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Healthy Hair From the Inside Out: Learn What Foods Promote Healthy Hair

 

Do you think that just because your hair looks nice and shiny on the outside that it is healthy? Well, think again! It’s not just about washing/co-washing, deep-conditioning, moisturizing, etc.  There is more to healthy hair, than what meets the eye.  I am pretty sure, that you have heard the phrase, “You’re what you eat.” Not only does this phrase relate to your physical appearance, but it also applies to achieving healthy hair.

Read more below from our past spring issue. 

Featured Image: Google Images (madamenoire.com)

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The Perfect Shade: Picking the Perfect Hair Color


Want to switch up your do, with a color that fits you?

Say no more! Choosing a hair color that fits you can be kind of tricky, but we’re here to help!

At times we all get tired of wearing our natural hair color, and we may want to be spontaneous and try something different.

You may not know it, but it’s very important to choose a color for your hair that compliments your overall appearance.

When you want to switch things up for your physical appearance, you have to make sure that it compliments other aspects of your body as well.

Learn how to choose the perfect hair color below:

 

Featured Image: From Pinterest

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Natural Hair Product Texture Chart: Learn What Types of Products You Need to Enhance Your Curls

 

Trying to find the right products to style, and accentuate your curls can be a real challenge when you are still in the process of figuring out your hair type. We have teamed up with celebrity stylist and natural hair expert, Lisa Fuller, to create your very own personal guide to matching hair-care products with your specific texture.

Check it out below on page 28

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Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Hair

 

Benefits of Aloe Vera

1. Excellent natural conditioner to deeply moisturize hair strands-(* great for damaged strands)

2. Can help prevent hair loss ( enzymes found in aloe vera gel and juice act as hair growth

stimulators)

3. Help control dandruff- ( apply the gel or juice to your scalp before taking a shower, leave it

in for half an hour, then rinse it out)

4. Prevents oily hair- Both the gel and juice form of aloe vera act as a natural astringent and

will rid the hair of excess oil. ( Mix it with lemon juice, leave it on for a few minutes then

wash it off with your shampoo.. or you can add a few drops of the juice to your shampoo)

How To Use Aloe Vera For Hair 

In order to derive all the nutrients in aloe vera juice, it is important to know how to use it. A

large number of aloe vera products for hair can be found in health-food stores. You can use

such products by following instructions on the package. But, if you have your own aloe vera

plant,then you can extract its juice and use it for hair care. To extract the juice from the aloe vera

plant, cut off a mature leaf and squeeze it. Now, you can use this juice to replace your regular

hair conditioner. Apply the juice directly on the scalp after shampooing your hair. Leave it on

for about 5 minutes and then rinse it off. You can also mix a small amount of lemon juice to

aloe vera juice to enhance the effects of this natural conditioner.

 

Have you ladies used aloe vera as a conditioner?… did you like it?

Check out the latest issue of Natura Magazine for more infromation on Aloe Vera Gel

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Natura Chats With The Beautiful Vlogger @Donedo!! (Get All The Tea Inside)

 

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She’s a dope photographer, an amazing artist, a stylist and one of our favorite YouTube vloggers. DONEDO, is a force to be reckoned with, and she is taking the natural hair community by storm. Natura had the opportunity to chat with the daring naturalista, and get all the deets on her hair, life, and her involvement with Natura Magazine.

Check out our convo and her latest video below…

Malia: Why/when did you decide to go natural?

Donedo: When I moved to Chicago for grad school, I would drive all the way back to Michigan to get a touch up because I didn’t know any stylists in Chicago that I could trust. Since I was very busy with school I started stretching my touchups longer and longer until finally I realized I could go without them. I had already became infatuated with natural hair so this was just the final push.

Malia: How has your hair transition made an impact on your life?

Donedo: My transition allowed me to realize how versatile natural hair could be. I used my transition as an experimental phase to try new hairstyles I’ve never done before. Most of my friends and coworkers love my new hairstyles! They joked that I would have a new hairstyle every day of the week which wasn’t completely inaccurate. I transitioned for about a year and a half but for the first year I wore weave’s.

Malia: What made you decide to want to share your hair/beauty experiences with the world?

Donedo: I’m a creative person to begin with. I was always into art and photography so naturally when I started doing new hairstyles I want to take pictures of my awesome looks. I shared those pictures on Instagram and started tagging my photos and that’s when I started getting more followers and interview requests from the natural hair community. It actually had only been maybe two weeks that I have been experimenting with different natural hairstyles and a contributor from Black Girl Long Hair contacted me to see if I would like to do an interview showing off different hairstyles and my fashion. I felt like I didn’t have enough examples to show of me rocking my natural hair so I waited about a month to come up with new hairstyles and photos before submitting the interview. From that interview I gained a lot of followers.

Malia: What do you want your followers/subscribers to gain from watching your videos and following your social media pages?

Donedo: I want my followers gain inspiration to wear their natural hair confidently. I like to try new styles and new hair colors. Hair is a great accessory and you should have fun with it. I also share hair tips, advice, and products that work well for my hair.

Malia: How do you gain inspiration when styling your hair?

Donned: In the beginning I just tried new things and used my creativity to inspire new styles. Instagram and Youtube are also great resources for inspiration.

Malia: What is your staple hairstyle?

Donedo:This past year I perfected my wash-n-go but overall twist outs and braid outs have been my staples since going natural.

Malia: What are your favorite products out right now?

Donedo: I literally have hundreds of different products but lately I’ve been loving Entwine Couture’s product line. For co-washing I use Hello Hydration by Herbal Essence or Aussie Moist.

Malia: If you could describe your hair in three words, what would it be?

Donedo:Big, vibrant and kinky.

Malia: Why did you decide to create “My Twisted Life,” and what can viewers expect from the series?

Donedo: I decided to create “My Twisted Life” to incorporate more lifestyle media in with my hair hairstyling that I’ve become known for. I love to create. I am an artist, photographer and designer. I also love fashion and cooking. I have a lot of different passions and I wanted a place where I can share them all.

Malia: What sets you apart from other natural hair vloggers?

Donedo: My willingness to experiment with my hair and share my journey, good or bad. I also am more than just hair. I’m a freelance photographer and I share vlogs, recipes, DIY projects, home improvement, culture and more.

Malia: What can we expect from your involvement with Natura Magazine?

Donedo: You can expect me to share the same things you love from my YouTube and Instagram with Natura. I also have a few different partnerships with brands this year so I’ll have more reviews and demos to show with a variety of products.

Malia: What is your best advice for a transitioning natural hair diva?

Donedo:. Don’t hold on to damaged ends. It’s so much easier once you cut the relaxed hair off. Just go for it!

Malia: What is one thing that your followers don’t know about you?

Donedo: I’ve lived in Brazil, Salvador da Bahia to be precise.

Malia: What would you like to contribute to the natural hair community?

Donedo: I would like to contribute positivity and inspiration to the natural hair community.

Malia: What’s next for you?

Donedo: Right now I’m focusing on my photography and YouTube so we’ll see what’s in store for me next!

Check out @Donedo’s new braid out video with Entwine Couture

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Naturally Curly’s: Tips/Products to Strengthen Your Edges

 

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Written By: Ashley Glenn

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Hey Family!

I was checking out NaturallyCurly.com, and I came across this amazing article on ways to treat thinning edges.  Check it out and let me know what you think!

Xoxo

Malia

Thinning edges can be a traumatic experience, especially when you are not sure of how to treat them. Thinning edges can be caused by hairstyles that pull the hair too tight, constant friction on the edges, and improper hair care practices. It can be quite frustrating, but it does not have to be any longer. Below you will find eight temple treatments that will help to restore your edges.

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Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Temple Balm
This temple balm will provide your hair with moisture and hold, while making your edges stronger. Peppermint oil is formulated in this balm to stimulate the scalp. If you want a treatment that will protect your hair and help smooth your edges, this is a good choice.

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SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strength, Grow, & Restore Edge Treatment
The organic shea butter is included to retain the hair’s moisture and Jamaican black castor oil is included to repair the hair. This product has a jelly-like consistence, which stands out from usual edge treatments. No flaking or crust here.

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Organic Root Stimulator Fertilizing Temple Balm
Herbal extracts are included to repair thinning hair. Gently massage the product on the thinning areas. This product is a good choice that can be easily accessed in your local beauty supply and drug stores.

To view more click HERE

 

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What’s Your Hair Type

Whats my hair type?… Am I a 4a, 3b,  or 2c?  Whether you just transitioned to natural, or you’ve been natural for years, knowing your hair type can rule out a lot of unnecessary problems when managing your natural tresses.  Knowing your specific hair type can help you determine what products and styles work best for your texture. This in essence will save you a lot of money spent on unnecessary products and headaches from styles that don’t last.  Experts from the Natura Staff  have composed a chart to help assist you in determining your natural hair type.

Im a 3C.. what are you?

Xoxo

Naturalia

to see the chart click here.

 

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Ask Felicia Leatherwood: The Top 5 Things You Can Do To Grow Your Hair Faster

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Written By Felicia Leatherwood:

1)Have a consistent regimen

 Be sure that you have a system for your hair care and stick to it!  So, if you shampoo & deep condition your hair on Saturdays and do hot oil treatments on Wednesdays, be sure to stick to the same routine so that your hair will be on a schedule.  Then you can really see how well you hair does on a scheduled regimen and the benefits of doing this.

2)Hair growth supplements
First of all, lets be clear about what supplements are.
A supplement is known as something that is to be either taken with something else or aid in something else. For example, a vitamin is a supplement, however just taking a vitamin alone will not make you healthy. This must be accompanied by a healthy diet and exercise.
Here is a small list of some of the top hair growth products out on the market.  I have tried and tested these products and they really do work!
-Hairfinity Hair Growth vitamins
-Biotin vitamins
-Viviscal
-Ovation Cell Therapy
-ORS Temple and root stimulator
Be sure to read all direction and test in a small area of the head to be sure you are applying properly and your hair likes it.
DO all hair growth products work? Some work great but nothing takes the place of a good diet, proper rest and the right amount of water in your system.
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 3)Oils that help with hair growth
Jojoba, Carrot, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Coconut oil, Rootspiration, Saw Palmetto and Rosemary oil.  These oils help stimulate growth by rejuvenating the cells on your scalp to produce more hair.  But you must apply regularly and also use the product for 1 whole year before stopping.
4)Hair growth exercises
-Inversion Method aka hanging upside down.  If you care to hang upside down for a while to carry the blood threw your scalp and bring life back into your hair.
Also regular scalp massages help stimulate growth.
And lastly Yoga.  Yoga keeps the oxygen flowing through your body so that you rebuild cells and grow hair.
5)Massaging the scalp;
– Nothing beats a good ole fashion scalp massage for about 20-30min a day to get that blood flowing and your scalp lose.

 

Do you have natural hair questions? Leave them here to receive expert advice from Felicia Leatherwood.

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

 

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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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Permed Hair Easier to Manage?

Apart from fitting into the given standard of beauty, another reason for perming our hair was making it easier to manage and maintain. Our natural course hair was capable of breaking a comb and totally unmanageable!

After 15 years of permed hair and over 5 years with natural hair, I look back in retrospect and wonder if permed hair was really easier to manage or  just an illusion passed down from generation to generation.

In order to come up with a coherent answer, I had to analize the two experiences – Permed hair VS Natural hair.

Maintaining permed hair:

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  1. Roots have to be retouched at least every 3 months.  This requires going to the hair salon where you can find an experienced hairdresser. Since perming is “controlled damage” the possibilities of having your hair burnt by an amateur is pretty high.
  2. A visit to the hair salon at least once a week is required to keep your hair looking nice and sleek. That could strain your pocket in addition. But once your perm is nice and fresh, combing is made easy with finger slipping smoothly through your hair.
  3. After a fresh perm or retouch you mustn’t wash your hair within 48 hours. Washing with shampoo ( and even getting your hair wet)  can disturb the hair proteins as they are locking into their shapes in those first hours.
  4. Extra tender loving care is vital to maintain a healthy looking perm- shampooing, extra conditioning, extra oil and protein treatments. This is because perming, forcibly and permanently breaks down the protein in your hair in order to keep it straight.
  5. Permed hair is constrained to simple everyday styles without visiting the salon. There is a limited variety of things you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Maintaining natural hair:

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  1. Regular visits to the hair salon aren’t necessary for a retouch or treatment and the closest you get to burning your hair is bending over the gas cooker!
  2. Natural hair doesn’t need to be washed every day. It’s enough to wash it once a week or every other week with a detangling session. Once detangled and styled, combing every day isn’t neccessary. This guarantees peace of mind throughout the whole week.
  3. Nevertheless, combing and detangling can be an ordeal! You dare not comb your kinky mane when it’s dry. It must be damp with water or leave-in conditioner and sectioned into smaller parts before attempting to comb. Running a comb through your kinks is a no-no.
  4. Protein structure is retained in natural hair. This means, regular oil treatments aren’t a must and can be done in the comfort of your own home leaving you with a few  extra pennies at the end of the month.
  5. The versatility of natural hairstyles are numerous- flat twists, twist outs, high bun, high puff, two-strand twists, frohawk and bantu knots just to mention a few. In addition, you can wear it straight, wavy or kinky curly.

I used to have a perm for over fifteen years and I had a difficult time sticking to the rules of maintenance. I guess that’s why it stayed at shoulder length and never grew beyond.

I have been natural for over five years and hardly visit the hair salon. My hair has never been this long! It’s now bra-length and still growing. Keeping my hair moisturized seemed to do the trick. In my opinion, the myth of permed hair being easier to manage has been crushed. Natural hair rules! It’s easier, cheaper and more fun to manage! What’s your take on that?