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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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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

 

Holding Gels:

Honeydew 100% Natural Hair Gel

Aunt Jackie’s Don’t Shrink Elongating Gel

Eco Style Gel Black Castor Oil & Flaxseed Oil

 

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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How to Choose the Best Jamaican Black Castor Oil

How to Choose the Best Jamaican Black Castor Oil

There are many Jamaican black castor oils on the market, so it can become overwhelming to know which one to purchase. What is the difference anyway? Are they created equal? I am here to help you make the best decision.

As with all products there are ingredients. I have learned that the longer the ingredient list, the more complex and diluted the product usually is. I tend to lean more towards limited ingredient products. When it comes to oils this standard also applies because I do not want to use diluted products if I can help it.

Take a moment one day while you are in the grocery store and look at the olive oils and coconut oils. You will notice there are different brands. You may also see terminology such as refined and unrefined. Is there a difference in these terms? Absolutely.

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There are products that are diluted and/or stripped of most of it’s nutrients, for example, Shea butter to turn it from yellow to white. I want my products as natural and closest to it’s purest form as possible so that I can get the most benefit from them. Products that are in their purest form, for example, raw Jamaican black castor oil, will have a strong scent. A little goes a very long way. When using diluted products, I notice that I use them quickly.

Organic products may cost a bit more than non-organic, but I am here to tell you that it is worth the investment. We spend a lot of moolah using diluted products because they run out so quickly. On top of that, we are not getting the nutrients we could get if the product was not diluted or stripped of it’s nutrients.


Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for Hair, Skin and Cooking, 14 Ounce

When choosing an olive oil from the grocery department, I look for a rich, thick and darker in color oil. When I am choosing coconut oil, I use organic or unrefined. Unrefined means it has not been stripped of most of its nutrients. I apply the same standards when choosing other oils.

Jamaican black castor oil is a powerful oil that is beneficial for fighting scalp fungus, improves hair growth, fades scars and soothes skin. I have tried many castor oils and I can honestly say they are not created equal. Some of the castor oils I purchased were a blend of oils and was diluted. I came across a company by the name of Rooted Treasure and I fell in love with their castor oil. The ingredients are plain and simple, one word. This oil is not in stores and must be purchased online.

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This oil is rich, thick like maple syrup and dark brown. The scent is nutty. This nutty smell is missing in many diluted oil blends so that is the first indicator that you have a diluted, stripped of its nutrients, castor oil.

To get the most benefit from your castor oil, you want to make sure it is as close to it’s purest form as possible to achieve better results. Invest in a product that is created to help you and give you the most nutrients possible!

Probiotics and Hair Growth

I must be honest and say that I have been through the most when it comes to dealing with an unhealthy gut.  If my diet is not as it should be, it surely reflects and makes me miserable. I now incorporate natural ways to support my gut health and give natural relief.

Why is gut health important?

Our digestive tract plays a major role in the detoxing and immunity of the body. If your gut health is not good, other complications may arise like constipation, bloating, cramping, fatigue and decrease in mental clarity.

If there is an imbalance in the immune system of the body, this makes us vulnerable to the many toxins we come into contact with daily. Diseases can begin to manifest in the body.


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What does probiotics have to do with hair growth?

Our gut consists of good bacteria and bad. We experience problems when there is an imbalance and hair loss can be a result. If the gut is healthy, the blood in our body will be cleaner and this blood nourishes our hair follicles.

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Full course antibiotics can kill the good and bad bacteria in your gut. If you are prescribed antibiotics, you can incorporate probiotics into your diet to support a healthy gut. It can take up to a year for our gut to return to good health without taking probiotics, so it is a plus to support our health now. Toxins accumulate in our gut and over time you may experience symptoms such as fatigue, nausea and most of all, for me, an alteration of mental clarity.
Hair loss is largely influenced by your diet, lifestyle, and environment. Hair follicles that are subjected to malnutrition, inflammation, and environmental pollutants cannot sustain hair growth activity and, as a result, die off.

Probiotics encourage healthy flora in the gut and this improves health. Your body will be able to ward off toxins and other conditions that could result in hair loss. Probiotics can increase hair growth and thicken hair. They also have a positive effect on your blood pH levels, thereby resulting in a healthy shine.

 

Which probiotic is best?

The most commonly used probiotic in modern studies is lactobacillus. When choosing a probiotic supplement, make sure that is the primary strain. You can consume probiotics by supplementing with capsules, consuming foods with live cultures such as yogurt and drinking probiotic drinks.

We should take preventative measures internally to support healthy growing hair!

 

 

 

 

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Is detangling your hair really necessary?

Is detangling really necessary?

Detangling can be very time consuming especially if you have thick course hair. Many have chosen to toss the combs and brushes and finger detangle while others have found an oh so wonderful brush to make their lives a whole lot easier.

It is important that you detangle unless you are wanting to transition to a freeform loc journey. Over time, your hair may begin to lock. I experienced this with my two daughters. I would wash their hair and rush through to detangle somewhat and this went on for a couple of months. Our lives seem as if they are on turbo since relocating from our country bumkin hometown to Tennessee. Taking time and doing hair was the last thing on my list of things to do.

My daughters rocked afros, frohawks and puffs for the most part. I finally took the time to go through their hair and detangle it and I trimmed their ends. Their hair looks and feels so much better. In the crown area of both of their heads, their hair had begun to intertwine. Curly, kinky hair can easily begin to lock as it intertwines.

I like to use brushes and my fingers to easily detangle my children’s hair. There are many brush choices out there. Your hair type and texture will determine which brush will work best for you. How are you supposed to figure that out? I gotcha! Hang tight.

There are different hair types and textures. You may have heard about this before as we become researchaholics when we are thinking about returning natural or just recently began our journeys. I surely did this sun up to sun down admiring all the long curly haired youtubers. I couldn’t wait for mine to get there!

Curly textures are type 3a to 4c. Type 4 hair is kinkier and more course than type 3 hair. Be mindful of the bristles on the brush and whether or not it is tugging and ripping at your hair.

Here are some brush options.

ArtNaturals Detangling Brush

This brush is one that I have personally used on my children. My daughters have two different textures. My youngest daughter is a type 3c versus my oldest daughter is 4b. It worked better on the type 3 texture best. It kept getting caught in the type 4 texture.

My oldest daughter’s hair is very kinky. She does have coils that form at the root and get lost in the afro bush as you continue down the hair strand towards the tip of the hair. This brush worked great for her.To detangle with this brush, began at the end of the hair strands and make your way up the strand towards the scalp/root.

I will give this brush another try on my daughter with type 4 hair with a conditioner that has great slip.

 

Wet Paddle Brush
This brush is one that works great for my daughter with type 3 hair. To easily detangle with this brush, part hair into smaller sections and detangle in sections. This makes the process easier and less painful due to tension for you or your loved ones.

Our hair sheds 50-100 strands of hair a day so do not be alarmed if you see hair in your brush. Take your time detangling.


Denman Brush
This brush is one of my favorites as it works great for both of my daughter’s hair types and textures. This brush can be used to achieve a wash and go style for those who have more defined curlier textures. You may say that your texture is not defined but if you notice a defined curl pattern while your hair is wet with water or covered in your favorite conditioner then you can achieve a wash and go!

If you do not notice a curl pattern when your hair is wet, try a natural hair detox like a bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar hair mask. This natural mask can remove product buildup that could be weighing your curls down. This mask also conditions while cleansing.
Learn more about it here.

Whatever brush you choose to use is up to you. What works for you may not work for others and my daughters are a great example of that. This also applies to products and hairstyle choices. We must find what works for us.

Detangling is very important if you are not ready to go on a loc journey or experience the process of cutting knots out of your hair. Taking preventative measures is important!

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Detoxing and Hair Growth

Detoxing and Hair Growth

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Does the health of your body have anything to do with your hair health? You take care of your hair by applying products to it, but you must keep in mind that your hair grows from follicles. Are your follicles in good health? Are you drinking enough water and eating a proper diet to support a healthy balanced body?

Detoxing is important for supporting the elimination of toxins in your body. We encounter so many toxins a day and consume them in some of our food. If you do not encourage detoxification, this leaves room for diseases to manifest in the body.

 

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Your hair grows from your hair follicles. Your follicles must be in good health just like every other part of your body to function at it’s best. If there are complications within your body systems, this can alter your hair growth. For example, there are people who have high blood pressure. They take a prescription medication and this medication can alter the growth pattern of the hair. Certain high blood pressure medications can cause hair loss.

 

 

You can detox your scalp and hair using healing clays and other natural remedy concoctions, but you also need to detox your inner. We must always focus on our bodies as a whole. If we only focus on one thing (the symptom) then we are risking altering the proper functioning of other body systems.

Do you see how this all works full circle? When you are balanced, your body can function and heal itself properly and you will not be the breeding ground for all types of diseases.

Many women are dealing with the struggle of losing belly fat. Toxins are present within this stubborn fat and that is why it is so difficult to get rid of it! If we detox our bodies, we are encouraging the balancing of the body therefor our bodies can do what it can naturally do- heal!

 

For an internal detox you can go on some cleanses of your choice.  You can detox through juicing as well as other cleanses that you can purchase at herbal, wholefoods and other health supporting related stores.

Check out these store options-

Starwest Botanicals

Herbal Garden

Arbonne 7 Day Botanical Based Cleanse

These are just to name a few. I am very selective about herbal and other natural/organic  choices that are sold and I trust these businesses therefore I am sharing them with you! Quality is always important and this does not change when it comes to the products that you use inner or outer for your body.

The Benefits of Hair Growth Smoothies

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Hair Growth Smoothies

Can drinking smoothies really help your hair to grow?

Drinking smoothies is a great way to get nutrients into your body. Too often we focus our attention on the next best product for our hair. It can be easy to forget that our inner health plays a major role in the health of our hair. Hair grows from follicles in our scalp, so it is important that we maintain a healthy scalp.

I love making smoothies as it is the most convenient way for me to eat a complete meal sometimes. I experiment with different fruits, leafy greens and seeds to prepare tasty blends. I do not need a really tasty smoothie, however, my children and husband will not consume it if I do not make it yummy.

How can drinking a smoothie help my hair to grow?

When you consume nourishing foods, your body can function at it’s best. Improper functioning of the body can cause complications. Inner problems can influence our outer. When there is imbalance in the body, this can influence the hair growth process. Smoothies are an easy way to give your body the nutrients that it needs.

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If you are anything like me, it can sometimes be a hassle to sit down and enjoy a meal with a busy schedule. I am working on time management so that I can sit down and enjoy my meals throughout the day. Until I get this together, smoothies are to my rescue.

For your smoothie to be a meal replacement you would need to make sure it consists of sufficient protein. Protein is an important building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. Almost 80% of human’s hair is made up of protein. It is important for hair growth.

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Spinach and kale are great protein sources. They are always at the base of my smoothies. I choose one or the other. The fruits that I have added to my blend so far are blueberries, strawberries, bananas, mangoes, pineapple and apples. I also add flax seeds or chia seeds, coconut water or almond milk.

As you begin to make your own smoothies, you will find your rhythm and create your own blends.

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How do you make a smoothie?

Of course, I couldn’t let you go without answering this question for you!

  1. Choose your ingredients (leafy greens, fruits, seeds, water, almond milk or coconut water)
  2. Add to blender
  3. Blend well
  4. Enjoy!

Smoothies are super easy to make and a major part of my daily lifestyle. Your body will thank you for it!

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I had the opportunity to try some of Jamnatura’s products. On a path to bettering my health and maintaining healthy growing hair, I have been leaning more towards natural things. I was excited to try their products.

I received my products quickly and could not wait to dive in! The packaging was nice. It was a brown box with a company label. Inside the box, my products were nicely placed and there was information about the product from the company. The smells were heavenly.

I did a first impression video review. My items were activated charcoal soap, matcha green tea and thyme hair and skin oil and activated charcoal cream. In the video I unboxed, smelled and gave my opinion on the products.

The soap was heavenly. I thoroughly enjoyed how soft and smooth my skin felt after using it. It lathers well and smelled great too. I have been battling with eczema since I was a child and most soaps irritate me. This soap did not irritate me at all.

I used the oil to moisturize my skin daily. I love the scent. The scent reminded me of organic fresh fruits, herbs and spices. I felt earthy, relaxed and most of all at ease knowing I was wearing something that was beneficial for me.

I did not use the charcoal cream as often as I did the oil. I think I am just an oil person. I do make herbal oil infusions myself, so I have a love for oils. The charcoal cream made my skin feel just like the charcoal soap. My skin was soft and looked exfoliated. I only used a very small amount of the cream as a little goes a very long way. Because of this, the cream lasts for a while.

I am looking forward to trying more products!

 

Are You Dealing With Eczema?

I was diagnosed with eczema at a young age. I believe I was around the age of seven. Growing up I had dry, itchy, scaly and oozing skin on my elbows. I now have it every now and then on my right elbow. I also have it on my hands. It can be very aggravating as I must be careful what I apply to my skin and with it being on my hands, that makes it that much harder. My hands are always exposed and touching many different things throughout the day.

Having eczema in visible places can be very embarrassing. Imagine having dry, scaling oozing skin on your hands and someone reaches out to give you a hand shake or you are handing someone money at the store to pay for your goods and you notice the cashier gives your hands a prolonged look. Yea, this has been my life. I have learned some things that I will share in this blog post but first let’s get into what eczema is.

Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis. It is a skin condition and symptoms vary from person to person. The skin may be red, itchy, oozing and scaly. Eczema can be found on various places of the body: hands, back of the legs, on the nap of the neck area, on the scalp and the arms- just to name a few.

As I have grown older, I pay attention to the triggers of my eczema. I notice that when I am stressed, or my diet is not as healthy as it should be, my hands begin to itch and ooze. Diet plays a major role in eczema and we covered this in my last semester of class at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. I am currently attending this school to obtain a Holistic Health Practitioner Diploma.

As we continue to consume foods that do not support a healthy digestive system, our gut health goes downhill, and this is a major contribution to eczema. To test this, I went on a green smoothie cleansing diet for three days. I replaced my meals with green smoothies that consisted of fruits and leafy greens. I had no dairy and drank a lot of water. I played around with recipe combinations and some were tasty, and some were disgusting. I am going to be completely honest here. Some combinations I will be staying away from.

I have gotten better at creating green smoothie blends with great taste. I know which fruits will work to better the taste and sweeten. Bananas and strawberries have a bold flavor. Pineapple helps to sweeten. My base consisted of leafy greens such as kale, chard and spinach.

The smoothie cleanse helped me to cleanse my digestive tract and I did notice that I did not scratch my hands not one time during this cleansing. I also did not have to apply any type of ointment or cream for a few days after doing my cleansing. So, gut health is a big contributor to my eczema. Staying away from dairy also helps A LOT.

I have used hydrocortisone for years to help soothe my eczema. It has worked for me but there is something that I do not like about it. Hydrocortisone contains chemicals and has side effects.

I have been applying a chemical filled cream directly to my broken skin for years. Hmmm…. So, what are these side effects? Hydrocortisone can cause nausea, dizziness, headaches, heartburn, thinning of the skin, stretchmarks, menstrual period changes, insomnia and acne. Can a Sista get something side effect free please? If I am applying a chemical to my body, it is a given that my body could react in some way.

Because of my love for holistic health, I began to consider some ways to care for my eczema so that I can toss that hydrocortisone to the side. I began whipping up my own Shea butter and adding herbal infused oils that are good for eczema. I chose herbs that are beneficial for eczema and healing the skin. Eczema can also cause the skin to turn dark and Shea butter helps me with that.

If you are looking for a chemical free way to care for your eczema, eating a healthy, dairy free diet in combination with natural soothers/healers (for external) can work for you.

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