6 Steps To The Perfect Wash Day For Natural Hair Sistas!

Featured Author: Tangela, Founder of NaturalRootSista

Hello my NaturalRootSistas! Here are a few of my healthy hair wash day tips. My hair texture is between 3c-4a.

We all have different textures of hair and we all like for our hair to look and feel a certain way. My hair has to have softness, shine, definition, but most importantly it must be healthy.

It had gotten to the point that I was sick of putting different products on my hair to achieve the look I was going for, so I decided to come up with my own hair care regimen.

Step 1- The day before I wash my hair I always mix-up a blend of rich natural oils.

Tangela is Founder of NaturalRootSista and an official OMG Army Member...
Tangela is Founder of NaturalRootSista and an official OMG Army Member…

You need to apply this special mixture all over your hair from root to tip and make sure you really massage your scalp.

Oils used: Rice bran oil, grape seed, and avocado oil. (Apply on wet hair)

Step 2- Section your hair into 4-6 big twists, now place a plastic cap over your hair and wrap it up with a hair scarf and leave it on overnight.

Step 3- The next day wash your oils out with a sulfate-free shampoo or whatever you feel your hair texture needs.

Step 4- I condition my hair with sulfate free conditioner as well, I leave it in for 20 minutes and use my Q-Redew Hand-held Hair Steamer.

Step 5- I wash the conditioner out with cool water. The benefits are that cold water retains your hair’s moisture and leaves your hair less prone to frizz.
Most people add moisturizer or whatever to style their hair. This is a mix I make to get my hair on the right track for the week. And yes I do add moisturizer (I make my own) sometimes on the third or fourth day. I keep my hair shiny and soft with this method.

Ingredients for my mix: Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Black Seed Oil, Aloe Vera Gel.

I used 1/3 cup of each oil in equal parts.

Step 6-
I section my hair into four sections and apply this mixture from root to tip while the hair is damp. You may need to mist your hair throughout the process.

Now style as usual. Done.

Follow these steps and send me photos on your results!

 

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Curly Nikki’s “Better Than Good Hair” Book Gets Rave Reviews – 4.5 Stars

The fresh new handbook on how to achieve and maintain stylish natural hair, from one of the savviest and most revered expert on coils and curls

These days there’s a revolution going on. A natural hair revolution…

Relaxers are out. Weaves are so yesterday.

Tired of damage from expensive chemical treatments and artificial enhancers, women of color are going natural thanks to many natural hair enthusiasts and supporters, one of these people is Nikki Walton of CurlyNikki.com, the natural hair blogger and online hair therapy expert.

In Better Than Good Hair, this gifted “cblackhairomg - Lee torrey - curly nikkiurl whisperer” educates women on how to transition from relaxed to completely natural hair, with advice and styles for every length—from Fierce Braid-and-Curls to Fancy Faux Buns.

She also counsels those considering the “big chop”—cutting it all off at once to sport a bold and beautiful “teeny weeny afro.” Here, too, is essential guidance for parents of mixed-race children dealing with new and unfamiliar hair textures and styles.


Lee’s Review Highlights: First off, I love everything about Curly Nikki. She’s a beautiful and brilliant businesswoman who cares about her readers. To see her success makes me proud. So when I saw HUNDREDS of amazing reviews for her “Better Than Good Hair” book I was pretty geeked for her. Out of 260+ real person reviews, she only has 4 “haters”(people that gave her book 1 star), most of her readers are loving the book. In my opinion, you get more scientific and in-depth info from “The Science of Black Hair” book from Audrey Davis-Sivasothy but Curly Nikki delivers more entertainment value. I’ll share some of the customer reviews below…

5-Star Reviews from real customers… (5 out of 169 comments)

Positive customer review from Places2Love –

  • The Quintessential Kinky/Curly Encyclopedia: Whether you are an inquisitive newly natural beauty or a natural hair expert/goddess looking to give your friends some sound advice, Better Than Good Hair is it! There are great features from Nikki AND many of the hair bloggers and youtubers that the natural experts will be familiar with and the newcomers will glean from. I was discouraged when I first saw the reviews that said this book was just like the website (and I almost did not buy it). But in actuality the layout, conciseness, and illustrations make this a very user-friendly, quickly accessible MANUAL for readers of all ages, transcending just a website that can take hours upon hours to search. Moreover, it should be comforting to the natural hair experts that the quality hair principles you have experimented with and learned by trial and error are encapsulated in one handy reference guide. I just hope updated editions will be printed every few years :-). As a bonus, Kim Wayans adds a hilarious and fitting foreword that makes me wonder when her first book will be coming out because I would buy it!

Positive customer review from Chrishonda Davis

  • Loved It: I love this book It really breaks down how to care for your natural hair during all stages, not only that, it doesn’t ridicule those who prefer to relax or chemically alter their hair. It simply encourages you to take the right steps in caring for your hair no matter how you choose to wear it. Nikki helps you have confidence in your hair and yourself.

 

Positive customer review from SDO “Swtdrk1”

  • It’s Better Than Just a Hair Book: I have been natural for almost 4 years and what I love about this book the most is it is a guide, a source of information. As I was reading it I was nodding in agreement. I was laughing and I was intrigued. Even though I am going on 4 years I can always benefit from things I didn’t know or haven’t tried and that is what BTGH is for me…information that I don’t have to keep in my head. I can simply go back to that section of the book. I had to get my daughter her own copy, because there will be no borrowing. 🙂

 

Positive customer review from Angela P.

  • Very Informative & Good Read: I’ve been natural well over 5 years and was able to take away some very good tips from this book. Nikki never disappoints. She has been humble from the beginning and is extremely clear in the book that this is not about her, but about US. I bought 3 copies and plan to buy more just to give away. This is a Godsend for anyone considering to go natural or for anyone who has been natural for years. Not many hair books can accomplish that.

 

Positive customer review from Deborah Houston, TX

  • Amazing Book: It took me a while to finish this book (not because it’s not good) because I’m so busy. However, I finally finished the book and I just have one word AMAZING!! I was on the Curly Nikki forum for 2 years, and reading this book was just like being on the forum but better. I like the way the book was organized, the information provided, and how Nikki used ladies that contributed to the forum to share their natural experiences. I don’t know maybe it was just me, but I felt connect to the book and the articles. I have been natural for 3+ years, and the content of this book is still relevant for all of my natural hair care needs!! I only wish it had been around when I BC’ed!! Love you Nikki please keep up the good work!! Deb

 

1- Star Reviews from real customers (2 out of 4 comments)

Negative customer review from Bobby Ray 

  • Don’t Waste Your Money: I check this book out from my local library, save your money and do the same.
    All the information in the book can be found on CurlyNikki or any other natural hair blog. The photos & illustrations are in black and white and look cheap and tacky!
    The book covers big chopping, transitioning, 5yrs natural and natural kids but nothing for naturals that are regular folks with medium length strands. The book seem dated to me I wanted color photos of “hair porn” you get none of that.
    Bottom line dont waste your money, honey check it out if need be at your local library!

Negative customer review from Steph

  • Over-rated: It does not address enough about people with fine hair. Glad I was able to support a black author though. (Author note: Even the Science of Black Hair book got 2 bad reviews out of 400, someone will always complain, that’s life so take it for what it is. )

 

(See All of The Reviews for “Better Than Good Hair” Book Here)

Are Non-Black Women Flaunting Their Hair Or Just Being…. Women?

It’s like they automatically assume all black women are jealous and bald. My hair is to the middle of my back and I’m currently rocking a press. When I straighten my hair most people assume it’s a weave and these women at my college are a hot mess.

They will literally keep running their hands through their hair then look back at you, like you’re suppose to be upset. This is way to common and very annoying. Just had to rant, I know others have probably noticed this as well.


black women vs white womenLee’s Article Highlights: This was an interesting mini-rant I noticed the other day on the lipstick alley forum. I honestly have never heard of this “phenomena” (as one forum member called it), my first reaction is to think the original poster is being a bit over-reactive. Women fuss with their hair, it’s what they do. Just because someone with different hair from you fusses with it around you doesn’t mean they are trying to make a statement. There really is no statement to make.

I did take note that many of the other forum commenters didn’t notice this or think anything sinister was going on. Sometimes people need to worry about themselves more and not look for reasons to get upset. Don’t get me wrong,

I’m sure it has happened before, but to assume a woman flipping their hair is directly against you is as crazy as saying that every woman that flips her hair around me “wants me” (which some guys actually think, lol). Fussing with their hair is a what women do. No need to read more into it.

  • Many women in the forum thread said that they played with their hair all the time so they aren’t taking offense to someone of another race doing so.
  • Not to be discounted, many women identified with the mini-rant and said that they noticed this going on.
  • One of my favorite comments in the entire thread was ” LOL. To be honest I don’t typically pay attention to other women’s hair regardless of race. I prefer my natural hair so even if another woman was trying to flaunt her hair I wouldn’t have noticed because I wouldn’t have cared.” That’s what I’m hollerin’!

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The Work Of Art Known As Natural Black Hair

Beautiful black women are magic and their hair is gorgeous, what this beautiful black art represents is what we should have more of in the public eye to see.

And to think we have been brain-washed by western European standards into believing our hair is not “good”. I would love to see an exhibit on these pieces. I found an amazing thread started on Lipstick Alley back in September of 2014 and it’s still rolling along strong.

These ladies and gents have compiled a collection of stunning images depicting different artist interpretations of natural black hair.


Editor’s Note: The brilliantly colorful and sometimes even chilling pieces of art should really be seen by anyone who is a fan of natural hair. I hope you can check out these works of art, I promise you that you will be trying to find where you can buy some of these stunning pieces. And if you find out, you be sure to let me know. #teamnatural

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Abena Appiah Taking Natural Black Hair To The Miss Universe Stage!

By and large, people assume that a Black woman wearing her natural hair is making some sort of political statement, which is why I predict that depending on how far she advances in the competition, Abena Appiah’s coiffure will illicit no small buzz once the event is televised.

We shall see!

 


Editor’s Note: Abena Appiah's natural hairFrom www.mindofmalaka.com -When the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant comes around in a couple of weeks(Jan 25, Sunday), we will see something that has never been seen before in a beauty contest of this magnitude.

The beautiful Abena Appiah will be the first Ghanaian woman to compete while wearing her hair naturally.

In the past, it was the norm forn black beauty contestants to rock straight hair in order to fit in, well Abena will stand out from the crowd. There’s no doubt that Abena Appiah’s hair will be a central focus of attention and that’s a good thing.

Why? Because she’s showing women with her hair that they are also “universally” beautiful as their natural selves. I’ll be tuned in. Here are our article highlights:

  • The standard of beauty in Western culture is overwhelmingly Eurocentric, which makes her decision very notable.
  • We are approaching a point where natural hair is becoming more mainstream than ever.
  • Although it’s important, Abena Appiah is more than just her hair, she’s an excelling and intelligent academic student, as well as talented musician.

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Teacher Changes Student’s Unkempt Hair & Posts Pics To Facebook

Would you feel,”some kinda way” if your daughter’s teacher took it upon herself to change your child’s hair because her hair appeared unkempt?

What about if she posted before and after pics to her Facebook account?

There’s a picture (to the left, to the left…) going around the social media world right now of a young black girl who had her hair done (quite beautifully, I might add…) by her teacher in class because her hair had lint in it and it looked a bit uncared for.

It seems that the child’s teacher had her heart in the right place, she wanted the little girl to look good and feel good about herself.

She decided she would give the little girl a new “do” and brighten up her day. But if she had permission to do so or not is not very clear. And if she did have permission to do it, did she also have permission to post pics of the child on social media?

I’d think that would be more than a little bit embarrassing for the parents, even if they were happy about the hair help. Check out the Facebook post below.

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teacher does black childs natural hair at school facebookI have serious doubts that the little girl’s parent would take kindly to the description of her hair when she entered class, even if the description was somewhat accurate. She writes:

So one of my students came to school today with he hair full of knots, lent [sic], and ridiculously tangled. It looked like it hand’t been touched the entire holiday break…so my classroom became a salon. The photo on the left is before and the right after . It just broke my heart so badly that I refused to let her leave school today the same way she came. When I finished she looked at herself and said “aww so pretty”…the beauty is that she is normally non-verbal. So now I’m crying lol. My day has been made!

Do you think this teacher was out-of-line or just being a good-hearted helper to the child that couldn’t resist doing something nice?

I personally think she did a nice thing out of kindness when she did the girls hair, BUT, if she didn’t have permission she still was out-of-line. Even so, it was nice for the little girl, and probably very embarrassing to the parents.

Especially after it went viral on the net. At least the teacher didn’t show the girl’s face though.

In the end, the teacher should not be villianized for her actions, but she may want to be more conscious of her boundaries with other people’s children. And maybe the girl’s parents will be more conscious of getting the lint out of that baby’s hair before she goes into public.

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UPDATE! 11:45 AM 1/11/2015

Although we still have not heard anything from the parents, one woman is claiming to know the teacher and be a part of her Facebook group. She claims that the teacher had permission to do the girl’s hair as well as post pics of it online. This is just one woman’s claim, so take it for what it’s worth.

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What do you think about this situation? Comment below.

Why Wouldn’t I Love My Kinky Hair & Dark Skin???

I am a black woman. I have kinky hair. I have full lips. I have very dark skin. I do not have a complex about it. And yet, at every turn, I’ve been made to feel like I should.

I often feel as though people see me and then form a narrative in their heads of my self-esteem — a girl who grew up longing to be lighter skinned, who cried every night because she didn’t look like Beyonce, a girl who had to scratch and fight to get over feeling ugly because she felt her dark complexion wasn’t beautiful.


Comment Section Quote Of Note From Duni1:dark skinned black women “Oh thank goodness. I’m in the same boat. I’ve never thought myself as being or not looking better then someone else of lighter skin or less kinky hair, but you would think I might have a complex if you listen to media.
I like myself and my hair and for some reason it seems to undermine the belief that i must have some sort of color-self-hatred.
I mean I do, but its generally about my weight and the fact that I have no clue how to wear makeup but can do my nails like a pro.
Other people feel odd about my skin color and I’m just like… you know what… you can go ahead and carry that torch for me… I’m going to continue with my life.” Here are our article highlights:

  • In Ghana(African continent) there are large billboards that advertise lightening products like Fair & Lovely.
  • There is a kind of validation that comes with seeing people that look like you in the media you consume.
  • The assumption that everyone wants to have straight hair and light skin is false.

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