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Common Transitioning Problems - Causes & Solutions

If you are new to growing out your natural hair, especially if you have been regularly using chemical relaxers for a long time can present many challenges. If you have relaxed your hair for a very long time, your hair and scalp has adjusted to the chemicals and stopping them does cause some discomfort as it tries to re-balance.

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Dry Hair? Causes & Solutions

By far, the most common problem naturals are faced with is dry hair. I don’t mean “not wet” dry hair. I mean dry like the Sahara dry. If you are having this problem, there is one thing you must do before anything else.

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Chemicals in Natural Products

Going natural after years of relaxing your hair can be a difficult time. Not only are you confronted with a brand new texture of hair you are not used to working with, but you are also entering a brand new world of hair care products, many stating right there on the label “FOR NATURAL HAIR”. However, I have found many of these “natural hair” products are not only no good for natural hair, but are downright dangerous for it. Just because it says “natural” does not mean it is natural, or the has a good combination natural ingredients, or it is good for your hair at all.

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Feed Your Body. Feed Your Hair.

The most important thing I am going to say to you is this, so let me get it over with now. A healthy body grows healthy hair.

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Fearing the 'Fro

DeeAfter years of using chemical relaxers, you can really enjoy parts of the process of going natural. No more head slapping, no more burning scalp, no more toxic smell. After making that decision and beginning the process, you get excited and apprehensive as you watch your new, natural hair growing in.

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Caring for Locs - Avoiding Buildup

Avoiding buildup inside locs is probably the the most imporant thing you can do to successfully wear locs for many years. Buildup that lot of people are concerned about and rightfully so. It can cause mould a bad smell and in the worst cases can cause your locs to disintegrate through bacterial growth.

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Natural Hair Care: Simple ACV Conditioner

Natural Hair Care: ACV Rinse

This is my recipe for a simple Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Balancer and Conditioner. Great for locs, extensions and loose natural hair. Even better for your scalp!

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Kinky Twist Extension No Braid Method

I have never liked the look of braids at the base of kinky twist extensions. In fact that is one of the reasons why I have not had kinky twist extensions put in - to me it just looks wrong. I have tried several alternative methods of putting Marley twists in and this is the only method that did not result in the extensions either falling out or getting tangled or knotted at the base.

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Mythbusting Natural Hair

If you have thought about going natural, you have probably heard some of the things people claim that will make transitioning easier or going natural instantaneous. Most of these things are myths.

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Natural Hair Care - Using Oils

  • Apricot Kernel Oil
    Apricot Kernel Oil

    Apricot kernel oil is a light oil, nourishing to the scalp and helpful with dry skin conditions.

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  • Pracaxi Oil
    Pracaxi Oil

    Pracaxi oil is an exotic oil, relatively new to the market. It is an extraordinary oil and a very rich therapeutic oil extracted from the seed of the Oil Bean Tree.

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  • Argan Oil
    Argan Oil

    Argan oil is made from the edible part of the nuts inside the shell of the fruit of the Argan tree.

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  • Kukui Nut Oil
    Kukui Nut Oil

    Also called Candlenut Oil and Indian Walnut, what a wonderful, rich and heavy healing oil this is. Made from the cold pressed nut of the Kukui Tree and native to Hawaii. Rich in vitamins A and E and containing very high levels of essential fatty acids linoleic and alpha-linolenic, Kukui oil has been used for centuries as a cure for eczema and other dry or damaged skin conditions including sunburn and exposure.

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  • Shea Nut Oil
    Shea Nut Oil

    You’ve heard of shea butter, but have you heard of shea oil? During the extraction process of the shea butter, a small amount of liquid oil is extracted directly from the nut. 

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  • Trichilia Oil
    Trichilia Oil

    Trichilia emetica – also known as the Cape Mahogany – is a beautiful slow-growing hardwood tree that grows up to 30m in height. 

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Natural Kinky Coily Hair Care

  • Butters, Whips & Pomades!
    Butters, Whips & Pomades!

    If you have been a part of the natural movement as long as I have, you would have seen hundreds of “natural” hair products come and go. From having nothing specifically geared towards our natural hair in 2000 to 2012 and having the choice of hundreds of hair products has been quite a surge, and a goldmine for those jumping on the natural bandwagon to try to get us to purchase their hair care lines. It can all get confusing.

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  • My No-Comb Challenge
    My No-Comb Challenge

    Going back to natural is a journey. For those of us nappy veterans who have been natural for a decade or more (like me) finding out new things, learning new things about our natural hair can still amaze us just like it did we first went back.

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  • Transition Quiz
    Transition Quiz

    I want to stop relaxing. What do I do?

    There are many factors to take into account when you are trying to decide if you should enroll in School 1 BIG CHOP or School 2 TRANSITION.

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  • Dry Scalp Remedies
    Dry Scalp Remedies

    Nothing worse than a dry, itchy head. There are some great companies out there who supply raw ingredients for homemade hair products.

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  • Hair Growth Explained
    Hair Growth Explained

    Let's get scientific and understand the way hair grows.

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  • Afro Puff Basics
    Afro Puff Basics

    The Afro Puff: New variations on an old favorite.

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