Maintain your mane and adore your crown...'s a woman's crown. It can tell you about the state of her health, emotions, beliefs, and sometimes even financial circumstances. 

As a little girl, all I ever wanted was long hair. You know, the kind that flows down the back like a waterfall. Unfortunately for me - or so I thought at the time - I did not have the type of hair texture that did that. My hair is course, tightly coiled and looks better in an afro or locs than any other style. 

As I got older, I learned to appreciate my "crown". Its texture, its look, its quirks. I began to appreciate the multiple curl patterns that my hair possessed and the density of is nice and thick.

The love didn't happen overnight, but with patience, it happened.

Below are tips on maintaining your mane and adoring your crown. 

Ease up on the constant washing. Shampoo your hair every three weeks. 

- Black hair is dry, and washing it too frequently not only strips the scalp and hair of necessary oils, but it does not allow enough time for the scalp and hair to build up enough oils for protection.-  

Consider rinsing the hair (with just water) between washes.

Start with the basics. 
Shampoo and condition with clean ingredients. I define clean as ingredients that are not harsh and when possible, naturally derived.

Stick with the basics.
Too many products can confuse the hair and not give you the desired results. 

A basic shampoo recipe: one part castile soap and 1 part vegetable oil. Oils like safflower, sunflower, olive, grapeseed or canola work best. This shampoo recipe is actually a 2 in 1, and will wash and condition your hair at the same time.

Make your own daily hair spray.  
Combine 3 parts water to 1 part vegetable oil. I also recommend adding an essential oil like tea tree, peppermint and/or lavender. This combination will keep mold away, promote growth, heal your scalp and keep your hair smelling fresh.

Stop dry-combing.
Due to its virgin, fragile state, combing our hair when it lacking in moisture, can be detrimental to our hair. It causes breakage and does not allow the hair to grow. Wear a protective style (twists, twist outs, braid outs, bantu knots, cornrows - not too tight) to give your hair a rest and to retain more moisture.

Your hair may not always shine. 
Many black women think natural black hair should shine. Black hair by nature is not designed to shine like Caucasian hair. This, however, is not an indication of the state or health of your hair. 

Applying 'serums' and other over-the-counter products which claim to provide shine to the hair, are products that are marketed to certain hair types.

Check you pantry.
There is no need to be making constant trips to the beauty supply store. Most, if not all the products you require for your hair, can be found in your pantry or at your local grocery store.

I think this sums it up. To keep your hair in fantastic condition, moisturize daily with a good moisturizer or daily spray, rinse but don't shampoo often, condition, condition and condition, keep your hair free of debris and dirt, eat well and stay hydrated. 

BTW, did I ever get the long flowing hair, like a waterfall? Hell ya. I discovered locs and I love them.

If there is anything else I have left off the list, please let me know and share your experience on how you maintain your mane.


  1. Had the chance to use the Marula Oil on my hair. I absolutely love it. The product left my hair silky smooth. Question, can I use the same product on my face?

    1. Thank you for your comment.

      Marula makes an excellent oil for the face. Rich in nutrients, dry without a heavy feel, it will heal, tone and moisturize your skin very well.

      You can find the complete line of marula skin and hair care at


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