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Sex and Natural Hair

Tablets, cream, ointments, herbs, mixtures and even onions! These are some of the measures a natural girl can go through to stimulate hair growth.

All the above mentioned methods stand a strong ground.. But what if there was an even more natural way, another practice, another technique which didn’t require inventing formulas and concoctions!

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To what extent are you willing to go in order to naturally stimulate your hair growth?

There is a way which can take place in the privacy of your own bedroom.

Yes, you said it!

SEX!

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Research shows the hormonal connections between a regular healthy sex lifestyle and hair growth.

Regular sex influences the production of sex hormones such as androgens, which influence hair growth, and endorphins, a feel-good neurotransmitter that impacts both body, mind and soul subsequently promoting healthy hair growth!

A  scalp massage could have done the trick, but you would agree that sex is much more fun! Sexual activity gets your blood flowing, especially near the skin’s surface. In physiological response hair follicles receive more oxygenation and more nourishment ensuring ideal conditions for growth.

Regular sex is an option worth adding to your daily hair routine. But don’t be carried away. Too much of everything may have some unfavourable effects. Too much sexual activity can lead to the unhealthy over-production of testosterone and adrenaline, leading to possible hair loss, especially in men!

 

Nevertheless, regular sex a is a very justifiable hair growth stimulator. So ladies, it’s time to get our groove and go 200% natural!

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Images: Google

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Confessions of a Passively Devoted Natural

I was very curious as to how long it would be for me to mildly take care of my hair before my hair started showing that I was only mildly being taken care of.

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My natural hair journey began as my child, I was giving it constant attention – I mean an overabundance of attention, multiple hours daily. As life has begun to pick up and I’ve gotten busy with internships, committees, clubs, dance teams, jobs, school work, etc. it has begun hard (hard being an incredible understatement) to keep up with my hair. Even now, with it being summertime and my being home from school for the summer – I imagined a life with daily treatments, weekly deep conditions, daily co-washes etc. but I have not at all been able to achieve that. As unfortunate as it is and as much as I don’t want to believe it, I think my hair is finally suffering from the neglect it has been facing. I went from spraying water day, night and in-between to soaking it while in the shower once, sometimes twice, a day. Using leave-in conditioner everyday to sometimes throwing coconut oil in my hair after I got out of the shower.

I have hit a wall in my natural hair journey. I’m not sure what it’s from. I still love my hair so much – I wouldn’t perm it for anything in the world, I love the journey and every curl, but I just can’t find the motivation that I once had. I think my hair has stopped growing as much as it was – even though I maintain a completely healthy diet, but also shrinkage could just be getting me down.

 

Is there anything that you all do when you hit a rut?

So far I’ve gotten “trim & new protective styles”.

Comment below!

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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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A Review of Oils and What They Do for Your Hair

Also, these all promote healthy hair as they help seal in moisture, but remember, they are not the moisture, and they just help to seal.

First up, Olive Oil: I personally prefer this oil; it is the most accessible because we use this so much in the kitchen. Olive oil contains Omega 3s, Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. This oil is great as a conditioner for your hair to moisturize into your strands. This oil makes hair extremely soft and extremely shiny, while preventing hair loss and split ends. It improves hair elasticity, conditions your hair, restores vitality to dull hair, promotes growth and strengthens.

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Coconut Oil: This oil, lightweight and non-oily, contains vitamin E, which is very vital in the conditioning of hair. It penetrates strands and reduces protein loss. It is extremely moisturizing strengthens and thickens strands. It also prevents styling damage, is great for finger detangling and helps to eliminate hair frizz and dryness. (Hint: if you are struggling with dandruff, this should be your “go-to” oil)

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Almond Oil: Packed with vitamins A, E, D, B1, B2, B6, this oil promotes hair growth while preventing hair loss, shedding by soothing cuticles and breakage. This oil has a low penetration rate, though, but is extremely lightweight, works well for detangling and prevents breakage. This oil nourishes you hair and helps to make strands thicker, while increasing strength and shine. A bonus is that it smells really good! This is one of the few oils that can work as scalp oil without creating too much scalp buildup.

Aragon Oil: This oil increases hairs elasticity and smoothens the cuticles of hair. A bonus is that this oil is non greasy,while still sealing in the moisture of your strands. Aragon oil promotes natural shine and elasticity of hair in order to prevent breakage.

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Jojoba Oil: Another “go-to” oil for dandruff, Jojoba oil can work as a DIY dandruff and itchy scalp treatment, which works for eczema and psoriasis as well, as it mimics the scalps natural sebum, lifting dirt and exfoliating dead skins cells.It seals moisture into the strands very well, also. Jojoba contains antioxidants, vitamins E and B, silicon, copper and zinc, and is a very light-weigh oil.

Castor Oil: Reduces split ends and helps to thicken hair strands. This oil is very effective in promoting hair regrowth and preventing hair loss, because it reduces and prevents damage. Also helps with fullness, moisture and shine. Prevents thinning and is also great for scalp infections. This oil also builds hairs resilience to help it withstand styling.

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Avocado Oil: Because this oil is majority fat, it helps condition your hair and strengthen while boosting the shine. Containing vitamins A, E, B, magnesium and copper, avocado oil has all necessary proteins and fatty acids that nourish hair and promote fast hair growth. Avocado oil helps restore hair, softness and sheen, while being a great sealant for your moisture.

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TyLisa Tip: Hot oil treatments are the bees knees, take your favorite oil, or a group of them mixed well, heated up and massage into your hair strands and scalp. Let sit for 45 minutes to an hour under a plastic cap, for the best result!

 

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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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Natural Hair Care Recipes

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Via Pinterest

Coconut Oil

Once a week, saturate scalp with organic coconut oil. Massage into scalp & comb through hair to ends. You can cover with a shower cap or not. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then wash & rinse hair thoroughly until it no longer feels oily.

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Once a week, mix 10 parts water to 1 part vinegar & apply to hair. Massage into scalp & comb through hair to ends. Leave on for 2-5 minutes, then rinse. (Shampoo and condition after)

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Lemon Juice & Olive Oil

Once every 2 weeks, mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo. Great for dandruff & for cleansing follicles to promote hair growth.

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Honey

Once a month, massage appx. 1/2 cup of honey into clean, damp hair. Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Honey locks in moisture for dry and/or sun-damaged hair.

 

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5 Ways To Use Olive Oil For Natural Hair

 

Via NaturallyCurly

Dry curly hair is the WORST! But olive oil can be your best friend when it comes to preventing natural Type 4 hair from getting dry and crunchy? Whether it’s a pre-poo treatment or the secret ingredient in your whipped shea butter, olive oil could be your ticket to healthier looking and feeling hair.

1. Whipped Shea Butter

A store bought or homemade whipped shea butter is a Type 4 curly’s best friend. It’s a super moisturizing leave-in for twist out and braid out. Remember that a little goes a long way and to rinse well or clarify to prevent build up on your wash days. Here’s a simple recipe with olive oil that will give your butter that whipped effect:

Ingredients

  • raw shea butter – 4 ounces
  • coconut oil – 4 ounces
  • extra virgin olive oil – 3 ounces
  • essential fragrance oil – a few drops

2. Olive Oil Pre-Poo Treatment

Just straight up olive oil! The best way to apply olive oil as a pre-treatment is to put your oil in a bottle with a narrow spout or concentrator. Apply the oil to your scalp and rub it in with your finger pads. With some additional oil in your palms work the oil into your hair concentrating on the ends. Cover with a plastic cap for a bit (30 minutes), rinse well and start your washing routine for softer hair.

3. Protein Treatment

In this recipe the olive oil helps to smooth and the mixture onto the hair and to condition. Although the lime juice is optional for curlies, it is a great ingredient to make your coils pop! Try it!

Ingredients

  • 2 whole eggs whipped
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of lime juice

 

4. Deep Conditioning

If your hair feels dry after a wash try deep conditioning with some olive oil and honey. Apply this recipe to freshly washed hair, rinse and style.

Ingredients:

  • honey
  • olive oil

Combine half a cup of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, warm in a microwave for 30 seconds and apply to your hair. Rinse out with conditioner and style as usual.

5. Aloe Vera & Olive Oil & Water Hydrating Mix

Need a refresher? Water is a great moisturizer but a little olive oil concoction may work even better! Add 1 part olive oil, to 5 parts water and some aloe vera juice to your liking. Shake your spray bottle and spritz when you need a twist out refresher. Make sure to refrigerate your spritz if you added aloe vera juice!

What ways do you use olive oil on you hair?

Xoxo

Naturalia

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When Your Hair Gets Jacked Up: Fixing Hair Issues

 

By Elle of Quest for The Perfect Curl

As a product reviewer, there have been a few times where Izzy has straight up cussed me out and protested to what I’ve put on her. Well, this past Friday was one of those times. I used a product (which will remain nameless at the moment), that made her feel funny from the jump. I should have stopped right then, but I was trying to follow the instructions that were given to me. However, my hair felt rough and weird, tangled easily, and it seemed like products were just sitting on top of my head. It was like she was limp and poofy at the same time. I didn’t know what was wrong, and I almost began to cry because my hair very rarely acts like this. To be totally honest, I even considered giving it up and relaxing my hair, because I don’t remember my relaxed hair having such a strong reaction to a shift in products. I have my holy grails, and I know how to care for my hair. We have an understanding, so I became upset when I rinsed my hair and applied an HG, and my hair was still looking like shit. I think she is still stabilizing, but I wanted to share with you all how I “fixed” her, in case you find yourself in this position.

 

1. Go over your routine and most recent products used before your hair started acting up. What did you change? If you added more than one new product to your routine, like I did, go over all of the ingredients, and think back to the step where your hair started to go awry. I pH tested all of the new products I used and I think I found the culprit. For me, I thought my hair started to feel a bit weird when I conditioned my hair. Lo and behold, the pH of this conditioner is around 3! I looked at my pH strip in disbelief, and did two more tests to make sure I was being accurate. I got the same result every time. Admittedly, I am not a chemist, but I feel as if a pH of 3 is too low to use on the hair, especially if your hair is not damaged and you have not recently used a very basic solution. Like a high base product, a product that is too acidic can lift your cuticle and make your hair feel rough and more prone to tangles (ding ding).

2. GENTLY clarify your hair. Since it seems (honestly, I can’t say 100%, but this step is when I was like hmmmm when I was doing my hair) that an acidic product made Izzy mad, I clarified in the shower using Curl Junkie Daily Fix, because I did not want to use a shampoo, to potentially tangle her even more, but I did want to ensure she was getting cleaned and the products I had used were being removed – the conditioner also contained silicones, so I needed the coco betaine. P.S. I love that damn conditioner.

3. Depending on your issue, do the proper treatment to normalize your hair. With my situation, I used a strong acid on my hair, so I needed to do a treatment with a higher pH in order to stabilize my hair. I decided on a bentonite clay treatment, as the pH of the clay is around 9, and it further clarifies your hair. I added ACV to my mix (as well as honey and oils), but the pH was still around 7. I left it on for about 40 minutes, and after that, my hair already felt better – Izzy was shinier and smoother.

4. Deep condition your hair. I usually DC after a bentonite clay treatment anyway, so I broke out my trusty Curl Junkie Curl Rehab and DC’ed for 20 minutes. My hair still felt better, but I really wanted to DC for longer, but I didn’t want to spend the day doing my hair.

5. Use products you are FAMILIAR with to do your hair. This is not the time to experiment!! I used one of my HG combos to do my hair. Izzy felt and looked a lot better, but I still am very paranoid about my love!

6. Do a Protein Treatment. However, be careful if you are doing a protein treatment that makes your hair hard, like Aphogee. It’s better to do a treatment that is also nourishing. I used my favorite protein treatment, Curl Junkie Repair Me! Also, because my hair was tangly yesterday, I detangled with the Repair Me! in, and my brush went through my hair like buttah. Yes, it also detangles. I love this treatment.

My hair feels better (and looks better), but now that I’ve done all these treatments on my hair (clarify, DC, protein…), I need a break, Which brings me to my final point…7. Leave Your Hair Alone. After I rinsed the Repair Me! I was scared to do anything that might make my hair tangle, and of course, after detangling my curl pattern was messed up. So, Izzy is back in twists, and I’m going to moisturize with my refresher sprays while she is twisted up. I just don’t feel like being scared or dealing with it right now. Sigh.


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Naturalia’s Favorite Homemade Recipies That Are Good For Your Hair and Great For Your Budget!!

I know we are all familiar with spending tons and tons of money on hair products, that for

the most part don’t do anything but sit underneath our bathroom sinks. I don’t know about

you all but aint nobody got time to be wasting money on products that don’t work!! I love

being able to make my own conditioners, and gels, because the supplies to make them are

affordable and I love being so interactive with my hair.  I have compiled some of my favorite

at home recipes for you to try and I hope that you love them !!!!

Enjoy !

To view Naturalia’s recipes click here

Xoxo

Naturalia

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5 Ways To Get Moisture Into Low Porosity Natural Hair

 

Repost from BlackGirlLongHair; Via Chinwe of Hair and Health

Porosity.  What is it?  It is a measure of how easily water and other substances can enter and exit the hair strand.  Depending on the condition of the hair’s cuticle layers, the porosity can rank from low (i.e., the result of flat, tightly bound cuticles) to high (i.e., the result of gaps or lifted cuticles).  Highly porous hair is more susceptible to moisture loss.  On the other hand, low porosity hair is more resistant to moisture loss … and also more resistant to moisture uptake.  If you have low porosity hair, check out these techniques for getting moisture into your strands:

1. Steam your hair

Some naturals with low porosity strands benefit from this routine.  The process is fairly simple and involves sitting under a hair steamer for 15-30 minutes.  Even if you do not own a steamer, you can still perform this step by being innovative (e.g., soak a towel in warm/hot water, wring slightly, wrap around your hair, then cover with a large plastic bag, and sit under a hooded dryer).  The purpose of this step is to lift the cuticle layers and infuse the hair strand with moisture.

2. Baggy your hair

This process involves applying a moisturizer to your hair, then covering with a plastic cap/bag until water vapor builds up in the cap/bag.  Some naturals prefer to do this process overnight while sleeping or during the day with a beanie or head wrap to disguise the plastic cap/bag.  Either way, the purpose of this method is to create a humid environment in which the hair has no choice but to absorb some moisture.

3. Lather twice while washing

Some of us prefer to lather once so as to not strip our strands of its natural oils, but those with low porosity hair may benefit from lathering twice. Why? Well, lathering twice can better remove product buildup and improve moisture uptake by the hair.  Additionally, some naturals who have low porosity claim to benefit from mixing a littlebaking soda with their shampoo.  (Take caution with doing this latter step as baking soda may or may not be harsh depending on your hair.)

4. Use a curl activator

Do you remember the “jheri curl” or “leisure curl”? Curl activators were used to replenish and retain moisture to these chemically treated looks in order to prevent dryness and breakage.  Though naturals obviously do not have these chemical treatments, many of those with low porosity have found the use of curl activators to be beneficial in moisturizing their strands.

5. Apply your moisturizer to damp not wet hair

Many naturals who have low porosity find that applying moisturizers (and even sealants) to soaking wet hair is not as effective as doing so to damp hair.  This is probably because as the hair dries, water droplets on and in the strand have evaporated a bit leaving room for your moisturizer to penetrate (and your sealant to coat your cuticle layers).  Obviously, you do not want to wait until your hair is completely dry; apply these products when your hair is damp.

Do you have low porosity?  Have you tried any of these methods?