2 Hour Wash and Go

Is it that day again? I love my hair but I hate how long it takes to wash it. Ladies how long does it take you to wash your hair? Well it normally takes me 5 hours from start to finish and if I twist it add another hour ūüė©. 

Being a 4c natural has its challenges. The first 3.5 years of being natural I couldn‚Äôt do a wash and go if you paid me. December 2018 I finally figured it out. Here‚Äôs a link to how I do my wash and go on 4c hair. 

Not only am I 4c but I am also high porosity. Here‚Äôs a link to my porosity check post. So needless to say taking care of my hair takes patience. If you relate to me keep reading. If you need a cute journal to keep up with all your wash day wos try my natural hair wash day journal. 

So my last wash day was simplified and reduced to 2.5 hours. Yes you heard right 2.5 hours not including drying time. 

So here are the steps to a simplified wash day:

  1. Pre poo with a good conditioner – For this step I parted my hair in 4 sections and I added water with my spray bottle and Aussie Moist conditioner and put my hair in 4 big twists. I put my insulated cap on (put it in the microwave for 1.5 minutes) for 10 minutes. 
  2. Prewash with diluted shampoo – In This step I added water to my dye bottle and naturall club avocado Line shampoo or your favorite and massaged in. 
  3. Wash – Now add more shampoo in the shower or sink and rinse thoroughly with warm water. 
  4. Condition – Add conditioner and rinse
  5. Deep conditioning – Section hair in 4 to 6 sections add a generous amount of Naturall club avocado deep conditioner. Now put on your foil or plastic cap ans put insulated cap on top for 20 minutes. 
  6. Detangle – I used my detangling brush and then rinse out with cool water
  7. Style -Do a quick (15 minute) style with Extreme Wetline Gel and Strands of Faith twisting butter. See wash and go post for more details. 
  8. Dry – Sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes and use a blow dryer to stretch. 

I started This wash day at 7:30 am and I was still able to make it to church for 11:30 am. Praise the Lord!!

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Mini Twist on Natural Hair

As a natural coming up with a go-to style or two for the summer and fall can sometimes be challenging. Living in Mississippi the humidity can kill a Hairstyle quick. As the summer approached I needed to see what the trends were. Some of the options were braids, wigs, weaves and crochet braids with many variations of all of the choices.

If you are like me and you don’t particularly like weave then your choices are narrowed down even farther. As I tried to keep up with my few options I wrote some ideas down in my Wash Day Journal by Plan Your Own Way. The options I originally chose at the beginning of the summer were:
1. A short crochet style
2. A long crochet style
3. Bahama twists
4. Or two wigs

I wore my hair in a wig for about three weeks and I developed a rash from something that I am not sure about. After that I decided to take my braids down and put my hair in mini twists. This was the best decision I could’ve made. I have been natural for almost 5 years and I have never thought about Twists as a protective style. I wore my hair in Twists for7 to 15 days. While it was twisted I moisturized my hair with water, a leave-in and oil every two days. The leave ins and oils I recommend are:

Leave Ins
1. Naturall club Avacado
2. Strands of Faith
3. Hydratherma Naturals
4. Alikay Naturals

Oils:
1. Naturall club Avacodo
2. Naturall club Castor
3. The Mane Choice Growth Oil

The night before I took them down I partially wet my hair and I added Strands if Faith Twisting Butter and Ouidad Humidity Gel. When I tell you my hair was defined, my hair was DEFINED! If you have type 4 hair this is one way to long healthy natural hair. Check out my Natural Hair Woman Merch here.

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Natural Hair Product Review

As a natural I love products; some would say I’m a product junkie. I have a whole cabinet and part of a closet full of hair products. Every time a new product comes out and it has good reviews I want to try them. I currently keep track of my wash day product use with my Wash Day Journal by Plan Your Own Way. So today I decided to do a review of a product that I tried recently. The Camille Rose Leave-in Collection.

The Camille Rose Leave-in Collection has 3 products: the honey, the Latte and the define. The Honey Hydrate Leave In has honey, olive fruit oil and castor oil as the first 3 ingredients. The Camille Rose Naturals Latte Define Leave-In Hair Conditioner 9 fl oz has pectin infused water, black cumin seed oil and sunflower seed oil as the first 3 ingredients. The Camille Rose Naturals Herbal Tea Seal & Softening Leave-In Hair Conditioner 9 fl oz, pack of 1 has nettle leaf, sage, and marigold flower as the first 3 ingredients.

The first one the of the three I tried was the honey. It had my hair very moisturized almost too moisturized. I was very excited for the moisture especially since I have high porosity hair. The next day after my hair dryed it still looked good. I was really excited then. I thought to myself… We have a winner, winner chicken dinner. About 3 days later my hair was extremely dry, almost brittle. So then I decided that the honey leave-in was not for me.

The next wash day I decided to try the other two: the latte and the define. I co-washed my hair with Design Essentials avocado cowash instead of using shampoo and I did a deep conditioning treatment, then I styled my hair using the LOC method. The LOC methods means to use a liquid then and oil and last a cream when styling. My liquid was the hydratherma naturals leave-in. My O was the latte from the CR leave-in collection, and my C was the define. After the cream I also added my Ouidad humidity gel. The next day I took my twist down and my hair was shiny and very defined.

So after trying all three I give them a 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason for the four is because the honey had my hair extremely dry after a few days. I would definitely recommend the Latte and the Define from the Camille Rose Leave-in collection.

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Wash and Go On 4c Hair

Over the years since I have been natural,‚Äč I have worn many styles and most of them came out ok after trial and error. My favorite and most worn style has to be the Two Strand Twist Out. I have worn that style since my hair was long enough to twist; about 4 months post‚Äč-Big‚Äč Chop. In the beginning, I mainly wore my hair in a tapered afro. Sometimes I miss my short hair. Last year I started keeping a log of the styles I wear and what products I use. The log I use is the Natural Hair Wash Day Planner by Plan Your Own Way. There is one style that gave me so many problems to get right, of course it was the wash and go.

This fall that all changed. I have figured out a technique to bring out my 4c hair curl pattern. Not only did I figure out a great technique but I also figured out how to make the wash and go last more than seven days. Yes,‚Äč you heard correct more than 7 days. I actually did not re-wash my hair until 12 days later. If you keep reading I will give you step by step how I achieved the look at the header. But first I will tell you what not to do.

Do Not
1. Attempt a wash and go on dirty hair
2. Apply a small amount of‚Äč product
3. Think that the technique that worked for someone with type 3 hair will work for you if you have type 4 hair
4. Manipulate the curls before they are completely dry
5. Go to bed without putting your hair in the nighttime routine I suggest

Now that you know what not to do let me give you my steps for you to achieve a perfect wash and go on 4c hair.

The Steps to Wash
1. Section your hair in 6 to 8 sections
2. Apply prepoo – I recommend Mielle Organics
3. Detangle using the ‚Äčouidad comb
4. Twist each section after applying the prepoo leave, in for 20 minutes
5. Apply diluted Shampoo while your hair is still in sections- Fill a bottle ¬ĺ full of warm water then top it off with shampoo – I recommend this water bottle
6. Rinse shampoo with warm water and then apply conditioner
7. Rinse out conditioner and then apply a ‚Äčdeep conditioner
8. Apply a plastic cap and heated thermal cap let sit for at least 30 minutes
9. Detangle and Rinse in cool Water

The Steps to Style
1. Section one section in two pin one back
2. Apply leave in and comb through
3. Apply ¬Ĺ tsp or so of cream base styler to that section and comb through with a (detangler)- check me out on IG @nownaturalnicole to see what styler I used
4. Now cup your thumb and index finger and pull the products through that section one hand after the other at least 4 times
5. Now apply  Xtreme Wet-Line Professional Styling Gel as if appling a relaxer then in the same motion as the previous step pull through hair
6. Lastly,‚Äč brush through that section with a denman brush until the desire curl pattern in achieved
7. Repeat until all sections are done; rewet hair as needed
8. Rewet entire head and shake, shake, shake your head side to side hard about 6 times

To see how I achieved this wash and go please go to my IGTV and watch a short video.

The Steps to Dry
1. Make sure hair is in the desire style and sit under hooded dryer for 20 mins
2. Take (clips) 543043307333and lift up the top layer of your hair and sit under the dryer for another 15 minutes
3. Now add the diffuser attachment to your blow dryer put it on warm with medium air force
4. Diffuse until 75% dry
5. Now add the concentrated attachment; hold a section of hair in one hand and stretch it out
6. Aim the blow dryer at that section and move up and down that section on both sides until 90% dry
7. Put your hair in 2 to 3 bands depending on the style you chose and add a satin bonnet

To see how I maintained this style go to my IGTV channel and watch the video. If this helped you, use the hashtag naturalhairstylestrategy and washdayplanner. Thanks for reading please like, follow and subscribe.
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Wash Day Routine for Natural Hair

After four-plus years of being natural, I have finally figured out the best wash day routines for my hair. These wash day routines differ depending on the style I want to wear. My go-to styles are the twist out, the puff, the flat twist and just recently the wash and go. The reason I have finally been able to master these styles for my hair type (4b/4c) is that I have been keeping a journal. If you want to know the Planner I use click here.

The Wash
1. Section hair
2. Apply Pre-poo – I recommend Mielle Organics Prepoo
3. Let sit at least 30 mins
4. Apply diluted Shampoo with an applicator bottle – I use this Salon Root Care Dye Bottle
5. Rinse out while hair is still in sections
6. Apply deep conditioner in the shower
7. Let sit for 15 to 30 mins With This heated cap on
8. Rinse with cool water

The twistout Styling (wet hair)
1. Section each section
2. Apply 2 to 3 styling products to each section
3. Twist each section
4. Allow to air dry overnight
5. Untwist
6. For fuller styles pull twist apart two to three times
7. Pick hair out for Volume

The twist out Styling (Dry hair)
1. Section each section
2. Blow Dry each section
3. Steps 2 – 5 from wet styling
4. Do Not Comb

The Puff
1. After the style is 5 to 7 days old
2. Add moisture from shower or steamer
3. Add leave-in and another moisturizer
4. Add gel and edge control around the perimeter
5.Brush with a course brush
6. Add a Snappee – Snap-Off, No Crease Hair Ties (Black) or other hair bands
7. Apply scarf to edges

The Flat-twist (wet or dry)
1. Put hair in 2 big sections, depending on how you want your hair to fall
2. Start applying flat-twist in a downward motion as pictured
3. Steps 4 – 7 of twist out

The Wash and Go

1. Start with really wet hair

2. Section Hair in 6 to 8 sections

3. Section first section and apply leave-in and cream based styler

4. Apply Gel to each section as if applying relaxer

5. Re-wet hair

6. Shake, Shake, Shake

I have a few more styles that I wear but these are my favorites. Over the years I have learned a lot about styling my natural hair. The biggest lessons that I have learned is to keep a log of how I style my hair, what products I use and what works best. Keeping up with this makes wash day a lot easier. I recommend the Natural Hair Wash Day Planner by Plan Your Own Way. I originally created this just for me and then I realized that there had to be millions of women and some men with the same problem.

Please check it out and leave me a comment and review. Until next time … Be Fabulously Natural!

Protective Styles For Natural Hair

Growing natural hair is one of the most exhilarating things you could ever do. Actually Most times, it’s a bittersweet moment that involves a beautiful awakening of your true beauty along with some pain while maintaining it. This pain is totally worth it once you start to see the growth of your natural curl pattern.

The pain comes from doing things that we need to do to maintain the best health like combing, twisting or braiding. This type of manipulation is not meant to be felt every single day! Your HAIR deserves to breathe and rest and not be tugged at all the time. That’s where protective styling comes in.

What are protective styles?

Protective styles refer to hairstyles that protect the ends of your hair, to decrease or prevent tangling, shedding and breakage. Protective hairstyles also have a good effect on the scalp, as wearing these hairstyles in long intervals will give it rest from the usual push and pull when combing and styling on a daily basis. On my journey, I chose not to do protective styling that often. Now I wish I would have done more protective styles as my hair grew out of the twa.

Protective styling or protective hairstyles?

Protective styling is about giving your natural hair more protection by leaving it alone for a while. By leaving alone I’m talking about the products you apply to it and of course, the hairstyles you choose. For example, during your daily styling, you should gently take your time to use a wide tooth comb to detangle your hair to avoid hair loss and breakage. Finger combing is also a good idea just make sure that your nails are trimmed and no jewelry is on.

Needless to say, the oils and lotions applied to your hair are also extremely important. Protect your hair by purchasing products made with mainly natural ingredients. You should always check out the ingredients for chemicals like parabens, in the products you choose. Such chemicals do more harm than good to your hair.

Most women go into protective style mode during the colder seasons like Fall or Spring. But it’s better to do this practice regardless of seasonal changes so your hair can remain strong and healthy all year round. Below are some amazing advantages of protective styling, or wearing protective hairstyles:

  1. They limit the stress and interference of environmental factors on your hair. The cold, the wind or even a scorching sun got nothing on you.
  2. Your hair will remain fully hydrated. Because protective styles bind or hold up your hair in one way or another, your hair would have a small chance of losing moisture.
  3. Your scalp gets the chance to breathe. Protective hairstyles should be done with minimal to no tension in order to keep your hair healthy.
  4. Protective hairstyles are quick and easy, saving you time when you’re on the go and in a hurry.
  5. Most protective styling choices can be done at your convenience.
  6. Protective styling promotes length retention because your ends are tucked away neatly and won’t shed or fall off.

Now on to the fun part: I’m going to give you a list of common protective hairstyles that are cheap, ready-to-wear, chic and easy on the strands as well. You can look over this list and make your choice depending on what you think will suit you or choose several that you want to try:

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  • Bantu Knots
  • Faux bun or Afro bun
  • Simple updofb09c91f-ea61-4784-b286-880932c4490c
  • Crochet Braids
  • Wigs

There are several options of hair when it comes to Wigs.    Here I will list a few choices:

1.DOMINICAN BLOWOUT STRAIGHT BUNDLE HAIR- Outre Synthetic Half Wig

2.OUTRE Synthetic Hair Half Wig Quick Weave Ashani (1B)

3.Outre Synthetic Half Wig Quick Weave Big Beautiful Hair 4A-Kinky (1B)

  • Wearing a scarf or headwrap

1.Urban Turbanista Head Wrap- Demin Blue -Chambray Headwrap Scarf

2.Headwrap in Stretch Jersey Knit – Long Head wrap Scarf – Cobalt

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  • Sew-in
  • Cornrows With or without added clip-in hair extensions
    • Faux Locs

(6Packs)18inch Curly Faux Locs Soft Hair Deep Faux Locs Twist Braids

Note that hairstyles like Ghana braids and million braids are also protective styles but please tell your stylist that you don‚Äôt need them to be too tight. The best option might be to go for the popular millions braids wig, if you really like it and would love to try it. After all, the possibilities are endless with protective styling. You could come up with your own styles, or you could get style inspiration online (I recommend Pinterest).

Never believe the lie that with natural hair, comes limited possibilities for styling. It’s actually the other way round. If you need help keeping up with your hairstyles and products used I recommend the Natural Hair Wash Day Planner.

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Natural Men’s Haircare

When the Natural Hair movement started
nobody talked about men. I guess it‚Äôs because most black men have always been natural; Meaning that they don‚Äôt have chemically treated hair. Another reason is that most men are simple. In most cases, we as women care more about how we look than men. Ladies, we can‚Äôt hate if men want to look good too! Just as long as they don‚Äôt take over our mirrors ūüėÜ

Hair Trends

In the 70’s, The battle between men and women about whose hair looked the best was close. These days I definitely think that we have the guys beat! Back in the day, my daddy had a foot and a half afro. His afro was bigger than my mama’s. Men were also getting their hair straightened. Glad that is over! In the 80’s and 90’s, when I was a teenager, boys would not even talk about having their hair straightened or relaxed that was just not cool. Guys mostly wore their hair in high-top fades. Later In college, when we started approaching the year 2000, guys were all about the clean cut. The clean cut is still around but a lot of guys are letting their hair grow out in longer styles, including my sons. Also, The beard is very big now and the upkeep is similar to the care of the hair on our heads just not as involved. Some guys have chosen to let their beards grow very long and some keep them full, but short. Guys used to only have beards for the winter or if they were sick. Now it’s Spring, Summer, Fall, and winter! Ladies, we like the beards, don’t we!

Men in My House

When I met my husband, he had a low haircut. I convinced him to shave it off because it was thinning at the top; the best decision he could have ever made for his look! That is also a choice you guys have to make for yourselves. Choose what looks good on you! For him, it is a bald head for you it might be dreads or a clean-cut look. He also has a beard and he used to only let his beard grow out in the winter. Now he just trims it and lines it regularly. Then there are my sons. My two boys have a lot of hair but my stepson’s hair is low. One has basically a fro-hawk and the other a hightop fade and my stepson has a short fade. They also have different hair textures so what works for one may not work for the other. Ladies here are some tips to help your guy out. Men, if you are reading these tips & tools, are just for you!

Maintenance
Guys you only need to wash your have once a week or biweekly. I recommend  The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Shampoo and The Mane Choice Conditioner . You also need to deep condition it after each wash and detangle while the conditioner is in your hair. I also recommend deep conditioning Twice a month. These are the products I use on my boys’ hair the Mane choice For daily maintenance there are several products you can use it just depends on the look, texture, and style of your hair. If you have a very low haircut I recommend using  Murray’s Light Pomade & Hair Dressing to help achieve those waves.  My husband also  uses this on his beard. If you have an inch or more of length you can use activator if you want your hair to have a slight wet curly look. I also recommend  Hydratherma Naturals Daily Growth Lotion and Hydratherma Naturals Protein Balance Leave-In Conditioner.  After applying your daily moisturizer if your hair is not too long I suggest giving it some curls with the NUDRED Hair Sponge or something similar.  If your beard needs trimming you can use Beard Grooming & Trimming Kit for Men and Wahl Color Pro Complete Hair Cutting Kit. Now you can start your day looking good and being confident!

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11 Must Have Tools for Natural Hair Styling

When you decided to become natural, you probably also decided, if you are like me, that you would be doing your own hair most of the time. In my opinion, you have to learn how to style and take care of your own hair once you make that decision.

Stylist Issue

Some of you may be saying, I need my stylist. Having a stylist is cool but natural hairstyles take time and have several steps. Not to mention, you need to deep condition every time and leave the conditioner in for at least 30 minutes. Most stylist have so many people to see that they don’t have time to give you and your natural curls the attention that it needs. If they do have time they only do silk presses (flat ironing) or crochet braids. This is a big issue here is MS that I am going to try to change. We need stylists here that specialize in natural hair styling. When I say styling I am referring to styles such as: two-strand twist, flat-twist, bantu knots, and wash and go to name a few.

A year after going natural I decided that I needed a stylist. I searched and searched some salons and finally I came across one that said that they specialized in natural hair. I called them and set up a paid consultation. I did my consultation and set up an appointment for the following week. The day of my appointment I got there early because at that time I worked the overnight shift and I got off at 8am. When I got there, there were no cars there. My appointment was at 9am so by 9:10 I called the business phone, no answer. After 10 more minutes I decided to leave the stylist an email; of course there was no reply. Honey I’m still waiting on that reply! Anywho, I went back to work the next day to tell all my natural co-workers that the stylist was a no show. After that incident I saw reviews that complained of the same issue I had with this particular stylist/ salon. I should have read reviews first! Oh well you live and you learn. Since then I have only gone to a stylist 8 times in 4 years. Four times was to get Crochet braids and the other four were to get my hair straightened and two of those times my sister did my hair.

Styling Tools

Now that you know that you will have to commit to being able to do your hair most of the time let me give you a list of the supplies that you will need. These are things that I recommend.

Blow Dryers

A blowdryer is a must for any woman with hair. A blowdryer can be used several ways. First you can use it the old fashion way with no attachment and a paddle brush. Blow drying this way is good for a blow out or a natural style if you want to retain some length. I use a comb attachment because it’s simple and easy to use versus holding a blow dryer and a brush. I’ll leave that to the professionals. Then you can use the diffuser attachment to dry your wash and go. Next there is the concentrator attachment in which you can use to dry your hair using the Tension method. This method can be used to lengthen a wash and go or for those that think the comb is too harsh. People with straight hair use this attachment with a brush and style their hair. There is also the oscillating attachment that moves in a circular motion while the air is blowing out; I have not used this one.

Hooded Dryers

When I first went natural I thought I would never use a hooded dryer again. I remember those relaxed days when my stylist back then would wrap my wet hair and I would have to sit up under that thing for almost 3 hours. Man I don’t miss those days! If you style your hair in the morning and you decide that you want to wear it out that day, this is where your hooded dryer becomes your best friend.

Combs

There are several types of combs out there. As a natural you will need three: a rat tail comb, a wide tooth comb and a heavy duty double row wide tooth comb. I use the Ouidad. I love it!

Brushes

As a natural I recommended you have four brushes as a part of your styling tool box. A narrow bristle brush for brushing down those baby hairs (if that is your thing). A wide brush for styling those puffs and low ponytails. A paddle brush and a boar bristle brush.

Flat Iron

A flat iron is only need to do a blowout aka silk press!!

Hair Ties

Hair ties or bands are needed whenever you want to put your hair up. Whether you want to wear a high puff, low puff or a ponytail with extensions…. You need the hair bands. I recommend snapee.

Bobbie Pins

I think that this styling tool needs no explanation. Girl you can’t have a styling tool box without loads of Bobbie pins. Cause you know they are just like socks… They come up missing!

Steamers

A steamer is optional but I really think that it is the best tool that people sleep on. This tool can bring an old style back to life! It can also allow conditioners and other products to penetrate the hair shaft better. I have a handheld that I use regularly. It is the Q-Redew; I highly recommend it. This is also a good hooded steamer.

Shears

If you plan on trimming your own ends then you need a good pair of shears. I just recently bought a pair of shears versus those cheap scissors with the black handle that you can get a Walmart. I tell ya I could feel the difference. Your hair should be trimmed every 6 to 12 weeks depending on how you style your hair.

Hair Clips

Hair clips are used to hold your hair out of the way while styling. There is no way I could style my hair without these.

Plastic Caps

Last but definitely not least is the good old plastic cap. I know some of you may want to get fancy here but please don’t. The cheap ones work fine. Some people even take the fugileness a step farther by using grocery bags. I say do whatever works for you. I recommend these plastic caps.

Ladies enjoy your day and go Slay!

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11 Steps to Straight Natural Hair

When you decided to go natural you probably did so for a few reasons.  The main reasons for me were healthy hair, thick hair and style Versatility. Natural hair also gives you a sense of freedom and makes you feel closer to your roots. Wakanda Forever!

Health

Hair health should be your top goal and more important than length.  Who wants long, thin hair with split ends? Yuck! The amount of strands of hair you have on your head can also be a sign of good health.  Some people have fine strands of hair but they have lots of them; this too is a sign of healthy natural hair.

Versatility

Being natural also gives you many many style choices. ¬†Just because you decided to go¬†natural doesn‚Äôt mean that you don‚Äôt want to wear your hair straight once in a while.¬†Depending on your hair type you may want to straighten it less in order to keep it¬†healthy and thick. ¬†I have 4c natural hair and I learned through trial and error and heat¬†damage that I should not straighten my hair more than three times per year. I also¬†learned not to set the temperature of my flat-iron above 420ŗ•¶. ¬†When purchasing a flat-iron always purchase one with a dial with temperature options. Here are my top choices:¬†Bayliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron¬†and CHI PRO Digital Titanium Infused Ceramic Flat Iron.¬†The 4c hair strand is very curly. ¬†It curls on top of itself which causes a lot of Shrinkage.¬†This hair type is normally coarse and kinky with a z curl pattern, but sometimes these¬†strands are fine. ¬†For these reasons you have to be very careful when straightening your¬†hair. ¬†Now I will give you step by step instructions of how I straighten my natural hair.

11 Steps to Straight Natural Hair

1. Wash Your hair

When deciding to straighten your natural hair it should be very clean.  You should use your shampoo of choice, maybe even a clarifying shampoo. I use either GIOVANNI COSMETICS- Eco Chic Smooth As Silk Shampoo or The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Shampoo.  You should not use a cleansing conditioner because it will not get your hair squeaky clean like a shampoo will.

2. Condition Your Hair

The conditioner that you choose should have some slip so you can start to detangle your hair.  I use with GIOVANNI- Eco Chic Smooth As Silk Conditioner or The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Conditioner .

3. Deep Condition Your hair

When you deep condition your hair you should let it sit for 30 minutes with a GlamCap Thermal Hair Repair Conditioning Cap if you do not want to sit under a hooded dryer.  I also sometimes put on a Clear Shower Caps and sit under a hooded dryer for at least 20 minutes. I use The Mane Choice Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Mask  or Strands of Faith deep conditioner.  After the 30 minutes has passed detangle your hair, preferably in the shower as you allow the water to rinse the conditioner out.

4. Section Your Hair

You should section your hair in four sections.  Sectioning your hair makes it easier to blow dry.  When sectioning use these Xtava Styling Hair Clips  or Diane Large butterfly clamps.

5. Blow Dry

You should blow dry your hair one section at a time.  You can blow dry using the comb attachment, a paddle brush or the tension method with the JINRI Three Speed Hair Dryer. When one section is dry, twist or braid or pin out of the way.

6. Moisturize

Now that your hair is dry add a small (pea sized) amount of a shea based moisturizer all over your hair.  Now go back over your hair with the blow dryer.

7. Flatiron

Starting in the back take small sections of each section and flat-iron. You need to comb through each section and go back through with a HYOUJIN 608 Black Carbon Anti-Static Pin tail Comb in front of the flat-iron plates as you glide through your hair. This is called the chasing method. The chasing method helps to get rid of tangles and knots that could be at your ends.

8. Clip Your ends

Once you are done flat ironing go through all of your hair section by section and clip (or dust) your ends.  This should be done each time you straighten your hair.

9. Curl

Now go back through your hair in bigger sections and put a few big curls.

10. Wrap

The last thing I do when I straighten my hair is I wrap it up ant tie a satin scarf around it. When wrapping your hair you should have two different brushes; a hard bristle paddle brush and a boar bristle brush for shine.

Here is My 3 Step Wrapping Technique

Step 1. Start at the left ear and Brush hair with the Conair Velvet Touch Paddle Hair Brush to the right ear in a clockwise motion

Step 2. Take the Boar Bristle Paddle Hair Brush by Janrely or Boar Bristle Detangling Hair Brush and brush the same section as before

Step 3. ¬†Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all of your hair is wrapped. ¬†Now tie down with a satin¬†scarf and rotate scarf 360ŗ•¶ in a clockwise motion!

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Now let the scarf sit for at least 15 minutes; or sleep in it overnight!  Take off the scarf and comb and style with a wide tooth comb. Now you are ready for your day. Go Slay!

Hairstyle Retention

Two Strand Twist

Do you have problems with your natural hairstyles lasting more than 5 days? If you do I have some tips that will help you.

Hair Type

My hair is unique and so is yours and we have to take a little time in the beginning to figure out what works best. I am going to save you all the time and trouble I endured so by giving all the tips and tricks I learned. I am a wife, mom and I work a full-time job and I’m a new entrepreneur. I don’t have time to do my hair everyday and I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one! So in this post I will give you my tips for natural hairstyle retention and making it last from about 14 up to 28 days.

Wash and Go

There are so many naturals out there that focus wash and go’s, but is a wash and go really a wash and go. For someone Like you and me with 4c hair it’s more like a wash and work, LOL! The few wash and go’s I have done successfully took at least 2 hours; And then it only lasted one day. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Good Hair vs Bad Hair

Then there are the ones that focus on good vs. bad: She has good hair or she has nappy hair. What is good hair anyway? We were all given specific genes to makeup our physical appearance that includes our hair. In my opinion anything made by God is Good!

My Hair

If I would have to describe my hair I would say it is 4b/c kinky Afro textured. I love my hair! I can wear it straight, twisted, wavy, curly and even an Afro. When I wear my hair straight, during the last few days I usually go from straight to afro before I rewash. I currently blowdry my hair and then flatiron it using the chasing method. I use the blow dryer and the Bayliss Titanium Flatiron. I love the fact that I can let steam from my Q- redew steamer  or steam from the shower hit my hair and I have another hairstyle. My hair also gets very tangled and I have to detangle it during each wash day. I love the Ouidad wide tooth comb. The hairstyle I wear the most is the two-strand twist; that may be because that is the style I started wearing first as a natural and it was a favorite as a relaxed girl.

Here are 7 Tips to make your two-strand twist last 14 days:

1. Minimal Manipulation

When taking down your twist be very careful because you do not want to make it frizzy.
Do not comb your hair! Untwist one twist at a time in the opposite direction that you did
The twist. Now go back through and separate the sections again and keep separating
Until your hair had the volume that you want.

2. Wear a satin bonnet or sleep on satin pillowcase

Cotton absorbs the essential oils from your hair and can cause breakage. Silk is the
Fabric of choice but it is expensive. I have slept on a satin pillowcase for at least 10
Years, even when I was relaxed. This is the one I recommend (insert link)

3. Use oil or oil based cream when manipulating or doing the take down

Before you start to take down your twist apply oil to your hands and rub your hands
Together. Now start untwisting the first twist once you are half-way done apply more
Oil. You should re-apply oil to your hands as needed. This is what I recommend (link)

4. Re-twist a single twist that needs it as they need it

As the days go by of your style your hair naturally starts to get frizzy. My hair usually
Gets frizzy first around my edges and at the nape of my neck. The night you notice
The frizz just apply moisture and a little product to that section and re-twist. You
Should only have to re-twist 4 to 8 twist. Take them down the next morning and blend;
And Voila` you are good as new!

5. Protect your hair from the shower with a plastic shower cap

For most styles to last it can not get wet or be exposed to extreme amounts of steam.
Before I get in the shower I make sure my bonnet is secure and I put a snug shower
Cap over that.

6. Wear your hair in a puff a few days during the second week

After about 7 days I have to change up my style to make it last. I usually pull the back
Part of my hair up in a high pony-tail and leave some of the front section out for my big
Bangs

7. Wear hair in a unibraid or twist the last two days

This last tip is optional if you still need another day or two before you wash your hair.
Just do a flat twist or a braid; here’s how I style mine. Do a big braid or twist on each side of your head and connect them with bobbie pins.