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10 Sweet Reasons to Add Honey to your Hair Routine

10 Sweet Reasons to Add Honey to your Hair Routine

Sweet, Sweet Honey

Honey is something we often overlook. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love using natural products, whenever I involve my health, skin, nails and especially my hair. Over the last few years, I came to realize that most of the foods and ingredients in my kitchen can also be used for more than just food and drink purposes and that is when I started using honey a lot more than I intended. Not only are people, in general, are turning more towards a holistic way of living, but the beauty industry is noticing as well and taking an interest. These days you see women in beauty stores and shops taking the time to read the ingredients, seeing how they can benefit from its use. Woman all over are demanding their favorite beauty brands to offer natural remedies for their skin and hair. We even see a rise in the “no makeup, makeup” look taking hold in the media and putting emphasis on healthy skin, nails and hair. When it comes to hair especially, home-remedies have their way into everyone’s bodies. And while apple cider vinegar and coconut oil have their cult-following, honey is healthy for your hair, too.

Why Should We Add the Honey?

Let’s take a quick moment to thank the bees for producing this multipurpose home remedy that you can use for pretty much anything. Honey is a nature-made humectant that retains moisture and is loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental stressors. Most people around the country, by now, know honey as an alternative to contributing to a healthier lifestyle. But who knew that slathering the sticky, sweet substance onto your hair could add to its overall health? Okay, some of you probably did know about honey’s conditioning properties, but did you know that it can do so much more? Not only is honey as sweet as it can be for your teas and breakfast meals. But let’s check out ten reasons why you should think about adding some of it to your hair routine:

Reasons for Honey

1. It Contributes to Hair Growth

If you are like most of my friends, then you probably slack off when taking your hair vitamins. I always suggest to them that they add honey to their weekly hair routine and in a monthly check for a difference in your hair’s health. If you're not too keen on oral hair growth supplements, try adding honey to your routine for a natural stimulant. It is an emollient that seals in moisture and sustains conditioning while its antioxidant properties protect strands against environmental damage. If you add a few drops of honey to your routine, it enhances your regular wash with antiseptic elements. That will strengthen your hair follicles and lead to less fallout.

2. Honey Can Make Your Hair Shine

Who doesn’t want shiny hair? At times, shiny hair seems like something unachievable especially when you think you have tried everything possible to get the results. But, have you thought about using honey as an alternative? The key is knowing what precisely in the products you use, that contribute to nourishing your hair strands. Hair feels soft when you nourish and moisturize it, and honey is known for its ability to lock in moisture for long periods of time. Milk contains casein and whey proteins which strengthen strands and adds shine to the hair. Honey also comprises of antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. That prevents scalp infections and soothes issues like dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis. Honey can cleanse the hair follicles by getting rid of impurities. Less clogging equals more shine time!

3. Honey works as a Shampoo Additive or a No-Poo Solution

Yes, you read that right! Honey is your new shampoo solution. Let me set the scene for you. You are getting ready to spend the entire Sunday washing your hair (we know how those wash days can go), you start the pre-poo process, and you start pulling out all of the other products you need for the day when suddenly you realize you forgot to buy new shampoo. You pull out the empty shampoo bottle only to recognize, and you don’t even have enough of it to squeeze out of the bottle. What do you do now? Head towards the kitchen and pull out the honey. Similarly, to how people move towards an apple cider vinegar wash when their hair care routine is product-free, honey can be used as shampoo, too. If you mix one tablespoon of raw honey into half a cup of water and mix well, you will get the same results as shampoo would but better. Apply to hair like you would any traditional shampoo and rinse thoroughly. If you must have your regular shampoo, don’t sweat it. Try adding a teaspoon of honey to a dime-sized amount of your shampoo for much-needed moisture retention.

4. You can use Honey for Highlights Without the Use of Hair Dye

I had a bad experiencing dying my hair back in high school when I tried going blonde. Let’s say that things did not work out the way I expected. My hair became extremely damaged from all of the chemicals and dye in my hair, and I vowed never to dye it again. But, did you know that honey is useful in lightening your hair? A lot of people, like me, are opposed to hair dye because of the chemicals, but if you're interested in highlighting your strands, honey can do so naturally. If you are wondering if this works, yes it does. I am a witness. If you add a mixture of three tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons of water to damp hair, allowing the blend to sit and settle for one hour before rinsing, you will start seeing results in a few weeks. The key is to perform this method once a week until results are visible. It may not be as fast as a salon treatment, but there's no damage done to hair or scalp, and you still get what you want. Good things take time anyway!

5. It Gives Your Hair Strands the Vitamins and Minerals They Need to Thrive

Even though we see a shift in the number of harmful chemicals in hair products, we still know that they are there and lurking. Commercial shampoos can get the job done, but unless your label reads “natural” or “organic,” chances are chemicals are hiding throughout the formula, but nobody will tell you that. That brings me to why you should love honey for your hair as much as I do. Raw, unprocessed honey is rich in essential nutrients. In processed products vitamins and minerals are often diluted with those hard-to-pronounce ingredients (that you later look up and realize how bad it is for your hair in general). It can restore breakage and add a ton of moisture to a dehydrated head of hair. If you did not already know, honey is a humectant, and it attracts moisture from the air. This property, along with its antibacterial, emollient and softening properties make it ideal for hair and scalp care. Can your shampoo do this? I think not!

6. Honey Seals in Moisture

No matter what hair type you have, all hair needs some amount of consistent moisture to thrive and retain its overall health. I said this before, but I need to reiterate how moisturizing this stuff is for your hair. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it takes the moisture from the air and can seal it in your hair and skin. This fact helps to keep your hair conditioned and nourished, which will reduce breakage. That allows it to stay active and healthy and grow longer. Side note: Sealing in moisture also prevents dryness and premature wrinkles. Why not add honey to your overall skin care routine as well?

7. It Minimizes Impurities

None of us are perfect, but it would be great if we can keep our hair and skin at bay at all times. It is a great additive to help solve this issue. Not only does honey strengthen the hair follicle, but it also cleans any impurities off of them. Why is this a big deal? Honey also works to strengthen your hair follicles. Doing this for your hair follicles keep hair from falling out, so you can finally get the length you’ve been working for all this time. Potent antioxidants are found in it as well, and they work to prevent damage to your hair and keep the scalp healthy. When impurities build up on hair follicles, it can cause them to get clogged and the hair to fall out.

8. Honey Treats Dandruff

We all hate those flakes that occasionally pop up in our scalps, which indicate that it needs a lot of TLC. Dandruff and the itchy scalp are a pain in the butt for many of us. If you find dandruff shampoos to be excessively drying to your hair, then you should give honey a try. Honey and warm water mixture can relieve itching and flake within a week. It is best to leave the mixture on for about three hours, but I know some of us do not have the kind of time. Do the honey rinse as long as you need to because either way, it is beneficial. Another fun fact is that skin lesions can heal within two weeks of using it. Honey has anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that keep the scalp free of bacteria. This also addresses redness and itching caused by the overgrowth of certain bacteria. These properties also help to heal cuts in the scalp that may be caused by scratching or scraping the scalp.

9. It Is a Natural Hair Conditioner

My hair requires constant moisture for there not to be any damage to my hair strands. Not only is it great for shampoo, but you can also use it as a natural conditioning treatment for your hair and scalp. If you have tried homemade deep conditioners in the past, chances are you would have tried the recipe that uses olive oil and honey as the only two ingredients. This recipe is probably one of the most popular homemade deep conditioner recipes among naturals and is as simple as it gets. They both have moisturizing properties. It's a matter of preference, and the result is hair that is softer, shinier and more manageable than before. Adding honey to your regular conditioner or deep conditioner is also common and beneficial.

10. Honey is Rich in Antioxidants

Throughout the article, you saw me talking about antioxidants quite a bit. But, what do they do for the hair? It is clear that they are present in this and other natural ingredients that we use for our hair, skin, and nails. Applying it on hair can do a lot of wonders for the health of your hair and scalp. Antioxidants in it can prevent free radicals or other harmful bacteria from damaging your hair. They can also improve your hair’s overall health, as well as of the roots and scalp. Antioxidants in it also promote hair growth while also enhancing your hair texture and look.

To Eat or Not to Eat Honey

First of all, honey is delicious, so you should put it on everything (I mean it). But, not only that, it is fantastic for more than just food preparation. Honey’s anti-bacterial properties give it the option to be a great addition to your hair, whether it is daily, weekly, or even monthly. Applying honey on hair can be a vital part of many hair care routines, especially if you are looking for a new and long-term way to add and seal in moisture. It offers several benefits for the hair. As a humectant, honey aids in retaining moisture. It also serves as an effective emollient, which means that it works in softening your hair and making it smoother. With so many benefits, it is no longer surprising why many, including the team here at Private Label Extensions and me, consider it as an excellent moisturizer and conditioner. Did you add honey to your hair care routine yet? What are some uses for honey? Do you have any honey hair recipes you want to share? Leave a comment below!
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The Best Natural Ways to Add Shine to Your Hair

The Best Natural Ways to Add Shine to Your Hair
Check Out These Natural Ways to Add Shine To Your Hair.

Shine Bright Like a Diamond!

Whether your hair is long, short, straight, or curly having shiny tresses is something every woman wants. Some may think that having glossy hair is something that you inherit or that is in your genetics. But you will be excited to know that no matter what hair type you have if you put in the right work and products you will see amazing results. The more research that I do I begin to realize that spending a ton of money on products is not the key to attaining healthy shiny hair. Instead, try to establish a consistent hair routine. Along with a great routine try utilizing natural ingredients that are affordable and proven to help your curls. Another plus side of using natural ingredients is that most of the time they are probably already in your kitchen cabinet. We also want you to know that these tips help improve the health and sheen of permed, natural, or damaged hair. Remember before you start looking for ways to increase shine you must adjust the overall condition of your locks. So, if you want new ways to get shiny hair without leaving the house, you came to the right place. And even if more polished tresses are something that never came to mind before you'll still find this blog post very helpful. Without further ado here are the best natural ways to add shine to your hair.

Using Hair Oil

Coconut oil is probably the most popular ingredient in any hair care product, and that is for a good reason. This oil is vibrant and has properties in it that make it excellent for moisturizing the scalp, thus adding sheen to your locks. Scientist says that it is one of the most penetrative oil's, making it able to seep deep down into the hair shaft. No matter which way you decide to use oils remembers that you can utilize them in different ways. For example, try doing a hot oil treatment with coconut oil, or use Jamaican Castor oil as a deep conditioner. Another favorite way to add shine to your hair is to use it as an oil rinse. Oil rinses are very quick but help keep your hair conditioned for more extended periods of time. Using the right oil on your tresses will help smooth down the hair cuticle. A soft follicle will prevent moisture and protein loss by creating a protective barrier around your follicles. Most of us have coconut oil laying around the house, but if you don't, you can also find it in your local farmers market. Other oils we can't forget about mentioning are tea tree and lavender oil. The moral of the story is that these products will coat your hair without weighing it down. In the process, it keeps your locks unharmed by the sun and with a smooth, shiny finish. So, if you're on the search for shinier hair purchasing the oils on this list should be your first step.

Know Your Wash Days

Of course, it comes to no surprise that to maintain the healthy hair you must wash and keep it clean. Sometimes depending on the hair color, you have you'll either wash more frequently or less to attain shiny hair. If you have lighter hair color, this means your strands are very porous. Porous locks imply dirt builds up quickly, so your strands are shiniest right after a wash day. This knowledge does not mean you have to wash your hair every day, because you could lose shine that way. It just says the cleaner you keep your curls the glossier it will appear. Now, for my darker hair ladies that implies any shade from jet black to brunette your strands are the most lustrous with third day washed hair. You can still opt for a dry Shampoo or a nice deep conditioning routine to keep your curls feeling clean. It's quite astonishing to think that depending on the color of your strands and the time that you wash them will determine their shine factor. So, if you're someone who used to try every product on the shelf, you may want to switch up your wash days. Your path to shinier hair could be closer than you think.

Take Vitamin Capsules

If you want to have shinier hair, you must nourish and feed your scalp. Vitamins are a long-time method of keeping not only your body healthy but your tresses. Plenty of women like to break open vitamin E capsules and rub the gel directly onto the here. Most stylists say that this method works because the antioxidant increases circulation which then stimulates growth and shine. There are also some beauty supply stores and drug stores that carry a vitamin E serum for easier application. Another great capsule many people use for shinier hair is fish oil. This product is full of omega-3 fatty acids that help nourish the hair follicle. You can swallow 1 to 2 pills a day or break apart and apply oil directly to your scalp. The number one reason why hair tends to lackluster and shine is that it is undernourished. Undernourished hair is more likely to damage and break off, and this will make the journey to healthier hair a little bit harder. Unfortunately, a lot of people pass on using fish oil because of its odor, but certain brands sell odorless fish oil. You will only need to use this product once a week, and by the second week, you will start noticing soft and glossier hair. With all the benefits of taking vitamins can give you, why not use them to help you achieve strands with a little more sheen?

Use the Right Brush

For any of those out there who are Brady Bunch fans, you may recall Marcia Brady says brushing your hair 100 times before bed will improve its shine. Well, that phrase isn't all the way incorrect, it's doesn't depend on the number of times you brush but on the brush itself. Using the wrong products while styling your locks will inevitably lead to damage and lack of luster on your tresses. Excessively combing with nylon bristles will lead to an increased amount of breakage on your end. The best brush to purchase is the ones that use natural bristles. This product will help distribute the oils in the hair all over increasing and achieving a glossier look. Brushing your hair longer won't enhance its shine anymore, but overly combing can and will lead to damage. Dry combing can be painful on your curls and tear off any dry ends. Stay away from any plastic hair tool. So, know that if you're looking for a natural shine without the use of any oils invest in the right hair brush.

Wash Hair with Apple Cider Vinegar

Rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar is a trendy way to increase shine. ACV helps remove the buildup of old products and dirt on the scalp, and in the process gives you soft and glossy strands. The acidity of this product helps balance the pH of your scalp. This process can help undo the effects of harsh shampoos and other products. The main reason this product is so helpful is that it detangles your hair and closes the cuticle. When you close the follicles up, this makes the light more reflective on your strands which gives you a shiny finish. We promise after you use this product you will see your curls come back to life. You will also notice your hair has more volume, less shedding, and overall more shine. The best way to make this product into a rinse is by taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and adding them into 2 cups of water. You want the mixture to be a little diluted since ACV can be very potent. You want to try this rinse about once a month, any more than that can dry out your curls. The process of adding the ACV mixture to your hair can be messy. Try adding the solution into a spray bottle and use rubber gloves to massage it into the scalp and all throughout the strands. The smell might be hard to pass, but once you use this at home product, you will love the shine it brings to your hair.

Doing Yoga for Shiny Hair

Hey, I know this might seem out of the world but bear with me for a second. Hair experts say that doing yoga cannot only increase hair growth but also, it's shine. There are tons of yoga exercises that you can try at home that will promote long and luscious curls. These exercises help maintain the health of your body and mane by controlling your stress, relaxing the body, and improving the overall blood circulation around the scalp. But hair yoga does not just consist of the exercises it is a practice of a balanced diet, drinking lots of water, eating your meals on time and spending alone time with yourself. Hairstylist and specialist Jawed Habib say simple acts of smiling and maintaining happiness can contribute to thicker, longer and healthier hair. I know you may think this practice is a little weird but it's worth a try. You have nothing to lose with trying this method, and if anything, you'll at least be a bit more relaxed. If you know anyone who practices hair yoga or if you practice it yourself give us some pointers on if this technique works.

Eating Healthy

Finally, the best way to achieve and maintain a shiny head of hair is by eating healthy. Fruit should be an essential part of your diet, and it contains plenty of vitamins and minerals that strengthen your strands. The best fruits to try are avocados, bananas, apples, and papayas. Of course, all fruits will help, but these main four are ideal for improving the health of your locks. Nuts is another food that you should add to your diet immediately. Peanuts are a rich source of fatty acid and contain minerals like zinc. On top of the natural benefits, they give they are also a healthy snack option for anyone trying to lose weight and eat healthier. If you are looking for hair that shines all day long stock up on a few almonds and pistachios and you're good to go. Remember we can't forget about our vegetables but mainly the ones that are dark green. Kale, spinach, and broccoli are three great vegetables that should be a part of your regular diet. Green vegetables are full of omega-3 acids and protein. Not to mention full of minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, and magnesium which keep your scalp well nourished. So, if you want to see a significant change in your hair luster, it all starts with the things you eat.

How Do You Add Shine to Your Hair?

Everyone wants tresses that will beam and glisten once it hits the light. As you can see attaining shiny hair isn't impossible to achieve. No matter your length or texture if you follow these tips in this post you will notice a shinier difference. We have a few tips for you to remember. First, if you have thin hair, don't weigh them down with heavy serums. Second, unless you're using a heat protectant don't add excessive oil before straightening your hair. This process could cook and damage your locks. Lastly, there is a difference between shiny and greasy curls. So, make sure to stay away from applying finishing products too close to your scalp, this will give a greasy effect. Remember that having shiny curls is just an added feature of having healthy locks. So, make sure you are taking good care of your scalp, and you will reap all the positive benefits. I hope all these tips were beneficial and that you learn something new about maintaining healthy glossier hair. We want to know how you add shine to your hair. Tell us all about your tips in the comment section down below.
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Wash Day: The Water Cleansing Method You Need To Try!

Wash Day: The Water Cleansing Method You Need To Try!
Learn the benefits of the water-only hair washing method!

What is the Water Cleansing Method?

I’ve always thought about the idea of washing hair with water only. However, I was never aware of the advantages it had towards natural hair. To be honest, shampoos work just a little too good to your hair. With a thorough wash, you rid your hair of all buildup and debris, but you also strip your scalp of sebum, the oils it naturally produces. The usual routine of cleaning your hair causes dry pores to replenish the lost oils by creating even more. The back and forth on your strands causes them to become not only greasier but weaker as the cycle promotes breakage. The natural oils produced by your scalp are not your enemies. Consistency is what your hair needs, but in safer ways. Products with sulfates and silicones enhance your washing feel but destroy your hair’s body. Gentle, sulfate-free shampoos or co-washes help women maintain the moisture necessary to keep their hair from drying out. For many others, water alone helps to remove toxins and establish sebum. The differences between mild shampoos and straight H20 is that there are zero chemicals involved with water, and water only is definitely cheaper. It can become as effective as using cleansing products; think about how your ancestors had to make do!

Who Will Benefit From This Method?

Everyone! Think about this: shampoos and conditioners haven’t even been around for 100 years yet, so what were people doing for centuries? Depending on the circumstance, people would go weeks or even months without a thorough wash merely to focus on means for survival rather than luscious hair. With the advancement of society, we are privileged enough to have access to so many things that allow us to take care of ourselves daily. Thank you, Lord. So, does that mean we should neglect shampoo and go back to the ways of our predecessors? Not necessarily. As long as you are content with the state of your hair, you can always just look for ways to improve it. Generally, those who end up finding out about this method are the ones who are seeking ways to restore their hair’s strength and control the grease production. If this is you, give it a try today!

When Should it Be Done?

A widespread misconception with this method is that it needs to washing as often as every day. Whenever you feel like you’re in for cleaning will determine how often you should wash. At this point, you should be able to dictate what your hair’s behavior means. By washing less frequently, you are controlling your scalp’s natural oil production. Even though it may seem as if your hair is oilier than average, consider that the amount can fluctuate from hormones, stress, and even your environment. Take a moment to access any significant life events that cause any physical change, and do not associate the change with negativity. Change is inevitable, so you have to work with your hair’s demands at any time. Before running to the shower to get a wash in, also take into account the texture of your natural hair. The finer and straighter it is, the more it can appear greasier than usual. Remember, the oils are meant to help sustain your hair’s moisture and elasticity. By spacing out your wash days, you will begin to notice total sebum coverage. This means the oils in your hair can evenly distribute themselves along your strands. Without chemicals, your natural hair texture begins to flourish, and it does so without becoming so unruly.

How to Wash Hair with Water Only

The best advice I can give you to start this process is to have patience. The rinse-only method is a journey, and your hair will most likely seem to feel worse before it gets better. No matter what happens, you have to stay dedicated because this process does not happen overnight and is worth the time! Check out reviews from bloggers of all ethnicities and hair types on this exact technique to see how they describe their process. The adaptation to this all-natural remedy could take weeks or months. And it is up to you to ultimately decide if the benefits are better for you or not.

The Run Down

First, prepare the very few tools you will need for this cleansing method. If you haven’t already, invest in a natural, bristle brush. This will help to untangle your strands as well as evening out your oil distribution. You can also have a wooden wide-toothed comb handy, for those with curlier hair types. You need water, of course, and any natural oil of your choice (such as coconut). To get ready for your wash, you have to stimulate your follicles to encourage healthy oil production during the process. A scalp massage helps to shift sebum from your roots to your ends. The tighter and coilier your stands are, the longer and more often you should be massaging.

How to Do A Scalp Massage

To learn how to massage your scalp correctly, you have to section your hair and begin to let the pads of your fingertips reach your head. It is important to ensure that it is your fingertips and not your nails because scratching your scalp is not what we are about to do. There is a method called “scritching” that uses nails gently to remove the hair from debris. For the massage, you want to do so in circular flows, letting your scalp move along with your motions. Also, become familiar with “preening,” which is sliding your fingers down your strands to assist with oil dispersion. Do this for about 5-10 minutes a day, depending on your needs. Your prep helps to distribute the oils by hand. It also helps make the detangling step easier. After scalp stimulation, use your bristle brush to untangle every knot and tangle in your hair. With this washing method, each strand needs to be free to allow a smooth transition to strong, healthy hair. Continue to alternate between your brush, comb, and fingers as necessary to wake up your cuticles and ease your hair’s activity.

About Boar Bristle Brushes (BBB)

You might be wondering what is it about boar bristle brushing that helps for this method. Boar hair is closest to human hair and produces benefits with each use. It helps to promote hair growth and prevents hair loss, it naturally conditions hair, adds shine, cleans hair, prevents breakage and frizz, and balances oil production. These are all the things that we expect from our hair washing products that we can get from just using this tool! It’s a gem in every naturalista’s home, so let it be your go-to item.

Short and Sweet

The extensive preparation makes for a very simple wash. In less than 10 minutes, you can be in and out of the shower with new tresses to follow. To me, that’s the beauty of this whole process since it’s focus is on making sure your hair sustains itself naturally. Sometimes, after the groundwork, you realize you don’t even need a wash yet! However, when it is time, it is time. You want to make sure if you’re washing in the shower, the water isn’t too “hard.” Soft shower heads are better for your hair because you want to clean with very warm to hot water. This is to help remove the toxins without drying your hair out and causing damage. After getting in the shower, wait a few minutes before immediately washing to allow steam to dispense the oil down your curls. Then, scrub and scritch as you did before to wash away dirt and excess oil. The longer your hair is, the better it would be for you to clean in sections to guarantee TLC to the core. After washing, rinse with cold water to close your shafts and retain moisture. Finish strong with air drying or drying with a microfiber towel to keep from break and damage. If you need to brush or comb while your hair is still wet, do so very gently since wet hair is the weakest to manage. You can even add a bit of oil here to boost your nutrient intake and give your ends some attention.

Why This Can Be Good For You

Many of us can attest to being the cause of our own hair damage. It’s crazy because our crowns are really like gardens. The best thing we can do to it nourishes it daily with water! Fertilizer is excellent now and then, but the main ingredient we all need to survive is water. If your hair can’t seem to grow and you keep experiencing breakage, water your tresses often and tend to it for the best results. For something that takes a while before progress begins, it is important to stay dedicated and consistent. You don’t want to spend weeks on this method just to get discouraged shortly after! Keep listening to your hair’s demands. If you think about what you’ve learned, you’ll realize that water is indeed all your hair needs. When it is in its healthiest state, hair shines and bounces even better than it would from any shampoo or conditioner. You can always still style your hair any way you want, but be sure not to let your hair get too dirty. If you do, then using products might become necessary (ruining your weeks worth of work). Just be sure to always keep up with your hair’s state at all times while enduring this all-natural voyage.
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Why ACV is the Key to Saving Locs

Why ACV is the Key to Saving Locs

Treat Your Locs and Scalp to Some TLC and ACV!

We’ve all heard it plenty of times before – apple cider vinegar (ACV) is the perfect solution for everything! Do you want to use weight? Try some ACV. Do you want to lower your blood sugar levels and fight diabetes? Try some ACV. Do you want to improve your skin? Try some ACV. Do you want to be a millionaire? Try some ACV (okay, let’s not get carried away). The point is, this type of vinegar is prevalent because it has endless benefits that could help us all make some improvements in our lifestyle. Would you believe me if I told you that it could also help save your locs, whether they are synthetic or natural? When I said it helps with everything, I meant that!

What Makes ACV So Special?

Out of all the types of vinegar in the world, what makes apple cider so unique and helpful for all kinds of preventative measures and body care? I have a few reasons why ACV is the perfect go-to for all of your skin and hair needs.
  • This vinegar is super rich in protein and enzymes that can protect skin and hair from bacteria.
  • Aids in balancing pH levels in your scalp.
  • An antifungal and antiviral substance.
  • Excellent for opening clogged pores.
  • Adds moisture to dry skin and hair.

ACV is for Every Type of Loc Style

Whether you have grown out natural locs or you’re rocking a faux style, ACV is one of the best methods for cleansing your hair. For those of you wondering if the form of faux locs you have is suitable for an ACV treatment, I can already let you know that it is! Goddess, Bohemian, yarn, long, short, straight or even curly – no matter what type of locs you have, this method is a surefire way to achieve healthier and much cleaner results. It’ll also make the takedown process a less time-consuming and tedious, but we’ll discuss that a little later!

ACV Cleans Your Locs Like Never Before

You may think you are cleansing your natural or synthetic locs with your regular shampoo and conditioning routine. But you may not reach every layer of your hair and scalp with those products alone. Before proceeding with your regular wash day routine, try adding an ACV rinse to extract all those toxins and filthy particles from the wrapped strands of your hair. You can either soak your hair in ACV alone or create a mixture that includes baking soda and warm water. (I recommend using a mix. If you want to get fancy, you can add some lemon juice and sea salt to your combination.) Drench your hair in your ACV mixture by dipping small sections of your hair at a time. If you can find a way to comfortably submerge your head into a sink filled with it, then go for it. Leave your hair soaked for a few minutes (up to 15, whatever is the best option for you) and make sure to cover your scalp as well. Once you finish soaking, rinse your locs with water. For maximum results, repeat this process once more to get even more of the buildup and dirt out of your hair. After you’ve completed this step, carry on with your shampooing and conditioning. Your locs will feel refreshed and restored!

Itchy, Irritate Scalp? ACV Will Do the Trick!

Not only will this type of vinegar cleanse your locs to perfection, but it will also revive your irritated and itchy scalp. Having locs rub up against the skin on your scalp area all day and every day will cause you even to feel a little more dryness which could result in flaking. Guess what? ACV can solve that too! To relieve the annoying feeling that comes with an irritated scalp, work ACV into your scalp by either doing the rinse described above or use a spray bottle to distribute the mixture directly unto that area. To concentrate even more on your scalp, you can dip a cotton ball into the mix and dab it along each section of the scalp exposed between the locs. Rinse and repeat for an even fresher scalp.

Soaking Hair for Faux Styles Before Installation is a Major Key

Have you ever considered if the synthetic hair that you purchase and wear right out of the pack (such as Marley or Kanekalon hair) is clean or not? Not to psych you out, but it’s not as clean as it could be. Let’s be real – it had to go through a lot before it was packaged and placed on the shelf. Don’t worry! You should already know what I’m going to say by now – ACV can solve it! Create a solution of water and ACV, then soak the synthetic hair to kill off any of the chemicals that you typically find in these types of hair extensions. After completing this process, soak the hair in only water to remove the ACV. That is a great method to prevent irritation of the scalp.

Taking Your Faux Style Down Just Got Easier!

There’s nothing more dreadful (get it?) then taking down any faux loc style. It seems to take forever and not to mention your natural hair suffers as well. Once again, ACV saves the day! To avoid struggling with build-up once you remove the hair, apply the rinse to your natural hair. This method after the takedown process is helpful for protecting your hair against the tugging and pulling that comes with detangling. The last thing you want to do is ruin your strands after you were trying to protect them with this style.

That’s What Makes ACV So Great for Locs

Who knew that a simple, inexpensive substance that you can find in your kitchen cabinet could work miracles for your locs. Don’t you love when you can take an everyday product and make it into a home remedy for healthy hair? Same here! As you can tell, I love this vinegar, and I recommend it for all types of hair, especially locs. It’s a lifesaver that requires little effort during the application process but achieves incredible results. ACV is also great because it’s a natural product that does not contain harmful ingredients that could do more damage than good. Give these ACV techniques a try and let me know how it works for you. What results did you notice for your locs after incorporating this type of vinegar into your hair routine? Share in the comments below!
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DIY Beer Rinse: The Effects of Beer in Natural Hair

DIY Beer Rinse: The Effects of Beer in Natural Hair

Beer? Yes, Beer

Here’s a topic we have yet to cover: beer. We all know that about half the American population love beer. Bars have them, liquor stores have them, clubs have them, and even your local grocery store more than likely has them. The beer has been a part of our lives, indirectly, for as long as we have all been alive. But, what does beer have to do with hair? The beer has properties in it that promote the overall health of your hair, from root to tip. This concept is not all that new, but it is getting the light and shine it deserves after years of people only using it for oral consumption.

Let’s Talk About The Beer Rinse

There are plenty of rinses known to help achieve healthier and stronger hair. But when you were born with the tighter and more delicate curls, you are probably willing to try just about anything to get the results you want. But, have you tried beer? It can be a little gross to think about at first. After all, who willingly pours beer in their hair (unless you make somebody upset at the club, then you might get that treatment)? However, the benefits of a beer rinse for naturally curly hair makes sense, so it does not hurt to give it a shot, right?

What Makes Beer So Great For Your Hair?

You are probably wondering by now what the actual benefits are the beer contains. The ever so favorite yeasty brew, beer, can add strength to dull, limp hair. The key ingredients to your typical beer are yeast, barley, water, and hops. The best (or worst depending on how you look at it) part is that you do not need to drink the beer to get the benefits. The beer benefits you get when you drench your hair in it. The malt and hops in the beer have tons of protein. There are essential oils in it that are rich in antioxidants which can fortify and strengthen the hair. The protein then nourishes and strengthens your hair. Beer can also make your hair shinier. The protein binds to hair dehydrated from blow drying, straightening, and harsh weather. Leaving the hair restored and with more body to it. The beer benefits do not end there. As the proteins bind with hair cuticles, the newly smoothed surface will better reflect light, which means that your hair will become shinier. Dried and damaged hair can even be repaired to its former lusciousness thanks to the nutrients found in beer. The shine is also added thanks to B vitamins in beer. Beer contains B-vitamins and proteins which are great for conditioning. Maltose and sucrose sugars in beer help to swell and tighten the cuticle which adds body as well as shine. I got satisfying results after trying this rinse! Surprisingly, my hair was softer, shinier and felt fuller to the touch even before it dried. Body is usually difficult to achieve with thinner hair, so this was impressive. The beer rinse is also said to improve elasticity and helps to revitalize the curl after heat damage so if this is an area that you are looking to fix, try the beer rinse!

DIY Beer Rinses

Now, let’s get started discussing how to do your at-home beer rinse. I will talk about two different ways to do this, and you can choose one, depending on your preference. A beer rinse can add shine, luster, and strength to every single curl and at the same time. You will have fun doing it. I mean, why wouldn’t you? It is beer!

First Beer Rinse

All you need is one bottle of warm, flat, non-alcoholic beer, conditioner and something to co-wash your hair with during this process. It helps if you leave the beer uncovered overnight. Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, you might need two bottles. This technique is the more straightforward method!

Step #1

Co-wash your hair in the sink rather than in the shower. You may not be too excited at the thought of beer running down your back.

Step #2

After co-washing, pour the beer all over your hair, coating every strand from the root to the ends.

Step #3

Once you pour all of the beer into your hair, let it sit for about 3 to 5 minutes and rinse it out with warm water before rinsing again with colder water to help get rid of the smell. Use a plastic shower cap when letting the beer sit in your hair, to keep the beer smell from following you around the room.

Step #4

This part is optional, but when you finish, you can add a little bit of conditioner after the beer rinse. This step keeps the beer smell out of your hair and adds extra moisture.

Step #5

Rinse the conditioner out with cold water to lock in the moisture and scrunch your hair with an old t-shirt to safely dry your curls. At this point, you can style your hair as usual.

Second Beer Rinse

All you need for this rinse is one bottle of warm, flat, non-alcoholic beer, shampoo, and apple cider vinegar.

Step #1

Mix it at room temperature, with an equal amount of water and add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar you add to get rid of the beer smell.

Step #2

After shampooing, use the beer rinse as your conditioner. To get the best result, let it soak for a few minutes before rinsing. Keep in mind when using either beer rinses that while too drying to use every day, a once or twice monthly beer rinse will work. It also would not hurt to invest in a pricey clarifying shampoo, to remove buildup from hair products. So, remember the golden rule: use but do not over-use.

What Else Can You Use Beer For In Your Hair?

Rinsing your hair with beer is not the only thing that you can do. You can also use beer as a leave-in conditioner. For a leave-in conditioner, transfer the mixture to a spray bottle, spray it on and go. As mentioned before, the proteins in beer bind to the hair shaft, and you will experience what exactly that means for your hair. That is right, volume! So for people with thin hair, this is the solution that will deliver tons of thickness. Many people have seen the benefits of fuller, thicker and more bodied hair through the use of a beer rinse. Beer is not, however, acting on growing hairs, but the existing ones. There is no actual evidence that beer can help hair grow, but you can see there are other beautiful benefits!

Other Strange Hair Methods

Beer is not the only weird method that presented itself to be a proven hair health factor. Other practices may be just as questionable as beer, but they still have proven to work with the right research. Here are a few different methods besides beer that you can quickly do at home and as often as you see fit.

1. The inversion method

This method causes your hair follicles to reach maximum capacity and stimulate growth. The technique is a favorite, but whether turning upside down for a few minutes, every day for just one week of the month works is debatable. If you do decide to do this method, you may not want to do it more than one week out the month. If you do, you could risk headaches and other severe problems in the future.

2. Wear a shower cap

This method involves wrapping your head in cling film or wearing a shower cap and leaving it on as long as possible, preferably overnight. The idea is that the build-up of heat will increase your scalp’s sebum production and encourage hair growth. Some women also apply a healthy amount of oil to their scalp before doing so, as a form of deep conditioning, so if your hair doesn’t grow at least, it’ll be super soft and shiny. It is similar to what the purpose of the inversion method is.

3. Drizzle on some fish oil

Full of good fats and omega-3, fish oil is said to fortify your hair and flood your scalp with nutrients. The downside is you’ll be a little smelly and may want to avoid people until you’ve washed it out. If you do not want the smell of fish in your hair, try some fish oil vitamins. I have personally tried this every single day where I took an omega three fish oil pill, and I experienced significant growth in my hair. There are other options, so find them!

4. Rub your fingernails

That is right! Some may say that rubbing your nails together for 5-20 minutes a day or even more can encourage hair to grow out of your head faster. There’s no scientific backing for this, but apparently, the nerve endings in your nails are connected with your scalp and will cause a tingling sensation when stimulated. Again, I am not sure how true this is, but it does not take that much effort to try. Rub your fingernails when watching your favorite television show and do this every day for a week.

5. Pour on some cayenne pepper

Mixing this spicy powder into oil and applying it to your scalp is growing in popularity. The tingling or stinging sensation is thought to draw fresh blood to the hair follicles and stimulate a healthy growth rate. Do not pour too much onto your scalp or you could risk burning it.

6. Try an onion water rinse

You may not believe that you can use onions for anything else, except cooking, but that's not the case. Boil some onions in water and use the water on your hair as a rinse, no seriously! It'll make it grow super-fast because it provides nutrients and circulation to the hair follicles. Which can aid in hair loss and not to mention it'll give it an impressive sheen that everyone will be jealous of when they see you!

7. Monistat7

That is right, everyone, vaginal yeast infection cream is the new wave. Monistat 7" craze is going around on the YouTube. People are applying the cream from the tube straight to my scalp much like using dry shampoo to the hair section by section and seeing results within a week! Some people experienced headaches, but nothing too drastic.

8. Try using Potato Juice

This method may be the most effective. Yet it is the least known to people for hair growth and is very beneficial for those of us that are affected by hair loss. Use the juice of 3 potatoes with an egg yolk, and one tbs of organic honey dilute the solution with a bit of water. To apply the potato juice on the hair for enhanced hair growth and thickness you need to massage it on the scalp gently.

9. Cinnamon

It is highly anti-inflammatory and aids in the circulation of blood. When used on your mane, this helps with removing impurities from the scalp in which promotes hair growth even further. Cinnamon is also perfect for treating scalp infections antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties with benefits of whether taken internally and orally. Cinnamon powder can also alter the color of your hair! If you have a lighter than black, you may notice that your hair may have lightened a bit to a beautiful cinnamon brown color depending on person to person. When using anything for the first time, please apply with caution and sparingly to better determine what may or may not work best for you. Preventing your hair from hair loss and treating baldness.

Beer Might Be the New Wave in 2018

Let’s sum all of this up so that you do not think I am crazy for believing that beer is right for your hair. Beer contains protein which can strengthen your hair and it also has an acidic pH which makes your hair shiny by tightening the cuticles. Beer contains hops, which are natural astringents. Because beer is rich in proteins and vitamins, through the natural barley and hops, it does provide necessary nutrients for helping to develop healthy hair. Have you thought about trying out a beer rinse? Are you against it? Are you a believer? Wait, have you already tried a beer rinse? How was your experience? Let me hear your thoughts on this topic! It is a somewhat different subject than other hair topics. Leave a question or comment below!
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Rice Water For Your Hair Care? Let’s Get Into It!

Rice Water For Your Hair Care? Let’s Get Into It!

Rice Water Magic

For most of my life, I thought rice had once purpose. I assumed that rice was to be eaten in all of its’ deliciousness. My family is from Uganda, and most of our dishes include rice. When my mom would make it, I hadn’t noticed how she would keep the rice water. It wasn’t until much later that she explained the benefits of rice water. For centuries, rice water has been beneficial in many ways. Every time you cook rice, you should try to keep the water. It’ll be milky and odd looking, but it’ll completely worth it. Rinsing hair in rice water is a traditional treatment and extremely popular in different regions in Asia. After some time, and the spread of this regimen on the internet has created a craze around rice water. Many people use rice water as a topical treatment, as well as a digestive treatment. Rice water is rich in minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. It makes for a great drink and topical treatment. Knowing how to cook rice is not only beneficial to your stomach but for your overall hair and skin. Don’t know how to make, or use rice water? Need to know what it does? Follow these tips!

What Does Rice Water Do?

As the popularity of using rice water for hair increases, more and more researchers are searching for evidence of its’ benefits. When I asked my mom what rice water does, she said that it made her hair softer, and longer. Also, since rice is entirely natural, she claimed that it was entirely safe for use on different parts of the body, especially hair. Based on various claims, there are tons of benefits of rice water.

Detangle Hair

First, many people claim that rice water is excellent for detangling hair. Need something to detangle your thick, and matted hair? Use it. It apparently losses hair follicles in a way that makes styling manageable. Other people claim that it is excellent for increasing shine in hair. It also apparently makes hair smoother, and stronger.

Dandruff And Lice

Some people have even claimed that it helps with dandruff. My mother said that when she would have outbreaks of dandruff, she would use it continuously for about a week. After a week, dandruff would be practically gone. Along with dandruff, different people have said that rice water works for banishing lice. The starch that is found in rice is what makes it so beneficial for many things. Starch kills lice and other tiny creatures instantly. If you or someone you know is suffering from lice, you can use it and see how it works for you.

Quick Conditioner

If you ever need a quick hair conditioner, it is the way to go. It’s useful and useful, and you can even turn it into a DIY project, where you add different elements to it. Adding an essential oil has worked best for me, in the past. When my hair is dehydrated, I use some rice water, and tea tree oil to make a nice conditioning rinse. When applying it, I add it to my hair after shampooing and let it sit for about 20 minutes. After letting it sit, I rinse it out, and air dry my hair. After using this, I noticed that my hair was curlier and softer. It also was extremely moisturized. If you notice that your hair is in need of some conditioning, don’t be afraid to try out the rice water and see if it works for you.

Protects Hair From Damage

Rice water decreases friction and repairs the protein in hair. It also improves hair elasticity. It’s been said that it contains inositol which fixes damaged hair, as well as protects it. If you have damaged hair, you might want to try out rice water and see how it works for you. Also, since it’s so easy to make and natural, it won’t harm your hair like other hair products will. For me, I use it when I notice that my hair is breaking off and is in need of a short treatment.

How To Make Rice Water

Rice water is easy to make. One way of getting rice water is to boil rice. The excess water left after cooking rice in water is what you’ll use. To get started, get a pot and put some rice in it. Fill the bowl with water until it’s about 3/4 of the way over the rice. The reason for this is that you’ll want to ensure you have excess water to use for your rinse. Boil the rice for some time until the liquid is cloudy and white. Once the water is cloudy, you’ll need a filter to ensure that that you extract the water from the rice. To use the rice water, you can apply it directly after shampooing, or you can use it regularly throughout the week. My mom loves to use rice water throughout the day when her hair is in need of treatment. She uses a spray bottle and spritz it over her hair when her hair feels dry. After about a week, you should start to see improvements in your hair. Overall, it is easy to make and use, and it’s all natural!

How To Make Rice Water

Rice water is easy to make. One way of getting it is to boil rice. The excess water left after cooking rice in water is what you’ll use. To get started, get a pot and put some rice in it. Fill the bowl with water until it’s about 3/4 of the way over the rice. The reason for this is that you’ll want to ensure you have excess water to use for your rinse. Boil the rice for some time until the liquid is cloudy and white. Once the water is cloudy, you’ll need a filter to ensure that that you extract the water from the rice. To use the rice water, you can apply it directly after shampooing, or you can use it regularly throughout the week. My mom loves to use it throughout the day when her hair is in need of treatment. She uses a spray bottle and spritz it over her hair when her hair feels dry. After about a week, you should start to see improvements in your hair. Overall, it is easy to make and use, and it’s all natural!

Miraculous!

Overall, rice water has its benefits! You’ll want to make sure you do your research before using it. Also, you’ll need to ensure that you’re not allergic to it. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box, and try something new. If you notice that your hair is looking a little dull, try adding a rice rinse or conditioning to your routine. Rice water has been said to be amazing for many people, but as of now, there are no conclusive results. However, it doesn’t hurt to try! I love using it and haven’t had any issue yet. Have you used rice water before? Let us know!
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Oiling Your Hair And Prepping For Colder Weather

Oiling Your Hair And Prepping For Colder Weather

Save Your Hair This Winter

Natural hair needs a new routine when the season's change and hair oiling needs to be at the top of your fall/winter hair care routine. Your natural strands thrive on moisture and using oils are the best and cheapest way to lock it all in. I have a ton of ways for you to utilize all of your favorite oils to transition from summer to autumn.

1. Pre Poo Oil Treatment

Shampooing in the winter can be a little harsher on your natural hair than it is in the summer. Avoiding shampoos with sulfates may not be enough to prevent dull, dry autumn hair, so using a pre-poo before every wash is the safest way to protect your curly strands. To perform any pre-poo, all you have to do is mix all of your ingredients and apply the mixture, generously, to your entire head. I usually divide my hair into four sections and work through each one evenly, use the combination from root to tip. Try one of the luxurious pre-poos listed below as a part of your self-care routine. If you have a blend of your own, drop it down below!

Traditional Olive Oil Pre-Poo

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • Two tsp raw honey
  • A heat source and a small pan
  • Shower cap

Bouncy Curls Pre-Poo

Castor oil, in particular, Jamaican Black Castor Oil has got to be part of any naturalistas product stash. It’s not only good for conditioning but also has excellent hair growth properties and anti-fungal powers for a healthy scalp. What you need:
  • 1 tbsp JBCO
  • 2-3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • Ten drops of geranium essential oil
  • Shower cap

2. Detangler

The second added benefit to oiling your hair is its ability to act as a lubricant. Add a lubricating product on your kinky curl, and you’ve got yourself a detangler! This tip is excellent for naturalistas who are repairing their hair from color and heat damage or are in the process of transitioning. After you perform your regular wash routine, section your hair off, so that it's more manageable. Apply about a tablespoon of olive oil to each quarter, making sure to work the oil from the roots to the very tips of the hair. Use a wide tooth comb to work from the very tips of the hair to the roots. Oiling should give your hair extra slip and not only help you maneuver the column a little easier but the knots to slip out with ease. If you're having difficulty in a small area, apply some oil to your fingertip and then directly to that area. Don't be worried about using too much oil your hair soaks it up constantly so use it where you need it.

3. Sealant

Oils act as a great hair health booster, which is why it's so great to implement it during your winter hair routine. During the winter your hair is more vulnerable to the cold weather and is continuously getting weaker and weaker. Your hair is also less likely to grow as fast and thick as it usually does in the summer. Most oils contain fatty acid which replaces the lipids in your hair when it starts to get thin. When there's nothing left holding it together the lipids in oils rebuild those gaps. I use oils as a sealant daily. After I complete my wash day routine, I style my hair with leave-in and oils. I divide my hair into four sections and clip each one away. I apply a generous amount of leave in to eat section, and I work it through with my Denman brush. Immediately after, I slather on my oil concoction. Generally, during the winter, it consists of avocado oil olive oil and jojoba oil. I do not use coconut oil during the winter because the same way it solidifies at cooler temperatures in a container it does the same on the shaft of your hair. What's I've I usually leave it that way for long periods of time. Another way that I use sealants on a daily basis is by applying olive oil to my twist daily before taking them down and wearing them out. Oiling them keeps them moisturized and prepped for the takedown. Travis technique every day for a week and you'll be amazed at how smooth and frizz-free your curls are once you take them down! Oiling as a sealant is probably my favorite way to use oils so let us know how it works for you.

4. Strengthener

Hair is nothing more than a protein strand that has roots beneath the surface. Hair tends to become brittle and lead to short hair due to the weekend hair protein. Hair oil such as castor oil almond oil and olive oil help to strengthen the proteins. Oils protect the hair shaft from damage that can be caused by the elements. The shaft of hair is frizzy and brittle by nature with little grooves oils like vitamin e are great for filling in the gaps and making hair smoother. Healthy hair reinforced with oils is less vulnerable to heat damage and breakage. Once you got breakage of control, your hair will grow noticeably longer and retain more length.

Winter Is Coming!

Start the autumn and winter months off right by adding oil to your regular hair care routine. Implementing in any if not all these techniques will not only help you maintain moisture through the colder months but also length. Don't let the winter stop your natural hair magic! Share your DIY oil blends with me in the comments down below. If you have another use for hair oiling leave those down below as well, I love adding new techniques to my natural hair care routine!
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Is Aloe Vera Food For Your Hair? We Think So!

Is Aloe Vera Food For Your Hair? We Think So!

Aloe Vera Is Amazing

For as long as I can remember aloe vera has been a critical product in just about everything. If I had a cut, my mom would immediately suggest putting some aloe vera onto it. Whenever I was having skin care issues, I whip up a quick mask and wait for it to work wonders on my skin. Aloe vera has proven to be a staple product that’s essential for just about everything, especially hair. But how? Well, for starters it strengthens the hair in every way. When I first started using it, I noticed such a difference in my hair. My hair was softer, and my scalp was less itchy. For a long time, I’ve suffered from different scalp issues, and aloe vera has helped me in many ways. If you’ve used aloe vera, you know all how great it is! However, if you’ve never used it before, especially for hair, then read this and get into all the reasons why you should start using it! Many people talk about their love of aloe vera because of all the benefits. Let’s get into all the great ways to use aloe vera and glow!

Before You Try!

Of course, before you try a new product, it’s essential to do a patch test. Check to see if you’re allergic to it. To do a patch test, you’ll take some aloe vera and apply it to your hand. Let it sit for about 10-20 minutes. If you notice any irritation, you’re most likely allergic to it. Also, if you have any conditions with your scalp or hair, it’s essential to visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist will be able to let you know what will work for you and whether aloe vera is the best natural option for you! Don’t be afraid to ask all the necessary questions!

The Benefits!

There are plenty of benefits of aloe vera, especially when it comes to overall beauty. For me, I love to use aloe vera as a skin care mask when my face is breaking out or having a reaction to the heat. When it comes to hair, there are many benefits such as deep cleaning, strengthening and supposedly, hair growth. For anyone dealing with an itchy scalp, aloe vera is also helpful in that area. We’ll get into each benefit and why you make need to switch over to using aloe vera for your hair needs!

Hair Growth

Aloe vera has been said to increase blood circulation wherever it’s applied. That’s why it’s so great at healing wounds and scars. Using aloe vera on your scalp causes the blood flow to increase. For me, I like to use it as a conditioner. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t need to be mixed with anything to be used. You lather it right on after shampooing. It’s so amazing and versatile. When using it, it will be slimy and weird but don’t be alarmed! It’s supposed to feel that way. There are plenty of people that claim that aloe vera makes hair grow faster, but there’s no clinical evidence to showcase that. As of right now, there’s only slight evidence that shows that it slows down hair breakage. So, if you notice that your hair is breaking off, use some of it and watch your hair change!

Aloe Vera Strengthens

Aloe vera contains a lot of vitamins such as vitamins A, E, and C. These vitamins contribute to the repairs process. As we mentioned before, it is excellent for healing wounds. Just like it’s excellent for healing wounds, it’s fantastic for preparing damaged hair. It promotes healthy cell growth, as well as shiny hair. Aloe vera also contains vitamin b-12, which prevents your hair from falling out. Also, if you have sun damage to your hair, this might work as well. Apply some of it onto your hair before spending time in the sun. For example, if you’re going to the beach, or lounging by the pool, a little aloe vera will be amazing for the protection of your hair. Make your gel, or lather it right on.

Deep Cleaning

Aloe vera is impressive for deep cleaning the hair. Whenever I use shampoo, I notice that my hair feels dry, and weak afterward. Without a proper conditioner, I would be stuck with dry, brittle hair. It doesn’t only work as a conditioner but also as a deep cleansing product. It is completely natural so you don’t have to worry about anything that will damage your hair. It cleans and conditions simultaneously which makes it a two in one product! Deep cleaning is essential to the health of your hair. Although it is terrific for cleaning, you might want to use another product to cleanse your hair alongside it. I use a natural shampoo, and put some gel in it to ensure that my hair gets all the nutrients it needs. When I’m done wash day, my hair feels stronger and softer. I love using it for my hair when I notice that my hair needs some love. Aloe vera is the best ingredient for anyone that needs some moisture as well. Don’t be afraid to lather as much as you need!

Aloe Vera Heaven

All in all, aloe vera is hugely beneficial to hair. Whether you need a quick condition, a sun protectant, or a deep cleaning, itcan do it all. Also, since it doesn’t need to be added to anything to be useful, you can use it as is. For me, I love to add it to my hair products, especially when I make my deep conditioners. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and mix it up. It can be useful for just about anything, and an added benefit is that it’s cheap. You can pick it up at any local market. Try some of it today, and let us know how you like it!
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Food for Thought: How Does Your Diet Affect Your Hair?

Food for Thought: How Does Your Diet Affect Your Hair?

You Are What You Eat

I’m almost for sure most people reading this article right now have heard of the phrase, “You are what you eat.” Tell me what you think of when you hear that phrase. I automatically think of my body because we all know that our diet affects our weight. We know it holds a grudge on our skin, but have we considered how our diet may jeopardize our hair? The foods we ingest can promote hair growth, hair loss, hair color, and thickness or density. So although the favorite foods that promote growth, richness, and depth outweigh the harmful foods that help hair loss, we still have to be mindful of the hair loss diet. Some people suffer from hair loss as it is and maybe eating foods only that only help the process. Be aware that some of these foods may not always have to be ingested, but ill explain some at home hair masks you will be able to try at home as well.

Glowing and Growing

Growth is so significant in every aspect of life. We as people grow over time physically, mentally and emotionally. The things around us grow trees, flowers, and fruit. Our nails, our skin and hair growth. We have to feed our hair just like we do our bodies. Here are some foods you may want to start eating for long luxurious hair!

1. Avocados-

On top of being delicious for your baked tortilla chips, avocados are nutritious and contain vitamin E. Vitamin E is an essential antioxidant that fights oxidative damage. Vitamin E protects the skin so, in essence, it protects the scalp. It neutralizes the scalp as a remarkable source of fatty acids that are beneficial to hair growth.

2. Fatty Fish-

Herring, Salmon, and Mackerel are excellent sources of the type of oily fish you are looking to eat. Omega-3 fatty acids have been known to improve growth and density. These fish contain protein, selenium, vitamin D3 and B Vitamins.

3. Shrimp-

Shrimp contain protein, vitamin D, iron, and zinc. Shrimp is also very low in fat and carry a small amount in omega three which we have learned is beneficial to hair sprouting.

4. Oysters-

Oysters are dominant in the Zinc minerals. Zinc helps with hair growth and repair cycle. Zinc Deficiency can cause hair loss. However, too much Zinc contributes to hair loss. Now that we have tackled our seafood options for our shellfish lovers let us discuss eating green!

5. Spinach-

Spinach is a plant-based healthy green vegetable which contains nutrients like iron, vitamins A and C, and Folate. All of these source help with hair growth!

6. Sweet Potatoes-

Sweet Potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene. Loaded with vitamin A, a medium-sized sweet potato has enough beta-carotene more than four times your daily needs. Additionally, sweet potatoes have many factors that speed up the rate of hair growth.

7. Seeds-

Seeds carry a massive source of nutrients lacking many calories. To get the most extensive variety of nutrients, try different types of seeds. Variety of seeds have different supplements like sunflower seeds have vitamin E, flaxseeds and chia seeds have omega three fatty acids. All and all seed help promote healthy hair.

8. Meat-

Eating meat aids in hair growth because red meat is rich in iron and helps red blood cells carry oxygen to all cells in the body including hair follicles. Deficiencies in iron and protein have been linked to hair loss.

9. Eggs-

If you love a good healthy breakfast, most of us eat eggs. Eggs carry protein and biotin. Biotin helps with the production of a hair protein called keratin. There are hundreds of keratin treatments offered to the public if you have ever recognized the name before. Biotin deficiencies are uncommon if you have a pretty balanced diet. Eggs contain selenium and zinc which make them an excellent source for optimal hair health.

10. Sweet Peppers-

Sweet peppers carry the mineral resource of vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes the growth of collagen which helps strengthen the hair strands. They also contain vitamin A, either way; it benefits your hair growth!

11. Beans-

Beans are a plant-based source of protein. Rich in zinc as well. There are many types of beans, and they are inexpensive to add to your diet. Protein, iron, zinc, biotin, you can't go wrong with beans!

12. Soybeans-

Soybeans carry one very beneficial supplement which is spermidine. Spermidine is a compound that has proven in studies that it prolongs the active anagen phase. If your hair follicle is in the anagen phase, it is in its most active period of hair growth.

13. Berries-

Berries carry strong antioxidants from vitamin c sources, promoting hair growth and good consumption!

14. Nuts-

They are convenient for a quick snack and easy to carry around especially if you buy them in the little packs at your convenient local store. Nuts have vitamins like E and B, zinc and essential fatty acids. They are helpful to the growth of your hair.

The Growing Mask

Often we have busy lives, but if we want our hair to be healthy, we have to take the necessary steps to take care of it. There are DIY masks that you can execute at home for different reasons catering to your hair needs. Let’s tap into a mask that will help hair growth. This mask is very simple and been proven highly effective. What you need:
  • Two eggs
  • One teaspoon of olive oil
  • One teaspoon coconut oil
Mix the following ingredients and stir well. I advise you to use a color brush when applying the product to the hair but if not you can use your fingers. The color brush helps without the sticky mess on your fingers. Put a plastic shower cap on and let it sit for a few hours preferably overnight for the best results. Shampoo it out next day and watch your hair flourish!

Don’t Take A Loss

Beautiful, healthy hair is so important, but we need to be aware of some foods we may ingest that coexist with hair loss. 50% of women over age 65 have reported that they suffer from thinning hair. Studies show some women suffer from hair loss due to enormous amounts of stress or even depression. 21 million American women currently have a form of alopecia. So what foods exactly should you be avoiding?

1. Fried Foods-

high in fat, fried foods cause hydrogenated hair oils. These oils lead to an increase in testosterone which sometimes can lead to male pattern baldness.

2. Sugar-

Sugar produces insulin and shrinks hair follicles causing hair loss.

3. Foods high in Vitamin A-

Although vitamin A isn’t likely to take your hair out, it isn’t smart to make it as an individual supplement unless advised by your doctor.

4. Aspartame-

Aspartame is a sweetener that has connections to thinning hair.

The Hair Mask For Hair Loss

Hair loss can be tragic and depressing. It can cause low self-esteem and give people insecurity issues within themselves. Luckily, we are exposed to DIY crafts at home using google and Pinterest. I’ll be sharing with you all an egg mask you can perform in the comfort of your own home. I have a theory about eggs. Most of the time we use eggs a lot when we cook. What does that have to do with hair you ask? Eggs are used in the following for one reason and one reason only. Eggs are to hold things together. Just like when you bake a cake with eggs when you make meatloaf and so forth. So, when you think about the power of eggs, you must recognize that putting eggs in your hair can only accomplish the same thing. If you’re having trouble in life with shedding hair and hair loss, eggs, help to build a stronger hair follicle. You use an egg mask regularly; I’m sure you can almost rebuild the structure of your hair follicle and ultimately keep the hair from breaking off. So, let mask! What You Need:
  • One egg
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Two tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
In the process of making the mask, you want to whisk the egg together along with the other ingredients. Once done apply mixture to your scalp and cover with plastic cap. Let’s the mixture sit for 20 minutes and rinse! You can also use a few eggs if you don’t have all of the ingredients.

Grey Hair, Eat Fair

As women get older, some embrace their new journey into their grey hair while others are not too fond. They end up resorting to dying their grey hair over and over again. Growing older, you have lost melanin in the hair shaft. Well sometimes we can’t help what is destined to be, but we may be able to prevent it with a change of diet now! Let’s tap into some food you can eat to help correspond with those greys.

1. Mushrooms-

Mushrooms hold the powerful herbs that have been studied in China to help white hair prevention.

2. Walnuts-

If you’re a nut fanatic, you probably love walnuts, they are rich in copper. Copper is beneficial in the production of melanin.

3. Broccoli-

Broccoli is an excellent source of folic acid, and folic acid is known to reduce premature greying.

4. Spinach-

Deep green vegetables such as spinach contain iron and calcium. Great assets to having beautiful dark hair.

Take the Grey Away Mask

I can only imagine this smell being horrid, but an onion mask has been proven to stop hair from greying. Onions contain antioxidant enzymes that can restore hair back to its natural color state. You can eat onions early on to prevent the grey hair, but when you apply the onions to the scalp, they reduce hydrogen peroxide build up and have been known to reverse the grey. You can use one onion, blend it, strain the juice and add it to your scalp but the smell can be a bit unruly. We can’t eliminate the odor, but we can calm it down with more ingredients. What You Will Need:
  • One onion
  • One egg
  • One tablespoon of olive oil
Blend your onion and strain the juice into a bowl, add an egg, and the tablespoon of olive oil. Once it's mixed, add to hair and let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse the mixture out once the allotted time has passed and I suggest washing with shampoo to kill the scent.

Rather Be Thick Than Thin

Many women suffer from others body shaming all the time on whether they are thick or thin. I think we can all agree that we would prefer thick hair over thin hair. While we have talked about what to consume in your diet for hair growth, hair loss prevention and hair color, last but not least let’s tackle hair thickness and density. Pretty impressive to find out how your diet can involve your hair and not just your body. Learn how to get thick hair with the following foods.

1. Avocado-

We learned Avocado helps contribute to hair growth, but the copper mineral in avocado helps build collagen and elastin. It strengthens the hair to prevent breakage. Also, the vitamin E in avocados help increase blood circulation to the hair.

2. Whole Grain Cereal-

Whole grain cereal options are an excellent source of iron. Iron gives the hair follicles oxygen which allows them to stay thick.

3. Clams-

Clams carry a vitamin B12. B12 works excellent with keratin in the hair and allows for a healthy scalp.

4. Carrots-

Carrots not only help promote hair growth and have been proven to help aid your vision but if you eat carrots, they also produce natural sebum oil which gets your scalp healthy.

5. Yellow Peppers-

Yellow peppers are an excellent source of vitamin c. Citrus fruits contain vitamin c, but yellow peppers contain five times more vitamin c than our daily citrus fruits. They are considered one of the best anti-oxidants you can digest to strengthen the hair shaft and follicles.

6. Peanut Butter-

Peanut butter is filled with zinc, and as we have previously discussed, zinc helps to strengthen your hair.

7. Dairy Products-

Any dairy product primarily yogurt and milk are packed with calcium and calcium helps hair growth and strengthening.

Avocado Thickening Mask

Our last mask I will explain is another mask you can try at home, and it helps with the thickening of your hair. Another straightforward task to accomplish with a few ingredients from your kitchen. What You Will Need:
  • ½ an avocado
  • ¼ cup virgin coconut oil
  • One egg
  • 15 drops Rosemary essential oil
Beat the mix together until well blended and apply the mask to your hair generously wet or dry. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for about 20 minutes then rinse and shampoo as usual. The goal of the mask is to stimulate the less active hair follicles.

Food Is Bond

As you have learned there are so many foods you can add to your diet that promote healthy scalp and hair follicles. We must create a bond with our hair. We bond with our body when trying to live a healthy lifestyle. Keep in mind what you eat doesn’t just affect your body or weight, but it changes the hair that grows on your body as well. “You are what you eat” isn’t exactly a phrase you would want to use because it is undoubtedly true. If you are saying to yourself, you don’t have the time to eat healthy because you are also running around. Use your down time at home to meal prep and use some of the options given like whole grain, dairy, citrus fruits, protein filled meats and create a balanced diet at home that you can take on the go. We are our most prominent critics, and if healthy hair is what you want, you can indeed achieve it with proper planning. Healthy flourishing beautiful hair is right in front of your face and can indeed rest assured in your diet; it’s up to you whether you want it or not!
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How to Keep Up With Your Natural Hairline and Edges

How to Keep Up With Your Natural Hairline and Edges

Baby Hair and Afros

Hairlines are at the forefront of our profiles. We should pay particular attention to our edges so that they’re always on fleek and flourishing! Let’s talk about the beauty of black hair and how there has been so much hype overlaying your edges down and baby hairs. Though laid edges are satisfying, there should never be stress placed on them to wear certain hairstyles. Hair types and hairlines are hereditary; they can be altered and styled in many different ways. This is why it is important to fully understand your unique features so you can figure out what is best for you. Some women can easily style their edges minutes before they leave the house, other women who have to lay them down overnight, and some who have to take even further methods for sleek edges. The point is, no matter what you do for your hairstyles, you want to ensure you are not damaging your irreplaceable baby hairs. Edges are unique and genetic just like our hair type and can change over time depending on their care.

Noticing The Difference

You have to understand a scalp before doing anything to it. When it comes to your edges, the state of them will determine your regimen. Full or thin, straight or curly, your baby hairs can add a finishing touch to your look. Not all edge styles are the same, as they align with your hairline. The first thing you’ve got to ask yourself: Are my edges full or sparse (if I have any)? Once you find out where you stand, then you can combat the ways to keep up with your natural hairline. So, where do you stand?

Full Edges

What are they?

Full edges are not synonymous with long-haired edges. I envy the girls with thick, full hair, especially around their hairlines. I have thick hair, but my edges didn’t get the memo. Those who have strong, healthy follicles around the perimeter of their head can style edges as is with the correct holding gel. Looser hair textures such as type 3 don’t require such a firm gel since they can be styled and ready in about ten to fifteen minutes. Some type 4 naturalistas can also lay their edges down with the right gel and a scarf. Kinkier textures require solid-like gels for maximum hold. Liquid-based gels work as well, but for the sake of fixed edges, thicker gels work best.

How to style fuller edges

To lay fuller edges, it helps to begin with hair that isn’t dry. Meaning if you’re not styling after washing or moisturizing, then you can spray some water around your hairline. Apply your desired amount of alcohol-free gel and style as necessary. Depending on your hair’s behavior and your preference, you can choose between styling toothbrushes, bristle brushes, fine/rat tail combs, or your fingers! It’s your edges, so whatever works for you. Once you’ve styled your edges how you like, tie them up with a scarf for at least 15 minutes. Whenever you’re ready to go, your edges will be too.

Be on the lookout

The main issue between those with fuller hairlines and edge control are the products. Since the hair is thick, it requires more gel to hold it down. Too much product too often will begin to take a toll on your strands. If you look at the ingredients, most gels are full of synthetic components we can’t even pronounce! I don’t know about you, but I’d like to find as many ways as I can to limit the number of chemicals that I use in my hair. Hair loss, damage, and weakening can occur from the frequent usage of gels on your edges. You can wear a scarf to help lay down your edges every time you’re at home, not just bedtime. This way, you can ensure your styling lasts for days to refrain from adding gel or spray every day.

What You Can Do

Have you ever heard of homemade gel? As it is becoming more popular for DIY hair care, check out the benefits of using all-natural products to ensure edges that are nourished and laid. Aloe Vera gel and Flaxseed gel are two popular, organic alternatives to try. Aloe Vera is full of active beneficial nutrients, with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Keratin, the main protein of hair, and Aloe Vera contain components similar to each other. So when you use Aloe Vera gel, it helps to strengthen and nourish your strands while naturally complying with your hair. Flaxseeds are good for hair growth because they contain loads of vitamin E, they balance pH levels and oil production, and conditions, soothes, and nourishes your follicles. Just putting them on your edges alone will allow them to remain full and healthy. You can also make your gel by boiling some flax seeds in water. You’re able to either use the natural gel alone or add your ingredients for a thicker gel to help those with full or kinky hair types. To make your homemade gel, you need:
  • ¼ cup flaxseed or aloe vera gel
  • ¼ cup castor oil
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • ⅛ cup honey
  • A few drops of the fragrance of your choice (optional)
  • ⅛ cup glycerin

Step #1

As this takes only a few minutes, all you need to do first is mix the oil, honey, and fragrance in one bowl. If you have a preservative, you can add it here, but if not then stick with your ingredients.

Step #2

Next, mix the glycerin and gum in another bowl (This is to ensure no clumps before combining, so be sure you have a smooth mixture). Glycerin aids in moisture production and flake controller and xanthan gum is sugar that does what’s expected—thickens your product.

Step #3

After you’ve hydrated the gum with the glycerin and thoroughly blended both your mixes, then combine the two. After combining, continue stirring as you bring in your preferred gel.

Step #4

Then, when you’ve added all your ingredients together, you can store your edge control in a small jar and keep it in the fridge until you use it. You can save it up to two weeks, but with a preservative, it can last up to six months. This is one way to make a homemade gel, so if any ingredient listed can be swapped for something better fit for you, then, by all means, customize your product so that it works for you perfectly. This gel has assisted for all hair types, so we can all benefit!

Thin Edges

What are they?

There could be many reasons as to why you may be experiencing thin or weak edges or even hair loss. On the one hand, it could be because of your health or genetics. It’s harder to reverse what comes naturally for you, but that shouldn’t discourage you from maintaining your edges. If you’ve only recently started losing hair, then the other reason could stem from excessive, improper styling. Whether it’s minimal or not, any hair loss should be taken seriously and tended to immediately. The reason so many women are experiencing balding edges is that of their frequent use of chemicals or relaxers, or constant, tight hairstyles. If you’re a woman who needs her hair done all the time, you should explore all your options so that your hair is always being taken care of as well.

How to style with thin edges

I’ve seen women with little to no hairs along their hairline make way by gluing hair pieces down, filling in bald spots with makeup, or wearing wigs and styles with added baby hairs. Now, it’s great to find a way when you thought there was no way, but those should not be your go-to. By reverting to the “cheat” options, you are not helping your hair in the long run, and that is the most crucial part. If you have weak edges, your primary goal should be to grow them. One of the best ways to restore hair damage is to be able to allow your hair to breathe with little to no manipulation. The sacrifices we make for convenience by wearing protective styles are no help if you don’t do your part. Going about taking care of and styling your edges will be something that is constant since you’ll be maintaining them even outside the bathroom. The first thing is to make sure when you get your hair done that the styles are never too tight. If you blink hard and slow and you feel any tension or tenderness around your hairline, that’s how you know your hairline is at risk.

What You Can Do

So how can you still rock your sparse edges? You can help nourish them by finding natural temple balms, serums, and masks, products made to grow your hairline back. You can also find essential oils, such as Rosemary oil, to replenish the nutrients and strength needed for stronger strands. If you take the time to massage with your hairline for about 30 seconds once or twice a day, then you will hopefully begin to notice growth within a few weeks. Scalp massages are good for the hair because your hair gets a chance to take the product in really and stimulates blood circulation, which helps hair growth. The process of growing hair is not supposed to be comfortable or perfect. Some of us spend so much time focused on slayed looks that we don’t appreciate the beauty of naturalness. Edges don’t have to be gelled down to look good. I’m sure you were probably waiting for me to go into detail about how to still slick down thin edges, but the best way to style them is to let them prosper as they are and let nature take its course. However, if you do choose to use gel more often, try and go for homemade, natural gels so that you can help your hair at the same time. Don’t try and swoop your edges for different designs all the time either. The extra tension you add to your hairline keeps from a full, thick hairline that could appear if you become more gentle with your routine and products. So if you are using a brush, comb, or spoolie, make sure it is clean in addition to tender styling.

No Edges? No Problem!

Did you know that baby hair is the same hairs we had as toddlers? That’s why we call them that, simply because of the texture and behavior. The hair that has developed around our head is not always the same around the front. Some people don’t have any baby hairs at all, as all their hair strands matured. Sometimes we can create baby hairs by just gelling down the hairs in front, but without the proper care, those hairs will begin to recede just as natural hairlines. We want to celebrate the styles created without baby hairs because there are so many ways we black women can slay in ways that benefit us. Whether you lost all your baby hairs, or even choose not to have any, be confident with your hair just as is; what may come easy for some, might be difficult for others. Rock a bald cut, or a shaved style, whatever can help you rock what you got. The dedication to creating sleek edge styles are great, but even some stylists believe that all clients can have the same looks. Wrong! Too many girls and women are beginning to experience early signs of hair loss or alopecia, all because of stress placed on the hairline. So do yourself a favor and cater to your natural look, because the best finishing touch on any style is confidence.

Focusing on the Long Run

Regardless of the state of your hairline, you want to treat all your hair the same. You want to not only find products that match with your hair texture but techniques that can boost your regimen to help yourself. Taking care of your edges is more than just sleeping with a silk scarf at night. It is minimizing heat and chemical usage, plenty moisturization, hydrating when necessary, weekly treatments, and a healthy body (and soul). After giving your hair all the nutrients and love it needs, you have to protect it as well. Makeup, facial cleansers, and moisturizers should not touch your edges since sometimes the ingredients within those products diminish hair growth. For an even stronger scalp, multivitamins can help you, along with a hearty diet full of fresh fruits, protein, vegetables, and plenty of water. Everything that goes inside your body shows on the outside. Taking care of your edges seems very simple and straightforward since the things to do are things we should be doing anyway. The key here is to make sure you aren’t ruining your progress by continuing the old habits that may have led to some hair loss. So, if you've got full or thin edges, all you have to do is maintain them and give the best TLC you could provide!
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