My Hair Regimen

This regimen was updated March 2013!

For 2012 I tried some different things with my hair. It seems the longer my hair gets the more I have to switch it up a bit. Also, I found that I get bored a lot easier. LOL!

This year I decided to experiment more with my loose hair.I am so used to wearing two strand twist, I never have to bother. I mastered my wash and go, and I had fun “bunning”. I found what gives me my best twist outs, braid outs, and bantu knot outs. It’s been fun.

If you have followed me for a while, you know that I am not a product junkie. I am not into haircare trends. I keep it simple and stick to what works.

No matter what I do as far as styling, the basics are always the same. In this blog I will list products and my regular routine.


  • Cantu Shea Butter Leave In
  • Cantu Shea Butter Hair Dressing Pomade
  • Cantu Shea Butter No Drip Hair & Scalp Oil
  • Herbal Essence Shampoo (Hello Hydration)
  • Herbal Essence Conditioner (Hello Hydration)
  • 100% Extra Virgin Olive oil (any brand)
  • Organic Root Stimulator – Hair Mayonnaise
  • Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel (this is not a big part of my regimen)

In the middle of the month, I decided to try some products that were all natural. I’ve used the products above for most of my journey, and never thought I would switch it up. I tried Giovanni’s all natural products, mostly because I was curious. I can honestly say, I wanted to know what the fuss was all about. My experience with the products were good. I did notice a difference. My hair personally likes and appreciates a little silicone. I noticed I had to moisturize more than usual. The products are pretty thin and my hair was soaking the leave in up. My daughter was using them also. Her hair had more frizz than normal. I enjoyed the no sulfate shampoo, it seemed to be pretty much like any shampoo. The leave in conditioner lathered which I happened to like. In the end I decided to go back to my staple products. I like a heavier product, and I preferred my results with the products I used before. πŸ™‚

  • Golden Wheat Deep Cleanse Shampoo by Giovanni
  • Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner by Giovanni
  • Direct Leave In Weightless Moisture Conditioner by Giovanni

I wash my hair every two weeks. I usually wash on Fridays, because it gives me time to wash and let my hair dry overnight for stretching. Also, I have more time on the weekend. I shampoo with my Herbal Essence Shampoo.Β  It is important for me to shampoo instead of co wash, because I use products with silicone. Products with silicone can build up on the hair.

I deep condition every two weeks after my shampoo. I apply my 100% extra virgin olive oil all over my hair, focusing on the ends. Then I apply a generous amount of my Herbal Essence Conditioner. I mix them together. I put on a plastic cap or bag, and sit under a bonnet dryer for 15-30 minutes. After that, I wash the oil and conditioner out. The oil can stick to the hair, and be hard to rinse out with water only, so I conditioner wash with my Herbal Essence Conditioner.Β  During this time I finger detangle my hair in the shower. It is so much easier to detangle with the water running down your hair. I have not completely given up on combs, but it is very rare when I use one.

I use theΒ Organic Root Stimulator Hair MayonnaiseΒ for my protein treatments once a month.

Leave In & Sealing in Moisture:
After I rinse all of the oil an conditioner out, I squeeze any excess water and apply my Cantu Shea Butter Leave In.

After I apply my leave in I put my hair in big braids or twist to dry for a few hours or overnight. It really just depends on what I am doing that day. After my hair is dry I stretch my hair with braids, twist outs, “bunning method”, or tension method blow out”.

This year I did experiment with the wash and go, and actually developed a respect for it. I committed to figuring out MY wash and go.Β  I use the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In for my wash and go. Sometimes I use the Fantasia IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel. In the past I tried Eco Styler which also gives nice results bit the Fantasia gel sets softer. I prefer conditioner only!

Maintaining My Styles:
To maintain my styles during the night, I have used the “pineapple method” or a high ponytail. My new favorite way to maintain is “the bunning method”. In the morning usually take the hair down add a small amount of oil and shake it out.

During the week, I wear braid outs or twist outs. I am wearing my hair out more this year, but still a lot of protective styling. Last year my go to protective/low manipulation hairstyle was twist. This year I have done a lot of bunning!


Moisture During The Week:
There was a time, where I was all for spritzing the hair every night with water. Now, those days are gone. If I want to maintain a style for more than one day. I minimize the amount of times I add water to my hair. I think I only stuck to that, because it was the thing that “naturals” was supposed to do. Now, I usually spritzΒ  the ends lightly with water every time I refresh my braid out or twist out. That is usually every 3-4 days. First, I apply a small amount of extra virgin olive oil, then I add a small amount of water to the ends of my hair and massage up. I have recently started using theΒ Cantu Shea Butter Pomade. It is great for fighting humidity, especially when my hair is straight.Β Then, I twist or braid the section, and take down the next morning. I make sure to not add to much water. I don’t want the hair to revert or tangle. The goal is to make it through two weeks without having to comb or do any excessive styling. Low manipulation is key for me!

Heat Styling:
I blow out my hair once every month. I always use a heat protectant. I use Cantu Shea Butter Leave In. I apply a small amount of this heat protectant all over my hair, paying close attention to my ends. I use the tension method to blow dry my hair. I never blow dry soaking wet hair. I usually let my hair dry overnight or for hours before blow drying. I do not use the comb attachment.

Trimming: I only trim when needed. Usually that is about every 6 months, so twice a year. I trim my own hair….about 1/2-2 inches depending on the health of my ends. I trim on dry hair and I always put my hair into small twist all over my head and trim each twist.

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  1. How do you prevent the hair from frizzing when you separate it after twisting? Is it that it isn’t detangled or is the the product? I get great definition but want to make it bigger by defining but it always frizzes! HELLPPPP!!

  2. I don’t know where the heck I’ve been but I just found your site while surfing youtube a few weeks ago. Your hair is gorgeous. As for my hair, I usually don’t mind a little shrinkage, but I think I night try the bunning method for a little change up.

  3. Hi Alicia,

    I love your hair, and I love your videos. What made you give up the Cantu as your heat protectant? I now use the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream, but nervous about the petrolatum. I try to use all natural products, but after watching your video, I decided to purchace the Cantu for when I blow dry my hair at the end of this year. Do you still recommend it, or did something happen?

  4. Not to confuse you, but the coconut curling cream is for my twisting and twist-outs. My questions is about the Cantu leave in conditioner.

  5. I’ve been thinking about the “because that’s what natural girls do” thing and it really makes me laugh because i see so many naturals not doing all of these things and they do retain lenght! Thank you for this article πŸ™‚ it is very helpful!! i’m in the in between stage, it seems like it’s taking for ever to get out of it lol! but oh well I believe that God will help me through this! And as we all say some things may work for others and certain things may not for us.

  6. Hi Alicia! I discovered you on YouTube and later here on WordPress. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous and definitely an inspiration for me, as it resembles mine. I’ve been natural for over 2.5 years and I’m still “learning” my hair. Thanks for the videos and blog! I’ll be trying parts of your regimen. Also, love your music πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Alicia, my name is Maya Snipe and I am 15 years old. I recently decided to go natural. My last relaxer was early May of this year and it is now almost the end of November. I’ve recently been wearing Senegalese twist and box braids as protective styles to prevent me from putting heat on my hair. I am completely lost on what products to use. I currently wash my hair with head and shoulders flake-free shampoo which I know isn’t the best choice and I use blue magic to oil my scalp which seems to actually dry out my hair. I plan on letting braids carry me to my 1 year post-relaxer date, but I need to know what shampoos, oils, conditioners and etc, to use on my hair to get it back healthy and make the transitioning process easier. Also, I did not do a big chop and don’t really plan on because I feel since I’m half way from 1 year I might as well not. Please help me before it gets to late Alicia. Thank you.

  8. Wow Alicia thank you so much for sharing this! I know it took a lot of work to put together. I love everything that you are doing to your hair, it’s really thrived under this regimen. Where do you purchase the Smooth Brazillian Keratin cream from, and is this just a heat protectant or does is it suppose to make heat styling smoother?

  9. LOL! Yes, the “what naturals do, what they can do, and what they can’t do thing”. You have to do what works for YOUR hair. I am so happy it helped you! Thank you for stopping by and reading! πŸ™‚
    I remember that stage…it will pass! I promise it is worth it! I had no idea my hair could be so healthy! Good luck!

  10. I stopped using the Cantu a while back. I made a video about. I still love the product, but I decided to try something with more natural ingredients.
    The Cantu gives a great shine with styling, if it is working and you love it don’t give it up! I definitely still recommend it! πŸ™‚

  11. When it comes to frizz, I honestly learned to embrace frizz. I know everyone doesn’t like that look, but I don’t mind a little bit. The truth is, my hair usually always has a little frizz. To minimize it, your product is going to be key during styling. Using a good cream, butter, or gel to twist the hair down. Leave the twist in as long as possible. The longer you leave them in, the better the results and the longer they last.

  12. I have been natural for two years and I am just starting to figure things out, how were you able to wear our two strand twists for four week? did you wash and condition hair while it was twisted? Interested in stretching the twists. Also any suggested regimens for children, my daughter is natural as well. Thanks!

  13. HI Alicia, I wouild first like to say that I love love your hair, and I just wanted to ask where did you get your dryer from? I have been looking for a soft hooded bonnet for a long time and ours seem like a good one.

  14. I think I will do a thorough post on my two strand twist maintenance. I get a lot of questions about it!
    The first week…I don’t do much to it. I just wrap it at night, use the bunning method, or the pineapple method. The second week I moisturize the end by spritizing a small amount of water on the ends of my twist and sealing it with my extra virgin olive oil or my leave in. I do this at night and bun or wrap the hair, so that it doesn’t shrink. I massage my scalp with oil to keep it from becoming dry and irritated. The hair does start to become frizzy, but a lot of my styles get a little frizzy, so it doesn’t bother me. The older the hair gets, I start to add curls or waves to the twist. This really helps with the appearance.
    I hope this helps you out!

    As far as regimen for children. I think it should work a lot like yours as far as the basics, when you wash, condition, deep condition. With my daughter I just try to stick to keeping the hair braided or in twist. It keeps the hair detangled and easy to manage. These low manipulation hairstyles also help with length retention. πŸ™‚ ❀
    Thank you

  15. Hi Maya!

    I can’t tell you what products to use or not use, but I can share my regimen and some of the products I use.
    You are in the beginning stages of this journey…try not to become overwhelmed with all of the information about natural hair maintenance. There is so much information out there, but you only need a very small amount of it. The key is finding what will work for YOUR hair. When you find that thing stay consistent with it.

    Here is my complete hair regimen for 2012:
    Here is a little info to help you along the way as a new natural!:

    Good luck and I really hope this info helps you!!!! πŸ™‚ ❀

  16. I am still terrified to blow dry my hair. Me and a friend of mine did it in November of last year and I ended up with some serious heat damage which caused me to cut about 3 1/3 to 4 inches off of my hair in January. I know the mistakes that we made (mainly me treating my hair the same way she does hers and we have two totally diff hair textures), but I’m still nervous. I may get a stylist friend of mine to do it for my 3 year naturalversary in July. πŸ™‚

    Ashley Flores

  17. Hi Alicia! Your sight has been so helpful to me as a new natural. Thank you for doing this. I recently took out my sewn in weave after 19 mths and I have to say, I’m really pretty scared. Scared of what the people in the office will think, scared of whether I can really manage my hair or not, scared of whether I will still look pretty, scared of many things. Do you have any advice for all of these frightened feelings? I also didn’t think my hair would be so tight…or maybe I hoped it would be – I’m a 4C according to my natural hair stylist. What is your hair texture?

  18. Oh wow…was busy browsing through the net and bumped into this site and the Youtube videos…Lovely hair. I also have a natural, kinky afro and need tips and ideas on how to maintain it. Its big, black and healthy, but i want more length…Am in South Africa (Africa) by the way πŸ™‚

  19. Hi Alicia! My name is Sa’Nae and I am active duty in the Army. Being in the military, it is sometimes difficult to manage and maintain my hair. I have been watching many of your videos for about two months now and love, love, love the information that you provide. I had my last relaxer in September of 2011 and decided to transition. I had a stylist cut it short in a bob- like style in January 2012 and started getting it washed and flat ironed every two weeks after. To make a long story short, I had a sew in put in in September 2012 and took it down October 29, 2012. After washing my hair, the relaxed part was really tangled so I decided right then and there to cut it. After, I felt so relieved and free. The next morning I woke up and was like, “What did you do… Now what?” Lol. I had been looking at different naturals on YouTube and told myself that if they could do it, so could I. I came across your page and was truly inspired, and definitely knew that it was possible! I did not really know which products to use so I’ve been using what you use and I think that it is working because it is simple. My hair is pretty short, but I have noticed some results just in these almost past two months. Do you have any advice for me just starting out, not really knowing what I am doing? Thank you in advance for your assistance!

  20. I have the exact same regimen πŸ˜€ (not the same products but exact same technique).
    However i just implemented dry detangling before hand with oil and my hair is THANKING me for it!!!
    I think that was the only missing piece to my hair regimen IM SO EXCITED i found what works.
    THANK You!!

  21. The truth is…. some of them may not like it. Your family , your friends, a lot of the people you care about may frown at you. The important thing is how do you feel about it, why are you making the decision to go natural? This reason is going to get you through those weird times when you are wondering why the heck you do it.
    It takes time for you to adjust to the new you, so definitely understand it takes time for others around you to adjust. It doesn’t mean they don’t really care about you. It just means…it’s different.

    My friends had a negative reaction to my hair. They hated it….Now, they love it and wish they would’ve been more positive in the beginning.

    In the end…I focused on the reasons I made the decision, and that kept me going throughout this entire journey. Embrace it, love it! You will have those times when you think you want to give up, but in the end you will just be happy you did it!

    You can do it!

    My hair is 4a/4b very tight coils. πŸ™‚

    Good luck on your journey! You can do it!

  22. Thanks!
    I will give this a try to see how it works for me. I really appreciate you taking the time… You are great!


    Sa’Nae Pinckney

  23. Alicia,

    I noticed you mentioned you gave up the CANTU, are you meaning to say you gave up the CANTU Shea Butter

  24. Alicia, your hair is gorgeous!!! As a 4a/b natural, I can’t tell you how inspirational and encouraging it is to visit your blog! I loved looking at the various styles you’ve tried and seeing your regimen. I wash my hair every 2 weeks as well and am very low maintenance with it. I really think less is more when it comes to natural hair. I celebrated my one year naturalversary this past September and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. Be blessed and Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚

  25. this blog on your regimen is AMAZIN’! you’re so inspirin’ to me due to the minimalist approach that you take & also, the idea of using what works (even if it’s not all natural and/or popular at the moment). i know it’s a personal choice, but it’s very easy to get caught up in other people’s ideas, philosophies, regimens & so on and so forth. i have to remind myself to pay attention to MY hair and to keep it basic, which is what i used to do. a journey it is & i appreciate you for takin’ all time and effort to share yours with us.

  26. Thank you so much! Believe me I know it is easy to get caught up. There is always that pull. LOL! I have found that once I stopped trying to do what was popular at the moment my hair responded the best! If you find a routine that works for your hair and you are consistent with it.. you will see the results. πŸ™‚ I am so happy this info helps! Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  27. alicia james πŸ™‚ my #1 hair inspiration!! im writing from London, UK
    My question is; How on earth does one maintain a braid out/twist out??!! for example i will put my hair into plaits before bed and wake up with a nice braid out BUT eventually by the end of the day out and about or even just around the house turns into a massive afro and the curl defintion slowly fades, tangles and drynes come creeping up on me and unless i plait it again before bed with a bit of product it will not look fresh the next day which is quite tiring. I dont know how your braid out can last for 3-4 days please enlighten me p.s im 4a/4b

    london sister

  28. Hi I’ve been wanting to be natural for a while but when i started i didnt know how to keep up with my twist out when going to be and waking up it would get really tangled. and then It would get really tangled when i wet it. Do you have a video on what to do once you’ve worn a twist out for a day what do you do at night to keep it from tangling and maintaining the twist out for a few days longer?

  29. Hi lovely! I’ve been subscribed to your YT channel for a minute now but just found out about your site! I love the simplicity of your regimen. One thing I’ve never really done but was inspired by YOU to try was doing hot oil treatments…do you no longer do those? They’re not listed here.

  30. Oh, I didn’t realize that! Thank you! So hot oil treatments are the same as deep conditioning? That would make my regimen so much easier (i.e. quicker).

  31. Alicia I just want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.. I wanted to give up on my natural hair journey… So the other day I watched your end of the year 2011 hair regimen and I started to really put and effort into my hair care.. And now this video that you just posted will now be my bible to my hair care….I truly appreciate it… Thanks soooooo much…oh I have some questions.. My hair sheds sometimes.. It’s usually in the winter thou. What can I do about that.. I do water aerobics three times a week and my hair gets wet…I can’t use a swimming cap and I don’t put my hair under the water but done how it gets wet. Should I co-wash everyday.. Not sure what to do? Thanks again

  32. Bonjour ALICIA
    I’m French nappy and I ‘ll try to write something that you will understand because my English is academic.Lol
    I discover your video one day and I always have a look on your channel. It’s not easy for women coming from French West Indies to have good hair product. I’m live in GUADELOUPE a very beautiful island and my challenge is to stop my hair loss.
    I’m natural since november 2008 (big chop) i did lock’s during 1 year and take them off during 3 long days.LOL. My hair was so long after that….BUT they start to break and I really don’t know what to do. Thanks to your advices I understand something: I have to listen my hair and I need my Journey.
    I want to open a store where every women of Guadeloupe will have the opportunity to buy good products coming form USA and why not meet people like you who share their very good experience and advices, hairstyles. That will be a good opportunity to visit my island.
    My name is MΓ©lina CHATEAUBON and you can find me on facebook.

    Bye! GOD bless you

  33. The longer you wear the twist or braids the more hold it has. If I leave my twist in for 24 hours or more, my twist out lasts for a week or more. Also, the size of the twist/braids. The bigger they are the lighter the hold from my personal experience. Also, I use a nice thick product to hold them together when I twist up the hair. At night, I use the bunning method or pineapple. πŸ™‚

  34. Hi! I am so happy it helped!
    Everyone’s hair sheds about 50-100 hairs a day. You should be concerned when you see little short pieces everywhere.
    During the winter some have to utilize more protective styling, because the cold weather can really dry the hair out. Try a little bit more moisture during the week, and make sure to seal in with a nice oil or butter. Also, if you can use some methods to protect the ends of your hair when out in the cold weather. πŸ™‚
    If your hair is getting wet during swimming, you definitely want to give it a nice conditioner wash afterwards, chlorine really dries out the hair. πŸ™‚
    Good luck and I hope some of this helps! πŸ™‚

  35. Keeping the hair stretched throughout the week. Light finger detangling before wetting the hair during wash day. (when I do a light dry detangling on my hair before my wash, I get out some of those knots and tangles that can become worse when wet.) Detangling in the shower under the water with lots of conditioner. This makes it so much easier to work out those knots and tangles with my fingers. The water stretches the hair out a little making it easier to detangle. Gentle Gentle Gentle! If it is hurting then you may need to be a little more light handed. I hope some of this helps! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  36. Hi I am janicia I recently started transitioning from relaxed hair to natural. My thing is that my hair is so dry cuz all the heat I used to put in my hair now I an trying to get the moisture back what do you suggest I do?

  37. Hi Alicia! I think I have been watching your channel now since I decided to go natural back in July 2011. My last relaxer was Feb/March 2011 and then I BC’d on Dec. 1, 2011. Just celebrated my 1 year post BC anniversary and surprisingly I have seen some progress. I am currently in the “in between” stage now with my hair and HATING IT!!! lol It’s too long to do what I use to do to style it and too short to do all the funky stuff I want to do. My hair type and curl mimics yours: it is 4a/b, has at least 75%-%85% shrinkage and my ends get so dry and frizzy in a heart beat and this cold weather is doing a number on my hair. Besides breaking down and finally trying the Cantu Shea Butter leave-in a few months ago (which I can’t do without now-lol), what can I do about these gnarly KNOTS I just seem to keep on getting??? UUGH! I actually haven’t “cut” on my hair since I BC’d back in 12/11. Should I just “dust” my hair to resolve some of this because now all of a sudden I am getting breakage, those tiny little pieces off the ends that look like they were trimmed but weren’t. really trying to start retaining length now and need to figure out how WITHOUT having to do the 2-strand mini-twists (no time). What product beside the CSB leave-in do you use to do your styling/twists for longevity?

  38. Thanks Alicia!! I wil try that dry detangling a little and see how that works. I have another question I m at the stage where I’m really getting frustrated with my hair . It seems to me as if it’s not growing healthy . My ends feel brittle and dry , when I wash or just doing a style I see a lot of little hairs in the sink or tub. Also I work full time and go to school and so I need a easy care free regimen. I’ve been natural for about a year now and I just don’t see any real length . My hair is about maybe 3 to 4 inches in length and really don’t know what to do with styles but a twist out but, I have to re twist every night .for it to look some kind of way. Sorry for being so long winded … I just don’t know what to do 😦

  39. Hello Alicia,
    I have been transitioning for 7 months. For the next two months Im doing a protective style which involves twist extensions. I know you mentioned in your transitioning videos on YouTube that you wore weave to help with the process of transitioing. My question is how did you moisturize you hair underneath the weave, how did you manage to wash you hair, and how long did you keep the weave in etc.?

  40. Hi, Alicia. My name is Aaminah and I am 17 years old. First off I just wanna say that I absolutely love your videos! I had been all over Youtube looking for the hair guru for me and you are definitely it! I have been natural all my life, but I am just now getting into caring for and styling my hair myself. My hair is doing pretty well right now. However, I have a few length and texture issues. My hair in the back is more coarse and shorter than my hair in the front and like the at the nape of my neck and my sides I have shorter pieces of hair. Its not noticeable when I wear my hair down, but it makes it really hard for me to do styles like high buns or any other updo. Do you have any suggestions for this? Thanks!

  41. Hi Alicia, I came across your YouTube videos and absolutely adore your hair. I too have been natural for at least 7 years but my hair is nowhere close to the length of yours. Protective styling (weaving) totally works for me very well but sometimes my hair just needs to breathe. I have also noticed when I do not weave for like at least 3 months my hair starts breaking. What can I do besides protective styles. I looked up and found liquid gold products. Have you heard of or used them. Would you recommend them. You mentioned olive oil; do you mean like real 100% virgin olive oil you use to cook? And If I do not have a dryer to seat under what are my alternatives? Will just a plastic cap and heating cap do?

    Thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration!

  42. I just want to say thank you so much for providing this information and sharing your hair journey with us.Your hair is beatiful and your tips are very useful to me. I had my last relaxer in September 2011 and I think I am just now finally beginning to understand what my hair needs. It’s about 4-6 inches and I just started doing two strand twists. Do you have any suggestion on any styles that I could put my twists in while they dry? I twist them at night and they usually aren’t completely dry until the next night. Thank You!

  43. Just happened to stumble upon your channel. You’re absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for this website, your advice, and your motivation. If anyone tells you otherwise, their lying. Keep up the good work. Supporter here in Indianapolis, IN!!

  44. hi i just did my big chpo a few days ago and i’m wondering what products to start my hair off with. i just discovered you so i cant find what you used at the beggining of the journey. thank you

  45. Hi! Thank you very much!
    I think it is great you want to open a store for women in your country.
    My biggest tip would be to know that healthy hair is possible even without all of the expensive products. Products are great, but I always like to teach proper care. The way that you care for your hair is the most important.
    Now, about your hair….if your hair is doing a lot of breaking it can be a few things; your hair is dry and needs moisture, your hair needs protein, too much manipulation, etc. How often are you moisturizing the hair? What do you use to moisturize and seal in moisture? Have you ever done a protein treatment? If so, how often? How much are you styling and combing your hair?

    I wanted to ask you these questions, because several different things work for different people. It is about looking at your hair routine and finding what things you could improve in your regimen or hair care routine.


  46. The great thing is you already know what your hair needs…moisture moisture moisture! From my experience, I suggest a deep conditioning/hot oil treatment every wash day. This will help to bring back and keep the moisture in your hair. Stay consistent with this, and you should see results. Also, limit the amount of heat you are using if possible. When you are using heat, make sure to do a deep conditioning/hot oil treatment before.
    These are just a few suggestions, I hope this helps! πŸ™‚

  47. Congrats on your one year anniversary! πŸ™‚
    Ha Haaaa! Yes, I love my Cantu! So, how often are you getting the knots. Let me tell you with my tight coils I get knots a lot. I keep the hair stretched as much as possible to minimize them, but I still get them. Now, if you are noticing that you are getting them mostly on the ends of your hair, or that your hair is tangling a lot at the ends, you may just need to do a LIGHT trim. It’s been a year…so that couldn’t hurt.
    You can use eco styler to hold your twist also. I just ordered me some Cantu Pomade, which is supposed to be good for holding twist together. I will be trying it out for a month or so, but I will keep everyone updated on how that goes.

    I hope some of this helps!


  48. Hi! Have you done a porosity test on your hair to see how your hair absorbs water. It sounds like you are experiencing some issues with dry hair, which could be causing the breakage. How often are you conditioning?

  49. During my transition….honestly I did not have the best hair care practices. I did not even know I was transitioning, I just stopped relaxing. I wore kinky twist, braids,etc. I would just wash the hair as normal, in the shower with shampoo. Honestly I can’t even say I conditioned. I was horrible with my hair. I would leave in for a month or more.
    But… you can use the same method you use to wash and condition. You can still deep condition the hair as normal,etc.

  50. Hi! Thank you so much!
    I have different textures all over my head. I have some curls that are looser and some that are really kinky and tight. It makes my hair appear to be different lengths, but when I measure it is actually the same. If your hair is actually shorter in those areas, then you may have had some breakage. Just give the hair a little time to grow back. Also, where the hair is a little more coarse and may get a little more dry…just give it a little extra touch of moisture. I often have to spend a little more time with the hair in my crown area, because it is a lot kinkier and dries out a little faster than the rest of my hair. πŸ™‚

    I hope this helps!
    Good luck! πŸ™‚

  51. Hi! Thank you very much!
    Protective hairstyles are always great, but there are other options such as buns or really cute updos, french twist, etc. Also, low manipulation styling with twist outs, braid outs, etc. Low manipulation and protective styling is key to retention. When you are not weaving, what techniques or method are you using with your hair. How often are you washing, conditioning, moisturizing, etc. What kind of styling techniques are you using? How often are you manipulating the hair? These could be some thing that could affect your retention.
    I have never used liquid gold products. I do use 100% extra virgin olive oil on my hair…yes it is the same as the kind you cook with. I’ve used this for years.
    Yes, a plastic and heating cap works fine. Also, you can just do the treatment overnight. πŸ™‚

    I hope this helps!
    Good luck! πŸ™‚

  52. When twisting my hair. I don’t like to twist on soaking wet hair. Let the hair air dry in a bun or some big twist for a few hours, then twist the hair. This always keeps me from having wet hair in the morning. πŸ™‚

  53. Hi! congratulations on your big chop! During the beginning of my journey I only did wash and gos. I would just wet my hair and leave in my regular rinse out conditioner.
    You can do wash and gos and add beautiful and fun accessories to the hair. As far as products…I always suggest having an oil as a part of your regimen. This will keep the hair soft and manageable. There are so many great oils. I use extra virgin olive oil, and it is my must have product.
    As far as styling products, don’t be afraid to try a few things to see what your hair likes. You are at the stage where I say it is okay to be a bit of a product junkie. It’s like a relationship, you are getting to know your hair likes and dislikes.
    Good luck on your journey! πŸ™‚

  54. Hi, I was wondering how you protect your ends at night. I have been natural for 15 months and it seems like my ends are always dry. I recently cut about 2 inches off and I would like to learn how to protect my ends in order to maintain length.

  55. Do you have any videos on TWA stages. I only see videos of your hair progress as it is long, but no when it is short and you are growing it out. I would love to know the styles and products you use to achieve your goal. I did become a product junkie because nothing was working on my hair, but now I only use Herbal Hydration Conditioner, coconut oil, cantu leave in, and shea butter. Its simple. Did a protective style sew in and it dried my hair out. Had to cut more than an inch of new growth and I haven’t even reached my 1 year yet. Now I’m battling breakage and dryness. Do you have any advice?

  56. OK, I’ve purchased the Herbal Essence shampoo and conditioner; I have my extra virgin olive oil I use for cooking and the Cantu’s leave in conditioner. I have my hair spritz bottle, the Smooth As Silk Xtreme Protein Hair Infusion is ordered, I have your routine down-pat and I am about to cancel my weave appointment. I am ready for this but verging on excitment and sheer fear. Fear because it would be the first time in over a decade that I would have worn my natural hair out for a period of time and hopefully forever particularly within a professional environment. I have read your blogs, reviewed your channels and you pretty much cover it all but I have only 2 questions, do you oil your scalp and if so what do you use? Also for my weaves I have retained the majority of my hair natural and have a small amount of relaxer on the ends, however my leave out at the front and my edges from ear to ear are relaxed. Shall I or do I need to go for the big chop?? Thx in advance and keep inspiring.

  57. Hi Alicia my name is D’Anne, been fully natural for almost 4 years (this april will 4!) The longest my hair has come is armpit length since I keep having to trim due to breakage. I still don’t have a solid regimen and joined a healthy hair challenge so I’m trying to stick to one. I did see your regimen videos and I use both hello hydration and cantu leave in as well, but I find that my hair doesn’t seem nice and soft even the next day. Do you use it sparingly or go for a handful say if your hair was parted in 4 sections? Also in reading I’ve come to find out oil is for sealing so I always seal after I put water and leave in, but I read that you put evoo then water, does your hair feel very moist the next day? (your hair appears to be very similar to mine and we already use the same products soooo seeing if you can give a lil advice lol..?

  58. Just subcribed to u on yt and I think my hair texture is more like urs. Even tho this month is my 2yr natural anniversary I’m so lost as to what works for my hair because I just started wearing my hair out for 6 months. My hair is so thick all I do is try to gel into a bun. Is this bad for the hair and also how can u go two weeks without washing my hair is usually caked w gel 😦 help

  59. OK, I have seen elsewhere on your blog that you use the same olive oil on your scalp as on your hair and that you do not necessarily need to opt for the ‘big chop’ but just to maintain your relaxed ends, sorry for not paying attention…and I even saw that you advise on how to look after your hair for those who work-out…perfect!! :-D. Can I request that you demo a roller-set please?? ;-D

  60. At night I add a little oil to my ends and then I just bun the hair up and make sure the ends are tucked away.
    Protective styling is key when wanting to protect the ends. Do styles where you can tuck the ends away. Buns, french twist, pinning the hair under. etc. πŸ™‚

  61. I was not on Youtube when I first went natural. I think my first video was when I was like 15 months natural, and I wasn’t really consistent with videos during that time. Those videos are still up on my channel though. You can check uploads and browse by older videos. I updated my regimen page on my site to show my journey in photos from my transitioning to now, so you can check that out to see.
    During that time I only did wash and gos with maybe a flower here and there. πŸ™‚
    Like you said, you were becoming a product junkie, but now you have recently settled on some go to products. Stick with those products and give it a little time to work. Right now you are in the beginning stages, so you forming a relationship with your hair. You are still figuring out what it likes and what it doesn’t like. The first year or so can be all about learning your hair. Continue on the path, just make sure you are showing your hair lots of tender loving care. Have a basic regimen to follow and stay consistent with that. Get rid of the things that don’t work and stick to the things that do. πŸ™‚

  62. I’ve just recently gotten into oiling my scalp, because I am washing less. Right now I am trying Cantu No drip oil and even Tea Tree oil. I am trying to decide which one will be my staple. No, a big chop is not required. Take your time and you can slowly trim the ends of away as you go along. Cut only when you are ready! πŸ™‚

    Good luck…looks like you are really going for it!!!!! πŸ™‚

  63. Hi!
    I only use it after a wash. I use a very generous amount after my wash, making sure that the product covers each strand. I sometimes use it for my edges, but never usually throughout the week on dry hair, because the Cantu can easily build up on the hair. I don’t think it matters, it is all preference as far as how you apply the oil and water. It all mixes together. I just prefer the to add the oil on the dry hair first, because the way it feels applying it after the hair is wet. Hope some of this helps!!! πŸ™‚

    Good luck!

  64. Hiiii! Welcome Welcome! πŸ™‚
    So you are just beginning in a way! It’s totally fine. Research Research Research! I did so much reading when I was learning about my hair. Never be afraid to do that! Now, in regards to your bun! Buns are okay, but you want to be able to switch it up a little, this way you don’t cause stress in a particular area of your hair. You can move the bun around the head, sometimes on the top. Now, regarding gel, it can be okay but it can be bad. It all depends on your methods. If it is making the hair extremely hard and during wash day you are tearing into your hair, it can turn this into a horrible experience. Have you tried playing around with some different hairstyles. I know it can be a little scary, because it is really new to you, but in order to really dive in, you have to experiment and have fun! Let that hair out. Twist outs, braid outs, pin the hair up! Keep it fun! That is what’s most important. πŸ™‚

    Also, my last tip is creating a basic regimen that you can follow with your hair. Once you create a regimen be consistent. Check out the Go Natural section on my site. Even though you have been natural for a while it is still relevant for you, because it’s like you are starting from the beginning. πŸ™‚

    Hope this helps! Good luck!

  65. Hello, I am 13 and I am 1 year natural since Dec. 27. I stopped getting relaxers and luckely my natural curl pattern returned and my hair became very thick. I was wondering, how long does it usually take for you to do your hair in the mornings? And also, what should you do if certain areas of you hair grow faster than others? Do you chop it off? The growth difference isn’t noticeable though. Thanks and have a lovely week πŸ™‚

  66. Hi Alicia happy new year to start and a kiss 2 ur beautiful daughter. i really admire ur hair journey and want to start on mine. been natural for about 6 years. Now sadly, my hair seems to stop growing pass my neck. i know it has the potential to do better and i would love any good advice 4rm u. i must start by confessing to the fact that i seem not to be taking good care of it. i took out my weave today after watching and i mean all of ur vid. i ordered this JBCO and groaut oil and well as 100% virgin organic coconut oil to use now. it there any advise u can give in regards to increasing the length growth of my hair?? i’m very aware this won’t happen over night of course. thank you

  67. In the morning it does not take long for me to do my hair. I prepare my hair at night always! If I am wearing a twist out or braid out the next morning, I always braid my hair the night before. The take down does not take too much time. I have certain areas that grow faster, I don’t suggest chopping away, because usually it will still grow faster and it will just become a vicious cycle of chopping unnecessarily. Have a great day and good luck! πŸ˜‰

  68. Hi!
    The hair is always growing unless their is an existing medical condition. The issue would be with length retention. The hair is growing, but when your hair is breaking off, you don’t get to see the results. The great thing is you have admitted to not taking proper care of your hair. So, now you just need to put forth a little more effort to care for the hair. I always recommend creating a simple and basic regimen. This is not something you have to follow exactly, but just an outline to keep your consistent and disciplined. How often to wash, detangle, condition, style, etc. These are things that are important when trying to grow the hair to longer lengths. As you create a regimen, you will notice some things work and some don’t. This is great, because you will start to learn your hair and basically form a relationship with it. The more you know about your hair, the better you will become with care.

    This is just some info to get you started, I hope it helps! πŸ™‚
    Keep it simple and have fun! πŸ™‚
    Good luck!

  69. Hi! I was really inspired by your journey! I’ve been reluctant to go natural until now! I’m just starting my transition period before the big chop. I was wondering if you had any pointers or suggestions for a new comer to the natural hair.

  70. Hi Janelle! There is so much information out there on how to care for your natural hair. So, I think the best info that I could give you is to have fun! Be prepared for a bumpy ride, it is not the hardest thing to do in the world, but for someone who has not been natural their entire life, it can be mentally challenging. Stay focused on your ultimate goal and just enjoy every part of the journey! Keep it simple and keep it fun!!!! πŸ™‚

  71. Hello, thank you so much for sharing your journey and inspiring us all! I’m hoping you can give me some advice. Something went terribly wrong with my daughters hair along the years. When she was a baby/toddler, she had a really nice texture with good length. However, after her third birthday her grade changed and its like her hair stop growing. She is now six, and I swear its the been the same length and much more course and dry. I am aware, thanks to you that length retaining is the problem and I’ve created a regimen that is different than what I was doing before. So I now wash and deep condition once a week, moisturize daily properly, using water with aloe Vera juice and some butter or oil and I stay away from products containing mineral oil because that is the common property in my old regimen. My question to you is, what are some low manipulation or protective style for children? Because she lacks length she will not wear braids or twist without extensions to school. I usually moisturize and braid at night and let her wear the upbraided product to school? Is that a low manipulation style? Also do you recommend ponytails after a braid out and how do you feel about braids with extensions as a protective style?


  72. Sounds like you are on the right track. Yes, that is basically a braid out or at least that is what is sounds like. Those types of styles are considered low manipulation as long as you are not combing through the hair every day. The less manipulation the better. Ponytails are great and simple. Braids with extensions is a great low manipulation/protective style. When I was transitioning I wore kinky twist with extensions for most of the time.
    The key is finding styles where you don’t have to comb the hair everyday. The less you do, the better.

    I hope some of this helps!
    This is based off of my personal experience. πŸ™‚

  73. Yes, most of my journey I have used the same products. I tried the Giovanni line and I just didn’t get the results I was used to.
    When I big chopped I used John Frieda for about a few months for my wash and gos, I tried a few things the first year and a half, but overall the same products. πŸ™‚

  74. Hi alicia, i have very thick ntural hair and my hair right now is about the length of your hair when you were 41 months natural. What type of products could i use to get it to grow longer?

  75. Hi Alicia….thanks for sharing your hair journey its so inspiring!!How do you maintain your edges?…I am on my second year natural and noticed my edges are really weak.

  76. Thank you for reading!
    My edges can be really weak also! I keep them massaged with my extra virgin olive oil at least weekly. I also make sure to moisturize them with water weekly and seal with oil. Sometimes we focus a lot on the ends and forget about the edges and nape area which is prone to breakage. I am really careful with styles that I have to pull back and up. I try to keep those styles as loose as possible, so that it is not pulling those problem areas.
    I hope some of this helps you!

  77. Hi! It seems like you are at a good length with your hair.
    I don’t have any product suggestions as far as hair growth. For my journey I credit my retention more to methods. My deep conditioning/hot oil treatments have been great for keeping moisture in my hair, because we all know dry hair breaks. Also, for me protective styling and low manipulation is key.
    When I do recommend a product, it is usually an essential oil. Any essential oil can be amazing for your hair journey!

    Hope I helped a little! πŸ™‚

  78. Hi Alicia,
    I love your youtube channel and you hair! I’m a newly natural and I am having a had time keeping moisture in my hair. I was wondering how you kept moisture in your hair because do have similar hair types and your hair doesn’t seem dry at all.

  79. Thank you so much! I have low porosity hair, so to keep my hair nice and moisturized I stay consistent with my deep conditioning/hot oil treatments. During my treatments I sit under the hair dryer for about 15-30 minutes. The heat helps to open my cuticles so that moisture is absorbed into the hair properly. About once a week I spritz my ends with water and seal with oil or a leave in conditioner. πŸ™‚

  80. Hey Alicia,
    Thank you so much for taking the time out to help explain all your regimens and products used. You and your hair are beautiful and I am truly inspired to try new things. I was wondering in the beginning of your journey did you experience parts of your hair being straight after washing? I have been natural for about 2 years but it has been braided with weaves or cornrows the whole time. I recently (1 mo ago) started experimenting with wash n gos, twist outs knot outs etc. For some strange reason when my hair is wet I have 2 small sections, one in the front and one in the back, where the hair is straight and I mean perm straight ( 0 chemicals in my hair for more than 2 years). When attempting to wear a wash and go I have to twist or braid the section to try and hide the texture difference. Do you have any reccomedations for this? Also can you attach a link in your response on how I can transition my hair back to curly from wearing it straight.

  81. hi alicia i just started following your blog after i saw your post on natural hair growth on youtube. i have natural hair but all mu like my hair has been short, and i didn’t take good care of my hair. now I’m trying what i want to know is what did you use to moisturize or oil your hair on a daily basis to maintain moisture…i just started on this journey so what i have bought so far are :shaw butter miracle bouncy curls, cuntu shaw butter leave in conditioner, natural defining creme gel, extra virgin olive oil, palmers coconut oil formula this one has in the petrolatum which I’m concerned about that? oh and i use the apple cider vinegar method to since my hair too…i just started so i don’t know what works for me or if it will work but i hope so…….give me ur advise please?

  82. Hi Alicia,
    My name is brittany. I am in the tranisitioning phase, I havent had a perm since october,2012. I get deep conditioners every 2 weeks when I got to the shop. I havent started using any natural products yet, I wasnt sure if I should start now or wait until all the perm hair is gone because I didnt do the big chop? What do you think?

  83. I noticed that you’ve mentioned using Cantu Shea Leave-In quite a bit. I mainly use it when doing two strand twists only or if im not applying other products in my hair besides an oil. I noticed when I use Cantu in conjunciton with a gel, my hair HATES it!! Whether I use a little or a lot of Cantu, I get clumps of build up sitting on top of my hair that won’t rub in. If I attempt to rub it in while having gel on my hair the clumps spread even more and I end up having to wash my hair all over again. We have the same porosity and type 4 a/b hair. Do you ever have the same problems when using Cantu and gels together?

  84. No, the only time I had straight pieces is when I did my big chop, and I had not cut all of the damaged ends off of my bangs.
    Do you by any chance use heat when you are doing your weaves?
    I would try a good protein treatment like Aphogee or ORS. Sometimes after a few treatments your curls can bounce back into shape. πŸ™‚

  85. Hi!
    Moisture During The Week:
    There was a time, where I was all for spritzing the hair every night with water. Now, those days are gone. If I want to maintain a style for more than one day. I minimize the amount of times I add water to my hair. I think I only stuck to that, because it was the thing that β€œnaturals” was supposed to do. Now, I usually spritz the ends lightly with water every time I refresh my braid out or twist out. That is usually every 3-4 days. First, I apply a small amount of extra virgin olive oil, then I add a small amount of water to the ends of my hair and massage up. Then, I twist or braid the section, and take down the next morning. I make sure to not add to much water. I don’t want the hair to revert or tangle. The goal is to make it through two weeks without having to comb or do any excessive styling. Low manipulation is key for me!

    I don’t use all natural products on my hair. I say use what works. Some people don’t like the way that ingredient feels in the hair, I don’t mind it at all. πŸ™‚
    Test it out, and see how your hair responds.
    The only way you will know is giving it a try. Believe me I developed my regimen through trial and error. Once I found the products that worked for me, that is what I have been using for years. πŸ™‚

    Key to keeping the hair moisturized is going to be knowing your hair’s porosity. (how does your hair absorb moisture)
    You can find some good information on porosity here:

    I hope this information helps you along the way! πŸ™‚

  86. Hi! The only natural product I use is extra virgin olive oil. This is definitely something you can use now while you are transitioning. It is even great for fully relaxed ladies! πŸ™‚

  87. Hi!
    Yes, Cantu does not mix well with other products. I never use it with other products only oil. πŸ™‚
    Also, it works better on wet or damp hair. If you are adding it to dry hair, you have to use a small amount and I would lightly spritz the hair.

    Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

  88. Hi, I’m about to do my BC for like the third time! I get soooo frustrated with my natural hair and ultimately always resort back to a relaxer. This time I’m trying to stick with it. I love the the fact that you don’t use so many “special products” and you keep it simple. My question is, did you ever worry about the fact that your shampoo and condition are not sulfate free?

  89. Alicia,
    my hair is low porosity and it is really hard to moisture it. I heard about the cherry lola treatment (yogourt, liquid amino acid and baking soda) and want to give it a try. have you done it? if yes, how often. I also want to try henna and indigo after the cherry lola. because the cuticles will be open and henna can penetrate. Do you think it is a good idea? have you done henna before. I know your hair is low po, how was it for you in the beginning?
    I spitz my hair with water every night and oil it and finger detangle, it has a lot of knots and it tangles and b reak. I do not know what to do.

  90. Congrats on going through the BC again! No, I never worry about that. Honestly I tried a sulfate free for like a month or two just to test it out, and I just didn’t like it. I like to make sure my hair is clean, and I have always seen great results with the shampoo and conditioner I use. I am not saying this is the case for everyone, but my hair has never required any special or all natural products to grow and be healthy. πŸ™‚

  91. Heat is key for me with my low porosity regimen. Warm water and heat during deep conditioning helps to open up the cuticles so that moisture can be absorbed into the hair.
    After my second year of being natural I became consistent with my deep conditioning/hot oil treatment regimen. I always sit under a hair dryer. Doing this made it so much easier for me, so that I didn’t have to struggle with a lack of moisture. I started this routine without even knowing my hair porosity, it just become a part of my regimen.
    Before my hair was dull and dry.

    I tried henna once, but did not notice anything different. Honestly I didn’t feel it was worth the mess! LOL! This is not the case for everyone, but yeah I didn’t get it! LOL!
    Spritzing hair with water and oiling every night may not be best for low porosity hair, unless you are using warm water to open up the cuticles. If not, that oil is just sitting on top of your hair strand weighing it down and making the hair oil and gives you that brittle feeling.

    Do you keep the hair stretched? You don’t have to finger detangle every night. If you do keep it light. Low manipulation is key.

    I hope some of this information helps you along the way!
    Good luck on your journey! πŸ™‚

  92. Thanks a lot to write me back. I bought a heat cap and hello hydration conditioner even tough I use rhassoul clay to wash my hair. I will deep condition and do more protective syle.

    Thank you very much. I will let you know how it goes.

  93. Hi Alicia!

    My 9-yr old daughter and I have been natural since 2009. We, too, live in Houston. Thank you for offering such wonderful videos and advice about natural hair. It’s always great to see examples of healthy hair and to know that what matters most in each individual’s journey is finding out what works best for them. It can be hard wading through all the so-called “rules” of natural hair care.

    My question for you, how were you best able to determine that you have low porosity hair? I have read and reread many articles and blogs discussing porosity but I stil cannot seem to determine my or my daughter’s hair porosity. My hair takes forever to dry yet it never appears dull. My daughter’s hair seems to always lack moisture but quickly dries even during the styling process. We do have different coil/curl patterns (let’s not try to discuss hair typing. I gave up on that long ago.).

    Eventhough I don’t know what our hair porosity is, I have successfully navigated to great length retention for my daughter using low manipulation styling (she is a 2 strand twist kinda girlie). I just can’t shake the feeling that I could help our journeys greatly if I could get a better understanding on porosity.

    Any help you provide will be most appreciated.


  94. Hi, love your stuff. My hair is been natural for a couple of years, but I want to get some length. I have very coarse dry hair, being a Black African (West-African born and not African American) so have a bit of a different texture. Any particular tips for me. Living in the Uk.

  95. Hair porosity is basically the way your hair absorbs moisture.
    Low porosity means that your hair cuticles are closed tightly, and it makes it hard to get moisture in.
    High porosity is usually hair that soaks up moisture where the cuticles are lifted.
    Some people also have normal porosity.

    You can test the porosity by filling a glass or cup with water.
    Pull one strand of your hair directly from the scalp, make sure it has the white bulb attached.
    Dip the entire strand into the water. Then lay it on top of the water to see how fast it takes to sink to the bottom.
    If your hair sinks immediately, you have high porosity hair, which means your hair soaks up water easily. Try protein treatments to fill the cuticles that are open, use thicker products to coat the strands and seal moisture in.
    If your hair does not sink at all or takes forever to sink it is low porosity hair. Use warm water to rinse and wash hair, this will help open the cuticles and let moisture in. Also utilize deep conditioning/hot oil treatments. Try not to be heavy on products, because it just sits on top of low po hair.
    These are just a few tips to help you get started with your research and find what products or methods may work for your or your daughter’s hair.
    Good luck! πŸ™‚

  96. Hi! I have been natural for YEARS. I really try my best to take care of my hair and stick to my regimen. I’m mostly satisfied with the results. I just have a problem with length retention, For as long as I can remember, my hair has been armpit length and I’d like it to grow longer. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong! I also have a hard time retaining moisture. I read your comment about low/high po hair so I supposed I should try washing and dc’ing with warmer water or sitting under the dryer (I’ve been no heat for a long time… I haven’t seen much of a difference though). I was also wondering if you have any suggestions for dandruff. I usually wash every 2 weeks now (as opposed to once a month last year) because I’m seeing more flakes around my edges. I’m not sure if that’s product build up, dry scalp, or if I actually have a dandruff issue. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks,

  97. Hello Mrs. Alicia!

    I am 16 years old and recently I’ve stumbled upon a lot of naturals on YouTube, but I am at a loss for what to do. The last time I permed my hair was probably in January..but since I’ve found naturals like you on YouTube I have decided against perming my hair. My scalp is really sensitive to the stuff, making every time I try to apply it for a long period of time impossible.

    I’d just like to grow my hair long! There’s this spot in the back of my head that is really short, shorted than all the other hairs on my head. I am cutting out shampoos laden with SLS (the sulfaute laureth stuff) and recently it’s been about two and a half weeks since I washed my hair. I cannot wash my hair because all my shampoos have sulfate in them, and my mom really doesn’t have time to go out and purchase a new bottle since money is kind of tight.. So I comb my hair in the shower and then cover it during the day.

    When I’d found that black women like me with my kind of hair could grow it long, I was so happy! But what would you recommend for a starting natural like myself?

    Thanks for reading!!!

  98. Hi Alicia

    I am 16 years old and was thinking of relaxing my Type 4 mid-back length natural hair for my graduation form high-school
    What do you think?

  99. I think what anyone does to their hair is a personal decision. Whatever you think is a healthy option for your hair or what you feels makes you beautiful is all that matters.

    Make sure you really think about it though. It is a pretty big decision. Do your research on what will change with your hair and routine.

    Enjoy your graduation and congratulations. πŸ™‚

  100. Hi there I’ve recently just found your YouTube channel and I’m in love with it and have subscribed! I have been very curious to know, what is your hair type? I’m interested in following methods used by people with similar hair types to mine (I’m a 4b…I think)

  101. Hi Alice
    My name is Ariel i’ve been going natural for I think almost a year now and it’s been kind of hard for me. I wanted to know what can I use to make my hair grow? Also my ends are very different from the top of my hair is that normal now that i’m going natural? please help me out.

  102. Hi Alicia, I have been transitioning for the past 4 mths….. My dilemma concern my daughter’s hair. She had very long hair until I wasn’t taking care of it and had to cut it a little short. I tried to figure out her hair texture. It’s loose curl almost straight and my problem is her hair gathers muck lol very easy and most times feels dry. I tried using oil, butter etc even applied next to nothing but by d end of the week I have to wash again. Her hair is usually in cornrows for a week. Most times too she complains of the crown being tender. Help think I’m fighting a loosing battle

  103. Hey alicia I was just wondering how many times to you deep condition and do hot oil treatments a month?

  104. You, my dear, are a God-send!!! I discovered your YouTube channel last night and I’ve watched several videos already! I’ve been wearing protective styles (crochet weaves) since I BC’d last July because I’ve been trying to get some length. I actually love my natural hair! I want to start wearing my natural hair out, and since I haven’t had to develop a regimen yet, I’ve been looking for one. Your tips and videos are just what I needed! Thank you for being so informative! You’ve got me all excited to see what my hair will be! To my question (finally, lol), I work out everyday (no lie; I’m a fitness competitor) and often have to shower at the gym before work. This is the main reason I’ve kept my hair in kinky twists or a crochet weave. Any tips on how to maintain a natural with all the exercising I do?

  105. Hi Alicia, can I just say that I am absolutely frustrated with my hair and really need some advice. I never intended on going natural, I just decided one day to let my hair just grow out. I found a hairstylist that was able to give my flawless iron outs (did this once a month) a little over a year. My hair just kept growing and growing and growing. Recently it starnkted to break and fall out ( I attribute it to my birth control that I am now no longer taking). My hair is pretty much all natural now with damaged ends that I’ve been trimming bit by bit. My hair has so many different textures I just dont know what to do with it. Its naturally wavy in the front, loose curly in the back, and VERY kinky in the middle. I just need some kind of guidance because its really depressing going from almost mid back to shoulder length with hair I can do nothing with 😦

  106. Hi! I can understand where you are coming from! It’s called the struggle of natural hair! LOL!
    Seriously! We all have out ups and downs with our hair. I have had some throughout my entire journey and even recently. I was so frustrated I decided to just put my hair in twist so I no longer had to deal with trying to make it cooperate.
    It sounds like you found something that was working and now it longer gives you those same results.
    This could be so many things. Like you said, you believe some of it may be from birth control. It may take time to get that out of your system.
    It could be the amount of heat your are putting on, especially since you mentioned some of the different textures going on in your head. Now, it can be normal having multiple textures, but different textures and straight or ragged ends can be a result of regular heat usage.
    It is no way I can know exactly what is going on with your hair, but I wanted to throw out a few ideas so that you can better evaluate what is going on with your routine.
    It may take a good protein treatment and deep conditioning. It may take minimizing the amount of heat you are using, and it is definitely going to take time to allow your hair to get back on track. During this time it may be great to stick with low manipulation styling, and just spending a little bit more time with nursing your hair back to its original health. πŸ™‚

    I really hope this helps you! πŸ™‚

  107. Oh gosh, where do I begin?

    I’ve actually been natural since I was 11 (I’m now 26) but always wore braids. I started to use YouTube to take care of my hair free of synthetic braids since 2010. (So even though I’ve been au naturel all this time, braids for me are like the equivalent of a relaxer for most girls, because you wouldn’t catch me dead without them). One one hand, I have to admit that this is the longest my hair has ever been. On the other hand, it’s only between collarbone and armpit length. Now it is breaking more than ever, and for the first time, I am beginning to HATE my 4c hair, simply because it isn’t where I thought it would be by now. I hardly ever wear it out loose, and yet my length retention is like an inch a year. I want so bad to prove to the women in my family (especially my little cousins in elementary school that wear relaxers AND extensions) that we don’t need to rely on fake hair as a crutch, and I just feel like I’m failing. (Rant over).

    I just hate not knowing my hair by now. I don’t even wanna touch it–little hair are snapping off all over the place. Can you just adopt my head? Lol, but seriously…I just did the porosity test, and I think I’m low porosity. Apart from 2 stranded twists (which for whatever reason break the crap out of my hair!!!) what would you recommend? P.S. I love youuuuuu! LOL. Thanks for all you do!

  108. Hi Alicia,
    We have very similar hair textures and it appears we use a lot of the same products as well. I never use protective styling and as a result, as well as not being consisten with my hair regimen, my hair has suffered tremendously. It is ridden with SSKs and split ends. I’m going to be BC-ing again soon to attempt to grow it out healthy again. How do you avoid SSKs & other damage? What type of protective styling throughout the week would you suggest?

    BTW, your hair is BEAUTIFUL!

  109. I’ve been wearing relaxers for years, it had its ups but many downs for me. I didnt like the shedding, the breakage, it was a total hair damaged cocktail well served. So since then I’ve been wearing braids, to sort of help out with my transitioning over from relaxed to natural. Where im from its very dry and humid at times. I just wish I could have beautiful long, natural hair but mostly healthy, that is my main objective. What i’m i going to do, what are some things that I should do myself

  110. Hi Alicia i just big choped my hair and suddenly i didnt have any clue what to do with my hair and i dont have a regimen, i researched ways to take care of my hair and most of the info i got is very confusing until i found you lol!! you made me realise that i should do what works for me and keeping it simple so thank you for making me realise that not everything works for everyone so im still gonna research more but i know what im supposed to do

  111. I just want to say, I’m happy to have landed here. I like it simple and I have been overwhelmed with the many natural hair products and advice(s) out here. I’m extremely happy to learn of your journey and the simple process. I’m 2 years in transitioning to natural by way of braids, loving what my natural hair has become and now maybe I can finally switch up from my braided hairstyle! My hubby has been begging me to do somethinig other than braids, but I’ve not been comfortable enough to take the challenge. Thanks to you, I’m on my way. Great job! Your hair is beautiful.

  112. Hey Alicia,

    I’ve been natural for a year,and its been one of the biggest transitions that I’ve been going through. My hair is thick,and curly in some places but doesn’t hold a lot of moisture what should I do,and my hair is very brittle.I’m looking for some very great advice on where to start,and what could I do to develop a great regimen an find the best products that would work well best with my hair.

  113. Hey,Carla

    I’m new to this its only been a year,and I’ve been looking for advice what helped you get through your process of transitioning?

  114. Love your blog! Just one question, when you talk about your low manipulation styles you mentioned twist. Is this twist with your own hair or with braiding hair ?

    Thanks for the tips ! Im a transitioner!

  115. Hii Alicia,
    Your blog is so awesome, when I moisturize my hair and then I do a Bun after, I touch my hair in the middle and I feel the oil and the water in my hand. Why my hair do that and don’t absorb the moiturization? What’s happened?

  116. Honestly if you have low porosity hair. Bunning soaking wet hair will leave your hair wet for over 24 hours.
    When you have low porosity hair it is great to utilize heat. It does not have to be direct heat, you can even use warm water. Also, if you are going to style your soaking wet hair, use a t-shirt to wrap your wet hair, so that it dries a little before you style. I hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  117. Hey!!! I have been watching ur videos all morning and i love them!!! I am struggling seriously with my hair ive been natural for about 9 months so ive been trying to find different to treat my hair and do different styles so i appreciate ur tutorials for the products and techniques and i will definitely try them all. Thanks!!! I hope something helps i dont want to revert back to relaxers πŸ™‚ also can u give me any advice on just starting out going natural???

  118. When counting how long one has been natural & documenting growth, does one consider the day they stopped relaxing as the starting point or when they were completely 100% natural & done transitioning?

    Also, with that being considered, how long dis it take you to reach bra strap legnth?

  119. Hi i just discovered this wevsite a am new to going natural, as of January.. my hair is very thick and tends to suck up the moisture.. im just trying to find what works…can u help me out

  120. Hey Alicia, I’m 6 months in and still figuring this out. I switched from Cantu to shea butter with a mix of various oils (cocunut,almond, arganan, jojoba, avacodo, castor etc) when applying my leave-in post wash but otherwise i follow your regiment. I may, if I have time, sleep with the oils and a plastic cap rather than sit under a hooded dryer. The following morning I twist my hair into 6 to 8 single twists applying my shea and oil mix, I essentially wear it that way until my next wash/co-wash. I wear a half-wig during the week but secure it using pins rather than the comb inside of the wig to avoid tension (I do this as I am the worse hairstylist). Sometimes I use the bagging/hot-house method overnight but not often. Question (got there in the end) with my hair twisted all week until take-down, I dont apply any sealant to my ends at night but just spritz them with water as I dont want to overload my hair. What do you think about my method remembering that I’ m still learning and figuring out what works for me so i am very open to suggestions. πŸ˜‰

  121. Hi alicia, I live in italy and I’ve started my hair journey in march. Slowly i seee the results and i’m very happy :D. later, when the results will be obvious i’ll pass word to my friends!!! i wanna ask you somethings: is optional to use olive oil?
    and every night before to go to bed i use a cream with lanolin which is a super conditioner (it called DAX). is use it because is the cream which i use since i was a child and never hurt me. but i don’t konw if it slows hair growht.

  122. Hey,
    I’ve started going back natural since February 2, 2013 and On July 5 I had my sister cut majority of my natural hair off. However, I have been weaving my hair throughout the process because I am not confident with my hair being this short. Therefore, i don’t wash my hair on a regular basis. My hair is very course and thick texture and curly at the roots. I notice that when I wash my hair it gets very dry. I don’t know if its the water which is hard water tend to make my hair so hard. But, I used a coconut softee product to grease my scalp. But i don’t use a specific shampoo or condition cause my mom have so much hair products and I don’t want to be using every and everything in my hair. You have been an inspiration to me as to going back natural. I need your help because I have negative people telling i shouldn’t go back natural because my hair is very course, thick and hard. But, there are so many products to keep my hair soft such as moisture. I didn’t cut off all my hair just to hear ignorant people change my mind. I decided I wanted to stop putting chemical in my hair because I can go to the salon and get my hair straight instead of perming it. I was wondering if you can give me some tips as to what to use in my hair when it comes to deep condition, shampoo, condition and so forth. Also, I would love to keep u updated with the results of my hair growth as well πŸ™‚

  123. Hey Alicia….I love the fact that you have a very simple regimen and that is what I am trying to aim for. Do you think it is better to stick to one oil that works for you rather than a conbination of 5 or 6 different oils?

  124. This was the best detailed regimen I’ve ever read. You answered all the questions I’d ask any natural and it really helps me because I’m just a beginner so everything you posted was very well-written. Thank you! And keep posting!!! =)

  125. Hi Alicia,
    Your hair is so gorgeous. I did the big chop in 2009 and now my hair is hardly at shoulder length. To be honest I never used to really take care of it but now I know what I should do including loving my hair.
    My hair is mostly in cornrows or box braids, I swim 3 times a week and use one of those shampooes and conditioner that get rid of chlorine every time I swim… is this bad? Plus I have thinning edges I think because of all the braiding…I believe with the proper hair my hair will grow and I am learning to love it…thanks for teaching me that. Love from Tanzania : )
    ps: I have coarse 4c hair

  126. Hello Alicia,

    What do you use on your edges? What I normally use no longer works now that I am transitioning. Thanks

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  132. Thank you so much for your videos they were very helpful. However, I haven’t had a perm or anything since 2010 and my hair is just starting to gain natural curls, but it’s still straight. I think that might come from me always straightening it after EVERY wash. So since watching your videos today I think I might try your way this weekend. But my question is, I noticed you said you use the hair mayonnaise once a month but you didn’t specify at what point you put it in. So when does the hair mayonnaise go in before or after the conditioniner or leave-in conditioniner?

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  134. I did the big chop some time in early march because I had messed up my hair with glue and wig caps burning off the edges of my hairline. I was so sad and depressed with low self esteem. Months later, I now have my hairline back and my hair is still too short for my liking, but I have to admit, I’m enjoying seeing my natural texture I haven’t seen since I was in Elementary School. When I get sad or depressed about my hair, I look at your hair journey and smile. My hair was chopped to your length and now look at you four years later. I hope in four years when I’m twenty-five, my hair is very similar to yours or at least to a standpoint of my liking. I never really had short hair so this experience is humbling. What I’m really rambling or trying to say is thank you for sharing your tips and your journey. It is helping more than you know.

  135. Hi I’m 16 I’ve been natural all my life but I always went to the Dominican hair salon ever since I was like 5. Back then I had nice long hair and everybody was always fascinated with it. I noticed heat damage when I was about 12 but still went to the salon just not weekly. I would try to go every other month or on special occasions such as birthdays or holidays. Last year I colored my hair brown (it’s natural color is black) and then 4 months later I got it blow dried for my sweet 16 after that my hair wasn’t as curly anymore and it always looked straight even when I didn’t straighten it. Since my roots weren’t so straight I would put a flat iron on it to match the test of my hair. Basically last year in January My mom cut off a lot of my hair because it was really bad and had breakage. My hair is now uneven. I decided to stop using heat for a long period of time so I’m now 8months without heat and I haven’t had any growth . I’m also taking biotin I started in late June and I would take 1,000mcg twice a day. I now take 5,000mcg once. My hair is way to thick in the middle I can’t do nothing with it but sock buns and those are really getting tiring . I want something different but my hair isn’t long enough for me to wear out and although 8months without heat I still see heat damage. I’m very tempted to just go back to my weekly visits at the salon. I recently took student ID pictures and my hair looked terrible. I hate my hair 😦

  136. Dear My Hair Sucks my heart goes out to you. I had a lot of heat used as a child and my hair got shorter and shorter until it just stopped above my shoulders. Have no fear, my dear, just patience! Have you tried roller setting, flexi rods, or curlformer? Curls are an awesome style for an awkward stage. Also, do heat styling at home where you can control the amount of heat used. Alicia has a great heat routine! Most salons use entirely too much heat. How is your diet? Are you getting good protein, veggies, and water in and avoiding excess suga, fast, and fried foods? Your hair is growing its probably just breaking off as fast as its growing which gives the appearence of no growth. Have you tried loose braids? Not shop braids, which are extremely too tight. If you know a “kitchenologist” who braids hair in instead of the twisting method and doesn’t install too tight (your hair shouldn’t hurt after or have bumps) that is also great. I had one and my hair thrived and was thick as all get out – then she moved 😦 I hope this helps! Also don’t under estimate prayer and speaking things into existence. Good luck to you and keep your head up πŸ™‚

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