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Garnier Fructis Miraculous Oil for Dry to Very Dry Hair

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I’ve had mixed results with the Garnier Fructis brand. The first time I tried one of their product lines was about a year-and-a-half ago. It was not too long after their Honey Treasures Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner from Garnier’s Whole Blends hair care line came out. However, that shampoo and conditioner wreaked havoc on my hair! About a year later, I tried the Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste as a fluke and ended up liking it!
I never really tried anything else from their line until my sister gave me a bottle of their Marvelous Oil for Dry, Damaged Hair a while ago. I’ve been using it for the last year. Unfortunately, I just never really had the time to write a blog post about it or do a video review. But, I definitely think it’s worth a mention. I have since transitioned to using Garnier’s Miraculous Oil for Dry to Very Dry Hair because I couldn’t find their Marvelous Oil for Dry, Damaged Hair locally. I do prefer the Marvelous Oil over the Miraculous Oil, but both are still quite good. What I like best about these products is that they are multitaskers. They act as a (1) pre-shampoo treatment, (2) conditioner booster, (3) blow-dry accelerator, (4) ends finisher, and (5) overnight leave-in.
To use it as a pre-shampoo treatment, just apply the product to wet or dry hair before shampooing your hair. The Miraculous Oil acts as a primer to ensure gentle cleansing. Need a conditioner booster? Add a few drops of the oil to your fave conditioner to improve detangling. If you would prefer a blow-dry accelerator, apply the Miraculous Oil to damp hair to expedite the blow dry process. Your hair will dry faster than it would with a creamy leave-in. As an ends finisher, apply the oil to damp or dry hair to smooth frayed ends and tame flyaways. If an overnight leave-in is more your style, just work the product through wet or dry hair and leave in overnight to help restore suppleness and softness to your tresses.
So far I have used the Miraculous Oil as a pre-shampoo treatment, conditioner booster, and ends finisher. My hair simply loves this miracle elixir. I love the custom blend of ingredients, too! I especially like the inclusion of sweet almond oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil, and rosemary leaf extract.


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It added shine to my hair without weighing it down or leaving behind any greasy residue. It also really helped to transform my dry, dull hair. The oil is super light and is easily absorbed by my hair. I like to sandwich it between my other hair products, (i.e., my hair moisturizer or thicker hair butters like mango butter and shea butter). While this oil smells amazing (slightly fruity with citrus undertones), it contains a high amount of fragrance (in terms of of quantity relative to other ingredients). Nonetheless, the texture is perfect … not overly thick (like castor oil) and not super thin (like extra virgin olive oil) … The pump top also provides greater control during application.


♥ Oil is lightweight and easily absorbed by hair.

♥ Oil does not leave any greasy residue.

♥ Oil treats dry, dull, and damaged hair.

♥ Oil multitasks as a pre-shampoo treatment,  conditioner booster, blow-dry accelerator, ends finisher, and overnight leave-in.

♥ Oil has a pleasant texture and smell.

♥  Pump top provides control for easy application.




 If you have type 3 or 4 hair, you may still need to follow up with a heavy butter like mango or shea like I did.

 Contains “dimethiconol,”  a silicone-based polymer.

– Contains a high amount of fragrance.


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Quick Tip #20: Keep your Hair Shears Sharp!

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Tweezerman Stainless 2000 Shear with Finger Rest, 5 1/2 InchHave (a) single strand knots, (b) split ends, (c) incomplete spits, or (d) mid-shaft splits? Or, maybe worse, you may be like me and have (e) ALL OF THE ABOVE! Well, your hair regimen may not be to blame, after all. The culprit just might be … your dull hair shears ! Has it been a while since you resharpened them? I know it has been for me. In fact, I think I only sharpened mine (ahem) ONCE in the three years since I purchased them! 😳 Shout out to Fine Natural Hair & Faith for the reminder to upkeep our hair tools. Watch her informative video below for additional insight.

You can get hair shears for as little as $7  (e.g., 6.5″ Goody Hair Cutting Shears) or splurge on ones selling for the price of a used, mid-sized SUV (at thousands of dollars) in the shape of dragons, snakes, or scorpions complete with sterling silver handles. Or, you can go the practical route and choose a pair of professional Tweezerman shears for under $20 with a FREE lifetime sharpening guarantee! Whatever you decide, keep your shears sharp to make sure that your hair woes aren’t self-inflicted!

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Pantene Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hydrating Butter Cream

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Pantene’s new Pro-V Gold Series Moisture Boost line contains a shampoo, conditioner, co-wash, hydrating butter crème, detangling milkcurl pudding, intense hydrating oil, and hair mask. I tried the shampoo, conditioner, and butter crème. Pantene created this affordable hair care line to cater to the specific needs of textured hair. The line claims to be the gold standard for moisturizing and protecting curly and kinky hair.

Moisture Boost Shampoo

Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethiconol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tea-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Tetrasodium Edta, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Trideceth-10, Polyquaternium-6, Polyquaternium-10, Trihydroxystearin, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Silica, Iron Oxides, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Directions: Squeeze a quarter size amount into palm. Rub hands together to emulsify. Use finger tips (not nails) to gently massage into scalp. Finger comb lather down the lengths of the hair to the tips. Rinse thoroughly. Repeat shampooing process 2-3x, as needed. Ensure all shampoo is rinsed out of hair.

The shampoo has a lovely citrus scent that I love. It also comes with a pump applicator that makes application super easy, especially while in the shower. Although the shampoo isn’t very thick, it isn’t watery either. The consistency is kind of somewhere in-between. While this shampoo DOES contain sulfates, it didn’t overly lather like most sulfate shampoos. As a result, it didn’t strip my hair during the wash process and left my strands hydrated and soft. This shampoo did a great job of removing any and all product build up that had accumulated on my scalp and hair throughout the week.  In fact, the shampoo, while gentle, still effectively cleansed my scalp of impurities… even after a week of using gel! And, I never needed more than one application despite the label stating that up to 3 applications could be used safely, if needed.


  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Gently cleanses
  • Creamy lather
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Removes product build up
  • Paraben free
  • Softens strands


  • Contains sulfates

Moisture Boost Conditioner

Ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Silicone Quaternium-26, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Histidine, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

Directions: Squeeze a quarter size amount into palm. Rub hands together to emulsify. Finger comb conditioner into hair, beginning mid-shaft down to tips. Then, work conditioner through from root to tip, ensuring all hair is fully saturated. Use a wide tooth comb to fully detangle saturated strands. Rinse thoroughly. Comb through fully rinsed strands with a wide tooth comb before towel drying.

The conditioner has the same lovely citrus scent as the shampoo. However, unlike the shampoo, the conditioner bottle has a flip top instead of a pump applicator. I wish the conditioner had the same pump style top as the shampoo. Despite that unfortunate failing, though, this conditioner in every other respect is quite simply amazing! It detangled all of my hair in seconds! No, that IS NOT a typo. IN SECONDSIn fact, it left my hair so soft, moisturized, and tangle free that I forgot to deep condition my hair the first time I used this conditioner because my hair felt THAT good!


  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Easily detangles
  • Moisturizes and softens strands
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Sulfate free
  • Paraben free
  • Dye free


  • Has a flip top instead of a pump applicator
Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Hydrating Butter-Creme, 6.8 Ounce

Hydrating Butter Crème

Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isodecyl Oleate, Sorbitan Stearate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Paraffin, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Decyl Oleate, Triethanolamine, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Panthenol, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Lysine Hcl, Methyl Tyrosinate Hcl, Histidine

Directions: (For Natural Textures) Apply a dime sized amount to palm. Rub together to emulsify. Pull through curls to infuse moisture and shine. Apply more as needed to enhance definition. (For Relaxed Hair) Use on dry hair. Apply a dime sized amount at night before you wrap hair. Cocktail with Intense Hydrating Oil for even deeper moisture.

The butter crème has the same signature citrus scent as the shampoo and the conditioner, just lighter. I love the thick, creamy consistency. According to the product label, this butter crème will tame frizz and provide 72 hours of moisturization. Although I love the fact that this crème can be used on hair that is wet or dry, it failed to live up to ANY of its other claims. Less than 24 hours after I applied the product, my hair felt parched and dehydrated. And, I had enough frizz to create my own lion mane! In addition, my hair needed almost 3 times the amount of product as specified. A dime sized amount simply just was not enough to quench the thirst of my low porosity strands. In fact, the only way I managed to get this product to actually work was to cocktail it with my beloved S-Curl No Drip Moisturizer and castor oil. Not happy!


  • Thick, creamy consistency
  • Can be used on wet or dry hair
  • Great for dry, damaged hair
  • Great for relaxed hair
  • Infused with argan oil
  • Sulfate free
  • Dye free


  • Contains mineral oil
  • Contains silicones
  • Left my hair frizzy
  • Failed to moisturize my hair

Watch the video below for an additional show and tell about Pantene’s new Pro-V Gold Series Moisture Boost shampoo, conditioner, and butter crème.


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Single Strand Knots: Woes and Cures

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Single strand knots (SSKs) are exactly that … knots that form on a single strand of hair. Still don’t understand? Well, consider yourself blessed. The tangles they create are so pesky that they are often called “fairy knots” because the knots are so small that only an evil fairy could manage to tie them! They’re actually quite common among naturalistas because of the texture and coily structure of natural hair.

I never really experienced them very often until my hair started to get a little longer (around the 6″ to 7″ mark). But, even then, I only saw one or two. Recently, though, they’ve been appearing a lot more. Those fairies have really been working overtime!!!

I mostly ignored them, but the more I did, the more I noticed a flux in the growth and length retention of my hair. One month my hair would be 7″, then a week later only 6.75″. I thought I was out of my mind until I was detangling my hair a couple of days ago before bed and felt my comb snag at the end of my hair. That never happens! So, I immediately looked closer to investigate. And, lo and behold, I saw a fairy knot. I rolled my eyes in annoyance until I realized that what I thought was a single knot had many cousins. In fact, my head was FULL of them!

I’m not going to lie. I panicked. I tried the needle method to try to untie each knot, but it was too cumbersome, and each knot was next to impossible to unravel. So, I took out my shears and did what I knew I had to do. I’ve always believed in the health of my hair over length. So, numerous snips later, the knots are gone, but my hair is a lot shorter … almost a full inch shorter, in fact! I basically lost an entire month of growth! Thankfully, my hair grew a full inch in December. But, those dangerous SSKs took my hair from 9.0″/9.25″ to 8.25″/8.5″  in just one day. YIKES! Needless to say, I was incredibly disappointed, especially since I have been babying my hair and only using a minimal amount of heat (only twice in 2013).

So, what causes SSKs? And, how can you learn from my fairy-induced hair woes? Unfortunately, in all the research I’ve done, I have yet to come across a method that can claim to completely eliminate SSKs all-together. But, there are ways to minimize and prevent them. Here’s what you need to know …

Fairy #1


  • Wearing your hair “out” too frequently
  • Not “stretching” your hair after you have retained a certain length
  • Lack of moisture (dry ends)


  • Ignore them: Ignorance IS NOT bliss! Ignoring SSKs can damage your hair! The longer you ignore them, the greater the tendency SSKs have of latching onto neighboring healthy strands. When SSKs become entangled with other hair, the size of the knot and the number of knots can increase. Your hair will become more difficult to detangle and more likely to break mid-shaft (by snapping above the knot). Ignoring them can also create rougher edges and make your hair more prone to develop split ends.
  • Unravel them: If you have the patience (and the skill), you can try to unravel SSKs with a needle by slowly releasing the hair trapped within. However, this IS NOT as easy as it sounds. Moreover, constantly jabbing at your strands with a sharp object can put undue stress on your strands.
  • Cut them: This is the easiest option and also the most effective for preventing future damage since SSKs can cause your hair (especially the ends) to fray.

Fairy #2


  • Choose the Right Shampoo. Most shampoos contain harsh detergent agents that strip the hair of their natural oils. Your hair should never feel “squeaky” clean. If it does, the cleanser has likely raised your hair cuticles too much, which makes it more fragile and prone to breakage. So, try to use sulfate-free shampoos whenever possible.  
  • Consider Using a Pre-poo or an Oil Rinse. Saturate your hair with an oil of your choice prior to shampooing (pre-poo) or just after shampooing (oil rinse). This will provide extra “slip” by creating less friction between your strands during the washing process.
  • Section Your Hair. I’ve seen many people wash and style their hair in sections, but I always thought that was for naturals with 20+ inches of hair. But, truth be told, once your hair reaches shoulder length, you should probably consider sectioning your hair, especially if you have thick hair. Depending on your preference, you can wash your hair in quadrants of chunky twists or loose braids. Doing so will discourage SSKs and prevent tangles.
  • Use Low Manipulation Hairstyles. Protect your ends by tucking them in (a.k.a. any style where the hair is not worn loose). This includes braids, twists, bantu knots, buns, etc).  While protective styles will not make your hair grow, they can help you to retain precious length. This is because they require little manipulation of the hair over an extended period of time. So, protect your hair from potentially damaging elements (i.e., the weather or even shirt collars). Natural hair tends to thrive the less it is manipulated. Less manipulation equals minimal tension and fewer tangles. Just, don’t forget to moisturize and seal your hair before protective styling.
  • Baby (and S-T-R-E-T-C-H) Your Ends. The ends of our hair are the oldest and driest part of our hair. As a result, they are delicate and need to be handled with love and care. Moreover, shrunken curls and coils are a breeding ground for SSKs. Moisturized ends are smoother, more manageable, and less prone to breakage. Stretching your hair also reduces fairy knots and keeps them from readily forming. There are multiple ways to stretch your hair: (1) with heat (via blow dryers or flat irons), (2) flat or two-strand twists, (3) braids, (4) bantu knots, (5) roller sets, etc. Use the method that best works for you, your schedule, and your hair type.


I think the primary cause for my mountain of fairy knots was created from wearing my hair “out” too much. I literally wore my hair in a wash ‘n go every day for the last three to four months! So, from now on, I will be saying, “No!” to the wash ‘n go. Instead, I will be washing and stretching. This doesn’t mean that I will no longer wear my hair down, but I will try to be more cognizant of how often I do. I think balance is key. I now know for certain that wash ‘n gos increase the number of tangles and SSKs in MY hair. As a result, I plan to section my hair more frequently (during the wash and styling process) and start to use protective styles.

Have you ever fallen victim to SSKs? What’s your plan of attack?


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Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol: Super Detangling Formula for Extremely Dry or Damaged Hair

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I have been using Hollywood Beauty’s Olive Cholesterol since February of last year (2013). I loved it so much that I did a product review on it in July (2013). However, my stash began to run out, and I needed to buy some replacements. I received an Amazon gift card, so I decided to see if they carried my beloved deep conditioner. They did! But, to my everlasting surprise, they had a list price of $12.49 for ONE 20 oz. jar with a so-called sale price of $6.80 (+ $3.10 shipping)! Are they kidding? I can get this from my local Dollar General for $3.20, and that’s INCLUDING tax! 

Sadly, I had to pass on that wallet-buster of a deal. But, I still needed a deep conditioner. Straying from my staple Hollywood Beauty (HB) Cholesterol seemed wrong, but I didn’t really need to purchase anything else from Amazon, so I reluctantly searched for a deep conditioner that could tide me over until I could make it to my Dollar General. In my search to settle, I stumbled upon an old favorite brand: Lustrasilk. This was the same company that made my cherished Shea Butter Cholesterol. Only this cholesterol from Amazon came in a 5 lb., salon-sized container. Although, it is also available in a 20 oz. jar.


I nervously took the plunge and anxiously awaited for my package to arrive. I had one more portion of my HB Cholesterol left. So, I used it. Once my package arrived, the time quickly came for me to deep condition my hair again. I did my normal routine. I shampooed and conditioned my hair. Then, I applied my new Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol. I gotta say, I didn’t expect much. After all, this cholesterol had pretty big Hollywood Beauty shoes to fill …

Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol is carefully formulated with deep conditioning agents that treat dry, chemically-treated, or extremely damaged hair. Aloe Vera extract has been added for increased moisturizing properties and to provide extra protection from hot curling irons and blow dryers. Leaves hair shiny and easy to manage.

Shampoo and towel dry. Apply cream to hair and scalp. Leave on for 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water. For extra conditioning of overly dry or damaged hair, repeat the process. Style as usual.

The Lustrasilk Cholesterol has a light, mild fragrance that is very pleasant. I always deep condition under a hooded dryer for 20-30 minutes with a processing cap. The first time I used this cholesterol, I used it straight from the container after shampooing and conditioning my hair. It isn’t as thick as my HB Cholesterol, yet it still managed to really moisturize my coils. It softened my tresses and left it extremely detangled. I got the same root-to-tip tangle-free results as my HB Cholesterol, all without pre-detangling my hair. (Gasp!)

It also really made all three textures of my coils (3C, 4A, and 4B) POP, just like my HB Cholesterol. However, when I used the HB Cholesterol, as soon as I rinsed the cholesterol out of my hair, the definition melted away. Not so with the Lustrasilk! Even after rinsing out the product, I had AHHHMAZING curl definition. So much so that I didn’t want to ruin it by adding any product to my hair. But, I know all too well the dangers of not moisturizing and sealing one’s hair properly, so I resisted the temptation. (Sigh.) Nevertheless, this cholesterol worked so well that if I cannot purchase my HB Cholesterol from Dollar General, for some reason, I would definitely buy Lustrasilk Aloe Vera instead.

I spent $19.47 at amazon.com for 5 lbs. of product (the equivalent of four 20 oz. jars) and qualified for Free Super Saver Shipping. While this salon-sized container cost me $6.67 more than four 20 oz. jars of the Hollywood Beauty Cholesterol, it is still pretty inexpensive for the quantity received. I deep condition my hair once a week, so this 5 lb. jar will last me about 10 months (or 38-40 uses)! Not too shabby for twenty bucks! 

While this cholesterol does contain mineral oil, which I don’t particularly care for, it is the ninth ingredient. Although it doesn’t have the same goodies I love from my Hollywood Beauty Cholesterol (i.e., castor oil, olive oil, glycerin, tea tree oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, egg protein, as well as aloe vera, rosemary, sage, white nettle, and chamomile extracts), it works just as well. It also has the benefit of not smelling like grape candy on steroids.    🙂

Here’s hoping Lustrasilk doesn’t discontinue this beauty like they did their shea butter cholesterol


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My 2014 New Year’s HAIR Resolutions + Encouragement

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So, it’s a new year, and it’s time to put pen to paper concerning our New Year’s resolutions. No, I’m not talking about exercising more or paying down my student loans. (Gasp!) That’s on a different list. LOL! I’m talking about my New Year’s HAIR resolutions. One of the things I’ve learned now that I’ve been natural for 11 months (Man, does time fly!) is that healthy hair doesn’t happen accidentally. If you want stronger hair, it requires a lot of dedication and commitment, utilization of proper hair techniques, and a healthy dose of patience. So, here’s my plan for better hair in 2014 …

  1. Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize!

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    • It’s easy to get bogged down by life and neglect the basics your hair needs. I found out the hard way that when I don’t set aside time to take care of my hair, it usually results in dry, dehydrated tresses that break or have minimal growth. I’ve learned that my hair needs to be moisturized daily, even if it’s just misted with water. And, as always, I’ll seal that moisture in with one of my fave oils.
    • I’m still toying with (and trying to perfect) different moisturization techniques (i.e., the LOC method) but, right now, moisturizing and sealing is the minimum I can do to maintain healthy hair.
  2. Deep condition at least once a week! 
  • I noticed a drastic difference in the health of my hair last year when I failed to deep condition it for 4 weeks straight.
  • My natural hair loves moisturizing deep conditioners the way my relaxed hair loved protein treatments.
  • Deep conditioning is a must for me!
  • Use more low-manipulation/protective hairstyles.

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    • Last year, because of the length of my hair, I couldn’t really take advantage of the numerous protective hairstyles I came across online and fell madly in love with.
    • Now that I have more length to play with, I plan to experiment with some of those styles I’ve been coveting.    🙂
  • Air dry as much as possible.

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    • Last year, I air dried my hair 99% of the time. I only blow dried my hair once! I think that really helped with the overall health of my hair.
    • This year, I plan to continue this good habit I formed and air dry as much as possible.
  • Limit the use of flat irons.

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    • Flat irons can create beautiful, sleek looks. But, don’t over do it.
    • I made the decision early on in my healthy hair journey to limit my use of flat irons to only 2-3 times per year MAX. I’ve been natural for 11 months now, and I’ve only flat ironed my hair ONCE. I don’t plan to flat iron my hair again for another month (on my 1-year naturalversary)!
    • When I was relaxed, one of the reasons I struggled to obtain healthy hair is because of my constant battle with split ends. Limiting the frequency I straighten my natural hair has completely eliminated that problem. My ends are split-free and healthy!
  • Curb my product junkyism. Product Junky
    • When I was relaxed, I was a serious product junky. Whenever a new product launched, I had to try it. No matter what! When I became natural, a lot of the products I had in my arsenal no longer worked on my newly natural hair. So, in some sense, you almost have to be a product junky your first year of being natural by default … Because trying new products and lots of products is really the only way you will know what will work for your hair.
    • I also noticed that my hair goes through stages … A couple of the products I tried when I transitioned and then BCed (and loved), I ended up hating as my hair grew out and got longer. So, there will always be a careful balance between discovering something new and useful and collecting products like trophies!
    • Of course, companies that discontinue your fave products creates a whole new dilemma … But, sometimes a discontinuation can be a blessing in disguise. Early into my natural hair journey when my favorite Lustrasilk deep conditioner was taken off the shelf, it forced me to research products and read labels like crazy. I ended up finding two deep conditioners that I absolutely adore. If I can’t find one, I buy the other and vice versa. I’ve been using one of the two for the last 9 months! The same goes for my co-wash conditioner. I’ve been using the same one since I made the decision to transition.
    • I still like to try new products, but when I find something that works, I plan to stick with it.
  • Throw out my brush and comb!

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    • Ok, not really! But, it is important to avoid manipulating your hair needlessly.
    • In 2013, I realized that I brushed and combed my hair … A LOT!!! Around month six or seven of being natural, I started to finger detangle my hair. I started slowly … from whenever I could remember to about 75% of the time. I’ve noticed less hair fall in the shower and on the floor!
    • Now, I use my comb predominately for creating clean parts (when styling my hair) and my Denman brush for shingling product into my hair/my boar bristle brush for gently smoothing my edges. I use a comb/brush maybe once a week. Sometimes once every two to three weeks!
    • I used to think that people who finger detangled exclusively were insane, now I can’t imagine my hair regimen without it. Who knew?
  • Stop jumping on bandwagons!
    • Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up with the latest fads. I’ve always been the first among my family and friends to test new products, especially those related to hair care. There’s nothing necessarily wrong about wanting to try the latest and greatest in beauty and hair care. Just be realistic! And, do your research.
    • Before you drop $200 bucks on the newest innovation in heat styling, read reviews online, ask questions in hair forums, and talk to people who have tried the product first hand to see if the item can actually fulfill a need, or if you are about to become the next victim of a three a.m. infomercial.
  • KISS (Keep It Simple Sista).

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    • Don’t use a million products if two will do.
    • Don’t manipulate your hair every day if you can get away with only manipulating your tresses two to three times a week.
    • Don’t install an elaborate hair do if you don’t have the time to maintain it.
    • More isn’t always better. Sometimes more is just … well … more!
  • Be consistent.Consistency Is Key
    • Healthy hair takes a lot of work. You can’t take good care of your hair for a couple of weeks and expect to undo a lifetime of damage or poor hair care practices.
    • Create a hair regimen and follow it for at least a month or two. Then, judge whether your regimen needs to be tweaked to better suit your lifestyle or hair needs.
  • Practice patience.

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    • Healthy hair takes time to cultivate.
    • Period!
  • Ignore the noise. 

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    • You can’t please everyone all of the time. There will ALWAYS be naysayers. Sometimes a co-worker, close friend, or even a family member will “mean well” but wrinkle their nose when you Big Chop or say, “I liked your hair better when it was longer!” (a.k.a. relaxed)
    • Regardless of whether you are relaxed, transitioning, or natural, do what works for you and your hair! I had to learn this one in the beginning stages of my Big Chop when my confidence plummeted when certain people I cared about made less-than-encouraging comments about my über short hair. I felt embarrassed. I thought that maybe I had made a mistake. However, one morning I woke up and realized that I was tired of trying to conform to others’ expectations of me. So, I made the decision to be confident about my hair, regardless of the length. And, guess what? Confidence begets confidence!
  • Embrace my hair’s limits.

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    • Not all hair types can easily shift from hair trend to hair trend, change from a plethora of styles from week to week, or use a million different styling techniques on a whim like a contortionist in Cirque du Soleil. It doesn’t mean it’s good or bad. It just … IS!
    • There are certain immutable facts about certain hair types and rules (as well as exceptions to the rules) within each “type” and for each person. Just because your 4c BFF can get away with only washing her coils once a month and protective styling for 12 weeks at a time,  doesn’t mean you can, too!
    • All hair is created equally BUT differently. Accept the limits of your hair, and move on to what DOES work for you.
  • Love my hair unconditionally.

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    • I am still a work in progress, and every blue moon I sometimes look in the mirror and question myself. But, then I remember how damaged and unhealthy my relaxed hair was and how strong and healthy my natural hair is. Suddenly, the only opinion that matters is MY own. 

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