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Caring and knowing what products to use  for your hair can be very tricky. Below are quick tips courtesy of Essence Magazine, that guides you on how best to care for your different hair textures.


tracee-ellis-rossNATURAL HAIR

Common Problem: Damaged and Weak Hairline due to frequent braiding, twisting and locking of the hair follicle.

                Solution: Find products that contain Rosemary and Peppermint because they help in stimulating the hair follicles and promoting growth around the hairline.

Common Problem: Dry and itchy scalp.

                Solution: Replenish natural hair oils by avoiding anti-dandruff shampoos that tend to strip the hair of its natural oil, and use products that contain Flaxseed oil, as well as other natural oils. It is important to remember that when your hair is natural to always condition it with natural oils as opposed to petroleum laced products. Also remember to drink plenty of water.




Common Problem: Split ends and Breakage

                Solution: Once hair has been chemically processed, it tends to be weak and brittle, making it easier for it to break with the continual usage of flat irons and blow dryers. To avoid this problem, be sure to limit your use of flat irons and blow dryers. Also be sure to avoid using permanent hair dyes, because they tend to be very harmful on relaxed hair. For an easier way to style hair without using heat, learn to wrap hair at night for a sleek straight look in the morning, or use hair pins for nice but subtle curls in the morning.

Common Problem:  lack of hair nourishment

                Solution: After hair has been processed, it tends to shed alot, and to help eradicate this problem, it is advisable to strengthen the hair from the inside with effective supplements. Be sure to read the labels of your hair products, look for ingredients that contain zinc, copper, biotin, cartenoids and vitamin A; they all help your hair grow with strength, while simultaneously promoting cell stimulation.



kerrywashingtonweb21CURLY HAIR  

Common Problem: Weak and Brittle thin hair.

                Solution: Condition hair with fortifying conditioners that help in uplifting the curls.

Common Problem: Lack of volume

                Solution: Increase the volume of your curls by remembering to deep cleanse your hair once a week, in order to eliminate the build-up of products from mousse, gel and hair spray. As a daily upkeep, be sure to use leave-in conditioners and curl definers. Spray and work through with a wide mouth comb.

Along with knowing the proper products to use for your hair, it is important that you take care of your hair from the inside as well. Be sure to hydrate yourself daily by drinking at  least 8 glasses of water a day; as well as, enriching your diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.  


  1. Ogo

    April 17, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    pls this people that u showed here,is it their real hair?

  2. Bix Girl

    April 17, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    The only person with fake hair/extensions here is Keri Washington. I think this is a great basic care article… well its called ‘Quick Tips’ so that’s understandable.
    However, I would really love it expanded, to help us women know we can maintain our natural hair and don’t have to hide it under weaves and braids all the time.

  3. Hadi

    April 17, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Curly hair: “As a daily upkeep, be sure to use leave-in conditioners and curl definers. Spray and work through with a wide mouth comb” – They got that sooooo wrong. Combs are ‘a no-no’ for curly hair!!!

  4. Bix Girl

    April 17, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Wide-tooth combs when hair is wet or damp with conditioner is ideal for de-tangling. Detangling with fingers under running water works as well.

  5. Elpee

    April 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Yes they all have real hair, none are weaves.

  6. Paris

    April 17, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Hmm! na wa ooo
    Every post creates war on bella these days. What can of stereotype are we trying to perpetuate for ourselves? or do u guys think Nigerians are d only ones who read this site??
    Why can’t people criticize constructively? Take 4 example Bix girl comment. She begged to differ but she also did it construtively. Keri’s hair isn’t real but u get d drift abi?? Outright disconfirming and dismissing someones effort, Calling it “dog shit” and what not is not a good look. It must be some good shit since u keep coming back to read it abi?? Men i tire for una ooo. As in, man pikin don tire.
    Azara, pls keep up d good work abeg.

  7. LaLa

    April 18, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Check out the number of typos in your comment boo boo. Dumb ass!

  8. LaLa

    April 18, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I agree with you 100%!

  9. Ladi

    April 18, 2009 at 3:20 am

    that’s quite harsh especially since your comments also had typos.

    Bella and her educated team do a great job but if you start your hair blog, will we all comment at human errors and call it crap?

  10. Paris

    April 18, 2009 at 9:14 am

    and i meant *kind* not *can* before someone feels the need to insult me on my typo.

  11. Sugabelly

    April 18, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    So while I don’t agree with the ‘Bullshit’ comment, the commentor DOES have a very valid point. It’s silly to put up pictures of women with superloose curl patterns when your target audience is Nigerians. MOST Nigerian women DO NOT have hair like that. MOST Nigerian women have SUPERKINKY hair. The only person I can see Nigerian women relating to is Sanaa Lathan because she has relaxed hair. It makes NO sense putting up the other two. This is the Internet. The writer cannot say she could not find a picture of a lady with kinky natural hair.

    It’s all very pretentious really. Totally makes no sense.

  12. Elpee

    April 18, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    this person is mean ohh wetin its just advise u cant tell if some naija’s do have this kind of hair after all everyone’s hair is different. This people have other things to do but they r blessin us with advice… the other two ladies have relaxed hair so that can apply to most of us… u have typos too..

  13. Azara

    April 19, 2009 at 12:03 am

    @ all THANKS for the comment, both good and Bad. But as the intro stated the information was derived courtesy of ESSENCE magazine, hence the pictures that were included. I will be sure to put up pictures that feature Nigerian women and their hair in the next article. If you have any information or pictures concerning HAIR CARE that you will like to be featured in this section, be sure to send me an email: [email protected].

    Thanks again and have a great day!

  14. Bridget Oti

    April 19, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Some of the comments I agree upon. When I glanced at the article, i tried looking for someone with kinky hair, and then i realized that the girl with CURLY hair was the natural…PLEASE! Not all blacks hate the way God created them. I love kinky girls, hence Jesus hair was like wool.
    But Naija females from the West, East and South tend to have kinky hair unless they are from the North like the Kanuri or Fulani and maybe few Hausa’s or the mixed Nigerians. But majority have kinks, so help us out next time. Bye.

  15. Trendy

    April 19, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    Comments on naija blogs has made me realize that there are a lot of ugly people amongst us.

  16. A.P

    May 11, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    kai, so as I was pointing the finger I didn’t realize my own typos! this is hilarious…oh well…I was forming perfection, but it seems nobody is perfect. anyway, aside from the obvious typo..etc, my harsh comment stemmed from deep frustration but I’ve been pacified with Bella’s ‘going natural with ease’ entry. Walahi all YUMMY stuff there.

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