“Sometimes for deep conditioning, I drench my scalp and hair with pure olive oil a couple of hours before washing and conditioning,” says Goapale, who was adorable with pigtails in 2005.
“I big chopped my hair, but I’ve had many style transitions over the years,” she says, seen here rocking a luscious pony. “You have to be creative when you’re growing your hair back!”
According the singer, she keeps her tresses healthy by “wrapping my hair when I sleep, preferably with a silk or satin scarf.”
“I find my braids are a lot smoother when my hair is first blow dried,” she reveals.
“It’s important to give your hair and scalp a break every now and then,” she says. “An easy, stress-free hairdo is two-strand twists.”
Here, Goapele wound her twist into thick coils, wrapping one with a signature gold thread. Like a modern day Cleopatra.
“My hair takes me out of the box right away, and musically speaking I’m fine with that,” says Goapele. “But we have to remember it’s just hair, after all.”
“Hair is like any other accessory we wear, and for me, it’s just another creative way to express myself,” she explains. Up next, the natural hair helpers that Goapele swears by!
Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier ($7, naturalhair.org) is fabulous for detangling natural curls, kinks and coils — plus, a few spritzes at the roots helps remove braids.
Passion Fruit and Coconut oils, Beija Flor Naturals Peach Pomade ($12, beijaflornaturals.bigcartel.com) nourishes the scalp and damaged ends.
Made to order, Beija Flor Naturals Cocoa Mango Butter Cream ($12.95, beijaflornaturals.bigcartel.com) softens kinks and curls when applied as a leave-in conditioner.
Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz Natural Styling Serum ($12, kinky-curly.com) is a gentle, aloe-based spray that instantly moisturizes dry tresses and fights frizz.
Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Creme ($7.50, amazon.com) is blended with hydrating botanicals and tons of olive oil to deeply saturate dry natural hair.
L’Occitane Shea Butter ($20, nordstrom.com) is 100 percent pure African shea butter, which acts as a luscious, all-natural moisturizer for natural tresses.
Enjoy Professional Hydrating Conditioner ($39.94, drugstore.com) was formulated for dry, chemically processed, super-curly hair. Used regularly, it gives hair amazing elasticity and shine.