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10 Hair Hacks Every Woman Should Know

August 28, 2018

Running out of Shampoo or conditioner on wash day? Or you can’t seem to find the perfect way to style your weave? Whatever hair emergency you are facing, there are a few simple, yet effective things you can do.

Here are the 10 hacks that can get you through your hair emergency. Most of them are even free...

  1. Forgot your Spray Bottle? Use an iron.

Lupita Nyongo’s hairstylist recommends this one.  Moisture from an iron works just as great as a spray bottle and may even produce better results.

  1. Don’t throw out that Plastic Grocery Bag

If you run out conditioning caps or just can’t find yours, grocery plastic bags are a great substitute.  You can easily control the loose ends of the plastic bag with a pony tail holder and no one will be the wiser.

  1. No Conditioner? Try Mayonnaise

We all know that you can make your own conditioner from the natural ingredients that you have lying around in your house. A combination of mayonnaise, extra virgin oil and raw coconut makes one of the best deep conditioners you’ll find anywhere. Look for Razorempress on YouTube for a tutorial on how to mix these ingredients. You'll probably end up using this conditioner on a regular basis!

  1. Do a Bantu Knot

Putting your hair in Bantu knots for two strand twists is a great way to prepare the hair overnight. Your hair will have a curl pattern that pops when you wake up!

  1. No Shampoo? More Natural Ingredients to the rescue

If you’ve run out of shampoo on wash day and you have apple cider vinegar and baking soda, you can make your own. Just mix one part baking soda and one part water and apply to the scalp. Rinse and then mix one part apple cider vinegar and four parts water and apply to the scalp. Rinse with cold water and your are good to go my friend!

  1. Castor Oil to Promote Growth

Feel like your hair isn’t growing fast enough? Mixing one part castor oil and one part water and applying to the ends of your natural hair can help with that.

  1. Use a Bandana to Tie-up Your High Bun

A high bun can look striking but when there's a lot of hair going into it, say if you have chunky braids, it can also be quite challenging to get them in the perfect high bun. Instead of trying to find an oversized tie and then struggle to fit the hair in it, try using a bandana. We also like taking an old pair of tights and cutting them to form a bespoke hair tie, just the right length for the hairstyle I'm rocking!

  1. Sleep with a Satin Bonnet

Sleeping with a satin bonnet or a pillow case will prevent your hair from getting tangled while you sleep thereby preventing breakage. Your hair will also retain its moisture better on satin than cotton.

  1. Use Greek Yogurt as a Protein Treatment Substitute

Greek Yogurt can be a great substitute if you run out of protein treatment. Check out NaturalMe4C on YouTube to see how to use it. And please don't use this on your weave... it's to treat your natural hair only!

  1. Braid or Twist Your Weave at Night

Most people know that you need to braid your natural hair at night to keep it from getting tangled. But did you know you could do the same for your weave? Leaving it loose while you sleep could cause tangling issues and shedding. It will also help create beautiful waves the next day.

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Clip-in extensions are a great way to boost the volume of your hair.

You can add clip-ins to canerowed hair but then the final result will be a thinner look (unless you use 2 packs). For the most voluminous style it's best to add 1 clip-in pack to your loose hair, canerowing or twisting away any hair that adds to much bulk (is there such a thing?!) to the style. 

Suggested install pattern: place longer widths at back and across crown of head, wit shorter widths blended into hair at the front of your head. Use your natural hair to cover the tracks


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