12 Natural Hair Products I Loved in 2017

Another year has gone by leaving us with memories of what was and joyful anticipation of what could be. On that optimistic note, I was introduced to many staples and favorite natural hair products in 2017 that made my hair:

  • Easy to manage/detangle
  • Moisturized beyond belief
  • Perfectly coifed and defined

Here are my top 12 natural hair products in wash routine order

  1. TGIN Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo
  2. African Raw Black Soap
  3. Mielle Organics Babassu Oil And Mint Deep Conditioner
  4. Trader Joes Nourish Spa (local Trader Joes)
  5. Alikay Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner
  6. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk
  7. JASON Vitamin E 5,000 IU All-Over Body Nourishment Oil
  8. Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade
  9. Handmade Whipped Shea Butter
  10. Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Natural Defining Hair Crème Gel
  11. KeraCare Thermal Wonder 6 in 1 Thermal Protector
  12. Conair Gel Grips Paddle Brush

And for further in-depth review, watch the video below.

All the best this year my dear.

Colleen

Dame Dash Files For Full Custody, Claims Rachel Roy Pulled A Knife On Him

Well, that escalated quickly. After news broke of Dame Dash owing Rachel Roy $42K in child support, the former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO upped the ante by seeking full custody of their two daughters and claims that his ex-wife is batsh*t crazy.

TMZ reports:

Damon Dash’s not about to give up custody of his daughters to an ex-wife he claims drove drunk with one of the girls, stole diamonds from him, and threatened to cut him with a knife.

Jay Z’s ex Roc-a-Fella partner filed docs demanding full custody of 15-year-old Ava and 6-year-old Tallulah — and laid out some terrifying allegations about the girls’ mother Rachel Roy.

In the docs, Dash says Roy threatend his life on several occasions — once by throwing plates at him, and also by pulling a knife on him. He says sometimes the threats came in front of little Tallulah.

Dash paints a “Mommie Dearest” image of Roy — saying he witnessed her driving drunk with Tallulah in the car — and adds he’s heard heated arguments between Ava and her mom … where they call each other “bitch” and get physical.

Roy’s also one helluva a jewel thief, according to Dash. In the docs, he says she stole 2 diamond chains — worth $10k each — and a suitcase. Not your Samsonite either … it’s a Bottega Veneta worth $5k!

And Dash says he’s been blacklisted at Tallulah’s fancy L.A. private school, Buckley … because Roy told the school he’s not allowed to see or pick up their daughter.

As we previously reported … Roy accused Damon of being an unfit Dad for a slew of reasons. She filed for a restraining order, which was granted.

Sorry Dame, that’s definitely considered kidnapping in a court of law, sir. In any case, this legal situation is bound to get stickier.

Photo: Flashpoint/WENN

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Fabolous Spits Flames On “Ain’t Nuthin’ Ta F*ck Wit (Freestyle)” [LISTEN]

Fabolous continues to blaze tracks in his #FridayNightFreestyles series. This time, he snatches Wu-Tang Clan’s “Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta F*ck Wit”

Hear the Brooklyn rapper’s latest bars below. Also, be sure to check out last week’s release.

Photo: YouTube

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Nana from Virginia // Type 4 Natural Hair

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What is your name and where are you from?
N: My Name is Nana Agyemang. I am from Ghana but live in Virginia.

Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
N: I have been natural for 5years. Being a dancer in college put a lot of stress on my hair. I would be in practice 3-5 days a week. My hair would be sweaty and I was adding lots of heat in my hair and my leave out .Consequently, my hair began to break off. A friend of mine encouraged me to start wearing full head weaves to protect my hair. I did that for about 6 months and when it was time for my next installment, my friend said “your hair is practically natural. You only have a little perm ends left– let’s just cut it off.” I became fully natural from then.

How would you describe your texture? 
N: I honestly do not look too much into the hair scale but comparing my hair to some people who have simple hair as me, I would definitely say I’m in the 4’s.  My hair is fine yet coarse if that makes sense. The texture in the middle is much coarser than the textures within the perimeter of my hair.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
N: I am very simple with my natural hair. I normally wear my hair in twist outs or a simple bun. Twist outs help elongate and stretch out my hair. I also love doing perm rod sets because they last a really long time, and look better as they get older. I’m a very simple girl when it comes to hair products. Shea butter is my cocaine!!! It’s my holy grail for this afro life lol. I know some people despise the smell. So to subdue the smell, I use a few dabs of peppermint oil into the mix. I also add coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil to add some other essential benefits.

What does wash day look like for you?
N: It depends. When I have a lot of build up, I like to do the ACV (apple cider vinegar) method. I dilute it with water, section my hair, and focus on my scalp. I usually leave that in for about 30 mins .Then, I will follow up with Tresemme shampoo, condition it with Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner and leave-in. Finally, I would do a twist out with my shea butter mix with essential oil such as coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N: I can easily wear an effortless yet classy bun – high or low.

How do you combat shrinkage?
N: OMG I don’t even think I have mastered the art of combating shrinkage lol. I simply stay away from styles such as wash and go. I like to keep my hair in stretched styles such as twist outs, and I use the pineapple method to elongate my coils/curls at night.

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Tell us about your hair color!
N: Initially I did my color on my own. I used Clairol Textures and Tones Honey Blonde and Blonde. I mixed both colors together. Then, I decided to straighten my hair and my hair dresser decided to correct my color due to the imbalanced pH level in the box colors sold in the stores. I believe it loosened my curl pattern when I first colored it. However, that didn’t last long.  My tight coils/curls surfaced again in some months.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
N: The hairs by my temples have a mind of their own. They are so thin and fine. I had braids some few years back and my hair fell out in that area. I’m still struggling to grow that area back. So I’m very delicate in that area and treat it with care.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
N: Twist Outs, Perm rod set, buns, finger curl, braid out, almost everything really with the exception of wash and go … for now lol. My natural hair is LIMITLESS really.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
N: I would say a wash and go but I think I just need to master a process that works best for me — because we all know one does not simply wash and go. Also, I’ve said in the past that I wouldn’t be dare seen in a twist up do. Nope you couldn’t catch me slipping. Yet, I found myself rocking that hair style. I didn’t look like Celie from Color Purple after all lol. And if I may add, I had a bomb twist out after I took it down. Killing two birds with one stone for sure! So you see, never say never when it comes to natural hair styles. I’m now open to any and everything

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
N: Yes! You can find me on Instagram @Ashanti_Empress
YouTube:  Curls-AuNatural

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Was it Racist? Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Beauty Guide Seems to Snub Women of Color

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Cosmopolitan Magazine is at it again. First, they were claiming Kylie Jennie’s co-opted locs were “edgy” and on trend and now it appears as if they’ve snubbed women of color yet again.

The magazine published a guide titled “21 Beauty Trends That Need to Die in 2015.” 42 images of women were shown to depict the trends. Out of the 21 trends that “needed to die”, four women of color were highlighted in the R.I.P. column.

Folks didn’t take this lightly:

In fact even supermodel, Joan Smalls (also one of the WOC featured in the R.I.P. beauty trend column) tweeted at the publication:

Then Cosmo took the time to let us know that co-opted cornrows were no longer “on trend.” Le sigh. Black women have been rocking this look for ages. You can’t co-opt black styles and then throw them away when you feel like you’re “over  it.”

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The post now has the following editor’s note:

A note from the editor: This article focuses on beauty trends with images that represent those trends. Some images have been taken out of context, and we apologize for any offense. Celebrating all women is our mission, and we will continue to work hard to do that.

To be fair, maybe it was all an oversight.

Share your thoughts! Do you think this was all a coincidence?

How I Went from TWA to Back Length, Part 4; Geneice’s Story

Many black women have been led to believe that retaining length in their hair is virtually impossible. But with the right regimen and knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. This week, four BGLH writers will share stories of how they went from TWA to back length. They represent a diversity of hair textures and life experiences. We hope that you gain inspiration and information. Our fourth feature is from Geniece. Be sure to check out our first feature from Ijeoma, our second feature from Chinwe and our third feature from Elle. 

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Big Chop

I made the decision to wear my naturally hair early in 2004, during the spring semester of my junior year of college. I had spent the previous six months following the hair journeys of a few other women who transitioned to natural hair and decided that for at least a few years in my adult life I too should wear my hair in its natural state. I finally took the plunge and cut off my relaxed hair in November of 2004, soon after I completed my applications for graduate schools.  My big chop marked a new season in my adult life, one in which I was preparing to embark on the new journey academically and personally. It was only fitting that I start a new season in my physical appearance as well. I never considered transitioning long term so when I decided to grow out my natural hair I knew that I would eventually have a TWA (teeny weeny afro).

The first few months after I cut my hair, I wore mostly wash n’ gos because I found the idea of washing my natural hair every 2-3 days and sporting my natural coils and curls exciting. Eventually, the wash n’ go routine became tiresome and I decided to style my hair in flat twists and medium twists, a style that took about 1 hour to complete on my 5-6 inch long hair. I’d have to say that during the first two years of my natural hair journey, I wasn’t even focused on length retention because I took it for granted that my hair would retain length especially because I was no longer using chemicals. Well, I sure was wrong!

My Aha! Moment

The two biggest mistakes I made along the way were:

1) combing my natural, tangled hair without any moisturizer

2) excessive abuse of heat the first time I decided to flat iron my hair.

Both of these mistakes were rooted in the false belief that my natural hair was indestructible. Sure, I knew my chemically processed hair could be prone to damage but my natural hair should be able to withstand anything, right? Wrong! I learned the hard way that such thinking only stunted my progress and led to frustration.

My Hair Now

By the fifth year of my natural hair journey, I used my newfound knowledge from vlogs and blogs, like this one, to care for my natural tresses in a completely different way. I detangled once a week after my hair was coated in conditioner, I wore protective styles almost exclusively and I began using moisture rich products. Products like whole leaf aloe vera gel, Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Crème and non-sulfate shampoos were central to transforming my hair during my early days of good hair care and continue to be important now.

Had I known in the beginning of my natural hair journey what I know now, I would likely have reached waist length in 5-6 years. Because of my setbacks and mistakes it took about 9 years to accomplish that goal. In hindsight, I wouldn’t change a thing because I have been able to help friends struggling with their hair care for  the very same reasons I struggled in my early years of natural hair care.

Can you relate to any aspect of the hair journey? Where are you in your growth process?

How I Went from TWA to Back Length, Part 3; Elle’s Story

Many black women have been led to believe that retaining length in their hair is virtually impossible. But with the right regimen and knowledge, it doesn’t have to be. This week, four BGLH writers will share stories of how they went from TWA to back length. They represent a diversity of hair textures and life experiences. We hope that you gain inspiration and information. Our third feature is from Elle. Be sure to check out our first feature from Ijeoma and our second feature from Chinwe.

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I big chopped on December 26, 2009. That previous summer, I decided to stop relaxing my hair because it was so humid that my hair just wouldn’t stay straight. I was flat ironing up to three times a DAY and I knew that regimen couldn’t be healthy for my hair. I needed a solution that allowed my hair to work with the weather. I wanted to ring in the New Year with completely natural hair (I previously had a Mohawk with relaxed hair on top and natural hair on the sides).

The first year, I was the biggest product junkie ever and joined pretty much any forum challenge there was – a deep conditioning challenge, ayurvedic, hair growth shake (which contained raw eggs, flax seed powder, and wheat germ oil – and a TON of calories), henna – you name it, I did it. Maybe it was to keep myself busy because I pretty much wore my TWA all the time, and doing my hair only took a few minutes. I didn’t mind playing in my hair and trying different methods. In fact, I really enjoyed it! As I learned my hair, I also learned that although my hair is fairly coarse, it’s low porosity, so a lot of super heavy products did NOT work for me at all. I used to think I needed the thickest oil or butter, the heaviest gel, or the conditioner combined with the most butters. That was totally wrong. I learned that my hair LOVES water-based products that contain aloe vera and lighter oils, like rice bran or jojoba, over heavier ones, like shea butter and castor. I would say medium to lightweight is best for me, especially because I cannot stand build up! Additionally, I realized I was using too much protein (I was using a lot of products with wheat protein), so I lightened up on that as well. I also minimized my glycerin use, because my hair gets bratty with dew points and I don’t have time to monitor them daily.

After I started focusing more on porosity, my regimen quickly simplified and I mainly focused a cleansing my hair at least once a week, and getting my wash and go to last 3 or 4 days, then either rinsing/cowashing or wearing it in a bun for a few more days so I didn’t have to restyle. I mainly use gels for my wash and go because I find they help prevent tangles because of the hold, but as my hair has gotten longer I have to make sure it’s not too flat. I hate wet cat hair. I never got into twist outs and braid outs – I thought they took too long and the style wasn’t guaranteed. But as soon as I could make a bun, I was SO happy. I freakin’ love buns – they’re just so easy and you can make them look very conservative or hip, depending on where you position them and how big they are.

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I’ve kept the same regimen for probably…three years or so. It just works for me. So unless something breaks, I’m not fixing it. Five years later, I’m still not at my goal- which is curly bra strap length dry and I may never achieve that due to shrinkage! But I’ve certainly learned to love my hair for what it is and how it wants to be. I realized that when you kind of let your hair do its own thing, it thrives. Don’t fight your hair and it will be nice to you.

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Can you relate? Where are you in your hair journey?