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Get Through Your Natural Hair Wash Day Without Pulling Your Hair Out (no pun intended)

Remembering that your wash day is in a few days time is enough to give your “hard girl” persona the boot in the behind. You even begin to have palpitations because of what’s coming. It also doesn’t help that people keep saying wash day is always such a long and unproductive day because you can’t do anything else. You start with deep conditioning overnight, then pre-poo, then shampoo wash, the condition, then deep condition (again!), you even steam, then rinse. Don’t forget detangling which can take hours, before you style in twists or any other style your tired hands will allow you to make. 

The bottom line is: YOU ARE EXHAUSTED! It’s no wonder you feel a slight fever when you think of wash day. You must have wished, a number of times, that you could just snap your fingers and everything, including all unruly strands, will fall into place, leaving you with the perfect naturalista hair. Unfortunately, ko le werk. But we are not bearers of bad news, we are preachers of love and as such, we bring you quick and easy steps to keep you from pulling your natural hair (pun intended here) by ensuring a faster, easier, and smarter natural hair wash day routine.

Keep reading and learn how we make our natural hair wash day, fun day,


Locs, also called dreadlocks, dreads, or “dada” (by our Nigerian people) is a great way to carry your natural hair. When done right, they are beautiful, versatile, and unique. You will be able to rock your natural hair in so many different ways and also, nurture them to attain an impressive length. Locs are not your easy-way-out to treating your natural hair. If you don’t take care of your locs, they end up looking unhealthy, unattractive, and most importantly, like the dreaded local dada. You don’t want that. 

Locs need as much TLC as your normal natural hair, maybe even more. Following a regular regimen for caring for your locs will leave you with healthy, beautiful, and enviable locs. Below are some tips to help you on your journey to locs that people want to copy!

7 Do’s and Don’t’s for Coloring Natural Hair

If you are someone who has a bit of flair for the dramatic, you may have considered coloring your hair at least twice in your life (that’s if you haven’t done it already). But, there’s a small problem. You have heard stories of women who have dyed their natural hair before and their hair never remained the same. Their hair became damaged, dry, and brittle, prone to breakage and lacking that shine and luster they were formally known for. It can be a really sad situation especially if your hair was full and beautiful. 

You don’t want to be like them, that’s why you are reading this. You want to know what you can and can’t do to ensure that your hair doesn’t end up “un-beautiful” and you get the amazing color you desire. That’s why we are here. Below are 7 do’s and don’t’s that can help you get the hair color for your natural hair that you truly desire.


When you see natural hair queens on Instagram or on TV, you have dreams of having such beautiful, long hair. You see these women twist and curl and manipulate their hair into forms that can only be explained by natural hair pros. They may even be the reason why you decided to start the natural hair journey in the first place. But you’ve been growing your hair diligently for years now but your hair is not mid-back length yet. You don’t know why even though you follow all the instructions the manufacturer wrote down. 

You are stuck with the same hair length. You now believe that your hair has stopped growing, the same way people stop growing when they reach a certain age. The good part is, you have a faint glimmer of hope that you are wrong and your hair will still grow. We are here to tell you that faint glimmer is about to bloom bright and beautiful! 

Your hair grows about half an inch every month and about 6 inches of newly grown hairs every year. That’s an amazing amount of growth. So why does it seem like it’s not growing? Why doesn’t your hair look like the queens of natural hair on TV and Instagram?

7 Healthy Natural Hair Habits You Should Indulge

We all want beautiful, lustrous, healthy hair. The rave of the natural hair woman is back and here to stay. We keep saying we want long hair that is full and able to bend into different magazine-worthy styles. You claim you are doing right by your hair, but you constantly struggle with hair that is dry, dull, and not at all what you see in natural hair magazines. You can swear you follow the natural hair product manufacturer’s instructions. You even saw a trichologist in Nigeria to help you at some point. Still, your hair is running away from you. So, what are you not doing right?

Having healthy hair is underrated. A lot of people erroneously think that by using just natural hair products, you will miraculously grow healthy, lustrous natural hair. Some even focus on length only and ignore everything else. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. The health of your natural hair should be a top priority and it doesn’t take a lot to change small unhealthy hair habits. Here are 7 small natural hair habits you should indulge in to give you and maintain healthy natural hair.

How To Keep Your Natural Hair Moisturized, Hydrated and Soft

At the start of your natural hair journey, you would most likely battle with dry hair that is coarse and breaks easily. In fact, many women will attest to the fact that the major reason they haven’t taken the natural hair path is that they have very strong hair and they find it difficult to manage. The real problem, however, is that their hair is dry and not moisturized, or at least, not moisturized enough

The key to having natural hair that is soft and hydrated is moisture. For a person to have healthy natural hair, you need to be deliberate about how you treat it. The scalp produces a natural oil called sebum that is meant to waterproof the hair and lubricate the skin and hair strands. But because of the nature of our natural hair, it is almost impossible for this oil to travel the entire length of the hair. Our natural hair is kinky or curly, making it difficult for the sebum to make much progress. This is where moisturizing your hair comes in.

The purpose of moisturizing your natural hair is to help seal in moisture into your hair strands.

How To Stop An Itchy Scalp From Ruining Your Afro

Take a deep breath, now imagine this: You are at an event where you are scheduled to make a speech. You are rocking a killer dress and wearing your favorite shoes. You took special care with your hair today because, well, special day. Everything seems perfect! Except...you keep trying, unsuccessfully, to sneak your hand into your natural hair afro to get that itch right in the middle. 

An itchy scalp, also known as scalp pruritus, is a frustrating but quite common occurrence in natural hair. When combined with dry or flaky skin (scalp), it can be unbearable. Itchy scalp can lead to thinning hair and hair loss if left untreated. 

What causes itchy scalp in natural hair?

How to Prevent Split Ends in Your Natural Hair

Split ends are the common enemy for every natural hair type. They cause frizziness and your hair will be unable to retain length making you wonder why your hair doesn’t seem to be growing. Unfortunately, not many people pay attention to split ends. But you should and we’ll tell you why.

What Are Split Ends?
Hair follicles are embedded under the skin and that is where hair growth begins. Then the root of the hair and then your hair strands. Natural hair growth is constant, that means new hair is always coming out, making the tips the oldest part of your hair at every given time. Depending on how long your hair is, the tips may have been through a lot! The good and bad times, hot and cold weather, scarves and hats, they have seen it all.

In addition to all of this, your tips are vulnerable and exposed almost always. They bear the grunt of stretches, knots, hot irons, and combs. It’s no wonder they get weak and tired.


Losing your edges can have adverse effects on your emotions daily. It robs you of the freedom to flaunt your hair the way you want and be proud of your mane, especially when you had full, healthy edges that you gradually lost. Like on those days when you would take special time to brush them back, maybe even put on some edge control and really make them look sleek. Unfortunately, you can’t do that anymore because they are not what they used to be.

So, what causes the thinning of edges and hair loss at your edges? There are a number of reasons why a person might lose her edges including illness, excessive weight loss, pregnancy and postpartum, stress, lupus, scalp conditions such as alopecia areata, and tight hairstyles. In many cases, you can’t do anything about it, but for situations where you can, you should. That’s why we are here, to tell you just how. 

The first thing you must STOP doing is trying to cover your thinning edges. That isn’t going to help your edges grow back at all. In fact, you are only making it worse.

Introducing the AN Superstars with Atilola Moronfolu

My name is Atilola, the founder of African Naturalistas, and the trichologist at African Naturalistas Hair Clinic, where we treat and manage over 50 hair and scalp disorders. I have been helping women grow long and healthy hair for the past 8 years, having personally helped over 200 women grow their hair, and solve their hair loss issues. When it comes to hair and scalp care, I can boldly say I’m an authority

I get tons of daily emails from women asking me to help them with their hair issues, and I obviously cannot attend to them all. In fact, these emails and requests to help one woman here and another woman there are weighing me down. What started as pure love and passion is now almost becoming a burden, but it won’t be. I came up with a solution

I have therefore created the AN Superstar program to help 20 selected women, who are ready to invest in their hair care journey, solve all their hair and scalp problems, and grow long and healthy hair for one year. If you get to be part of these superstars for the next one year, you will have unbridled access to me, my products and service offerings

The AN superstar program is a holistic program, where I will hold your hands and walk you through every single step you need to take to get your hair and scalp where it needs to be. I will take into account, your unique situation, products and personal regimens to follow. I will be all over you like a rash, nudging you regularly to do things right

Make the decision to join the AN Superstars today. Remember, there are only 20 slots available. Click here for more information and sign up

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