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Homemade Leave-In Conditioner/Moisturizer For My Braids

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

After coloring and washing my hair with box braids I knew I would have to add some type of conditioner in order to maintain moisture and softness.

To avoid purchasing stuff I wasn’t sure would work I made up a concoction with ingredients I had at home that I know work for my hair.

This is what I did.

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·        Water. Less than half a bottle
·        Kinky Curly’s Knot Today
·        Olive oil
·        1 drop of Lavender essential oil for dryness and hair loss
·        1 drop of Ylang Ylang essential oil for dryness and hair loss

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I incorporated all of the ingredients.

The mixture was sprayed on my scalp and where I knew my hair was within the braids. Then I massaged everything in.

That’s it.

I really like my homemade leave-in because it left my scalp and hair feeling moist, and conditioned plus it had a nice smell.  :0)

Getting Rid of Gray Hair While Sporting Braids

Monday, August 12th, 2013

If I let my gray hair show through my box braids would I look sophisticated and distinguished?

I don’t think so. I would not like the look of the tightly curled white strands peeking out from my braids. It would mess up my entire look of appearing younger than I really am.

So to maintain that youthfulness I purchased Naturtint Permanent Hair Color in ebony black to hide what I don’t want to show. I like this product because it possesses plant-based ingredients with NO ammonia, resorcinol or parabens.

This is how I colored my gray strands with box braids.

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I used Naturtint right before I had the box braids put in. This photo was taken a little less than a month later and I had not washed my hair. So if this product is a permanent color then I am assuming the gray strands are because of new growth. What do you think?

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I placed the liquid on my scalp focusing on the gray strands around each box braid. I left the color in for one hour then rinsed, washed and conditioned as I normally do.

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The results were pretty cool.

Coconut Oil Leaves My Hair Feeling Dry

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

I know coconut oil. I’ve cooked with it for years and I love to eat the nut and drink its milk. So just to see what coconut oil would do for my hair, since a lot of naturals I know swore by it, I purchased a huge organic container at Costco’s and was set to use it strictly on my hair in hopes to eliminate dryness and bring about a natural healthy shine.

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I used it as a pre-poo. I applied it to my shampoo. I added it to my conditioner. And I put it on my hair and ends. As a result, coconut oil left my hair feeling just as dry, brittle and hard as it was before. What did I do wrong?

I used coconut oil.

It took me a while to figure this out but after some research I discovered that I am protein sensitive. This means my hair produces enough protein on its own, so if I add something to it that imitates protein, it will cause my tresses to become dry. Who knew? I didn’t.

Coconut oil has a limited amount of protein in it but acts like a protein when it is on the hair and bonds to the hair like a protein. Therefore, if your hair becomes a broom-like brittle mess after applying coconut oil, then you are protein sensitive too.

Olive oil penetrates my hair best so I am going to stick with that.

And, how did I use the huge container of coconut oil I purchased with confidence for my hair? On my skin as a moisturizer (during the warm months) and as a make-up remover.

The Best!

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Since I’m rockin’ a head of box braids right now I decided to share a few photos featuring the best protective style, means to seal in moisture and growth method for my hair…BRAIDS! Check it out.

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Simply the best!!

Herb Garden

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

I am super excited about the herbs planted in the little garden in my back yard. I mainly lived in apartments in New York and never had space to have a garden of any sort. But now I have some space and decided to section off an area to grow fresh herbs.

This was supposed to be my personal project but The Hubs some how took over and purchased and planted everything himself. Check it out.

Provence Lavender

Provence Lavender

Lavender grows well here in New Mexico and I always enjoy going to the lavender farm and festival during harvest. This season I’ll be able to make lavender oil using lavender from my own garden! How cool is that?!

Funny, at this stage, the plant doesn’t look very much like lavender to me.

Rosemary 'Arp'

Rosemary ‘Arp’

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Rosemary

Rosemary

Two types of Rosemary. I don’t know the difference. The Hubs took over. They look the same to me. Maybe I’ll test the difference with my homemade oil.

lemon Thyme

Lemon Thyme

 

German Thyme

German Thyme

The thyme oil I make tastes the best. I use thyme oil on my hair too but mainly I like to eat it.

Garden Sage

Garden Sage

 

Onion Chives

Onion Chives

 

 

Orange Mint

Orange Mint

 

Thai Basil

Thai Basil

 

Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

 

Curled Parsley

Curled Parsley

 

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Can A Good Exercise Regime Promote Stronger Healthier Hair?

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

By Guest Blogger Eve Pearce

Can A Good Exercise Regime Give You Lustrous Locs?

We’re all aware for the need to look after our hair with the right products, selecting the best shampoos, conditioners and treatments to help with style, control and hold. It’s also true that what we eat and the nutrients and vitamins we put into our body can have a drastic effect on the condition and state of our tresses. What’s more interesting to discover is how having a good exercise regime can also benefit our locs and scalp. Sounds interesting? Keep reading.

Certain types of exercise

One of the best ways of getting stronger healthier hair is to encourage the blood supply to the scalp. Once the blood supply is where it needs to be we will develop stronger locs that grow faster and look healthier.

If you’re a person that feels stress and anxiety very easily, then your body is more likely to produce greater amounts of a hormone called Cortisol which comes from the adrenal glands.

Amongst all the other consequences Cortisol can have on your body – thinning, breaking and ultimately hair loss can also be a major side effect. Therefore, choosing exercises that help to stimulate the cardiovascular system can really help to lower levels of Cortisol and get the blood flowing properly once again.

It’s important to choose the right kind of exercise because a superior plan will encourage the body to produce a “feel good” chemical called Serotonin which not only makes you feel happy inside but it will combat the high levels of Cortisol.

Below are different types of exercises to consider:

Walking: This is free to everyone and costs nothing. It’s a low impact aerobic activity that really helps get the blood flowing through the body. Walking can be as gentle or as high impact as you wish. To incorporate walking into your everyday life think about getting off the bus two stops early on your way to work or shopping. Instead of flopping on the sofa after a hard day, take twenty minutes out to walk round the block, breathing deeply and getting fresh air. On weekends plan trips that involve plenty of fresh air and chances to stretch your legs.

Cycling: Another exercise that can be done to either a low or high pace or indoors or outdoors. Cycling offers a fantastic method to release stress and help get blood pumping through the veins in an effective way that is essential for the hair. If there is not a safe place to cycle in your area think about going to the gym to use their exercise bikes or invest in your own and the cycling can be used at home!

Rowing: Choosing an exercise that requires a lot of upper body strength and arm power can also help to get the cardiovascular system working in a better way. This is something that can be done at a gym or outdoors using a kayak or canoe.

It’s important to plan a sensible routine and realize that you need to start gently and work up to gradual fitness to see the best results for your hair. It’s not a good idea to go full pelt if you haven’t worked out in a long time. By doing so may increase your stress levels and your body will try to overcompensate for the hard work you’re doing and this can cause severe hair loss.

Ideally, try to do thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise, five days a week. If you’re in good shape you can always carefully increase this and if your fitness levels aren’t as high start with twenty minutes and slowly build up.

Exercise can reduce other hormones too

One other major benefit of exercise for hair is that it can effectively reduce another hormone produced within the body, called DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). This hormone is something that affects men’s health as well as women’s and can be responsible for hair loss and thinning as the ageing process takes hold. Periods of moderate exercise such as jogging, walking, swimming and anything aerobic can help to balance this chemical and stop it from being over produced in your systems. The flipside of this is for people who have very intensive exercise plans. They are more likely to experience an over production of DHT which can end up resulting in baldness or the extreme thinning of hair. The key is to keep exercise in moderation so that this hormone is kept well in check.

Combining a good exercise regime with quality hair products and a varied, healthy diet is the best way to ensure that your hair really is your crowning glory.

Bantu Knots

Monday, March 4th, 2013

When I lived in the Congo as a Peace Corps volunteer 23 years ago women wore their hair in Bantu Knots all of the time. In the Congo the style was mainly worn by educated women who lived in the city. Most women and little girls living in villages wore TWAs. Even though I loved the way Bantu Knots looked I never wore my hair in that style. Box braids were easy for me to manage so that is how I kept my hair.

Recently I was searching for something new to do and thought of Bantu Knots. I asked my 73-year-old mother (she’ll be 74 in June) if she could implement the style and she agreed to give it a try. Having by no means ever administering Bantu Knots I think she did a good job.

By the way added are synthetic extensions to each knot. I think curling the synthetic hair by dipping it in hot water or using human hair would have wrapped around the knots better.

Can H2O Damage Natural Hair?

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I think I may have figured out why my hair has been so dry for the past year and a half. I have always said the air in New Mexico is really dry, but I neglected to mention how hard the water is, and most of all, how a lot of folks here have experienced everything from itchy skin to poor hair growth because of it.

I only recently figured out the water thing after the harsh New Mexican H2O caused my brand new humidifier to clog and die. Before I realized the correlation to the harsh air and hard water I had to find a way to relieve my dry skin. Not to mention, help the hubs’ get relief from his itchy skin problems, my nasal congestion and frequent nose bleeds I experienced after blowing. I thought a humidifier would be the answer for those elements so I went out and purchased a Crane’s Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for our bedroom.

After the humidifier just stopped working I took it back to the local drug store to get another one in exchange. I thought it broke because our puppy Bolo knocked it over being a busy-body but I wasn’t going to say that to the sales clerk. Instead I said, “After two months it just stopped working.” The clerk said, “You are not the only person to bring this humidifier back after two months of use. Apparently the water in New Mexico is so harsh it is damaging this device. So we are currently doing an experiment and are giving customers filters to use to test how long the humidifier will last.”

Then I had an ah-ha moment. If the water here is doing that kind of harm to a machine, imagine what it is doing to my tresses. Now I clearly understand why my hair broke off and stopped growing. It’s obviously the water and my hair is not used to it!

So now what?

Natural hair loves water but my water seems to be poisonous. So how am I going to provide moisture to my hair? How am I going to wash it?!

Okay, a shower filter is defiantly needed and I am going to stick to washing my hair every two weeks. I might extend it to three weeks. That thought caused the hubs to raise an eyebrow. He just doesn’t understand.

For styling, as an alternative to applying tap water for moisture, I now use Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist. The first and main ingredient is deionized water. Then I saturate my hair with Kinky-Curly’s Knot Today Leave-In Natural Leave-In/Detangler, my homemade rosemary oil, Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie with Coconut Oil, Silk Protein & Neem Oil and my homemade hair cream.

To help my skin stay moist in the land of enchantment I now religiously apply Shea Moisture’s Olive & Green Tea Bath, Body & Massage Oil with Avocado. Its anti-aging and ultra-moisturizing properties are amazing. Added to the oil, I spread on liberal amounts of my homemade body butter (I have a new recipe that I will post later) which also seems to work well for the hubs itchy skin.

Now one may think I am a spokesperson for Shea Moisture after reading my accolades about their products but I’m not. I just happen to like their stuff because it works. Like me, I hope it will help you, too.