Hi Fran! Thank you so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge. Have you done a post on porosity? If to, can you do a post or vid on it and products you'd recommend for each? Also, can you talk about your hair porosity? Thanks!
Hey! It’s my absolute pleasure. I’m glad you’ve found the info helpful. I did a Hair Porosity 101: What It Means & How To Repair It post a few weeks back. You can read it here.
As far as my own, I used to have high porosity hair because of severe heat damage and chemical color (every color in the rainbow). Since i’ve grown out and cut all of the damaged parts off, my hair is now healthy and of normal porosity.
Hey Fran! Right now I have box braids in as a protective style and I am trying to come up with a simple regimen to care for them. I know I plan to ACV rinse once a month and co-wash weekly or as need. I basically wanted to know where should deep conditioning fall into my regimen? Should I do it before or after the ACV rinse? Before or after the co-wash? Also is deep conditoning and pre-pooing the same thing?
Hey! I would suggest deep conditioning after the ACV rinse. The rinse removes buildup from the scalp and strands, so DCing beforehand would be a waste of product. I usually do my deep treatments before co-washing because i’ve found it helps me retain moisture better. But that doesn’t work for everyone. I suggest trying it before and after co-washing and seeing which results you like best!
Pre-pooing is usually just the quick use of a light oil to moisturize a dry scalp and strands right before the wash process. So it’s basically the diet version of deep conditioning! I usually do both, since I finger-detangle with coconut oil before washing my hair. Also, here’s a post on natural hair maintenance while rocking braids (not sure if you’re rocking the box braids with extensions or not, but the info will still be relevant either way!). Hope it’s helpful!
Hey Fran!!! :) You are SOO inspiring to me and you have influenced me to workout. My head seems to sweat more than any other part of my body so my question is how do you keep your hair clear of sweat build up while only shampooing once a month or so??? Thanks in advance for all your help :-)
Hey! That is so awesome to hear :) Fast forward to the 9 min mark in this video to see the post-workout scalp concoction I whip up to keep my head fresh throughout the month! Hope that helps <3
Hi Fran! I wanted to tell you that i really really love everything about you. If you could give a list of 5 things a curly would need for healthy hair what would it include? And can I take your closet? =0)
Hey! Thank you for the love :) My quick healthy hair list would include:
1- Coconut Oil for finger-detangling (Never wet your hair if it still has knots in it. That’s how you end up with a huge hair ball cause tangled strands just snap under water. Finger-detangle in small sections with oil first. Then wash it. You’ll retain more length with that method.) Watch vid here.
2- Camille Rose Algaeor the Anti-Breakage Masque by Shea Moisture (Target/Duane Reade/CVS/Walgreens) for deep conditioning. I use it weekly or every time I wash my hair.
3- Apple Cider Vinegar for clarifying (removing buildup) my scalp and strands (once a month) since I don’t use shampoo. Watch vid here.
4 - Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner (Duane Reade/Target/CVS/Walgreens) or the White Camellia by Aubrey Organics (Whole Foods) for conditioner washing. (Shampoo is extremely drying. Less shampoo you use, the more moisturized your hair will be. The more moisturized, the healthier. I don’t use shampoo at all.)
5 - A healthy creamy butter or leave-in for moisture and styling. My current favs are the Bee Mine Curly Butter and the thicker Unyevu Butter (both for protective styles like twists and braids) or the Camille Rose Whipped Aloe for my wash & gos. Watch how to apply it here. Watch how to style it here.
Extra - A satin pillowcase will help your hair fight the frizz while you sleep. You’ll wake up with less dryness and won’t have to apply as much product to refresh your hair.
*Everything I mentioned is all-natural*
The key to hair health is moisture moisture moisture. The more you apply it and retain it, the healthier and longer your hair will be. Never allow your hair to be super tangled and super dry. I know it’s easy to get lazy but if you want beautiful hair…keep it pampered! Things that do not help you retain moisture include using too much heat, too much color, products with too many chemicals, not deep conditioning often, not keeping your ends moisturized and tangle free (keep your roots and edges moisturized, too, so the new growth is always super lush), sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, etc.
Hope that helps <3 And you can def take my closet (after I peep yours!) :p
You're a very inspiring individual, I come on your blog a few times a week just to see if you've posted anything new I can incorporate into me daily routines. Love it.. I had a question, do you have any ideas for minimizing the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins? I'm in my early 30's and I love in the summer to wear my short shorts and skirts and I just don't like my legs looking like grandma legs, so if there's anything you could think of or suggest it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for the kind words :) Now, I haven’t put this to the test on my body but I do remember my grandmother wiping her affected areas with either 100% pure witch hazel or apple cider vinegar. With the witch hazel she would simply rub a cotton ball (2-3 min) in the am, once in the afternoon and again before bed. She did this daily until the spider veins disappeared. And they would! With the apple cider vinegar, you leave it pressed on your skin for 25 min (each time). Also, the herb ginkgo biloba (also available in capsules at your local health food market) is great for strengthening the skin from the inside out. Taking it daily, in addition to the natural wipes, should be extremely helpful! Let me know your results if you try it! Hope it’s helpful <3
Hi fran! Do you still use a sue maesta to cover your hair at night? I was using it for awhile and i liked it but i dont like the material of it! I feel as if it was drying to my hair. Now i use a satin bonnet but i feel as if it flattens my hair and then i have to re-wet it everyday. Idk what to do in order to get my hair to look good in the a.m after sleeping with the satin bonnet
Hey :) My hair is getting a bit longer so I haven’t been using the Sue Maesta cover. Now I simply put my hair up in a pineapple (if it’s in a wash&go style) and sleep on this satin pillowcase. If my hair is in a protective style, like braids or twists, I use this bonnet, as well, to help preserve the style.
Did you watch my curl refresher video? My process uses only a tiny bit of water! And I also show (towards the end) how I pineapple my hair.
I know you said you personally don't use flax seed gel, but I thought I'd ask anyway; I don't have seed I have the grinded up flax seed I put in my food, could I use that instead of going out to buy a bag of seeds?
The ground flax is perfect for adding to food because it’s easier for your system to process. The whole seed has a husk that takes awhile to break down and can actually pass right through your system, causing you to lose a ton of nutritional benefits. As a hair gel, though, you need the whole seed because it won’t pass through the strainer (like the ground kind would!) and will allow you to extract the gel.
Hope that helps!
For those who missed my video on DIY Flax Seed Gel, watch here.
Hey Fran Heyyy!! Can you recommend any good running headphones? Also as it's getting cold outside any recommendations for a running jacket would be greatly appreciated!
Hey! I recently purchased these headphones for running and i’m really happy with them. Careful with the noise isolation, though! You really can’t hear anything so hopefully you’re not running on the street or in a super busy area. As far as a good running jacket, Nike has a ton of dope ones. Check here. They may be a bit pricey but it’s worth the investment. Great great quality and you won’t have to buy another one for a long time! I’ve had the same one for 5+ years and counting. Also, make sure your skin is properly moisturized and that you’re wearing the right layers for running in the cold. Super important so you won’t get sick! Here’s an awesome article explaining the proper way to dress.
Hey Fran, your simply amazing! I've been natural about a year & a half now, & my routine during the winter i wear weaves & spring/summertime i leave my natural hair out. My hair is very course w/ not much curl pattern, i wanted to know your advice on how to care for my hair during weaves, for example, length of time because i usually keep it in 1-2months w/ few attemps of washing my scalp. What to do when i take it out usually i start w/deep conditioning? What would you advise for health&growth?
Hey! Thank you for the love :) When you take down the weave, make sure to coat your hair with an oil (coconut, olive, whichever your hair responds to best) and start detangling, before anything! I would suggest finger-detangling for minimized breakage. That way you’ll be able to retain the length you’ve gained from the 1-2 months of wearing the weave. Most people jump straight into washing but that causes matting and you’ll lose tons of hair. Once your hair is completely knot-free and detangled, then jump in the shower to cleanse your strands and scalp. I would use an apple cider vinegar rinse to remove any buildup from your scalp, since you weren’t able to cleanse as deeply as you may have wanted to with the weave in place. Here’s a video on how to do that. Once your hair is clarified with the rinse, deep condition for a good 45 min!
As far as healthy hair growth, the key is keeping it moisturized. Never let your hair feel dried out. And focus on your ends! Always keep them moist and lush with creams/butters and keep them coiled or tucked away, as much as possible, for minimized hair loss (protective styles like twists/braids/buns help!). Sleep on a satin pillowcase or with a hair bonnet to control dryness and frizz, too. Consistently moisturized hair…that’s really all there is to it! Hope that helps!
So.. Are Naked smoothies a no-go? Because the taste of Mighty Mango is worth the cash to me but I'd like to know if the hype on how healthy it is is real. I also enjoy the mango version of Bolthouse Farms.
Are they a no-go compared to fresh smoothies you can make at home? Def a no-go. Naked juices are super high in calories and loaded with sugar. They’ve been compared to Mcdonald’s flurries. Bolthouse Farms uses fresher and healthier ingredients that are super low in calories and sugar. That’s definitely a way cleaner option if you must go the store-bought route!
Sometimes a walk down the aisle at your local grocer can feel like you’re trapped in The Matrix. You don’t know what’s real or who’s telling the truth. Manufacturers of packaged foods use huge, bright font and terms like “all natural” and “reduced fat” to make you feel good or safe buying…
Hey Fran. First I want to thank you for the motivation to push harder to stay healthy. But now that I'm exercizing more (cycling 8km every day+contemporary dance 2x a week) the acne soap I was using doesn't work anymore, if I use it on a sweaty face I end up with rashes and more acne. So when you cleanse your face after workouts do you still use the oil cleansing method? And how can I keep my scalp clean without having to wash it after every workout? (I live in Brazil, is really hot in here lol)
Hey :) So happy to hear you’re motivated! I still use the oil cleansing method, even after working out. If you feel you need a deeper cleanse, try wiping your face down with some witch hazel! As far as your scalp, here’s a video I posted on a DIY mixture for post-workout scalp. Fast forward to the 9 min mark. Hope it helps!
Hey Fran Hey! I want to let you know I'm breaking rules and still green smoothie-ing, It makes me feel so good, I just can't stop. I also let my little brother in on them, and he and his girlfriend have jumped on the band wagon! Thanks for all that you do!
First let me say I am in love wih your site, your YouTube channel, and your positive energy you give off. But my question is, is there an excersise I can do to get rid of cellulite? I have to get summertime fine for my trip to the Bahamas, and don't want to wait until the month before. Thanks <3
Hey :) Thank you so much for the love! Battling cellulite is more of a lifestyle change than it is one exercise that will “fix it”. You have to attack it from the inside out as well as by exercising. And the change will not be overnight. Consistency is the only way you’ll see actual results. Cut down on processed foods, take out and refined sugars. Eat fresh fruit, veggies, drink tons of water. Clean up your diet so your skin can begin to repair itself internally. Then run, swim, bike, jump rope and maintain high levels of cardio on a weekly basis (3-4 days) to burn off the fat pockets causing the cellulite. Weight training (don’t be afraid, women don’t bulk up easily) will strengthen your muscles so they can push through the skin more and minimize the appearance of cellulite. It’s smart of you to start now because you’ll see a major improvement (if you follow the tips) by June. Good luck! And have a blast. I love the Bahamas <3 <3
Hey Fran! I see you used the Aztec clay to cleanse your hair. I've heard about the terressentials wash as a substitute and was wondering if you ever tried it? Some were saying they work relatively the same.
Hey :) I have used the Terressentials but I wouldn’t compare it to the Aztec Healing Clay. At least not with my experience. The clay was a way deeper cleanse! Terressentials is a great wash for regular use, though. Love that stuff. Here’s the post I wrote on it a few months back.
Hi Fran!! I have been battling with stretch marks for almost 3 years now. I have been using the palmers cocoa butter and some other products ever since but they are not working for me. Please could you give me any advice? Thank you! :)
Hey :) Stretch marks aren’t going to go away. They are little rips/tears on the skin. The most you can do is moisturize your skin, twice daily, to keep it healthy and supple so eventually the marks will blend in. You’ll minimize the appearance but fully getting rid of them is not realistic! It’s ok. I have them, too!
Also, Palmers is loaded with synthetic ingredients that don’t contribute to skin repair and rejuvenation. Try this DIY skin smoothie I posted on my channel. All-natural and super helpful for skin health!