Introducing ENH’s Latest Photo Submission **MIA BROOMER**
Mia’s product of choice when co-washing: Deva Curl Line!
What do you use to co-wash your hair?
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When you go out of town for vacation or a business trip for an extended period of time, who’s your out-of-town stylist? Send them a shout-out! Check out our Facebook page and send a shout-out. Spread the word about your favorite hair salon. Whether you’re relocating or spending a extended time away from home in another city, it’s always a good idea to know where the salons are and it’s even better when you can count on other women’s experiences with that particular hair salon. So whether your stylist hooks you up with a bangin’ new color, a fresh cut or a fierce twist-out, a weave, a relaxer, or styling your locs, shout him/her out! I rarely frequent the hair salon anymore since going natural, but I have my go-to stylists whenever I need something done like a trim or color. Oh yeah, and if your hairstylist is you, give yourself a shout-out! Shout-out’s to Maritza, Maggie, Rose, and Mimi! [The Hair Kingdom, Boston]
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INTRODUCING ENH’S LATEST PHOTO SUBMISSION
My overall style is as the day goes,
I dabble into everything.
I am a blank canvas & the painter is me.
I don’t fall into trends.
I enjoy wearing certain items
that hold a sweet memory.
I suppose you can say my
style is authentically me.
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For starters, in general, natural hair is very delicate. The less manipulation on the hair strands and scalp, the better. Hair needs to be given a chance to grow, the more styling that is done, the more chances it has of being prone to breakage, split ends, and dryness–all of the things that stifle hair growth.
PROTECTIVE STYLING allows for ultimate protection from the cold, the heat and sun and over manipulation. Tucking in your ends is a prime focus when doing protective styles and the condition of the ends have much to do with healthy hair growth. Keep in mind that with protective styles comes maintaining moisture and hydration. Be sure to add moisture and hydration when doing any protective styles. Protective styles that are done on dry, brittle hair, defeat the purpose of the protective style. A great way to maintain moisture with protective styles is to do the LOC method which can be found in an earlier blog on everythingnatrualhair.com. Don’t be afraid to spritz your hair with an oil/water mixture while your hair is in its protective state.
Typically, protective styles should be able to last at least a few days, weeks or months, if possible, hence the low manipulation. The time frame also depends on the style. The less we “play” in our hair, the more our hair will love us for doing so. In fact, some naturalistas wear their hair in nothing but protective styles and only wear their hair out on special occasions.
What’s Are Some Protective Styles? 8 Looks You May Want To Try
Believe it or not, a bun is considered a protective style, messy or not messy. Your ends are tucked away, and technically, you can keep a bun in for at least a few days with very low to no manipulation, just tie with a satin scarf at night, and the next morning you’re good to go. Check out Alicia James on YouTube for in depth tutorials on buns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_ynPSClDlc
Twists/Braids/Mini-twists are all considered protective styles. Mini-twists can be kept in for a couple of months with low manipulation depending on your hair. Just remember to add moisture to your hair often when in twists or braids. An alternative to braiding or twisting your own hair is to install Twists/Braids using extensions as many naturalistas opt to do. The cold months are a great time to do these or if you’re going on an extended vacation where you don’t necessarily want to spend a great deal of time on hair maintenance. Using extensions cuts down on the frizz and extends the life of the style. Be sure to be delicate to your edges when installing and moisturize your scalp!
Wigs/Weaves are also another great option. Your hair is fully protected allowing you to braid your hair underneath the wig or weave. Again, be sure to moisturize your hair. Wigs and weaves come in an array of versatility from curly to straight to kinky and can be pricey depending on the authenticity of the hair, others are less in cost, but do not offer the structure of true human hair. It’s a good idea to avoid gluing in the weave as it can cause breakage to your hair when removing. Opt for clip-in’s or sew-in’s, or crochet braids whenever possible.
Wash and Go’s. Yes, some people do consider wash and go’s a protective style due to its low manipulation, however some argue that it isn’t because the entire hair is exposed to the atmosphere. For many naturalistas wash and go’s are the main style they wear and their hair remains healthy and retains length. Choice of products may play a roll in this style, as well as how your hair responds. What do you think? Do you think a wash and go is a protective style?
Faux Locs. I think this has become my favorite protective style though I have yet to try it. I love the look, it’s not heavy and if you’re a trooper, you can install them yourself. This is a great way for people who’ve always wanted to grow dreads but were reluctant, to experience dreads without committing to it permanently.
What are your go-to protective styles?
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There is a lot of talk about the L.O.C method for natural hair. For those who aren’t familiar with the method, L is for liquid or leave-in, O is for oil, and C is for cream. Although there are different variations of the L.O.C. method such as O.L.O.C., for example, L.O.C. is the most commonly used method.
Why the L.O.C. Method?
It’s one of the best ways to maintain and retain moisture to naturally dry natural hair. When done daily, your hair will feel and look less dry, allowing for healthy hair growth.
The liquid which is typically water for most people helps to moisturize the hair. You can also use a leave-in conditioner. The point is to add moisture to the hair. When done daily, dampen the hair rather than saturate it to allow time for drying. I tend to use water.
The oil helps to keep the moisture in the hair as we all know that eventually water evaporates. Coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil are some examples. Depending on the porosity of your hair, you opt for a thicker oil such as castor oil. I use either castor oil or my favorite, Haitian castor oil also known as L’rhuille makresti. Both of these oils are very thick and my hair soaks them up.
And lastly your cream will help to seal the water and the oil all in your hair strands allowing for maximum hydration for your hair. Shea butter is a good cream that helps to seal. Mango butter is another option. Lately I’ve been using Taliah Waajid’s Curly Cream, I love the consistency and I like that it does not flake.
Benefits of the L.O.C. Method
I find the L.O.C. method most beneficial during the colder months. Weather you choose to do just the liquid or just the cream, for example, the aim is to maintain moisture in your hair. The more hydrated your hair, the happier it is and the HEALTHIER it will be.
What do you to maintain moisture?
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Ok so I gave Biotin a try. Here’s the deal: it works, I mean really works. I saw actual progress. Sections of hair that were once bald spots now have fuzz! My edges are filling in, my hair is definitely growing, but—yes there’s a but. But I found that my appetite suffered as a result of biotin. Either I was really hungry even after eating, or I just had little appetite. Either way, I think taking biotin did influence my appetite, so I’ve decided not to take it anymore, at least, for now. I think I started on too high of a dose and I also think taking it daily was a bit of overkill. So second time around, I will take 2500mcg maybe every other day. But does it work? YES, without a doubt. As I said in my last post, do your research.
Okay, we’ve all heard about the latest vitamins, shampoos, conditioners, and oils that claim to boost hair growth. For Naturalistas, this is great news! We know that growth takes time, but how wonderful it would be if we could speed it up a little….
First off, it’s important to know that hair growth DOES NOT happen over night, but IT DOES happen. There are a few things that can help promote hair growth, water being the most basic and one of the most critical of all components. Trimming is a must. And you are what you eat, right? So a healthy diet is also a good idea. And it doesn’t hurt to take a multivitamin whether you’re natural or not. Take a look at the labels. There are a ton of minerals and beneficial vitamins that our body benefits from. When it comes to hair, a multivitamin will help in that area as well.
The most popular for hair growth are the B-complex (aka vitamin H) vitamins that help to restore shine and thickness, most notably is Biotin which has become quite the vitamin among Naturalistas. While Bitotin is usually taken when there is a vitamin B deficiency (which is rare), there are claims that Biotin offers several benefits, one being hair growth. Biotin comes in different dosages. Unless you have a true deficiency, there’s really no need to go crazy with the stuff. Start with a small dose of 1000mcg or 2500mcg.
Many women swear by it, but beware. Some manufacturers claim to include Biotin in their hair products, but it’s important to understand that most vitamins are most beneficial when ingested. The chemical make-up of Biotin is way too complex (pun intended) for it to penetrate through hair strands, follicles, the scalp, etc. There are a few exceptions, however, where topical applications of some vitamins are just as beneficial as the oral route like vitamin E, for example, which includes properties that help improve the skin. Biotin, however, is not one of those vitamins, so products that claim to give you a boost of Biotin in their shampoo or conditioner, for example, should raise an eyebrow or two.
Before taking any vitamin, over the counter or not, it’s a good idea to do your research. While vitamins are typically safe, they may interfere with other medications you might be taking and may have mild side effects. Biotin is pretty safe regardless of its dose, but it’s still a wise idea to do some research on it.
I’m going to go with a “yes” on this one….for now. I’ve been taking Biotin for roughly 3 weeks now. Have I noticed a difference? Yes, especially with my nails which tend to break easily and become very brittle, my eyelashes have grown as well. In terms of my hair, I have noticed a difference to my edges which for a very long time, even when I was relaxed, tended to recede quite a bit. Now I notice my hair filling in more. But I’ve also stopped wearing my hair up in tight buns and have also been using more oils, so it could be a combination of all three.
I have learned to embrace my fro, though I was a bit reluctant at first. I wore my hair in buns when I first went natural two years ago and still do. It was my go-to do. It was quick and easy and it was a safe hairstyle that suited just about any outfit or occasion. But after receding hairlines and terrible headaches from wearing headbands too tight, I’ve decided to start wearing my hair out more with maybe one side pinned up. Wash and go’s are another great way to wear your hair out and the style lasts long.
With the cold weather approaching protective styling is the most effective way to protect the hair, though I haven’t quite mastered protective styling yet, still a work in progress.
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Going natural was a scary thought for me. It meant that I would have to cut off all of my hair and start over. I would look like a boy!!! I couldn’t remember what the texture of my hair was like and that was frightening as well. The idea plagued my mind for about two years,beginning around the time I got pregnant with my son. I couldn’t get a relaxer while I was pregnant and my hair became more and more of a nuisance. Something had to give!!! Right after giving birth to my son in November 2010, my hair started to fall out. I tried to manage it but it was just too much. So in April 2012, I did the BIG CHOP. It was the best decision I ever made.
What are my go-to products?
I am still figuring out the products that best work for my hair, but I have tried Shea moisture, Cantu and Miss Jessie’s. I also use Coconut oil, tea tree oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and olive oil all mixed together or separate. They all leave my hair soft and shiny.
What are my favorite hairstyles?
My favorite style is by far the twist out. I love big, full and curly hair, and that is exactly what I get with my twist out. The process begins by twisting (two-strand) my freshly washed and conditioned hair. My twist last for about 2-3 weeks and I wet and oil my hair every other day to keep a moist and lustrious look. 2-3 weeks may sound like a long time, but I am sure to
have defined curls in the end. Plus, it is very low maintenance this way.
What is my wash routine?
When I have my hair in the two-strand twist, I co-wash every 1-2 weeks; otherwise, I simply wet it, oil and condition it daily. However, I never wet my hair when I am rocking the twist out style!! I simply tied it down at night, and then pull and stretch it for styling, applying a little bit of hair milk and oil for moisture.
How do I maintain my hairstyles?
It is very important when maintaining the twist out that you use a satin scarf to protect the hair at night. I do one of two things, twist large sections of my hair then tie my hair down with my scarf or pull my hair back into a ponytail and protect with a scarf. Pull and stretch hair for styling.
How do I combat shrinkage?
With my hair type, there is no combating
shrinkage, but I have discovered Shea Moisture Curl & Style hair milk, which I use when twisting out my hair. I can usually rock the twist
out for at least 4 days with this product before having to twist all over again.
What do I love about being natural?
I love the versatility of my natural hair. Within a week, my hair can go from being kinky curly, to voluminous and wavy, to straight and sleek. I can wear updos or rock a fro and I can do it all with my natural hair. No weaves or extensions needed!!! Plus, I love all of the compliments I receive as well!!
I like keeping my hair in big flat twists from time to time because it’s easier to manage, but there is nothing like leaving my hair out and letting it breathe in a kinky afro. I feel like it gives me more personality and I like playing with my curls. I did the big chop in 2010 and started letting my hair grow out in 2013. Since the big chop, I’ve started to feel more confident and more connected with myself.
Okay, so it’s hot, sticky, muggy, triple H’s (hot, hazy, and humid)– you get the point. So how should you wear your hair? Do you wear it up? Down? Braids? Gel? Conditioner?
It’s really hard to decide sometimes because everyone’s hair behaves differently in certain weather conditions regardless of hair type. I live in New England and so far the summer has been pretty warm with a few back to back days of humidity and rain on some days. What’s worked for me are twist outs/braid outs with my hair pulled up and wash and go’s with my hair pulled up. I use a loose headband, slick my edges down with either aloe vera gel or [easyazon_link asin=”B003E7UNE4″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Eco Styler Gel[/easyazon_link]. This hair style holds up pretty well in the hot and sticky conditions. And on rainy days, there’s minimal frizz because my hair is pulled back and protected. Be careful as pulling your hair up very often -especially if you’re using a brush- can cause some wear and tear to your edges and may even lead to breakage and thinning. When doing this hairstyle try to use a soft bristled brush if you want to slick your edges, a tooth brush works just as well. The looser the headband the better.
I also find that my hair likes water more in these weather conditions than in the winter months. So give your a hair a drink! I keep a water bottle mixed with aloe vera juice and spray my hair at night or prior to manipulating my hair to achieve a style. I absolutely love [easyazon_link asin=”B0013TM9UQ” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]castor oil[/easyazon_link] and use it right after co-washing and prior to manipulating my hair. It keeps my hair soft, adds shine, and seals in moisture. I also use [easyazon_link asin=”B00DS842HS” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Coconut Oil[/easyazon_link], but keep in mind that this is a light oil, so depending on your hair, it may need a thicker, heavier sealant like castor oil. I generally use coconut oil to achieve a twist out. I’ll dab a little on before applying my styler. I love it much more on my skin. Right now it’s the only moisturizer I use on my skin including my face. It absorbs really well and does not leave your skin feeling greasy.
Another great thing in the summer are wearable twists. It’s a great protective style and requires little manipulation, and will withstand just about any weather. Some people like mini twists as they last longer, but medium and chunky twists are great too. I’ve done wearable twists in my hair a few times but would prefer them much more if my hair was longer as I have a lot of shrinkage. The main thing to remember in warm weather is moisture whether it’s in the form of water or your favorite leave-in. Oh and don’t forget your scalp. It needs TLC too!
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Enh wants to know about your hair journey. Here, we feature women with natural hair and debut their hair regimen and hope that their stories will inspire you to embrace your hair more than you already have and also give you tips and ideas on hair care that may be beneficial to you throughout your hair journey. To be featured on enh hair stories, please inbox us your name and email address.
When did you decide to go natural?
I went natural two years ago. I did the big chop.
Why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural because i needed a change. I had been thinking about it for quite some time.
What are your go-to products?
I use shea moisture products and carol’s daughter hair butter when i need to slick down my edges. Works wonders!!!
What are your favorite natural hairstyles?
I wash my hair every two weeks or so. I give myself a hot oil treatment everytime i wash it and then i twist it up and wear it twisted at least a week.
How do you maintain your hairstlyes?
It’s not too difficult to maintain hairstyles, but in fairness, i’m the type to walk out the door and not think twice about my hair once i’ve styled it in the morning. People often touch my hair or run their fingers thout it (uninvited), so i don’t spend too much time thinking about how it looks.
Name three things you enjoy about being natural.
Three things i enjoy about being natural is that i never have to worry about the rain, i can finally enjoy my hair texture, and i can wear my hair funky messy styles that don’t take much effort.
Do you have advice for women who are considering going natural?
The advice i have for women who want to go natural is to have fun with it and understand that the beauty is in the journey.
Artificial hair treatments can wreak havoc on your hair. Causing brittle hair to split ends and thinning at the end, you will face a several problems that will make you want to go for a big chop. Is it possible to go to natural without a Big Chop? Of course! This is called transitioning, which is basically going naturally without chopping off. Here are the steps that you need to follow.
Go for a good trim to get rid of those split ends. Transitioning will cause more split ends and so it is better to chop off those thin ends in the beginning.
Blow dryers and flat irons may have been your friends for years but now it is time to bid them goodbye. Always remember that heating your hair will lead to more split ends and breakage and hence you should stay away from them. Go for hair styles that do not requiring unnecessary heating.
This means that you use hair masks and packs that will keep the hair clean and healthy and also make it strong. You can use olive oil or sesame oil to massage your hair before shampooing. You should also deep condition your tresses to keep them healthy. Go for organic products that are devoid of chemicals and will make your natural black hair shine with health.
If you find your mane getting brittle or developing split ends, go for trimming. Make sure that your trim the split ends only.
Detangling weak hair can be an ordeal. Use conditioners in generous amounts to detangle. For best result, divide your hair into sections and work on them separately.
You should take particular care to moisturize your hair. Organic and creamy products are great to hydrate those long tresses while they are in transition. Using natural oils will seal the moisture. Castor oil is thick and good as a sealing agent.
It is important to learn how to do your hair. Flat twists are great for black hair that is transitioning. They do not put pressure on the hair strands and at the same time are easy to do and maintain also.
Headbands serve multiple of purposes. They are great at hiding your sins and can also lend you different looks. A colorful headband is what you need to jazz up your hair. Headbands are available almost everywhere. You can even wear your hair in puffs with headbands.
Going natural is not complicated if you use the right process. We hope these step will make transitioning to natural hair easy and enjoyable.
Being that I have been wearing a natural hair style for about 3 years now. I find that the only way to take care hair that is natural is to use only the best natural hair care products or organic hair products that one can find. There are so many natural hair care products out there how is one to chose that one that is right for them.
Personally, I like to use products that are pure such as Shea Butter, [easyazon_link asin=”B0019LTGOU” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Jojoba Oil[/easyazon_link], [easyazon_link asin=”B003OGKCDC” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Coconut Oil[/easyazon_link] and [easyazon_link asin=”B000EGIFB6″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Olive Oil[/easyazon_link]. My only issue is that I have not found anything yet that deals with the humidity that we frequently experience here in the deep south.
Other ways that are best for caring for natural hair is to stop using electronic products as much as possible. Using a pressing comb once a week or so depending on the type of climate that you are living is better. But I find that using a hair dryer and either wrapping up my hair or doing a roller set works for me.
As far as finding natural hair products, it seems that most of them are available on Amazon or other online store. Some of the products that seem to be good for caring for natural hair include [easyazon_link asin=”B001U9M2EW” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Argan oil[/easyazon_link]. Now this oil which comes from Morocco is said to be as good for the skin as it is for the hair as well. And if you take a look at some of these countries around the world there have always been a best kept secret in regards to having beautiful hair and skin.
A lot of these natural hair products can also make good organic skin products as well. Such as using the Argan Oil and [easyazon_link asin=”B004YBW5T0″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]shea butter[/easyazon_link]. So by using natural hair products you can also reap the benefits of keep your skin ageless by using these same products on your skin as well. And ways that you could keep them separated is to use separate what you will be using on skin and what you will be using on your hair, as to not cross contaminate them.
These are just some of the ways that natural hair care can be accomplish and still have healthy, shiny, and radiant hair. And what a great bonus by being able to use some of these products to keep your skin healthy and radiant as well.
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Decide how long you want to transition. You may want to transitioning to natural hair for one month or two, or for eight months.
Decide what you will do once you’re done transitioning. Are you going to
opt to do a big chop? Are you going to install braids, a weave, or a wig
for another few months?
Ideally, you want to “chop” your relaxed ends. The point of transitioning to natural hair is to allow for the maximum growth from the roots (your natural hair) without cutting the hair. Once you cut the relaxed ends, your natural hair will continue to grow and may even change in texture. Don’t be surprised if you have to do a second chop or more trimming of your relaxed ends that you may have missed during your initial chop.
Many women choose to do the big chop at home and are totally comfortable with that. Other women choose to get it professionally done for many reasons:
No. Transitioning is completely an option and a personal preference. Some women choose to skip the transitioning period and just do a big chop. If you’re comfortable rocking a TWA or shorter, than the big chop is a good choice for you. If you don’t mind dealing with two different hair textures simultaneously, the no transitioning may be for you.
Dealing with two textures can be a bit of a challenge for some women. It requires careful care and may even be time consuming at first. Remember, your natural hair (new growth) and your relaxed hair (old hair) are meeting each other somewhere in the middle and that can cause knotting and some breakage. However, there are many hairstyles suited for transitioners. Bantu knots are an excellent choice. You may find it difficult keeping braids or twists secured at the ends due to the relaxed hair, but with Bantu knots, your ends are tucked away and when taken down, produce beautiful curls. You can use elastic bands to keep the ends secure if you choose to do twists or braids, but keep in mind that elastic bands may promote increased knotting and breakage. Buns are also popular as well as your ends are also tucked away.
While transitioning, it is very easy to fall into the trap of buying a variety of products, but it really isn’t necessary. You’ll have plenty of time to experiment with a ton of products once you are completely natural—trust me. Feel free to use your same products and your same hair care regimen. At this time, too much exposure to water will cause frizziness, dryness, and knotting. If you choose to shampoo often, be sure to do this in sections, which will be less harsh on your hair and opt for a sulfate-free shampoo to reduce stripping of your new growth.
This is an exciting time in your life so enjoy it. Don’t get frustrated and don’t give up. As long as you give your hair the TLC that it deserves, you will embrace the process more and more. Yes, you will probably experience some shedding and dryness, but it’s completely normal as your hair prepares to go into its chemical-free state. So, relax (pun intended) and have fun!
Nothing compares to the cool creamy and delicious taste of the Avocado. Nutritious and high in oils your body needs to look its best. There is a reason it is named a super food. But did you know that an avocado has many uses besides a mere food source? It is beneficial to skin and hair, as well as digestions.
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Hydration is a big factor in some hair types. Many hair products on the market already feature avocado in them. Using a product with avocado oils in it can help give your hair shine, and maintain its beautiful luster. The oils are also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. This fact helps to promote beneficial scalp and hair conditions.
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A raw avocado can be used by itself as a conditioning agent. Simply mashing it until it is a creamy consistency and adding it to wet hair can help with all kinds of situations. Simply massage it into your scalp and damp hair then let sit for about fifteen minutes. Then wash and shampoo your hair as normal.
This treatment gives you beautiful, shiny and soft hair. It also is a sure fire cure for split ends, and aids promoting in new hair growth. If your hair is dry or brittle, you can find, or make, any number of hair masks that can cure brittle and dry hair. It may even help control dandruff in these situations.
The greatest benefit of an avocado hair regiment is the ability to make it yourself, sometimes a lot cheaper than what is available on the market. For natural hair, and black hair with natural hair styles, there is rarely a better regimen. Now even though avocado can work in both processed and natural hair styles, the best benefit will be seen in unprocessed hair.
There is nothing more beneficial than proper use of good avocados. Whether you are creating a good guacamole or salad, or mixing a soothing hair balm it is used for all manner of treatments. Avocados benefits can be seen in the skin, the scalp, your hair, and your complexion. It truly is a super food.
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Kinky/curly hair may seem strong. Yet in its dry natural state, it is actually pretty weak and vulnerable to breakage.
One example is the Kinky Curly product line that has now been picked up by Target. Another example is Miss Jessie’s natural hair care line, which is also sold at Target. The products are a bit pricey, but they are worth it. Don’t listen to people that say to go cheap. The Kinky Curly shampoo is organic and sulfate-free.
Yes, kinky hair can be de-tangled. Wet the hair with water or a leave-in conditioner prior to detangling. Get a large comb with wide teeth to help with detangling. Do not use a small tooth comb. Most likely you will break the hair.
Comb in small sections. Doing one section at a time and beginning with the ends of each section of wet hair allows for minimal discomfort. Once each section is detangled, twist the hair and pin it to keep it separate from the tangled hair.
In addition to your stylist, check online resources. Yes, Target has great products available. Yet, there are so many videos on YouTube that show great techniques on detangling and caring for African-American hair. One of our favorite channels is Naptural85 . Her channel is bomb!!! The techniques that she demonstrates on video are better than what most of us have learned at home or at the salon. She offers simple and realistic hairstyles and she actually give details on what she does and products that she uses. She also focuses on natural living.
Improving self-esteem is often accomplished by solving a problem or completing a task. Hopefully these tips will help to resolve issues with natural hair. Hopefully, overcoming kinky hair challenges will prove to be a nice boost to one’s self-esteem.
If you are new to having natural hair you might find that you have a few basic questions about styling, using heat, and general care. Here we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions regarding natural hair care.
It’s a good idea to take pictures and note the products and technique that you use every time you try a new style so that you can recall what worked or did not work and duplicate or make adjustments the next time.
Use a Perm Rods, pipe cleaner or roller on the ends to give the final look a good polish.
No. You only need to twist your hair as often as you need to keep it looking as neat as you want it to look. If you wear a curly style where your hair is “out” it is a good idea to re-twist it with some moisturizer to infuse it and keep it moist. You can choose to retwist it every night before you sleep on it to keep the style looking more tidy.
You can prevent knots by avoiding a lot of manipulation of the hair, keeping your hair in protective styles, and keeping your hair moisturized. It also helps to sleep with your hair covered with a satin scarf and sleep on a satin pillowcase. Also, whenever you comb out your hair, make sure to do so when it is wet with conditioner in it. Don’t try to comb through dry hair. This causes breakage which can leads to knots in the frayed ends.
The best prevention for frizzy ends is proper moisturizing and proper care. Never comb or brush your hair when it is dry. Twisting your hair and then sealing the ends with an oil and moisturizer mix is a great way to tame frizzy ends. Other things to make sure of are to:
Use end papers to cover the end of the hair before you put it on the roller. Also add a bit more of product to the end of your hair and smooth it out over the roller before you roll it up. This is also a great way of moisturizing and sealing your ends to protect them.
The absolute best way to curl kinky hair is doing a twist out style using pipe cleaners to curl the ends. If you want a more straightened look, blow dry the hair then twist and use pipe cleaners.
A wrap is when you brush the hair tightly around the head so that it naturally straightens or flattens out to achieve a straightened style. This can be bad for the hair because the process of combing or brushing through your hair in that way could be damaging especially to the delicate line of demarcation where natural hair meets relaxed hair. Also, your kinky/curly hair will probably not submit to the wrapping process as well as you might like. It is better to start getting used to your natural texture and try more textured styles such as braid-out or twist-out styles.
You can roll your hair wet or dry, however it is always better for your hair to do a roller set on wet hair after it has been washed. This is because your hair does not have to endure the stress of drying, regardless of how you dry it. One of my favorite styles, though, is to blow dry my hair and then do a roller set or twist out. Especially if hair is shorter, this gives a little more length and shine. When you roll hair wet it comes out more tight to the head, but it usually also comes out shinier and with more body. Try different methods to find out what works best for you.
If you are using synthetic hair you can dip the end of the twist extension into boiling hot water to “set” the hair and make it stay twisted. This is also a great method to use if you want to curl the synthetic hair.
If you don’t like the result or get tired of the curls, you can re-straighten the hair by dipping it into hot water without rollers. You might be able to curl the hair one more time after you re-straighten it, but that is about as much as the synthetic hair can take. Because of the effect that heat has on synthetic hair you might notice that the curls loosen or fall out if you wash your hair in hot water. Just keep the temperature cooler when you wash to maintain the curls. This is also a classic way to keep braided extensions from unraveling or for curling the ends. Another method is to tie a knot at the end of the extension, or braid it at the end. But the hot water method is the best.
You need to have a quality hair dryer, preferably with adjustable heat settings and with a comb attachment. After that, your main goal is to dry your hair quickly and with minimal breakage. Section your hair then work from tip to root combing/blowing through each section until it is dry. Don’t put on any product except heat protectant until after the hair is dry. Having product on the hair causes it to take longer to dry.
To flat iron or straighten your hair you want to make sure that you have a blow dryer with a comb attachment, a very good flat iron, and the following products:
Beyond using the correct products, you’ll also have to use the right technique especially to make sure that you do not cause damage to your hair. Use the lowest heat setting that will still straighten your hair. Do small sections and run the flat iron over your hair from root to tip. Only pass the flat iron over your hair 2 or 3 times.
Using a flat iron is more “controlled”… especially if you use a heater with your pressing comb. With pressing combs, you usually use the stove to heat it up, or you use a pressing comb heater. Both get really hot and the heat is very unpredictable. Electric pressing combs are also sold, but these are extremely unpredictable in their heat settings. The heat distribution on a flat iron is more stable, and you can usually control it to make it cooler or hotter. Also with a pressing comb you have to physically comb through your hair… you’ll inevitably end up pulling out more strands than you would with the flat iron.
When coloring natural hair it is important to look for coloring products with non-peroxide and non-ammonia. That usually narrows it down pretty fast. Hair coloring without those ingredients is least damaging to the hair. If you are going from light to dark, covering grays, or are going red you might also try henna. [easyazon_link asin=”B009YSTOAG” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Hannah Natural 100% Pure Henna Powder[/easyazon_link] will also work for darkening or reddening. You’ll have to experiment with which colors work best with the natural tones and highlights in your hair. Henna also adds the added benefit of conditioning and strengthening your hair.
I never really thought about going natural until I began my quest for waist length hair. At the time I just wanted to have relaxed waist length hair, I tried many methods to keep my hair strong and for it to grow at it’s full potential. One of these methods was stretching my relaxer; December 2006 I stretched my relaxer for six months. That was the longest that I had ever gone without a relaxer and my hair was not unmanageable at all. In fact I was obsessed with the texture and appearance of my new growth. I had hand in hair syndrome. The thought of being natural intrigued me. So I began my research. I was on every natural hair friendly board on the WWW and I would stalk the hair albums of natural women. Then one day I just took the plunge…
“I’m going to go natural.”
I am 3 years in my natural hair journey and have bra-strap length hair.
It has not been an easy one at that and this will be my third attempt at it. I have learned a couple things that have allowed the transition to be a lot smoother and easier then my first and second attempt.
Water is your friend: Water is the heaven of all moisturizers. I wet my hair every day and it has been a life saver. Natural hair can get extremely dry and the fact that my hair is colored causes it to get even drier. My hair is never thirsty and I’ve even noticed increased growth when applying water to my hair daily.
Heat is your enemy: Well not necessarily your enemy, but too much heat is not good –relaxed, transitioning, or natural. I choose not to use heat more then once a week because I do not want to lose my curl definition–by consistently applying it. And when I do use heat, a heat protectant is used prior to the iron touching my hair.
Protective Styling is queen: Protecting my hair through certain styles has helped my process drastically. I no longer have to worry about dealing with the two or more textures or what I am going to do with my hair. Buns, braids, weaves, twists, twist outs, cornrows, wigs–are all examples of protective styles
Block the Haters Out: Don’t share your natural journey with individuals who are going to discourage you. Nobody has to know–except those who will provide positive reinforcement. When I started my journey, I was lucky to have supportive people like my mother who was natural at the time, so I never really had to deal with it at home. But my (ex) man at the time was a different story. Excuse me?, how does my hair affect your well being?
Enjoy the Journey: Embrace your natural curls, take pictures documenting your journey, play in your hair, come up with homemade concoctions, and most of all have fun!
If you wear your hair natural, you are probably familiar with co-washing, or washing the hair with conditioner only. Conditioner washing avoids harsh results from frequent washing with shampoos and helps to keep natural black hair soft and manageable. Co-washing can be done as often as you’d like, even several times a day (this is a plus for natural hair wearers in the hot days of summer).
Oftentimes the question of “How do I co-wash my hair?” comes up. The answer would seem simple, but there are some steps you can take to get the most benefit from this technique and do it with ease.
First, find a conditioner that works for your hair type. Search online for keywords “hair types” and narrow your hair type down to one or two close categories. You may be a combo 3c and 4a. This will help you better understand which type of conditioner to purchase among the many available.
* Get to know your ingredients. The long, hard-to-pronounce ingredients on the label can be overwhelming. But with familiarity, you can learn to spot which ingredients you want to keep and which you want to avoid. Ingredients like propylene glycol, cetyl alcohol and panthenol are common.
* Recommended: Purchase an extended shower head/hose. Handheld shower heads with variable sprays offer the best control for rinsing the hair and are often well worth the investment.
* Rinse the hair with warm water. Avoid water that is too hot (if it initially stings your back, it’s too hot). Cleansing results from the action of water plus cleanser (shampoo and/or conditioner) and agitation (hand movements through the hair). Warm water will clean hair well while hot water can be damaging. While rinsing with water, gently comb your hair with your fingers.
* Apply your conditioner. This can be done in several ways.
(1) Pour a line of conditioner into your hand (as opposed to pouring a dollop) and apply each line onto parted hair sections. Work the conditioner from the roots to the tips. Continue until all the hair is covered.
(2) Squeeze your normal amount of conditioner into a large bowl, preferably plastic. With the shower head, add water to the bowl and mix the water and conditioner well with your hands. Bend your head over the bowl. With a cup or other small container, scoop up some of the mix and pour it onto your hair. You can then lean further over into the bowl and wash your hair with your hands directly over the bowl if you’d like. This allows for even coverage, but note that the conditioner will be more dilute.
(3) Squeeze your normal amount of conditioner into a large clean spray bottle and mix with water. Shake well and spray liberally onto the hair. Again, this mixture will be more dilute than a direct application. This method is great for those who only have minutes to spare in the mornings. Make a large batch of diluted conditioner, spray your hair and rinse out after bathing.
* Comb your hair with a wide-tooth comb with rounded-edge teeth. This step is optional, as there remains a debate as to whether combing while wet does more damage to hair than combing while dry. It has been said that combing while wet can stretch the hair past it’s longest point, thereby causing breakage. However, many who wear their hair natural report that combing while the hair is fully conditioned is the best time for them, as the hair is soft and pliable, leading to less breakage. In either case, comb hair gently by grabbing one small section at a time. Comb from the TIPS first, ensuring there are no snags then work your way to the roots. It’s OK if you cannot comb from root to tip in one stroke. The main idea is to ease tangles and distribute the conditioner evenly.
* Allow the conditioner to set on your hair for at least a few minutes if possible. Both steam from the shower and the conditioner itself will work on your hair during this time. Give yourself a nice salt or sugar scrub while your hair is being conditioned.
* Rinse your hair well, again with warm water. Ease your fingers through each section while the water flows through to remove any remaining conditioner.
* Optional: Apply your hair products at this step — while your hair is dripping wet. Many naturals swear by this technique and believe the best absorption is gained at this time. At the least, your product(s) can be more evenly distributed throughout your hair while it is sopping wet.
* It’s time to dry. Just as with the application, there are several ways to dry your hair.
Dry with a towel.
Avoid rubbing your scalp and hair with a towel at all costs! Instead, simply dab and pat your hair dry, or grab sections and squeeze excess water into the towel.
Shake and go.
Lay your towel across the back of your shoulders (lengthwise shoulder to shoulder). Grab the bottom corners of the towel and raise it up to your head, almost over your head. Think of Batman’s cape raised up as he jumps off a tall building! With the towel raised, shake your head from side to side (ear to shoulder) and left to right (like saying no), shaking excess water into the towel. This is what I call the “no touch” method. Sometimes drying the hair directly with a towel can remove products you’ve just applied, even helping to separate your freshly-formed coils and spirals. You want your coils to group together to avoid the frizzies. This method is perfect for the warmer months when you possibly can afford to go longer periods with damp hair.
Blow dry, but with care.
When blow drying, the use of a diffuser is best. A diffuser will spread the heat from your dryer more evenly and minimize potential heat damage. You can find diffusers at most beauty supply stores at a minimal cost. If you do not have a diffuser, use the low heat or cool setting and blow dry from at least six inches from the furthest part of your hair. Remember, you are not trying to get the hair bone dry — just dry enough to style and go out.
In summary, with the above methods you’ll find shampooing your hair by co-washing is a great alternative to traditional shampooing which can strip your hair of much needed oils and moisture. With just a touch of practice, getting in and out of the shower with a clean head of hair will take less time than applying your makeup, and your hair will benefit greatly from it.
1). Find out what kind of hair do you have? If you have dry hair look for a moisturizing shampoo created just for black hair. Try to find a shampoo that is naturally based so that is does not have harsh chemicals that can damage the hair or scalp. If your hair grows really slow you can use a shampoo that helps black hair grow faster or use black hair vitamins.
2). Be smart and research. Natural is the best so, make sure you find a shampoo that has no sulfates, silicones, or glycols, all these ingredient do in the long run is strip the scalp of its natural oils and dries out hair.
3). Look for, shampoo’s that have Aloe Vera (for moisturizing) and Jojoba Oil (which is a natural moisturizer). Look for shampoos with essential or natural oils or botanicals that add shine and bounce, also look for a treatment that will detangle and condition.
4). Wash at least one time per week. If you have a quality product that should be plenty, follow that up with a jojoba oil treatment to add moisture or hair vitamins to help you hair grow faster and you should be good to go.
If you follow these 4 golden rules you should have your hair under control in no time at all.
The benefits of [easyazon_link asin=”B003OGKCDC” locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”]coconut oil[/easyazon_link] on hair cannot be underestimated at any cost. Generations together have witnessed the amazing effects of the great natural substance on hair. The vitamin E and lauric acid in coconut oil make it a great hair conditioner. However, the has more uses than this and several positive effects on hair and include nourishment of the scalp as well. The result is thicker and stronger hair with absolutely no split ends as well as a well-nourished, dandruff-free scalp. No wonder it is not unusual to see Asian and Polynesian flaunting their long soft and shiny hair owing to their liberal use of this magical natural substance.
Pure (organic)[easyazon_link asin=”B003OGKCDC” locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”]coconut oil [/easyazon_link] is good for your hair. In fact, most expensive hair conditioners and shampoos today make extensive use of it to increase their brand value. One of the benefits it has for hair is that it slows down the graying process and also thickens hair strands right from their top to the ends. It is important here to mention that treatment of hair using the oil should begin as soon as you notice any signs of hair growing thinner. This is because if such a condition is not heeded in the beginning itself, there is a possibility that it may grow out of proportion and the follicles lose capacity to regenerate hair causing a hair loss problem forever.
Lauric acid works by fighting off fungi and harmful bacteria that are responsible for innumerable irritations and skin infections. Thus, using coconut oil proves beneficial since it provides the required nourishment to the skin and keeps it from drying or developing eczema, psoriasis, dandruff etc. Benefits in using the oil become especially apparent when there is a high risk of experiencing split ends or hair loss due to repeated exposure to hair irons, blow dryers, perms, and color treatments. In addition, vitamin E within it is popular for its healing and antioxidant properties. Thus, these two components make an excellent combination to offer the best possible treatment to your hair and also leave your hair with a soothing coconut smell that lasts for hours together.
Other benefits include its moisturizing quality. Best part about the oil is that unlike most water-based skin products, it does not evaporate after a period of time. This is mainly owing to its antioxidant properties..
There are several ways [easyazon_link asin=”B003OGKCDC” locale=”US” new_window=”default” tag=”mochanatural-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” nofollow=”default” popups=”default”] coconut oil[/easyazon_link]can be incorporated in routine hair treatment. The most common way is to purchase some pure virgin organic oil from a general store and apply it directly on the scalp on a daily basis or mix it with your hair conditioner or shampoo. Another more expensive and yet simpler method to avail its use is to buy a hair product that contains it in a pure and unrefined form. However, be careful that the product does not feature the oil in a hydrogenated or processed form, since most of the essential components of the natural substance will have been processed out.
African Americans and hair care can sometimes be an adventure. It’s true that we have such style variety that we can do almost anything we want with our hair. Natural hair is more popular than ever right now. Even with its kinky texture, natural African-American hair is making a comeback. Yet, criticism of kinky hair is ever present. In many instances African Americans also criticize themselves. If a woman enters the room with kinky hair not styled to someone’s liking, the chatter begins. Adults are used to the discussion. Such a discussion might be overwhelming or even detrimental for children.
In reality, natural hair poses a bit of challenge to some African-Americans for a few reasons.
Many African Americans Woman have spent little time managing natural hair and don’t know the best techniques. A person has probably worn other styles (relaxer, weave, extensions, braids, wigs, etc) more than they have worn their natural hair. For example, I had a relaxer for more than twenty years before I decided to wear natural hair. When I transitioned to natural, it was different. It took time and patience to figure out how to manage kinky hair. I am still learning.
It’s hard to adjust to the onslaught of questions that come when you change your hair natural. The questions come from everywhere. I remember once wearing braids with extensions to my job. One of the managers there pulled me to the side and said that the only time she wore braids to work was just after she had given birth. It was as if braids were to be worn only occasionally and not as a regular style. I ignored her for a while as I continued to grow out my relaxer. Braids are a good way to have a consistent hairstyle while managing two textures of hair (natural and relaxed).
The multitude of products is can be overwhelming. It takes visits to your stylist, online research and traditional research to keep up with latest hair care products, techniques and trends. Some say use sulfate-free shampoo. Some say no shampoo. Some say co-wash. Determining what’s best for your hair means you must know your hair type, get the “right” products and figure out how often to apply these products. On top of all of that, one has to decide if the stylist that you use as the expert advisor knows what they are talking about.
It is a journey to understand what’s best for African-American natural hair. Hopefully, everyone will find ways to manage.
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