Archive for the ‘Hair Care Methods’ Category
Thinking of my naturals on the east coast!
After four years living in New Mexico I am still battling dry hair issues. Naturals already deal with dry hair so couple that with brittle weather and there you have it, #naturalhairproblems. I’ve mentioned a few times that my hair likes pure castor oil so I have been using that with other products. It was soft, moist and conditioned at the beginning, however, there was still something wrong. It didn’t stay like that. I needed to come up with something new fast because my hair was brittle and breaking off. I tried many things but nothing really worked.
So recently I made a simple cream that included castor oil (1/4 cup) and shea butter (1/2 cup). I incorporated the ingredients using an electric mixer for 30 minutes, let it rest for 30 minutes, and mixed it again until I liked the texture. Then I put it in a glass jar.
I use this mixture with my favorite leave-in conditioner (Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Leave-In Conditioner) and the results are pleasing. My curls stay soft, moist (kinda greasy) and conditioned for a few days and I like that. Thus far no breakage.
By the way, I no longer use a variety of butters, essential oils, oils and other stuff to make my hair creams. Keeping things simple and doing less seems to be working. Besides, when I add essential oils to my hair butters my curls reject the recipe which ultimately causes breakage. Maybe I put too many drops in. I am not sure. Whatever the case I don’t use them on my hair anymore.
I have used several natural hair care products in my quest to find the perfect product. But now I am over experimenting. I discovered doing less is more and keeping it simple helped a lot. So out of all the stuff I tried I put together a (short) list of my favorite natural hair care items. Check it out below.
Qhemet – My hair enjoyed this vegan and vegetarian product line. Qhemet left my curls manageable and soft. Some of the products are vegan and for me that was truly a plus.
Kinky-Curly – This line’s leave-in conditioner “Knot Today” is fantastic. I had soft conditioned curls for days.
Raw Eggs – Yup raw eggs! I use at least two raw eggs with each shampoo to provide a natural source of protein. Because my hair is dry I apply the eggs to my hair with a conditioner. If I don’t the eggs will stick. And I never leave the eggs on for penetration purposes. As soon as the eggs are applied and swirled around I rinse them out. Eggs will stick to your hair and it is hard to remove.
Castor Oil - My hair loves thick oily castor oil. First, when applied, it stretches the length of my hair so I like that. It offers moisture and shine that lasts. It may build up faster but that’s okay. A simple rinse while in the shower will do.
Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil - My hair loves every product in this entire line. Moisture, condition, softness, shine, curls you name it, this line provides. Fantastic!
I didn’t go anyplace sassy, just to Costco, but I took my two strand twists out and had fun with my hair.
Now that Fall has arrived I have to rethink my hairstyles. Gone are the carefree loose curls from the months of Summer. Now protective styles are a must. Like every Summer I enjoyed the small amounts of humidity New Mexico had to offer but that’s all over now and I am figuring out which style(s) will be suitable for me.
The sales decline in hair relaxers/perms are steadily dropping. Black women are coming around to realizing that maintaining a natural head of hair is healthier than applying harsh chemicals that many have said, “burns their brain.”
A recent article in Beauty Store Business Magazine.com revealed that the latest research from Mintel, a leading global supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence stated relaxer/perm sales are suffering.
“The natural-hair trend is driving an increase in sales of products… but the increase has caused the relaxer segment to decline in sales,” says Tonya Roberts, multicultural analyst at Mintel.
- The sector has declined 26% since 2008 and 15% since 2011, when sales reached $179 million. It is the only category not to see growth.
- It is now estimated that the relaxer segment will reach $152 million this year, down from $206 million in 2008
- Shampoos and conditioners formulated for black hair are estimated to reach $257 million in 2013, up from $211 million in 2008.
- The styling-product segment has increased from $220 million in 2008 to an estimated $268 million in 2013.
The study also showed that 48% of black women believe natural hairstyles exude confidence and the same percentage consider them daring.
This was a fine study to report. I’m feeling real good about black women’s decision to take better care of their hair that ultimately leads to taking better care of themselves.
Enjoy the read!
Do you want fabulous tresses without applying a whole bunch of harsh chemicals to your hair? I think it’s safe to say that we all do. I saw the list below and thought it was interesting so I decided to share it. Some of the information is well known and some of it is not as popular. But none the less they are all great homemade recipes and worth repeating. Check it out!
Use the entire egg to condition your hair. If you have dry or brittle hair, use egg whites to moisturize your hair. Use ½ cup of any egg mixture (egg white, entire egg) and apply to clean, damp hair and rinse with cool water.
Avoid hot water
Skip hot water showers, because hot water will make your hair dry and brittle as it strips protective oils from your hair – says Dr. Suttar. Thus, prefer a temperature which is just a bit warmer than your body temperature.
Extract some bottle gourd juice and apply it into your hair. Keep this solution for half an hour and wash it off thoroughly.
For that shiny soft hair
Prepare a mixture of 1 cup of your daily conditioner and 2-3 tablespoons of honey. Apply this mixture evenly on your wet hair. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off thoroughly. This mixture will close down your hair’s cuticle and give your hair that amazing shine.
For bouncy hair
Apply a one to one mixture of warm water and apple cider vinegar to your hair. Rinse it thoroughly after 5 minutes to get rid of the apple cider smell.
Don’t wash your hair frequently
Wash your hair every 5-7 days, for proper regulation of natural hair oils. Washing your hair less often will also help regain your hair’s natural body and luster.
Make your conditioner
For a protein packed conditioner, mix eggs and yogurt and rub it into your scalp. Leave on for a few minutes (only) then wash it off completely.
For strong hair
Use almond oil to treat dry and damaged hair. It is a very simple procedure, pour some almond oil in a bowl and heat it for 40 seconds. Then evenly distribute on your hair. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse normally with shampoo and conditioner using cold water.
Say bye-bye to dull hair with lemon juice
After the final rinse, apply 1 tsbp lemon juice to your hair. Simply towel dry your hair and style as normal to get rid of dry hair.
Use protection before you jump into the pool
Pools can do great damage to your hair as it contains harsh chemicals – says Dr Suttar. He says; prevent your hair from the pool damage by simply applying a little conditioner to your hair before you swim. This will protect your hair before it comes in contact with the pool water.
Treat sun damaged hair
Make a mixture of ½ cup honey, 1-2 tbsp olive oil and 1-2 tbsp of egg yolk. Apply this mixture on your hair and then rinse with warm water. This treatment will help to replenish keratin protein bonds – says Dr. Suttar.
Moisturize your hair
Pour a little beer in your wet hair. Distribute evenly and massage your scalp with your fingers for 20 minutes. Then rinse it thoroughly to get rid of the beer smell. Do this procedure once a week for salon smooth hair. Dr. Suttar says- it is recommended that people with sinus and cold should avoid using this treatment.
Trim your hair regularly
Trim your hair at least every six weeks to eliminate dry, split ends.
Do not brush wet hair
Wet hair is three times weaker and thus more likely to break – says Dr. Suttar. He recommends, towel dry your hair first and then gently detangle your hair using a wide tooth comb.
Let your hair air-dry
Allow your hair to dry by itself instead of using a blow-dryer or hot rollers. Using this artificial mode of drying technique will make your hair more brittle and dry. If you have no time to let your hair air dry, then use blow-dryer sparingly and make sure you use a warm setting instead of a hot setting.
Drink lots of water and eat a healthy diet of raw fruits and vegetables. The most effective home treatment for hair care is a healthy diet. You are what you eat, and what you put into your body will be reflected on the outside.
I am now wearing box braids because I needed to do something with my curls that would maintain moisture, protect it from everyday styling, and help it grow. Since I moved to the southwest my hair hasn’t been right and serious changes had to be made.
So to stop the breakage, brittleness, and to promote growth, braids were installed.
The thing is I have synthetic extensions that drink about a gallon of moisture a day. To deal with that and the itches I bought a few bottles of hair oil. The problem with that was I went through a bottle a week and the price to purchase new product started to add up. Sooo to save a little money I decided to make my own infused hair oil using dry and fresh herbs that relieve dryness and increase growth.
This is what I did.
From my garden I grabbed bunches of fresh rosemary, lavender (leaves and seeds), basil and parsley.
In my pantry I already had horsetail and chamomile.
Herbs I used to aid dry hair:
- Parsley Leaf
Herbs I used to aid hair loss:
There was absolutely no measuring when I made this concoction. I just grabbed a bunch here, and a bunch there, and put it all together.
It is very important to keep all herbs dry. By doing this you will avoid mold development while the herbs and oil are brewing.
After placing all of the herbs in a glass mason jar I added vitamin E oil and olive oil.
I mixed the oils and herbs with a wooden spoon.
3 drops of Thyme essential oil was added to promote hair growth.
3 drops of Ylang Ylang was added to relief dryness. Ylang Ylang can also be used for hair loss.
After all ingredients were added I placed the glass mason jar in my pantry for three weeks.
After brewing for three weeks the herbs smelled rich and wonderfully fresh – if that makes sense. While the mixture brewed I shook the bottle often to make sure everything continued to incorporate properly.
To start to strain the herbs from the oil I placed cheese cloth over a non-metal bowl.
Then I just poured the herbal mix onto the cheese cloth.
Everything strained nicely.
The oil I will use immediately and everyday is in the plastic bottle. That will last about five to seven days. The rest of the oil fit nicely in a quart size glass mason jar. The infused herb mixture can last a year but I am sure I will use it all way before then.