Deep condition your hair: Mix Aloe Vera gel (straight from the plant) with a conditioner. Leave on for some mins (or however long you want), rinse off and style.
Results: Soft, manageable hair.For more read this very short post on some benefits of aloe vera gel.
Drying: Instead of styling wet hair, speed up the drying process by using an old cotton t-shirt to dab off most of the water from your freshly washed hair (thanks for sharing Precious Curls)
-Apply moderate quantities of products like your leave in conditioner and sealants (e.g Shea butter)too much and you'll spend more time waiting for your hair to dry.
- Instead of sleeping with a satin scarf, sleep using a satin pillow case at night. This will allow the air dry your while you sleep at night.To avoid getting your pillow wet, wash your hair hours before bed and then follow the first direction
My favorite styling tools: Brown wide tooth comb (N70-N100) for detangling, blue comb (N50) for sectioning, and thread for stretching.
Solution: Using your fingers, section hair to get an imperfect line. Then use a comb (like the blue one above, a rat tail comb, or a biro- that's what we used in boarding school*_^) to get a straight or perfectly curved line before plaiting. Using your fingers first helps you gently separate the clumped hair before using a comb thus reducing the tangles and knots at your ends.