Back To Basics Series: Kick-Start Your Journey To Long & Healthy Natural Hair! 

Natural hair is lots of fun, but it sure can be confusing at first! No need to worry though, my Back To Basics YouTube Series will give you all the tools you need to kickstart your hair journey!

In this video library, you'll find 1-4 minute short video responses to many of my FAQs. I've arranged the videos in order of how I recorded and uploaded them. So feel free to start at "Introduction" and finish on "How To Use Wigs As A Protective Style".

However, if you have a very specific question, each video is tailored to give you a quick, simple and straightforward response to your question. If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to leave me a comment on my YouTube Channel, by clicking here.

Happy Watching!!!

Introduction: Why Natural Hair?

The most foundational question of all! I share my what my own journey has meant to me as well as all the amazing healthy hair results I've experienced as a natural! 

What Is Natural Hair?

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Should You Transition Or Big Chop? (Part 1)

Now that you've decided to go natural the big question then becomes, how should you go natural? Should you transition or big chop? 

I totally understand that coming to natural hair sure can be daunting so I offer that you might opt to big chop or to transition. I get into the pros and cons of each and share my own experience. I thought I'd last two years with both textures but after 8 months I wanted my curls so bad, I grabbed a pair of hair shears and snipped my relaxed ends off! 

Should You Transition Or Big Chop? (Part 2)

The Most Important Step To Take When You Go Natural

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Cleansing our natural hair is an essential process of our natural haircare. Clean, healthy scalps allow our hair to thrive! Here's what I've picked up along the way. 

Why You Should Pre-Shampoo Your Hair

Should You Shampoo or Conditioner Wash?

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Did you know that washing your hair in sections is absolutely crucial to length retention? Sectioning our hair affords us manageability. This in turn prevents matting and breakage from handling. 

Find out more here:

Why You Must Section Your Hair For Wash Day

The words, protein and moisture balance are commonly used by naturalistas! In case you're wondering what this terminology means, I've fully explained it below. 

What is Deep Conditioning?

Our hair needs protein to strengthen it, and it needs moisture to give it elasticity and prevent dryness. While our hair needs both in order to thrive, moisturising must always be our top priority on our journey to long healthy hair. I use protein on my hair 1-2 times a month. But I moisturise my hair daily, and deep condition with a moisturising treatment weekly.

How To Use Protein Treatments To Strengthen Your Hair, How Protein/Moisture Balance Is Achieved.

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This is where there's lots of fun! I share some whacky tips on how to seal your cuticles using coffee and tea. Turns out these hot beverages are effective on our hair! I also talk about the much loved L.O.C Method and why you should use it to seal in your hair's moisture. 

Coffee, Tea, Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses & Cold Rinses

Don't Use A Towel To Dry Your Hair

Leave-Ins and the L.O.C Method

Setting Up Your Daily Regimen

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How Often Should You Use Heat On Your Natural Hair?

This is one of my most frequently asked questions: How often do you use heat in your hair? Once my dear, once! For pictures of my hair when I use heat, click here.  Find out why I avoid heat as much as I can in this video here: 

(Psst - this is one of the MAIN reasons why my hair is at my waist! ;-)) 

How To Do A Hot Oil Treatment

Have you heard of hot oil treatments? According to many naturalistas, applying heated oils to ones scalp can work wonders for your hair's overall health! I love hot oil treatments! Find out how you can incorporate them in your regimen in this video here: 

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How Fast Does Our Natural Hair Grow?

This has got to be one of the most detrimental myths that women have believed: that products increase our hair growth. They may be marketed as products that "boost hair growth", "promote hair growth", "grow your hairline"..etc.  Products cannot improve the pace of our hair, even if they say that they do so on their labels. Nothing can really speed up our hair growth. Our hair growth rate is pretty predictable actually. (Click here for my hair growth rate formula) Find out more in the YouTube video below: 

Products That Grow Our Natural Hair

A myth that many of us have believed is that products make or break our hair. That is, that some products are magical and some aren't. This statement is true insofar as products support our hair's health. Products that are formulated with the right ingredients - read more here - will yield better results, but they are not the end all, be all of our hair's health. Good hair practices, (moisturising, protective styling etc) are what allow us to see length retention. Hair products are only effective, if we nurture our hair in the first place by moisturising with water and wearing protective styles that keep our hair from getting damaged. It will do us no good to have the best formulated hair products if we continue to abuse and torture our hair. Find out more in this YouTube video here: 

How To Soften Your Natural Hair

At the heart of the problem, black women have been programmed to believe that their hair is "hard", "nappy" and that they need to "soften" it. This is what I have to say on this:

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Shedding, Breakage & Trimming

If you're seeing a lot of hair in your palm or shower drain, you are suffering from shedding and/or breakage. In this video, I differentiate between the two and offer some easy steps to remedy these natural hair vices. Additionally, I offer tips on how and when to trim your hair. 

Know Your Hair Type

You might have heard this terminology a lot in the natural hair community. Lots of naturalistas say they are type 3 or 4, some even add letters and say they are type 4A or 4C. Don't worry about all these numbers and letters though - hair typing is very comprehensible! It basically refers to your curl pattern. Find out more in this video:

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How To Choose A Protective Style

The Best Styling Tool For Natural Hair

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Braids are one of the most common "protective styles" in the natural hair community, but I'm not a huge fan of them! 

Yep, you read that right! Braids may not be the best protective style for your hair, after all! You've probably never seen me with hair extensions right? There's a reason why! 

I'll let you find out more in this YouTube video here: 

(Pst - this might just be the reason why you haven't seen any length and health retention lately!) 

Why You Should Stop Braiding Your Hair

Why You Should Wear Wigs As A Protective Style

If not braids, what then? 

Wigs! 

Yes, wigs. This post is full of shockers ei? Believe me wigs are not outdated!! If anything, wigs are a fantastic protective style. And therefore, more reason for us to explore the wisdom of our grannies. My grandma, whom I'm named after, wore wigs often. And underneath, she had a full mane of hair. Right up to her 60's! That was not a coincidence - wigs are a great protective style! 

Find out why in this YouTube video here: