Saturday, November 21, 2015

Jamaican Black Castor Oil for Natural Hair

Some of the Benefits of Jamaican Black Castor Oil for Hair Growth

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What Are the Benefits of Jamaican Black Castor Oil for Hair Growth?
Castor oil has been used for centuries to treat a number of ailments. Containing Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acids, Jamaican castor oil has many topical uses and is a natural hair treatment. Jamaican black castor is more popular since it raw, so it has more nutrients that thicken the hair. However, organic castor oil offers similar benefits. Read on and find out the many benefits of Jamaican black castor oil on hair.
  1. Increase hair growth
  2. Thicken hair that is starting to thin out
  3. Reduce and prevent hair damage
  4. Eliminate dry hair
  5. Make the hair fuller and shinier
  6. Deeply condition and moisturize hair and scalp
  7. Prevents dry scalp
  8. Boost your hair’s overall health
Applying castor oil to your hair tips will also prevent your hair from looking frizzy and having split ends and damage. You will also notice that your hair is stronger and won’t develop split ends that easily anymore.

1. Treats dry hair
Jamaican black castor oil is rich in Omega-9 fatty acids that moisturize the scalp, which prevent your hair from drying out. Applying castor oil regularly can help moisturize your roots and scalp to prevent dry air, as well as promote hair growth. If your hair is thinning out, Jamaican black castor oil is right for you.

2. Hair health
The oil also prevents hair damage and enhances its health, which leads to thicker hair on regular use. Also, why not try adding castor oil to hair conditioners but use the right amount to prevent greasy hair. For example, one teaspoon of castor oil is enough.

3. Good for damaged hair
It is a great hair conditioner that can help treat dull and damaged hair. Simply mix Jamaican black castor oil with castor oil to make it lighter. Apply it on the air at both ends and massage it gently into the scalp, then wash it after an hour with a quality shampoo. Rinse your hair and remember to treat it regularly so as to keep it shinny.

4. Prevents hair loss
Jamaican castor oil can also help to ward off infections that often cause hair loss, as well as scalp disease. When you apply it on dry hair, it eliminates head lice and dandruff, as well as dry and greasy hair.
While there are no side effects associated with Jamaican castor oil for hair treatment, you should use it in moderation.
Suffering from hair loss? Don’t worry because castor oil, extracted from castor bean seeds, have been used therapeutically for many health conditions including as a hair growth treatment and remedy.

Castor oil hair growth treatment is a natural method that helps your hair to grow healthier and thicker. That’s why, if you notice that your hair is becoming thinner every time you check yourself in the mirror, it’s probably time for you to find out more about the various castor oil uses and pick one.
Regular castor oil use on your hair’s roots and scalp will help:
How Do You Use Castor Oil to Prevent Hair Loss?
Here are the common step-by-step techniques for using castor oil in hair loss:
  1. Using your fingertips, apply high quality castor oil to your roots and scalp.
  2. Make sure that you distribute the oil evenly on the scalp.
  3. After applying it to your scalp, cover your hair with a plastic cap and wrap it in a towel.
  4. Let the oil stay in your hair for at least 15 to 20 minutes or allow it to set overnight.
  5. Wash it out with shampoo after to remove the castor oil.
  6. Do this once a week for 6-8 weeks to see the results.
Depending on your preference, you can also mix the oil with other oils (i.e. grape seed) to eliminate the super-thick consistency and unpleasant scent of castor oil.
Total Hair Care Is Key
Using castor oil on your hair is just one of the strategies to encourage hair growth. Having a healthy diet, taking essential hair supplements (which contain essential hair vitamins), getting enough sleep and regular exercise will help you grow your hair back longer, thicker and stronger.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Oil Rinsing



Your Hair is Extremely Dry?: An Oil Rinse May Be Your Answer!

An oil rinse has similar results to doing an a hot oil treatment.  To do a successful oil rinse, it is suggested that you do so in the shower.  However, it can be successfully done over a sink or a large bowl of water.  What is great about this technique is that it can be done throughout all seasons.


1. What is oil rinsing?

Oil rinsing is a technique that involves adding a liquefied oil or hair butter to your tresses. The oil or butter is then allowed to sit/absorb in your strands, with or without heat for anywhere from five to 20 minutes. After you have waited for the desired amount of time, the oil is then rinsed out of the hair. Some people will follow the rinsing of the oil with a co-wash product or conditioner. However, you can skip this step and simply blot your hair and proceed to style.

2. Is Pre-pooing and Oil Rinsing the Same Thing?

Pre-pooing is usually done before you either shampoo or co-wash your hair. If you have chosen to pre-poo, you should think about doing this procedure overnight to get the maximum benefit from the strand-penetrating oil of your choice.

However, for oil rinsing you do not need to saturate your hair overnight with an strand-penetrating oil like coconut, olive oil, or avocado oil. Oil rinsing can be done just before you co-wash since it is effective in aiding in detangling and adding slip when used.

What you will need:

1.       Any oil of your choice DOES NOT NEED to be a 
          penetrating oil ( coconut, olive, or avocado) 

Technique:


  • Shampoo (or co-wash) Hair, as usual
  • Gently Wring/Twist Out All Excess Water
  • Apply Oil from Ends of your Hair to the Roots
  • Now,  Follow-up With Your Favorite Conditioner, As Usual
All Done!  Your hair will feel extremely soft and look shiny and healthy!

Benefits of Oil Rinsing:

Oil rinsing is thought to help hair in several ways including:
  • Will help soften your hair and relieve the crispy and dry feeling of your hair after a henna or protein treatment.
  • Refreshes Your Hair by increasing moisture and softness. Therefore, there will be no need to shampoo or co-wash hair after an Oil Rinse.
  • The additional oil will increase your slip factor and help to detangle hair and most importantly help to reduce frizz.
  • For those with natural hair with a curl definition, oil rinsing will help with defining your curl.
  • Increase shine to your hair.
  • Penetrating Oils will increase your strands ability to absorb and retain water molecules!
  • These oils will enter hair shaft and binds to the water molecules because of their polar structure.
  • When rinsed well, hair will be left shiny without feeling greasy!

Oil rinsing will leave a coating of oil on your hair. Coconut Oil hardens/solidifies at low/cold temperatures and should not be used to oil rinse in cold weather. Oil rinsing in cold air or winter calls for a oil/butter that will still stay liquidfied at cooler temperatures. Olive oil, castor oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil and shea butter are good candidates for oil rinsing.

3. Cons of Oil Rinsing


  1. Dandruff, scalp irritations, and eczema can be irritated by oil rinsing and should be avoided.
  2. Those whose hair has a tendency to form build-up or have a looser curl pattern may find that this method causes hair to be limp.
  3. If you ONLY co-wash , you may consider using a clarifying shampoo to make sure you prevent any oil build up.
  4. OIL ATTRACTS lint and dirt! You should schedule a shampoo within a week of your oil rinsing.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my space on the web! Please comment and share below!

Happy Curls to You!


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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Natural Hair Summer Tips


Natural Hair Summer Tips



MOISTURIZE YOUR TRESSES TO WEATHER THE SUMMER RAYS

Image result for natural hair in summerWhen it comes to hair, I really can’t emphasis the importance of moisturizing enough.  Your moisturizing routine or lack thereof can literally make or break your hair. Your hair needs moisture!!! And water equals moisture. In the past, we have been taught that water makes our hair dry and brittle. Now we know, that is so false. Your hair needs water.

As most naturals know, your tresses need moisture!  That’s true for ALL seasons and one of the best moisturizers is W-A-T-E-R!  Your hair will thank you for drenching it with H2O!

You should spritz and seal you hair faithfully every night, this will help you keep more of your strands on your head.
Carrying a spray bottle of your favorite spritzer concoction with you when you leave the house is a good idea!  This will enable you to moisturizer your tresses after you have come out of extreme weather and wind.

Of course there is a down size to the extra spritzing that naturals know all too well and that is the dreaded shrinkage that will and can occur when spritzing your curls after you have styled you hair.  A good idea is to wear a spritzable hair style that will allow you to add moisture throughout the day without sacrificing your hairstyle.

As A Side Note:  If you have hard water, you can easily clarify it by simply adding apple cider vinegar.  


Scarf it, or hat it!  Two great ways to protect not only your hair but your skin from the harsh rays of summer sun.  Use a protective style that will minimize you having to manipulate your hair.  You can than bandanna or use a nice hair tie or sheer scarf that will allow the welcomed cool breeze waft through to cool off your scalp.  Purchase a cute sinimay hat that is lightweight and allows your scalp to breathe.

Happy Curls to You!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

3C Natural Hair Night Time Routine

Hello all of you beautiful curly-headed beauties.  My routine is constantly changing!  I am still looking for "just the right" nighttime routine.  While viewing different techniques by popular YouTubers I came across the video below.

I liked it, and am going to try it...take a look and see if it interests you!


Thanks for stopping by.  As always, feel free to leave a comment down below.

Happy Curls to you!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

3C Frizz Free Wash And Go Method

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Combatting frizz for 3c coily hair types seem to permeate across the lines of styling, products, and hair routines.  This is an issue that most 3c’s will either be talking about, asking about, or simply have frustrated them.

I will share that the best weapon you have in your arsenal will be how you style your hair and apply your product.  For 3c coily types I suggest the following:

Method:  LOC – (L) Liquid (O) Oil (C) Cream

After co-washing or shampooing your hair we will be using the LOC method.  This method is best done in the shower!

Items you will need:  Leave-In, Oil, and a Cream-based Moisturizer

Section off your hair using duck clips, bobby pins, or some type of clip.

  • Make sure hair is thoroughly, super wet
  • To that section add the Leave-In of your choice
  • Follow this with an application of your favorite oil(s)

Now, here you can do one of two things, according to your own preference.
  1. Apply A Cream-based Moisturizer or
  2. Apply A Moisturizing Gel

Side Bar:
  I have fine 3c hair and layering too much product (depending on what they are) can cause hair to become limp or weighed down.  However, for most 3c/4a types gels do an awesome job in defining your coils. 

I’m one that does not like to apply gel to my hair and I will opt to just add the Cream-based moisturizer instead of the gel.  There are also times that I will apply gel by taking a scoop and placing in my hands and smoothing over each section for additional hold.

The primary objective of this method is this:  When you hair is soaking wet, your coils and curls will be the most defined and frizz-free that they will be.  It is taking the opportunity to  “freeze” the curls with gel to get a defined and frizz-free wash and go.


Think of it as this, when your section is not thoroughly wet , it will already start to frizz up.  So when you apply your gel to the hair you are actually “defining” frizzy hair!

Give this method a try and let me know how it worked for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Curls to You!
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Natural Hair Combs for Your Natural

I'm always looking for ways to accent my natural hair and while looking on the internet I came across a company that makes natural hair combs.
The company is named Artist Tree and their website is:  http://www.artistreewoodart.com/wood-gifts.html.  


Artistree Wood Art by Dale Randles

They create gifts out of wood, from shoehorns to wooden vases.  On this occasion my interest was concentrated on the hair comb selections.  Here are a few:

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The artist writes about his combs:

Most wooden combs on the market today are cranked out in overseas factories. They are manufactured in huge lots using porous nondescript woods. by contrast, I sculpt each of my combs, painstakingly, one at a time, in my island workshop using only the finest hardwoods. Once a comb has been cut and shaped to my satisfaction, I sand it until each tooth is utterly smooth. My handcrafted hardwood combs will never snag your hair as factory made ones can, and, unlike plastic combs, they will never cause your hair to crackle with static electricity.
Wood-Afro-PickWood-Afro-Pick1Wood-Afro-Pick2I could not resist adding these beautiful hand-carved picks to the collection.

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The gleam and subtle grains of the products give each item it's own unique beauty.


ClassicAfroFistHandlebI carved this special cocobolo afro pick with the iconic fist handle for Jada in Raleigh. It is 7.5 inches tall by 3 inches wide. Its longest tine measures 4.5 inches. Order now and I will carve one for you.  Price:  $249
These products are available in six different wood choices.


This 5.5 wood hair Fork start at $29.95 and are available in an assortment of colors!
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Hair Sticks

My hair sticks are handcrafted from the most beautiful and durable hardwoods from around the world. I make many of my hair sticks from small branches found in the woods and orchards of the Pacific Northwest island where I make my home. The rest are carved primarily from plantation grown tropical hardwoods. You will find that my serpentine hair sticks' curves guarantee a better hold than the straight, lathe-turned sticks you usually find in stores.
Pacific-Yew-Wood-Hair-Fork-Triangle Hair Stick PairA four inch stick starts at $15.95 an eight inch stick is $24.95
They also offer gift certificates.  So, when you are looking for a special gift for that natural hair woman in your life, this may be a unique and thoughtful gift!


Happy Curls to You!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner

SheaMoisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner Jamaican Black Castor Oil
I received this product in my May's Curl Kit box.  This is one of the best products I've received in my two-year subscription with them.

  • Hair Type:             All Hair Types, Coarse
  • Used For:              Repairing, Softening, Detangling, Strengthening
  • Product Form:     Cream
  • Health Facts:        Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Phthalate-Free
  • Product Style:      Leave-in conditioner


Let me preface this with, first and foremost, I am NOT an avid fan of Shea Moisture products.  My 3c/4 tresses just didn't seem to care for their products.  However, I do repurchase the Shea Moisture Souffle.

I simply love the way this product smells on my hair.  It is a lotion-like product and goes on smoothly and you do not need to apply a lot.

I use the product on wet or damp hair.  The shine is off the charts and the pliability and softness of my hair after using this is amazing. Product is not sticky or tacky to the touch after being applied to hair.


Ingredients:
Water , Ricinus Communis Seed Oil , Stearyl Alcohol , Cetyl Alcohol , Behentrimonium Chloride , Butyrospermum Parkii ButterShea, Certified Organic , Cocos Nucifera OilCoconut , Panthenol , Dicaprylyl Ether , Hydroxyethylcellulose , GlycerinVegetable , Simmondsia Chinensis Seed OilJojoba , Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil , Hydrolyzed Keratin , Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil , Tocopherol , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice , Yeast Extract , Hydrolzyed Vegetable Protein , PG-Propyl Silanetriol , Mentha Piperita Leaf ExtractPeppermint , FragranceEssential Oil Blend , Hydrolyzed Rice Protein , Butylene Glycol , Niacin , Dextran , Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 , Trifolium Pratense Flower ExtractClover , Vinegar , Caprylhydroxamic Acid , Caprylyl Glycol , Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil


Benefits of ingredients:
  • water
  • castor oil: thick, highly viscous oil with antibacterial, antifungal, and humectant properties. It is also a great moisture sealant, and promotes hair thickening and growth.
  • stearyl & cetyl alcohol: "fatty alcohols" -- NOT to be confused with drying alcohols such as ethyl. Both act as a lubricants, thickeners, and emollients. They also give conditioner its velvety feel without making hair greasy, and are additionally used to keep product ingredients from separating.
  • behentrimonium chloride: quaternary ammonium compound and close cousin of cetrimonium chloride. Also penetrates the hair, conditions, and acts as an anti-static and anti-microbial agent.
  • shea butter: emollient fat from the nut of the East or West African shea nut tree used to moisturize and soften hair.
  • coconut oil: oil high in saturated fats (which is why when cold, it is solid). One of the few known oils to penetrate the hair shaft and truly moisturize hair. Coconut oil helps to moisturize, seal, and prevent breakage.


I have found that it leaves my hair remarkably with less shrinkage than my beloved Camille Rose Naturals' leave-in.  In fact, it's not necessary for me to have to use a styler when using this product alone!  Hair looks vibrant and healthy.

Usage:

A little goes a long way.  I like best using on extremely wet hair.  A quarter-size amount to each section (8).  Can be easily reactivated.  I use daily (applied -lightly - again all over -- at night and spritz with water in the morning).

Leaves my hair moisturized and unlike some of Shea Moisture's other products doesn't leave my hair feeling parched after my hair has dried.

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Side Notes:


  • I found it not necessary to use the Styling Lotion since the Leave-In performed the same way.
  • PLAYS well with Kinky Curly Custard
  • If you are protein-sensitive, this item will not work to your satisfaction.  This group of products are full of protein.  -- This is why you will get complaints from other users saying that it "dried" out their hair or hair felt parched.

Keravis Protein

Keravis is a silicone-derived ingredient.  Another name that it is called by is:  hydrolyzed vegetable protein PG-propyl silanetriol.  Keravis protein is a vegetable-derived protein and silicone blend that was designed specifically to strengthen, fortify, and revitalize dry and damaged hair.

Keravis' composition places this product on the Curly Girl's "not friendly" list.  However, please note that Keravis is able to penetrate the hair's cortex which enables it to help to build strength inside the strand while it both coats and conditions the hair strand.

This is important because this will yield tensile strength which will help shield your tresses from dyes, environment, styling, and stressful daily hair routines.  To "cone" or not to "cone?" My tresses love cones, so I will be a continued user.


Pros:
  • Easily Accessible
  • Price Point - Excellent - 16 ounces for $10.99
  • Moisture Factor is Good
  • Fragrance:  Loved
  • Less Shrinkage than more other leave-ins
Cons:
  • Product Needs to be in a Bottle Not Jar
  • Contains Keravis Protein -- Not Curly Girl (method) Friendly
Will I Re-purchase:  Yes!

Loving the product!

Please comment or share your experience with this product!

Happy Curls to You!
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Crowning Glory!

Sometimes we can find ourselves tiring of our natural hair journey.  This is a second installment of my "Hair Inspiration."  I have scoured the virtual world to share with you some inspiration.  Long, short, wavy, coily, kinky and nappy, natural hair expresses the soul of the woman who it adorns.

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  1. Natural Hair: Afro-textured hair is a term used to refer to the natural hair texture of certain populations in Africa, the African diaspora and Asia, when this hair has not been altered by hot combs, flat irons, or chemicals (through perming, relaxing, or straightening).
  2. In many post-Columbian, Western societies, adjectives such as "wooly", "kinky", "nappy", or "spiralled" have frequently been used to describe natural afro-textured hair. More recently, however, it has become common in some circles to apply numerical grading systems to human hair types. There are also natural haircare products used today for natural hair, such as, Cantu,Shea Moisture, African Pride, and Carol's Daughter Products.
  3. One popular version of these systems classifies afro-textured hair as 'type 4' (straight hair is type 1, wavy type 2, and curly is type 3, with the letters A, B, and C used to indicate the degree of coil variation within each type) with the subcategory of type 4C being most exemplary of this hair type (Walker, 1997). However, afro-textured hair is often difficult to categorize because of the many different variations among individuals. Those variations include pattern (coils, springs, zig zags, s-curves), pattern size (watch spring to chalk), density (sparse to dense), strand diameter (fine, medium, wide), and feel (cottony, wooly, spongy). -- Wikipedia
Historically, sub-Saharan Africans, as in every culture, developed hairstyles that defined status, or identity, in regards to age, ethnicity, wealth, social rank, marital status, religion, fertility, manhood, and death. Hair was carefully groomed by those who understood the aesthetic standard, as the social implications of hair grooming were a significant part of community life. Dense, thick, clean, and neatly groomed hair was something highly admired and sought after. Hair groomers possessed unique styling skills allowing them to create a variety of designs that met the local cultural standards. Hair was usually dressed according to local culture. - Wikipedia



 

 
In many traditional cultures, communal grooming was a social event when a woman could socialize and strengthen bonds between herself, other women and their families. Historically, hair braiding was not a paid trade. Since the African diaspora, in the 20th and 21st centuries it has developed as a multi-million dollar business in such regions as the United States and western Europe. An individual's hair groomer was usually someone whom they knew closely. Sessions included shampooing, oiling, combing, braiding, and twisting, plus adding accessories.

 
For shampooing, black soap was widely used in nations in West and Central Africa. Additionally, palm oil and palm kernel oil were popularly used for oiling the scalp. Shea butter has traditionally been used to moisturize and dress the hair: a yellow variety is popular in West Africa, and a white variety in East Africa. In North Africa, Argan Oil was applied to the hair and/or scalp for protection against the arid environment and intense sun.


It's a common tale shared by women of color whose natural hair can attract stares, curiosity, comments and the occasional stranger who desires to reach out and touch.  The reaction to such fondling can range from amusement to outrage over the invasion of personal space.-- CNN Report:  "Can I Touch It?"--Lisa Respers France, CNN

When looking in the mirror, remember that your natural hair is beautiful.  Whether it is coily, wavy, highly textured, loosely curly, or cottony it is the crown you wear!


Please comment or write about your natural inspiration or journey!

Happy Curls to You!

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