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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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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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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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This thread has already been useful to me, I won't be trashing my conditioners so quickly now
This thread has already been useful to me, I won't be trashing my conditioners so quickly now
Originally Posted by ttlolla
oh no girl, trash nothing!! worse case gift your unwanted products.
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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.
Originally Posted by adthomas

+10000 When I finally started doing the bolded my braid and twist outs were soooo much better and my ends were not frizzy!
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)
Big Chop: 12/15/08

Detangle: Nature's Gate Hemp Nourishing Conditioner

Cleanse: SM Deep Cleansing Shampoo
Leave-In Condition: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner
Moisturize: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Oils/Butters: Parachute Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Njoi Creations Ayurvedic Hair Butter;
Gels Eco Styler Krystal Gel


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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!
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.
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Detangles the whole head, you say? I shall try this mixture, madam
That shampoo was too stripping , add a deep conditioner after instead of a rinse out conditioner
Originally Posted by Cerendipity
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.
Originally Posted by afrosheenqueen
+1. My trick too.
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Know your ingredients. Google is a wonderful tool to find out what a product/ingredient really does as opposed to what the maker says it will do. I am so much smarter than I was when I started my natural hair journey.
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Ah...to be a well pampered pootiecat. I can sleep on my owner's lap. Roll over on my back when I want my stomach rubbed. Purr with delight. Suddenly jump off and walk away for no reason. Not respond when I am called. Throw my leg up and lick with intense abandon. Sleep 85% of the time. Hang my head off the couch and view the world upside down.
Know your ingredients. Google is a wonderful tool to find out what a product/ingredient really does as opposed to what the maker says it will do. I am so much smarter than I was when I started my natural hair journey.
Originally Posted by sassywillow
True. You wont believe how much headache and time you'll save yourself.
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For anybody who wants their hair to hang, I tried naptura85's method of doing her hair after a wash which is to apply her creamy shea mixture on damp hair and the flax gel over it (i know she doesn't always do this depending on the style). My hair remained stretched. My hair is wavy now, as opposed to curly. I don't love it (i like a tighter texture), but for people who want something to weigh your hair down, try it.
For anybody who wants their hair to hang, I tried naptura85's method of doing her hair after a wash which is to apply her creamy shea mixture on damp hair and the flax gel over it (i know she doesn't always do this depending on the style). My hair remained stretched. My hair is wavy now, as opposed to curly. I don't love it (i like a tighter texture), but for people who want something to weigh your hair down, try it.
Originally Posted by Lanisha
Is that her video on how she washes her hair or another?
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For anybody who wants their hair to hang, I tried naptura85's method of doing her hair after a wash which is to apply her creamy shea mixture on damp hair and the flax gel over it (i know she doesn't always do this depending on the style). My hair remained stretched. My hair is wavy now, as opposed to curly. I don't love it (i like a tighter texture), but for people who want something to weigh your hair down, try it.
Originally Posted by Lanisha
Is that her video on how she washes her hair or another?
Originally Posted by gagirl09

I'm pretty sure it's another. But i can't figure but which one. I just remember it from a while back. Im pretty positive it was one clean damp hair though, from what i do remember.
dont spend alot of money on the next best thing products, if you have a cheapie product that gets the job done.

my favorite is suaves naturals conditioners... coconut, and sweet pea, water fall (all types of flavors I call them) and I dont use shampoo

this conditioner gives lots and lots of slip, and a shower comb (not a regular wide tooth comb, but a shower comb) makes the perfect marriage.

since this conditioner is a little over one dollar, use alot, your hair will thank you, detangling will be a breeze, and softness is not an issue....
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So i just:

Put conditioner in my hair after getting out of the shower, A TON of it, a FAT palmful for each section. then took a spray bottle filled with HOT water and sprayed that a section and scrunched til the conditioner was mad foamy and my hair was reeeeally squishy. Then I took my detangling tool and combed RIGHT through my hair--like BUTTA!!!!!!!! I did a full on happy dance, because I have SEVERE detangling drama every wash. I was amazed....i have not bern able to detangle my hair in 4 sections in nearly a year before I stopped flat ironing. Try it. Something about it was just so much more effective than standing under the stream of water in the shower. I have hair that i USUALLY have to detangle in one inch sections! Not today!!
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When getting dressed, keep your satin scarf/bonnet on. This will keep your hair from getting messed up. You can also do the same thing while putting on a headband to prevent it from messing your hair.
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Big Chop: 12/15/08

Detangle: Nature's Gate Hemp Nourishing Conditioner

Cleanse: SM Deep Cleansing Shampoo
Leave-In Condition: Alba Botanica Leave-In Conditioner
Moisturize: Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Oils/Butters: Parachute Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Njoi Creations Ayurvedic Hair Butter;
Gels Eco Styler Krystal Gel


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Last edited by Fronomenal; 09-25-2011 at 11:23 PM.
I've been having trouble getting my hard hat dryer to get heat to the lower back of my hair. Everything I sit is on is too high or too low and I can't get under it good.

I was thinking about buying a new rolling dryer from Sally's even though my dryer is almost new. I remembered reading somewhere a suggestion on using a tv tray. I bought one last night and it's just the right height to let my head get good under the dryer. I had the best results ever with my curlformers. The back dried great.

So I spent $8 on a tv tray that was on sale at Target versus $88 for a rolling dryer that was on sale at Sallys.
Hope this helps.
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