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? 


  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!


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!


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!  



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.  


RAVE: Y'all, this wig right here, this wig right HERE, is pretty amazing!  I know that for our American and European Afrocurlitans, the Summer is coming to a close but if you are looking for the perfect hair style for that last beach trip or all white party or Labor Day party/bbq, then look no further than Ms. Pam.  Ms. Pam is perfect for all beach/Summer holiday related activities. 

 So if you are interested in purchasing Ms. Pam, watch our Youtube unboxing/review below and order this wig today! 


**This is not a sponsored post.  We were not paid for this post and we paid for all the items featured in this post.**


Dear Afrocurlitans, 

Struggle edges go you feeling down?  Well have no fear ladies because if you follow these 5 steps, those edges will be full and popping in no time: 

STEP 1: LET GO OF HIGH TENSION HAIRSTYLES!  There are some hairstyles that you have no business trying out if you have weak edges, no edges or are trying to grow out your edges.

 Case in point -    

CORNROWS – very popular, very cute but an edge killer when braided too tight


PONYTAILS – if you use this style daily, the tension caused by pulling your hair back can put too much stress on your edges


BRAIDS/FAUX LOCS – If you aren’t careful and don’t instruct your stylist to take it easy on your edges, this cute protective style can wreak havoc on your scalp




WEAVES – these are a great protective style when installed properly, but it is important to make sure that the braid pattern you use isn't too tight


STEP 2: MASSAGE YOUR EDGES NIGHTLY.  This sounds tasking but the results are amazing!  Listen, there are no shortcuts to growing out your edges and this step is simply a must.  When you massage your scalp, you increase the flow of blood in that area and in turn stimulate hair growth.  


STEP 3:  APPLY THE AFROCURLITAN DIY MAGICAL HAIR GROWTH EXLIXIR TO YOUR EDGES NIGHTLY.  The following Afrocurlitan DIY Magical Hair Growth Elixir (sounds fancy right?) recipe is chock full of ingredients that promote hair growth as well as improves the thickness of your hair -


  1. 1 Cup of Jamaican Black Castor Oil or Castor Oil (stimulates hair growth and hair thickness)
  2. 10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (stimulates hair growth)
  3. 10 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil (stimulates hair growth)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together and pour them into a bottle.
  2. Warm up the bottle in the microwave for 10 - 20 seconds.  Make sure it doesn't get too hot! 
  3. Massage a dime to quarter sized amount of the oil into your scalp for 5 to 10 minutes each night. 


STEP 4: KEEP YOUR SUPPLEMENT GAME STRONG!  Most of us are not willing to eat a slew of different foods for the sake of our hair growth, therefore vitamins supplements can help us fill in what is missing in our diets so that our hair can grow longer and stronger.  Although many people take a daily hair, skin and nail supplement, I have found that I have had more success growing out my edges when I take a combination of the following vitamins:  

  • Bamboo Extract - contains a high amount of silica which helps your body produce collagen, one of the building blocks for hair, skin and nails.  It also aids in balancing the female sex hormone, an imbalance of which can lead to hair loss and hair thinning.  By bonding with the minerals in our body, silica transports these mineral to the peripherals areas (i.e. hair and nails) thus promoting hair growth. 
  • MSM/methylsulfonylmethane - this compound is primarily made up of sulfur, one of the key building blocks of hair.  It has been shown to increase the rate of hair growth because it extends the body's hair growing cycle.
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen - bonds to the hair to strengthen it and prevent breakage.  

**You should talk to your doctor before taking any supplements to rule out possible adverse drug interactions and determine the appropriate dosage for your body.**


STEP 5: DRINK UP!  Water helps to flush out toxins and provides hydration to your hair follicles.  It also aids in carrying minerals and nutrients to different parts of your body, including your hair, skin and nails.  It's important that you stay hydrated so that your hair can stay healthy and look lustrous. 


You won't have a problem growing out your edges if you follow these five steps!


Woah, Afrocurlitan looks really different!

Yep folks, there have been quite a few changes on our blog.  We haven't really posted over the last few weeks because we weren't in love with the original look of the blog and decided to completely revamp it.

Now that we have a blog theme that we are crazy about, stay tuned for more frequent natural hair-related posts as well as more Youtube posts!

-Didi & Judith

Let us know if you are feeling our new design!