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Are You Washing Your Hair Properly? Check Out Great Washing Techniques HERE

 

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By: Tawanda Johnson (TJLuvsbeingnatural)

As with most things when it comes to natural hair, there are various ways that you can effectively wash your tresses.  Preferences are typically dependent on hair length and texture. One of the first and most important things to understand when it comes to washing natural hair is why ordinary shampoo is not the ideal choice.

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Why Is My Scalp So Flaky?…. and What Can I do To Treat It?

 

Via EnjoyingTheJourneys; CurlyNikki

A dry flaky scalp can be caused by a number of things, including the weather and or the products you are using. Dry Scalp is usually treatable when you give your hair added moisture and eliminate certain products from your regimen. You will need to identify or narrow down what could be the cause of your specific issue before it can be dealt with properly.

What causes Flaky Dry Scalp?

Dandruff is not the result of dry hair, it is caused by an oily scalp. You can usually differentiate dandruff from dry scalp by the size of the flakes. Dandruff flakes are larger and white. Your scalp may itch but it will not be inflamed or tender. Treatment::  Increasing the frequency of shampooing your hair will help; use a shampoo that has ingredients to specifically treat dandruff. I’m an advocate of natural products so I’d recommend, JASON, dandruff relief shampoo. It has tea tree oil, neem and rosemary in it.

Product build up (especially products with mineral oil, petroleum and other pore clogging ingredients) can also cause flaky, dry scalp. These flakes are not dead skin cells at all, but gels, conditioner, hair grease, or other products you’ve used that are mixed with your skin cells. Treatment: Begin to use a clarifying shampoo to rid your scalp of the residual ingredients. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner as clarifying shampoos strip your hair. ( makes it squeaky clean but also has a tendency to be drying)

Dead skin cells fall off and are replaced by new skin cells. When this process of shedding is faster than normal, you will notice flakes on your scalp. If your flakes are because of dry skin, you will most likely have dry skin on other parts of your body. The flakes are dry, small, and white. Not washing your hair often enough can lead to excess oil and more rapidly producing flakes. Treatment: Use a hydrating shampoo for dry hair and scalp. Gently massage your scalp, using only your finger tips not your NAILS, to remove the flakes and increase circulation to the area. (Scratching your scalp is never a good idea, it has a counter effect)

TIP 1 :  Never apply products directly to your scalp. Our scalp creates its own oils, no need to apply hair grease or pomades to it.

TIP 2: Our scalp can get sunburned; if you’ve been in the sun more than usual or take long hot  showers; limit both to see if it helps with your journey to a non-flaky scalp.

TIP 3:Cut back on drying shampoos- A lot of shampoos (not all) contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, an ingredient that can be drying if used in excess. Opt for co-washing, making sure to gently massage your scalp with your fingers to loosen any build up you may have.
TIP4: Moisturizing oils such as coconut oils can be enhanced further as a scalp treatment by adding essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, tea-tree, and peppermint, all of which help combat dry scalp. Using the pads of your fingers, apply the oil little by little to different parts of your scalp, parting your hair as needed. Using the pads of your fingers, work the oil into your scalp, using circular motions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation. (Read more about the benefits of scalp massage here)

TIP5:– Make sure you’re drinking enough water, and consider taking supplements (I love my Trader Joe’s multivitamin) to ensure you’re body is getting the nutrients it needs to look and feel your best!

Finally, if you give your scalp a little more TLC and your flakes are still there, it may be time to call your dermatologist.

Naturalistas, have you had any issues with your scalp?.. If so what remedies or advice do you have to treat it?

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The Bigger The Better?

As a teenager, I had always wanted hair like Scary Spice from the girls band “Spice Girls”! Big, thick and most importantly curly!

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With my permed hair at the time, little did I know that deep in my roots was the answer to Thick, kinky curly hair. Out of ignorance, I had my hair texturized into “Jerry Curls”!

Gone are those pitiful days.

Today, I’d like to share with you a few tips on how I get my hair into a big curly afro!

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  1. Start with shampooing and deep conditioning your hair (some find it a good moment for a detangling session).
  2. Towel dry then add your favourite leave-in conditioner (for others this is a good time to detangle hair).
  3. Divide your hair into two sections. With your head facing the floor, take one section and braid a two-strand cornrow up to the top of your head, then finish off with a three-strand braid. Do the same to the second half. This is very important for a full curly afro look
  4. When your hair is at least 70% dry, carefully undo the two braided sections.
  5. Finger style and then use a diffuser to totally dry your hair into position.
  6. The final styling step requires an afro pick comb. Pick your hair from the roots to make your afro as big as you desire.

These 5 simple steps should give you this full curly afro look. In my opinion, the BIGGER the afro, the BETTER! How big do you like yours?

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The Key Steps To Successfully Detangling

A heavy-duty comb

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A wide-toothed comb is the comb you need in order to detangle. If the combs teeth are too thin and close together you will break your hair and if the comb it too plastic it will snap and you will run through an entire pack before you finish your whole head. I personally love and reccomend the tan wide toothed comb and the denman brush, which can be found at any hair store/Sallys near you.Denman Brush 1 

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Hair utensils (scrunchies, clips, pins, etc)

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I’ll leave this up to your preference, but detangling becomes easier the better you are able to separate the hair. Most people begin with four sections and then break the individual sections into more sections using pins and scrunchies. Be sure to have these on hand to make your detangling process easier!

Spray Bottle of Water

Do not, I repeat, do not detangle dry hair. There is no easier way to damage your hair than detangling your hair while it is dry. Keep your spray bottle on hand to be able to spritz water as needed.

You will indefinitely need patience to be able to work with your hair without breaking it, damaging it or giving up on detangling. Work from the bottom up, but be sure to take your time.

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The World of Homemade Deep Conditioners

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Welcome to the world of homemade deep conditioners, here are a few to get started….

The Classic: Egg Whites, Mayo, Honey

            1 cup mayonnaise

            2 tbsp honey

            1 egg (white)

Mayonnaise is stacked with oils and fats that help moisturize, soften and add sheen to dull dry hair; while honey adds sheen and acts as a natural way to prevent the loss of moisture.

To create, put all ingredients in a blender until smooth, then sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangleone rinsed thoroughly.

And the variations: (Egg Whites, Mayonnaise and greek yogurt is a variation of this)

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Coconut Oil & Egg Whites

            4 tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil

            1 egg (white)

            2 tbsp of pure honey (optional)

This conditioner combines protein, moisture and strength that the hair needs to grow and thrive. Honey is always good to add in deep conditioners for your hair, as it is great for moisture retention.

To create, mix in a bowl, then sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly. You may need double the ingredients depending on the length or thickness of the hair.

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Avocado & Olive Oil

1 overripe avocado

            ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

            ½ cup of shea butter (optional)

2-3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (optional)

This deep conditioner is great for detangling! This conditioner is made to lubricate thick curls and give weight to the hair for detangling. The apple cider vinegar works as a clarifier for your hair, as well, if you do choose to include it.

To create, put all ingredients into a blender, and add extra virgin olive oil to reach the consistency you would prefer. Sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly.

 Banana, Olive oil & honey (with optional glycerin)

            1 large banana (or banana baby food)

            4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

            2 tbsp pure veggie glycerin (optional)

            2 tbsp honey

Here, the banana, when mixed with other ingredients, minimizes shrinkage and softens the hair. Olive oil thoroughly contributes to the over all moisture of the hair (see last post about oils). This deep conditioner specifically helps with manageability.

To create, put all of the ingredients into the blender in order to avoid having banana bits. Sit for 30-45 minutes under a shower cap and continue into a detangle one rinsed thoroughly.

Small tip:

All of these ingredients, egg whites/yogurt/honey/banana/mayonnaise/etc., can all work alone as deep conditioners as well! Happy experimenting!

 

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Tips & Tricks for the New Natural

These are little tips I have acquired during my time as a natural and during the research I did before my big chop! I wish I had a list like this for me, so I thought I’d provide one!

  1. Dry your hair with a t-shirt, instead of a towel, for less frizz when your hair finally dries.
  2. While we are on the topic of drying hair…….Pat dry don’t rub dry, to avoid frizz.
  3. I thought this was a myth, but no, really, invest in a spray bottle for your water – They were not kidding.
  4. You won’t need to clip your ends as much as you probably think. Trimming, if you are properly caring for your hair, should come as much as a blue moon. To retain length, trims should be very few and far between.
  5. Finger detangle because combs should be your last resort. We have pretty little combs attached to our wrists thanks for the Man above, use them!
  6. You really only need water, a butter, an oil (and possibly a gel) — All of the rest of the products are excess.
  7. Beware of the product junkie lifestyle, it is so easy to slide into if you don’t do you research first and control your habits.
  8. Take pictures of your hair, trust me with this, because you eventually will see the progress and be so happy you did! Staring at yourself in the mirror everyday you won’t notice growth as much as if you document with photos!
  9. Develop a routine, but know that eventually this will have to change. Be willing to adapt.
  10. Heat damage is not a myth. That is all.
  11. Denman brushes are a beautiful thing. For some reason, brushing through my hair with a Denman accentuates my curls and I get to look and adore them every time.
  12. Do not overuse shampoo. It dries your hair out, use sparingly.
  13. Be careful with those edges! Especially when doing buns and pull back styles.
  14. Coating your hands with an oil while taking down protective styles will reduce frizz.
  15. Get enough water to drink throughout your normal day, it helps with, not only your body, but also your hair.
  16. Though you want to protect your entire hair strand, focus on the end, which is the oldest part and most prone to breaking.
  17. Condition and wash the hair while they are in twists to be time efficient.
  18. A good way to judge if the water is too hot for your hair — If the water is too hot for the back of your hand, it’s too hot for your hair.
  19. Figuring out your hairtype can be mildly stressful, expect this and mentally prepare.
  20. Take your twists out at the bottom, then unravel, to reduce frizz.
  21. Take the time to learn when it is time to clip ends: I  mostly know by when they cant be tamed, are always puffy and dry, and I see physical splits.
  22. When you shampoo, it is 80% scalp and 20% hair strands. Once again, shampoo will dry your hair out, be weary.
  23. Experimentation is healthy. Be brave.
  24. Look for water based products.
  25. If I haven’t said it enough already: Water, water, water.

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How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?

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Hey Curlies!

I was on NaturallyCurly.com, and I ran across a great article on when to cleanse your hair. I know for many of us we wash our hair every day, week, or whenever we feel the need to refresh our scalp.  Shampooing seems like such a simple task, but in actuality there is a science behind it. Check out the article below and let me know your thoughts!

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What makes your hair feel dirty?

Sebaceous glands are to blame! Sebaceous glands are glands in our skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum, to lubricate our skin and hair. These glands are connected to an individual hair follicle. They are responsible for secreting sebum, the natural oils that moisturize and waterproof your skin and hair. This is why our hair can feel or look dirty.

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Thick hair or tight curls and kinks

Shampooing can be the last thing on your mind, since you only need to wash your hair about once a week (and sometimes less)! Your hair doesn’t feel dirty easily, so you don’t need to cleanse it until it feels dirty. Daily washing is a bad idea because your hair would be way too dry.

You have the luxury of waiting a number of days until you feel like it needs washing again. To refresh in between washes, try a dry shampoo or conditioner. Co-washing is a great option for those with thick, coarse hair.

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Medium curls, kinks and waves

You can afford to shampoo every few days. If you skip a day, no need to worry because your curls will look great with a little refreshing! Curls look great and the texture will work well with a small amount of oil in your hair. Low shampoos or a shampoo baris great for you.

Make sure to pineapple to help you achieve better second day hair. If you work out a lot, you may need to co-wash (wash with conditioner) in between shampoos. You can also water wash between co-washes. Water washing means that you massage your scalp using just water, no shampoo, cleanser or conditioner. Some people do this in between their co-washes/shampoos.

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Fine curls and waves

You have a fine hair texture; by the evening your hair seems oily and you use styling products daily.

Your curly locks will look their best if you shampoo every day. Your wave or fine hair will sparkle with daily washed hair. It’s not your style to have oily texture, so it’s best to keep it clean. To avoid drying out your locks, make sure to moisturize with a good conditioner! Think about how much this is going to cut down on your bathroom time!

 

There’s more to it…

Your curl pattern most likely falls within one or more of the curl patterns we just mentioned, but there’s more to it than curl pattern. Your individual porosity, your city’s water qualities and your hair care needs will all affect how often you wash your hair.

Ultimately, wash and condition your hair based on how greasy or dry your hair feels, and use these tips as guidelines.

 

 

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Ask Felicia: Sore Scalp/ Causes & Remedies To Relieve A Tender Scalp

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By Felicia Leatherwood
If you have been experiencing the pain and discomfort of a sore scalp whether it be:
* Tender and aching
*Dry and tight feeling
*Itchy and uncomfortable
*irritated, burning accompanied with redness or rash like symptoms
You could like thousands of women be living with the torture of a tender scalp, wondering why me and why won’t it go away!  I know it can be very frustrating not having the answers you need to deal with this type of problem and get fast relief, but understanding some of the causes and a few cures, just may help ease your pain.
I personally feel like I’ve been so called “tender headed,” since the age of 5, but maybe it’s gotten worst over the years of perming, pulling and neglect!   But in the end, I had to realize that maybe I’ve been doing too much!
The positive news is that most sore scalp symptoms can be narrowed down to a few common causes from the type of shampoo you have been using, to sensitivity to hair products and dyes, to lack of proper moisturizing.   The good news is you may be able to get a little relief by trying a number of scalp remedies to soothe and heal your scalp, bringing it back into balance again.
First, try to identify what type of dry scalp you have.  If you have a dry scalp that feels tight, you may have stripped the natural sebum from your scalp and threw off the pH balance.  This can happen when using shampoos that contain harsh cleansers which are the equivalent to engine degreasers.  Some shampoos will strip everything from the hair, including your own natural healthy oils, leaving your hair and scalp extremely dry and tight which will cause soreness.  Your scalp needs oil to maintain its balance which functions to protect against yeast organisms such as Melassesia Globbosa or Pitysporum Ovale which results in dandruff and flakes.  Then further and continued use of cleansers an lead to chronic scalp irritation.  Makes sense right?!?
The next thing you may notice is sore tender hair follicles.  Sometimes this can occur from having your hair tied up too tightly, forcing your follicles into a direction which is uncomfortable after a period of time.  So when it comes to wrapping your hair up at night be sure to switch directions or tie it down in the direction your hair grows naturally, especially if you have area’s on your head that have ” cow licks,”(pattern in which hair grows naturally).
It’s a known fact that many shampoos contain ingredients that corrode hair follicles and aggravate the sentive glands that surround them.  This can result in scalp pimples and can inflamed or infected the scalp.
So what about the causes- what can you do at home to help heal and clear up the situation.  Well first stop using harsh shampoos and go for natural sulphate, paraben and petroleum Free products.  Look for shampoos that carry ingredients such as macadamia, wheat germ or jojoba oils.  These mimic our own natural sebum to some extent and help nourish and moisturize the scalp.
Then there is lavender, rosemary and tea tree oils which contain antibacterial healing properties.  Neem oil is also great for it’s anti fungal properties and helps stop the itch.
Lavender calms the skin and so does chamomile tea cooled and used as a hair rinse.  As well as buying quality shampoos that will help condition the scalp and hair and doing a hot oil treatment at least once a month.
There are many more home remedies for dandruff and itchy scalp or you may want to treat yourself to a really good shampoo and conditioner, that won’t contain harsh additives and chemicals.
So treat yourself and your hair better, by giving it the good stuff!
Heres a small list of the good stuff…

1) Philip B. White Truffle Shampoo and Conditioner

2) Dr. Miracles Olive Oil & Jojoba Conditiong Shampoo
3) Hydratherma Naturals SLS Shampoo and the Amino Acid Protein Conditioner
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Choosing The Best Moisturizer For Your Curls!!

 

Via CurlyNikki

In order to get the most out of your moisturizer you need to choose the best one for your hair type and texture, and understand which type of moisturizer to use based on the climate you live in. In general, moisturizing hair follows a specific order in order to retain and maintain hydration.

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DIY Olive Oil Deep Conditioner | Video

 

Via NaturallyCurly.com

A weekly deep conditioning treatment (or a “DC”) is an essential step in a curly’s regimen. DCs can play a very important role in treating damage, preventing frizz, and moisturizing your curly hair. There’s no need to buy an extra product, simply mix your own DC with just two ingredients you already have!

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