Nappy Quick Tips

If you’re like me, you’ve had a lot of  “aha” moments with your hair over the years…discovering little things here and there that make managing and styling your hair a tad bit easier.

Over time, these little tips add up and before you know it, taking care of your is just no big deal.

Well for the most part, that’s where I am in my journey, and this topic will be devote to sharing my Nappy Quick Tips with all of you. Some of them will be my own discoveries and I’ll also be scouting out and posting good tips that I find from various sources around the Internet. If it makes sense, I’ll post here, and give credit where due. So be sure and check back from time to time for a Nappy Quick Tip that may just rock your world!

Also, this can work both ways. If you try something and it works leave a note and let us know. All posts on Nappturology 101 are reviewed prior to publication, and I reserve the right to edit or not post it if your tip is redundant, inappropriate or just not good sound nappy advice. In addition, keep it brief…remember it’s a Nappy Quick Tip.

Thanks in advance for your feedback and participation!

~Nappyme 

 

Challenge: Keeping ends of twists together or defined. Or ends coming loose and turning into fuzzy balls that are hard to detangle.

Solution: Use a strong holding gel just on the ends. It will act as glue to hold them together as well as help them stay defined and help prevent them from turning into a massive fuzz ball that you’ll have to pick a part later.

 Challenge: Taking your twists down without tearing your hair out and causing the ends to knot up.

Solution: Bottoms UP! Don’t rip your twists apart from the top down. Be patient and take them loose from the bottom up. If you run into hairs that are totally wrapped around some hair, pull single strands up and through until all the hairs are free. You may still end up with a couple of strands that are knotted that may need to be CUT, not snapped off. But you’ll save far more hair than you loose if you undo your twists from the bottom up. 

 Challenge: Keeping a twisted style looking fresh.

Solution: Wear a style as long as you like by doing spot touch ups between washings. Choose an area to work on and take down your twists one-by-one. Use your fingers to detangle and get out shed hair. Remoisturize and twist your hair back up. No need to do the whole head again until after your next wash.
 

 Challenge: Washing twists without massive tangling.

Solution: When you’re ready to wash, try leaving your twists in tact, and get out an old toothbrush (soft bristles) and your favorite sulfate-free cleanser. Apply it directly to your scalp like you’re greasing it and then use a gently brush your parts in the direction your hair is going into the twists. Make sure not to brush back and forth as this will roughen up your hair.  Then put band your twists and wet your hair. Gently queeze the cleaner through your hair. Then rinse. Skip the conditioner and go straight for your moisturizer. Take your hair down twist by twist, detangle, moisturize and twist back up.

 Challenge: Untangling those pesky multi-strand knots.

Solution: First saturate it with something that will give your hair adequate slippage. It can be your favorite moisturizer or detangling spray. Then try loosening with a straight pin or a safety pin. Next, try to gently pull your strands out of the knot one-by-one. This will really take some patience. Get as much hair out of the knot as possible. You may not save every strand, but it beats the alternative of having to cut the entire knot out and loosing precious length.

The next four tips are courtesy DivaforLife on BlackHairPlanet.com

Challenge: Keeping hair strong and healthy

Solution: Never wear hair styles that are too tight. Some of the hairstyles that are too tight include braids, weaves and ponytails. Also, wearing braided hair or weaved hair for too long can cause a condition called traction alopecia. That’s a condition where over time, the follicles have been pulled so much that they eventually stop producing hair. In many instances the hair lose can be permanent.

Challenge: Minimizing damage from blow dryers

Solution: Direct heat on hair is never a good idea. But if you must blow dry, keep the appliance in constant motion and use the lowest temperature setting whenever possible.

Challenge: Preventing damage when styling and grooming

Solution: Get rid of any styling tools that are broken. This includes everything from the comb with the broken teeth or a brush with broken bristles that can snap the hair. Include hair accessories as well. That favorite plastic side comb with the broken or chipped tooth that you’ve been using to hold your hair back has really got to go!

Challenge: Choosing napp friendly hair bands

Solution: Make sure your bands are in good shape and don’t have exposed rubber and are not held together by metal that can catch your hair and cause breakage. If possible, take them off the same way you put them on, by unlooping the band from around your hair instead of  just pulling them off. This will prevent your hair from wrapping around the band and getting snagged in your hair.

Challenge: Minimizing breakage while combing and brushing hair

Solution: Everytime you attempt to detangle with a comb or a brush, always take your hair in small sections and start from the ends and work your way to your scalp. Never, ever begin by tearing your way from the scalp to the tips. You’re certainly asking for trouble if you comb or brush your hair from the top down.

Comments
29 Responses to “Nappy Quick Tips”
  1. Anna Renee says:

    See, that’s why I’m so patient with you my dear Nappy Me! I love you sis! I just keep checking to see what’s new, and it’s always so informative and useful! A few months back though, you did make me wait just too long, that one time! 😉
    PS, that avatar is too cute! napnatcool.blogspot.com

    • nappyme says:

      Well, sometimes even I need a break from me, which results in no new posts for a spell. I try not to do that too often though cause I know how it is to keep checking your favorite blogs or sites only to find it hasn’t been update in a long time. So I’ll try not to disappoint anyone anytime soon.

  2. CaliGurl says:

    This is a great section. I’ve followed you for close to three years now and continue to learn alot. A tip suggestion on washing your hair in sections in the shower as it gets longer to prevent tangling. I started doing this a year ago and it makes a world of difference. I used to wash over the sink which killed my back and tangled the hair.

    have a great day

  3. mophead says:

    This page was very informative. Thank you.

  4. Barb says:

    Hello,

    I’m a newbie to your site. Your hairstyle is so healthy & sassy.
    Question: I am sporting a medium afro. Will I develop breakage by plaiting and combing it out once a week w/a big tooth comb only when co-washing?

    • nappyme says:

      Hey welcome.

      Naw girl go for it. I think you’ll be find. Just be gentle with your comb outs. Don’t want to give yourself involuntary haircuts everytime your comb your hair.

      Ah and thanks for the compliment on my hair. It’s much appreciated.

      Take care,
      ~Nappyme

  5. Bobbi says:

    Hey Now! I love this site! I stumbled upon it one of the days I couldn’t take the pain of being natural anymore. Well let me tell you, you saved me! I’ve been natural for 3yrs, for the most part I love it but somedays me and the comb have a time~.~

    Your hair looks very nice I love the flat twist with the bun. Can you explain how to do the flat twist (maybe I missed that post).

    I started with the big chop then went to twist later colored and wore the twist out (I like variety). Got a bad hair cut started using henna so as not to alter or damage the cuticle. I have found henna to be a huge disappoint! My hair is thick and course maybe a 4bbbb if possible~.~ anyway with the henna it is extra thick and HARD!!!! I just recently purchase the Carols D. Hair Milk NP so far. Will visit again soon.

    Thanks!

  6. CallaLily says:

    Hi Nappyme: Just stopping by to say “hello”. Love this addition to the blog.

  7. E-Tarus says:

    I have have natural hair for 3 years and love it! I can change my look when ever and can still wear my weave ( I like to change my hair style) I am glad I came across this blog. Women that still relax their hair don’t understand. This is the best my hair has been since I was a child. I will never put another relaxer in my hair. My hair is healthy, has volume, and can change any time from straight to curly.

  8. TASingleton says:

    I check your blogging site all the time. I’ve never posted anything myself, so I’m new. How do you clip your ends. I’ve clipped before but I just don’t think it’s working with my hair in it’s nappy state. Oh and sorry if the “N” word offends anyone, but for me… it’s the hair I have and I love it. I’m still learning to work with it but I love my nappy hair more and more everyday. Natural since June ’09.

    • nappyme says:

      Hi TA, I’m glad you do. With regard to trimming, if you’re not looking for a precision cut, you can put your hair in twists and then snip your ends with a good pair of hair shears. Don’t use just any kind of scissors because that can tear up your ends.

      Also, make sure you don’t use those scissors for cutting anything but hair so as to NOT mess up the blades.

      Hope that helps!

  9. happyt2bnappy says:

    Thanks for the tip on clipping ends. I have heard that I should have it pressed straight, then clipped. But I have clipped my ends while wearing twists a couple of times. I love natural hair. I’ve been natural since 2000. First locs, and now two strands.

  10. Samirah says:

    hey there, i wanna know if you could assist me in my new hair growth journey. Some tips on how to keep my hair healthy and styling tips.. thanks so much my hair is 3c btw.

    • nappyme says:

      Hi Samirah,
      Your question is very ambiguous, and so I’m going to recommend that you seach my site NPP101 for more specific information about maintaining healthy natural hair. I have written articles on , moisturizing, the damaging effects of using heat, detangling, cutting and trimming, hair growth, permanent coloring, protective styling and a variety of topics. Much of what I’ve written can apply in principal to most anyone with kinky or curly textures, however it is mainly geared toward woman with type 4b hair such as myself.

      If you want more specific information about taking care of 3c hair, you really need to find other resources. There are I’m sure a lot of great blogs out there written by black women with 3c hair (http://www.curlynikki.com/) that would be a better source of information for you texture than mine. You might also consider hairboards such as Naturallycurly.com .

      Hope this gets you started and good luck!

  11. Samirah says:

    i also wanted to know hwo to grow it long and strong the fastes way possible, my hair grows fast but im just not sure how to keep it that way.

  12. samirah says:

    one last thing do you know where i could purchase the mixed chix products, i live in canada, ottawa and dont know where they could be!

  13. Audrey says:

    I haven’t had a perm in my hair in over a year, my hair is not really kinky, but really soft and wavy, what is a good hair style that I could wear.

    HELP ME PLEASE

  14. samirah says:

    i dont like ordering products from websites. Do you know any stores. ex walmart

  15. Davene says:

    I like this website, I have been natural for approxemately 15 years. But prior to that I did the processing bit.

    I have always had problems with my hair as I listened to a lot of comments from persons who knew nothing about beauty. and so I texturised and went bald at one point. I realise that my hair has not comletely grown back to the original length. What am I to do? Looking back, I now realise that my hair was georgous.

  16. Davene says:

    I meant completely…typo.

    Thanks
    Davene
    Jamaica

  17. Joanna Holmes says:

    Hi
    I love your site. I’m so thankful this is here and I have passed the word to all the natural friends I have. My question is: Do you think that we should be clipping our ends when we wear our hair natural? or does it turn into something unnecessary because you spend time keeping it better moisturized? Thanks…

    • nappyme says:

      Hi Joanna,
      I have NEVER thought that trimming your hair on any type if schedule was necessary. That’s because everyone’s ends do not magically split like clock work on a set schedule like many beauticians would have you believe.

      It’s best to pay attention to your hair, watch your ends and trim it on an as needed basis. Signs that your hair may need triming are obvious pervasive splits that show up as frayed ends that look whispy, which tangle and knot up easily. When that starts happening, it’s time for a trim.

  18. rainy says:

    Hi.

    I’m 1/4 black, and I have fair skin and strawberry blond, nappy hair. The african american salon lady took one look at me and refused to touch my hair. I really want to grow it out straight, but without chemical relaxers. Can you recommend a shampoo/conditioner? I got a recommendation of Knotty Boy, but it’s only available online, or in the salon that won’t serve me. Any ideas anyone?

    rainy

    • nappyme says:

      I’m sorry you had such a negative experience, but your natural hair sounds absolutely beautiful. Embrace how it grows from your head. When you say you really want to grow it out straight, I haven’t a clue what you mean. You cannot alter the way your hair grows from your head.

      Why not join a hair community such as cNappymeNow.com to ask questions and get support for how to take your glorious nappy hair. You can’t change how it grows but you can learn how to work with what you have so that you can take advantage of your natural beauty.

      As far as a good conditioner and shampoo, take a look at the Aubrey Organics line. They have a wide variety of products that are natural and can cater to your specific needs.

      Good luck!

  19. Cindy kay says:

    I have a question: i have being natural for 3yrs and my hair is breaking like crazy and my edges are bald..i wear wigs only..Do you have any advise for me to grow my hair long and health ?

    • nappyme says:

      Cindy, I’m so sorry that you’re having such a hard time with your hair. Honestly though, you haven’t given me enough information to answer your question. I don’t know how you’ve been caring for it, how you style it, how you detangle or anything else about your hair.

      That said, breakage can be caused by a lot of things, including too tight hair styles, too much heat, not enough moisture, poor grooming methods or tools. Certain medications can also wreck havoc on your hair.

      Texture plays a big role in breakage and length retention when it comes to nappy hair. If your hair is like mine, you have to totally rethink and adjust how you wear and handle your hair. Nappy hair is very fragile and requires it be treated like kid gloves.

      As I’ve said to others, learning to care for, style and maintain healthy nappy hair, can unfortunately for most people be trial and error. So you have to be willing to do research to find the products and methods that is best for you. My site is an excellent resource. Please stick around and do a search to find topics that interest you. Join some hair communities. cNappymenow.com (my hair community) might be an excellent resource for you. It’s a small niche community of women with very tightly coiled hair who love learning and sharing what they know about taking care of and styling nappy hair.

      Nappturality.com is a great community. Full of diversity with a mission similar to my own. Besides my blog, I also highly recommend Glamazini.net. This sister has a wonderful attitude about caring for her hair. She’s infectious. You’ll not only learn a lot from Roshini, but I guarantee you, you’ll be thoroughly entertained as well.

      Anyhoo, I hope some of this gets you off in the right direction. So good luck, take care and God bless.
      ~Nappyme

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