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Achieving Thicker, Fuller Hair

Making the Hair Appear Thicker

I addressed a question recently regarding – “How to make the hair appear thicker, naturally”.  Here are a few suggestions that I decided to share.

I recommend castor oil and/or henna treatments. Henna makes the hair appear thicker with consistent use. Castor oil has proven to promote growth and thickness with continued use as well.

Stop the use of harsh chemicals. Chemical services (such as relaxers and coloring) can take away from the hair’s natural density and thickness.

Don’t over-manipulate the hair. Constant combing and brushing the hair will often be taxing to the strands and may thin the hair out.

Watch your diet. Take a multivitamin and eat more green leafy veggies. This often helps the overall condition of your hair and wellness. HTH


The Essentials – Products I Need for My Type 4 Hair

The Essentials – Products I Need for My Type 4 Hair

Shea Butter – heavy butter for sealing in moisture, softens hair

Aloe Vera Gel (AVG) – for hold, natural moisturizer, promotes growth

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO) – makes hair manageable, seals in moisture, pre-poo

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) – prepoo, sealant, carrier oil/mixes well w/other oils

Castor Oil – thickens hair naturally, sealant

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – balances porosity, cleanses scalp, curl definition

VO5 Moisture Milks or Suave Naturals Conditioner – cowash conditioner, cleanses w/o stripping hair

Henna – natural thickener, strengthener, dye/colorant

These are the absolute essentials that I keep in my arsenal.  Other products vary – the DC and protein treatments of my choice.  As you can see, I focus on natural products that do the trick better than most synthetically constructed products.  Try these out and see if you get some of the same benefits as I have listed above. You can’t go wrong with them.  Most of them have multiple uses – which I love!


Making Natural Hair Appear Longer…

Making Natural Hair Appear Longer: Stretching Shrunken Hair

shrink hairWomen have become creative in ways to “stretch” the shrinkage that comes with having true afro-textured hair. Shrinkage is a dilemma that naturals face every time water touches our textured hair. Though shrinkage may be embraced when manipulating the hair into certain styles, often styles requiring length are limited due to the hair drawing up (I’ve seen natural hair with 75% shrinkage). Below are a few ways to stretch shrunken hair, making your natural hair appear to be longer (closer to its true length).

Use a blow dryer. Blow dryers can obviously be used to free the hair from its shrinkage, but they must be used with caution. A low setting and a heat protectant must be coupled with using this tool, because the direct heat has the ability to alter the textures of the hair if not used properly and carefully.

Use rollers under a hooded dryer. This works like a charm for some, giving them length, without compromising the volume of the hair. The indirect heat is not damaging as flat irons or blow dryers would be.

Use the banding method. Many ladies can be found on youtube using this method to stretch the hair by wrapping rubber bands, scrunchies, and small cloths around the hair to extend its position, stretching the afro in result.

Put plaits in the hair and allow it to air dry. Plaits have been known to stretch the hair more than it would if the hair were left to air dry with two-strand twists or without any styling at all.

“Pineapple” the hair by pulling it up into a high pony at the crown of your head. The “pineappling” method stretches the length of the hair up to the crown, by extending it after it has been in that position over time. Be sure not to pull the hair up too tightly, or you will cause tension on the strands.


Natural Hair Softener and Moisturizer

Natural Hair Softener and Moisturizer

shea butter natural hair softener moisturizer 4b

Shea butter, coconut oil, and aloe vera gel combine to create a wonderful moisturizer. The three elements to the mixture all prove to encompass their own specialties; when they come together, it creates a heavenly mixture. I’m not sure who initially thought of the mixture and put it together, but the mix definitely does wonders for natural hair. Therefore, whoever you are out there – thanks are in order!!!

I create my whipped Shea butter mixture based on consistency, as I do not measure the ingredients out exactly. Here is a guide that you may find useful:

  1. Begin with the shea butter as the base (place it in a small container for storage)
  2. Melt the shea slightly (30 sec or so) in the microwave to soften up the texture
  3. Stir in the aloe vera gel adding small amounts until you get a nice creamy consistency (you may end up with about half as much AV Gel as you used shea butter)
  4. Add about a tablespoon or so of coconut oil
  5. Mix the elements up well blending them all together and let the shea cool/settle
  6. VOILA – you have your perfect mix of “sheacocoaloe”

Try it out as it softens, moisturizes, and seals all in one for my 4b hair! Happy Healthy Hair Growing!


Shedding or Breakage???

Shedding or Breakage?

Many ladies (and some gents) have difficulties when it comes to recognizing shedding and breakage.  Often, we have no problem actually seeing the hair fall out.  However, sometimes it is difficult to tell whether the hair is constantly breaking, or if it is just going through the shedding phase.  The following aims to provide some help for the issue.

Breakage can be easily recognized.  It is often in the form of shorter pieces of hair (shorter than the length of the hair).  It can be caused by relaxers, chemicals, split ends, excessive dryness, moisture overload, etc.   When you over-manipulate the hair, combing or styling it too much, you may see a heightened occurrence of breakage as well.

Shedding is accompanied by a white bulb on the tip.  This signifies that the hair has come from the root.  Therefore, the strand will be the length of the hair.  Keep in mind that the hair will shed naturally, and this is something that should not alarm you.  On the other hand, excessive shedding comes from something on the inside that has gone wrong.  50-100 strands daily is in the “normal/average” range of shedding.  You may not see this if you do not comb your hair daily (which is common among naturals), in result, you may see more of the shed hair on the day that you actually comb the hair.  The hair goes through a grow, shed, rest phase that we should be conscious of so we do not panic at every hair that we may see.

There are many factors that may lead to excessive shedding.  Stress and anxiety because the stress cuts off the circulation of blood to the scalp.  As stated in the “Does your diet affect your hair?” you need a balanced diet in order to help the hair grow and thrive.  When you switch your diet up dramatically, or when you do not eat correctly, your hair displays it as much as the body does.  Moreover, certain medicines lead to shedding as well.  Frequent travelers may experience more excessive shedding as opposed to those who are in the same climate all the time.  Also, when traveling, make sure that you have a satin pillowcase to prevent dryness and breakage.

Hopefully this has helped you be able to be more mindful of the two different types of hair loss.  Happy Healthy Hair Growing!


Jamaican Black Castor Oil Lavender Scent Review

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Lavender Scent Review

Though I have only been using the Jamaican Black Lavender Scented Castor Oil for about a short while, I already love it! Let’s just say that I see what all of the “buzz” has been about. I love the consistency of it and the feel. I even enjoy the scent (and I am no huge fan of lavender scented things); I’m not sure what the unscented Jamaican Black Castor Oil smells like, but I know I can appreciate this one. I must admit, since I received the Jamaican Black Lavender Scented Castor Oil, I have pretty much disregarded the previously beloved Home Health Castor Oil. Besides the fact that I am almost out of the Home Health Castor Oil, the JBCO allows for easier application and I would like to isolate the results I achieve from using the JBCO exclusively.

Quick Assessment of the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Lavender Scent

  • Soaks into the scalp
  • Absorbs Quickly
  • Promotes Healthy Growth
  • Promotes Thickness
  • Great Sealant for Moisture
  • Nice Consistency (Not too thick, yet not watery)

Thus far, I would have to say that it is truly wonderful. I give it a 5/5. Release your inhibitions and don’t hesitate to try it.

Ingredients:

Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Lavender

 

A free promotional product was given for review. This, however, wasn’t a paid a review and is an honest product assessment.


Does Your Diet Affect the Hair?

Does a balanced and healthy diet translate into healthier hair?

diet healthy hairA balanced diet consists of proper meals.  Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins and plenty of water all make up the balanced diet.  If you notice that you are feeling sluggish and you have a dull appearance, try upping your water intake.  Drink some warm tea; incorporate more leafy green vegetables into your diet.  Upon doing these small changes alone, not only will you gain more energy, but your hair will look revitalized as well!

A healthy diet not only affects the body on the inside, but the outward appearance is altered for the best too.

Here are some things to consider incorporating into your diet at the proper proportions.

Protein: (Lean meats, fish, legumes, beans, etc.)

Leafy Green Veggies

Plenty of Water

Plenty of Fiber

Fruits

Supplements (Daily Multi-vitamin, calcium, vitamin C, biotin, etc.)

Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (EVOO, EVCO, etc)

Cut Down on:

Sugars

Fats

Sodas/Pops

Cholesterol

Saturated Fats

When you take steps toward a healthier lifestyle, your hair will reap the benefits.  Try out these tips and I guarantee you, you will notice a change for the better.  Happy Healthy Hair Growing!


Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Rinsing

What are the benefits of rinsing with Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar rinsing has great benefits.  It is a natural and simple way to achieve results that you may desire, without the complexity of the chemicals found in the average product on the shelves.   Apple cider vinegar is an acid that helps to control porosity over time when used adequately.  The proper way to use apple cider vinegar is to dilute it with a good proportion of water to prevent the solution from being too heavily concentrated.

ACV rinses have basic yet useful functions and benefits:

  • Seals the cuticle
  • Conditions the hair
  • Smooths the hair shaft
  • Defines Curl
  • Repairs Limp Hair
  • Promotes moisture retention (improving porosity)
  • Promotes a clean and healthy scalp alleviating debris

Beware:

  • Strong Smell that may not appeal to senses
  • Do not use it without diluting it first
  • Do not overuse it (more than once a week) as it may increase porosity issues

I trust this information will help someone!  Happy healthy hair growing!


Natural Hairstyles

Natural Hairstyles – Part I

Natural black hair is very versatile and may be styled in many ways. I can remember going to the salon when relaxed and loving the swing & feel of my hair, but hating the fact that every other woman in there who was being styled hopped up out of the chair looking just like me! That was scary! They had us hopping up out of our seats after paying $45, just to look like every other woman in the salon. Never again I say!

Remember no two natural heads are alike…there is so much versatility involved when referring to natural hair. You may see a style on one person’s head that you would love to try, yet you may never be able to repeat it exactly on your own head, but that is okay too. That just shows the level of uniqueness and individuality that is involved when it comes to natural hair.

 

fro

short fro

The AFRO

Self Explanatory! The afro is the classic style for a natural. You can achieve it through the wash-n-go method, the blowout method, and many other ways. Once you have it, there is very low manipulation required thereafter. The afro can be the perfect accessory! It feels great to rock it out and to wear it boldly!

The Curly Fro

Very popular in the natural hair community [made even more popular by ItsMsHeatherNicole featured in the video below], the curly fro is a style that is done for an easy, care-free look without compromising the curly-ness or the cuteness!

Curly Fro

braid out

The Braid-Out

This style may be achieved by doing cornrows or plaits on the hair after washing and partially air-drying it. Let the braids stay in until completely dry. Take the braids out, fluff, and go! [Youtube vid provided by curlychronicles]

Braid Out

This is only part one of a series. These styles are only a few shades of the wide spectrum to show what natural hair is capable of! Stay tuned for the complete series! Until next time, Happy Healthy Hair Styling!!!


Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair

Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair

coconut oilExtra Virgin Coconut Oil is known for its beneficial qualities from its culinary uses to its many healing properties. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, commonly recognized as EVCO, is produced in the best way to retain the highest content of nutrients in its purest form. Few know of the greatness it does for the hair, I am here to share what I have gathered from using EVCO.

  1. Coconut oil is very light on the strands and is one of the few oils with moisturizing properties.
  2. EVCO can be used as a base for other oils, such as castor oil or essential oils.
  3. May be used as a deep conditioner by itself, free of other agents, to condition the hair naturally. There is no risk of over-conditioning with EVCO, as the hair will just soak it right up.
  4. Great for Pre-Poo treatments, as it protects the hair from the drying effects of sulfate-laden shampoos.
  5. Seals in moisture and leave-ins.
  6. Wonderful for scalp massages because it is so light.
  7. Lightly conditions hair and does not cause a greasy, weighed down feel.
  8. Helps in length retention when applied to ends consistently.

Relaxed and Naturals may enjoy the many benefits that coconut oil has to offer. Try some out and see if your hair loves it as much as mine does. Happy Healthy Hair Growing!