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First and foremost, remember in the post where we talked about hair porosity (you can read it here) and how important it is in knowing how to care for your natural hair? By now, you should know how to check your hair porosity to determine what your hair needs. Have you also ever experienced dry, brittle hair that feels almost like straw and also looks limp and dull? When you try to run your fingers through your mane, it feels like passing through dry grass. Dry natural hair looks dull and without sheen because it is not able to retain moisture. Dry hair leads, inevitably, to breakage which can in turn translate to a noticeable lack of length retention. Some causes of dry hair include excessive washing which can strip hair of its natural oils, excessive heat application, and changes in weather conditions.

Most natural-haired queens have experienced hair dryness from time to time and we are happy to present you with remedies to help restore shine and life into your hair.

  1. Deep condition your natural hair. Deep conditioning hair after every wash is a way of adding moisture back into natural hair and allows natural hair to retain moisture for days after washing. It is an important part of any natural queens hair regimen and should not be ignored. If your natural hair is really dry, you may want to increase the frequency of deep conditioning to once a week, preferably with heat (again, depends on your hair porosity). Otherwise, deep conditioning twice a month is just fine. The benefits of deep conditioning dry hair regularly asides from maintaining adequate levels of hydration in hair include: improving hair’s elasticity which means you can reduce breakage, and improves hairs’ natural shine. Read more about deep conditioning your natural hair here. Shop our African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise and add the much-needed moisture to your mane.

  2. Review your natural hair products. Sometimes, your hair outgrows the much loved and trusted products you have been using in your regimen. Your natural hair’s product needs may change over time. Hair needs can be affected mostly by external factors such as changes in weather and heat application. In the drier months, your hair will need a lot more moisture than you usually give, therefore, you may need to look for products that act as humectants, with the ability to retain as much moisture in the hair as possible. A thicker, richer deep conditioner is best for combating dry natural hair. You would also want to add a richer leave-in conditioner to your hair product list. 

A fact that is not spoken about enough is that excessive protein in the hair can be a major cause of dry, brittle hair. If you have tried everything to infuse moisture into your natural hair and have failed, look at the ingredient list on your hair products. Do they contain words like keratin, hydrolyzed wheat? These are proteins and your dry hair may be as a result of them especially if your natural hair has a sensitivity to protein. You may want to try using a deep conditioner that has a balance of both protein and moisture such as the African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise. To be extra sure, you should book a session with Atilola of African Naturalistas who is a hair trichologist in Nigeria. She will be able to tell you the best route to take on your natural hair journey.

Some deep conditioning products

  1. Do a hot oil treatment.  Hot oil treatments are very effective in nourishing dry, brittle hair and help to strengthen and protect hair from further damage. Hot oil treatments work by sealing the hair cuticle, thereby protecting your hair from further damage and at the same time, nourishing your hair. Other benefits of hot oil treatments include reduced dryness of the scalp and hair, increased blood flow in the scalp which in turn will promote the growth of healthier natural hair. Perfect options for hot oil treatments include coconut, almond, argan, baobab, avocado, and olive oils. Shop the African Naturalistas range of carrier oils. You can use just one of these oils or a mixture of two or more. To gain benefits from using hot oils on your dry hair, the treatment has to be done regularly.

  2. Seal. Seal. Seal. After you have done all of the above, you definitely need to seal in all the moisture you have packed into your natural hair. Not sealing natural hair after going through the trouble of moisturizing will only lead to frayed ends and dry hair in a couple of days. Thick oils and butters like shea butter and castor oil are perfect options as sealants, especially if you have thick coarse hair. 

After infusing the much-needed moisture into your hair, you have to ensure that the moisture is not lost by covering hair with your satin bonnet or scarf while sleeping. Also, you may want to keep your natural hair in a protective style and remember to spray hair with a hair spritz such as the African Naturalistas Daily Hair Mist that is carefully formulated to keep your hair moist and supple. 

African Naturalistas Daily Hair Mist

Which of these tips have you skipped before? Found this article helpful? Don’t forget to like and share. Oh, and leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you. :)



Without a doubt, you have encountered tangles in your hair. Well, unless you have locs, that is. Tangles are caused when hair strands coil around each other. Tangles are a part of every naturalista’s hair growth journey and it is very important to know how to remove tangles and knots from natural hair without causing any damage. Detangling thick, natural, and dry hair can be very time consuming and difficult. Have you tried combing through your hair after a few days of rocking a badass afro puff only to hear the sound of hair ripping? Pretty sure you have.



We don’t all have the same hair type or hair needs. Even siblings do not have the same hair type or structure, that is why it is very important to know what to look out for when picking products for your hair. What works for Titi may not work for ChiChi. The primary purpose of needing to get hair products for your natural hair is to find what works for your hair and also, to be able to use them in the best way possible. Your hair in whatever stage has two major needs: moisture and protein. So, the products you use on your hair should be able to ensure that your hair is moisturized and protein-enriched (if your hair does not have any protein sensitivity).

Here’s a checklist that will help you make the right choice when purchasing hair products:


12 Hair Myths You Shouldn't Believe

We have all heard different myths regarding hair care, ranging from the relationship between the frequency of washing and how bad it is for hair to how the hair will grow faster if you cut it.  Myths arise from a lack of information regarding a topic or situation. Well, we are here to debunk all these myths and tell you what you should really believe about your hair care.

MYTH 1: Natural hair is difficult to manage.

This is so untrue! Your natural hair needs to be understood. Natural hair cannot be treated the same way relaxed hair is and be expected to conform. Just like you, your natural hair is full of character and spunk. You need to understand what your hair needs at every given point in time. More moisture? More/less protein? To be put away? Less manipulation?



What is a slay queen with lackluster, limp, dry, and possibly patchy hair? You can only hide it for so long with a wig, right? You want to be able to flick your own luscious hair to the left or right or flaunt your afro puff or twist outs but you definitely cannot do that with stringy, dull, and lifeless looking hair. 

We know that how fast your hair grows is dependent on factors such as genetics, age, health, and diet. Of these four factors, you have the most control over your diet.

Healthy and vibrant looking hair has a lot to do with your diet or the lack of it. A nutritional deficiency with a lack of nutrients will have a direct influence on hair and the body in general, with hair loss/thinning and lackluster hair as the most visible effects. Proper nutrition is very important to the body and specifically to the hair. Hair is mostly a protein called keratin,

How to get NAFDAC Approval for your products in 6 months

NAFDAC approval for your product

I am very excited to serve you another dish of fresh goodness. I taught this before, 5 months ago. And by popular demand, I am teaching you again. Remember I told you last week that I am

I am serve you a dish of How to get NAFDAC approval for your cosmetics in 6 months or less.

One of the biggest hurdles any serious person in the small scale Cosmetic Industry in Nigeria has to face is getting their products approved by NAFDAC. It is a hurdle many fear to cross, while others totally bypass because they just see it as an impossible feat. By doing this, they unintentionally place a cap on their growth, and determine how far their business will be growing.

In this free lesson, I will be teaching you How to get your products approved by the almighty NAFDAC. It is a very enlightening session you do not want to miss, to elevate your cosmetic business to the next level.

If you have questions about NAFDAC, or tired of their frustration, then this video will make that a thing of the past. Click here to watch the FREE NAFDAC Class



As a natural haired chic, it can be traumatic having damaged hair that is dry, brittle, and filled with split ends. You literally have to restrain yourself from tearing your hair out (what’s left of it, anyway) and you may be wondering what you can do to restore life to your hair. Some hair damage may be permanent especially given that hair is a collection of dead cells. But depending on the kind of damage, health can be restored to damaged hair. Otherwise, a pair of scissors, time, and better hair care routines may be the solution. 

The first step to fixing damaged hair is to identify the cause of the damage. The most common causes of damage to hair are dyes and heat.

There are some habits and practices that over time will help to restore life, shine, and elasticity to your natural mane. Let's get into it.


As a naturalista, you must have asked yourself “What can I use to make my hair better?” a number of times. Even though there is no one thing that can guarantee your hair growth and all-round hair-health, a combination of healthy hair habits can sure help. 

Essential oils are one of the things you can add to your natural hair care regimen to boost your natural hair health. Essential oils with promises of impressive hair growth and a host of other benefits. Why essential oils? Essential oils are extracted from the aromatic parts of plants and contain a wide range of unique medical components. They are so versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to

Black Soap As A Shampoo Replacement For Natural Hair


Black soap is usually referred to as African black soap, but the most common name is black soap. Black soap is used by many to bath, wash their hair, and other such uses, however, using raw black soap, which is what many people use, is quite tricky. In addition to that, there are lots of fake black soaps in the market. Yup, it’s true. Using black soap on your natural hair the wrong way may result in you experiencing harsh side effects. 

When you use black soap the right way, in the right combination, you come out winning. Black soap is absolutely incredible and contains loads of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

Registration for Beyond Formulation starts on...

Last week, we revealed the date for Beyond Formulation, but what we intentionally left out is... 

when the registration will be open

when you will have the opportunity to take advantage of the early bird discount

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September 21, 2020

The intensive online course that will scale your cosmetic business from your kitchen to the marketplace is starting on September 21, 2020, and we are excited. We can't wait to do magic to your cosmetic business.

Please start saving towards this, because we would really like to help you grow your cosmetic business. Nigerian businesses need to thrive, especially in this season.

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