Natural Hair Care

Natural Hair CareHair Care Guide for Girls with Curls

 

The starting point of natural hair care begins with giving up the items that does the most damage to your hair. This would include relaxers, dyes, and high temperature styling tools. We are here to help you gain and maintain healthy strong hair by keeping you updated with the latest enhancements and variations for natural black hair care. This site was created so Ebony women can view all the wonderful aspects of their natural hair.

Where Do I Start?

The starting point in acquiring gorgeous natural black hair is very good nutrition and health. Natural hair care options has become extremely common since so many people have realized the damage harsh chemicals has on their hair and body.

Visit the Naturally Curly Hair Types page to help determine the texture of your hair. Andre Walker, Oprah’s much talented stylist, has helped make identifying hair texture easier than ever before. Once you have identified your hair texture, next you will need to look at the products available for your hair texture/type.

The good thing about natural hair care products is that it works good on a variety of hair types. For example, Carols daughter products deals with a variety of natural curly hair textures. Try to use organic products that do not have harsh chemicals if you wan’t healthy growth and best results.

There are so many products for black women that contains the required natural oils and humidifying hair conditioners, there really isn’t a good reason why you wouldn’t be able to find one that works great for your hair. Like never before, today there are a large number of black-owned hair companies, just to name a few, Carol’s Daughter, Miss Jessie’s, and Kinky-Curly Hair Products.

Avoid unnecessary use of hair care products that include ingredients like paraben, mineral oil, silicone, and petroleum. Studies have shown these items do damage to natural hair. They have the tendency to clog the pores and limit the potential of growth.

Re-discovering your natural hair texture is very exciting for a lot of women. No matter your hair texture, most women place a lot of pride in their hair.You have the opportunity to experiment and learn new things about your hair on a daily basis if you choose.

Stay Away from Heat and Chemicals

Black hair is typically drier than other ethnicity. Since this is the case, our hair requires additional moisture content to endure hair styling. Curly textures usually are by far the most weak since the flexes in kinky hair causes it to have a challenge with sending natural oils from the scalp along the curly hair shaft to the ends. Therefore the curlier the hair the greater susceptible it can be to becoming dry and splitting.

Chemical substances as well as heat hair styling draw the inner moisture content from our hair, which makes it fragile and breakable. If you do decide to wear your hair straight, search for heat shielding and moisturizing products which include silicone. This will help you fight against damage since silicone coat your hair and enable moisture to be closed in.

Ellin who developed the Ellin LeVar Textures solutions for natural hair care stated that ingredients which increase body can in fact remove natural oils and take away moisture. According to Ellin if the product you’re using is greasy, there’s a good chance it’s most likely not putting moisture content into you hair. Instead of using a greasy item that will just sit on top of your hair without penetrating you need a conditioner with lightweight oils to penetrate into your hair and scalp.

She also has mentioned that lanolin or any other greasy products hydrate, can block the follicles on the crown and weigh locks down. She favors hair conditioners with essential herbal oils, like grape seed oil for instance, that hydrate without the need of leaving greasy deposits behind.

Professionals also recommend covering your own hair inside a satin headscarf or bonnet before going to sleep to assist the hair to preserve moisture. Natural cotton materials inside your pillowcase will pull away reserved moisture.

Vitamin Supplement to Promote Strong and Healthy Hair Growth

Biotin is often a main element within the healthy hair developing course of action — it is very important not just to develop new hair; additionally it performs a significant part inside the all around health of skin and nails.

Biotin is actually a vitamin B complex and it’s also found in food items like eggs and liver. Nevertheless, it will acquire plenty of eggs and liver to offer you the 5mg of biotin that you will require for healthier hair and nails. A biotin dietary supplement can offer one’s body with all the required quantity of biotin it requires to encourage growth of hair that may help prevent hair thinning with out extra calorie consumption and without needing to consume liver.

Individuals who’re going through hair thinning might be able to maintain their head of hair longer and promote new hair growth by using a biotin dietary supplement or hair vitamin supplements that contains biotin.

Seven Hair Care Tips for your Natural Hair:

  • Opposed to combing or brushing your hair at night, consider given your scalp a stimulating massage. This course of action will encourage the blood flow movement without the risk of snagging your hair with a comb/brush may eventually cause breakage.
  • A hot oil treatment method is a terrific way to take care of all-natural hair. It’s going to behave as a moisturizing lotion for your head and give a gorgeous shine for your hair. You may want to even consider a Henna Treatment as a routine deep conditioner.
  • Use a large tooth comb when detangling your hair. If you are wearing an Afro or braids, it’s important to brush through your roots. If your comb is too slim it may damage your hair.
  • Avoid products that include detergent ingredients when your are cleaning your hair. These components remove natural oils out of your head of hair and lead it to dehydrate. Try using organic hair products which works well on natural hair.
  • For braids and locs, you will have the benefit of stunning hairstyles that will showcase your assorted texture. However the exact same guidelines apply with regards to maintaining your own hair thoroughly clean and hydrated.
  • Get your ends trimmed at least every 6 to 8 weeks.
  • How frequently should you clean your hair? Some experts believe it is good to wash your hair at least every 14 days but, 7 to 10 days is recommended. According to Kim Kimble a talented stylist who has worked with artist like Mary J. Blige and Beyonce, frequently have to remind her clients black hair actually need to be washed on a regular basis despite what you may think. Kim also mentioned you can actually have bacteria grow on your scalp without the regular cleansing which is not apart of healthy hair care. On the other hand, washing your hair too frequently can strip your hair of hydration. Everyone carries a distinct way of life. And this is exactly what determines how frequently you clean the hair within these guidelines. The bottom line is to clean the hair frequently enough to get rid of excessive grime and smells but not really much that it strip the hair of the natural oils.

As Black women of all ages, we now have this fixation about having really long hair. It’s been my own encounter that after I ultimately ceased placing chemical substances on my hair and went natural, I noticed a substantial difference in the overall health of my hair.

You may experience differently, so seriously consider the things that you decide to do for your hair, that’s where you where you will discover what performs and what will not do the job. Rocking your natural hair can certainly be a turning point in your life! Sign up for our monthly newsletter or follow us on twitter to get the latest updates on natural hair care.

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Amy Sawyer January 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Great information!

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Agirlnamedfrank January 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm

How often should you wash your hair if you exercise on a regular basis? I work out Monday to Friday. Should I wash my hair twice or week or just stick with once?

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Naturalbella January 25, 2012 at 4:41 am

I work out Monday-Friday as well. How funny! I find washing my hair once a week to be sufficient :)

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Iam Me February 8, 2012 at 4:44 am

You are so right giving up the heated styling tools! I transitioned instead of doing the BC and I decided to get my hair blown with a round brush a few times and just kept managing my hair like I had a relaxer. Why did I do that? I ended up with so much heat damage that I ended up doing a BC anyways. If I could go back that would be the step I would follow it’s not worth damaging your healthy natural hair.

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Melissa April 10, 2012 at 5:55 am

Hair typically grows 1/4 to 1/2 inch a month, maybe a llitte more or less depending on the individual.There is no way you can make it grow any faster. However taking care of your hair as you are already doing by avoiding damage, keeping it trimmed and eating healthy will allow it to grow as much as possible. Everything you eat comes out through your hair so a healthy diet is a good way to ensure your hair stays healthy and strong.

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ayisha February 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I LOVE ,LOVE , LOVE This website and may God bless u for the good work. All this good information on your website, the science of black hair book, and all the beautiful black queens and princesses on u-tube have given me great encouragement to transition. I did my big chop 6 months a go and have learn to love my hair ( 4c, 4d hair) .I am just sad about not knowing what i know now 10 years a go. Throughout the ten years of relaxing my hair, it never grew pass shoulder lenth and i even had scalp problems and thining hair. I feel great with my natural hair and i will never relax it again.
I want u to know that your website is reaching people all over the world, i come from Ghana and i live in Zürich. GOD BLESS…

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Naturalbella February 16, 2012 at 1:26 am

Thanks Ayisha!! I really appreciate your support. I’m glad you find the information on this site helpful :) God Bless!!

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Katherene` March 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Your website is absolute blessing! This was my first, but not my last visit to your website. I’ve learned so much. Almost 2 years I’ve been wearing my hair natural and I love it. Thank you again for the information. It’s worth millions!!!! :)

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Anita June 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Thanks It depends on what I’m doing baecuse if I was taking a shower my hair would be already wet but since I wasn’t, my hair was dry, so I just went with the dry hair but I would say most of the time I prefer it wet.

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Jenny March 25, 2012 at 5:59 am

Hello! I just did the BC :-) I am happy about the transition but am having difficulty choosing the right shampoo, conditioner and leave in conditioner for my type of hair (thank you! BTW for the suggestion on the leave in conditioner). What would you recommend?
Also… I saw your comment about the M-F work-outs and that you find that washing your hair once is a week is sufficient… do you rinse your hair with water/conditioner then add a leave in conditioner after an intense work out (e..g running)?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks again for having this website. IT’S AWESOME!!!!!

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Naturalbella April 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

That’s great news Jenny! I love using Carols Daughter leave-in-conditioner Tui. It smells good and keeps my hair feeling moist. Sometimes you have to play around with different products to see which works best. I’ve also used a few of Miss Jessie’s products, which seem to work out well. Also, I always condition my hair after shampoo and add a leave-in-conditioner :)

You’re so welcome! I’m glad you appreciate the site :)

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lakisha April 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

i have had natural hair for sometime now and i cant get the whole head of hair to curl. its a very shorthair style cause i keep cutting to get the curls.now i am tried of cutting and want results. can you please help

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Naturalbella June 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Have you tried using Miss Jessie’s curly pudding? I’m not sure how short your hair is, but twist-outs are helpful when it comes to defining curls. Also, a lot of us have more than one texture of hair. In fact it has been said most of us have close to 3 different textures of hair. It is possible for some areas of your hair to be curlier than others.

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alazuan April 21, 2012 at 5:54 am

Help I have lost my curls!!
And to think I thought I was losing my marbles. Thanks for posting this information with tips on how to correct this. I always wondered if flat ironing and dying my hair had messed up my curl pattern. I started with tight curls but now have waves, I will definatly try the tips in this article!! I even asked beauticians about my lack of curlss and she chalked it up to split ends. I may have some but now I know what else contributed to the changes of my hair.

Alazuan

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Good2bme April 29, 2012 at 1:56 am

Ok so I’m totally confused. Ive been transitioning for 3 months… watching all these youtube videos that tell you to wash your hair as much as possible. Is it because I’m to do a no po only? because I was my hair every two to three days thinking this will increase hydration. I was with shampoo friday and monday on wednesday I use only shampoo. Is this wrong??? I have to use sheabutter and glycerin to keep my hair moisurized or else it is super dry….. PLEASE HELP!!!!

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Chloe June 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I have also been transitioning for a couple of months. I find that I don’t have to wash my hair that much. I wash it maybe twice a week depending on how active I am. Over washing will not increase hydration it will actually do the opposite. After washing my hair I use a deep conditioner to comb (wide tooth comb..of course) my hair. Leave it in for five maybe ten minutes then rinse out with cool water to seal in the moisture. Then I add some coconut oil from root to the tip of my hair and let it air dry. There are other creams (shea butters, etc) you can use it’s up to you but this tends to work for me.

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Naturalbella June 29, 2012 at 7:12 pm

You should definitely keep your hair moisturized. This does not necessarily mean wash your hair everyday or every other day. It could be as simple as spritzing your hair in the morning, afternoon or at night with water or a light leave-in-conditioner. How often you wash your hair should be based on your lifestyle and length. For example, if you work-out on a regular basis and you have a TWA you may consider doing a no poo shampoo on a regular basis.

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Katherene` May 1, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Always a pleasure to read your information. It’s excellent! I have learned so much about natural hair. And I’m so proud of myself for returning to wearing my hair natural. My hair is healthier, fuller, stronger and longer. I appreciate your article on the Henna Treatment. That is definite a hair treatment for my hair. I look forward to your next email.

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Courtney May 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

This is my first visit to this site and I must say that it has been educational, I love it!! I am currently in transition and feel overwhelmed when trying to find/determine what products to use or buy on my hair. To be honest, I’m still not sure I even know what my hair texture is… I think it is wavy or has an S pattern but I’ve only been growning it out for 6 months. It has been 6 months since my last relaxer but I’m not sure if my natural texture has come back yet?? I didn’t do the BC and typically I flat iron it once a week and wrap it or roll it at night and my natural hair looks just as straight as my relaxed ends so that’s part of my confusion…Can you give me any advice on products and/or texture reccomendations?

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Naturalbella June 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

This is such a great time to be natural! There are several wonderful product lines on the market for natural hair these days. Two of my favorite product lines are Miss Jessie’s and Carols Daughter. Nonetheless, there are many,many others!! I played around with different products until I found which ones worked best for my hair. It may be hard to determine your natural texture until you stop straightening your hair all together. Check out the Natural Hair Types page to help determine your texture ;)

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Leah May 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I am so happy I came across this website, the information is so informative and educational. like Ayisha, I wish I had known years ago. I have gone natural for a month now and feel so liberated by it, wish I had the confidence to do it years ago, love my natural hair and the beauty in the diversity I now recognize in others with natural hair styles. This website is a blessing.

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Naturalbella June 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Thanks Leah!!!

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Khadija rahim May 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I find that Co-washing tends to leave my hair feeling very soft and manageable. I feel like I only need to shampoo once every 2 weeks {witch is generally when I deep condition} ! Is this a healthy routine or am I stunting my growth by not using shampoo on a more consistent basis? My texture is 4a/4b I have yet to find a leave in conditioner that doesn’t leave my hair feeling hard and sticky…. any suggestions??? PLEASE AND THANKS

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Naturalbella June 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Hi Khadija, I do not see there being a problem washing your hair every two weeks. I know some people who do not wash as often as once a week choose to use tea tree oil to help remove bacteria from their scalp until there next wash. You may want to consider this. I like to use Carols Daughter Tui Leave-in-Conditioner.

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Louise June 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I NEED HELP…Ive spent years not really taking care of my hair now the middle is so short i cannot grip it i just found a ball spot on the side of my hair from where i were wigs. I work in cosmectics and have to have a certain LOOK so just about everyday i pull my hair back. NOW IM PAYING FOR MY LACK OF TRUE CARE. i really need some help so advice i have 4c type hair what should i do ?

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Naturalbella June 29, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Hi Louise,

This is called Tension Alopecia. In order to prevent further damage to your hair, I would suggest discontinuing doing what has caused the damage in the first place. Look for styles that will not put any more tension on your sides. Vary your styles with light, softer and loose hairstyles. If you do decide to wear a wig, then try to purchase one with out the combs on the side. You may want to pin it down with bobby pins towards the center of your hair or behind your ear. It will take time for the effects to be reversed, but patience and consistent healthier hair care will help your side hair grow back before you know it!

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SBright June 12, 2012 at 2:24 am

I have coily hair and I wash my hair once a month because I wear protective hair styles alot of times. Is washing my hair once a month not enough? I am still using Motions shampoo and condtioner and cantu in-conditioner, can you recommend any natural and reasonable shampoo and condtioner?

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Naturalbella June 29, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Some reasonably priced and natural hair shampoo’s and conditioners are listed in the natural hair boutique :) Most of them can be found at your local beauty supply or drug store.

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marguena June 13, 2012 at 2:43 am

Thanks for the information! I am excited to try the Henna treatment :)

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2fit June 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I need serious help too! I workout 3-4 days a week, solid 2-hrs once a week. I’m trying to transition from weave (I’ve had for 25 yrs so no big chop was necessary.) Unfortunately, all I did twice a week was wash with commercial shampoo & conditioner & deep conditioned with another commercial conditioner for an hour once a month. I did take biotin for about a year and always take a multi vitamin, and kept my ends trimmed, so its healthy to the ends. I’ve been without my weave for 4 days my scalp is shedding skin like a snake! I’m hoping its because of the years I did not shed naturally due to the weave :( I’ve read your site & its been most helpful! Got any tips for us former weave wearers gone ‘au naturel?’ For reference, my hair is 4b/c & 10-12 inches long. I have not a clue where to start other than what your site suggests – which has been truly enlightening. Any advice you could give would be much appreciated. (btw: I’ve got that moisturizing thing down, but looking for the right one for my type. This whole new aspect of looking for hair products is “very overwelming” and intimidating! I know about PH balance now from another popular website.) Please help!!

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Naturalbella June 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I’m glad you appreciate this site :) I’m not sure if it’s dandruff you are experiencing or some other type of scalp condition. I suggest setting up an appointment up with a local hair expert to determine the cause of your excessive shedding. As for where to start, once you determine the reason behind what’s going on with your scalp, you need to come up with a natural hair regimen. This should help you determine how often you need to wash your hair, deep condition, and trim. You’ll also need to find some good hair products. I like Miss Jessie’s and Carols Daughter. Nevertheless, when I first went natural from my weaves I experimented with quite a few product lines. Over time you’ll notice which one works best for you. You also need to find a go-to hair style and a few protective styles for the winter and summer months. You also may want to consider going to a natural hair stylist in you area. With the huge shift to natural hair, there’s a ton of natural hair specialist out there (depending on where you live). Observe which products are being used and what is being done to your hair by the professional, and when you become comfortable with the routine, you can implement the regimen on your own. Hope this helps!

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LASHONNA June 29, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Hello,

I have been natural for about three years, not by choice initially. I was pregnant and had shedding hair so I thought I needed a relaxer since it had been a while. Well my hair fell out about a week later. Since then I had been wearing wigs. For the past few weeks I have stopped wearing wigs all together. My hair hasn’t grown very long in 4 year. For some reason the crown of my hair doesn’t seem to grow. It is very very short in that area and the texture is courser than the rest of my hair. I belive I have a 4b maybe 4c hair texture. I have about three different textures in my hair. Do you have any suggestions on how I can get that area of my hair to grow. Because of the different lengths in my hair, stylying is very difficult. I am stuck with the afro puff on the top of my head. Please help!! Thanks!!

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Naturalbella June 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Sometimes part of our hair naturally grows at different lengths. Biotin hair growth supplements can help in the aid of hair growth. You should also drink plenty of water, eat healthy and exercise to aid in your hair growth process.

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Lady A September 9, 2012 at 4:31 am

This website has been very helpful and informative. Thank you!! I have been transitioning since October of last yr and at this point I pretty much completely natural. I have just a few more relaxed ends left. I am trying to define my curl pattern. I think I am like a 3b or 3c. With me doing the cowashes will it help define my curl pattern? How many times a week should I do the cowashes?

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Naturalbella September 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I would suggest experimenting with a few natural hair product lines like Miss Jessie’s, Carol’s Daughter, Mixed Chics, Kink Curly to name a few to see which products best define your curls. I believe co-washing once a week is good :)

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Survivorqueen March 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm

This was my first visit to your site. I must say I have learned quite a bit. I no longer dread doing my own hair. I use to just plop on a wig cap and wig and keep it moving. But, after reading so much from your site has inspired me to take better care of my wonderful natural hair. I had been stressing out about what type of product to use and was concerned that maintaining my natural doo would be expensive. I now see that it is not costly at all.

Thanks for the review on Trader Joe’s Tingle conditioner. I have used the shower gel for years, and have wondered about the conditioner. So, I’ll add this conditioner to my shopping list. Thank you for this site. It is to help people like me, who really just didn’t know a lot about maintaining natural hair. I am now equipped and ready to go!

Thanks again!

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sandra April 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I want 2 strand twist on my 3/c hair. its not working. what products should I use.

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Chanette May 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I have clients with dandruff what do u suggest I recommend for them? Some have dreads

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Naturalbella May 10, 2013 at 10:52 am

Hello Chanette, I would use a shampoo or conditioner with tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has antifungal properties for treating dandruff, plus it moisturizes the scalp.

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Patricia June 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

I am natural and I have been for 2 1/2 years. I see my hair growing and I wash once a week and if I can’t wash it, I will condition my scalp, but my problem is my hair is long, but it shrinks so bad that I don’t know what to do. I have tried to pull it back in a ponytail, but when I take it down it beautiful but once I step out the door and before I can get to where I’m going it has shrunk. help!!!!

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Naturalbella June 2, 2013 at 7:41 am

Hello Patricia,

Here is a article that provides some ideas on how to deal with shrinkage http://www.mynaturalblackhair.com/dealing-with-shrinkage/

:)

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Tammi July 30, 2013 at 6:57 am

I’ve been natural for 10 years and was not taking care of my hair the way I now know how to. I wear my hair in a twist 99% of the time because my hair will not keep a style. When I take the twist out my hair will frizz in an hour. I have about 4 different types. Is there any thing I can do about the frizz ?

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Naturalbella August 10, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Frizzy hair can mean your hair is lacking moisture. Use a moisturizer the night before and seal with your favorite oil or shea butter. Also, Make sure your twist are completely dry before removing them. I noticed my hair tend to get frizzy if I take my twist out with out them being fully dry. Hope this helps!

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justice August 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Again nice article; however, under STAY AWAY FROM HEAT AND CHEMICALS it should read wear not where your hair straight. A better wording would be style your hair straight.

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