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The Harmful Effects of Protective Styling for Natural Hair

Protective hair styling has become a major part of many natural hair journey’s. These styles are supposed to protect your hair and minimize manipulation that can cause hair breakage. There are many hairstyles that can be considered protective to the hair strands and then there are some that are not as protective as you may think.

Many naturals choose to lean towards extensions for protective styling options. It is a process to get extensions installed. I am going to discuss two not so protective styles that includes extensions.

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Braids

Braids are a popular protective style choice. They are worn by all cultures, sexes and ages. With the warmer weather gracing us with its’ presence, we can expect to see many braid styles as many flock to the beaches, lakes and waterparks to have some fun in the sun.

Braids are beautiful, but they can also cause hair loss if they are done too tightly. One thing I have noticed with natural hair is that many believe they must grip the hair tightly to catch every curl and edge. This results in a painful scalp, itching, reddening, bumping up and hair loss.

Our hair can shed almost 100 strands a day, so you may notice hair within your braids once you take them down. There is no need to worry. If you notice your edges are itchy and bumpy and you have headaches because of your braids, they are too tight and can not be considered a protective style.

Micro braids and twists used to be one of my favorite go to protective styling options. Even though my hair was popping off around the edges, I would still get them for convenience. I ignored what was taking place with the health of my hair for the sake of convenience and beauty. I can not name one person that is OK with losing hair around their edges. If your braids are too tight, they can not be considered a protective style.

Glue in Weaves

Quick weaves and partial leave out weaves using glue can take a toll on your natural hair. Glue is placed on your crown as an adhesive. When I was a natural hair stylist, I had a customer who had recently gotten a quick weave as a protective style by another stylist. Hair glue was throughout her afro and it was very difficult to get it out. There was also breakage from where the glue would not come out easily.

Chemicals in glue can also be irritating to the scalp and cause itchiness and inflammation. This can delay your healthy hair growth cycle.

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These two hair style choices are the most common choices that I have encountered with other naturals. Protective styles should protect and not cause harm to your hair strands and follicles. If you notice irritation or pain from a hair style, I suggest removing it immediately. I know installments can cost a good penny, but the goal is to have a healthy hair growth journey.

I am not against extensions, however, I am not in favor of the harm that it could possibly do to your hair strands and follicles therefore causing you to have to keep covering the damage up with more extensions. If you go to a hair stylist, I always suggest picking one that has the health of your hair at heart first! You want to be able to rock your natural and it be healthy as well as rock your protective styles knowing your hair will still be healthy after taking the extensions out.

 

 

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How to Moisturize Low Porosity Hair

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It can be challenging to moisturize low porosity hair- if you do not know how. Many naturals say that dry hair is their biggest problem. Dealing with dry natural hair can be very frustrating. Who does not want moisturized, healthy growing hair?

Porosity is defined as the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Hair porosity is divided into three categories, low, medium and high. When I come across low porosity naturals, they are usually in the hair type 4 category. Their hair is kinky, coily, has major shrinkage and is dry. Dryness sucks! If the hair is left dry for prolonged periods of time, this does more damage than good. Breakage can begin to occur.

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How would you know if you have low porosity hair? Take a test. The test that I am going to share with you is the water test.

You will need:

  • A bowl or cup
  • Water

Directions:

  1. Fill your bowl or cup with water (leave at least 1-1/2 inches of room from the top).
  2. Take your hair strand and place in the water.
  3. Wait 4 minutes
  4. Check where your hair strand is in the water.

If your hair is still floating on top of the water, this is a great indication that water is unable to get into the cuticles of the hair strands. This can also be contributed to products being on the hair. If you think you may have product build-up, doing a bentonite clay hair detox can remove it.

I have low porosity hair, what now?

There isn’t anything wrong with having low porosity hair so do not panic! I also have low porosity hair, so I can vouch for the following techniques.

Heat

Incorporating heat into my hair care regimen has helped a lot with my low porosity hair. When I say heat, I am not referring to the flat iron or anything of that nature.

Here are some great ways to make heat work for you:

  • Warming your conditioner before applying is a great way to help open the cuticles of the hair strands to let moisture in.
  • The Green House Effect is a great way to trap in your own natural body heat. Before I became locked, I would apply my moisturizer to my hair and place a bag or plastic cap over my head and do house work or other things for an hour or so. My hair always turned out soft and moisturized. I did not have to keep moisturizing my hair throughout the day.
  • Sitting under the dryer with conditioner on your hair or other conditioning natural concoctions, can help to open the cuticles of the hair strands therefor allowing moisture in.
  • Hot oil treatments are beneficial as you are applying warm oil to the hair strands. Penetrating oils like coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil and olive oil are great for hot oil treatments. This is a double plus because you have heat working for you and penetrating oils penetrating the hair strand.

Low porosity naturals must also be attentive to how the hair reacts to products. Some products may contain drying ingredients, like alcohol. Take note as to whether your moisturizer is really moisturizing or leaving your hair dry. I know we just want things to work, especially if we have spent top dollar for it, but sometimes things will not work no matter how many times you try it, and we must accept that. A great way to get rid of those products is to product swap with someone.

Low porosity hair can be challenging but by incorporating these easy techniques, you can master your low porosity hair and rock your natural in confidence.

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Detox Your Body and Life

 

 

Detox Your Life & Body

I absolutely love this concept. It is important that we detox our body but what about our life? Would it serve us any good if we had healthy bodies but are mentally drained by life circumstances and toxic people?

I tried it and it does not go hand and hand. I am one who will work on a relationship until I feel there isn’t anything else that I could possibly do. I will not lose myself in a person so when it gets to this point, it is time to do some cleansing!

Detoxing your life is very important. What am I referring to when I say detox your life? This refers to any situation that is not serving you for your highest good. This could be a hang out spot of yours, toxic friendships and relationships and toxic habits- just to name a few. We all know what those things are in our life whether we are brave enough to admit it or not.

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This is a great time to think about those things that are toxic for you. We do not have but one life to live in this beautiful body that has been created to support our existence on earth. Why do we waste our time consumed in things that weigh us down and contribute to stresses that we do not need?

We have more control over our happiness than what many people realize. We CHOOSE to stay in situations. We CHOOSE to tolerate certain things. We must look at ourselves and see why we allow such things to be a part of our life if it does not serve us for our highest good.

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Many people will refuse do detox their life because of fear. Fear of change, fear that things could be worse, fear of the unknown, fear period. This word keeps a person captive every time if and only if you allow it to. I had a fear of change, but I also knew I was hurting where I was so how much worse could it get? The worse that could happen is that people would talk about me for trying and I may end up right where I started. Well, people will always talk about you- good and bad. We can never control this, and it is not for us to. I may end up right where I started but at least I tried. I will keep trying!

Detox your life of toxic situations, people and environments and watch your life began to change for the better!

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Detoxing Your Body

Detoxing your body is very beneficial as we encounter so many toxins throughout the day. Our body can naturally combat and cleanse when balanced but achieving balanced health (mind, body and soul) can be challenging for some.

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I detox by consuming herbal infusions/teas, juicing, and fasting. Eating a balanced diet supports the natural cleansing of the body. When our diet is not balanced, we began to experience symptoms, and this is when the cycle of prescription or over the counter medications start. Constipation is great example of this. Eating a balanced diet can support digestive health. If there are complications, one may choose to take a prescription medication or over the counter to help support the elimination of waste. It is possible to become dependent upon medications rather than addressing the root cause- your eating habits.

A full body and life detox has caused me to feel much lighter and happier. I have more energy and I am almost always in a great mood.

Balancing out your entire being (mind, body and soul) can reduce your stress levels and lower blood pressures. This supports a healthy hair growth journey!

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How to Achieve a Wash and Go

During warmer temperatures, you will begin to see more naturals rock the wash and go hairstyle. Achieving a wash and go can be as easy as wetting the hair and going or wetting the hair and spending time adding product. This depends on your hair type.

Wash and go’s are worn mostly in the warmer temperatures because many naturals choose to air dry their hair. No one wants to walk out into cooler temperatures with wet hair!

Who can wear a wash and go?

You can! There is a preconceived notion that kinkier type 4 hair textures can not achieve a wash and go because there is no visible curl pattern. Type 4 hair textures usually almost always appear in an Afro like state. I have type 4 hair and was able to achieve a wash and go for the first time after doing a hair detox. I will share how to do this momentarily.

What You Will Need to Achieve a Wash and Go:

  • Holding product (mouse, gel, custards, etc.)
  • Denman Brush (optional)

How to Achieve a Wash and Go

  1. Start with freshly washed hair (hair must be wet)
  2. Apply a leave-in.
  3. Part hair into 4 sections- ear to ear and middle of forehead to the nape. (optional)
  4. Apply holding product to smaller sections to lock in the curls
  5. Use Denman brush or your fingers to shingle and define your curls.
  6. You may shake your hair vigorously to help volumize the hair – if possible. This depends on the length of your hair.

Your hair may appear white at first until your product dries. If this will not work for you, you can use a hand-held dryer with a diffuser attachment. You may also sit under a hooded dryer. I preferred to let mine air dry.  If your product dries white, you may need to try a different holding product. Applying a leave-in before the gel can also contribute to the product drying white. Before tossing your holding product to the side, you may want to try it without your leave-in to see if that could be the problem.

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I Can Not Achieve a Wash and Go

Does this sound like you? This was me years ago too. To achieve a wash and go, I had to do a bentonite clay detox on my hair. Bentonite clay is a healing ash that can remove impurities from the body. Detoxing my hair removed product build up that I did not know I had. I learned that my curls were weighed down. Doing this detox allowed me to start fresh.

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My daughter’s curls are poppin’ after her bentonite clay detox.

How to Detox Your Hair

Exact measurements will not be provided as this varies depending on your hair density and length.

You will Need:

  • Bentonite Clay
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Towels

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Steps:

  1. Wet hair
  2. Combine bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar and stir to achieve a pancake consistency.
  3. Apply to hair
  4. Leave on hair for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse out

It is ideal to attempt your wash and go after detoxing. Waiting a few days to attempt a wash and go can leave room for more build up and you may use products that can weigh heavy on the curls therefor not allowing a defined curl pattern.

After detoxing my hair once, I was able to achieve a wash and go at anytime throughout the next few months. I became mindful of what products were weighing my hair down.

 The product that I used to achieve my wash and go was Honey Curl Custard by Design Essentials. This product gave my hair life!

Depending on the density of your hair, you will need to choose the right holding products to help you achieve the fullness you desire. If your hair is low density, you may not want to use a heavy holding gel and may opt for a volumizing mousse.

Wash and go’s are the “it” for warmer temperatures! Will you be rocking this style?

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How to Reduce Menstrual Cramps by Yoni Steaming

As a teenager, I missed many days of school because my cramps were excruciating. I would spend most of my day curled up on the floor crying. My mother would offer me pain medications but at the time, swallowing a pill was completely out of the question. This carried on into my adult-hood. During my cycle, I would completely clear my schedule so that I could curl up on the sofa and tolerate the pain all day. I have never been a big fan of medications, so I would tolerate the pain, nausea and hot flashes for days.

As an adult, I tried to take medications like Pamprin and Midol to ease the pain, but these medications made me feel sleepy and jittery. I had to find another alternative.

I began to research natural ways to ease my pain and this is when I discovered the yoni steam. I googled a location near me that had a yoni steam blend available for purchase. At the time, I resided in Vidalia, GA and the nearest yoni steam blend that I could find was sold by a lady named Cherica Jones (The Yoni Lady) in Savannah, GA. I contacted her and made a trip her way.

She shared with me a lot of information on how the yoni steam can help support womb health. I was fascinated and purchased my blend right away. I did not have a yoni steaming chair so I had to steam another way.

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For a yoni steam you will need:

  1. A medium-large sized pot
  2. Herbal blend
  3. Heat resistant bowl
  4. Blanket
  5. Sanitized toilet
  6. Candles (optional)
  7. Relaxation music (optional)

 

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How to prepare:

  1. Fill a pot almost full of water
  2. Add herbal blend
  3. Steep herbs for approximately 15-20 minutes
  4. Pour the contents of the pot into a heat resistant bowl
  5. Lift the seat on your toilet
  6. Place bowl in the toilet (a large bowl will fit perfectly)
  7. Let down seat lid
  8. Remove your clothes or bottoms and sit over the herbs allowing the steam to penetrate the womb area. If temperature is too hot, let cool to prevent burning.
  9. Wrap blanket around you to trap in steam.
  10. Sit until yoni steam cools.

 

After doing this only twice, my cramps went away. Yoni steaming can also regulate your cycle and minimize your cycle days. If your cycle lasts longer than usual, yoni steaming may be a great fit for you. Do not yoni steam while on your cycle.

Herbs are potent medicine. Herbs in yoni steams support the health of the wound and can naturally combat conditions such as yeast infections, fibroids, endometriosis and odor. Steaming is also great for postpartum child birth.

Yoni steaming is a time where I am focused on me. I light candles, play zen music, diffuse an essential oil and relax. This is YOU time! Self care is so important ladies. We give so much of ourselves and many have traumatized wombs from past hurts. Steaming is a great way to detox and re-balance.

It can be beneficial to yoni steam once a month to support womb health.

 

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How to Do a Braid Out

A braid out is a great style that gives definition to natural hair. This style can also be worn as a transitioning to natural style to help disguise the two different hair textures. This style is great for kinkier textures as it can help you to achieve an altered textured appearance to the hair. Kinkier textures are mainly in an afro state so for versatility, doing hair styles like a braid out can give you a different look.

 

 

You Will Need:

  1. Detangling brush or comb
  2. Holding Product
  3. Perm Rollers

 

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Directions:

Start with damp hair.

  1. Part approximately 1-inch parting or bigger (this is up to you).
  2. Detangle section from the end towards the root with detangling brush or comb.
  3. Apply holding product.
  4. Braid the section.
  5. Place perm roller on the end of the braid.
  6. Air dry overnight or sit under a hooded dryer.
  7. Take down once dry and style as desired.

Tip 1: Pour a little olive oil onto your fingers before taking down your braids to help minimize frizz.

Tip 2: Use a pick to lift roots and to close hair partings for a fuller appearance.

This style can be worn many ways throughout the week. You may choose to wear it flowing freely, at first. The older your hair gets, the fluffier it will get and the definition will no longer be as defined as the first day or two.

Wash day is not always convenient every time a style “gets old” so this is the perfect time for you to get creative with your hair. As your hair becomes fluffier over the week, you can incorporate hair accessories and updos to keep a fresh style for any occasion.

Braid outs are great for transitioning to natural as it keeps you away from the flat iron that many use to disguise kinkier hair with relaxed hair. This is something that I have seen many times in the salon. Relaxed hair is weak and natural hair is fragile. Constant heat to blend the two textures will only cause more damage. It may appear beautiful but your natural hair is not given the chance to flourish! A healthy natural hair growth journey consists of removing things as much as possible that could stunt your hair growth and health. Constant flat ironing is one of those things that can damage your hair.

A braid out is a great style for any occasion. Give it a try!

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Dryer sheets contain perfumes that are toxic and irritating to the skin. These wool dryer balls are Eco friendly and safe. They are also great for babies! These handmade wool balls are great for reducing static and wrinkles. You can also save money as they are reusable! Detox your laundry of chemicals.

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O Naturals 6 Piece Moisturizing Body Wash Soap Bar Collection 100% Natural & Organic, Infused with Therapeutic Essential Oils, Triple Milled, Vegan Soap

Choose from 6 unique different types, cleansing, energizing, exfoliating, moisturizing, sensitive and soothing soaps. These soaps are environment friendly – all natural ingredients, paraben free, sulfate free, natural scent, good for all skin types, no harmful chemicals, no animal testing, eco-friendly and safe for use.

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