Healthy Hair & Scalp Cleansing Regimin for Moisture, Growth/Length/Fullness and Healthy Hair Retention

I ran across this video in my YouTube updates list and wow, it was very revelatory! I am always searching for new and more economical and efficient ways to make my hair healthier. With four children, I’m not always able to go through the tedious steps of my traditional natural hair wash day regimin. One of my favorite long haired natural YouTube chic is HeyFranHey and she has some of the most beautiful, healthy, natural hair I’ve ever seen. In her video below, she showcases her healthy hair and scalp cleansing regimin for maximum moisture retention, growth, length and fullness.

 

What does your healthy hair regimin consists of? What products do you use? How often do you use or apply them?

Men and their “Natural Hair” Mindset!

Okay, as you can tell by the title of my post, this is going to be a VERY controversial posting(LOL)!.

I’ve been married for 12 years now(shout out to my hubby:)) and I love him to death.

I meet SO many women who say that their significant other “rejects” their natural hair and aggressively tries to persuade them to “straighten, relax or weave it!” Okay people, this is crazy to say the least. With all of the years that us “black folk” have been in America(an other countries), I think its about time that OUR men accept and embrace us for who God created us to be. This is why I call myself a “revolutionist”. Yes, its revolutionary to go against the mainstream grain by going fully natural, fro and all.

I’ll tell you a little about my natural hair hubby relationship..

When I first went natural, he was the first person to suggest it. After hearing me complain all the time about my relaxed hair, he said, “why won’t you go natural and grow all of your perm off”. I took his advice. I wore box braids for 2 years and then cut off all of my relaxer. Oh boy, he didn’t know what he had gotten himself into. I then started wearing braid-outs. Mind you, my hair was a meddy fro(about 3-4 inches) and it looked very cute in my opinion. I would braid the front and do a braid out on the back(sorry no pics guys).

When I would try to do any other style, he would totally reject it and say, “sugar, please keep doing what you’re doing”. Unfortunately, after so long, I grew wearing of wetting my hair and re-braiding at night(this was the only way to keep the braid pattern on my 4c hair) and being that I did not know how manage or take care of my natural hair the RIGHT way, I went back to relaxing. Let the record show that my hubby had not part in my re-relaxing my hair. Let’s fast forward a couple of years. After deciding to go natural this second and last time, I decided to cut the remaining relaxer off and wear my TWA!! OMG!! My hubby must have “had a fit” to say the least. He no longer liked “braid-outs” and he had a difficult time accepting my natural hair. Now, I should have mentioned earlier above that the first time I went natural, I actually applied a “texturizer”. I know, I know, this actually “un-naturaled my hair”. (Is un-naturaled a word?)

Since then, I’ve realized that my hubby only liked the previous braid-out because it was on ‘texturized’ hair which made my hair texture look more like GOOD HAIR!!

Oh yes, the term GOOD HAIR!! I’m really starting to despise this word in our culture and community. In my opinion, there is NO SUCH THING!! All hair is GOOD HAIR to me because its the hair that God saw fit to grow out of the individuals head..

Moving on..

Fortunately, I guess my hair has grew out to an acceptable length for my hubby(I survived the “why won’t you wear braids again) speeches. He thought my mini-twists looked “masculine”(WOW!) As a culture, I believe us “women” are responsible for our men’s perception of natural black hair. Because we are not confident of our natural hair ourselves, it filters over to create bad  and mis-perceptions to in our men.

We have to move from trying to make ourselves something that we’re not or at least respect those who do. Many relaxed girlies talk down on those of us who’ve decided to go natural. I still don’t understand why they feel the need to do so being that we’re all women and we should support each other by sticking together. But if we can’t conjure up enough self-esteem and confidence in who God created us and each other to be, we can’t begin to expect our men to do it.

To sum it up…

My hair is about shoulder length when stretched and recently I put mini-twists on my hair and my hubby said, “I like that sugar, won’t you wear it like that more often!”

You see, I basically held my grown with very little compromising. Although, I definitely had to help my hubby change his mindset about natural hair(short natural hair that is), it was well worth it!

“Jazzy” Braid-Out On 4B/C How-To

I don’t do “braid-outs” and “twist-outs” on my hair often. Even more so, I hardly ever do wash-n-go’s either. I keep my hair in some form of protective style 80 percent of the time(trying to retain AS MUCH length as possible). But every now and then, I feel the need to “spread my wings” and wear my hair free! Its seems that the more coily the hair, the more limited we are in loose hair styling. Don’t get me wrong, natural hair is the most versatile and liberacious hair on the planet, but looser curl patterns tend to be more versatile when it comes to wearing loose styles. Fortunately, us coily chicks still have a few loose styles that we can wear and “rock” it! Braid Outs are definitely one.

This is a style that my hubby actually requested. I wore this a lot when I went natural the first time and it got me through a many “style absent minded” days.

How I achieved this style…

What I used:

My Shea Butter mixture(you can use any leave in conditioner, holding gel/cream, setting lotion, etc.)

Spray bottle filled with water and oil

Rat tail comb

Shower comb

Light oil

1. Begin on freshly washed, product free hair

2. Make sure to detangle(as best you can) making sure the ends are detangled(if you did not detangle while you were washing your hair, be sure to grab your detangling or show comb afterwards)

3. After you’ve washed/conditioned your hair and detangled, clip hair into 4-6 sections

4. Grab your rat tail/parting comb and spray bottle to begin parting the front in small sections in order to create your design pattern(use your spray bottle to “mist” your sectioned hair to prevent drying, for easier parting/handling).

As you can see here, my parting started to get, let’s just say “a little off”

5. Make sure to section the back portion and clip to prevent the portion left for the braid out, from getting tangled in with your reserved for cornrowing

6. Continue to part/cornrow the entire front and sides, making sure to braid as much as you can, leaving out a small portion to be later braided in with the back portion

7. After you’ve completed braided the front portion in the direction you desire, clip that away into it’s own section(you can either use a clip or ponytail holder).

8. Now, begin parting and sectioning the back. Use smaller sections for a more defined look and larger sections for a looser look.

9. Spray with your spray bottle, if its dry and grab your Shea Butter mixture, moisturizer or leave in conditioner(see above).

10. Braid your sectioned hair, making sure to braid as far down as you can but tightly “twisting the ends”. I prefer to twist my ends while doing a braid out, it helps make the taking down process easier.

11. After this process is completed, wrap hair with a satin scarf and allow hair to dry(I prefer to let my hair dry overnight because I HATE sitting under a hair dryer).

12. Once dry, grab a light oil, such as “grapeseed” or “coconut” and rub a little into the palms and on the tips of your finger to use while taking down your braids(this helps prevent over frizzing)

13. Gently “pull” each braid apart, making sure not to pull too much and loose the braid pattern. Continue to do this until you’ve received the look that your going for.

Some more photo’s of my final results…

Hopefully next time, I’ll have “less” frizzing!

How To Detangle Black Hair In 4 Steps!

During my original attempt at going natural, a certain issued consistently remained difficult for me…DETANGLING!!At that time way back in 2003, I had not idea of how to detangle by dry, coarse, 4c type natural hair coils.  My hair would break and shed and this led to me ultimately re-applying relaxer. That was one of the biggest mistakes of my life! If I knew THEN what I know NOW, I would have remained a naturaly curly chic and my hair would be down to my waist by now(no pun intended). Now, after being natural for 3 years(this second go round), I’ve learned a lot about detangling.Natural black hair is very fragile, contrary to popular belief. Most believe that natural hair is not prone to breakage because of its seemingly appearance of strength but coils and kinks are sensitive to breakage even more than other types! Because of this, those with natural hair need to be extremely gentle and cautious when detangling to prevent breakage. I’ve almost gotten it down to a fine science and my hair has definitely thanked me for it by growing and remaining healthy. If your experiencing problems with detangling your natural hair, I’ve put together a short list on how to detangle natural black hair in breeze,easily and conveniently!
1. Use Detangling Tools!

-Regardless of which tool you choose, make sure to pick one that is keen on helping detangle your hair. There are various one’s currently available including a your fingers, shower comb, ouidad double detangler, denman brush, tangle teaser and others. I prefer to use a shower comb to detangle my 4c hair after I’ve used my fingers to detangle, remove tangles and remove any knots that are present

2. Detangle In Small Sections!

-I usually part my hair into medium size sections before detangling. I will either twist, braid or use a hair clip to keep each section in place as I detangle.

3. Use Water & Detangling Agent!

-Some choose to use a conditioner designed specifically for detangling, regular(cheapie) conditioner or water/oil concoctions or mixtures. Since my hair is thick and coarse, I find that using a water-based conditioner like Suave Naturals or any cheapie conditioner works best for my hair. I usually detangle my hair only on wash days after I’ve washed my hair. After shampooing, while my hair is dripping wet, I apply cheapie conditioner, make sure my hair is saturated and began detangling.

4. Detangle From The Ends Up!

-This is where most people fall off. Because of time, frustration or lack of patience, we tend to want to bypass this necessary step. Regardless of hair type, detangling from the ends up to the root makes ANY detangling session so much easier. You see less hair breakage, less shed hairs and less matting. By doing this, you ensure that you are properly detangling your hair.

Trimming Natural Hair- A Quick Guide Tutorial

Let me start off by stating that split ends is the Achilles heal of the curly and natural hair world. It much easier for the strands of a curly haired individual to wrap itself around another, making hair more prone to split ends. The tighter or curlier the coil(see Hair Type Chart), the more prone. Cutting or trimming natural hair split ends will keep these little rascals at bay. Not doing so will not promote growth or help retain length. It’s the direct opposite. Hair grows at an average of 1/4 to 1/2 a month regardless of what you do. Some will see more growth by taking certain steps but all hair grows around the length per month. Letting split ends go without trimming in an effort to save or “salvage” your hair, will promote and increase breakage and further damage. If this happens, you will have to go to a professional hair care salon for them to do a major cut! Let’s take a look at what split ends really are.


Split Ends Are….

-hair strands that are split at the ends and continue up the shaft.

-formed when the inside of the hair shaft or cortex split, traditionally a the ends


Popular Causes of Split Ends Are….

-excessive use of curling irons, hot irons, electrical heat products, blow dryers, pressing combs and the likes

-stressful hair techniques, including improper or harsh detanglling and combing, excessive combing and brushing

-stressful hair styles, including wearing a particular style for long periods of time, example: wearing tight ponytails for an extended time-frame.

-Damage to the cortex and cuticle caused by harsh chemical treatments, such as relaxers, permanent dyes, etc.

-Faulty and incorrect use of barrettes and bobby pins.

-Hard water and swimming pool water. All of these are filled with chlorine and if used or done too often, it can damage the cortex of the hair strand, ultimately causing split ends.

 


Here is a photo of various types of split ends…

 

With natural or curly hair, sometimes, the split ends manifest is what we call “fairy knots“. I hate these little boogers. Fairy Knots or “single strand knots” are knots that are present on the hair strand. They can be found in various spots on the hair strands, including, the ends, middle or top. The upper knots are caused when the end of the shaft have already split up! These are a direct result of split ends. In order to keep these to a minimum, I recommend trimming them!


If asked, most believe the myth that there are miracle products that “get rid of split ends”. This is far from the truth. There are no product known to man that can get rid of these, regardless of what a product advertises. There are some that are on the market to help keep hair conditioned and moisturized, keeping wear and tear low, decreasing one’s chancing of getting split ends. Let’s see proven ways to avoid split ends on natural hair.


Way To Prevent Split Ends Are….

-Keep ends moisturized by applying a water-based moisturizer or water, then sealing them with an oil(grease, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, castor oil, etc.) or cream sealant. Dry ends lends to split ends. By keeping hair ends moisturized, you can prevent or minimize split ends. I use my Shea Butter mixture recipe to seal my hair after either applying moisture, a water-based leave-in or Kimmaytube leave-in recipe. If you choose to wear heated styles, try styles that require less heat such as strawsets and rollersets.

-Stay away from excessive heat. Delete or keep heat usage to a minimum. I only use a blow dryer once or twice a year to do something different with my hair and I only flat iron once a year. Find a regimen that will avoid or keep it down!

-Wear protective styles! This has been a lifesaver for my 4c, coily hair. Protective styles are style also known as “leave it alone” styles. They are styles that you do where your ends are protected and or tucked away, preventing them from being exposed to the elements of nature, rubbing up against your clothing and they help to retain hair moisture. These include, buns, twists, braids, cornrows, updos, etc.

-Maintainence the ends of your hair. After initially trimming off the split ends of your hair, the job is not over! You should trim on a regular basis to prevent future split ends from occurring. Using these preventative measures will ensure the salvage of your delicate ends, thus improve growth retention. The ends of your hair are the oldest part of your hair and needs proper care, moisture and conditioning to decrease splitting and breaking. Be gentle with your hair,it will hate you if you handle it rough. When its feeling dry, try using deep conditioning treatments, your hair will love it!

-Seasonal weather protection. During the extreme heat of the summer and dry, harsh cold temps of the winter, our hair is extremely prone to becoming dry and brittle, which can lead to breakage.In the summer and winter months, take extra precaution by applying a moisturizer or leave in before leaving the house.

-Stay away from rubber bands!! Use Ouchless ponytail holders or elastics instead. Rubber bands lead to breakage.

-Dust in between trims. Some mistake dusting for trimming. Dusting is trimming only approximately 1/8 inch off the ends. Only do this if your ends are in good shape for maintainence and keep split ends from having the chance to form.

-Replace faulty bobby pins and barrettes immediately! If you’ve noticed that the heads of your bobby pins are missing, throw them away. When they get like this, using them will definitely cause breakage and split ends. You can buy a pack of 100 for around $2.


There are numerous ways that you can trim your natural hair. Many choose to go to a professional and let them do it but many, including myself, can afford often visits to the salon. I’m living on a budget! Also, so many naptural’s and curlies have went to the salon only to leave with a cut instead of a trim. Some stylists become “scissor happy” in my opinion. A decent trim is 1/4-1/2 depending on the amount needing to be trimmed or damaged. With that being said, you can trim your own hair just as efficiently as going to the salon. A trim


Four DIY Ways To Trim Split Ends

1. Braid and Trim: This involves braiding your hair into small or medium braids and trimming the ends. See a pic below of how to determine how much of the braid is actually split ends.


2. Twist and Trim: This involves putting hair into small or medium twist sections. This method is similar to the braid method mentioned above but using twists instead.


3. Search and Destroy: This is coined “search and destroy” because it involves searching your hair to find split ends on each curl. S&D’s are time consuming, tedious and not for the faint of heart. Furthermore, it should only be used if you have a visible curl pattern not coils. Those with looser curl patterns, like type 2-4a hair types, can really be successful at this method. Its harder for those of us with type 4b/c hair to do this only because its hard to actually see the split end at the end of each strand. Our hair is coily so its hard to see each curl.


4. Blow Dry/Straighten then Trim: Many prefer to blow dry or straighten their hair in order to trim the split ends. If you usually wear your hair straight, you might find that this is the best technique for you. This involves blow drying and or flat-ironing/straightening your hair, combing or brushing to the ends of small sections, holding the ends in your fingers then trimming the split portion.




Tips, Tips and more Tips!!:

*Always trim your hair with hair shears. Avoid regular scissors because they can cause rips and tears within the hair strand causing additional split ends or breakage.


*Sit up and sit straight when trimming so that your hair can be even all over. If you have shorter hair, ask a friend or family member to help, especially in the back.

*Take your time and be patient when trimming

*You can trim on wet or dry hair. I prefer trimming on dry hair, especially when doing the braid or twist and trim method. It’s makes seeing the split ends easier.

*Trim only the amount needed, as often as needed. Try to find a trimming regimen that works for you and your hair. I trim my hair once every three months, unless I see an increasing number of knots and ball.



Top Natural Hair Tools For Budgeting Curlies!

As the bible says, “no man goes to war without first counting up the cost”, likewise, no one goes to war without first preparing. For example, I would be very hesitant to hire a plumber who showed up at my residence without the tools needed to fix my leaky pipes. This is the same with maintaining and growing healthy hair, especially natural hair. Natural hair needs love and care. To prevent frustration and disappointment, and make your natural hair journey smooth and easy, obtain these tools while sticking to your BUDGET!  Note: I am a very frugal girl!

1. Finger‘s-some might not agree but one of best tools is connected to your body…..your FINGERS!! Your fingers will do wonders for styling, detangling and more. Finger comb your hair before combing or using another detangling tool. Its often hard to feel small tangles and knots with a comb. Prior to finger combing, make sure your finger nails are smooth and edge-free. When fingering combing, you can remove shed hair, tangles and knots. This will make your detangling session so much easier.

2. Seamless Wide-tooth Comb- A seamless wide-tooth comb is recommended because it lacks the ridges and edges that could ripe and damage natural hair. You can obtain one fairly reasonable from any beauty supply, grocery or drug store. I believe I paid $2 for my from my local Dollar General. Many natural curlies swear by this. I usually use this (after finger combing and detangling) when detangling. Make sure that your hair is damp and has a conditioner or moisturizing agent with a whole lot of slip when detangling. I use Suave Naturals or VO5. You can use any cheapie conditioner like the one’s that I mentioned. They ran me around $1.

 

3. Hair Clips- There are numerous brands to choose from. These little wonders is great for sectioning hair into small or large sections. Sectioning natural hair helps when washing, conditioning and or styling. If your hair shorter, they might not be needed. But for longer hair, its a must-have.They help keep hair, whether damp or dry, out of the way while manipulating another section. I bought a pack of  6 I believe and paid $3 for them. I use them for everything pertaining to washing, conditioning, detangling and styling my hair.

4. Soft Bristle Boar Brush- Do not use brushes that have plastic or nylon teeth. They can tear your hair and damage the shaft. Boar bristle brushes are recommended because they help to distribute the natural hair oils from your scalp and product throughout your stresses.

 

5. Ouchless or Elastic Pony-tail Holder(METAL FREE)- Use only elastic bands or Ouchless pony-tail holders because the one’s with metal parts can severely rip, damage and break your hair. Those with metal parts can also tangle your hair, making detangling hard. Also, they’re great for styling buns. You can buy them in various brands and the price fluctuates. I bought a pack from my local beauty supply for $1.00 and there were 20 in the pack.You can use these in styling sessions and detangling session to section or style.

6. Satin Scarf, Wrap, Pillowcase and/or Bonnet-Use this for night-time hair preservation. Cotton scarfs and pillowcases remove the moisture from natural hair which can lead to dry, brittle, broke hair or breakage! Satin and even silk items help natural hair retain moisture.

 




7. Bobby Pins-Bobby Pins are a mainstay in many natural hair regimens, including mines. I use them for styling purposes. Make sure that the ends of the pins are secure because if the edges are raised, they can snag, rip and damage your hair. If you notice that the ends have been damaged, throw it away! This doesn’t happen too often but it does occur.Also, remove them carefully. Sometimes if the edges are ripped, removing fast or harshly can damage the hair. Open them as much as possible prior to removing. I bought a pack of 100 and paid around $2 for them. I use them to secure or tie hair down in styles such as buns, twists, updo’s and others.

 




8. Barrettes, Metal/Comb-free Headbands, Elastic Headbands and other accessories-Use these to add a little “spice” to your do! Natural hair is beautiful but sometimes we want to change it up a little and I’ve found the best way to ‘colorize’ your hair is with accessories. Be careful to use only accessories that are gentle on natural hair. Elastic headbands are great because unlike headbands with metal, they protect the hair while making it look cute. Headbands with metal and combs can damage the hair by tangling, ripping, snagging and breaking the hair. They’re many types of quality decor that you can purchase while living on a budget. I usually won’t spend more than $3.00 on headband or barrette. Confession: I will spend a little more on a flower clip, cap, hat, scarf or any other item that I feel is the “bomb”!

9. Spray Bottle-This last item is negotiable for some although it is a mainstay in my tools of the trade baggie. I use an 8 oz. spray bottle to mix various concoctions an recipes. I use it to make my homemade moisturizing spritz and other items. I also use it on wash day and other detangling/styling sessions. It’s great!

 

If you have a favorite tool or product that you can’t dream of living without, let us know!!

Natural Hair Terminology/Dictionary

I know that will all of the abbreviations, slogans and jargon in the natural hair community, its often hard for newbie’s to fully understand it all. At hindsight, it can be very challenging and confusing. Here is a brief run-down of some of the most widely used, popular acronyms, topics, basics and jargon used within the natural hair community. Feel free to email me or comment to let me know if I left anything out.

ACV- Apple Cider Vinegar (used in a variety of regimens, recipes, products, etc.) It is famous for its effectiveness at sealing the cuticle. Often used as a final rinse.

 

APL- Refers to length– arm pit length.

BAA-Big A@$ Afro(excuse my french…)

Baggy – Refers to the “bagging” of hair with a shopping bag, shower cap or plastic rap, at night, after moisturization.

BC – Big Chop – cutting off all your chemically treated hair

BNC- Braid-n-Curl, simply plait or braid the hair and roll the ends on rods or flexis.

BSL- Refers to length– bra strap length.

BSS- Beauty Supply Store

CBL- Refers to length– collar bone length.

Co-Wash- Using conditioner to wash the hair instead of shampoo.

Caramel Treatment- A hair treatment that can be bought or homemade that is considered to be essential for moisture. Ingredients usually include bananas, molasses, and honey.

Cones- Are ‘silicones’, or ingredients found in hair care products that are not water soluble (i.e. you need shampoo to remove). Failure to wash out cones may lead to build-up, which may result in dry hair and breakage (due to suffocation of the strands).

CG- Refers to the “Curly Girl” method explained in the book by Lorraine Massey. It is a philosophy for curls that involves, no or low shampoo, cone avoidance, and conditioner washing…among other things. These are just a few of the basic tenants.

DT or DC- Is a deep treatment or conditioner. A DT is when you leave a moisturizing (or protein based, depending on your needs) conditioner on your hair for an extended period of time, along with a heat source to aid in penetration.

Dusting- Dusting your hair is a trim of 1/4 and inch or less. This method is also referred to as dusting because even though your hair is being trimmed evenly, it is so little hair, that it just looks like dust on the floor.

EO- Essential Oil

EVCO- Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (used in conditioning treatments) 

EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used in conditioning treatments)

HG- Holy Grail (Products that are tried and true)

HIH- Hand in Hair. Its a disease that causes you to always be manipulating your tresses.

K.I.S.S-Acronym for Keep It Simple Stupid=doing minimal hair care for maximum results.

LC (Little Chop)-Cutting off a portion of the relaxed ends or chemically treated hair.Usually done prior to the B.C.(in preparation).

MBL- Refers to length– mid back length.

Nappyversary/Nattyversary – The anniversary of the day you became a natural

No-poo- It’s just that- no shampoo. Ladies who follow this routine are CG’ers and don’t use cones or other heavy/oily products that may need shampoo to remove. Instead of pooing, many ladies conditioner wash, or use conditioner in place of shampoo to cleanse the scalp.

Oil Rinse-a method that usually involves using carrier oils as a final rinse after shampooing and conditioning. This method is used to seal/lock in moisture after shampooing in order to maximize moisture retention.

Pineappleing- a type of sleeping technique that curlies with long hair use to
preserve or protect curls overnight so that they have great 2nd day hair. You gather all of your hair in a high, but loose pony tail at the top of your head and go to sleep on a satin pillowcase. In the morning you take it down and shake it out gently and all of your curls will have been preserved.

PJ- Product Junky or someone that buys any all hair care products in sight…forever on a mission to find the next best thing.

Plopping- A quick dry method. You use a t-shirt or a curl friendly material (terry cloth towel, paper towel) to dry your hair instead of rubbing a towel on your hair to dry it. It drastically decreases drying times.

Pre-pooing- A treatment applied prior to shampooing. It usually consists of oils and/or conditioners applied the night before the shampoo or immediately prior, with a heat source to help penetrate. This is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during the drying shampoo process.

Protective style (PS)- A hair style that allows the hair to rest, while protecting the hair’s fragile ends. Being that the ends are not exposed, they are protected from various elements and rubbing against clothing. Also, this protects against “over manipulation” which can lead to breakage. They help retain moisture and various styles include: buns, braids, twists, cornrows and more..

Regimen (aka Reggie)-A product/hair routine done continuously or consistently in order to create and maintain your healthy hair and scalp.

Scab Hair-Natural hair that grows in an abnormally different texture from that which is normal. The hair is essentially a result of a damage from the relaxer and is not a reflection of true texture. This can also be due to heat damage. Scab hair is often dry and brittle.

Sealing- Is essentially sealing moisture in the hair, specifically the ends. For sealing to be effective, you must first use a water-based moisturizer (a conditioner or cream that has water as its first ingredient), and then seal with a butter or oil. The molecules in most butters/oils are too large to pass into the hair, so they stick to the outside of the shaft, trapping in the rich goodness of the moisturizer. Reversing those 2 steps will lead to dry hair. Sealing has saved my hair.

Search and Destroy (S&Ds)- Many natural swear by this method of trimming split ends. The process involves examining the ends of each hair strand, searching for single strand knots, splits or crooked ends and snipping it! Quality hair shears are recommended in order to prevent further splitting or tears of the hair shaft. Dull scissors can do more damage than having split ends:)

Slip- Used to describe how slippery a product is (usually a
conditioner or detangler). The more slip it has, the more effectively
it will coat the hair to aid in detangling.

SLS- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in the harsher shampoos- the main reason that CG’ers avoid poo).

TNC- Twist-n-Curl. This is my signature style. I twist the hair and roll the ends.

Transitioning – This is the period of time since one’s last relaxer.

TWA- Teeny Weeny Afro

Twist Out – Two strand twist the hair, allow to dry either by air drying or sitting under a dryer, take the twists apart, and style.

Wash and Go- Simply shampoo or co-wash your hair, add a styler (gel, cream) and GO! You leave the hair to air dry or dry with a diffuser. Although this style is cute and easy, my ends couldn’t handle it. This is also seen as WnG, and W&G.

2nd day hair- Hair that looks good or least decent when you wake up the next morning and it doesn’t require a lot of work before walking out of the house. Some are blessed enough to get 3rd and 4th day hair!(Woo)

3abc/4a/4b/4c- A hair type classification system.