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Folake, My Grease Pusher! (and a Giveaway!)

By January 27th, 2021214 Comments

sarah 1:28pm

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Hola Chicas,

In yesterday’s post, ‘I Greased My Hair and I Liked It!’ (a la Katy Perry… damn song’s been stuck in my head ever since, thanks a lot Taneica!), I shared the story of how I came to try and *love* Dax Green Pomade. It’s my new boo.

My foray into hair grease, despite earlier curiosities thanks to Chicoro and my interview with Corinne Bailey Rae, was all Folake’s fault. The creator of popular fashion blog StylePantry, and I had an ongoing conversation about my fashions which quickly (and obviously, right?) turned to her fierce curls.

Let me just say that for Folake, hair is an afterthought. She’s one of those girls that we love to hate… beautiful hair, no muss no fuss. She’s been natural for 15 years and maintains her tresses with Dax, Johnson Baby products, gel, and oil sheen spray. No apologies… no explanations… she was like, “it is what it is!” She told me, “I’m not in the ‘natural hair club’. I don’t have a strict regimen – I just do what has been done since I was a kid. This is not a trendy look for me, I have always worn my hair like this. I’m not a natural hair expert. I’m just doing me and what works for me!”

Can we take a second to look at this diva’s hair–

roller set
Folake, My Grease Pusher! (and a Giveaway!)
light blow out
Folake, My Grease Pusher! (and a Giveaway!)

straightening comb
Folake, My Grease Pusher! (and a Giveaway!)

See why I couldn’t resist?! And so glad I didn’t… cause if loving Dax Green is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

Folake told me–

“I spray the Sta-Sof Fro Hair and Scalp Spray while it’s wet (on dry hair too), and apply Dax on my scalp and hair right after and braid in as many sections as possible.

When I straighten just for the heck of it (I never wear my hair straight – unless I’m just showing hubby my progress, as he too, prefers my hair in a fro or I’m doing a roller set), I apply only Dax before straightening and it makes it really rich, dark and healthy.”

And as promised, here are a few more details of how I’ve been using it–

to get this look
Folake, My Grease Pusher! (and a Giveaway!)

I re-twisted freshly washed, barely damp, moisturized hair (Lacio Lacio) with Dax. Seven twists total (middle part, 1 above each ear, 1 on each side to frame face, 1 on each side in the back and one at the crown). I allowed it to set over night and took it down prior to hitting the pumpkin patch. I didn’t curl the ends.

to get this look
Folake, My Grease Pusher! (and a Giveaway!)
This was a day or two later. I simply re-twisted with Dax (hair was still moisturized!), created the same 7 twists, but this time, pin curled the ends. The ends eventually went flat because I didn’t re-wet them to help with setting.

to get this look
Folake, My Grease Pusher! (and a Giveaway!)

I henna’ed, rinsed with cheapie conditioner, deep conditioned with Curl Junkie, rinsed thoroughly and applied Treasured Locks Argan Oil + Lacio Lacio to my damp hair. I allowed it to dry to 90%, then applied Dax in sections, tension blow dried and made 7 twists using Dax. The night before the event (3 days later), I wet the ends of the twists, applied Curl Junkie Moisture Rehab Deep Conditioner, re-applied the Dax to the length and ends and set the ends on skinny flexis. The next morning I released and went about my business!

In the comments section yesterday, I read concerns about grease becoming the next bandwagon.
While I get it, know that this is not my intention. I do, however, hope that my experiments and subsequent articles (there will be more!) will help others feel comfortable disclosing their closeted grease usage… or scalp greasing habit, or their undying love for silicones, sulfates, the pressing comb and wigs and weaves and the flat iron and the blow dryer, etc. I think it would do us all some good to reach a point where the tone really is ‘do you’. No judgement. No explanations. No guilt trippin’. It took 2 hours to compose that article yesterday because I honestly felt like I needed to explain myself (to keep from being stoned) and that sucks. #justsaying

Later Gators,


Let’s a have a giveaway while we’re at it…

What no-no product/method do you use despite its stigma in the natural hair community?

at 5pm EST today, the contest will close and 3 curlies will receive a jar of my fave, Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee!

Good luck!


  • SeoBoss says:

    Much thanks for this helpful article. I like it. cultured Grass-fed ghee

  • Sydney says:

    Just "do you". Couldn't have been said better. I think it comes down to (as corny as it is) "Hater's are going to hate". We are all on a hair journey and should be supportive. I use shampoo and I don't use only organic products and it works for me. Others may use grease and weaves and if that works for them, then great. I think if you end up with results that you enjoy and can feel confident rocking, then more power to you. The people with negative comments and hateful speech have their own issues to work on and it has nothing to do with their hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, where did you get the big brown purse! I love it and need something like that for travel.
    By the way I love this website!

  • Netta-Bug says:

    Thank goodness I found this! I've become a product junkie since I went natural in August, and I relentlessly read product labels to make sure I don't buy anything with mineral oil or petrolatum or all that other "bad stuff". My hair just doesn't stay very moisturized without the heavier stuff! I'm really contemplating going back to that good ol' grease (I got some Africa's Best Super Gro, with the flecks of black pepper in it), cuz my hair seemed to love it growing up, and plus my mama keeps telling my to grease my scalp cuz my hair feels "hard". I also use Wave Nouveau, which has silicones, and I use sulfate shampoos. Hey, they work!

  • Eula says:

    Wow!!! Just saw this post. I'm glad I'm not the only person with natural hair that uses grease. Always wonder why every body is using "natural" products and it's some kind of rule that you can use certain stuff in your hair. I use the stuff I used when I was growing up. My hair was healthy then and it's healthy now. The relaxer and heat are the culprit…not grease! I tweeted to my "natural hair" girls that I use grease and you could've "heard a pin drop"! I'm going to share this articles to #teamnatural on twitter RIGHT NOW!

  • Anonymous says:

    grease tends to be the only thing that seals moisture into my hair. everything else #fail

  • Anonymous says:

    Can you tell us more about Folake's rollerset!?! It is amazing and I can't figure it out…smaller rollers? random roller placement? Please share!

  • Anonymous says:

    i use stuff with 'cones,petrolateum,sulfates and don't do a deep condtion but pre-poo when i feel like it! Glad the natural hair movement is becoming more flexible! Thanks Nikki *thumbs up*

  • Onedayatatime says:

    I am glad the natural movement is becoming flexible.I am 20 months post and for me becoming natural means i am becoming my own expert for my hair.

    I use 'cones,sulfates,mineral oil,petrolateum and my hair is thriving,i must say i did try avoid them at first *embarassed face*.I also don't deep condtion any more and my hair is fine,i pre-poo when i feel like it. 🙂

    Gotta give it up to Nikki for her honesty as they say "honesty is the best policy"!

  • Anonymous says:

    can you tell me how she got those fabulous curls? what kind of rollers were used? was it a wet set and what products did she used. Her hair is the bomb too!

  • Anonymous says:

    I would love to know how she achieves that beautiful rollerset

  • Anonymous says:

    Well i am going to rock and use my grease until the wheels fall off! I just feel like damn fool for falling for the oky doke, my hair didn't thrive when i went the "natural" way so I must go back to my roots no disrespect but this stuff works for me. I am sure this "grease" movement will pass but I still will rock the hell outta some grease water and a goody brush.

  • Levone says:

    I love her comment 'it is what it is'. I don't consider myself in this so called 'natural club' either because the judgemental attidues and such annoy the heck out of me. I've seen people slammed on their own video when they flatiron their hair or mention they use pink oil or hair grease. You've got to be kidding me! Then I read all of the snide remarks about the infamous LHDC2011? on Youtube. She has dream hair and folx have the nerve to say her hair is damaged. If that's damaged I want my hair to be damaged like hers,LOL. I respect all opinions, but come on, I'm not 'educated' if I use Miss Jessie's? SMH.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am so in love with the wonderful and supportive community vibe on this website. I've been living under a rock somewhere and I am so glad to have found you ladies. I think Nikki is so right, we should certainly not be judging each other's hair choices. Most of us have had so much judgment in our lives, beginning as children, its the very last thing we need right now. This site is a place where we can all hang out judgment free and that is a beautiful thing. I did want to mention that a lot of these products on the no-no list, including petroleum, have a negative impact on the environment and that is the primary reason those outside of the natural hair community have shunned products containing petroleum and other harsh, non-environmentally friendly chemicals. Also, I believe Chicoro has switched it up and no uses a product similar to Vaseline that does not actually contain petroleum. I think it may actually be called Unpetroleum or something like that and is sold at Whole Foods, other health food stores and I've even seen it on Having said all of that, I fully embrace the "do you" perspective! Just wanted to add share some additional food for thought. I think we'd all love it if the world jumped on each of our personal bandwagons, whether its natural hair or "saving the environment", but to try to force others to do so either by aggression or judgment puts jeopardizes something that we may all agree is priceless– our personal freedom.

  • Anonymous says:

    I heart Folake! Thank you for showcasing and showing your hair growth/regimen… *cues Lil Wayne " A Milli " … stronger than Nigerian hair…

  • BnNappy says:

    My no-no product is my slick stick… my edges are HIDEOUSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! So, at night I rub JBCO on them, and in the morning when I'm doing a style… I pull out my Luster's slick stick and I slick them thangs back so fast… couldn't tell me I didn't have an Indian momma and daddy, black foot tribe!! My edges be so smooth!!! lol!! But I love it. Design Essentials Edge Control only took me so far before I "knew I had to do something"… *queens of comedy voice*

  • Anonymous says:

    'I Greased My Hair and I Liked It!' (a la Katy Perry…)


    Bitch please. You stole the blog idea and title from a thread on Lipstick Alley. Just own up to it.

  • style pantry says:

    Thanks everyone and special thanks to Nik for making me sound cool 🙂 Yes, Dax is the truth. I like Sulfur 8 too. Especially for itchy or dry scalp.

    I don't own a wig. Never worn one (I have been asked many times). But I am also a firm believer in sew-ins for protective styling. It has helped with the growth process.

    Wishing you all a great day! xx

  • Anonymous says:

    WOW….I just had to weigh in. I use a comb and brush faithfully. I know some detangle with their fingers, and truthfully I don't know how they can do that. I have to have my comb and brush, and I do brush my wet hair!! LOL I know, but who's gonna stop me!! Oh….I just bought some Dax 2 days ago!! LOL Great post Nikki!! I love it!! KinkyNappyHappy

  • Anonymous says:

    Omg I thought her hair was a wig! I hate her officially wink wink

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks Nikki sharing this!
    I started my natural journey 6 months ago and during my transition I used all natural products and my hair were dry and dryer everyday… Then I discovered Aussie Moist the conditioner and my hair loved the cones in it.
    I realized that as a kid my mom would use vaseline and pink oil in my hair and I had great hair! So I purchased Miss Jessie's cleasing cream, recovery treatment and baby buttercreme and my hair loves it!
    I even e-mailed a friend saying love cones! love petrolatum!

  • GGmadeit says:

    That hair is FAB that's all

  • Tammy G - Curly Chic says:

    Color and bleach! Some even venture to say that I am not really natural since I color my hair. I, of course disagree and have been natural for almost 10 years.

  • hairscapades says:

    GGRox, congrats lady!!! You know you're a PJ too;)!! Can a sista get your e-mail please?


  • NaturallyU says:

    While I don't use grease….oil sheen is definitely in my arsenal. A cloud of spray never hurts every now and then.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is so cathartic, lol. My mom has been natural for almost 20 yrs, and she uses grease, sulfates, cones… and her hair flourishes. I came at her with these ‘natural rules’ as I was transitioning, but she just said, she’ll do what works for her. Welp, I’ve been back to cones, and grease for a while now… glad I can come clean, lol!

  • CurlyKye says:

    I gave up what was working for me…grease, silicones, etc to jump on the "natural" bandwagon…my pocketbook has suffered, 2 almost 3 years later, I'm still trying to find the "right products" and am finally coming to the conclusion that I need to get back to what was working for ME. No one is paying my bills, living my life or dealing with my head *lol* but ME!

    Do you Nikki, I applaud you!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm so glad you admitted to using grease. I'd been contemplating a return to grease for my daughter's hair. She has very thick, very coarse, and very dry hair. She also swims once a week and refuses to wear to swim cap. Frankly, all the coconut oil and natural products weren't doing a thing to help with moisture retention. If I didn't moisturize every single day, it was dry and brittle.
    One weekend, my daughter came home from Grandma's with a head FULL of grease. Although I silently cursed my Mother in Law, I was surprised when a couple of days later her hair still felt moisturized. I hated the smell (Sulfur 8) but had to admit that it seemed to help.
    So I'll be looking for a decent smelling grease to try out for a while to see how it does. I don't remember what the Dax smells like so I guess we'll see!

  • Tonia says:

    I posted yesterday that I am 10 mos natural and by month 3 I was breaking all kinds of "rules"! I use Elasta QP mango butter(best twist outs ever!), Black and Sassy wrap creme, brown gel for my puff perimeter, lacio lacio, Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme, GVP Silk remedy(bling!), ORS hair lotion and a variety of greases(Royal Crown to Sulfur 8). I wanted to be all organic but I am cheap and have help to support a household on a teacher's salary! My mom who's been natural more years than relaxed told me early in my journey that there was too many rules with today's natural. I thought she was mistaken, but, I can see there is some wisdom in what she said. I was a child in the 70s and there was not a plethora of products and the fros were fierce!

  • hairscapades says:

    I will braid some fake hair into my hair in a minute, I've rocked tracks while natural (never while relaxed, but I won't do that again because my hair is too fine to withstand it) and I plan on getting twists with extensions next month. I've even been contemplating a half wig (or maybe a full) and the girl in the last Fierce Friday had me thinking about it even more, as I commented on that post! I definitely am a "do you boo" kind of person. If it looks good, I'm good with it. If it looks unhealthy or bad, I'll give advice if solicited, but far be it from me to judge anyone's hair practices when their hair is banging, relaxed, texlaxed, jheri curled, wave nouveaud, braided, twisted, cornrowed, locked, natural, bald, faded … whatever!! Do you boo;)!! LOL!!


  • Maya Ange'le says:

    I use Pantene Conditioner because I co-wash every day and as a broke college student, can't afford a fancy wash out. And I sleep with my hair out (but on a satin pillowcase).

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree that I felt at times some of the natural community made it seem as if you use certain products that you were not a "good natural." I realized from the beginning of my natural journey(1 year and a half) that what works for someone may not work for you and vice versa. I love that you are talking about this and I hope that the love spreads so that others don't feel "guilty" if they use a product(s) that others have said is awful for your hair. Now this is FREEDOM!!!! Thanks Nikki 🙂

  • ItsaEpiphany says:

    Conditioners with silicones (Herbal Essences Hello Hydration is my boo). I think having no-no products takes away from the fun and confidence of being natural. I went natural to be freed from my hair, if I wanted a set of instructions I would have stayed relaxed. Personally, I always do what's best for my budget, hair, and ME.

  • mangomadness says:

    I detangle on slighlty damp oiled hair, shampoo often (once or twice a week) and I don't condition after shampooing (I just apply a leave-in conditioner).

    All of the above work awesomely for me.

  • Afrikan Latina says:

    I still use a sulfate shampoo and conditioner on occasion and feel no qualms about saying so.

  • DiJah says:

    Off topic, but I wonder if the "perm hair community" acts like how the natural hair community does?
    I never hair a person with perm ridicule another about their hair care regimen. Never.

    If you like Dax, Vaseline, Do Gro, Beeswax, etc…DO YOU!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey…the best twist outs I've ever had came from me using Miss Jessie's. People wag their fingers at the ingredients, but my hair responds to it…**shrugs shoulders**

  • Jillian says:

    Thank goodness!!! Ever since your first 'Style Pantry' post I have been itching for a hair interview with Folake. Saying to myself 'now Nikki know all we want to know about is that incredible head of hair' I mean her style is crazy…but Im just saying.

  • GulfCoastNaturalista says:

    I'm all for the "Do You" mantra. I actually still use shampoos and such w/ silicones. It works for me, so why change because the "gurus" say so. I've always been more of a "I'ma Do Me" boo versus "Follow The In-Crowd" chic, so… *shrugs*

  • Anonymous says:

    Well lets see I sleep unprotected and I use a fine tooth comb like my hair needed it for survival. But if I wein the detangling ghee I promise to go to natural hair rehab!

    Kayla McIntosh

  • Shawn S. says:

    I've found that silicone conditioners have the perfect slip. So sorry but I will take that buy 1 get one free Pantene offer at CVS and not look back. I worry that there will be buildup with some of the "unnatural" product so I try to limit my usage of those products but I still have them. Pick me because I'm ready for that detangling ghee!

  • Anonymous says:

    I use shampoos with sulfates, don't sleep on a satin pillow, I wash my hair everyday with shampoo, I have not trimmed it in over 2 years, etc. My hair is awesome and I get compliments everyday. Rules schmules.

    Amber R.

  • prettyporsche says:

    I use sulfates, silicones, I don't protective style, and I don't wash my hair every few days. My hair is doing great though. No splits and I retain all the 1/2 inches of hair a month that grows out of my head ^_^

  • Mish says:

    setting lotion for the perfect dry roller set and blue magic coconut hair dress, smells mm and makes for a good flat

  • Jillian says:

    So what are the chances that my late behind will win?!? NONE I am sure, HA! Nikki you are my homie in my head Fa Real! I never comment/post but always lurking and you always keep me coming back for more, I digress.
    I still use Creme of Nature shampoo (the old school version-caught a gigantor bottle on sale some time ago) It works for me. Oh, and please believe I still grease my scalp, with whatever product I have on hand usually the "grease" variety, lol.

  • Tiki_Green says:

    I feel bad for you because ultimately if people don't like the blog they have the option to stop reading or close there flipping computer screens. I understand there is a natural hair "movement" society that are living by a "handbook" that is one size fits all and if you don't fall in then you might as well get out. I'm with you though, take the tips you can benefit from,data dump the rest and do you!

  • Ruvarashe says:

    I use Nature's Blessing Hair Pomade… which feels like grease but I LOVE IT!!! 🙂 The girl who inspired me to go natural confessed to me that Nature's Blessing was the key to her GORGEOUS hair so I gave it a try and it is now a staple. It has lovely ingredients but one of the last ingredients is petroleum jelly.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wash my hair with shampoo every three days, don't use a leave in, and detangle with a fine toothed comb… (runs and hides)

    Niquan Nicole

  • ...kkfkfkf says:

    i still use silicone laden drugstore conditioners. i go through periods when i think the grease might be a good idea. i use a standard comb on my hair in addition to the wide tooth variety because of the density and size of my coils. even though my hair tends to be dry, my scalp is very oily so i either need to wash more often or use some sulfates.

  • Kara Simpson says:

    I use a comb on my hair when it's DRY! When I first started this process, I figured that I would be able to finger comb and be just fine. My hair responded like this:

    Needless to say, I had to once again rekindle my love affair with my comb. Combing hair when it's dry is a cardinal sin in the natural world, but it works just fine for me. No shedding, breakage, NADA. So until further notice, I'll keep doing what I do. lol

  • Anonymous says:

    I Love Castor Oil its heavy and oily but it works really well for my hair it keeps it soft and it keeps my hair moisturized. I twist with it on a regular I say when you find your staple no matter what it is you stick with it.


  • RebirthOfAQueen says:

    I guess I go against all the rules, cause to be quite frank I can't afford all the hottess trends. Who has twenty dollars to spend on a 8 oz bottle that will be gone in like 3 days not I lol. I've washed and conditioned my hair with suave, pantene, garnier frutics, pretty much whatever my husband decides he will purchase when I ask him to get me some more. I use just water to moisturize occasionally using conditioner as well. And I have used blue grease and vaseline and mine and my daughters hair. I tried the whole just oils in her hair but it gets way to dry. I am recently a year natural and I had a tapered cut for my big chop and now when stretched parts of my hair touch my shoulder so I would say it has progressed.

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL – Nik – I love you… I still keep the brown gel around… cause I LOVE THAT STUFF… and no matter how many scarves, ties, bonnets, etc I purchase I am very much a DON'T PROTECT MY HAIR WHEN I AM SLEEP gal. I haven't ever subscribed to it – as a kid, when I had hair all down my back – nor now, and I still have hair all down my back… Yes, detangling is sometimes a pain… but with my curl pattern it would be anyways.

  • Anonymous says:

    People act like someone cares what they do to their hair. People just tell you things so they can stop hearing you complain about no growth/no retention. Do you! Oh lawd!

    I use all natural ingredients. It is better for my health, the health of my hair, and the environment.

  • Thrifty curly says:

    These product I only use in the winter time…..When its get very cold in the winter time and I need a better selant to trap the moisture in my hair I use vaseline( yes I said it VASELINE) with the baby powder smell ( only because I love that smell). And also I use the pantene beautiful lengths conditioner because it keeps my hair friz free,smells wonderful, has just enough protien to the point my hair won't get crunch,and for some reason my hair just will not let that conditioner go!

  • Erika says:

    Just yesterday I greased my scalp with Softee Indian hemp ($1.00 can't beat that price!). Today I went and bought me some more Softee grease and Sulfur 8. Dry itchy scalp-be gone!

    I also wear hats without wearing a satin bonnet underneath, use all types of cones and have been to known to bust out a sulfate shampoo. Like I said yesterday in my post about hair grease, who gone check me, boo?

  • Crystal says:

    My mom & sister (life long naturals) have used Vaseline their entire life. Moms hair at 76 is down her back like Folake. I am a natural of 2 years & use oils for daily care, but when I straighten my hair, I use Blue Magic (blue GREASE). BEST PRESS! WE naturals over think things – JUST "DO YOU"

  • Athena says:

    I was my hair shampoo that sulfates and cones. It doesn't bother my hair so I go with it.

  • LifenotesEncouragement says:

    my hair likes cones, so i use leave ins with silicones in them. i use heat – i blow dry my hair on a high heat to get that pam grier afro! yea baby!!!

  • Shanna says:

    My no-no products are Pink Hair lotion and Hot Six Oil for my hot oil treatments. These are products I've been using since I was little before I had a relaxer, and on my way to natural I'm still using them lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    I use a blow dryer to stretch my hair. I was very clear when I stopped relaxing. I wanted to be able to color without losing hair. Now, no relaxer, color regularly. Don't like the shrinkage (4a/b/c) so I blow dry after washing to stretch.

  • Lee Lee says:

    I confess that when I get my natural hair pressed in the winter my hair gets the blow dryer and the pressing comb. 2 no-nos heat and grease. My Aunt is old school and presses it for me and she uses her "pressing grease" what ever she has on hand be it dax, blue magic, bergamot, or some weird orange stuff, but my hair comes out straight, shiny, and soft when she is done and reverts right back to curls when I am ready to wash it after about a week. I don't press often so I don't feel so bad that it is a no no but that is what works on my hair when I want a straight style. I tried a ceramic iron& heat protectant but my hair laughed and poofed immediately when I was finished.

  • natural dancer/candice says:

    Ahem…..I don't DC. I actually don't see the point because my coils behave the same way whether I do or don't. Yes….I'm a horrible curly & should be banished w/nuthin but Crisco to feel my curls! 🙂

  • Kinks Of Nature says:

    I use cones when I need to. Nothing detangles or keeps my hair straightened (when I actually do so) like products with cones. And the shine!!! Love it. I shampoo once or twice every week. Another no-no I guess, but clearly buildup doesn't concern me. I love Ouidad's Climate Control Gel, Giovanni Straight Fast Elixir (I use these as finishers for wngs), and Suave and Tresemme for conditioners with cones.

  • LifeInTheSunshine says:

    My all time favorite go-to moisturizer is Avlon Ferm Stylox Finish Gel. It's filled with all the nasties- 'cones, mineral oil, parabens and a 27 letter ingredient my doctor could'nt pronounce! But oooh chile, belive me when I tell you it moisturizes my situation to the utmost, gives my hair a lacquer shine and defines my curl like no other. At around $35 not including shipping(#soulcry) it's sooo not in my budget, but no product has shown me the love like my Stylox. Definitely a keeper even If I have to dip in my rent money to get it lol…I kid!

  • Essense in Natural land says:

    I recently used Pantene Pro V (yes I know about sulphates) and my hair LOVED it!!! I posted it on FB and recieved some positive and negative feedback. All I know is my hair likes it. I also use sulphur 8 and pink oil moisturizer! There I said it….lol

  • Anonymous says:

    whoa there! i bc about ten years ago, and i used cholesterol for deep conditioning and any grease that had coconut or mango in it, you know the cheapies that you get from Sally's. then i had to bc about a year ago because i got my hair pressed and the stylist burnt a chunk out of the middle (which she neglected to tell me about) so i started over au natural, with all natural hair products- and nothing happened. WTF?! so about six months in i said to he** with it and started washing with suave almond and avocado shampoo and conditioning with suave humectant, dc'ing with cholesterol and greasin er down and blowin out(low heat) every other week. i grease the ol fro'ster when needed. now my hair is at my nape, and the other day my husband looked at my once again big fro and said, " i like it like that. all big and stuff. you go back to the usual routine?" to which i replied, " if it ain't broke don't fix it."

  • Meena says:

    I confess, I grease my scalp with blue magic! Yep it takes me back to when I was a kid and my sisters would put my hair in about 5 pony tails with barrettes on the end. My hair was healthy and long as a child so I don't see the problem in continuing this process.

  • deep.honey says:

    And I forgot about my use of a little girls' product: Just for Me Curl Smoother Creme. I sometimes break it out at the very end of a twist out to 'fro cycle, when my 'fro is getting hard to manage.

  • Curly Cakes says:

    I still use Salerm 21 and shampoo with sulfates, and I'm really considering checking out the Lacio Lacio and this Dax deal, I must say I'm intrigued! 😀

  • NiNa says:

    Curly Nikki….I'm curious about her beautiful roller set. How did she acheive that look?

  • NiNa says:

    I could write an essay about my bad hair habits. But I dry comb and don't always detangle starting at the roots. I love conditioners w/ cones and shamposs w/ sulfates (can't live w/o them). I don't moisturize daily and can go weeks w/o styling or water ever touching my hair. My hair is doing just fine!

  • Vivianne says:

    I still use the tangle teaser. It smoothes my ends really well after an initial pass through with my wide tooth comb. (Also- I incorporated grease into my regimen a few weeks ago. My hair is shinier, softer, and unbelievably well defined for the first time since I've been natural.)

  • Anonymous says:

    ain't no one gonna come between me and my ORS Hair mayonaise..

  • deep.honey says:

    I sometimes mix a pressing cream with shea (or use it by itself) to twist after a wash. It works best on blown-out hair. When untwisted, it creates "beachy"/boho waves, my favorite natural hair look.

  • Pretebrowneyes says:

    I love this cleaning the natural closet! As long as a product/technique works for YOUR head…do youu, booboo! Lol

    My no-no's…I wash/rinse/repeat with sulfate shampoo bars. Lush Squeaky Green and Reincarnate are doing my hair right. And my leave-in is Hawaiian Silky 14-1 Miracle Worker…with all of its mineral oil and lanolin goodness. My hair hasn't felt this soft or been this shiny in I don't know how long! I'm totally happy with my "banned book" products lol.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    LOL @ fine toof hahahaha

    that's one thing I can't do… shreds my ends. But I do enjoy a dry detangle 🙂

  • HairItIs says:

    The list of DON'Ts is a long one. I think the biggest no-no method that I use is that I don't deep condition– at least, not in the way I'm "supposed" to deep condition. After I wash my hair, my deep conditioner/leave-in are one and the same, because I don't rinse it out. I started doing this because it didn't really make sense to me to rinse away all the moisturizing loveliness in my deep conditioner. Plus, I hate getting in and out of the shower, over and over. So, yeah. I don't do the whole "deep conditioning" thing, really. I just slap whatever conditioner I'm in the mood for on my hair after washing, and leave it there. I then put in some braids to stretch/dry. Done! Since switching to this anti-DC way of moisturizing, my hair is doing great.

  • KayDanai says:

    …..fine toof comb.

    And I can't stop, won't stop.

    Keeps my fine strands in line, as long at my hair is already detangled, wet, and moisturized, little to no snags occur.

  • Anonymous says:

    I find myself using the John Freida silk serum. The ingredients are a no no but it makes my hair so shiney!!!

    Micheal M.

  • Latisha says:

    I use shampoos with sulfates and doo gro oil!!! My hair loves that stuff.

  • jessica h says:

    I have been using a pomade myself, I captured it from my brother lol… but it seals my hair greatly not greasy but does make it soft and rich as well.. sport & wave light is this name if im not mistaken! Love this post!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nikki, You go girl. Testimonials from others are great but each natural has to find what works for him/her. I still use poos with sulfates but I follow up with deep conditioners. I also use conditioners with alcohol for co-washing. My hair remains moisturized.


  • Avidreader says:

    I like Hollywood Beauty Olive Oil Castor Oil with Mink Oil and Pantene Shampoo! If it works on the hair, then it works for me!

  • Zipporah says:

    I am a cone-head! My hair LOVES Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Shampoo and conditiner. As long as my hair is happy and healthy I'll keep using it too 🙂

  • Jessie =] says:

    Washing my hair is a must, can't fade co-washes. Sorry I'm not sorry *Kanye Shrug*

  • YoursTrulyRe says:

    I use Vasoline. It seals my hair like no other. People laugh at me when I tell them I use it. But oh well I have a head full of healthy thick hair and I will continue to LOVE my vasoline as long as it loves me back. 🙂

  • Adrienne M says:

    Royal Crown! When I was 6, I had a bad relaxer that took my hair out. I had a bald spot in the crown of my head. My mom kept my scalp greased with royal crown mixed with olive oil. Now that is the thickest part of my hair.

  • Estelle says:

    Conditioners with cones

  • Tish says:

    I blowdry w/whatever moisture rich product I can find! I tease my hair out to it's greatest length and hope I am channeling Thelma from Good Times or my Mom inher afro heyday!:)

  • Shonoif says:

    Products with sulfates. Sigh. What's a girl to do y'all?

  • Monica S. says:

    I'm not positive if I've used any "no-no" products recently but I would be willing to revisit Dax(mainly due to the price). Haven't used that since highschool.

  • Terysa says:

    I have a confession…my name is Terysa, and my hair loves silicones and my edges LOVE Murray's wax!

    I'm sooooooo glad Folake is talking hair, I've been stalking her blog for over a year waiting for one!

  • Shima Hodge says:

    I still use my Relaxed and Natural Pantene Pro-V set. I live the way it makes my hair feel, even though it has sulfate and mineral oil in it! I just can't let it go….oh yeah and I also don't trim my ends! Smh I'm a mess and a half!

  • cassburt88 says:

    I shampoo regularly and I don't co-wash

  • Anonymous says:

    I didn't let go of my paddle brush which I *gently* use to whip up edges every now and then….GENTLY though…I…I I…just can't let go….
    Elaine D.

  • Reese says:

    I have been using a DT which has hella silicons and mineral oil, but its really not that bad. I also use Herbal Essence conditioners as leave-in conditioners and they all ahave silicons, but my hair seems to like it!

  • Naturally Nita says:

    I'm a little over a year into my journey and I can't say that I've used a "taboo" product that I can think of. I guess because I was trying to do what the "guru's" felt was best. However, I will say that one of the things that I've learned is that there is no better guru for my hair than ME, if I take the time to learn it. So while I do research and listen to what others say and recommend, I do what I feel is best for MY hair. And while I'm commenting, I also must say that while the other thing that has simply amazed me while being a part of the natural community is the serious judgement there is in how people approach the styling of their hair by others. It boggles my mind! I can see how an influencer like Curly Nikki might give pause to sharing things like this because of the backlash, but honestly, at the end of the day she too is only accountable to herself for how her hair grows. No one MAKES any other individual take a specific approach when caring for their hair.

  • Taneica says:

    My no-no method is not washing my hair as often as I should….like I go an entire month before water hits it. I am so ashamed. Hell, right now my hair smells like a dirty belly button!lmao!

  • Starrdae says:

    I'm with srednov, my hair budget is slim so I tend to go with standbys like grease at times, and a good blow out just to avoid hours-long detangling sessions of my long hair.

  • AllieCat0817 says:

    Whoever mentioned the pink setting lotion from back in the day, it was MISS COOL. Helloo!!! lol

  • ambyrbrittany says:

    When I have lots of product build up in my hair due to laziness and the ease of frizzless buns, when wash day comes, I wash my hair with *looks over shoulder and whispers* Dawn Dish soap. Yes I said it! Worse than sulfates and silicones I use the number one grease dissolver to wash my hair. Afterwards I shampoo with sulfate free shampoo like that makes up for my dawn rinse and deep condition like CRAZY! My mom did it when I was younger and so now when my hair is all producty dawn is my go to.

  • Anonymous says:

    I now am using royal crown for twistouts. I too use a fine tooth comb to two strand twist. I know its bad, but it works.


  • Contender2dthrone says:

    I still use weaves/wigs to retain length and I use gel on my natural hair. It is a shame that many natural women feel the need to criticize others for what they do with their hair and what they put in it. Someone told me I am not natural since I use weaves ���� Well, I just wish we would all come together, united and accept our differences. If we all did the same thing, this world would be boring boring boring!!! God knew what He was doing when he made us all unique!

  • Raquisha says:

    Which no-no do I choose? Haha! – guess one of mine would be permanent hair dyes. I use different colors at least a couple times a year… I just like to change things up a little.

  • Anonymous says:


    I have very dry scalp and the only thing that works is good ol Sulfur 8. I use it daily.


  • srednov says:

    I use whatever fits in my budget. I dont see the need to spend alot of money on products to have my hair look, feel and smell nice when I can get the same results or better with a less expensive product found at a local store. And guess what… hair has not suffered a bit. So yeah silcones, sulfates, grease, blow dryer, etc…i'm using it if it works.

  • Anonymous says:

    I also wash my hair every day. I have fine curls and if I don't, my scalp will become a greasy mess. I also workout regularly so washing my hair once a week is NOT for me. My hair grows faster than I can deal with so I figure I'm not really killing my hair.

  • Brittney woods says:

    I sometimes comb through my hair in a rage of frustration even though I hear it crying and breaking. Or when i have two strand knots, I just rip through them like the hulk. :/ im naughty. Rid me of my naughty ways. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I use cones. I use Aveda's Brilliant Emollient Gloss, which has silicones in it and it works wonders on my hair. I think the trick, with all beauty products, is to use what works best for you.

  • ...Shalaya... says:

    Grease and weave!!! I love them both…I do my thing with a braid and curl and I've tried the eco styler gel but nothing does it better than some grease…only thing close to it is natural shea butter.

  • Missy says:

    My scalp gets very itchy right after a henna treatment or because of product buildup. I know some alcohols are not good for the hair but I use alcohol wipes in between washes to get rid of the itch. My scalp thanks me.

  • Unknown says:

    I use vaseline with coco butter and grease (or whatever is handy) to twist my hair for the week.*hangs head*
    I've only been natural for 3 months and I use the stuff that I grew up on. With all this I find that I still have a healthy twa. It's all in perception I guess… If it works for you and your hair do it.

    There's nothing saying not to experiment *shrugs* (well unless your hair falls out).

  • WendyE79 says:

    I use shampoos with sulfates because they work, point blank.

  • Precious Henshaw says:

    I've started to use silicone products again and I'm loving it so far. I also don't trim my ends … it's whatever 😉

  • Dani Alyse says:

    I LOVE my cones in my conditioners! I still follow up with oils, but cones really seal in the moisture best!

  • MsJisola says:

    I dry detangle with a little spritz of water and a wide tooth comb. I also wash my hair twice in the shower (with a SLS-free shampoo). I still use products like CHI and Joico that probably have plenty of silicones in them and probably any grease or lotions I used prior to going natural just finish out the jar.

  • Nneka A says:

    I use cones in my conditioner … hair shines like wow!

  • Anonymous says:

    I sit under a hooded dryer on high, and I love it. My hair takes FOREVER to air dry and Friday-Sunday in the house is a rarity. I think my littel gold and hot dryer is the best hair purchase I've ever made!

  • Anonymous says:

    I was just wondering, do you think Dax would be good for sealing the ends of hair?


  • TraciB says:

    **sigh** I have and WILL use a fine toothed comb on my ends to make sure they are as smooth as possible. **hangs head** I use my blow dryer on the high setting with the pick attachment to "stretch" my hair. **pulls blanket over head**

  • Unknown says:

    Although, it is said that as a natural woman you are not suppose to "grease" your scalp. I just cannot get away from it. It keeps my scalp from getting dry and itchy. I cannot stand an itchy head!

  • sarah says:

    I detangle from root to tip, in the opposite direction with a wide tooth comb *dodges shoes*

    But for real, I mainly do wash and goes, so my issues are root matting. I find that I can work through knots better if I start at the root.

  • simply_shan says:

    I still use the same grease I used when I was relaxed to oil my scalp. I have a horrible dandruff problem when I don't use grease.

  • Bitty Boss says:

    I have re-introduced deep conditioners with mineral oil petroleum!!!! Seems to be working wonders for me in these fall months 🙂

  • Ishea says:

    I despise the bad wrap straigtening hair gets. Whether you want to go straight to check your length/growth process, change up your look, or have a smoother looking style, it's really not a bad thing. I try to stress that most damage is USER related, not based on products alone. The flat iron and blowdryer won't damage your hair – – you not knowing how to properly use it will.

  • Juliana says:

    I use harsh sulfate filled shampoo and my leave in is filled with cones!

  • Anonymous says:

    I use the tangle teezer on dry hair and I love how it stretches out my hair for a more elongated braid/twist-out.


  • Carla says:

    I use a sulfate shampoo every now and then. Though I wear protective styles daily, I still take my hair down at night to sleep (manipulation). I also wash, or cowash 2-3 times a week.

  • Anonymous says:

    I BC'ed May 2010 and I've been using all natural products up to a few weeks ago. I have dermatiitis and had to go back to using TGel shampoo. My scalp is slowly getting better since the change. Next step go back to using light hair grease on my scalp.
    CurlyNikki keep doing what your doing! It's your head! ~dmbNatural

  • Ashley S. says:

    I recently fell in love with the blowdryer! I practice the tension blowdrying method with a heat protectant. I go to the gym everyday and it was impossible to stretch my hair throughout the week unless it was in a bun and my bun isn't quite the business yet 🙁 I'm just about 2 years natural and I've feel as tho I've hit a SL plateau. It was mentioned a few times…about regimens of our childhood and my hair was down my back then so maybe it wouldn't hurt to do some experiments. And Ms. Curly Nikki I appreciate your honesty, it's refreshing.

  • Phyllisa says:

    I really love coloring my hair with chemical dyes and also catch myself using the small sample of conditioner and shampoo sealed in the box with the color. Those may have sulfates as well …

  • Anonymous says:

    Is "May Rain" hair grease around? I don't know what was in it, but my hair seemed to thrive like weeds.

  • Chelonthia says:

    Cones, grease, and straightening have been in my rotation for awhile. I seal with serum, I moisturize with something has both good ingredients and cones, but I only bought it cause it smells good. I use whatever shampoo I grab first, I'm indiscriminate. I have two flat irons bought this year for the hell and are used whenever I want to look sleek vs. chic I'm not a huge fan of wearing a scarf to bed, but I do sleep on a silk pillow or silk wrapped around my pillow. I'm a PJ with a "whatever works" attitude. As long as the health of my hair isn't compromised, I'm good.

  • Davina916 says:

    I use my brush on dry hair. Thanks! Davina

  • CurlyNola says:

    I wash my hair with sulfates, use a small tooth comb, brush it, roll it, flat iron it, use hair dye and grease. I've been natural for 3 years and hair is healthy and thriving.

    The best advice given is to "do you".

  • Anonymous says:

    DRY DETANGLING…..o.k. probably not dry detangling, but rather lightly sprayed hair detangling.

    My hair will become a tangled, impossible when when I wet it and load it down with conditioner. The tangles become solidified and SET. For some reason (unbeknownst to ME), my hair sees less breakage and less tangles, when my hair is slightly damp when detangling.

    *shrugs* iono!

  • mia says:

    I use vaseline to seal, and sulfate shampoo.

  • SagittarianShe says:

    I use a paddle brush a couple nights a week to lightly smooth my hair before re-twisting or braiding at night. My hair is kinda fine and this eliminates any tangles that I may have accumulated durnung the day. As an added bonus, I have been able to remove the detangling step before my weekly wash and I loose much less hair.

  • Dee says:

    I use sulfate shampoos, and sometimes wash 2x per week and I have 3c-4a hair! I absolutely hate co-washing, does nothing for me and I feel as if my hair is dirtier afterwards. I like hair clean and with a nice smell to it!

  • CurlyChellez says:

    I have done a lot of no nos. I sleep w/o a scarf, I use a brush to smooth my hair, I wear weaves, etc….

  • Anonymous says:

    I have never stopped using hair grease, especially Royal Crown! I oil my scalp and use it on my hair…It works, works, works!

  • Melinda says:

    Sulfur 8! My granny used to put it on my hair and scalp. I love the medicated smell lol.

  • KellyMonroe says:

    when i blow my hair out i use a heat protectant but i wear my hair like that for at least 2 weeks without applying anymore product. For some reason my hair stays moisturize so i dont add more product because im afraid of build up. Oh and sometimes i use shampoos with sulfates but not intentionally lol

  • ChysCurlz says:

    I shampoo my hair every single time I get in the shower to wash my hair. Maybe even 2 or 3 times a week because cowashing just dosent work for me. Now, I'm trying out the terressential hair wash because from the reults I'm deriving I might end up doing away with all the products nonsense that has plagued my life since going natural. I want to KISS and if I have to use a little bit of grease to seal to ensure I don't have to moisturize every day and night, then so be it.

  • Baby-Doll20 says:

    I started my natural journey six years agoago with biweekly salon blowouts and my hair thrived. In March, I decided to wear my hair in its natural state – huge mistake since I am totally inept when it comes to styling my own hair. I managed to destroy my hair within just a few months. I am so happy I have an appointment with my stylist tomorrow, Hair Nazis be damned!

  • Ms Hood says:

    I HAVE to brush my hair. And almost daily. I dont care what kinda bristles either – boar, plastic, rubber, etc. As long as I get that feeling from the teeth hitting my scalp…And my hair gets all smooth…And I dont have to use any gels or pomades…Its almost as good as when I discovered using regular conditioners as everyday moisturizers…LOVE IT.

  • Editor says:

    I sleep without my satin bonnet on a regular basis 🙂 I know it's a "no-no" but I always forget what I did with. Or, I fall asleep on the couch and when I wake myself up to get in the bed a satin bonnet is the last thing on my mind.

  • Eve says:

    I use old school grease. my favorite is Nature's Blessings, (it has good stuff) but in a pinch, some Blue Magic leaves my hair laced. I use it on my son's hair too.

  • Kim says:


    I ain't mad at ya!

    I've always used "hair oil" – "grease" sounds so old school:-) My grease of choice is Sir Charles Mink Oil, but I was raised on Dixie Peach and Sulfur 8, like most Black women of my generation.

    I'm back to "shampoo, condition, blow-n-go" -sometimes press'n'curl – as my weekly regimen for the next couple months to prevent further damage to my hairline from ecessive product use and manipulation while experimenting with twists the past 2 weeks.

    In April I plan to BC, but if I twist before then – I'll be using me some "grease", too!

  • Anonymous says:

    I like Isoplus Natural Remedy Olive Oil & Lanolin Conditioner (it's a grease) and the avocado version.

  • Angelina says:

    Blue Magic, the coconut grease and what ever that hair mayonnaise stuff is. I usually find it on sale for like $1.99. For that low price, part of me thinks this cannot be good. I usually find a jar gathering dust on the bottom of the Target shelf in my neighborhood. But hell, when my ish is dry, it does the job!

  • Melodee A says:

    My hair LOVES Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding,when all of that hullabaloo was going on about MJ's products containing mineral oil ,I used that along with the price as an excuse to stop using them. I've been contemplating making a trip to Target to get me another jar!

    Oh Yeah, I also use Cantu Shea Butter Pomade, it makes my hair super soft when I wear a wash-n-go's!

  • DFig says:

    I will use Creme of Nature shampoo until I die. Not always, but it is so moisturizing.

    And, wait for it…I STILL use Mane and Tail (spelling?) for deep conditioning and their shampoo from time to time too. I know. "It has a horse on it!" blah blah blah, don't knock it until you have tried it!

  • JollyJoy says:

    I still use products that have silicones/sulfates/mineral oil. I use what works for my hair!

  • Tiffany says:

    I continue to use my brush, in order to keep my edges smooth(only when I'm pulling my hair back). I still use products with 'cones' in the ingredients…And, I also did not throw any of my pantee, and paul mitchell products away! Hence, they will probably get used one day :).

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    I keep hearing about this Softee Indian Hemp… hmmm… maybe it's next on the list!

  • Jess says:

    I use grease (currently Softee Indian Hemp) on my damp hair to roller set. It keeps my sets from getting frizzy after day one. I also use UltraSheen creme press OR curling wax (red wax, brand doesn't matter) as a heat protectant when I flatiron my hair (which I do about once a month). What can I say, I love my natural hair mainly because of the versatility, and YES I like to rock my hair straight sometimes.

  • Angela says:

    The no-no product I started using about two weeks ago is hair grease. I have had a hard time keeping my hair moisturized for longer than a day with just using oils. I saw/ heard jcokes from youtube was doing a challenge and saw she loved Royal Crown. I thought – what the heck – what's the worse that could happen. My Mommy used it back in the day and my hair looked good and was long. My twist-out never looked good before my Royal Crown experiment. Always frizzy and dry – no matter what I used. Well, I am a believer. Royal Crown is on my HG list and I don't care who knows about it.
    Now if I can only find this setting lotion I use to use back in the day – it was in a pink bottle called Ms.Something – idk- (not Pink Lotion) and would set my curls for days!!

  • LaWanda S says:

    I use gel, for twist/braid out, wng, and shingling (love it), and I use carefree curl moisturizer!

  • NiqueA Mo says:

    I dont't think I use any products that I'm not susposed to because I never like grease but I do still use my Denman brush. I let the tangel teezer go but the Denman stays.

  • Anonymous says:

    Well I started being really picky about what I was going to put in my hair. I got onto this all natural hair product kick–but I cracked just a little. I kept reading about naturals and Curly Nikki raving about Aussie Moist conditioner. I was like, I am not going to try this ish because it has silicones in it. Welp, I went to Walgreens and bought a HUGE bottle of it. The smell is awesome! You would have thought I left the candy store because I was CHEESIN big with my Aussie Moist. I purchased the Denman brush a while back and I started seeing mixed reviews about it. Some naturals say it pulls their hair out, while some says it makes their curls pop. Instead of being afraid of it, I may give it a go! I've come to realize, it is not about right or wrong products, but simply about the maintenance of your hair. If Folake is using non-natural hair products and her hair looks like that, she is doing something right!!! I can tell she knows how to take care of it. So instead of me being afraid of the no no products/method, I have to try it out for myself and see what works best! Natural hair rocks!! ~Monica

  • taizmorena says:

    Over the past few days, my scalp was itchy. I knew the cause wasnt product build up bc i only use Giovanni/QB products. Assuming it was dry, I tried misting my scalp with water and applying QB tea tree & grapeseed pomade…no luck o_0

    In a moment of desperation, I went to Walmart and bought a SULFATE shampoo…that was a big deal to me bc i hadnt used one since i BC'd in May '10! I bought Suave Professionals 2n1 Plus Shampoo. I washed both my scalp and hair with it and between the lathery goodness and slip of the moisturizing shampoo, I was in HEAVEN!! I even did a ACV rinse after and my scalp felt SOOO much better 🙂

    So…will i use a sulfate shampoo for every wash? Probably not bc it does strip the hair. HOWEVER…when my scalp needs a little tough love, I will definitely use it bc I know I can apply water, oils, and/or QB products to regain the moisture lost.

  • A.Taylor says:

    I use a small tooth comb….It's the only way i can effectively detangle and remove shed hair (Hides face….oh well)

  • Jennifer says:

    I use grease to press my hair with a straightening comb…….

  • Lisa Michelle says:

    I still love the Bed Heads Moisture Maniac conditioner…it smells like gummy bears and I've never met a person who can resist gummy bears! OOHHH, and the hot six type oil in the spray bottle…it's been one of the best things to help me detangle my hair EVER! I have found healthier alternatives and haven't repurchased since I ran out, but nothing really compares…

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm currently in microbraids while I transition so shampoo with sulfates is still on the menu..I have to wash these things good or else my head will look like a winter wonderland with all the flakes! I also get my hairline re-done to keep my braids looking fresh and I'm sure that's a big no-no due to the tension and all, but I just try not to manipulate them much while they're still tight. Forgive me hair I promise I'll do


  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, I applaud you for keeping it real. I'm an old school natural and once upon a time black folk didn't have a lot of choices about hair care products. In the 70s, errybody used Ultra Sheen, Blue Magic and Royal Crown. Grease is what we knew. When I first started reading posts about what not to use, I was a little frustated because I couldn't figure out why people should stop using stuff that was working for them. I'm all about using natural products, but I have to say I haven't had a lot of success with them. I have 3c and 4a curlnaps and I've wanted to love natural products but they have not been the business. Most of the time they left my hair dry and me disappointed. EVOO and Vitamin E oil have been staples for me, but a couple of weeks ago I snuck and used some old school "Liv", a cream hairdressing that is a big ol' jar of bad stuff. I mixed in a little EVOO and it actually did the job of three products! At first I felt bad about using it, but it did what I needed it to do. Thanks for your article about embracing the grease. It freed me to do me! (mzccnd)

  • ashnspace says:


    i wear my hair slicked back into a bun everyday
    ive tried other gels but nothing works like good old brown gel that and i brush my hair

    brush brown gel and a sock for my daily buns im in the military and i like a neat look that wont get messed up taking my hat on an off all day other products just dont cut it

    i do clairfy fairly often but ive been using brown gel for a few months now and i havent seen any adverse effects 😛

  • Unknown says:

    I poo with sulfates. My hair doesn't feel clean without it. I tried both the no-poo and low-poo method and hated it. So I use traditional shampoo and am proud of it!!!

  • Leslie says:

    I've been using Cantu Shea Butter Pomade which is just really straight mineral oil to to do some styling and it's working great. Also I am a firm towel hair dryer, I know it's bad, but I can't stop using a regular towel to dry my hair!!!

  • Keli says:

    I am still holdng a firm grip on my flat iron, which I use on a no-no setting of 400 degrees .:gasp:. I know, I know, I'm playing with fire (literally) but I only flat iron only once every other month or so, just to change up my look a little and to see how I'm progressing. And ironing on a temperature lower than that does not give me the smooth results I'm looking for, regardless of how many passes I take ove my hair.

  • marita grimes says:

    The biggest No-Nos for my hair are: I still get my hair pressed & curled with flat irons at the highest heat (talk about instant hair damage) and not sleeping with a satin pillowcase and satin hairwrap every night. My hair is not at the place it should be because of these 2 major hair No-Nos.

  • J. Frank says:

    I pull out my SSK's (single strand knots) instead of trimming them away.

    Yeah, not the best, but who really carries scissors around like that?!

  • K'sh says:


    I use everything!!! My hair is just like me temperamental. And what worked a month ago with be disastrous the next! The only thing that my hair loves is Argon oil and Herbal Essence..weird but I can't fight her!

  • Irendi says:

    I use baby oil gel on my hair w/ no apologies 🙂 When fall & winter set in, I need something heavy, but light to keep in some moisture…in comes the baby oil gel to save the day! It's heavy enough to hold in the moisture, and light enough that I don't feel like I'm weighed down w/ product.

  • NaturallyMe709 says:

    I use products that have silicones/sulfates/mineral oil, etc. I think you have to find the products which work best for you. My mother would grease my hair and scalp to no end as a child & I really didn't have many issues until I started doing my own hair!! So in the words of Kevin Hart, "Do you boo boo..Do you" LOL

  • Carlas Mack says:

    My no-no method is flat ironing. I use a heat protectant and go at. It helps me maintain my hair while I am transitioning.

  • Blogging Mama says:

    I use Ultra sheen on my hair and love it. My hair tends to be dry otherwise. Also, I use baby oil. I figure if I am already putting it on my skin might as well put it on my head. Baby oil is a must have when I travel.

  • Alimom says:

    I follow your products suggestions pretty closely and love Lacio Lacio!!! I would have never found it without your suggestion, so thank you. Although the "grease" results are impressive, not sure I'm ready for that. The more I read and see results, maybe I'll take the plunge. Especially when the cold winds of Chicago hit! This will be my first winter as a natural so I'm sure there will be many new challenges.

  • K'sh says:

    Nik, a few years ago when I read your blog about not using grease in your regimen, I thought "that's different" but I didn't judge! My philosophy is: if you like it…I love it!

    As I get older ( this is the approaching 30 talking) but I've learned to let people make their mind up and then have the right to change it…why…bc life happens. You live and you learn " )

  • Lynnieluve says:

    I use Cream of Nature Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo. I've been using it since day one. It's the best sulfate shampoo. It's better than any sulfate free shampoo I've ever used.

  • fabwtalk says:

    I was almost on the grease train yesterday and then remembered why I stopped using it in the first place, clogged pores. Grease on the scalp doesn't do it for me but most of my home made products do the trick. EVOO is definitely my friend. As for Folake, good god her hair is gorgeous!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I grease my scalp:) Right now I'm using Lustrasilk but I also use Doo Grow, lol. And my hair is at my waist when straightened!

    Tasha Mc.

  • Fatima says:

    I don't understand why other naturals sometime feel the need to "burn you at the stake" when you mention words like 'sulfate' or 'GREASE'. I've been natural for 3 years, my hair is APL and I love shampoo and, *gasp* BLUE MAGIC! Moral to the story, listen to other, read reviews, but find out what works for you!!!

  • Djohnson_143 says:

    My mom is a hairdresser, and has always tried to give me good advice. But some of the things she says not to do, I do anyway. lol ex: I DON'T always use all natural products. I sometimes wash with sulfates. I DON'T trim my hair every 8 weeks. I DON'T deep condition every week. Last but def not least, I blow out my hair often cause it makes it easier for me to do protective styles and detangle later. (My mom agrees w/ me on this) And y hair is thriving!

  • Unknown says:

    I find myself using mineral oil based products from time to time. I find that it really helps my hair out when I tension blow dry it out. I'll admit, I was once a mineral oil hater. I hated the smell and the fact that it clogged pores. I realized last year that if I kept it off the scalp, my hair loved it. I've found that it has helped keep the SSK down a bit and I'm trying to see how un-petroleum or grease works for super protection on the ends. YAY to mineral oil!

  • Imatelle Italoud says:

    I posted on fb last week sometime that I, despite all of the drama associated with mineral oil, went ahead and greased my hair with Pink Moisturizer. It has never looked better! Thank you for helping me feel less guilty about using what works.

  • Anonymous says:

    I just greased my hair for the first time last night since I went natural last year. I used my mom's Softee 100% Beeswax 'grease' because my scalp was itching! I have a scalp condition &the the only that helps is washing with selenium sulfide shampoo. I also wash weekly.

    D. Hosley

  • Tiffany G says:

    The no-no product I use sometime is Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme Hairdress for dry hair. I got this at CVS and I used it on my daughter's natural hair and it made it look so shiny. So I was thinking since it looked so great on her hair I will use it on mine too and I loved it. I only use it when I have a bed head and I need to make it shine right quick. I guess I say its a no-no product because it has parabens in it.

  • Jessica says:

    I still use a little vaseline and blue magic coconut, and I don't always sleep with a satin scarf/pillow case.
    When I retwist at night I put a little vaseline on the ends of my hair. I notice a reduction in split ends

  • Jade says:

    I still shampoo with Patene. I can't help it, I love the stuff. I have actually been interested in trying grease for a while now, but I have yet to find one that doesn't weigh my hair down (I have super fine hair).

  • Crystal says:

    I use Blue Magic hair grease and love it. It keeps my hair soft and moisturized!!!

  • NaShey says:

    I use shampoo with sulfate and sometimes I use Blue Magic to grease my scalp. I also use gel other than alcohol free… those alcohol free gels just dont hold my hair right!

  • virtue5 says:

    I still use regular hair grease from time to time as well. I’ve been natural my whole life (28 years) and I figure if it aint broke, why fix it I have a head full of hair. The only thing is I’ve moved on from my mother’s blue magic lol to African Prides’ Magical Grow because it isn’t super heavy like the traditional old school stuff.

  • Unknown says:

    Way in the back of my cabinet behind the shea, coconut oil and other socially acceptable, natural hair products, I keep an extra large jar of PRO-STYLE!!!! I'm sorry nothing, NOTHING, slicks down my hair and makes it clump like the good ol' brown gel. I use it when I need to ponytail my hair and usually wash it out within a day or two… But regardless, nothing beats pro-style!

  • Mickey says:

    My no-no method = brushing my hair. Usually just to achieve a smooth pony or bun, but yup. I brush my hair.

  • ggrox says:

    I shampoo every time I wash. Homie can't do the dirt y'all.

  • MS. DIY says:

    I get this, I love and appreciate all the things I have learned from natural websites, etc, but I'm starting to get back to not being so strict in what I buy, some stuff just makes hair styling easier. I've been contemplating mineral oil products again for awhile, lol! We shall see.

    And thanks for talking to Folake, I've been curious about her hair for the longest, lol!

  • Candace4life says:

    Her hair looks great and quick ? in the picture of you with Folake, who is the woman beside her? I love her hair and clothes style.

  • Gnatural says:

    OK, here it is!! I use the old school cholesterol (the pink original one) as my go to deep conditioner and my fro is fierce! I can't stop and I won't stop using it. I have used it for almost a year and like you said Nikki, if I am wrong I don't want to be right!!

  • Felicia says:

    I still use poos with sulfates. I always make sure to use a moisturizing conditioner afterward though.

  • Gina says:

    I wash my hair with shampoo that has sulfates. And often times I do it twice a week. If I don't I notice flakes while styling. It could just be that I'm not using the right conditioning product or maybe I'm lazy with rinsing. But I do know that my hair has flourished in terms of length retention and moisture, so why would/should I feel guilty?! I don't!

  • Neesh says:

    I still use shampoos with sulfate as well as oil hseens with mineral oils. Not much but my hair love, love, LOVES these products. I've never been a fan of grease because it makes my hair lifeless but to each their own. I believe in doing what works for each person. Chew up the meat, spit out the bones 🙂

    P.S. Folake's hair is AMAZING!!!!!!!

  • Tianna says:

    Nexxus Humectress!!! Makes my hair bouncy though filled with a million silicones and ingredients like "red" and other things I cannot pronounce. Oh the horror! lol

  • Michelle G says:

    I still find myself shampooing with shampoo containing sulfates from time to time. Sometimes it just feels like my hair needs it. I know people say that is strips away all your moisture but the times I do this are usually the times I grease my scalp and use African Pride Magical Gro (the one with the lil sticks in it).

  • Caray says:

    I use grease and probaby always will!

  • adst2nv says:

    I use Blue Magic Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner. And my hair loves it. I even oil my scalp with it. Petroleum, coconut oil, and fragrance. Yep, thats all thats in it.

    Shampoos with sulfate.

  • Chai says:

    I can't imagine not using a bit of poo to cleanse my scalp. In the beginning I heeded all the warnings and steered clear….but I was over the 'pat the weave' syndrome after a few weeks:(. It's soooo important to keep your scalp well cleansed…i see it as keeping the grass well 'fertilized' so that there's room for healthy hair to sprout. Poo has worked well for me, and I have no more qualms about it! DO YOU!

  • Amy Irvin says:

    I use sulfate shampoos and mineral oil laden products. If it works for my hair, I don't care is others are against the use of it.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @ pecan, I still like Salerm but OMG, try Lacio Lacio if you haven't!!!

  • Pecancurls says:

    I still proudly and unabashedly use my Pantene for relaxed and natural conditioner all of the time, and my fave Salerm 21 leave in conditioner. 🙂

  • Mz.T says:

    Shampoos with sulfate.

    I know Naturals always say it's drying and they frown at it. But I can't help it! I LOVE the squeaky clean feeling my scalp has after a good wash with a sulfate shampoo, my scalp gets itchy easily. And I usually just replace all the lost moisture with a long deep conditioning session.

  • Mell says:

    I definitely use my Pantene shampoo from time to time. I brought a huge bottle right before going natural and every now and then i use it with no remorse. I have to admit though that seeing your post has me feening for some Dax to see if it would help to keep my hair from getting so notty.

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