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Benefits of EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) for Hair

evoo for hairExtra Virgin Olive Oil, also known as EVOO, is a natural remedy to some hair care issues.  EVOO is wonderful for hair.  Consider using EVOO in the following ways:

For Added Slip – EVOO is an oil that may be added to products to provide extra “slip”, which makes the product go through the strands easier; this makes manipulating the hair easier.

As a Detangler – EVOO may also be used as a detangling agent.  The oil may be applied to the hair, and be worked through your coils in order to make detangling a breeze.

As a Sealant – Extra Virgin Olive Oil may be used to “seal” in moisture that comes from moisturizers in order to give the hair an extra layer of protection.

To Enhance Your Conditioner’s Properties – Your conditioner may be fine on its own, but it may be spectacular once you add in evoo.  Through trial and error you can quickly find out if your hair loves added evoo in your conditioner.

For Oiling the Roots or Scalp – If you have a dry scalp or a low production of sebum, consider oiling the scalp with evoo.

As a Deep Conditioner/Hot Oil Treatment– Let the EVOO sit on the hair with a bag on it…add heat if you like and enjoy an all natural DC or a hot oil treatment.


Bee Mine Growth Serum

Bee Mine Growth Serum

Mango Serum with Sulfur – Special Formulation 8 fl oz

100% Natural and Organic Hair Growth Serum Scent Mango 8 fl oz
Bee Mine cares about their customers and has a special formulation for those who suffer from the effects of high blood pressure and diabetes.

I have been using this product and it doesn’t smell like sulfur.  The product makes my hair really soft.

Ingredients: Organic Coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, sulfur powder, essential oils, herbs & fragrance


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!


Henna – Nature’s Colorant

Henna – Nature’s Colorant

henna powderSome of you may ask, “What’s henna?” Others have heard of henna, but are wondering, “What does henna have to do with this blog?” A few of us actually know its relevance to our hair, but are thinking, “I have been curious what my hair will look like after trying henna…” Hopefully all of your questions will be addressed momentarily!

Henna has been utilized in the Middle Eastern community for years in body art and temporary tattoos. Most of us had an idea of this just from walking through an amusement park or going to a local festival; henna tattooing is almost as popular as those funny caricature drawings nowadays. Middle Eastern women have found its usefulness in coloring the hair, just as much as they have with its staining the skin.

Henna is a powder created from the leaves of its plant. It naturally dyes the hair. In its natural form, henna will combine its reddish-orange pigmentation with your hair’s natural shade when used as a colorant [if your hair is very dark, you will only be able to see the reddish/auburn tone in the sun…henna does not have a bleaching agent – it’s natural]. However, many have altered the red-orange color by mixing in different herbs to achieve a variation of shades. I have been fascinated with henna since the moment I heard of its effects on the hair. Henna has been found to leave one’s strands feeling conditioned, thick, and silky. Not only is it a dye, but henna has proven to be a strengthening treatment to most. It is imperative that you use the 100% natural henna that is absent of all additives and metallics, in order to reap the total benefits of the powder, and to prevent damage to your natural waves and curls.
Henna may be used on all hair types, (yes even those 4a/4b curls – my hair type). Body art quality (BAQ) henna is the most potent of its type, and the safest to use on the hair. After applying henna to the hair, you must be sure to do a moisturizing deep conditioner on the hair in order to replenish any moisture that may have been extracted during the process.

I do henna applications on my hair faithfully.  I am actually due for one within the next couple of weeks, and I am too excited! In order to see my results, you must read my future blog post for more info and pics! In the meantime, you can check out this wonderful site hennaforhair.com for a wealth of information. Until next time all…happy hair growing!!!


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!


Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner Review

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner Review

After hearing all of the hype about Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose, I was compelled to try the conditioner and review it; and  after evaluating the results, I am ‘sold’.

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner claims to correct “dry, brittle hair.” The product contains an extremely moisturizing formula which seems to back up its claims as far as adding plenty of moisture. While my natural hair was not super dry and brittle (I moisturize and seal often to prevent such consequences), it was in need of a weekly deep moisture treatment. I would say that the Honeysuckle Rose did it’s job where my needs were concerned. The conditioner may be used on all hair types; I have extremely coarse 4b hair, and it works for me.

I must note: the first time I used the conditioner without heat, while the second time I applied it and sat under a hooded dryer. The best results came from my using the conditioner with heat; as I have noticed that my hair responds better to a deep treatment that utilizes an indirect heat or steam source (while these were my findings, the next person’s hair may respond better to the conditioner without heat…in essence – get to know your hair ladies!).

Positives:

  • Thick, Creamy Consistency
  • Softens Hair
  • Heavily Moisturizing
  • Vegan & Natural Formula
  • Multi-uses (leave-in, deep conditioner, co-washes)
  • Smells Excellent
  • Doesn’t Weigh the Hair Down

Negatives:

  • If not completely and properly washed out, it may cause crunchy curls/hair
  • $8.50 for an 11oz bottle may be a bit pricey for those on a budget

I use this conditioner when I need a high moisture kick, but, it won’t replace my Nature’s Gate L & A (which happens to be cheaper with amazing results).  The Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose definitely gets thumbs up from me!

Ingredients:

Coconut Fatty Acid Cream Base, Organic Aloe Vera, Organic Shea Butter, Wheat Germ Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Rosa Mosqueta® Rose Hip Seed Oil; Extracts of Fennel, Hops, Balm Mint, Mistletoe, Camomile, Yarrow, Chrysanthemum, Angelica, Forsythia and Magnolia; Honeysuckle Oil, Carrot Oil, Aubrey’s Preservative (Citrus Seed Extract, Vitamins A, C and E).

Rating: 4 / 5


Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – Tea Tree

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap Tea Tree With things being geared more towards global climate awareness each passing day, “green” products are selling quicker than lace fronts. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are prime examples of economical “green” products that will work for your tresses, not against them. Amidst many other functions, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps can be used for washing the hair. I decided to give this product a try in an effort to incorporate more natural products into my regimen to tame my newly natural hair. I currently use the tea tree version of the 18-in-1 Hemp soaps, which I chose not only to cleanse my hair, but in order to combat my dermatitis (dandruff) issues as well.

I did not quite know what to expect from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps as far as my hair goes, I have used them for bathing and even stain removal with impressive results (yes when they say 18-in-1 they are not joking!). However, I was confident in knowing that Dr. Bronner’s use of organic ingredients would not damage my hair. I have 4a/4b hair that contains very “kinky coily” curls. If I can use it, then this product can be used on all hair types. Natural and relaxed heads alike may see great results from using Dr. Bronner’s on the hair. After using this product, I have yielded amazing results. My scalp feels better than it ever has with the sls, petrolatum, and mineral oil laden products that I’d used before I knew better (thanks bhp). Here’s a summary of the results…

Pros:

  • A little goes a LONG way
  • Lathers easily
  • Cuts product build up, w/o drying out the scalp
  • Scalp looks and feels clean as a whistle
  • Anti-dandruff
  • Does not strip the hair of its natural oils
  • No sls, petrolatum, mineral oils, it’s 100% Vegan

Cons:

  • Will tangle hair if not careful
  • Tea tree scent doesn’t appeal to all

How To Use It:

  • Mix one capful in a cup of water and pour on scalp per the directions, or wet hair with water and squeeze tiny amounts of the soap into your hair (front, back, middle) and work into an instant lather.
  • In order to minimize the tangling, do not scrub or scratch your hair as most often do, but gently massage the product into your hair and scalp; it will do wonders.
  • Rinse out product without too much manipulation.
  • Apply your conditioner or oil after and continue to style as usual.

Ingredients:

Water, Saponified Organic Coconut and Organic Olive Oils, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Tea Tree Extract, Citric Acid, Vitamin E.


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.


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!


Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair

Extra 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!