My name is Latrice (aka Ms Lala) and I am here to help you on your hair growth journey.  I have had natural hair for over 12 years.  I grew my hair long with a simple method I call the 3 M’s of Hair Care- Minimize Breakage, Maximize Growth, Maintain Progress.  Take the quiz below to determine where you should start on your journey to long healthy hair.
This is my second big chop in 5 years. The first time I big chop in 2010, I was totally clueless. I was still using excessive heat, so I had no curl pattern. That led me back to relaxers. In 2015 I wanted healthy hair, so I went on different sites taking in all kinds of information. I transitioned for 4 months before I big chopped again. The 2 different textures wasn’t working for me. I thought I was doing really good with taking care of my hair. I cowash 2x a week and deep condition every week, and I also do hot oil treatments. My problem is when I cowash my hair and deep condition and once it’s air dried it feels oily but looks dry.( I have not used any heat since April 2015). Last night I cowash my hair and I was noticing more of my hair is losing its curl pattern. Am I doing to much to my hair. I try to do protective hairstyles, but I can’t seem to leave them in no longer than 1 week, before my scalp itches excessively. I don’t know if I’m lacking in protein. I does incorporate 2 egg yolks into my deep conditioner and honey with a few different oils. Please help me. I don’t want to give up my hair, but I feel myself getting frustrated because I don’t know if I’m doing my regimen right.
4C hair has the tightest curls of all hair patterns, with hairs forming tight s's, z's or coils. 4C hair shares many of the other characteristics of type 4 hair, and of course, individuals with 4C hair can have different hair densities and porosities, which changes how your hair behaves. However, these are some of the defining qualities of 4C hair:
For kids 2 years and older, water and fat-free or low-fat milk (1%) are the best choices for drinks. Limit 100% fruit juice to no more than one serving (4–6 ounces) per day for kids 1–6 years old, and no more than two servings (8–12 ounces) for kids 7–18 years old. As an alternative, add flavor to water by throwing in a few lemon or lime slices. Your kids will enjoy a refreshing beverage that's good for them, too.
Sulfates are in 90% of foaming and lathering products as well as in skin and hair care products as fillers. Sulfates are frequently described on labels as “comes from” or “derived from” coconut in an effort to portray them as innocuous even though they are known skin irritants, hormone and endocrine disruptors and suspected carcinogens and gene mutagens. Any chemical capable of mutating genes deserves our attention! Sulfates are among the most commonly used because they are inexpensive and effective at cutting through oil. On labels, look for sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), ammonium laureth sulfate (ALES), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS)… and don’t be fooled by the coconut references.

Hi. I really loved your article about how to take care of natural hair but right now I’m transitioning from permed to natural hair, so right now my roots are curly but the rest is straight and my sister told me that my hair is dead, so I was wondering if you knew how to revive it. I also wanted to learn about the process of taking care of your hair. My hair gets dry very fast, and I tend to get split ends very easily. I use argan shampoo and conditioner but I’m not sure it’s the right product for my hair. So my questions are


Simply putting your focus on eating fewer calories than you burn is a losing strategy, because this oversimplified numerical approach treats all calories as equal — which they are not, says David Ludwig, MD, PhD, a Harvard Medical School professor and internationally respected obesity researcher. It’s not so much the quantity of calories we eat that drives weight gain and loss, he asserts, but rather the nature and quality of those calories.
Hi! I found this article to be very helpful. I’ve been thinking about going natural for awhile now but I have a few concerns because I’m on a few medications that affect hair growth. When I first began the medication my former stylist cut my hair (which was longer at the time) but ever since then my hair hasn’t been able to grow nearly as much. Do you think going natural would help?

Hello! I’m African and I transitioned to natural hair (chopped, grew, relaxed once then grew it natural) two years ago. My hair grows really fast, is curly and my scalp is sensitive and itchy – it’s been so since my teenage years. When i braid or weave my hair, it itches a lot more especially just after & in the first week, so I can’t carry it for long as it gets rough quickly. The same for fixing weaves. As a result I try to avoid doing those but I end up just tying my hair in a bun/ponytail and the curly short strands are flying around which is kind of boring and not suited to the work environment. Plus! My hair is grey, I have grey strands all over intermingled with (more) black (this is hereditary). I haven’t really taken care of my hair well, ‘cos it’s resilient () but I want to change that now – I’d really like to know what can take away the itching and generally how to take care of my hair
I love this method! Drench hair in ¼ cup of either jojoba oil, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil or sweet almond oil. You can leave this on for a few hours and wrap your hair in a towel or you can wrap your hair in a plastic bag and leave on overnight. Either way, rinse your hair with the baking soda shampoo recipe above then comb through for soft and luscious locks! I personally like to warm the oil on the stove then pour over and massage in to my hair.
Tanisha – Are you still in the process of transitioning from relaxed to natural hair? You mentioned that you didn’t big chop and still have some hair left, were you referring to relaxed hair (ends)? Just curious if you’re struggling to manage the multiple textures because you still have relaxed hair that hasn’t been chopped off or grown out. Let me know…thanks.
“Avoid buying a zillion different kinds of products,” says Anu Prestonia, hairstylist and owner of Khamit Kinks in Brooklyn, New York. While it’s tempting to stockpile various natural hair products (especially if you’re just transitioning your hair), you might be wasting money on things you don’t actually need. Instead, ask your stylist what will benefit you most
Continuing weight loss may deteriorate into wasting, a vaguely defined condition called cachexia.[31] Cachexia differs from starvation in part because it involves a systemic inflammatory response.[31] It is associated with poorer outcomes.[26][31][32] In the advanced stages of progressive disease, metabolism can change so that they lose weight even when they are getting what is normally regarded as adequate nutrition and the body cannot compensate. This leads to a condition called anorexia cachexia syndrome (ACS) and additional nutrition or supplementation is unlikely to help.[28] Symptoms of weight loss from ACS include severe weight loss from muscle rather than body fat, loss of appetite and feeling full after eating small amounts, nausea, anemia, weakness and fatigue.[28]
Whether more dairy intake is a predictor of successful weight maintenance, is unclear.[33] Food variety is evaluated by virtue of the dietary diversity score (DDS).[53] Some studies declare that lower DDS[54,55,56] is related to lower body mass index (BMI); just one study has shown that their association is inverse.[57,58] As energy intake increases along with DDS,[59] the lower food group variety causes lower energy intake;[34] so it is essential to eat just a special kind of food. Dietary habits that can help obese persons to keep their lost weight are self-efficiency, cognitive control, monitoring weight, correct dietary choices, high levels of physical activity, eating more low calorie-dense foods, and lower portion size.[6,7,28,29,30,32] Unfortunately, most of the individuals who have lost weight successfully, give up healthy behaviors after the weight loss period.[12] Although the special foods do not have a confirmed role in weight maintenance, other foods with a high amount of isoflavones may be effective in weight maintenance. Soy products are foods with a high amount of isoflavones.[60,61,62,63] However, we have not documented researches in this field. Therefore, it is suggested to be considered in future researches. Some specific behavior also may be effective in weight maintenance. Previous publications have shown that sleep deprivation may be associated with obesity and central adiposity.[64] Therefore, whether or not sleep duration is related to weight maintenance needs to be made clear in the future. Other behaviors also need to be assessed in this regard.
Once upon a time, I created a recipe for an all natural shampoo. It was a much better alternative to the harsh shampoos that I had used for most of my life. After some time, however, I found that it was making my scalp really dry and irritated. After doing some research I learned the value of having a pH balance shampoo recipe. And that’s why I shared my pH Balanced Shampoo recipe.
When Isis Brantley won the fight for the freedom to braid hair in Texas, she helped pave the way toward financial independence not only for herself, but for braiders, no longer constrained by regulations requiring cosmetology licensing. Her story is not just about braid freedom, but about financial freedom, a gift that she wants to share with others.
When it comes to healthy eating, there is an overwhelming array of theories, diet books and online information about what to eat – which is often conflicting. Although the research is still ongoing and developing, what the experts all agree on is that our diets are too high in sugar, our portions are too big and we should eat a variety of whole natural foods.
2. SHAMPOO MINDFULLY. Yes, you still need to shampoo regularly to keep your scalp and hair clean- but you can lengthen the time between washes to 2, 3, or even 4 weeks. Avoid shampoos that contain sulfates or any of these other harmful ingredients, and opt for a mild, sulfate-free shampoo like this Cleansing Avocado Shampoo. If your hair gets dirty more often, alternate shampoo with cowash or follow shampoo with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Wash your hair in sections to prevent tangles.

I’ve been natural for the past 3 years and have not seen any sort of growth whatsoever. I have a hair routine that I follow religiously every week: I apply hair food to my hairline every single night Every Sunday I apply hair food to the rest of my scalp. I would moisturize my entire scalp more often but I am still a high school student and thus don’t have enough time on my hands for that luxury.

Hi my name is Brenda and I am transitioning. It has been about 8 months since I have had a relaxer in my hair. I recently started using As I am, about 2 days ago. After finding that cantu jus don’t work for me. I am looking for a good regimen. I guess what I am saying is that I am clueless about going natural. I do know that I have a curl pattern already and my hair is thick and course. I do trim my hair about every month but I do know the perm is still on my ends or shall I say through out my hair. As far as a regimen I don’t have one. I just wash my hair once a week with Tressme and conditioner with tressemee, then I put the leave in conditioner–As I Am following with the As I Am double butter cream. Then I put twist in it. I take the twist out daily and re-twist. Please Help!!!!!!!
According to a recent study, very few adults actually meet the criteria for a healthy lifestyle. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that only 3% of American adults got a perfect score on what the authors say are the four basic criteria for healthy living. Just 13.8% met three of the criteria; 34.2% met only two criteria. Women scored slightly better than men.

I’m so glad I found your page. I’ve been natural for 2 years and need all the tips I can get, to grow my hair even longer, softer, and easier to manage hair. I am doing my best to not cave and get a relaxer but its hard. How do you sleep on your hair without tangling up? What’s the best styles to prevent breakage of ends and edges? Also does anyone know of a good natural hair stylist here in Phoenix, AZ?

Diets such as DASH or addition of components like gelatin, capsaicin, and green tea have been tried for weight maintenance, but they need more investigation to clarify their long-term effects. Although the DASH diet has numerous health results, its effect on weight loss and maintaining it is still under dispute. As its recommended servings are similar to those that have been discussed earlier, a lot more research is needed in this area.
An energy-restricted diet, with moderate fat, may have more advantages for weight maintenance rather than a low-fat one.[25] When following a low-energy diet (LED), levels of the gut-derived satiety signals decrease, so finding precise solutions for appetite control are necessary. Although a moderate-fat, high in MUFA, with a low GI diet in comparison with low-fat diet leads to an increase in GLP-2 and PYY in the MUFA group, no differences between the diet groups in appetite ratings, ad libitum energy intake or body weight were seen during weight maintenance.[26]
There's good reason why hairstylist Andre Walker won seven daytime Emmy awards for his work with Oprah for The Oprah Winfrey Show. He's a master at styling hair. And his hair-care line for curly hair ain't bad neither. The standout product hands down is the Quench Essential Oil that's infused with mongongo oil (which means it's great for your skin, too).
Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health conducted a massive study of the impact of health habits on life expectancy, using data from the well-known Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS). This means that they had data on a huge number of people over a very long period of time. The NHS included over 78,000 women and followed them from 1980 to 2014. The HPFS included over 40,000 men and followed them from 1986 to 2014. This is over 120,000 participants, 34 years of data for women, and 28 years of data for men.
Weight gain has been associated with excessive consumption of fats, (added) sugars, refined carbohydrates in general, and alcohol consumption.[citation needed] Depression, stress or boredom may also contribute to weight increase,[5] and in these cases, individuals are advised to seek medical help. A 2010 study found that dieters who got a full night's sleep lost more than twice as much fat as sleep-deprived dieters.[6][7]

In a prospective intervention, 100 patients randomly went on one of the two dietary interventions for weight loss: Group A, which consisted of an energy-restricted diet, and group B, which included an isocaloric diet, through which two meals per day were replaced. Next, the patients were ordered the same calorie diets and had only one replacement per day for four years. The body weight reduced in both groups in the weight-loss period, but group B had a greater change and maintained their weight better.[16]


Hey Kate. Im 16 and I’ve been transitioning since April 2013. The back of my hair is natural but the front still has some relaxed ends. I get braids & leave them in for 2 or 3 months. & I oil my scalp 2 twice a Week. When I take my hair out I usually get blowouts at a Dominican salon & have them cut off some of my ends. This helps you not have to big chop until you have enough growth

In another study, obese adults were assigned to Medifast's meal replacement (low fat, low GI, with a balanced ratio of CHO/Pro) (MD) or a self-selected, isocaloric, food-based meal plan for weight loss and weight maintenance. The amount of weight regain was more in the MD group, but the percentage of participants who kept up their weight in this group was more than in the other group.[15]


4. DEEP CONDITION. While we recommend most customers deep condition every 2 weeks, 4C hair, in particular, thrives with weekly deep conditioning treatments. This will keep your hair healthy, bouncy, and shiny, and will prevent snagging and tangles. We recommend NaturAll Club's Avocado Deep Conditioner, which is a completely natural option. It provides moisture, slip, nourishment, and strength! 

I have yet to trim my ends since I did the big chop. I was trying to do the transition technique of simply growing my hair out. But that was horrible working with two different types of hair (permed and natural). So I went to a beautician and had her cut all my perm off. That was around May/June 2014, it is 8-10 months later. Now, that I am writing about it it seems like it is about time I get my ends trimmed.


Many patients will be in pain and have a loss of appetite after surgery.[26] Part of the body's response to surgery is to direct energy to wound healing, which increases the body's overall energy requirements.[26] Surgery affects nutritional status indirectly, particularly during the recovery period, as it can interfere with wound healing and other aspects of recovery.[26][30] Surgery directly affects nutritional status if a procedure permanently alters the digestive system.[26] Enteral nutrition (tube feeding) is often needed.[26] However a policy of 'nil by mouth' for all gastrointestinal surgery has not been shown to benefit, with some suggestion it might hinder recovery.[38]

The findings from this review show that neither meal replacement nor macronutrient composition manipulation, have any positive effects on weight maintenance. Sustaining lost weight needs some dietary pattern changes, including, healthy food choices and healthy lifestyle behaviors.[44] Although long-term maintenance of dietary changes is difficult,[45] it seems that more intake of fiber, MUFA, low-GI carbohydrates, as well as protein, result in less weight regain.[18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27] However, a diet high in low glycemic index, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein foods, nuts, canola, and olive oil can be helpful for weight maintenance. The relevant mechanisms consist of reducing the appetite and hunger by virtue of hormonal signals, improvement in body composition, and making individuals more satiated.[46] Therefore, education on healthy eating behavior, in addition to a diet such as DASH, may help obese individuals to keep up their weight.
Physical activity is important for people of all weight ranges and health conditions. It helps us burn off the extra calories, it is good for the heart and circulatory system, it maintains or increases our muscle mass, it helps us focus, and improves overall health well-being. We don't have to be top athletes to get on the move! 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity is advised, and it can easily become part of our daily routine. We all could:
“I had pizza last night — I know it’s bad!” As a nutrition coach, I often hear this from my clients. As a food lover myself, I’ve never been a fan of labeling foods as “good” or “bad,” since it can associate emotional negativity with eating. I worry it can also promote impossible expectations — the idea of needing to eat “perfectly” to be successful in weight loss.
If the name doesn’t reel you in, how about the fact that this delectably creamy concoction can make your comb-thru that much easier? The tangles simply melt away when you slather this on, and it doesn't leave your hair feeling heavy and greasy. With hints of vanilla and butter icing, we suggest you top your hair off with it, although the smell may make you want to spread it on a cupcake.
Also, my hair is around 5 inches long. I used my cell phone to measure my hair, lol, iPhone 5c. It is a finger nail length longer than the phone. I have not found any beautiful natural styles to try. All the beautiful styles are for long or very long natural hair. I do not care for an afro, ON ME. I have to be careful of looking too masculine that can be very easy for me. Right now and to me, I look a bit manly when I wear my afro. However, I do enjoy wearing my afro. But, I am married and that is not what my husband married. My hair is on my body and blah blah blah. But, that is changing things that attracted my husband to me. That is like my husband being attracted to very large Nicki Minaj like butts and I go get a butt reduction. So, going from straight relaxed (and unhealthy) hair to natural was a year long discussion/fight with my husband. But, he saw how passionate I was about going natural. So, I still need to keep it feminine and attractive all while being natural.
Scalp massagers are a brilliant way to stimulate hair growth and soothe your scalp when it's irritated. This cute, battery-operated one from Vanity Planet has a calming vibration motion that feels like you're getting a professional head massage while using it. Also, since the bristle head is made from soft plastic, you don't have to worry about it tugging at your hair, no matter your texture.

Why all conventional hair care items are jealous. Natural hair care shampoos and natural conditioners: no petrochemicals, no parabens and no silicon beads. Only natural shampoo and conditioner. Free of all the toxins found in Brazilian Blowouts, like formaldehyde. Never any artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals, toxic preservatives or any other unsafe ingredients. PURE, natural hair care selections. Made with the highest quality nutrients to naturally bring your hair to life.
An increase in fiber intake is also recommended for regulating bowel movements. Other methods of weight loss include use of drugs and supplements that decrease appetite, block fat absorption, or reduce stomach volume. Bariatric surgery may be indicated in cases of severe obesity. Two common bariatric surgical procedures are gastric bypass and gastric banding.[13] Both can be effective at limiting the intake of food energy by reducing the size of the stomach, but as with any surgical procedure both come with their own risks[14] that should be considered in consultation with a physician. Dietary supplements, though widely used, are not considered a healthy option for weight loss.[15] Many are available, but very few are effective in the long term.[16]

When performing your energy system training (cardio training), always try to push the intensity of your work intervals. If using a rate of perceived exertion scale to monitor intensity, your work intervals should fall between 7 and 8.5 (i.e., very hard to very, very hard) during your session. Perform as many of your work intervals at the higher end of the RPE range for fastest and best results. (Also try HIIT training, which comes with tons of benefits.)


Fitness-focused exercise also improves your strength and endurance, which makes activities of all kinds easier, and thus encourages you to be more active overall. And, since regular exercise also improves your energy level, confidence, emotional outlook, and self-esteem, it can help you get through weight-loss plateaus, when you’re not seeing the inches melt off as quickly as you’d like.
Being fit gives you a distinct metabolic advantage at a cellular level. Fit people have a greater number of mitochondria — the energy factories within our cells. Mitochondria handle the aerobic oxidation of fatty acids (fat burning!) that occurs even when we’re at rest. Thus, increasing the number of mitochondria through exercise helps raise our metabolism so we burn more calories — not only with every workout session, but also when we’re not exercising at all.
These two cleansers are very commonly used for natural hair care as both do a wonderful job of cleansing impurities and conditioning hair. Mix either the juice of one lemon or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of warm water and rinse through hair then comb through. You can use this on it’s own or after shampooing for extra cleansing and conditioning. I highly suggest giving your locks a break for 2 weeks from all shampoo and strictly stick to just using this rinse to help balance out pH levels of the scalp.
Perfect for all hair types and texture, these all-natural dry shampoo powders from Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve help restore shine and body to your tresses in-between washes. These dry shampoos are perfect for a post-workout refresh, in an overnight bag, or on your next outdoor adventure! Choose from Dark Hair Lavender Rosemary or Light Hair Lavender Rosemary. 

Thank you so much for commenting. Heat damage is havoc on natural hair. Depending on the severity of it. Now, there is no way to UN damage the strands at best you can strengthen them. Protein treatments like Aphogee 2 Step are best at stopping breakage in its tracks. As you continue to transition to your natural hair use heat less frequently so further heat damage isn’t caused. Learning to style your hair without using heat will be beneficial for you. Here is a link to the Aphogee Treatment: http://amzn.to/1F8BqQs


Hey Kate. Im 16 and I’ve been transitioning since April 2013. The back of my hair is natural but the front still has some relaxed ends. I get braids & leave them in for 2 or 3 months. & I oil my scalp 2 twice a Week. When I take my hair out I usually get blowouts at a Dominican salon & have them cut off some of my ends. This helps you not have to big chop until you have enough growth
I transitioned for 7 months and then I BC’d on my own…big mistake. My hair was a mess. My only option at 10 pm was to relax it…couldn’t go to work with my hair such a mess. Before I transitioned I wondered what people would think of my natural hair, but quickly came to embrace it and not care what others thought. After I relaxed it, I wondered what people would say about my relaxed hair…I’m more ashamed of this straight crap than I ever felt about my natural hair. I MISS MY FRO!!! Never again will I relax…never!
Also, I forgot to mention stay away from products with Petroleum Jelly, Mineral Oil (liquefied petroleum jelly), paraffin, silicones and sulfates to the best of your ability. A lot of products purporting to be good for our hair list one of the above as (among) the first ingredients in the product, but honestly it is a cheap bulking ingredient that offers no nutritional value to your hair whatsoever. They make for excellent barriers to moisture once applied on your hair/scalp but it’s also tantamount to wrapping yourself in cling film, not allowing your pores to breathe and to be hydrated by the water in the atmosphere.
Thirteen year old Lexi Proctor wrote a book that encouraged self-love among young girls, Curly Girls Love Your Curls. After seeing the impact of that book, Lexi and her mother Monica were inspired to create a line of hair care products for all the Curlanistas of the world. With Lexi’s background as a STEM student, they took their homemade concoctions and developed a hair care line to help girls’ curls pop non-stop!
Once upon a time, I created a recipe for an all natural shampoo. It was a much better alternative to the harsh shampoos that I had used for most of my life. After some time, however, I found that it was making my scalp really dry and irritated. After doing some research I learned the value of having a pH balance shampoo recipe. And that’s why I shared my pH Balanced Shampoo recipe.

Curl Centric is about helping you understand your natural hair and providing you with information and resources to achieve healthy natural hair. We often interview other naturals on the blog because we want to give everyone the opportunity to share their experiences with natural hair. We often learn the most by reading and analyzing other people’s experiences.
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