Nappturality has been online since 2002. Dedicated to all the women in the diaspora who proudly wear their highly textured hair naturally. Nappturality.com is the place to find photographs,, forums, information and links about the care, maintenance and politics of natural hair. Natural napptural hair. Here you will find photos of all natural styles, comb coils, two-strand twists, afro puffs, afros dredlocks (dreadlocks), locs and many other natural styles. Styled by natural napptural haired women on their own hair.


gelUSE: Gels are used to hold - to tame the hair flat –or slick it back. Also used to maintain a curl which is set when wet. Gels can defy humidity and gravity, and are valuable for the times your hair must stay in position. Also for edge control.

PROs: Gels impart shine and control. Used as a last step your hair can be set in position by using a simple satin scarf or warm heat of a bonnet dryer. Light, natural gels such as aloe and flax seed gels can be used to start locs.

CONs: Gels often contain alcohol which is incredibly drying. Cetearyl Alcohol is an exception to this rule. If you use a gel that is too strong or drying, it can make your hair very stiff and brittle. You will damage your hairline if you use gels containing alcohol.


coconutUSE: Pomades are an old school term we used to use when talking about “grease”. These days, pomades take on many names. You may see them as butters, whips, puddings and creams. Pomades are used to add lasting moisture and control, sometimes shine to dry hair. Pomades may also contain oils and therapeutics to treat hair and scalp conditions.

PROs: Pomades are very valuable additions to the natural hair care routine. They nourish, moisturize and protect your hair. Used correctly they can assist in length retention and heal dandruff and other scalp conditions. Pomades are usually used on dry hair on a daily basis.

CONs: Be very careful what type of pomade you use. They can and do often contain ingredients which coat the hair shaft and can be very difficult to wash out. The wrong pomade can attract dust, dirt and lint to your hair. If a pomade contains glycerin as a main ingredient, use with caution and if petrolatum is listed, be extra careful as this will coat your hair and can aggravate scalp conditions. Never, ever use pomades on locs.


whipUSE: Whips are normally lighter versions of pomades, used for defining and hold - rarely containing heavy ingredients such as petrolatum and heavy oils.

PROs: A true whip can be used more generously than a pomade and does not cause the buildup that pomades can. Think of a whip like a heavier version of a mousse.

CONs: Whips can be expensive as they are more processed than ordinary pomades and do not last as long since you tend to use more, and more often.


sptitzUSE: Spritzes are mixtures of water, carrier oils, essential oils, glycerine and other refreshing ingredients. Spritzes are sometimes promoted as leave-in-conditioners and can be used on wet or dry hair. Used on dry hair, the water fluffs the hair out and eventually evaporates, leaving whatever other conditioning mixtures on the hair.

PROs: Spritzes have a cooling effect on the scalp and can be valuable to prevent itching when wearing styles that require a tight base, such as with box braids and locs.

CONs: Spritzes containing glycerine will have the effect of drying your hair out if you use too much of it. Otherwise, not many cons about spritzes!


mousseUSE: Mousses are like a hair cream similar to shaving cream in a bottle. Under pressure you press the button on the can and into your palm where it expands like shaving cream. You then apply it throughout your damp hair.

PROs: A mousse can give your hair an incredible shine, which is what it is intended to do. It can also have an effect similar to gel, where it provides a light hold to your hairstyle.

CONs: Mousses normally contain some amount of alcohol which is drying.  Mousses can be costly and if used to often (eg daily) will dry your hair out.


coconutUSE: Carrier oils such as Jojoba, Olive, Argan, Black Castor are used to condition the hair and scalp. They can be used as is on wet, damp or dry hair, or as an ingredient in shampoos, conditioners and pomades.

PROs: Oils can create a healthy environment for the scalp, encouraging growth relieving some scalp conditions. Oils can protect the hair from drying elements. You do not need much of any oil and they are generally inexpensive and easily found in supermarkets and health food stores.

CONs: Oils coat the hair shaft. If you use to much of any oil you will end up with an oily, dripping mess. Some hair types do not respond to oils at all. Some people are sensitive to certain oils and you should always test inside your elbow or on a sensitive part of your scalp before using an oil all over your head.


masqueUSE: Hair masques or muds are deep treatments. Used after shampooing, a masque is applied to damp hair and usually left to dry to a hard helmet on the hair, then rinsed off. Masques are often used to repair broken and damaged hair.

PROs: Using the correct masque for your hair can have an instant restorative effect. Masques repair and smooth the cuticle and are left on long enough to allow its nutrients to penetrate the hair shaft.

CONs: Masques are often protein-based so if you have natural afro hair, you need to ensure it is not over the top in protein. Protein is valuable to damaged straight hair, but can cause brittleness in natural hair. Ensure your masque is specifically made for natural afro hair before using it.



hairpuddingUSE: Hair puddings are called puddings because of their texture. They are like pudding or jello and are strongly water-based. Puddings are often deep conditioners and designed to be rinsed out, though many are left in and used prior to heat styling as a protectant or as a simple leave in. Puddings impart shine and hold. Best for use on styles that don't require dry styling.

PROs: It generally depends on what the pudding is used for that determines its pros and cons. Conditioning puddings can be very effective leave in conditioners and styling aids. Most puddings contain water as a main ingredient, so can impart long lasting moisture to your hair.

CONs: Puddings are for specific use and don’t last long as you generally use much more of a pudding in a single application. Again, the cons depend on the purpose of the pudding. As with any product, make sure it does not contain ingredients that will dry your hair out, or is too high in protein.  

I have put this list together to describe what I see out there in the natural hair product marketplace. The natural hair product industry is in no way standardized. Some manufacturers’ products described here or shown in these terms may have a different use. This list is a general guide.

Nappturality Shoe 300 faded

Your Natural Hair is NOT a Fad

Wearing natural hair is not a fad. It is not a fashion trend. It's the natural hair you were born with. So why can't you wear it?
Don't believe the negative hype..

Mysteek NaturalHair Adaleia Coultman Iman Whitmore 2 Michelle Hudson Raticka Scruggs2 Leslie Blakely4 Jacqueline Parker KaTina Smith Walker3 Akeisha Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner Yasmeen Cookngd Ali Brown Maya Mj James2 Urecha Dunn Monique Wilson Adaleia Coultman3 Kayla Bush Monique Colon Andrea Cantrell Sharea Twymon Summers Chasity Williams Candace Montgomery Daphanie Brooks Essie Dodson Nyree' Allen Jillijoy Holloway Raticka Scruggs Ayesha La Vonia Boyd Hairbyjuanibless4 Jagged Edge3 Cynthiakim2 Sasha Stoute Adaleia Coultman4 Leslie Blakely3 Sonya Makeba Sarah Moore 2 Chara Harris Leslie Blakely8 Adey's Natural Hair Tips Chenay N. Bryant Curley N Cynthia Simpson Gilly Dee Melody Dark MrsNohaterallowed Taylor Sheila Da She Serumula Monica Evans4 Ashley Erica Holmes Hale Monica Evans3 Trina Smith Angie Knight Jariel Deanna3 Juanita Simmons Trina Smith 3 Dominique Truthfairy Williams Watt Angela Watkins2 Monique Colon2 Natanya Jones3 Chelsea Patterson Sanders Hairbyjuanibless2 Khady Didi Sow Jariel Deanna1 Lauren Foster Walls Kathy Terrell 4 Kaleta Battle Jillijoy Holloway3 Selena So Blessed Mckibben Katrina Stallworth Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner3 Talishia Robins Maya Mj James Princess First'Lady Briggs2 Kaynisha Renee Martin Sophonie Bien Aime Gloria Obruche 2 EJ Thompson Miz Jones LaCharla Figgs Gema Ebanks Jariel Deanna Frankie Monroe 1 Leslie Blakely9 Shannon Bell Sylvia Randi Carroll Lakishia Brown Trina Smith 2 Lekeytha Dukes Shaw Alnita Reaves Vaught Bokua Adwoa Bray Star Bullard Angie Knight2 Mary Wells ShaRon Hicks2 Gilly Dee Jillijoy Holloway2 Heeyy Jessie2 Monique Colon Nadia Newton Kennedra Tucker Tammie Elkerson Mcgill Leah Prater Raven Nacole Madison Emmanuelle Key Dickerson Kathy Terrell Nikki Poole 2 Divinity Starr Solange Campos 1 Shekera Combs Naiesha Howell Monica Evans Lysa Davis Daniella Cardoza Princess First'Lady Briggs4 Andrea Cantrell 3 Frankie Monroe 2 Bokua Adwoa Bray 2 Jagged Edge Tiffany Smith Karmen B. Jones Natanya Jones LaJoia Hamilton Jay Roge6 Jay Roge Hairbyjuanibless3 Leslie Blakely5 Raticka Scruggs Courtney Davis Irena Shipley MrsNohaterallowed Taylor2 Sheila Da She Serumula2 Princess First'Lady Briggs3 Urecha Dunn2 Diamond Mull Sarah Moore Princess First'Lady Briggs Da OC Leslie Blakely6 HairbyJuanibless Leslie Blakely7 Tammie Braggs Kimberly Montague KaRen JackSon Notm Pressed Adrienne Lifeisgolden Skinner2 Tiara Shinae Jariel Deanna2 Antoinette Jeaninne J LaKayle Jones2 Cynthiakim1 Ann Brown Toma Thornhill Queena Beenblessed Williams Cheryl Freemon Watts Sheila Da She Serumula Tracy Gary Kathy Terrell 2 Samantha Jordan Marilyn E Lowe LaShawn Lorraine Gray Daniella Cardoza2 KaTina Smith Walker2 Rhonda Littles Bella Negra1 Tamara Hinkle Moore Sasha Stoute2 Natanya Jones2 Cheryl Freemon Watts2 Hairbyjuanibless5 Linda Brown Campbell Jay Roge4 KaRen Kenita Mitchell Nikki Poole Iman Whitmore Gloria Obruche 1 Keia Parker Michele Washington Brandi Murphy Frankie Monroe Latanya Coverson Jagged Edge2 Jazmine J. Boss Talishia Robins2 Jay Roge3 Amanda Flowers Peterson Andrea Cantrell 2 Bryanna Knight Carolyn Parker Angela Watkins3 J LaKayle Jones3 J LaKayle Jones Emmanuelle Key Dickerson2 Heeyy Jessie Kathy Terrell 3 Solange Campos Sonjia Murphy KaRen JackSon2 Sheila Da She Serumula3 Msincognito Shades KaRen JackSon Jewel Grant Jaunene Jones Queena Beenblessed Williams2 Eiimariiee Rosee Lynn Mysteek NaturalHair2 Vanessa Agee Nikki Poole Lisa Amos Wilson Heila Da She Serumula 2 Tammy Mariano Regina Ellis Livingston Kim Lewis Richeau Breland Saundrea Arila Mendez Leslie Blakely Leslie Blakely2 Abigail Boyce Tonyelle Bennett Melinda IzsoDivine Betty Alexander McGriff Notm Pressed3 Vicky Hightower Ednasia Green Monica Evans2 Destiny Hawkins KaTina Smith Walker Mary Wells Shalari Drakes Angela Watkins Jennifer Bass Adaleia Coultman2 Denise Billings Shadi Shukuma Maepa Debra Chatman Nicki Wade Marenda Eison Troya Sowell Bella Zambezie