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adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
So I had this idea for a thread where curlies can leave tips on washing, moisturizing, styling ect. that they've developed over the years that might help someone else have an easier time.

My tip comes from me not being able to go more than 3 days without washing or cowashing but I got tired having to reapply all my products each time. This saves me time and money.

Tip 1 - I run my hair under the showerhead and get a good thorough rinse. This "reawakens" my gel. I run conditioner all through my hair. I DON'T PUT MY HAIR BACK UNDER THE WATER. For me at least, the water isn't strong enough to rinse the product out but the conditoner will. A little later I'll do my twists and the twistouts come out just as good as with the first product application. I don't even need to add any oil the second time.

* for me this method works good with gel but not always with curl cremes. sometimes I have to reapply cc but not as much as first time.

Hope this helps someone:king:
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  • L1S1L1S1 Posts: 91Registered Users
    Find the best product that works for you. It may be a boutique brand or a drugstore brand. The best curl defining products for me has been Salon Selectives Loosely Defining Creme (discontinued) and Black and Sassy Creamy Set. Good curl definition. Get out of the shower, apply products to wet hair and go get dressed.

    I find that clarifying my hair one a week is a good base to start the week. For me stripping my hair is not bad since I use moisturizers (Qhemet AOHC or BRBC) all week. I go for a soft and frizzy bun vs a defined but crunchy wash and go. AOHC and BRBC gives me soft but frizzy hair.

    I don't like hair types (too subjective) but for a 4ab in a high humidity area (70%) with high porosity cottony hair, I find that conditioner plus gel works better than moisturizer plus gel.
  • CerendipityCerendipity Posts: 5,091Registered Users
    when you have so many products from trying this and that, try them in different ways before you say it didnt work

    That pomade too greasy, well use it as a prepoo before you shampoo your hair.

    That Curl Creme didnt give you a great WnG, well use it for twists and seal with an oil based product to calm some of the frizzes

    That Conditioner didnt moisturize too well , add it to some left over henna or ayurvedic treatment to make a gloss

    That shampoo was too stripping , add a deep conditioner after instead of a rinse out conditioner
  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    That shampoo was too stripping , add a deep conditioner after instead of a rinse out conditioner

    What I also do is add conditioner to my hair with the shampoo. It makes a creamy low poo. It also helps get rid of conditioners you're not interested in anymore.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

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  • NaturalistaNaturalista Posts: 5,491Registered Users
    A lot of these products double as great body washes, lotions/butters, or shaving creams. Think on this when attempting to use up a product that didn't work for your hair. If you really can't use it, swap it out or donate it to a shelter for those in need.
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    LI/RO:BBB, CJ, SheaM, HEHIS, Garnier, KBN Shealoe, CD Chocolat, Oyin HH
    Styling: CJ, CR, UFD, Zuresh, Ecostyler,MJ
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  • LanishaLanisha Posts: 467Registered Users
    OH MY GAAAAAAWD finally someone created this thread because I am forever having moments where I stumble upon something that works and I want to share but I don't want to clog the boards with a billion brand new threads started by me. AWESOME!!!!

    My tip: I use Tresemme Naturals conditioner as my base condtioner when I'm trying to get rid of other conditioners that don't work as well or don't spread as easily, or don't have much slip. I use that to soften up my hair after the shampoo, and then when my hair feels "right" I add the other conditioner.

    I dunno, maybe a lame tip, but I just really wanted to be a part of this thread!
  • ebonyrose31626ebonyrose31626 Posts: 253Registered Users
    I section my hair into 6 bantu knots or something that looks alot like bantu knots. I undo one section and shampoo rinse then apply conditioner then rinse and move on to the next section.
    I like it better b/c the product isn't just sitting on my hair until I get to the next section. And my hair isn't shrinking more and more b/c it's in a bantu knot.
    I think I got this from Lisa Akbari's yt channel.
    4c wiry thick nappy low porosity hair
    Poo: SM black soap
    Rise out/Detangler:
    DC/: Avocado+ oil + Honey
    Spritz: Oyin J&B :love10:
    Moisturizer: OH Dew
    Sealant:BSP/Bask tapioca cream
  • ajnaajna Posts: 494Registered Users
    When you find something that works for you stick with it always thinking the next product will be better just adds aggravation and costs to much money.

    Also if you have 4a or 4b hair learn to detangle with your fingers and use the hair tools at a minimum. I love my denman and we do business about twice a month when I twist my hair, but I have noticed that without the comb and brushes and my hair has less knots and better curl definition.
  • coco_bunnycoco_bunny Posts: 216Registered Users
    don't be like me...finish the WHOLE bottle before you decided to stock up on 4 more, you may not like it as much in a month...lmao
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    Current Length: 12 inches
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  • greenandchicgreenandchic Posts: 2,584Registered Users
    For the moderate or hard core product junkies, make a spreadsheet of all your products: opened and unopened to keep track of clutter, force you to use what you have and save money not accidentally buying duplicates (especially perishable ones).

    Go on periodic no-buys (I need to do that for clutter control).
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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users
    coco_bunny wrote: »
    don't be like me...finish the WHOLE bottle before you decided to stock up on 4 more, you may not like it as much in a month...lmao

    I'm so guilty of this.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL
  • CerendipityCerendipity Posts: 5,091Registered Users
    Ebonyrose, thats how I wash and conditioner my hair except I use ponytail holders instead of the bantu knots



    another tip, JUST because your hair doesnt grow or look like some "famous" person you Stan for on a blog or YT doesnt mean your hair isnt GREAT.

    Work what you have and believe me the grass is not greener on the other side.


    People love my thick hair but sometimes when its 48 hours and my hair still isnt dry I want to chuck it across the room if I could
  • coco_bunnycoco_bunny Posts: 216Registered Users
    People love my thick hair but sometimes when its 48 hours and my hair still isnt dry I want to chuck it across the room if I could

    lmao that is me...I'm jealous of my BF hair, that can magically dry in 10 mins flat...if my hair could do that, I would have gone natural MUCH sooner.
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    Current Length: 12 inches
    TWO YEARS NATURAL! :occasion1:
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  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    If you remember nothing else, just know that oils do NOT moisturize your hair. If you use them by themselves, you'll only end up sealing in dryness. Which you don't want. You need to moisturize first, then seal with an oil. You can use plain water, a leave-in, or a product designed as a moisturizer to moisturize with.
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    BC'd: 9/18/09
    Co-wash: Suave Naturals, HEHH, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle, CJ Daily Fix
    Leave-In: KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Stylers: ORS Twist and Loc Gel, KCCC, Ecostyler, SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque
    Deep Conditioner: DevaCurl Heaven In Hair, CJ Deep Fix

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  • ttlollattlolla Posts: 948Registered Users
    Don't shampoo like they do in tv adverts... It only makes your hair tangle more

    Try detangling in sections, it could improve your routine and reduce detangling time.

    Start and master the basics of your hair (clean, moisturise, keep the moisture and strengthen) before branching into other things including various methods, techniques e.t.c


    That's what I've learnt anyway :)
  • LolaKinkzLolaKinkz Posts: 1,198Registered Users
    ttlolla wrote: »
    Don't shampoo like they do in tv adverts... It only makes your hair tangle more

    Try detangling in sections, it could improve your routine and reduce detangling time.

    Start and master the basics of your hair (clean, moisturise, keep the moisture and strengthen) before branching into other things including various methods, techniques e.t.c


    That's what I've learnt anyway :)
    +1000 This!!!! Everything in sections, it will save you alot of heart ache.
    BC: June 16th 2010
    TYPE: 4a/b; color treated, nml-high porosity; fine w/ med density
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  • 3c4d7zwhatevs3c4d7zwhatevs Posts: 1,589Registered Users
    Lanisha wrote: »
    OH MY GAAAAAAWD finally someone created this thread because I am forever having moments where I stumble upon something that works and I want to share but I don't want to clog the boards with a billion brand new threads started by me. AWESOME!!!!

    My tip: I use Tresemme Naturals conditioner as my base condtioner when I'm trying to get rid of other conditioners that don't work as well or don't spread as easily, or don't have much slip. I use that to soften up my hair after the shampoo, and then when my hair feels "right" I add the other conditioner.

    I dunno, maybe a lame tip, but I just really wanted to be a part of this thread!
    No this is so not lame! This is what I do. I am trying to get rid of some conditioners that do not detangle well, but don't suck, so I add my TN, finger detangle, and the add the other condish and get it thoroughly into my hair because the TN has paved the way. SOOOO not lame.

    Um, my only tip is not to make your hair the center of your world and don't take every new "thing" as gospel. While being natural may be new to some, it is not new to everyone and every "new" thing does not excite old heads. But don't let that stop you from doing you. And don't let that feed into some notion that old naturals don't like you. We don't care. And I don't mean that in a bad way. For some of us it's just hair and doesn't warrant the conversation or overthinking that some tend toward.
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  • coco_bunnycoco_bunny Posts: 216Registered Users
    here's another tip:

    don't write off products because they are not marketed towards your hair type. I've found plenty of staple products, that are more marketed towards hair of different ethnicity's or texture. There's nothing wrong with using "white girl" product or "black girl" product as long as they work for YOU.

    also...this thread should be a sticky, I think it would clear up some newbie advice threads that are all the same topic. And help new members from having to sift through hundreds of threads to find out the basics.
    BC ~ August 2010 ~ GOAL ~ hip/tail bone length :love4:
    Current Length: 12 inches
    TWO YEARS NATURAL! :occasion1:
    3b/3c VERY naturally porous hair
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  • greenandchicgreenandchic Posts: 2,584Registered Users
    Ebonyrose, thats how I wash and conditioner my hair except I use ponytail holders instead of the bantu knots



    another tip, JUST because your hair doesnt grow or look like some "famous" person you Stan for on a blog or YT doesnt mean your hair isnt GREAT.

    Work what you have and believe me the grass is not greener on the other side.


    People love my thick hair but sometimes when its 48 hours and my hair still isnt dry I want to chuck it across the room if I could

    My hair is thick and will dry in 15 minutes if I'm not careful, LOL. That brings me to my next tip:

    How you care for your hair and the products you use all depends on your hair texture, density, and porosity, not curl pattern. Pay more attention to the characteristics of your hair and less on the curl size or definition.
    APL BSL MBL WL HL TBL | porous, fine/medium strands, medium density
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  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    #1 - cover your hair at night or at least pull it up (this can be done in a cute way).

    #2 - massage your scalp with the tips of your fingers often.

    #3 - don't get down about a bad hair day or even a bad hair phase, everybody has them! bobby pins, head bands and even scarves can be your best friend. this too shall pass and for every problem there is a solution!

    #3 - this one is just my pet peeve having been natural over 12 years, don't talk bad about your own hair!! saying stuff like "girl my hair bad", "my hair looks a fool" and "i'd trade my hair for yours", etc is just bad energy. nice to admire others hair, okay to realize you're having a bad hair day (see above) but nothing good can come of you bashing yourself, bad karmic energy.

    #4 - oh and one more tip, everybody does not want or is not receptive to natural hair education. in those cases, don't take it personal, come here or go to other blogs/boards to talk hair with those that are of like mind.
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  • tnaturaltnatural Posts: 362Registered Users
    Buy sample or smaller size (whenever possible) products before committing to fuller bottles. You will thank yourself if the products turn out to be crap.

    When you find a good moisturizer or leave-in, gel can be your best friend.

    Let the conditioner sit on your hair before detangling. I had to learn that the hard way.

    When shampooing your hair use your fingertips to scrub not your nails.

    Rub your fingers with a little oil or pomade when taking your twists out.
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  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    Tip 1- If you do a braid out, twist the last 1/2 inch of hair. This will make it much easier to take your hair down.

    Tip 2 - At the very end of your twists make a finger curl with your finger. This will improve the look of your ends when you take your hair down.

    Tip 3 - As your hair gets longer, there will be more hazards. Example, if you go dancing or do some aerobic exercising, you might want to avoid those big dangly earings that have anything that might catch hook in your hair hair. I had to cut my hair once after zumba class because my earing got so tangled. Now I either put my hair up or I wear studs or basic hoops. I've also had problems with some long necklaces that you have to pull over your head getting caught in my hair too.
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  • greenandchicgreenandchic Posts: 2,584Registered Users
    Know your rinse out conditioners...

    If tangles and/or dryness is a problem, don't be afraid to use a generous amount of conditioner. Sometimes its better to use a lot of a cheaper conditioner than scrimp one that cost more. And sometimes its better to splurge on a richer conditioner that may last longer than one of a similar size that cost less. As a frequent cowasher (about 2-3x week) I go though more conditioner than any other hair product and I have one for each purpose: Cowashers, after shampoo conditioners, deep conditioners, conditioners I use to mix products with to make deep conditioners or henna glosses.

    Mixing conditioners - (Sauve, V05) $1-2
    Cowashers - (Trader Joes, Garnier, Tresemme) $5
    Deep Conditioners (Curl Junkie, Loreal, etc) $7 - $22

    Mixing oils, light butters, and other kitchen items in my cheap conditioners to make it into a DC can be a huge money saver. As your hair gets longer (if you allow it) rinse out and leave in conditioners will be your biggest purchase. Stylers eventually become more of a splurge or "condiment" to your hair care needs.
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  • ttlollattlolla Posts: 948Registered Users
    This thread has already been useful to me, I won't be trashing my conditioners so quickly now
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    ttlolla wrote: »
    This thread has already been useful to me, I won't be trashing my conditioners so quickly now

    oh no girl, trash nothing!! worse case gift your unwanted products.
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    please recycle, it matters...
    i change lives...through fitness
    i'm more relaxed being natural
  • reallynowreallynow Posts: 3Registered Users
    adthomas wrote: »
    Tip 1- If you do a braid out, twist the last 1/2 inch of hair. This will make it much easier to take your hair down.

    Tip 2 - At the very end of your twists make a finger curl with your finger. This will improve the look of your ends when you take your hair down.

    Tip 3 - As your hair gets longer, there will be more hazards. Example, if you go dancing or do some aerobic exercising, you might want to avoid those big dangly earings that have anything that might catch hook in your hair hair. I had to cut my hair once after zumba class because my earing got so tangled. Now I either put my hair up or I wear studs or basic hoops. I've also had problems with some long necklaces that you have to pull over your head getting caught in my hair too.


    +10000 When I finally started doing the bolded my braid and twist outs were soooo much better and my ends were not frizzy!
  • FronomenalFronomenal Posts: 712Registered Users
    If you want to learn your hair at the start of your journey, start a hair journal. I started one without thinking much of it--I had a Word document with haircare techniques and hairstyles to try. It makes the trial-and-error phase a lot more straightforward. Here is a link that might help : (Getting It Down On Paper: Keeping a Hair Journal Tips, Ideas & How to Get Started | Little Golden Lamb)
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    Conditioner: As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner &
    Tresemme Botanique Nourish and Replenish Conditioner
    Leave-In Conditioner: As I Am Leave-In Conditioner & Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner
    Moisturizer: As I Am DoubleButter Cream Rich Daily Moisturizer
    Oils/Butters: Coconut Oil & Castor Oil
    Gels: Eco Styler Krystal Gel


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  • LanishaLanisha Posts: 467Registered Users
    For anyone making a feaux version of the Terressentials mud wash, making it in a blender eliminates all lumps! Doing it with a spoon or even a hand mixer never worked, but the blender did the trik. Not ONE lump, and MUCH quicker!
  • LanishaLanisha Posts: 467Registered Users
    I just detangled my whole head with a spray bottle filled with aloe vera juice, water, and apple cider vinegar. Toward the end I used just water and acv.

    SOOoo, this detangler could work for SOMEONE :)

    P.S. My curls also clumped and were defined before I put product on them using this.

    I did top it off with Miss Jessie's curly pudding because I knew the strong grape smell would cover the acv.
  • steph35steph35 Posts: 176Registered Users
    Detangles the whole head, you say? I shall try this mixture, madam:blob4:
    french/black american 3b/3c/4a hair; fine n crrrrrrly
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    rinse out/leave in conditioner~ Tresemme Moisture,GVP Balm, Suave Shea and Almond
    Deep Con and Detangling~ Mixed Silk,Elasta QP (now with olive oil!)
    Stylers/Oils~ SheaMoisture DTM, Africa's Best Herbal Oil, ,Grapeseed oil/Tresemme Thermal Spray (great for diffusing/heat) all shea oils
  • sassywillowsassywillow Posts: 829Registered Users
    That shampoo was too stripping , add a deep conditioner after instead of a rinse out conditioner

    What I also do is add conditioner to my hair with the shampoo. It makes a creamy low poo. It also helps get rid of conditioners you're not interested in anymore.
    +1. My trick too.
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