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How to Make Natural Hair Styling Products More Moisturizing

I came across this very interesting article on Blackgirllonghair.com. This a great idea for those who have a favorite styling product that sometimes may dry your hair out. I will definitely use this technique in the future!

The link is:

But for your convenience the article is below:

How To Make Natural Hair Styling Products More Moisturizing


Editorial – June 29, 2014

by Portia of huneybflyy.com

We all love a good hair styling product that keeps our twist outs or wash n go’s in place. However, some of the products designed to hold your kinks and curls, can also dry them out at the same time. What do you do when you love the definition that a product gives, but you don’t love how dull and dry your hair looks? It’s simple, just add moisture!

Did you think you had to give up and throw away that $15 jar of styling gel? Well, you don’t.  There are several moisturizing oils and butters that you can mix in with your favorite styler or you can apply them to your hair before you apply the styler. It’s important to keep your hair moisturized in general, but it’s even more important to do so when you are dealing with a product that seems to dry it out. Take a look at the list below and see which oils and butters can keep your hair full of moisture and save you money!

The Butters

Avocado Butter

This butter is one of the natural hair community’s best kept secrets. Not only is it a great alternative to its sister, shea butter, but it also packs on the moisture.  It’s a heavy butter that will add shine and softness to your hair. This is great for sealing in moisture after your hair has been washed. Avocado butter mixes great with just about any hair styler. This butter is especially recommended for those with dry hair.

Mango Butter 

Mango butter is almost like cocoa butter in consistency. It is extremely moisturizing and has more fatty acids than shea butter (linoleic acid to be exact). This means it penetrates your hair better, smooths the hair and softens. Because mango butter has an incredible amount of linoleic acid, it’s a super moisturizer!

Murumuru Butter 

The name may be hard to pronounce, but that shouldn’t detract you from the benefits of this butter. Murumuru butter is a Brazilian tree butter. Like mango butter, it’s an emollient and provides moisture retention. It prevents moisture loss when applied directly to the hair after washing and conditioning. It helps make the hair soft and pliable.

Cupuacu Butter 

Cupuacu butter is considered to be a hydrophilic butter. It loves water, so if you put it on your hair after your wash and condition…MOISTURE GALORE! It also prevents moisture from leaving your head.


The Oils

Olive Oil 

Tried and true, olive oil will forever be a staple in the natural hair community. It saturates each strand of hair with moisture and softens along the way. Because olive oil is an emollient, it penetrates the hair better than most oils.

Red Palm Oil 

Red palm oil is always overlooked, primarily because people just don’t know much about it. This oil is perfect for moisturizing hair. It’s filled with saturated fats and lipids, which are essential for keeping hair moisturized.

Grape Seed Oil 

This oil helps keep your hair’s natural moisture locked into your strands.  It also gives hair a nice sheen as well as aides in sealing the hair. Sealing is essential for retaining moisture.

Jojoba Oil 

Not only does jojoba oil strengthen your hair, but it’s similar to sebum, which is the oil that we naturally produce on our scalp. Once applied, it produces a thin layer over the hair shaft that prevents moisture from escaping.  Jojoba oil is an excellent sealer.

Apricot Oil 

Apricot oil isn’t talked about very much. Most people use it for their skin since it seeps effortlessly into it and keeps it moisturized. However, apricot oil is a great moisturizer for your hair as well. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy and is rich in essential fatty acids.

As with any oil, it’s best to use a brand that offers the oil in its purest form. You’ll receive the most benefits from the oil if it’s pure. Remember, the key to success when using these butters and oils is proper application. Use the oils to seal in moisture (water or leave in conditioner) after washing your hair. If you feel that your hair isn’t moisturized enough, feel free to add a butter to your hair. You can also seal your hair with a sealing oil and mix a butter with your favorite styler or vice versa. It all depends on what your hair likes.

Do you find this article helpful? What are some of your favorite moisturizers? Oils? Styling Products?

Let me know! Leave a comment below.
~Stay Curly My Friends! 💜~


4 Quick Natural Hair Style Tutorials♡

🌟🌟Check out these picture tutorials of some quick natural hairstyles!🌟🌟





I LOVE the “twisty topknot!”
Tip: If your hair isn’t long enough try using marley hair.  Simply gather your hair at the top of your head (blow it out first if you desire). Put hair into a ponytail. Add gel to the back and sides of your head (if you desire) for a sleek finish. Attach the marley hair using a rubber band. Twist the marley hair (like it is twisted in the pic). Then tuck. (like it is featured in the pic). Voila!

Which is your favorite style? Let me know in the comment section below!

~Stay Curly My Friends!☆~

Natural Hair Glossary

There are a ton of abbreviations and terms used in the natural hair care world. Trust me, I know It can become overwhelming. So for your convenience, I created a list of commonly used terms

~So now, if someone asks how much slip does your current conditioner provide, you will know it means how easily can a detangling tool glide through the hair!

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse – Washing hair with vinegar (usually diluted with water) to cleanse, condition, and remove bacteria from the hair. Seals and tightens the cuticle layer for improved shine and smoothness.

Argan Oil– Oil rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids produced from the kernels of the argan tree grown organically in Morocco. It is famous for its ability to help hydrate the hair in a natural way and can heal and condition cuticles and split ends. Also known as Moroccan Oil.

Baggy Method– a hair care method used to promote hair growth by locking in moisture with a plastic cap or bag. It is done by applying a moisturizer to your hair, and then covering your hair with plastic cap. It is recommended for those who have constant dry hair.

Big Chop (BC) – Cutting off relaxed and or chemical processed ends to expose your natural textured hair.

Bantu Knots – A hairstyle created by carefully and precisely parting hair in small-to-medium sections, and then twisting the sections either using two strand twists or twisting the section of hair in one direction until it wraps into neat knots. The knots are secured by tucking the ends into the knot or by using bobby or hair pins. Can be done on wet or dry hair.
Bantu Knot Out– Hairstyle created by sectioning the hair into Bantu Knots on damp or dry hair. Once the hair has dried, the knots are taken out to achieve defined curly hair.

Braid Out– Hairstyle achieved by braiding damp hair in cornrows or singles. Once the hair is dried unravel the braids to create a more defined curl pattern.

Braid-n-Curl – A style created by plaiting or braiding the hair while damop, and then curling the ends with rollers, perm rods, or flexi rods. After the hair is dry, the braids and rollers are removed to reveal a wavy and curly hair texture.
Breakage – Broken pieces of hair without the white bulb. This can be caused by too much moisture or protein. It can also be the cause of poor hair care or even stress.

Carrier Oils– Natural oils known as a base oil or vegetable oil used to dilute essential oils. Carrier Oils include Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, etc…These oils is often used to seal/trap moisture in the hair.

Co-Washing – Washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. This method cleanses your hair while helping you to maintain moisture. Shampoos that contain sulfates is known to strip the hair of its natural oils.

Deep Conditioning (DC)-the process of strengthening the hair with moisture or protein. Deep Conditioning is typically done for 15-45 minutes, or even overnight for some. DC should be done once a week to give your hair a boost of moisture and to prevent breakage.

Detangling– A process in which you reduce the amount of knots and tangles in your natural hair for manageability and to avoid hair breakage. The most effective way to detangle is on wet sectioned hair. Most naturals use water and conditioners, leave-in or deep conditioners to wet the hair.

DIY– Do It Yourself.

Essential Oils- Natural oils such as Peppermint Oil, Rosemary Oil, Lavender, etc… Essential oils should be used with carrier oil.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO) – A natural conditioner that promotes hair growth, strong healthy hair, prevents dandruff, and makes the hair shiny and soft.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – A natural sealant used to seal and lock in the moisture from your moisturizer. Some use this oil for a Pre-Shampoo Treatment (Pre-Poo).

Flat Twist– twisting the hair flat to the head. A two strand twist braiding technique similar to cornrows.

Hair Lengths– the length of your natural hair. Some abbreviations are as follows:

BSL-Bra Strap Length

CBL Collar Bone Length

EL- Ear Length

SL- Shoulder Length

APL- Arm pit Length

MBL- Mid back Length

TWA – Teeny Weeny Afro

WL- Waist Length

Henna– A plant-derived powder, when mixed with water to make a paste, is applied to hair, processed and rinsed out. It is used as a natural hair color-enhancer, strengthener and conditioner.

Humectants – used on hair care to attract and retain moisture from the air i.e Glycerin and Honey. Ideal for dry hair.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) – Castor oil that has been manufactured in Jamaica. It is often used to strengthen, thicken, and increase hair growth.

Leave-in Conditioner – a conditioner that is used to add moisture back into the hair after shampooing/conditioning. It also helps to detangle the hair leaving it soft and manageable.

Moisturizing – Applying a water based moisturizing product to dry hair without washing it out. In order to prevent breakage you should moisturize your hair then seal it with oil to trap moisture in.

Nappyversary– Also known as Nattyversary. This is the Anniversary date of when your hair became fully natural (hair free of relaxed or chemical.

Pre-Poo- Coating the hair with a conditioner and/or oils prior to shampooing in an effort to keep moisture in the hair. This can be done 30-40 minutes before shampooing or overnight.

Product Junky-A person who buys a lot of different products and brands in the quest of finding ones suitable for her hair type.

Protective style – Any hairstyle which allows your natural hair to rest from over manipulation which sometimes causes breakage. Wearing your hair in a protective style prevents your ends from being exposed to damaging agents such as clothing, sun, and drying winter weather. The purpose and benefits of this hairstyle is to grow healthier, longer hair and reduce split ends and damage. Protective styles can include anything from sew-ins, wigs, buns, braids, bantu knots, etc.

Regimen – Your day to day, weekly hair routine done continuously to maintain healthy hair.

Sealing – Method used to “seal” moisture in the hair. After applying a water based moisturizer, seal the ends of your hair with an oil or butter to trap moisture in the hair. This method is crucial in hair retention.

Second Day Hair – The state of one’s hair on the day after it is cleansed, conditioned and styled.

Shrinkage-A term used to describe the reduction of the visual length of hair. It is a process that occurs as wet hair dries and re-coils into its natural texture pattern.

Slip – how easily a detangling tool can glide through the hair.

TWA– Teeny Weeny Afro.

Transitioning – Process in which you stop relaxing your hair in an effort to grow your natural hair while still maintaining the chemically processed ends.

Twist Out– A hairstyle achieved by two strand twisting the hair (can be done on wet, damp or drty hair and then unraveling the twist to reveal a crinkly wavy hair texture.

Twist-n-Curl – A styling technique whereby wet or damp hair is two-strand twisted and then rolled on perm rods, rollers or flexirods. Once dry, the curlers are removed and the hair untwisted.

Two Strand Twist– Also known as double strand twists, or just twists This hairstyle technique can be performed on dry wet or damp hair. Take a section of hair and divide into two even pieces and twist each section of hair around the other. You continue until your hair is twisted all the way to the end.

Virgin Hair – Hair that is natural from the roots and have not been chemically processed or altered.

Wash and Go – Also abbreviated as WnG or W&G. Method of co-washing the hair, adding a styling gel or cream and then go start your day. The hair air drys or you can dry it with a diffuser.

Do you use other hair care abbreviations not listed? Now its your turn to provide your favorite natural hair  term!  Please comment in the box below.

If you have any questions please contact me at healthyhairhabits@gmail.com.

~Stay Curly My Friends!~

Should I Deep Condition or Not? No question!

Is adding a deep conditioning treatment to your regimen a good idea?

I NEVER deep conditioned my hair when it was relaxed, aside from occasional salon visits.  I never saw the need to add that step into my hair care regimen.

Once I went natural, I found an abundance of deep conditioning advice.  I also found that frequent deep conditioning is essential in order to maintain healthy hair, especially natural hair.

Using heated styling-tools and dyes damages and dries out hair.  Over manipulation and exposure to the elements (the sun and cold air) can also damage hair and strip its natural moisture.

So is adding a deep conditioning treatment to your regimen a good idea?


It helps to restore and to replenish your hair’s natural moisture and body.

I deep condition once a week, every time I wash my hair. I find it necessary because using deep conditioners restores moisture to my hair and scalp, it makes my hair soft to the touch and it contributes to making my hair more manageable.

There are literally thousands of methods to deep condition hair from protein treatments to color treated treatments to moisturizing treatments. The trick is finding one that works for you!

I primarily use two types of deep conditioners.  I use the Organics Hair Mayonnaise Treatment for Damaged Hair and I make my own avocado moisturizing deep treatment (see post).

Below is a list of the steps of a typical deep conditioning according to WikiHow:

1.    Find a deep conditioning treatment that’s right for your hair type. There are many products on the market designed to restore moisture to hair.  The trick is to find one that meets your specific needs.

**Products made with heavier oils can weigh hair down.

**If you have African-American hair, look for products made with olive oil, coconut oil or other oils.

**If you have fine hair, look for products that are described as “light” or “weightless.”

**If you have curly hair, look for products designed to eliminate frizz.

2.    Wash your hair.  Use a gentle shampoo that won’t strip your hair too much.  Avoid shampoos made with sulfates. Sulfates are abrasive cleaning agents that strip hair of its natural oils and lead to dryness and breakage.

3.    Apply the deep conditioning product.  Squeeze it from the bottle directly onto your head. Smooth it from your roots down your hair shaft. Make sure to saturate the ends. The ends are the oldest parts of your hair and are usually drier and more weatherworn than the rest of your hair. If necessary, use a wide-toothed comb to distribute the product.

4.    Cover your head with plastic.  Most deep conditioning treatments require only 15-45 minutes to set and get to the core of each strand of your hair.  Covering your head with a plastic shower cap keeps the conditioner in place.

**If you don’t have a plastic shower cap, you can use plastic wrap, though it may be a bit messier. Just tear off a few sheets and use them to cover your head, tucking the plastic behind your ears. Use a headband or a piece of string to keep the plastic wrap in place.

**Avoid using a material other than plastic!  Fabric or other materials may absorb the product.  The goal is for your hair, not a towel or other piece of material, to get all the benefits of the conditioner.

5.    Apply heat. (Not Required) Some products suggest adding heat to your hair, which allows your hair to better absorb the product. Use a hooded dryer on a low setting to thoroughly heat up the product once it is applied.

**You can use body heat instead of a hair dryer to get similar results. The plastic cap and the natural heat from your head are sufficient to make the process work.

6.    Rinse out the product.  Remove the shower cap or plastic wrap and rinse your hair with cool water. This will tighten the hair shaft and make it look shiny.  After rinsing, dry your hair gently with an old T-shirt, then let it air dry and style as usual.

If done frequently, your hair should continually be bouncy, glossy and well conditioned.

Let’s Talk. How do  you deep condition? Leave your comment in the section below.

Contact me at healthyhairhabits @gmail.com with any questions or comments.

~Stay Curly my Friends!~

The Benefits of Protective Styling

I love the concept of protective styling, a term which can vary from person to person. I define it as hairstyles that can protect the hair from physical and environmental disturbances. Most times the ends, which are the oldest and most fragile part of the hair, are concealed.

Buns, flat twists updos, Bantu knots and braids are some examples of protective styles. Protective styles can be achieved with just about any hair length. You can use hair extensions or wigs etc.; or use only your hair.

Naturals with TWAs can opt for coils. Create coils by twirling a rat-tail-comb or your index finger around a section of hair.  The squared sections of hair should measure less than an inch.  Twirl each section of hair until coils form.

One of the major benefits of protective styling is that it allows for quick styling when time is of the essence.  Most of us with kinky hair are all toamiliar with the challenges that come with maintaining it.

I, for one, am a fan of any hairstyle that will save a little time in the morning.

But wait.

There are more advantages of protective styling.

I have researched and discovered the top three reasons you should protect your hair using protective styling.

1. Protect your hair/ends

The most obvious reason to use protective styles is to protect your natural hair. Hair is naturally prone to breakage; so we must shield and conceal our hair from the physical disturbances and environmental disturbances.

Physical disturbances are the things we can control.  They include over manipulation of the hair due to daily styling i.e. combing, using heat and even constant hands playing in the hair.

FACT:  Did you know the fibers in our clothing sometimes cause hair breakage as well?

Environmental disturbances are the things we cannot control.  They include environmental elements i.e. extreme hot and cold weather conditions such scorching heat, wind chills, blazing cold, smog, car pollution, and other environmental debris.

Remember the goal is healthy hair and it is virtually impossible to grow healthy hair with damaged, split ends.

If you’re a novice to protective styling use the approaching winter months to practice new styles to hide those ends. The videos on YouTube areexcellent guides. Just remember you can always wear a hat if you do not achieve your desired look!

2. Maximum hair growth/retention

I like to use protective styles two weeks out of each month. The use of protective styles has allowed me to gain maximum growth retention because it protects my hair from me! It gives hair a much needed break from all the rigors of styling i.e. twisting, bantu-knots, up-dos, puffs, and blow outs.

Protective styling simply preserves the ends so they stay on your head much longer than they would if you’re always twisting, bending and stretching them daily and nightly.

When you feel your hair hasn’t gained significant length over the course of a few months try a flat twist updo, as seen below, at least once or twice per month.

FLAT WIST UPDOflat twist updo (2)

This is one of my favorite protective styles. This style allows me to go up to 7 days between washing without any manipulation to my hair.

3. Busy lifestyles

Protective styling helps keep hair looking presentable without sacrificingvaluable time.

Styling type natural hair can be extremely time consuming.  Most of us lead busy lifestyles and simply do not have the time to dedicate to daily or weekly hair maintenance.

The use of protective styles is ideal when traveling or when you know you’ll be busy for a while. Protective styles can be life/hair-savers when you just don’t have the time to groom your hair or when you are unable to pack up your home salon to take with you on vacation.

Simply put, It allows for extra time to spend on other things.

When I had a TWA it would take hours to twist my entire head.  The process was both tedious and time consuming.

Protective styling allows for the hours spent twisting hair to be spent on other, more productive activities.

You can either create protective styles on your own, in the comfort of your home, or you can have a professional natural hair care stylist do it for you.

Keep practicing from the tutorials on YouTube. The more you practice, the better you will become.

 Here are some examples of protective styles.
The CinnaBun
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Regular Bun                                                                        Two strand twists with a bun
Box Braids
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Bantu Knots
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Flat Twist Updos

Do you utilize protective styles in your regimen? What are your favorite ones? Please share in the comment section below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me at healthyhairhabits@gmail.com
~Stay Curly my Friends~

Natural Hair Black Friday Sales

I have made no secret of the fact that I am a full blown hair product addict!  I literally have cabinets full of them.  Trying new products is truly  one of the many highlights of having natural hair.

Finding products at discounted prices only makes the evaluation process  that much sweeter.

In my opinion, Black Friday presents the perfect  opportunity to start taking advantage of holiday deals and sales.

Confessionsofablogvixen.com has provided a list of natural hair Black Friday sales that may interest you. Check it out!


Ambrosia Hair
Sale Date: Nov 29 – Dec 3
Sale Details: Seasonal Winter Hair Sets $30. Free 2oz Radiant Curl Enhancing Gel’ee on $30+
Featured Product: Honeybush Replenishing Hair Milk 

Brown Butter Beauty  
Sale Date: Nov 29 – Dec 1
Sale Details: 25% OFF using BLACKFRIDAY
Featured Product: Sweet Milk Leave-in 

Sale Date: Dec 2 – 4
Sale Details: 10% OFF using MISTLETOE
Featured Product: Satin-Lined Slouchy Beanies

Claudie’s Hair Revitalizer

Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 1
Sale Details: 30% OFF using THANKS
Featured Product: Avocado Intense Conditioner 

Darcy’s Botanicals
Sale Date: Nov 29
Sale Details: 25% OFF using

Featured Product: Sweet Cocoa Bean Whip

Hairitage Hydrations
Sale Date: Nov 29
Sale Details: 40% OFF using BLACKFRIDAY7
Featured Product: Hawaiian Hibiscus Island Oil 

Happy Nappy Honey
Sale Date: Nov 22 – 25
Sale Details: 50% OFF 9am – 11am | 30% OFF $55+ using #BLACKFRIDAY
Featured Product: Pink Sugar Hibiscus Plant Deep Conditioner

HydroQuench Systems
Sale Date: TBA
Sale Details: 50% OFF $60+ using HOLNOV1
Featured Product: Coconut Mango Lime Oil

J. Marie Naturals
Sale Date: Nov 29 – Dec 2
Sale Details: [??]% OFF using BLACKFRIDAY2013
Featured Product: Curl Boost Butter

Little Penguins
Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 2
Sale Details: 25% OFF & Free Shipping on $50+ (no code needed)
Featured Product: Organic Honey & Vanilla BeanSmoothie 

Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 2
Sale Details: 25% OFF  using BLKLOVE25 | 50% OFF Aloe Conditioner using BLKLOVE50 | Free Shippping on $50+
Featured Product: Aloe Conditioner

Marie Dean Hair & Body Care
Sale Date: Nov 29
Sale Details: 30% OFF using BLACKFRIDAY30
Featured Product: Tacuma Creamy Hair Butte

Miss Jessies
Sale Date: Nov 10 – Dec 31
Sale Details: 40% OFF + Free Shipping
Featured Product: Baby Buttercreme

Mozeke Products
Sale Date: Nov 29 8am -8pm CST
Sale Details: 50% OFF (excluding sample & bulk sized products)
Featured Product: Babassu Twisting Cream

Obia Natural Hair Care
Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 2
Sale Details:40% OFF using OBIA2013 & Free Shipping on $75+
Featured Product: Curl Enhancing Smoothie 

Original Moxie 
Sale Date: Nov 29 – Dec 2
Sale Details: 30% OFF $30+, 4oz. styling product with orders of $60+, Free product with every order. Featured Product: Holiday Gift Sets

The Pomade Shop
Sale Date: Midnight Nov 29 –  Midnight Dec 2
Sale Details: FREE shipping on full-sized items. No coupon code needed. Shipping prices will be adjusted to reflect.
Featured Product: LinoMoist Conditioning Pomade 

Pura Body Naturals
Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 28
Sale Details: BOGO on Sapote Hair Lotion, MuruMuru Moisture Milk, Chocolate Hair Smoothie, and Cupuacu Hair Butter
Featured Product: Cupuacu Hair Butter

SDOT Beauty
Sale Date: Nov 29 – Dec 3
Sale Details: 15% OFF using 15OFF | 25% OFF $50+ using BLACKFRIDAY13
Featured Product: Softly & Tenderly Moisture Balanced Conditioner

She Scent It
Sale Date: Nov 28 – Dec 2
Sale Details: 30% OFF using GIVETHANKS | Free Domestic Shipping on $60+
Featured Product: Peppermint Stimulating Deep Conditioner

Shea Terra Organics
Sale Date: Now – Nov 29
Sale Details: 30% OFF using NOV2013
Featured Product: Hair Repair Herbal Butter

Sale Date: Nov 21 – 29
Sale Details: 25% OFF using VIXEN
Featured Product: Peppermint Stimulating Deep Conditioner 

Sleek Jewels
Sale Date: Nov 25 – Dec 3
Sale Details: 40% OFF using BLACKFRIDAY40
Featured Product: Leaf Earring and Post Earring

Tasti Kiss Essentials
Sale Date: Nov 29
Sale Details: 30% OFF $30+ & Free Shipping on $40 using TASTI2013
Featured Product: Strawberry Cream Ayurvedic Butter

Check back soon, this list will be updated often!



To celebrate the launch of Healthy Hair Habits♥, I’m having a GIVEAWAY!! Please enter to win *FREE* hair products! Its simple!
Contest rules are:
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Contest ends on Monday, November 26th, 2013at 11:00pm.

I look forward to sharing my natural hair experiences with each of you!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment in the section below  or send me an email at healthyhairhabits@gmail.com

~Stay Curly my Friends~