Hair Weathering

I ran across this article a couple of months ago and meant to post it.  Enjoy.       How Hair Damage Makes the Least of What You Have Source: International Socieity of Hair Restoration March, 2003 The wrinkled, bone-dry, parchment-like skin of a person who spends much of their life in the wind and sun is said … Continue reading

When Nappy Hair Doesn’t Grow Long…What’s the Deal?

Understanding hair growth and coming to terms with having short nappy hair When we finally get rid of that relaxer, the early days, weeks, months and indeed the first year or two turns into a time of almost complete discovery. Some of us have had relaxers since early childhood and may recall no memories, other than pictures, of having … Continue reading

Cutting and Trimming

The case for using a pair of good quality hair scissors Recently, I saw an online post where someone was asking for advice on doing their big chop, but didn’t have money to go to a barber or beautician to get it done. Posted advice included telling the young lady to cut her hair with … Continue reading

Detangling

If you wanna keep hair on your head, you gotta figure out how to detangle your hair in a way that minimizes breakage and in some cases, quite literally pain. If you’re nappy, you know that’s not necessarily an easy thing to do. However, the key word here is minimize — not prevent. Because of … Continue reading

Protective Styling

Twist it up. Braid it up. Tuck it under. It doesn’t matter what you do, but if your goal is waist length hair and being able to wear a BAA some day, you gotta protect those precious ends! I had never heard of protective styling until I joined Nappturality.com, but really, it makes sense. When … Continue reading

Permanent Coloring

Another moisture buster. Permanent hair color, by design is damaging to your hair. First, the cuticle has to be lifted and the color molecules are deposited into your cortex. These molecules have to be large enough to not wash out, hence become your permanent color, and as a result, will make your hair shaft swell … Continue reading

Switch to a Non-sulfate Shampoo

Yep…you got it. Shampoos containing sulfates are very drying ingredients that strip your hair of all oils and moisture and are found in most over-the-counter products. You’ll see them listed on the bottle as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Lauryl Sulfate. If you’re not using heavy products in your hair, there’s simply no need for these … Continue reading

NO HEAT!

Heat is the Debil…I Cannot Lye Bingo…it’s about the moisture again. Are you starting to get the picture here? Moisture, moisture, moisture. Heat in every shape and form saps your hair of precious moisture, drying it out, making it brittle and destroying your hair’s elasticity…that’s your naps ability to stretch without breaking. Try it. Pull … Continue reading

Moisturize

Nappy hair needs moisture — no ifs, ands or buts about it. If you want your hair to be healthy, thrive and retain length, figuring out how to make your hair retain moisture should be the most important goal on your list.   Why is that you say? Well, because nappy hair is inherently very … Continue reading