"So, I wrote a book, y’all…and it's (appropriately) titled, 'Better Than Good Hair,' ‘cause we’re not only rejecting the notion of ‘good hair’, we’re showing women that their own hair is BOMB and better than good -- it's the greatest."
Moisturizing natural hair is very important. It helps to prevent breakage and dryness. Winter weather can be hazardous to kinky hair textures so keeping those tresses well hydrated with a good water based moisturizer is very essential. Water, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, and natural oils are the top ingredients to look for in a great moisturizer. Try to stay away from products that consist of mineral oil and petrolatum. These ingredients do not have any real moisturizing properties at all. Petrolatum and mineral oil prevent moisture from the hair and a good oil stripping clarifying shampoo is the only method of removing these two products. This can result in very dry hair, itchy scalp and even problems with dandruff. To help my fellow Natural Divas, I have listed 2 of my FAVORITE moisturizers.
AMLA & OLIVE HEAVY CREAM has proven (in my opinion) to be the top notch moisturizer of all times! My hair loves this heavy cream. If you are 4a, b, c, this product is great for moisturizing your tresses. Keeps it very soft moisturized and shiny!
WHAT’S IN IT: The Amla & Olive Heavy Cream consists of castor oil, olive oil, distilled water (moisture), amla, brahmi, aloe, glycerin (humectant), and other ingredients.
WHERE TO FIND: http://www.qhemetbiologics.com/
HOMEMADE SHEA BUTTER MOISTURIZER
WHAT’S IN IT: 100g Shea butter (room temp), 1 tsp olive oil, 1tbs-2tbs coconut oil, 1 tsp jojoba oil, 1 tsp castor oil, and 1 tsp aloe Vera gel/juice.
Put all ingredients in your bowl or food processor and start mixing until it feels light and soft. Prior to finding my favorite moisturizer (Amla Olive Heavy Cream) I used this mixture frequently during the winter months. So this is my second favorite moisturizer!
WHERE TO FIND IT: In your Kitchen Cabinet (LOL)! If not, then you can find the above listed ingredients at the Whole Food Store, and/or Walmart.
I saw this video on Curly Nikki a couple days ago. This hairstyle is GORGEOUS! Check how ChloeC achieves heatless waves using straws on her natural hair. It looks easy...LOL! But um it might be a different story when I actually try it.
Just finished baking my Turkey! Awaiting the arrival of family and friends. Sooooo looking forward to eating and enjoying family. Today I am thankful for all the beautiful natural hair women who continue to support my love for natural hair and the natural hair community. I pray that you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!
Today I am rocking a twist n curl! Its a little shrunken but oh well, I love it! Comment below and tell us what hairstyle you are rocking today?
The winner of the Natural Diva T-Shirt and CURLS Whipped Cream Product
Taria is my sister and I love bragging about her beautiful curls! Her love for naturality inspired me to finally embrace my natural hair almost 4 years ago. I feature Taria on the site because I LOVE her easy beautiful styling techniques and her results are GORG. So here is another one of Taria's easy styling demonstrations on how to rock and maintain a FIERCE twist out!
I washed my hair and used the Motions Deep Conditioning Masque that we received from the Curly Nikki Hair Meet up in Chicago. Detangled and washed majority of the conditioner out. I Applied the Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk all over. I add 6 to 8 double strand twists and applied a little of the Shea Moisture Curling Soufflé as I twisted my hair. I let it air dry overnight. That morning I took the twist down and applied a little of the Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk to my hair. I separated the twist to make my hair fuller. You have to be careful not to separate too much...will get frizzy. I put a little of the Shea Moisture Curling Soufflé in the palm of my hand and scrunched my hair. To maintain the hairstyle, every night, I put a little of the curl and style milk on my hair, sprayed a little water, and re-twisted with 6 to 8 big twist.
There you have it, simple and GORGEOUS!!!!!
I BIG CHOPPED!
Hello my name is Elizabeth. I am 43 year old, single, and
have always been known for either my long hair (when I was younger) or my stylish different colored, unusual shorter relaxed styles. In April of 2011 my dad passed away and my beautician noticed that my hair was breaking off and becoming very thin. A combination of stress, glue (from the weaved in), and the relaxer was causing my hair to fall out. One evening, 1 year later I decided I did not feel like going to the beauty salon so I washed and conditioned my hair but was really shocked by the hand fulls of hair that was coming out. Of course I was panicking. That's when I decided that I no longer wanted any type of chemical or glue in my hair. I figured that I have a pretty good texture of hair so I might as well just cut it very low and put grease and water on it to make it curl. I went in to get my hair cut and saw the end results, I was in love and have been rocking the natural every since. I'm always asked especially by my family when am i going to let me hair grow back and my response is "I'm not" LOL. I feel so beautiful, free, and I embrace my true Natural look.
Congratulations Elizabeth!!! You are naturally beautiful and welcome to the Natural Hair Community!!! Ladies if you would like to share your big chop story on Natural Diva Website send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using a consistent regimen for your natural hair is very important. I remember when I was newly natural; I had no idea where to begin when it came to a structured routine for maintaining my tresses. Even though I read a ton of blogs, watched youtube videos and surfed the net for information, my hair was still lacking something….A Regimen. In the process of developing a regiment, I have learned that it doesn't need to be complicated or expensive; however, it is necessary to make time in achieving a basic set of steps consistently to keep our hair as healthy as possible.
A hair care routine should consist of the following:
· Deep conditioner
· Leave-In Conditioner
· Daily styling aids
Purchase a good-quality, moisturizing shampoo and use it at least 3-4 times a month. Make sure you focus on cleansing the scalp first. Rub the shampoo in a circular motion throughout your hair let the water work the shampoo down the length of your hair. Try to avoid roughly rubbing shampoo into your ends, which are the oldest and sometimes the driest sections of your hair. Rinse thoroughly.
Good shampoos to try:
Aubrey Organics Shampoo
Kinky Curly Come Clean
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
After shampooing your hair follow up with a moisturizing conditioner. This is when you focus the product on the hair, not the scalp. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair and work the conditioner through. While working the conditioner through my hair, I part it into 4-6 sections, detangle each section and then twist. When purchasing a conditioner look for conditioners designed for dry and/or damaged hair, as these contain the ingredients that natural hair needs. Instead of using shampoo every time you need to clean your hair, you can co-wash (use a conditioner instead of shampoo to cleanse the hair). Co-washing in between shampoos help reduces the dryness of hair. Rich, creamy conditioners are good for the hair; they completely coat your hair, leaving it moisturized and soft.
Good Conditioners to try:
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner
CURLS Coconut Sublime Conditioner
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner
Most natural hair ladies need deep treatments more than once or twice a month. Deep conditioning helps fortify the hair and keep it healthy. If you apply a lot of heat to your hair, you may need to deep condition at least once per week. I deep condition at least 2 times a month, especially if have been pulling and tugging on my hair to achieve certain hairstyles. Find a deep conditioner that work for your curls; there are a few good brands available that won't hurt your wallet.
Try these deep conditioning treatments:
Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque
Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery Treatment
Aussie Moist (3 Minute Miracle)
I find that Leave-In conditioners aide in the reduction of frizz and can also be a great moisturizer. I use a leave-in conditioner every time I wash my hair. Apply your leave-in from the shaft of your hair to the ends. Try to focus more on the ends to strengthen and prevent breakage.
Try these leave-in conditioners:
Kinky Curly Knot Today
As I am Leave-In Conditioner
Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner
Daily Styling Aids
There are tons of styling products for our hair. Most offer different results depending on the style you want to achieve. If you want perfect ringlets then look for water-based gels such as:
Kinky Curly Custard
Shea Moisture Curl Soufflé
Eco Styler Gel
If you are looking for the perfect twist out/braid out styles try using creamy products (listed below). These products can also be used as a daily moisturizing as well as assist in maintaining hairstyles throughout the week.
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Cream
My Honey Child Twist Out Cream
Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream
Now, that you have this knowledge it’s important to apply it for healthy natural hair. We must determine a schedule that fits into our lifestyles, whether you are attending college, business executive, busy mom or homemaker. Sometimes keeping a hair journal until these steps become routine for you may prove helpful. We don’t want to become too busy and forget important steps to keeping our curls beautiful. When it comes to our hair, we need to make time; taking proactive steps to prevent “bad hair days” and/or damage.
Here is a sample regimen:
· Sunday: Shampoo, condition, deep condition, leave-in, style
· Monday: Daily moisturizer
· Tuesday: Daily moisturizer
· Wednesday: Daily moisturizer
· Thursday: Co-wash, moisturize
· Friday: Daily moisturizer
· Saturday: Dailey moisturize
A regimen is not complete without the nightly protection of a silk or satin hair cover or pillowcase!
Click on comment and tell us about your natural hair care regimen!!!!
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My name is Sjon and I am 39 years old. I have been married to my best friend, Kisha Fisher, for 10 years on December 26, 2012. I have two handsome sons Ameer Fisher (15) and Aden Fisher (8). My hobbies are drag racing motorcycles, riding motorcycles and mentoring male youth.
I was first exposed to natural hair through my wife who embraced it early on before it became so popular. I encouraged her to, “Do you!” I feel like hair or lack of hair doesn’t make a woman, it is the way she carries herself. I feel like if a woman can wear a hairstyle and feel confident, secure in herself, comfortable and be herself, it is SEXY to a man.
Natural hair is unique because if you get a chance to be in in a room full of natural women, you experience the beauty of BLACK WOMEN. They all wear their hair in different styles, colors, lengths, and wear different accessories to complement their hair. Not only that but (Note to guys), you see women glow. They feed off the positive energy from each other and nurture and develop one another. They accept and vocalize that this how “GOD made me, I don’t have to continue to buy into what is considered good hair by society or this is what men like". Just me speaking for myself…. Real men like a all-natural women…. No fake hair, nails, or cosmetic surgeries….. God made you all natural and beautiful so there is no need to change something that is already perfect….. So be who you are and, “Do you!”
I would say to all the sisters who are considering going natural to research the advantages and benefits of going natural. Also, talk with other friends or people and get information on hair products and if possible try them before you buy them. You don’t have to buy a lot of hair products that don’t work. (You should see my wife’s surplus of unused product…..lol.)
As far as having a favorite style, if you know my wife, every day is different and seeing the same hairstyle is very rare. I feel like variety is good. I like the fact that when she gets up in the morning and walks out the bathroom I don’t know what I’m going to get….LOL
My favorite hairstyle is the twists…. As a man, it just does something to me…..LOL…. Beauty….
The only message I would like to tell Natural Women is, “You is smart, You is Kind, You is important!” No for real just embrace who you are and what GOD made you to be. Write your own definition of beauty. Natural is Beauty and it is the best beauty…. No additives or preservatives…. No crack no LYE……. My name is Sjon Fisher and I approve this message.