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Learn How To Grow Your Hair Naturally! (Look Inside)

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Do you ever feel like your hair just isn’t growing, and you want to find a solution?

A lot of women suffer from hair loss, or the lack of hair growth due to with genetics, or the trials of everyday life.  There are a lot of products on the market that promote hair growth, but they can place a huge burden on your pockets with the trial and error of finding what products work best for you.  Solutions to stimulating hair growth, do not have to come from manufactured goods. They can come from the privacy of your own home, where you can hand tailor your desired results. Hair growth comes with time and patience. But, why not have fun during the process?

Check out this amazing chart below from our last Spring issue for tips, recipes and tricks to naturally promote hair growth!

Check out page(s) 48-49 for your hair growth guide 🙂

 

 

 

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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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Ask Felicia: Know Thy Own Hair #FeliciaFriday

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When it comes to knowing your hair, you first have to understand what your hair needs and when it wants it!  Honesty is a big part of this process. Why? Because many of the responses we receive from our hair are usually based on how much care we actually put into our hair
So, let’s be honest. Really take a minute to write down on a piece of paper how often you shampoo and deep condition your hair. Also list how often you do hot oil treatments and trims!
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Now that you’re beginning to take note of how you treat your hair in these areas, let’s go over some of the most frequently ask questions:
Q: How often should I shampoo my hair?
A: Every 5-8days, depending on your level of activity.Q: How often should I deep condition?
A: Every two weeks for 25 to 30 minutes with a moisturizing deep conditioner. Excellent products for this are TGIN (Thank God I’m Natural) Honey Miracle Hair Mask or Hydratherma Naturals Amino Plus Protein Deep Conditioning Treatment. Use a plastic cap to cover your hair, and let the moisturizing take place!

Q: When is the right time to use a hot oil treatment?
A: Typically, a hot oil treatment is called for when your scalp is extra dry and flaky. As for oils, you can use anything from store bought hot oil treatments pure jojoba, coconut or olive oil. Simply heat two to four ounces in the microwave for 10 seconds and let cool for a few seconds afterwards. The best way to use is when the hair is also being treated with a deep conditioning treatment. Be sure to apply hot oil directly to your scalp. Leave on the same amount of time with your deep conditioner and rinse out with warm water. The oil will run from the scalp through the hair strands and seal in the moisture from the conditioner. Your hair will feel and look amazing!

Q: How often should I trim my ends?
A: You should get a trim, when the seasons change. When going from Winter into Spring, you should have a trim by the second week of Spring!  Most seasons last about three months, so you will trim about three to four times a year. However, if your hair tends to be dry and brittle, you may need to trim a little more often. Why trim, you ask? Because when the hair is split, it runs up the hair shaft like a run in your favorite pair of panty hose. You don’t want the split hair effecting the healthy strong hair! So, don’t be shy, get your hair life by getting a trim from time to time!

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Top 10 Products to Stimulate Hair Growth

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Via NaturallyCurly

When there are issues with getting your hair to grow, it’s important to rectify the situation both internally and externally. A number of factors contribute to reduced hair growth, from your scalp being too dirty or your pores being blocked from build-up.

It is true that nothing but time can make your hair grow, but there are ways to help stimulate hair growth. Check out these options to give your curls extra encouragement.

1. Peppermint Oil

With a fresh aroma, this strongly concentrated oil must be diluted before applying the scalp. It penetrates the scalp and stimulates the hair follicle, allowing for more oxygen production that gives your curls the green light to grow.

Tip:

Apply it directly to the scalp with a gentle massage and cover for 20 to 30 minutes.

Check out this DIY Peppermint Pre-Poo recipe to help stimulate blood circulation to your scalp.

2. Lavender Oil

This sweet smelling product has antibacterial properties that keep the scalp clean and the pores open. It helps to reduce issues that can prevent hair from growing like excessive dandruff.

Tip:

Use this fragrant herb as a rinse by boiling it in water and allowing it to cool. You can also use it as a deep conditioning treatment by infusing it with oil for three or four weeks before using.

Don’t know what to do with the remaining lavender oil? Here are 5 Ways to Use Lavender Oil.

3. Rosemary Oil

Hailed as one of the most effective oils in hair growth, rosemary oil is known for its scalp stimulating properties. It gets the blood circulating in your scalp, which also assists with thinning edges and balding spots.

Tip:

Try diluting this essential oil with jojoba oil and gently massaging it into your scalp.

If you want to use products that have rosemary oil in the formula, check out 8 Herbs for Healthy Hair article.

To view the rest of the tips click HERE

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How To Maintain A Healthy Scalp! Learn Tips HERE!!

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Maintaining beautiful, healthy, natural hair is all about taking care of your body inside and out.  A Lot of women who are either natural or transitioning to natural believe if they just focus on product usage, then they will experience a tremendous amount of growth.  But, contrary to popular belief, it’s not just about the products that you use—it’s also about how you care for your scalp. Our scalp is a source for hair growth, and if we don’t properly take care of it, it can cause unwanted issues. Check out some tips on how you can properly maintain the health of your scalp below.

 

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Problem: Dry scalp. Dry, moisture-sapped skin surrounding hair follicles.

Symptoms: Tight-feeling or itchy scalp when the humidity drops; small flakes of dry skin that land on the shoulders.

Massage Rx: Mix 10 drops of a moisturizing pure essential oil such as lavender or sandalwood with 1 ounce of sweet almond or jojoba oil. For sensitive scalps, use straight jojoba oil, says Marc Zollicoffer, Aveda global spa educator. Massage for 5 minutes before showering.

“To nourish a dry scalp, take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement like fish oil,” says Holly Lucille, N.D., R.N., a naturopathic physician at Healing From Within Health Care in Los Angeles, Calif.

DIY exfoliating recipe: Try one of these recipes from Mario Russo, owner of Salon Mario Russo in Boston, Mass., and Stowe, Vt.:

 

FOR NORMAL TO COARSE HAIR:

1. After shampooing, massage 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the scalp, and onto your hair from roots to ends.

2. Wrap head with plastic wrap or a damp towel heated in the microwave to trap the oil and let it soak in. Wait at least 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the length of your hair.

3. Rinse out thoroughly and follow with conditioner.

4. Repeat once a week if hair is coarse; once a month is sufficient if hair is normal.

 

FOR FINE HAIR:

1. Heat ½ cup of apple cider vinegar.

2. Let it cool a bit, but while it’s still warm, gently massage it into your scalp. The acid in apple cider vinegar helps restore the scalp’s pH balance.

3. Cover your head with a towel or shower cap.

4. After 30 to 40 minutes, rinse with plain water.

 

Problem: Thinning Hair. Hair loses strength and thickness; can be caused by crash diets, pulling hair back too tightly, or endocrine disorders. If the following tips don’t help make your hair stronger and thicker, see your dermatologist.

Symptoms: Hair becomes finer, shorter, and takes up less space, exposing more of the scalp.

Massage Rx: To strengthen brittle hair, massage a small amount of coconut oil (it strengthens the roots of the hair and conditions the shaft, promoting healthy growth) into your scalp for 5 minutes, working through from roots to ends. Wrap your head with plastic wrap or a damp towel heated in the microwave. After 5 or 15 minutes, depending on the length of your hair, rinse out thoroughly. Repeat twice a week.

Feed your scalp: What you eat affects the health of your hair and scalp—nutrients from food provide the energy that fuels hair growth.

 

►PROTEIN STRENGTHENS HAIR: Iron-rich protein builds strong keratin, the outer layer of hair and scalp. “Without it, hair grows more slowly and becomes weak and brittle,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D. Eat lean meat, fish, low-fat cheese, egg whites, spinach, and soy.

 

►VITAMIN C BUILDS COLLAGEN: Collagen supports hair follicles and keeps blood vessels in the scalp healthy. Vitamin C also helps you absorb iron from plant proteins. Try soy yogurt with an orange; 1/2 cup of strawberries; or 1 cup of steamed spinach with chopped tomatoes.

 

►SILICA PROMOTES GROWTH: Silica, a nutrient found in oats, rice, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage, and sunflower seeds, supports growth of hair and nails. You can also take it as a homeopathic remedy, says naturopathic physician Lucille.

 

►BIOTIN IMPROVES TEXTURE: This essential B vitamin, found in salmon, carrots, egg yolks, and sardines, helps form keratin, the protein that strengthens hair, improves texture, and stimulates growth.

 

►REGULAR MEALS FORTIFY FOLLICLES: Food energizes the body and boosts hair follicle activity, says trichologist Philip Kingsley, who advises snacking on grains, fruits, and veggies between meals.

“Make sure you’re getting enough iron. And try 3 mg of biotin a day forsix months (a lack of biotin can contribute to hair loss),” says Heather Woolery-Lloyd,M.D., dermatologist and director of Ethnic Skin Care at Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute, University of Miami.

DIY hair mask recipe: Once a month, try this treatment from trichologist Veralucia Thompson, founder of the National Center of Trichology in Jacksonville, Fla.

1. Make a tea with hibiscus leaves. When tea is tepid, strain and mix in enough seaweed powder to form a paste. Seaweed is rich in calcium and magnesium, minerals essential to healthy hair.

2. Blend a few drops each of rose, bergamot, geranium, orange, and sandalwood oil, then add 1 ounce of jojoba oil.

3. Scrub your scalp with the oil for 5 minutes to improve blood supply to the area.

4. Cover hair with a warm towel and plastic wrap for 20 to 30 minutes.

5. Rinse well, then shampoo and condition. Allow hair to dry naturally—heat from the dryer can irritate your scalp. thinning hair.

To view more tips visit NaturalHealth

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How To Detangle The Worsts Knots !!!

 

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One of the trademarked tragedies for Curlies (aside from frizz) is tangled knots. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to go from shimmery locks to lockdown knots. Thankfully, there are things you can do to get rid of knotty tangles, even the most persistent ones, in your hair.

 Condition, Condition, Condition

While this may seem somewhat obvious, it’s not always apparent when you’ve reached what you think is the point of no return with your knot(s). However, with time and patience, conditioner can be your absolute best friend when it prevents you from cutting out the knot!
On dry hair, gather the knot in your hands and try to pull as much hair away from the knot as possible. Once you’re down to just the knot, begin massaging a very generous amount of conditioner on and into the knot. This is actually a good way to use up your old conditioners (you know, the ones you were using before you discovered our site!) since you’re going to need a LOT and you don’t want to use up your good stuff. Gradually pull more hairs away from the knot while being careful not to break your hair.

 

 Finger-Comb

If you have multiple knots happening, strike brushes and combs from your arsenal. Instead, you should use your fingers, which lets you feel around for those tangles as you’re detangling. It also gives you more control as to just how much hair you’re moving through and how hard you’re tugging.

 

Oil It Up

Much like using conditioner, oiling the knot (especially if it’s matted) will help smooth the cuticle. This is crucial to enabling the hair strands to slide past each other with ease. Use olive oil, coconut oil, or a hot oil treatment to massage the oil into the knot continuously. Then, gently pull hairs away from the core of the knot until you’re down to a small tangle. Once there, start combing hair from the bottom up to get rid of that last snarl.4.

Avoid Water & Shampoo

Once your hair is already tangled, you should avoid water and shampoo like the plague. These two ingredients (especially when put together) are a recipe for even more tangles. I have a friend who had a knot in her hair, she tried (without luck) to detangle it and when she was at her wit’s end, she decided to wash it with shampoo and water. The tangle escalated into the knot to end all knots, and she eventually had to have a professional cut it (and most of her hair) off that day. Heed this warning, don’t add water or shampoo to the problem!

 Bring In Reinforcements

You can use a rat-tail comb to try to work some of the hair away from the knot. This will clear the area and eventually (possibly 30 minutes and two sore arms later), you’ll end up with a teeny tiny little knot that is more manageable.

 

 Be Patient

Get comfortable because you’re going to be working at this for a while! This process takes time and patience. Based on personal experience with both my own hair and my three curly daughters, this could take 20-30 minutes – per knot. So, don’t get discouraged if you feel like you’ve barely made progress after just 10 minutes.

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5 Oils That Are Great For Hair *and* Skin

 

Via NaturallyCurly

If you have oily skin and then you have probably been conditioned to believe that oil (whether it came from your own pores or from outside sources) is the enemy. And if you think about it, oil in reference to skin is not the only oil that gets a bad rap. Only recently did we discover that there is such a thing as “good” oils for use in our diets as well. We now know that there are healthy oils and fats that we should eat (in moderation, of course) to help keep our bodies performing at their best. They supply essential fatty acids for brain and nerve function, cardiovascular health and beautiful skin. We can add these healthful oils into our diets by eating items like nuts, avocado, olive oil and coconut. Even with this dietary “aha moment,” many still balk at the notion of actually using oil in skin and hair care routines.

Furthermore, if you have ever shopped for natural oils then you know they can be very pricey, so when you do buy one it is useful to know that they have many uses and benefits that are well worth the investment. Here are five oils that serve double duty in your beauty regimen: they have just as many benefits for your hair as they do your skin.

1. Emu Oil

For skin
Emu oil is an all-natural oil obtained from the inedible parts of the emu. Emu oil has the ability to cause cellular regeneration in the skin, making it excellent for burns and scars and even the reduction of wrinkles and can improve skin elasticity.

For hair
Because it is hypoallergenic, antibacterial and rich in fatty acids, hair can also benefit from regular use of emu oil treatments. Emu oil can help hair appear livelier, healthier and be more resilient to environmental and hormonal stresses. It is also anti-fungal and antibacterial, so emu oil helps to break down buildup and residue at the scalp and roots, which can increase volume and manageability.

2. Argan Oil

For skin
Argan oil has been used by women in Morocco for generations to achieve more youthful, healthy skin. It improves dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema, wrinkles & premature aging. It doesn’t clog your pores and it regulates sebum production (a plus for blemished skin). It restores elasticity to skin and noticeably softens wrinkles and fine lines, reduces skin irritation and inflammation, and smoothes stretch marks.

For hair
You can also use argan oil as a hair treatment for deep conditioning or as a pre-styling product-it restores shine to hair and helps mend split ends. It’s packed with twice as much Vitamin E as other oils so it’s also amazing for your nails and cuticles.

3. Tamanu Oil

For skin
Tamanu oil is a nut-based oil with many known uses from reducing inflammation and irritation to helping with hair and skin regeneration, making it a great for acne, sunburns, and scarring.

For hair
Apply to thick, dry hair as a moisturizing treatment before or after shampooing.

4. Jamaican Black Castor Oil

For skin, diet & hair
Jamaican Black Castor Oil has a traditionally been known as an all-purpose healing oil. It can be used to treat dietary ailments as well as various skin disorders, though now it is most popularly used in hair care.
As an unrefined form of castor oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil is very rich in nutritive properties. Jamaican Black Castor Oil is processed differently from usual versions of castor oil- it is made by manually roasting and then grinding the castor beans. Then the beans are heated up and the oil extracted from the crushed beans. It’s the unique roasting process that gives Jamaican Black Castor Oil its distinct dark color.

5. Coconut Oil

For skin
Coconut oil provides deep and real moisture to the skin and hair in a way that far surpasses any commercial/manufactured moisturizer. Apply a bit to your face just as you would a normal moisturizer to strengthen your skin and remove dead skin cells on your skins surface. And since a little bit goes a long way, it’s a budget friendly replacement for your body lotion as well. It will leave your skin soft and glowing.

For hair
Use it in your hair to detangle, deep condition, or on dry ends to hydrate and tame frizz.

Curlies, which oils are your favorites, and how do you use them?

 

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So Whats The Big Deal About This Jamaican Castor Oil Anyway?

 

 

 

 

Word around the block  is … if you’re looking for the natural, healthy way to increase your hair growth, then Jamaican Castor oil is your magical solution!  It is an organic sulfate-free oil, that is supposed to do wonders for moisture, thickness, strengthening, and lengthening of your hair.  I did some research of the most asked questions about the product and this is what I found…

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What can JMCO do for wavy, curly and kinky hair types?

Jamaican Black Castor Oil works for all hair types. It will moisturize, thicken, strengthen and rapidly increase hair growth. It increases blood flow to the scalp, supplying valuable nutrients to hair follicles. Jamaican Black Castor Oil will also prevent hair breakages, dandruff, eczema and dry, itchy scalp. Jamaican Black Castor Oil has crossed over into other ethnic groups, and is now being used widely for some of the same purposes, as well as new found uses including eyelash and eyebrow hair growth and as massage oil. This versatile oil carries many varied uses.

Is there a specific hair type that will benefit the most?

Jamaican Black Castor Oil works for all hair types and textures. A healthy scalp means healthy hair. It works for all hair types because the oil works on the hair roots/follicles and not the hair itself.

OK, so what is different about JMCO versus other castor oils?

Over the last ten years, it is an established precedent that Jamaican Black Castor oil is more effective than the clear pharmacy castor oil because of the ash content due to roasting of the beans. Therefore, it stands to reason that the more ash content, the more effective the oil. This is not a myth, it is evidence based on scientific facts.

Other than hair growth, are there any issues JMCO can solve for textured women?

JBCO will solve the following: Dry brittle hair, hair breakages, dandruff, dry itchy scalp, eczema, thinning hair, alopecia, bald spots, and will rapidly increase hair growth including eyebrows and eyelashes.

So what’s in it? Is it organic? Sulfate-free? Anything we should know?

The scientific name for the castor bean is Ricinus Communis. It is organic and sulfate-free. There is nothing in it that will harm your hair. Although JBCO can be used as a laxative, we do not encourage that because we are not doctors. Therefore, it should only be used externally.

Got it. And where did this product come from originally? What is its story?

Castor oil has been used medicinally for over 4,000 years for all kinds of ailments. The castor bean is native to Eastern Africa and made its way to Jamaica via the slave trade. Today, the castor oil is manufactured the old fashioned way in Jamaica. Authentic Jamaican Black Castor Oil is dark brown in color and accompanied with the traditional burnt smell.

 I had just recently had an incident with my braids being pulled too tight on my edges, so now I have a bald spot that I will be using the JMCO to help my hair grow back.  I will do a follow up post to let you know my results from using it, and I would love to hear comments on how you all are liking the product.
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