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5 Ways to Get Your Natural Hair Ready for Fall Winter Weather

Get Fall Winter Weather Ready! Here are some extremely helpful ways to get your natural hair ready for the fall/winter season. afro curl natural hairstyle

1. Deep Condition

Each week your natural hair should receive some type of tender love and care filled with moisture and time. The easiest way is with a deep conditioner. After your regular wash day routine apply a deep conditioner. While making sure to saturate each strand of hair, leave in for a minimum of one hour to a full night, depending on your time schedule and desired results. The longer you leave in the deep conditioner the more time it has to soak into your hair and work effectively.

2. Hot Oil Treatments

This type of hair treatment can be done each week or if you wish to you can alternate to every other week and swap out with your regular deep condition treatments. Just warm the oil and work it into your hair. Leave in for 30 mins and rinse out.

For more help in selecting the best oils check out our last blog post: 5 Tips to keep Natural Hair Moisturized this FALL & Winter

3. Protective Styling

Fall & Winter is the perfect time to implement your favorite protective styles! If you want to experiment with different textures or lengths, clip-ins are key. This is also a great method to use while your natural hair is sealed and protected underneath. So after your next deep conditioning or hot oil treatment, make sure to braid up your natural hair and pin away any loose ends. Safely secure your desired HerGivenHair Clip-ins to create your desired look. This type of protective styling can last up to weeks at a time and helps your hair to retain its moisture over a longer period of time due to low manipulation. kinky 16in clipin natural hair extensions coily textured clipin extensions 16in+18in

4. Scalp Massages

This is an essential step that helps in mental health and relaxation. By giving yourself daily scalp massages you can stimulate your roots and promote hair growth. Which is rarely ever a bad thing! You can choose to do this with or without using an oil during the massage. As long as you use your fingertips in a light circular motion, you are good to go!

5. Trim

Depending on your hair type and personal preference you may have to trim more often then some. For example, if you are going through a transiting phase from processed hair to all natural, now is the time to trim. Before the winter season begins it is necessary to get rid of any split or dead ends in sight. So get your scissors ready to trim as needed and not to go overboard by being scissor happy! way to trim your natural hair ends

There you have it, five great ways to get your natural hair ready for this fall & winter weather!

Tips to Rock Your Wash and Go This Winter

Winter, Winter, Winter! Oh how you love to torture my hair! Ladies, this time around don’t let winter get the best of you or your hair this year. Here are a few tips to help you fight back and rock your wash and go this upcoming winter! coily natural textured wash and go style by @msnaturallymary

1. Co- wash with a leave in conditioner

The first and most important step in a Wash and Go. Cleanse and moisturize your hair to create the perfect base. Choose your favorite conditioner, preferably with great slip.  wash and go curly natural hair style

2. Detangle by finger detangling in small sections, rinse if needed

After your hair is thoroughly cleansed you can now begin the detangling process. Section finger detangle-Rinse

3. Moisturize with your preferred oil sealant

After you’ve detangled your hair it’s time to add moisture to your stands. Adding oil to your hair while it is still damp is key. Once your hair absorbs the water, oil can be used to help seal in the moisture. This will help your wash and go last longer without getting that crusty look too soon. wash and go natural hair style by @_kharissa

4. Define your strands

Whether it’s the prayer hands or individual strand twist method, you can use either or and/or both when defining your curls. Add gel to enhance your curl pattern. To complete the overall final look, apply a holding edge control paste along your edges and tie it down with a silk scarf. Finally the last step is to apply your favorite ant frizz serum.

5. Air dry your luscious locks

When all of the key products are added and every strand of hair is saturated, you are ready to set your style. With your silk or satin scarf tied around your edges, you can continue your daily home schedule as normal. If you were meaning to do some extra work around the house or prep for the next day, now is the time! Allow your hair to dry thoroughly to avoid that head cold feeling during the winter. Once completely dry, separate into desired shape by using your fingers or a pic this will also help with the volume. For an extra kick, finish off with an oil sheen spray for added shine and luster!

Remember Naturalists, stay strong and consistent to ensure optimum results this Winter! If you are struggling with any part or find that your hair isn’t responding positively, feel free to adapt and adjust any of these steps according to your personal preference and hair type. These tips are here to assist and guide you to a stress free bomb looking winter wash and go!

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Caring For Your Investment, Her Given Hair Extensions

I know, like many of you I vowed to care for such an expensive purchase. However, after the first few weeks, I somehow dropped the ball. Being a stylist I often don’t take much time for my tresses, let alone something that isn’t attached to my head permanently. Fortunately, the neglect can be salvaged. Her Given Hair is such a high quality, long-lasting hair that reacts perfectly to the the right products, implementation and tools. Caring for highly textured hair doesn’t have to be an intense, painstaking process and I hope that you find the following tips and tricks useful.

With quite a bit of research on multiple natural textures, here are the recommended products that I use for all textures of the Her Given Hair extensions. hergivenhair coily textured clipin extensions


Water (Filtered, Tap, Distilled or Spring)


Cleanse products for caring natural hair extensions

Deva Curl No Poo Decadence:
This cream-based, non-lathering cleanser is a quality product with lots of slip that cuts your cleansing and detangling time in half. The creamy consistency softens and opens the cuticle (on soaking wet hair) and allows moisture retention of hydrated curls.

Alternate Cleansers: (when using heavier oil-based styling products. Silicone-based products are not recommended.)

Deva Curl Low Poo: Low lathering for extra clarifying of tresses that doesn’t strip the hair. This can be mixed with equal portions of No Poo for a creamy gentle lathering cleanser.

Uncle Funky’s Daughter Squeaky: This is great to use alternatively to cream-based cleansers. Use about twice a month for a more intense cleanse when using heavy emollient-based styling products containing little or no water.  These styling products tend to have heavy butters and oils. Squeaky has a gentle, effervescent, crisp lather! I honestly would save this for my own scalp therapy but it’s equally beneficial on Her Given Hair Extensions.

Uncle Funky’s Daughter Rich & Funky: Another great option but with less lather than Squeaky. Recommended when using lighter water-based styling products that contain emollients.


Deva Curl One Condition: Much like the No Poo, when applied to soaking wet hair it allows for slip, detangling and moisture retention. It has a bit more slip and doesn’t have to be entirely rinsed out. It is recommended to rinse to a skim milk consistency.

Uncle Funky’s Daughter Richee Rich: Applied to soaking wet hair has great slip and leaves a lot of the goodness of the emollients left behind. Use very sparingly and rinse most of the product out. This works on all hair types but especially useful on Her Given Hair Kinky textured extensions hergivenhair natural hair samples

Long Hair Don’t Care Conditioner Co-Wash: Co-washes and leave-ins aren’t recommended to use routinely because they cause build-up, but this is great as a sort of “deep conditioner. Rinse to a skim milk consistency.


Use a plastic hanger and alligator hair clamps to drip dry from shower rod or a place where there isn’t a risk of falling from water run-off. Alternatively and my preference, I rig my hangers under a hooded dryer to aid in a faster dryer time and to set the curls in place. Air drying allows for a slower drying process and voluminous curls.


Inexpensive plastic storage containers can be purchased from your local discount store or big box shopping center for $1 or less. You may also find storing in a gallon sized storage bag useful. Leaving the bag partially open will allow air flow. Germs grow in dark, moist places. To prevent bacteria, ensure that your wefts are completely dry before storing. Her Given Hair Upart Wig can be stored in its original bag and box, plastic storage container or, recommended, on a mannequin head with a plastic bag loosely placed on top to prevent dust and particles. Mannequin heads can be purchased from most craft & fabric supply stores.
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Additional Tips:

Initially, ALWAYS use your fingers to detangle water-saturated and conditioned HerGivenHair extensions, before reaching for a detangling too. Doing so prevents excessive, unnecessary shedding. My go to tool is the Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush which is, in my opinion, far more practice than other recommended tools in the natural community. The flexible row of bristles allows for less tension and more flexibility of detangling each curl.

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Styling Product Tips:

Uncle Funky’s Daughter Extra Butter: For Twistouts, Braidouts , rod and rollersets.

Camille Rose Curl Maker: After adding a small amount of UFD Extra Butter on wet hair add a small amount Camille Rose Curl Maker.

So, I hope with these tools you are able to care for your investment with ease. Bonus! These tips are also things that I use on myself and my clients to maintain a healthy head of natural hair. Just omit the whole “Storage” section.

I will have more tips in the future on natural hair and transitioning. So stay tuned!

I can be followed on Instagram @coiledatexturedsalon – ✨Lavida B✨, Licensed Cosmetologist, Advanced Deva Stylist & Natural/Curly Haircare Specialist

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10 Easy Ways to Protect Your Hair While Traveling!

If you haven’t realized already, I have been rocking the most A-MAY-ZING hair extensions by Her Given Hair! I have gone hiking, scuba diving, played in the snow and travailed through a hot, humid, summer with these extensions.
10 easy ways to protect your natural hair while traveling

These two bundles of 16”, coily, hair has been through it all!

With the help of Atlanta-based celebrity stylist Kelli Kibble, here are ten ways to protect your hair (real or ‘yours because you bought it’) in any weather or terrain while traveling!

  • If you are going swimming, soak your hair with water there the night before. Hair is a sponge, soaking hair in water will protect your hair from the harmful water like chlorine and salt water.
  • Use a neutralizing shampoo after swimming, especially for natural and colored hair. This shampoo helps to remove chlorine and deactivate color from turning another color (blonde highlights could turn green!). If you have relaxed hair, chlorine could be harmful as well. Rachel in Travel in Cuba with coily natural hair

Hot, Humid, Big Hair in Havana

  • Travel with a satin pillow case! We all have them… you know those nights where we come home late and exhausted, and the LAST thing you want to do is wrap our hair!
  • Travel with your shampoo and conditioner. Take your hair care system with you!
  • Drink LOTS of water! Hydrate! Your hair will thank you for it Scuba Diving in Sydney with coily weaves

Twisted Hair While Scuba Diving in Australia

  • Protect your hair like you protect your skin. Coat your hair in a moisturizing, leave-in conditioner, which will create a coating to protect it from harmful elements, like the sun and dangerous water (see point #1).
  • If you’re going somewhere cold, try to avoid wool scarves. These can damage your hair from the friction. Use cotton or microfiber scarves as an alternative option. Detangled natural hair in using coily extensions

Detangled Hair 

  • Before and after swimming, detangle hair then put into twists/braids to prevent tangles!
  • Try protective styles, like @hergivenhair for a sew-in, braids, or wear a hat!
  • DO NOT flat iron your hair every day! I know it can be tough ladies. You can easily cause heat damage in just one weekend!

What are some ways you protect your hair while traveling?

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How To: Wash and Go on 4B 4C Natural Hair

Hello ladies! So the number one complaint I get from ladies with tighter coiled hair is shrinkage and that they cannot get their girls to define/pop. After countless products a lot of people have given up and I’m frustrated with trying to achieve defined curls. One of those people. I tried to defy my hair about six years ago and never did it again until two weeks ago.

Some naturals will argue that people are not comfortable with their curl pattern and they need to learn to love the hair as it naturally grows from their scalps and to quit buying products trying to achieve something that their hair just will not do. For me I simply see it is a style change. I am perfectly happy with my curl pattern but sometimes I want to do something different. Don’t get me wrong; there are some people that are struggling with the thought of just being natural and do not like their tight curl pattern what so ever and if that is the case, hopefully this tutorial can help catapult them in the direction of at least wearing their hair out instead of hiding under weaves.

Enough of my soap box LOL. Let’s get into this tutorial. :)

1. First thing you want to do is clarify your hair. You want to get all of the buildup off of your hair because it’s weighing your hair down and not allowing your hair to receive the moisture and products being used to define. I used Avalon Kera Care Moisture Right Shampoo and conditioner. I am more partial to their natural textures line but I really wanted the hair very clean.
 Avalon Kera Care Moisture Right Shampoo and conditioner 2. I applied biosilk miracle leave in on towel dried hair.
biosilk miracle leave in

3. I then finger parted my hair to start from the nape of my neck.
wash and go on natural 4b 4c hair

4. At this point detangle with your favorite tool and then finger comb.

5. After I got out the knots and tangles, I applied shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie and ampro protein styl gel and finger combed and used my detangling brush.
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Some people can’t stand that gel but that’s what works for me with this method and it’s alcohol free so I’m cool with it. I use other gels for other things however. Once you smooth the product in, your will feel your hair defining and clumping together separating from other curls. Right where you feel your curls natural separating u grab the hair and pull in in a downward motion between the index finger and thumb. If you let it go and the curl is still frizzy, apply a little more gel on that piece to weigh it down. Be sure to concentrate on your roots as well because some people complain that their ends will define but the roots won’t.
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6. Once you have repeated this step all over, shake your head for a while. This will help the curls clump together without frizzing as bad.
7. Gently place your hair in the direction that you want it to go and LET IT DRY or get very close to drying before you go picking in it.
This is directly after shaking
how to dry your natural type 4 hair This is completely dry
natuaral 4c dry hair after wash and go This is after 8-10 hours of being at work and also running errands. It still has a sheen to it, hasn’t shrunken terribly and has some definition left;  there are no flakes, It’s not crunchy, or have residue on the hair.
Dry natural hair after 8-10 hours of work and running errands I really love it! As it dried I did pick at the roots to lift it a little more but that was it. For next day hair I got a spray bottle with water, dampened my hair, and shook my head like crazy. After I saw what curls weren’t as defined I put just a tad bit of gel on my fingers, ran them down the curls, and that was it. You can probably do this method for 3 or so days before having to do it from scratch again. It’s tedious so I don’t recommend doing it 24/7 but it’s definitely a cool style change.  :)

ENJOY! by  Chi Chi

https://youtu.be/wXpWJn9PhwEProducts used:

-Cleansing Products:
Avalon Kera Care Moisture Right Shampoo and conditioner.
-Biosilk Miracle Leave in
-Shea moisture Curl enhancing smoothie
-Ampro prostyle brown gel

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15 Hot Natural Hairstyle Tutorials for Summer

Are you tired of your simple Afro or daily puff hair? Are you looking for tutorials or how to instructions to invite a fresh summer hairstyle? Here we go! These 15 hot natural hair pictorials will help you out.

1. Last Minute Half Up & Half Down

last minute easy half up half down summer natural hairstyles Photo credit: @igbocurls via Instagram

2.  Perm Rods on Front Bang

how to perm rod on front bang summer natural hairstyle “I did this style on old hair that was previously in twists. I sectioned off a portion in the front for the bang area and put the back of my hair in a simple bun. For the front section I didn’t add any product I just spritzed my hair with water and then flat twisted the hair leaving about an inch or two loose at the end of the twist. I added a perm rod on the end and left the twists and rods in overnight. The next morning I unraveled and fluffed!” by @stasialovescurls

3. Faux Tapered Cut Updo on Natural Hair

summer protective natural hairstyle faux tapered updo This cute natural protective hairstyle is created by @Naptural85, she is so talented in styling natural hair.  Follow her steps to learn this versatile hairstyle which is perfect for weddings, graduations and so on.

 4. Flat Twist N Perm Rod Style

flat twist perm rod summer natural hairstyle For this flat twist and perm rod style @k_moniquebeauty used the @cantubeauty wave whip curling mousse. How pretty she is!

5. Straightened and Curled Natural Hair

straighten and curled natural summer hairstyle This style is really amazing. For the tutorial of it, go check Stylist @truvanity_ ‘s instagram account.

6.  Two Strand Twist Out

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7.  Retro Rolled Bangs

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8.  Easy Knotted Updo for Natural Hair

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9.  Perm Rods on Natural Hair

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10. Flat Twist Bun 

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11. Halo Bun on Natural Hair

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12.  Fluffy Afro

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13.  Braid and Curl

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14. Fluffy Twist Out

summer protective fluffy twist out on natural hair Check out @PureEstrogen’s tutorial on her Youtube Channel Pure Estrogen.

15. Bouncy Twist-N-Curl

summer bouncy twist and curl protective styles on natural hair Photo credit: heycurlie via Instagram

Do you love those protective hairstyles? Will you try some of them in this summer? lol Well, for a perfect match you can try @hergivenhair natural hair extensions to create a long hot hairstyle.  Find out your natural texture below:

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How on Earth Are You Growing Your Edges?

Welcome back ladies and beaus? I am constantly looking for the best products for my hair. I am on this journey to strengthen my coils. I discussed products that I was currently using. I must say that I learned that a product will last if you use it. Also, I researched some of the newest deep conditioners. There was an article going around about a young lady having traction alopecia to her edges.

hair loss problem Razor Chic of Atlanta Salon Photo credit: Razor Chic of Atlanta Salon

I thought that was very ironic. How are we doing the edges of your hair justice? Examine the hairline, and look for loss of strength. My edges are a concern to me, in researching loss of edges of hair could be caused by stress. The earth is full of timeless consuming activities,  but healthy hair means healthy atmosphere.

Thinning edges

I utilize protective styles in the summer. My edges, if not protected with the appropriate protective hairstyle will thin. That was before I learned that edges are hereditary. Remember when we discussed alopecia. If I want thicker edges I have to treat my hair with products of such substance. I have utilized two products for my edges. I first used the HICKS Edges,  and it has helped my edges grow and my roots have started at the same length of strand. I can tell that they are healthier. I am currently using the Mane Choice.  I like that it smells good and enriches my hair with moisture and elongates my edges to give a full effect.
natural hair edges care products Earth to Edges, I hope that you are in love and killing your edges free. If you are balding that is usually a big sign of stress on the hair or a need for treatment. Edges are usually the surface of the hair. I have treated my edges with edge controls, but I came up with given them time to grow at their own natural speed. If you notice shedding and patches of baldness, contact a health professional of your choice for treatment.

Thicker Edges

I have taken the steps of growing my edges, like the earth and its surface. Taken into consideration of what stresses can cause my hair to be unhealthy. Remember healthiness is the goal! What products do you use? I have listed only two of many products that grow your edges. How on earth are you growing your products? I have taken the control on my edges, and loving my surface!


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If your natural hair is on the way to grow, natural hair extensions would be helpful to hide the loss.

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How to Take Care of Your Natural Hair While Swimming

As a fitness expert and trainer, my hair goes through a workout, so I am constantly looking for new styles and great products to care for my hair and accommodate my workout lifestyle.

Recently I was offered a chance to participate in Swim London, an initiative to get adults swimming set up by the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association). Swimming has always been one of my biggest fitness bugbears. I used to worry about how to take care of my hair and protect it from the chlorine. This actually prevented me from swimming and that was one of the main reasons why I couldn’t and didn’t want to swim.

However, never one to shy away from a fitness challenge, I consulted Victoria Akwuagwu, owner of Ziuzo Hair and Beauty, an award winning salon in Lewisham. After visiting her salon she gave me a treatment to set my hair up ready for the challenge ahead and gave me some great hair care tips and advice:

1. Invest in a decent swimming cap, one that fits snuggly.

2. After your swim rinse hair thoroughly with lukewarm water.

3. To help prevent the hair from becoming dehydrated, use a moisturising conditioner.  Leave on for five to 10 minutes before rinsing.

4. Use a leave-in conditioner to detangle and before blow-drying. Alternatively, let the hair air dry before styling and seal with an oil.

5.  For single plaits shampoo your hair twice and allow it to dry naturally or blow-dry. Then apply a light oil to your scalp, such as a blend of almond oil, jojoba oil and coconut oil to moisturise. Vist your salon twice a month for a deep cleanse and conditioning treatments. 

summer natural hair care while swimming


Whatever the fitness challenge, if you struggle to manage your hair, visit your stylist for tips and advice. I have learnt to always keep my scalp moisturized using light oils to prevent excessive dryness. I use the above advice for my hair, look natural and appreciate my fro. I have even found the most amzing afro hair extensions. HerGivenHair, allows me to add length and body to my afro and I can wear the hair confidently when doing sporting activities. Usually afro hair extensions don’t last long, they tend to get knotted but HerGivenHair extensions are very different.

It has been and amazing educational journey and I am still learning .Going natural was the best thing I ever did. Yes, I still wear wigs and it has only been in the post few years that I have dared to brave my afro in public, but I now love this natural feel and it is the inspiration for my LadyXsize fitness brand.

LadyXsize is currently presenting a program on BBC Local Radio. For more detials on her five to 45 minute fitness workouts visit 👉👉

Article source:  Black Beauty & Hair Magazine
Author:  Nana Akua, TV Fitness Guru, BBC Radio Presenter, product expert, writer and Owner of LadyXsize Fitness.

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Scalp Care DifeelSunflower MegaCare ArganOil
Leave-in Conditioner SyntonicsBotanical Strengthening Serum

Since summer is comming, will you go swimming? What’s your tips for protect your natural hair while swimming? Share below!

Photo gallery on summer lifestyle. :)

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How to Care for Natural Textured Human Hair Extensions

If it’s the first time for you to use hergivenhair textured  hair extensions, you’d better learning something about caring to keep your hair stay healthy and smoothy for a long time.  In this post, Stylist ChiChi will share you a way on how she cares for her curly weaves.  Hope it would be useful to you.  :)
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Weft sealing: fray check
Shampoo & Conditioner: Shea moisture retention shampoo & restorative conditioner
Hair wefts: Coily 4A 18inches 

-Kera Care Natural textures:
Butter cream
-Shea moisture:
Curl enhancing smoothie

-Kera Care Natural textures:
Twist and define cream
-Luster’s You be natural:
Curl shaper
-African essence clear gel
(For a harder hold)

It’s safe to use oils as a sealant
-olive, jojoba, coconut, etc.

-Detangling tool:
Tangle teezer

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Check out this video if you want to see the whole process :

What is Your Tree Natural Hair Balance?

When we discuss natural hair balance, how can that affect the foundation of the seed?  I’m a 90’s kid and typically, you did not see moms gardening.  My grandmother was the only woman I knew who had her own fertilizer to make her plants strong and healthy. I wish I could ask her about it. After actually looking at my hair, I had to choose a method of care.  I learned that the only way to balance hair is to learn it. Blogger, Tonya McKay stated in 2005 of the natural hair movement, “ hair is a solid material, a composite of protein molecules with three distinct layers.” What you say?  My next question is how do you get three strands of something strong? What is your hair balance/ method. Here are three methods of balance and structure:

*LCO ( Liquid, Cream, and Oil): A base of water/leave-in-conditioner,  add cream for moisture, and oil to seal the moisture.

*LOC (Liquid, Oil, and Cream): A base of water/leave-in-conditioner, add oil for moisture, and cream to lock in the moisture.

natural hair balance method moisturizing tips

Photo credit: Africanaturalistas

*Low Manipulation:  Natural hair clipins, flat twists, braids with your hair, braids with weave if you need to vacation, or sew-in with minimal leave-out. Some prefer not to do “low-maintenance,” but it helps ME balance and maintain my hair. This understanding leads me to the natural balance state of hair.

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I honestly have only tried the LOC method on my natural hair journey. When I do a co-wash, I let it sit for an hour. My hair is fine, coarse, and dense so it needs a little extra moisture. I blow dry my hair out and add coconut, jojoba, or argan oil to my hair.  My add the oil to my scalp and roots. I use a heavy hair butter to fill in the dense areas of my hair. So ladies and gentlemen what state of naturalism are you at?

Ms. McKay defines, “pH- potential hydrogen,” as a scale used for ranking the relative acidity or alkalinity of a liquid solution.”  In my research I learned that the ph balance in hair is the structure of how strong each coil and growth process is made. There are different levels to the hair strand. Understanding the many types of hair texture helps identify the ph balance of all hair types. It is stated in my research that a ph balance of 4.5-5.0, which is the perfect balance to hair gives off a frequent moisture and shine for longevity. The methods listed above help with also learning to give you a natural ph balance. I think my hair is on the low end of balance. I’m technically still pursing the balance state of my natural coil pattern.

natural hair blance tips for healthy soft kinky hair

Photo credit: Naturalhairgrows

Hair is like a garden, and when you fertilize your hair with natural minerals a growth process starts. As a small seed developing to grow, I have learned that my strains need to become strengthened. I have tried avocado and henna as a natural food strengthener to on start the development of a healthy ph balance.  What you put into your body typically has an effect on equilibrium and stability.

“With the normal exposure to the environment as well as washing and styling, this acid mantle can become contaminated or removed and must be restored with the use of properly pH-balanced products.”-Tonya  McKay

Until next time lovely leaves, think about what natural food products that can strengthen your hair. I would like to discuss next time the usage of foods that strengthen hair. How are you ladies growing healthier leaves?

hergivenhair stylist Courtney

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