A new tip I picked up from Natural Woman / Natural Hair: A Hair Journey, Hairstyles and Hairstories From the Front with simple step-by-step instructions on taking care of your natural hairthat I thought was worth sharing was the recommended regiment of washing natural hair. I have always heard my hair stylist talk about the importance of adding heat while deep conditioning. The science behind it is that heat opens the pores of the hair shaft allowing the nutrients and whatever other replenishing benefits to become absorbed into the hair.
The same goes for a regular shampoo and conditioner treatment except that the temperature of water should change. You should use hot water to open the pores while shampooing and conditioning, but before you wash your conditioner out, use cold water in order to seal in the moisturizing elements of your conditioner. The same is recommended for a deep conditioner.
I have also heard this hot water/cold water regiment applied to washing your face as well. Many people steam their face to open their pores and free their face of toxins built up over time. However the final step of your face washing routine should be rinsing with cold water to seal, close, and shrink those pores. If you check out the The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances, Julie Gabriel gives many great regiments for skin care and recommendations for simple things such as washing your face - try rinsing your face with cold mineral water for one week, you will see quite a difference in the non-residue texture of your skin by day 7.