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DIY: Lemon Coconut Shampoo… What a Treat!




I put the lemon in the coconut and mix it all up!

I was on, when I came across this delicious recipe that I just had to share with my Curls. This shampoo is easy to make, free of parabens, sulfates and it is infused with essential oils.

Check out the recipe below:


Organic shampoo base (most health food stores and Amazon sell it)
Organic coconut oil
Lemon essential oil


-Measure out your shampoo base. For an 8 oz container use about 1 cup.
-Add 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil.
-Stir in the coconut oil slowly until your base turns to an opaque stale-like color.
-Add about 20 drops of the lemon essential oil (use more or less depending on how strong you’d like it to be).

To read more of the steps, click HERE 

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Are You Washing Your Hair Properly? Check Out Great Washing Techniques HERE



By: Tawanda Johnson (TJLuvsbeingnatural)

As with most things when it comes to natural hair, there are various ways that you can effectively wash your tresses.  Preferences are typically dependent on hair length and texture. One of the first and most important things to understand when it comes to washing natural hair is why ordinary shampoo is not the ideal choice.

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Tips & Tricks for the New Natural

These are little tips I have acquired during my time as a natural and during the research I did before my big chop! I wish I had a list like this for me, so I thought I’d provide one!

  1. Dry your hair with a t-shirt, instead of a towel, for less frizz when your hair finally dries.
  2. While we are on the topic of drying hair…….Pat dry don’t rub dry, to avoid frizz.
  3. I thought this was a myth, but no, really, invest in a spray bottle for your water – They were not kidding.
  4. You won’t need to clip your ends as much as you probably think. Trimming, if you are properly caring for your hair, should come as much as a blue moon. To retain length, trims should be very few and far between.
  5. Finger detangle because combs should be your last resort. We have pretty little combs attached to our wrists thanks for the Man above, use them!
  6. You really only need water, a butter, an oil (and possibly a gel) — All of the rest of the products are excess.
  7. Beware of the product junkie lifestyle, it is so easy to slide into if you don’t do you research first and control your habits.
  8. Take pictures of your hair, trust me with this, because you eventually will see the progress and be so happy you did! Staring at yourself in the mirror everyday you won’t notice growth as much as if you document with photos!
  9. Develop a routine, but know that eventually this will have to change. Be willing to adapt.
  10. Heat damage is not a myth. That is all.
  11. Denman brushes are a beautiful thing. For some reason, brushing through my hair with a Denman accentuates my curls and I get to look and adore them every time.
  12. Do not overuse shampoo. It dries your hair out, use sparingly.
  13. Be careful with those edges! Especially when doing buns and pull back styles.
  14. Coating your hands with an oil while taking down protective styles will reduce frizz.
  15. Get enough water to drink throughout your normal day, it helps with, not only your body, but also your hair.
  16. Though you want to protect your entire hair strand, focus on the end, which is the oldest part and most prone to breaking.
  17. Condition and wash the hair while they are in twists to be time efficient.
  18. A good way to judge if the water is too hot for your hair — If the water is too hot for the back of your hand, it’s too hot for your hair.
  19. Figuring out your hairtype can be mildly stressful, expect this and mentally prepare.
  20. Take your twists out at the bottom, then unravel, to reduce frizz.
  21. Take the time to learn when it is time to clip ends: I  mostly know by when they cant be tamed, are always puffy and dry, and I see physical splits.
  22. When you shampoo, it is 80% scalp and 20% hair strands. Once again, shampoo will dry your hair out, be weary.
  23. Experimentation is healthy. Be brave.
  24. Look for water based products.
  25. If I haven’t said it enough already: Water, water, water.

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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?


Hey Curlies!

I was on, and I ran across a great article on when to cleanse your hair. I know for many of us we wash our hair every day, week, or whenever we feel the need to refresh our scalp.  Shampooing seems like such a simple task, but in actuality there is a science behind it. Check out the article below and let me know your thoughts!




What makes your hair feel dirty?

Sebaceous glands are to blame! Sebaceous glands are glands in our skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate our skin and hair. These glands are connected to an individual hair follicle. They are responsible for secreting sebum, the natural oils that moisturize and waterproof your skin and hair. This is why our hair can feel or look dirty.

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Thick hair or tight curls and kinks

Shampooing can be the last thing on your mind, since you only need to wash your hair about once a week (and sometimes less)! Your hair doesn’t feel dirty easily, so you don’t need to cleanse it until it feels dirty. Daily washing is a bad idea because your hair would be way too dry.

You have the luxury of waiting a number of days until you feel like it needs washing again. To refresh in between washes, try a dry shampoo or conditioner. Co-washing is a great option for those with thick, coarse hair.

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Medium curls, kinks and waves

You can afford to shampoo every few days. If you skip a day, no need to worry because your curls will look great with a little refreshing! Curls look great and the texture will work well with a small amount of oil in your hair. Low shampoos or a shampoo baris great for you.

Make sure to pineapple to help you achieve better second day hair. If you work out a lot, you may need to co-wash (wash with conditioner) in between shampoos. You can also water wash between co-washes. Water washing means that you massage your scalp using just water, no shampoo, cleanser or conditioner. Some people do this in between their co-washes/shampoos.



Fine curls and waves

You have a fine hair texture; by the evening your hair seems oily and you use styling products daily.

Your curly locks will look their best if you shampoo every day. Your wave or fine hair will sparkle with daily washed hair. It’s not your style to have oily texture, so it’s best to keep it clean. To avoid drying out your locks, make sure to moisturize with a good conditioner! Think about how much this is going to cut down on your bathroom time!


There’s more to it…

Your curl pattern most likely falls within one or more of the curl patterns we just mentioned, but there’s more to it than curl pattern. Your individual porosity, your city’s water qualities and your hair care needs will all affect how often you wash your hair.

Ultimately, wash and condition your hair based on how greasy or dry your hair feels, and use these tips as guidelines.



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A Recipe For Healthy Hair (Tips On How To Maintain Healthy Hair)


More and more women are embracing the beauty of their natural hair textures.  Whether

you’re wearing fro’s, braids, twist, locs, or straight styles; you need to know the basics on

how to keep your natural hair gorgeous.


Use sulfate-free moisturizing shampoos, and shampoo your hair at least once every two



Deep conditioners after every shampoo and get hot oil treatments, to help seal in moisture

at least once a month.  You can use light weight creams, or natural oils such as: olive or

coconut oil for natural styles. Only use oils for straight styles because most creams are water

based and may revert your straight hairstyles.

Check out more tips here

Ladies what are your healthy hair care tips?



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Why Does My Scalp Get So Dry & Itchy, How Do I Manage My Dandruff?

Dry & Itchy Scalp can become a major issue if its not handled properly. Dry Scalp/ Dandruff

is a result caused by an over-growth of yeast/ fungus called Pityrosporum ovale.  It is also

due to inflammation. It is usually triggered or worsened by stress… poor sleeping habits..

and other health issues.

Check out this issue of Natura Magazine to gain advice from Dermatologist Michael Asbury

on how to manage Dry Scalp/Dandruff. (here)

Also check out these Dry Scalp and Effective Oil remedies…. via (curlynikki)

Dry Scalp Remedies:

  • Spritzing– Make a simple hair spritz. This spritz can be as simple as water and tea tree oil (rose oil is great too) or your can use a store bought spray leave-in conditioner. Just spritz your scalp throughout the week, when your scalp looks dry or gets itchy. Make sure, whatever you use doesn’t have heavy oils that could cause build up, you want it to be a light spray that your scalp can absorb. (this may also be a great alternative to greasing the scalp.) 
  • Balanced Diet– Eat a well balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and raw vegetables. Limit the amount of starches, fatty and processed foods and drink plenty of water. 
  • Scalp Massage- Using the pads of your fingers, apply oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed. Also work some oil along the length of your hair. Then, using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp, using circular motions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation. 
  • Co-Washing- Co-washing is simply washing the hair with conditioner (usually something inexpensive like Suave or even WhiteRain). This allows you to hydrate your scalp and rinse some oils and dirt off of your hair. The amount of times you need to co-wash a week depends on your hair needs. 3 to 4 times a week is a great start, just increase or decrease from there.
Effective Oils:
  • Grapeseed oil- Grapeseed oil is rich with antioxidants and has many beneficial properties for the hair and scalp. It is easily absorbed into the body and is good for people with sensitive skin because of its non-allergenic properties. 
  • Jojoba oil- Jojoba oil is great for hair that is dry or damaged, and it helps to moisturize and protect hair follicles against factors that cause hair loss. Apply jojoba oil after washing and towel drying your hair. Leave in the hair for at least 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse. 
  • Coconut oil- Coconut oil works to condition, protect and moisturize your scalp, helping to promote healthy, growing hair.  
  • Rosemary oil- Rosemary is an excellent herb for hair health. It can promote hair growth. Research reveals its cancer-inhibiting effect, in addition to being a natural circulatory stimulant. In a bowl, put 2 tablespoons dried rosemary and 1 / 2 cup olive oil. Heat it in microwave for 2 minutes. Let it stand for 2 or 3 days. Strain and pour into a bottle. Massage the scalp with this oil after shampooing.





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Do You Exfoliate Your Scalp?

via Just Curlz
Most of us exfoliate our face, our hands, our feet, our neck… but have you ever considered exfoliating your scalp? We all tend to buy the requisite shampoos, conditioners and various stylers. But how often do you think about your scalp? Do you massage it? Exfoliate it? Most of you would answer a ‘NO’ for this. Did you know that our scalp is one of the most neglected parts of our body? Our hair is rooted in the scalp, so it’s kind of important.  Neglecting your scalp can result in severe hair damage and premature hair loss. After all, it’s the scalp that provides all the necessary nutrients to the hair root to make your hair more healthy and strong. So let’s give it some TLC!
The purpose for exfoliating your scalp is the same as exfoliating your face, which is to remove the dead cells, which tend to accumulate and cause problems. The funny part, is that the most common reason behind dead skin and gunk on the scalp is the use of products which supposedly are used for boosting good hair health! Usage of hair gels, and not thoroughly rinsing away shampoo and that delicious deep conditioner, can all result in the accumulation of left over sediment on the scalp. This can create problems like itchiness, dandruff, flakiness, and dryness; which ultimately results in preventing the hair from receiving proper nourishment for continued hair growth. Gently exfoliating your scalp at least once a week can also increase circulation to the hair follicles which will definitely prove to be beneficial for healthy hair growth. The process is very simple and can be done before, during, or after you shampoo or condition your hair.

On the market, there are scalp exfoliating treatments and scalp exfoliators such as-
1. Carols Daughter Scalp Exfoliating Treatment 2. My Honey Child’s Honey Bee Sweet Scalp Exfoliater 3. Organic Root Stimulator Scalp Scrub 4. Jane Carter Scalp Renew

Or you can choose to create your own scalp scrub. The most popular do it yourself (DIY) recipe is the brown sugar scalp scrub (look for fine granules!) but there are other DIY recipes as well-
1. White sugar and Jojoba Scrub 2. Molasses Sugar scrub 3. Crushed Almond Scalp Exfoliator 4. Oatmeal Scalp Scrub
Keep in mind that when you do exfoliate your scalp, that it must be done gently. Whether you are using a store brought scalp scrub or using a DIY mix, you can cause tears and damage to the scalp when you scrub aggressively or roughly with fingernails. Always scrub gently with the pads of your fingertips.

Do you exfoliate your scalp?
If so, do you use a store bought scalp scrub or do you prefer to create your own?
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Product Review: Ouidad’s Curl Recovery ( Ultra- Nourishing Cleansing Oil)


Price: 25.00

Size: 8.5 oz.

Purchased At: Ouidad

Product Description: 

Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil is a foaming, water-activated cleanser with an advanced oil base that gently removes dirt and build-up while restoring essential moisture. Our proprietary CR-4 Repair Complex™ – including nutrient-rich Mafura Butter and Kalahari Melon Seed Oil – envelopes the hair shaft with a cushion-like coating of concentrated fatty acids that are vital to rebuilding, nourishing and protecting hair in need of repair. Silk proteins and coconut oils bind to the cuticle to sustain hydration and resist damage while

enhancing body and shine.


 Recommended For: Tight Curly or Kinky Hair
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate , Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Propanediol, Panthenol, Glycerin ,Trichilia Emetica Seed Butter , Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Oil, Panthenol, Glycerin , Starch Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 20, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Oriza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Silicone Quaternium-8, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Pulp Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Citric Acid, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)
My Uses:  Shampooing my hurr !!!
My experience: I’m like a huge fan of the Ouidad line, so its no surprise that I have fallen
head over heels in love with their new Curl Recovery shampoo.  My mother introduced me to
the product about a month ago when I was on my way to Los Angeles for my great-grandmothers
funeral. I generally always have a problem with my hair being super dry, especially with having
blonde hair.   I’m always trying to find shampoos that add moisture to my hair and enhance the
appearance of my color. When I first tried this shampoo, I couldn’t believe how great
my hair felt during, and also days after using it. I love the fact that the shampoo is oil-based
so it removes all the buildup off my hair and scalp, and then it restores essential oils back to
my hair.  After using the shampoo, my curls are always super fabulous and my color looks
better than ever.   The only downside to the product is that its kind of on the expensive side,
and the bottle is not super huge. But you don’t have to use large amounts of the product
because it lathers up really well. I usually just pour a quarter size amount into my hand.
Recommendation: I definitely recommend this product. Its a great shampoo for dry, and
damaged hair. I wouldn’t lie to y’al !!!l Try it out and let me know what ya think
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Loc Maintenance: 101

Overview of the basic problems maintaining dreads

1. Frizziness – This is caused by little hairs escaping from the main dread body. This is unavoidable. Every time you put stress on your dreads, like say, sleeping, you will pull some out. Over time they build up, and you have a pretty frizzy head of hair. This frizz is ultimately useful, because when you go in for your 3 month root maintenance appointment, I will have hairs to fix them with. In the meantime you have to control them and make them look like they belong to your head. Do not ever use anything on your dreads (especially baby dreads) that has conditioners in it. On commercial shampoos, look at the ingredients list and if you see “PEG- (number)” – that is a conditioner. It will loosen your dreads and undo them over time. Organic products are harder to spot, but will usually state on the bottle that they “loosen, detangle, condition, straighten, etc”. Stay away from those.

2. Tightness – You need to keep your dreads tight. Once they lock up well (a nice tight core of hair that seems pretty hard and firm) they are pretty much indestructible, but you have to nurture them to get them there. Baby dreads are most vulnerable when exposed to water. Every time you wash your hair, and muss everything up by drying it, or standing out in the rain the dread bodies will start to loosen. There are pros and cons to this. If you let your hair air dry after a careful towel drying of squeezing them like delicate little sponges, the drying process will tighten the dread up. There are various products that will help tightening detailed below.

3. Smell – The basic and obvious problem is that you have tight wads of hair, that are not well aired, holding onto what ever soaked into them last. On a day-to-day basis this is just body oils. If you are using hair products – it will be the chemical, scents, and oils from these that will be trapped in the dreads (which may be a good or bad thing). This is why you want to be careful what you put on your head, and what you wash with. Another thing to note in the smell department, is that natural oils have a natural smell to them (which may be good or bad). They also go rancid when exposed to air to long. So there is a delicate balance between using hair care products, shampooing and leaving it alone. Keep in mind that most scented products are meant to be put on loose hair, and the perfumes dissipate somewhat quickly. On dreads, they get trapped, and you live with them for a lot longer. Another thing to consider that is a real wild-card is your body’s PH level. Mine will not be the same as yours. Products that go smelling funky on me may be great on you.

4.Moisturizing – At some point your dreads will get dry, too dry. This is where you need to use some type of oil. Oils like hemp, jojoba, olive, almond, etc. go bad when exposed to air. For those of you who don’t know what rancid smells like, I’d describe it as a dusty, sharp, sour note on top of the oil smell. If you leave a stick of butter out in the air for a day or two, smell it, and you’ll probably not want to eat it. Essential oils, like lavender, tea tree, mint, jasmine, etc. (the little bottles that cost a lot) will not go rancid and will do a great job on your hair and make you smell nice. You can mix them in water in a spray bottle, and spray your hair all over and in on your scalp once a day. This will give your dry dreads the little bit of oil they need, it won’t go rancid, and you won’t overload your hair with oils, which can get kind of gross. For those of you who are having itchy scalp, tea tree oil applied to your scalp, will work wonders.


How often you wash your hair is up to you and the amount of body oils you create. If it stinks, wash it. I do mine every month. A friend of mine does hers every 7 days. Totally up to you. Everyday washing however, will be pretty hard on your dreads, and they will start to come out. Keeping your hair vaguely wet all the time could open you up to mildew problems. You should shoot to have your hair dry in a half a day. After drying it with a towel, and squeezing it out like a long sponge, let it air dry (it will tighten). If your hair is staying wet for more than a day, you’ll start to have mildew problems. Your air will smell like old books, moldy bread, damp rotting newspapers, etc. Washing it well, using tea tree oil should clear this up, and then make sure you get your hair dry. Resort to light blow-drying in the end.

BTW- when you wash your hair, do it gently. Work in the directions of the dreads, and squeeze lightly to get the shampoo into the dread bodies. Gently rinse, and squeeze the soap out. You can’t scrub your head like you used to. As your dreads mature you can be rougher on them.

Knotty Boy: Made specifically for dreads, this shampoo is a bar soap, that you wet, scrub up some suds and go at your hair. It’s fairly drying, which is good, it cuts grease well, and it rinses out residue free. It has a natural oils smell that are a bit “homesteady”. I found that the shampoo worked well.

Dr Bronner’s Natural Castile Soap: Comes in a number of scents, has no conditioners, and is fantastic. You can find it at most natural food stores. It comes with some essential oils built in. Good stuff

Commercial Shampoos: Most of them aren’t going to work. They all have conditioners in them. Even if the front of the bottle says it doesn’t, turn it over and look at the ingredients list. If you see one mention of PEG, it’s got conditioners. The perfumes they use will linger longer and stronger than you will want (unless you have no nose).

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Home Remedies: Apple Cider Vinegar Can Improve Your Dry Scalp

One cause of dandruff is excess yeast growth on the scalp. The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, so it’s not an ideal environment for yeast to grow.

Mix- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
And 1/2 cup of distilled water

Before you shampoo your hair apply apple cider vinegar mix to the entire scalp and let sit for 10-20 minutes.

Rinse your hair and apply your 1st shampoo. If your using a dandruff shampoo as your second shampoo let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Your last shampoo should be a moisturizing shampoo. Rinse and deep condition. Dryer time is best! 10-15 minutes.

Rinse and style