Did you know that natural herbs can be formulated for use in your hair. Herbs can be effective in addressing specific hair type needs. Just mix and match herbs to create your own individual twist for healthy hair.
For coarse or curly black hair: Comfrey, nettle, cherry bark, olive oil.
Dandruff: peppermint,lemon grass, birch, white willow bark,comfrey leaves, nettle.
Dry: Crushed lavender flowers, crushed orange flowers, red clover, comfrey elder flowers, chamomile and marigold.
Normal: Dandelion, horsetail, clover
Shine: raspberry, nettle.
Softness: Cherry bark, burdock root, olive oil, marjoram.
Growth: nettle, sage, basil, rosemary, onion juice.
Ylang Ylang Shampoo(pronounced ee-lang ee-lang)
1/2 oz of castile liquid soap base( like Dr. Bronner's) or 4 oz of Pure castile soap chips.
32 oz of distilled water
4-8 drops essential oil of your choice( I use ylang ylang oil, hence the name of the shampoo)
- Bring water to boil
- Pour over soap chips
- Stir until dissolved
- Add essential oils, mix 4-8 drops in a tsp of rubbing alcohol( I usually skip the alcohol).
- Store in a plastic container or spray bottle.
If you use the liquid soap base
Just mix water and soap then add the oils.
This is my hair freshly washed I have no products in it.
The hairstyle of the 60's made popular by Elvis and John Travolta in Grease has made a comeback with a feminine twist.
Mostly seen on Janelle Monae, the pompadour poises itself as the new daring hairstyle for women.
Question is, are you brave enough?
Follow these four quick tips for healthy hair.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse or clarifying shampoos to break down product buildup on hair. It is necessary to break down product buildup to prevent hair from appearing dull. This also allows the products used in the future to saturate hair and do the job required for healthy hair.
Moisture is the key. In order to maintain healthy hair keep hair moisturized. Whether using commercial products or your own natural concoction remember that hair needs water in order to remain healthy.
Lay Off The Heat
Please minimize the use of heat. Blow dryers, curling irons, straighteners etc. anything that applies heat to hair. Heat is instrumental in all those frizzy, dry, brittle, broken, fried hair. If you must use heat, apply a heat protection product and reduce temperature to the lowest needed to straighten hair.
Nourish From Within
It is a given. What you place in your body shows on the outside. Eating fruits, veggies and drinking water is instrumental in providing nutrients which is necessary for hair growth. So drink up those eight glasses of water, your hair will thank you for it later.
I must admit.
I too am a You tube fanatic when it comes to watching how other naturals style their hair. One thing I have realized about being natural (some 20 odd years experience) is that not all hair is created equal.
Many naturals get frustrated when they don't get the perfect spiral curls or the tight bouncy coils. The fact of the matter is, your hair is determined by your genetics. No amount of hair care products that promises perfect curls will change that.
I have long embraced the fact that my hair will not look like Rachel True's or Denise Vasi's.
So I learned to embrace my own hair and the compliments keep pouring in.
So dig out that old outfit from your closet and jazz it up with new accessories. The proper accessories are instrumental in transforming any look. So whether its jazzing up your 'fro or enhancing your twisties. These hair accessories will surely give you the hot holiday look.
Feather Petal Headbands $3.80
Mesh Flower Headband $5.80
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Can I wash Natural hair more than once a week?
Yes, however it's best to wash hair minimally because the natural oils produced by the scalp are the best conditioner the hair needs to maintain its moisture balance. Afro hair is most known for its dryness. Constant washing will lead to chronic dryness and frizz.
How long should I leave conditioner in my hair?
For as long as needed. If you have 5 minutes or 2 hours some is better than none. Your hair will thank you for it.
Should I trim my hair every six weeks?
While there are no hard and fast rules to how often hair is trimmed. The more damaged the hair, the more trimming it will need in order to be healthy. If it is severely damaged from heat treatment and color, the rule of thumb is to cut for every inch of hair grown. That is, If you have an inch of growth, then trim an inch of damaged hair.
What about spilt ends how do I get rid of them?
The best way to get rid of spilt ends is to remove them. Yes, that means cutting the damaged ends of the hair. Products geared towards spilt ends, sadly do not repair them. It just gives the appearance of smooth hair but the damage is already done.
Does color damage natural hair?
Yes. Color treatment damages all hair types, but it can be especially damaging to natural hair which is already prone to breakage and dryness. Permanent coloring strips each strand of it outer layer to prepare it for the color. This outer layer is responsible for protecting hair strands. When they are destroyed they cannot reform on the hair strand thus leading to excessive dryness.
If hair is color treated remember to deep condition regularly to retain some moisture.
What is the difference between Natural vs Store bought products?
Both products can work depending on ingredients. Natural products have an advantage because you are able to control the ingredients applied to your hair. Store bought are formulated to be effective on hair but they also add ingredients to preserve the shelf life of the products which has adverse effects on hair. One such is alcohol,which causes dryness.
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Why mayonnaise? Well apart from the fact that this works great with my hair, it is the perfect recipe for natural hair. The ingredients in mayonnaise is oil based and a great source for deep conditioning.
It also contains no petroleum, mineral oils or alcohol which damages hair. You would be surprised at the amount of conditioners and hair treatments geared towards damaged and dry hair which contains harmful ingredients which does worse damage to your hair.
Gimme my hair mayo treatment over those any day. A few weeks of this treatment and your hair will be in tip top shape.
Mayonnaise (Hellman s, Kraft etc.)
Tea Tree, Lavender, Jojoba Oil(choose one )
One teaspoon Honey
Shower Cap, Saran Wrap or Plastic Bag
Heated Towel or Dryer (optional)
Blend or Whisk Mayonnaise, egg, honey to a creamy consistency. Add oils, this is great for helping to mask the smell of the mixture.
On freshly washed hair generously apply Mayonnaise mixture. Don't forget to get the ends because they tend to be the most plagued with dryness.
After application, put on shower cap , saran wrap or plastic bag to completely cover hair. At this point you can allow it to sit naturally in hair for 2-3 hrs. Another option is to wrap warm towel around head for 10-15 minutes. For those with minimal time, sit under the dryer for 15 minutes to allow treatment to saturate.
Wash out treatment from hair and enjoy the softness.
With the coming of the winter there are many adjustments needed to be well prepared for it. Why not do the same for our hair? We need to adapt to a different regimen to protect our hair from breakages. The colder the weather the less moisture our hair retains.
The following are a list of guidelines to help maintain beautiful hair throughout the season.
1. Wash hair less often using the coldest temperature you can bare.
Warm and hot water damages afro hair so try to wash in cold water, or as cold as you can bare. Warm and hot water strips hair of necessary moisture.
2. Allow Hair to Air dry
Stay away as much as possible from from heat styling. Natural Hair is more prone to breakages and excessive heating will exaggerate the condition. If time is not on your side, blot with towel as dry as possible and then style.
3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Afro Hair needs lots of moisture in order to be healthy. The use of conditioners and hair oils should be a part of regular regimen. There is no such thing as too much moisturizer for natural hair. Stick to natural based oils or moisturizers with few chemicals (avoid products with alcohols).
4. Invest in proper Hair Equipment.
Invest in brushes with natural fibers, like boar hair brushes. Use combs with big teeth, ( cutting combs are not recommended). Brush Hair to carefully distribute essential oils throughout roots to ends, and exercise tremendous care when combing wet hair because it is prone to breakages.
4. Minimize the wearing of Hats.
Hats damage hair because it robs the hair of essential oils and rubs against hairline which can lead to breakages. Use satin lined hat to help reduce hair breakages.
5. Proper Nutrition
Drink water, eat fruits and vegetables. Taking care of our diet translate to healthy hair and skin.
Apply to freshly shampooed and conditioned hair(depending on length and thickness). Comb thorough and allow to air dry.
Pros: Leaves hair feeling silky and soft with a bit of sheen. Easy to handle. Non greasy.
Cons: Overwhelming fragrance ( not a problem since they now have it in unscented).
Reviews: 4/5.....if it wasn't so time consuming to style.
My personal struggle with my hair have been so long, I can barely if ever recall a time when I was proud of my hair.
Why do we get embarassed, offended, even volatile when we talk about our hair? Why do we classify our hair as good or bad?
One thing is certain when I cut all my hair off I was vunerable to insensitive remarks about my lack of hair( but thats a whole other story) And for the first time in my life I had nothing to hide behind. I had to make the true me shine. There was no long silky, inky black hair but I did have some afro hair that curled just-so when wet.
As my hair grew I became obsessed. I embraced it. Fell in Love with it. Almost to a level of conceited and oft times obnoxiousness.One thing is certain today. I have a deep respect and love for this hair. In fact my commitment to its beauty as led me to immortalise it and profess its beauty to the world. In so doing, I hope that you will come to see the power that emanates from this tightly coiled kinky hair.
Lets celebrate Our Natural Hair and its Beauty!