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  • Updated Jul 16

    Growing & Maintaining Your Natural Hair Guide
    There is no such thing as bad hair (unless you damage it). It's all about maintaining and taking care of it.

    Hair Types
    Type 2: Wavy

    • More prone to frizz.
    • Using anti-frizz products will help maintain good looking waves.
    • Try your best to keep your fingers out of wavy hair, the more you play with it = the more frizz you get.

    Type 3: Curly

    • Climate dependent (Humidity = Frizz).
    • Lack of care = dull and damaged curls.

    Type 4: Kinky Curly Coily

    • Driest hair type (more prone to breakage).
    • Use a gentle touch. Detangle and cleanse softly.
    • Moisturize daily to avoid breakage.
    • Avoid mineral and petrolatum oils.

    Essential hair products and tools

    Shea Moisture: Coconut & Hibiscus Collection

    • Curl & Shine Shampoo. $10.99
    • Curl & Shine Conditioner. $11.99
    • Curl Enhancing Smoothie. $12.99
    • Raw Shea Butter, Extra-Moisture Detangler $11.99

    Cantu Beauty

    • Coconut curling cream. $5.99

    Miss Jessies

    • Coily Custard $13.99 (Transforms frizzy hair to soft curls, fights shrinkage and great for wash & go styling)
    • Leave In Condish $11

    Eco Styler

    • Olive Oil Styling Gel $5.99

    Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink gel

    • Moisturizing styling gel $8.49

    Oils
    Prices varies, most can be found at local supermarket or beauty supply store

    • Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil (Stimulates Hair Growth, Conditions, Repairs, Moisturizes, and styles hair. Smells great too )
    • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Moisturizes, Strengthens and softens hair. Fights against dandruff and split ends.)
    • Avocado Oil (Strengthens, Moisturizes, Shines, and repairs damaged hair.)
    • Black Jamaican Castor Oil (Rapid hair growth, thickens, repairs, shines, deeply conditions and moisturizes hair/scalp)

    Tools
    Most can be found in your local beauty supply store or amazon

    • Satin pillowcases and scarves (preserves natural hair oils and less friction between hair and surfaces overnight)
    • Scrungy / Headband pack (Used to style your hair when sleeping or when you're going out)
    • Wide tooth comb (Used for detangling and styling hair)
    • Hair Pick (Used for styling and lifting hair)
    • Denman Brush (Used for detangling and styling your hair)

    Tips

    • Only wash your hair no more than twice a week. Washing everyday strips your hair of natural oils and causes thinning.
    • Never blow dry your hair it will cause heat damage. Air drying is the best way to go especially to avoid frizzing.
    • Never brush your hair when its wet, the brush will pull your hair strands.
    • Comb through your hair gently when styling with oils or when you're in the shower.
    • When using a hair pick, lift rom the roots upwards. This will lift your hair and give you more bounce/definition.
    • Use leave in conditioner 1-3 times a week unless you have type 4 kinky hair, use it everyday.
    • Sleep with satin surfaces (pillows, scarf etc) to avoid frizzing overnight.
    • When applying oils to your hair, apply it on your finger tips first and massage your scalp then to the rest of your hair gently.
    • If you notice split ends, go to a hair professional and ask them to clip it for you.
    • Use overnight routines to prep and help style your hair for the next day. (working on a post of youtube vid tutorials)
    • MOST IMPORTANTLY: Have a good diet, what you consume affects your hair.
  • Oct 25, 2019
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    @Nightmares

    Wetline > Eco. We are off that now + Wetline is cheaper.

    Get it, study it. learn your hair beyond curl type. Density, thickness & porosity are more important than the curl pattern.

    Check the ingredients of what you're using. For instance, coconut oil & jojoba oil are better for low porosity hair than high porosity hair.

    Cantu sucks OP. Eden Bodyworks curling cream is superior and a better purchase.

    Gonna list some things out, the products are cheap but curly girl approved; aka no parabens or sulfates or other bad ingredients that would f*** up your hair.

    Best shampoos:

    Personally I need my hair and scalp CLEAN, I use products and gel so I use liquid black soap and add tea tree oil & peppermint oil to it.
    Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo
    Alikay Naturals Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo
    J.R. Liggets Shampoo Bars
    Taliah Waajid Green Apple And Aloe Nutrition Shampoo
    Best daily conditioners (no silicones, so your deep conditioner & follow up products can actually penetrate your hair; best for detangling after shampooing)

    Renpure Originals Argan Oil Conditioner
    Long Aid Naturals Manuka Honey & Bergamot Daily Conditioner
    ORS Olive Oil Strengthen & Nourish Replenishing Conditioner
    Deep Conditioners/Hair Mask (use with heat)

    Texture ID Deep Treatment Masque
    EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Hair Masque Treatment
    Obia Naturals Babassu Deep Conditioner
    Taliah Waajid Repair And Restore Hair Strengthening Masque
    True by Made Beautiful Intense Treatment Masque
    Moisturizing oils (best to mix with deep conditioners or perform hot oil treatments with)

    Macadamia
    Kukui
    Sweet Almond
    Olive
    Sealant oils (best used for styling steps/sealing in moisture)

    Jojoba
    JBCO
    Detanglers

    SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler
    Alikay Naturals Knots Be Gone Hair Detangler
    Taliah Waajid The Great Detangler
    Physical detangling tools

    Tangle Teaser (they also have one for fine hair)
    Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush
    Wide Tooth Comb
    If you have locs, you should be transferring your shampoos to applicator bottles: amazon.com/gp/product/B07FKMNFXM so you can apply it directly to your scalp.

    Clean scalps + moisture = hair growth.

    @Nightmares

    I cut my own hair, my hair was down my back as a child and I have no recent racial admixture. Now it's bra strap length when straight (got a pixie cut in 2017)
    It's a myth we can't grow our hair.
    If you can't find oils around the way there's legit Etsy shops to get pure oils.

    etsy.com/shop/SULUORGANICS
    etsy.com/shop/bulknaturals
    etsy.com/shop/HBOilsCenter
    etsy.com/shop/ThePlantGuru
    etsy.com/shop/BestNaturesCosmetic

    There's also a lot of black owned all-natural hair care lines on Etsy so support when you can.

    etsy.com/shop/NaturesEgo
    etsy.com/shop/BrownButterBeauty
    etsy.com/shop/AshaAndMielBodyCare
    etsy.com/shop/Uhurunaturals
    etsy.com/shop/BryasBoutique
    etsy.com/shop/NaturelleGrow
    etsy.com/shop/AyeGirlsDream

    The best deep conditioner I have used was from a sister on Etsy lol didn't have any ingredients I couldn't pronounce and works like a charm.

  • Oct 25, 2019

    I cut my hair and now currently getting waves, it's just as tedious the only difference is that conditioners make me overcurl so I have to use more shampoos instead to lay my hair.

    Oil up twice a day (coconut,argan, Shea butter and grapeseed oil)
    Brush for 45 mins a day and put in that durag anytime I'm not brushing and not at work

  • Oct 25, 2019

    What hairstyles y'all rock? I generally rock an afro, but get it braided (cornrows) from time to time. I work in food service, so when it's not braided I gel it down and pull it back into a ponytail for work.

  • Oct 25, 2019

    Cut my dreadlocks after two years to restart but it's been two months my s*** slow as f*** barely noticing any growth.
    Also still can't grow a beard f***

  • Oct 26, 2019

    my dreads been so long

  • Oct 26, 2019

    Gonna post mine in a minute hol up

  • Oct 26, 2019

    My hair all types of messed up. I used to wash it daily

  • Oct 26, 2019

    My hair grows mad slow so this is like a year and 6/7 months of freeforming

    I think I have 4c hair. I chopped my hair off completely back in February/Early March last year


  • Oct 26, 2019

    i want my s*** to be long so bad I’m 2 impatient

  • Oct 26, 2019

    In

  • Oct 26, 2019

    I had freefrom high top dreads up until this summer, I shaved my head and had to start again from scratch. I'm starting to get a decent length on top and I take hair gummies daily. My length will return in time lol

  • Oct 26, 2019
    Thanos Ye

    I had freefrom high top dreads up until this summer, I shaved my head and had to start again from scratch. I'm starting to get a decent length on top and I take hair gummies daily. My length will return in time lol

    Hair gummies? Put me on

  • Oct 26, 2019
    CLB BMO

    Hair gummies? Put me on

    Before these I used to take biotin pills, these taste way better and they both helped make my hair grow thicker/fuller

  • Oct 26, 2019
    Thanos Ye

    I had freefrom high top dreads up until this summer, I shaved my head and had to start again from scratch. I'm starting to get a decent length on top and I take hair gummies daily. My length will return in time lol

    why'd you cut?

  • Oct 26, 2019
    chef

    why'd you cut?

    My family kept criticizing me saying I won't be able to get a job unless I cut them off

  • Oct 26, 2019
    Thanos Ye

    My family kept criticizing me saying I won't be able to get a job unless I cut them off

    You're growing them back or doing something different?

  • Oct 26, 2019

    Loc'd my hair at the end of last. I have good length right now. Never cutting them ever.

  • Oct 26, 2019
    DeJuan

    You're growing them back or doing something different?

    I'm growing a high fade again but not as high but I don't think I'm gonna let them loc and just use a curl sponge

  • Oct 26, 2019

    need to get my s*** interlocked again, been hella months

  • Oct 26, 2019
    Thanos Ye

    I'm growing a high fade again but not as high but I don't think I'm gonna let them loc and just use a curl sponge

    Do you feel like it was hurting you from getting a job or did you feel that people were put off by them?

  • Oct 26, 2019
    DeJuan

    Do you feel like it was hurting you from getting a job or did you feel that people were put off by them?

    My hair was fine imo and many others agreed, it's just that my mom and stepdad (who I live with) are very old school, they were literally making me wear a bald fade growing up until I fought to grow my hair out. I was basically forced but it's whatever, I'll still be content with my hair once I reach the right length

  • Oct 26, 2019

    been using the curl sponge because i'm trying for locs

  • Oct 27, 2019
    Sarcoid

    What hairstyles y'all rock? I generally rock an afro, but get it braided (cornrows) from time to time. I work in food service, so when it's not braided I gel it down and pull it back into a ponytail for work.

    alternate between two-strand twist, box braids, and cornrows every 3-4ish weeks. I’ll wear my hair out for a couple days before braiding tho

  • blase πŸ¦‹
    Oct 28, 2019

    Currently starting a new hair journey after cutting. Hoping to make it to MBL minimally. πŸ‘πŸΏ

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