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?


Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Recipe

 This recipe is great! It works to seal or lock in much needed moisture, shine, strengthen and so much more. I use it on a regular basis(I love changing up my conditioner recipes). Natural hair craves moisture in order to thrive and grow. If you want to keep your hair moisturized(dry hair or not), retain length and prevent split ends, deep condition with this on a regular basis.

Moisturizing Deep Conditioning Recipe

1/2 cup Cheapie Conditioner(i.e. Suave Naturals or VO5)

1/2 cup of Honey



1 Egg

Directions: Mix egg, stir in remaining ingredients. Once mixture is mixed well, consistency will be slight runny. You can transfer into an applicator bottle, use your hand or applicator brush to apply. Apply mixture on clean, damp hair. Its best to apply mixture onto small sections of hair, making sure to work in from the root to the ends. Then, cover hair with a plastic cap. If using heat, leave on for 15-30 minutes. If not, leave on for 1 hour. Rinse out completely. Style

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.

Top 6 Ingredients For Homemade Deep Conditioning Treatments

Most people who have curly, kinky or coily hair suffer from dry, brittle hair. This is due to the structure of the curl strand, which makes it difficult for natural scalp oils to penetrate the hair shaft through traveling from the scalp. Though there are many quality and effective natural hair products, geared towards moisturizing and deep conditioning, most can run you over you monthly budget. Personally, I prefer making my own homemade deep conditioning treatmentswith ingredients that are usually accessible to me. Most of the time, products that can be found in one’s food pantry or refrigerator can be used. For those of us living on a budget, this can be a God-send!I’ve put together a list of what I would consider to be six(6) of the best ingredients for homemade deep conditioning treatments.

-Well known for its moisturizing properties, Avocado’s are rich in fatty acids, Vitamins Vitamin A, Vitamin K, fiber, folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and more. It has proven to be great at moisturizing dry, brittle hair, thus making it stronger, thicker and shinier.
-Eggs have been utilized throughout centuries as a fortifier and moisturizer. Rich in protein, eggs can help strengthen weak and or damaged hair. Being that protein is a vital component of hair, eggs is a must have in any deep conditioning regimen.

-Real mayo, such as “Hellman’s” is a great deep conditioner. It’s composed of vinegar, eggs and oil which all have been considered to be great moisturizers for all types of hair.

Coconut milk has been used in a variety of hair recipes, including hair recipes to stop hair loss and breakage. It contains high amounts of fatty acids and protein, which has proven to help elongate curls, making hair softer, more manageable and helps to improve its overall health.

-Oil has been used for thousands of years to improve luster, shine and the overall health and condition of skin and hair. There are numerous oils which are used for their distinctive qualities. Some are thick, while some are light. Most select their oil based on their individual hair needs. Carrier oils are widely used in hair care regimens for conditioning, spritz’s and sealing in moisture. My fav’s are Extra Virgin Olive Oil(EVOO) and EVCO(Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) Essential oils are also widely used.

-Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it captures, stores and holds on to water molecules or reserves humidity and moisture from the air and other sources, making it great for dry or damaged hair. Spice up any of your homemade deep conditioning treatments or recipes this ingredient!