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Pro Tips and Tricks: Moisturizing Natural Hair

28 Sep

Tania writes:

I always tell my clients that dry, brittle hair needs to be nourished. Properly nourished hair is never thirsty!

NO PETRO! – Do not use petroleum or mineral oil based products. They are topical agents. Meaning when petro or mineral oil is applied to the skin and/or hair it does not get absorb. It literally leaves a layer or film on skin and hair. And this layer makes skin and hair feel smooth or soft but doesn’t increase the moisture content. The film doesn’t allow healthy ingredients to penetrate the hair or skin because they become what we know as ‘product buildup’.

Try to use plant and nut oils and butters such as olive, coconut, almond, jojoba and/or shea, mango, and aloe butters. These oils & butters will get absorbed allowing the hair and skin to be properly nourished.

SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER – This is the first step in moisturizing or nourishing the hair. Shampoo and conditioner lays the foundation for everything else you plan to do to the hair.

The first shampoo is always a cleansing shampoo. Good rule of thumb this shampoo is clear in color. It should remove all product from the last hair style.

The second or last shampoo (depending on the regimen) should be a moisturizing shampoo. Good rule of thumb this shampoo is typically creamy, white or yellow in color. It should actually feel soft on your hands.

Final step is conditioning. The conditioner should be one that is rich in humectants. Humectants by definition are substances that promote moisture retention. Natural humectants include honey, vegetable glycerin, vitamin E, panthenol (a form of pantothenic acid – Vitamin B5), collagen and elastin.

TREATMENTS – When the hair is extra thirsty it will require a moisture treatment. Deep moisture treatments are typically thick and creamy. It will be packed with humectants and vitamins to restore the moisture. These treatments normally require heat because heat allows the hair shaft to better absorb the nutrients within the treatment.

Nature has some of the best treatments 10 Olive Oil Uses, Honey Deep Treatment, Cucumber Treatment.

Overall, you have to be proactive in keeping your hair nourished. Pay attention to amount of blow drying, flat ironing, and type of products you use in your hair.

About Tania:
Beauty is the business of Tania Chandler. With over 10 years experience in the industry, she has been recognized as the natural hair care expert. Specializing in caring, styling & repairing locs, double strand twists, pressing, weaves, & her favorite – easing clients through the process of transitioning back to Nappyness 😉 . She prides herself on staying educated & keeping up with the latest trends. Her work has been featured in film/TV, print, runway, and everyday beauties such as yourself! She currently services clients in Baltimore, MD & Central PA.

Photo source: http://www.luxasiapacific.com


The Importance of Support Systems

12 Aug

No matter what we do in life, we need to have a support system.  The most intelligent, most gifted, most creative people need support.  That crosses over into all aspects of life.  It’s great if your family can be that for you.  I known mine always has been.  For some, that is not an option.  They may need to seek out support from others because they aren’t getting it at home.  I want to thank so many of you who have shared tips and advice in the comments section and on my Facebook page.  It only takes a moment of your time, but it can mean so much to someone else.  I also want to thank my family and friends who are always there for me.  It has definitely made a difference in my life. 

Who has been your support system?

More Tips for Transitioners and New Naturals

15 Jul


Thanks to everyone who left comments and tips for Courtney yesterday.  They were all thoughtful and helpful to anyone who is transitioning or newly natural.  Even those of us who have been natural for awhile can use the extra encouragement from time to time.

This post came from one of the comments that was left yesterday. Mesha gave great advice and style ideas.  (I added links to tutorials for some of the styles that are already on the blog.)

Mesha Wrote:

So many of us fear our natural hair texture because society tells us that it is unprofessional, unkept and unbecoming. The very first step in transitioning is realizing that “transitioning is 90% mental and 10% physical”. Your physical will catch up with your mental as you go through your journey.

Styling options are abundant. You can try:
1. Flex-Rod Set
2. Double Strand Twists or Twist-out with the ends rodded –TUTORIAL HERE
3. Braids or Braid Out with the ends rodded
4. Bantu Knot Out- TUTORIAL HERE
5. Cornrows with and without hair added (Just be sure to have the feed-in method used. This will help reduce the tension of the synthetic hair and the braiding at the hairline.)
6. Spring Twists – See EBNBHair on youtube for pics

Check to see if there are any natural hair meetup groups in your area. These groups have get togethers of women with natural hair and discuss hairstyles, their natural journeys and other tips and tricks for caring for natural hair. The website is http://www.meetup.com, and search for “natural hair.”

Finally get a journal and record your journey. Record your feelings, products that you’ve tried and how you feel about them, useful websites, etc. Re-read it if you ever feel like giving up.

Good Luck in your Journey!

Quote from the book “The Knotty Truth”

18 Year Old Transitioner~ Courtney

14 Jul
First off my name is Courtney, I’m 18 years old, and I’m trying to transition from relaxed to natural hair. However, so far it has not been easy. My last relaxer was about 2 months ago, and my whole family is trying to make me straighten my hair. I feel like I have no support, and I’m scared because I feel like I’m alone. My mother suggested that I straighten my hair with a hot comb because my hair is so thick (it’s like they’re afraid of my nappy hair!) I’m going to need some serious support to get through this!
1. Are there any styles that I can try? I don’t know how to do cornrows. 😦
2. When is a good time to trim my hair (i.e. when it’s wet or when it’s dry?)
All my life I have been forced to believe that the best thing about me was my beautiful, STRAIGHT, hair. Now that I am transitioning, I feel like I’m going against everything I’ve ever known. But I am a strong girl, and I’m going to stick with this! I know it’s going to be hard.
I’m sure Courtney will appreciate any guidance and support that we can give to her.  Thank you.

10 Tips for Transitioners

3 Jul


Yesterday there was a post on my page asking about transitioning.  The writer wanted to know what her relative could do to keep her hair from breaking off as she transitions. 

This process is different for each person.  It has a lot to do with the condition the person’s hair was in before they began the transition.  Even so, there are some basic things that a transitioner can do to work towards healthy hair.

Here are my suggestions:

  • Regular deep conditioners
  • Reduce use of heat
  • Try to incorporate protective styles
  • Comb your hair while it’s wet
  • Use a widetooth comb
  • Sleep with a silk/satin scarf or on a silk/satin pillowcase
  • Find a good leave in conditioner that works for your hair
  • Trim your hair if it is needed (Don’t try to hold on to damaged hair)
  • Try EVOO, shea butter, coconut oil, and other natural products

 I encourage others who are reading this to add their own tips in the comments section.

Tiffiney’s Big Chop

27 Jun

Tiffiney Now


Meet Tiffiney.  She just did her big chop on Tuesday.  (Congratulations Tiffiney!) Now, she is looking for some guidance from other natural women about maintaining her hair.  Please read her story below and give her as much feedback as you can.  We all know that it can be frustrating and a little scary in the beginning.  Tell her some things you wish you’d known at that point. Thanks.  

 “I’m a 30 year old mommy of 2 boys. Since I was in the 7th grade, I played with my hair in different styles. I preferred short curls & braids for years. In 2007,  I cut my hair to about an inch and grew it out to my shoulders. Lately, with so much mess in my life; I needed to find my confidence that I lost along the way. So I began confronting my demons and realizing and accepting who I am. I called my stylist and asked her to go with me to a barber and you see the finished product. It’s amazing how much confidence I exude when I walk out the door and when I look in the mirror, I’m reminded of that.  

My questions:  

Since I don’t plan on growing length over an inch or two, which products should I use for my short hair?  

What products for my hair type 4c will give my short hair the best curl?”