY! Ssk's? Gone! Tangles? Poof!
    This has also aided in reducing the manipulation to my hair during shampooing.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks ladies for reminding me to fill up my water bottle.

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with the person above me. Water has definitely helped alot

  • Anonymous says:

    WATER!! I've been moisturizing my hair at night with water followed by applying a shea butter mix to seal in the moisture and spritzing in the morning and I noticed my hair THANKING ME!! (SMILE) It's fluffy and acts better.

    Allnatural1 (aka Michelle in TX)

  • Anonymous says:

    No heat and multivitamins!

  • Anonymous says:

    No heat and multivitamins!

  • Unknown says:

    id say no heat and deep conditioning.

  • sarah says:

    Castor Oil

  • GJones says:

    I started adding olive butter to my deep conditioning treatment. Olive butter is amazing and it has truly made a world of difference.

  • Anonymous says:

    hmmm…this is definitely hard to pin-point only one addition, but if I had to choose I would say low manipulation styles definitely have helped me keep my length (no heat, protective styles, buns, etc.)

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