By now you probably know that I’m pretty much a wash n’ go girl. Like I’ve said before, I don’t have much of a hair routine. I wash, condition, detangle, style minimally, dunzo. It isn’t because I‘m a low maintenance kind of girl. It’s primarily because I  don’t have the skill set. I wish I knew how to do dope twists and twist outs like Natural Chica and Naptural 85. I lack the ability and the finger dexterity and usually my twist outs come out looking uneven and raggedy.

This weekend, I looked at my hair and realized how very thirsty and tangled it had become. I was using a lot of mainstream drugstore brands with SLS, and I hadn’t taken the time to thoroughly deep treat my hair in weeks. My hair was getting super tangled at the back, and I’m leaving for a hair conference tomorrow. I have to represent!

Many of my natural hair expert friends through the years have told me that I need to do regular deep conditioning, hot oil, and steam treatments to keep my hair soft and moist and healthy. So today, I amped up the OIL factor for my hair, and I can so see the difference!

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Here’s what I used:

I pre-treated my hair with Karen’s Body Beautiful Secret Weapon Restorative Treatment. I applied it liberally to my roots, and parted my hair to apply it all throughout my hair. My hair responds really well to palm oil and coconut oil pre-shampoo treatments.

Then I “shampooed” with Ouidad Curl Recovery Ultra Nourishing Cleaning Oil – it’s a sulfate and paraben free foaming cleanser with an oil base that makes my scalp feel clean, not oily and gross. It makes my hair feel soft, nourished, and moisturized.

I did a little cocktailing when it came to conditioner. I love the texture of Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque For Damaged Hair. It helps make detangling with a wide toothed comb that much easier.

Then I applied Josie Maran Argan Oil Self Heating Hair Treatment, which is remarkable. Everything you love about a self-heating hot oil treatment, but infused with argan oil and of that Josie Maran quality.

I got my thorough detangle on. When I had detangled my hair but it was still soaking wet, I two-strand twisted my hair using a product that isn’t yet available to the public – I used Emily Jayne Hydrating Butter, Joan Morgan’s amazing new product that will be available Sept. 1st. What are the ingredients? Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Rose Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Beeswax, Carrot Seed Oil, Optiphen, Tocopherol – no parabens, no mineral oil, no petroleum. Get excited! Visit, and

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I slept with two strand twists and my handy dandy sleep stocking, and the next day when I untwisted it looked like this. I fluffed it with a little Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Serum.

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My hair feels absolutely brought back to life and it’s managing to stay frizz free for now. That’s my wash day step-by-step. See any of your favorite products? Anything you’re looking to try?


Keren C says:
August 12, 2013, 10:24 am
Your hair looks lovely. Please don't go NEAR mainstream drugstore products again!
Naomi T says:
August 12, 2013, 10:57 am
I'll have to look into some these as my hair has been so unruly. I've tried a product from Cantu in pass that was a leave in, which helped with manageability, but my mom finished it and I never went around to repurchasing. I would like to ask what color are you wearing on your lips; it looks beautiful on you :D
C.D. Beatrice Clay says:
August 12, 2013, 2:34 pm
Lovely! I've so many good things about Karen's Body Beautiful and can not wait to try.
Lex says:
August 12, 2013, 3:41 pm
Your hair looks lovely :) And that Emily Jane hydrating butter sounds right up my alley!
pets says:
August 12, 2013, 6:47 pm
Your hair And your face looks hydrated and glowing! Safe trip and have fun at your newest conference.
Juliette M says:
August 13, 2013, 3:14 pm
Your hair looks lovely! Mine on the other hand was a hot dry mess...until I discovered Karen's Body Beautiful! You suggested I try it after meeting @ BlogHER13 well I finally did and my hair is so thankful! I've been natural for almost a year, but my hair has never been more dry no matter what I've tried! I used the Sweet Ambrosia Leave-in Conditioner and my hair DRANK it up! It's never been softer! THANK YOU
Compel One says:
August 14, 2013, 12:28 pm
Your hair looks great my wife has started trying to go natural.
Mia says:
August 14, 2013, 1:52 pm
Que Bella!!! You are 100% glowy!
pets says:
August 16, 2013, 9:30 am
Taking this opportunity to congratulate Patrice & Afrobella on 7 years of excellent blog existence! I wish you many more.
Sasha-Shae says:
August 16, 2013, 10:27 am
Looks awesome Patrice, and nice process too :) ~Shae
Shannan says:
August 18, 2013, 6:53 pm
I am with you on the lack of skills. When I've tried to do twist outs, my hair looks CRAZY! Your hair looks great! I am going to try some of these products.
Steph says:
August 22, 2013, 5:26 pm
Your hair looks fantastic! This is inspiring me to do a deep conditioning treatment myself. It's been way too long and I'm getting some pretty unruly tangles/dreads going on in the back of my hair. Definitely would like to try the Emily Jayne Hydrating Butter when it becomes available.
MsXpat says:
August 23, 2013, 1:05 pm
Your hair does look fab and you can see that its very moisturized. Did (or do you) you have it cut/shaped into a style?
MrsKK says:
August 29, 2013, 3:19 pm
Have you ever tried the DevaCurl products?
mai says:
September 3, 2013, 2:56 pm
Hi Afrobelle, Your hair looks lovely! I am also a big Wash-n-Go kinda gal! I actually just wanted to say THANK YOU! I remember coming across your blog back in 2011. The first post I read was about the satin bonnet! I actually left you a message saying I was going to try using one for the first time after watching your video. I have come a LOOOOONG way since then. (I was struggling to take proper care of natural curls after spending years relaxing and dying my hair). Anyways I really just wanted to say that it is thanks to people like you that I have come this far! I found YouTube, Blogs, Forums etc so helpful on my Natural Journey. I actually started my own blog and YouTube channel because I wanted to give back to anyone who might be interested (if they find my information helpful). Anyways I just wanted to say you and your hair look awesome and thanks again!
Tonya says:
December 26, 2013, 10:33 am
Very pretty!