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Do You Texture Discriminate?

If you generally ignore information on curl patterns which are different from yours, here are 4 reasons why you shouldn’t: 

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Shrinkage. Ugh.

In Curly Hair Land, shrinkage gets a bad rap for the wrong reason. We, natural-haired women, are so focused on seeing length that we curse the shrinkage factor that comes with natural hair. After all, shrinkage belies our ‘true’ length and this creates the kind of frustration that not even the perfect wash & go results can abate.

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Of Natural Hair > Things Observers Say (to your face)

If you have been natural for one day, you have heard one or more of the following: ‡

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Why a Porosity Test?

Porosity type trumps curl type as the most effective way of developing an appropriate regimen for your natural hair ‡

Testing your hair’s porosity is simple and serves to tell you how porous your hair strands are. Why is this important? Knowing your hair’s porosity can save you time and money by enabling you to choose appropriate products and regimen for your natural hair. 

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Brand Stand

A Product Review

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Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-in Conditioner

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Wash Cycle IV

Wash & Go (Temperature Method) ‡


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A TECHNIQUE RECIPE

‡ The Temperature Method

The hair’s cuticle layers respond to heat and cold, enabling the strands to accept and hold onto moisture.

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Natural Hair: Did you know?

If you maintain a high protein diet, your natural hair doesn’t require regular ‘topically applied’ protein treatments.

Excess protein not used up by the body’s essential organs, will make its way into lesser essential functions such as nails and hair.

Wash Day Parade

Week ending April 3 

product line-up for a wash & go (temperature method)

L-R: Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo, éne shea butter Hair Styling Lotion, Karen’s body beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-in Conditioner, Broccoli Seed Oil

Q: Why does my wash & go last for only 2 days?

A: One or more of the following may apply >>

(1) high porosity (2) heat damage (3) chemical damage (4) mechanical damage (5) no seal/inadequate seal (6) wrong leave-in type (7) wrong technique (8) no strict night-time routine (bonnet/pineapple)

Shea Butter & You

Shea Butter: friend or foe? ‡

Shea Butter has become a major star in natural hair care and has found its way into the hearts (and hair) of many natural-haired women. Whether you use shea butter in its raw form or products containing shea butter, there’s no doubt that there’s magic to be found. 

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What is Your Porosity Profile?

Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture; it tells a story of how quickly or slowly moisture enters and leaves the hair’s strands. Understanding porosity can be immensely helpful in choosing hair care products &/or developing a regimen for achieving your best hair results ‡

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Natural Hair: 10 Ways To Tell If You Are Under It’s Spell

You are under the spell of your natural hair when: 

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Do This, Not That

This vs That of Natural Hair Care ‡
Option A » Broccoli Seed oil, a pungent-smelling natural oil, touted as nature’s silicone.

A slick and large-molecule oil, Broccoli seed oil is ideal for medium to thick strands (a little goes a long way). A natural oil which possess a noticeable and pungent smell, Broccoli seed oil has been largely ignored for at-home use on its own but can now be found in many leave-in conditioners due to its ability to add shine and fight frizz. It also performs as an effective sealant – similar to man-made silicones – but one that doesn’t require a harsh sulfate shampoo to remove from it the hair.

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Are Rinse-Out Conditioners & Detanglers Really Necessary?

I have not used a ‘rinse-out’ conditioner for ages, nor have I used a dedicated product for de-tangling my curly-kinky hair. I’ve thought about why this is and have come to a few conclusions based on my own experiences. Read on.

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