Would spritzing your hair with water and seal it with an oil a good moisturizer or water and an oil mix together would be better? —by Anonymous

Hey! Both are equally effective and will do the same thing—it’s completely up to you :-) 



New goodie! 
Though I still have my two staples (Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose and Yes to Carrots), I went to Target yesterday and treated myself for making a 98 on one of my midterms. I have neglected my hair lately (e.g. bunning) due to being bombarded with exams and assignments, so this was nice :-)
I really think I have an affinity for conditioners, lol! This is a brand new line by SheaMoisture and wow does it smell heavenly! OMG. The scent literally sealed the deal in my decision to purchase. I also tested the consistency before buying and it was thick, creamy, and melted between my fingers—so I cannot wait to see what it does for my hair. 
So excited to use it! Full review coming soon to the blog. I need to get back to filming for YouTube in the meantime lol. I’ve been slipping :-)

New goodie! 

Though I still have my two staples (Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose and Yes to Carrots), I went to Target yesterday and treated myself for making a 98 on one of my midterms. I have neglected my hair lately (e.g. bunning) due to being bombarded with exams and assignments, so this was nice :-)

I really think I have an affinity for conditioners, lol! This is a brand new line by SheaMoisture and wow does it smell heavenly! OMG. The scent literally sealed the deal in my decision to purchase. I also tested the consistency before buying and it was thick, creamy, and melted between my fingers—so I cannot wait to see what it does for my hair. 

So excited to use it! Full review coming soon to the blog. I need to get back to filming for YouTube in the meantime lol. I’ve been slipping :-)



hey Taiwo, I hope you're okay, I just waned to ask you whether you used protective styles to grow out you hair? eg. braids weaves etc xxxx —by Anonymous

Hey! :-) Yes! I am doing quite well, and I hope you are too! <3 Thank you.

I use low manipulation and protective styles to help retain length. My go to style for that are two strand twists, which I will do a lot of in late fall and is a constant in the winter months. Two strand twists or even mini twists work wonders for length retention, and I have found that they also require the least amount of manipulation. During spring and summer, I experiment with buns and updos in-between styles :-) 

I don’t do braids or weaves, but I have heard great things about crochet braiding! It fully covers the hair so you never have to worry about without using heat on your strands or causing tension to your scalp, temples, edges, or nape area. Check out the TheChicNatural’s method to crochet braiding! 



It’s rather disheartening when I hear other young girls and even grown women say that having kinky hair is “too hard to manage”,  ”too much work”, or wish that their hair was much looser in appearance. I’ve heard that a lot lately. 

And today, I watched a YouTube video and was reading some of the comments, when I stumbled upon one where a girl said something along the lines of, “I wish I had your hair” and “but I am 4C”. 

That broke my heart. When you are the perpetrator of or are perpetuating negative ideas about highly textured Black hair, then what does that really say about you? Ideas often say a lot about who we are, and what we think about ourselves. Moreover, it’s one thing to claim having natural hair, but it is another thing to embrace it. What sense is being made if you choose one over the other, and not both? That is a rhetorical question.

Because unfortunately, the latter half of this argument is usually not acknowledged in this case, and that is the issue that needs to be closely looked at. Kinky hair is beautiful, too. It’s so important to love and learn your hair. It really is, and I still stress that to myself many times because it is true. 



I'm trying to retain length with strand but sometime they unravel. Is there another way to retain length by protective styling? —by Anonymous

Hey! Any style that does not require too much manipulation is a great choice for retaining length, such as halo twists/braids, buns, or installing safe extensions such as crochet braids (a wonderful option!).

But are you referring to two strand twists that unravel? 

If so, your twists are unraveling because they are not secured at the ends and/or are not tight enough. When you reach the very tips of your hair, apply a bit more product of your choice and twirl the ends around your fingers until a curl/coil forms. 

Also, to get your twists tight, make sure you are twisting at the roots and holding both strands of hair tautly. This also prevents twists from becoming fuzzy or unraveling.

Hope that helps :-)



The front layers of my hair are heat damage so I chopped the damaged part but when I wash it the next day they still have no curl definition and stay flat and kinda straight —by Anonymous

Hey there! I’m glad you decided to cut off your damaged length. However, if your hair does not revert back to its natural curl/coil pattern after straightening, then those straight pieces of hair are most likely the result of heat damage. No amount of washing/conditioning will repair it. Remember that hair does grow back. And having healthy hair (whether short or long) is much more important than keeping length that is not healthy!



Hiya! Could I use EVOO instead of Jojoba oil to moisturise my twists? —by Anonymous

Hey! Yes, you surely can if you want, whatever works for you. I personally find olive oil too oily/greasy to just use alone when moisturizing my twists and I don’t like the idea of smelling like a salad lol! However, Jojoba oil is very lightweight, and I love using it in my two ingredient leave-in conditioner. The oil won’t leave behind that greasy feeling! The same applies for grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil—both are very lightweight and super effective :-)



one side of my hair is frizzy than the other? help! —by Anonymous

Hey  :-) It is possible that one side of your head just may have a different texture and/or pattern than the other. It may just be that one side of your hair is more coarser than the other (coarse hair is more prone to frizz because of its large diameter—thus, having a hard time holding in moisture and more susceptible to dryness). I know that for me personally, the backside of my hair is more cooperative than the rest of my hair by far. It can get frustrating when spending more time detangling certain areas of my head lol, but that is the territory when you have natural hair!

Try giving that part of your hair more TLC, and consider doing final hair rinses to close the cuticles of your hair (frizz means you have raised cuticles). You can do final rinses with clod aloe vera juice, or a mixture of ACV and cool water, or if you’re trying to save money keep a jug of cold water in the fridge and use after deep conditioning your hair—paying close attention to the side of your hair that frizzes most. 

I hope that helps <3



Taiwao, I hope you are well! Do you have any solutions for dealing with 'puffy' ends? I asked you in an earlier post about telling the difference between dry and damaged ends and am confident that my ends are not split and well moisturized. (I'm using your whipped recipe!) When I two-strand twists, though, towards the back of my head where the texture changes a bit, I get a puffy explosion which means my twists won't hold. If you Google an image of puffy ends on natural hair you can see. Thanks! —by Anonymous

Hey! :-) I hope you are doing well too! 

There are several things you can do. 

Have you tried twisting on wet or damp hair? Doing so allows your twists to hold more product and to keep styles in place (due to the pliability) than it would be for dry hair—as a result, no more puffy ends. I would also suggest doing smaller twists for that back section, and once you are done twisting, spritz the ends with water, apply a bit more shea butter to the ends of your twists and twirl then around fingers. This will also keep the twists from unraveling!

You could also begin by braiding the hair first, until you get to the middle (at the least) and then twist the remaining hair. Braiding usually help to stretch out the hair when styling, so it should help with your problem.

You could also use perm rods if you do not feel styling on wet or damp hair, or if you do not want to do smaller twists. That is also another viable solution.

I hope that helps! I’m glad the the whipped shea butter recipe is working well for you by the way :-)



you said you enjoy watching the channels of those who don't have hair like yours and you provided examples but none of hair that's like yours… —by Anonymous

Hey! Are you referring to this post where I said, "4C hair is so versatile, and it can do so many other things! You can still support YT hair bloggers with hair unlike yours (ex. I enjoy watching NaturalNeiicey and Naptural85), but also watch channels of those with hair that is just like yours. Subscribe to blogs and read posts that cater to your hair type".

I can see how that may have offended you, but that was taken too personally and/or the wrong way. I watch channels of those who have hair like mine. In fact, I advocate for supporting channels, blogs, social media accounts etc of those with hair that is like mine. I also watch channels of those who do not. I simply gave examples of two Youtubers that have differing hair textures than mine that I still support to be transparent in the question that I received. 

Thirdly, I share several links of YouTubers and articles by bloggers who have hair like mine, and I have written several posts on supporting naturals and natural hair networks with/for highly textured kinky hair (please click here). 

Lastly, is Naija Curls itself not a blog that supports and advocates for loving, learning and caring for kinky natural hair (which is what I have—probably the kinkiest of them all being that I am a coarse 4B/4C)? That is actually why I began this blog in the first place last November. There are many resources that one can for their hair type—it is up to the individual to take initiative and do so, which is also what I try to stress and do as well. 

I am not quite understanding the intent of this message (nor why it was anonymous when I can just reply privately if this concerned you), but I thought I should address this. 

I hope that clears things. Thank you! <3