ACV PRE-POO & DETANGLER RECIPE

If you have been battling intense breakage and/or shedding when you detangle your hair, try out our amazing pre-poo & detangler recipe.  It will make your hair feel incredibly soft, easy to detangle and significantly reduce shedding!

If you try out this recipe, share your experience with us!

African Black Soap Review | Take Your Pick

Naturals far and wide have been raving about African black soap because...

  1. it is made of natural ingredients (i.e. it is made of the ash of locally harvested plants);
  2. people have claimed that it clears their skin of conditions like rosacea, acne, eczema, etc.; 
  3. it is a gentle cleanser for the face and scalp; and
  4. it can be used as shampoo, conditioner, makeup remover, and body wash.

There are quite a few black soaps available in Nigeria and many of these soaps are produced by Nigerian companies!  I've tried quite a few of these products and I thought I would share my thoughts on four of the soaps I've used the most over the last year. 

Btw, all of these products are available in Nigeria!

*This is not a sponsored post.

Rotate Your Hair Oils

Have you ever been so obsessed with something that you just couldn't stop using it?  Let's say the object of your affection was...peanut butter.  You loved it so much that you ate it with literally EVERYTHING.  After months of eating peanut butter every...single...day, you start to hate it.  Suddenly, the sight or smell of peanut butter makes you gag, so you stop eating it.  Then, about a year later, someone offers you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and you meekly accept.  Once you bite into the sandwich, you fall in love with it all over again.  You wonder why you ever stopped eating it and re-introduce it into your diet.  

The same thing happens with hair oils.  You may be obsessed with an oil for months and one day, the oil simply stops having the same effect that it once used to have on your hair.  By simply using a different hair oil every 3 - 6 months, it will ensure that it provides the maximum amount of effectiveness.  

Do you rotate your hair oils?  If you do, how often do you rotate them?  

THE BEST BRAID SPRAY RECIPE EVER!!!

Braids are an awesome protective style that are low maintenance and versatile but if you aren't careful, you can easily neglect your hair when wearing this style which can lead to serious breakage. 

Here is a simple recipe I use every time I wear braids which ensures that my hair stays healthy, soft and lustrous after I remove my braids.  Plus, it prevents nasty build-up at the base of my hair which makes detangling my hair after removing the braids a breeze! 

How do you usually moisturize your hair when it is in braids? 

TOP FIVE REASONS WHY I FINGER DETANGLE

  1. Because I get less breakage when I detangle with my fingers than with a comb or brush.
  2. Because it reduces the frizziness of my hair, so my curls pop more!
  3. Because it helps me retain soooooo much length.
  4. Because it makes my hair a lot more manageable.
  5. Because it has caused my hair to be thicker over time since I less breakage.

Do you finger detangle? If so, let us know why you prefer to use your fingers over a comb or a brush.  If you are interested in learning how to finger detangle, let us know in the comments section below and we will be sure to post a tutorial!

THE CRITICAL HAIR CARE STEP YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO SKIP

Do you or someone you know have dry, dull, brittle and/or color-treated hair?  Have you tried solving that problem by slapping on hair care products that promise to moisturize your hair and still had no luck?  Then maybe you should think about deep conditioning your hair weekly.  

I know what you are thinking, "Didi, do I really have to deep condition my hair every week?!" 

Listen, if you are tired of your hair looking dry and busted you should give deep conditioning a shot.  You don't need to deep condition your hair every week, but at least try to do it twice a month.

Here are the top reasons why deep conditioning should ALWAYS be part of your hair care regimen: 

  1. ADDS MOISTURE TO YOUR HAIR - lets face it, most women with natural hair battle dryness on a day-to-day basis. That factor coupled with your use of styling tools (i.e. blow dryers, flat irons, etc.) and the change in seasons (either Dry Season, if you live close to the Equator, or Winter, if you live elsewhere), strips our hair of the little bit of moisture it already possesses. Deep conditioning treatments moisturizes your hair and the additional moisture plumps up your hair follicles, giving your hair a smoother, healthier appearance.  
  2. PROMOTES ELASTICITY - Dry hair tends to be brittle and prone to breakage.  Consistent deep conditioning treatments make your hair more elastic so that it can withstand all the manipulation you do to your hair through styling.
  3. PREVENTS BREAKAGE (MAJOR KEY ALERT!) -  If you are interested in maintaining the current length of your hair or growing it out to waist length or beyond, you better deep condition your hair girl!  Many naturals think there is a special, hidden formula to having long hair, but there simply isn't.  Most people don't have trouble growing out their hair, but they do have issues with maintaining their length.  Regular deep conditioning moisturizes your hair and promotes elasticity, so that your hair is less prone to breakage, so you maintain your length. 

If you are not convinced that regular deep conditioning will turn your hair around, just give it a try and I promise you'll see a difference.  I challenge all of my doubters, nay-sayers, or those who never thought about regular deep conditioning to give it a try.  I know this is a big ask, but just try it out.  Do it once a week for one month.  Prove me wrong if you like.  Let me know if you do or don't see a change in your hair.  Share your pictures here or on our Facebook page.

Are you interested in deep conditioning your hair but unsure about how to do it?  Don't worry, we got you!  Just look out for an instructional post over the next few days!

TIPS FOR LAID EDGES | NO EDGE CONTROL NEEDED

For centuries Type 4 Naturals have been on a quest to find the perfect product to slick down their edges.  About a year or so ago, Didi (who has Type 4a, b, c, d, e, g, z hair) finally found the key to laying down the curls along her hairline and keeping them in place all day long.  

"Was it Jam?" you ask.  No.

"Was it Hicks?"  Naw.

"How about Edge Tamer?"  Nope.  

It was good ole fashioned ECOSTYLER GEL.  Any variety worked for her.  All she did was-

1. lightly mist her edges with water;

2. rub some castor oil on her hair (for added shine);

3. apply a generous amount of Ecostyler (roughly 2 to 3 tablespoons);

4. lightly brush her hair back with a soft bristle brush; and

5. tightly wrap a silk/satin scarf on her head night .  

When she woke up in the morning, her edges were LAID without a flake in sight!  

BLUE IVY SLAYED | VMAS 2016

 

Although I didn't watch the VMAs, I certainly caught all the highlights this morning.  Queen B slayed as usual, I lived for the dancehall portion of Rihanna's performance and Teyanna Taylor literally has me running to the gym after work.  When I saw photos of Beyonce on the red carpet with Blue Ivy, I though she looked adorable in her champagne gown and little braids.  

I was a little surprised to hear that people were upset that Blue had extensions.  I say to those people,

"Why you mad?"

"Is she your child?"

"Did you give birth her?"

"When will you let the baby breathe?"

"Why are you so invested in how her momma choose to style her hair?"

North West literally had the same hairstyle, with extensions, months ago and not a negative word was spoken.  So from now on, just leave Blue Ivy alone.  Let the toddler rest.  Allow her momma to take care of her hair as she pleases.  Keep your negative comments about other people's children to yourself.