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In this tutorial I will be showing you how to achieve a fluffy stretched out fro on a flat twist out. I kept the twist’s only for about an hour, but if left in longer you can achieve more definition. Check out the video below for the full tutorial. Enjoy!

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Nowadays, hair products in general can cost up to an arm and leg! Especially if you are co-washing every other day or weekly. Here is a list of conditioners you can check out and try that are totally under 5 bucks! Which are great sources for detangling and co-washing regularly.

White Rain Sensations Hydrating Conditioner, Tropical Coconut

Helps improve hairs texture, shine and specially designed to leave hair soft. Add moisture to dry, brittle hair with white rain tropical coconut conditioner. Enriched with coconut extract and provitamin B5.
Price: $.99
Ingredients: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Stearamidoethyl Diethylamine, Ceteareth 20, Fragrance, EDTA, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Extract.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Local Supermarket

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
This quick deep conditioner can be used as a co-wash or regular rinse-out conditioner. Say good-bye to dry, thirsty hair and say hello to silky soft, manageable natural hair. With a Touch of Natural Australian Aloe and Jojoba Seed Oil, this product also provides lots of slip.
Price: $3.99
Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Dimethicone, Ecklonia Radiata Extract (Australian Sea Kelp), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

Suave Moisturizing Conditioner Almond and Shea Butter

Enriched with Sweet Almond, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera Juice , your hair will be soft and hydrated. In addition to that, detangling will be a breeze.
Price: $3.49
Ingredients: WaterAqua , Cetearyl Alcohol , Cyclopentasiloxane , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis OilSweet Almond , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)Shea Butter , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed OilJojoba , Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf JuiceAloe Vera , Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) OilLemongrass , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf OilRosemary , Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower/Leaf ExtractMatricaria , Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower ExtractLavender , Dimethiconol , Behentrimonium Chloride , Fragrance , Dipropylene Glycol , Potassium Chloride, Lactic Acid , Disodium EDTA , TEA Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate , PEG 150 Distearate , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Methylisothiazolinone.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Local Supermarket

Garnier Fructis Haircare Sleek & Shine Fortifying Conditioner
This fortifying conditioner strengthens weak or damaged hair.
Price: $3.99
Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Dimethicone, Ecklonia Radiata Extract (Australian Sea Kelp), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glutamic Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.
Where To Buy: Amazon.com, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

TRESemme Flawless Curls Moisturizing Conditioner
Designed to help manage and tame those sometimes unruly curls, fortified with Vitamin B1 to help maintain healthy, flawless curls.
Price: $3.98
Ingredients: water, stearyl alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, CyclopentaSiloxane , Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine , Cyclohexasiloxane , panthenol , Tocopheryl Acetate , Thiamine HCl , Niacinamide , Biotin , Aspartic Acid , Ascorbic acid , dimethicone , Quaternium-18 , Isostearamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate , Behenamidopropyl Dimethylamine , PEG-9 , polysorbate 20 , Disodium EDTA , DMDM HYDANTOIN , fragrance.

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Growing natural hair may seem like a challenge to most, but it really is just as much as you make it out to be. For instance, having the proper knowledge for hair care and most importantly, patience! Here are a few simple Do’s & Don’ts list to help you along the course of your natural hair journey.

DO’S:
Eat Well
Eating a well balanced diet not only for the health of your hair, but for the health of your entire body. Remember healthy hair starts from the inside.

Keep Hydrated
Water is your best friend! You must keep your self hydrated, sugary drinks don’t do anything for our bodies.

Moisture
Keeping your hair moisturized is key to avoiding breakage and dry hair. The LCO method is a great method to retain moisture. Start with a liquid, style with a cream and seal with an oil.

Protect your Ends
Keep the ends of your hair protected, with various styles like buns, two strand twists, French braids or even tuck and roll styles. The less wear and tear your ends endure regularly the better.

Cleansing
Have a regular routine for washing and deep conditioning your hair. Neglecting to remove build up from your hair can cause clogged hair follicles.

DONT’S:
Heat
Constantly overusing heat styling tools on your hair can lead to split ends, dryness, breakage and even alters the natural curl pattern of your hair texture.

Styling
Over combing and constantly brushing your hair isn’t always a good thing. It can actually rip through fairy knots you may have and tear it apart. If needed, try using an oil of your choice and finger detangle instead. Low manipulation styles is key.

Night Routine
Do NOT go to bed without protecting your hair. Cotton pillow cases suck all of your hair’s moisture. Opt for silk or satin pillow cases, bonnets or silk/satin scarfs instead.

Trimming
Set a trimming schedule and trim on a needed basis. Do not neglect your ends! There are also another method you can use, like the “search and destroy” method. Trimming hair helps you retain length.

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A current trend that I am loving is the floral headbands. It is such a great way to liven up your hairdo or create some flair to your style. Here are a few examples of how to wear them.

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You can wear this accessory wether you have short hair or long hair, or even up in an updo!

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You can get these headbands online or common stores like Forever21 and Urban Outfitters, but if you would like to make one on your own and save some money, then here is a simple DIY tutorial by Boat People Vintage

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1. Denman Brush
Whether it’s a paddle brush, modified version or the regular version; this brush also serves as a great detangler on natural hair as well as a curl definer.

2. Wide Tooth Comb

Wide Tooth Combs are great for detangling natural hair and they cut your detangling session in half.

3. Afro Pick
Afro Picks are great for giving your hair that extra volume and life you would like.

4. Rat Tail Comb
Rat Tail Combs are essential for various styles in creating neat parts or straight lines in your hair.

5. Ouidad Comb
This double comb makes detangling a breeze and also cuts your detangling session in half as well.

6. Tangle Teezer
The Tangle Teezer is excellent for de-tangling both wet and dry hair and many naturalistas swear by this product as well. It also gives great curl definition.

7. Soft Boar Bristle Brush

This brush is great and ideal for smoothing down those stubborn edges.

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1. Not detangling

Letting all your hair just clump up whether it’s after you shampooed or even after co-washing.
Tips: Comb from ends to root. It is important to comb from end to root. Otherwise, you may end up losing a lot of hair, as natural hair tends to mostly knot on the ends.
• Finger Detangle: If you would like to reduce breakage, try finger detangling with coconut oil.
• Detangle in sections: Detangling in sections will make the process easier and less daunting.

2. Sleeping without a satin scarf/pillow
If you tend to get lazy and fall asleep without a satin scarf or use a satin pillow case to lay your head on while sleeping, chances are your hair will feel really dry in the morning. Cotton pillowcases tend to soak up all your hairs natural oils and in addition to that, they contribute to fairy knots.

3. Using excessive heat
Too much of anything isn’t good for ya. And using excessive heat is not one of them. The use of excessive heat will leave your hair dry and brittle. It will also loosen your curl pattern.
Tip: Use a heat protectant and don’t go over 350 degrees.

4. Shampooing too often

Unless you have build up in your hair, you should not really shampoo your hair too frequently. Not only will you be stripping your hair of its natural oils, but your hair does not need it.
Tip: Co-wash instead of shampooing frequently, or if you would like to clarify the build up in your hair use apple cider vinegar.

5. Not being familiar with product ingredients
Before going natural, not once did I ever look at the ingredients on the bottle of the products I used. Sulfates? Parabens? Huh? Not a clue what these meant, but now that I do, these are really harmful ingredients that are in many hair products. Always look in the ingredient description box and try to stray away from harmful ingredients such as these.

6. Not Moisturizing

Natural hair tends to be dry naturally. And dry hair = breakage. Moisture is key.
Tips: Spray your hair with a water bottle throughout the day.
• After washing your hair, apply the L.C.O Method
• Seal your ends with an oil of your choice, or aloe vera

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Using Aloe Vera on your natural hair, is one of the best natural and organic ways of adding moisture back to your hair. With that said, here are 6 ways you can benefit from using Aloe Vera regularly on your hair.

  1. Aloe Vera is 90-99.5% Water and contains amino acids, enzymes, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins.
  2. It increases blood circulation to hair follicles.
  3. The amino acids and small amount of protein (lectin) in aloe vera strengthen damaged hair.
  4. Can also act as a humectant, drawing moisture from the air, while the sugar and pectin molecules in the aloe vera gel help deliver the moisture into the hair.
  5. Works great as a sealant for your ends locking in the moisture.
  6. If you are looking for an all natural gel, aloe vera is a great option. It provides mild hold and does not flake or cause heavy build up. It is water soluble, making it easy to wash from your hair.

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Create this gorgeous elegant style on the go within minutes. This style can be dressed up or down and also serves as a protective style.

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Photo Credit: Mike Garten
Source: Refinery29

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Are you having a hard time retaining length? We all want healthy hair overall, but there are a few steps that will get us there. If one of your goals is to retain length but don’t know how, then you will benefit from these tips!

Detangle gently with conditioner
Use a conditioner with lots of slip so it will be easier to detangle.

Trim split ends regularly
Doing so will guarantee healthier hair and prevent breakage.

Oil Pre-Poos
A “pre-poo” is usually an oil treatment applied to hair prior to shampooing or conditioning. Adding a prepoo treatment to hair helps to restore lost moisture.

Air Dry
Minimize heat usage and opt for air drying. Also wring out your curls with a tee-shirt as opposed to a towel.

LCO Method
L=liquid, O= oil, C=cream.Use this method to lock in the moisture in your hair.

Clarify Regularly
Build up clogs your pores, you will want to use a clarifying shampoo or the apple cider vinegar wash to get rid of build up.

Massage Your Scalp
Massaging your scalp regularly will increase your blood flow and promote hair growth.

Protein Treatments
Using protein treatments regularly will aid in making your hair stronger, after all your hair is made of protein.

Low Manipulation
Choose low manipulation hairstyles, or protective hairstyles. Constant tugging, combing and pulling can create breakage and shedding. The less you fuss with your hair, the better the chances are for promoting strong healthier hair.

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When your hair is feeling dry or damaged, it may be more difficult to deal with. Or you may not know if your hair is damaged by neglecting the most visible signs. Here are 5 ways you can tell immediately if your hair damaged.

Dull Hair
You may find that even after deep conditioning your hair still looks dull. This is a certain sign that your hair is harmed and the shafts are no longer smooth.

Brittle/Dry Texture
The best way to test and know whether or not your hair is damaged, is by holding a section of your hair upside down so that your ends are pointing upward. Next, run your finger over the end to test the texture. Notice if the texture is soft, or is it hard and brittle? A brittle or weak dry texture usually means a damaged hair shaft that is not absorbing moisture well.

Split Ends
Another sign of damaged hair is by noticing if you have split ends. Split ends are caused by dryness and harsh treatment. There is no product that will repair split ends; the best way to treat split ends is by cutting them off.

Hair Breakage
If you notice way more shedding on your comb or around your room/bathroom, it could be a sign of damaged hair. Damaged hair that is dry and brittle tends to snap off easily. Although, some hair loss is normal, when you see a large increase of it, you can definitely count on damaged hair as being the culprit. This can be the result of excessive tugging, hair manipulation, over processing, relaxers or even a hair color gone wrong.