Have you ever logged into YouTube, and you see a natural who did a batch of gel and it’s 100% organic and you wonder how they did it? And so you click on the link and boom a milliion ingredients pop up (well not really a million, but you know) and suddenly you want to check in Amazon to see if you ca do the same. Most naturals probably already have some of the ingredients used for that gel now we have to push ourselves to do it, because let’s be honest, we can watch a lot of videos and never actually get to do the things we see on Youtube. We watch for the enjoyment and it’s soothing to know that things actually worked out! Back to the ingredients, some are already in the pantry but for many, we have to buy them at our nearest organic store and we have absolutely no clue what is what.
Or maybe you are a natural who won’t make a product from scratch but is keen to know what each ingredient does and how it benefits the here. In this blog I will be sharing with you how DIY naturals use natural ingredients to make some their own awesome products and help you understand why many product companies arent’ really 100% organic. And here’s why: preservative.
Clays are soils specifically used for deep cleansing as they are cleansers that are natural and do not produce suds that usually foam when you use soaps and shampoos. Combined with water or apple cider vinegar, they make really good cleansers and balance the hair’s PH levels.
Here is the list of the mors popular clays
There are various powders that do different things based on what they are made of. Most powders come from fruit or plant and are usually dehydrated and then finely ground to get the powder. Dehydrating some plants preserve nutrients as some plants rot quickly and all the beneits that they give are lost. Some of my favourite plant powders.
Aloe Vera Powder
These are some of the most useds carrier oils when making your own infusions / products. Plant/Seed oils are cold pressed down to extract the oil that comes out of them. They are usually pure and nothinge else is added on then for their full benefits. Carrier oils come with not just lubrication but they are full of vitamis and minerals that help with hair strength and many other benefits.
Here is a list of the most popular carrier oils.
Essential Oils are potent and have a high concertration of the plant that they are extracted from. They come in rather small containers (about 7mls) and drops have to be diluted in to a carrier oil. They are too potent so it is best to mix them with carrier oils. They have a various set of scents and oils based on research by scientist so it’s best to chose one that has the most nutrients to aid in hairgrowth.
The list below should help with that.
Benzoin Resinoid oil
Black Pepper oil
Chamomile Roman Blend oil
Cedar wood oil
Cinnamon Leaf oil
Clary Sage Blend oil
Clove Leaf oil
Fennel Sweet oil
Jasmin Blend oil
Juniper berry oil
Palma Rosa oil
Petit grain oil
Rose Geranium Blend oil
Rose Blend oil
Tea Tree Oil
Ylang Ylang Oil
Butters are a thick solid form of seed oil that gets pressed out of the seed plant. They act as amazing sealants as they can mix with anything and won’t spill like oils do. Although, based on weather conditions, they get softer and thicker, they are most likely to hold the solid shape. Thing of butters the same way you would on normal butter but this one is cold pressed with seed. THey can be whipped and mixed with carrier oils and essential oils. But be careful not to add to much oil as that could thin it out and make it runny.
Here is a list of some good seed butters.
Humectants are liquid componets that are used to draw moisture in the hair. They stick to any water found in the air and that moisture then finds its way in the hair, causing your hair to be softer than normal. There are many naturals who say if the air is dry, humectants (specifically, Glycerin) draw out the moisture from your hair and into the air. But that doesn’t make sense for me.
For 2 reasons. – if the hair is moisturized and has glycerin, the glycerin will suck out the moisture but since it’s in your hair, it’s the same moisture that is already IN your hair. – if it sucks it to the air, then glycerin must be in the air, which isn’t the case.
These are the 2 main humectants
Waters / Water Infusions
Waters are my favourite because based on the molecule size of water, it can penetrate the shaft so adding anything that can be infused with water is so much added benefits to the already hydrating water. One other reason is that you are in full control of what goes in there as water is usually the first step to washing and moisturizing natural hair that the added benefits could give so much nutrients before anything else goes into the hair. Infusion is basically using herbs/plant combined with water. Most of infuses are done with hot water to get the most out of infusion.
Some of the most popular (and favourite) infusions are:
Teas and Coffee infusioins
I still do my own natural hair products. I’m a DIY at heart for many different thing and I love the feeling that a certain ingredient was done with 100% natural ingredients and more than that, I have full knowledge on what is in the product!
If there is one natural hair hack that many people will tell you about growing out natural hair is to keep it in twists for longer periods of time.There is a lot of documented proof on social media that twists do effectively help retain length when it’s kept for long periods of time.
I have seen plenty of success online and I was 100% convinced that since I have natural hair too this should work on me as well.
The only challenge is rocking different styles on twists for different events but once you get the hang of them, you should be good to go. Buns pins, even flat twists too!
Keeping natural hair in twists helps with length retention and as your hair grows out it breaks less as the twists are stretched and you do not have to retouch the hair everyday.
Seems pretty simple, right? Well not when you have my natural hair.
I have been following a few (actually a lot) of natural hair influencers who go by this rule and I seem to be the exception of this rule.
For 4 months I kept my hair in mini twists, washed and conditioned every 2 weeks moisturized and sealed and left it alone and I just saw more and more broken pieces on my bathtub, so why is my natural hair not retaining as promised?
The biggest mistake I did: do minitwists
Mini twists aren’t for all of us and for my mixed 4c hair. (I don’t like typing my hair but here we are), 99% of all my ends were exposed. But because Youtube told me that this is what grows natural hair I still thought although my hair is showing all my ends in each twist, I will still be retaining hair. But I didn’t.
Month in, month out, I washed my hair in the twists. I drenged them in the leave in conditioner, I sealed them with heavy oil but still when it was time to do the length check, I still had the same length I had before. So it’s pretty clear that the exception on mini twists is making them so small than all your ends are exposed.
Yes I was a little obsessed but that’s what Youtube promised me so why isn’t there any results?
Minitwists left my ends exposed to breakage
The more I had these mini twists the more I had exposed ends. When I wore them out this was no different than actually wearing my hair out. What is the point of a protective style if the ends are just as exposed? Mini twists aren’t ideal for retentioin if the The more I had exposed ends, the more brittle they became. The more brittle they became, the more the ends needed the trim. The more I trimmed (and still kept the hair in these mini twists) the more I had to trim and the more length I lost. See the problem?
Sealing helped – a bit
Well it did, the first 2 days but then I had to get a heavier sealant, castor oil and eventually had to get grease (petroleum jelly) which needs 2 washes to get rid of. It wasn’t half bad and I’m not completely against petroleum if used correctly and this is why:
Petroleum usually seals moisture for about 4-6 days so the moisture retention is great for my hair to remoisturize but since the ends are exposed I found my self having to lightly shampoo to get the more moisture in. It’s all a big mess really.
But my ends were not as brittle and as quickly as it was but I was shampooing at lot more.
At some point I found myself almost scissor happy. Trying to fix this mess I caused on myself. Forcing myself to believe that mini twists are good for my natural hair. So I went ahead and trimmed and left the twists in. Because it was too hard to let the idea go, there are so many influencers who grew natural hair this way, surely it is supposed to work for me. It didn’t.
My solution – Try Chunkier Twists
Eveentually after 4 months and length checks I finally gave in. I took the twists down. Did a proper wash day and left my hair for 2 weeks in chunky twists. Feeling discouraged and fustrated. I unraveled my twists and look, my hair was still as supple and as moisturized as I did it before. Yes I used petroleum like i did before but I didn’t have to force myself or my hair to behave a certain way.
So I guess I am one of the 0.1% of naturals who can’t grow natural hair in mini twists but chunky twists are for me. Besides they take 10 minutes to do and there is plenty of tutorials to do updo’s with them!
If you are newly natural it is so easy for you to get overwhelmed with the amount of information you get from the internet considering how much there is regarding natural hair in social medias.
Basically social media has a significant drive to what natural hair is given the fact that natural hair wasn’t admired by mainstream media. So everyone who grew it long would use social medias such as YouTube to tell all about how to grow and maintain natural hair.
In the sections below we are going to break down what you will need to know about natural hair as a beginners from A – Z as an overall approach to caring for natural hair.
A – Ayurveda
This is what is currently a game changer for many naturals with stagnant growth. For beginners in their natural hair journey it’s best to find out what this and familiarize your self with the powders. But it isn’t a must but something that could help your hair journey if you have stunted growth. There isn’t much to back the science of it but I highly recommend GreenBeauty’s YouTube Channel link to understand what some of the more popular powders do to our natural hair. Ayruveda is using Indian powders to aid in strengthening and hair growth. My advise would be to start with 3 powders, my favorite are Amla, Fenugreek and Henna.
B – Big Chop
Big Chop is what most naturals do to grow their natural hair. IT’s basically cutting off all your naturally hair and starting afresh with a naked head! It’s the start of your natural hair journey and the anxiety of what your hair will look like/behave as it grows from your scalp.
C – Condition
Conditioners is a hair product that focuses on improving the moisture of the hair especially after washing or as we naturals like to call it, wash day. Based on the type and formulation of the conditioner, the product will add in moisture in the hair shaft for specific periods of time. The are basically 3 types that stand out but this doesn’t necessarily mean these are the only 3 that work.
Leave in Conditioner Pretty straight forward – mostly formulated not to be rinsed out immediately and to sit in the hair. It shouldn’t cause build up and is usually light for daily moisture.
Rinse out Conditioner
Usually used after shampooing – since shampoos leave the hair feeling dry or “stripped”, the “normal” or as I would like to call it, the rinse out conditioner helps get some of the moisturizing effects that conditioners bring. It’s used daily after shampooing to reapply the moisture since the shampoo has cleansed the hair and everything in it.
The deep conditioner aids in deeply penetrating the hair shaft if the hair is left in the hair for 30+ minutes. Many naturals prefer this method as natural hair is hard to moisturize and rinse out conditioners do not do enough for a lasting moisture effect. So it’s best that if your natural hair is extremely dry you can put some deep conditioner as part of your regimen to help moisture levels to rise that will leave hair soft for longer. Deep conditioners work hand in hand when the leave in conditioner is applied daily to maintain moisture.
D – Detangle
It is pretty clear that if you are natural, especially a beginner in the natural hair journey, the first thing you will experience daily is tangled hair. The curls and coils like to hug each other and more when the hair is out and when it’s dry. But don’t be misled, the hair can also tangle up when it’s wet too! The strands meet and stick together and it’s hard to get them separated (like a toxic relationship lol) and this is where a good conditioner and a good detangler is required. There are many detanglers out there but personally, finger detangling works best as your hands can feel where the knot lies so you can deal with it individually. This can be time consuming but it’s the best method. Alternatively, you can use the detangling tools available such as Denman brushes and tangle teezers.
E – Edges
Don’t lose them, it’s hard to get them back and for many people, professional guidance is required to get them back. Avoid tight styles altogether and this may mean to loosen up the buns. Sleeping in satin scarf is also ideal.
F – Fiber
Fiber is your friend for synthetic used protective styles. It comes in different colors and variations and curl patterns. From box braids, to faux locs to all kinds of twists and extension styles. You might have a box full of them filled with left over hair soon enough somewhere in the house (unless you go to a salon).
G – Gels
Gels are great at taming fly away’s. Their pure purpose is taming hairs that like to hang out while every hair strand stays in tact. They are mainly for edges but I find sometimes using them for the nape area (if yours is as wild as mine) helps too.
H – Heat
By heat I mean any tool that you can possible use to stretch(or curl) natural hair that requires heat. It’s very tempting to run towards heat when you are frustrated with you hair but I would like to advise against it in the early stages of being natural as you are learning about your hair. Heat temporarily fixes whatever frustrations you have with your hair but knowledge about your hair is more important at this point. Once you are familiar with what your hair likes and wants you can try different stretching methods first then slowly (but not frequently introduce heat). Back in the day heat tools used to be a crime for naturals but now we are learning how to carefully use it for naturals. Heat isn’t good for all naturals but the few that do have the fortunate opportunity to use it can. But it doesn’t mean all of us can and should. If you found that your hair doesn’t curl back after using heat you can slowly transition the heat damage out until you have your curls popping again. Trial and error is exactly that – trial and error.
I – Ingredients
Reading product ingredients is a skill that especially new naturals need to learn. There are a lot of products that claim to have specific ingredients at the front but once you read the list, you will find how low the ingredient is on the list that its claimed it’s contained with. The rule of thumb is the first 5 ingredients hold about 80% percent of the product contents. The next 5 hold about 10% and the rest of the ingredients share the last 10% of the product content. So pay attention to protein content or as many products would like to claim they have specific oils and yet they are extracts.
Another thing that makes ingredient reading so important is that you find what your hair likes in a certain products and do a bit of homework by investigating if the are similarities between one product to the next. If there is a common denominator, then why not focus on getting that ingredient in its raw state then? New naturals need to learn about alcohols, good and bad, silicones, surfactants, sulfates etc. It helps a lot to know what your hair likes then you do more of that for it to thrive!
J – Journey
Each and every naturals hair journey is different. The catch is that social media wants us to believe that we can all reach waist length in 3 years and unfortunately that isn’t the case. We have different genes, different hair types and densities and all that (and more) has and effect on how a 3 year journey would go. For example some naturals love to keep their hair short. And others keep the same length, some eventually would color or transition into locks. That is what a journey would look like for one individual to another. It doesn’t mean a journey is waist length, and for me it meant the first 3 years I had to leave the idea that salons don’t always have good intentions to protect your hair, they just want a protective style to look as neat as possible at the cost of your natural hair and hairline. See? It’s not the same. It was only on year 5 that I started to see my hair flourishing and that didn’t show length, just health.
K – Knots
3 words – your worst enemy. See D for detangle. That is how you fix them. Single strand knots are usually the common enemy we all have as naturals and can lead to more breakage than one needs. Mine are usually caused by leaving my hair out mostly in puffs and the hair would knot on itself. Tip: If you wear your hair out everyday, you will need to trim a lot more often than someone who doesn’t this is because your hair thins out at the ends and then knots on itself forcing you to trim to keep those ends healthy and your puffs full.
L – Locs
Locs are usually hair that’s grouped together through matted and knotting up. Some loc stylists also use crochet needle to ensure that the hair locks up and there is no lose hair. You can also twist your hair up and allow it to keep the twist to lock up (not interfering with it) and as it grows it will tangle by itself and there you have it, locs!
Locs, just like natural hair require maintenance, washing and moisture as well. As the natural hair grows, the roots will also need to be twisted.
M – Moisture Method
LCO or LOC method is what you do when you maintain moisture in the hair. Yes, I did mention that Deep Conditioning also aids in the moisture of the hair but the moisture method that I mention here is based on what you do on a daily basis to maintain moisture in your hair before your next wash day. A reminder that natural hair is naturally dry (i got that from Naptural85’s older videos here). Also know that natural hair that is dry easily tangles, breaks off which will lead to the inability to retain length. Moisture keeps dryness at bay which will lead to length retained.
I strongly recommend the LCO method because moisture penetrates deeper then the butter coats the moisture and then the oil prevents the hair from drying out too quickly. Sometimes you might find that you don’t need to moisture daily if this method is applied accurately. I have found myself only moisturizing on day 3 on many occasions.
N – Natural Hair
This is why you are on this page right? This is your hair that grows out of your scalp and kept in its most natural state. I have seen on social media what this term actual means, whether or not natural hair that isn’t permed isn’t natural but I feel the best way to explain what natural hair to fit many but not all categories is hair that grows out of your hair with minimal chemical alterations. Many non black people can use this term on their hair but personally I feel many didn’t have to alter their hair to make it look straight. And if they do, the can easily wash it and their hair is back to normal. But for many black people, we can only transition out or chop of the straightened hair for us to get our natural curls that we were born with. And that (for me) is my definition of natural hair.
Natural hair is fragile, and high maintenance and thrives best when left alone. It delicate and defies gravity. It can be shaped and formed it to many creative ways to be preserved and it’s just beautiful on how it can take so many shapes too.
O – Oils
Oils server 2 purposes, lubrication and sealing. The reason I have put oils is that belief that oils grow hair. And I have a problem with that because I once had about 9 very expensive oils at some point in my newly natural journey as I was promised massive growth instantly. I ended up with greasy hair, terrible skin breakouts and unnecessary build up thanks to over oiling. Oils have their place in the natural hair and that is to PROVIDE NUTRIENTS which aid in growth and to SEAL which leads to retention. Your hair is already growing. Oils (and there are a lot of oils) help with sealing and lubricating your hair to prevent it from losing moisture too quickly. Oils have vitamins that help scalp and hair health. I feel if I knew this personally I would have saved a lot of money trying to think oils grow hair. But that is how we learn through trials.
P – Porosity
Porosity is the hair’s ability to absorb moisture. There are 3 levels to it, high, medium and low from easily able to absorb to difficult to absorb (low). This is important and more important than hair typing because it helps you understand which ingredients your hair needs to retain moisture. For high porosity, your hair can easily absorb moisture but it can also easily lose moisture since your hair cuticles are always open. So using heavier oils could help retain as much moisture as possible.
For low it is hard to get those cuticles to open. So a combination of heating and cooling is idea. First deep condition with heat (or use warmth to open cuticles) and then find a way to use cooling (I would use a cool leave in and oil combination) to close cuticles.
Q – Queen
For the queen you are. The queen that you deserve to be and the crown that will grow you hair. Your character, your poise, your beauty and the way you see yourself and deem yourself every time you look at the mirror. Your crow will be there on your head. Take care of your crown, queen.
R – Regimen
Regimen is a routine that you will commit to in your journey. It can and might change based on lifestyle preference and its what works for you. It usually starts from wash day and then follows on moisture and protective styles as well. No 2 routines are the same, all you need to know is that you need to be consistent and maintain your moisture routine to what works best for you. If you found something in the social media that could help your routine in some way, you can incorporate it or slowly adapt into it, such as Ayurvedic routine.
It’s not idea to toss away your entire routine instantly because someone on YouTube has said this is how they grew their hair to their feet. It’s a bad idea (I’ve tried that lol, don’t ask). You have the control on what goes on to that crown and the queen that wears it everyday.
S – Shrinkage
Shrinkage is pretty self explanatory, your hairs ability to shrink especially when wet) is something God gifted. It is beautiful and I wish many naturals would embrace the shrinkage but many won’t be able to as shrinkage can lead to knots and tangles. For those naturals, they would twist and braid their hair to keep the hair from matting. Shrinkage is a sign of health and it shows our hair in it’s most natural state! It’s also amazing to see naturals stretch their hair out to see their length. Shrinkage is what makes our hair defy gravity!
T – Transition
Another way to grow your natural hair out is to transition out the old chemically treated hair (through a relaxer). It works better for many naturals who don’t wish to start being natural with a bald (or so) head. It’s allowing new growth while maintaining two textures until you are ready to trim off the straight hair and leave the curls as they are.
U – Up-do’s
This is for naturals who don’t like their naturals in their face too much. Up-do’s are usually styles that can be worn without extensions to keep the ends tucked away and still looking great. These are outside the normal buns and puffs although they are also technically up-do’s but these are creative ways we can style our hair with a few bobby pins and hair ties! Natural can be worn anywhere for any event!
V – Vitamins
This is essential but not a requirement for growing natural hair. Many of the required vitamins can be eaten but if you need a boost, incorporating vitamins as your daily supplement will boost hair growth.
W – Wash Day
This is also part of your natural hair routine. This is actually the most important part of your regimen as it’s a fresh start to fresh, cleansed and moisturized natural hair. Usually done at the start of your week and will be part of your routine for as long as there is hair in your head. Being consistent helps a lot and it’s also part of your hair care journey and self care journey. I just wish more naturals would stop dreading it and start enjoying the time they have pampering themselves and their bodies. That perspective would change a lot – how much you love your hair instead of how fast you would like it to grow. Here is a link of different types of wash day regimen here:
X – X for Cut/Trim
A trim is required when there is too many knots. When your tangle is just impossible to detangle so it’s best that you cut that small piece out to save the rest of the strands from being lost! A trim is required every 3 – 4 times a year when your hair feels like it’s difficult to detangle or breaks off more than normal. Trimming is essential to maintaining a full afro and maintaining the health of your curls.
Y – YouTube
This has been the foundation of where many naturals find information on how to grow their natural hair. I love the fact that many naturals can use the platform and share their experience, their routines and many other tips and advises that they have to help you with their hair journey. A kind reminder that you still have a say to what goes to your hair, and it is just advice. The danger is that you can be policed into doing or not doing certain things to aid in your growth! Another is feeling like you are missing a special ingredient or a secret ingredient to growing your natural hair. Use YouTube with caution and then whatever is being said can be taken as advice or as grain of salt, it’s all up to you, other youtubers are helping get the goal/look that you too desire for your natural hair. My advice is that you look for naturals that you can see clear documentation of their journey. It’s easy to fall trap to product pushing without doing your homework. Naturals are promoting on YouTube but still, you have the right to do the opposite if you feel the need to. Not everything is a must. What works for you is what is a must but do seek guidance and like I said before, trial and error. Another advice is follow naturals with similar hair as you. This will lead to less frustration because a product will “look” one way and different to your hair which may make you frustrated. Yes you can follow whoever you like too!
Z – Zig Zag (curl pattern)
By zig zag I mean the 4 type curl pattern. Honestly the typing system is really tricky but it is something to be aware of and talk about. Hair type has nothing to do with moisture or hair healthy. It’s God being creative. The problem is people have associated this with favoritism between looser shinier curls and tighter curls. Hair typing has caused a bit of chaos (especially in the Tiktok community) as a means to get more followers be careful about types as it adds little to no value to your hair growth journey.
In my opinion, your porosity is more important than your hair type.
If you have been natural for just 1 minute you would know how important it is for naturals to have some for of wash day routine to ensure that their hair stays thriving and to ensure moisture is maintained.
We will be looking at different routines that have been circulating around social medias to help naturals find the best routine that could work for their lifestyle demands while ensuring that their hair thrives and grows to long lengths!
First we need to understand that all natural hair requires some form of cleansing in the form of shampoo.
Shampooing takes off all product from the hair to ensure that hair is squeaky clean, so all the moisture that has been removed needs to be added back in the form of conditioning.
The hair has been replenished, so all that is needed is frequent moisture to avoid breakage from the hair’s daily demands.
We will look at the most popular to the least popular (but still effetive)wash days to cater for every natural under the sun!
Shampoo, Deep Conditioner and Moisture Method
Most naturals vouch for this because it is the most effective for them. You pick the day when you don’t have anywhere to go and spend a few (or a whole day).
You start with shampooing your natural hair. Then once the shampoo has been rinsed off, follow up and use a deep conditioner of your choice. Make sure what you pick has glycerin and lots of slip so all the tangles can melt away!
Cover your hair in the deep conditioner in a plastic cap and sit with it for about 30 minutes or more. Rinse that out and follow your moisture routine. The moisture routine can be done when your hair is damp and not dry.
Products you will need:
Leave In Conditioner or Moisturizer
Oil / Butter
Other Tools You will need:
Heat Cap (for further penetration into the hair shaft)
Pros: Most effective as hair is cleansed and moisture days after the routine.
Cons: Shampoos can leave natural hair dry. Deep conditioning usually helps but some shampoos do too much cleansing, it takes days to get the moisture back.
The Curly Girl Method.
Co-wash, Deep Condition, Moisture Method.
This method is the second most popular although it caused quite a bit of controversy. Many naturals feel like using a conditioner as a shampoo doesn’t cleanse the hair therefore it may hinder the growth progress of your hair.
Many naturals vouch for this method as shampoos tend to strip everything in the hair shaft and it may take quite some time to get the hair feeling normal again since shampoos focus is to cleanse.
Alternatively other naturals have come up with solutions that could still cleanse the hair without using shampoos to avoid the stripping feeling that it leaves and still be using the curly girl method to get rid of all bad ingredients that may be affecting the overall health of your hair.
Co wash (conditioner washing) your natural hair by using a conditioner without any bad ingredients and no silicones and parabens to wash your hair.
Deep conditioning using a curly girl friendly product. Then following up with the regular moisture routine (LOC or LCO method)
Products you will need:
Conditioner or Co-wash product
Leave in / Moisturizer
Oil / Butter
Cream (if needed)
Other Tools You will need:
Pros: Max moisture as there is no shampoo that will strip the hair making it feel dry.
Cons: No guarantee that the co wash actually cleansed the hair. Hair may need a deep cleanse if the scalp isn’t cleansed. Needs a method to keep scalp clean. Use light products to avoid quick build up since there is no guarantee that hair is cleansed properly.
Lazy Routine No1
Co washing – using conditioner to co wash then the same conditioner to deep condition and then follow up with moisture method, maintain moisture until ready to do a full wash/cleanse.
Products you will need:
Other Tools You will need:
Pros: Fast and quick if you are in a hurry or if you need to delay normal wash day a bit further in the week(s) to come.
Cons: No cleansing. Based on conditioner it could cause build up.
Lazy Routine No 2
Wash, Condition. Moisture Method. Leave in braids/twists. Repeat
Following instructions at the back of the product by shampooing, rinsing and normal rinse out conditioner. Follow up with a moisture routine.
Products you will need:
Rinse out Conditioner
Leave in Conditioner
Oil / Butter
Other tools you will need:
Pros: Also quick and great if you are in a rush.
Cons: Because it is a rinse out conditioner, there is little penetration so it’s not to commit onto.
Organic Routine / Mixtress
Clay Mask, Some food deep conditioner, Aloe Moisturizer, Homemade Oil
This natural hair method is using all organic and non science products to grown natural hair. This method was inspired by naturals as they struggled to find products that were friendly to their hair and were not chemically produced or harmful to anything in nature.
Most naturals wouldn’t trust companies to say that the product is organic (simply because the back of the product would have a list of science/chemical names) so it’s best that they go to the store and get some ingredients to do this themselves.
Naturals would use either clays or organic soaps such as African Black Soap. Deep Conditioner would be a mix of Yogurt, eggs, oils, glycerin and anything in the pantry! They would then use the same if not similar ingredients as a leave in and follow up with a homemade oils and homemade butter as well.
Products you will need:
Bentonite Clay /Rassoul Clay / Kaolin Clay or African Black Soap
Yogurt and/or Coconut Milk and/or Avocado and/or Glycerin and/or anything in your pantry!
Other tools you will need:
Pros: All organic. Fully knowledge of what is actually in your product.
Cons: DIY heavy, requires a lot of prep time before and cleaning up afterwards.
With Henna the start of the show, this routine follows through plenty of powders that focus on the hair’s health, strengthening properties.
Many naturals use this routine if they have stagnant growth and have seen really good results.
Oil Prepoo, Shikaikai Mask as a cleanser, Henna Mask that needs to be prepared 4 hours before using (with any 3 to 5 powders to choose from). Sit with it for an hour and rinse and then continue with moisture routine with Aloe and seal with Infused Oil.
Products You Will Need:
Henna, Amla, Fenugreek , Indigo, Cassia etc
Aloe Gel or powder
Oil (preferably infused)
Other Tools You Will Need:
Mixing Tools and bowls
Plastic gloves (henna leaves a stain)
A whole outfit that can get dirty
Pros: Also organic full of both cleansing, strengthening and moisturizing powders
Cons: DIY heavy and time-consuming. Best to use every 6 – 12 months to fortify strands.
15 Step Wash Processes (usually after a long protective style)
Prepoo, Keep in Twists, Detangle, Twists, Clarify, Twists, Condition, Twists, Deep Condition with 15 ingredients, LCOGS.
This routine is just like the first but it’s for naturals that have the time and energy to invest in their hair.
The prepooo process can be used to prevent the shampooing from stripping too much oil. Detangling for every step to keep the hair from matting and tangling back up and keeping the hair in twists.
Ideal for naturals that carry out long term protective styles (braids for 2+ months)
Products You Will Need:
Clarifying shampoos or Clays with Apple Cider Vinegar
Deep Penetrating Masks that allow the shaft and adding oils, butters, glycerin for max moisture.
Leave in with added ingredients.
Oils or grease for sealing long term.
Other Tools You Will Need:
Detangling tool of choice
Plastics for different masks
Heat Cap for long penetration
Pros: Maximum moisture guaranteed. Full benefits of adding essential ingredients.
Cons: Time consuming and DIY heavy
It’s pretty clear that there is no one method that works for all naturals. We have different porosities, textures, densities and lifestyles so we need to do what can best feed our hair with the time that we have on our hands. So let me know which one are you?
In this post we will be discussing some Top natural hair braiders and stylists on YouTube that have shown videos are dedicated to creating an entire channel on helping naturals and stylist how to best use methods to style natural hair with as little time or as little tension on natural hair as possible.
The focus of these stylist should be less tension because what is the point of styling or braiding natural hair if you are not protecting your natural hair right?
We have had years and years of ignoring our hair and its perfect curl so we can shape it to fit the media standard but now the natural hair community is doing what it needed to do by switching up and ensuring that we learn to embrace our hair even if we wear wigs and braids.
On these Youtube natural hair videos, we will see that even then and now, braids and extension of any form have always been part of our history as black women but right now we are doing it painless and flaunting it as we go.
There are different influencers that shape the way naturals can style their hair esp with fiber such as Box Braids or wigs.
The styling game has changed because naturals are looking for ways to style their hair without any tension or that “heavy feeling” when doing styles with fiber in them.
The list of YouTube Influences can be salons, or personal stylists who do from mostly braids, to weaves, and safe methods to use heat to straighten and style.
Here is a list of some of our favorite influencers who helped teach methods to braid, cornrow or style natural hair using extensions.
Beautycanbraid is a mainly a braider. Honestly I have never heard her voice as she is strictly focused on one thing, showing you how she braids hair. It’s that simple.
She gets straight to the point, sharing the finished product and then showing her followers how she braids the style. She also sells a few wigs, edge pomade and her self branded parting comb so any aspiring braiders can have the exact same outcome as she does when she styles her customers.
I love how simple she does her videos and straight to the point showing different methods to do fiber extensions or braids. She is very active on Instagram and I have seen a few photos of her, although that is not the point of her channel but her clients, I’ve seen a few people who feel they should know who is behind the camera but if you want to see hair content, she serves it quite well.
Beautycanbraid recently posted a video that she is taking a break from YouTube and on her Instagram handle indicates services available from April 2021.
Deeper than hair TV – 925K YouTube Subs @Deeper.Than.Hair
Deeper than Hair TV is a braiding and styling salon based in Philadelphia, in the US of America and has built herself an empire of a business from salon to natural hair products.
Her YouTube Page is filled with a set of videos that allow them to share information on straightening natural hair, trims, box braids done by the CEO herself, Annagjid “Kee” Taylor.
My favorite of her videos is the trims she does after doing silk presses on natural hair and finally getting rid of those dead ends, those are so fulfilling.
She also has a @ShearGeniusCollection Products which I have yet to try, and is a writer of All hair is good hair children book
Freedom is a very lively character who shares how naturals can install box braids, sew Installs, crochet styles/braids and beginner friendly tutorials. She is a Nigerian that is based in Sweden and also does vlogs on her life living and visiting Nigeria.
Sharing how naturals can grow their hair and also braids natural hair. She is actually one of the first people I saw to do a braided wig on YouTube! Talk about creativity
Some of her more popular videos are of her growing her natural hair and transitioning from thin hair.
She owns wig shop that she sells independently worldwide. Get that coin girl!
Mo Knows Hair – 389K YouTube Subs @moknowshair
She is one of the first naturals to do a silk wrap on YouTube when everyone was still scared of using heat on Natural hair.
Monica has a lot of detailed information about the scientific aspects of Natural Hair. She is straight forward and gets to the point and you will get on your feelings as she teaches. But you’ll get over yourself because she knows hair as her names says.
She is a hair stylist and Licensed Cosmetologist so you bet if she helps you out, she has years of experience and has documented everything on her blog and YouTube channel to help you learn to grow and style your natural hair.
She is part of the Aveda Texture Team which means (although I may be wrong) she has influence to how Aveda makes its product to best suit most naturals needs.
I wouldn’t say she is a braider but I am 105% sure that if you sit on her chair you will come back having all “the know how” to specifically care for your hair. Same goes for her channel. It is packed with so much information that will have you filling up a notebook if you were in class! From what you eat, to your daily life and routine, MoKnowsHair is a channel that gets to the point on hair care especially focusing on color treated natural hair.
Mo Also has a product line called MKH Curl Collection that is available at Sally’s Beauty.
TheBrilliantBeauty AKA @ 502k YT subs
Jodian,@thebrilliantbeauty for me is OG with protective styles. She is one of the naturals that taught us how to crochet hair without it looking too bulking and heavy and more natural. I love how she shows hair hacks using fiber hair and her channel is just simply about how brilliant she is at that.
She teaches viewers how to grab some cheap fiber hair and make some fabulous styles without heading to the salon and investing some time while doing it and uses straight braiding hair or marley hair for many crochet styles. https://youtu.be/3Mc2d9r9K3k
It is pretty obvious that YouTube is here to stay and that it is the basis of a lot of knowledge regarding natural hair. I’m so proud to have had experienced many of these influencers early on in the start of their natural hair influencer stages and now they run businesses and sell products for many naturals who would like to learn to style and care for their hair. We celebrate you beautiful queens for all the effort you have put in the natural hair community and the putting a thumbprint in the YouTube Community as well
Everything many viewers have learned about natural hair I have learned from Google which showed me some various blogs that will then lead me to some pretty awesome YouTube videos. What ever the social media we use, at some point, because we are a visual people, all the natural hair tutorials that we want will mostly come from YouTube tutorials and how to’s. Whether we want to braid or twist, curl or twirl you will find the top YouTubers that have shaped the natural hair movement which has also shaped the hair industry. I am very proud to share some top influencers on YouTube that have taught us everything about our precious crowns!
It’s pretty clear that when you are a natural the first thing you would do after or before a big
TheChicNatural – 1.96M Subscribers
Kim, TheChicNatural also @thechicnatural on Instagram is an influencer and YouTuber that shares a lot of how-to natural hairstyles, braided and twisted protective styles and also shares to the world her vegan and minimalist lifestyle.
What makes her stand out is that she creates consistent content on fashion, hauls and look books. She can also rock a wig and does it so effortlessly!
The most viewed video is (funny enough) regarding a brow tutorial with a whopping 22Million views. We love beautifully done brows but since we are here for her natural hair, the most viewed is a crochet faux locs that you can have a look at here:
Recent Wash Day Routine Breakdown:
Her most recent wash day routine involves doing everything in sections (just like many naturals) but what is different is she is already prepping her hair to be stretched while the hair is in a deep conditioner. After shampooing, she deep conditions her then braids it while it’s in the deep conditioner. She then rinses the deep conditioner while it’s in braids. This is super helpful for people who live in box braids and wigs because it keeps the hair stretched and unmatted and you can easily undo the braids, style stretched.
Joined Apr 10, 2008
Naptural85 – 1.18M Subscribers
The biggest thing you can learn from Naptural85 (also known as Whitney) is how you can make all your products from your kitchen. At the time when I was natural, a lot of stores were not supplying products that were friendly for our natural hair. So she helped naturals understand how oils, essential oils, moisturizing ingredients, clays work and can make your own from the kitchen. From yogurt as a deep conditioner to a mix all, Naptural85 is the channel that supplied in depth knowledge on how to do it all.
I love the fact that she is very cautious of the content she shares to the natural hair community. She is aware that there are many products which claim things that they aren’t and she didn’t jump from review to review but takes her time to ensure that whatever she sells to her viewers is quality. Quality to the point that after so many years in the YouTube media, she has finally launched her own products called the Mellanin Hair Care brand. We will talk about that in another blog about how may naturals who have started channels and have launched hair care lines which were a huge game changer in the hair industry!
The most viewed video is her flexi rod set that she helps a lot of naturals achieve heat less curls. She uses her homemade flexseed gel to achieve the style and it came out so good! This was at a time many naturals wanted to find ways to style their hair without any heat as this (back then) posed a threat to the overall health of their curls.
Joined Aug 9, 2009
My Natural Sistas
Toni, Carmen and India are 3 sisters that help naturals with routines, out styles and mostly protective style tutorials. They started sharing their individual hair journey’s on the My Natural Hair Sisters channel to help others learn about textures and natural hair care practices. My most favorite part was sharing their growth journeys which for me was special because siblings can have the same genes and still have different textures and their hair can respond differently to products. It goes to show how unique individuals are, so the same applies with our hair textures, densities and the obvious curl patterns. For many like me, I used to think all black women have the exact same hair type and these sisters have opened my mind that this is not the case. We have to find what works for us. One sister likes color, the other loves to keep it short and so the rules of being natural are broken because we all want long luscious hair but in this case you can have natural hair whatever way you want. It’s health doesn’t have to be proven by length only.
They also shared their weight gain and loss journeys too!
Their most popular video is how to straighten natural hair without any damage. The video was uploaded in 2012 and for me at that time, I knew a lot of naturals who were too scared to use heat and yet still wanted to find methods that won’t harm their natural curls.
Joined Dec 27, 2009
– 782K Subscribers
Isimeme Edeko (IG handle @halfricanbeaute) actually explains in one of her posts that her father is African, hence the “halfrican” part of her known name. She comes through with relevance as far as using other social medias and trendy topics on her YouTube channel. She does a lot of Tiktok reviews, boyfriend tag and outfit hauls. As far as her natural hair is goes, it’s that thick mane and she keeps it simple. Most of the time it’s braided under a wig and other times it’s out and defying rules of gravity!
Her most famous video is returning that very same thick her that she has straighten back to curly again. She shares her method how because at some point in mid 2016 and 2017, many naturals weren’t so afraid of safely using heat although there was a bit of caution if naturals could still get their curls to pop back again.
Joined Nov 4, 2015
Curly Proverbs – 277K Subscribers
Farida Sharma also known as @curlyproverbz on both Instagram and YouTube is one for hair growth challenges! I known she is great with being consistent (something I’m terrible with) and she shares that with her followers and viewers. She properly documents her hair growth challenges. She has about 10 videos just dedicated to sharing Ayurveda or rice water challenges and showing the progress and length check.
She is one of the few naturals who go in detail to share information on Ayurveda and I’m convinced that anyone who does the same have learned from her. I known this for sure, if you keep saying the same thing over and over again then it must be true and she has stood for Ayurvedic hair methods from the moment she has found it worked for her. She has insane length checks that will make you run immediately to the store and get all that you need and hope that you are as consistent as she is!
The most popular YouTube video on her channel is a tutorial on how to make your super hair growth oil and how to use it as she identifies it’s what helped her grow her hair to the length that it is.
Joined Aug 8, 2011
The natural hair community has been changed and revolutionized by these influencers and many more in the YouTube Community. Their hair care journeys, product choices, routine choices have been affected by many of them. The products that they introduce and also affected the market and also many women to decide what the get to grow their hair. Many businesses too, have been started because of this and many women who also have started out in the industry have seen the move that is done by these women. It is so important to note the power that YouTube has put on many women all over the world to decide where their money is spent in order to grow and appreciate the crowns that is in their heads.
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The Person Behind Natural Hair Information
My name is Gugu and I have been natural since October, 2008. I remember taking down my tiny, full-of-split-ends bun late afternoon and my mom seeing me struggle with bumps, burns and bruises from the last relaxer and I was just fed up with all the scars in my head. So she recommended the big chop and honestly, I didn’t care anymore so I went for it and I have been growing out my hair since. I had a lot of set backs thanks to lack of information and the first thing I Googled was “how to grow my afro”. And a whole world of information just exploded and my natural hair world has never been the same!
Years was later exposed to the world of Youtube, and with that several groups on Facebook and other social medias about how to grow natural hair. What I found was that there will always be a hype about what is in now with growing hair. There will always by something new from this country or something historic that can be added to our routine on how to grow natural hair. But what I found was that there isn’t much information about the basics or a home for many new and old naturals (like me) that can give them a guidance on what to do with that beautiful crown that sits on their heads 24/7 days of their lives.
The Best Way to Grow Natural Hair is To Learn and ReLearn
For the longest time I had the desire to be some form of influencer, but I didn’t know how I could share so much knowledge that I have gained all these years without doing EXACTLY the same as everyone else in all the social medias. So I do what I did after I big chopped. Go through a series of blogs and taking notes of what is needed for my hair to grow. 1000 oils later I learned about moisture. 1500 deep conditioners later, I learned about a routine. I wish I knew the routine FIRST before I invested on so much product would have saved me A LOT of time and money.
So what’s different from what’s here than what is anywhere in the world about our hair?
Well, first remember that trends come and go. The world looks at the latest and forgets about it in a week. The influencer, the hype about a certain style, the status, the 30 second video all get forgotten the minute you swipe left, down and all that the viewer have is information or a blurry memory without even remembering who it is they saw do something something similar to that look. I want to remind naturals why we started, why we are here. Why we chose to return to being natural. To embrace our God given hair and be unapologetic about it.
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This website is to celebrate, enjoy the fun, the up and the downs about natural hair. To celebrate the influencers, the socila medias, the bloggers, the trensetters, the newbies and the OG’s.
If you ever need a hand or have ay questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.