Newbie Natural: Your Basic Tools

I have a quick tips guide that explains all the basics I think you need to surviving being natural. Please be sure to have a thorough read of it to know how to use the following tools: Tips to Surviving Being Natural.


+ Shampoo (if you use a lot of products such as gel)
+ Conditioner – can use in placement of shampoo. AKA ‘co-washing’
+ Deep conditioner – use faithfully after every wash to restore moisture

Some friends or readers of mine complain that their hair hurts
when they comb it. When I ‘predict’ they use a fine tooth comb (and using it on bone dry hair), most of
them say a confident yes. If you still have a fine tooth comb… Chuck. It. Away. It is not your friend.
It breaks your hair and thus prevents your hair from retaining length.
If you want the ‘neat afro’ look, you can still achieve this with combs
with wider teeth. They allow our curly strands to pass through them
easier than the fine tooth ones do.

There you have it. The absolute basic tools to take care of your precious new baby fro 😉




  1. Ummi Kulsum
    July 28, 2020 / 7:12 pm

    Ug, I know I’m late but I just discovered your blog now now.
    Well I just went natural from Feb this year so it’s been 5 months going on 6 and I’m so proud. Extremely excited that I came across your blog because I absolutely love it. Your tips and natural hair routine has been so helpful I can’t wait to try them out asap !!!!
    P.s. you’re so beautiful 😍

    • Aisha O'Reilly
      September 18, 2020 / 2:13 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you find my tips helpful 😉

  2. November 16, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Hi, I have been growing my hair naturally for 11 months now. I find it hard to maintain natural hair, my question is if I blow my hair using step one will that still be considered growing my hair natural ?

  3. May 31, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    How often should I wash my hair?

  4. June 9, 2014 / 3:24 pm

    I have the same question, what's the use of toothbrush? I agree to the satin or silk scarf. It's a must have eh. 🙂

    • June 26, 2014 / 5:15 am

      I use it to gently brush my edges

  5. Anonymous
    March 10, 2014 / 12:22 am

    I'm a little confused… what do you use the toothbrush for?

    thanks in advance

    • June 26, 2014 / 5:15 am

      My edges 😉

  6. Anonymous
    January 20, 2014 / 5:08 am

    Hi Ladies. I'm in the process of transitioning. I'm 4 months post nd my hair growing like u won't believe. Its an absolute nightmare to work with two different textures tho. Tangles galore! But I've decided to trim off most of my relaxed hair coz its dead, tired and honestly not as beautiful looking as my afro underneath. I just wanted to know Aisha those pink and black wide tooth combs, where can I find them. If they going to help with detangling my hair then I need em ASAP coz I'm seeing too much breakage with my current one. Thank you in advance 🙂

    • June 26, 2014 / 5:14 am

      I got mine from Clicks as part of a shower bundle (came with a sponge). They call it a shower comb and I find it works nicely with my hair.

  7. August 8, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    Hello Aisha, i recently did the big chop and m just wondering where i can buy the silk or satin headscarf. am based in cape town. thanks in advance

    • January 3, 2014 / 8:38 pm

      Hey Pash, you can get it from Clicks in Golden Acre Centre in the Cape Town CBD 🙂 I got mine from there

  8. May 2, 2013 / 6:03 am

    I wish this post was out when I first went natural smh lol…up until recently it's always been about trial and error with taking care of my hair. Anyway, this post still helps me…Even after 3 years I still don't know exactly what to do with my hair or how to keep it up lol

    • May 27, 2013 / 10:51 am

      Hopefully you're following the newbie naturals posts for my tips 😉 We all take a bit of time getting there…I'm STILL not there completely lol!

  9. Anonymous
    April 24, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    hi anonymous 🙂 I transitioned for almost 2 years and ddnt bc, honestly 2 textures are a nightmare once you've been at it for 6 months or more.that bei g said, it can be done and no- its not cheating. just do whats best for u, no point in a bc if its not comfortable for u and short hair isnt for everyone. just also consider that transitioning robs you of the chance to get to know your hair as it grows and enjoy all the phases.Good luck, whatever u choose 🙂

    • May 27, 2013 / 10:50 am

      Thanks for that anonymous #2 :p I totally agree with you!

  10. Anonymous
    April 23, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    I'm a newbie natural too!!! It's so exciting! Aisha, I was just wondering: is it possible to go fully natural without (wait for it…) THE BC? or would that be cheating? A natural friend of mine suggested it was possible if I trimmed my split ends tirelessly until the new growth pushes itself out completely. What are your thoughts?

    • May 27, 2013 / 10:49 am

      Of course you can! Going natural isn't a rule confined thing. Do it the way you feel most comfortable. The way I see it, being natural just means having hair that's not chemically altered by relaxers. How you get there is up to you 😉

  11. April 23, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    My favorite comb is that Black LOL im inlove with it and i really cant do without a satin scarf or pillow. thanks for sharing sis 😀

    • May 27, 2013 / 10:47 am

      I can't live without any of these items! Fro gets upset with me if I skip any of it out!

  12. Anonymous
    April 23, 2013 / 5:25 pm

    Thanks Aisha… M also a newbie had my big chop in Feb, bt my hair is growing like crazy can't wait for hair to grow to be as lovely as yours… Ps m hooked on ur blog!

    • May 27, 2013 / 10:47 am

      Thank you 🙂 Hope the newbie tips are coming in handy!

  13. April 23, 2013 / 9:22 am

    Thanks, Aisha! This is o helpful. I did a brush cut on Christmas eve last year (forever scissor happy) and about a month ago had enough length to get braids put in. I'm taking them out this weekend and this info will come in handy.

    More Newbie 'fro posts, please.

    • May 27, 2013 / 10:46 am

      You're welcome 🙂

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