Every month more than 1.6 million people visit Reddit.com to give and receive advice, share opinions, and make connections. It’s a great place to find tips for keeping your curls and coils healthy and beautiful. If you are new to Reddit, you will need to create an account by going to Reddit, and then clicking the "Sign Up" button. After creating a profile and verifying your email address you can then subscribe to natural hair communities such as:
The following are some of the best kept secrets from these forums.
Chebe powder from Chad
Chebe powder is used by the Basara Arab women of Chad for longer, stronger hair. This powder contains a mix of ingredients including: African shrub, cherry seeds, tree sap, clove, and other herbs to promote hair health.
To use chebe powder:
Mix the powder with enough conditioner to make a paste.Coat your hair with the paste, and cover with a plastic cap, if desired. Leave the mixture on for 90 minutes. Rinse out.
For optimum hair health, reapply every three to five days.
The Great Detangler by Taliah Waajid
This product is a find. It can be used as a co-wash or a leave-in, has great slip for detangling and can even be applied as a daily moisturizer. Bonus: you can mix it with olive or coconut oil to lock in the moisture, too! Find it here.
The Anthony Dickey method
Famed hairstylist Anthony Dickey has a method for creating moisturized curls and coils using a co-wash and gel. It can be used by all the hair types but is especially beneficial for women with tighter coils. The method’s claim to fame is that it simplifies the wash and go—no twist out or other setting required. He says that tighter curl patterns benefit from doing this method daily.
To do the Anthony Dickey method:
- Thoroughly saturate your hair with water.
- Use a generous amount of conditioner to coat your strands, and then detangle with your fingers.
- Rinse out the conditioner and then apply a conditioning styling gel.
- Shake your head vigorously for a few seconds. Voila! Coils for days.
Wild Growth hair oil
This product contains a blend of oils and herbs that help to promote hair growth. A few drops massaged into the scalp a few times a week is all that’s needed. It can also be used on your brows and lashes.
Cosmopolitan calls this app the “Instagram for natural hair”. Get ready to be inspired by hairstyles from around the world. When you see a look you like, you can find all the information you need to reproduce it—from salon to products used.
The second powder to make this list, amla, or Indian Gooseberry, is grown in South Asia and parts of Africa. Some of its benefits include helping to reduce male and female pattern baldness and graying hair. If you use colored henna on your hair, it can also help to mute some of the red tones.
The perfect three-strand twist-out
If you want bouncy, gorgeous curls that last, this twist-out is for you. As its name would imply, three strands are used to create the twists. See a demo and description by Naptural85.
To learn more about the three-strand twist out, join the discussion by clicking here.
You can also find great convos and lots of tips at NaturallyCurly’s own CurlTalk — register today!